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Making the grade: Diamond Canyon celebrates another ‘A’ rating

Elizabeth Medora~ 11/5/2014

ANTHEM – Diamond Canyon School students, staff, and parents gathered on Oct. 29 to commemorate the school’s ‘A’ letter grade from the Arizona Department of Education.

Diamond Canyon has plenty to celebrate. From 2011 on to 2014, the school has received the ‘A’ profile and letter grade for Accountability and Achievement. Before 2011, the state gave out ‘Excelling’ statuses to highly-performing schools; Diamond Canyon won that rating from 2007-2010.

The Diamond Canyon choir opened the Oct. 29 ceremony by performing The Star-Spangled Banner. Deer Valley Unified School District superintendent James Veitenheimer, DVUSD governing board president Ann Ordway, and several staff members from DVUSD district office attended the ceremony honoring Diamond Canyon.

“Deer Valley is very proud of Diamond Canyon,” emphasized superintendent Veitenheimer, calling the distinction a “fantastic award.”

Students who had excelled on the AIMS test in the 2013-14 school year were recognized by their teachers, as well as principal Tara LeCount and assistant principal Amy Troutt.

Principal LeCount congratulated the students who exceeded and noted that she is “very proud” of each Diamond Canyon student.

LeCount referred to DVUSD as an “extraordinary district” and thanked district staff for their continued support.

“Our students deserve an extraordinary district,” LeCount said. 

Addressing the student body, LeCount gestured to the district staff, school staff, and parents assembled, and told the students that “we are invested in your future.”

LeCount reminded students to keep up their hard work, both in school and in life.

“Set goals and work to exceed your goals,” LeCount emphasized.