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Incoming 7th & 8th Grade Students, make sure to stop by Trail Days to get everything you need to start the '24-'25 school year off right!

7th Grade: July 31st from 2-5pm

8th Grade: August 1st from 3-5pm

At Trail Days your student can...

  • walk campus to find classes
  • get bus route information
  • pickup student planner & ID card
  • put money on lunch account
  • purchase PE uniform ($25) 
  • get athletic & club information
  • meet the STMS PTO
  • meet the Principals
  • donate to STMS using the AZ Tax Credit
  • see what CCUSD & our partners have to offer!
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Incoming 7th graders, get a Jumpstart on middle school with this 2 day camp!


July 25th and 26th, learn organization techniques, study skills, and effective technology use as well as identifying disrespectful/inappropriate behavior, handling difficult situations, and coping with stress. Additionally, learn the layout of the middle school campus, how to read schedules, and what to expect on a typical middle school day. For Incoming 7th graders only, choose an AM or PM class! Learn more and register at the links below:

Morning Class Registration  Afternoon Class Registration

a notebook planner with a pen and the words "stms curriculum night august 15th 5-7pm" typed on it.

Attention STMS parents and guardians, you won't want to miss Curriculum Night!

August 15th from 5-7pm

At 5pm, join the STMS Principal and Assistant Principal in the gym for a presentation, then from 5:30-7pm follow your student's schedule through periods 1-6.

This event is for parents and guardians only, please.

Congratulations to our 2024 Teachers of the Year, Teachers are shining stars.

Congratulations to our 2024 Inspire Excellence Award Honorees!  

CCUSD held our annual "Inspire Excellence" Awards Ceremony April 24th at the Fine Arts Center. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and to all our amazing employees and volunteers who make CCUSD such a wonderful community!

Honorees and attendees enjoyed a performance by the combined Cactus Shadows and Sonoran Trails choirs before receiving their awards. Awards were given to this year's retirees and rookies of the year, those with 35, 25 and 20 years of service, employees from each department, and employees and community members from each school site. Kiwanis of Carefree was honored as this year's Community Sponsor of the Year. There was also a dessert reception for award recipients and their guests following the ceremony. 

Congratulations to all the honorees, you truly exemplify what it means to "Inspire Excellence!"

For a full list of winners, click here!

Congratulations to our 2024 Teachers of the Year, Teachers are shining stars.

Congratulations to our 2024 Teachers of the Year!  

We had the great honor of hosting the Teacher of the Year award dinner 3/27/24! The theme was "Teachers are Shining Stars," and the seven winners each shine brightly at their schools. They go above and beyond for their students and are integral parts of their school community. They exemplify what it means to Inspire Excellence, and we are so lucky to have them!

Honorees, along with family, friends and colleagues, enjoyed a performance by the Cactus Shadows Vivace Honors Choir, heartfelt words from Superintendent Dolezal, a catered dinner, and a short video featuring some of their current and former students before receiving their awards.

Thank you to event sponsors: CORE Construction, Chasse Building Team, Kiwanis of Carefree, Ms.Sharon Fox, the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, Cactus Shadows PTO & Mathnasium of Cave Creek.

Make your Tax Credit Donation Today!

Donate up to $400 today, and receive up to $400 dollars off your taxes on tax day! Uses for donations include: Before/After school sports or clubs, standardized testing fees, and many more!

Learn more and make your tax credit donation online today!

Click Here

Feed It Forward

Did you know? The "Feed it Forward" program allows families to add an additional amount to their meal account payment to help provide meals to children at your school or pay off negative balances!

Please log in to your Linq account and add money to your account, then click the Feed it Forward button! Thank you to everyone who has already participated in this program!

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