Two schools in Scottsdale are celebrating their 10th anniversaries this week. Desert Canyon Middle School and Cheyenne Traditional School opened less than five miles away from each other in the northern part of Scottsdale Unified School District.
One had a back-to-basics focus while the other specialized in team teaching.
“It was sort of like a climate of giving parents choice,” said Bobbie Sferra, Cheyenne’s first principal.
Shea Stanfield, a counselor who has worked at Desert Canyon since it opened, said the school was built on the idea of team teaching, or having five teachers in charge of groups of about 150 students, to create a smaller-feeling atmosphere.
Students are no longer in teams, but the school has more of a community feeling now than it did 10 years ago, she said. “Instead of new students every two weeks moving into the homes, we’ve got kids whose older brothers and sisters have come through,” she said.
Cheyenne opened after a group of parents lobbied for a traditional school, said Cindy Breen, Parent-Teacher Organization president. That means the school has uniforms and a grading scale where at least a 93 percent is required for an “A” grade, among other things.
“There’s a lot of back-to-basics stuff that we parents grew up with as kids,” Breen said.
The school’s 10th anniversary was rolled into the school’s annual Evening Under the Stars event today, which showcases student artwork and music. Desert Canyon’s 10th anniversary will start Friday during a dinner and silent auction. The school will also have a Festival of the Arts in May.
What: Cheyenne Traditional School’s 10th birthday and Evening Under the Stars event When: Today; rededication ceremony starts at 5 p.m.; Concert Under the Stars and birthday cake served from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Cheyenne Traditional School, 11130 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale Cost: Free
What: Desert Canyon Middle School 10th-year celebration and first-ever dinner and silent auction When: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday Where: Desert Canyon cafeteria, 10203 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale Cost: $5 for children, $8.50 for adults