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Upcoming Important Dates
Please note the following dates:

Monday, July 26 -
Kinder Experience - 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
All incoming Canyon kindergarten families, as well as anyone new to our area who will be interested in enrolling their kindergarten student at Canyon is invited to attend.  We will provide a brief overview into the school life of your student.  Visit Kinder Showcase 2021 for more information.

Wednesday, July 28 --
Homeroom teachers will send a welcome email to families. The email will include details about Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night.  *Please note, we will not be posting class lists in the office.

Friday, July 30 -- 
Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night
Session 1: 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for families of students whose last name begins with A-L
Session 2: 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for families of students whose last name begins with M-Z

Tuesday, August 3 -- First Day of School
7:55 a.m. doors open 
8:15 a.m. start time 
3:00 p.m. dismissal

Monday, August 9 --
Monday early release at 1:00 p.m. 
 
Posted : 7/14 | Direct Link
Arizona SAR Recognizes Canyon Ridge School Students
Arizona SAR awardsCanyon Ridge School, in cooperation with Arizona Sons of the American Revolution(SAR)- Saguaro Chapter,  recognized the creativity and patriotic efforts of multiple students in grade fifth and eighth for their efforts on the SAR American Revolution Poster Contest and the Sgt. Moses Adams History Brochure Contest.

Aligned with the annual campus celebration of United States Constitution Day each September, these contests offer learners a unique opportunity to explore the events and personalities of the Revolutionary War and to formulate a poster or brochure that provides pertinent historical information and artistic expressions of the Colonial era. For the third consecutive year, the fifth grade social studies students in Mrs. Melissa Bennett’s classes generated numerous winning entries that ranged from the historical contributions of Benjamin Franklin to the bravery of Paul Revere and George Washington. Jade Arguello won third place, Matthew Kuba achieved second place standing, and Jacob Fair secured first place on the chapter level and won the state level competition for best student poster in Arizona. Each learner received a certificate of achievement and cash prize for their efforts. Jacob Fair also received a second certificate and prize from the SAR for his best in state accomplishment. All the winners were cheered on by their peers and community guests from Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Arizona Daughters of the American Revolution.

Seventh and eighth grade winners of the Sgt. Moses Historical Brochure Contest  generated a tri-fold display that focused on a single seminal American document. Their choices ranged from the Articles of Confederation to the United States Constitution and the Federalist Papers. These brochures included detailed historical research, creative art work and perspectives regarding the importance of the documents in modern American life. 

“This is our fourth year of the contest at Canyon Ridge School and once again we have an outstanding variety of work to judge and choose from,” stated Arizona SAR Saguaro Chapter President, Mike Fisch, “Over one hundred and twenty entries were received from this school alone.” 

Seventh grade learner Isabella Hignight won third place in the contest with eighth grade students Mackenzie Henige and Emilia Escobar securing second and first place, respectively. For the second year in a row, Emilia also won the state level prize and will advance to the NSSAR  national competition this summer in Washington. 

The awards program culminated with a presentation to the assembled guests by seventh grade social studies teacher, Christopher Raso. In recognition of their many years of support for patriotic programs at Canyon Ridge School,  Dennis Grau of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arizona SAR Saguaro Chapter President Mike Fisch and Arizona DAR Agua Fria Chapter Regent Twila Lobitz, each received a copy of the latest publications from the Veterans Heritage Project. The hardbound book called, Since You Asked, consists of published student articles that recognize the important service of local Veterans. 

“Your unwavering support of VHP and other important community based service projects at our school, has enriched the lives and education of so many students,” stated Mr. Raso. “It remains our honor and pleasure to serve in this partnership with you all.”
 
Posted : 5/21 | Direct Link
iSchool End of the Year Chromebook Return
Chromebook check-in for students in the Canyon Ridge iSchool program was last week.  If you have not yet returned your student's chrome book(s), beginning Tuesday, May 25 a $335 chrome book replacement fee will be placed on your student's account.  Thank you for your cooperation! 
Posted : 4/22 | Direct Link
2021-2022 Incoming Kinder Information
Hello families of future Canyon Ridge kindergarten students.  

Canyon Ridge is now accepting enrollments for FREE, FULL-DAY Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year! Please take a moment to watch our Video  to learn more about our school's kindergarten program.   Parents may also sign up to schedule a tour to see our campus.   Additionally, please read the Letter from Mrs. Hoppe [PDF] for more information. 

We are also offering a Leap into Kinder program for our incoming Kindergarten students which will be held Monday, July 12 through Thursday, July 15 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.   Please refer to our Leap into Kinder link for more information or to register for this program, 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Posted : 2/19 | Direct Link
PTA's New Spirit Store
So excited to share with everyone that PTA has a new spirit store!!! All orders placed will ship directly to your home within 5-7 days! So many new options and designs for everyone!!! Check the PTA Facebook page for promo codes!
Posted : 2/19 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge School Student Recognized in National Contest
Canyon Ridge School Student Recognized in National ContestEmilia Escobar, an eighth-grade student at Canyon Ridge School was selected for an Honorable Mention in the national finals of the 2020 National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Sergeant Moses Adams Middle School History Brochure Contest. Sponsored locally by the members of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Saguaro Chapter, the brochure contest provides middle level learners with an opportunity to formulate a creative brochure regarding a seminal document from American history.

Learners perform research and formulate an artistic hand-drawn brochure that balances factual information, historical perspectives and colorful illustrations. Seventh and eighth grade social studies classes incorporate the contest into the parameters of their curriculum and lessons. Learners evaluate the meaning and significance of: the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers. Students then pick one of these foundational documents as the topic of their brochure. Class research is combined with many hours of effort spent outside of school on the layout design and decorating process.

For the third consecutive year, seventh and eighth grade teams generated over one hundred entries for the contest. Members of the Arizona SAR judged each brochure and three winners were selected by each participating SAR group; Saguaro, Prescott and Barry M. Goldwater chapters. 

Emilia Escobar’s brochure advanced from the state level and to the national level of the contest. Her Honorable Mention award was the result of being selected from a field of hundreds of entries in the combined local, state, and national contest. For all of her hard work on this patriotic endeavor, Emilia received a certificate of merit, cash prizes on the state and local levels, a gift card and a medal achievement from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

In preparation for the 2021 Arizona SAR brochure contest, the current middle level teams at Canyon Ridge School have prepared 120 entries for the competition. 
Posted : 1/26 | Direct Link
Registration for Next Year Now Open!
Hello Canyon Ridge families -

If you have a kindergarten student, who will be starting at Canyon Ridge next year, or another student in Grades 1 through 8, on line registration is now open!     If you have any questions about enrolling your student, please contact our office at 623-523-8450.
Posted : 1/22 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge Spreads Kindness Through Music
Canyon Ridge Spreads Kindness through MusicThe fifth through eighth grade music students at Canyon Ridge School created a special YouTube mix of positive songs to express their gratitude for the commitment and support healthcare and emergency professionals provide to our communities during these difficult times. This gift of music was created with healthcare providers in mind as a thank you with the main goal of lifting their spirits. Students researched and assembled a collection of songs that have a positive, upbeat, or moving message. 

In addition to the compilation of songs, students created 100 cards to celebrate the Centennial year of Dysart with their notes of gratitude.  The cards and songs were shared with district school nurses and healthcare heroes around the Valley at locations including Banner Del E. Webb, Boswell, Destiny Springs, and Hospice. Newly graduating nurses at Chamberlain University will also be recipients of the music and cards. 

“We know that these students are studying hard and getting ready to step into the nursing field at an unusually challenging time, so we are hoping to provide them with some encouragement along the way, ” said Amanda Mutai, Canyon Ridge School Music Educator and Choral Director.

During the delivery of the gift, nurses were moved to tears when accepting the appreciation. 

“We really need to take this time to show our health care workers just how much they mean to us. They are tired, I'm seeing this first hand within my own family who work in healthcare. I was moved to make sure that they knew we are here to support them, too,” said Mutai.

Canyon Ridge Schools invites anyone in the community to join in and listen to the songs available on the link below.  

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL5xYwxvjQ-ouu61ArFLvXCsw4b5-b2Hh.
Posted : 11/24/2020 | Direct Link
VFW Presents Flag to District Leader
VFW Presents Flag to District LeaderIn celebration of Veterans Day 2020, Canyon Ridge School, in conjunction with Veterans of Foreign War Post 10695 in Sun City West, offered a flag folding ceremony and presentation to honor a longtime supporter of Veterans programs in the Dysart Unified School District; Assistant Superintendent Jim Dean.

The event took place at the Dysart Unified School District office in Surprise, Arizona and was attended by community members, principals, teachers, superintendents and many members of the district office staff.  The ceremony was aired live on Facebook and the flag folding was conducted by Vietnam Veterans and heroes, Mr. Dennis Grau, United States Navy and Mr. Don Burnett, United States Army. The narration and symbolic meaning of each fold of the flag was presented by Mrs. Harriett Grau of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary.

“This symbol of our country is presented to Assistant Superintendent Jim Dean for his many years of dedication to the Veterans program in this district,” states Mr. Grau.

Mr. Dean, current Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, operated for many years as a principal in the Dysart district and served at Sunset Hills Elementary School and Canyon Ridge School, during the formative years of both schools. His affiliation and support of VFW causes, such as Veterans in the Classroom, has been consistent for over a decade.

“The ceremony today is an extension of the annual Veterans Commemoration event that we have performed at Canyon Ridge School for over ten years,” said Christopher Raso, seventh grade Social Studies Teacher. “The current pandemic does not allow us to proceed with our school-wide assembly but we could not let the day pass without honoring our Veterans, presenting them with cards and letters of gratitude from students, and providing an opportunity for the presentation of  this well-deserved award to Mr. Dean.”

Mrs. Jill Hoppe, principal of Canyon Ridge School stated, “Our Veterans have given so much of themselves to our country and continue to foster patriotism in us all.”

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