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Jill Hoppe, Principal
A Message from the Principal

Welcome Back Cougar Families -  

Canyon Ridge faculty and staff are thrilled to begin the 2019-2020 school year. The teachers have been busy aligning curriculum, developing inquiry based lessons, and attending professional development training to enhance their instructional practices. Our plant manager worked throughout the summer to ensure the building is ready for students. The office staff started back to school on July 8th, they have been busy enrolling students, preparing supplies, and communicating with families. This year’s theme is #AskMeMyWhy, take time to ask staff members why they are passionate about education.  

Last year Canyon Ridge experienced many accomplishments in academics, arts, and athletics. Mr. Christopher Raso was named SAR’s National History Teacher of the Year.  Students earned recognition for outstanding academic performance as published authors, winning a STEM Robotics competition, and winning the City of Surprise Bookmark Contest. Six students were selected to be members of the DUSD Honors Band. All of our sports teams made it deep in the playoffs. We were runners up in softball, baseball, and cheer and we took home a district athletic championship in boy’s basketball. We will work diligently to ensure we continue the rich tradition of success. 

The Dysart Unified School District’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan in its third year of implementation. To support the key priority goal areas within DUSD’s strategic plan, Canyon Ridge’s Continuous Improvement Plan is focused on the following priority areas and goals: 
  • Academics - SMART Goal #1: By May, 2020, 100% of K-8 Canyon Ridge students, through personalized learning, will demonstrate mastery of grade level priority standards as evidenced by identified key measures at every grade level (which may include: DIBELS, DRA, 95%, priority standards assessment tracking, HMH benchmark, and district benchmarks).
  • Culture and Leadership - SMART Goal #1 - By May 2020, develop and implement a comprehensive Canyon Ridge University for families and community members to increase awareness of key processes aligned to safety, instruction, and student expectations as measured by stakeholder surveys and participation rates.  
  • Safety - SMART Goal #1: By May 2020, Canyon Ridge students will use the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, develop a growth mindset and implement Restorative Practice as evidenced by daily reflection on a personalized Responsibility Card.

We will continue using the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People throughout the year to support us with developing student leaders. Each month we will focus on a different habit, beginning this month with Habit 1: Be Proactive. This habit teaches students to take responsibility for their own actions, take initiative, and understand they are in control of their moods, attitudes and choices.  

We are a school with extraordinary students, staff and families!  As I begin my third year as principal, I continue to be honored to serve this great community. If at any time you have ideas that will help us achieve our goals, please contact us.  

Have a YES kind of month!  

Jill Hoppe, Principal