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Canyon Ridge Groups and Activities

Student Council

Advisor:  Carla Bennett
Purpose:  The purpose of Student Council is to ensure all student voices are being heard. Student Council members approve all school wide fundraisers, plan school dances,volunteer for community events and promote school spirit. Student Council members are focused on being school wide leaders who communicate events to their homeroom classes .
Open To:  Students in Grades 7 and 8 by Invitation
Meeting Information:  Every other Friday at 7:30 a.m.  First meeting to be held on  Friday, August 9, 2019 in Room 130.

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

Advisor:  Colleen Whalen
Purpose:  The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, to encourage the development of character, and to foster active citizenship in students of CRS
Open To:  7th and 8th Grade students by invitation 
​Meeting Information:   Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:15 - 7:50 a.m. in Room 237, starting on Tuesday, September 3.     Induction Ceremony for new members for the 19/20 school year will be held on May 12, 2020.   Current NJHS members will also be invited to attend.

National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS)

Advisor:  Jennifer Klein
Purpose:  The NEHS chapter at Canyon Ridge provides opportunities for students to become ambassadors for our school and take on community service projects. Our focus is on leadership, scholarship, responsibility, and service.
Open To:  4th, 5th and 6th Grade students by invitation/application
Meeting Information:  Monthly meetings on September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 5, April 2 and May 7, 2020.

FOR Club

Advisor:  Amy Benton
Purpose:  The purpose of Friends of Rachel Club is to allow students to help promote kindness and leadership to all students in the school and the community. Students take part in multiple community service projects throughout the school year. We have adopted the Ronald McDonald House Charities as our community service project for the year. FOR Club members take part in planning and implementing Red Ribbon Week, Pop Tab Wars/Supply Drive, Family Adoption for Christmas, Acts of Leadership Week, School wide Penny Wars, and the big Rachel's Rally at the end of the year.
Open To:  Students in Grades 4 through 8
​Meeting Information:  Bi-weekly meetings on Tuesdays, beginning August 27, 2019 from 3:20 - 3:50 p.m.

Library Crew

Advisor:   Liana Gillespie
Purpose:   Students assist in upkeep of the library, cleaning iExplore and Depco Labs, and setting up for activities in iExplore. This is an open club. Students attend when they are able.  Attendance will only be taken for the purposes of the celebration invitations at the end of the year
Open To:  Students in Grades 4 through 8
Meeting Information:   Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. beginning in September (exact date TBD)

Creative Artist Studio Time (ART CAST)

Advisor:  Kristie Crane
Purpose:  This will be a Student Leadership focused group.  Students will generate their own ideas while having access to supplies and teacher guidance.  There will be three sessions, Fall, Winter and Spring.
​Open To:  Students in Grades 5 through 8 (maximum number of students per session - 20) 
Meeting Information:   ART CAST is a time for students to get creative and make art. CAST stands for Creative Artist Studio Time. This is an afterschool activity that is offered only to students in grades 4 through 8. The ART CAST will be a student lead time where they will decide on what to create and what media to use. Students will have access to supplies and teacher guidance. Due to the high interest in the art activity, there will be three separate 9-week sessions. Each session will take place on Tuesdays from 3pm to 4pm in the art room. Students can sign up for just one, two, or even all three if they like.

Sessions are:
Session 1: Sept. 10-Nov. 12 - 9 classes; cost $10.00
Session 2: Dec. 3-Feb. 11- 9 classes; cost $10.00
Session 3: - March 3- May 5 - 9 classes; cost $10.00

Den Club students are welcome to participate.

Fit for Kids

Advisor:  Colleen Whalen
Purpose:   Physical activity is critical to our children’s health and well-being. Studies show that physical activity not only helps kids stay active and healthy, but it can enhance important skills like concentration and problem solving, which can improve academic performance.
Open To:  Students in Grades 2 through 8
Meeting Information:   Weekly on Wednesday from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. beginning on October 23, 2019.  Additional details will follow


Advisor:  Jay Laursen
Purpose:  Students will have access to Raspberry Pi computers, arduino control boards, 3-d printer, little bits, and other materials to design and innovate solutions to everyday problems.
​Open To:  Students in Grades 5 through 8
Meeting Information:   Open Maker Space lab will begin on August 27 and meet on Tuesdays after school from 3:15-4:15 p.m.  To sign up for labs, please go to  Maker Space Lab Sign Up


Advisor:  Lilly Islas
Purpose:  Students will use an online program to create the school yearbook. They will be responsible for taking pictures, designing and editing pages, setting appointments with staff, and working within a deadline. There will be opportunities for individual and collaborative work to complete their book. Students must be willing to commit to one day per week per quarter.
​Open To:  Students in Grades 7 and 8
Meeting Information:  Yearbook Club will meet weekly on Wednesday from 7:15 - 7:55 a.m., starting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cougar Choir

Advisor:  Amanda Mutai
Purpose:  Canyon Ridge Choral program is designed to create an opportunity for students to experience musical excellence in learning music and performing choral concerts. Students will also be encouraged to learn more about their own voice and to gain skills necessary to see musical and vocal growth. For the Canyon Ridge Cougar Choir specifically the purpose is to give students first hand experience at reading music, expressing music, and performing music as they grow as musicians.
Open To:  Students in Grades 3 through 5 - Sign up can be done at Meet the Teacher Night
Meeting Information:  Weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m., beginning  on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Canyon Singers

Advisor:  Amanda Mutai
Purpose:  Canyon Ridge Choral program is designed to create an opportunity for students to experience musical excellence in learning music and performing choral concerts. Students will also be encouraged to learn more about their own voice and to gain skills necessary to see musical and vocal growth. For the Canyon Ridge Canyon Singers specifically the purpose is to give students first hand experience at developing previously learned skills and adding depth of knowledge in both layering musical vocal parts, exploring new performance venues, and expanding musical repetoire.
Open To:  Students in Grades 6 through 8 - Sign up can be done at Meet the Teacher Night
Meeting Information:  Weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. , beginning on Thursday, August 29, 2019

Basic Sign Language Learners

Advisor:  Jennifer Kaderlik
Purpose:  This sign language group is for beginners/younger students. The purpose of this group is to learn the basics of a visual language, its rules, and some simple deaf culture aspects. The basic group will be open to all, with optional opportunities to practice/learn in the community (TBD).
Open To:  All Students in Grades 3 through 8
Meeting Information:  Weekly on Wednesdays from 3:10 - 4:00 p.m. in Room 237, beginning on September 4, 2019 and ending on May 6, 2020.  Meetings will be suspended from December 16, 2019 - March 4, 2020)

iExplore after school 

Advisor:   Liana Gillespie
Purpose:  Students can explore anything that sparks their passion. Robotics, Coding, sewing, STEM projects, game creation, you name it. 
Come discover activities that excite and makes you want to dig deeper and learn more for yourself. The possibilities are endless. An Activity Fee of $10 per year needs to be paid before attendance. 
Open To:  Students in Grades 3-8
Meeting Information: TBD  beginning September 2019


Advisor:  Justean Palmer
Purpose:  Canyon Ridge Mathlete Teams are a team where students love to do math problems and love to challenge their thinking with numbers. Teams are divided in to 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. The teams meet starting in March and train by doing problem solving problems in math. Competition will be at Kingswood Elementary School in May.
Open To:  Students in Grades 1 through 8
Meeting Information:  Weekly beginning in January, 2020.   More information to follow


Advisor:  Eva Galindo
Purpose:  The purpose of SWAG is to ensure all 8th grade voices are being heard. SWAG will work throughout the year to plan 8th grade activities to promote school spirit. Students will act as leaders to plan these activities.
Open To:  Students in 8th Grade
Meeting Information:  Bi-weekly on Thursdays from 7:15 - 8:00 a.m., beginning mid September (exact date TBD)

Bringing Students and Veterans Togethe​r

Advisor:  Christopher Raso
Purpose:  The VHP will coordinate fundraising, interviews and publication of student articles regarding the service of community Veterans. The activity is open to seventh and eighth grade learners and will culminate with an annual book signing party in late April 2020.
Open To:  Students in Grades 7 and 8
Meeting Information:  First meetings of the school year to be held on August 21 and 28, 2019.

Outdoor Classroom/Sustainability/Upcycling

Advisor:  Lacey Merritt
Purpose:  We will be helping to maintain and improve the outdoor classroom and make it more sustainable for an eventual tortoise that we want to house on campus. I will also lead students through upcycling activities that they can take home and share.
Open To:  Students in Grades 4 through 8
Meeting Information:  TBD