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July 17th - PTA Dine Out Night

Join us on July 17th at Red Robin - 14015 W Bell Road for a Summer PTA Dine Out Night.  Catch up with friends, eat great food and raise some money for the PTA!

Show the Flyer or Mention the Fundraiser to your server to have your sales counted.  If ordering online, follow the directions on the flyer.  Hope To See You All There!!

Summer Dine Out Flyer

07/13/2024 Direct Link

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Register for Leap to Kindergarten

If you have a student who is registered to start kindergarten in August 2024 at Canyon Ridge and would like them to get a head start, we have an opportunity for you!

Leap to Kinder!

When:  July 15-18 (Mon—Thurs) Time:  9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.

What will be reviewed/taught:  Daily routines and procedures; letter recognition and sounds; basic number recognition.

Fee:   $35.00

Ensuring that our students know their letters, sounds, basic sight words and numbers by the first day of school helps to establish student success.

You will need to register and pay online at Leap to Kindergarten - July 2024

Please email Lisa Benner at with any questions.

06/04/2024 Direct Link

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Meet The Teacher Night is July 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Join us for meet the teacher night on July 30th at 5:00 pm.  Students and parents will meet their teachers and explore their classrooms. 

We will have representatives from Den's Club, the Health Office, the Cafeteria & the Canyon Ridge PTA to answer any questions you may have.  We have also asked our district volunteer specialist to provide on site fingerprinting for parents who are interested in volunteering in their student's classroom during the year.

PTA will be selling CRS Spirit Shirts and our 8th grade S.W.A.G. club will be selling otter pops & water!

You should receive information through Parent Square by July 24th.   If you do not receive that information by July 25th, please call the front office.

06/04/2024 Direct Link

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2024 - 2025 Suggested School Supply Lists Are Posted

24/25 Suggested School Supply Lists

Arizona law requires that public schools provide the supplies required for academic success. All materials required for a student’s education will be provided by the Dysart Unified School District. This supply list represents general, optional items which you may supply at your discretion. If you have questions regarding the optional supply list, please contact your K-8 school.

05/30/2024 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge PTA - You Are Awesome!!

Canyon Ridge School would like to thank the PTA for all the amazing items you provided to our students & staff this year.

You are AWESOME!

A list of all the items that PTA provided to Canyon Ridge this year.

  • Recess Equipment For Each Grade
  • Jungle Jill For Steam Festival
  • Monthly Dine Out Nights
  • Candy Bars For Weekly Spirit Winners
  • 3rd Grade Bee Presentation
  • Solar Eclipse Glasses
  • Band Disney Trip Funding
  • Spirit Shirt For Every Staff Member
  • Winder Wonderland Support - Books, Cocoa, Cookies And Santa Visit
  • Weekly Candy For Perfect Attendance Winners
  • Playground Paintings
  • Depco Groceries
  • Donuts With Grownups
  • Ixl Program
  • In-school Field Trips Grades 2-8
  • Reindeer Run Prizes & Candy Canes

  • 21 Donation Drive Pizza Parties
  • Holiday Shop
  • $1500 Grade Level Budgets
  • Inflatable Specials Day
  • Gaga Ball Pit
  • Stc Seating
  • Be-weekly Winners For Food Truck Lunch For Staff
  • Membership & Candy Drive Pizza Party Winners
  • 20 Cougar Paw Parties
  • Books For 6th Grade Novel Studies
  • Team Bench And Wagon For Soccer Teams
  • 15 Donation Drive Ice Cream Parties
  • Sports Assembly Donuts
  • Family Bingo Night
  • Office Door Buzzer

  • Boys Basketball Tournament
  • Sports Pizza Parties, Art Supplies
  • Staff Dinners For Late Night Conferences
  • Trunk Or Treat
  • Welcome Back Breakfast For Staff
  • Family Move Night
  • 2nd Grade Jungle Jill Presentation
  • Veteran's Day Breakfast
  • Family Night At The Ballpark
  • Golden Ticket Cart Prizes
  • Kinder & 8th Grade Promotion Support
  • 2 Scholastic Book Fairs
  • Kinder Glow Day
  • Multiple Volunteer Luncheons & Snacks
  • Testing Candy & Snacks
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Coffee Cart For Staff 2 Times A Year
  • And.... Music Equipment

05/29/2024 Direct Link

Memorial Day - Honoring All Who Served

Honoring The Fallen

Have a safe Memorial Day as we honor all those that have served.

05/27/2024 Direct Link

Sandals in the Sand

Summer Office Hours

The CRS school office will be open May 28, 29 & 30th from 7:15 AM - 3:45 PM.  

The office will be closed May 31st - July 9th.  We will reopen July 10th with a Monday - Thursday 7:15 AM - 3:45 PM schedule. 

Have an amazing summer!

05/27/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Kindergarten Student Promote To 1st Grade!

Canyon Ridge students celebrated promoting to 1st grade with a spectacular luau themed performance and ceremony!  

Thank you Kindergarten Teachers for a great year!

Kindergarten teachers dressed in Hawaiian clothes with a luau background

05/22/2024 Direct Link

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May 23rd - 11:15 AM Dismissal Time

May 23rd is the last day of school. Students are dismissed at 11:15 AM.

05/22/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Staff Appreciation Week

It is Staff Appreciation Week at Canyon!

We would like to thank all of our amazing teachers and staff who put in the extra effort every day to make Canyon Ridge the best school ever. 

Please take the time to thank the staff this week!

05/08/2024 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge PTA Delivers Treats & Fun During Sports Themed Week

The Canyon Ridge PTA is serving up some fun in a Sports Themed, Staff Appreciation Week!

Monday they treated the staff to a coffee cart and burrito bowls from Salads To Go!  On Tuesday the staff was greeted by a large Hero Sign and the lounge was filled with game time snacks and drinks. On Wednesday,  Wienerschnitzel donated a catered lunch for the staff! Thursday will bring relaxing massages and Friday is filled with more treats.

Thank you CRS PTA & Wienerschnitzel for spoiling us and taking care of our staff for Staff Appreciation Week!!PTA ladies standing in front of a banner

05/08/2024 Direct Link

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CRS 24/25 Student Supply Lists Are Posted

Canyon Ridge suggested student supply lists are posted on the CRS Web Site!

2024/2025 Suggested Student Supply Lists

Arizona law requires that public schools provide the supplies required for academic success. All materials required for a student's education will be provided by the Dysart Unified School District. This supply list represents general, optional items which you may supply at your discretion.  If you have questions regarding the optional supply list, please contact your K-8 school.

05/07/2024 Direct Link

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Join Us for Leap to Kindergarten

If you have a student who is registered to start kindergarten in August 2024 at Canyon Ridge and would like them to get a head start, we have an opportunity for you!

Leap to Kinder!

When:  July 15-18 (Mon—Thurs)

Time:  9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.

What will be reviewed/taught:  Daily routines and procedures; letter recognition and sounds; basic number recognition. 

Fee:   $35.00

Ensuring that our students know their letters, sounds, basic sight words and numbers by the first day of school helps to establish student success. You will need to register and pay online at

Leap to Kindergarten - July 2024

Please email Lisa Benner at with any questions.

05/06/2024 Direct Link

PB & J Sandwiches

Peanut Butter, Jelly Time

Although we normally think of food drives around Thanksgiving- our students face food insecurity in the summer as well. Dysart will be partnering again with Valley View Community Food Bank for a summer food drive.

Food bins are located in the front office.  We will start on May 6th and bins will be collected on May 13th.

Let's fill a bus with peanut butter and jelly for our kids!

05/02/2024 Direct Link

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CRS May Newsletter

Check out the CRS May Newsletter for upcoming events and activities!

May Newsletter

05/01/2024 Direct Link

Don't Forget writing on brown paper

PTA Goodwill Donation Drop Off - 4/27/24 - 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 27th is the PTA Goodwill Donation Drop Off!  From 2:00 - 6:00 PM you can drop off your unwanted items to the Goodwill located at 15190 N Cotton Ln, on the corner of Greenway and Cotton Lane!  CRS can raise money per pound on the donations.

If your Goodwill box is getting full...  April 27th is the day to drop it off.  What an easy way to make money for the school while getting the clutter out of your home. 

04/26/2024 Direct Link

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NO School - Spring Holiday

No School on April 26th.

Have a safe and fun long weekend.

04/23/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Preschool Students Study Earth Science

For the past 2 weeks, the students in preschool have been learning about the earth and plants.  Last week they had the opportunity to study the movements of earthworms in soil and how that movement helps the plants grow.

Student holding an earth worm
Student examines earthworms

04/17/2024 Direct Link

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K - 2 Choir Concert at The Vista

Under the direction of Mr. Hammersmith, the Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Canyon Ridge students will be singing at The Vista on April 16th!  Come check out this amazing performance and support our students. 

Performance Times

Kindergarten - 5:30 - 6:20 pm

1st Grade - 6:00 - 6:50 pm

2nd Grade - 6:30 - 7:30 pm

04/14/2024 Direct Link

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AASA State Testing - April 16th - 19th

AASA Reading & Math Test

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 AASA Reading 1

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 AASA Reading 2

Thursday, April 18, 2024 AASA Math 1

Friday, April 19, 2024 AASA Math 2

04/11/2024 Direct Link

Don't Forget Notes

Donate to the CRS PTA Fundraiser Today!!

This is it... The last week of our ONLY School Fundraiser and we can do more!

We have 28% Participation!!  That is only 297 Students out of our entire school that have donated!

We are $16,352 from our goal.  Help us reach our goal today!

Throughout the year, our students are not asked to sell candles, cookie dough, wrapping paper or any other items!!  Our PTA arranges ONE yearly donation drive to raise money for our school and every penny goes to the students!

The PTA does so much behind the scenes for this school. This year they have funded requests from/for... all Classrooms, STEM Items, PE, Music, Band, Sports Teams, Class Parties, At School Field Trips, Gardening Club, Recess Equipment, iExplore, Art, Nurse Office.... and so much more. PTA purchased our New Marquee  that is being constructed and programed!

Please consider donating any amount!  We are looking for 100% participation!

Click here to donate!!

04/07/2024 Direct Link

Field of Flowers

CRS April Newsletter

Check out the April Newsletter for upcoming events and activities!

CRS April 2024 Newsletter

04/02/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Lunchtime Farmer's Market

On April 3rd, Dysart Food & Nutrition will set up a table in the café for students to have the opportunity to try some fruits and vegetables.  This is a great time to try some unique items and eat some common favorites. 

Thank you Dysart Food & Nutrition!!

04/02/2024 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge 2024 STEAM Day Was A Huge Success!

With over 1000 in attendance on March 30th, CRS Annual STEAM Day was a fun, educational day for all.

04/01/2024 Direct Link

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Yearbooks Are For Sale... Again!!

Because of the huge demand, the CRS Yearbook Club has arranged for 50 more yearbooks to be printed and sold!!  This is an amazing opportunity for anyone that did not purchase a yearbook before they sold out.  

The yearbook price is $40 and can be purchased at  Enter school code 717643

Hurry!!  These yearbooks will not last!!

03/26/2024 Direct Link

STEM Gears

CRS Annual STEAM Festival is March 30th

Join us for the Annual STEAM Festival - March 30th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

AZ SciTech

Musical Surprise

Legend Acres 

Career & Technical Education

Vendors - 

Scentsy, LovelyxLie Bracelets, Farmers Insurance, Mathnasium, Uptown Alley, Rodgers Jam Berries, All Things Crafty by Jill, Peter Piper Pizza, Sanity in Sunflowers, Paparazzi Jewelry, Sign Greeters, Whimsical Wishes, Home for Heroes Realty, Wyyerd Fiber, Mrs. Kim Sweet Treats

Food Trucks -

Kona Ice, Little Bus Cookie Co., Dungan Dogs, Gibson's Smokehouse

03/22/2024 Direct Link


3rd Quarter Honor Assemblies

The 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Honor Assemblies will be held on  March 29th

6th grade will be held at 8:30 AM

4th grade will be held at 9:00 AM

5th grade will be held at 9:30 AM

The 7th & 8th Grade Honor Assemblies will be held on   March 25th.

7th grade will be held at 8:30 AM

8th grade will be held at 9:00 AM

Please check the parent portal to see if your student's Third Quarter grades meet the criteria!

Honor Roll Criteria is all A's & B's in all classes including electives/specials.

Principal's List Criteria is all A's in all classes including electives/specials.

03/21/2024 Direct Link

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Have a Safe & Fun Spring Break!

Spring break is March 18th - 22nd.  

We will see you back in class on March 25th.

03/15/2024 Direct Link

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Kindergarten Showcase is March 12th

We are inviting all incoming Kindergarten students to our Annual Kinder Showcase on March 12th at 5:30 PM.  Meet the teachers, tour the campus and get information for the next year.

We will have representatives from -

Den's Club

Nutrition (School Breakfast & Lunches)

Canyon Ridge PTA

Volunteer Compliance - Get a head start on fingerprinting and background check to volunteer.

Health Office

ESS Services

The tour starts at 5:30 PM

03/08/2024 Direct Link


Spring Picture Day is March 7th!

Spring Picture Day is March 7th.  If you would like to order pictures, please send the order form to school with your student on picture day.  All students will be photographed in the class picture. Photographers will take individual pictures of all students who prepay online or have the order form with them.  

03/05/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Read Across America Door Contest

Canyon Ridge teachers participated in a door decorating contest for Read Across America week.  The theme was Leap Into Reading.  

Ms. Bullis & Ms. Braun won the category -- Best Match With The Theme "Leap Into Reading"

Ms. Vander Zanden won the category -- Most Student Authentic

Ms. Biswell (Kendra Nedd & Kayleigh Becker) won the category  -- Most Creative

Door Decorated in a jungle theme
Door decorated with frogs reading books.

03/01/2024 Direct Link

St Patrick's Hat & Pot of Gold

Canyon Ridge March Newsletter

Please check out the March Newsletter for upcoming information and activities!

CRS March Newsletter

03/01/2024 Direct Link

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Festival of the Arts - March 9th

The BIGGEST arts event of the year is coming soon! Mark your calendars for March 9th from 10-3pm at Valley Vista High School as students from across our great district sing, dance, play, create, paint, and so much more! Learn more at

02/29/2024 Direct Link

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Parent Satisfaction Surveys Are Open Until Sunday, February 18th.

Please take a moment to complete the Parent Survey so that we know what is going well and what needs improvement.  It is estimated to take 5 minutes to complete and is set to close on the night of Sunday 2/18.

QR Code for Parent Survey



02/15/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Spring Picture Day is March 7th

It is time to start planning for Spring Picture Day!  Order forms will be sent home with the students on February 23rd.  

Please call the front office if you have any questions. 

02/15/2024 Direct Link

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day Cougars!!

02/14/2024 Direct Link

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No School on Monday, February 19th

In honor of President's Day there will be no school on February 19th. Enjoy your long weekend and stay safe!

02/12/2024 Direct Link

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Read Across America Spirit Week Coming Soon

Read Across American Spirit Week is February 26th - March 1st.

Monday, February 26th is Pajama Day

Tuesday, February 27th is Silly Sock Day

Wednesday, February 28th is Red, White & Blue Day or Dress like a President Day

Thursday, February 29th is Dress As Your Future Self Day

Friday, March 1st is Wear a Vacation, Destination or College Shirt

02/11/2024 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Attendance Contest February 12th - 16th

Thank you all for participating in the "regular season" of the Attendance Contest this year!

We are excited to announce that Canyon Ridge is 1 of 16 schools that made the "Attendance Matters" Madness Playoffs, which will begin February 12th!

Way to go Canyon Ridge!  You will be competing to improve your own attendance rate as much as possible for as long as you remain in the playoffs. The eight schools that improve the most from February 12-16 will move on to the Elite 8 (February 20-23), then the Final Four (February 26-March 1) and Championship (March 4-8), with the same goal each week.

Please be at school on time and don't leave early February 12th - 16th.  We can do this Cougars!!

02/08/2024 Direct Link

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Parent - Teacher Conference Week

Just a reminder...

February 5th - 9th is Parent - Teacher Conference Week.  Please sign up for a conference with your student's teacher.

Early 1:00 PM Release

Monday - February 5th

Thursday - February 8th

Friday - February 9th

02/05/2024 Direct Link

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Sports Award Assembly

The Sports Award Assembly will be held on January 29th at 8:30 AM.  

02/04/2024 Direct Link

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CRS February Newsletter

Please see our February Newsletter for upcoming activities and information!

CRS February Newsletter

02/01/2024 Direct Link

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AZ Diamondbacks Attendance Matters Incentive

February is the Diamondbacks Attendance Matters Month!! 

All students who achieve perfect attendance for February will qualify for 1 complimentary ticket to a D-backs home game from April-June, with the purchase of at least 1 discounted adult ticket. 

Perfect Attendance is defined as being in your class from the morning bell to the dismissal bell without leaving early or arriving late.

At the end of the month, students with perfect attendance will receive a certificate with instructions on ordering their ticket.  Thank you for participating this season.    Go Canyon Ridge and.... Go D-backs!

01/30/2024 Direct Link

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It's Time To Register Your Future Kindergarten Student!!

Calling All Kindergarten Students... Canyon Ridge is accepting registration for the 24/25 school year!  Enrolling your student is easy!

1.  Head on over to

2.  Hit the Enroll Button

3.  Enter the student's information

4.  Call the front office with any questions!!

Pass on the news!!  We can't wait to welcome new Kindergarten students to campus in the 24/25 school year.

01/24/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Flag Football Game on 1/25/24 is Cancelled

The CRS Flag Football Game that was scheduled for 1/25 has been cancelled.  The game will not be made up..

01/23/2024 Direct Link

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Today's Football Game is Cancelled 1/23/24

The CRS Football Game is Cancelled Because of the Rain!

01/23/2024 Direct Link

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PTA Family Bingo Night 1/25/24

Canyon Ridge PTA Invites You To FAMILY BINGO NIGHT!!

January 25th - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM  in the CRS Cafeteria.

Free Entry - Prizes - Family Fun

Concessions will be available for purchase: 

Whole Pizzas: $13

Pizza by the Slice: $3 Each

Soda, Water, Chips & Candy: $1

PTA Family Bingo Night Flyer

01/22/2024 Direct Link

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January 23rd is the 100th Day of School

100 Days of learning, exploring and fun.  Happy 100th Day of School!

01/22/2024 Direct Link

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CRS Boys Volleyball Game on 1/24/24 is Cancelled

The Boys Volleyball Game vs Mountain View School on the 24th has been cancelled. 

01/22/2024 Direct Link

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Martin Luther King Day 2024

School is closed on January 15th for Martin Luther King Day.  

01/15/2024 Direct Link

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January 15th - NO School

There is no school on January 15th due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Have a safe and fun day off.

01/12/2024 Direct Link

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2nd Quarter Honor Assemblies Are On The 16th & 17th

The 2nd Quarter Honor Assemblies are scheduled for the 16th & 17th of January. Please check the parent portal for your student's 2nd Quarter Grades.

Below is the criteria for Principal's List and Honor Roll

Principal's List  -  All A's including Specials/Electives

Honor Roll  -  All A's & B's including Specials/Electives

January 16th

6th Grade - 8:30 AM

4th Grade - 9:00 AM

5th Grade - 9:30 AM

January 17th

7th Grade - 8:30 AM

8th Grade - 9:00 AM

Come celebrate your student's success with us.

01/11/2024 Direct Link

A chalk board sign with the words Winter Break on it with school supplies and holiday items around it.

Winter Break is December 25th - January 8th

We hope you have a safe and fun winter break.  We will see you back on campus Tuesday, January 9th.  

01/05/2024 Direct Link

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CRS January Newsletter

Check out the January Newsletter for upcoming events and information.

Canyon Ridge January 2024 Newsletter

01/01/2024 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Wishes Everyone A Very Happy Holiday Season

The staff at Canyon Ridge wishes everyone a Happy Holiday.  We hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy the season!!

12/22/2023 Direct Link

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Happy Holidays From Canyon Ridge

Thank you for an amazing 2023!  We can't wait to see you on January 9th!

12/22/2023 Direct Link

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School Resumes January 9th!

We hope you enjoyed your holiday break! 

The office will be open January 8th - 7:15 am - 3:45 pm.  

School will resume on January 9th.  Please be in your seat and ready to learn by 8:15 am.

We can't wait to see you for an amazing 2024!

12/22/2023 Direct Link

Therapy Dog with a Santa Hat and Holiday Sweater on.

Ugly Sweater Day at CRS

Monday was Ugly Sweater Day at Canyon Ridge.  We had some amazing "Ugly" sweaters!!!  The staff and students are so creative!  While the humans did an amazing job... the K-9s stole the show!  The CRS Therapy Dogs were decked out in full holiday wear!  What a fun day!

Mrs. Hoppe dressed as an elf

12/18/2023 Direct Link

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December 22nd is 11:15 AM Early Release

Just a reminder that school ends at 11:15 AM on December 22nd.  The office will be open from 7:15 AM - 11:45 AM that day.  

12/12/2023 Direct Link

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12 Days of Holiday Cheer is Happening at CRS

12 Days of Holiday Spirit

12/11 - Jingle All the Way

12/12 - Baby It's Cold Outside - Wear your cold weather gear- scarves, gloves, ear muffs, etc.

12/13 - Holiday Movie - Dress up as a character from your favorite holiday movie

12/14 - Tree Topper - wear your favorite holiday hat

12/15 - Holiday Stockings - wear your favorite holiday socks

12/18 - Ugly Sweater Day

12/19 - Candy Cane Lane - wear red and white

12/20 - Wear your favorite holiday shirt and accessories

12/21 - Dashing Through the Snow - dress like a Reindeer

12/22 - Canyon Spirit!

Please make sure students are within the school dress code!

12/11/2023 Direct Link

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Last Day for the Canyon Ridge Bear Drive is 12/12/23

As of 12/11/23, we have 740 Stuffed Animals for the CRS Bear Drive.  NEHS has done an amazing job at organizing, promoting and collecting the stuffed "bears".  The children at Phoenix Children's Hospital will have lots of stuffed animals to choose from.  Bring in a new, clean stuffed animal to help us reach our goal of 1000!

12/11/2023 Direct Link

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District Spelling Bee Champion Is From Canyon Ridge

Congratulation to Jade Arguello for winning the 2023 District Spelling Bee!  Canyon Ridge is so proud of you!!

12/10/2023 Direct Link

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PTA Holiday Shoppe

The Canyon Ridge PTA Holiday Shoppe will be open to parents and students after school for 1 hour on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.  On Wednesday (6th) the Holiday Shoppe will be open during the hours of the Winter Wonderland event.

Teachers have signed up for  time slots during the school day so students will have the opportunity to shop by themselves.  PTA volunteers will help students shop for gifts according to the lists on the envelops.  Remember to send in the Holiday Shoppe envelope ASAP if you would like your student to shop during the week. 

4th  Monday  1:00 - 2:00 PM

5th  Tuesday  3:00 - 4:00 PM

6th  Wednesday  5:00 - 6:30 PM

7th  Thursday  3:00 - 4:00 PM

8th  Friday  3:00 - 4:00 PM

12/03/2023 Direct Link

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S.W.A.G. is Selling Holiday Grams

S.W.A.G. (Students With A Goal) will begin selling Holiday Grams Tuesday, 12/5 before and after school.  Grams are 50 cents each and will come with a small candy cane. Grams will be delivered the week of December 18th!!

12/5 - 12/8 - Before & After School

12/12 - 12/15 - Before & After School

Online ordering is available!!

Please have the following information available before placing your online order:

Student(s) first & last name(s)

Student grade level

Student homeroom teacher

Incomplete information will delay delivery!!

For large orders, or entire class purchases, please contact the homeroom teacher directly for a class list before emailing your order. (This will help to ensure that the order is completed properly.)

Email all orders to before 12/15.

Cash Payment must be delivered to the front office in a sealed envelope labeled with:

Name of the adult that is purchasing the order

Email address that order was sent from

Please note that the front office does not have change.

Please contact with any questions.   Happy Holidays!!

12/03/2023 Direct Link

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CRS December Newsletter

Check out our December Newsletter for upcoming events and information.

Have a great December!

CRS December Newsletter

12/01/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Attendance Competition

We are in a competition with Sunset Hills to see which school has the highest percentage of attendance for the week of 11/27!!  There will be daily and weekly winners.  Please have your students to school on time this week.  Let's go Canyon Ridge!!

11/27/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge NEHS Bear Drive

Our National Elementary Honor Society is proud to be hosting our 2nd annual bear drive to benefit the Team Emery Bear Drive for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during the holiday season. Our scholars would like your help to make their dream of starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion a reality.

We are collecting NEW teddy bears and other stuffed animals so each child at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (and many other children’s hospitals around the country) can have a cuddly buddy for the holiday season. Please be sure that all donations are brand new from the store with tags on them. We are unable to accept used/second hand animals because of health concerns.

With your help, we know we can reach our goal of collecting 1,000 NEW bears and stuffed animals between November 29th and December 12th.

Thank you in advance for helping us to make a successful bear drive!

11/27/2023 Direct Link

Teddy Bear in a superman outfit.

CRS National Honor Society's 2nd Annual Bear Drive

Our National Elementary Honor Society is proud to be hosting our 2nd annual bear drive to benefit the Team Emery Bear Drive for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.  Our scholars would like your help to make their dream of starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion a reality. 

We are collecting NEW teddy bears and other stuffed animals so each child at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (and many other children’s hospitals around the country) can have a cuddly buddy for the holiday season.  Please be sure that all donations are brand new from the store with tags on them.  We are unable to accept used/second hand animals because of health concerns.

With your help, we know we can reach our goal of collecting 1,000 NEW bears and stuffed animals between November 29th and December 12th.

Thank you in advance for helping us to make a successful bear drive!  If you have any questions, or you would like to arrange a large pick-up or delivery of bears, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. 

Shiloh Freeman

2023 CRS Bear Drive Flyer

11/25/2023 Direct Link

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Thanksgiving Break is Nov 20th - 24th

November 20th - 24th - NO School.  Happy a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving Break!

11/16/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Honors Our Veterans!

On Thursday, November 9th, Canyon Ridge Honored Our US Veterans!  Community Veterans were invited to a school-wide assembly followed by a catered breakfast.  

CRS Veterans Day Assembly Photo Gallery

11/13/2023 Direct Link

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Coffee Talk With The Principal

Coffee Talk with the Principal is Wednesday, November 15th at 8:15 AM.  Jill Hoppe will be available to answer questions or address concerns.  Join us for a fun, informal discussion.

11/13/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Girls Softball Team Brings Home the Championship

The Canyon Ridge Softball Team is the Northwest Valley Champions!  Congratulations to the team for an undefeated year!

Softball Team standing in a line.

11/11/2023 Direct Link

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Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL - November 10th

Veterans Day will be observed on Friday, November 10th.  There will be no school.  Enjoy your day off.

11/08/2023 Direct Link

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Vaping 101 Presentation at CRS

Please join us as United Prevention Presents VAPING 101.

Learn the facts about vaping and find effective solutions to keep your child healthy and safe.

Wednesday, November 8th

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

In the Canyon Ridge Media Center

Vaping 101 Presentation Flyer

11/07/2023 Direct Link

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RSVP for the CRS Thanksgiving Family Meal!!

November 7th is the last day to RSVP for the Thanksgiving Family Meal at CRS!

This is a QR code to RSVP for the Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving RSVP

The meal will be served on November 16th.

Cost of Meal

Free Student Meal: $0

Reduced Student Meal: $0

Paid Student Meal: $2.60

District Staff: $3.50

Non-Students: $3.50

Lunch Schedule 

2nd Grade      10:15 – 10:40 AM

Kinder              10:45 – 11:15 AM

3rd Grade        11:10 – 11:30 AM

1st Grade        11:40 – 12:05 PM

4th Grade        12:10 – 12:35 PM

8th Grade        12:40 – 12:55 PM

7th Grade        12:55 – 1:10 PM

6th Grade          1:10 – 1:25 PM

5th Grade          1:25 – 1:45 PM

11/07/2023 Direct Link

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CRS November 2023 Newsletter

Check out the November Newsletter for upcoming events and activities.

November 2023 Newletter

11/06/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Softball Team in Championship Playoffs

The Canyon Ridge Softball Team will play its first playoff game on November 7th at 7:00 PM at Pioneer Community Park.  The team finished the regular season undefeated (1 game called because of weather resulted in a tie). They had the best regular season record and earned a BYE for the 11/7 5:00 PM game.  Game 2 & 3 will be played on November 9th.

Come out and cheer on our winning softball team!

11/04/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge's Veterans Day VFW Commemoration and Reception

Canyon Ridge School will celebrate Veterans Day with our annual VFW Commemoration assembly and reception on November 9th @ 8:30 a.m.

Our program will feature patriotic music, Scout Troop and Pack 400 presentation of colors, and guest speakers. We will also honor community volunteers who have greatly impacted Canyon Ridge School, staff and students.

After the assembly, Veterans, Service Members, and honored guests will be escorted to the media center for a catered breakfast. All guests will sign in and enter via the campus west gate, which will open at 8:00 a.m.  

Please RSVP to   We look forward to seeing you there!

11/04/2023 Direct Link

Canyon Ridge A

Canyon Ridge Earns an A!

We are so proud to announce that Canyon Ridge School earned an “A” rating from the school accountability labels for the 2022-2023 school year! Canyon Ridge is one of 18 schools in the district to receive the “A” rating.  Additionally, Canyon Ridge ranked in the top 10% of schools  in the state. 

The school accountability labels measures year to year student academic growth, proficiency on English language arts, math and science, the proficiency and academic growth of English language learners, indicators that an elementary student is ready for success in high school and that high school students are ready to succeed in a career or higher education and high school graduation rates.

11/03/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart Schools Food Drive

Canyon Ridge will be participating in a district wide food drive benefiting Valley View community Food Bank.  

Please help our school collect food for our community and WIN our District Competition.

Please bring your non perishable food donations to your homeroom to be counted.

Dysart Schools Food Drive Flyer

10/24/2023 Direct Link

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PTA Dine Out Night - In-N-Out - October 25th

Take a night off from cooking and join us for a CRS PTA Dine Out Night at In-N-Out from 4 - 8PM.  Check out the flyer email from peach jar!  Paper flyers will go home with students.  Please show your flyer during ordering.

10/23/2023 Direct Link

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Kindness Spirit Week October 23-27

Help us celebrate Kindness Week with daily dress up days!

Monday - Learn from the past, be kind! Decades Day!!

Kinder-2nd Grade - 50's

3rd - 5th Grade - 60's/70's

6th - 8th Grade - 80's

Tuesday - Look to your future, dress up as your future career!

Wednesday - Lean on your sidekick/friends! Dress the same as a friend (Twin Day)

Thursday - Put negative thoughts to bed!  Wear your pajamas! (No Slippers Please)

Friday - Team up and be kind! Wear your favorite sports team!

10/22/2023 Direct Link

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PTA brings us Trunk or Treat Night on October 27th

Bring your goblins and ghouls for a free family event!

October 27th 5-7 PM

Trick-or-treat through the front parking lot filled with Canyon families and local businesses.

Enjoy various games, a cookie walk, face painting, and more!

Dungan Dogs and Kona Ice will be on site for purchase.

Canyon Ridge PTA Trunk or Treat Flyer

10/22/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge PTA Candy Drive - October 18th - 25th

Canyon Ridge PTA Candy Drive!

October 18th - 25th

We need help providing lots of candy for our trick-or-treaters. Send in wrapped, pre-packaged candy to your child's homeroom teacher. The class with the most candy (In Weight) will win a pizza party on the PTA!

Candy Drive flyer

10/17/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Dance

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade students are invited to a dance with music and games!

October 19th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Dress up as your future career!

Parent Attendance is required!

Dress code will be enforced.

This event is not open to all grade levels, so we kindly ask that siblings (both older and younger) stay home.

10/17/2023 Direct Link

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BOO Grams for Sale - Oct 17th - 27th

Send a Boo Gram to all of your friends & teachers

Boo Gram Sales-Sponsored by Students With A Goal - S.W.A.G.

Dates: October 17th-20th & October 24th-27th (Before & After School)

Located in Front of the School


2 for $1(each gram will have a treat)

Grams will be delivered on or before Halloween!!

10/13/2023 Direct Link

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CRS - Early Release - October 5th & 6th

Students will be released at 1:00 PM on Thursday & Friday - October 5th & 6th!

10/04/2023 Direct Link

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Fall Break is October 9th - 13th

Just a reminder that Fall Break is October 9th - 13th.  Enjoy your break and be safe!

10/02/2023 Direct Link

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October 2023 Newsletter

Check out our October Newsletter for information and events!

October 2023 Newsletter

10/02/2023 Direct Link

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SAY CHEESE!! Picture Day is Coming Up!

Canyon Ridge Picture Days are October 3rd & October 4th.  Order envelopes were sent home with the students.  Students will hand their order envelope directly to the photographer. 

October 3rd -



2nd Grade

3rd Grade

October 4th -

1st Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

09/28/2023 Direct Link

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Steve Watson Reads to Students

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson visited Canyon Ridge School as part of his Book Club and treated second and third grade students in Ms. Ray and Ms. Corsi's class to a fun reading of the book "The Cool Bean". Each student got their very own copy of the book and a book mark. Mr. Watson also stressed the importance of reading books with others and encouraged students to read to their siblings, parents and grandparents to share the love of literacy.

09/27/2023 Direct Link

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PTA's Dine Out Night at SONIC!

Take a night off from cooking and support the PTA at the same time. Dine at Sonic on Greenway & Cotton Lane between the hours of 5 - 8 PM and help support our PTA.  Don't forget to bring your flyer.  Mobile Orders do not apply.

09/27/2023 Direct Link

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Success Starts With Showing Up!! Attendance Matters!

September is National Attendance Month!  Attendance is such an important part of school!  Canyon Ridge & Sunset Hills will be having an attendance contest soon.  More details to come!

09/25/2023 Direct Link

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Coffee Talk With The Principal

Canyon Ridge will host Coffee Talk With the Principal on September 26th at 8:15 AM.

09/24/2023 Direct Link


Tikis Shaved Ice & Ice Cream on Campus Sept 26th

Stop by the Tikis truck on the 26th for an afternoon treat.  Ice Cream, Shaved Ice & Coffee drinks being served in front of the school from 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

09/22/2023 Direct Link

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PTA Meeting - September 19th at 3:30 PM

Join us on September 19th at 3:30 PM in the Media Center for our first PTA Meeting of the year.

09/16/2023 Direct Link


3rd - 5th Grade Dance - Sept 28th 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The 3rd - 5th Grade Dance will be held on the 28th from 4:00 - 5:30 PM in the gym.  

Student Council will be selling chips, snacks and drinks at the dance.

09/16/2023 Direct Link

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Baseball & Softball Games Cancelled For 9/13/2023

Due to the field condition, Canyon Ridge baseball & softball games will be cancelled for tonight.  These games might be rescheduled towards the end of the season.

Thank you for your understanding.

09/13/2023 Direct Link

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National Arts in Education Month

September is National Arts in Education Month!  At Canyon Ridge we recognize the significance of Arts in Education!  We thank all of our teachers for bringing Arts into the classroom and we especially thank our teachers who specialize in the Arts; Shiloh Freeman - Art, George Hammersmith - Music & Dr. William Manners - Band.

09/13/2023 Direct Link

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“Becoming the United States” Exhibition to Open at Canyon Ridge School

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Surprise, Arizona - “Becoming the United States” a new traveling exhibition that explores the accomplishments and challenges of our national heritage, will be on display at Canyon Ridge School during our thirteenth annual celebration of United States Constitution Day, on 

September 15, 2023. Members of the community are welcome to tour the exhibit and view our student learning stations, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Patriots from Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Liberty Ladies of Sun City West and Sun City Grand,  Arizona Daughters of the American Revolution and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2135, will serve as guides and presenters. Seventh grade performers, representing a diverse array of American colonial figures, will interact with our younger learners, elected city officials, district leaders and valued community members.

The creators of this exhibit, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, was founded in 1994. Increasingly national and international in scope, the institute promotes the study and love of American History among students, scholars, and the general public. It supports balanced academic research in schools, organizes seminars and enrichment programs for educators, and partners with school districts to provide fact based resources. GLI also provides Teaching American History grants at all levels of student instruction.

Established in 2007, Canyon Ridge School is a Cognia STEM accredited campus in the Dysart Unified School District and has also been recognized with an A plus rating from the Arizona Education Foundation. We offer a 21st century education that highlights scientific inquiry, collaborative activities and cross-curricular projects. Our campus also participates in many civic activities and partners with twenty volunteer organizations.   We have presented community based American legacy projects for over fourteen years.

For more information regarding this special patriotic event and the traveling exhibition, please contact

Canyon Ridge School at (623) 523-8450

09/04/2023 Direct Link

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CRS September 2023 Newsletter

Check out the September Newsletter for upcoming events and information!

CRS September 2023 Newsletter

Have a great September!!!

08/31/2023 Direct Link


New CRS Choir Website

Our choir teacher has set up a new informational website.  You will be able to find upcoming events, choir practice information and any order forms and registration on the site. 

Canyon Ridge Choir Website

If you have any questions, please contact the front office!!

08/29/2023 Direct Link

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Kindergarten Color Days

Kindergarten Students are learning their colors!  Let's show our support by wearing the color of the day!

Monday, August 28- Red Day

Tuesday, August 29- Orange Day

Wednesday, August 30- Yellow Day

Thursday, August 31- Green Day

Friday, September 1- Blue Day

Monday, September 4- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 5- Purple Day

Wednesday, September 6- Pink Day

Thursday, September 7-Brown Day

Friday, September 8- Gray Day

Monday, September 11- Red, White & Blue Day

Tuesday, September 12- White Day

Wednesday, September 13 - Black Day

08/28/2023 Direct Link

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Cross Country Trial Practice is 8/31/23

Cross Country Season is right around the corner!!!

We will have a trial practice on Thursday, August 31st at 7:15 am. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and experience what Cross Country is all about without the commitment of joining the team. Interested students should meet in the front of the school at 7:15 am with the signed permission slip.

The actual season will start on the 5th of September and run through December 16th.  Practices are before school and XC Meets are on Saturdays.  Students in 3rd - 8th grade are able to participate.  The fee is $60.00 for the season. Please call the front office or email coach with any questions.

08/28/2023 Direct Link


6th - 8th Grade - Canyon Ridge Baseball & Softball Tryouts

The first season of sports is right around the corner!!

Baseball Tryouts are August 22nd - 25th from 6:30 am - 7:45 am on the Canyon Ridge Baseball Field

August 22nd - Fielding

August 23rd - Hitting

August 24th - Pitchers/Catchers - Running Bases

August 25th - Mini Scrimmage

Softball Tryouts are August 23rd - 25th from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm on the Willow Canyon JV Baseball Field

If students are interested in trying out, please pick up a permission slip in the front office.  Students will need to hand the coach a signed permission slip to try out.  

08/10/2023 Direct Link

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PTA Dine Out Night - Peter Piper Pizza

Come join the PTA August 17th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Peter Piper Pizza for a Family Dine Out Night.  Take a night off from cooking while your children enjoy hanging out with friends.  A portion of the sales are donated to the Canyon Ridge PTA.  

We can't wait to see you there!

08/10/2023 Direct Link

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August Newsletter

Check out the August Newsletter for upcoming activities and information.

Canyon Ridge August Newsletter

07/28/2023 Direct Link

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23/24 Student School Supply Lists

Click on the link for Suggested Student School Supply Lists

23/24 Student School Supply Lists

07/24/2023 Direct Link

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2023 Leap To Kinder Was a Huge Success

This week Canyon Ridge welcomed 47 Kindergarten Students to our campus.  Students were able to meet their teachers, make new friends, review and learn new material and so much more. Students were introduced to classroom expectations and routines in a fun environment.  Some classes were able to tour of the school and met staff along the way. Leap to Kinder is a great opportunity for students to get acquainted with the school, teachers, staff & routines.  We have found that introducing students in this manner reduces first day jitters and helps them have a great first day!

07/20/2023 Direct Link

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It's Time To Complete The Annual Student Update

It's that time of year again.....

Time to complete the Annual Student Update!  This update is mandatory for your students to have access to any school technology. This year the district is requiring all updates be completed online through the parent portal. If you have not set up your parent portal account, we have included instructions on how to create one. The parent portal is also where you will find up-to-date information on your student's grades, attendance and any fees they may have.

Regarding Yahoo Email Accounts We cannot guarantee you will receive emails from Dysart Unified School District if using a Yahoo email address.  If possible, please use a different email address.  We want to make sure you are able to receive important communications from the school. 

Updates need to be completed prior to August 1st to ensure your student has access to school technology when school starts. If you need to update your email address, or are having trouble logging in to the parent portal, please email  for assistance.

Creating a DUSD Parent Portal

How to Access and Complete the Annual Student Update

07/17/2023 Direct Link

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Kinder - 8th Grade School Starts August 3rd

We are so excited to welcome our students back!  School will start on August 3rd at 8:15 am.  It is a regular 3:00 pm dismissal day.

Your student's teacher will be sending an email home on July 31st with class information.  If you have not received an email by 2:00 pm.  Please call the front office.

Please see our website for important information including student supply lists.

Pre-School Students will start school on July 7th.  

07/10/2023 Direct Link

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Meet The Teacher Night is August 1st from 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Join us for meet the teacher night on August 1st at 5:00 pm.  Students and parents will meet their teachers and explore their classrooms.  

We will have representatives from Den's Club, the Health Office, the Cafeteria & the Canyon Ridge PTA to answer any questions you may have.  We have also asked our district volunteer specialist to provide on site fingerprinting for parents who are interested in volunteering in their student's classroom during the year. 

Your student's teacher will send an intro email on July 31st.  If you do not receive the email by 2:00 pm, please call the front office.

07/10/2023 Direct Link

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PTA's Summer Fun Night with the Arizona Diamondbacks

Summer fun Diamondbacks game!

Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 12:40 PM

 Purchase tickets:

The Arizona Diamondbacks invite schools from across the state to come cheer on the D-backs while raising money for their school at the same time!

All participating schools will receive a special discount on tickets for a number of games throughout the summer and receive $5 back for each ticket sold!

05/30/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Summer Office Hours

CRS Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The school office will be closed June 2nd - July 9th. 

We will be back in the office on July 10th.

05/26/2023 Direct Link

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Have a Safe & Fun Summer Break

Enjoy your summer break!  The 23/24 school year will start on August 3rd.  See you then!

05/24/2023 Direct Link

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Congratulations CRS Kindergarten Students

Canyon Ridge kindergarten students took the stage to perform several songs at their Kinder Luau Celebration.  Kindergarten teachers presented the students with promotion certificates while parents looked on.  Looking forward to seeing all of our new 1st graders next year. 

05/23/2023 Direct Link

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May 22nd - 24th Early Release Times

The end of the school year is right around the corner!!  Just a reminder that the last 3 days of school are early release.

May 22nd - 1:00 pm

May 23rd - 11:15 am

May 24th - 11:15 am

05/19/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Girls Soccer Wins Back to Back Championships

The Canyon Ridge Girls Soccer Team was undefeated for the 2nd year in a row.  They dominated the playoffs and won the championship game 2-0 against Sonoran Heights.  Congratulations Girls!

05/17/2023 Direct Link

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"Be Kind" Crew Donates Buddy Bench

The Be Kind Crew donated a Buddy Bench to Canyon Ridge.  The Buddy Bench was placed in the Kindergarten & First Grade playground.  The Buddy Bench, is a concept to foster inclusion and reduce loneliness among children. The idea is that a student will sit on the bench signaling to other students that you are looking for a buddy. Other students will notice someone sitting on the bench and reach out to them to make a new friend.

Thank you Be Kind Crew and associate donors.

05/17/2023 Direct Link

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Teacher Appreciation Week is Taking Off at Canyon Ridge

The Canyon Ridge PTA is kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week with a trip around the world. Dressed in flight attendant outfits, the PTA board served coffee and breakfast to all CRS staff.  This week the staff can look forward to a chair message, chocolate fountain with fruit and candy, lunch from Puerto Rican Pete's food truck, Sonic drinks & charcuterie boxes, Italian catered lunch & lots of gifts and prizes!  

The CRS staff thanks our amazing PTA, parents, students & community for showering them with love & appreciation!

  3 women standing next to coffee cart in flight attendant outfits.   Poster that states the world best teachers 

05/09/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Teacher Appreciation Week

This year Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8th - 12th.  The week is a time to show your teachers how much you appreciate them.  At CRS, we love our teachers and admire the dedication to their students. Our teachers put in long hours to give the students the best education and extra curriculum activities.

Thank you Canyon Ridge Teachers for being AMAZING!  We appreciate YOU!

05/06/2023 Direct Link

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CRS May Newsletter

Please check out the May Newsletter for upcoming activities and information.

CRS 22/23 May Newsletter

05/01/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Mathletes Win Big!!

Our CRS Mathletes Team won several awards in Saturday's competition.  The practiced hard and brought their "A" game to the competition.  Congratulations Mathletes!

3rd/4th Grade Team 1 - 4th Place

3rd/4th Grade Team 2 - 2nd Place

5th/6th Grade Team 1 - 1st Place

5th/6th Grade Team 2 - 4th Place

7th/8th Grade - 4th Grade

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05/01/2023 Direct Link

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8th Grade Promotion

8th Grade Promotion is right around the corner!!

Class of 2023

Let's Honor the 8th Grade Canyon Ridge Promoting Class.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

8:30 a.m.

Canyon Ridge School

17359 W Surprise Farms Loop North

Surprise, AZ

The ceremony will be on the back playground.

Please dress in summer casual attire.

8th grade promotion invitation

04/28/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Students Slime the Principals

The students of Canyon Ridge enjoyed popsicles while watching the principals get slimmed.  Mrs. Hoppe & Mr. Griesel agreed to let the donation drive top earners slime them if the school reached a goal of $40,000.  Canyon Ridge students not only met the goal, they surpassed it.

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04/18/2023 Direct Link

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PTA Direct Donation Drive Brings In $63,327.00

Greetings Canyon Ridge Families, 

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your participation and generosity in supporting our PTA's annual fundraiser. As a community, we raised $63,327.00! 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to our PTA to support students and teachers in a variety of ways including: instructional aides, tech enhanced instruction, sports, arts, academics, incentives, playground equipment, materials for projects, even to support a new 8th grade science lab!

We have a saying at CRS,  "many hands make for light work." We worked together for the love of our school community. Thank you so very much, YES! 


Mrs. Hoppe 

04/11/2023 Direct Link

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Register for Leap to Kindergarten

CRS incoming 2023/2024 Kindergarten students can register for Leap to Kindergarten!  The program runs July 17th - July 20th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. 

Students will learn daily routines and procedures, letter recognition and sounds, basic number recognition. Ensuring that our students know their letters, sounds, basic sight words and numbers by the first day of school helps to establish student success.

The cost is $35.00 and you can register your student through the community education link below.  If you have any questions, please call the Canyon Ridge Front Office.

23/24 Leap to Kindergarten Registration  

04/05/2023 Direct Link

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No School On April 7th.

Just a reminder that there is no school on April 7th.  We will see you back in class on Monday, April 10th.  Have a safe and fun spring holiday!

04/04/2023 Direct Link

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AASA State Testing Schedule for Canyon Ridge

Please check out the AASA testing schedule and updated lunch schedule for testing days.

Please make sure students are arriving to school on time and well rested.  

Thank you!

AASA State Testing Schedule for Canyon Ridge

04/03/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge April Newsletter

Check out our April Newsletter for upcoming events, activities and school information.

Have a great April!

04/02/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Spring STEM Festival

Mark your calendar to enjoy the Canyon Ridge Spring STEM Festival on Saturday, April 1st, 2023 from 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

The festival will have hands-on STEM activities to explore the many different areas of STEM including: Animal Science, Computer Science, Physical Science, Space Science, Technology and Robotics.

Exhibitors will be located on the big playground, gym and café.  We will have Blue’s Kitchen, Gibson’s Smokehouse, Coffee & Cravings, and Sugar Addicts Mini Donuts food trucks on site for lunch and desserts.  Many vendors will be on-sight including: Mathnasium, Arizona Wyyerd, Scentsy, Lids Insurance, Lil Stitchings, Sweet Butterfly Boutique, Whimsical Wishes, Sanity in Sunflowers, Hot Press bar, Chalk of the Town, Loven Candles, Mobwee Handmade, Nichols Group, Farmers Insurance, Twisted Rosewood Designs, Little Bus Cookie Co, Exp Realty, Uptown Alley, All Things Crafty, Elevate.

It will be fun for the whole family and open to our entire community. 

03/29/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Robotics Team Captures 1st Place Win

Congratulations to the CRS Robotics Team for placing 1st in the District's Annual STEM & Robotics Challenge.  The students competed against 8 other teams and took turns maneuvering through 4 different courses with challenging objectives.

Way to go Canyon Ridge!

03/29/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge March Newsletter

Please see our March Newsletter for upcoming events and activities!

CRS March Newsletter

03/01/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Named A+ School of Excellence

Canyon Ridge School along with two other Dysart schools have been named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF).  The A+ School of Excellence is a comprehensive school assessment program that celebrates outstanding schools and helps to identify, celebrate, and recognize educational excellence in PreK-12th grade schools throughout Arizona. AEF named thirty-six Arizona schools as 2022-2023 A+ Schools of Excellence. 

“In Dysart we strive to compete at the highest level, and I could not be more proud of these schools for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Dean.  “Canyon Ridge, El Mirage Elementary, and Willow Canyon are clearly doing great things, which is reflective of the hard work that our staff does each and every day.”  

“The A+ School of Excellence Award is significant as it sends a message throughout communities that the local neighborhood public school down the street is an exceptional choice, brimming with opportunities for students to learn and grow, and for faculty and staff to thrive,” stated Kim Graham, AEF® Executive Director. “AEF was established to shine a spotlight on the great work of public schools and the hardworking educators and employees who devote themselves to serving students and families. The A+ School of Excellence Award is our way of honoring that incredible dedication.” 

A+ School of Excellence recipients are evaluated on many areas, including student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data. Selected schools must demonstrate high student academic achievement or growth over time, participate in site visits by state education leaders, and document in detail the school’s leadership and commitment to excellence, equity, and service. The application process is collaborative, and involves all stakeholders - students, staff, and the community. Winning schools receive $500 and a banner designating them as an A+ School of Excellence winner.

02/22/2023 Direct Link

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Read Across America Spirit Week Coming Soon

We are excited to welcome several guest readers from our community!  Students are encouraged to dress up during the week and celebrate our love for reading!

Monday, February 27th: Oh The Places You'll Go Day ★ Dr. Seuss Day ○ Wear a vacation, destination, OR college shirt!

Suggested Home Activity: Research a cool vacation to take with your family!

Tuesday, February 28th: Fox in Socks Day ★ Socks Day ○ Wear silly socks, lots of socks, mismatched socks or even mismatched shoes!

Suggested Home Activity: Act out a favorite scene from a book with sock puppets.

Wednesday, March 1st: One Fish, Two Fish Day ★ Red/Blue Day ○ Wear red or blue or both! ○ Make yourself into a colorful fish!

Suggested Home Activity: Use a funny voice to retell a story.

Thursday, March 2nd: The Cat in the Hat Day ★ Crazy Hat and Stripes Day ○ Wear your funniest or craziest hat you have! ○ Wear Stripes

Suggested Home Activity: Wear a party hat while reading a Dr. Seuss book.

Friday, March 3rd: Sleep Book Day ★ Pajama Day ○ Wear your most comfy pajamas! ■ NO slippers

Suggested Home Activity: Read a favorite story under the covers.

Read Across America Flyer

02/15/2023 Direct Link

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Canyon Day at the Ballpark!!

Canyon Day at the Ballpark!

Date: Saturday March 4, 2023 at 6:05 p.m. | Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals

Offer Link:

Offer Description: Canyon Ridge School Spirit Night at Surprise Stadium Join your friends and family from Canyon Ridge School at our School Spirit Day with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium! The Surprise Stadium has invited our CRS families to the ballpark for an evening of spring training fun!

Spirit Days at Surprise Stadium offers an exclusive School Spirit Family Package that includes (4) Lawn Seats, (4) Drinks and (4) Food Vouchers – choice of value hot dog or popcorn for $50!

A portion of your purchase will be donated to our school! You must pre-purchase your school spirit game day package through this link.

The package will not be available the day of the event and may not be purchased at the Box Office. Gear up and be ready to celebrate your Canyon Ridge School Spirit! Go Cougars!

Don't wait, availability through this link is limited. Secure your seats today!

**Please Note**

- Parking is free - Children ages 2 and older require a ticket

- All Lawn Seating is General Admission (GA) seats and are on a first come, first served basis

- Blankets are permitted in Surprise Stadium, as long as they are carried in through security screening over the shoulder

- Chairs are not permitted into Surprise Stadium at any time. This includes any form or type of chair/and or seat that is intended to elevate an individual above the ground. Seat Cushions are permitted but are subject to security screening

- Please visit for Stadium Policy and Guidelines

- Approved Bags: o Clear Tote - plastic, vinyl and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" o Small Clutch Purse - No larger than 5" x 8" with or without a handle or strap.  Plastic Storage Bag - Clear, one (1) gallon, re-sealable

- Gates will open 90 minutes before game time

02/14/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Volleyball Teams Win First Round Playoff Games

Canyon Ridge dominated the courts last night with both Girls and Boys winning their first playoff game.  Both teams will advance to the second round and play February 14th @ 5:00 p.m. at Willow Canyon High School.

Let's show some Canyon spirit and cheer our teams on to Victory!

02/14/2023 Direct Link

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CRS February Newsletter

Please see the February Newsletter for upcoming events and activities.  Have a great month!!

02/02/2023 Direct Link

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Donate Paper Without Leaving Your Car!!

National Elementary Honor Society is holding a paper drive staring January 30th.  NEHS students will be outside during drop off and pick up to collect reams of copy paper directly from the parents/guardians in the cars!  Parents will receive a coupon for a free Culver's ice cream for each ream of paper donated.  NEHS is asking for both white & color copy paper.  The students will distribute the paper to all the teachers throughout the school.  

The paper drive will run through February 17th!  

01/27/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Receives "Gearing Towards the Future" Awards

We are so thankful for our partnership with AzScitech! Today our students received awards for their submissions to the "Gearing Toward the Future" creations. @AZSciTechFest

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Students with awards
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Barrett-Jackson banner

01/26/2023 Direct Link

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CRS Celebrates 100 Days of School

The Canyon Ridge Staff and Students celebrated 100 days of school with activities and some games. Mrs. Benton's class dressed as 100-year-olds, popped 100 balloons and counted 100 dots. First grade students stacked 100 cups and made pictures with 100 items. Students and staff wore various "I survived 100 days" shirts. It was a great day on campus!Staff Members with 100 Day Shirts on.

01/25/2023 Direct Link

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Q & U Get Married at Canyon Ridge

Mrs. Benton hosted a wedding for the Letter Q & the Letter U in her kindergarten classroom.  Students were invited to dress as a character that started with the Letter Q.  There were Quarterbacks, Queens and even a Question Mark walking around campus.  The students were treated to a lesson on joining Q & U and what sound the couple makes.  After the ceremony, students enjoyed treats and juice.

 Student Dressed as a queenStudent dressed in question marksWedding Setting

01/25/2023 Direct Link

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PTA's Family Bingo Night

Canyon Ridge PTA is Hosting Family Bingo Night on January 19th from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  Bring the kids and join us for a great family event.

01/17/2023 Direct Link

Rosie the Riveter presentation

Canyon Ridge Students Explore History with Rosie the Riveters

As an important element of global historical studies, and an exploration of America during the Second World War, the seventh grade team at Canyon Ridge School participated in an assembly with members of the American Rosie the Riveters Association (ARRA) Sun City Chapter. 

Florence Cook, who served as a Rosie the Riveter in the California defense industry in 1944, shared her recollections of the early days of World War Two and her work on aircraft components for the Boeing company. 

"The attack on Pearl Harbor was a shocking thing and young ladies wanted to do their part to support our country. I started work as a Rosie at the age of 18; right out of high school. You didn’t think about the broader war too much, you just kept doing your job.” 

Over six million Rosie the Riveters served on the home front during the war. In factories across the country, they collectively produced over three hundred thousand aircraft, one hundred thousand tanks, fifteen million guns and over forty-one million rounds of ammunition. Their efforts were key to the American and Allied victory in the conflict.

“Rosies came from all walks of life and did so much more than just rivets,” states ARRA Vice President Linda Lundberg. “Some Rosies were mechanics, electricians, welders, trainers and inspectors. They even became pilots and flew many types of aircraft from the factory to transport points that shipped war materials overseas.”

The students at Canyon Ridge School prepared detailed questions with follow up comments for all of the presenters. Students offered facts regarding the Second World War that they had learned in Social Studies class through reading, discussion, and internet research. They applied this knowledge to the real world scenarios, experiences, and the recollections of the presenters. This established strong community connections and a baseline for the historical context of events. Students came to recognize how major trends in history affect individual lives; as well as the fate of nations.

“The contribution of the Rosie the Riveters was one of the main reasons we won the war,” declared ARRA Sun City Chapter President, Barbara Cook. “Our Rosies had to do their best with every machine or component they built as American lives were at stake. Rosies were never considered Veterans by the Armed Forces but they managed to win the war without ever firing a gun. They built over fifteen million of them instead.”

01/12/2023 Direct Link

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CRS January 2023 Newsletter

Check out the newsletter for upcoming events.

CRS January 2023 Newsletter

01/04/2023 Direct Link

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Winter Break at Canyon Ridge

Have a fun and safe winter break.  We will see you back in class on January 5th.

Winter Break

December 21st - January 4th.

12/19/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Raises $17,210.21 for Kids Heart Challenge

Canyon Ridge hosted a pizza party sponsored by the American Heart Association for the top 10 student donors and the 55 students who completed Finn's Mission.  In addition to pizza and juice, the students received a certificate from the American Heart Association.  Way to go Canyon!!

12/19/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge XC Takes Home 7 Medals on Saturday

Under the direction of Coach Benton, Canyon Ridge athletes did an amazing job on Saturday at the cross country meet.  Several students finished with times that were their personal best!  Canyon Ridge had 7 students medal in the event. Way to go Canyon Ridge XC!

3-4 Girls Division

1st Place - Bella

2nd Place - Brooklyn

3-4 Boys Division

2nd Place - Troy

5-6 Girls Division

2nd Place - Blair

5-6 Boys Division

1st Place - Peter

3rd Place - Christian

7-8 Girls Division

3rd Place - Angelina

12/10/2022 Direct Link

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12 Days of Holiday Cheer is in Full Swing

Canyon Ridge is counting down to the last day of school before break with 12 Days of Holiday Cheer.  The first week was a huge success with both staff and students dressing up on themed days.  There were a couple sightings of Cindy Lou Who on Favorite Holiday Movie Character Day and the campus was ringing with cheer in every room on Jingle Bell Day!

Check out the calendar and help us count down to the Holiday Break.

December 12th - Tree Topper Day (Wear a Holiday Hat)

December 13rd - Holiday Stockings Day (Wear Holiday Socks)

December 14th - Ugly Sweater Day (Wear an Ugly Holiday Sweater)

December 15th - Silent Night Day (Wear Holiday Jammies - No Slippers)

December 16th - Holiday Shirt Day (Wear Your Favorite Holiday Shirt and Accessories)

December 19th - K-4 - Canyon Spirit Shirts  -  5th-8th Grade - Dress like a Reindeer

December 20th - K-4 - Dress Like a Reindeer  -  5th-8th Grade - Canyon Spirit Shirt

12/10/2022 Direct Link

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Mrs. Hoppe Serves Up Berry Smoothies

On Monday, Mrs. Hoppe jumped on the Dysart Blender Bike to make smoothies in the cafeteria.  The smoothies were delicious!!  Students can't wait for the next Blender Bike day!! 


12/08/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Student Places 3rd in Dysart District Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our 7th grade student, Jade for placing 3rd in the Dysart District Spelling Bee.  Jade will go on to represent Dysart in the Regional Spelling Bee in March!  Way to go Jade!!

12/08/2022 Direct Link


Polar Express Night at Canyon Ridge - December 1st

Join Us for a Free event for the entire family!!

Thursday, December 1st 5:00-6:30pm

Join us for STEM activities, treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Food trucks and the Holiday Shop will also be available to purchase items.

Doors open at 5:00pm!

12/01/2022 Direct Link

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CRS December Newsletter

Check out our December Newsletter for upcoming activities and information!

11/30/2022 Direct Link

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Students Go 18 Rounds in the Scripps Spelling Bee

A group of amazing students competed in the Scripps Canyon Ridge School Wide Spelling Bee.  The Bee went 18 rounds to find the CRS district spelling bee representative.  Nolan Norrell and Jade Arguello survived several rounds together before Jade Arguello was crowned the winner after spelling the word "pioneered".

Jade will represent Canyon Ridge in the District Spelling Bee.  Congratulations to our winner and runner up!

11/11/2022 Direct Link

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Movie Night at Canyon Ridge

The Canyon Ridge PTA treated students and family to a free movie night on the back field.  Attendees bundled up and settled in to watch the movie "The Bad Guys".  Soda Rush Food Truck & V-Dawgs Hotdog Cart were on hand to serve up snacks and dinner.  It was a great night!  Thank you to the CRS PTA for arranging such a fun event for the students!

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11/11/2022 Direct Link

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CRS Student Farmer's Market

Dysart's Food and Nutrition Services introduced our students to several fresh fruits and vegetables during a lunch time Farmer's Market.  The Farmer's Market program was introduced this year to give your student a hands-on nutrition education.  

Canyon Ridge students were offered Carnival Cauliflower, Sugar Snap Peas, Mango, Jicama and Heirloom Grape Tomatoes.

Thank you Food and Nutrition for providing a fun way to learn about and try new foods!

11/03/2022 Direct Link

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CRS November Newsletter

Check out our November Newsletter for important updates, interesting information, and upcoming events and activities.

Have a great November!

CRS November Newsletter

11/02/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge STEM Cross Grade Collaboration Day

On Friday, October 28th Canyon Ridge students participated in a STEM day.  Older students were assigned a younger student to work with on different projects.  The students used a design process before testing their product for the first time.  After the first test, students made modifications to improve on their designs and re-tested the products.  

8th grade students worked with 1st grade students to design a Monster Trap.  6th grade students collaborated with 2nd grade students to make Safety Goggles to use during their Candy Experiment.  7th grade students buddied up with 3rd graders to create small parachutes and 4th grade students worked with Kindergarten students on several STEM activities.  Our 5th graders were challenged to a few STEM activities with help from our special guests from A World In Motion (AWIM).

It was an amazing day filled with a ton of learning!

11/02/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Earns an “A” Rating

Canyon Ridge School is excited to announce that we have received an A-rating from the newly-released 2022 State of Arizona accountability labels. This letter grade provides us a glimpse into many areas of proficiency and growth for our school, including information about student achievement, college and career readiness, student growth, and other key areas of interest. We appreciate our hardworking students, staff and parents for their contributions in making our school an A-rated school! 

This is the first time the state has issued new labels since 2018-2019, due to House Bill’s 2910 and 2402, which temporarily paused the issuing of A-F letter grades. It is important to note that this year the state used the same cut marks as they did in 2019 for K-8 schools, the last year they issued letter grades. However, this year's K-8 growth score is only based on growth percentile and does not include growth-to-target.

About School Letter Grades: Arizona Revised Statutes § 15-241 requires the Arizona Department of Education, subject to final adoption by the State Board of Education, to develop an annual achievement profile for every public school in the state based on an A through F scale. The system measures year to year student academic growth, proficiency on English language arts, math and science, the proficiency and academic growth of English language learners, indicators that an elementary student is ready for success in high school and that high school students are ready to succeed in a career or higher education and high school graduation rates. 

11/01/2022 Direct Link

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PTA brings Be Kind Assembly to Canyon Ridge

The Be Kind Crew presented to the entire student body on Tuesday the 25th.  Their presentation was high energy with a ton of audience participation.  The Canyon Ridge Students will be focusing on being... encouraging, supportive, positive and helpful! 

Thank you to our PTA for gifting us with a great assembly!

Be Kind Truck

10/27/2022 Direct Link

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Career and College Expo

 Dysart Unified School District invites parents and students to a Career and College Expo on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Dysart District Office, located at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.  

The expo showcases Dysart's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, West-MEC, colleges and universities, and military representatives so families can explore opportunities to pursue in and after high school. This is a great way for 5th through 11th grade students and their parents to get hands-on with all of the career pathway classes and programs offered at Dysart Schools. The event is free and open to the public. Details can be found at

Dysart Schools currently offer 17 CTE programs at four high schools (Dysart High School, Shadow Ridge High School, Valley Vista High School, and Willow Canyon High School.) Program options include Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Animation, Digital Photography, Education Professions, Engineering, Film and TV Production, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Laboratory Assisting, Law and Public Safety, Marketing, Nursing Services, Software and App Design, Sports Medicine, Stagecraft Design and Production and Technology Device Maintenance. Learn more at

10/25/2022 Direct Link

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CRS Students Practice Yoga

At Canyon Ridge School, our 5th through 8th grade students get to pick what special area classes they would like to take during each semester.  Our teachers and staff work hard to offer diverse electives.  We are excited to offer Yoga as a class this quarter.  What a great way for students to decompress while getting in some healthy exercise. 

10/19/2022 Direct Link

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Scarecrow Day at Canyon Ridge

Mrs. Benton's class celebrated the beginning of fall break with a Scarecrow Day!  The class learned all about the purpose of scarecrows and how they help farmers.  Students also decorated scarecrow cupcakes and colored pumpkin pages.  It was so fun to see all the little scarecrows around campus.

10/10/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge October Newsletter

Check out the new CRS October Newsletter!

10/03/2022 Direct Link

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Gibby Parra Speaks to Canyon Ridge 8th Graders

Gibby Parra is a photojournalist, reporter and on-air personality.  He spoke to the 8th grade about opportunities in broadcasting and his love for the job. As a native of Arizona, Gibby has been Arizona's Family for 25 years and is a "go to" guy for Good Morning Arizona.  The students were able to ask questions and several expressed interest in a career as a photojournalist.

10/03/2022 Direct Link

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CRS Students Study Chicken Feet

Mrs. Merritt's 7th grade science classes investigated chicken feet to discover how the body systems interact.

09/28/2022 Direct Link

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Kindergarten Apple Tasting

Mrs. Wiedeke's kindergarten students experienced apple tasting today.  After tasting a red, green and yellow apple, the class favorite is Red!  

The students discussed, shared and compared many different adjectives to describe how the apples taste.  Yummm!

09/28/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Baseball & Softball Have a Great Start to the Season!

Canyon Ridge started the season off with a win in both softball and baseball.  It was a great day for our teams! The Baseball team won 12-0 and the Softball team ended with a 18-7 score.  Way to go Cougars!

09/15/2022 Direct Link

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CRS Teachers Love Learning!

Teachers are learning how to co-construction knowledge by observing the phenomenon when ice is added to rubbing alcohol the ice floats in the middle of the glass.

08/31/2022 Direct Link

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Walmart Donates School Supplies to CRS

Canyon Ridge was happy accepting a large donation of student supplies from Surprise Neighborhood Walmart.

08/26/2022 Direct Link

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Canyon Ridge Students Become Published Authors

For the fifth consecutive year, student writers from Canyon Ridge School have achieved publication of their written work in the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) volume, Since You Asked. The annual release of this book highlights the service and sacrifice of American Veterans from all over Arizona. Students formulated questions, conducted interviews, selected photos and generated multiple drafts of a collective article about their chosen Veteran. Guided by a teacher serving as editor, students gained experience with expository writing, use of primary documents and conveying historical events crucial in the life of their country.

Our latest young authors join the nearly 50 Canyon Ridge School students who have been published with the Veterans Heritage Project and memorialized the service and recollections of eight Veterans since 2017. The middle level contributors to the current VHP writing group were: Evan Friedrich, Alexander Galindo, Andrew Galindo and Christine Ubochi. Their months of planning, reading, writing and editing were focused on Vietnam War Veteran, Patrick Richard Alley.

Patrick Richard Alley served as a helicopter crew chief in the United States Army, with many combat missions to his credit in Southeast Asia. He assisted in maintaining the Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” aircraft and managed operations while airborne. His crew was called upon to deliver troops, evacuate soldiers and civilians, and replenish supplies for Americans fighting on the front lines. Recollections of those experiences were enlightening for students at Canyon Ridge.

“I wanted to soak up the words and understand the challenges and hardships that determined Americans faced,” said student writer Evan Friedrich. “It is very important that the stories of our Veterans be preserved for generations to come.”

While conveying his memories of combat to our learners, Pat stressed that wars are not the only way to display heroism. “I define the word ‘hero’ as someone who forgets themselves and helps other people. You don’t have to participate in any way to achieve such a thing. In any moment when you are willing to forget yourself and put the needs of others first, then you become a hero.” 


After his service in Vietnam, Mr. Alley taught science and mathematics for 33 years in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His real world teaching techniques, sense of humor, and genuine compassion for learners, inspired many of his students to later pursue professional endeavors in science, education or the Armed Forces.

“Pat Alley was the greatest teacher a student could ever ask for,” states Canyon Ridge School Social Studies educator Christopher J. Raso.

“He was my sixth grade teacher many years ago and has been a lifelong friend. So much of what I have accomplished as an educator is due to his example and guidance. With each passing year that my learners participated in the Veterans Heritage Project, I knew I wanted to find a way to tell Pat’s story of service to our nation.”

For 18 years, the Veterans Heritage Project has built bridges of cooperation between young citizens and Veterans. Their network of sponsors and publishers support cross-generational learning and patriotism while recording the experience of our service members for future generations. The volume became part of the collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Related student interviews, with those who served, are immortalized in the National Veterans History Project and are available as an online resource. Complimentary copies of the book are provided to the student writers, teacher sponsors, and their Veteran subject. Additional copies are sold to the public and inscribed by writers and Veterans at a VHP book signing event in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Veteran featured in Book stands with his wife

08/16/2022 Direct Link

Onyx, the therapy dog sitting by a bag of soccer balls.

PTA Donates A Bag Of Playground Equipment To Each Grade!

The Canyon Ridge PTA donated a large bag of playground equipment to each grade level.  The students in each grade are responsible for bringing out the bag of equipment for recess and making sure it is all accounted for before returning to class.  It has been so awesome to watch the students enjoy all the extra items at recess but more than that, it has been amazing to see the pride they have in maintaining the equipment and gathering up each item after recess.

Thank you Canyon Ridge PTA and thanks to Onyx, one of our therapy dogs, for accepting the 6th grade bag of equipment!!!

08/15/2022 Direct Link

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Welcome Back!

Canyon Ridge had a successful first day of school! We were so excited to welcome back our students and families for another great year. Please continue to check our website and social media to learn more about all the great activities and events planned, as well as updates on our academic progress!  We hope you have a great year, and please reach out if you need anything to help make your student successful!

Check out the photo gallery from the first day below!

08/04/2022 Direct Link

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Meet The Teacher Night

Join us Monday, August 1st for our Annual Meet The Teacher Night.

This night will be filled with information.

Den's Club -- Meet the Den's Club Staff, Fill out & turn in paperwork

Food Services -- Pay for Student Lunches

PTA -- Meet our PTA Board Members, Join PTA, Purchase CRS swag items

Fingerprinting -- We love our volunteers!  Start the process to get approved to volunteer.

Last Name    A - L -- 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm 

Last Name    M - Z -- 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

07/11/2022 Direct Link

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Welcome Back!

We can't wait to see everyone back for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 3! Make sure you mark your calendars for event and activity dates and keep an eye on our new website for important information as the start of school approaches.

Our Meet the Teacher night will be on Monday, August 1, 2022. We will have two sessions. Families with last names A-L 4:45-5:30 and families with last names M-Z 5:45-6:30. Please join us to see the campus, meet your child's teachers, and get information on what to expect this year. 

Still need to enroll? There's still time to get your children enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year! Parents and guardians can complete the necessary registration information online at at any time.  Please note that in order to finalize registration the following documents will be required: government issued photo identification; birth certificate; proof of residency; and immunization records. For additional assistance with student registration, families are welcome to contact our front office.

Don't forget to make sure you have access to the Parent Portal to keep up with your child’s academic progress throughout the year! Sign up or access the site online at or via the Campus Parent app. 

06/29/2022 Direct Link

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Volunteer Opportunities

Dysart Schools have many opportunities for the community to assist schools in providing an amazing educational experience to each and every student. Volunteers help to enrich children’s learning opportunities, provide individual attention to children who need one-on-one assistance, promote a school-home-community partnership for quality education, provide staff members with more time to work with students, and assist staff members and support personnel with non-instructional tasks.

Where is Help Needed?

  • Classroom and teacher support 
  • One-on-one student assistance 
  • Event help (preparations, setup, operations, tear-down)  
  • Guest speakers (experts or retirees in various fields) 
  • Front office assistance

How to Become a Volunteer:

  1. Review the volunteer handbook and complete the volunteer application at 
  2. Make an appointment for your volunteer orientation 
  3. Coordinate your schedule through the school office 
  4. Put on your volunteer badge and have fun!

Who Should Apply to Volunteer?

Anyone who cares about children and education is a potential volunteer. Parents, grandparents and community members 18 years of age or older who want to make a difference in the lives of children and support educators are encouraged to apply to become a volunteer with Dysart Unified School District. Volunteers are welcome in all of our schools and prior teaching experience is not necessary.

Learn more or apply here.

06/02/2022 Direct Link

School lunch

School Breakfast and Lunch

Dysart Nutrition Services ensures that students at all schools have fresh, wholesome and nutritious breakfast and lunch options to support their education and focus in class. Learn more about Nutrition Services at Menus and nutritional information may be viewed at

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

Beginning July 1, 2022 the USDA is returning to income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced meals. All families should complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application at to help maintain school funding and make sure that qualified families receive this and other benefits. Only one application is required per family, and may be completed at

How to Add Meal Funds to an Account

Cash and checks are accepted for meal purchases, or families may utilize to prepay for meals online, view their balances, or place restrictions on purchases. Online payments take 24 hours to post to student accounts.  

Meal Prices 

  • Elementary Lunch $2.60, Reduced $.40, Adult $3.50  
  • Elementary Breakfast $1.25, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.75  High School Lunch $2.85, Reduced $.40, Adult $3.50  
  • High School Breakfast $1.25, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.75 

A la carte and snack items are available for purchase on each campus, and additional meals are available for an added charge. Parents are always welcome to dine with their child, but please be sure to call in advance and check-in at the school office. Adult meals may be purchased for $1.75 for breakfast or $3.50 for lunch. 

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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Employment Opportunities in Dysart

Dysart is the largest employer in both the cities of Surprise and El Mirage with over 2,700 employees. Dysart Schools offer highly competitive salaries, full benefits and an inviting school-year calendar with holidays and weekends off for most positions. 

With a wide-variety of positions ranging from groundskeeper, to mechanic, to office staff, and teachers, we’re always looking for great people to join our Dysart team!

Current High Need Areas: 

  •  Bus Drivers and Aides
  •  Childcare and Preschool Aides
  •  Paraprofessionals
  •  Behavioral Technicians 
  •  Speech and Language Pathologists 
  •  Special Education Teachers 
  •  Math Teachers 
  •  Science Teachers 
  •  ASL Teachers 
  •  Health Services Assistants 
  •  Crossing Guards 
  •  Maintenance Workers and Plant Managers 
  •  Social Workers

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06/02/2022 Direct Link

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Stay Informed on the Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a great tool to stay informed 24/7 about your child’s academic progress. Grades, attendance, assignments and more are viewable in real time online or via the app, Campus Parent. A single login allows parents with multiple students to access information for all of their children in one place. Learn more at

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To make sure that we can keep you informed in emergency situations, please ensure that your contact information is current in the Parent Portal. You are also able to adjust your communication preferences (phone, text, and/or email) at or on the Campus Parent app to ensure you are getting the various message types in the way that you would like. Remember that if you select more than one type of communication per category, you will receive the message multiple times via each of those avenues.

06/02/2022 Direct Link

Huda Clemens from Western Peaks Elementary School poses at a recent Diamondbacks game

Three Educators honored by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Three Dysart Schools teachers were recently named D-backs Most Valuable Teachers in STEM by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Huda Clemens from Western Peaks Elementary School received the honor along with Canyon Ridge School teachers Stefanie Lump and Lacey Merritt.

This recognition supports ten outstanding educators monthly from April through August and provides an opportunity to showcase the state's teachers and acknowledge their commitment to students for going above and beyond.  

Below are excerpts from each nomination letter.

Huda Clemons was nominated by Lisa Garon. “She certainly deserves to be recognized for all her extra time, patience and desire to help students become better in the area of STEM,” shared Garon. 

 “Mrs. Clemens is our iExplore teacher and also runs an after-school Robotics Club.  Since she designs and records the morning announcements for our building, she engages our students in those so they can be a part of the process.” 

Stefanie Lump was nominated by Justean Palmer. “Mrs. Lump inspires students on a daily basis as she teaches STEM to her 5th graders,” said Palmer.

 “She supports all the teachers at Canyon Ridge with their Scientific Process, giving them ideas for STEM buckets with kindergarten classrooms and unique STEM projects with the upper grade levels. Her students build STEM projects monthly and she is our main contact for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): A World in Motion program where retired engineers from General Motors provide valuable presentations to our students.

Lacey Merritt was nominated by Justean Palmer. “Lacey Merritt is a remarkable STEM educator and leader,” shared Palmer.  

“Being the Instructional Coach on campus, I see the dedication she has put into building our STEM program from attending workshops to teaching what STEM truly means, supporting teachers in the Engineering Design Process and challenging the students' thinking at Canyon Ridge. Her students thrive through her hands-on STEM projects that push their understanding of the human body to building structures that withstand a hurricane, all while being able to utilize the design and redesign process.”

The educators received a $1,000 classroom grant courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Honeywell.  Additionally, the educators received tickets to a recent Diamondbacks game and on-field recognition.  They will be considered for the Most Valuable Teacher of the Year, which includes a $5,000 classroom grant and on-field recognition. 

05/25/2022 Direct Link

Canyon Ridge leadership pose for a photo with a certificate

Canyon Ridge Students Receive Awards from Arizona DAR

Canyon Ridge School, in partnership with the Arizona Daughters of the American Revolution (Arizona DAR) - Agua Fria chapter, recently recognized the seventh grade team for participating in the 2021-2022 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) History Essay Contest. Middle level learners, their teachers, and community guests recently gathered for an awards assembly and to honor student Charles Riley III who won first place in the contest on the chapter level. He received a special award and a prize. His outstanding work will now advance to the Arizona DAR state level competition. More than 100 additional learners that submitted a contest entry were presented with a certificate of participation for their efforts.

The theme of the annual contest involved the one-hundredth anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Each student generated a thought provoking historical essay of 600 words or more that highlighted the importance of the national monument. The essay prompt required a combination of historical facts, patriotic perspectives, and fictional characters. Learners performed internet research to determine the design, construction and purpose of the tomb. They also included facts from their study of the First World War in social studies class and the creative writing techniques and conventions provided during Language Arts instruction.

“The students did wonderful work and were so creative,” stated Arizona DAR - Agua Fria member Shirley Staggs. “They really had a great grasp of the prompt and the importance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”

“Each year our collaboration with Canyon Ridge School gets better and better,” stated Arizona DAR - Agua Fria Regent Twila Lobitz. “The seventh grade team has demonstrated great creativity and a genuine sense of patriotism.”

02/28/2022 Direct Link

Christina Ubochi, seventh grade student at Canyon Ridge School, holds a certificate from the Daugthers of the American Revolution.

DAR Awards First Place to Canyon Ridge Student

Congratulations to Christina Ubochi, seventh grade student at Canyon Ridge School, for winning first place in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2020-2021 American History Essay Contest. Sponsored by multiple local groups of the Arizona DAR, including the Agua Fria and White Tanks chapters, the contest offers middle level students the opportunity to explore a historical topic related to the Revolutionary War; while promoting creativity with the inclusion of fictional elements. 

This year all contest entries highlighted the pivotal role of the Boston Massacre in the outbreak of hostilities between England and the thirteen colonies. Students were asked to imagine that they were living in Boston at the time and witnessed the protests and deadly response of March 5, 1770. The prompt required learners to include genuine historical details based on research; combined with creative elements and quotations. Learners formulated a family discussion that focused on the organization of the colonists for a coming push for independence. Each essay was required to be 600 words in length and was judged based on multiple criteria including: historical accuracy, originality, and writing conventions.

“The contest allows students to think creatively regarding social studies,” states Canyon Ridge School social studies teacher Christopher Raso. “By promoting elements of fact and fiction in each essay, our learners are combining curricular elements of both social studies and language arts in their work while personalizing their understanding of American history.”

Christina Ubochi received a first place certificate, a DAR medal, and a gift card for her accomplishment. Her essay will now advance to the state level DAR competition for further consideration. For the third consecutive year, Canyon Ridge School submitted more than 50 essays for the contest and continues to work closely with Arizona Daughter of the American Revolution on a variety of endeavors designed to promote patriotism, character development, and creativity in our young citizens.

02/17/2021 Direct Link

Emilia Escobar, Canyon Ridge student, receives a certificate from the Sons of the American Revolution.

Canyon Ridge School Student Recognized in National Contest

Emilia 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. 

01/26/2021 Direct Link

A student holds up a thank you card.

Canyon Ridge Spreads Kindness Through Music

The 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.  

11/24/2020 Direct Link

Dennis Grau from the VFW presents a flag to Jim Dean.

VFW Presents Flag to District Leader

In 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.”

11/10/2020 Direct Link

Canyon Ridge Veterans Heritage project students pose for a photo at a governing board meeting.

Canyon Ridge Veterans Heritage Project Partnership

On September 9, 2020 middle level learners from Canyon Ridge School offered a presentation of patriotic challenge coins and newly published books during the September 9, 2020 governing board meeting. 

For nearly four years, students from Canyon Ridge School have actively participated as authors and members in the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP). This patriotic program, which brings young people and Veterans together to share the experiences of those who have served our nation, allows learners to interview Veterans, formulate essays and articles, and publish the results in an annual hardbound publication entitled, “Since You Asked.” Volumes are then purchased by community members and all stakeholders join for a book signing and patriotic celebration each spring. To immortalize the important work of Veterans and students, the volume becomes a part of the Library of Congress in Washington DC and recorded interviews are archived for the national Veterans History Project.

“The partnership between our school and the VHP has resulted in ten documented Veteran interviews and eight published accounts of combat experiences over a four year period,” states Canyon Ridge School VHP Chapter Advisor Christopher Raso.

 “As a Social Studies teacher, I have been deeply impressed by the dedication of the VHP organization and the loyalty our students have towards our Veterans and the archiving process. This program brings history alive for students and offers deeper insight into our civil liberties and those who defend them.”

Over fifty middle level learners have applied their talents, time and heart to the VHP effort at Canyon Ridge. Each year, they present challenge coins to the district governing board and copies of the latest VHP book to the leadership team.  The event also celebrates the contributions of various community based organizations that support the school with financial donations to cover the cost of publishing. Among these outstanding groups are the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695 in Sun City West, and the Arizona Daughters of the American Revolution.

“Our goal has been to remember how important American Veterans really are and all that they have done for us,” said Canyon Ridge alumni Grace Ferencik.

 “We owe them so much more than we could ever repay and the Veterans Heritage Project at Canyon Ridge has provided us a way to give something back to our heroes.”

09/16/2020 Direct Link

Kevin Sykes is presented a certificate for winning 5th place in the National Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Poster Contest.

Canyon Ridge student recognized in National SAR Contest

Congratulations to Canyon Ridge School student, Kevin Sykes for winning 5th place in the National Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Poster Contest. Kevin completed his entry, regarding the Articles of Confederation, last year in  Mrs. Melissa Bennett’s fifth grade social studies class. Each student in the grade level generated a poster for the annual campus wide celebration of United States Constitution Day. These well researched, hand drawn examples of American history were displayed alongside the Gilder Lehrman Institute Freedom exhibit in the campus media center. After the event, all posters were submitted to the  local chapter of the SAR for contest consideration.

The rules of the competition allowed for the formulation of a poster that addressed an important event that took place during the American Revolution. Posters were judged based on historical accuracy, creativity, and overall presentation. Kevin Sykes won first place at the local level; in the SAR Saguaro Chapter contest and his teammates, Frida Santana and Ashley Meyer, secured second and third place. Students received special certificates of achievement and prizes from Arizona SAR; via a Canyon Ridge Zoom awards presentation.

Kevin Sykes then advanced to the state level contest and secured first place in Arizona, Kevin’s poster advanced for national consideration in the Spring. He won fifth place, an honorable mention, in the nationals; while competing against many other student posters from across the United States.

“We are very proud of Kevin Sykes,” states SAR Saguaro Chapter President, Mike Fisch, “He is the first student in the state of Arizona to ever win a place in a national SAR contest. His work was superb and he deserves this recognition.”

For all his efforts, Kevin Sykes received a certificate and personalized letter from representatives of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution. He also was provided with a monetary award, a gift card, an SAR commemorative medal, and various SAR publications; including a pocket edition of the Declaration of Independence and a book regarding proper American flag etiquette.

08/26/2020 Direct Link

Canyon Ridge students pose at the Women's Suffrage open house at the City of Surprise.

Students celebrate Women’s Suffrage

In celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, district students recently participated in a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Open House hosted at the Surprise City Hall on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The event featured a performance by the Willow Canyon High School Choir, book displays, a traveling exhibit, and suffragist reenactors from Canyon Ridge School.

The Roving Suffragist reenactment featured nine middle level students from Canyon Ridge, performing as “roaming suffragists,” dressed in costume and greeting guests in the City Hall Courtyard. The students shared experiences from their lives in the early twentieth century and elaborated in the historical contributions they made in securing the right to vote for American women. The students portrayed a wide range of suffragists from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Frederick Douglass and Alice Paul. In addition to presenting information based on research and primary documents, the students also fielded a number of detailed questions from members of the public. Some of these inquiries came from local leaders such as City of Surprise Mayor Skip Hall and members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and League of Women Voters. 

The event also featured a multi-panel traveling exhibit created by the nonprofit organization, Arizona Questers. The purpose of the exhibit is to trace the historical and cultural realities that shaped the struggle of women’s civil rights, and to highlight the civic involvement of women throughout American history. 

Continuing in the celebration, the exhibit also made a stop at Canyon Ridge School where students of all grade levels were able to experience the exhibit and learn the importance of Women’s Suffrage. Students had the opportunity to serve as tour guides, presenters, as well as create bulletin boards featuring letters to the editor in support of suffrage, drawings, buttons and sashes, which were displayed and offered as keepsakes for visitors. 

In celebration of the 100th anniversary, the exhibit will continue its tour with stops at several libraries, museums, schools, cities, and events around the state, some of which include Sunset Hills Elementary School, the Dysart District Office, Shadow Ridge High School, and Surprise Elementary School. 

The Questers Organization seeks to keep history alive by supporting preservation, restoration and education. There are currently 28 Questers chapters in Arizona, and over 600 across the country. 

03/12/2020 Direct Link

Canyon Ridge principal Jill Hoppe and Ollie McNeil pose for a photo with their buddy blankets.

Canyon Ridge student hosts blanket drive

For the past four years, Canyon Ridge School student Ollie McNeil has coordinated Buddy Blankets, an effort to collect blankets for those in need.  This school year, with support from both the Canyon Ridge and Kingswood Elementary School communities, Ollie collected more than 550 blankets and exceeded the initial goal of 500.

Ollie was struck by the idea when his mom was tucking him into bed at night. “I was originally inspired to start Buddy Blankets after talking to my mom and learning that some people don’t have a home to sleep in at night, or even one blanket to keep them warm.”   He thought he could provide a gift of comfort and warmth to those in need.  The inaugural drive provided 150 blankets and the effort has grown each and every year. “To see how it’s grown with the support and encouragement of the adults Ollie has reached out to is just amazing,” said Ollie’s mom and Canyon Ridge teacher, Brooke McNeil.

To drum up support, a friendly competition was proposed this year. The school that collected the most blankets provided school spirit gear to the losing principal to wear on spirit Friday. Kingswood collected 358 blankets and Canyon Ridge came in at 297 total. Jill Hoppe, Canyon Ridge principal, and Ollie had to represent the Kingswood Knights donned in purple at morning drop off on December 13.  

Ollie was recognized for his selfless efforts with a Dysart Extraordinary pin presented by Dr. Quinn Kellis, Dysart Unified School District superintendent on Friday, December 13. Superintendent Kellis honors individuals who demonstrate extraordinary acts of kindness to others by passing out the pins. “Hundreds of people will be warmer this holiday season because of Ollie’s work,” said Kellis. 

With additional community support through donations bins at the City of Surprise Police Department and AZ Ice Peoria, where Ollie plays hockey, a total of 875 blankets were collected this year. The blankets were distributed among local charities that work with the Surprise Police Department.  “Each year, I am inspired to start another blanket drive knowing that each blanket we collect keeps one more person warm at night,” said Ollie.

12/17/2019 Direct Link