Welcome Canyon Families to the 2016-17 school year! As we endeavor on a brand new year, I wanted to take a minute to explain how proud I am to be your principal. The class of 2017 grew tremendously last year as evidenced by the tremendous increase in our CAASPP scores. Our faculty and staff will continue to ensure your safety and a consistent learning environment. And we, as a family, will learn through good times and bad on how to become responsible citizens who have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for you to begin post-secondary education or enter the workforce.
As stated above, Canyon High School jumped up 14% in English-Language Arts/Literacy and 15% in Mathematics on the 2016 administration of the CAASPP test. This comes after our faculty worked extremely hard to institute the Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as the mathematical practice standards. We will continue to strive for greatness as we all truly believe that “Your Future Begins Here”, so we try to start that beginning off well.
Canyon High School also had tremendous growth in its facilities over the summer. In addition to our brand new Performing Arts Center, we also overhauled our student parking lot, tennis courts, interior and exterior lighting and HVAC units for three of our buildings. We strive on our communication with our families and this year, as passed by a site-based decision by our faculty last year, we will have every Wednesday be a late-start day. This will cut down on the amount of automated phone calls that you will receive as we do not need to remind you every week that Wednesday’s classes do not begin until 8:44 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. There are only three days of which will not be a late start Wednesdays, one is the day prior to Thanksgiving and the other two are during finals week. Therefore, please plan on every other Wednesday to drop off a little later than usual.
Another way to increase communication would be for voices to be heard at our Parent Advisory Committee meetings. We would like to allow families to understand what we are focusing on for the year and how we plan to incorporate more technology into the classroom. To conclude, Canyon High School is a great place to be. As your principal, I will commit to our students, staff and community to continue the great things we are doing here. I look forward to building even more relationships with the Canyon family and am looking forward to a great year!