Welcome Canyon Families! As we begin a new year together, for some this will be the final year of a long journey that has brought challenges and fun times. For others, this is the start to something new and hopefully you can welcome it with open arms. We truly are a family here at Canyon High School and we want the four years we have together to be memorable and educational. I am proud to be your principal and will ensure your safety and a consistent learning environment during the time we spend together.
Canyon High School continues in the right direction when it comes to academics, athletics, and performing arts. Academically, we had a 97.2% graduation rate for the class of 2015 and welcome our class of 2016 to top that. In our Advanced Placement tests from 2015, we boasted an average score of over 3 for all students who took tests. Furthermore, we have established the beginnings of an excellent career pathway in computer science when in just its second year here at Canyon High School, we have two Advanced Placement sections of the course.
In athletics, our boys’ track and field team completed their sixth straight Foothill League championship last year and hopes to add another one this year. If you haven’t had the experience of making it out to an athletic event, be sure to bring your entire family and cheer on your students’ peers on the court or field of play. And if you have to wait to make it out to an event, please do not wait upon completion of our new Performing Arts Center, which we plan to have ready this year with the anticipated substantial completion date set for January 2016. In this state of the art venue, we will have theatre performances, choir productions, and band concerts to name a few. I don’t know about you, but I am excited!
Canyon High School will continue to see changes in facilities and improve our instruction, but what we plan to stay committed to is a consistent learning environment for our students. We strive on our communication with our families and we want to know areas in which we can improve. One 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 how our staff is working on the professional development focus for the year and something we already began doing last year in lesson study. Further, getting more students involved in our Career Pathways will be paramount as we continue to strive to prepare them for life beyond high school.
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. If you have the opportunity to greet me while out on campus before or after school, or at a school event, I would encourage you to do so. I look forward to building even more relationships with the Canyon family and would not be where I was today if it wasn’t for my start at this great school.
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