Canyon Ridge

Accepting Differences Team: Janikke Zapata (AVID Teacher)

This non-curricular, student lead organization acts to provide a network of accepting interactions between children with typical development and those with developmental differences. Students invite community members to come present as guest speakers about various disabilities. The club plans campus awareness events and works with the VHS AD Team in implementing community events. Meeting time is for planning, learning and building a caring community through team building.

We invite all students to attend any meetings they are able to (no advanced notice is required).


AD Team Meeting will begin on Monday September 10, 2018

Meetings will be every Monday at 8:15 AM in Ms Zapata's classroom (#131.... downstairs in the 8th grade hall next to the Gateway classrooms)


Sign up for the Remind 101 for for those interested in participating in community events:

TEXT: @adteamcrms

TO: 81010

Book Club: Amy Fuller (Librarian)

The CRMS Book Club meets during lunches on a regular basis. Conversation revolves around what students are reading. All are welcome to bring their lunch and to listen and chat. Visit the CRMS Library website here for more information.

Chess Club: Amy Fuller (Librarian)

Always wanted to learn how to play chess or sharpen your skills? Come to the library and join the CRMS Chess Club! All skill levels welcome! Visit the CRMS Library website here for more information.

Coding Club: Amy Fuller (Librarian)

In the CRMS Coding Club, students will explore and learn the basic steps, vocabulary, and functions of computer programming through a series of self-paced Khan Academy lessons in a fun, collaborative, and creative environment. No previous coding experience is required! Visit the CRMS Library website here for more information.

C-Squared: Jared Lichtenberger (Leadership Teacher)

C2 began as a coalition of clubs at Leander High School in May 2010. The purpose of the club is to promote a culture of kindness and caring while bringing awareness to the issue of bullying in schools today. Since its inception, the C2 organization has grown to include clubs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

As part of C-squared, members will also work toward CRMS' No Place for Hate® initiative which provides educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. No Place for Hate® also helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice. The Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS) brings students together from area schools to initiate dialogue and create an understanding about the dangers of hatred and prejudice.

We meet every other Tuesday morning in room 1140 starting October 16, 2018.

Future meeting dates: 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26

Our No Place for Hate Evaluation will take place at the beginning of April. We will complete all activities before then!

Sign up for the Remind 101:

TEXT: @crmsc2

TO: 81010

Destination Imagination: Seema George ( QUEST Teacher)

Destination Imagination is a program that fosters creativity and team-based problem solving and life skills by competing in both Team and Instant Challenges. Teams are made up of three to seven students who meet weekly after school from September through March. This program requires a parent team manager for each team. Deadline for student registration forms for this year is September 28, 2018. Please see the below link to access forms and updated information.

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Eagle Ambassadors: Shirley Dean (Counselor)

The Eagle Ambassador is responsible for greeting new students to Canyon Ridge. Ambassadors welcome new students, provide them with a tour, and a friendly face during the student's transition. While it is not required, Eagle Ambassadors are highly encouraged to be active, responsible members of the Canyon Ridge C-squared club and community to be eligible for the position.

If you are a student who is new to CRMS and registers during the school year, you will automatically receive an Eagle Ambassador.

If you are a new student who registers over the summer, you will be receiving an email prior to the first day to provide your student with the option of receiving an ambassador on the first day of school.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Laurie Zaza

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. We will use our relationships to demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through integrity, serving, teamwork and excellenc

FCA will meet Tuesday mornings in Mrs. Zaza's room, starting in September. More info to come!

FCA is open to all students regardless of grade level or athletic involvement.

True Colors GSA Club: Student-led, teacher supervised

Are you LGBT or interested in supporting the LGBT community? If so join the True Colors GSA! This club will provide a supportive and educational environment for LGBT students and their allies. We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month in room 1139.

Intramurals: Jared Lichtenberger and Lindsey Dunn (Coaches)

CRMS’s intramural program is an opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th grade middle school students to learn, practice, and participate in after-school sports in a non-threatening, non-competitive atmosphere. It is a great option for students who are not eligible for UIL competition, don’t have the time to commit to a school or league team, or who just want to spend an hour after or before school a couple of days a week learning to play a new sport.

The program will run in two seasons, each with its own sport. During the fall season, volleyball will meet on the following days from 7:45 am-8:45 am in the Auxiliary Gym. September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 October 2, 3. Official dates can also be found on the permission form.

During the spring season, students will learn and play basketball. Intramurals will be held two days per week (February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 + March 6, 7, 13, 14 from 7:45 - 8:45 AM in the main gym. A permission form must be filled out in order to participate. See Coach Lichtenberger for more information on this program.

In order to participate in the intramural program please contact one of the sponsors.

Math Counts: Jenni Darlow (Math Teacher)

MATHCOUNTS provides engaging math programs to US middle school students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem solving.

MATHCOUNTS Competition Series cultivates talent in the nation's brightest young minds. We bring together students from all 50 states in a series of in-person contests—the only competition program of its kind.

Calendar for meetings

Visit for more information about the MATHCOUNTS program.

National Junior Honor Society: Marc Grace (Math Teacher) & Nanette Kennedy (Social Studies Teacher)

The National Junior Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship, and service.

National Junior Honor Society membership is often regarded as a valid indicator that the student will succeed in life and particularly in studies at the post-secondary education level. The Honor Society member has already exhibited academic achievement, citizenship, leadership, honorable and admirable character, as well as service demonstrating that the member is willing to use talents and skills for the improvement of society.

For more information about Canyon Ridge Middle School's chapter of National Junior Honor Society, please follow the link below:


General Robotics: Nathan Johndrow (Gateway to Technology Teacher)

The Robotics Club gives students an opportunity to work as a team in order to design, build, and program a working robot, as well as researching current works in the field of engineering.

First Lego League (FLL): Nathan Johndrow (Gateway to Technology Teacher)

FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

Teams meet once per week after school. Each team meets once from 4:15-6:00 on one of the weekdays.

First Tech Challenge (FTC): Nathan Johndrow (Gateway to Technology Teacher)

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Membership in FTC requires application and acceptance into the club.

FTC practices after school on Wednesday and Thursday as well as every other Saturday.

Student Council: Nora Blevins (Art Teacher)

The purpose of the CRMS Student Council is to help improve the school, the community, and improve the educational environment for all. Additional purposes of CRMS StuCo are to recognize student needs, to resolve problems that the students have, to organize school events, to raise and spend money to benefit all students, to get students more involved, to make the school a better place, to help others feel welcome, and to teach leadership and responsibility skills. Stuco is open to all current 6-8th grade students. Meetings are held bi-weekly on Wednesday mornings at 8:05AM in the Art Room (1141). Students interested in joining should print a form and bring it to the next meeting.

More information about STUCO can be found HERE!

Art Club: Nora Blevins (Art Teacher)

Art Club is open to all 6-8th Grade CRMS students. Meetings are held bi-weekly in the art room before school on Thursdays. The cost to join Art Club is $20 and includes supplies and a club t-shirt. Students who are interested should fill out a form and bring it to the next meeting.

More information can be found HERE!