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Accepting Differences Team

AD Club

Campus Contact: Janikke Zapata

This non-curricular, student lead organization acts to provide a network of accepting interactions between children with typical development and those with developmental differences.


For more information, please contact Janikke Zapata who can put you in contact with the student lead organization.

 

Book Club

Book CLub

Facilitator: Amy Fuller (Librarian)
The CRMS Book Club meets during all lunches on a regular basis. Conversation revolves around what students are reading and movies based on books. All are welcome to bring their lunch and to listen and chat.

For more information, contact Ms. Fuller.

 

C-squared

C Squared

Facilitator: Jared Lichtenberger
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.

Student participants are typically eighth graders, brought together for a one-day workshop. The day begins with an interactive ice breaker, which kicks off the dialogue. A keynote speaker follows, and afterwards the students are divided into groups where more intimate discussions on race may take place. At the conclusion of the day, groups create action plans for presenting issues related to prejudice to classmates at their own schools. The students are afforded the chance to speak freely and openly during dialogue sessions and are encouraged to question their own prejudices. The group dialogue eases tensions, and creates a new found respect for many students. Educators and administrators also learn from the program and from the students.

Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination

Coordinator: Seema George
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.

For more information, contact Seema George.

 

Eagle Ambassadors

Eagle Ambassadors

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

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Facilitator: Jared Lichtenburger
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 excellence.

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. L.

 

Intramurals

Intramurals
Facilitators: Casey Shrader and Lindsey Dunn
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 25, 26 October 2, 3, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31.  Official dates can also be found on the permission form.

During the spring season, February through March, students will learn and play basketball. Intramurals will be held two days per week from 4:15 - 5:15 pm in the small gym. See Coach Shrader for more information on this program.

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

Magic the Gathering Card Club

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Facilitator: Andrea Hauge
Magic the Gathering is a card game that many people love to play.  A game of strategy and luck of the draw in a battle of player vs. player.  Come play with us in Ms. Hauge's room (1105) before school at 8:10 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Please bring your own deck to play with.

Math Counts

Math Counts

Facilitator: Jenni Darlow
The MATHCOUNTS Club Program provides schools with the structure and activities to hold regular meetings of a math club. Depending on the level of student and teacher involvement, a school may receive a recognition plaque or banner and be entered into a drawing for prizes. This program may be used by schools as a stand-alone program or incorporated into the student preparation for the MATHCOUNTS Competition.

For more information, contact Ms. Jenni Darlow.

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Facilitator:  Monica Spiritas
Math Pentathlon is a program for 6 - 8th graders.  This club has a fun, casual atmosphere and meets Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 8:45 am.  Kids do NOT need to be advanced math students to participate-participation helps build math skills in a fun and interactive environment.  This motivational program uses five interactive problem-solving games to strengthen basic math concepts and skills and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills.  By using specially designed games and activities that differentiate instruction, ALL students of varying abilities and learning styles are motivated to enjoy math and spend more time learning this subject matter.

Please contact Mrs. Spiritas at Monica.Spiritas@leanderisd.org for more information.      

National Junior Honor Society

NJHS

Sponsor: Lara Fletcher
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:

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Robotics Clubs

Robotics Club

General Robotics
Facilitator: Nathan Johndrow

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)
Facilitator: Nathan Johndrow

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.

First Tech Challenge (FTC)
Facilitator: Nathan Johndrow & Josh Marsh

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.

 

Student Council

Student Council

Sponsor: Nora Blevins
The Canyon Ridge Middle School Student Council is a student led organization made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. A Student Council is a group of elected and volunteer students working together with an adult advisor within the framework of a constitution to provide a means for student expression and assistance in school affairs and activities, give opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student/faculty/community relations.

Throughout the school year, the CRMS Student Council is responsible for many activities. We participate in the Hill Country Ministries’ Food Drive in November and host the Rumble at the Ridge faculty versus student basketball game in April.

Any current student at Canyon Ridge is welcome to attend our regular meetings and hear democracy in action. They are also able to participate in any functions the Student Council works on except on matters that require a vote.

For more information, please contact the club sponsor.