The Canyon Heights experience includes many wonderful annual events. Some events exhibit our students’ talents, while others are beautiful days to share with mothers, fathers or grandparents. Here are brief descriptions of the major events held each year at Canyon Heights:
Back-to-School Night is held within the first few weeks of school as a way to introduce parents to class curriculum, learning expectations, class procedures, appropriate communication channels, etc. Three Back-to-School Nights are held: one for Preschool and Kindergarten, one for Lower School and one for Middle School to better accommodate families with multiple children.
Fall Kick-Off celebrates the beginning of a wonderful new school year and provides an opportunity for all school families to gather in a casual and fun atmosphere. Highlights include BBQ and potluck lunch, bounce houses, adventure games, crazy hair, cake walk and games and activities for all ages!
All Saints Day and Grandparents Day
Canyon Heights celebrates the feast day of All Saints on November 1 with a celebration for parents, grandparents and special loved ones. Students prepare for the day by choosing a saint of the Church, researching and learning about the saint’s life, participating in a class project and creating a costume. Grandparents and special loved ones are invited to attend this special day with their grandchildren, including a reception and classroom activities and gifts for the grandparents and special loved ones.
Mother and Child Mass
Celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), Mother and Child Mass is a special opportunity for students to honor their mothers and celebrate this great feast day with them.
PreK and Kindergarten present a unique version of the Christmas story each year, and Lower and Middle Schools present a Christmas concert. Always a packed house for each event!
Students in grades PreK to 3 explore a scientific topic related to their curriculum and create a class project. Students in grades 4 to 8 follow the scientific method while creating individual projects. A team of professional scientists judge the projects for grade level prizes and Best-of-Show award. Selected Middle School projects also participate in the county-wide Synopsis Science Fair.
Both Lower School and Middle School participate in the annual Spelling Bee each spring. The top 2 spellers in each class compete head-to-head to become the Spelling Bee champion.
Art and Music Fair
Held in March, the Art and Music Fair is an opportunity to exhibit the fine art talents of our students. Artwork from nearly all students is presented in a gallery-style format throughout the campus. Student musicians perform to the delight of the CHA community.
PreK and Kindergarten Circus
The greatest show on earth! CHA’s youngest students prepare acts and perform for family and friends. Not to miss: animal trainers, strong men, ballerinas, acrobats and of course, the clowns!
Poetry and Speech Exhibition
Developing the skill of public speaking, the Poetry and Speech Exhibition is held each spring. Students in PreK through Grade 2 prepare a class exhibition. Students from grades 3-8 present the top three speeches as selected by their class.
Father and Child Mass and Olympics
Celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19), the day begins with Mass. Afterwards, students are divided according to PE class to compete in Olympic-style events with their fathers.
May Crowning honors Our Lady in her month of May. An all-school Mass begins with a procession of all students, and Mary is crowned by the students who have received First Communion that year.
Lower School Musical Showcase
Each year, the entire Lower School presents a spring performance, often a musical. Past performances have included Revue From the Heights, Schoolhouse Rock, the Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Peter Pan.
Middle School Film Festival
The Film Festival highlights the students’ use of technology by creating short films incorporating curriculum objectives in language arts, technology, public speaking, theology and history. Films are reviewed by a team of professional judges active in film and TV, and awards are presented for Best Production Value, Best Film Quality and Best Overall.