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Great news!!! Canyon High School was granted a Six-Year Accreditation Status with a Mid-Cycle two-day visit by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). The Six-Year accreditation team is a testament to the incredible staff, students and school community at Canyon High School. The WASC committee was extremely complementary about the incredible instruction they saw from our teachers as they visited every classroom during their visit.

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Will Rogers

February 17, 2016

Important Dates

CIF Championship Football Rally and Ring Ceremony

Parent Education Night

“What Happens When You Turn 18”

Hall of Fame Dinner

Hall of Fame:

February 22nd at 12:10pm February 23rd at 6pm

March 12th at 6pm

Outdoor Theater CHS Library

Phoenix Club

The third annual Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on March 12, 2016 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Social hour will start begin at 6:00 and dinner at 8:00. Please join us as we honor Harold Witten and Nina Lindenberg as the 2016 Canyon Hall of Fame Inductees. There will be a variety of amazing items available in the evening’s auction. All proceeds from the dinner and auction benefit Canyon High School and its programs. Tickets are available for purchase at Please join us for an amazing evening.

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher:

Encourage your student to write an essay, poem or thank-you letter (500 words or less) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. The student who authors the winning entry will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card and a NOOK device. Five regional winning teachers will receive a $500 gift card and become eligible for the “Teacher of the Year” in which the teacher will be awarded $5000 and their school will be awarded $5000. Please follow the link below for complete rules and information. All essays should be turned in to Mr. Abercrombie’s office by February 29th.

From the Library:

The 2nd Semester Chess Tournament is in full play.
The Checkers Tournament begins February 22.
Read Across America/ Canyon Salutes Reading Activities are Feb. 29- March 4. The Paper Airplane Research and Flight Contest is March 8.
Peer Tutoring is Monday through Thursday 2:24-3:45.

We gladly accept used novels and used game boards

Scholarship Opportunity:

The Orange Community Council of PTAs (OCCPTA) is pleased to offer a scholarship program for graduating seniors. This scholarship is to be used for continuing education at a four year College or University, a Community College or a Trade/Technical school. This award recognizes the achievements of students for volunteer service in the school and/or
community. The amount of each scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded will vary each year. The minimum award will be $500, but could be more. OCCPTA was honored to award four graduating seniors with these scholarships in the 2014/2015 school year ranging in value from $500 to $750.

The application and attachments should be mailed to OCCPTA Senior Scholarships c/o OUSD, 1401 North Handy Street, Orange CA 92867 and postmarked no later than March 31.

News from Counseling:

National School Counseling Week 2016 (February 1-5) was celebrated at school sites and also at the district level this year. At the beginning of the week, posters were up in the Canyon counseling office and counselors wore Super Counselor T-shirts made by Mrs. Chang. Mid- week, counselors put out treats for faculty, staff, and administration to thank them for collaborating to support student success. The district also hosted lunch for all counselors with a motivational message from counseling guru, Bob Tyra. And on Friday, the clerical staff treated the counselors to breakfast and the counselors handed out “Positive Pops” (lollipops with uplifting messages) to students at lunch.

It was an uplifting and rewarding week for all school counseling stakeholders!

From Athletics:

Comanche athletic teams are in CIF. We’d like to congratulate Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ & Girls’ Wrestling and Girls’ Soccer for qualifying for CIF.

Boys’ Basketball Wednesday @ Etiwanda at 7:00pm
Girls’ Basketball Thursday @ San Gabriel at 7:00pm
Girls’ Soccer Thursday @ Fred Kelly Stadium vs San Juan Hills at 5:00pm
Boys’ Wrestling Individual Qualifiers Friday & Saturday @ Grand Terrance
Girls’ Wrestler Aleeah Gould wins her 3rd CIF Championship and is advancing to State

If you have not already please follow us on social media:

Facebook: Canyon Comanche Athletics Twitter: @comanchesports Website:

Aviation Continues to Soar:

Our one-of-a-kind Aviation program continues to draw attention across the county and beyond. What a great program that is available to our students. Follow the link to yet another article on our amazing aviation program click here.


Congratulations to Megan Han and Christine Trinh as they continue to impress the judges at the Cyperpatriot competition under the leadership of Ms. Dewberry. Both students will be moving forward and competing in the Regional round next weekend. Read more about the competition by clicking here.

Vocal Music:

Four students from the Vocal Music Department were selected to be part of the Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choir. This Honor Choir is comprised of select students from across Southern California who achieve an excellent score during an extensive audition. Please congratulate the SCVA Honor Students (from left to right): Danielle Schaefer, Samantha Espiritu, Mrs. May, Timothy Cunningham and Sammy Feitlin.

Academic Decathlon:

Congratulations to Mr. Dao and his Academic Decathlon team for bringing home the top award in Orange County. The team was the highest scoring team in the county and will be competing at state in Sacramento next month. In addition the team won 49 individual medals.

Congratulation to the following team members:

Kevin Borsada, Arian Kazerani,
Akif Khan,
Jonathan Komala, Dennis Phang, Andrew Reyes, Joshua Schlege and Zayn Suhale.

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