Jennifer M. DeGraaf

Ms D with goals

Dear Canyon Hills Middle School parents and students:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Canyon Hills Middle School! It is an honor to begin my first full year as your principal. Our team at Canyon Hills has developed this handbook to assist all of our students and parents in making this year one that will be remembered and cherished forever. On behalf of all of us at Canyon Hills and the El Paso Independent School District, happy new school year!

This year, we welcome all of our new 6th graders as they embark in their first year as middle schoolers. In addition, we are so excited to embark in a journey together with Cobra Tech Academy, an affiliate of the New Tech Network brought to us by our outstanding district. We also cannot wait to continue the upward rise of our school spirit, academic achievement, and increase sense of belonging with our 7th and 8th grade students. With so many great things that are coming this school year, I want to remind all of you that your participation matters. Your success matters. WE are a team that will stand by you all as the year progresses and we overcome challenges to make Canyon Hills a school of choice in El Paso.

I encourage all of you to participate in one of our many extra-curricular activities: become a student ambassador, a dancer, a newspaper reporter, an instrument player, a cheerleader... the possibilities are endless and the choice is yours. Research shows that when students are a part of campus life outside of the classroom, the odds of success increase dramatically. Please review this handbook and decide what YOU will do this year to make it the best year yet. We promise that with trust, respect, and responsibility at the heart of everything we do, success is practically a guarantee!


Jennifer M. DeGraaf

Jennifer DeGraaf, Principal