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Canyon Rim Elementary

School Profile

Principal: David Appling

Enrollment: 694

School Motto:  "Get REAL" - Read Everything, Always Learning.

Grades: K - 6

School Colors: Navy and Red

Awards: 2004 California Distinguished School


School Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports all students' unique learning styles, empowers them to achieve academic success, and encourages them to become life-long learners and productive members of society.


Principal's Message

August 14, 2012

Dear parents and students of Canyon Rim Elementary School,

Welcome back from your summer vacation!  I look forward to a successful 2012-13 school year!  There is much to celebrate at Canyon Rim Elementary School including great parent involvement, student achievement, and teacher dedication.  My first priority is to support teachers in continuing to implement effective strategies and programs that ensure student success.

I will be entering my fourth year as Principal of Canyon Rim Elementary School.  The past three years have been rewarding for me collaborating with students, parents, and staff of Canyon Rim.  Over the last three years, the staff and I have been enhancing the elements that make Canyon Rim ES successful such as Cognitive Guided Instruction, Thinking Maps, ExCEL grouping, English Language Development, data collection and analyzing, differentiation, and interventions.  I have been creating a mantra for the staff over the years, “Work smarter, not harder”.

As a Professional Learning Community, we will continue to work together to:

  • Ensure that targeted and planned learning is an ongoing influence in the workplace
  • Create a culture and environment where teacher improvement is nurtured and expected
  • Help teachers keep their curriculum knowledge current and their classroom skills sharp
  • Cultivate channels of communication, collaboration, and leadership
  • Implement innovations that engage both educators and students


I structured the year so that all stakeholders would be sharing goals that were directed towards student achievement, student engagement, safe and welcoming schools, and parent/community partnerships.  Response to Instruction & Intervention and the Collaboration Cycle for Effective Instruction for the last three years have been a focus school-wide as the Student Success Team (SST) and Collaborative Academic Support Team (CAST) researched the effectiveness of the RtI process.  Canyon Rim’s full implementation with Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III interventions and strategies will continue to be a district-wide and school-wide focus.

ST Math, a technology math program designed to teach and reinforce the learning of grade level math standards, will continue twice a week in the computer lab for grades 2, 3, and 4.  The program was developed through the Mind Institute and was awarded to our school through a grant donor last year.  We are very fortunate to have this very expensive program and look forward to student successes using this program.

Working with parents and maintaining their involvement is a huge part of student success.  When children see parents on campus, it reflects that school is important and that their learning matters.  Teachers at Canyon Rim welcome the support and help each and every day.

I am thrilled to begin another year collaborating with the teachers, parents, students, and community of Canyon Rim continuing to move forward achieving student success. 

Again, welcome back-