Nohl Canyon Elementary
4100 Nohl Ranch Road
Anaheim, CA 92807
School News - June-Aug. 2015
Principal: Amy Hitt
As a school community of staff, teachers, students and parents, we will foster student engagement, utilize innovative learning strategies and create a caring school community that extends through all classrooms and activities. Using the 21st century essential skills of critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity/innovation, we will nurture individual talents and design inquiry-based learning activities for students to display their original thinking. Inherent to our process are opportunities for students to exhibit their motivation, leadership and integrity as they develop into motivated, independent and emotionally intelligent young adults
“Fostering strong character and a passion for learning in a student-centered environment.”
Nohl Canyon is a diverse, unique school tucked away in the hills of Anaheim. With approximately 565 students of diverse ethnicities and home languages, our community prides itself on high achievement across all walks of life. Our school has a veteran staff in 18 Kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms, three of which are designated for gifted and talented (GATE) identified students. In addition, Nohl Canyon offers a resource specialist program (RSP) for special education identified and other intensive-need students as well as an additional 50% RTI2 Teacher.
Our staff is a group of dedicated professionals who meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons to discuss individual student support, analyze data, map curriculum and standards, receive professional development, and differentiate lessons for students, among other topics. Teachers are specialists in their grade levels and hold high expectations for students; they collaborate on a continuous basis to meet the needs of each and every student, whether for intervention or enrichment. Of particular note is the fact that one of Nohl Canyon’s second grade teachers, Mrs. Linda Horist, was named a 2014 California State Teacher of the Year. While Mrs. Horist is an amazing teacher, she is one of many incredible professionals on Nohl Canyon’s staff. Many of the teachers have sent their own children to attend Nohl Canyon which, in itself, is a high compliment.
An extremely high level of parent involvement is evident on a daily basis at Nohl Canyon. While walking through the classrooms numerous parents can been seen each day, working with groups of students on a project, helping to correct papers, or doing Art Masters lessons. Our active parent group, Nohl Canyon School Association (NCSA), supports students academically (in Traveling Scientist assemblies, through funding our EIT and computer lab technician, for example); culturally (teaching Art Masters and a bi-weekly music program); and through after school enrichment programs (Outdoor Science School, Vex Robotics program, etc.). With NCSA fundraising efforts, we have purchased a 37-station state-of-the-art computer lab, playground equipment, programs, assemblies, and guest speakers. Nohl Canyon also boasts an active Dad’s Club, where teacher honey-do lists are addressed during a monthly workday. Whether it’s cleaning up the school, painting the computer lab, or installing a walkway, it is exciting to have fathers helping at school as well. As the proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child” and this is very evident through our active parent community.
More than anything, anyone who visits Nohl Canyon recognizes that it is a special school with a heightened sense of community. It’s obvious the first time one steps in the office and is greeted with a smile; it is clear when they stroll by a planter filled with seasonal flowers and various bulbs (planted by the Garden Club), observe teachers challenging their students to think “outside the box” and actively engage students in collaborative inquiry, and watch students play during recess with smiles and kind words. Nohl Canyon has a long list of accomplishments it has earned through the years, and we look forward to adding California Distinguished School as one of them.