Building Leaders @ Canyon Ridge

One Book at a Time

Overdrive is Awesome!

Help us meet our Wildly Important Goal!

Read an e-book today!

Click on the Library Webpage after you have read an e-book and fill out the Overdrive Challenge. Earn your free spirit ring to hold your spirit sticks.

Click on the Library Resource box and explore some of the amazing e-books available for students, teachers, and parents!

Be sure you click below to sign up for a parent account (yes we have adult e-books - so does the public library). Bring your device to the library and we would be happy to help you!

OverDrive Device Resource Center

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5th Grade Students Try Out Their Engineering Skills in Energy Makerspace

Canyon Ridge students of ALL ages will participate in their second worldwide Hour of Code.

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Students and teachers will participate in coding lessons and activities in classrooms, labs, and the library. Reagan High School robotics and AP Computer Science students will join us on Tuesday to lead lessons.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Canyon Ridge is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.

This is a chance to change the future of education in San Antonio.

See for details, and help spread the word.

Visit our Library Website for links to fun and educational coding activities you and your children can do at home.
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3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Readers Set Reading Records...

Each year our upper grade students are challenged to read at least 5 books from a list of 20 Texas Bluebonnet books that are selected new each year. These books represent a variety of genres and reading interests, and expose students to some of the latest and greatest books being written for students their age. If you are ever tired of seeing your child reading the same old books - Texas Bluebonnets help expose them to new authors!

If you have walked down the library hallway lately, you have seen that Canyon Ridge students have accepted the challenge with gusto this year! We have record setting numbers of students tracking their progress on our Lego board. Each brick you see represents a book read! And each Lego mini-fig represents a child committed to reading and meeting goals! I would give you exact numbers, but it changes on an hourly basis - I challenge you to try and count how many readers & books you see!

In January, every student that has met the 5 book challenge will vote and select the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Only students are allowed to vote!

p.s. Our younger students will have their chance in the spring as they explore the Texas 2x2 books written just for them!

The Library of Today is a Place of Transformation

Have you ever wondered if libraries will become a place of the past?

Will print books disappear and be totally replaced by technology?

Why do we even need libraries & librarians when we have the internet?

  • Ask our Canyon Ridge Coyotes, they definitely don't see libraries disappearing anytime soon!
  • Did you know that Canyon Ridge students check out between 3000-4500 books every month!
  • In November (a short month for us), Coyotes checked out 3148 books. They also read 423 e-books on Overdrive as well. Reading is alive & well at Canyon Ridge.

But our library is so much more than just checking out books!

Each morning, students gather in the library for a variety of learning & leadership opportunities. In just 30 minutes before school each day, you will see:

  • Ridge Reporters and Tech Team prepare the televised morning announcements: writing scripts, testing equipment, training younger students, and welcoming guests. Additional Tech Team members spread throughout the school taking photos and videos during special events and preparing slideshows and movies that are broadcast in the school
  • Lego Learners gather to build and program with Lego WeDo kits that build their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).
  • Reader Leaders help support out youngest students in kinder and pre-k as they read aloud to them and begin to guide them on their own reading adventure.
  • Student leaders teach each other how to play chess.
  • And of course there are students reading, finishing homework, and checking out new books.

We hope you will stop by some morning to see all the excitement! This isn't the same library you grew up with.

If you would like to read more about our ideas for change and transformation, I invite you to click on this link and read our Library Transformation Plan. Just as our world is constantly changing for ourselves & our students, the library is always striving to stay ahead of the curve & to meet the needs of this ever-changing world. Students, teachers, administrators & parents are all invited to share their ideas and input. What would you like to see at CR Library? What would you like to be able to do?

Donations Appreciated

As many of you are upgrading your technology, please keep in mind that we can benefit from donations of old chargers and charge cords. Every classroom has ipads, chromebooks, and other devices that need charging. With daily use, some of our cords and chargers are beginning to wear out.

If you would like to know if your cords/chargers could help out, feel free to contact librarian Wendy Howk by phone or email.