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Canton Girls Fall Short in Championship Bid

June 7, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High girls lacrosse team’s quest to repeat as state champion ended with a 16-13 loss to New Fairfield in the Class S semifinals June 6 at Trumbull High School.

Five players on Canton did not play due to a suspension for an undisclosed reason. The Warriors finished 17-3 overall.

In 2016, the girls beat Somers 15-3 to win the Class S State Championship.

– Dave Heuschkel 

Cherry Brook Primary School to Hold 56th Annual Children’s Fair

May 18, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

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On Friday, June 2, 2017 the grounds of Cherry Brook Primary School will be alive with the sounds of children and families as they host their Annual Children’s Fair.

According to Cherry Brook Primary Principal Andy Robbin, “The CBPS Children’s fair is a time honored event that our entire community looks forward to.  It’s wonderful to watch the joyful exuberance of the children and their families.”

New this year the Fair will be featuring the HydroBlaster! Fairgoers will have the chance to HydroBlast each other and teachers and administration who do their part to support the Cherry Brook Primary School PTO.  Another exciting new feature are an obstacle course and an America Ninja Warrior course. … Continue Reading

Canton School District Honors Achievement In and Out of the Classroom

May 10, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON – Gabrielle Aitchison’s academic credits certainly are impressive.

She was valedictorian of her 1990 graduating class at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, went on to graduate summa cum laude from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., obtained advanced degrees in education and educational leadership from the University of Bridgeport and Southern Connecticut State University, respectively, and chairs the Canton Middle/High School math
department.

But, it’s her activities outside the classroom for which the Canton school district shined a light on Aitchison during the Board of Education’s Canton Celebrates May 2.

That evening, Aitchison, adviser to Canton Adolescents Taking Action and LEO clubs at Canton High School, was honored for her community service efforts.

“Mrs. Aitchison needs to be recognized tonight for all that she does in coordinating and organizing community service, community outreach efforts,” said Superintendent Kevin D. Case. “We know that community service is such an important component; it’s such an important piece of the fabric for Canton public schools.”

Read more about Mrs. Aitchison in this week’s Valley Press.

Additionally, the Board of Education honored the following students: … Continue Reading

The Civil War Comes to Life at CIS

May 10, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton Intermediate School students study many aspects of the Civil War, but there’s no doubt that the yearly encampment brings history to life.

Each spring, the fifth-graders spend the better part of a day out on the school’s field, listening to re-enactors talk about various aspects of daily life in the Civil War era, while displaying many common items replicated or saved from the 1860s.

The 125 students learned about school life from Lynne McKenney-Lydick; the perspectives of Confederate soldier from former CIS teacher Tim Barth, aka Major Frye, of the 15th Alabama Infantry; daily habits from a Union soldier from Bill Foley of Ohio-based fortheloveofhistory.com; the life of a slave catcher from Jim Littlefield, aka Coswell Tims; period wet-plate photography from local photographer and filmmaker Ty Morin; and musical lessons from Jim Clark and James Williams of Connecticut Valley Field Music.

After the lessons, the day culminated in a chaotic field battle, always a student favorite.

The encampment is especially poignant because each re-enactor has a deep understanding of the subject matter and animatedly brings their characters to life, said fifthgrade teacher Erik Perotti.

“This is definitely the highlight of the unit, and for many, the highlight of the year,”
he said.

 

Author helps students make an impact through their writing

By John Fitts 

CANTON – Canton resident Julia Garstecki has always wanted to write, but that career has only taken off in the last few years.

Gartstecki, 44, is an accomplished writer who has published several several nonfiction titles for primary and intermediate readers.

“The one thing I wish I had done is started earlier,” she said. “It was something I always wanted to try and I feel I waited too long.”

See more in the May 4 edition of the Valley Press.

Canton students learn from international visitors

April 12, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Mary DeRitis talks about her lacrosse project with Zewen Xu, of China.

By John Fitts 

CANTON – For the second time in the 2016-17 school year, members of the Canton Intermediate School community had the chance to mingle with international students from the English Language Institute at the University of Hartford.

In the fall, the older students came to CIS to tell sixth-graders about their home countries and talk about everyday life, culture, food and customs.

And Thursday, April 6, the younger students had the chance to share their independent, student-centered learning projects with the English Language Institute students and teachers.

Students at CIS learn about other cultures and further develop their communication skills while the University of Hartford students get a chance to practice their language skills in a real-world environment, according to those involved.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

College Notes (April 2017)

April 11, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

The students accompanied by their two professors (Drzewiecki, left, in red; Cunningham, right, in blue) pose in front of the Grand Canyon.

Eastern Student Alexia Bohnenkamper of Collinsville Tours the Geology of Arizona

WILLIMANTIC, CT – Nine environmental earth science (EES) students from Eastern Connecticut State University toured the state of Arizona this past March to examine its rich geological heritage. Accompanied by EES Professors Dickson Cunningham and Peter Drzewiecki, the group hiked into the Grand Canyon, studied the colorful stratigraphy of Sedona, climbed cinder cone volcanoes and explored the stunning geology and desert ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert.

Among the students was Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18 of Collinsville, who majors in Environmental Earth Science.

Other highlights included geological walks through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, examining the spectacular Meteor Crater, studying the Sinagua Native American culture at Montezuma’s Castle and Wupatki Pueblo, and receiving a guided tour of the Asarco Mission Copper Mine and its ore processing facilities.

The trip ended with geological hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains high above Tucson. “Throughout the trip, the weather was warm and sunny – only one cloud was observed in 10 days!” recounted Cunningham and Drzewiecki in a joint statement. “The rattlesnakes kept away and we all returned healthy, sun tanned and educationally enriched by the sights and adventures we shared.”

Canton’s Emily Barger named to Emerson College Dean’s List

BOSTON, MA –  Emily Barger of Canton has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester. Barger is majoring in Film Production. The requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CIS Talent Show

March 31, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

More than a dozen students at Canton Intermediate School showcased their artistic talent March 23. The talent show, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, was held at Canton High School and emceed by CIS principal Kevin Hanlon.

Canton to apply for STEAP funding

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor 

CANTON – The town of Canton is hoping the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Grant could help it with some proposed energy savings.

Recently, Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner informed the Board of Selectmen that the state, somewhat to his surprise, was taking applications for the 2017 grant cycle under a program that gives municipalities as much as $500,000 for economic development, community conservation or capital projects.

This year, the town hopes to receive funds for numerous energy-saving measures at seven municipal buildings and three schools.

Recently, New England Energy Controls of East Haddam finished an audit for the town, recommending numerous improvements that, after some energy credits, would cost $1.3 million in upgrades. A few of those recommendations have been siphoned into separate projects, leaving approximately $1.1 million in upgrades that could be done in seven town buildings and three schools,  estimated at $1.1 million. The improvements could save the town some $263,000 per year. With potential credits and grants, the payback could be as little as 5.1 years.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

Dinner and comedy night to benefit substance free graduation party

March 26, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton High School Substance Free Graduation Party Committee will present a Dinner and Comedy Night on Saturday, April 1. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville. Cost is $60 per person includes a cocktail hour and raffle items, buffet dinner presented by Chef Peter Rafael, and a comedy show with New York City comedians. For tickets, contact Holly Neddermann at holly58@comcast.net.

 

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