Editor’s Note: We are working to get more perspectives on this story. Please see more in next week’s Valley Press. If anyone would like to speak on the incident, please email email@example.com, I’d especially love to talk to people who attended the game.
By John Fitts
CANTON — Following alleged chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump” by some Canton students to an opposing team during a Tuesday evening basketball game, school officials have gone on record saying the behavior was perceived “divisive” and “disrespectful.”
The incident came during a boys game against Hartford-based Classical Magnet School when approximately 7 to 8 Canton students yelled “Trump, Trump, Trump” while the opponents were on the free-throw line, said Superintendent Kevin D. Case. On Thursday, Case said the tone of the chants was at issue, more than the exact words.
Two school administrators curtailed the activity at the game but Case acknowledged that some of the kids continued it after the game.
Some in the community are contending the students chose a patriotic theme for costume night and were reacting to an anti-Trump atmosphere in the schools. Others feel the chant clearly had racist overtones.
Following the incident that night, community members from both teams expressed their disappointment and the students were spoken to, Case said. Additionally, administrators met with the entire student body on Wednesday.
In a letter to parents, principal Andrew F. DiPippo said “many people perceived these comments to be divisive in the context of an athletic event.”
“While students’ right to free speech and forming educated opinions about politics and current events is a cornerstone of our education system, the exact point where political opinion converges with disrespect, discrimination, or hate speech must be separated,” he, in part, wrote. “We have a reputation as a welcoming community, and these students crossed this line with their comments and have damaged our reputation. As principal, I am disheartened that our message of community has not resonated with all students.” … Continue Reading
Canton Dollars for Scholars announces their 2017 scholarship season. Online applications will be accepted from Wednesday, March 1 through Friday, March 31. High school seniors residing in Canton may apply regardless of whether they attend Canton High School or a private, parochial or homeschool program. Scholarships are offered for a broad range of post-secondary programs including vocational and technical schools as well as two-year and four-year college degrees.
Canton Dollars for Scholars seeks the well-rounded student who is achieving his or her personal best grades while serving the school, community and the greater good. CDFS focuses on school involvement, work and community commitments. Teacher recommendations and financial information are not considered or required, however, the student may provide this info if they want to pursue certain national scholarships through our parent organization, Scholarship America.
Students and parents can find information on both local Canton scholarships and national awards by visiting the CDFS website at www.canton.dollarsforscholars.org. Anyone interested in making a donation to support the scholarship programs should visit the website as well.
CANTON — There will be several relevant meetings this week as local officials continue to grapple with how to refine their 2017-18 budget plans in light of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal that includes steep cuts in state aid.
With recent budget proposals by Schools superintendent Kevin D. Case and Chief Administrative Officer Robert H. Skinner, the town, under normal circumstances, would be looking at a very preliminary budget of $38,264,351, an increase of 1.87 percent, which would result in a .22 mill rate increase, impacting the “average” taxpayer $53. And those numbers would likely be trimmed even more after further scrutiny by the boards of education, selectman and finance.
However, this year is much different from most. The boards of education and selectmen are still reviewing the respective proposals but more importantly, the town is grappling with how to prepare for cuts proposed by the governor and whether the state legislature will restore some or all of the funding. At a recent “super board” meeting, Skinner told town officials from various boards that the governor’s reductions in state aid, combined with some additional expenses and other changes, would result in a revenue reduction of $2,117,067 for the fiscal year.If everything else were to stay the same, that average taxpayer, whose home is assessed at some $238,000, would be looking at an increase more along the lines of $707 under the governor’s plan.
Officials are hopeful that the state legislature will take action and, this week, will receive an update from state Sen. Kevin Witkos and state Rep. Tim LeGeyt. Both officials will be in town Wednesday night to provide updates – first at a Board of Education budget hearing and then to the Board of Selectmen. … Continue Reading
By Dave Heuschkel
For the first time in 35 years, the Canton High boys basketball team are conference champions. The Warriors clinched the North Central Connecticut Conference regular season title Thursday night with a 55-33 win over East Granby.
Junior Ryan Enns led the Warriors with 14 points and senior Ethan Burke scored 12 as Canton won its first conference title since 1982. The Warriors went 17-3 overall, 15-1 in the conference.
The 17 regular season wins are the most by Canton since Craig Archambault took over in 2012. Of his five teams, he said this is the youngest. With the exception of Burke and junior Luke Brown, most of the players saw little or no varsity action on the team that went 14-6 in the regular season a year ago.
But Burke, the only returning starter, doesn’t think the Warriors overachieved. He said something occurred a year ago that made him truly believe this team could win a conference title. Read the story in the Feb. 23 edition of the Valley Press.
CANTON – With items that range from a plow truck ride in the Memorial Day Parade to an adult night out at the local brewery, area residents might do well to check the annual online Winter Festival auction.
The auction, found at biddingforgood.com/cantonpto, is a major fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organizations at Canton Intermediate and Cherry Brook Primary schools. Last year the event netted more than $30,000.
Items include sporting tickets, hand-made goods, summer camps, professional services, field trips, art lessons and much more.
Canton High School has released its Quarter 2 honor roll for the 2016-17 school year. See the file by clicking the link below.
The staff at Canton Intermediate School recently took to the basketball court to face a formidable group of students. Surprisingly – or maybe not so much so – the kids managed to squeak out a 39-38 win. The Parent Teacher Organization-sponsored event featured several zany moments with colorful wigs, costumes, a few bizarre calls and an ever-growing number of kids on the court. Perhaps more importantly, attendees collected more than 300 items for the Canton Food Bank. “I love this event because it’s about bringing the CIS Community together in a fun-silly environment, yet, at the same time, giving back to the community by supporting the Canton Food Bank,” said PTO President Jennifer Barri Almeida. “It’s a win-win, literally.” –John Fitts
The Canton Music Department, along with numerous senior class leaders, presented “Prisms Through Time” Feb. 4. The program, produced by Anna Holland, Noah O’Leary and Elizabeth Raynor, used a moving storyline of the “Belmont” family to illustrate musical and arts pursuits over time. To accompany each of the stories, Canton High School bands played a variety of musical styles that included medieval, baroque, classical and romantic, impressionism and modern.
Colin Gurry Receives Degree from Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, GA — Colin Gurry of Canton, CT, has earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Gurry was among approximately 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 252nd Commencement exercises on December 16-17, 2016, at the McCamish Pavilion.
Goodwin College President’s List, Fall 2016
EAST HARTFORD, CT — Goodwin College’s President’s List for the Fall 2016 Session includes the following local students, all of whom scored a perfect 4.0 GPA. To qualify for the President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least six credits at Goodwin College and earn perfect marks in all classes.