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College Notes (Jan. 19, 2017)

January 19, 2017 Schools No Comments

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Wheaton College student Emily Guersch Performs in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ 

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Emily Guersch of Collinsville, Connecticut performed in Opera Music Theater’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Guersch played clarinet. Guersch was also named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University Full-time Students Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List

WILLIMANTIC, CT — Eastern Connecticut State University recently released the names of full-time students who were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

The following Collinsville students earned the honor. 

  • Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18, an Environmental Earth Science major.
  • Emily Chouinard ’18 of Collinsville, who is majoring in Finance.
  • Lillian Hyde ’17, whose major is Biology.

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Images of Canton: Canton Parents for Music Coffee House

January 13, 2017 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Photos by John Fitts

Canton Parents for Music sponsored a coffee house in the cafeteria of Canton High School Jan. 6. Fourteen different student acts performed. Attendance was free, but the organization raised nearly $300 from selling refreshments and accepting donations. The organization is looking to host additional coffee houses , potentially at other locations. Canton Parents for Music funds initiatives not covered in the Board of Education budget. Examples include artists in residence and music trip transportation costs. See more at www.cantonparentsformusic.org. … Continue Reading

Canton Residents Named to Dean’s Lists at Champlain College, Keene State

January 7, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

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Lindsay Sugar named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester

BURLINGTON, VT — Lindsay Sugar of Canton has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Sugar is majoring in Secondary Education-Social Studies.

Keene State College Student Kimberly Bastan Earns Place on Dean’s List 

KEENE, NH — Congratulations to Kimberly Bastan of Canton, who was recently named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Keene State College. Bastan was among 1,400 students who were honored for academic excellence in the fall 2016 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, Keene State undergraduates must be enrolled in a degree program and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn dean’s list honors.

Coffee House Performances at Canton High School on Friday, Jan. 6

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CANTON, CT  — Canton Parents for Music and the Canton Public Schools Music Department are proud to host a Coffee House featuring Canton High School students performing live music for the community in a casual environment. 

The Coffee House will be held on Friday, Jan. 6 in the Canton High School cafeteria. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances will run until 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for attending. Hot beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. People are encouraged to bring their friends and family and maybe some cards or a board game to settle in and enjoy a relaxing evening of live music.

Canton High School is located at 76 Simonds Ave, Canton, CT. … Continue Reading

BOE Brief December 2016: A Project of Teamwork, Collaboration, Creativity and Kindness

December 20, 2016 Community, Opinion, Schools No Comments
Students work on the Community Circle Project.  Submitted Photo

Students work on the Community Circle Project.
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Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

It is hard to believe it is December and we will begin the Winter recess in just a few more days. Over the past two months, the Board of Education has been busy working on new initiatives and hearing reports from various departments about the great work being done in our schools. Topics included the student-centered learning framework, technology, STEM initiatives in our schools, and an update on our Open Choice program. All of these reports can be found on our website at → http://www.cantonschools.org under “Latest News” on the homepage. You can also view our new Board of Education video on the values statement and how these values are demonstrated in our school. Be sure to check it out!

As we reflect on the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to share a story of an experience I had at Canton Intermediate School in early December. I volunteered to help with the 5th grade Community Circles project, where the 5th grade made Rose Windows to display in different locations around town. The project began on an early morning in the Canton Intermediate School gym, with the students gathered to hear a presentation about the project and learn about the process of making stained glass art. … Continue Reading

Canton College Notes (Dec. 19, 2016)

December 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

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Emily Guersch Performs in Wheaton College (Ill.) Christmas Festival 

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Emily Guersch recently performed in “Love Divine,” the 2016 Christmas Festival presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Guersch, of Collinsville, Connecticut, played clarinet with the Symphonic Band.

Emily Jarka Named To Little East Academic All-Conference 

KEENE, NH — Keene State College Women’s Cross Country student-athlete Emily Jarka has been named to the Little East Conference Academic All-Conference team.

Jarka is a native of Canton, majoring in Elementary Education. … Continue Reading

Canton Kindergarteners Donate and Wrap Gifts for Needy Siblings

December 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Kindergarteners in Kelly Theriault's class wrap the presents gathered for less fortunate students. Submitted Photo

Kindergarteners in Kelly Theriault’s class wrap the presents gathered for less fortunate students.
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By John Fitts 

Thanks to a local kindergarten class, two young children will have a better holiday season.

For years, Kelly Theriault and her family have participated in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s Holiday Bear Project, a program that benefits public school children in need.

Last year Theriault and her fellow staff members sponsored two children, and this year she decided to bring the project directly into her Cherry Brook Primary School classroom. She asked families to forgo any gifts for her and consider donating to the project.

With the help of classroom volunteers and a few others, the families of the 19 kids in Theriault’s classroom, collected items for 4- and 5-year-old siblings that attend an area school. Using an online sign-up system, the participants coordinated an effort to purchase everyday necessities, school supplies, clothing, coloring books, games, books and toys.

“It was amazing,” Theriault said. “I was just so touched by everybody’s generosity.”

Recently the class gathered to wrap the gifts, which Theriault said included everything on their list and more.

“It was so successful and so meaningful,” Theriault said. “It gave them a chance to think about that not everyone has what we have.”

The Holiday Bear Project has benefit more than 10,000 students since 1998, according to the Connecticut Education Foundation.  … Continue Reading

Lights on Canton Announces $5,000 Donation

December 16, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.  Submitted Photo

The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.
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Lights On Canton has received its first donation from the Canton Youth Soccer Association.

“This generous $5000 donation kicks off the Lights On Canton committee’s “Be A Beacon” giving campaign for organizations, families and businesses,” Lights on Canton c0-chair Kimberly Marze announced in a recent email. “Their leadership and dedication to the Lights On Canton project has been incredible and hopefully serves as example (or a “beacon”) to other organizations who may be inspired by their generous gift.”

Permanent Lights for the Canton High School track and field facility were approved by the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission in November. Some neighbors had expressed concern, especially about noise, and the commission did put several conditions on the approval.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of the Canton Athletic Booster Club, advocated for the lights and has committed raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months.

“Lights on Canton”  can be found on facebook. Their first fundraising event is a game between the Harlem Wizards vs. Canton Schools teachers on Jan. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $15 and are available at http://www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets/  or at JCC Mandell Valley Sports Center in Canton.

 

Canton BOE Recognizes Kevin D. Case’s 10 Years as Superintendent

December 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

The Board of Education held a special recognition Tuesday to honor Kevin D. Case for 10 years of service as Superintendent of Canton Schools.

In addition to current board members, several administrators, a few teachers and former board members gathered for a brief celebration.

In honoring Case, board chair Julie Auseré referenced a press release sent out in October 2006 when Case was hired to lead Canton schools. … Continue Reading

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