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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.
Submitted Photo

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.
Submitted Photo

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

Community Circle Project Returns, Courtesy of CIS Students

December 2, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
img_3478Courtesy of Canton Intermediate School art teacher Deb Costello
and 5th grade teacher Erik Perotti 
On Thursday, December 1st, CIS’s fifth graders had a morning of collaboration and creating through our Community Circle Project.  Students worked in teams to make large scale rose window designs that will be used in displays across Canton!  These Community Circle Designs will connect our students with the Canton Community sharing their artistic achievement while working together as a grade level.   Over 150 students, teachers and parents participated  creating over 60 designs!
 Through the creation of their art, students were able to experience success while giving back to our town.  What’s a better way to share a smile with others then with the universal language of ART!
Rose window design are all ready popping up around town.  Keep your eyes out for these colorful creations.

Kindergarteners Tell Us ‘How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner’

December 2, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

tdayEditor’s Note: Cherry Brook Kindergarten teacher Kelly Theriault has shared this class project with Canton Compass. Her students give us some advice, with a healthy dose of humor. While the Thanksgiving Holiday might be passed, some of these suggestions could come in handy for Christmas or other winter celebrations.

How to hunt down and cook a Turkey

~ by Sawyer

You take your bow and arrow and then when the turkey isn’t looking you shoot it.  You need to wear camouflage clothes which means you blend in you know?  You have to pull the back of the arrow down so the edge of the arrow is touching the bow.  Then you release by letting go of the back part and it shoots the turkey dead.  You need gloves to pick it up and then you spray it with bleach and let it dry for a couple of weeks. Then you wipe the bleach off.  Then you pull the feathers off and eat it.  … Continue Reading

Canton Board of Education Presented with CABE Leadership Award

November 30, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Pictured are Kevin D. Case, Superintendent of Schools, board member Maria Bradley, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Diana Wentzell, board chair Julie Auseré, board member Jack Powell, board member Joseph Scheideler and Jordan Grossman, Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Submitted Photo

Pictured are Kevin D. Case, Superintendent of Schools, board member Maria Bradley, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Diana Wentzell, board chair Julie Auseré, board member Jack Powell, board member Joseph Scheideler and Jordan Grossman, Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
Submitted Photo

Submitted Release 

At the recent annual CABE/Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents Leadership Conference held in Mystic, Connecticut, the Canton Public Schools’ Board of Education was presented with a CABE Leadership Award in recognition of its work in supporting staff and students resulting in increased student achievement. The Board was also recognized for their efforts to engage the community in the work of the schools.

Each year the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) selects Boards of Education to receive a CABE Leadership Award. This award is designed to recognize Boards of Education and Superintendents who work effectively as a team in leading their District. A Board of Education has to meet several criteria in the following areas in order to receive this recognition: Board Member Professional Development; Policy Development; Community Relations; Related Organizational Leadership; Board Leadership/Student Achievement.

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Images of Canton: A 5th-Grade Float Parade

November 29, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

While perhaps not as grand as that famous Thanksgiving Day Parade, the state floats displayed at Canton Intermediate School were every bit as creative.

One hundred and thirty five 5th-grade students recently created the floats as part of their initial research for non-fiction reading and writing.

Each student chose a state, conducted mostly out of classroom research, and completed the floats, incorporating the most important aspect of the state.

“It exceeded expectations for sure,” said 5th-grade teacher and team leader Kama Cawley. “Watching the kids get off buses with their state floats was so exciting. I’m impressed with their research and work I’m very impressed with their care toward each other and their approach to observing each other’s work today. It was really inspiring.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CIS Kids Care Club Receives Special Visit from K9 Units

November 22, 2016 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Time and again, members of the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School have learned how rewarding it can be to give back.

Not only did the club’s May of 2016 Mud Run generate enough to fund two bullet- and stab-proof vests for K9 police officers but the kids were recently treated to a visit from the recipients. … Continue Reading


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