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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

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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

Images of Canton: CMS Celebrates Veterans

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at the Canton Middle School Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo by John Fitts

Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at Canton Middle School.

CANTON – Veterans Day is always a special affair at Canton Middle School.

This year, students interviewed veterans and then introduced them to the school community during a special ceremony, where students also heard poignant remarks from Colonel Roy V Walton, Senior Vice Commander in the United States Air Force. Colonel Walton is the Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272 in Avon and also organizes the Patriots Pen Essay Contest in the region every year.

A trademark of the school’s ceremonies have been the handmade, wooden flags presented to veterans, an effort spearheaded by science teacher Cheryl Adams. This year, flags were presented to Vietnam Veteran Greg Sims and the great-nephew and great-niece of Anthony Broznya, a marine who was killed in the Pacific in WWII and whose remains were discovered 72 years after his death and recently put to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
Additionally, Mrs. Adams herself was honored for many years of dedication to the Veterans Day ceremonies.

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Canton Commission Approves Permanent Lights for Canton High School Sports Complex

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports 1 Comment
Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory. Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts

CANTON — On Wednesday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the installation of permanent lights at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.

The decision, which includes several parameters, came after nearly three hours of discussion on the subject.

The special permit use, special permit and site plan modification allows for four, 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lights to be installed at the facility. School officials said their will be no light spillage on abutting properties.

Up to 25 games (a year) will be allowed under the lights with restrictions on starting times and a requirement that the lights be turned off a half hour from the game’s conclusion but no later than 10:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. There are also restriction on amplification. Games played on the turf include soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football.

Practices under the lights are allowed to go until 8:15 p.m. with lights off 15 minutes later. No games or practices under the lights will be allowed on Sundays. 

However, the commission has allowed for the lights, at 15 percent power, to be turned on by early morning and evening users who want to walk the track any day of the week.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months and are planning special events, a brick patio and sponsored banners and flags at the facility. … Continue Reading

Canton BOE Presents its Values Statement, Video and Logo

November 18, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

logoThe Canton Board of Education has released a new values statement and logo, complete with a companion video.

The New Statement is as follows:

Collaboration~Kindness~Integrity

We partner with our students, educators, staff, families and community to:

  • Work together with open minds, creativity and innovation
  • Look for ways to treat others with kindness and respect
  • Do our very best, be honest and hold each other accountable

The logo was created by senior Kyle Walker. The video was created by Canton High School technology specialist Andy Buckle, whose vocal talents can also be heard in it. Sixth-grade teacher Patrick Allen also assisted with the music.

See the video below:

Images of Canton: CHS Honors 2016 Wall of Fame Inductees

November 16, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

In October, Canton High School held its Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which honors Canton graduates that have made positive impacts on their community. This year’s inductees included Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984, Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993, and the late Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957.

deSimas is a communications specialist at Eversource Energy and an award-winning journalist. He is most well-known locally for running collinsvillepress.com, a website focusing on sports

Freedenberg is a technologist and entrepreneur with experience at Fortune 500 Companies. She’s also played a key role in past winter festival fundraisers that benefit the Parent teacher organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate schools.

Sneideman is an award-winner science educator and author and has worked as a hydro-geologist. He also founded the  Inter-Collegiate Environmental Congress in Costa Rica and is an executive at Learning Blade,™ which provides supplemental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum.

Anderson, who passed away in 2007, worked in the irrigation industry for more tan 48 years, was highly regarded by employees and industry experts and was a founding member of the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association.

The photos below are courtesy of Noah O’Leary and the deSimas family. 

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. '57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. '81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg '84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O'Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner - Assistant Principal CHS  - missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman '93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. ’57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. ’81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg ’84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O’Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner – Assistant Principal CHS – missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman ’93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

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