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CHS to Host Alumni Weekend Oct. 14 and 15

October 12, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Members of the varsity field hockey team celebrate Grace Giancola's game-winning goal under the lights Thursday night.

Members of the varsity field hockey team celebrate Grace Giancola’s game-winning goal under the lights during the 2014 Alumni Weekend.

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Canton High School will hold its 14th Annual Alumni Weekend on Oct. 14 and 15, 2016. All alumni and their families are invited to return to Canton High School to participate in this rich tradition of community spirit.  Come cheer on our athletic teams as they play under the lights beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13 with Field Hockey followed by Football on Friday the 14, ending with our traditional Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer games on Saturday the 15.

In addition, the 2016 alumni nominees will be inducted into the Canton High School Wall of Fame honoring graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen field of work and/or community.

This year the following graduates will be added to the Wall of Fame: Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957, Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984 and Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993.  The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 14  at 5:30 p.m. in the Canton Middle School Cafeteria located on the 3rd floor of the Canton High School building. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Girls Cross Country Team Improves to 10-1

October 11, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Photos by John Fitts and William Sarmuk 

SIMSBURY — The Canton girls Cross Country Team improved its season record to 10-1 during its final home meet at Stratton Brook Park on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of wins over Suffield (22-34) and East Windsor (15-50).

Winning her first race for the Warriors was Belle Magna, who logged a time of 21:19 on the 3.1-mile course. Emily Briggs finished third with a time of 21:46.  … Continue Reading

CHS Students Named National Merit Scholars

October 7, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Brian Barger, Elizabeth Raynor, Adeline Obrzut, and Gabriel Ortiz are National Merit Scholars.

Four Canton High seniors were recently commended as National Merit Scholars.

Brian Barger was named a semifinalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program while Gabriel Ortiz, Elizabeth Raynor and Adeline Obrzut were named commended students.

Barger will now be in the running for the finalist category. Finalists are eligible to compete for one of 2,500 National Merit scholarships worth $2,500 each.  … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Cross Country Team Defeats Granby, Bolton

October 5, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Video, information courtesy of Bill Sarmuk

BOLTON — The Canton Girls Cross Country team defeated Granby by a score 31-24 Wednesday, with Emily Briggs finishing first for the Warriors with a time of 20:51.

Other top finishers for Canton included

  • Belle Magna, 4th with a time of 22:10
  • Cammy McCauley, 5th, with a time of 22:18
  • Helena Winkler, 6th, with a time of 22:19
  • Jocelyn Rossitto, 9th, with a time of 22:54
  • The girls also defeated Bolton 39-16

Canton Schools on Heightened Awareness After Area Clown Threats

October 5, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

School Superintendent Kevin D. Case has written a note to parents, stating that school officials and police are vigilant in light of recent area threats on social media.

“As you may be aware, many schools and communities across the state and the nation are experiencing threats through social media involving clowns,” Case, in part, wrote in a message to parents. “Although the Canton Public Schools have not been the target of a threat, several school districts in Connecticut have been mentioned including New Haven, Cheshire, Wallingford, Naugatuck, and Simsbury. Although these threats are not considered credible, these posts are taken seriously and are being investigated by local police in those communities.”

“Please know there is a heightened awareness by our police and school personnel as a result of these incidents,” Case continued. “Please remind your children that any type of  threat, whether it be credible or a hoax, has serious educational consequences, including suspension and expulsion from school, as well as legal consequences of up to ten years in prison. Please also remind your children to report any suspicious activity to a teacher or administrator.”  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Nature’s Classroom 2016

September 29, 2016 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

COLEBROOK — It’s been nearly 30 years that Canton Public Schools have sent kids back to nature.

Specifically the school district partners with the non-profit outdoor education organization Nature’s Classroom to offer sixth graders a near week-long experience. This year, some 135 students went to Camp Jewell, a sprawling paradise of more than 500 acres, complete with cabins, recreational areas, fields, a lake, hiking trails and farm animals.

While there, students participated in educational hikes, recess-like transition times, live performance skits, story times, group activities and outdoor classes that explore such areas as aquatic life, geology, biology, nature-based art, ancient skills, and haiku.

Students get to choose classes based on their interests and each incorporates elements of math, science, english, art and more.

“It’s all the disciplines we teach but it’s just in a whole different environment, with a different group of students and a different instructor,” said sixth-grade teacher Patrick Allen, who is also the district’s Nature’s Classroom Coordinator.  … Continue Reading

Hearing for Track and Field Lights Set for Nov. 2

lightsBy John Fitts 
CANTON — On Nov. 2, the Planning and Zoning Commission will host a public hearing on permanent lights at the high school track and field facility.
The Canton School district has filed an application to install four permanent poles with lighting at the facility. In the application, Canton Schools director of facilities Dwight Carlson said the plan is to erect two 80-foot metal poles on the west side of the field and two 90-foot poles on the east side.  Musco lighting has performed a photometric survey so the commission and neighbors can review any potential impact.
The district is looking to utilize the lights until 10 p.m. for certain games, and on rare occasions (overtime) until 11:30 p.m. It is also asking for the option to hold up to 2 special events per year, which could involve reduced lighting levels for all-night events. If it approves the application, the Planning and Zoning Commission could in theory modify those request and/or set other conditions of use.

… Continue Reading

With Win, Canton Girls Volleyball Team Improves to 5-3

September 27, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton girls varsity volleyball team swept Metropolitan Learning Center on Monday evening to improve their record to 5-3.

The Canton girls defeated MLC 25-18, 25-13 and 25-5, winning the first three to clinch the best of five series for the evening.  … Continue Reading

Canton Connections to Start 20th Year

September 26, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

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There is a hidden gem in Canton that is about to start its 20th year of serving the children of Canton in an enriching after school program! Canton Connections is excited to start its first session on Oct. 5. Canton Connections is an after school program where fun and learning meet!

Starting as a collaborative effort of the churches in Canton, and supported by many community grants and donations, Canton Connections has been serving Cherry Brook students in a two day per week after school program.  A volunteer Board of Directors over-sees this program, which is ably staffed by long time Director Caryn Turik.  Caryn is starting her 16th year with the program. Laura Crowley and Lynn Kaye assist her.  The program is fortunate to also have teen volunteers who serve as mentors to the young students.  Teen volunteers have often been “graduates” of Canton Connections.  Their positive experience have inspired them to give back and make a positive difference. … Continue Reading

Canton Field Hockey Team Wins Two in A Row

September 22, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 6-0 victory over Stafford on Thursday, the girls varsity field hockey team won its second in row. Earlier in the week, the team defeated Suffield by a score of 4-1.

It was a good turn in the eyes of Canton coach Margaret Bristol. The team is 2-2 and started the season with a pair of losses to Granby and Bethel.

With the latest wins, however, Bristol feels her young squad (6 players graduated last year) is gaining confidence and learning to work together.

“We had two really hard games right at the beginning but getting these two wins has kind of brought their confidence back,” she said. “They’re realizing that they can play field hockey. They can work together as a team and they can accomplish good things.”

John Fitts 

 

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