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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.

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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

Submitted Release 

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 


Images of Canton: Girls Soccer Team Plays Granby

September 21, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 0-1 loss to Granby on Wednesday, the Canton girls varsity soccer team is 1-3 for the season but coach Alex Uscilla is seeing some positive signs from her players.

“Our record is not representative of how we’ve been playing at all,” she said. “They’ve been improving a lot we’ve just got to get the ball in the back of the net.”

Uscilla said the girls need to control the ball a little better in the midfield and capitalize on their chances, which they failed to do Wednesday evening.

With the win, the Granby team improves its record to 2-0-1. Granby coach Moose Dzielak said his team is also young but building strongly.

“We’re a family,” he said.

In Canton Uscilla is also encouraged by a number of young players coming up, including 14 freshmen who tried out for the team. She’s also impressed with their attitude.

“They’re all kind to each other they want to win and get better,” she said.

With Victory over Ellington, Boys Varsity Soccer Team Improves to 2-1

September 19, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Late-game goals from Alex Sullivan and Santiago Noriega propelled the varsity Warriors soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Ellington on Wednesday evening.

The hard-fought victory followed a tough 0-6 loss to Suffield last Friday. But head coach Bill Phelps was happy with his team’s effort Wednesday as the Warriors improved their record to 2-1. The players worked hard and had positive attitudes as Phelps shifted players around on the field.

“This is young team and they’re getting their experience,” Phelps said. “They’re starting to play well and with confidence. There are no superstars out there but there are a whole bunch of kids really stepping up and when you step up you, good things happen. Today they stepped up.”

The boys face another challenge Wednesday as they take on Granby Memorial in away action.

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CHS Alumni Weekend Set for Oct. 14, 15

September 15, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Submitted Release 

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 14th , 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.   … Continue Reading

Board of Education Brief: Back-to-School Highlights

September 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By Julie Auseré, Canton Board of Education Chair


Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to welcome you back to school after what has to be one of the most spectacular summers, one that was longer than usual and full of sunshine. I hope you each found the time to rest, relax, be active, spend time with friends and family and re-fuel for the 2016-17 school year.

The school year has just begun, but the Board of Education has already been hard at work.  Here are a few highlights of what’s been happening as school starts: … Continue Reading


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