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True North Begins Second Year

September 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Cimg_2773OLLINSVILLE — Members of True North Teen Learning Alternative, a local educational resource center for teens in the Greater Farmington River Valley, kicked off the second year of the program today.

Teens attend the center, located in the historic Collins Axe Factory in Collinsville, instead of going to traditional middle or high school. Similar to traditional students, most True North members work on academics and prepare for college.

However, unlike students in many traditional academic settings, True North members also have opportunities to work toward developing a trade, starting a business, and pursuing varied personal interests.

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Canton Teacher Rides For Parkinson’s Research

September 7, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
From left are Tim OBrien - Wellesley,Ma.. John Sherman - West Hartford, Terry Crean - New Britain, and Peter Annulli of Granby.

From left are Tim O’Brien – Wellesley,Ma..
John Sherman – West Hartford,
Terry Crean – New Britain, and
Peter Annulli of Granby.

By John Fitts 

A bicycle ride from West Hartford to Boston is becoming an annual tradition for John Sherman. This year he rode for a cause close to his heart, Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological disorder.

Recently, one of Sherman’s close friends was diagnosed with the disease so he decided to ride in support of research. While Sherman originally thought of creating a crowdfunding page, he discovered he could easily set up a page via The National Parkinson Foundation to benefit the organization’s Team Hope.™

“My friend is determined to live fully and face his challenges head on with support from his family and friends,” Sherman wrote on a fundraising page. “I realize that my support can also be in the form of funding research for treatment and ultimately a cure by using my legs, my two wheels and my wallet.” … Continue Reading

Canton Students Start 2016-2017 School Year

August 30, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON — As approximately 1,615 students returned to Canton Public schools Tuesday, they in many ways began a process strongly dictated state and federal mandates and standards. Administrators, however, are asking teachers to continue to find ways to focus on ways to encourage creativity and self-directed learning within that framework and the adopted curriculum.

For the second year, I am asking you to create a culture in your classroom of self-directed learning,” Superintendent Kevin D. Case told staff members at a back-to-school convocation Monday. “Have your students set goals, monitor their own progress, and reflect on their own strengths and improvements. Help them see their setbacks or failures as opportunities for feedback and growth. Students who learn through self-direction are more adaptive than their peers, according to research.”

Case further encourage teacher to “give your students opportunities to be creative and innovative.”

Excitement was certainly high for the first day of the school year on Tuesday.

“We had a smooth day,” Case said Tuesday afternoon.

Case said he and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jordan Grossman made the rounds to the schools Tuesday morning.

He was at Canton Intermediate as students made their way from the playground to their first classes.

“The teachers were excited and there was a lot of energy from the students,” he said. “It was exciting to see.” … Continue Reading

Sandra Hamelin Named Canton’s Paraeducator of the Year

August 29, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON — In working with students who face significant challenges, Sandra Hamelin is a key part of Cherry Brook Primary School’s education system.

But Hamelin, now entering her 10th year as a paraprofessional, will tell you she is often the one receiving an education.

“I think my students have taught me as much as I have taught them,” said Hamelin. … Continue Reading

Beth Dropick Named Canton’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

August 29, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

While Beth Dropick was honored as Canton’s 2016-2017 teacher of the year on Monday, the fourth-grade educator made it clear that she feels the honor truly lies with her peers – and the professional as a whole.

“I feel very honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the incredible teachers and educators sitting here before me, who I’ve built priceless relationships with over the last 18 years and who amaze me every day,” Dropick said after Canton Intermediate School principal Kevin Hanlon announced the honor during a back-to-school convocation for staff.

Dropick continued, “You’re passionate; you’re creative; you understand that every child is a unique and special gift in our world. You believe in every child’s potential and provide them with an environment where they can grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.” … Continue Reading

Youth Dominate Annual Lobster Loop

August 22, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history. Photo by Collinsville Press

Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history.
Photo by Collinsville Press

It was the day of youth at the annual Lobster Loop Sunday morning as eight of the top 10 finishers were high school athletes. Canton’s Jake Whittingslow took third place with of 17:13.

The annual event benefits the Canton Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. See more from our friends at Collinsville Press here.


Friends of Canton Football Golf Tournament is Sept. 9

August 21, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

FOCF Golf Flyer 2016-2Submitted Release

The 2016 season for the Canton High School Football Warriors is almost here, with the first home game scheduled for Sept. 10  at 1 p.m. Head Coach Michael Guy came on board this spring, and his passion for teaching and coaching expertise are evident already.  There is a certain sense of excitement as the boys prepare for the season.

The Friends of Canton Football (FOCF) is an organization with a primary mission to support this team.  You see, without the funds raised by FOCF, there would not be football at Canton High School.  Twelve years ago, football was “brought back” to Canton High School thanks to the efforts of a group of parents who became FOCF.  Since then, the group continues to work hard to pay the bills so that these high school students can benefit from all that being on a football team has to offer.

The biggest fundraiser of the year is the FOCF Golf Tournament, which is held at the beautiful Simsbury Farms golf course.  The 12th annual FOCF Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 9, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m.  For an entry fee of $135 you will enjoy… … Continue Reading

Canton School District To Apply for Permanent Lights at Track and Field Facility

lightsBy John Fitts

CANTON – School officials are readying to file a formal application to add permanent lights at high school track and field facility. And if all goes well, the Canton Athletic Booster Club is on deck to unveil a “Lights on Canton” campaign to fund the improvements.

“It is the intent of the Board of Education to, very soon, file an application with you,” Superintendent Kevin D. Case told members of the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting.

Case told the commission and Compass that school officials are looking to file an application the commission can receive at its August meeting. He anticipates there would be a public hearing at the commission’s Sept. 21 meeting.

In November of 2012, voters approved a $3.615 million track and multi-use field facility at the school. At the time, The Board of Education did not seek approval for lighting but assured that the conduits and other infrastructure to support lights were built into the facility.

“It’s no secret lighting was going to come forward at some point,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman David Bondanza (He has since stepped off the commission), said at the recent meeting.

The Canton Athletic Booster Club is anxious to launch an ambitious fundraising project to fund the lights, poles and related improvements, but the Board of Education and school officials told the group that the town approvals should come first.

“No fundraising will start until all the proper procedures are followed,” Case recently told Canton Compass.

The school board must obtain site plan modification, two special permits from the Planning and Zoning Commission and a building permit before work can begin.

For the Planning and Zoning Commission, the application must show details such as height, fall clearness, lighting type, aiming diagrams, a photometric survey and information that addresses glow, “light trespass” and glare.” Additionally, all neighbors within 100 feet and the property must be notified for the public hearing. … Continue Reading

Canton High School Class of 1976 Shows its Spirit

August 1, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Photos by Ferguson Photography, Laurie Comstock Ferguson, Owner.

The Canton High School Class of 1976 hosted its 40th class reunion from July 22 to 24. Following is an account of those events.

By Laurie Ferguson

We graduated in the bicentennial year and adopted the motto “Spirit of ’76” early on.

It is a statement that we have lived up to from the day we embraced it. We are nothing if not spirited.  Every five years, we have gathered, each time growing up a little bit more. We even threw ourselves a “50th Birthday Party!” just to have the excuse to get together.

As the years have passed behind us, so have the boundaries and cliques that are a normal part of growing up.  Even back in high school, many of us crossed the clique boundaries, recognizing that we may not be in each other’s group of friends, but respected one another as people and accepted  our differences with as much grace as a teenager can do.  There is something wonderful about meeting up with people who have known you from the time you were a kid.  It’s like the years just fall away and for a moment in time, and we are that kid again.  Beyond that, now there is an added richness of who we have become.

At this age, we are so happy to see one another again and catch up on life.  It’s more about “How are you doing? How is your life going?” than it is to impress anyone.  We have all been through many things in our lives, marriage, children, divorce, death, illness, accomplishments, etc.  The myriad of life experiences and our common bond of spending 12 years in our youth have brought us even closer over the years.  We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of this wonderful class. The joy and deep fondness for one another is so evident on our faces as each person catches up with old friends or reaches out to those we may not have known as well growing up. … Continue Reading

Canton Academic News (July 27, 2016)

July 27, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Submitted Releases 

Jonathan Cahill Earns Degree as Member of The College of Saint Rose Class of 2016 

ALBANY, NY — The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, congratulates Jonathan Cahill of Collinsville, who earned a Bachelor of Science as a member of the Class of 2016.

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

BURLINGTON, VT — Lindsay Sugar of Canton has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 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, Early Childhood/Elementary Education. … Continue Reading


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