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Successful Writers Pass Along Advice to Canton Students

By John Fitts 

For the writer, dissatisfaction with a finished piece does not have to signal failure.

Sam Adler-Bell, a successful social advocate and journalist, recently told Canton students to embrace the fact that they might be unhappy with their work. It’s a sign of growth, motivation and the desire to always do better.

“One thing I find in my writing is I almost never like it,” he said. “That’s a good sign.”

Adler-Bell is one of six writers who recently visited the Canton Middle/High School campus for the school’s first “Author Afternoon,” presented by the English Department and library media centers at the school.

In two sessions, each writer addressed students, offered some insight on their approach to writing and passed along tips on story ideas, editing, structure and inspiration. … Continue Reading

Canton Middle School Students Learn Life Lessons During Day of Service

By John Fitts (Additional photos courtesy of LaNelle Stanhope and Rebecca Stevenson) 

CANTON – While May 19, 2016 might not have been the most academically challenging day at Canton Middle School, students learned some important life lessons.

On that day, 282 Canton Middle School students, along with staff members and some parents, participated in a Day of Service, during which groups of students traveled to local farms, nursery schools, nursing homes, libraries, parks and elsewhere to clear invasive species, teach kids, clean out sheds, share their company with the elderly, pick up litter, and much more – putting in a collective 1,120 hours of work.

It’s an effort the school has worked toward all year and involved an ambitious effort to coordinate 22 projects at 18 different sites in a day-long effort.

As a result, students were able to make new friends, further the school’s 2015-2016 theme of “Paying it Forward” and feel energized about giving back, school officials said.

“The students embraced it and jumped right in,” said CMS principal Pamela C. Hamad said. “There was an energy in the building when they came back.” … Continue Reading

Canton Boys Track and Field Team Wins 6th Straight NCCC Title

May 25, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High School boys track and field team earned a 6th straight NCCC title Tuesday evening while the girls took a 3rd-place finish.

Please see full story from Gerry deSimas at the Collinsville Press here.

Images of Canton: 5th Graders Learn About Emergency Planning

On Monday Canton 5th Graders learned the STEPs to take for family emergency preparedness.

During the morning, Bill Perkins, trainer and homeland security project coordinator for the Capitol Region Council of Governments, Christopher Arciero, Canton’s Chief of Police and director of emergency management, and members of the Canton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), presented Student Tools for Emergency Planning. … Continue Reading

Canton LWV Announces $250 Donation to Canton Intermediate School Library

May 24, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
From left, CIS media aide Liz Nardi, CIS Library media specialist Kelly Conway and Mary Hess from the Canton League of Women voters.

From left, CIS media aide Liz Nardi, CIS Library media specialist Kelly Conway and Mary Hess from the Canton League of Women voters.

On Tuesday morning, the Canton League of Women voters formally announced a $250 donation to the Canton Intermediate School library.

“The Canton Intermediate School library is most grateful to the LWV for their generous donation,” CIS Library Media Specialist Kelly Conway stated via a submitted release. “The funds will be used to buy materials written by local authors as well as fiction and non-fiction books with the election theme.”

Specifically, Conway said, the library will purchase three titles each, in multiple formats, from Canton authors Beth Vrabel, known for her “Pack of Dorks” series for middle graders and Julia Garstecki, an author known for her non-fiction titles for younger readers.

The purchase of the titles will support scheduled programs and appearances by those authors in the 2016-2017 school year. … Continue Reading

Canton Public Schools to Host Session on New K-5 Bridges Math Program

May 24, 2016 Schools No Comments

logoThe Canton Public School District has announced it will implement the Bridges Math program in grades K-5 beginning in the 2016-17 school year. The district invites parents to hear more about the program Wednesday, May 25 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Cherry Brook Primary School cafeteria. 

“The Canton Public Schools is very excited to introduce the Bridges Math Program to our K-5 students next fall,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jordan E. Grossman. “We look forward in partnering with families in the implementation of Bridges Math. It is our hope that this forum this week is just the beginning of school/ family communication with our new math program.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Softball Team Celebrates Its Seniors, Ends Season With a Win

May 23, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

CANTON –The Warriors softball team might have struggled on the field this season but on Monday evening the girls ended on a high note – celebrating senior players and logging a third win with a 15-4 victory over Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy.

Already a small team, the program is losing the following six seniors:

  • Samantha Anderson
  • Kelsey Beadle
  • Anna Shine
  • Megan Hall
  • Sophia Pelehach
  • Emma Plourd

On Monday, parents, coaches and teammates honored those girls with signs, gifts and speeches.

Head coach Charley Batan said he was proud of his girls for their on-field improvement over the course of the season but more importantly for their attitude.

“I’m very proud of them all. The seniors are very good academically — very, very, very good students and great kids,” he said. “It’s just been a pleasure to watch them grow up.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: May Dance Celebration at Cherry Brook

Students at Cherry Brook Primary School participated in the annual May dance celebration on Friday, May 20. Over two sessions, students in each grade perform traditional folk dances for their families. Additionally music teacher Luann Saunders leads the kids in singing several songs.

“The tradition demonstrates how much progress has been made by students with movement and music,” said principal Andrew Robbin. “Mrs. Saunders outstanding work with the students is evident through the joy of the May Dance.”

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Eastern Student Lillian Hyde of Collinsville Presents Research Poster at CREATE Conference 

May 22, 2016 Schools No Comments
he Betty R. Tipton Room of Eastern's Student Center was the venue for CREATE's poster displays. Submitted Photo

he Betty R. Tipton Room of Eastern’s Student Center was the venue for CREATE’s poster displays.
Submitted Photo

WILLIMANTIC, CT — More than 250 talented students at Eastern Connecticut State University presented research and creative work at the university’s second annual CREATE conference this past April. CREATE stands for Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern, and is the university’s premier, academic year-end showcase. At the culminating event, students of all majors presented professional posters, live music, dance performances, artwork, photography, documentaries and panel discussions.

Lillian Hyde ’17 of Collinsville, who majors in Biology, presented a research poster at the event. Hyde’s presentation was titled “Molecular Evidence for Extra-Pair Paternity in Whiskered Terns.”

“The Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrid) is a colonial, long-lived seabird and member of the Sternidae family,” said Hyde. “They nest in freshwater wetlands distributed throughout southern and central Europe, and across Asia into Australia. The European population has recently experienced a population expansion. Mating pairs require biparental care of offspring, and exhibit social monogamy, however extra-pair copulation has been observed, which suggests extra-pair paternity is possible. The frequency of extrapair paternity was measured using molecular methods in well-studied colonies in southern Poland. Thus far, 46 families have been genotyped at six microsatellite loci to assess genetic relationships within social families. We use the probability of resemblance method of Ibarguchi, et al. (2004) to determine paternity and then compare the genetic mating system of Whiskered Terns to related species.”

Canton College Notes (May, 23, 2016)

May 22, 2016 Schools No Comments

Kyle Petow of Canton, CT graduates from Champlain College 

BURLINGTON, VT — Kyle Petow of Canton, CT graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Business Administration on May 14, 2016.

Champlain College’s 138th commencement was held at Edmunds Field in Burlington, Vt. A total of 537 undergraduates received their associate and bachelors degrees during the ceremony.

Eastern Connecticut State University Congratulates the Undergraduate Class of 2016

WILLIMANTIC, CT — More than 12,000 family members and friends filled the XL Center in Hartford on Tuesday, May 17, to cheer on their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, as 1,221 undergraduates and 25 graduate students received their diplomas at Eastern Connecticut State University’s 126th Commencement exercises.

  • Aleksandr Jasinski of Canton, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.
  • Bettina Maglia of Canton, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
  • Kaitlyn Robitaille of Collinsville, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
  • Gabrielle Rosa of Collinsville, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Marissa DiBella of Canton Inducted into Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society at Scranton 

SCRANTON, PA — Marissa DiBella of Canton was among The University of Scranton students inducted into Tau Upsilon Alpha, the national human services honor society. The University’s chapter of the honor society, established in 2008, recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate counseling and human services students.

DiBella is a senior majoring in counseling and human services at the Jesuit university.

Eastern Connecticut State University Student Lillian Hyde of Collinsville Receives Biology Award 

WILLIMANTIC, CT — Eastern Connecticut State University’s Biology Department recently bestowed awards upon students who achieved excellence in academic excellence, research and as teaching assistants.

Lillian Hyde ’17 of Collinsville was one of the awardees. Hyde was awarded an Academic Excellence Award. She was also recently inducted into Eastern’s Eta Omega chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.



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