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Following Sightings at and Near Canton Middle/High School Campus, Police Remind Residents to Be Educated on Bear Behavior

One of the Thursday bear sightings. Photo by Connor Clement

One of the Thursday bear sightings.
Photo by Connor Clement

Following a sighting of a bear on the Canton Middle/High School property and elsewhere in the area Thursday afternoon, Canton police said they want to remind residents to educate themselves on bear behavior.  … Continue Reading

Open Choice Students Describe Their Experiences to Canton Board of Education

May 11, 2016 Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

Several Hartford students spoke to the Board of Education Tuesday evening, praising the town’s school system, its teachers and students.

The students are among the 103 in Canton Schools as part of Open Choice, the state’s education integration plan. Students, parents and a few administrators spoke to the board on Tuesday and, while some acknowledged a few ups and downs, all described their experiences as overwhelmingly positive.

The students who spoke have spent a varying amount of time in town and each unique perspective.

“I really like the school because of my teacher and because of the work I am doing here,” said second grader Isaiah Tripp. … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Clinches NCCC Title

May 10, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments
The Canton Girls celebrate victory and a NCCC title Tuesday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Charron

The Canton Girls celebrate victory and a NCCC title Tuesday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Charron

With an 11-7 win again Ellington, the Canton Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has clinched the its first NCCC championship. The girls are 11-2 this year.

See more in this great story from Gerry DeSimas at CollinsvillePress.com.

Images of Canton: CHS Spring Instrumental Concert

The Canton Music Department presented its Spring Instrumental Concert on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. … Continue Reading

CIS Kids Care Mud Run Raises Funds for K9 Vests

With a successful fundraising event this past weekend, the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School has raised enough to purchase two bullet/stab proof vests for K9 officers.

The Second Annual CIS Kids Care Club Mud Run event was held on Saturday, May 7 and raised more than $1,500. With those funds, and money from other school fundraisers, the club plans to purchase two vests, which cost approximately $1,100 each.

The kids in the club were recently inspired by a visit from state trooper Gregory Fascendini and Ale, his canine companion, who is just shy of 3-years-old. The duo returned for the mud run this past Saturday, running the course alongside more than 50 kids who signed up for the event.

Students paid $10 to register for the event and were also able to obtain sponsors. Hailey Keen took top honors, raising $330 in sponsorships.

The Kids Care Club participates in outreach programs such as holiday projects for local seniors, bulletin board decoration, fundraising for less fortunate kids in other countries and collecting items for the Avon-Canton Animal Shelter.

Last year’s mud run benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

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Images of Canton: Civil War Encampment 2016

By John Fitts 

Thursday’s cold, damp weather was perhaps fitting Thursday as Canton 5th graders learned about the Civil War through the eyes of re-enactors.

The students spent the entire morning visiting various stations to hear the varying perspectives of a Union Officer, Confederate officer, bounty hunter, school teacher and fife and drum corps. Among the re-enactors is retired teacher Tim Barth, who returns every year. The playground at Canton Intermediate School was dotted with tents, lanterns and other props to add to the experience, which ended with gray vs. blue battle simulation.

“It’s a great way to make history come alive,” said Erik Perotti, a fifth-grade educator who took the lead in organizing this year’s event.

The 5th-grade Civil War Encampment is a 20-plus year tradition at the school and is part of a more encompassing unit.

“This gives them an opportunity to act it out or experience it in a different way, rather than just reading or writing, or studying,” Perotti added.

Fifth-grade teacher Kathy Magarian said the encampment is one of those experiences that stays with the kids.

“This is the way kids learn,” she said. “They learn from us when they’re sitting in the classroom but they will remember being out on this field.”

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Canton School District Honors Student Achievement

Canton School Administrators, along with the Board of Education, recognized student achievement during the annual Canton Celebrates program on Tuesday evening.

Students at all Canton schools were lauded for personal and academic growth, exemplary conduct, unified sports participation, leadership roles, excellent musicianship, literature skills, artistic talent, academic excellence, sports accomplishments and much more. Additionally a few staff members were recognized, including Kama Cawley, the district’s 2-14-2015 teacher of the year and paraeducator of the year Laura Trafidlo.

Superintendent Kevin D. Case said the professionalism of the staff and the hard work of the students fosters an environment to produce “independent, productive, respectful and responsible citizens.”

“As I visit each school in tour district, I’m continually amazed by the outstanding accomplishments our students and staff are experiencing,” Case said.

The night also included opening music by the Canton High School Jazz Combo and post-event refreshments courtesy of Blaire Hutchings and the Canton High School Culinary class.

For a full list of honorees, see below. A full-screen version is available by clicking the cross arrows to the bottom right of the “box.”

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Images of Canton: Track Program Celebrates Seniors, Victories

May 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High School Track and Field team celebrated its seniors and swept the competition at its final home meet on Tuesday afternoon.

The boys beat Bolton 118-32 and East Windsor 107-43. Their record this year is 9-0, with all but one of those being a conference match.

The girls defeated Bolton 112-21 and East Windsor by a score of 78-70. The girls are 8-3 overall.

The East Windsor match was a tight one that came down to the 4×400, with the team of Lucy Tanner, Jane Frawley, Abby Briggs and Amber Harraden running a season best of 4:29.5, coach Tim O’Donnell said. They had trailed most of that race Briggs took the lead with about 100m to go on the third leg.

Elizabeth Raynor set a school record in the pole vault (8’0″) and Stephen Oliver tied his school record (11’6″) in the same event, the coach added.

See more statistics and coverage from our friends at the Collinsville Press.

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LeGeyt Congratulates Championship Canton High School Girls Basketball Team

May 2, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments
Rep. Tim LeGeyt with the Canton Girls Class S Championship Basketball team. Submitted Photo

Rep. Tim LeGeyt with the Canton Girls Class S Championship Basketball team.
Submitted Photo

Submitted Release 

HARTFORD — State Rep. Tim LeGeyt (R-Canton) congratulated the Canton High School Girls Basketball Team on their title victory to become C.I.A.C. Class S State Champions.

“It was an honor to host the Canton High School Girls Basketball Team and congratulate them on their big win,” said LeGeyt, who hosted the team and their coaches at the State Capitol.

Rep. LeGeyt arranged for and joined the team in a visit to the governor’s office where the governor was pleased to receive the players and recognize their accomplishment.

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Cherry Brook Primary School to Hold 55th Annual Children’s Fair

Submitted Release 

CANTON — On Friday, June 3, 2016 the grounds of Cherry Brook Primary School will be alive with the sounds of children and families as they host their Annual Children’s Fair.

According to Cherry Brook Primary Principal Andy Robbin, “The CBPS Children’s fair is a time honored event that our entire community looks forward to.  It’s wonderful to watch the joyful exuberance of the children and their families!”

As in previous years, the dunk tank will return again this year. Fairgoers will have the chance to dunk teachers and administration who do their part to support the Cherry Brook PTO by taking a turn in the booth. … Continue Reading


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