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Canton Resident Part of CREC’s Production of ‘West Side Story’

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Kelsey Dubei

Kelsey Dubei

Students at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School will perform “West Side Story,” a classic musical that changed American theater more than 50 years ago, on April 29, April 30, May 6, and May 7.

The cast will feature more than 40 students from more than 25 Connecticut towns, including Kelsey Dubei, of Canton.

All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Theater of the Performing Arts in Hartford.

With the book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins, “West Side Story” is one of America’s most memorable musicals. … Continue Reading

Historic Moment in State Adaptive Sports Takes Place at Canton Track Meet

April 12, 2016 Photos, Schools, Sports No Comments
Janet Connolly, center with Wheelchair athletes Helen Newman, left and Stephanie Marquez. Photo by John Fitts

Janet Connolly, center with Wheelchair athletes Helen Newman, left, and Stephanie Marquez.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON – As sports and community programs manager at Hospital for Special Care, Canton resident Janet Connolly, “couldn’t have been more proud” Tuesday to see two wheelchair athletes – and ones she knows well – compete as full members of their respective high school track and field teams.

It was the first time for such an event in the Connecticut, the 25th state to allow wheelchair athletes to compete as equals with their “able-bodied” teammates.

The two ground-breaking athletes were Granby freshman Helen Newman and Middletown resident Stephanie Marquez, a junior at Hartford-based Sports and Medical Sciences Academy. Marquez and Newman have represented the state – and Hospital for Special Care – at regional, national and international competitions. Marquez has represented her country and medaled at the Junior World Championships and this spring will also compete at the Paralympic trials.

Tuesday, however, marked the first time that they competed in a meet as members of their high-school teams.

“They have been training and racing on the same team for many, many years so this is kind of a dream coming to reality,” said Connolly.  … Continue Reading

Gabriel Mesa to Participate in White House Science Fair this Week

April 12, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Gabriel with his inventions, the Stimuped and the Carbon Battery. Photo courtesy of Anne Hunter

Gabriel with his inventions, the Stimuped and the Carbon Battery.
Photo courtesy of Anne Hunter

Canton’s own Gabriel Mesa, 16, is in Washington, D.C. this week for the White House Science Fair, which takes place on Wednesday, April 13.

In all, President Barack Obama is welcoming more than 100 students for the event.

Mesa is showcasing a “Carbon Battery,” which combines piezoelectric materials and graphene to create an environmentally sound mechanical battery. He also has a device, named the Stimuped, to help with diabetic neuropathy.

Canton Compass plans to interview Mesa upon his return.
More information about the event, and Mesa’s invention, can also be found at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/04/08/science-fair-2016-meet-next-generation-americas-innovators

Images of Canton: Evening of Jazz 2016

On April 6, 2016, the Canton Public Schools Music Department presented “Canton Evening of Jazz.” The show featured jazz ensembles and combos from Canton Intermediate, Canton Middle and Canton High schools, with special guest artist Bruce Eidem on trombone. Groups were directed by Mark Buonfiglio, Donna Corbett and John Mastroianni.

On Sunday, April 24, the Jeff Holmes Big Band, with the CHS Jazz Ensemble, will play at Canton High School. Tickets are $15 and $20 and can be purchased at http://cpmjeffholmes2016.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138843261

Students Experience Wealth of Culture, History and Science During Trip to Costa Rica

April 7, 2016 Community, Schools 1 Comment

By John Fitts 

During a recent week-long trip, a group of 21 Canton High School students, two teachers and one superintendent were able to experience much of what Costa Rica has to offer – urban life, a traditional coffee plantation, a dormant volcano, an indigenous culture, the rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, vast wildlife sightings, zip lining, horseback riding and a few harrowing roadways.

“This trip was amazing,” said junior Alexa Szczepanski. “I want to absorb everything the world has to show. This trip was what I hope is just the beginning.” … Continue Reading

LWV of Canton, Canton Youth Services Bureau, Canton Schools Co-Sponsoring April 26 Program on Teen Development

April 7, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

April 26 Parent ProgramSubmitted Release 

The League of Women Voters of Canton is pleased to join the Canton School Community and the Canton Youth Services Bureau in co-sponsoring a public education program on teen development and behavior.

To be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Canton Middle School cafeteria, the program is entitled “Navigating the Teen Years in a Society that Never Sleeps.” Free and open to the public, the event features a joint presentation by West Hartford’s Family Resource and Development Center and Canton Middle School and Canton High School Student Services experts. Presenters will cover typical behavior vs. causes for concern, helping teens manage stress and knowing when and how to get help. Refreshments will be served at the beginning of the program.

In early 2014, the League of Women Voters of Canton completed a study of mental health services in the Farmington Valley. The study identified a number of gaps in the service system and barriers to residents’ access to care, and the study developed numerous recommendations for improving care, including increased public education about mental health issues and services. … Continue Reading

Canton Board of Education Votes to Use 2016-2017 Open Choice Grant to Fund Third-Grade Teacher

April 6, 2016 Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

On Tuesday night, the Canton Board of Education voted to fund a third-grade position with funds from the 2016-2017 Open Choice grant.

The vote to fund $52,114 for the position was unanimous (with one member absent) and followed a recommendation that Superintendent Kevin D. Case made at a previous board meeting.

The teaching position has been at issue since Superintendent Kevin D. Case’s 2016-2017 budget proposal recommended the number of third-grade sessions go from 6 to 5. … Continue Reading

Mary Budnick Earns Scholarship to Alvernia University 

April 4, 2016 Schools No Comments


READING, PA — Hard work in high school has paid off for college-bound seniors. Mary Budnick, of Canton, has been granted the Presidential Scholarship to study Sport Management at Alvernia University in the fall. Budnick is currently a senior at Northwest Catholic High School.

Recipients of the $17,500 Presidential Scholarship must have a minimum of 1130 SAT* (or 25 ACT) and a minimum 3.5 GPA. Alvernia’s Neag Nursing, Shirley and Joseph Boscov, Presidential, Trustees’ and Veronica Scholarships are merit based and awarded on a competitive basis.

ALVERNIA is a distinctive Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service. Alvernia empowers students to become “ethical leaders with moral courage.” Through real-world learning and the challenging guidance of faculty mentors, they discover their passion for life and turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment. Alvernia students do well and do good.

Night of Friends and Fun to Benefit Canton High Class of 2016 Substance Free Graduation Party

PowerPoint PresentationBy John Fitts

Planning for the 2016 Canton High School Substance Free Graduation Party is well underway with a major fundraiser scheduled this weekend.

For nearly 30 years, parents have raised funds for the safe post-graduation party, which involves a trip to Cherry Brook Primary school for dinner and a class film, followed by a trip to an offsite venue for overnight activities that include a hypnotist, sporting activities, a roving magician, cash cube, raffle prizes and much more.

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Substance Free Graduation Party committee is hosting a Night of Friends and Fun at the Canton Indoor Golf Center. The $50 per person price includes appetizers, a buffet dinner, dessert, golf competitions, live music from the Humeleons, and numerous raffle prizes that include vacation getaways and Patriots tickets. There will be a cash bar, 50-50 raffle and, yes, final four games will be broadcast. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook, CIS PTOs Thank Community for Its Support of Winter Festival Auction

March 29, 2016 Opinion, Schools No Comments

Submitted Release 

CANTON, CT – The 2016 Winter Festival Online Auction, the largest fundraising effort for both Cherry Brook Primary School’s (CBPS) and Canton Intermediate School’s (CIS) PTOs, was once again a success! Each year this fundraiser helps to support important initiatives at both schools that are typically above and beyond the annual school budget. The money raised from the Winter Festival Online Auction is used to enhance the educational experience of the students at both schools in ways such as supporting cultural enrichment assemblies, funding the transportation costs associated with field trips, purchasing technology for the classrooms, and more recently upgrading the playgrounds.

This year the auction received approximately 640 donations made by just shy of 400 donors.  Approximately a third of the donations came from new donors and there were over 50,000 page views during the 8 day auction period, with just shy of 3,000 bids across all items. Some of the donated items included skiing lift tickets, admission passes to museums and attractions, sports memorabilia, a sunset sail, rounds of golf, and a tool chest from NAPA.

As in previous years, the success of the auction is due to the generosity of local businesses, residents, staff members, and parents. The PTOs at Cherry Brook Primary School and Canton Intermediate School would like to sincerely thank all of our generous donors, as well as the following auction sponsors for their support of this event and our schools:

Benidorm Bikes, Blum Shapiro Consulting, Canton Little League, Connecticut Dance Academy, Dr. Cosgrove of the Pediatric Dental Center of Avon, Hoffman Auto Group, Jason Painting, Miners, Rosenberg Orthodontics, Showcase Kitchens, and Thomaston Dental Center.


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