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Images of Canton: Raising Awareness for Down Syndrome

March 16, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
The Circle of Friends Cookie sale was held Wednesday morning at Canton Middle School and will continue Thursday. Photo by Elizabeth Haynes

The Circle of Friends Cookie sale was held Wednesday morning at Canton Middle School and will continue Thursday.
Photo by Elizabeth Haynes

A ‘Circle of Friends’ Group at Canton Middle School, looking to raise awareness for the upcoming World Down Syndrome Day on 3-21, hosted a cookie sale at Canton Middle School on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Funds will support FAVARH, or the Farmington Valley ARC, a Canton-based organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Additionally those in the lunch group, which has been together for five years, posted posters about down syndrome around the school.

Canton High School to Present ‘Damn Yankees’ this Weekend

While teaching at Canton High School, Terri Schulman choreographed a production of “Damn Yankees.”

That was circa 1999 and now she is once again involved in a production of the musical comedy, which takes place at Canton High School this weekend.

“It’s kind of neat to be back and directing it,” Schulman said. “I’m really excited about that.”

Approximately 60 students are involved in the production, which has been in the works since December.

The musical comedy, set in the 1950s, is about a Washington Senators baseball fan, Joe Boyd, who would do nearly anything – even sell his soul – if the team could just beat those “Damn Yankees.” He gets that chance but finds out that talent, fame and fortune might not be worth the price of leaving his life behind.

“It’s just an upbeat, fun, kind of show to do,” said Schulman, who added that the production is truly a team effort.

Performances take place at 7 p.m. on Friday March 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Advance tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults via http://cantondamnyankees.bpt.me. Door prices are $10 and $14. The show takes place at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave., Canton, CT.

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Canton Girls Headed to Class S Championship Game

March 14, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Story and Photos by John Fitts
Video footage by John Fitts and Noah O’Leary 

It’s back to Mohegan Sun, and a rematch against Thomaston, for the Lady Warriors Varsity basketball team.

With a 43-34 win over Bolton Monday night, the team, for the second year in a row, is headed to the CIAC Class S final, set to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Their opponent will be Thomaston, the very team that sank Canton’s championship hopes last year by a score of 52-50.

“We’ve had some up and downs this year and for them to pull through and accomplish this – there’s no words to describe it,” Coach Brian Medeiros said after Monday night’s win.

The victory was especially sweet and the girls lost to Bolton twice earlier in the season.

“We knew our defense was going to be the key to this game,” the coach said. “We stressed that all week that we had to keep them low scoring. If we got them into the low 50s, we were going to lose. We said it had to be 40s and below; we did everything we needed to do and I couldn’t be more proud.”

“That was awesome,” said junior Emily Briggs. “We came in actually really excited and nervous; we were the underdogs. Our coach put confidence in us and told us we needed big free-throws in the stretch and that’s what did it.”

“Oh my God; it’s amazing,” said senior Maggie Treacy. “I can’t describe the words.”

She agreed that the team’s defense, determination and free-throw performance late in the game were key factors.

“We knew sooner or later, shots are going to go in; we’re going to get plays; we’re going to execute better and that definitely happened in the second half, which really helped us out,” Treacy said. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: A Pi Day Celebration at CIS

March 14, 2016 Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

While there are many ways to observe Pi Day, a celebration at Canton Intermediate School proved especially festive and collaborative.

Monday, March 14, of course, is the celebration of Pi (for the Greek Letter π). As defined by piday.org, the mathematical constant or – “the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter,” is roughly 3.14159.

During the afternoon, more than 30 students from Canton High School visited their younger colleagues, explaining the concepts behind Pi, showing a short video and leading a Pi chain-making exercise in which groups of students divided into groups (pie-themed of course) and created color links to represent a 50-digit “portion of pie.” Each class then created a massive pi-chain.

More than 30 high school students readily volunteered for the activity.

“They knew it was important because they had an authentic audience to present it to,” said Jon Bishop, district STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) coordinator. “The CIS kids looked at it like – wow were hearing it from these high school kids. I’ve got to tell you, they enjoy hearing it from older peers like that.”

CIS principal Kevin Hanlon also said the activity was a great experience for all students involved. He expressed a special thank you to Bishop and Gabrielle Aitchison, math chair for Canton Middle and High schools.

“We don’t often have as many activities around math as we do reading and writing, so it’s exciting to have that,” Hanlon said. “Any time we can get high schoolers helping our students, it’s a benefit for both. We’re please to have Gabrielle and Jon work together to help get our high school kids connected to our CIS students.”

Board of Education Budget Does Not Restore Third-Grade Teaching Position but Educators to Consider Alternatives

March 9, 2016 Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

While the Board of Education’s adopted 2016-2017 budget does not restore a much-discussed third-grade teaching position, educators have agreed to investigate how the state “Open Choice” grant could “best support” those who will be at that level next year.

On Tuesday, the board adopted a budget of $25,266,699 – a $364,903 or 1.47 percent increase over the 2015-2016 approved budget of $24,901,796. Case’s original plan recommended a 2.09 percent increase.

Case’s proposed budget recommended one less teacher at Cherry Brook Elementary School. The plan included five teachers at the third-grade level. This year, there are six third-grade teachers.

The board’s budget, which will now be forwarded to the Board of Finance, was not changed in regard to the third-grade teacher but Case and fellow administrators will look at the Open Choice grant – funds the district receives for educating Hartford students – for potential options at that grade level.

At a public hearing late last month, numerous parents urged the Board of Education to restore the position, contending a class with 22 to 24 students was actually very much different than one with 18 to 20. The parents said the difference leads to less time for individual attention, crowding, stretches resources and negatively affects a teacher’s ability to implement ever-increasing demands on learning due to today’s rigid standards.

On Tuesday numerous parents – mostly those of current second graders – again pleaded for the position to be restored.

Like many of the speakers, Anne Marie Pelletier acknowledged the current crop of second graders do sit in five sections with class sizes of 22, 23 – the same as projected for them next year. … Continue Reading

With Decisive Win Tuesday, Canton Girls Will Face Bolton in Class S Semifinal

March 8, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton girls charged out of the gate Tuesday, winning 55-27 against St. Bernard in the Class S Girls State Tournament quarterfinal game.

“To got off to as great of a start as we did pretty much set the town for the rest of the game,” said coach Brian Medeiros.

Highlights of the game included 12 steals and 10 assists for Maggie Treacy. For the second game in a row, Emily Briggs was perfect from the free-throw line, going 11 for 11. Briggs had 16 rebounds and 8 steals.

The girls now advance to the semifinals and will face a tough challenge against Bolton, the team that defeated Canton 57-54 on Jan. 9 and again in the NCCC semifinals, by a score of 55-48, last month.

“They’ve been a road bump the last two times so hopefully if we play them the third time’s the charm,” Medeiros said after Tuesday evening, prior to knowing if the Warriors would face Bolton or Windsor Locks.

The game against Bolton will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 at East Catholic High School, 115 New State Road in Manchester.

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Cameron Lange Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone as Canton Defeats Putnam in First Round of State Tournament

March 7, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

By John Fitts

Cameron Lange reached the 1,000 career point mark Monday night but for the high school senior the accomplishment was secondary to the fact that the Warriors defeated Putnam 67-44 to qualify for the second round of the 2016 Class S Boys Basketball state tournament.

“More importantly we got the win tonight,” Lange said. “This is something I’ve never done in my career is move on to the second round of the state tournament. I’m just really excited to get that done. I know my teammates are excited. We’re going to go into Wednesday strong and confident.” … Continue Reading

Sarah Allen Named to Marist Dean’s List; Melissa Libby, Jane Rose named to Goodwin President’s List

March 6, 2016 Schools No Comments
  • POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Sarah Allen of Canton was named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 Semester, is a member of the Class of 2017 and is majoring in Communication.
  • EAST HARTFORD, CT — Goodwin College’s President’s List for the Fall 2015 Session includes 344 students, all of whom scored a perfect 4.0 GPA. Among the honorees are Canton residents Melissa Libby and Jane Rose.

Canton Lady Warriors Advance to Class S Quarterfinals

March 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Photos, Story by John Fitts

With a 52-32 victory again Windham Friday night, the Canton Girls Varsity Basketball team advances to the Class S Quarterfinals.

The girls started a little slowly but picked up momentum as the game went on, especially in the last quarter.

“I had a feeling tonight was going to be a struggle; Windham came in with a nice game plan,” said coach Brian Medeiros. “I thought we would have done a nice job of executing against it but we made the stops we needed to and we made the plays we needed to down the stretch. I’m happy it all worked out.”

Emily Briggs, who was 9 for 9 from the free-throw line, led the team with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Sarah Bowman had 6 blocks during the game.

Next Tuesday, the team faces St. Bernard in the quarter-final game. It takes places at 7 p.m. in the Canton High School gymnasium.

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Heartbreaking Loss for Canton Boys as East Windsor Claims NCCC Title at Buzzer

March 4, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments
Photo courtesy of Collinsville Press

Photo courtesy of Collinsville Press

The Canton boys varsity basketball team saw its hopes for the NCCC Tournament championship slip away Thursday night as East Windsor freshman Marcus Goss scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to log a 57-54 victory.

The teams squared off at East Granby High Thursday night, just days after the Canton team beat Hartford Classical in triple overtime.

It’s been an exciting season and the boys still have the Class S tournament ahead.

See more from our friends at Collinsville Press here.


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