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Canton Connections to Start 20th Year

September 26, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Submitted Release 

There is a hidden gem in Canton that is about to start its 20th year of serving the children of Canton in an enriching after school program! Canton Connections is excited to start its first session on Oct. 5. Canton Connections is an after school program where fun and learning meet!

Starting as a collaborative effort of the churches in Canton, and supported by many community grants and donations, Canton Connections has been serving Cherry Brook students in a two day per week after school program.  A volunteer Board of Directors over-sees this program, which is ably staffed by long time Director Caryn Turik.  Caryn is starting her 16th year with the program. Laura Crowley and Lynn Kaye assist her.  The program is fortunate to also have teen volunteers who serve as mentors to the young students.  Teen volunteers have often been “graduates” of Canton Connections.  Their positive experience have inspired them to give back and make a positive difference. … Continue Reading

Canton Field Hockey Team Wins Two in A Row

September 22, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 6-0 victory over Stafford on Thursday, the girls varsity field hockey team won its second in row. Earlier in the week, the team defeated Suffield by a score of 4-1.

It was a good turn in the eyes of Canton coach Margaret Bristol. The team is 2-2 and started the season with a pair of losses to Granby and Bethel.

With the latest wins, however, Bristol feels her young squad (6 players graduated last year) is gaining confidence and learning to work together.

“We had two really hard games right at the beginning but getting these two wins has kind of brought their confidence back,” she said. “They’re realizing that they can play field hockey. They can work together as a team and they can accomplish good things.”

John Fitts 


Images of Canton: Girls Soccer Team Plays Granby

September 21, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 0-1 loss to Granby on Wednesday, the Canton girls varsity soccer team is 1-3 for the season but coach Alex Uscilla is seeing some positive signs from her players.

“Our record is not representative of how we’ve been playing at all,” she said. “They’ve been improving a lot we’ve just got to get the ball in the back of the net.”

Uscilla said the girls need to control the ball a little better in the midfield and capitalize on their chances, which they failed to do Wednesday evening.

With the win, the Granby team improves its record to 2-0-1. Granby coach Moose Dzielak said his team is also young but building strongly.

“We’re a family,” he said.

In Canton Uscilla is also encouraged by a number of young players coming up, including 14 freshmen who tried out for the team. She’s also impressed with their attitude.

“They’re all kind to each other they want to win and get better,” she said.

With Victory over Ellington, Boys Varsity Soccer Team Improves to 2-1

September 19, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Late-game goals from Alex Sullivan and Santiago Noriega propelled the varsity Warriors soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Ellington on Wednesday evening.

The hard-fought victory followed a tough 0-6 loss to Suffield last Friday. But head coach Bill Phelps was happy with his team’s effort Wednesday as the Warriors improved their record to 2-1. The players worked hard and had positive attitudes as Phelps shifted players around on the field.

“This is young team and they’re getting their experience,” Phelps said. “They’re starting to play well and with confidence. There are no superstars out there but there are a whole bunch of kids really stepping up and when you step up you, good things happen. Today they stepped up.”

The boys face another challenge Wednesday as they take on Granby Memorial in away action.

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CHS Alumni Weekend Set for Oct. 14, 15

September 15, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

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Canton High School will hold its 14th Annual Alumni Weekend on Oct. 14 and 15, 2016. All alumni and their families are invited to return to Canton High School to participate in this rich tradition of community spirit.  Come cheer on our athletic teams as they play under the lights beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13 with Field Hockey followed by Football on Friday the 14th , ending with our traditional Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer games on Saturday the 15.

In addition, the 2016 alumni nominees will be inducted into the Canton High School Wall of Fame honoring graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen field of work and/or community.  This year the following graduates will be added to the Wall of Fame: Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957, Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984 and Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993.   … Continue Reading

Board of Education Brief: Back-to-School Highlights

September 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By Julie Auseré, Canton Board of Education Chair


Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to welcome you back to school after what has to be one of the most spectacular summers, one that was longer than usual and full of sunshine. I hope you each found the time to rest, relax, be active, spend time with friends and family and re-fuel for the 2016-17 school year.

The school year has just begun, but the Board of Education has already been hard at work.  Here are a few highlights of what’s been happening as school starts: … Continue Reading

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.

… Continue Reading

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


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