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Golden Bear Athletics

Wishing a trio of Legendary C.C.S. Coaches a Happy Retirement!
Meg McGovern, Aggie Toth, & Randy Brown

2019-2019 Watertown Daily Times All North Athletes

From Left: Jack Finnerty, Sam Martin (Most Outstanding Male Athlete), Sarah Sieminski, Hannah Reed, Missing From Photo: Hannah Stevenson & Declan Porter

2019 Golden Bear Award Winners
Presented to those student-athletes who have participated in all three seasons of athletics during their four years of high school.  We appreciate your dedication to the Golden Bears!
Thank you!
Hannah Tupper
Ethan Bartlett
Robert Beaudin
Jaden Caldwell
Chauncey Douglas
Hannah Stevenson
Emma Bortnick
Matt Rosser
Jack Finnerty
John Mahoney
Sam Martin
Alexis Bradford
Pat Recker
Antonio Vecchio

Elementary Updates

Principal’s Welcome


Dear Banford Families,
We really enjoyed coming out to the community and getting a chance to connect with some of our families over the course of the summer. As you can see in our logo, it means a lot to be able to say, “We are Banford!” To us, it means that our school aspires to be a place where each of us, whether student, parent, guardian or staff, are working together to be a community of independent, lifelong learners. On behalf of our faculty and staff I want you to know how excited we are to continue this good work together during the upcoming school year!
Please read on for important information to start off the year.  In the meantime, best wishes for a great 2019-20 school year!

Banford Elementary School Principal

Bringing Banford to the Community

Over the course of the summer, several members of the Banford Faculty have had the pleasure of meeting our families in the community.  On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, we were thrilled to have 80-100 grandparents, parents and children join us for a day at Taylor Park.  Thanks to all who joined us, and to those that participated in making this possible!

Banford Parent Organization (BPO):

We invite our Banford parents and care-givers to be looking out for opportunities to participate in the Positivity Project and classroom activities, as well as community events sponsored by the BPO.  If you wish to be a part of making BPO events happen, please email them at or talk with any BPO member.  New members and helpers are always welcome!

Morning Drop-off Routine:

Our morning drop-off routine is designed to promote a secure, yet welcoming start to the day. Key points about morning drop off are as follows:
1. Students may arrive at Banford between 7:30 and 8 o’clock, when their day begins. There is no supervision before 7:30 and the doors will be locked.
2. Students arriving between 7:30 and 7:55 may enter from the Banford loop on the playground side of the building. Please pull forward in the loop to help the traffic flow through as efficiently as possible.
3. After 7:50, the buses leave the loop, and students can be dropped off at the main Banford entrance by the bus loop. Please note that these are the only accessible entrances to Banford in the morning.
4. Pre-K students should arrive between 7:50 and 8 o’clock at the main Banford entrance by the bus loop after the buses have left. One of the Pre-K teachers will meet them at the main Banford entrance.
5. Students will be met by greeters at the entrance and escorted to their classes and morning locations as necessary.  Only Banford students and Banford staff will be allowed in the Banford hallways during arrival, and only families with Banford children should drop older siblings off at the Banford entrance. If you need to communicate with the teacher, send a note, email the teacher, or call the office to set up a separate time to meet. As the morning begins, teachers need to be available to devote their attention to their students to ensure a smooth start.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no left turns out of the Banford Loop, the Bus Loop, or Farmer Street between 7:30 and 8:00

Dismissal Procedures:

To ensure student safety, busing arrangements for students must be as consistent as possible on a daily Monday through Friday basis.  The District recognizes, however, that there may be some circumstances of an urgent nature which necessitate a change in the normal busing arrangement for a student.  In these exceptional circumstances, the school office must receive prior written notification of a requested changes indicating the date, time, and location change.  This written notice must be provided no later than 8:00 am the morning of the requested change.  Such requests may accompany the child to school. 

After 8:00 am, the written emergency requests for busing changes must be presented in person by the parent/guardian or person previously authorized as an emergency contact for the child.  Telephone calls, emails, voicemails or faxes will NOT be accepted to change a child's busing arrangements.

Dismissal for those walking or being picked up is at 2:20pm.   Student pick-up happens in the Banford Cafeteria (entrance through the District Office hallway).


Banford Communication:

At Banford, we are working hard to promote the safety, well-being and happiness of all our students. Mutual efforts to communicate are essential to these efforts! At the school level, we use OneCallNow texting and email to keep you informed about events, changes and our ongoing efforts, and you can always call the office with any questions.
All of our teachers have email, and this is often the easiest way to maintain contact as we all collaborate to meet the needs of the children.  In addition, many teachers will have other means of communication that they will share with you at the classroom level, such as Class Dojo and Remind. 
Finally, please like our official Banford Elementary School Facebook, which regularly posts pictures and captions about events and experiences here at the school.  Several of our teachers and the Banford Parents Organization (BPO) have Facebook pages that are linked to our Banford page as well.


The Positivity Project Continues:

Banford is entering year three of the Positivity Project.  This Project is about helping students understand and use qualities that will help them find happiness and success.  It is based on “positive psychology,” and can be summed up with this hashtag: #OtherPeopleMatter.
Each of us has positive character traits that we can use to help become part of a nurturing community. We invite our parents and community members to find out their own character strengths using this survey:
Be looking each week for information about the weekly character traits we are studying and for photos and news about our Positivity Project events!

Middle School Dispatch

I hope that everyone has been able to enjoy the beautiful summer we have had here in the North Country.  We have been full of activity at school as we prepare for the arrival of students. Hallways, classrooms, and common areas have all been cleaned, brightened up, and made safer for the upcoming year. 
I am looking forward to this upcoming school year at the middle school.  Part of what makes Canton Central such a wonderful place is the connections that are created between the school and families.  One of our goals in creating strong educational programs for our students is to foster positive relationships with our students’ families.  Please know that helping our children become successful learners is something that we can best accomplish together.  We welcome your support.


Joe McDonough, Ed.D.


The Positivity Project

This year will be our second year with The Positivity Project (P2) in the middle school.  The Positivity Project is a program that is focused on building strong relationships with a focus on the thought that other people matter.  The Positivity Project is a character education program that focuses on 24 different character strengths throughout the year.  The goal is to help our students recognize and develop these positive strengths within themselves and in others. 
We would love for you to take an active role in your child’s character education and will be making “character cards” available to families as we work through each character strength during the school year.  By using the character strengths vocabulary and having discussions about the concepts, you will help your child understand the character in themselves and others in a different light. You can follow our Positivity Project work on the middle school Facebook page – and please feel free to reach out for more information or visit
Last year, The Positivity Project was a great success and generated a sense of unity and comradery for the school.  We hope to carry that forward this year.  Below you will find a picture from last year’s opening P2 Kickoff Event where every member of the middle school formed The Positivity Project symbol on the football field.  We have more fun, whole school activities in mind for this year as well!  Can’t wait!


High School Happenings

Dear Hugh C. Williams Senior High School Families,
We are ready for, and eagerly anticipating, the return of your student(s) on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  The fresh paint and freshly waxed floors remind me that the start of each school year brings with it a sense of new beginnings. Your student(s) will receive their final class schedule in homeroom on the first day.  To help prepare for classes, I suggest that each student brings a pen or pencil and enough notebooks for each class for day one.  The teachers will outline what school supplies are needed and/or suggested during the first week of school. If you need help or have questions, please call the High School Office at 315-386-8561 ext. 43300. Best wishes for a great 2019-2020 school year!

Doug Dominy

Job Openings

The Canton Central School District is continuously accepting applications for the following positions:
  • Substitute Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides, School Monitors, Nurses (LPN and RNs), Clerical, Bus Drivers, Custodial Workers, and Food Service Helpers. 
Contact the Canton Central District Office or the District webpage for more information, 315-386-8561, ext. 4203 or email: The application deadline is ongoing for substitute positions. 

Tuesday, September 3
McKenny Middle School Open House

Wednesday, September 4
First Day of School

Thursday, September 5
Senior & Freshman Orientation & Guidance Planning

Friday, September 6
Junior & Sophomore Orientation & Guidance Planning
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