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Dear Canton Central School Community,

October is National Cybersecurity Month. Cyber threats exist to harm our families, our personal finances and our businesses. Please take time to review steps that you can take to protect yourself from cybercrime.  

The following link from the United States Department of Justice provides valuable information on keeping our children safe when using the internet:


Ron Burke, Superintendent

Elementary Updates


Banford had the pleasure of an Author Visit from Laura Lavoie, local author of Vampire Vacation and other upcoming books! Students learned about what it is to be an author, how a book is written and published, and of course got to hear the Ms. Lavoie read her book!

In addition to the assemblies for each grade, there was an opportunity for students to get their books signed. See Ms. Lavoie's author homepage and the book here:


Students in Mrs. McCuins’s class learned about Indigenous Peoples' Day. They crafted corn and learned about the three sisters.
The Canton Fire Department came in this month to teach Mrs. Woods' fourth grade students about fire safety. Students were sent home with a special homework assignment: to go home and practice what to do if there was a real fire at their house. Having a fire safety plan at home is so important!

Canton Firefighters demonstrate what happens when the fire department is called, and how the fire trucks spray water to get at the fire. Afterward, they connected with our classrooms. Thanks so much to all the firefighters involved in fire safety week!


Mrs. Newman's 2nd grade class had a wonderful trip to the Nicandri Nature Center. Lots of fun and lots of learning was had by all. Students were able to walk the trails in spite of a rainy forecast!



Miss Liscum's Pre-K class had a fun trip to Fobare’s Fruits! Students loved getting lost in the corn maze and picking a pumpkin 🎃


There will be an informational meeting for the Battle of the Books on Thursday, November 3rd at 2:40 in the middle school library.  Miss Val from the Canton Free Library will be here to present information about the battle and answer any questions related to the event, including important dates.  The Battle of the Books is for any interested students in grades 4-6.

Battle of the Books Flyer


McKenney Middle School


Fifth graders made donuts to go along with reading “The Night the Bells Rang” By: Natalie Kinsey Warnock. 

Some students in Fifth Grade did experiments using chocolate to solve The Case of the Gooey Cookies.

The sixth graders recently visited the middle school library for a book tasting.  Students were introduced to new choices during this tasting when they sampled different genres of books. 

 Each table had a plate of books based on a specific genre.  As students rotated tables every five minutes, they got a chance to taste mystery, fantasy, graphic novels, biographies, autobiographies, and books with humor.  Students were very open-minded, and many left the library that day with a greater awareness of genres and a new type of book for themselves.  



The Middle School Green Team kicked off the 2022-23 school year with a field trip to Martin’s Farm & Farmstand, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Learning Farm on September 29th.

Seventy-five middle school students joined fifteen parent chaperones and Green Team Co-Advisors Megan Smith and Kimberly Newman on this early fall adventure. At their first stop, students helped the Martin family prep a variety of onions for the farmstand and remove weeds from the farm’s strawberry patch. Green Team students were then invited to pick and enjoy farm fresh raspberries courtesy of the Martin Family.

At the CCE Learning Farm, students prepped and chopped vegetables, brought from Martin’s Farmstand, in the Harvest Kitchen and made and sampled the delicious salsa that resulted from their work. Students also learned about animals currently housed at the Learning Farm and the CCE anaerobic digester, which converts food waste collected from the Canton Central School’s cafeterias into liquid fertilizer and biogas, a form of renewable energy. Canton Apples provided apples and apple cider for students to enjoy on this fun fall adventure.



High School Happenings


Please join US in congratulating 12 students from Hugh C. Williams High School that have worked hard to earn 3 college credits from RIT through our district's Career & Technical Education Department's Project Lead the Way course offerings! 

Courses included Introduction to Engineering Design (DDP/IED), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), and Principles of Engineering (POE). The students listed below maintained an average of 90 or higher during the school year and achieved a passing score on the End Of Course exam, thus having earned 3 credits from RIT:  
  • Daniel Amendariz-Huang | Intro to Engineering Design
  • Daniel Creurer | Intro to Engineering Design
  • Joshua Hamilton | Intro to Engineering Design
  • Diego Oey-Langen | Intro to Engineering Design
  • Aidan Richardson | Intro to Engineering Design
  • Julia Seeger | Intro to Engineering Design
  • Eric Choi | Computer Integrated Design
  • Saverio Sergi | Computer Integrated Design
  • Shea Tredo | Computer Integrated Design
  • Nicholas Button | Principles of Engineering
  • Juliana Richardson | Principles of Engineering
  • Saverio Sergi | Principles of Engineering
  • Caleb Young | Principles of Engineering
Reality Check created the Canton Bears logo on the baseball/softball field fence for "Seen Enough Tobacco Day," which is held on October 13th each year, highlighting that the average age of a new smoker is just 13 years old. "Seen Enough Tobacco Day" also aims to bring awareness to the need to protect youth from exposure to the billions of dollars of tobacco marketing aimed at them.  Reality Check is a teen-led, adult-run program that seeks to prevent and decrease tobacco use among young people throughout New York State. 

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department at Hugh C. Williams High School has named Luke Wentworth as the September CTE Student of the Month at CCS. Luke's hard work in a variety of CTE course offerings throughout his high school career has earned him a CTE shirt and certificate. Congratulations Luke!

The Fisheries & Wildlife Science Class has been learning how to use a dichotomous key in identifying leaves of trees. After collecting leaves from the nature trail walk, students returned to the classroom to press their leaves and identify what trees they originated from. 
The Power Mechanics Class recently began learning how to properly and safely strike an arc as part of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) unit of study. Students will continue to practice and refine their skills as they learn more welding techniques using the arc welders. 


Students in Mrs. Bartell's Earth Science class visited "STEM Career Day" at SUNY Potsdam this month!


Canton Central School District is currently seeking substitutes. For the substitute positions listed below, please use this Civil Service Application.
  • Teacher
  • Registered Nurse
  • Teaching Assistant

For the substitute positions listed below, please use the following Civil Service Application.

  • Aide
  • Bus Driver
  • Bus Monitor
  • Food Service
  • Cleaner

Please reach out to Sarah Smith, Senior Account Clerk,
with any questions. or 315-386-8561, ext. 44203

  • November 10th - End of 1st Quarter, Staff Development Day - No School
  • November 11th - Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
  • November 16th - K-8, 11:45 a.m. dismissal (No PM Pre-K)
  • November 17th - K-8, 11:45 a.m. dismissal (No PM Pre-K)
  • November 18th - BPO Banford Family Movie Night, Banford Cafeteria @ 6:30 p.m.
  • November 23rd - 25th - Thanksgiving Recess
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