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Dear Canton Central School Community,

As I write this letter, I am amazed at how quickly time is marching on. Soon the calendar will flip to October, the leaves will reach their peak colors and the first frost will blanket the ground. At school, our fall athletic seasons are nearing the halfway point while we complete the first five-week marking period. 

While we are still very early in the academic year, I encourage you to communicate regularly and openly with your child’s teachers to ensure that students are on the path to meet expectations. Great things happen when there is a strong partnership between home and school! 

I would also encourage our students to take advantage of the many extracurricular activities we offer here at Canton Central School District, including:

4th Grade Coding Club
  • National Honor Society

  • Positivity Club

  • Robotics Club

  • Science Olympiad

  • Ski Club

  • Spring Musical

  • Student Government

  • Thespians

  • Whiz Quiz

  • Yearbook

  • Banford Strummers

  • Chess Club

  • Elementary Art Club

  • Environmental Club 

  • e-Sports

  • Fall Play

  • FFA

  • Green Team

  • Guiding Spectrum Alliance

  • Jazz Band

  • Model UN

These activities, combined with our athletic programs, provide our students with many opportunities outside of the classroom. To best prepare our students for the future, we strive to educate the whole child and studies consistently show that students who participate in extracurricular and athletic activities perform better in the classroom. 

Wishing you all the best,

Ron Burke, Superintendent



Bethany Hissam, a 2021 Canton Central School District graduate who is attending the Culinary Institute of America, is this year’s $4,000 Tiny House Scholarship recipient. 


This scholarship award is made possible by NYSUT, The People Project Grant, Canton Central Teachers Association, Folsom’s Custom Contracting, Coakley Home and Hardware, Junction Building Supply, LBL Trailers, Triple A Lumber, Bob Staires, Kevin Sixberry and John Hoose, S&L Electric, Rod Carney, Beaver Creek Materials, Mark Murphy & Dave Denn, Seaway Tech BOCES, County Seat Realty, Howland Pump, DMT Foam, John Clark, JP’s Building Supply, Joe Anderson, John Parcell and many volunteers. 

Congratulations, Bethany!

Elementary Updates

On September 9th, Banford students participated in a pep rally! Thanks to DJ Coach Smith and MC Coach Wentworth, there was plenty of dancing, and all of our Banford community members were able to be introduced. Together, as a Banford Community, we can make this year magical!

You make applesauce! And that is just what Mrs. Rodee's Kindergarten class did! 

McKenney Middle School


The middle school had a great kickoff assembly on the first day and went  outside on the field for our annual aerial photograph.  In the photo, you will see every student and faculty/staff member of the middle school working together to form The Positivity Project symbol.

I AM...

On the first day of school, middle school students each wrote one word to describe themselves. Each student's word was then shared as a part of the bulletin wall pictured below. This bulletin is a demonstration that all of our students are a unique piece of the larger "whole" that is McKenney Middle School! 


In the classroom this year, we will be exploring the character strengths. It is beneficial to reinforce these concepts at home by using the P2 for Families link.

Check out the activities for families to discuss the importance of these character strengths by clicking on the direct link here. We hope that you and your students’ families enjoy this new resource!

Most pages are password protected and the password is: P2. 

*Please note that it is case sensitive and is simply a capital letter “P” and the number “2”.

High School Happenings


The Canton FFA volunteered in St. Lawrence County's “Day at the Farm,” held Saturday, Sept. 17th at C &M Dairy in Lisbon. Aarik Felt drove the "Moo Train" for young visitors to the farm, while Kaitlyn Holmes assisted people on and off the wagon ride tours.  Rylee Ballard and Jessie Beasley provided assistance where needed around the farm throughout the event. Community service and volunteerism are important qualities that members develop while becoming leaders in the Canton FFA.


Canton Central alum, Lance Corporal Tiffany Durham visited ag classes recently to share about her experiences gained as a US Marine. LCpl Durham is currently stationed at the US Pentagon, where she works with the computer network system.


Canton agriculture classes spent some time at the start of the school year developing teamwork and communication skills as part of their class challenges. Pictured are various classes attempting the marble maze challenge.


Canton Central School District is currently seeking substitutes for the following positions:

  • Teacher
  • Registered Nurse
  • Teaching Assistant

For the substitute positions listed above, please use the following application:

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

For the substitute positions listed above, please use the following Civil Service application:

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

  • October 5th - Early Dismissal for Students in Grades K-4 @ 11:45 a.m.

  • October 10th - No Classes - Columbus Day

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