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Superintendent's Announcement

Dear Canton Central School Community,

As one walks through our school hallways, it is increasingly common to find classrooms designated as “Peanut Free” areas.  According to the American College of Allery, Asthma and Immunology, since 2010, there has been a 21% increase in the number of children allergic to peanuts.  For many of these children, the allergic reaction can be swift and severe.  For some in our school, the reaction of exposure to peanuts is anaphylaxis. 

The child with an anaphylactic reaction may experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue and lips, weak pulse and stomach cramps.  In short, a child experiencing an anaphylactic reaction is in serious danger needing immediate attention.

I share this information to help raise awareness of this increasingly important health issue.  If your child attends a class that has been designated “Peanut Free”, please know that it is a designation designed to help some of our children avoid serious health consequences.  Equally vital is to understand that when a person identifies his or her self as being allergic to peanuts please avoid having any peanut related product nearby. 

With Warm Regards,

Ron Burke 

Canton Music Students shine at County Music Festival "A"

Over thirty Canton Central School music students recently participated in the St. Lawrence County Music Educators' Association (SLCMEA) Festival "A" at the Crane School of Music on Friday and Saturday, January 10th and 11th, 2020.  Their selection was in large part determined by excellent to outstanding results in live auditions and NYSSMA Solo adjudications.  Five (5) ensembles rehearsed and performed in concert under the direction of highly regarded local and regional conductors.  Featured ensembles were:  Elementary Band (Jill Roberts, Conductor), Junior High Band (Jon Cole, Conductor), Grade 7-9 String Orchestra (Steven Fayette, Conductor), High School Jazz Band (Melissa Gardiner, Conductor), and High School Chorus (Chip Lamson, Conductor).  The festival was expertly chaired by our very own Kimberly Busch and her assistant Andrea Ellison from Parishville-Hopkinton CSD.

Participating students from Canton were as follows:
Elementary Band: Jenna Larrabee, Zadok Roiger, Natash Rossiter, Bennett Schmitt, Olivia White 
Junior High Band:  Emma Logan, Maya Thomas, Vivian Cobern, Marilisa Salvi-Miguel, Abby Nee, Ellie McDonough, Diego Oey-Langen, Lexi Stuntz, Ayomi Odetoyinbo, Josie Gabriel, Jordan Chase, Griffin Scafidi-McGuire, Lucas Watts, Saverio Sergi, Eric Choi
Grade 7-9 String Orchestra: Cassidy Hu (Concert Mistress)
High School Jazz Band: Allison Shorette, Sam Fadden, Charles Thacher, Alexander Scriminger, Blake Bennett, Gabriel Schmid-Doyle
High School Chorus: Madison Brandy, Emma Gainey, Madison Dettmer, Chloe O'Shea, Isabelle Gustafson, Sam Moses, Jonah Longshore


School Store Featured on 7News

The school store was featured in 7News on January 13th, to watch the video please follow this link:


Streaming Games and Matches in the HS Gym

Following a recent fund drive by the Canton Booster Club to purchase two automated cameras the Canton Central Athletic Department is pleased to announce that all events held in the High School Gymnasium will be live-streamed and recorded to be replayed On Demand.  To watch an event such as a volleyball or wrestling match or basketball game involves the purchase of a network membership at a nominal cost of $10.99 per month.  When available, we will even be streaming modified events as well.
Membership allows an individual to not only watch Canton Central events but ANY EVENT being streamed via the network.  Section X intends to stream many of the postseason play-off events and we intend to stream events on the football and boys lacrosse field beginning this spring. Membership would include the ability to watch any or all of these contests.
It is important when looking for our school events that a person looks for Hugh C. Williams- Canton. As you’ll see there are literally thousands of games being streamed at this time nationwide and we are very excited to provide this opportunity to our community.  Coming soon, we will be providing live student color commentary in addition to the broadcast.  Should make for some exciting contests and a great experience for our students and student-athletes! 
Please follow this link for questions regarding how to get connected: NFHS Streaming

Elementary Updates


Banford Elementary is accepting pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registrations for the 2020-2021 school year.

Children who reside in the Canton School District and will be 4 years old (pre-kindergarten) and 5 years old (kindergarten) on or before December 1, 2020, are eligible to attend school in the fall. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come to the Banford office anytime between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm to fill out registration packets.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate, records of immunization, proof of residency and custodial documentation with you.

 Screenings for kindergarten will be done in early June ~ information to follow.

 Parents with children currently attending Pre-K at Canton Central will automatically be screened and placed in a Kindergarten classroom for fall.  You do not need to re-enroll.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelley Glasgow, School Counselor at 386-8561, Ext. 41400 or


Outdoor Recess

The kids had a great day in the snow.

Ice Skating Fun

The cold weather wasn’t stopping our fun today! All smiles = successful skating trip! It was a great day in Pre-K!

Middle School Dispatch

Positivity Project Assembly

The middle school recently had a great assembly focused on our efforts with The Positivity Project. Several students were chosen for recognition based on their ability to serve as role models for one of the six most recent character strengths we have covered: Bravery, Gratitude, Kindness, Humility, Self-Control, and Optimism. Students were also recognized for demonstrating an Other People Matter Mindset.  

Snowy Scavenger Hunt

Green Team got outside to enjoy a snowy scavenger hunt! They discovered animal tracks, were amazed by ice formations, and enjoyed the serenity of the snow-blanketed forest. They finished up with a snowball fight and made angels in the snow.   

Donations for Potsdam Humane Society

Green Team repurposed old sheets, donated by faculty and staff, to create braided dog toys to donate to the Potsdam Humane Society.

High School Happenings


Agriculture classes are working to prepare for the upcoming maple sugaring season. Students are being mentored by Charlie Hitchman, from St. Lawrence County CCE, and Mrs. Wright to learn more about the work that goes into setting up a maple sugaring operation. Conservation Science, Intro to Ag Science, and Power Mechanics classes are pictured preparing the tubing lines that will be used in setting up Sami's Sugar Bush at Dreaming Tree Lodge this sugaring season. 

CTE Student of the Month

Congratulations to Conner Wilson, Alivia Brady, and Jonathan Oakes for receiving student of the month at Seaway tech! We are so proud of all of your accomplishments!

Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Andy Downs for becoming the 7NEWS Athlete of the Week! Andy Downs is a senior who recently hit the 1,000 point mark for his varsity career. Keep up the great work, Andy! To read the article, follow this link:

High School Guidance

Scheduling appointments for the 2020-21 school year will begin on February 3rd beginning with grade 10.   Each student in grades 9-11 will have an individual appointment with their guidance counselor.  Schedule of appointments will be posted outside of the guidance office as well as across from the HS Library on the bulletin board.   A Scheduling Assembly will be held on February 3rd at 8 a.m. in the HS Auditorium.   For questions, please contact the HS Guidance Office at 315-386-8561 ext. 43400.
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES is offering the SAT/ACT Workshop to high school juniors who plan to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Classes will be at the SLL BOCES Educational Services Center, 40 W. Main St., on seven Saturdays or Sundays starting February 29 or March 1. Registration materials are available at school guidance offices and online at Students must register through guidance counselors before February 6th. Questions? Email  Fee for Canton students is $38 made payable to Canton Central School at time of registration.
College Information Night

ATTENTION JUNIORS:  The High School Guidance Office will hold a College Information Night on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School LRC Computer Lab.  Topics to be covered will include:   
  • Beginning your college search
  • Finding the right “fit”
  • Visiting colleges and the interview process
  • Resources available online and in our office
  • A quick preview of the online Common Application and SUNY Application
  • Question and Answer
Please contact Mrs. Bonno in guidance at ext 42400 or e-mail:, to confirm your attendance.

February 2020
3rd – 6th - Eighth grade scheduling appointments with L. Fifield
4th - College Information Night @ 7 p.m. – HS LRC Computer Lab
10th – 14th – Eighth grade scheduling appointments with L. Fifield
3rd - Scheduling Assembly (gr. 9-11) – 8 – 8:45 am – HS Auditorium
3rd – 6th – Scheduling appointments for 10th graders with Mrs. Newman & Ms. Abplanap
10th & 11th – Scheduling appointments for 10th graders with Mrs. Newman & Ms. Abplanap
12th & 13th – Scheduling appointments for 11th graders with Mrs. Newman & Ms. Abplanalp
17-21 – Mid-Winter Recess
25th- 27th - Scheduling appointments for 11th graders with Mrs. Newman & Ms. Abplanalp
March 2020
2nd - Scheduling appointments for 11th graders with Mrs. Newman
3rd – 5th – Scheduling appointments for 9th graders with Mrs. Newman and Ms. Abplanalp
9th - Scheduling appointments for 9th graders with Mrs. Newman and Ms. Abplanalp
10th & 11th – Resumes with Juniors – HS LRC Computer Lab
12th - Scheduling appointments for 9th graders with Mrs. Newman and Ms. Abplanalp
14th – SATs – MS Upper Lecture Hall – 8 am – 1 pm
18th – Gateways for 11th graders @ SUNY Canton – 8:30 am – 10 am
TBD  - AP Exam signup and money DUE
20th   - Staff Dev. Day
27th – BOCES applications are due in guidance
30th – Local Scholarship applications available in the guidance office for seniors

Job Openings

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, online application, resume, 3 letters of reference, certification if applicable, and college transcripts to CCSD, Attn: HR, 99 State Street, Canton, NY 13617, email or fax, 315-386-1323. 

Link to online application:

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. 44203 or email: The application deadline is ongoing for substitute positions. 
Saturday, February 1
SLCMEA Festival "B" Rehearsal & Concert

Monday, February 17 - Friday, February 21
Mid-Winter Break

Friday, February 28
25 Week Marking Period Ends
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