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Superintendent's Message

Recently, we were honored to present a High School Diploma to Mr. John Conklin.  Mr. Conklin was unable to earn his high school diploma as a result of his service in the United States Army.  The awarding of this diploma is made possible through Operation Recognition.  In this newsletter, I am including more information regarding this program in the hope that all eligible veterans will participate in this recognition of their sacrifice for our nation.
Over the past three weeks, students in our music programs have presented their Winter Concerts.  These three evenings have highlighted our many talented students.  For days after each concert, I heard numerous comments regarding how impressed members of the audience were with our student performers.  Canton is fortunate to have an outstanding music education faculty that draws large numbers of students into their instrumental and vocal programs. 
As we round out 2019, I hope that all will have a safe and festive Holiday Season!
Ron Burke

Operation Recognition

Operation Recognition allows certain veterans to earn high school diplomas if they left school without graduating.  Section 305 of the NYS Education Law created Operation Recognition to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans who left school before graduation by awarding them a high school diploma.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible, an applicant:
  • Must have been a member of the US Armed Forces, and engaged in qualified service during the below periods:
    • World War II - December 7, 1941 - December 11, 1946
    • Korea - June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam - May 1, 1961 - April 30, 1975
    • Is a resident of New York State and received a satisfactory discharge
What documentation is required to prove eligibility?
  • DD214 (copy of a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) OR
  • A Certificate of Service OR
  • A letter from a recognized veterans agency affirming such service
How do you apply for a diploma?
  • Interested veterans should bring their honorable discharge certificate or letter to any New York State School that issues general or local diplomas.  There is no fee for this service.
  • Candidates do not need to show evidence of attendance at a school in New York State.  They only need to affirm in writing that they do not possess a high school diploma.
  • Candidates possessing a high school equivalency diploma are also eligible.

Student Reading App 

With Sora, you can get free ebooks and audiobooks from your school. Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to In Sora, find your school (or enter your school's setup code), then sign in. Use setup code sllbocesny, enter your school email and password to sign in.

Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away. Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:
  • Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book.
  • Tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more

School Store

Canton Central School now has a school store that is open for all students to freely take items they need (coats, hats, mittens, shoes, boots, hygiene products, backpacks, school supplies and clothes). The store is located in the middle school guidance office. Please let all students know this is a resource available for them. Thank you to all individuals and organizations that have helped make this happen. 

Music Department Receives Major Donations

The Canton Central School Music Department recently presented their annual series of Winter Concerts to the community.  On December 4th, they paused for a moment between performing groups to take this collective photo of concert performers to celebrate and give thanks to the Kitay and Censor families for recent major donations to the music program.  A new piano for the Banford Elementary Music Room, two new saxophones for the McKinney Middle School Band Room, and arrangements to refurbish the Steinway grand piano in the Hugh C. Williams High School Auditorium are the targets for these incredibly generous gifts.  A plaque is being developed and will be on display to celebrate the life of Canton alumnus Linda Kitay Censor who passed away earlier this year.  Her brother Michael Kitay (also a Canton alum) and her husband Walter Censor both made significant donations totaling $20,000 allowing us to pursue these enhancements - which will positively impact each and every student that comes through our school for decades to come.

Elementary Updates

Santa Visit 

Thank you, Santa for visiting Banford! Everyone was so excited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa seemed to enjoy every minute, too.

Helping the Community

We are so proud of our third graders and their food drive. Today they went on a walking field trip to the food pantry to see where the donations are going. They learned that their drive is VERY important and that there is a need for food. 

The holidays are a time of thinking of others! Students in Mrs. Eggleston's class made cards for people in the nursing home! So proud of them for their thoughtfulness!

Kindness Matters

Calling all members of the Banford Community, Kindness Matters! You can be the "I" in "KIND!"

Kindness Challenge Accepted in Pre-K!  Mrs. White and Miss Liscum's Pre-K classes spread 'Christmas Kindness' by making crafts and delivering them to those that help our classroom and school run smoothly each and every day! 

Book Reviews

Students in Mrs. Eggleston's class recently recorded book reviews for a new NCPR podcast entitled "North Country Bookmarks" Check out the NCPR website ( for their podcast and upcoming episodes in the new year. 

Delivering Cookies

We delivered Christmas cookies to Maplewood. We had a very nice time visiting and spreading Christmas cheer!

Middle School Dispatch

Gingerbread Contest

Middle school students in Canton entered TAUNY's annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and won first place for the 12-17 age group. This year's theme was "Down on the Farm" and the McKenney Parent Organization donated supplies for their gingerbread barn. Students worked hard measuring, baking, and cutting the gingerbread from scratch, and then decorating the "Coconut Blizzard" farm. Their gingerbread farm will be on display downtown at TAUNY until December 21.  

Santa Fun Run

The Santa Fun Run was a huge success! Students enjoyed the chance to be outside on a beautiful winter morning and shared some refreshments at the end. Thank you for all of your generous donations!

High School Happenings

CTE News 

The Canton CTE (Career & Technical Education) Department has chosen Jennifer Haycook as the CCS CTE Student of the Month for December.

The St. Lawrence County Health Initiative brought the Virtual Reality Dome to Canton Central School on Dec. 4th for CTE students to learn more about digital production and related careers. Professor Steven Pedersen, Clarkson University, shared some of his college students' digital projects while introducing CCS students to the virtual reality dome. 

FFA News

Jennifer Haycook and Amelia Rodee, Canton FFA members and CTE students, display maple candies that members made as part of the Canton FFA fundraiser. 

Canton FFA members worked in the Cornell Cooperative Extension's commercial kitchen with Charlie Hitchman to learn more about how to make a variety of value added maple products including maple cream; maple candy; and maple sugar. All products were offered as part of the students' FFA fundraiser.  

Winterfest Competition

The Canton Chamber of Commerce Winterfest logo contest for 2020 was won by a freshman, Allison Kiah.   The logo is used on all marketing materials as well as the buttons for the Winterfest festivities in February 2020.    The contest was hosted by the Canton Central School Art Department.  Over fifty logo entries were received with the theme "Warming you Heart."   Allison is pictured with the winning button design along with Tammy Mackin, Canton Chamber Executive Director and Michelle Rodee, High School Art Teacher. The event's $2 buttons, featuring the logo, are for sale at local businesses, the Canton Art Department, and the Chamber of Commerce. Each purchase gives the festival goer a chance to win a variety of prizes including a weekend getaway to Lake Placid.

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. 4203 or email: The application deadline is ongoing for substitute positions. 
Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3
Holiday Break

Friday, January 10
SLCMEA Festival Rehearsal

Saturday, December 11
SLCMEA Festival Rehearsal & Concert
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