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Board of Education Elections 

Prospective school board members can obtain an approved nomination petition and informational brochure from the District Clerk by request. Please contact Autumn Brown by email or by phone, 315-386-8561, ext. 44202.

The Canton Central School District Board of Education will have three 3-year terms (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2024); one 2-year term to replace Patrick Hanss (May 19, 2021-June 30, 2023); and one 1-year term to replace Eileen Raymond (May 19, 2021-June 30, 2022).

The candidate with the highest number of votes will hold the longest terms.

Nominations will require 35 signatures from qualified District voters (2% of the number of those who voted in the 2020-2021 election).

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you.

Autumn Brown, District Clerk
315-386-8561, ext. 44202

SLC Trash Dash

The St. Lawrence County Youth Committee is hosting their first annual trash dash 5k. Here is a link to sign up a team:

NYSSMA Virtual Solo Festival

Like all of us, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) has evolved to continue to provide meaningful and fun experiences for our students. The annual Solo Festival will be held again this year – but in a virtual format. Students will record and upload videos of their performances for ratings and comments by trained adjudicators from around New York State.

Participation in these festivals is a strong indication of student interest and engagement under normal conditions. That 47 of our talented students are preparing 60 solos for submission under such adverse conditions is pretty amazing. Congratulations to our students and their families for going above and beyond to build musical muscles. Good luck and have fun in your final preparations!

Elementary Updates

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

PreK = 4 years old on/before December 1st 

Kindergarten = 5 years old on/before December 1st  

  • Birth Certificate 

  • Current Immunization Record 

  • Proof of Canton School District Residency

  • Custodial information  

Registration packets are available in the Banford Office from 8am – 3:30pm daily or online @

Questions ~ Kelley Glasgow, School Counselor or (315) 386-8561 x41400

Banford Music Makers!

Second Graders at Banford Elementary playing and singing from a distance in the cafeteria during music class. We’re finding ways to continue making music together!

Virtual Field Trip

Some of our first and second graders attended a virtual field trip to Mapleland Farms in Salem, NY on Thursday, March 11th. The field trip was coordinated by Cornell University's New York Agriculture in the Classroom program. The field trip included a tour of the syrup-making operation as well as a question and answer session.
Students spent time earlier in the week learning about the process of making maple syrup from tapping the trees, collecting the sap, removing water to concentrate the sugar, and finally filtering and bottling the finished syrup. We learned why the weather needs to be "just right"' with cold nights and warm days, for collecting sap
We had a chance to sample some real New York maple syrup. Students used their senses to describe the taste, smell and appearance. As we explored, we kept track of what we learned and what we wondered. We used what we wondered about to write some questions for the tour host.
After learning so much about making maple syrup, students in art class made landscapes featuring maple trees and sap buckets. Check some samples from first grade!
Learning about making maple syrup was a sweet experience for everyone.

St. Patrick's Day

It was not the usual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Mrs. McCarthy's class. But, we made the best of it! We Zoomed with Happy Feet Learning Center in Dublin, and some of their students sang to us in Gaelic! We also played pin the gold on the pot, crafted an Ireland flag, and had a sweet treat! And of course, that sneaky leprechaun left us riddles to solve that led us to some treasure!

Book Buddies

Remote teachers Mrs. Akins and Mrs. Smith have been teaming up each Wednesday so that their 4th- and 2nd-grade students can experience Book Buddies! Everyone brings a favorite book to share so that all students benefit from "sampling" new topics, experiencing different authors, and sharing in the joy of reading together!

Elementary Yearbook

It’s YEARBOOK season! This year's yearbook features candids and portraits from our in-person and remote classes, as well as our art, music, PE, and library programs and special events.
Place your yearbook order online before April 19!

Order your Banford 2020-21 yearbook here:
Yearbook ID code: 13080821

The yearbook covers are designed by fourth-grade artists. Pictured below are our Grade 4 cover-art competition winners!! Congratulations!!

Career Week 2021

We are looking for Golden Bear parents, guardians, and community members during the week of May 10-14.

Would you be willing to share a video, or zoom live with a classroom? Or can you bring your work vehicle to Career on Wheels (May 14; rain-date May 21)?

Our goals are to inspire our students, explore career interests and encourage community connection.

Please fill out this brief survey to let us know if you can help us out!!! Here is the link to the survey:

THANK YOU to potential volunteers for your TIME, ENERGY, and WILLINGNESS to share your career 🙂 We are looking forward to a FANTASTIC CAREER WEEK!

McKenney Middle School

PPE Is In!

Instrumental music students in Canton will soon be able to participate in more in-person music making thanks to the purchase of new instrument PPE for woodwind and brass players.

6th Grade Science Class

Students in Mrs. French's Science class were able to use a microscope for the first time. They enjoyed the hands-on activity.

Art and Music Collaboration

Music/Band Instructor, Mr. Bickford, and Art Teacher, Mrs. Guiles, completed a cross curricular project together. Students were asked to create a piece of music using a composition program called Song Maker and then paint a picture based on their piece. Students then wrote artist statements about their finished work. The link to each piece can be found by clicking on the button below and then selecting the student's homeroom slide. On the student's slide, click on their name to hear their music composition. Enjoy!

High School Happenings

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Canton Central School Thespians are thrilled to announce that they will be performing the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” on April 30th and May 1st this spring. Due to Covid restrictions, the musical will be streamed live rather than opening the doors to a live public audience. Online ticket prices are $7 for students and Sr. Citizens and $10 for adults and will be available on the BookTix platform. Links to buy tickets and obtain the streaming code for your computer will be on the school website by April 15th.

“Happiness is…” the many wonderful moments of childhood brought to life by Charles Schulz in the Peanuts comic strip. In this musical version of the popular comic, Charlie Brown (Sam Moses) is comforted by his friend Linus (Henry Hebb) as he endures the frequent “advice” offered by Linus’s sister, Lucy van Pelt (Emma Gainey). Schroeder (Lianna Pront) lobbies his friends to create a new holiday in honor of the great Ludwig van Beethoven. Snoopy (Abby Metcalf) and Woodstock (Elyse Tavernier) do battle against the great Red Baron, and Sally Brown (Chloe O’Shea) is quick to interject her random views on life and new philosophies. From a quiet moment on a park bench to an exciting Little League baseball game, this musical is heartwarming and fun.

The musical will also feature well known Peanuts characters Peppermint Patty (Kayla Larrabee), Marcy (Allison Shorette), Freida (Isabelle Gustafson), Lydia (Katie Metcalf), Violet Grey (Natalie Todd), Pigpen (Nathan Lyndaker), Franklin (Nolan Swinwood), and Shermy (Aiden Rodriguez-Doyle). The stage managers for the production are Caroline Hines and Peyton Taylor. Lighting controllers will be Hailey Jordan and Brooke Larrabee. The show is being directed by Lindsey Fifield and Kimberly Busch with Tim Savage conducting the pit orchestra, with Sue Dean and Lauren Dean designing the costumes, and Erin Lassial choreographing the dance numbers.

Field Trip

Touring Canton’s Wastewater Treatment plant with some of the AP Environmental Science students (Lianna Pront, Abby Metcalf, Matt Haycook, Chris Schuckers and Matt Barrick with plant manager, Mr. Basford)

National Jazz Festival

The High School Jazz Band is participating in the National Jazz Festival by preparing and recording a new tune written by Gordon Goodwin as a tribute to his mentor and friend Sammy Nestico. It is written in the big band style of The Count Basie Orchestra – for whom Sammy wrote a lot of music. This opportunity came as a result of our involvement with SmartMusic technology for all district music students and faculty – which has been generously supported by combined funds from Canton Music Friends and the Linda Kitay-Censor Memorial Fund. We plan to record “My Man Sam” and submit it to the National Jazz Festival for consideration along with other High School Jazz Bands from around the country by May 15.

CCE Learning Farm

Canton Ag classes took a field trip across town last week to learn first hand how maple syrup is made at the CCE Learning Farm. Charlie Hitchman showed students the step by step operations inside the house, while Maureen Ring of CCE led students through the sugar bush to see how sap is collected. 

Team Building Challenges

Ag students were challenged to some team building activities this spring, including tracing a drawing! While it looked and sounded like an easy task, students quickly discovered the need for patience, communication, and teamwork in creating a successful outcome. 

Animal Science Class

Thanks to Colleen Conklin who came to the Animal Science Class and shared what her duties consist of as a Vet Technician. She also demonstrated the proper way to clip a guinea pig's toenails. The students in turn, thanked Ms. Conklin for her work and effort in such a demanding career, as the Not One More Vet movement was discussed in class. Mrs. Randle also spoke to students about mental health and the importance of talking to someone. Students then sent out thank you cards to area veterinary staff to express their gratitude for their efforts in the animal care industry.

CTE Student of the Month

The March CTE Student of the Month is Sam Pfotenhauer. Pictured congratulating Sam are CTE Teacher, Mrs. Suzanne Creurer, and Dean of Students, Mr. Bob Kotz. 

Rachel Ballard was named the February CTE Student of the Month. Shown congratulating her are HS Principal, Mr. Doug Dominy, and Agriculture Teacher, Mrs. Carol Wright

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: Autumn Brown, 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. 44202 or email: The application deadline is ongoing for substitute positions. 
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