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Section X "Grand Slam"

This fall the Canton Golden Bears Female Athletic Teams completed what Coach Mike Wentworth refers to as the "Grand Slam"!  The specific accomplishment is that each of the four fall sports teams were able to win a Section X Championship!  Never before have we seen a complete sweep of the fall season, or any season for that matter!  Congratulations to our female athletes on this historic achievement!

History of the Athletics Booster Club

Canton Athletics Booster Club, A Solid Foundation and a Strong Future!
Equally Serving All C.C.S. Athletic Teams Since 1992!
Formed in the Fall of 1992 by a small group of Golden Bears who had the dream of enhancing the overall athletic experience for C.C.S. Athletes, the Booster Club was developed to support all Varsity teams and individuals.  Founding members included Nellie Coakley, Gail and Tim Abplanalp, Agnes (Scotty) Bullock, and Augie Weiss.  The legendary Con Elliot of Potsdam was also included in the original group along with Canton Alumnus and Athletic Director at the time, Rick Mace.  With the assistance of Mr. Elliot, the Potsdam High School Booster Club By-Laws were shared and used as a tool to develop the original Canton Booster Club Charter.  Many of the original policies and procedures are still used to this day.  According to Nellie Coakley, the original group consisted of eleven members including Gail and Tim Abplanalp, Nellie Coakley, Scottie Bullock, Diane White, Margaret Nordberg, Augie Weiss, Denise and Steve Cannon, Sherrie Parcell, and Judy Chase.
The mission was (and is) to provide needed support to ALL athletic teams outside of funds appropriated by the school budget.  There has been a misconception that the group benefits certain teams over others.  This simply is not the case and as I will describe later, the groups’ decisions are driven by a desire to help all of the teams. 
The goals of the group included ways to increase school spirit through the sale of school and team apparel, spirit wear and accessories.  Some of the early achievements included the purchase of a school mascot, the refurbishment of the Golden Bear, assistance with supply transportation for hockey athletes to the state championships, and the contribution toward the purchase of team uniforms. Mrs. Coakley stated, “We are proud to have started a great tradition and see it successfully continued here at Canton Central!”
Many members have come and gone during the years and many past presidents some of which include: Nellie Coakley, Denise Canon, Chris Lumbard, Kathy Cougler, Phyllis Howard, Kelli Glasgow, Terri Proulx, Amy Sipher, Mary Beth Sieminski and current president Kristen Jaskowski.  The Club has worked with Athletic Directors Rick Mace, Amber Wilcox, Dave Bradman and now myself.  Another several hundred folks have served the group since its inception in 1992, all of which deserve a ton of credit for their support throughout the years.
One of the reasons why I felt compelled to write this article was to provide a bit of information which many people may not be aware of.  The original purpose of the Booster Club was to support Varsity level teams.  That philosophy began to change in 2008 as the group grew and now serves to support all levels of athletics at Canton Central including Modified, Junior Varsity and Varsity.  Membership in the group generally includes parents and supporters of Varsity level athletes but we are always looking for new membership…..particularly of Modified athletes.  Anyone is welcome to attend meetings and meeting dates and times are advertised via the Plaindealer Sports Blog operated by Jake Newman and on the Booster Club Facebook page.
As I mentioned above, the group works diligently to support all teams and therefore every dollar is spent with a great deal of scrutiny.  Some more noticeable recent purchases include: the barrier netting at the end of the Roger Dusharm Field, the sound system on the lacrosse/football field, records boards for the swim and track teams, three portable sound systems which are used by all teams, new dumbbells and weights for “Power Hour” functional training sessions, history banners and wall pads in the main gymnasium, a ceiling suspended, (key operated) batting cage in the Middle School Gym, light pole pride banners in the parking lot, bench covers for the soccer and lacrosse teams, deck jackets for the swim teams, cold climate jackets which are shared by all teams, television for the lobby of the Pavilion, a new set of soccer goals, 65 hurdles for the track, a volleyball AirCat trainer, the high jump mats and standards, a fully automatic timing system for the track, a new scoring table for the gymnasium and soon to arrive two Pixellot Cameras which will allow us to livestream events located in the gymnasium and inside of the track.  I am sure that I am leaving something out but as you can tell, the group has been hard at work for many years!!
On top of the larger purchases, the group also provides a $300.00 rotational gift to every sports every other year.  This gift can be used to supplement the schools equipment and supply budget or spent on other items the team may be interested in.  Each team also has its own line item within the Booster Club Budget which this donation can be rolled into if the team wishes to save it for future use.   Teams traveling to state level contests are given some dollars to enhance their experience and the organization also recognizes a male and female student-athlete each year by recognizing him/her with a scholarship at graduation.  There is also a fund within the Boosters which has been set aside to assist athletes who may not have the financial resources to purchase cleats or sneakers, a bathing suit, or whatever other item(s) he/she may need.  The Club sponsors the spring, fall, and winter sports recognition events and provides desserts for the entire community.  Unlike the first few years of the club, the group currently does not purchase uniforms for teams.  Those purchases continue to be funded by the district athletic budget.
I could not be more satisfied with the direction which the Canton Golden Bears Booster Club is heading.  From its inception the founding members ensured that its roots were firmly established and the current group continues to nurture the development and growth of the organization.  If you are motivated, if you enjoy athletics and wish to see continued to see successful student-athletes have an enjoyable high school experience, please consider attending a meeting, joining the team, working a concession stand or helping in whatever capacity you can.  The next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm in the High school Cafeteria.  See you there!!
Go Bears!
William A. Porter
Director of Athletics  

Elementary Updates

Veterans Day

Students in Mrs. McCarthy's class had a great time celebrating veterans day. Major McCarthy talked to us about the flag, they ate breakfast and recited a poem. They also surprised our veterans on staff Mr. Kelly and Mrs. Clemens, with a poem and patriotic star craft.

Snow During Recess

When asked what they were grateful for during mindfulness activities, several of our first graders were grateful for snow! Check out the proof of it from this recess!

Halloween Fun!

Halloween Centers in Mrs. McCarthy's class! They investigated pumpkins, carved pumpkins, made dirt pudding and crafted up Spookley the Square Pumpkin!

First and fourth grade reading buddies worked together on a Halloween science activity. They talked about why we have so many bones and made skeleton hands!

Check out some of the costumes at school and at our Halloween parade! Mrs. Dostie, our school secretary, started off the day with special Halloween announcements. We were served by a cafeteria staff who really got into the spirit of things. Also, many thanks to the Village Police Department for their outreach with our children!

Middle School Dispatch


On November 7th, all students in grade 8 went to visit the BOCES programs at the Seaway Career and Technical Educational Center in Norwood. Following the visit, the students toured the CTE programs offered at Canton Central School. This opportunity provided exposure to educational programs that will be available to them in high school. 

Box Tops

Attention families! Please scan and clip your Box Tops! Keep an eye out for more information on Box Tops coming shortly.

Positivity Project Assembly

The middle school had a great assembly today 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 character strengths we have covered so far this year: curiosity, teamwork, open-mindedness, integrity, perspective, and creativity. Students were also recognized for embodying the Other People Matter Mindset.

High School Happenings

CTE News 

The Canton CTE (Career & Technical Education) Department has chosen Mullen Gordon as the CCS CTE Student of the Month for October.

The Canton CTE (Career & Technical Education) Department has chosen Brianna Flanagan as the CCS CTE Student of the Month for November.

FFA News

Eleven Canton FFA represented Canton and NYS at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, IN. With over 68,000 FFA members from across the country in attendance, these students had opportunities for leadership workshops, career expo, keynote speakers, and more. A special thanks to Ms. Anne Badalato, CCS  Social Studies teacher, for accompanying Mrs. Wright and students as an additional chaperone. Participants toured the Museum of Science in Cleveland, OH; Ozark Fisheries in Indiana; watched Brandon Lay and Old Dominion in concert; and learned about the USS Indianapolis. Members participating included: Ashley Ames, Rachel Ballard, Kyah Clary, Brianna Flanagan, Mullen Gordon, Darrien Mitchell, Mindylee Murdie, Mackenzie Rookey, Conner St. Pier, Nick Whitney, and Abby Woodruff. 

The Canton FFA recently participated in the Morley Trunk or Treat event with their scarecrow and barnyard theme as they handed out treats to visiting trick or treaters on Saturday, Oct. 26th.

Youth Climate Summit

A few members of the CCS Environmental Club,  with an advisor and high school science teacher, Mrs. Bartell, attended the Youth Climate Summit at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake recently. Together they created a climate action plan aimed at increasing sustainable choices in and around our school. Students: Cate DeCoteau, Abby Todd, Lianna Pront, Bella Sanderson.

Canton Agriculture Program

Agriculture students recently joined other agriculture students from across St. Lawrence County in touring agricultural businesses throughout central NY, including a college visit to SUNY Morrisville. Pictured are participating ag students including: Rachel Ballard, Chantel Fifield, Evan Buchardt, Ashley Ames, Olivia Cameron, Ethyn Morrissey, Mindylee Murdie, Jackson Manno, Teagan McAloon, and Zachary VanBrocklin.

The Canton agriculture program recently received a $500 grant from the St. Lawrence County Soil & Water District to start a school orchard. Students worked with SLC SWD staff in preparing and planting 4 apple trees, 2 cherry trees, and 18 raspberry plants in the HS courtyard by the pool area. 

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. 
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Recess

Wednesday, December 4
CCS Concert #1

Friday, December 6
SLC Historical Association Open House

Thursday, December 12
CCS Concert #2

Friday, December 13
15 Week Marking Period Ends

Wednesday, December 18
CCS Concert #3
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