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Superintendent's Announcement

Canton Central School District voters will go to the polls on May 19th to decide on the 2020-2021 school budget and two propositions for a capital improvement project.
Proposition 1 of the proposed capital improvement project would total $24 M and tackle a multitude of safety, security, and infrastructure issues. The proposed scope includes safety and security measures such as moving the elementary office complex to the area near the middle school ramp to create a single point of entry for the two schools, enhancing security efforts. The elementary music room would be moved to the current office complex.  The high school office complex would be reconfigured to provide visitors with direct contact with office personnel prior to being granted access to the building.
The proposal includes consolidation of the middle and high school cafeterias with a new kitchen to address infrastructure problems and aging equipment. Because the consolidation would require the creation of a new shared space rather than cosmetic upgrades to the existing cafeterias, this portion of the project would be eligible for state aid.
The project would also address major concerns regarding the condition and location of the pool. As it stands, the current pool requires replacement of the gutter and grout. It is estimated that these repairs alone will cost as much as $1 million.

According to Superintendent Ron Burke, “Currently, the pool is in dire need of repairs and is in dangerous proximity to the electrical apparatus. By relocating the pool, we believe the need for constant repairs will be alleviated and the new proximity to the high school athletic offices and locker rooms would provide more usable space for our students and would allow us to open the pool to community members on a more regular basis.”
Proposition 1 would also include converting the current high school cafeteria into CTE classroom and lab space, expanding the fitness center, relocating the concession stand to the end of the hallway with serving windows on the exterior for events held outside, and mechanical upgrades to the elevators.
Exterior work is also included in the proposal, including replacing sewer lines that are original to the campus and replacing the concrete sidewalk on the front lawn of the campus that connects to State Street. The project would also remove a fuel oil tank, which could mitigate potential contamination in the future. The district currently uses natural gas for heating so the fuel oil tank is obsolete.
At the bus garage, the heating system will be replaced. The current heating system was recycled from the original garage on the main campus over twenty years ago and due to age is increasingly difficult to regulate and repair. Additionally, the current bus block heaters will be replaced to become code compliant. 
Proposed site work includes reconstruction of the current high school and middle school parking lots to address safety concerns with the current layout and construction of a new parking lot on the current soccer field. A parking study conducted a few years ago looked at a number of options for additional parking and identified the soccer field as the best option due to size, location, and most importantly, pedestrian safety.
“Upon reviewing the study, I was initially strongly opposed to the move of the soccer field. In part, this was due to my sentimental attachment to the current field and to Mr. Dusharm, for whom the field is named,” said Burke.  “However, in learning that the current athletic field is not regulation size for either soccer or lacrosse, and after carefully reviewing the parking study, it became increasingly clear that this is the most viable option for addressing the parking issue.”

Should Proposition 1 be approved, Proposition 2 provides voters with the opportunity to decide if the new multi-purpose athletic field shall have artificial turf and lighting. This cost will not be eligible for state building aid due to the maximum cost allowance for exterior work having been met in Proposition I.
“We have heard many requests from the community for an artificial turf field, as many of our neighboring districts have turf rather than grass, ”Burke said. “We want to be as transparent as possible with the community about this since it will represent an added cost should this proposition pass. We want to put the decision in the hands of the community and allow them to delineate between the safety and infrastructure aspects of the proposed project and the potential for the upgraded athletic space.”
The District plans to offer community forums in the coming weeks to invite input from voters prior to the referendum in May.


St. Lawrence County Music Educators' Association Festival "B"

Congratulations to the stellar student musicians and fantastic faculty members of the St. Lawrence County Music Educators' Association on this year’s fun and fulfilling Festival "B" held at Ogdensburg Free Academy on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. Special thanks to General Chair Jon Cole and the fine folks at OFA for hosting us all so capably.

Thirty-two Canton Central School students were selected as a result of excellent to outstanding results on their NYSSMA solos, live auditions, and/or teacher recommendations.  Keegan Larsen, Finley Thomas, Jenna Larrabee, Kennedy Hartmann, Piper McAllister, Tegan Cortright, and Bella Perretta sang in the Elementary Chorus co-conducted and co-chaired by Kimberly Busch and Andrea Ellison.  Caleb Hartman, Amalia Pratti, Marilisa Salvi-Miguel, Olivia Sommerstein, Madeline Swinwood, Charlie Todd, Natalie Todd, Johanna Tupper, and Kaden Worthley sang in the Junior High Chorus conducted by George Scoville-Upham.  Elizabeth Davis, Sam Moses, Lianna Pront, Gabe Schmid-Doyle, Alexander Scriminger, and Allison Shorette sang in the Senior High Select Vocal Ensemble conducted by Don Washington.  Natalie Warner, Paul Cheng, Sam Fadden, Henry Hebb, Leif Goldie, Charles Thacher, Courtney Peters, Mason Eller, Sky Kennedy, and Brendan Nolan played in the Senior High Band conducted by Jonathan Shmuel.

On with the show! SLCMEA President Laura Gilbert welcomes our audience and introduces the ensemble chairs.

Co-conductors/chairs Andrea Ellison and Kimberly Busch teamed up for some wonderful music-making with the All-County Elementary Chorus.

George Scoville-Upham conducted the All-County Junior High Chorus - to include conjuring up a thunderstorm during the opening moments of an arrangement of Toto's hit song AFRICA. Way cool!

This is the All-County High School Vocal Select Ensemble in performance under the inspiring leadership of Don Washington.

Conductor Jonathan Shmuel picked a tremendous program for the All-County High School Band.

The percussion section got a great workout on SPITFIRE! by Gary Gilroy.

Library News

National Online Safety has put together some fantastic resources for parents about social media apps, online games, and trending issues to promote awareness and encourage informed discussions with children

Elementary Updates



Music Matters

"Third Graders put on a concert for Banford and their families titled "Music Matters." Under the direction of Ms. Bridget Hall, students sang about why music matters to them in a jazz tune called "Play That Music." They sang a gentle and sincere song called "I Wish You Music." The group ended the program with a snappy and energetic song called "Get Up, Get Up, Get Up!" They also presented a video in which students and teachers talked about why music is important in our school and lives through a series of interviews." 

Homemade Ice Cream

Third graders in Mrs. Eggleston and Mrs. Drechsel's class learned all about making homemade ice cream today! They learned about the process, the sources of the ingredients and just how much elbow grease it takes to make a truly amazing treat!

Nature Center Trip

Our fourth graders had a fabulous experience at the Nicandri Nature Center! Between snowshoeing, skiing, seeing animals on the trail, learning from the exhibits inside, and just plain having each others' company in the great outdoors, there was much to see, do, learn and enjoy!

Engineer Visit

On February 13, students in Mrs. Eggleston's class had Dr. J. Miles Canino from SUNY Canton’s Engineering Department visit our classroom with his current students. They helped us learn about robots and then let us try them out. The kids had a blast interacting with the college students!

Middle School Dispatch

Book Cover Creation

Sixth graders in Ms. Baker's class visited the library where they created a book cover to showcase their favorite book.  Mrs. Bailey provided instructions on how to use google drawings and other tech tools to create their designs.  

Yearbook Ordering Information Middle School

Order ASAP:
Order online (easy, fast, convenient) at
OR Order online at (search: J M Mckenney Middle School)
OR Order using this form. Return form with payment in full to Julie Mclear in the MS Office. Cash is accepted in a well-labeled envelope (parent’s name and phone number, student’s name and grade, $$ amount, date) or Make checks payable to Canton Central School.
$10.00 Parent Ad:
A picture of your child and a personalized message;
Order online at
Or Attach to Order Form with payment
Or Email to Erin Elliott at
Make a donation:
You may donate a yearbook(s) by indicating it on the order form or online. Donating provides more students with the opportunity to enjoy the memories captured in a yearbook.
A check made out to Canton Central School in the amount of $25.00 can be mailed or delivered to the Middle School Office.
Thank you for considering this kind gesture.
Business Advertisement:
Advertisements are available for local businesses.
$50.00/half page or $85.00/full page.
(No alcohol, tobacco or firearms, etc. in accordance with school policy)

High School Happenings

Student of the Month

Student of the Month for January: Drake Shorette was recognized as the Hugh C. Williams CTE Student of the Month for January. Pictured L to R: CCS Superintendent, Ron Burke, HS Guidance Counselor, Michele Abplanalp; Hugh C. Williams Principal, Doug Dominy; Drake Shorette; and CTE Technology and PLTW Teacher, Suzanne Creurer.

Barn Quilts in Art Class 

Bella Jaskowski and Kelsea Whittier proudly display a few of their wooden barn quilts they created in their Advanced Studio Art class. 

14th Annual Young Artist Competition

 Gabriel Schmid-Doyle competed in the Orchestra of Northern New York's 14th Annual Young Artist Competition in Hosmer Hall at the Crane School of Music on Saturday, February 8th.  Gabe prepared and performed from memory the 2nd and 3rd movements of the Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra by Serge Koussevitsky.  He was accompanied on piano by Jarrett Larson.  He gave an outstanding performance, as did the other participants from as far away as Syracuse and Albany.  The winner of this year's competition was Cellist Joyce Cheng from Clifton Park, NY.  She will perform her solo with ONNY in concerts on Saturday, April 18th in Watertown and Sunday, April 19th at 3 pm in Hosmer Hall.

Gabe, the son of Viola Schmid-Doyle and Brian Doyle, is shown in the photo (3rd from the left) with the full field of contestants flanked by Competition Coordinator Nancy Peschko, Maestro Ken Andrews, and this year's panel of judges.  Congratulations, Gabe, on this superlative achievement!

Career and Technical Education Awareness Month Activities

Students had the opportunity to use Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Agriculture students invited staff to their CTE class as part of CTE Awareness Month. Staff members have learned how to care for fish tanks, handle a rabbit, make maple tubing lines, and even arc weld. Pictured above is CTE student, Sarah Rodee, guiding Mrs. Paula Jones, 5th-grade teacher, in the process of making maple tubing lines. The right photo is Mr. Bob Dixon, Physics teacher, getting an arc welding lesson from CTE student, Lainey Holmes.  

High School staff were treated to maple candies as the CTE Department presented about the opportunities and potential for careers in the skilled trades as well as the essential skills that all students need for future employment beyond academia.  

FFA News 

National FFA Week was celebrated by the Canton FFA Feb. 24-28th. The FFA is a national youth organization that promotes premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The following members will be representing Canton at District Leadership Competitions on Saturday, Feb. 29th in Lowville: Prepared Speaking - Rachel Ballard, Emily Ames, Bree Rogers, and Abby Woodruff. Senior Creed Speaking - Ethan Hu. Competing in Parliamentary Procedure are Mullen Gordon, Nick Whitney, Kyah Clary, Amelia Rodee, Sarah Rodee, Abby Woodruff, and Mindylee Murdie.

The Canton FFA thanks everyone who donated, volunteered, and attended the Annual FFA Indoor Garage Sale & Craft Fair held on Saturday, Feb. 15th in the Middle School. Pictured at the garage sale check out table L to R: Rachel Ballard, Mindylee Murdie, Amelia Rodee, Ms. Sandy Clark, volunteer Busch, and Alumnus Kendall Lawerence.

 The Canton FFA and agriculture classes are excited about the arrival of maple sugaring season! Students in ag classes put their senses to the test in determining real maple syrup versus the fake stuff! Pictured comparing their samples include Mr. Ken Williams, TA; Chris Downs, Kobe Wells, Amelia Rodee, and Mattigan Porter. The Canton FFA invites the community to Maple Weekend Pancake Breakfast at the CCE Learning Farm on March 22nd and 28th at 8 am-noon. Come and enjoy the sweet stuff while seeing firsthand how it’s made. 

Canton FFA was represented in Albany by Rachel Ballard and Esther Shipman, as they participated in the NYS FFA State Leaders Experience. The two agriculture students met with Assemblyman Walczyk; Senator Ritchie; and Assemblyman Blankenbush to share their stories about the impact agricultural education and FFA have made in their educational experiences.

From the High School Guidance Office

March 2020

2nd - Scheduling appointments for 11th graders with Mrs. Newman

3rd – ASVAB exam retake for 10th graders who missed the first one and Jr. & Srs. interested in military

3rd–6th – Scheduling appointments for 9th graders with Mrs. Newman and Ms. Abplanalp

9th - Scheduling appointments for 9th graders with Mrs. Newman and Ms. Abplanalp

9th  - AP Exam money DUE to guidance

10th & 11th – Resume’s with juniors – HS LRC Computer Lab

12th - Scheduling appointments for 9th graders with Mrs. Newman and Ms. Abplanalp

18th – Gateways for 11th graders @ SUNY Canton – 8:30 am – 10 am

20th - Staff Dev. Day

27th – BOCES applications are due in guidance

30th – Local Scholarship/Award 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. 
March 20
Staff Development Day

March 24 -31
ELA 3-8 State Testing

Mach 27 & 28
CCS Musical
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