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Superintendent's Announcement

Dear Canton Central Families,
First, I want to congratulate our students and their families for the great efforts that are being made to keep our school community safe and healthy.  From the sight of the first child walking to school along State Street to the athletes practicing on the soccer fields, students are demonstrating great responsibility in the wearing of masks.  Increasingly, scientific evidence points to mask wearing and hand washing as two of the primary tools we have to fight the spread. 
School Attendance
Late last week, the New York State Department of Health issued the Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit.  This document details when students and staff are allowed to report to school and when they must remain at home.  Under the new guidance, any individual experiencing just one new or worsening symptom is not allowed to be at school.  In order to return to school, the child or staff member must meet specific criteria established by New York State.
The new guidance has the potential to present challenges of time and money to families.  Please understand that the Canton Central School District, like all other schools, is legally obligated to adhere to these new guidelines effective immediately.
The new regulations with the corresponding flow charts are included in this newsletter.
Switching to Remote Learning
During the summer, families were surveyed regarding their choice of in-person learning or fully remote learning.  As a reminder, families that have engaged in fully remote learning are able to opt for in-person learning near the end of each marking period.  The deadline to switch from fully remote to in-person for Quarter 2 is Friday, October 16 at noon. If you wish to have your child move from remote learning to in-person learning, please contact your child’s principal.There will be opportunities to switch to in-person learning again at Quarter 3 and Quarter 4.  
Our buses are operating at approximately one-third of their capacity in order to maintain social distancing.  Generally, we have little or no room for additional passengers both in the morning and in the afternoon as we operate under these extraordinary circumstances.  As a reminder, we cannot honor requests for bus changes unless it is a genuine emergency. 
During these challenging times, we have encountered numerous changes.  The best intentioned plans do not always meet the needs of today and require modification.  As the science of fighting the novel coronavirus evolves, so too do the recommended best practices.  I thank you for your continued patience and your commitment to encouraging healthy practices with your children.
Ron Burke


Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students: 
Samuel Sieminski
Cole Straight
Saverio Sergi

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

Picture Day Information: October 16 & 19, 2020

Our Picture Day ID:  EVTNTTXD8 (F S Banford Elementary School)

You are encouraged to order online.  

Special gifts when ordering online include:  a FREE 8x8 photo book and $30 to spend at Shutterfly!!!

Who goes when?

Friday, October 16 - IN PERSON

PK, K, Gr 1, Gr 3

REMOTE:  1-1:45pm - by appt only.  Form will be shared by your child's remote teacher.

Monday, October 19 - IN PERSON

Gr 2 and Gr 4

REMOTE:  12:30-1:45pm - by appt only.  Form will be shared by your child's remote teacher.

See what's happening in pre-K!

Lots to do in Mrs. Hetu's class

we can stay socially distant and safe, but learn and have fun in an active way!!!


Best Zoom Meeting Ever!

What a wonderful job by the students in Mrs. White's class -- combining kindness and concern for the environment!!! 

We have talked a lot over the past month about helping others in need, especially during difficult times. Living through this pandemic has definitely made us all more empathetic toward others. Our many discussions about kindness fit perfectly with our first class novel, The One and Only Ivan. It is a great book that quickly became a class favorite. 

In part to give back to wildlife conservation (and in honor of Ivan) I challenged these kiddos to collect and return cans and bottles. The money we earned from the returnables would be donated to the World Wildlife Fund and adopting our own western lowland gorilla. The entire class was so excited and motivated!

They’re happy to adopt a gorilla, but they’re more proud of the fact that we’re helping an organization protect endangered species. 

Today, on our Virtual Wednesday Zoom meeting, these kiddos realized hard work pays off as they not only reached our goal of 1,000 returnables but surpassed it by returning over 4,000 cans and bottles!  I am so, so proud of these fourth graders and I can’t wait to begin our gorilla adoption with them tomorrow! 


Working hard in Mrs. White's 4th grade class!

Students in Mrs. Kiah's class

"Make numbers" out of other numbers! Check it out! They are really learning what numbers mean and laying the foundation for adding and subtracting!

Check out our Banford Bears enjoying the awesome activities created for our blacktop zone at recess by the BPO


Middle School Dispatch

A Message from the Principal:

It is hard to believe that we are in October. I would like to take a minute to compliment our students for how well they have handled the transition back to school, how dedicated they have been to following safety measures, and how adaptable they have been to the new instructional strategies being employed this year. As we begin to find new routines in this challenging year, please take a minute to consider the following ideas for ensuring continued success for your student:

  • Become familiar with your student’s weekly school routine and the particular expectations for students from his or her grade level. Grade level teams have and will continue to communicate these expectations with families. Please do not hesitate to ask your student’s teachers questions if you need clarification.
  • Ask to see your student’s Google classrooms. This can be a great way to build a stronger sense of what students are working on and how they are navigating their remote learning.
  • Establish a routine for your student’s school work at home. This should include a consistent space to work as well as consistent times of day. Having these routine practices established will help your student find success in learning remotely.

As we continue to navigate this school year, it is important to celebrate what is going well and acknowledge all of the positives we are seeing from our students and the larger school community. In this edition of the McKenney Middle School Newsletter, you will find some amazing examples of digital art created by our students as well as learn about creative ways to operate our traditional services in light of our current circumstances.


Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Joe McDonough

Picture Day!

When: Thursday, Oct. 8th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 9th, 2:30pm
Where: Canton Middle School Gym
More information
Picture days are scheduled for

October 8: Students attending on Brown days

October 9: Students attending on Gold days

*Students attending on brown and gold days will take their pictures on October 8th.

REMOTE LEARNERS: Enter building by pool door and report directly to the middle school gym.

October 9: Grade 5 and 6 remote learners 11:30-12:00

October 9: Grade 7 and 8 remote learners 12:00-12:30

*Remote learners with siblings can attend one time slot together.

Remote Learners now have access to the school library!

New! Books to Go Program. Watch this video to learn how your virtual learner can gain access to our school library books and have them delivered to your home on Wednesdays! In order for students to continue to receive library books they must return the books they have checked out. Books can be returned to the outdoor library bin in front of the high school or by the Wednesday bus. If you have questions or concerns please e-mail .


Organizing Google Classroom Assignments

Parents, it can be a challenge trying to keep up with your child's assignments in Google Classroom. You may find this link useful in navigating Google Classroom assignments, dates and missing work.

High School Happenings


Congratulations to the following Canton FFA members on their selection to represent the chapter as leaders for the upcoming year

Parliamentarian - Abby Woodruff

Sentinel- Mackenzie Rookey

Reporter - Maddie Gushlaw

Student Advisor - Kyah Clary

Treasurer -  Esther Shipman

Secretary  - Sarah Rodee

Vice President - Amelia Rodee

President -  Rachel Ballard


All students in grades 6-12 with an interest in animals, plants, the environment, leadership, and team building are encouraged to join FFA. Right now, all activities are 100% virtual, so if you’re interested in joining the FFA Google Classroom just send an email to to the Advisor, Mrs. Wright at:

Natural Resource Management Program Student of the Month

Hunter Blauvelt was chosen as the Natural Resource Management Program Student of the Month for September 2020.  Hunter was chosen based on his work habits and positive work attributes.  These include excellent attendance; eagerness to learn; using time effectively; getting along with co-workers; showing interest in their field; following directions; taking care of tools or equipment; enthusiasm; and working to the best of their potential.  Congratulations Hunter!

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. 44203 or email: The application deadline is ongoing for substitute positions. 
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