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From the Superintendent's Desk 

Over the years, the school lunch program has seen significant changes.  Gone are the days when we could purchase an ice cream bar or an oatmeal pie. The federal regulations require strict adherence to nutritional standards in order for each school district to continue its participation in the school lunch program.
For many students, the program provides nourishment at breakfast and lunch. Further, for many families, receiving breakfast and lunch at low or no cost has a significant positive impact. 
However, a number of families have not applied for the free and reduced lunch program. Currently, the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch is 10% lower than last year. Some families will never apply because of the fear of embarrassment for their children. Just as the food has changed, so has the payment process. Today, students enter the identification number to process their payment.  With this system, there is no distinction between the student who is paying by using a declining cash balance and those who are paying through the free and reduced lunch program. Long gone are the punch cards that were given each Monday to the students with a free or reduced lunch!
In addition to providing students with access to food, the free and reduced lunch program is vitally important to our school’s budget.  The percentage of students receiving a free or reduced lunch is a part of the calculation for our foundation aid. The higher the percentage, the greater the level of state aid. 
A family’s financial situation is a deeply personal topic. Please know that the free and reduced school lunch program is designed to protect the privacy of each family.  For further information regarding the free and reduced lunch program, please contact me or our cafeteria manager, Blue Jay Fenlong.

Ron Burke
Superintendent of Schools

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Reality Check

Above is a picture of a Halloween anti-vaping and anti-tobacco display made by our Reality Check students. Reality Check is a youth-led, adult-supervised, program dedicated to exposing the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. 

Elementary Updates

Positivity Project Kickoff

We kicked off the Positivity Project and built more of our community spirit by moving and grooving to the music, singing our whole school song "Do the Good You Know," and experiencing the story "We Are All Wonders." We were also welcomed and cheered all the faculty, staff and students, who make our school special! Many thanks to all who made this all possible, from the cafeteria and custodial staff to our MC/DJ combo, Coaches Wentworth and Meyers, and the P2 Committee members for putting it all together! 

School Garden and Cooking 

Students in Mrs. McCarthy's class had a great time watering and harvesting! We can’t thank the Canton Community Fund enough for their donation to our school garden, making this all possible! In September, students in Mrs. McCarthy's class made fresh salsa with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro from our class garden. In October, students made homemade vegetable soup with veggies they picked from the school garden. So proud of those being Openminded during the Positivity Project and giving new foods and experiences a try!

Fire Prevention Week

It was Fire Prevention Week and we offer many thanks to the Canton Fire Department for the assemblies, visits to the Fire House, and all of their outreach efforts! 

Five lucky winners of the fire prevention contest and the principal got a ride to school in a fire truck on Friday as part of the closing events of fire prevention week. Thanks to Fireman Zuhlsdorf for the ride to school. The group arrived in style, complete with lights and sirens!

Our fire fighters have been doing double duty this week. Ask about the assemblies and what fire safety tips your kids learned!

Fire Prevention Week closed with a demonstration of the fire trucks. Many thanks to our Canton Fire Department for all they did this week to promote fire safety and an understanding of emergency services!

Crayola Color Cycle Program

We have a drop off box in the Banford office and Mrs. Rodee's classroom. So far we have sent 34 pounds of markers to Crayola to be recycled and there's no limit so donations from the entire community would be welcome.


BPO Banford Enrichment Program

Teamwork, #OPM, Curiosity, and Love of Learning were the traits of the day for our BPO Banford Enrichment program. Thanks to collaboration between parents, volunteers, and staff, many of our students had new and exciting learning opportunities on Thursday for the first of 3 fall enrichment sessions. Students participated in Hair Braiding w/Doreen Francey, Backyard Adventures w/Emlyn Crocker and Nature Up North, German w/Viola Schmid-Doyle, Sing Your Heart Out w/Bridget Hall, Map Making w/Matt McCluskey, and Zoo Fun w/Carol Wright and the FFA

Middle School Dispatch

Positivity Project Kickoff

The middle school held its annual Positivity Project Kickoff event and it was a great success! After an introductory assembly, everyone moved out to the football field for some music and fun. We were then able to arrange ourselves into a giant # OPM for OtherPeopleMatter. I am very proud of our students, faculty, and staff coming together as a team and celebrating the start of the year. It's going to be another great year in middle school!

I Am

As part of our opening, everyone in the middle school contributed to our "I Am" Wall in the main lobby area. Students chose one or two words that represent themselves for the wall. Together it is a powerful representation of the strengths we have as a team. Go Bears!

Box Tops

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

Celebrate Reading One Step at a Time!

This year, McKenney Middle School is trying to lead a district-wide initiative to promote reading among students and staff called "Celebrate Reading One Step at a Time!" In the spirit of positivity, the school hopes to honor the success of our young readers and take part in a community celebration of our accomplishments. 

Our initiatives: 

  1. Students will have the opportunity to earn tickets for a drawing reading related prizes at our quarterly P2 assemblies. Tickets can be earned when students put forth extra effort with their reading and display strong enthusiasm for their work.

  2. The footsteps around the school represent the books completed by students and staff throughout the school year. We look forward to see how far our colorful feet make it around the school.

  3. Select students will take part in a reading buddy program in which they read aloud to the younger students in Banford.

We do all this in the hopes that students will grow into more enthusiastic and productive readers. We look forward to see how the program grows throughout the year.

High School Happenings

CTE News

The Canton Central School' Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department is recognizing students this year who are excelling in hands-on courses offered in the areas of agriculture, family & consumer sciences, and technology. The first CTE Student of the Month was awarded to Joe Mastro. Presenting Joe with his certificate, CTE t-shirt, and gift card are (L to R): Mr. Doug Dominy, High School Principal; Joe Mastro, CTE Student of the Month; Mrs. Suzanne Creurer, CTE Technology Teacher; and Ms. Michele Abplanalp, High School Guidance Counselor.

The CTE (Career & Technical Education) Department at Canton Central School is promoting the trade skills to students in the high school this year. Students are being rewarded for choosing to take hands-on courses in the areas of agriculture, family & consumer sciences, and technology. On Oct. 3rd, all students enrolled in such classes were awarded a free ice cream sundae courtesy of Stewart's for their participation thus far. The Canton Central School's CTE Department serving up ice cream included: Suzanne Creurer, Technology; Kate Ormsby, FACS; Steven Smithers, Technology; Carol Wright, Agriculture; and Sue Lanning, FACS. Thank you to Stewarts and other local businesses who have shown their support in promoting CTE at Canton Central School. 

FFA News

The Canton FFA is off to a busy start this year! A group of students worked with St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau on Saturday, Sept. 28th, at the Day at the Farm event. Members pictured include: Katie Luther, Ashley Ames, Tiffany Durham, Aarik Felt, Saharrah Flanagan, Abby Woodruff, and Abby Foote. Other members volunteering but not pictured included: Emily Ames, Sarah Rodee, Amelia Rodee, Brianna Flangan, Beth St. Andrews, and Aaron Putman.

The Canton FFA recently hosted the NYS FFA Officer Team at the Dreaming Tree Lodge for an afternoon of community service. On Oct. 2nd, students worked side by side with state leaders from FFA to complete some landscaping  for the Help Sami Kick Cancer Foundation.

Job Openings

Advertisements are posted for several upcoming long term substitute/leave replacement teaching positions in Banford Elementary. Certification in childhood education and/or literacy preferred. Candidates working towards certification are encouraged to apply.

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. 

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

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. 

Tuesday, November 5
Banford 10 Week Marking Period Ends

Friday, November 8
HS & MS 10 Week Marking Period Ends

Monday, November 11
Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12
Staff Development Day

Friday, November 15 - Saturday, November 16
Canton Fall Play: The Merry Murders at Mount Marie

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Recess
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