CHS Weekly News – December 23, 2016


First, on behalf of Mr. Verner, myself, and the entire CHS staff, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and a restful winter recess.  We will look forward to seeing everyone back on January 3rd!  Having said that, in this season of giving it was great to see so much food coming through the doors these past couple of weeks.  Thank you to everyone who participated in a very successful food drive that was organized by Math Department Chair, Mrs. Aitchison. Do to the efforts of staff, students, and families, we were able to bring 3 very full car loads of food to the Canton Food Bank. Thank you everyone for your participation! For pictures and more details, check out the CHS website.
In addition, we are proud of our Student Council, who spearheaded a very successful project to bring much needed toiletries and other items to Gifts of Love in Avon.  For pictures and more details on the endeavor as well, check out the CHS website.
Thank you to all who were able to participate in the American Red Cross blood drive held at Canton High School on Friday, December 16th. Thirty-nine students and community members participated and as a result, thirty-one pints of blood were collected. Thanks to Mrs. Connole and the National Honor Society members for recruiting donors and working to ensure that the day ran efficiently. Please consider signing up to donate blood during the next drive on Monday, April 3rd.
Through the work of English Teacher Ms. Kurt and several students, we are proud to announce Canton High School’s new magazine, The Arrow. The first edition showcases student journalism, creative writing, art, and photography. As “a voice for all,” The Arrow encourages students to contribute their writing and artistic talents either as staff members or freelancers. We are hoping to lauch an online version in the new year, but for now check it out here.
Students in Señora Smith’s Spanish classes combined their knowledge of Spanish-speaking countries with virtual reality using the free Cardboard app and Google Street View.  Check out our website for more pictures and information.
If you haven’t done it already, please log on to the CollegeBoard website and create an account.  School Counselors will be meeting with students immediately after the winter break.
The recess may be a great time to clean out your closets and get ready for the winter clothing drive to be held by CATA from January 3rd through the 18th.  All gently used winter clothing and footwear in all sizes can be brought to the CHS office and/or room 109.
Athletic News
Our athletes have several events happening over the break, including Girls Basketball hosting the Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, December 27th and Thursday Dec 29th.  We hope you can come out and support them!  Always check out the athletics/CIAC website for the most up to date information on home and away contests.
Notes from School Counseling:
Important Dates:
Thursday, January 12:  College Financial Planning Night; CHS Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Thursday, January 12:  GAP Year Fair at Conard High, West Hartford, 7:00 pm, for those who’d like to learn about postgrad/pre-college options.
Important To-Do’s:
Grades 9-11: Create your CollegeBoard account and link to Khan Academy.
Seniors:  Please report ALL college decisions to the school counseling office!
JUNIOR Students and Parents;
Please schedule your Junior Planning Meeting!  Meetings begin on January 9th and run through March 3rd.  Meetings are at 7:30 am9:15 am, and 1:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays. No meetings are scheduled for Thursdays.  The student and parent are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please see Mrs. Beman to schedule your meeting.
TO DO before meeting, in Naviance:

  • Junior Questionnaire
  • Parent Brag Sheet

Please come to meeting with these items completed.  See your counselor with any questions.
The Harlem Wizards are coming in January!
See your favorite Canton teachers take on the Wizards in a high-energy game that would even make the Grinch howl with laughter!  Tickets purchased before the event are $18 for adults $15 for children, with reserved seating at $25 per ticket.  Premium “Courtside Plus” tickets are also available for $40, which include courtside seating, private meet and greet with the Wizards, snack and Wizards team poster (Courtside Plus tickets are only available on-line). Tickets can be purchased online at and at Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center from now until the day of the game, January 10th.  Remaining tickets may also be available on the day of the game at Canton High School at 6:00pm for $20.    Don’t miss the most hilarious and outrageously fun event of the year!
Community Flyers: Dicks Registration
UPCOMING CALENDAR:  For the most up to the minute calendar, please check our Google Calendar on our website, which will indicate any changes in event dates.
December 24
January 2        Winter Recess
January 3                   Classes resume
January 6                   Canton Parents for Music Coffee House – 6:30 pm
January 10                 Harlem Wizards – 7 pm
January 12                 College Financial Planning Night – 6:30 pm
January 13                 Northern Regional Music Festival at New Britian High School
January 13                 Early Release – Professional Development
January 16                 No School – Martin Luther King Day
January 19 – 21        Model UN trip
January 23                 Incoming 9th Grade Orientation
January 24                 2nd Quarter Ends
January 24                 Spanish National Honor Society Induction Ceremony – 3:30 pm
February 4                 National Ocean Science Bowl SEARCH at UCONN (snow date Feb. 5)
February 4                 Prisms Concert – 7:30 pm
February 11               Berklee High School Jazz Festival –
Jazz Ensemble & combo at Hynes Convention Center – Boston
February 14                Collaborative Tuesday – Students arrive no later than 8:20 am
February 18 – 25        World Language International trip to Spain
February 20 – 21        Winter Recess – No School
Drew DiPippo, Canton High School Principal