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We are so happy to have first graders through seniors back at school on August 22. The hallways have been so quiet and lonely without you and your teachers. Eventually, we will have all our students (EC and Kindergarten) back on campus again, and the new school year will really be underway. So what do you need to know for day one? School begins an hour later than normal on Monday, Aug. 22, for grades 1-12 (we begin at 9 a.m.). There is no morning bus service this first day. Read on for more.

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The summer reading lists are up on the Parents/Students Forms and Info page. This is the page you will use all summer as directed to download items and update information. We also have the summer reading list in this news item. Reading lists have been compiled for each grade level beginning with Early Childhood (age 2-K-Prep), Lower School (Kindergarten through Grade 4), Middle School (grades 5-8) and finally High School (grades 9-12). The High School assignments that go along with the reading and are due in August, also are posted.

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The Class of 2016 had an amazing year at Canterbury High School as artists, athletes and scholars. All 90 of them graduated and have been accepted to colleges and universities. The entire class earned more than $8.2 million in merit scholarships. Where will they go next? Click the read more button to see the full list.

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Please join us in celebrating retiring Headmaster Jonathan Hancock Sunday, June 12, from 2-4 p.m. on the Canterbury High School Lawn. Remarks will be at 3 p.m.

In possibly the wisest decision in its history, the school hired Jonathan Hancock in 1982. Jonathan was raised in England, where he received both a bachelor's and master's degree from Oxford University while studying the classics. He continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received a graduate degree in education. Jonathan also teaches seventh-grade Latin. He is retiring after 32 years of amazing accomplishments at Canterbury, and he will be greatly missed.

Click to see Mr. Hancock's Top 10 Memories and more.

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The Middle School Houses are each named for the rivers and parks in Fort Wayne: Maumee House, St. Marys House, St. Joe House, Rockhill House, Headwaters House and Foster House. House Service Day is time for the students to learn more about these vital landmarks and how they can help sustain them. The students received education from community experts on the types of fish and wildlife in the rivers, also about water quality and deforestation regarding the Maumee River. For the service part of their day, they pulled the invasive garlic mustard plant from around the riverfront. Fort Wayne Outfitters staff made it possible for the students to experience the river in kayaks and canoes.

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It is time to begin planning for next school year and for fall athletics in particular. Fall practice opportunities for many teams will begin on the first date allowable by IHSAA by-laws: Monday, August 1. Athletes must plan to be present for 10 practices (one per day) prior to being eligible for a contest in that sport (Exception: Girls Golf requirement is 2 practices). Mandatory forms for High School athletes are due before your first practice on August 1. Forms are online now. Links are listed in this article to all four forms. Coaches, Practice Dates and more also are listed.

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High School students are invited to audition for Beauty and the Beast on Thursday, Aug. 25, and Friday, Aug. 26. Auditions will be held after school in the auditorium until about 4:30/5 p.m. You may choose to prepare 16 bars of a song (about 30 seconds) or the production staff will teach one to you. You will need to be prepared to read from scenes in the script, which will be given out the day of auditions. Please fill out the Audition Form, located in the High School office.

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Take a sneak peek inside the Lower School

We sent intern and Canterbury alum Olivia Torres into the Lower School with her video camera. She brought back these candid snippets of what happens in the classroom. Enjoy this sneak peek at school life.

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