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The Canterbury Family Fun Run/Walk - Tin Can 5K is an annual community event on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The race offers great fun, fitness, prizes and the opportunity to serve the hunger needs of our community. Whether you love to run or walking is more your speed, bring the whole family. Pee-Wee Race begins at 8:45 a.m. The Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds and donated food items benefit Associated Churches Food Network. Pre-Register Online

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Canterbury boys tennis team will be in action for sectionals Wednesday and Thursday September 28 and 29 at Homestead. The Cavaliers will play Wayne HS at 4:30 p.m. The sectional championship takes place Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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All area eighth graders are invited to compete for merit scholarships to attend Canterbury High School next fall. The 35th annual Canterbury Scholar Competition will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Canterbury High School - 3210 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

As many as 10 students will be named Canterbury Scholars and they will be awarded $8,000 merit scholarships, $2,000 for each of the four years they attend Canterbury High School. Walk-in welcome or Click to Register Online.

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The Canterbury School Fine Arts Department will host visiting artists WindSync, a wind quintet ensemble featuring 2007 Canterbury High School graduate Emily Tsai, oboe. The group is currently on the Fischoff Double Gold Tour. The concert event "Pies and Pipes" will take place at the Canterbury Middle School Auditorium on Friday, September 30. The WindSync concert is free and takes place from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Before the concert enjoy pizza, salad and pie from 6-6:45 p.m. available for purchase in the cafeteria. Please email mscheer@canterburyschool.org to let her know how many plan to come for supper.

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Last May, Canterbury High School students wrote 403 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Out of a possible score of 5, 89 percent earned 3 or higher and 72 percent earned scores of 4 or 5. Canterbury students averaged 3.98 on all AP exams. The Indiana average was 2.63.

Additionally, 94 AP Scholar designations were awarded by The College Board in recognition of the students' exceptional achievement. The AP exam is required for all high school students enrolled in AP courses for the school year.

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Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, it will be raining (80 percent chance of thunderstorms) on our Fall Family Picnic Day, Saturday, Sept. 17. We are postponing the Picnic. The Alumni/Alumni Family/Parents of Alumni Tailgate event that was planned for Saturday is now canceled. Soccer and tennis are canceled. The sunny news, though, is that Volleyball is still on in the gym and we are planning to have the Fall Family Picnic on Sunday, October 9.

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The girls golf team begins post season play Saturday, Sept. 17 with Sectionals hosted by Norwell. Tee times are 9 a.m. #5 Canterbury- Sara Diem; 9:08 #4 Canterbury – Samantha McAllister; 9:16 #3 Canterbury – Elisha Scott; 9:24 #2 Canterbury – Deborah Choe; and #1 Canterbury – Maria Teel.

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Are the students writing on the table tops? Yes, they are working together on a problem from BC Calculus class. These new whiteboard tables are used by companies (eg. Google and Apple) that are very much into the design thinking movement. The tables are perfect for encouraging collaboration, innovation and fun.

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The Enrichment Programs in Early Childhood help to balance out our youngest students' school day by offering the opportunity to create up to a full day experience. New to the menu of enrichment programs is ArtSci Conservatory led by Jane Berner and Jennifer Reelsen.

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Marylynn Hammond, math teacher, decorated a portion of the math and science hallway with examples of Growth Mindset. Mrs. Hammond hopes to boost students' confidence and to change the way they perceive their own abilities. "I love sharing short videos and stories with my students that demonstrate how changing their mindset can impact their learning and success in a huge way," she explained.

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It was a big day for Kindergarten students on Wednesday as they attended their first K-12 Convocation at the High School. The student and faculty event is a tradition to bring everyone together in Summers Auditorium to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and to put emphasis on "Building Community."

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Auditions have been held and the cast is busy rehearsing for the next high school musical: Beauty and the Beast. The show will run October 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in Summers Auditorium. Cast in the role of Belle is senior Rebecca Bormann and the Beast is junior Mitchell Railsback, with senior Case Davis as Gaston. Click below to see who was cast in your favorite roles and be our guest for this memorable musical.

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Attention all Kroger shoppers: please visit www.Kroger.com and register your Kroger card for the Community Rewards program. Kroger's Community Rewards programs distributes $2 million per year to participating schools. Canterbury School received $8,000 last year through this program so please sign up. A $500,000 distribution occurs each quarter based on the total spending by each school.

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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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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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Canterbury artists and writers earned 208 Scholastic awards. Students and their teachers werel recognized at the Regional Awards Ceremony at the Grand Wayne Center. Entries awarded a Gold Key, went on to compete n to the national competition. For art, there were 13 HS Gold Keys and 3 MS Gold Keys. In writing, there were 51 HS Gold Keys and 8 MS Gold Keys.

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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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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 was a special moment in the NOG as first graders from Mrs. Birkmeier's class presented a beloved Canterbury tradition - the Memorial Day Marching Chapel. Not only did students learn the time-honored march to Stars and Stripes Forever, they also learned the history behind Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called. The students took their responsibility as honor guard very seriously. To learn more about Decoration Day and to watch the student's presentation and march...

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We have several arts-related special events this week. Please invite your family and friends.

VISUAL ART EXHIBIT MAY 30-JUNE 2

The art teachers and volunteers have been busy transforming the Middle School gym into a gallery featuring more than a thousand of student-created masterpieces. You'll be fascinated by the different techniques and genre of works on display. The Visual Art Exhibit features Lower and Middle School work.

ART WALK AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT - JUNE 1

The Art Walk will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Stroll through the Visual Art Exhibit and then stay for the free Middle School Spring Concert. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features performances from the fifth grade strings, fifth grade band, MS band, choir, orchestra and chamber orchestra. Not only is the concert entertaining, it is designed to demonstrate the students' technical and musical development and achievements this past year.

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Cold weather and rain got you down? Think "Golf" and you will cheer up. It is time to make your teams for the Cavalier Golf Open - an 18 hole scramble and tailgate at Chestnut Hills May 23. Whether you are a serious golfer or just want to have fun - this tournament is for you. Everyone has a common goal - supporting Canterbury Athletics. Register online to play or for sponsor opportunities. Already have a foursome? Great! Need help forming a foursome, we can help with that too. www.canterburyschool.org/cavopen

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Canterbury School is pleased to announce the results of the 5th Grade Scholar Challenge! Fifth graders from northeast Indiana schools vied for the merit scholarships in the eighth annual competition. Merit scholarships were awarded based on standardized testing, essays, interviews, transcripts and faculty recommendations. Recipients were awarded $6,000 merit scholarships ($2,000 for each of the three remaining years they attend Canterbury Middle School).

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The Indiana High School Athletic Association recently announced this year's group of 13 senior student‐athletes to be honored with the 2016 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award. Canterbury's Kate White was among the students. Kate runs cross country and track, plays soccer and swims. She has led the Champions Together effort at Canterbury, benefiting Special Olympics.

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The Canterbury Fine Arts Department will host a free concert featuring our High School Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Band and Orchestra Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Summers Auditorium. The concert is open to the community. Lower and Middle School students will enjoy a preview of the concert on Tuesday during Chapel and will be encouraged to attend the full concert with their families. Highlights include the Orchestra performing music from the Broadway hit "Wicked." The concert band will close with 'Fantasy' by Earth, Wind and Fire. And the choir will perform "The Battle of Jericho." There will be a combined number with the orchestra for Handel's "The Heavens are Telling."


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This year's theme for the CANstruction build, which benefits Community Harvest Food Bank, is "cartoons." Canterbury's Projects in Engineering class chose the most iconic of cartoon characters for its structure - Snoopy, resting atop his red doghouse with Woodstock perched on his belly. The High School students designed their structure using cans of ravioli, potatoes, beans and tuna. They also used packets of Kool-aid, granola bars, bags of beans and macaroni cheese. The exhibit took about four hours to build and 2,880 cans. You can help Canterbury's team win the Fan Choice award, by voting for Snoopy (with canned food donations). Simply place your donation in the container located by Snoopy (right in front of Macy's at Glenbrook Mall). Voting begins Saturday, April 16, through Sunday, April 24.

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Gold Keys from the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were sent on to compete nationally. Canterbury students received eight National Awards in Art and Writing and one entry received the American Voice Medal. Art and writing from Gold Medalists will be featured in the National Exhibit at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The exhibition will be on display June 2-12.

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Colleen Tan presented at the American String Teachers Association 2016 National Conference in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Tan is the chair of the State Leadership Committee and helped present the annual leadership workshop for state chapter presidents. She was selected to present a separate panel session in the general professional development conference portion, "Take a Teaching Selfie," which considers teacher self-assessment via National Board Teaching Certification.

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Two Lower School students were recognized in the FAME Fusion of Concert Colors Contest. During music and art class, students created artwork that represents the theme of the FAME festival this year: Indiana. Students listened to pieces by Cole Porter and Hoagie Carmichael as they created the pieces. Ana Bierbaum was the overall winner for fourth graders in northeastern Indiana and Ashley Choi was one of three honorable mentions for third graders.

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With eight riders from Canterbury currently participating in the IEA, a Canterbury club team is in the works for the 2016-2017 school year. In the meantime, four students have made it to the Zone 5 finals. Sophomores Peyton Stewart and Laura Cesar, along with sixth grader Katian Hornbostel and seventh grader Natalie Dresdow all earned spots to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 5 Finals.

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The Canterbury Speech and Debate Team brought home the Class A IHSFA Second Place trophy at the IHSFA State Tournament on March 12. Quarter finalists were the following:

  • Bo Geyer – Radio
  • Grace Bechdol – Declamation
  • Sabrina Beaver – Discussion
  • Aashka Piprottar – Discussion
  • Jason Collins _ Discussion
  • Rishubh Jain – Impromptu & International Extemporaneous
  • Sam Brinneman – United States Extemporaneous
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C‐SPAN recently announced the winners of the national 2016 StudentCam documentary competition. One hundred fifty student and 53 teacher prizes, totaling $100,000 in cash prizes, were awarded for winning documentaries. Canterbury eighth graders Calvin McAllister and Colin Spencer received "Honorable Mention" and $250 for their documentary titled "Federalism." View the video at www.viddler.com/v/30422a68?secret=83455029

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Join us for the 2nd annual Trivia Night Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. featuring a variety of categories, 50/50, Heads or Tails, plus more games, friendly competition and prizes. Proceeds support a "rainy day tuition assistance fund" for Canterbury families. $15 per player or $125 per team table of 10 players. Your check payable to Canterbury School is your reservation. Send to Emily Roussel in the Middle School Development Office. Canterbury alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends age 21+ are invited to this team trivia game!

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Jalen Paul, junior, is the fourth boys basketball player in Canterbury history to reach 1,000 points in his high school career. The milestone point came during the Regional win March 12. Jalen ended the game with 1,020 points.

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The boys basketball team is off to Semi-State! The Cavs played Westview this afternoon and pulled out a 54-41 win, placing them in the final against Hammond Bishop Noll. Last year the Cavs lost to Bishop Noll. Determined not to have the same result, the team kept the lead all the way through, with a 65-62 victory. Tickets for March 19 Semi-State are for sale in the HS athletics office through Thursday at 4 p.m. for $8.

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Once again, plans for Canterbury's fabulous Spring Book Fair are in full swing, and in the middle of all the excitement is the annual Bistro Luncheon taking place Wednesday, April 20, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lower School Commons. Attend and get the scoop on the latest, greatest books for young readers as Beth Laipple, Teha Cobler, Ted Rice, Tamara Lombard and Chris Collins review their choices of engaging tales for kids. Enjoy a Panera lunch and camaraderie of other book lovers, all for $10.

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The following students placed in their events at the State ISSMA competitions for instrumental, piano and vocal. Students who competed at stated first earned a gold in the Group I level at the district competition.

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On Saturday, February 27, the Canterbury High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the IHSFA Sectional Tournament at DeKalb High School and placed third overall. The following students qualified to go to the IHSFA State Tournament on March 12, in Fishers Indiana and earned recognition in the following events:

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Ricky Cai received a major award at the opening of the 40th Annual High School Art Exhibit March 3. His artwork received 3rd place out of 200 visual art and photography pieces on exhibit from high schools from four states. In addition, his art and photography from Erin Belcher, Elizabeth Lombard and Whitney Walker are part of the exhibit at the Rolland Gallery at the University of Saint Francis. The exhibit is open until April 3.

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The boys basketball team played South Adams HS March 5 in the 2A Sectional Final. Fans were in for a long haul but never gave up hope as the boys worked off an 18 point deficit. In the last 24 seconds of the fourth quarter the boys finally pulled ahead to take the lead by one. The Cavs took possession of the ball and won 65 to 62. They will play Westview HS March 12 in Regionals.

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The boys basketball team received a bye in the 2A Sectional. Their first game will be Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Churubusco vs Eastside game. with a win they play in the Sectional Championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Sectionals are held at Bluffton High School.

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The boys basketball team and the cheer squad will celebrate Senior Night Tuesday, February 23, which is the boys last home game. Because 21 seniors will be recognized, the schedule for Tuesday will be a little different. The JV boys will play Wayne at 6 p.m. Senior Night recognition will begin close to 7 p.m. The varsity boys will play at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight's boys basketball game against Wayne will be broadcast by Summit City Sports at


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Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 participated in the Canterbury School Science Fair. The following Lower School students are representatives to the Science Fair at IPFW: Elizabeth Craig and Lucy Gray. Regional representative alternates are Amelia Ervin, Olivia Scavo, Caleb Walda, Ashton Dressler and Michael Posner.

Middle School Regional Qualifiers are Sam Haller, Sarah Stevenson and Carter Graefnitz. alternates are Lena Alt and Alisha Babu.

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Canterbury High School Winter Theatre features two performances of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" written by Tom Stoppard. The play is directed by MS/HS teacher Joyce Lazier, who is active in community theatre. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canterbury High School Summers Auditorium. Tickets are sold at the door, $10/adults; $5/students. The play is suitable for high school aged students and adults.

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The Canterbury boys swim team begins sectionals Thursday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. The competition takes place at South Side Natatorium. Diving is Saturday at 9 a.m. Sectional Finals are at 12:30 p.m. Teams in the sectional include Carroll, Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers, Canterbury, Concordia, Northrop, North Side, Snider, South Side, Wayne and Homestead.

UPDATE: Boys Swim Sectional Prelim results:

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The girls swim team completed their prelims on Thursday with fantastic results. Coach Lombard is very proud of their achievements as they head into the next round of sectionals on Saturday at South Side Natatorium. Diving begins at 9 a.m. and the Sectional Final is at 12:30 p.m. Following is Coach Lombard's report on the Thursday prelims:

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The girls basketball team is back on the court tonight for the Sectional semi-finals against Bishop Dwenger at 7:30 p.m. at Garrett HS. The girls knocked out a win over Leo on Wednesday, 57-45. With a win tonight the Lady Cavs will play in the finals Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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Post season play begins soon for the girls swim and basketball teams. The girls basketball team takes the court against Leo HS Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. The girls swim team competes at Sectionals Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the South Side Natatorium.

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