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The HS Horticulture Science class has successfully carried out a first in the campus Crawford Family Greenhouse. The class has grown a crop of lettuce using the hydroponic system. The produce was used for lunches and the salad bar menu. Growing this lettuce involves planting seeds in a soil medium, germinating the seeds into young lettuce seedlings, transferring seedlings to a hydroponic growing medium and net pots, placing net pots into the wells of the hydroponic system, allowing time for the lettuce to mature, harvesting and finally transporting to the school kitchen for prepping and serving.

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What is the All School Hoopla? It's kind of like homecoming for basketball. Canterbury families from all school divisions, alumni and their families, faculty and staff, friends and fans are all invited. You will have free admission to a hot dog and chili supper in the HS cafeteria Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. As a special treat, basketball teams from Australia will be in town to play our boys and girls varsity teams. The girls play the HSE Emus at 6 p.m. and the boys play the HSE Kangaroos at 7:30 p.m.

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Canterbury performing artists will give a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W Berry St., Fort Wayne. The concert features Canterbury Children's Choir, High School Orchestra, Middle School Chamber Orchestra, Middle/High School Band, High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

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Giving Tuesday, November 29, is a national day to support non-profit organizations that have made a difference in your life. This is the second year we have participated in Giving Tuesday as a campaign for our alumni -#MAD4Canterbury - Make A Difference, encouraging them to support the Canterbury Fund. Alumni have already begun to participate sending in their written testimonials along with their gifts. We hope to have at least 120 alumni participate for Giving Tuesday (20 of which are new givers), but all our friends and family are invited to give as well.

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Canterbury seventh graders testified about the United States Constitution today at the Allen County Courthouse. The students have been studying the Constitution in social studies class through the We The People program. They read, write, research and put together their testimony. During the hearing they present their findings and answer questions related to their research. Judges include Veterans, experts in the legal field, faculty, Canterbury High School students and other professionals.


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Senior Mason VanHouten is the recipient for District 1 IBCA Player of the Week for October 31-November 5. VanHouten tossed in 33 points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals as Canterbury defeated Wayne High School in its season opener. VanHouten, a Cal State-Fullerton recruit, sank 12-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-3 3-pointers, and 6-of-6 free throws.

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Canterbury broke ground October 31 on the new Conservatory, which will be located on the northwest corner of the Clubhouse property. "This new structure will facilitate Early Childhood's innovative art and science programming," said Cherie Bowen, Early Childhood director. "You may have noticed new fencing which was set in anticipation of both the Conservatory and a raised garden bed. The project was supported by the Special Focus dollars raised during the Laughing Cavalier 2016 for which we are very thankful."

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College Board Advanced Placement exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 and 5 is the equivalent to an A in a corresponding college course. According to a letter from Trevor Packer, College Board Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction, Benjamin Ryker received the top score of 5, resulting in his being "one of only three students in the world (amounting to just 0.006% of all 2016 AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam takers) to earn every possible point on this difficult assessment."

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Mrs. Butler's Grade 8 Shakespeare class produced a unique audio recording. The assignment is a full-class collaboration to create a vocal interpretation of this famous monologue from Hamlet. "The challenge is to use all members of the class, choose what the most important pieces of the passage are, and to develop a way to express these thoughts through sound only," said Mrs. Butler. (Click through for the rest of the story and the recording.)

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On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Canterbury High School Orchestra, directed by Mrs. Tan, performed at the Indiana High School Orchestra Invitational, sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

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Canterbury's Equestrian Teams are competing in the 2016-2017 Interscholastic Equestrian Association events. IEA is unique in that riders do not need to own a horse to compete. They are assigned a horse at random and judged on their skills alone.

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Canterbury music teachers have been working with their performance groups in class for the first concert of the season. The HS Fall Concert will take place Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Summers Auditorium. The concert is free and all families and the community are invited. The concert features performances from the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Concert Band and Orchestra. The concert will feature a variety of music from each group and closes with a combined performance of music by Irving Berlin that joins the orchestra and the vocalists who will be involved with the music tour in Ireland in November.

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Girls volleyball won the first round of sectionals against Eastside HS 4-1. They will play in the Sectional Semi-Final at 11:30 a.m. at Bluffton HS against South Adams on Saturday, Oct. 22. With a win they will play either Churubusco or Adams Central at 4 p.m. for the championship. Go, Lady Cavs!

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The girls volleyball team will travel to Bluffton for sectional play. The girls play Eastside HS October 20 at 6 p.m. With a win they play again on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m. against either Woodlan or South Adams. The Sectional Final will be at 4 p.m. that day.

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The high school cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast invite you to be their guest at this spectacular musical. Choose from Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 7 p.m. at Summers Auditorium. Tickets are sold at the door, $10 Adult, $5 Student. Catch up with Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and a castle full of dishes and objects just wishing to be human again. Don't miss this tale as old time.

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Matt Kimbrell and Hannah Hoffman were the overall male and female race winners of the Canterbury 5K Fun Run, benefitting Associated Churches Food Network on Saturday, Oct. 8. Kimbrell posted a time of 16:43.5 (5:24/M) and Hoffman posted 20:04.6 (6:28/M). Kimbrell came in first over all racers and Hoffman came in fifth. Click through for the full race results and more.


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Girls Cross Country continues on to Regionals. The girls team placed fifth at Sectional, advancing them to the next race which takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion at 10:30 a.m.

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Lower and Middle School students enjoyed a music workshop with guest artists WindSync. The quintet introduced the students to each of their wind instruments and kept them entertained and tapping their toes with different genres of music and storytelling. The Canterbury Fine Arts Department invited this internationally recognized group to school, which features 2007 Canterbury alum Emily Tsai, oboist. (Video Post)

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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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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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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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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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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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