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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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Junior Mason VanHouten joins just 12 other Canterbury boys and girls basketball players in achieving a major milestone - 1,000 HS career points. She scored 43 points against Heritage January 26 to help the lady Cavs bring a home a win. who else is on the list? Girls: Lindsey Swanson, Natalie Huneau, Megan King, Aubrey Holle, Tabatha Gerardot, Cassie Kreiger, Bailey Farley, Kindell Fincher, Darby Maggard. Boys: Brandon Holler, Juan Calderon, Trent VanHorn.

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Canterbury artists and writers earned 208 Scholastic awards. Students and their teachers will be recognized at the Regional Awards Ceremony at the Grand Wayne Center Sunday, February 14, at 1 p.m. The regional winners art and writing will be on exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art February 14 through April 10. Entries awarded a Gold Key, will go on 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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High School girls soccer coach, Jennie Crandal, has been named Indiana State High School Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Additionally, High School boys soccer coach, Greg Mauch, has been recognized with a Letter of Commendation by The National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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Nine HS students participated in the NSDA NE Indiana Congressional Debates held at Concord High School. Hannah Babcock placed first and Jason Collins placed second, both in Senate. Aashka Piprottar placed first alternate (3rd) in the House. Hannah and Jason will be participating in the NSDA National Tournament June 12-17, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Canterbury is pleased to announce the 10 new Canterbury Scholars who will attend the High School next fall as freshmen. The 34th annual Canterbury Scholar Competition was an opportunity for all area eighth graders to compete for $8,000 ($2,000/year) in merit scholarships. Additionally, Cynthia Diaz will come to Canterbury School as a freshman for the 2016-2017 school year through the prestigious Malone Scholars Program. Canterbury School was selected in May 2009 by the Malone Family Foundation to receive a $2 million endowment for the funding of educational opportunities for academically talented and motivated students.

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Mrs. Laipple's Kindergarten students were all smiles after a recent visit from the Coldwater Orthodontics staff. Canterbury parent Jennifer Poe, her father Dr. Barry Whateley, and two other members of the orthodontics team put together four stations in the classroom where students could try their hand at orthodontics for themselves. After learning about alginate and how dental impressions are formed, students each made an impression of their own thumb to be molded in plaster and taken home later. Mrs. Poe and Dr. Whateley then taught the children how to use a digital scanner and 3D imaging software to predict and plan shifts in a patient's teeth over time.

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Junior Emily Westropp spends her free time helping a very special organization: Erin's House for Grieving Children. On Monday, Emily was featured on a segment of Insight, where she talked about her commitment to the organization as a facilitator working every other week with children ages 6 to 9 years old.

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Canterbury alum Robby Brothers has been very busy since he graduated in 2013, and he's sharing what he's learned with young students and their families during Young Paleontologist Night. Robby has had fossil prep and field experience in Wyoming with The Chicago Field Museum. He spent this past summer at Grand Staircase National Monument in Southern Utah. His work included locating, excavating and preparing Cretaceous vertebrate fossils (turtles, fish and dinosaurs). At Whitman College, he works to database recently donated fossil collection and aids in isotope research of Pliocene horse and camel teeth while working on a Bachelor of Science in Geology.

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If your third grader has been talking about "Flappy Bird," it is a good thing. It means he or she wants to work on coding and programming exercises – a computer science skill that promotes problem-solving and nurtures logic and creativity. Sabrina Minser, LS tech specialist, works with students throughout the school year on coding and programming exercises. Mrs. Minser added to the Hour of Code experience with guest experts Jon Fazarro and Rob Sandoz from Aptera Software. They spent an hour with the third graders explaining the concept of MOB Programming, and then they used this concept to have the students code the Flappy Bird game.

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Canterbury boys soccer player Brandon Renninger has been named to the Great Lakes All-Region Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is one of seven players from Indiana to be recognized. The following students also were recognized by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association:



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The Middle School invites you to the Winter Concert Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Performing artists from the choir, orchestra and chamber orchestra, band and fifth grade strings will share their gift of holiday music with you. Celebrate the season with this free concert, which is a culmination of student work in the fine arts program at Canterbury so far this school year.

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The Social Studies Section 7C class qualified for a Wildcard slot in the State We the People Competition. "It is a thrilling accomplishment for these seventh grade students – especially in an eighth grade competition," said their social studies teacher, Rob Westfall.

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Vonnia Anwar, Grade 6, will represent Canterbury Middle School in the Allen CountySpelling Bee. The competition will be held at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center in the Auer Auditorium Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The event is open to the public. Colin Spencer, Grade 8, is the school runner-up. Vonnia's last round spelling word was "languish." She then spelled "porcelain" to win the championship.

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It sounds unbelievable, but a humpback whale can fit in the NOG (the Lower School gym). How do we know? Canterbury alum Cynde Bierman McInnis '90 brought a very special friend with her to visit, Nile the humpback whale. Nile is an exact inflatable replica of a whale that Cynde follows as a naturalist at the Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, MA. Cynde fell in love with whales at the age of 8 and now she loves sharing her knowledge with children through the Whalemobile program she established.

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Fourteen Lower School students were recognized at the Allen County Public Library recent Poetry Contest celebration. The theme for this year's contest was "I'm a Hoosier!" Their works will be published by the library in a book of winning poems.

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The Middle School Speech Team recently competed in the first meet of the season at Stanley Clark School. "Congratulations, to those 16 Speech Team members who competed," said Coach Miriel McFarland. "The first round of your first meet is always a feat of bravery; way to go!" Additionally the High School Speech and Debate Team came in 5th out of 30 teams at the New Castle Meet.

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Pennsylvainia is the location of this year's annual College Trip. The Class of 2017 is visiting a variety of schools over Nov. 1-5 as part of their College Bound class, with their college counselors. The junior class tours the schools, talks with admissions directors and college students and evaluates each school they visit. The PA college visits will give the students a feel for the types of schools they would be comfortable attending. They'll be able to apply what they learn from this trip to other schools they'll visit. Their evaluations will be used as part of their course paper and lay the groundwork for finding a"fit" as they begin college tours with their parents later this year and next.

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All students in Indiana are invited to play in a major chess tournament hosted by the Canterbury Chess Club. The Indiana State K-12 Grade Chess Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 a.m. at Canterbury High School. There are 13 separate divisions for students in pre-K through Grade 12. Pre-K students will compete in the Kindergarten division. The entry fee is $20 and is due by November 6. Click to Register.

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