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What Home Means to Amanda Martinez Moreno: Canterbury School's National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar

Having moved from Mexico to Ohio at the age of 5, Amanda Moreno-Martinez found herself in a kindergarten classroom. "Hello, my name is Amanda," and "I like corn," were the only two phrases she mastered in English, and her nerves got the best of her. That childhood moment has come full circle as she...

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Unmasked: Celebrated Artist and Musician Aaron Cromie Visited Canterbury Middle School

While masks are often used to conceal identity, Canterbury Middle School theatre students recently employed masks for a much different purpose. Last week, celebrated Philadelphia-based artist and musician Aaron Cromie collaborated with students on mask work in performance, using masks to reveal important elements of themselves, including their thoughts and feelings.

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Award-winning Author Lola Schaefer Visited Canterbury School

This week, books came to life for Canterbury School students! On Oct. 1 and 2, award-winning children's author Lola Schaefer facilitated presentations and writer's workshops for students in the Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School divisions. Schaefer's engaging conversations tied in perfectly to students' classroom lessons leading up to her visit.

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Concert in the... Early Childhood Commons!

This morning's cool weather warranted a change of venue: Our Concert in the Garden event was temporarily re-named "Concert in the Early Childhood Commons"! But the children's bright smiles and the musicians' full notes warmed the halls and made for a magnificent concert nonetheless. This was the second installment of Concert in Lily's Garden, and this year, it was part of National Arts in Education Week...

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Canterbury School Celebrates National Arts in Education Week

Canterbury School is celebrating National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 9 – 15! The US House of Representatives designated the second week in September as National Arts in Education Week in 2010, with the intent of showcasing the transformative power of the arts. To celebrate, Canterbury School students will stretch themselves creatively, explore ways to communicate, and create original content. In addition to regular Fine Arts classes, students from...

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Author Visit: Lola Schaefer

We have a special guest arriving in October! On Oct. 1 and 2, 2018, children's author Lola Schaefer will visit and speak with Canterbury School students in the Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School divisions. Schaefer has written more than 280 books for children, including picture books, easy readers and novelty books. An experienced speaker, she excites students with personal stories and shares writing tips she's developed during her career as a writer.

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Each Person Matters

This is more than just a billboard, a hashtag or a catchphrase. This is a story – many stories, in fact. And, all stories lead back to a special place found on Covington and Smith Roads in Fort Wayne, Ind., where each fiber is navy blue and white, where each action is filled with integrity and where each person matters.

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Cherry Blossom Festival "Can You Haiku?" Poetry Content Finalists

On Sunday, May 20, the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival shared traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with Northeast Indiana residents, including a "Can You Haiku?" poetry contest. Several Canterbury Lower School students entered the contest and were selected as finalists. Canterbury Lower School Finalists were...

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Students Earn Recognition at 2018 Juried Exhibition of Student Art

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, three Lower School students, and one High School student, earned recognition at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which is part of the 2018 Juried Exhibition of Student Art (JESA) Grand Awards Gala. Timothy Haist (Grade 4, 2026) was a Grand Award Winner for his piece titled "Theatre Lights". Victoria Kim (Grade 2, 2028), Estelle Pasko (Grade 4, 2026) and Sean Walulik (Grade 11, 2019) earned Regional Awards for their artworks.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Join us for a minimally designed, but magnificently creative, student-directed performance of Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing"! Performances will be held Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Summers Auditorium.

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Grade 2 Students Celebrate Earth Day

This year, our Grade 2 students have been studying Earth care. They've visited Fox Island Park in Fort Wayne, Ind., explored a landfill, observed deciduous trees throughout the seasons, and learned the importance of conserving resources like water. As part of the curriculum, the students painted a rain barrel during art class. Keep reading to learn more!

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Jonathan Hancock Lecture Series: Carter Cast

You're invited to attend the Jonathan Hancock Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in Summers Auditorium. Guest speaker Carter Cast will present "The Right – and Wrong – Stuff: How Brilliant Careers are Made and Unmade". During this special event, you'll receive an insider's look into why some people make it big while others, equally experienced, talented, and credentialed, fall by the wayside – all based on deep research into the topic of career derailment and Dr. Cast's own personal experiences.

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Parent Association Presents: Staying Organized with Emily Fitzgerald

The Canterbury Parent Association Presents: Staying Organized with Emily Fitzgerald! During this lunch and learn experience, Certified Professional Organizer and Founder of OLS Organizing, LLC, Emily Fitzgerald, will share tips and tricks for keeping yourself, and your environment, organized and clutter-free. No need to register; please come as you are.

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Fine Arts Weekend Trip

Last weekend, Orchestra students explored the Windy City with Mrs. Tan and Mrs. Butler! They participated in a string clinic at VanderCook College of Music, visited The Art Institute of Chicago and attended "An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen at the Goodman Theatre. A day of art, traffic adventures and fellowship is certainly one to be treasured.

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Peter and the Starcatcher debuts March 2 & 3

How did Captain Hook and Peter Pan come to be? Find out in the prequel as this magical story sails on the stage in Summers Auditorium with Peter and the Starcatcher. The play debuts at 7:00 p.m. March 2 and March 3. Directed by Ranae Butler. Play by Rick Elice. Composed by Wayne Barker. Adapted from Peter and the Starcatchers. Tickets available at the door, $10/Adult and $5/Student.

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Parent Association Presents: Board 101

Parent Association Presents held its second presentation the evening of February 7th in Summers Auditorium. Presenters Jennifer Haines, Board Chair; Larry Weigand, Board Vice-Chair; Jim Kunce, Board Treasurer; and Bill Ennist, Head of School; discussed the role of the Board of Trustees in an independent school and the process for setting tuition each year. For questions, please contact Bill Ennist or Jen Haines.

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Canterbury hosts Diversity Summit for Middle and High School Students

Canterbury School welcomes today's guest speakers, panels, performers, students and faculty to the 3rd annual Courageous Conversations. The summit encourages a safe dialogue between the community and faculty experts and the audience of students in Grades 5-12, concerning topics that are real and present in our communities and our students' lives. As all conversations do, the hope is that the presentations will stimulate thought and further questions. "Our overall mission is to build respect and understanding for what is unique about each of us – our similarities and our differences. Being intentional in having conversations and embracing what is unique and different is paramount in creating global citizens," said Ben Ottenweller, assistant head of school.

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Canterbury artists and writers earn 167 Scholastic awards in regional competition

Canterbury artists and writers earned 167 Scholastic awards. Entries awarded a Gold Key, will go on to the national competition. For art, there were 8 HS Gold Keys and 5 MS Gold Keys. In writing, there were 15 HS Gold Keys and 8 MS Gold Keys, and 4 seniors earned Gold Key awards for their Writing Portfolios. All entries are on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art through April 8. Additionally, eighth grader Lucas Valcarcel's story, Conquering Your World in 5 Easy-ish Steps, has been chosen as an American Voices Nominee for the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards.

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Canterbury Fine Arts Presents: Christian Howes in Concert

One of the world's top Jazz Violinists, Christian Howes, will be the resident expert working with music students February 15, focusing on improvisation techniques and alternative styles. His visit culminates with a 7:00 p.m. performance for the greater Fort Wayne community, featuring Canterbury musicians. The joint concert will showcase unique and fun jazz and alternative styles music. Tickets available at the door (cash only): $8/adult and $5/student. The concert will be held in the Canterbury Middle School Auditorium, Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m.

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Good, old-fashioned research drives student success at MUN

Canterbury's Model United Nations (MUN) team took home 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places for best Delegate and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for Best Delegation at the November IU Southeast Conference. Model United Nations is an educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. During the IU Southeast mock session of the UN, the students were assigned to be delegates from specific countries. Canterbury competes in two MUN conferences annually, with 10-15 high schools attending each.

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Spelling champ moves on to Regional Bee

Congratulations to all who participated in the Canterbury Middle School Spelling Bee! This year's winners are Oliver VandeWater, Grade 8 – school winner and Ishan Ramrakhiani, Grade 4 – school runner-up. Oliver's last round spelling word was "mandible," and then he spelled "malign" for the win. Oliver will represent Canterbury Middle School in the Allen County Spelling Bee to be held at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center in the Auer Performance Hall on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The competition begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Good luck, Oliver! Grade level winners:

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Parent Association Presents: The College Preparatory Experience from Pre K through Grade 12

All parents are invited to this new event: Parent Association Presents, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Summers Auditorium. The topic is "The College Preparatory Experience from Pre K through Grade 12." Heather Case, director of college counseling, will lead the presentation with assistance from Nathan Kober, assistant director of college counseling. There will be an overview, discussion on college visits and demonstrated interest.

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Stop by the Open Houses Nov. 7 and 8
Interested in learning more about Canterbury School? Stop by the Open Houses any time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 7 or 8 for the Early Childhood Program and Kindergarten through Grade 8. The staff will be on hand to answer questions and take you on tours to see classes in action. Canterbury is located at 5601 Covington Road. Park in the South Bend Drive lot and enter through Door 1 for Early Childhood and K-4 and Door 19 for Grades 5-8. www.canterburyschool.org/visit

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Cavs to play for sixth state soccer title
  • The Canterbury boys soccer team made Indiana history Saturday with a record 11 Semi-State wins. The game against Boone Grove was scoreless at the half. In the second half, the Cavs brought the victory home with 3 goals - scored by Jonathan Bowen, Justin Baeten and Michael Clark. The boys will play for a record sixth state title against Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) in the IHSAA Class A State Soccer Tournament Friday, October 27, at 6 p.m. The game will take place at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl, Butler Univeristy 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis. Livecast: http://ihsaatv.org/?bfplayvid=46426
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Meet Canterbury's newest family - The Addams

The cast and crew of The Addams Family are putting the finishing touches on this zany production, sure to be a crowd-pleaser for Halloween weekend. The Addams Family, directed by Dr. Joyce Lazier, opens Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. in the High School Summers Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door - Adults/$10 and Students/$7 (students dressed in all white pay only $5).

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Canterbury plays in Semi-State Oct. 21

The Canterbury Boys Soccer Team spent a long day in Kokomo, first playing Liberty Christian at noon and then University High School at 7 p.m. on October 14. The Cavs were victorious over Liberty Christian 2-0 in the Semi-Final. They won the IHSAA 1A Regional Championship 1-0 over University. The Cavs will play in the Semi-State Saturday, October 21, at 1 p.m. against Boone Grove. The game takes place at St. Joseph HS in South Bend.

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12 receive National Merit honors

Twelve members of the Class of 201813% of the senior class – have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the October 2016 PSAT:

  • 6 seniors recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists
  • 5 seniors recognized as Commended Students
  • 1 senior recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar

We will await information regarding whether any of our Semi-Finalists will be named National Merit Finalists. Last year, 9 members of the Class of 2017 – 10% of the senior class – were similarly recognized. The following received awards:

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Canterbury students receive 79 AP Scholar designations and 7 National AP Scholar awards

Canterbury students continue to outperform area high schools on the Advanced Placement Exams. For the testing that occurred last May, students scored an average of 3.98 out of a possible 5.0 on all exams taken, with 90% of those exams considered to be "passing" – that is, scoring 3, 4, or 5. AP courses are taught at the college level. The College Board awarded Canterbury students with 79 AP Scholar designations and named 7 National Scholars in recognition of our students' exceptional achievement on these tests. The AP exam is required for all high school students enrolled in AP courses for the school year. Following are the results for each award:

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Sectional win marks 500 career wins for Coach Mauch

The Canterbury Boys Soccer Team had a dual celebration at the end of the game Saturday, Oct. 7. First, the Cavs won the IHSAA 1A Sectional in overtime 3-1 over Blackhawk Christian. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of regular play, both teams scored in the first half. The Cavs scored two goals in the first half of overtime. With this win came a major milestone for the boys soccer program's Coach Greg Mauch - 500 Career Wins.

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HOMECOMING INVITATIONALS BEGIN SEPT. 15

Our Homecoming sporting events kick-off with dinner, Friday, Sept. 15, from 5-6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by the Senior Lot. The High School House Board will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and chips for $5, and treats for an additional cost. #CavEats and then get ready to cheer for the boys and girls soccer teams as they play Lakewood Park Christian at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Admission is charged for soccer. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the High School campus will host Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball all day. The Girls Golf Team will compete in Sectionals at Timberridge Golf Course at 8 a.m. - Go Cavs!

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Math for Fun

Kelly Madarang, Canterbury's math specialist, loves to focus on interactive, hands-on math application with her students. During this recent workshop, students practice essential equations, improve their spacial cognition and understanding of geometry using blocks and group-oriented activities, and learn to think about math creatively through stories. One of Mrs. Madarang's primary goals is to break down the fear of math often instilled in students at a very young age. The students are not afraid to try and fail, and are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. Click through for video.

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Ready for the first day of school? We are!

We are so happy to have first graders through seniors back at school on August 23. Faculty and staff have been back on campus meeting, training, and preparing their classrooms for the new school year. Many of our teachers experienced professional development opportunities or did research on their favorite topics over the summer and will be sharing what they learned with their students and peers this school year. Eventually, we will have all our students (Early Childhood and Kindergarten) back on campus again, and the new school year will really be underway. School begins at 8:00 a.m. for Grades 1-12. There is no morning Extended Day Care on August 23.

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K-5 students sharpen their math skills for the new school year

School begins August 23 at Canterbury School, but the Math classroom already has had a workout. For three days in August, Kindergarten through Grade 5 students had the opportunity to participate in the Math for Fun workshop, refreshing their math skills in fun and interesting ways before the school year starts. Kelly Madarang, Canterbury's math specialist, designed the program with a focus on interactive, hands-on math application.

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Fall sports begin soon at High School

It is time to begin planning for the upcoming school year and for High School fall athletics. The High School has a No Cut Policy - all students are invited to participate in our athletics program. Fall practice opportunities for many teams will begin on the first date allowable by IHSAA by-laws - Monday, July 31. 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).

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Celebrating the Class of 2017

Canterbury School welcomes Ashley Smits, Class of 2004, back to campus to give the Graduation Speech. Robert Greene will deliver the Senior Speech. High School graduation begins at 7:15 p.m. Graduation is held outdoors on the HS lawn, 3210 Smith Road. Everyone is invited to attend graduation. This year Jonathan Zhou is valedictorian and Debra Choe and Ramya Tummala are the salutatorians. The 91 seniors have all been accepted to college and earned about $9 million in merit scholarships. The class performed 9,177 hours of service in the community. See the complete list of schools the seniors will attend:

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