Canaan Middle School Update

August 26, 2022

Principal Corner

Canaan Families,

We are off to a great start this school year. Our 5th grade students are adjusting well to a new building and our 6th grade students have done an outstanding job being positive leaders! Students at Canaan will hear us talk about being caring and kind to each other and our surroundings. These are two actions that create a positive and welcoming environment for every student that walks through the doors each day. Our students will hear many times throughout the year that if you are caring and kind, you can't go wrong!

During the first 4 days of school, we talked with all 6th grade students about what it means to be a leader at Canaan Middle School. You may have noticed the handprints in the hallway as soon as you enter the doors at the middle school. These handprints represent students leaving their mark at Canaan Middle School. The mark we want to leave is a positive legacy in everything we do, not just at school. We will continue this tradition with our 5th graders this year in the coming weeks. Our students get a chance to make a difference and leave a "mark" every day with their decisions and actions.

In closing, I would like to thank all students and families for the positive welcome you have given me. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Canaan family. I look forward to an amazing school year!


Mr. Walter, Principal

Canaan Middle School

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5th Grade Update

See what's going on in the 5th grade. Click on the newsletter link to get all the important details related to our 5th grade students!

6th Grade Update

Each week the 6th grade teaching team will send out a newsletter. It will be included in the Canaan Middle School Update or it will come directly from the 6th grade teacher. Be on the look out for what's new in 6th grade!

Canvas Access

Canvas is a Learning Management System that is used at grades 5-12 at Jonathan Alder. You and your student will find a lot of information about the school and your students classroom through this platform. It is VERY important to stay connected and log on to Canvas. This link should help you log on and explain Canvas.

Cafeteria Reminders

The Canaan Cafeteria has been serving up some great food this year. A couple reminders about our lunch time. We have microwaves that students can warm up their packed food in if they would like. If you send your student to school with something that needs warmed up, please send a microwavable container or plate that they can use to heat their food.


We have had some an issues with getting our students through the lunch line with enough time to eat. We plan to adjust our lunch times slightly to allow for a little extra time for our students so they don't feel so rushed to finish lunch.


Also, we have bottle fillers in the school that students can refill their water bottles with. Students are able to carry water bottles with them throughout the day to stay hydrated!


School meals are no longer universally free. Parents/Guardians must apply for Free & Reduced Meals through Final Forms. School meals costs are as follows :


Middle School Breakfast -

FREE for free or reduced approved students

$1.50 for full pay students


Middle School Lunch -

FREE for free students

$0.40 for reduced students

$3.00 for full pay students

Milk - $0.65

Upcoming Important Dates

August 31st: High School Band Tour Day Performance Assembly

September 5th: No School (Labor Day)

September 6th: PTO Meeting in the Canaan Library at 7PM

September 9th: Unity Day Kickoff for 6th grade

September 12th: Fall Picture Day

September 19th: Fundraiser Kickoff Assembly

September 30th: School Fees are due (School fees are $30. Cash or check made payable to: Canaan Middle School or by card through your students mealpay lunch account)

Mark Your Calendar

Families: Please add the following dates to your calendar. Our staff will be taking part in Professional Development meetings on the following dates and students will NOT be in school.



Monday, Oct 10, 2022

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023

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