Canaan Middle School Update

September 9, 2022

Principal Corner

Canaan Families,

We are starting to settle into our normal school year routine and students are adjusting nicely. Recently we have started Friday morning video announcements where we cover our traditional morning topics and information, but we also offer a challenge for Canaan Middle School students. These challenges center around topics like teamwork, accountability, strategy, and problem solving to name a few. Last week students worked as a team to locate 7 hidden items at recess. It was fun watching students work together and succeed as a team. We will continue these fun challenges each week as we continue to build a positive culture through unique experiences.

Mr. Walter, Principal

Canaan Middle School

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School Picture Day!!!

Reminder: Picture day is Monday September 12th. If your student isn't able to make it on Monday, we do have picture retakes scheduled for October 24th.

5th Grade Update

In science, we created ecosystems this week, and will experience photosynthesis taking place before our very own eyes! Ask your “scientist”, (5th grader who lives with you), what does “PHOTOSYNTHESIS” mean? We will continue learning about producers, consumers, and food chains next week. Please send in a “rinsed” two liter bottle if your child did not bring one in last week so he/she may have a personal ecosystem to take home in a few weeks.

In language arts this week we launched our literary elements unit. We started Out of My Mind on Tuesday and have been focusing closely on learning objective RL.5.3 which requires students to compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story/drama while drawing on specific details from the text. Throughout this novel we will look at various literary elements such as characterization, theme, and plot. Students should continue to read for 20 minutes each night so that students can independently practice reading strategies modeled in class. Students should also be reviewing their weekly vocabulary words to ensure success on vocabulary quizzes each Friday.

In math we continue to work through the new math curriculum. This week the students have been investigating volume using omnifix cubes. They needed to work with a partner to see how many different ways 24 baseballs can be packaged. Their results were recorded on posters and presented to the class. MAP Accelerator has been introduced to the students as well. This is a great personalized tool for students to use to grow their math skills!

5th Grade Online e-Planners

The 5th grade teachers are using an Online e-Planner so you are aware of homework assignments and upcoming events.

There are two different links depending on your homeroom teacher. Please click the appropriate name below for your homework information!

Hanson/Gavrilescu e-Planner Link

Bisang/Cochran/Devine/Lanka/Nadalin/Smith e-Planner Link

6th Grade Update

On Friday, Sept. 9, 6th graders had an assembly to kickoff our unity theme for the 6th grade year. Each 6th grade class has a unity theme and we have been doing this for the past 20 years. We encourage students to reflect on our theme throughout the year and have t-shirts made for them with our theme logo. Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for this form to come home with students. They will wear these shirts throughout the school year and at 6th grade camp! Our theme this year is Intertwine 2029. We are encouraging students to make connections with each other this year. They need to get to know each other, even with people they think might not fit in with their group. They can do this by being willing to talk to anyone, being willing to help anyone, and showing respect to everyone, even if they aren’t their friend yet. This is how we make Canaan a place where every sixth grade student feels like they belong! Our goal is to have such strong connections that we cannot be pulled apart!

Guidance Corner - Mrs. Hein

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back! As we begin a new school year, I would like to review counseling services at Canaan. My role as School Counselor is to…

  • Work with ALL students to encourage a safe climate of trust and respect.

  • Deliver lessons that align with the American School Counselor Association standards.

  • Meet individually with students to provide brief, solution-focused counseling.

  • Facilitate small groups that focus on improving skills in the areas of personal-social, academic, and career development.

  • Collaborate with parents, guardians, teachers, support staff and administrators to help address specific academic and social-emotional concerns.

  • Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to know or safety concern.

  • Provide resources/support information to families in crisis.

  • Coordinate referrals to community agencies.

Thank you for your support as we work together.


Marianna Hein

(614) 733-3975

Whats going on in Specials at Canaan Middle School!

AWS Girls' Tech Day Opportunity

We are very excited to partner with AWS and promote their Girls' Tech Day event which will be on Friday, October 21, from 9am-1:30pm at COSI. In order to plan for this event, please help me by filling out a very quick survey no later than Friday 9/16. Below is a tidbit of information about the event.

Girls’ Tech Day aims to inspire and motivate girls and young women to develop and pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Students will enjoy an engaging opening session with a dynamic panel of STEAM professionals, followed by interactive workshops to explore the industry further.

*This event will be held at COSI and take place on the day that we have our Fall Break.
*This event is only for girls in grades 5-8.

*This survey is not a commitment or a sign up- it is to solely be used for planning purposes.

Registration and more information will be shared at a later date.


Thank you!

Emily Byers

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.

Donations Welcome!

Summer/Fall Cleaning?

Books in good condition laying around?

Consider donating books to 5th grade ELA classrooms!
We are always looking to expand our classroom libraries;

Any book from Early Readers to Young Adult

Cafeteria Reminders

We have adjusted our lunch bells to add some time for students to get through the line and still have plenty of time to eat. The change has made a big difference!

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

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