Canaan Middle School Update

May 12, 2023

Principal Corner

Canaan Families,

May is full of many end-of-year activities and excitement as students start to prepare for taking the next step in their educational journey. The last few weeks have been full of 6th-grade scheduling meetings for the Junior High, 6th grade Camp, 5th-grade STEM activities, our 4th/5th-grade tour, and many more activities. It was great to see students engaged in fun and educational experiences. This week's newsletter contains pictures of the most recent events like our 5th-grade STEM challenges and 6th-grade camp.

Last week the Canaan Alumni donated a rock that was placed by the Canaan playground. This was a year-long process of working with our current student council to come up with an educational saying that helps represent our building. Together, both groups landed on the phrase "Coming together to learn and grow" to represent the two elementary school buildings coming together for the first time at Canaan Middle School. It was truly a great experience to work with the Canaan Alumni on this project. They also made a donation to Canaan Middle School to help upgrade our courtyard. We will start this process next year with a collaboration between our students and different groups in the community. We can't wait to see how this project turns out!

Mr. Walter, Principal

Canaan Middle School

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5th Grade Update

6th Grade Update

I can't think of a better update for the 6th grade than to post some pictures from camp! Enjoy!

What's New in Specials

Spring Band Concert Reminder

5th & 6th Grade Band Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

at the Jonathan Alder High School Gymnasium

  • The front doors to J.A.H.S. will be open by 6:00. The gymnasium is down the main hallway

make a left, and is in the back of the building in the athletic wing.

  • Parking for the concert is also available in the back of the high school.

  • This is a dress-up occasion.

  • 5th Grade Band members should report to the High School Band Room by 6:30pm.

  • 6th grade Band members report to the High School Choir Room by 6:30pm

**All band students will need to bring their instruments and music home with them on this day**

We look forward to performing for you and seeing you there!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: for Mr. Hennig for Mrs. Hostetler

Additional Student and Parent Resources

Commonsense Media

Commonsense Media is an online tool that can help parents and students make informed decisions regarding media use. This tool can be used for many types of media, including books, movies, video games, and apps.


Canvas is a Learning Management System that is used in grades 5-12 at Jonathan Alder. You and your student will find a lot of information about the school and your student's 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.

School Supplies

The DNA would LOVE to help families who need a little extra help with purchasing school supplies for the next school year. Please register by clicking on this link If you have any questions please email Mrs. Wiechman -

High School Athletic Department Update - Summer Camps

As summer approaches, we all look forward to getting a break from the school day routine, one thing we all look forward to is our Pioneer Summer Youth Camps. Most of our sports teams will be hosting a Youth Camp this summer, and whether you are a parent or student, summer camp is one thing both groups look forward to. With that said, our hope is to make your registration, and information source simple and easy to navigate. New this year, we are running all registrations for our Youth Summer Sports Camps through a website where all camps can be found in one location. That website is and a link is listed below. In addition, you can also navigate to our summer camps website through the Athletic Boosters website at and click on Team Camps & Fundraisers.

What you will find with our new website is that all of our camps are in one location, and the online registration process is quick and easy. You can register and pay online, so everything is completed with a one stop shop and it keeps you from having to mail, drop off, or send in a registration with your student. Most of our teams Summer Youth Camps are live now, so please check out our website and get your children signed up for multiple sports camps. If you need any help in navigation of the website, registration, making a payment, or have any questions please feel free to call us in the Athletic Office at 614-873-4642. We look forward to seeing your kids at our Pioneer Youth Summer Camps and ask you to visit the website soon to get them registered.

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS WEBSITE - Jonathan Alder Athletic Payments

A Message from our School Nurse

Per Ohio law, all students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) vaccine prior to entry.

Please make arrangements to obtain these immunizations prior to the start of the 2023-2024 school year if your student has not already received them. You may fax records to Jonathan Alder Junior High at 614-873-0845.

You can schedule with your family healthcare provider if they offer immunizations. Madison County Public Health and Plain City Druggist also carry the vaccines.

You may direct any questions or concerns to Tia Rutherford (district nurse) at

Mark Your Calendar

Families: Please add the following dates to your calendar.

May 15 6th grade JH Tour

May 16 6th grade JH Tour

May 16 Spring Band Concert at 7 PM at the HS

May 23 Canaan Field Day

May 25 Last of School


Community Activities

Click on the School Flyers icon for updated community activities and events. PCABA ball sign-up has recently been added!