Canaan Middle School Update

April 28, 2023

Principal Corner

Canaan Families,

I can't believe it is May already. As we enter the final month of school, there are many activities and events to come. Students will be taking part in several educational experiences to finish out the school year like 6th grade camp and a STEM Challenge Day for 5th grade. We also have a few traditional end-of-year activities like field day and the homeroom kickball game. It will be a month full of learning and fun!

We are finishing up State testing with Math testing this week for both the 5th and 6th grades. Students have done a great job so far and I am so proud of their hard work. As we look to finish strong, please remind students to get a good night of sleep and to enjoy a good breakfast before school.

In closing, I want to once again thank everyone for all the support you show our students and staff. Just recently the Canaan PTO organized Lil E's ice cream truck to visit Canaan. Several community members made donations to ensure all students could enjoy a treat during this visit. Because of the generous donations, Lil E's will be visiting again with all students getting a free treat. This is just one example of the amazing support our community shows our students and staff. We can't thank you enough!

Mr. Walter, Principal

Canaan Middle School

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Geography Bee

6th Grade Update

Students received a copy of the 2023 Camp Packing List last Friday. Please be sure to read this as you begin to pack. In just 9 days, we will be headed to the woods of Camp Oty’Okwa!

A reminder that camp fees ( $137), white t-shirts, the medication form and the emergency medical form were all due today and are now past due. If your student has not brought these in yet- please plan to send them in ASAP.

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

Music Boosters Update

Newsies tickets are available on our website. Please note the first tier on each level are rows C, F, I, L. We’d love to see you at the show!

Our next music booster meeting will be held Monday, May 22 at 7:00 in the High School Choir room. It’s a great way to meet other music parents and to stay in the know about schedules and information.

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.

Mark Your Calendar

Families: Please add the following dates to your calendar.

May 2: 6th Grade Math State Testing Part 1

May 3: 6th Grade Math State Testing Part 2

May 4: 5th Grade Math State Testing Part 1

May 5: 5th Grade Math State Testing Part 2


Community Activities

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