"Canton Can"

"One Goal, One Vision, One Mission...imagine the possibilities" 

Canton Public School District Key Communicator
Issue: #11

May 8, 2015
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Meet the Tigers New Boys Basketball Coach



CPSD welcomes home one of its own to turn the Canton High Boys Basketball Team into a consistently winning program . Russell Evans says great teams come and go but his goal is to make CHS' Boys Basketball program one of the best in the state.

Evans, a Canton native and CPSD Alumnus, who has spent the last eight seasons as the head coach at Pearl, says he couldn't pass up the opportunity to bring his

talents back home.

Evans replaces Coach Chris Love . The district thanks Love for his service.



Ready for an Adventure


Canton High Track and Field standout Devie Freeman II,  says he's ready for the next chapter in life as he signs with  Kansas State University. Freeman gets a full scholarship to compete at the highest level in the division one college. The new Wildcat says he will get a chance to compete with some of the best athletes in the nation by attending KSU, one of the Big 12 universities.
 The honor student says he wants to major in Kinesiology so he can become an athletic trainer and one day coach on the professional level. Why go so far away from home? Freeman says he's ready for an adventure. He encourages others who may question if they can achieve their dreams."Don't give up. If you have a dream go for it," says Freeman. He says he is not giving up on his dream to one day compete in the Olympics. Freeman, who also plays football and is on the student council,  says his charisma, attitude and character will be assets to the Wildcats' team.
His mother Atlene says although she will be sad to see him go so far away from home, she is proud and excited for this great opportunity."He loves this sport. It's been a long road, but with God by his side, Devie's hard work has truly paid off. I will travel and continue to support him." His dad, Devie Sr., says he has always encouraged him to "Think big, don't sweat the small stuff, and do your own thing. I am so proud of him, but maybe now we will have some food left in the refrigerator," he chuckled.
Devie says his mother, father and CHS Coach O'Keefe Henderson has motivated him and kept him on track over the years. " I'm proud of him. he has put in a lot of hard work. He has three individual State Championships. In 2012, he became a State Champion in the 200 meter Dash, and the 400 meter Dash. In 2013, he became a State Champion in the 400 meter Dash. In 2013, he helped Canton High bring home the first Team Track and Field State Championship. Freeman is the first Canton athlete to compete in all 3 sprint events in the State Championship. When he started out, all he could talk about was Olympic star Michael Johnson, now he's on track to follow in his footsteps."





Go Tigers!



 Coach O'Keefe Henderson poses with the Porter Middle School Champions.



The Boys and Girls Track and Field Team won another 3-5A Divisional Championship on Monday April 20, 2015. Porter Middle School girls  and Nichols Middle boys won the 1st Annual Central Mississippi Junior High Championship on Tuesday April 21. 



Canton High Tigers brought home first place honors in the North State Track Meet in Oxford. Girls first place winners include: Jamelia Owens in the shot put and discus throw; Aireanna Taylor in the 400M dash; and Catera Watson in the long jump.  Boys first place winners include Devie Freeman in the 200M dash and the 400M dash and Bralon Robinson in the 100 M dash.

Tiger becomes a Bear

Canton High Lady Tiger Shelby Taylor signs with Southwest MS Community College in Summit during National Signing  Day. Taylor says she looks forward to continuing her education by majoring in Communications and becoming a Sports Broadcaster.  Her parents Dwight and Sheila Taylor say they are extremely proud of their daughter's accomplishments and are thankful she will receive a full scholarship to continue pursuing her dreams. Taylor thanks all of her coaches for their guidance, support and nurturing over the years. The reigning Miss CHS has been actively involved in her school and community. Taylor, an honor roll student, is captain of the girls basketball team, president of CHS' Jobs For Mississippi Graduates and an active member of Priestly Chapel M.B. Church. While she says she will cherish her time at Canton High, she looks forward to a bright future as a Southwest Bear.



CHS Cross Country Team (left to right) Gabrielle Davis, Jasmine Blackmon, Keyaura Handy, Demeria Green, Nikia Gunn, Aisha Johnson, Quellisha Burks, Alexis Vaughan, Carrie Dixon. Regina White & Arlissa Carter not  shown


Canton High football player Kevin Ratliff  is surrounded by family and friends as he signs for a full scholarship with Hinds Community College.


Athletic Banquet 


You are invited to come help celebrate the many accomplishments of the  talented CPSD Athletes. Their character, teamwork, tenacity and achievements will be honored at CPSD's Athletic Banquet Monday, May 11, at the Canton Multipurpose Center at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for one /$15 for two. Porter, Nichols, and CHS athletes are admitted free of charge. 







 CPSD  May 2015 Events

 "Canton Can"

One Vision, One Goal, One Mission....transforming lives, while building futures.


  • May 1 CHS Senior Breakfast/ McNeal Elementary All-Star Perfect attendance Jean Day

  • May 1-15 End of Year Testing

  • May 2 Porter Middle PTO Mardi Gras Ball tickets $5 7-11:00 p.m.

  • May 4 -8 McNeal & Goodloe Elementary Teacher Appreciation Week/May 4-15 Canton Elementary Teacher Appreciation Weeks

  • May 4 Canton Elementary 3rd Grade trip to Braves Game

  • May 5-6 CHS PARCC English II (EOY) End of Year State Test

  • May 6 CHS PTO Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

  • May 7 CHS Spring Football Scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. admission $2.00

  • May 8 Nichols Middle 8th Grade Transition to High School Assembly

  • May 11 CPSD Athletic Banquet at the Canton Multipurpose Center at 6:00 p.m. tickets $10/$15

  • May 12-13 CHS Biology first time and retesters

  • May 12 McNeal Elementary Pre-K Transition Day

  • May 13 Nichols Middle 8th Grade Awards Night 5:30 p.m.

  • May 14 CHS U.S. History first time and retesters

  • May 14 Nichols Middle 6th Grade Awards Program 1:00 p.m.

  • May 15 Goodloe Elementary Fourth Grade Field Trip to Natural Science Museum/Children's Museum// Nichols Middle May Day Festivities

  • May 15 McNeal Elementary May Academic Day

  • May 16 McNeal Elementary 2nd Grade takes Field Trip to Memphis

  • May 18-22 CHS Nine Weeks Exam

  • May 18 McNeal 2nd Graders visit CES

  • May 18 McNeal Transition Day to CES for 2nd Grade students

  • May 19 Nichols 7th Grade Awards Program 1:00 p.m./Goodloe Awards Day/McNeal Elementary End of Year Showcases/ CES 5th Graders visit Nichols

  • May 20 Goodloe Elementary "A" Game Day/Fun Day/Tiger Den opens

  • May 20 Canton Elementary Third & Fourth Grade Awards Day at 9:00 a.m.

  • May 20 McNeal Elementary First Grade Awards Day at 9:00 a.m. & 12:30 /2nd Grade Promotion at Nichols at 5:30 p.m.

  • May 20 Nichols Middle 8th Grade Awards Program at 1:00 p.m.

  • May 20 Porter Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Day Ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

  • May 20 Canton High Class Day at 10:00 a.m.

  • May 21 Canton Elementary Field Day 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m./ Fifth Grade Promotion at 5:30 p.m./CHS PTO Meeting

  • May 21 Porter Middle School 6th & 7th Grade Awards Day Ceremony 9:00 a.m.

  • May 22 Goodloe 5th Grade Promotion Day 9:00 a.m./ CES Staff Awards Day & Dinner

  • May 22 Last Day for Students 60% Day 

  • May 23 CHS Graduation

  • May 25 Last Day for Teachers






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