School Blog

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: PURSUING THE RIGHT FIT
Amber Lavender


Canterbury has a variety of academic options for students. These options give students the opportunity to challenge themselves at a level that matches their skills and interest. Being challenged in the classroom is not a bad thing. An educational experience should involve some level of academic challenge. In fact, being academically challenged can encourage the development of study skills, clarify a student’s learning style, initiate curiosity and increase motivation. The key is to find the right balance. Too little challenge and a student can become easily bored. Too much could be overwhelming.

Amber Lavender

We saw the stats - only 3% of high school seniors nationwide get to play basketball at the collegiate level. Such a small number get a chance, and most days you don't see college basketball coaches roaming the Tampa Bay area to recruit kids for basketball directly unless they are part of one of the big schools. You have to make it happen for yourself, and not everyone realizes that,  unfortunately.

THE SKY IS NOT FALLING
Jeff Donnelly, Upper School LEADS Coordinator


As an educator and a parent, I can attest that the terror is real. We want our kids to be happy, we want them to be kind, we want them to feel successful and to go as far as they want to in life, or at least a little bit farther than we did. Those of us who have been around long enough know that every generation has a few “sky is falling” moments that we somehow manage to push through, and every generation has looked at the one coming up behind them and wondered if these kids will have the mettle to handle as yet unseen challenges and still somehow move the world forward. 

WORLD WAR II: FINDING EMPATHY IN HISTORY
Scott Saposnik, Social Sciences Department Chair


World War II statistics are staggering. The numbers are too big to comprehend and, simply, become sad and distant data. In order to dive deeper into history and create an experience of understanding and empathy, one must take relevant content, like Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus, Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, David Benioff’s City of Thieves, and Antony Beevor’s D-Day: The Battle for Normandy.

 

WORDS OF ADVICE: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TALKS ABOUT BALANCING ACTIVITIES FOR SUCCESS
Rivers L., Class of 2020


My name is Rivers, and I have attended Canterbury since Pre-K, earning me the title of “lifer”. I have always greatly valued academics, but I am also heavily committed to basketball-I am striving to play in college, and have taken part in many clubs over the years. My biggest asset towards success in all of my activities has been time management and balance.

PRACTICING GRATITUDE IN FOURTH GRADE
Amber Lavender, Marketing and Communications Coordinator


Just in time for the season of gratitude, Fourth-grade teacher Allison Lester worked with her students to practice showing gratitude. Each of her students wrote sweet sentiments to the Hough Campus teachers. Just before the break, Ms. Lester shared their words with the lower school faculty and staff. Needless to say, their unexpected kind words touched the hearts of many. 

REFLECTIONS FROM A WORLD TRAVELER
Katherine Dubina, Class of 2016


I had just turned 16-years-old in January of 2014. I remember getting my age wrong when the man at TSA asked me. I still believed I was young – yet I was about to leave the country for the first time in my life. My parents were frightened, to say the least, I had never traveled farther south than the Florida Keys, and now I was going to another country without them.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE CANTERBURY: A 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Amber Lavender


In 1968, Canterbury School of Florida was born. Its legacy is the product of passionate families of the St. Petersburg community over the past half-century. To commence a yearlong celebration, the Canterbury community came together on Friday, September 14 to rediscovery its history and pay homage to its humble beginnings.

GET YOUR KIDS TO LOVE READING
Molly Smith, Upper School Assistant Principal

 

I read an article years ago that was tailored to anxious parents of preschoolers worried if their children were really ready for Kindergarten.  The author said that only two things really matter for a child preparing to enter Kindergarten: Does the child have rules at home? and Do you read to your child at home?

BACCALAUREATE ADDRESS AT THE 2018 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
By Dr. Kanika Tomalin

 

Congratulations, Crusaders! Canterbury School of Florida Class of 2018... You are fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. Your futures are the blue center light about to pop, and we cannot wait to go “Ahhh!” Because your pop - oh, it will be brilliant, awesome in fact. When we hear and see that pop, it will be you lighting the world.

THE LOVE QUILT PROJECT
Holly Wintrip, Middle School Faculty

 

LOVE… what does this mean to you?  For many it means a hug, acts of kindness, words of praise, and shared experiences. Acts of love are often inspired by personal experiences. Since 2012, Canterbury students have shown love to orphaned children in South Africa by participating in The Love Quilt Project.  

A RECAP OF UPPER CLASS TRIPS
Canterbury Students

 

The week after Spring Break, students in grades 9-12 immediately jumped into grade-wide adventures we call Upper Class Trips. These trips are not only learning experiences ranging from building a fire to exploring some of Florida's state colleges but are also opportunities for fellowship and leadership as a class.  No matter what the destination of the trip, this week is undoubtedly full of growing experiences for Canterbury's students. 

STUDENTS TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY AND CHANGE THEIR WORLDVIEW FOREVER
Gina Donovan, Director of International Studies

 

The International Studies Program at Canterbury is dedicated to teaching our students to become true global citizens. We do this by participating in various cultural events at our school and around the state, as well as engaging in international interactions, like exchange programs, international community service, and international travel opportunities. The International Studies Program mantra is “ Canterbury touches our world”. 

CANTERBURY'S HONOR CODE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
Claudine Cieutat, Lower School Principal

 

I wanted to share Canterbury's Honor Code with you and explain what it means to me. Think for a moment about our changing and uncertain world. I remember when faculty, staff, and administration wrote the Honor Code and how much time, thought, and energy went into each phrase.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS USE SCIENCE TO TACKLE REAL WORLD ENERGY ISSUES
Laura Fauver, Middle School Natural Science Teacher

Today’s students are breaking new ground and setting their sights on new and different topics. Our students are increasingly interested in solving one specific real-world environmental issue: how can we produce sustainable, clean energy for ourselves and for future generations?

CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR AT CANTERBURY
Amber Lavender, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

In Chinese culture celebrating the New Year (or Spring Festival) is a time for friends and family to come together, add festive decorations to homes and cities, enjoy traditional foods or sweets, and wish each other good health and good fortune. Sounds a lot like some of our favorite American traditions, right?

Maria R., Grade 12

Senior Maria R. wrote this poem in Spanish about her Puerto Rican roots and culture.

Kyra Young, College Counselor

Freshman Focus provides students in grade nine with the opportunity to learn about the college application process. They interact directly with college representatives who offer insight into how various parts of the application are evaluated. One might ask, are freshmen ready to focus on college admission? The answer is yes!

Jackie Suchanek, Physical Education teacher
It is that time of year when people decide to make this New Year better than their last. What is your New Year’s resolution? Maybe it is to eat healthier, become more active, spend more time with friends and family, or pick up a new hobby. Everyone desires for self-improvement but how many of us actually stick to our New Year's Resolution? According to Forbes magazine, a whopping 8% of people actually achieve their goal. What is it that these 8 % do in order to reach their goal?
Carrie Forrester, Learning Specialist
Show of hands, who is hoping to raise autonomous, competent, creative kids? In her practical book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, author, parent, and educator Jessica Lahey explains the way today’s overprotective, failure-avoidant parenting style has inadvertently undermined the independence of many of our children.
Heather Lambie, Director of Marketing and Communication

Our Fall issue of CSFeatures magazine is here, and it's chock full of stories about our students, faculty, alumni, and parent volunteers! Take a read... it's a great way to get to know what makes Canterbury, well, Canterbury!

Colonel James P. McGourin, Canterbury grandfather and United States Army, Retired

Canterbury encourages students to promote good citizenship by making a contribution, in some way, to our society’s common good.  In many ways their Veterans Day ceremony, as well as other events and commemorations that are part of Canterbury’s character education program, are as essential for our children’s development as other curriculum subjects.

Scott Saposnik, Upper School Social Science Teacher
I have been assigned to this question as an Advanced Placement Reader for the 2017 Human Geography Exam. I will be grading one question and one question only, for eight days in the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are hundreds of educators here with me, both high school teachers and college professors. Over the course of the week to come, the fate of thousands of tests will be decided.
Jenna LoDico

My friends and I started the long, hot work that ended up being insanely messy. We came here hoping to help the world one plant at a time. It was hard work and very dirty indeed but I personally had a very good time. I really took away from this that if I want a better world, I’m going to have to work for it. -- Oliver S., grade 7

Carole Rosario, Upper School Arts Teacher and Yearbook Advisor

Most students think photojournalism simply equals photos plus journalism. “Oh, I love taking photos!” they’ll say. “I’ll take the photos!” And then they freeze. Literally. Teaching photojournalism is not just about good pictures. It’s about getting students out of their comfort zone.

Anne Ford, Advancement Associate, Alumni & Development

Planning an event always has its challenges. Planning an event for a school in Florida during the peak of hurricane season... well any precedent at that point goes out the window. 

Pam Walker, Director of Advancement and Development

Our last ten days have been chaotic, to say the least. As soon as local and national meteorologists announced that Hurricane Irma was headed our way, we began the final steps of emergency preparation. Stress of the impending storm was evident in everyone’s eyes and faces, as we navigated the frantic pace of trying to keep life as normal as possible while dealing with the potential of total devastation.

Jenna Worden, Parents Association President

Life is busy, and I often find myself running from place to place or task to task, without focusing on the bigger picture. But, with a few volunteer hours, I step away from the hectic schedule I keep and do something that not only benefits me and my family, but also others, outside of the narrow place in which I typically stay.