Where students explore, experience, and excel.
Canaan Community Academy
Jefferson County School
IDOE STEM CERTIFIED School
Canaan Community Academy (CCA) receives the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) STEM Certification. Canaan Community Academy is the first Jefferson County School to receive this certification. It is also the first Kindergarten through Eighth Grade school in the state to receive this certification.
The Indiana Secretary of Education shared this quote in the release:
"The schools we spotlight today have demonstrated a commitment to providing high-quality, engaging STEM experiences that not only support students in developing problem-solving skills, but also prepare them for careers in emerging industries,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “As careers in STEM fields continue to drive our state’s economy, our role is to ensure every Hoosier student has access to high-quality STEM curriculum needed to meet both current and future demands.”
CCA meets and exceeds the high quality STEM experiences preparing students, starting in kindergarten and continuing at every grade through grade Eight for the future.
The STEM certification is a rigorous two year process. Curriculum, lesson plans, students' evidence, event and community information is submitted into the STEM site that is reviewed by the Indiana Department of Education. The IDOE reviews for rigor of curriculum, authenticity, evidence that demonstrates collaboration and integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Once CCA made it to the next phase the IDOE completed an onsite visit. During the onsite visit, student ambassadors led the IDOE team to each classroom, STEAM lab with various robotic demonstrations then continued outdoors. STEM Ambassadors continued the campus tour sharing information and answering their questions. Then an exit interview was completed with the leadership team. This is a five year designation that must be renewed every 5 years.
"The IDOE STEM certification truly tells more about a school than the standardized test scores. Chief Administrative Officer, Rhonda Pennington said, "I want to commend every staff member and every student who made the certification possible by exploring, experiencing, and excelling daily."
Canaan Community Academy invites you to stop by for a tour or share your skills with our students. The community is always welcome. Community member, Julie Brown stated, "They are engineers! It's so cool to see these kids doing hands-on projects that are out of the box. They use critical thinking, teamwork, and their imaginations like no other 3rd grade I've seen and I've seen a few."
At CCA we walk the walk; we truly believe together we can.
VFW post 1969 sponsors an annual essay contest. This year the theme was “My Pledge to Veterans”. Canaan Community Academy students in grades 6, 7, & 8 wrote essays. Seven students were selected as the school wide winners. The school wide winners were; Ethan Strasemeier, Kash Duncan, Isabel Shepherd, Silas Eaton, Ira Eaton, Phoenix Vest, and Leighton Moore.
The schoolwide winners shared their essay, “My Pledge to Our Veterans” with the Veterans in attendance during the Canaan Community Academy Veteran’s Day program. Not only did the students write winning essays they were able to communicate their Pledge to the Veterans; each provided a heartfelt message. The winning essays were submitted to VFW post 1969.
The VFW Essay contest is open to all schools in Jefferson County. The essays were judged with the top writers from schools of Jefferson County.
Commander Mary Gowins has announced the essay winners of the VFW Post 1969. Canaan Community Academy had a medal sweep in the contest winning first, second, and third place. The first place winner is Ethan Strasemeier, a seventh grader. Second place winner is Kash Duncan an eighth grader and in third place is Isabel Shepherd a seventh grader. Their teacher, Mrs. Watkins and the Canaan Community Academy family is extremely proud of the winners in the 2022 contest! At Canaan Community Academy, we are preparing students to be skilled communicators and leaders in their communities. Download the file below to read the essays written by the school finalists. It showcases the creativity and writing skills of CCA students.
CCA would like to welcome 8th grade to our school!
FREE Breakfast & Lunch for ALL students
FREE Book Fees this school year!
Supply Fee:................................$20.00 (convenient for families-you will not need to shop for supplies. The supply fee may need to be charged again in January based on student usage and rising costs.
Transportation is provided to:
Good news! Transportation will be provided to stops in Madison and Hanover for students who participate in afterschool clubs, teams, and other activities.
Ways Your Every Day Spending Benefits Canaan Community Academy:
If you shop at Amazon please shop through Amazon Smile and select Friends of Canaan as your charity.
Shopping at Kroger, just go online to your account and connect your Kroger card to Friends of Canaan. This will not affect your fuel points. Thank you for your support.
If you bank at German American Bank ask for a Canaan Community Academy debit card. Then every purchase will benefit the students at CCA.
This year CCA will be continuing the school wide micro-society. Students will earn "Cougar Cash" by having classroom & school responsibilities. Students will be learning financial literacy. Students will have expenses ie...rent, utilities, fines to be paid with "Cougar Cash" that they earn. Students will be able to shop at the Cougar Mart weekly. This will eliminate lunch detentions and staff will be focusing on the positives plus giving students ownership while they learn.
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We know that learning is easier when you have an excellent teacher. That's why all of our teachers are licensed and most of our educators have achieved an advanced degree in their field. The faculty is passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their lessons.
We follow the Indiana State Standards with a hands-on approach focusing on STREAM. We provide a balanced education for the whole child not just test prep. Your child is so much more than a number at
Canaan Community Academy.
Students participate in weekly; Gardening, Art, Mind & Body (Character Education & Physical Education combination), Music, and Library. Every elementary child receives 60 minutes of recess daily. Plus we value your family time; that is why we have a NO homework policy. We do encourage students to read 20 minutes daily and study for tests.
Our mission is to provide children with the best education through a friendly, caring, hands-on environment. Our community allows children to explore, experience and excel.