The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -Winston Churchill

Gossage Cup

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 Jack Christman

Amelia Guasco both had birthday yesterday (8/20).  Her did not make the blog, so wish her a happy belated birthday.

Colin Bullard demonstrated TEAMWORK and KINDNESS when he offered to write out/draw out football plays to help out a 7th grade teammate.

Brian Murphy displayed KINDNESS when he offered to pick up left-over trash from his lunch table.

US Students: The Testing Center will open TODAY (WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21) in Room 604. This 100% quiet space is used for completing a missed assessment or any assessment requiring the separate setting testing accommodation.  This space may also be used for personal general study time. The Testing Center is proctored every block, every day.

Please know that IF YOU ARE COMPLETING A MISSED ASSESSMENTyou must arrive in the first 5 minutes of a block time. If you do so later than that, you will not be allowed to enter. This minimizes the number of interruptions for those in the Testing Center due to the opening and closing of the door.

Please be mindful of noise levels directly outside the Testing Center, and do not enter or use the Testing Center without a proctor present.

Do you have an interest or a passion that you want to share with the rest of our student body? Have you considered starting or leading a club? If so, fill out this Google Form to propose your idea for a club in the Upper School.  Club leadership is open to ANY Upper School student.  Deadline for club proposals is 8/29 by 3 PM. Club proposal form:

The Club Leader meeting will be on 8/30 during Student Choice in Foundation Hall. We want to make sure you have all necessary information heading into the 9/5 Club Fair.

Sophomores: You will earn points for your Houses by breaking in tour boots for Outward Bound. Wear your hiking boots on the following days and let your House leaders know: 8/23, 8/30 and 9/6.

If you could add a pic of some hiking boots, that would be awesome!

There will be a meeting of all girls interested in playing basketball for Cannon School for the 2019-2020 season on Thursday, August 22 at 11:25 am in the Private Dining Room.  Please meet Coach Drakeford at this time for important information concerning the upcoming basketball season.

The Grief Affinity Group is sponsoring a 3-week grief seminar during lunch Wednesday, August 21st, Wednesday, August 28th & Tuesday, Sept. 3rd in room 512. Mrs. Hoffman, US Counselor, and Shea Collins, grief counselor, invite all students wishing to talk, listen, or learn about how to handle grief and/or support a friend. Contact Mrs. Hoffman or Mr. Ross if you have any questions.

It’s HOT outside. Soon it will be cold, icy, and miserable.  The Class of 2020 is trying to raise funds for a gift to Cannon School.  If you are interested in submitting a bid for one of four PRIMO parking spaces, email Dean Booker with the maximum you’d be willing to donate.  All bids must be received by 8/30 at 3:05pm.  Help yourself and the Class of 2020!!!

The MiLL at Cannon School (aka The Upper School Makerspace, or what used to be called the Outback) is open and ready for Making! All students are welcome to stop by during lunch and choice to see and use the space, and to learn both more about what resources are available to use and how to get trained on the equipment. Keep an eye on the blog for information about this year’s Make of the Month projects, where you’ll have the opportunity to make a number of seasonal one-shot projects from decals to decorations and more.

This year, video gaming in The MiLL will be welcome only on Fridays and open only to students who have utilized the space to work on projects outside of class time earlier in the week. For more information please contact Mush Hughes in person or at

Welcome back to school!  Thank you to ALL of you who wrote notes of encouragement last year that were sent to Mr. Riley.  We continued to send these notes his way throughout the summer.  Many of you may have heard that Mr. Riley will not be here at the start of the school year.  We would like to continue to send our memories, words of encouragement, PUNS, dad jokes, etc. his way.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your contribution to Mrs. Mattsson (Room 630).  Thank you!  Have a great year.

Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores are invited to sign-up on Naviance Student to visit with College Admission Representatives coming to Cannon School.  Students must get permission from their classroom teachers prior to attending an admissions event.


Log into your Naviance Student account to see the most up to date list of colleges visiting Cannon, to learn more about a specific college, to find out visit times and to register to attend. Visits will be held in The Cube or College Counseling Offices.


9/3:      Guilford College

9/4:      Franklin & Marshall College, Furman University, Meredith College and University of New Hampshire at Durham

9/5:      East Carolina University, Haverford College and St. Lawrence University

9/6:      Hillsdale College

9/9:      Xavier University, University of Notre Dame, Union College (New York) and Bucknell University

9/16:    Christopher Newport University

9/17:    Catawba College and Stetson University

9/18:    University of Georgia and Villanova University

9/19:    Saint Michael’s College

9/23:    The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Northeastern University

9/24:    Clemson University and Jacksonville University

9/25:    University of Cincinnati, Dartmouth College, and  Samford University

9/26:    Campbell University

10/1:    High Point University and Allegheny College

10/2:    Mount St. Mary’s University – Maryland, Agnes Scott College, Butler University and Miami University, Oxford

10/3:    University of Chicago, Georgia State University and University of Miami

10/4:    College of Charleston, University of North Carolina at Asheville and Washington and Lee University

10/7:    Denison University and Wittenberg University

10/8:    Colgate University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, Auburn University and Elon University

10/10: Wofford College, Roanoke College and Dickinson College

10/11: Vanderbilt University

10/14: The George Washington University and Brandeis University

10/15: Trinity University and Baylor University

10/17: Gardner-Webb University, Bowdoin College, American University and Washington University in St. Louis

10/22: Sewanee: The University of the South

10/23: The University of Arizona, Clark University and University of Richmond

10/29: Texas Christian University

11/4:    Gettysburg College

11/5:    Hofstra University

11/6:    Lynn University

11/7:    University of Delaware

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