Student Quotes

  • "St. Mary's School is phenomenal because everybody is friendly and they care about each other. St. Mary's is awesome because we learn, we play, and you have fun activities to do like research reports and go to math club and reading buddies."
    4th grade Student

  • "I love St. Mary's because Jesus is in my heart. I learn how to read. I meet new friends and the teachers care about me."
    Kindergarten Student

  • "We get one to one attention. We learn to never give up, we always try our best."
    2/3 Multiage Student


  • Knights of Columbus weekly Monday Night BINGO at 7:00PM!

5th Grade

5th Grade Supply List

My name is Cynthia Niles. I am the fifth grade teacher and Vice Principal at St. Mary's School. I have a BA from SUNY Potsdam in Elementary Education and Psychology. I also have a Master’s Degree in Reading.

In the past I have been involved in the St. Lawrence County Math Partnership Program as a Lead Teacher and served on the Technology committee for our school.  I enjoy teaching at a school where our faith can be integrated into each subject.  It is a pleasure to teach Religion to the fifth and sixth grade classes.

I have been teaching at St. Mary’s for 15 years and have been Vice Principal for 14 years.  I look forward each year as a new group of students enter my classroom, knowing they will grow and mature by the end of the year.

If you have any questions or concerns, regarding your son or daughter, feel free to contact me at


Homework Policy:

Homework will be given on a daily basis but not always in the same subject. There is a penalty of five points for each day a homework assignment is late. This does NOT include homework assignments that are late due to an absence.

Homework assignments must be written on loose leaf notebook paper.

Our school policy, according to the school handbook, is that the length of time for students in grade five that should be allotted for homework is forty minutes. Also included in our school policy is that students DO NOT receive homework on weekends or vacations.


Educational Resources for My Students:

Contact SMS

(315) 386-3572

2 Powers Street
Canton, NY 13617