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Opioid Epidemic in CT – Workshop for Administrators, Teachers & Counselors

Opioid Epidemic in CT – Workshop for Administrators, Teachers & Counselors

Presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with FBI, DEA, and victims of drug abuse, CAS is pleased to offer a half-day workshop for teachers, counselors, and administrators on the devastating opioid epidemic. This video-based educational program is designed for high schools and will be accompanied by an educator’sOpioid Epidemic in CT – Workshop for Administrators, Teachers & Counselors

High School Arts Banquet Registration Deadline Approaching

High School Arts Banquet Registration Deadline Approaching

CAS is hosting the 22nd Annual High School Arts Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. This prestigious recognition dinner, sponsored by Jostens and Bearingstar Insurance, honors high school seniors who excel in the performing and/or visual arts. Each CAS member high school isHigh School Arts Banquet Registration Deadline Approaching

KiDSMARATHON: Let’s Get Moving in 2017

KiDSMARATHON: Let’s Get Moving in 2017

Ever since former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” was announced, children’s health, and childhood obesity in particular, has taken center stage. And for good reason. We’ve all heard the statistics: one in three children are either overweight or obese, with even higher rates among African Americans, Hispanics andKiDSMARATHON: Let’s Get Moving in 2017

CAS Partners with U.S. Attorney's Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic

CAS Partners with U.S. Attorney's Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic

A CALL TO ACTION! CAS is pleased to partner with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to enlist your help in fighting the devastating opioid epidemic that is plaguing Connecticut. Projections for 2016 by the State Medical Examiner indicate that close to 900 people died of accidental drug overdoses in Connecticut. That isCAS Partners with U.S. Attorney's Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic

A Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

A Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Registration is now open for the annual conference for secretaries and administrative assistants. Held in conjunction with National Administrative Professionals Week, this conference is an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the great work that administrative assistants do in our schools. Attorneys Gwen Zittoun and Jessica Ritter from Shipman & Goodwin,A Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Open Invitation to CALAS Membership Meeting

Open Invitation to CALAS Membership Meeting

IMPORTANT: The CALAS membership meeting, originally scheduled for February 9th, has been moved to February 28th. We would ask any registrants who are unable to make the new date to please email Anna Simeonidis at asimeonidis@casciac.org. New registrations are most welcome! On February 28, the CT Association of Latino Administrators andOpen Invitation to CALAS Membership Meeting

Become a Champion for Physical Activity!

Become a Champion for Physical Activity!

The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System is a dynamic, action-focused professional development program within the Let’s Move! Active Schools framework. This unique opportunity is designed to fuel sustainable change and continued leadership development in K-12 schools across CT. As the national initiative to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activityBecome a Champion for Physical Activity!

Grants of Up to $5000 Available to Member Schools

Grants of Up to $5000 Available to Member Schools

The CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program, made possible by the generosity of sponsors whose dollars have helped build a stable endowment fund, provides grant money to member schools to fund new or existing initiatives that lead to enriched educational experiences and/or improved learning environments. Proposals are now being acceptedGrants of Up to $5000 Available to Member Schools

CAS Opens Nominations for 2017-18 School of the Year Awards

CAS Opens Nominations for 2017-18 School of the Year Awards

CAS is now accepting nominations for the 2017-18 School of the Year Awards. These awards recognize a member elementary and middle school that demonstrate a commitment to continued improvement; maintain a safe and healthy school environment; cultivate positive relationships with parents and the community; and, provide students with rich learningCAS Opens Nominations for 2017-18 School of the Year Awards

William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal Awards for 2017-2018

William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal Awards for 2017-2018

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017-18 CAS First-Year Principal Awards. One award is given at each level: elementary, middle level, and high school. These awards recognize individuals whose instructional leadership, innovative practices, and managerial skills have had a positive impact on the school district in their first year ofWilliam Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal Awards for 2017-2018

Exemplary Educator of the Year Award for 2017-2018

Exemplary Educator of the Year Award for 2017-2018

Do you have an outstanding classroom teacher? If so, please consider submitting a nomination for the Exemplary Educator of the Year Award. The purpose of the Exemplary Educator Award is to give recognition to an elementary, middle level, and high school CAS educator who demonstrate excellence in education, leadership inExemplary Educator of the Year Award for 2017-2018

DONNA SCHILKE JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

DONNA SCHILKE JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

CAS is thrilled to announce that Donna Schilke, award-winning administrator and recently retired principal of Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, has joined the central office staff as assistant executive director. Donna will lead CAS’ middle level division, taking the reins from Earle Bidwell who retired last month after seventeen yearsDONNA SCHILKE JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

PSAT 8/9 Assessment Workshop

PSAT 8/9 Assessment Workshop

CAS is offering a special workshop on the PSAT 8-9 Assessment featuring Alan Bernstein, senior director for the College Board. Alan's presentation, which will take place at CAS on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, will focus on: grade appropriate test items found in the PSAT 8/9 and the reports available for schoolsPSAT 8/9 Assessment Workshop

2017 CT Core State Standards Leadership Community of Practice Series

2017 CT Core State Standards Leadership Community of Practice Series

The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce the return of the Connecticut Core State Standards Leadership Community of Practice. Now in its fourth year, the 2017 series offers an array of new topics: Executive Function and the Common Core Connecting CCSS with the National Core Arts Standards Commissioner’s Network Schools: What2017 CT Core State Standards Leadership Community of Practice Series

Announcing the 2016-2017 Principals' Leadership Series

Announcing the 2016-2017 Principals' Leadership Series

CAS, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, is once again offering its well-received Principals’ Leadership Series (PLS) this school year. Now in its fourth year, the PLS is a professional learning opportunity for experienced school leaders which addresses key topics in the changing scope of their leadership duties. This high-levelAnnouncing the 2016-2017 Principals' Leadership Series

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, CAS hosted its fifteenth annual celebration of educational leadership at Saint Clements Castle in Portland. The event was conceived sixteen years ago following a resolution by the CAS Board of Directors to find ways to recognize and pay tribute to individual school leaders as wellCAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

Roxanne Augelli Joins Central Office Staff

Roxanne Augelli Joins Central Office Staff

CAS is thrilled to announce that Roxanne Augelli, recently retired principal of Washington Elementary School in Waterbury, has joined the central office staff! Roxanne began her career in public education in 1976 as a special education teacher at Gilmartin School in Waterbury, Connecticut. At that time in her career, she becameRoxanne Augelli Joins Central Office Staff

Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Arthur Director Leadership Award

Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Arthur Director Leadership Award

The Arthur Director Leadership Award Program is open to all schools participating in the Middle School Leadership Training Conference. This award, named for the founder of Connecticut Lighting Centers, is presented to the school that shows superior application of the concepts learned at the leadership conference. To be considered forNow Accepting Applications for the 2017 Arthur Director Leadership Award

2016 Governor's Scholars Honored

2016 Governor's Scholars Honored

CONNECTICUT'S 2016 GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARS   Thirty of Connecticut’s top juniors were honored at the Twentieth Annual Governor’s Scholars Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club on May 19, 2016. Sponsored by Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. and the Connecticut Association of Schools, the purpose of this program is to recognize academically high-achieving students2016 Governor's Scholars Honored

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CAS-CIAC Publishes Annual Reports Showcasing Work of Each Division

While CAS’ organizational structure has evolved over the years, at its foundation are its six divisions — the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC); the Connecticut Student Activities Conference (CSAC); the Connecticut Principals’ Center; and, the three educational divisions, elementary, middle and high. These six divisions are the backbone of theCAS-CIAC Publishes Annual Reports Showcasing Work of Each Division

Six Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

Six Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

More than sixty colleagues attended CAS’ 64th annual membership reception on May 10th, enjoying a short break from the chaos and craziness that inevitably erupt this time of year. Formerly a business meeting at which we discharged the duties and responsibilities required by our Constitution, this annual event has beenSix Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

Judy Sylvester Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Judy Sylvester Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

On April 20, 2016, our very own Judy Sylvester was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame! Judy was one of seven members of the 2016 class, all of whom were honored for their contributions to the enhancement of women's basketball in Connecticut - either through participation, service,Judy Sylvester Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

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Dr. Karissa Niehoff Wins Neag School's Highest Alumni Award

The University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education held its annual alumni awards celebration at its Storrs campus on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Among the seven outstanding Neag School graduates who were recognized at the event was CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff, who won the “Distinguished Alumni Award.” TheDr. Karissa Niehoff Wins Neag School's Highest Alumni Award

The 2015-16 Middle School Debate Season is Underway!

The 2015-16 Middle School Debate Season is Underway!

The CT Student Activities Conference, in partnership with the very successful high school debate league, is pleased to invite any interested middle school students to participate in the CT Middle School Debate League's (CTMSDL) second year of competition! Middle schoolers are natural debaters. They love to argue and haveThe 2015-16 Middle School Debate Season is Underway!

Marie Glowski Joins Central Office Staff

Marie Glowski Joins Central Office Staff

CAS is thrilled to introduce the newest member of its central office team! Marie Salazar Glowski has just joined the central office staff as assistant executive director and co-director of the executive coaching program. Marie graduated from Latin American Institute and became a foreign export correspondent for a medical companyMarie Glowski Joins Central Office Staff

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Important Reminder: Please Update Your Membership Directory Information

Dear Member School Principal: As you are hopefully aware, we rely on our member schools to update their membership directory information each year. It is vital that we keep our membership data as current as possible so that mailings are sent to the appropriate individuals. This allows member schools to takeImportant Reminder: Please Update Your Membership Directory Information

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The Power of Giving Back - CAS Executive Director Talks with BookBugs CEO

On 8-18-15, CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff sat down with David Rader, co-founder and chief executive officer of BookBugs, a benefit corporation that sells children's books online and donates books to underprivileged kids. For every three books purchased through its website site, BookBugs will donate one to aThe Power of Giving Back - CAS Executive Director Talks with BookBugs CEO

256 Students Honored at 2015 Scholar-Leader Banquet

256 Students Honored at 2015 Scholar-Leader Banquet

On Thursday, May 28th, more than 1,248 students, parents and educators traveled to the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville for the 31st Annual CAS Scholar-Leader Banquet. Two hundred fifty-six middle school students from around the state were recognized for their achievement in the areas of scholarship and leadership. The evening256 Students Honored at 2015 Scholar-Leader Banquet

CAS Hosts End-of-the-Year Reception

CAS Hosts End-of-the-Year Reception

More than forty members attended CAS’ 63rd annual meeting on June 3rd, enjoying a short break from the chaos and craziness that inevitably erupt this time of year. Formerly a business meeting at which we discharged the duties and responsibilities required by our Constitution, this annual event has been transformedCAS Hosts End-of-the-Year Reception

2015 Governor's Scholars Honored

2015 Governor's Scholars Honored

  Thirty of Connecticut’s top juniors were honored at the Nineteenth Annual Governor’s Scholars Luncheon at the Aqua Turf on May 21, 2015. Sponsored by CAS, the purpose of this program is to recognize high-achieving, academically gifted students in high schools throughout the state. Each of the CAS member high schools may2015 Governor's Scholars Honored

CT KiDS: Let’s Get Moving in 2015!

CT KiDS: Let’s Get Moving in 2015!

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” was announced, children’s health, and childhood obesity in particular, has taken center stage. And for good reason. We’ve all heard the statistics: one in three children are either overweight or obese, with even higher rates among African Americans, Hispanics and NativeCT KiDS: Let’s Get Moving in 2015!

CAS Hosts Luncheon for Retired Administrators

CAS Hosts Luncheon for Retired Administrators

Nearly fifty retired administrators had a chance to reconnect and reminisce at a luncheon held at the central office on December 8, 2014. For some, the visit to CAS was their first in more than a decade! The long-anticipated luncheon, flawlessly organized by CAS Assistant Executive Director Regina Birdsell, was organizedCAS Hosts Luncheon for Retired Administrators

Consulting Services Offered by CAS

Consulting Services Offered by CAS

What do you do when you’re not sure what to do? It’s no secret that leading schools this past year has been very demanding and that it seems to become more demanding by the day. SEED and other teacher evaluation models, Common Core, and Smarter Balanced Assessments are just a fewConsulting Services Offered by CAS

CAS Launches Online Community for

CAS Launches Online Community for "Connected Educators"

CAS has launched its very own Google+ community: the CAS Connected Educators Community (CASCE)! Through this new online forum, CAS hopes to provide an easy and accessible platform where educators can connect with one other and share best practices and resources associated with the use of technology in education. Online communitiesCAS Launches Online Community for

CCSS Leadership Community of Practice Series Returns

CCSS Leadership Community of Practice Series Returns

After a successful year one, the CCSS Leadership Community of Practice series will be offered again! Whether you were part of the team last year or are a newcomer, you are most welcome. If you want to learn more, or wish to reinforce CCSS implementation in your school or district,CCSS Leadership Community of Practice Series Returns

CASC Student Board Wilderness Retreat: August 15-17, 2014

CASC Student Board Wilderness Retreat: August 15-17, 2014

The CASC board puts leadership and teamwork to the test in the wilderness Members of the Connecticut Association of Student Councils Board immersed themselves in a teambuilding, leadership and personal challenge course at Great Hollow Wilderness School. Board members spent 3 days accomplishing group initiatives, scaling rock faces and exploringCASC Student Board Wilderness Retreat: August 15-17, 2014

ATTN: High School Principals! Join the CT Drama Association!

ATTN: High School Principals! Join the CT Drama Association!

An appeal from Lenore Grunko, treasurer of the Connecticut Drama Association: The Connecticut Drama Association is not just an organization to which a school pays dues, although, it is that, too; but it creates opportunities for high theater directors and their actors and techies to come together to share their passionATTN: High School Principals! Join the CT Drama Association!

Endowment-Flanagan Grants Awarded to Fourteen Schools

Endowment-Flanagan Grants Awarded to Fourteen Schools

Fourteen Connecticut schools have been selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools as the recipients of the 2014 CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grants. Through the generosity of corporate partners, the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program was able to provide $34,550.00 in grants this year to new or existing initiativesEndowment-Flanagan Grants Awarded to Fourteen Schools

CAS Hosts Business-Free Annual Meeting

CAS Hosts Business-Free Annual Meeting

On May 29th, CAS hosted its 62nd annual meeting, but it was unlike any of the previous sixty-one annual meetings held to date! Historically, the spring membership meeting has been an event at which we conducted all of the business required by our Constitution - e.g., adoption of bylaw changes, budget,CAS Hosts Business-Free Annual Meeting

On Becoming Connected Principals

On Becoming Connected Principals

 By Dr. RoseAnne O'Brien Vojtek The classroom walls of isolation have crumbled. Teachers work together through inquiry, collaboration and PLC’s to share lessons, analyze data, and make informed decisions to help their students learn. Yet, the office of the principal, especially in elementary and small schools with only one administrator inOn Becoming Connected Principals

Educational Leadership Scholarship Named After Earle Bidwell

Educational Leadership Scholarship Named After Earle Bidwell

As Assistant Executive Director Earle Bidwell sees it, his job as a University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) clinical supervisor is to lead by example and help students working to become a principal, vice principal, department head or other school administrator see their strengths and "bring out all theyEducational Leadership Scholarship Named After Earle Bidwell

CAS Names 2014 Assistant Principals of the Year

CAS Names 2014 Assistant Principals of the Year

The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce the winners of the Assistant Principal of the Year Awards. Congratulations to these outstanding administrators! • Elizabeth Messler, Assistant Principal, Coleytown Elementary School, Westport   2014 Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year • Albert Sackey, Western Middle School, Greenwich   2014 Middle School AssistantCAS Names 2014 Assistant Principals of the Year

STEVE WYSOWSKI JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

STEVE WYSOWSKI JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

CAS is thrilled to announce that Dr. Steven Wysowski, recently retired principal of Bristol Eastern High School, has joined the central office staff as part-time assistant executive director for CIAC. Steve will work side-by-side with CIAC Associate Executive Director Paul Hoey and ultimately replace Paul upon his retirement. Steve began hisSTEVE WYSOWSKI JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

Former CAS Board Member Publishes Reflections on School Leadership

Former CAS Board Member Publishes Reflections on School Leadership

Reflections and Confessions of an Educational Leader by Mark Cohan Ph.D. Dr. Mark Cohan is a former Connecticut teacher, principal and superintendent. In 1990, as then principal of Farmington High School, Dr. Cohan became active in CAS, first as a member of the legislation committee and, ultimately, as a member of theFormer CAS Board Member Publishes Reflections on School Leadership

Sacred Heart Hosts First of Four Elementary Leadership Conferences

Sacred Heart Hosts First of Four Elementary Leadership Conferences

One hundred ninety six students from twenty elementary schools participated in the first of four all-day leadership conferences yesterday. Students traveled to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield to participate in hands-on activities designed to strengthen their communication, problem solving, decision making and productive thinking skills. As can be gleaned fromSacred Heart Hosts First of Four Elementary Leadership Conferences

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY CONTINUES IN 2014

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY CONTINUES IN 2014

The Connecticut Principals’ Center of the Connecticut Association of Schools welcomes first and second-year elementary and secondary building administrators of CAS member schools at the principal or assistant principal level to attend the New Leaders Academy. The New Leaders Academy brings together experienced administrators with colleagues who are in the firstNEW LEADERS ACADEMY CONTINUES IN 2014

CAS Outstanding First-Year Principals

CAS Outstanding First-Year Principals

By Regina Birdsell, Assistant Executive Director The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Elsie Torres-Brown, principal of John Barry Elementary School in Meriden, Mr. Anthony M. Menard, principal of East Hartford Middle School, and Mr. Alan Strauss, principal of The Gilbert School in Winsted, have been selectedCAS Outstanding First-Year Principals

CAS Exemplary Educator Awards

CAS Exemplary Educator Awards

The CAS Exemplary Educator Awards recognize outstanding educators who have had a positive impact on their school and/or district. Nominees for these awards must have demonstrated excellence in education, involvement with students, staff and parents in and out of the classroom, and leadership in their profession. Joleen Pillar, library-media specialistCAS Exemplary Educator Awards

CAS Recognizes Excellence in Education

CAS Recognizes Excellence in Education

By Regina Birdsell, Assistant Executive Director The Connecticut Association of Schools’ Recognition of Excellence in Education celebration was held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on November 19, 2013. Over 600 guests were in attendance to honor deserving schools, programs and individuals. Wolcott’s Alcott Elementary School and Windsor’s Sage ParkCAS Recognizes Excellence in Education

Breakthrough Coach Returns in March 2014

Breakthrough Coach Returns in March 2014

If you want to learn how to work with less, produce more and still get the job done in a sensible school week then it sounds like you're ready for The Breakthrough Coach; and, he's returning to Connecticut in March 2014! In This Program You Will Learn How To… - Maintain aBreakthrough Coach Returns in March 2014

New Discussion Forum Open to Member School Administrators

New Discussion Forum Open to Member School Administrators

One of the highlights of the recently redesigned CAS website is the "Principals Talk Discussion Forum," a place where member school administrators can pose questions to their colleagues and hold rich online discussions on a variety of subjects directly related to their positions. To participate, click here and request membershipNew Discussion Forum Open to Member School Administrators

CAS To Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop

CAS To Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop

CAS will sponsor a mid-winter training session on the administrator evaluation (SEED) system. If you did not get an opportunity this past summer to engage in the training or were hired after August 2013, this three-day training session is for you!! The program will be held at theCAS To Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop

Emergency Response Team Launched by CAS

Emergency Response Team Launched by CAS

The Connecticut Association of Schools has established an Emergency Response Team to provide support for school leaders in the event of crisis situations that transcend a district’s capacity to manage effectively. This team would be deployed in the same manner as Red Cross, law enforcement, and mental health teams areEmergency Response Team Launched by CAS

Tiering Strategies for Classroom Instruction & Homework

Tiering Strategies for Classroom Instruction & Homework

Co-sponsored by NELMS and Connecticut Association of Schools - Some students are ready for the first steps of a topic and others are ready for advanced projects in that topic, so how do we tier assignments in order to maximize students’ learning at any given point? Join us for a practicalTiering Strategies for Classroom Instruction & Homework

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY GEARS UP FOR SECOND SEASON

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY GEARS UP FOR SECOND SEASON

The Connecticut Principals' Center of the Connecticut Association of Schools welcomes first and second-year elementary and secondary building administrators of CAS member schools at the principal or assistant principal level to attend the New Leaders Academy.The New Leaders Academy, formerly known as the Mentor-Mentee Program, will bring together experienced administratorsNEW LEADERS ACADEMY GEARS UP FOR SECOND SEASON