CAS News & Announcements
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 learning
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.
Do you have an outstanding classroom teacher? If so, please consider submitting a nomination for the Exemplary Educator of the Year Award.
The deadline for nominations for the annual Heart of the Arts Award is quickly approaching!
The “Heart of the Arts Award,” sponsored in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), recognizes individuals who exemplify the core values of education‐based activities.
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 years
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:
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:
The Principal of the Year Award Program was established in 1984 to bring recognition to high-achieving school principals and to increase public awareness of the critical role that principals play in the education of our youth. The program is designed to honor outstanding principals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, a
Every school in Connecticut is blessed with parents and other volunteers who contribute to its success. Here’s a chance to honor them!
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 is
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-level
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 well
CAS is thrilled to announce that Roxanne Augelli, recently retired principal of Washington Elementary School in Waterbury, has joined the central office staff!
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 for
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 students
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 the
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 been
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,
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.” The
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!
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.
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 take
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 a
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.
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 transformed
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.
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 Native
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!
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 few
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.
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,
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 exploring
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 passion
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 initiatives
On May 29th, CAS hosted its 62nd annual meeting, but it was unlike any of the previous sixty-one annual meetings held to date!
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 in
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 they
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
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.
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 the
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 from
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.
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 selected
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 specialist
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 Park
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!
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 membership
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 the
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 are
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 practical
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 administrators