Awards & Recognition

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AWARD PROGRAMS
Assistant Principal of the Year
The Assistant Principal of the Year Program, sponsored annually by the Connecticut Association of Schools and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was established in 1990 to bring recognition to the assistant principalship and to spotlight the critical role that assistant principals play in the education of our youth. The program recognizes outstanding school assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. These administrators have demonstrated excellent leadership commitment to staff and students, service to their communities, and contributions to the overall profession of educational leadership.

CAS Citation
Citations, CAS’ highest honor, are awarded to practicing or recently retired school administrators who have made extraordinary and long-term contributions to CAS-CIAC. Recipients must have been actively involved in the association for a minimum of eight years.

CAS Letter of Commendation
Letters of Commendation are awarded to practicing or recently retired school administrators who have served the association over an extended period of time or have made extraordinary contributions within a limited period.

Distinguished Friend of Education
The Distinguished Friend of Education Awards, established in 1983, honor a person and an organization or corporation for outstanding service to education in Connecticut.

Educator of the Year
Every member school in Connecticut has a number of outstanding educators. The purpose of this award is to give public recognition in Connecticut and nationally to CAS member school educators. Nominations may be made by any present or former member of the school staff or district central office personnel. The educators chosen will receive recognition in the media, in CAS publications and at the CAS Recognition of Excellence in Education Celebration in November.

National Distinguished Principal
The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the United States Department of Education have developed a program to recognize the important role of elementary school principals. In Connecticut the program is administered by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS). The program recognizes an outstanding principal in each state who has truly made a difference and brought about positive change in his/her school. These principals must demonstrate leadership and organizational skills that have reached beyond their buildings. They must instill in others a sense of purpose and move all in the school community close to fulfilling the school’s mission. These principals must demonstrate exceptional skills in communicating with others in an effective and open manner. They must recognize the importance of helping others to realize their potential. They must facilitate creating a school community. They must exercise resources available to them. A National Distinguished Principal serves as a symbol of the work of all elementary principals who pursue excellence and exceed the requirements of their jobs.

Principal of the Year
The Principal of the Year Program, sponsored annually by the Connecticut Association of Schools, was established to bring recognition to exemplary school principals and to increase public awareness of the critical role that principals play in the education of our youth. The program recognizes outstanding principals who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. These administrators have demonstrated excellent leadership skills, a commitment to their staff and students, service to their communities, and contributions to the overall profession of educational leadership.

School of the Year
The purpose of this award is to give public recognition to an outstanding CAS member middle school and an outstanding CAS member elementary school that deserves major recognition for its exemplary programs in meeting the needs of their students.

William Cieslukowski First Year Principal
To honor William Cieslukowski, a dedicated school principal and former president of the Elementary & Middle School Principals of Connecticut, this award recognizes a first year elementary, middle and high school principal who have had a positive impact on their school or school district. The recipients must demonstrate exemplary instructional and organizational leadership, a willingness to take risks, and the ability to overcome adversity.

Nominations may be made by superintendents, teachers, or colleague principals.

Middle Level 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.

RECOGNITION EVENTS
Recognition of Excellence in Education
The CAS Recognition of Excellence in Education Celebration recognizes excellence in all schools K-12.

Elementary Arts Festival
The Connecticut Association of Schools, through its Elementary Arts Recognition Festival, honors annually two outstanding students, in the highest grade level of each of the elementary schools of our state.

Governor’s Scholars Awards Luncheon
The purpose of the program is to recognize academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state, and present thirty students for special recognition to the Governor of Connecticut. All principals of CAS member high schools are given the opportunity to nominate one junior who ranks in the top five percent of his/her class.

High School Arts Banquet
The Connecticut High School Fine Arts Awards annually honors two outstanding seniors from each of the member schools in the state who excel in the performing or visual arts. They must possess the qualities of scholarship and leadership. Excelling in the performing or visual arts is of primary importance in the selection. Scholarship and Leadership are also supporting criteria.

Michaels Cup Unified Sports® Banquet
The Michaels Cup Unified Sports® Banquet honors middle and high school students for the moving essays they submit detailing how their experiences with Unified Sports® helped them to change attitudes and change lives.

Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet
The Scholar-Athlete Program annually recognizes two high school seniors – one boy and one girl – from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.

Scholar-Leader Awards Banquet
The Connecticut Association of Schools established the Scholar-Leader Banquet in 1985 to give public recognition to one boy and one girl from each middle level school in Connecticut who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and leadership in school and the community. The two Scholar-Leaders, their parents and school officials, up to a total of ten, are invited to attend a statewide awards banquet. Each Scholar-Leader receives an award signifying the honor, as well as, an individual photograph commemorating the event. The Commissioner of Education and other dignitaries are included in the evening’s program.

EXEMPLARY PRACTICES
Middle Level Exemplary School Climate Practices Recognition
The Middle Level Honors and Award Committee of the Connecticut Association of Schools accepts applications for “exemplary school climate practices” status. Middle level educators have long recognized the importance of positive climate in achieving success for all students. While described in many different ways, climate is in fact embedded in almost all aspects of school life in schools that succeed. Schools seeking recognition will be asked to complete a self-assessment.

Middle Level Exemplary Teaming Practices Recognition
The Middle Level Honors and Award Committee of the Connecticut Association of Schools accepts applications for “exemplary teaming practice” status. According to the National Middle School Association’s This We Believe, Successful Schools for Young Adolescents, “The interdisciplinary team of two to four teachers working with a common group of students is the signature component of high-performing schools, literally the heart of the school from which other desirable programs and experiences evolve.”

Elementary School Exemplary School Climate Practices Recognition
The Elementary Level Honors and Award Committee of the Connecticut Association of Schools accepts applications for “exemplary school climate practices” status. Elementary educators have long recognized the importance of positive climate in achieving success for all students. While described in many different ways, climate is in fact embedded in almost all aspects of school life in schools that succeed. Schools seeking recognition will be asked to complete a self-assessment.

GRANT PROGRAMS
CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grants
CAS-CIAC is proud to announce the establishment of the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program. Through the generosity of the sponsors, the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program is able to annually provide grants to new or existing projects that meet the endowment’s and fund’s requirements and would not otherwise be afforded by CAS member schools.

John Wallace Awards
The John Wallace Awards were established in memory of John Wallace, a dedicated school superintendent. Two awards are offered – The John Wallace Graduate Fellowship for eligible graduate students preparing to become elementary, middle or high school administrators and The John Wallace Scholarship for eligible undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a teacher preparation program.