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NASSP Announces Awards Opportunities for State Honor Societies

NASSP Announces Awards Opportunities for State Honor Societies

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), parent organization of the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, has has announced its 2016-17 awards opportunities for NHS and NJHS chapters. These awards – and scholarship opportunities – provide national recognition to outstanding Honor Society members, chapters, advisers, andNASSP Announces Awards Opportunities for State Honor Societies

Last Call for Heart of the Arts Nominations

Last Call for Heart of the Arts Nominations

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.

Do you know a student who has exhibitedLast Call for Heart of the Arts Nominations

Six Schools Receive Challenge to Educational Citizenship Awards

Six Schools Receive Challenge to Educational Citizenship Awards

On June 2nd, the CT State Department of Education presented the 2016 Challenge to Educational Citizenship Awards to six Connecticut schools. These awards celebrate student-organized activities that involve service to the school, to the community and/or to those in need.

The Challenge to Educational Citizenship (CEC) Award Program began in 1995-96Six Schools Receive Challenge to Educational Citizenship Awards

Middle School Debate Season Closes with Record Turnout

Middle School Debate Season Closes with Record Turnout

By Jennifer Posner, CTMSDL

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, we wrapped up the CT Middle School Debate League’s 2015-16 season with a tournament at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury. Setting a new record for participation, one hundred seventy three students from eighteen schools debated the motion:

This House would provide aMiddle School Debate Season Closes with Record Turnout

“Salam Neighbor” Gets Students Thinking, Talking and Acting

On March 10th, while many were deep into March Madness, 200 students, teachers, administrators and CASC Student Advisory Board members turned their attention towards Syria and got a glimpse into the experience of living in a refugee camp. They attended a screening of the film “Salam Neighbor” and a discussion

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December Debate Tournament Results Available

Four hundred thirty-one high school debaters from thirty-five schools competed in the December 12th debate tournaments at Masuk High School, Shepaug Valley High School and Fairfield Warde High School. Many thanks to our hosts Coach Jamie Sherry, Coach Fran Bellinson and Coach Mick McGarry, respectively.

The topic was the following.
Resolved: ParentsDecember Debate Tournament Results Available

Middle School Debate Tournament Draws Record Numbers

Middle School Debate Tournament Draws Record Numbers

By Jennifer Posner, CTMSDL

On Saturday, November 21st, one hundred and fifty nine debaters from fifteen Connecticut schools debated the motion:

This House would establish a program to revive extinct species and re-introduce them into the environment.

Earning spots in the final round after three rounds of debate were two Greater Hartford AcademyMiddle School Debate Tournament Draws Record Numbers

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High School Debate Tournaments Draw Near Record Number

Five-hundred two debaters — our second highest total ever! — from 42 schools attended our November tournaments at Amity High School, Housatonic Valley Regional High School and New Canaan High School. Thanks to coaches Cara McConnell, John Lizzi and Kristine Goldhawk for their hospitality.

The topic was:

Resolved: The US should approveHigh School Debate Tournaments Draw Near Record Number

Middle School Debate League Off to a Great Start!

Middle School Debate League Off to a Great Start!

By Jennifer Posner, CTMSDL

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League’s 2015-16 season got off to a great start on October 17th. One hundred and three debaters from thirteen schools scrimmaged at Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport. They did a fabulous job debating both sides of the motion: ThisMiddle School Debate League Off to a Great Start!

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2015-2016 High School Debate Season is Underway!

The 2015-2016 high school debate season is underway! The CT Debate Association (CDA) hosted its first tournaments of the new year on October 10, 2015, at Joel Barlow and Westhill High Schools.  Three-hundred eighty-four debaters from 35 schools participated in these events.  Many thanks to Coaches Randy Smith (Joel Barlow)2015-2016 High School Debate Season is Underway!

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!

Olympian Rod Dixon Talks About Getting Kids Running

Olympian Rod Dixon Talks About Getting Kids Running

Sarah and Dimity welcome two guests to talk about getting kids active and healthy. First up is Olympian Rod Dixon, a father (and grandfather!) runner who founded Kid’s Marathon Foundation, an in-school running and nutrition program that gets kids moving. In his delightful Kiwi accent, Rod shares stories about hisOlympian Rod Dixon Talks About Getting Kids Running

Marathon Man Rod Dixon Brings Inspiration to Harwinton Running Club

Marathon Man Rod Dixon Brings Inspiration to Harwinton Running Club

By John Nestor | The Register Citizen
POSTED: 06/05/15, 4:43 PM EDT

HARWINTON — Students in the Harwinton Consolidated School Running Club are in the home stretch toward reaching an impressive goal. If they were looking for a little extra motivation to accomplish it, they got some this week.

Olympic bronze medalistMarathon Man Rod Dixon Brings Inspiration to Harwinton Running Club

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!

Manchester High Students Gain Confidence At Leadership Conference

Manchester High Students Gain Confidence At Leadership Conference

By Michael Walsh

APRIL 7, 2015, 10:34 PM

Members of the Manchester High School Young Men’s Leadership Group attended a leadership conference at Trinity College in Hartford on March 16. The students not only attended the Connecticut Student Leadership Conference for Young Men of Color, they also worked closely with the ConnecticutManchester High Students Gain Confidence At Leadership Conference

CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans Finalists Announced

CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans Finalists Announced

Nine Connecticut high schools submitted entries in the inaugural CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans competition, producing short videos showcasing the spirit and sportsmanship of their student cheering sections. The submissions have been reviewed and three finalists have been named. Check out the top three videos and stay tuned to learnCAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans Finalists Announced

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Inaugural Middle School Debate Tournament Draws Good Numbers

The first-ever middle school debate tournament was held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Wamogo Middle School in Litchfield. Ten schools and over 100 debaters competed in the inaugural event. The Connecticut Debate Association (CDA) extends its heartfelt thanks to Coach Scott Brady for hosting the tournament and to theInaugural Middle School Debate Tournament Draws Good Numbers

National Honor Societies - A Call to Action

National Honor Societies – A Call to Action

The Connecticut Association of National Honor Societies (CANHS), sponsored by CAS, has launched a state-wide fundraising initiative to support the Connecticut Veterans Home located in Rocky Hill, CT. Each member NHS and NJHS chapter is asked to participate. The goal is to raise a minimum of $5000, collectively, whichNational Honor Societies - A Call to Action

CTHSS Student Congress Members Participate in Leadership Training

CTHSS Student Congress Members Participate in Leadership Training

On October 16, 2014, at A.I. Prince Technical High School, the CTHSS’ State Student Congress convened under the direction of CAS (Connecticut Association of Schools) to participate in a workshop, “Leadership in Action.” The activities focused on positive approaches to empowering student leaders to make a difference in theirCTHSS Student Congress Members Participate in Leadership Training

Plainfield's athletes are setting the right example for everyone

Plainfield’s athletes are setting the right example for everyone

By Mike DiMauro
Publication: The Day
Published October 02. 2014 4:00AM Updated October 02. 2014 8:43AM

Their names are Stevie Jankowski, Liam Jacobs, Jordan Pollard, Isaiah Fort, Reese Griffin, Kade Amster, Julie Jordan, Abby Burdick, Cody Alday, Tessa Marandola, Alyssa McKay and Andre Bergeron.

They are the voices of Plainfield High School.

TheyPlainfield's athletes are setting the right example for everyone

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

Second Annual High School Robotics State Championship

Second Annual High School Robotics State Championship

Featured in the video clip above, which showcases the third game of the fourth quarter-final match-up, are Team 2067 – Apple Pi, Team 155 – Techno Nuts and Team 1699 – RoboCats (Red Alliance) vs. Team 1071 – Team MAX, Team 3525 – Nuts and Bolts of Fury, and Team 228Second Annual High School Robotics State Championship

Rod Dixon, Mayor Neil O'Leary Kick-off KiDSMARATHON in Waterbury

Rod Dixon, Mayor Neil O’Leary Kick-off KiDSMARATHON in Waterbury

Rod Dixon, Mayor Neil O’Leary Help Launch Kid’s Marathon In Waterbury
Published by the Waterbury Observer, 03/28/2014 – 08:15 AM
Written by John Murray

Long-distance running legend, Rod Dixon, of New Zealand, was back in Waterbury Thursday morning to help kick-off the second year of his KiDSMARATHON running program in the city. Dixon wonRod Dixon, Mayor Neil O'Leary Kick-off KiDSMARATHON in Waterbury

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Greenwich and Ridgefield Win Debate Championships

One hundred seventy four debaters from twenty-nine schools competed in this year’s State Finals at Wilton High School. Only debaters who had won a trophy or had gone undefeated in two or more tournaments were eligible to compete, fewer than one in three of those who participated during the year.

ThanksGreenwich and Ridgefield Win Debate Championships

Results of March Debate Tournaments

Results of March Debate Tournaments

Four hundred twenty-eight debaters from thirty-eight schools attended the March 1st Connecticut Debate Association tournaments at Darien, Guilford and Pomperaug High Schools. Thanks to coaches Dennis Cummings, Gianna D’Ambrusca and Margaret Hartshorn for their hospitality.

The topic was:

Resolved: Rich countries should compensate poor countries adversely affected by climate change.

The finalResults of March Debate Tournaments

CAS Elementary Student Leadership Conferences Surpass Expectations!

CAS Elementary Student Leadership Conferences Surpass Expectations!

By Dave Maloney, CAS Assistant Executive Director
 

Imagine this…

The time is 9:30 and a large group of elementary school children is entering your breakout session at the annual leadership conference.  You can hear and genuinely feel their energy!  But, you are a first-time presenter and a zillion nervous thoughts stream throughCAS Elementary Student Leadership Conferences Surpass Expectations!

Results of January Debate Tournaments

Results of January Debate Tournaments

Thirty-five schools and 342 debaters participated in the Connecticut Debate Association’s three January tournaments held in Stamford, Fairfield and Ridgefield on January 11th. All in all, this was a slow weekend compared to recent CDA activity, due largely to mid-terms and colds. Thanks to coaches Ian Lear-Nickum, Mick McGarry andResults of January Debate Tournaments

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

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November Debate Tournaments Break Another Record

The November Connecticut Debate Association (CDA) tournaments broke all attendance records when 518 debaters from 37 schools came to its tournaments at Amity High School and New Canaan High School.

The topic was:

Resolved: The United States should imprison only those who commit violent crimes.

The final round at Amity wasNovember Debate Tournaments Break Another Record

CYL Sponsors Hands Hallway to Stop Bullying

CYL Sponsors Hands Hallway to Stop Bullying

Members of the Center for Youth Leadership (CYL) at Brien McMahon High School closed October as National Bullying Awareness Month with one of their popular hallway demonstrations.

Imagine turning the corner of a hallway and walking into more than 100 students with their arms outstretched. You are kind of thrown aCYL Sponsors Hands Hallway to Stop Bullying

About CSAC

The Connecticut Student Activity Conference, commonly referred to as CSAC, is a committee of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS).

CSAC is charged by the constitution of CAS with the responsibility of regulating all interschool activities of a NON-Athletic nature where schools in more than two districts are involved.

“CSAC shall consist of a chairperson, one representative for each of the three high school classifications, one representative from the middle and elementary levels and five members at large, at least three of whom must come from high schools. Two of the at-large members may be assistant principals. A principal shall serve as chairperson.” (Article VI, CAS Constitution)

CSAC meets periodically to review and act upon applications for new or renewal activities submitted by schools and outside organizations seeking CSAC sanction. A majority vote decides approval, disapproval or no jurisdiction. CSAC posts a listing of approved activities on the CAS-CIAC website.

Art contests, research projects, essay contests, community parades, marching band contests, quiz bowls, video projects, choir contests, commercial contest that benefit schools with capitol improvement projects, and college fairs are just a few examples of project requests that come before CSAC.

All member schools within CAS come under the jurisdiction of CSAC. Through the annual act of applying for membership in CAS, member schools voluntarily agree to abide by all of the rules and regulations which govern the association’s members. Member schools, therefore, are required to comply with the rulings of CSAC on activities within its jurisdiction.

Sponsors of activities must be established and recognized organizations, institutions, or associations and must be approved by CSAC. Sponsors must submit an online application to CSAC at least 60 days before the proposed date of the activity. In order to be placed on the approved list for the ensuing year sponsors should submit applications by June 1.

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CRITERIA USED FOR DETERMINING APPROVED CONTESTS AND ACTIVITIES

Criteria used by the CSAC in evaluating activities include the following:

  1. The activity must be educationally sound, worthwhile and stimulating.
  2. The activity must not place undue burdens or obligations on students, their families, teachers or schools.
  3. The activity shall not be more than minimally commercial in its presentation or promotion, shall not be sectarian, and shall not promote or exploit issues controversial in nature or whose advocacy would be inappropriate for students.
  4. The activity must not exclude any student because of race, handicap, color, creed or gender except where such activities have been developed expressly to compensate for lack of opportunity for members of such groups.
  5. The activity must be well planned and organized and must provide for the adequate supervision and welfare of participating students at all times.
  6. Essay contests, which will be considered on their merits, are limited to those which promote good writing as process, which are properly supervised by educational agencies, and which do not interfere with the sound educational practices of a school. Essay contests approved by the NASSP or sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education and by professional educational organizations will be approved. Essay contests judged by the Board to be commercial in nature will be disapproved.
  7. Activities should be scheduled on non-school time. If scheduled during school time, every effort must be made to avoid excessive loss of school time. The loss of more than one school day will be considered excessive. Rare exceptions will be made if the activity is subject- related and provides a learning experience not usually available in the traditional school curriculum.
  8. Adequate and responsible adult supervision approved by the school administration must be provided for all activities.
  9. Reasonable registration or entry fees may be assessed, subject to the approval of the CSAC.
  10. A MEMBER SCHOOL MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITY WHICH THE CSAC HAS RULED “NOT APPROVED.”
  11. Student activities will not be approved for Sunday under normal circumstances.
  12. School groups may participate in community-sponsored parades at any time at the discretion of the local school administration.
  13. In the case of out-of-state activities approved by a local school system, and upon application to CSAC, approval will be given when schools are invited to participate because of merit/excellence of an outstanding individual/group of students. Any unusual/special circumstances not covered by the above will be reviewed by the CSAC.
  14. It is the responsibility of the principals of member schools to determine the status of interscholastic activities. When in doubt, the principal should contact the Board chair or CAS for clarification.

Requests for application for the approval of an activity or any questions concerning the status of an activity or other matters over which the CSAC has jurisdiction may be addressed by phone or letter to the CAS central office liaison, David Maloney, 30 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410.(203) 250-1111 Fax:(203) 250-1345.