School of the Year

General InformationAward Recipients
School of the Year Award General Information
Nominations may be made by any present or former member of the school staff or by district central office personnel

To give public recognition in Connecticut and nationally to an outstanding CAS member elementary and middle school that represent the best in the profession.

The chosen schools will receive recognition in the media, in CAS publications and at a CAS sponsored ceremony in their community.

1. All applicants for the School of the Year Award must be members of CAS and will be evaluated on the following indicators:

  • Instruction: Intentional processes and practices are used to facilitate high levels of learning.
  • Curriculum: There is a cohesive plan for instruction and learning that serves as a basis for active involvement in the construction and application of knowledge.
  • Collaboration: Everyone contributes to a cumulative, purposeful and positive effect on student learning.
  • Culture and Climate: Staff creates an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning.
  • Professional Learning Culture: Professional learning is conducted with colleagues across the school/district on improving staff practice and student achievement.
  • Communication: School/parent/family/stakeholder communications are two-way, ongoing and meaningful.
  • Assessment: School systematically gathers data and uses multiple sources of evidence to monitor and adjust for student achievement.

2. Applicants must submit evidence of the above seven indicators accompanied by a cover letter explaining why they deserve the award and what sets them apart from other schools.
3. The application will be judged solely on the information requested in #2 above. Applicants are discouraged from referencing or sending additional materials.
4. Previous winners may not apply for a period of five years and must clearly show significant change from the previous application. Finalists (schools receiving site visits) must wait until the third school year following the visit before re-applying. Schools not selected as finalists are welcome to re-apply at any time.

Elementary Level
Year School City/Town Principal at Time of Award
2018-19 Burr Elementary School Higganum (Region 17) Eric Larson
2017-18 Quaker Hill Elementary School Waterford Christopher Discordia
2016-17 Deans Mill School Stonington Jennifer McCurdy
2015-16 Guilford Lakes Elementary School Guilford Jill Hale
2014-15 Connecticut Academy of International Studies Danbury Dr. Helena Nitwoski
2013-14 Alcott Elementary School Wolcott Holly Wrenn
2012-13 Naubuc School Glastonbury Michael Litke
2011-12 Center School Old Lyme Chris Pomroy
2011-12 Thomas Hooker Elementary School Meriden James Quinn
2010-11 Ivy Drive School Bristol RoseAnn O’Brien-Vojtek
2009-10 J.Milton Jeffrey Elementary School Madison Mona Goodman
2008-09 Elmer Thienes Mary Hall Elementary School Marlborough Loraine Giannini
Middle Level
Year School City/Town Principal at Time of Award
2018-19 Hillcrest Middle School Trumbull Stafford Thomas
2017-18 Ellington Middle School Ellington David Pearson
2016-17 Bethel Middle School Bethel Derek Muharem
2015-16 Wamogo Middle School Regional School District #6 Jody Lambert
2014-15 New Fairfield Middle School New Fairfield Christine Baldelli
2013-14 Sage Park Middle School Windsor Locks Paul Cavaliere, Jr.
2012-13 East Lyme Middle School Niantic Dr. Judith DeLeeuw
2010-11 Chippens Hill Middle School Bristol Catherine Carbone
Granby Memorial Middle School Granby Paul Osypuk
2009-10 John Winthrop Middle School Deep River David Russell
2008-09 Canton Middle School Canton Joseph Scheideler