Elementary School Awards
Connecticut's National Distinguished Principal AwardThe 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.
Nominations are solicited from school districts throughout Connecticut. Nomination packets must include two letters of recommendation and a copy of the nominee's resume.
The CAS National Distinguished Principal Award Committee will select the state honoree after a review of the finalists' applications and site visits. Honorees will be recognized locally by CAS and nationally by NAESP.
Criteria for Selection
The selected principal:
Assistant Principal of the YearThe 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.
Each year nominations are solicited for an Elementary, Middle Level, and High School Assistant Principal of the Year. The winners are chosen by the CAS Awards and Recognition Committee, a selection committee consisting of active and retired principals and assistant principals. The selections are made in December. Either the middle or high school honoree will be recognized nationally by NASSP and will represent Connecticut in the competition for National Assistant Principal of the Year, sponsored by NASSP and McDonald's. (NASSP does not include elementary schools.) From the 52 state winners, three finalists are selected and become eligible to be named the National Assistant Principal of the Year. The national winner receives a $5,000 award from McDonald's Corporation.
In the spring, each recognized assistant principal is presented with a $1,000 award and a plaque, contributed by program partner McDonald's Corporation. The presentation is made in the assistant principal's community by a local McDonald's representative.
All candidates must work in a CAS member school and have three years experience as an assistant principal (or the equivalent thereof).
CRITERIA FOR AWARD
Candidates should demonstrate success in the following areas:
For information about application procedures, contact Karen Packtor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Cieslukowski Outstanding First Year Principal AwardsTo 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.
Click here to download an application.
CAS Elementary Exemplary Educator AwardPURPOSE:
Every elementary level school in Connecticut has a number of outstanding educators. The purpose of this award is to give public recognition in Connecticut and nationally to a CAS member elementary level educator, one who represents them.
Nominations may be made by any present or former member of the school staff or district central office personnel.
The educator chosen will receive recognition in the media, in CAS publications and at a CAS sponsored ceremony.
CAS recognizes that an outstanding elementary educator creates a classroom and school environment appropriate to the needs of the elementary-level student. The following criteria will be used to determine the recipient of this award:
John Wallace AwardsThe John Wallace Awards were established in memory of John Wallace, a dedicated school superintendent. Two awards are offered:
Each applicant will complete an application and submit a reference letter from his/her professional supervisor.
The John Wallace Scholarships are for eligible undergraduate or graduate students studying in accredited higher education institutions.
The selected scholarship recipients will not complete his/her program in the year in which the scholarship is awarded.
The Wallace Scholarships are open to candidates who are associated with a CAS member school (either themselves or through a parent or guardian).
(NOTE: Wallace Scholarships are offered at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Application procedures and selection processes may vary among levels.)
Click here to download an application:
Elementary Program Recognition BanquetThe Elementary Program Recognition Banquet is an annual celebration which recognizes outstanding elementary educators and exemplary programs in Connecticut's elementary schools. Click here for additional information and a registration form.
Leadership ProgramEach year, CAS hosts two leadership conferences to provide elementary students with opportunities to develop the skills needed to be effective leaders. These annual events engage students in a variety of activities designed to foster leadership skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, decision making and communication. These conferences also include workshops for the parents of the student-leaders to assist them in fostering leadership skills in their child. For additional information about the leadership conferences, contact Lou Pear at email@example.com.
Annual Elementary Arts FestivalThe 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...
Click here to read about the successful arts festivals of year's past:
Elementary School Of The Year ProgramThe purpose of this award is to give public recognition to an outstanding CAS member elementary school that deserves major recognition for its exemplary programs in meeting the needs of elementary school students. The school chosen will receive recognition in the media, in CAS publications and at a CAS sponsored ceremony in their community as well as at the Elementary Program Recognition Banquet in November. The following criteria will be used to determine the recipient of this award:
Exemplary School Climate Practices RecognitionThe Elementary Level Professional Studies Committee of the Connecticut Association of Schools is accepting applications for "exemplary school climate practices" status.
Elementary 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 imbedded in almost all aspects of school life in schools that succeed. Schools seeking recognition will be asked to complete a self-assessment.
The assessment looks at indicators in five broad categories:
CAS schools recognized for exemplary climate practices are:
Tom was a member of the Program Committee, the Basketball Committee and the Football Committee, but he was most closely identified with the CSAC during its years of transition and growth. He gradually began to change the direction of the Board from one that reacted to one that also created. His knowledge of CSAC responsibilities and the diligence and good humor he brought to his work were models for all of us.
Tom was also a highly respected member of the N.A.S.S.P. Standing Committee for Student Activities. In 1976 received C.A.S.' highest honor, a Citation.
Tom was a special person, a good person. The Thomas R. Flanagan Student Activities Memorial Grants are dedicated in his memory.
The Connecticut Association of Schools' Student Activities Board of Control sponsors these mini-grants, in accordance with Article II of its by-laws to "encourage" the development and effective operation of student activities other than athletes in member schools.
a. To stimulate the growth and improvement of student activities.
b. To provide recognition of outstanding student activities.
III. Mini-Grant Proposal Expectations:
a. The proposal must clearly indicate how the activity stimulates, broadens or improves student activities at the member school(s).
b. Activities being recognized must meet general CSAC guidelines for approved student activities.
c. Applications will be accepted only from C.A.S. member schools and/or C.A.S. recognized student activity associations.
d. Funding requests are held to a minimum of $200.00 and maximum of $1,000.00.
All proposals meeting the above expectations will be evaluated on the following considerations:
a. The benefits to the participating member school(s) and/or community(ies).
b. The number of students involved in the activity (actual number and percentage of school's population).
c. The potential of the activity to continue.
a. The activity must be educationally sound, worthwhile and stimulating to the students and the school.
b. The activity must not place undue burdens or obligations on students, their families, teachers or school.
c. The activity shall not be commercial or sectarian in nature; nor shall it offer propaganda or advertisement for any product, company or organization.
d. The activity must not exclude any student because of race, handicap, creed or sex.
e. The activity must be well planned and organized and must provide for the adequate supervision and welfare of participating students at all times.
f. Awards and prizes for the activity must be adequate in number and quality.
g. The activity shall not be a contest.
h. The activity must be a new or creative idea going beyond traditional programs.
VI. Qualification Process:
a. Proposals recommended for final consideration may require an in-person presentation and review.
b. Groups or individuals receiving a grant may be required to provide a follow-up report describing how the grant funds are utilized.
Click here to download an application.
Distinguished Friend of Education AwardsThe Distinguished Friend of Education Awards, established in 1983, honor a person and an organization or corporation for outstanding service to education in Connecticut.
The individual shall:
The organization or corporation shall:
The Volunteer Recognition ProgramThe Connecticut Association of Schools is proud to sponsor the Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet. This exciting program publicly acknowledges the work of volunteers in our schools. The event is designed to bring recognition to those individuals who selflessly volunteer their time and expertise to their local schools and who consistently demonstrate their commitment and dedication to quality education in their communities
The banquet will be held at the Aqua Turf Club on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Click here to download an invitation letter and registration form.