High School Awards
Each year nominations are solicited for a Middle School and High School 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 will be made in February of each year.
Both the middle and high school honorees will be recognized locally by CAS. They will also be honored nationally by NASSP and will represent Connecticut in the competition for National Principal of the Year, sponsored by NASSP and MetLife. (NASSP does not include elementary schools.) For additional information about the National Principal of the Year program, visit http://www.nassp.org/awards/09-01.cfm.
CRITERIA FOR AWARD
All candidates must be members of CAS and NASSP and have at least three
years experience as a school principal.
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 Virco, Inc. (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 Virco. For additional information about the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award, please visit http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/sec_inside.asp?CID=69&DID=69.
CRITERIA FOR AWARD
Candidates should demonstrate success in the following areas:
All candidates must work in a CAS member school and have at least two years experience as an assistant principal (or the equivalent thereof).
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.
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:
High School Exemplary Educator of the YearPurpose
Every high 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 high school teacher. The CAS High School Board of Control is sponsoring this recognition beginning this year.
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 in her/his community.
The following criteria will be used to determine the recipient of this award.
Scholar Athlete ProgramThe 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.
Since its inception, the Annual Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete Awards Program and Banquet has honored over four thousand outstanding graduating seniors in Connecticut high schools. It has become the premier annual event in Connecticut's education community, looked forward to by the member high schools of Connecticut as the opportunity to recognize student excellence in academics, athletics and school and community leadership. Last year over 1,650 persons attended the Banquet.
Click here to see the Scholar-Athletes.
Governor's Scholars ProgramUnder the direction of Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, The Connecticut Association of Schools and Big Y® World Class Markets® have collaborated to sustain the Governor's Scholars Program.
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. An essay on an assigned topic has to be completed. Members of the Governor's Scholars Committee, professional educators from throughout Connecticut, judge the completed applications and assign a composite score to each based on Rank in Class, PSAT or SAT scores, CAPT scores (for public schools only), and the student essay. The thirty students with the highest scores are selected as "Governor's Scholars" and will receive recognition as well as information on participation in courses and research projects at selected Connecticut colleges and universities.
The Governor's Scholars Program is made possible through the generosity of Big Y® World Class Markets®.
Click here to see the Governor's Scholars
Fine Arts Recognition ProgramThe 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.
The Connecticut Association of Schools High School Fine Arts Awards Recognition Banquet is made possible with support from Jostens. Jostens' sponsorship of the Fine Arts Recognition Banquet exemplifies its mission statement, "Supporting your mission is our Mission. We take great care in passionately helping people express themselves, celebrate experiences and traditions, recognize achievements and share their stories." Jostens congratulates this year's recipients and is proud to be affiliated with CAS and this exciting event which recognizes the efforts of so many outstanding students.
Click here to see the Arts Awards Recipients
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, he received CAS' highest honor, a Citation.
Tom was a special person, a good person. The Thomas R. Flanagan Student Activities Memorial Awards are dedicated in his memory.
The Connecticut Student Activities Conference (CSAC) sponsors the awards program, 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 for outstanding student activities.
III. Award 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 CAS member schools and/or CAS recognized student activity associations.
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 must be a new or creative idea going beyond traditional programs.
VI. Qualification Process:
Proposals recommended for final consideration may require an in-person presentation and review.
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
Click here to download an invitation letter and registration form.