LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
A teacher in my school has been badgering her colleagues in the teachers’ lounge. She has recently “found” God, and in all sincerity, she wants to share the good news. The problem is that many teachers just want to be left alone, and her talking about her faith makes some of them quite uncomfortable. A number of teachers came to me and asked me to intervene. However, when I first confronted the teacher, she tried to convert me. I finally got her to focus on the concern, but I was shocked at her vehement response. She told me that my interfering with her sharing God’s word would be the work of the Devil. Then, she asked me if I were giving her a directive. Her question made me a little anxious, but I told her yes, that it was a directive. “Fine!” she responded. “We will see what the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union says about this egregious violation of my rights under the First Amendment.” Do I really have to let her proselytize in the teachers’ lounge? More
$50,000 in Grants Available for Member Schools
A reminder that the deadline to apply for funding through the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program is fast approaching. CAS-CIAC is entertaining proposals for new or existing projects or programs from member schools (K-12), individual students from member schools, or groups of member schools (including academic or athletic leagues). Grant criteria and application materials are available at the link below. The deadline is April 5, 2013.
Scholar-Leader Banquet Registration Open
CAS invites all of the state's middle schools to join us for the Twenty-Ninth Annual Connecticut Middle Level Scholar-Leader Banquet on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Aqua Turf in Southington. This prestigious annual event is designed to give public recognition to one boy and one girl from each middle school in Connecticut who has distinguished himself/herself in scholarship and leadership in school and in the community. Principals must register online via the members-only area of the CAS website. For details and registration instructions, please click on the link below.
LAST CALL for CT Student Voices entries – DEADLINE APRIL 1st
The April 1st deadline for the CT Student Voices Contest is less than two weeks away! CAPSS and CAS want to hear how your students would transform education so they can learn more and better. Great scholarships and prizes will be awarded to winning students. Please remind your school communities about this contest. All information can be found at www.ctstudentvoices.com. Include the promotional video in a school newscast or play it at any forum where students are present. Spread the word now!
H.S. Arts Banquet Info Available Online
Attention High School Arts Banquet Registrants! Information packets - including table assignments, check-in instructions and directions to the Aqua Turf - were mailed in mid-March to all participating schools. This information is also available online at the link below. We ask that you please share this information with your honorees and their families as well as any school personnel registered to attend.
SEED Workshop Offered in April
On April 17th, CAS is hosting a workshop on the administrative evaluation model for SEED. This model will be in effect as of July 1, 2013 and will impact every administrator in Connecticut below the rank of superintendent. Come and get introduced to this evaluation/development process. There is no charge to attend but prior registration is required. Online registration is available at the link below
CANHS Conference Coming in May
National Honor Society members and advisors are encouraged to attend the 15th Annual CT Association of National Honor Societies State Conference on May 20th. This year’s program will engage students in discussions and activities that will build leadership skills and lead to the development of an action plan for providing community service. The featured speaker, Brittney Cavaliere, is a former state student council president and high school valedictorian.
CAS Wins Award for Contributions to Arts Education
CAS is the proud recipient of the CT Art Education Association’s Scott Shuler Distinguished Art Advocate Award for 2013. CAS was selected for its arts education advocacy efforts and its significant contributions to the advancement of visual arts education. Executive Director Karissa Niehoff will accept the award at a recognition dinner on April 7th at St. Clements Castle in Portland.
CIAC Hosts Second Bowling Championship This Weekend
The CIAC, in partnership with the Connecticut Bowling Proprietors Association, is holding the second CIAC Bowling Championship at AMF Circle Lanes in East Haven on Saturday, March 23rd beginning at 10 a.m. Thirty teams will be participating in the event with combined boys and girls teams competing for the championship.
Schools Encouraged to Participate in Project ACES on May 1st
Don't let your school miss out on the 25th anniversary of Project A.C.E.S. (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) on May 1, 2013! At 10 a.m. on May 1st, millions of students from all over the world will exercise together to promote proper health and fitness habits in what has been billed as “The World’s Largest Exercise Class.” This initiative has been held annually since 1989.