OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
The fence around the elementary school where I am principal has been broken for months and, with the tough budget times, I have waited in vain for the district maintenance crew to come fix it. The fence is an eyesore; and, one parent even told me he thinks that it is dangerous. That seems a stretch, but it gave me an idea. What do you think about my writing the director of maintenance a scary memorandum about the broken fence and the risk that children will slip through a gap in the fence and get run over by a bus?
Admins Invited to Participate in High-level Training
In partnership with the CSDE, CAS has developed a year-long leadership training program for school leaders – principals and assistant principals – in the 30 Alliance districts. The eligibility to participate in this program is now being extended to school leaders in the rest of the state. It is rigorous, high level training with month-to-month differentiated assignments, opportunities for hands-on experiences, and a great deal of dialogue between and among the participants, presenters, and CSDE and CAS staff members. There is NO CHARGE for the Principals’ Leadership Series, which includes the opening 2-day workshop with overnight at The Heritage in Southbury on November 13th and 14th. The deadline for registering for the leadership series is Monday, November 4th.
Please Complete 2-minute Survey on Advisory Programs
The Connecticut Association of Schools is collecting data on advisory programs in Connecticut middle and high schools. Please assist us by completing this survey. It should take no more than two minutes.
Use Your iPad to Enhance Your Productivity
Have an iPad and want to put it to better use in your work as an administrator? Learn about the productivity tools available for the iPad. Use Pages, Numbers and Keynote to create professional documents and multimedia presentations. Plus, get hands-on practice using the iPad for teacher observation and evaluation. MORE
CIAC Provides E-mail/SMS Updates for Fall Tournaments
The CIAC will release tournament pairings for 15 total championships in four fall sports on Friday, Nov. 1. The best way for media and sports enthusiasts to follow the action is to sign up for CIAC E-mail/SMS Updates for tournament competition. To do so, go to http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=116. A mailing list is available for each CIAC-sponsored championship and the updates will include the pairings release, results, schedules and schedule changes. The information is available either through e-mail or SMS text messages. There is no charge for the SMS text message service, however standard text messaging rates from your mobile carrier will apply.
Share Your Good News With CAS!
Did your students engage in a successful community service project? Did your school win a grant to support an after-school initiative? Did a staff member receive national recognition? Did your debate team win the state championship? If so, tell us about it! We will post an announcement on our newly redesigned website. Our new “Member School News” feature allows us to spread the word about the good things going on in our member schools! Just send a news link or a blurb to Karen Packtor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't Miss the 2013 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference!
The CIAC will host its 2013 Sportsmanship Conference, featuring keynote speaker and teen leadership specialist A'ric "The Dream Achiever" Jackson and breakout sessions with the Positive Coaching Alliance, on November 21, 2013 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, Conn.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Please Update Your Membership Directory Information
Attention member school principals! Please be sure to update your membership directory information for the new school year. It is vital that we keep our membership data as current as possible so that mailings are sent to the appropriate individuals. This allows member schools to take full advantage of the benefits of CAS membership. MORE