OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
I would like to share something personal in the hope that you can help me. Since my divorce last year, I haven’t felt much like dating. My ex fought me at every turn, and I have been exhausted. However, this year, we hired a new math teacher, and we have really hit it off. He is handsome and polite and even laughs at my jokes. Our relationship has evolved over these months, and I find myself just hoping that I will see him during the day.
Last Call for "Heart of the Arts" Award Nominations
Do you know a student who is involved in the arts and has demonstrated exemplary ‘heart’ – i.e., integrity, citizenship, good character, perseverance – in his or her chosen activity? If so, please consider submitting a nomination for the new “CAS Heart of the Arts Award”! This award seeks to recognize students involved in high school performing or visual arts programs who exemplify the core values of education-based activities. The March 7th deadline is quickly approaching! MORE
2014 CHET Dream Big! Competition
The 2014 CHET Dream Big! Competition is a drawing and essay competition that invites Connecticut’s K-5 students to express themselves creatively – with a chance to win some great prizes. The Dream Big! Competition will award three grand prizes of $1,000 CHET 529 college savings accounts – the highest prize amount in the contest’s history. An additional 60 students will win a $500 CHET account. The school with the highest number of entries will also win $500; and the 10 teachers who submit the greatest number of entries will win an iPad mini for their classroom. Go to http://www.chetdreambig.com/ for contest details, entry forms and free promotional materials.
Annual Marine Science Day Scheduled for May 14th
Registration is now open for the annual Marine Science Day. Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join us on May 14th for a day of coastal exploration and hands-on learning activities. Whether it is delving into the depths of the CT River or sampling along the shore in Essex, Marine Science Day is a great way to get students out of the classroom and immersed in unique and ecologically rich marine habitats! MORE
Athletic Directors to Discuss Pertinent Sports Issues
The 30th Annual Athletic Directors Conference will be held on March 27 & 28, 2014, at the Sheraton Hartford South, Rocky Hill. The two-day program will feature presentations by Peak Performance's Brian Cain and Shipman & Goodwin's Thomas Mooney and will offer workshops on critical issues in middle and high school sports. The CIAC staff will be on hand to review CIAC rules and regulations. MORE
Arts in the Middle Conference Date Set
The Annual Arts in the Middle Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the University of Hartford Art School. This conference promotes the arts by providing middle school students artistic challenges and opportunities to create their own work. MORE
ACT/SAT Prep Programs Available
The NFHS is partnering with eknowledge to offer free SAT and ACT Preparatory DVDs to NFHS member state associations and their constituent high schools. These programs normally sell for $199.95; however, through this generous gift, students in CIAC member schools can receive a free copy for only shipping and handling costs. The DVDs include 11 hours of video instruction, practice tests, sample questions and more than 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material. This program is designed for the students to study at their own pace. In the past several years, eknowledge has donated more than 200,000 programs with a value of $42 million. Click on the "MORE" link to view a YouTube video explaining the program in its entirety. To secure a donated program, go to www.eknowledge.com/NFHS. MORE
Capital Prep Senior Promotes Self-Advocacy to Eighth Graders
As part of the graduation requirements at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, students are challenged to do a Senior Social Justice Project (SSJP). Senior Savannah Pollard chose to address how a lack of self-advocacy affects middle school students’ academic performance. She then teaches students several different self-advocacy skills. Click here to read Savannah’s story.