OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
One of the students at the high school has never been on a sports team in his life, but team spirit runs through his body. Unfortunately, his team spirit is out of control; and he has been a one-man wrecking crew on the Internet. He insults coaches from other schools with spectacularly vulgar language, and he taunts players on opposing teams with inflammatory posts. Yesterday, however, he may have crossed the line.
CT High Schools Encouraged to Participate in Community Service Month
The CAS Student Advisory Board is engaged in a dynamic effort to get high schools across the state to connect through community service. The idea is to do a new or revamped and expanded project during the month of April and to register it on the CAS website. Each school that registers a project will be added to a map displaying the positive impact CT high school students have in the state by working on one community, one school, and one person at a time.
Malloy Announces Fitness Challenge for Elementary & Middle Schools
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has launched a multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign which encourages and rewards innovation in the area of youth fitness. As part of the campaign, the National Champion Schools Challenge will award fitness centers to elementary and middle schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness. MORE
Registration Open for State Robotics Championship!
Registration is open for the Second Annual High School Robotics Team Championship which will take place at Haddam-Killingworth High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Schools that are currently partnering with Connecticut FIRST are eligible to vie for the coveted title of Robotics Team Champions! MORE
NAESP Launches Initiative for New Principals
NAESP has launched a National Panel of New Principals. This panel is a one-of-a-kind initiative that is dedicated to principals who are in the first or second year of the principalship. By participating, new principals will contribute to a dynamic knowledge base about what it's really like to be a new principal today. And they'll gain insights into how their experience as a new principal compares to their peers both within their state and throughout the nation. MORE
Middle Level Arts Conference Coming in May
The 13th Annual Arts in the Middle Conference will be held on May 20, 2014, at the University of Hartford's Art School. This conference provides middle level art students a chance to participate in challenging artistic workshops and create their own work. MORE
Last Call to Register for Climate Workshops
CAS is pleased to offer a regional series of half-day workshops that will feature school visits and discussions on creating successful school climate plans. These workshops will focus on what every school needs to do to design and implement a comprehensive climate plan. Registration closes soon. MORE
Registration Now Open for the CANHS State Conference!
The CT Association of National Honor Societies Annual State Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell on Friday, May 23, 2014. The theme of this year's event is: Achieving Higher Levels of Leadership is an Inside-Out Process. A panel of extraordinary students will keynote the conference, illustrating the power of purpose-driven leadership to create lasting change and deeply impact individuals and the community. MORE
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
CCER Sponsors Common Core Communications Contest
The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is now accepting submissions for its Common Core Communications contest. Are you a school administrator who is communicating the changes to parents at your school? Let us know, and you could win a $1,000 unrestricted grant. Find out more or enter to win at http://ctedreform.org/common_core/.
CAS Offers Administrator Evaluation Training
CAS will offer four training sessions during the SY 2014-2015 to acquaint new administrators with the provisions of the SEED Administrator Evaluation Model. Two sessions (August 4, 5 and February 2, 4) are scheduled to be held at CAS and participants may register via the CAS website. EASTCONN will host a session on July 21 and 22; and CES will host on the dates of September 15 and 16. Please check the EASTCONN and CES websites to register for workshops being held at those venues. These workshops are offered without charge and are sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
May Coaching Education Offerings
Do you need a permit to coach in Connecticut? Or, do you need CEUs to renew your existing coaching permit? Check out the May course offerings on the Connecticut Coaching Education Program website. Of particular note are two new courses for swimming and football coaches: Module 50 - Swimming Pool Safety Training for Swimming Coaches and PE Instructors; and, Module 51 -Safety Training for Football Coaches. MORE