Legal Question of the Week
Dear Legal Mailbag: Our junior class has petitioned the board of education to hold graduation exercises in a very popular locale. Indeed, it is so popular that one must book it more than a year in advance. While the board would be happy to approve this request, with all the weather-related problems in recent years, the board has asked me to guarantee that, not matter what happens, it will be OK to go ahead with graduation on the specified date. Is there any way I can do that?
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CAS Recognizes Excellence in Education
Over 550 guests were in attendance at the Recognition of Excellence in Education reception last month to honor deserving schools, programs and individuals. Glastonbury’s Naubuc School and East Lyme Middle School were recognized as the CAS Elementary School of the Year and the CAS Middle School of the Year, respectively. Also recognized were the Outstanding First Year Principals and Exemplary Educators for 2012-2013.
SBAC Invites Feedback
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has released draft achievement level descriptors (ALDs) for public review and invites feedback through January 15, 2013. Developed by K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and content experts, the initial ALDs describe levels of student performance in English language arts/literacy and mathematics on the Smarter Balanced assessments. Smarter Balanced has also released a college content-readiness definition with associated implications for 12th-grade and postsecondary coursework at each achievement level on the 11th-grade assessment. The draft initial ALDs and an online feedback survey are posted on the Smarter Balanced web site.
CAS to Hold Annual Teacher Evaluation Series
CAS will be sponsoring its annual Teacher Evaluation Series with a bit of a different twist this year. With the advent of the System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED), this year's series will focus on that model as the evaluation process for exploration and discussion. This series will qualify participants to receive the 15 hours of staff supervision CEU credit mandated under state law for continued licensure.
Still Time to Register for Elementary Student Leadership Conferences
Registration for the 20th Annual Elementary Leadership Conferences will remain open until December 21. The conferences will be held in January for students in grades 4 through 6 at four regional sites and will feature interactive learning experiences in productive thinking, decision-making, and communication skills.
Fall Sports Season Comes to a Close
Last weekend's football championships marked the end of a successful fall sports season. Go to CIAC Tournament Central for all fall tournament results.