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In This Issue - April 17, 2017

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CALLING ALL MEMBERS! JOIN US FOR END-OF-YEAR RECEPTION!

CAS is hosting its annual spring membership reception on May 9th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Please join us for a casual cocktail reception to celebrate the end of another successful school year and to honor those individuals who have contributed so generously to our work. This year, six administrators will be recognized for their extraordinary service to the association. Congratulations to Laurie Boske, Jon Capone, Rich Dellinger, Victoria Reed, Deane Renda and Beth Smith!
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FINE ARTS SUPPORT THE COMMON CORE

The final session of the 2017 Connecticut Core State Standards Leadership Community of Practice series will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd, and it's one not to miss! Presenters Brian Frazier, Fine Arts Coordinator for the Stratford Public Schools, and Professor Dee Hansen of the Hartt School will offer an in-depth look at the CCSS for the Fine Arts and discuss how the arts increase student learning in all disciplines. The session is offered without charge to school and district leaders and includes continental breakfast.
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A SPECIAL INVITATION TO ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS

The role of the assistant principal has gone through great change over the past few years. CAS is looking to form an advocacy group comprised of assistant principals that can target areas of concern, interests or issues that are pertinent to them as well as to ALL school leaders. Assistant principals at all levels are invited to join in a conversation and sharing of ideas over a light dinner on Monday, May 15th from 4:00-6:00 PM at CAS. If interested, please RSVP by email to: dschilke@casciac.org.

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FINAL PLS SESSION LOOKS AT EQUITY FROM BROADER PERSPECTIVE

The last Principals' Leadership Series (PLS) session of the year will be held on May 10th and will address the all-important topic of equity. Presenter Dr. Deirdra Preis from Fairfield Warde High School will discuss achievement gaps as they exist not only in low-income districts but in some of CT's highest-achieving and highly resourced schools. Participants can learn how to have the difficult conversations and make the changes in practice needed to ensure that all students are accessing resources and achieving their potential. This morning workshop will be held at the CAS office in Cheshire and is open at no charge to all CAS members.
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DR. NIEHOFF TO BE HONORED BY CALAS

CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff will be honored by the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS) at its inaugural gala on May 6th at the Radisson in Cromwell. Dr. Niehoff is one of five individuals who will be recognized for their efforts to advance equity and expand resources and opportunities for Hispanic/Latino students and educators.
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CT STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON THE VALUE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Last fall, the National Federation of State High School Associations launched its #MyReasonWhy campaign. The program is aimed at highlighting all the reasons students choose to participate in high school sports and activities. Inspired by the campaign, we asked some Connecticut high school student leaders to share their stories and perspectives on the positive benefits and experiences of high school sports and activities. Hear first-hand how being involved in education-based activity programs has led them to higher levels of academic performance and helped them develop essential life skills.
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CSBE VOTES ON ROLE OF STATE MASTERY TESTS IN TEACHER EVALUATION

Earlier this month, the Connecticut State Board of Education voted to preserve the role of state mastery tests in the educator evaluation and support system to inform goal-setting and professional development planning, but not as a measure to be used to calculate a final evaluation rating. The action was in keeping with recommendations made by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC).
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STATE GRADUATION RATES REACH ALL-TIME HIGH

Last week, Governor Dannel Malloy and Commissioner Dianna Wentzell announced that graduation rates in the state reached an all-time high during the 2016 school year, hitting 87.4%, and that graduation gaps continue to close. Connecticut students continue to graduate high school within four years at a significantly higher rate than the national average of 83.2%. Additional statistics, including graduation rate gaps among student groups, are available in the governor's press release. The state has also published the 2016 graduation rates for all Connecticut high schools. This data will be posted on EdSight shortly but can be downloaded in an Excel file for those who would like to get an early look.

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2017 CT GREAT TEACHERS ESSAY CONTEST

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, the state department has launched the first annual Connecticut State Department of Education Great Teachers Essay Contest. The contest, open to students in grades 5 through 8, gives students a chance to champion a teacher who has inspired them to learn, grow, and rise to their potential. It also gives teachers the chance to hear about the impact of their work from the students themselves. The theme of this year’s contest is: “My teacher has inspired me...” The winner will be announced on May 9, 2017, which is National Teacher Day, and will receive a certificate of achievement and an invitation with his or her teacher to attend the Celebrating Excellence in Education event next fall. The winning essay and the top 10 finalists’ essays will be published and shared on the state department’s website. Essays are due by Monday, May 1, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Please encourage your students to participate!
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GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM SEEKING TEACHER APPLICANTS FOR 2017-18

The JDO Global Partnership Program connects classrooms in the U.S., England, Ireland, Wales, and Italy, facilitating the use of technology to build friendships among students around the world. Participating classes collaborate on shared projects and communicate weekly through email and blogging and monthly in a live setting. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now being accepted. Teachers in grades 3 through 6 are eligible to apply.
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LEGAL MAILBAG

The Legal Mailbag column is written by Attorney Thomas Mooney of the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education. Readers are invited to submit short, law-related questions of practical concern to school administrators. One question and its answer will be published in this column each week. Questions may be edited; authors will not be identified; and answers cannot be considered formal legal advice. Please submit questions to: legalmailbag@casciac.org

Dear Legal Mailbag:
Recently, a parent stopped by my office unannounced to complain that one of my teachers was rude to her darling little son. This is not the first time that she has leveled an accusation against one of my teachers, and I decided to call her bluff by telling her that I really can’t do anything unless she puts her complaint in writing. I thought that would be the end of it, but the parent surprised me by showing up at my office yesterday, again unannounced, to give me her written complaint.
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