Legal Question of the Week
Dear Legal Mailbag: I am sick and tired of divorced parents treating me like a ping pong ball in their fights over their children. Normally, I want to stay out of such fights, but a request that I got last week has me stumped. The mother just got custody of her son, as she proved to me by showing me the court order. She told me that she will be going to court to get her son’s name changed, because he was named after her husband, whom she now despises. She explained that the divorce has depleted her bank account, and that she will not be able to seek a court order changing her son’s name for another six months. Given that her son is only seven, she told me that time is of the essence, and she has asked me to have her son’s teachers start calling him by his new name now. I told her that I could not do that, but she insists not only that I can, but also that I should. Is it possible that she is right?
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Security Symposium Draws Big Crowd
On January 7th, CAPSS, CABE, CASBO, CAS and CSDE hosted an all-day security summit to address the issue of school safety in the wake of the horrific shootings in Newtown last month. More than 850 school and municipal officials gathered at the Aqua Turf in Southington to hear national experts discuss strategies for preventing (mitigating), preparing for, responding to and recovering from any type of school-based emergency or crisis. Click on the link below for a conference recap and for access to symposium materials.
Last Call for Distinguished Friend of Education Nominations
Is there an extraordinary individual who has given his/her time, energy or expertise to your school? Has a local business provided services or resources which have resulted in positive experiences for your students? If so, please consider submitting a nomination for the CAS Distinguished Friend of Education Awards. The deadline is Monday!
Help Build the Next Generation of School Leaders
UCAPP, the University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program, is a terrific option for districts interested in growing their own building and district level leaders. With cohorts conveniently located throughout the state and the option to devote significant internship hours to local school and district priorities, it is a program worth considering for your teacher leaders, particularly those who might already be considering an 092 certification program. Please pass along the link below to any such individuals. We would enjoy meeting with them at one of three upcoming information sessions. We thank you in advance for helping encourage our next generation of school and district leaders.
Register Now for 14th Annual Elementary Arts Banquets
The 14th Annual Elementary Arts Banquets sponsored by Liberty Mutual will be held on February 5 and 6, 2013, at the Aqua Turf in Southington. This annual awards program is designed to recognize elementary students who demonstrate outstanding artistic ability, citizenship and cooperative skills.
Save the Date: Volunteer Recognition Banquet Set for March 12th
Join us on March 12th for the CAS Volunteer Recognition Banquet! Every school in Connecticut is blessed with parents and other volunteers who contribute to its success. Don’t miss this opportunity to give public recognition to those individuals who have made your school a better place to work and learn.
Registration for High School Arts Banquet Opens
The High School Arts Awards Banquet, for seniors who excel in either the performing or visual arts, is being held on Monday, April 1, 2013. This very successful event is being co-sponsored by Jostens and Bearingstar.
KiDSMARATHON Connecticut Selected As Finalist In Innovation Challenge
KiDSMARATHON Connecticut, a highly acclaimed school-based fitness and nutrition program which CAS has sponsored since 2009, has been chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Partnership for Healthier America’s Innovation Challenge to End Childhood Obesity.
Bring Unified Theater to Your School!
Unified Theater uses an entirely student-led model to bring students with and without disabilities together as equals. To join the Unified Theater movement, register today for the 4th Annual Connecticut Spotlight Summit to be held on February 8th. Student leaders of all abilities and their faculty advisors are invited to attend.