Every February since 2000, the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) holds a Connecticut Elementary Schools Celebration of the Arts to provide elementary schools the opportunity to recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional artistic abilities. Two outstanding students in the highest grade level of each of the elementary schools in the State are honored. These students have excelled in the areas of visual or performing arts and exhibited high levels of citizenship and cooperative skills.

In order to accommodate the large numbers, two separate banquets will be hosted in successive nights at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Hartford Public Schools attends the first day of this two-day celebration.

Teacher of the Year 2015 – Student Performances


Classical Magnet School

Ben Harlee, Nick Serramb√°na & Phillip Cockings

“Afro Blue” by Mongo Santamari

Led by David Epstein

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Hannah Woodruff, Tess Robinson, Kolby Blaschik, Victoria Picard & Genesis Ramirez

A performance from the musical “Wicked”

Led by Beth Manke

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

Sirika Brown, Shavoka Ceasar, Amelia Nelson, Sara-Lee Stewart & Richard Williams

A dance & rap performance

Led by Kim Bridges