Welcome ECA Families! 

Thank you to our ECA Parents and the PACE organization for a wonderful evening and successful event on Saturday at Amarante's.
I would like to extend a sincere and special thanks to Katherine Armstrong and Djuna Clark for their organization and leadership. 
Having ECA alumni and NBC anchor Heidi Voight at our event was fantastic, but importantly reminded us of the impact ECA can have on our students..  
We would like to thank all of the parents, students, and staff that contributed to the event and the preparation that went into making it memorable.
For next year, we will continue to highlight our students and auction items that bring our school community together.
By the end of this school year, we will have next year's date ready in order to allow more families to plan ahead and find time to attend.
The success and joy behind this event relies on families, community members, and alumni that support ECA.
We look forward to another successful gala next year!
All the best,

ECA Congratulates our Seniors who have been accepted to the following colleges and universities:

The Hartt School
Maryland Institute College of Art
Frost School of Music - University of Miami
Syracuse University
Emerson College
SUNY Purchase
School of Visual Arts
Hunter College
Tuskegee University
Albertus Magnus College
Columbia College-Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
Emmanuel College
Cooper Union College
Boston Conservatory
Lasell College
Sarah Lawrence College
Carnegie Mellon
Bard College
The New School
Maine College of Art
Berklee College of Music
Cleveland Institute of Art
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Temple University
Southern University
Parsons School of Design
Harvard University
Rutgers University
Yale University
Barnard College
Brown University
Marymount Manhattan College
Savannah College of Art & Design
University of Tampa
Capilano University
Assumption College
Montclair University
New England Conservatory
Hampshire College
Baldwin Wallace
Lesley University
Florida State University
University of Maryland
Hampton University
Boston University
Quinnipiac University
Wittenberg University - Ohio
Howard University
Toronto Film School
Loyola University - New Orleans

May 2017

Dear ECA School Community:
Please join us for a relaxing and fun evening at Amarante's Sea Cliff for ECA's Third Annual Fundraising Gala!

We ask for your support and energy as we celebrate ECA with Alumni and NBC Television Anchor Heidi Voight.

Saturday, May 20th: 62 Cove Street, New Haven
Tuscan Buffet, Cash Bar, Wine Raffle, Silent Auction, and Amazing Student Performances.

Thank you to the anonymous donation funding our Theatre department teachers to attend.

If you would like to support or contribute to an ECA Faculty/Staff ticket, please feel free to do so in the link provided above.
  • The ECA Prom is this Friday, May 5 in the Arts Hall from 6:00-9:00PM. Tickets are on sale until Thursday, May 4. We ask that students are picked up at the conclusion of the event in a timely manner  
  • Congratulations to the ECA Student Delegation that returned from a successful tour of Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou. We are very proud of our students and staff that represented ECA on an international level of diplomacy and advancement for continued collaboration with our sister school. ECA Visit to Sister School School Gift Presentation Student Lecture in Tiananmen Square The Bund Boardwalk of Shanghai  Due to popularity, we will promote an annual service project trip to China, that will focus on a community service abroad and genuine authentic experience in the Chinese culture (Xi'an, Suzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai). Security deposits are now being accepted. ECA Global projects will now include an element of service in their study tours to additionally assist students obtain community service hours and credit toward independent projects for graduation requirements.  
  • The ECA Graduation is Monday, June 12 beginning at 1:15PM in the Arts Hall. ECA will accommodate requirements for handicap accessibility first before opening the doors to the public. Because we are aware of families attending other graduation events taking place on the same day, the ECA ceremony will conclude no later than 3:15PM. 
We look forward to seeing you at the ECA-PACE Gala and ECA Graduation!
Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our school and our students.
Warm Regards,

April 2017

Greetings ECA Families,
We are providing a link to an important survey for our students in order to collect feedback about their experience at ECA.
We will use this data for two purposes:
1) to focus on areas of improvement and growth for our student experience
2) to harness the student voice for program development and budgetary planning
We ask for your help over the next two days in assisting us by providing the link below to your student(s). 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate from contacting me.
Thank you in advance for your efforts,

March 2017

Dear ECA Community:
I would like to extend a sincere thanks to our families, students, and staff who participated in the legislative breakfast on February 22nd and sent their letters into their legislators’ offices. This has served as a tremendous insight for our state representatives and allowed us to see the breadth of impact ECA has had on families.
A special thank you to Music Student Margaux Lux and Alumni Parent Chris Barlow who testified at the state capitol last week. It was a full house and their words were well-received, and documented.
However, we are not done yet! We must continue to push and inform our state representatives, to personalize our stories for them, and to draw recognition to the success of our students. Magnet Schools still confront significant challenge for the future – not just this year or next.
We are in the process of developing long-term sustainable revenue that does three things:
  1. Maintain the integrity of our programming and staffing.
  2. Expand ECA beyond the region (Globalizing ECA) to promote our worth and value in arts and innovation.
  3. Make ECA more dynamic to families while strengthening our ability to operate successfully without budget restrictions or impending state regulations that will impact financing for magnet schools.
Currently we are doing this through:
  1. Morning Program with Highville Charter School that provides attending students with arts instruction toward their required course credits. This program is in its infancy and will develop as a fundamental example for morning projects at ECA that can support the New Haven community and generate beneficial pay for instructors. 
  2. International Enrollment with our sister school exchange partners (The International Academy at ECA) - In its infancy as well, students from our sister schools will enroll beginning in September 2017 to attend an academic morning program at ECA, followed by an art experience in the afternoon. We have accepted three students thus far and need your help to locate host families in the nearby New Haven area to best support their learning and cultural experiences. For further information and ECA’s Host Family Handbook, please contact jhiruo@aces.org.
  3. The ECA Summer Institute will provide learning opportunities to ECA students, CT students, and international sister school students at ECA for enrichment and advancement in the arts. Students will have the opportunity to connect to ECA instructors and further their interests and passions while developing cultural awareness and connections with students from around the world. The Summer Institute is developing its programming now, and we are interested to hear from families if you are interested! This summer program will also serve as a recruitment and promotional tool besides providing summer enrichment and fun learning for students. The program will begin in the morning with course work offered by our instructors and include lunch. The international students will pursue cultural and linguistic enrichment in the afternoons, which ECA students can also register for.
  4. ECA-TED Talks KIDS Partnership will allow ECA students to participate in a leadership forum that requires their mentorship, modeled behavior and guidance to their younger peers. ECA is currently working with TED KIDS to develop this on an international level that will bring students together on a global scale here at ECA, and potentially bring our students overseas. This is the first program of its kind and ECA is at the head of this concept. The ECA-TED TALKS KIDS partnership is in discussion now, and we are interested to hear from families if you are interested!
An important school-wide survey will be distributed very soon to families that requires your attention. This survey gathers information and feedback on how we are doing as a school and where we need to grow. This is a Parent/Guardian and Student Survey that we respectfully ask for your participation with.
On behalf of the ECA staff, we thank you for your time and consideration as you complete the survey.
Thank you for your committed support and enthusiasm for ECA.
Warm Regards,
If you are still interested in writing to your state representatives in support of ECA, I offer the following effective strategies for crafting your letters.  Below, please find a sample letter also. 
Some tips for effective communication:
• Be polite.
• Be clear and concise. Political office staff are very busy. Keep your letter as efficient as possible, while including all relevant information.
• Identify yourself as a constituent (if you are) or as a representative of the Community for the Educational Center for the Arts
• Explain your issue clearly. You are the expert on your topic. Give enough information for the Member to understand your position. If possible, illustrate the impact of the issue on his/her
district/state with personal anecdotes and local/state data.
• Tell the Member what action you want him/her to take; e.g., support magnet school funding in CT, support arts-infused education.
• Request a response. Ask what his/her position on the issue is or how s/he will vote on the bill.
• Offer yourself as a resource. Make sure your Member knows s/he can call on you for more information on your ECA educational experience.
• Don’t forget to include your contact information.
Basic but Important Points about ECA:
1. ECA draws 300 students from over 27 townships and communities throughout Connecticut.
2. ECA is a highly diverse learning environment that prioritizes skill development in resiliency and individual creativity.
3. ECA uses arts-based learning and arts-infused education to enhance student skills in: innovation; empathy; problem-solving; constructive feedback; critical assessment; self-worth and worth in others; voice and confidence; harnessing failure; and much, much more.
4. ECA employs professional, practicing artists and arts educators from all areas of expertise in the fields of art and education.
5. ECA is unique as an inter-district magnet arts high school, representing students on a regional scale unmatched by an other school in the State of Connecticut.
6. ECA receives more national, state, and regional arts awards AND honorable recognitions than any other school in the State of Connecticut.
Why FAX may be another good way to advocate:
E-mails are the easiest way to go, but they flood inboxes. E-mail could easily be overlooked or quickly forgotten.
Phone calls are another popular option, but no genuine record of your statement. Phone calls can be answered by assistants, often temporary positions that are often advised to simply keep a tally of the “For” and “Against” phone calls.
Sending a letter through “snail mail” is still fairly common, but letters can take a long time to arrive at the right office. Letters by mail can spend weeks in a universal receiving department being carefully screened and sorted. By then, it could be too late for your voice to make a difference.
Faxes, on the other hand, may solve some of these issues. They are as instantaneous as an e-mail without the same popularity and non-hard copy format that gets your message lost in the shuffle. You can write a fax in paragraph form so, unlike a phone call, you get across all of your thoughts. Also sending an email fax pose no security risk like snail mail, so your representatives' offices can hold a hard copy of your letter to leave a more concrete impression.
Thank you for your continued support and collaboration.
High Regards,
Jason Hiruo, Director

If you would like to reach out to your Representative yourself to show your support for ECA, please contact your representative listed below.
Thank you for your help and support.
Rep. Toni Walker 
Legislative Office Building
Room 2702
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Rep. Juan Candelaria
Legislative Office Building
Room 1804
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Rep. Patricia Dillon
Legislative Office Building
Room 4019
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Rep. Michael De Massa
Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
No phone listed
Rep. Roland Lemar
Legislative Office Building
Room 4041
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Rep. Alphonse Paolillo
Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
No phone listed
Sen. Leonard Fasano
Legislative Office Building
Room 3402
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Sen. Martin Looney
Legislative Office Building
Room 3300
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Sen. Gary Winfield
Legislative Office Building
Room 3800
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Attention Parents:  Passwords and sign-in information for the Powerschool parent portal will be mailed to parents the week of September 15th.

Powerschool information:  Parents may access powerschool through the parent portal.  Letters are sent out to parents during the month of September with passwords and log-in information.  Some grading for departments will not be posted until report cards are released.  If you should have any concerns or questions regarding your student’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher or school counselor.

The ACES 2015-2016 Parent Student Handbook can be found on the ACES main website at http://www.aces.org/about/publications-policies/parent-student-handbook.

Also, all updated forms, including student health, free and reduced meal information, and media release forms can be found on the ACES main website at http://www.aces.org/about/publications-policies/aces-forms.

Please click on the following link to read about the latest exciting developments at ECA:   Director's Newsletter

Grades: ECA Report cards are quarterly and progress reports are usually sent  if there is a need for the teacher to communicate to a parent mid-term.  Once our grades close and have been processed, ECA will send those grades to the sending school to be incorporated into their high school transcript.   In addition, ECA has our own transcript which lists all courses and grades from each year.   For Seniors applying to college, ECA will send transcripts directly to those schools or can send a transcript to the sending school Counselor to be included with other student materials.  For procedures on sending transcripts, please click on the following link:  Transcript Requests


An Important Message from Director Jason Hiruo for all Families of ECA:

The success of ECA is not solely based on a specific arts education, but in how we continue to help students further their individuality, creativity, and inner-confidence.

Together, we value the arts.

We use the arts as a vehicle to further skills of innovation, problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

We use the arts to advance empathy, voice, self-esteem, and citizenry.

We love the arts because it reminds us of who we are as we support our future.

We value the arts, and this is why we are here –

for our students,

for the school,

for ourselves,

for the importance of instilling the arts in the lives of children.

Best wishes to the ECA Class of 2016!


An Important Message from PACE for all Families of ECA

PACE Parents for Arts Centered Education

PACE takes on an urgent new task:  Supporting ECA's Outreach and Recruitment Efforts

Please coordinate with your district's liaison and promote ECA at your former Junior High School. Your talented ECA student is the best advertisement. Talk about your ECA experience to prospective students and their parents. Distribute ECA brochures which you can get from the Guidance Office. For questions: contact us

PACE Board

New Scholarship and College information available on the
College Scholarship and Information Page under the
Guidance Dept. as of June 2, 2015
Check regularly throughout the year for updates!

A Great New Opportunity!


ECA students have the ability to use Career Cruising to search for colleges and take interest inventories.  Juniors are currently meeting with Julie to work on college searches, however, all ECA students have access to this comprehensive site.  Please use the link below and use your ECA log-in information. (Your student ECA e-mail and your internet access code)



View highlights of Anikaya on the following link:  https://vimeo.com/194619649 

Please click on the following link to download a ticket order form:
Ragtime Ticket Order Form


Theatre Dept senior Malenky Welsh won first place in the English Speaker's Union Connecticut Shakespeare Competition on Wednesday, March 1st and senior Willow Giannotti-Garlinghouse won 2nd place.  There were 22 participants in the competition from high schools throughout Connecticut.
Malenky will represent ECA on May 1 at Lincoln Center in the National Shakespeare Competition!
Read the New Haven Register Feature Article about Malenky and Willow's achievement by clicking the following link: 
In the photo below, winners 1-4 from left to right.  First place:  Malenky Welsh - ACES ECA, Second place, Willow Giannotti-Garlinghouse - ACES ECA, Third place:  Elizabeth Bachmann - Convent of the Sacred Heart and 4th place:  Emma Lawton - Greens Farms Academy.


Reading by ECA Creative Writers, Thursday, January 26


6:00 p.m. call time for students

7:00-9:00 p.m. Reading

Doors open 6:55 p.m.


Please note: Travel Writing and Fiction classes will read in 2nd floor Arts Hall

Poetry and Memoir/Humor classes will read in 3rd floor Theatre Studio

Reception: 9:00-9:30


A Great Opportunity: Amazon Smile

ECA and PACE are collaborating to combine efforts, elevating our fundraising to benefit our students further.

Every resource adds to our learning programs, which will now be possible with Amazon Smile. It's just like shopping at Amazon.

  1. Click on, http://smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0804769
  2. Sign in with your username and password
  3. Select Parents for Arts Centered Education as your favorite charity
  4. Change your bookmark to Amazon Smile, and 0.5% of your purchase will go to ECA!!!

International Host Family Program

  • If you are interested in learning more about ECA's international host family program, please email jhiruo@aces.org. ECA is investigating the potential for a semester long exchange program with our sister schools in Shanghai, Kyoto, and Sydney. Participating host families would receive a monthly stipend of $850.

WANTED:  Used SLR Cameras for Photography Class!

Please donate your old 50mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Cameras
to the ECA Photography Class!
We need them ASAP for special photography projects.
Please drop them off at the ECA Main Office
In exchange for your donation,
we can offer you a letter for tax deduction purposes!

The Photography Class Thanks You!


Quick Links and Forms:

PACE Parents for Arts Centered Education

Parent Advocacy Fact Sheet

Parent Advocacy to Support ECA

ACES School Messenger Login Information

Absence/Early Dismissal Form

ACES ECA Shadow Visit Form

ACES ECA Brochure

ECA Faculty and Staff Directory