Welcome ECA Families! 

June 2017

Dear ECA Community,

As we ready for summer, we are also preparing to welcome The ECA Class of 2021.
This year, we confronted significant challenge with budget reductions as all Connecticut schools have.  However, I am confident that we will weather the storm as we make new progress in initiatives strengthening the integrity of ECA programming. In the meantime, we are looking at creative alternatives to offset the challenges we confront in the upcoming year.

Due to budgetary restrictions, ECA will suspend integrated studies courses for the 2017-208 school year. The time originally allocated for integrated studies will now focus on new and enhanced content opportunities within each department.

We are currently working with ACES to build a summer PE/Health course to take place during the ACES Summer Academy with certified teachers. In addition, we are considering an after-school yoga, movement, or martial arts class once a week to support students who need PE credit in place of their Tuesday elective program. Please email jmichaelson@aces.org if you would like more information on the PE/Health course.

In addition, we are forging ahead with the development of summer enrichment courses through our departments. This is evolving as you have recently received information on our first two Visual Arts classes in July. Next summer will mark the first annual Summer Institute that connects international and Connecticut students to the Arts through departmental instruction and cultural experiences.
The ECA Graduation will take place on Monday, June 12 at 1:15PM. Doors open at 1:00PM. We are focused on managing an efficient graduation ceremony so that families may reach their next destination or graduation event on this day.
There will be an informational meeting on June 19 at 4:30PM for the CT Student Ambassador Service Project Tour. This will take place in the ECA Arts Hall. Spots are limited.
ECA Families will receive the Summer Mailing during the first week of July. This packet will require families to update contact information and submit participation/permission forms for the upcoming year.
A new student service project-learning tour will take place in November 2017. This experience offers students the opportunity to experience cultural immersion AND volunteerism with peers demonstrating global citizenry as we visit four charity schools for disadvantaged students. In addition, participants experience the world's greatest archaeological dig! Students can gain community service hours, cultural competency credit, and utilize their experience for college applications. Service Project-Learning Tour November 2017 
Students seeking experience and community service hours can participate in the Arts & Ideas Festival this summer https://goo.gl/forms/TRHmhX0HaTrWExUn1

Thank you,
Jason Hiruo


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 2017!


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)



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