Welcome ECA Families! 


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,
Jason
 
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
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.
Jason
Rep. Toni Walker 
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2702
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-8585
 
Rep. Juan Candelaria
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 1804
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-8585
 
Rep. Patricia Dillon
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 4019
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-8585
 
Rep. Michael De Massa
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
No phone listed
 
Rep. Roland Lemar
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 4041
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-8585
 
Rep. Alphonse Paolillo
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
No phone listed
 
Sen. Leonard Fasano
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3402
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-8800
 
Sen. Martin Looney
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3300
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-8614
 
Sen. Gary Winfield
Address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3800
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone
 860-240-0422

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

Sincerely,
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)

https://www2.careercruising.com/default/cplogin/ACES

 


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