Welcome ECA Families! 

Dear ECA Community,
The Education Appropriations Hearing in Hartford will take place on Tuesday, 2/21 at 4 pm.  We will require as many magnet families and staff members to attend as possible and at least two to three representatives from each school to testify. This number has been updated, where prior we had the opportunity to only provide one parent and student representative. We have received written testimonials from ECA parents that have been submitted, but are looking for strong parent voices willing to articulate the concern at the state level. 
For Parents and Students Who Would Like to Testify on Tuesday:  We encourage as many parents to testify on Tuesday as possible. It’s important that we have the names and testimonies of anyone who would like to testify no later than 1pm on Monday, 2/21. Testimonies should be emailed to
Our CT Coalition for Magnet School lobbyist will sign up our parents first thing (7:30 am) Tuesday morning. The CT Coalition will provide pizza and other refreshments for our families attending. We will gather in the 2nd floor Atrium at the Legislative Office Building before proceeding to the Education Appropriations Hearing. The Hearing will take place in the Legislative Office Building, Room 2C, 300 Capital Avenue, Hartford.    
Transportation:  Anyone who would like to take the ACES bus, please RSVP to Evelyn Rosetti-Ryan at erossetti-ryan@aces.org by end of day, Monday, 2/20. If ECA registers over 40 people, we will be assigned our own bus.
For Parents/Guardians Who Cannot Attend The Hearing But Would Like to Submit Written Testimony:  Parents/Guardians who are not able to attend Tuesday’s hearing but would like to submit written testimonies should email their testimonies no later than 1 pm on 2/21. Testimonials can be in Word or PDF format. They should be sent toAPPtestimony@cga.ct.gov with a copy to erossetti-ryan@aces.org. Testimonies should be addressed to the three co-chairs of the Appropriations Committee: Senator Catherine Osten, Senator Paul Formica, and Representative Toni Walker.  Written testimonies should include the individual’s name and address.  
For additional magnet school advocacy information and resources, please go to the CT Coalition for Magnet School Funding website, www.ctmagnetschools.org.
Thank you for your continued support,
Jason Hiruo, Director
Educational Center for the Arts

Dear ECA Community:
First, thank you to all who have already contributed to our school's efforts to highlight the value and importance of ECA in the lives of so many people.
As we approach our anticipated legislative breakfast on February 22nd, I would like to remind you that your voice is important.
If you plan on attending our event on the morning of the 22nd, please be sure to RSVP to Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan, erossetti-ryan@aces.org.
Our state representatives and legislators need to hear from stakeholders in order to recognize the impact and concerns related to your ECA experience.
Attached, please find a sample letter that you can utilize as a model.
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

Dear ECA Community:
I am writing to you with a high level of importance.
Due to the state’s $1.5 Billion deficit, magnet schools in Connecticut are absorbing a substantial impact. In the approaching 2017-2018 school year, ECA will confront over a $500,000.00 budget reduction. This has far reaching results into our programming, staff, and the future of our school’s progress. We will maintain our commitment to continuing our progress and integrity of our school despite these reductions. However, your voice is necessary in helping us preserve ECA. 
  1. We are looking for an ECA parent and an ECA student that will testify at the Education Appropriations hearing on Tuesday, February 21st. Please contact jhiruo@aces.org directly if you are interested in participating as a representative for our school. We will need to submit written testimonies 10 days in advance of this event.
  2. We are organizing a series of legislative breakfasts to galvanize support for our magnet schools and to seek legislative support of our magnet school funding that will also carry our voice to the governor. It’s important that we get as many of our ECA families and staff as possible to attend these events. The legislative breakfasts are open to all ACES staff members as well. We know that many of you have hectic day schedules to maintain, but if you, family members and staff can attend, we know that your voice will be heard. 
    The dates for our legislative breakfasts are as follows:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (RSVP to erossetti-ryan@aces.org by Monday, February 20th)
ACES Educational Center for the Arts: 8:15 am – 9:15 am
The following have been invited:  Senator Fasano, Representative Walker, Representative Candelaria, Representative Winfield, Representative Dillon, Representative DiMassa, Representative Lemar, Representative Paolillo, and Senator Martin Looney.
If you can't attend the breakfast and 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)



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