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 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 with a copy to 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,
Thank you for your continued support,
Jason Hiruo, Director
Educational Center for the Arts

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)


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

New Scholarship and College information available on the

College Scholarship and Information Page under the

Guidance Dept.

Check regularly throughout the year for updates!

Integrated Studies:  Please click the links below to see Integrated Studies course offerings and course descriptions:

Integrated Studies Sign up Form

Integrated Studies 2016-17 Course Descriptions

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

Sister Cities International Global Arts and Literary Contest

Each year, Sister Cities International - the Young Artists and Authors Showcase - encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork and literature. All students must submit their work based on a designated theme that is announced each year. Artwork is sent from member cities to Washington, D.C. where a panel of judges selects the winners based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation.

This year, a collaborative partner of ECA Global Projects -  Sister Cities International ( sponsors a Global Arts and Literary Contest. Each member City (New Haven) is allowed to submit ONE entry for a juried $1,000 prize. The requirement is that the student be between 13 and 18 years old (except for the Photography and Film category…see attached explanation) and either be a student in New Haven (ECA) or live in New Haven.

The submissions (mid-March) will be on view in New Haven and the jury will announce the winning entry from New Haven. ECA will be working with New Haven officials so that all entries (including poetry entries) will be digitized and projected next August on the public buildings surrounding the historic Green during the city’s annual celebration of Global Music Month. We are working in collaboration with New Haven planners for next year’s four concerts (Saturday evenings): Mexico, Puerto Rico, Opera (Italy) and Jazz (America’s gift to the world). The winner will be recognized at the concerts and the art work beautifully and powerfully displayed on our buildings after dusk for all to enjoy. This is truly an opportunity for ECA students. 

For further information please visit the following link:




Submission Details














  •  1  Piece of art on behalf of their community
  •  1  Piece of art on behalf of each of their sister city communities
  • Art must be two dimensional, unframed, and no larger than 24in. x 36in. No photography. Media of all other types are encouraged, including pencil, ink, paint, prints, collage, mixed media, etc.



To local

 Sister Cities

March 31



May 1




  • 500 words or less
  • Multiple entries are allowed for sister city members and their international city partners.  However, please limit five entries per classroom.



May 1




  • 200 words or less
  • Same as above for essays



May 1











  • Must be submitted through Instagram and must include @SisterCitiesInt, #YAAS2017, and the city, state, and country where the photographer is from(New Haven) in the phot0’s caption to qualify.
  • Multiple entries are allowed per student



May 1




  • Short films 1-10 minutes in length
  • Films shot in color or black and white; documentary, fiction, and/or animation are all eligible.
  • Film entries must be submitted via Cinequest. A link to submit can be found at



May 1





  • 1 US Artist $1000
  • 1 International Artist $1000
  • 1 Poet $1000
  • 1 Essayist $1000
  • 1 Photographer $1000
  • 1 Filmmaker $1000




  • 5 US Finalists – Artist Category
  • 5 International Finalists – Artist Category
  • 2 Poetry Finalists
  • 2 Essay Finalists
  • 5 US Finalists – Photography Category
  • 5 International Finalists -  Photography Category
  • 1 Finalist – Film Category