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,

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

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

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 (www.sistercitiesinternational.org) 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 sistercities.org/YAAS



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