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David C. Howes Named Interim Principal of EASTCONN’s Quinebaug…


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that David C. Howes has been chosen to lead EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) as its interim principal. Howes assumes his new role immediately, following the departure of Mary Kay Tshonas earlier this summer. “David joined…

EASTCONN Temporarily Suspends Driver Education Program


Windham County, July 16, 2020 – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, EASTCONN has decided to temporarily suspend its Driver Education Program. The program and its classes will resume at a later date, which has not yet been determined. All…

ACT, LEAP & QMC High Schools Graduate In-Person with Joy…


             In response to students’ wishes, EASTCONN’s magnet and alternative high school graduations took place outdoors, with student and guest speakers. Above, ACT’s valedictorian spoke to her fellow seniors about challenges, hope and the future.  The LEAP School’s seniors graduated in brilliant…

EASTCONN Magnet High Schools Enrolling Students Now for …


Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) If your student is interested in Acting, Creative Writing, Dance, Theater Production (lighting, set design and set construction and costume design) or Audio/Video, then ACT’s small-class, rigorous, arts-infused high school program may be the ticket…

8 ACT & 5 QMC Students Win Poetry, Writing…


                Thirteen EASTCONN magnet high school students have won awards for their works of poetry and fiction in two different contests this year.         Eight students who attend EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school…

Autism Program Gets Creative


  In mid-March, EASTCONN Autism Program (EAP) staff found themselves switching unexpectedly from an in-person, center-based program to a new, all-virtual teaching and learning system. The transition required swift, intensive planning, collaboration and creativity in order to build a comprehensive, at-home…

EASTCONN Builds Plan for Reopening Schools


This spring, in the midst of COVID-19 closures and the exponential rise of virtual learning, EASTCONN leaders began discussing how best to end the school year for students and staff, while simultaneously planning for their return in the fall.  EASTCONN’s Leading…

EASTCONN Announces its 2020 ACT, LEAP and QMC Graduates


            Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater and Quinebaug Middle College magnet high schools and the LEAP alternative high school.             ACT graduates: Carl Arthur Baker Jr., William Beaudry…

Staff Letter RE: Social Justice, Equity and Anti-Racism


June 3, 2020 Dear EASTCONN Community, I felt compelled to write to you during what can only be described as a series of disturbing events in our nation’s history. Not only are we managing the stunning reality of an unforeseen pandemic, but…

Youth Sought for Summer Youth Employment and Training Program May…


EASTCONN’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP), a short-term summer work experience for eligible eastern Connecticut youth, 14 to 24 years old, is currently accepting applications. The program is the result of a partnership between EASTCONN, New London Youth…

EASTCONN’s Kristin Hempel Elected to National COABE Council


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Kristin Hempel, the agency’s associate director of Adult and Community Programs, has been elected to represent nine Northeastern states on the national Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) council. EASTCONN was recently notified that Hempel…

Youth Sought for Summer Youth Employment and Training Program


EASTCONN’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP), a short-term summer work experience for eligible eastern Connecticut youth, 14 to 24 years old, is now accepting applications. The program is the result of a partnership between EASTCONN, New London Youth…

NASCAR Driver Ted Christopher Featured in ACT Student Film


In late February, EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school held a special assembly to recognize the recent video work of student Mark DiMauro, of Lebanon. The ACT senior wrote and produced “The King 13,”a documentary about…

Infant/Toddler Conference Focuses on Building Family Partnerships to Support…


In early March, before schools and businesses closed down, more than 120 early-childhood providers and educators from across Connecticut attended EASTCONN’s 7th Annual Infant/Toddler Conference, to learn more about “Connecting with Families: Building Partnerships to Support Children’s Learning.” Led by a…

A Message From EASTCONN Executive Director Gary S. Mala


  As our region, state and nation face the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 virus has created, EASTCONN has joined its generous neighbors in responding as responsibly and as quickly as possible to support our region’s students, staff and families.  Closing our…

EASTCONN’s Coronavirus Response: Highlights, as Our Work Continues…


  EASTCONN staff is working hard to respond effectively to the region’s pandemic-related challenges. Teaching, learning and collaborating from home has become part of daily life as we continue to support the students, families and educators that we serve. Below is…

EASTCONN Food Services Distributes Thousands of Meals to Students, Families


In response to well-founded concerns that pandemic-related school closings in northeastern Connecticut would leave hundreds of students and families without adequate breakfasts and lunches each day, EASTCONN Food Services quickly shifted away from its brick-and-mortar school lunch programs, and focused…

EASTCONN Contacts & Program Updates


EASTCONN Adult & Community Programs All classes and programs are either canceled or have moved to an online delivery method through 3/31/20. For updates, go to Adult and Community Programs and for questions, contact Associate Director Kristin Hempel at khempel@eastconn.org. EASTCONN American…

EASTCONN Student Food Service Updates


EASTCONN Food Service is providing meals to children 18 and under while schools and programs are closed, in our best efforts to accommodate our communities during this unprecedented time. Parents or guardians of students enrolled in Sterling Community School, Pomfret…

EASTCONN High Schools are Recruiting Now for 2020-2021


ACT - EASTCONN’s Willimantic-based Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) arts magnet high school offers a demanding, arts-integrated and standards-based curriculum with majors in acting/vocal performance, audio/video production, creative writing, dance and theater production. ACT is designed for independent, capable…