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EASTCONN Names New Interim Principal of QMC

Note: The following letter was sent to parents July 27, 2020.

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Good news! I am pleased to announce that we have chosen a wonderful interim principal to take up the leadership reins at QMC. Effective immediately, David C. Howes will become QMC’s interim principal. As a result, our students and staff will start the school year with a seasoned administrator, who can lead them through the challenges ahead, and provide the immediate continuity and consistency that our school needs. As you know, former QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas resigned in July to accept another position. We wish her all the best.

David joined the EASTCONN family last summer as principal of EASTCONN’s LEAP School, an alternative high school in Willimantic. His work with our LEAP students and staff has been exemplary. And, because he has worked with staff from all of the EASTCONN schools, including QMC, David will be able to seamlessly transition from his exclusive role at LEAP, which he will continue to oversee, to his new role at QMC.

David was previously principal and executive director (2014-2019) at New London’s Interdistrict School of Arts and Communication (ISAAC), where he taught between 1998 and 2011. He served as ISAAC’s executive director for many years. He was an education consultant for Hartford and New Haven, and served as assistant principal in Hartford. He earned his B.A. and master’s from Connecticut College and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership at UConn, where he also completed UConn’s Executive Leadership Program. David also holds both Superintendent (093) and School Administrator (092) certificates.

Happily, David is already familiar with EASTCONN’s student-centered approach to learning, and our culture and classroom practices. His focus is, and will continue to be, on providing the vigorous, joyful and meaningful learning environments that our students and staff have come to know.

Please join us for a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, July 29, at 6 p.m., when you can meet and chat with David, and we can discuss QMC’s reopening plans for the coming school year.

For the Zoom meeting link, please refer to this letter sent to your Inbox.

Looking forward to seeing you on this Wednesday, July 29th at 6 p.m.!

Sincerely,

Diane Dugas
Director of EASTCONN Leading & Learning

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EASTCONN Names New Interim Principal of QMC (Spanish)

Estimados/as padres/madres, encargados/as y estudiantes,

¡Buenas noticias! Me complace anunciar que hemos escogido un principal interino fantástico para tomar las riendas del liderazgo de QMC. Inmediatamente efectivo, David C. Howes se convertirá en el principal interino de QMC. Como resultado, nuestros/as estudiantes y personal comenzarán el año escolar con un administrador experimentado, que puede guiarles con los retos en el futuro, y proveerles la continuidad inmediata y consistencia necesaria en nuestra escuela.  Como ya saben, la Principal Mary Kay Tshonas renunció en julio para aceptar otra posición. Le deseamos los mejores éxitos.

David se unió a la familia de EASTCONN el verano pasado como principal de la Escuela LEAP de EASTCONN, una escuela superior alternativa en Willimantic. Su trabajo con nuestros/as estudiantes y personal de LEAP ha sido ejemplar. Y, como ha trabajado con el personal de todas las escuelas de EASTCONN, incluyendo a QMC, David tendrá una fácil transición de su papel administrativo en LEAP, el cual continuará en su nuevo papel en QMC.

En el pasado, Davis ha sido principal y director ejecutivo (20014-2019) de la Escuela de Arte y Comunicaciones Interdistrital de New London (ISAAC), dónde enseñó entre 1998 y 2011.  Sirvió como director ejecutivo de ISAAC por muchos años. También fue consultor de educación en Hartford y New Haven, y sirvió como asistente de principal en Hartford. Obtuvo su diploma Universitario B.A. y especialización M.A. de Connecticut College y su Certificado de Sexto Año en Liderazgo en Educación de UConn, dónde también completó el Programa Liderazgo Ejecutivo de UConn. David también mantiene certificados de educación de Superintendente (093) y Administrador de Escuelas (092).

Es una ventaja que David ya está familiarizado con el enfoque de aprendizaje centrado en el/la estudiante, y en las prácticas y cultura del salón de clase de EASTCONN. Su enfoque es, y continuará siendo, proveer ambientes de aprendizaje vigorosos, alegres y significativos conocidos y preferidos por nuestros/as estudiantes y personal.

Por favor, acompáñenos en una reunión virtual en Zoom el miércoles el 29 de julio, a las 6 p.m., cuándo pueden conocer y platicar con David, y podemos abordar le plan de reapertura de QMC para el próximo año escolar.

Para el enlace de la reunión de Zoom, por favor busque la carta enviada a su buzón de correo electrónico.

¡Esperamos verles este miércoles el 29 de julio a las 6 pm.!

Sinceramente,

Diane Dugas

Directora de Liderazgo y Aprendizaje de EASTCONN

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Quinebaug Middle College to Host Virtual Open House May 20

EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), a regional magnet high school, is hosting a Virtual Open House on Wed., May 20, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place as an online Zoom session. Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend.

QMC, located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson, is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. This online session will allow interested families to tour the facility virtually and attend a Q&A session hosted by QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas.

The special Zoom session can be found online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89236356081. The password for the session is QMC. The session requires no pre-registration and is open to the public.

QMC has a limited number of seats remaining for academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in fall 2020-2021. Students seeking a more independent learning environment, tailored to their academic and career goals, are welcome to apply. 

QMC offers high school students a middle college experience that enables them to earn a high school diploma, while also earning college credits from QVCC – at no additional cost.

Students who successfully complete QVCC courses have an advantage when applying to college or any post-secondary program, not only because they’ve earned free, transferrable college credits, but because they’ve demonstrated their ability to succeed in a college environment. Highly motivated students can graduate from high school with enough credits to earn an associate’s degree.

Once enrolled at QMC, students will have access to high-tech laboratories, career and vocational resources, and other college amenities. Unique to the middle college experience is the opportunity to take college courses side-by-side with QVCC college students. 

Areas of study at QMC include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), liberal arts, allied health and  advanced manufacturing.

Currently, QMC enrolls 180 students, grades 9-12, from 22 towns across northeastern Connecticut.

Housed in a $24-million, state-of-the-art facility on the campus of QVCC in Danielson, QMC offers northeastern Connecticut students many small-school advantages that include small classes; one-on-one mentor and advisory support; a rigorous, Humanities-rich and STEM-integrated curriculum; an embedded focus on public service projects; access to the Mobile STEM Lab allowing for in-the-field science experiments; and a Town Meeting governance model that gives all students a voice in how their school is run. 

Students who want to enroll at QMC for 2020-2021 may visit www.eastconn.org/qmc to download an application.

To learn more, call QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas at 860-932-4137, or reach her at mtshonas@eastconn.org

QMC is operated by EASTCONN as part of a partnership that includes EASTCONN, QVCC, Brooklyn, Franklin, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Thompson, Voluntown, Windham and Woodstock. Enrollment is not limited to students who live in partner towns; students from across the region are welcome to apply.

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of schools and communities in northeastern Connecticut since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org and follow EASTCONN at www.facebook.com/wherelearningcomestolife

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COVID-19 EASTCONN Letter to Parents, February 28, 2020 (English)

Dear Parent/Guardians,

On February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC emphasized that there is not currently a COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. 

At this time, there are no reports of COVID-19 in our state or community. We are monitoring all reported illnesses as we do during each flu season.

With the increased focus on COVID-19 at both the national and local levels, we wanted to share with you the steps we have taken within our EASTCONN schools and programs to prevent the spread of illness: 

Instructional reminders of best health practices have been shared with students and personnel.

Our classrooms and facilities are regularly sanitized to reduce the spread of germs.

Informational posters, regarding symptoms and prevention, have been distributed to all sites.

To reduce the potential for any illness, please remind your family that the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices, including: 

Enforcing good hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

Stay home when you are sick, and remain there until you recover (24 hours of good health without medication).

For more information on how you can protect your family, go to cdc.gov.

The EASTCONN community is prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change. We will communicate any changes when the time is appropriate.

Please continue to look for further updates from us on this matter.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Gary Mala

EASTCONN Executive Director

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COVID-19 EASTCONN Letter to Parents, February 28, 2020 (Spanish)

Estimados Padres/Madres/Guardianes, 

El 25 de febrero, los Centros de Prevención y Control de Enfermedades (CDC) tuvieron una conferencia de prensa para informar y actualizar al país del estatus actual del coronavirus (COVID-19). El CDC enfatizó que en el momento no hay una pandemia del COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos. 

En este momento, no hay informes de COVID-19 en nuestro estado o comunicad. Estamos monitoreando todas las enfermedades reportadas como lo hacemos durante la temporada de Influenza. 

Con el aumento del enfoque en el COVID-19 a nivel nacional y local, queremos compartir con usted(es) los pasos que hemos tomado en nuestras escuelas y programas de EASTCONN para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades:

Recordatorios instruccionales de las mejores prácticas de salud han sido compartidas con estudiantes y personal.

Nuestras aulas de enseñanza y otras instalaciones son desinfectadas regularmente para reducir la propagación de gérmenes.

Carteles informativos, acerca de los síntomas y la prevención, han sido distribuidos a todas las instalaciones.

Para reducir la posibilidad potencial de contraer cualquier enfermedad, por favor recuérdele a su familia que la forma más efectiva de permanecer saludable y minimizar la propagación de enfermedades infecciosas es seguir las siguientes practicas básicas de salud: 

Lávese las manos completamente con agua tibia y jabón por al menos 20 segundos. 

Evite tocar los ojos, nariz y boca. 

Cubra la tos o estornudo con un pañuelo de papel, después tire el pañuelo en el recipiente de basura (el zafacón). 

Evite el contacto cercano con personas que estén enfermas. 

Permanezca en la casa cuando se encuentre enfermo(a), y quédese allí hasta que se recupere (24 horas de buena salud sin medicamento). 

Para más información de cómo proteger a su familia, visite cdc.gov.

La comunidad de EASTCONN está preparada para modificar nuestros procedimientos y planeación si la situación cambia. Les comunicaremos de cualquier cambio cuándo sea apropiado. 

Por favor continúe atento(a) a nuestras actualizaciones futuras acerca de este tema. 

Nosotros le agradecemos su cooperación. 

Sinceramente, 

Gary Mala

Director Ejecutivo de EASTCONN

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QMC Honor Roll List - February 2020

EASTCONN is pleased to announce the Quinebaug Middle College Honor Roll List for January 2020.

QMC High Honor Roll

Zachary Cady

Jessie Greenhalgh

Alicia Jiminez-Vargas

Ndia Kariuki

Ella Poppleton

Natalia Reali

Evangeline Wehner

Honor Roll

Carmen Aponte

Mandi Beckman

Gabrielle Breault

Gabriel Brisson

Deondre Brown

Elaysia Raeana Brown

Sophie Caron

Aniya Carvajal-Morton

Antonio Carver

Cassandra Cooper

Chloe D’Andrea

Jaida DeBruycker

Alecia Dexter

Maxwell Dionne

Zia Donais

Ryan Dougherty

Matthew Ezzell

Lilian Freitag

Giselle Galarza

Sierra Girard

Kailey Hamel

Caleb Hogue

Amia Jolie

Emma LaLumiere

Amber Lumbra

Clara McGrath

Yasuri Mendez-Hernandez

Harrison Moss

Katherine Mountford

Joseph Muscara

Mercer Neff

Jordan Nye

Gary O’Neil

Jennifer Oldroyd

Ariel Ortiz

Laura Pudvah

Shelby Radcliffe

Alexy Richardson

Anika Richardson

Isabelle Schlegel

Isabelle Shead

Isaac Smith

Nicolina Stoots

Nick Sykes

Connor Taylor

Amber Wells

 

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Quinebaug Middle College Deadline for 2020-2021 Applications is February 28

EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), a regional magnet high school, is currently recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in 2020-2021. Students seeking a more independent learning environment, tailored to their academic and career goals, are welcome to apply. The application deadline is Fri., Feb. 28, 2020. For more information or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/qmc.

QMC is located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), at 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson.

QMC offers high school students the unique middle college experience, which enables them to earn a high school degree, while also earning college credits from QVCC at no additional cost. Once enrolled at QMC, students will have access to high-tech laboratories, career and vocational resources, and other college amenities.

Students who successfully complete QVCC courses have an advantage when applying to college or any post-secondary program, not only because they’ve earned free, transferrable college credits, but because they’ve demonstrated their ability to succeed in a college environment. Highly motivated students can graduate from high school with enough credits to earn an associate’s degree.

Areas of study at QMC include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), liberal arts, the humanities, allied health or advanced manufacturing.

To learn more, call QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas at 860-932-4137, or reach her at mtshonas@eastconn.org

QMC is operated by EASTCONN as part of a partnership that includes QVCC, Brooklyn, Franklin, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Thompson, Voluntown, Windham and Woodstock. Enrollment is not limited to students who live in partner towns; students from across the region are welcome to apply.

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of schools and communities in northeastern Connecticut since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.

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Quinebaug Middle College to Host Open House on December 4

Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend Quinebaug Middle College’s (QMC) open house on Wed., Dec. 4, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in Quinebaug Valley Community College’s (QVCC) main auditorium, 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson. A second open house is scheduled for Wed., Jan. 15, 2020.

QMC’s open house will start promptly at 5:30 p.m., when dinner will be served in the QVCC cafeteria. After dinner, open house activities will move to QVCC’s auditorium, where QMC’s principal, staff and current students will offer an information session, followed by a Q&A. Student-led tours of the building will also be offered. QMC is located on the campus of QVCC. Reservations are not required; all are welcome.

QMC, a regional, public magnet high school for grades 9-12, is seeking student applicants for 2020-2021. Students looking for a more independent learning environment, tailored to their academic and career goals, are welcome to apply. Applications are due by Fri., Feb. 28, 2020. 

QMC offers high school students the unique middle college experience, which enables them to earn a high school degree, while also earning college credits from QVCC at no additional cost. Once enrolled at QMC, students will have access to high-tech laboratories, career and vocational resources, and other college amenities.

Areas of study at QMC include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), liberal arts, the humanities, allied health or advanced manufacturing.

Currently, QMC enrolls approximately 180 students, from 22 towns across northeastern Connecticut.

Students who are interested in enrolling in QMC may visit www.eastconn.org/admissions-2/apply-now-2 to download an application. To learn more, call QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas at 860-932-4137, or reach her at mtshonas@eastconn.org

QMC is operated by EASTCONN as part of a partnership that includes QVCC, Brooklyn, Franklin, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Thompson, Voluntown, Windham and Woodstock. Enrollment is not limited to students who live in partner towns; students from across the region are welcome to apply.

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut’s schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.

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Quinebaug Middle College
742 Upper Maple St, Danielson, CT 06239
Phone: 860-932-4100
Fax: 860-932-4950