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ACT Student Work is Honored by Connecticut Writing Project

CTWritingProjectWinnersPhoto: 13 ACT stuents were recognied by UCONN's prestigious Connecticut Writing Project for the quality and creativity of their written works.

UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) contest has again honored Creative Writing students at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school for their original works of writing and poetry. Of the 13 students recognized, 5 have been selected for publication in the CWP-sponsored 2017 Connecticut Student Writers magazine. 

 “The support we receive for our art at all levels at ACT is key to the success of the writers,” said ACT Creative Writing teacher John Wetmore. 

Wetmore was one of three teachers statewide who received a Gold Award in the Secondary category from CWP for having multiple students published. 

Students whose work will appear in the magazine include sophomore Jordan Pelletier, poetry; junior Alex Castro, poetry; junior DJ Hettinger, fiction; junior Mae Santillo, poetry; and senior Juliet Duchesne, poetry. 

Annually, more than 1,000 Connecticut students submit their works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, two-dimensional art or photography to the CWP. Just 81 students statewide, from kindergarten through grade 12, will be published in the 2017 Connecticut Student Writers edition.

“This is the first time my work has been published and I feel very accomplished,” said ACT Creative Writing student DJ Hettinger. 

The mission of UCONN’s CWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools. 

ACT is currently accepting new enrollments, grades 9-12, for 2017-2018. To learn more about ACT or its Creative Writing program, contact ACT Principal Sarah Mallory at 860-465-5636 or visit www.eastconn.org/act.

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QMC Students Win Regional Video Contest

QMCvideoWinnersPhoto: QMC students took 1st place in the Third Annual Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance Video Challenge and Film Festival.

EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) students took 1st place for Outstanding Videography and 3rd place in the Viewer’s Choice category at the Third Annual Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) Video Challenge and Film Festival. 

“Our students worked long and hard producing this video,” said QMC Principal Gino LoRicco. “I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishment and the quality of the work that they collectively produced.”

Annually, high schools across eastern Connecticut partner with local manufacturers to produce a video that will educate students and communities about how manufacturing companies are changing through the use of technology, new skills and systems. Nearly 100 students across 14 high school teams participated in the 2017 challenge.

“The entire opportunity was invaluable,” said QMC math teacher Robyn Incera. “For some students, it validated their interest in a manufacturing career.”

Ten QMC students collaborated with local manufacturer Unicorr, located in Putnam, to produce the winning films. Students toured Unicorr and learned about their manufacturing process. In addition, students were able to connect with key personnel, including the company president.

QMC offers different academic pathways to the manufacturing field. Academically qualified QMC seniors can enroll in Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) Advanced Manufacturing classes.  

Visit www.eamainc.com/results.html to see the 2017 EAMA Video Challenge films.

QMC is currently enrolling academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in 2017-2018. 

Visit www.eastconn.org/qmc to download an application or call QMC Principal Gino LoRicco at 860-932-4040 for more information. 

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New Observation Tool Simplifies Teacher & Student Assessments

EASTCONN has designed a new online tool that promises to simplify the process of collecting, storing and reporting observation-based data associated with  student and teacher assessments. 

Called eObserve, EASTCONN’s new framework-independent tool supports the use of tablets and other devices, and allows supervisors and educators to directly input teacher observations, as well as child-centric and/or task-centric scoring data, eliminating the need for intermediate scoring sheets and transcriptions.

“eObserve simplifies the process of collecting and comparing developmental and scoring data, with tools that can track evidence of progress, retain specific observational artifacts like photos, video and documents, and quickly generate both longitudinal and latitudinal reports,” said Andy DePalma, EASTCONN’s Director of Technology Solutions. 

Designed by EASTCONN staff, the new platform also provides a foundation for planning additional supports and communication around common goals. eObserve is backed by a powerful, independent, online platform that doesn’t require users either to invest in or install new infrastructure, DePalma said. 

“It also perfectly complements EASTCONN’s Measure Success tool,” DePalma said. “Measure Success allows for consensus-building on rubric-based assessments, increasing reliability and validity prior to the execution of any assessments using the eObserve tool.” Measure Success is an online professional forum for developing and sharing standards-based learning tasks with embedded performance assessments. Contact Andy DePalma at adepalma@eastconn.org.

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