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QMC Participates in the QVCC 2nd Amendment Panel Discussion

On April 26, Suzy Lefevre and Austin Hall took students to a QVCC 2nd Amendment Panel Discussion. Suzy helped to coordinate and plan “Encountering the Second Amendment” This was done as a joint activity with QVCC, UCONN and QMC and involved our students in interactive, critical thinking activities and small group discussions. Students from Suzy and Austin’s class were able to work with Thomas Army, Alfred Williams, and Brendan Kane (Associate professor of History at UCONN) to better understand our history, laws and culture through respectful dialogue.

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Thank you Suzy and Austin for making this event possible for our students!


QMC Freshman Participate in TOP Day of Service

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, twenty-seven freshmen students and seven staff from Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), a regional magnet school in Danielson, partnered with five community organizations for their annual Day of Service.  The students are part of the Teen Outreach Program® (TOP), a nationwide positive youth development program that seeks to empower teens with the skills they need to avoid risky behaviors and develop into healthy, thriving adults.  

“My goal is to help our students identify their strengths and then use those strengths to make a difference in the lives of others," said Nicole Colter, QMC’s TOP facilitator. "Our students have so much to offer and partnering with community organizations helps these young people connect to their own communities and develop interests they might not otherwise discover.” 

One group partnered with Kidz Teaching Kids to host an interactive art event at The Arc Quinebaug Valley in Danielson. QMC students prepared six large canvases in advance with the phrase “Look at Me, Not My Disability.” Students then worked directly with the Arc clients to help them make their mark by outlining their hands and writing important characteristics about each unique individual within the outline.  

“Having any kind of health disorder may change the way you look and the type of activities you are able do on a daily basis, but it does not change your personality or your soul," said Alicia Jimenez Vargas, a freshmen at QMC. 

Another group partnered with the Willimantic based organization, GROW Windham. The students worked in the community garden located in Lauter Park, built a table for a greenhouse and a garden bed, spread compost in the garden bed and wood chips along the outskirts of the garden bed as well.

“Personally, I learned how easy it can be to contribute to a local community," said QMC teacher Brian Levine. "I believe this site is something we can build on and continue visiting for years to come.”

Another group partnered with the Northeastern District Department of Health (NDDH) where Linda Colangelo, NDDH Education and Communications Coordinator did a walking meeting with the group to talk about the importance of health and how the students can positively impact their school community. Along their walk Linda interviewed people on the streets about why they walked and the benefits of walking.  

Some students worked to get an inside look at hunger and food insecurity. In March a few students helped on Fridays at the Community Cafe located at Living Faith United Methodist Church in Putnam and then on the Day of Service the group helped out at the Covenant Soup Kitchen (CSK) in Willimantic.  The group continues to solicit plastic bag donations for CSK’s food pantry.

Last but not least, a group coordinated a speed-friending event with the residents at Davis Place, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Danielson.  This project started earlier this year when throughout February and March a group of students visited Davis Place residents after school.

“Getting to know [the residents] and hearing their stories made me realize that these people taught me things that they don’t teach at school,” said student Janirelis Santiago Cancel.


Below, QMC students work together with Arc residents on a craft project.

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QMC Girls Go CyberStart Competition

EASTCONN's Quinebaug Middle College freshman Sage Sorel, Madison LaBossiere, Myra Meikle and Rosa Ramos (not pictured) visited the Connecticut state capitol last week as participants in the Girls Go CyberStart competition. Girls Go CyberStart encourages girls to enter the field of cyber security. The competition was filled with logic puzzles that focused on cryptography, web attacks, digital forensics and more. They placed 27th in CT out of 230+ teams!



QMC Students Complete VEX Programming Training Through Carnegie Mellon

During the spring 2018 semester, QMC students Colby Arcomone, Alex Imre, Sean LaPine, Braden Meadvin, Jack Smith and Ashleigh Thompson successfully completed the VEX programming training course held by Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Robotics Academy. In addition, Colby, Alex, Sean and Jack passed the accompanying written proficiency exam and were awarded a certificate of achievement from CMU’s Robotics Academy. Bravo!



QMC Open House Was a HUGE Success!

On February 1st, QMC hosted its most successful Open House to date! 70 people attended, 47 of which are now freshman applicants for 2018-2019. 

QMC started the Open House with dinner in the QVCC cafeteria. After dinner, open house activities moved to QVCC’s auditorium, where QMC’s principal, staff and current students offered an information session, followed by a Q&A. Student tours of the building were also given. Prospective students learned all about QMC’s unique middle college experience, which enables students 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.

QMC is holding its annual Accepted Students’ night on Mar. 14th for those students who have been accepted. We look forward to seeing new QMC faces this fall!


Senior Capstone Spotlight: POEtry Contest

On Friday, November 3rd, Jazmine Byers coordinated an POEtry Contest. Students and staff submitted original poems inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. All entries were presented after school on November 3rd.  Everyone who attended had a great time. Jazmine decorated the atrium and provided food for all participants and attendees.  Prior to the actual event, Jazmine promoted her contest during our weekly town meeting. She created a video presentation of “Annabel Lee” with the assistance of two teachers. For another town meeting she arranged for an English teacher to perform a poetic reading of “The Raven”. 


Senior Capstone Spotlight: Luncheon Fundraiser

On Thursday, November 9th, Sophie LeDuc held an Italian Cabaret Luncheon during our regularly scheduled school lunch time. This event required Sophie to schedule space in the QVCC wing, plan a menu and coordinate the food, get students to help set-up, serve, and clean, as well as coordinating with the music teacher and choir students so there was entertainment during the luncheon. The goal was to raise money for the area’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. 


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