EASTCONN Where Learning Comes to Life

ACT Latest News

ACT Latest News (47)

ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School to Host Virtual Open House on May 6

Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend the Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) Performing Arts Magnet High School Virtual Open House on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place as an online Zoom session.

The ACT building, located at the Capitol Theater, 896 Main Street, Willimantic, is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. This online session will allow interested families to tour the building. Following the virtual tour, a Q&A session will be hosted by ACT Principal Sarah Mallory.

This special Zoom session can be found online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8757527325. The password for the session is ACT. The session requires no pre-registration.

ACT has a limited number of seats remaining for academically motivated, grade 9-12 students seeking intensive study in the performing arts for 2020-2021 school year. Students who are interested in enrolling may call 860-465-5636 or visit www.eastconn.org/act to download an application.

ACT, housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater, currently enrolls 150 students from 41 towns in its NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program with a 96% graduation rate. Each grade is approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused learning environment.

In addition to enrolling in academic classes, prospective ACT students select a major around which their arts education will be focused. The five arts disciplines available for study include acting, dance, theater production (lighting/set design/set construction/costuming), audio/video and creative writing.

Students have daily creative experiences in ACT’s state-of-the-art facility that features a fully equipped theater, a scene shop, audio/video editing suites, dance studios, a costume shop, and a café.

Partnerships with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) allow qualified ACT upperclassmen to enroll in college classes and earn free college credits through the state university system, while still attending ACT.

Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in numerous professional-quality performances and showcase their artistic talents in competitions throughout the year.

In recent years, many ACT students have been recognized for their participation and excellence in Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards contest, UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project, DMV-Travelers’ Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, the Quiet Corner Film Festival, the national Future of Technology Essay Competition and other state and nation-wide contests and competitions.

ACT’s school hours are also a plus for many students, with its later start time (8:30 a.m.) and its extended-day schedule (ending at 3:35 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.). On Fridays, classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

EASTCONN, which administers ACT, 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.

Read more...

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

Read more...

EASTCONN Letter to Parents, February 28, 2020

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

 

 

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

 

 

Read more...

ACT Honor Roll List - February 2020

EASTCONN is proud to announce the ACT High School Honor Roll List for January 2020.

High Honor Roll Students 

Grade 12

William Beaudry

Maria Bonanno

Martha Brewster

Lia Casadei

Mark DiMauro

Jesse Gillett

Ian Harris

Trevor Howard

Ellis McGinley

Madison Nelson

Leilany Ramos

Jillian Romagnano

Evalyn Stinson

Grade 11

Lea Duval

Emily Hannaford

Mykaila Hills

Grade 10

Hazel Danburg

Morgan Hrymack

Nessa Jacobs

Emma Paterson

Emi Perkins-Couture

Bianca Pontes

Madison Stevenson

Grade 9

Annabel Brown

Rio Grover

Samantha Perry

 

Honor Roll Students 

Grade 12

Cailean Brown

Aurora Buswell

Sierra Cunningham

Vanessa Delgado Gomez

India Harper

Casandra Hernandez

Noah Kaiser

Rianna Landon

Bailey McMaster

Samuel Merritt

Nayeli Ramos

Summer Stoddard

Grade 11

Tatyana Allen

Bridgette Bradway

Nathan Cruz

Olivia Dickinson

Arina Hagist

Lauren Johnson

Deyonce Maldonado

Adrian Morales Robles

Morgan Potter

Sara Ramos

Hannah Richardson

Chaneli Rodriguez

Aiden Smith

Germarelis Vazquez

Joseph Volkerts

Kayden Williams

Grade 10

Isabelle Betterley

Kayleigh Brousseau

Taegan Praytor

Marcy Roman

Ariana Sandi

Grade 9

Kelly Avery

Tiara Azeez

Luis Baldomero

Jay Barbeau

Calista Bochicchio

Tyasia Brown

Gabriel Burelle

Veronica Cruz

Madison Dufault

Jamie Field

Christian Jajliardo

John Margelony

Kylie McArthur

Kayla Morgan

Michelle Quiroz-Salgado

Jahira Ross

Alaina Rousseau

Kaitlyn Simonds

 

Read more...

ACT Performing Arts High School Presents VideoFest 2020 on January 30th

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) students will present student-created works at VideoFest 2020 on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic.

Students in ACT’s introductory audio/visual, video lighting, historical documentary, advanced audio/visual and screen-writing classes will showcase their first-semester work on the big screen.

Featured work will include green screen manipulation and ACT’s 2020 DMV Teen Safe Driving video contest submissions.

Please note: Some films may contain adult content and language.

Admission is $5, but additional donations to ACT’s Audio/Visual Department are appreciated. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Capitol Theater Box Office at 860-465-5636 or visit the Box Office one hour prior to show time for walk-up ticket sales (cash or check only).

ACT is a public, performing arts magnet high school administered by EASTCONN.  ACT is currently recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in the 2020-2021 school year. To learn more about ACT or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/act or call 860-465-5636.

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

Learn more at www.eastconn.org.

Read more...

ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School Deadline for 2019-2020 Applications is January 31

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school is currently accepting academically motivated, grade 9-12 students seeking intensive study in the performing arts.

The application deadline for 2020-2021 school year is Fri., Jan. 31, 2020. For more information, to schedule a Shadow Day or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/act.

ACT, housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater, enrolls students from 37 towns in its NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program. Each grade is limited to approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused artistic learning environment.

ACT students select a major focus area from among five arts disciplines that include acting/vocal performance, audio/video production, creative writing, dance and theater production (set design, lighting design and costuming).

Students have daily creative experiences in ACT’s state-of-the-art facility that features a fully equipped theater, a scene shop, audio/video editing suites, dance studios, a costume shop, and a café. 

Partnerships with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) allow qualified ACT upperclassmen to enroll in college classes and earn free college credits through the state university system, while still attending ACT.

Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in numerous professional-quality performances and showcase their artistic talents in competitions throughout the year.

In recent years, many ACT students have been recognized for their participation and excellence in Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards contest, UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project, DMV-Travelers’ Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, the Quiet Corner Film Festival, the national Future of Technology Essay Competition and other state and nation-wide contests and competitions.

ACT’s school hours are also a plus for many students, with its later start time (8:30 a.m.) and its extended-day schedule (ending at 3:35 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.). On Fridays, classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

EASTCONN, which administers ACT, 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.

 

Read more...

ACT Presents Student Dance Showcase on January 10 & 11, 2020

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) will present Inspired: Student Dance Showcase 2020 on Fri. and Sat., Jan. 10 and 11, 2020, at 7 p.m. on the Capitol Theater’s main stage, 896 Main St., Willimantic. This family-friendly, annual dance performance is open to the public.

The evening will feature a variety of original solo, duet and group performances choreographed by student dance majors at ACT. ACT will also welcome special guest artist and alumni Yasmine Aumaree (Class of 2019).

In preparing for Inspired, students reflected on different inspirations for their work. Through a range of dance genres - jazz, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary - students will portray elements of freedom and acceptance, self-recognition, peace found in nature, the journey of recovery and more.

ACT students performing in Inspired include seniors Madison Nelson (Windsor), Lia Casadei (Windham), India Harper (New London) and Tiani Gardner (Norwich). Juniors include Sara Ramos (Putnam), Joseph Volkerts (New London), Arina Hagist (Stafford Springs), Emily Hannaford (Stafford Springs), Lea Duval (Plainfield), Alexa Chapman (Marlborough) and Ayana Stewart (Willimantic). Sophomores include Dominick Burrel (New London) and Ariana Sandi (Norwich).

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for military and ACT students/alumni. To reserve tickets, call the Capitol Theater Box Office at 860-465-5636 or visit the Box Office one hour prior to show time for walk-up ticket sales (cash or check only).

ACT is a public, performing arts magnet high school administered by EASTCONN. ACT is currently recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in the 2020-2021 school year. To learn more about ACT or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/act or call 860-465-5636.

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.

Read more...

ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School to Host Open House on December 11

Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend the Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) Performing Arts Magnet High School Open House on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Capitol Theater, 896 Main Street, Willimantic.

The school is currently accepting applications for academically motivated, grade 9-12 students seeking intensive study in the performing arts for 2020-2021 school year. Students who are interested in enrolling may call 860-465-5636 or visit www.eastconn.org/act to download an application.

ACT, housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater, currently enrolls 145 students from 41 towns in its NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program with a 96% graduation rate. Each grade is approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused learning environment.

In addition to enrolling in academic classes, prospective ACT students select a major around which their arts education will be focused. The five arts disciplines available for study include acting, dance, theater production (lighting/set design/set construction/costuming), audio/video and creative writing.

Students have daily creative experiences in ACT’s state-of-the-art facility that features a fully equipped theater, a scene shop, audio/video editing suites, dance studios, a costume shop, and a café.

Partnerships with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) allow qualified ACT upperclassmen to enroll in college classes and earn free college credits through the state university system, while still attending ACT.

Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in numerous professional-quality performances and showcase their artistic talents in competitions throughout the year.

In recent years, many ACT students have been recognized for their participation and excellence in Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards contest, UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project, DMV-Travelers’ Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, the Quiet Corner Film Festival, the national Future of Technology Essay Competition and other state and nation-wide contests and competitions.

ACT’s school hours are also a plus for many students, with its later start time (8:30 a.m.) and its extended-day schedule (ending at 3:35 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.). On Fridays, classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

EASTCONN, which administers ACT, 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.

Read more...

ACT Presents Funny Girl on December 5, 6 & 7

Willimantic, CT - The public is invited to attend Funny Girl, a family-friendly musical performed by students at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school. Performances are scheduled on Thurs., Fri. and Sat., Dec. 5, 6, and 7, 2019, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sat., Dec. 7, at the Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic.

ACT’s production of Funny Girl is a collaboration among students and faculty from ACT’s Acting/Vocal Performance, Audio/Video Production, Dance, and Theater Production departments.

Funny Girl was written by Isobel Lennart with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. Set in New York, this musical follows the career of stage/radio actress and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein.

The ACT cast includes seniors Aurora Buswell, Andover; Trevor Howard, Colchester; Martha Brewster, North Stonington; Bailey McMaster, Plainfield; Jillian Romagnano, Putnam; Maria Bonanno, Uncasville; and Carl Baker Jr., Sierra Cunningham and William Beaudry, Willimantic; juniors David Rosado, Gales Ferry; Makenzie Raduege, North Grosvenordale; Nathan Cruz, Stafford Springs; and Aiden Smith, Willimantic; and sophomores Morgan Hrymack, North Franklin; and Abbey Mann, Willimantic.

Bonanno serves as dance captain under choreographer Nichola Johnson, with Raduege and Brewster as stage managers. The production is directed by Sandra Evans-Abbott.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for military and ACT students/alumni. To reserve tickets, call the Capitol Theater Box Office at 860-465-5636 or visit the Box Office one hour prior to show time for walk-up ticket sales (cash or check only).

Learn more about ACT at www.eastconn.org/act. ACT is a public, performing arts magnet high school administered by EASTCONN.

Read more...

ACT Showcase 2019 at the Capitol Theater November 14

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) will present Showcase 2019 on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 7 p.m., on the Capitol Theater’s main stage, 896 Main St., Willimantic. This family-friendly performance is open to the public.

ACT’s annual Showcase provides families, friends and the community an opportunity to see some of the work completed in ACT’s classrooms through the first few months of the year. Acting/Vocal Performance, Audio/Video Production, Creative Writing, Dance and Theater Production students will provide a preview of upcoming events and classwork highlights.

Parents of ACT (PACT) will serve hot soup and chili, available for purchase from 5 to 7:00 p.m. for $5 per bowl. PACT will also host a concession stand, offering snacks, desserts, bottled water and flowers for sale.

General admission tickets for Showcase 2019 are $5. Reserving tickets for this event is highly recommended. Reservations can be made by calling the Capitol Theater’s Main Office at 860-465-5636. Reserved tickets must be picked up by 6:50 p.m. the night of the show. Remaining tickets will be sold to standby guests. The Capitol Theater Box Office is open one hour before show time for walk-up ticket sales.

Read more...