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QMC Students Participate in Sassy Chapeau

On Friday, May 11 QMC students Hallie LaLumiere and Kitana Marshall participated in the Sassy Chapeau Hat Show Fundraiser. Sassy Chapeau is the annual fundraising gala for the Northeast Connecticut Women and Girls Fund. Hallie and Kitana were two of many high schoolers who modeled fabulous hats for the fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundaiser went to supporting various women's programs in the state of CT. 

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QMC Students Visit 2018 North American Tech Tour

Paul Singh and the Results Junkies visited Groton on the 2018 North American Tech Tour to present a workshop that introduced students to entrepreneurship. 6 Quinebaug Middle College students attended and learned about problem solving, addressing a need and presenting to others.

“It was surprisingly interesting,” said QMC student Madison Labossiere. “The pitches were really cool and I actually understood the things they were saying. I would be interested in joining a club for entrepreneurship.”

Singh is an entrepreneur, speaker and investor. Previously, Singh was a managing director at 1776 and a general partner is 1776’s Seed Fund. Prior to 1776, Singh was the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption’s post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Before that, Singh was an early partner at 500 Startups, an accelerator and venture firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Singh has founded a few of his own startups.



QMC Students Place in the 11th annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Contest

Five QMC students were honored at the 11th annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Contest sponsored by Quinebaug Valley Community College.  The winners were :

Desirae Bourgoin (Grade 9) First place for her poem jong.

Laura Pudvah (Grade 10) Second place for her poem The Sound

Kacee-Jean Hanlon (Grade 10) Third place for her poem My Monster

Zachary Gaudette (Grade 9) Honorable Mention for his poem Interesting Poem

Janirelis Santiago Cancel (grade 9) won first place in the Spanish Heritage Speakers category for her poem entitled Mi Esencia Junto al Ayer!

Congratulations to all!



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!



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