QMC chose to dedicate 2017's yearbook to Karyn Eves, teacher extraordinaire! Karyn has inspired countless QMC students to reach their true potential, and she played a major role in the successes of the 2017 class. Thank you, Karyn!
On Earth Day, QMC’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) participated in a Crayons for Cancer event at Quinebaug Valley Community College. Crayons for Cancer is a non-profit organization who endeavors to ease the financial burdens of families whose children are currently suffering from cancer by raising money through the sale of fun and cute-shaped crayons. Funds raised replenish Family Funds and Treasure Chests at children’s hospitals nationwide.
Five (5) QMC freshmen students volunteered to prepare for and work at the Crayons for Cancer project on Earth Day. Preparation included collecting crayon donations and finding receptacles to store them in. During the event, visitors to the QMC’s Crayons for Cancer table were assisted by the students in pushing crayons through a wooden shredder which stripped the paper from the colorful wax tubes.
“We recycle the paper and the crayons will be melted down into different shapes, like sunglasses and stars,” said Zia Donais, 15, of Woodstock. “Then the new objects are sold for $1 and the money goes to the Crayons for Cancer group. It’s about up-cycling, or finding a new use for an old item.”
During the last few weeks of this school year, TOP students will spend club time stripping and sorting crayons while chatting and connecting. TOP group members plan to continue this project with students next year.
TOP is accepting crayon donations. Any restaurants, schools, or other crayon users that wish to develop an ongoing pickup of used crayons should contact Nicole Colter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-932-4120.
Read more about Crayons for Cancer here.
On April 5, 2017, QMC’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) participants made salsa that was sold to raise money for the collaborative non-profit organization CLiCK (Commerically Licensed Co-operative Kitchen, Inc.) located in Willimantic, CT. CLiCK is a 501c3 non-profit which offers shared use of commercial kitchens to farmers and culinary entrepreneurs seeking to create food-based businesses. They also strive to improve the health of the local community by teaching gardening, culinary arts, nutrition and other food-related classes.
The funds raised through the sale of TOP students’ salsa went towards replacing CLiCK’s boiler.
"The students were wonderful! The all had a positive attitude and work ethic,” said Chef Rachel LaPorte, General Manager of CLiCK. “One of the points that resonated with me when we were doing our wrap-up was that the students felt that people would not want to buy the salsa made by "kids" because they were "just kids". I quickly explained that they are future community leaders and a huge example of how people of all ages can make a positive lasting contribution to our local community.”
Read more about CLiCK here.
Habitat for Humanity
QMC senior James Schmartz, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. He donated his time, and then as a Capstone project, he made a desk to donate to “Restore” which is a donation furniture store in Putnam.
Veterans’ Funeral Services
Hayley Gillespie chose to focus on veterans for her capstone project. She raised funds to help cover the cost of a veteran’s funeral after her own family was affected by the lack of funds to bury a loved one.
Cerebral Palsy Awareness/Fundraising
Katie Cosman raised funds to purchase a handicapped adapted swing to donate to the Thompson playground. Her cousin has cerebral palsy and she realized that there was no way that he could enjoy the swings on the playground.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk
Jamie Fissette hosted two speakers from NAMI who spoke to the student body about assisting people who are in crisis. She then held a walk outside with posters on the pathway having to do with mental health and wellbeing.
Homelessness Awareness/Fundraising (Beyond the Can Drive)
Carley Beshaw focused her attention on homelessness in Connecticut. She first conducted a toiletry drive for donations to local homeless shelters. She gave an educational presentation in QMC’s Town Meeting about homelessness, and she also held a canned food drive in the winter.
Hops with Cops
Ryan Lantigua organized a visit by our local police barracks (troop D) who came to the school to present to our students. After the presentation, the officers played in a basketball tournament with our students and staff.
Danielson - EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) students have taken first place for Outstanding Videography and third place in the Viewer’s Choice category at the 3rd 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. Approximately 100 students from 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.”
In collaboration with local manufacturer Unicorr, located in Putnam, 10 QMC students produced the winning film. Student participants were junior Josh Careau, Windham; junior Kenneth Humphrey, Brooklyn; senior James Schmartz, Plainfield; sophomore Antonio Tenorio, Windham; senior Tyler Waldo, Thompson; junior Brittany Williams, Pomfret; junior Thomas Menten, Sterling; junior Jacob Menten, Sterling; junior Hazel Billings-Chiu, Mansfield; and sophomore Tyler Rasmussen, Plainfield.
“We were given the chance to create a video to help educate and inspire those who watch it,” said QMC student James Schmartz. “In addition, we received the great opportunity to form long lasting, positive relationships with Unicorr which will help us to thrive in the future.”
QMC offers its students exposure to the manufacturing field through two course offerings, Innovations of Manufacturing and Manufacturing Math. Grade 12 students who meet the entrance requirements can enroll in select Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) Advanced Manufacturing classes.
To view the 2017 EAMA Video Challenge films visit www.eamainc.com/results.html.
QMC, located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson is currently recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in 2017-2018. QMC enables students to earn a high school degree, while also earning college credits from QVCC – at no additional cost. QMC boasts small classes; 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. To learn more or download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/qmc or call 860-932-4040.
EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center, which has been serving the educational needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.
QMC is currently recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in 2017-2018. Students seeking a more independent learning environment, tailored to their academic and career goals, are welcome to apply.
QMC is located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), at 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson.
QMC offers high school students a middle college experience that enables them to earn a high school degree, 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, liberal arts, allied health or advanced manufacturing. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.)
“Our students are the most important part of our school,” said QMC Principal Gino LoRicco. “Our promise to each one is that we will do what it takes to make sure they succeed academically and graduate on time with valuable college experiences and credits.”
Currently, QMC enrolls 170 students, grades 9-12, from 21 towns across northeastern Connecticut.
Housed in a new, $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 in 2017-2018 may visit www.eastconn.org/qmc to download an application.
To learn more, call QMC Principal Gino LoRicco at 860-932-4040, or reach him at email@example.com.
QMC is operated by EASTCONN as part of a partnership that includes EASTCONN, QVCC, Brooklyn, Franklin, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, 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.