News & Events

Pajama Day for the Kids

On Friday, December 11 East Catholic students, faculty, and staff participated in Connecticut Children Medical Center's (CCMC) pajama day for the kids and raised $1,100 to benefit CCMC.

Mock Trial

Although later than usual, East Catholic High School’s mock trial teams have sprung into action to take on the case presented this year by Civics First CT. 

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give By Farah Suede East Catholic has brought back its tradition of One Book, One Community this academic year, and its center is around the novel The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. This is a novel that tells the story of a black teenage girl who grapples with the realities of racism within modern-day America.

ECHO Newspaper

The latest edition of the ECHO newspaper is now available. 

Archdiocese of Hartford Light of Christ Award

Congratulations to Ms. Gina Burby on accepting the Light of Christ award from the Archdiocese of Hartford. 

Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

East Catholic High School President Sean P. Brennan ’85 announced today that Jake Phelan has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

East Catholic High School Appoints New President

Manchester, CT, Aug. 3, 2020 - Sean P. Brennan has been appointed president of East Catholic High School. He brings 32 years of experience in the educational field to the position. Brennan is a 1985 graduate of East Catholic High School.

East Catholic Celebrates the Class of 2020

East Catholic celebrated the class of 2020 with a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 2, a live-streamed Baccalaureate Mass on Wednesday, June 3, and a virtual graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 4. 

New President Appointed at East Catholic High School in Manchester

Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., provost for education, evangelization and catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hartford, announced that Sean P. Brennan has been appointed as the new president of East Catholic High School in Manchester effective on July 1, 2020.

East Catholic High School Freshman Finds His Own Way to Help Fight Coronavirus

MANCHESTER, CT, April 29, 2020 -- A Glastonbury teenager is doing his part to protect healthcare workers by printing protective face masks in his basement. Fifteen-year-old Jonah Hornak, a member of East Catholic High School’s Robotics Team, has been using the team’s 3D printer to produce protective face masks and face mask buckles for the healthcare workers at Hartford Hospital. 

Supporters Sought for Taste of East

While the roster of restaurants is full, event planners are currently looking for event sponsors and donations of auction items.

American Classic “Holiday Inn” Hits the Stage at East Catholic High School

Manchester, CT, March 2, 2020 - The 1942 film classic Holiday Inn will be brought to life on the stage by the students of East Catholic High School on March 6 and 7.

The Taste of East Returns!

Please join us Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m. in the ECHS Cafeteria.

Tolton - From Slave to Priest

Saint Luke Productions proudly presents Tolton - From Slave to Priest, performed live by Jim Coleman. There will be shows from March 13 through March 19 at several churches and high schools. Please see our Tolton flyer for all of the showtimes and details!

East Catholic Recognized with Sportsmanship Award

Manchester, CT, December 11, 2019 - East Catholic High School has been awarded its sixth Michael’s Cup for sportsmanship achievements during the 2018–2019 academic year. East Catholic was recently honored at the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

East Catholic High School Choir to Perform for International Audience

MANCHESTER, CT, December 6, 2019 - East Catholic’s Honors Choir will sing before an international audience on December 14, kicking off play between the US Women's National Hockey and the Canadian National Hockey Team. The choir, known as ECCE, will perform the national anthems of both countries before the match at the XL Center in Hartford.

Robotics Teams and Teens – It’s Not What You Think

Manchester, CT. November 19, 2019 - If you think robotics teams are reserved for the kids who win science fairs, you haven’t seen today’s robotics teams. Students on these teams are drawn to them because of their interest in everything from social media management to web design, photography, and graphic design. And yes, even the desire to build robots.

The Challenges of Parenting a High School Athlete

Manchester, CT, Nov. 6, 2019 - If you’re the parent of a high school athlete, you play a critical role in their success. High school athletics give kids a chance to experience the highs and lows of competition and the joys of being team members. At the same time, both the athlete and their parents face the challenges of balancing the demands of both sports and academics. The parents’ role can make all the difference, according to Jon Dahlquist, dean of wellness and athletics at East Catholic High School.

Are the Performing Arts Right for Your Child?

MANCHESTER, CT, Oct. 14, 2019 - Whether your child is the next Bradley Cooper or is simply interested in trying something new, taking part in the performing arts will change them for the better. That’s the advice from Jillian Quackenbush, director of the drama and dance department at East Catholic High School.

Five East Catholic High School Students Named as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Manchester, CT. October 2, 2019 – Five East Catholic High School students have been named as Commended Students by the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

How to Prepare Your Child for School in the Fall

MANCHESTER, CT, Aug. 19, 2019 – The first day of school is approaching quickly. Getting children back into the school routine can be a challenge for many families.

About East Catholic High School

Students come from more than 35 towns in the Greater Hartford area and eastern Connecticut.

Summer Theater and Dance Camps at East Catholic High School

MANCHESTER, CT, July 9, 2019 – There are still openings for summer camps for children who are interested in theater and dance. 

Summer Prep for the College-Bound Student-Athletes – A Parent’s Guide

High school athletes headed for college sports in the fall need to make the most of their summer.

December 2019 Edition of ECHO


Éclat, the literary magazine of East Catholic High School, is now available.

Three Generations and More to Cheer on This 2019 Grad’s Accomplishments

On June 6, 2019, more than three generations of graduates from East Catholic High School will be a part of the school’s commencement.

East Catholic High School Students Honored as 2019 Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien Scholars

Twelve East Catholic High School seniors were recently honored as the 2019 Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien scholars.

East Catholic High School Students Honored as 2019 Summa Scholars

On May 2, 2019, seven East Catholic High School Seniors were recently honored as the 2019 Summa Scholars.

How to Help Your Child Pick a College

For many college-bound students, this is one of the most stressful times of the year. They’ve received their acceptance letters, and now it’s time to choose.

Sister Peggy - 50 Years and Still Touching Lives

Since entering the convent in 1960, Sister Peggy Evans is enjoying life doing what she delights in the most – working with the students of East Catholic High School.

East Catholic Recognized With Sportsmanship Award

On February 14, 2019, East Catholic High School received its fifth Michael’s Cup for sportsmanship achievements during the 2017–2018 academic year.

East Catholic High School Names Jon Dahlquist as First Dean of Wellness and Athletics

East Catholic High School has named Jon Dahlquist as its first dean of wellness and athletics.

How to Help Your Child Balance Academics and Extracurricular Activities

For college-bound students simply having good grades is not enough. Colleges look for students who can not only perform academically, but also succeed outside the classroom. “It’s different from when we were students,” points out Ryan Hinton, the principal of East Catholic High School.

Huge Used Book Sale

Please join us for a huge used book sale on January 11, 12, and 13 (with snow dates being January 18, 19, and 20.) Thousands of books will be available for $1–$3, with vintage and specialty books priced higher.

Two East Catholic High School Students Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program

Two East Catholic High School students received recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sr. Peggy Evans

Mark your calendars! Sr. Peggy Evans will be celebrating her 50th anniversary in the near future. 

Fall 2018 East Catholic Eagle Magazine

The fall 2018 East Catholic Eagle Magazine is now available. Be sure to check it out!

Outside the Comfort Zone – How to Encourage Your Kids to Try Something New

Looking for ways to nudge your kids out of their comfort zone to try a new extra-curricular activity? It’s all in how you present the idea.

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7 Ways to Overcome Test Anxiety – Tips for Parents and Students

If you’re the parent of a student with test anxiety, you know how stressful it can be – for both of you. Even conscientious students can suffer from symptoms ranging from nervousness and trouble concentrating to headaches and an upset stomach brought on just by the thought of an upcoming exam.