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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

09/15/2017

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FINAL DATE TO SUBMIT FORMS FOR ECSU CREDITS IN AD HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY, CALCULUS A, AND MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS IS TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 14.  COST IS $100 PER COURSE.  CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO EOSHS AND SUBMITTED BY 2 PM TOMORROW.


Registration Process for MCC Courses


Much has been reported in recent weeks about the partnership that exists with EOSHS and UConn.  It should be noted that EOSHS has developed a strong relationship with Manchester Community College (MCC) as well.  This relationship has been formed through the College Career Pathways Program.

College Career Pathways (CCP) is a collaborative program between area high schools and Manchester Community College (MCC).  It's designed to allow high school students to sample the challenge of college-level work and earn college credits while attending high school.  The CCP courses meet the same level of challenge taught at the college level and, in fact, are taught by EOS teachers who have been certified by MCC.  Students earn "dual credit" (credits from EOSHS and credits from MCC).

Below is a list of courses offered at EOSHS that are eligible for MCC credits.  Note that these credits may transfer to other colleges and universities.  The registration process opens on September 19th and closes on October 19th.   The registration process opens again on January 9th for MCC courses that students will complete in the second semester.  This second registration period will close on February 5th.  In order to be eligible to earn college credits, students MUST complete the application.

Accounting 1A (MCC ACC 115)
Financial Literacy (BFN 111)
Human Anatomy & Physiology A (MCC BIO 115)
Intro to Criminal Justice (MCC CJS 101)
Video Productions 1 & 2 (MCC COM 166)
English 12A (MCC ENGL 101)
Tech-Prep Culinary Arts (MCC HSP 101)
Statistics B (MCC MAT 109)
Algebra 3 and Trigonometry (MCC MAT 138)


In order to be enrolled in the CCP Program, students must first complete an on-line application.  This application is available by clicking here.

Returning CCP students who have previously applied and enrolled in MCC courses in the past do NOT need to apply again.

Students should contact their counselors if they need more information.

PSAT Registration Begins This Week


Registration for the PSAT begins next week (Monday, 9/18). The PSAT is a practice SAT that is highly recommended for juniors in that it may serve as practice for the SAT they will take in March This new PSAT resembles the new SAT that The College Board rolled out in March 2016.  Sophomores who wish to take it should have already completed Geometry.  Sophomores should also take note that they will be offered the opportunity to take the PSAT for free in March 2018.

The test date is Wednesday, October 11th, and will be administered between 8-11:30 AM.  Students registering for the PSAT will be charged $16 and may pay this fee with a check made out to EOSHS. Registration takes place in the Guidance Office. The window for test registration will remain open until Friday, October 6th. A late fee of $10 will be assessed after that date, provided room remains available for additional test-takers.

Juniors are eligible for National Merit Scholarships. Those students who score in the top half of the 99th percentile are typically selected as candidates for these scholarships. Their value has been $2500 and likely will remain so in the next year.  Aside from eligibility for these scholarships, the PSAT provides a testing experience that resembles the SAT, and students who complete the PSAT receive in early December a detailed summary of their test performances. This summary may be very useful when preparing for the SAT in March 2018.

Contact your counselor if you have questions about the PSAT.

Adding/Dropping Courses


With two weeks of school already in the books, students may still be weighing their course loads and determining what's appropriate to carry.  Anyone wishing to make a schedule change will need to complete a "Schedule Change Request Form" that is available in the Guidance Office. This form will require both a teacher signature (course being dropped) and a parent/guardian signature before the change can be processed. The completed form should be brought to the student's counselor.

For the record, students should know that semester courses (designated by S1 or S2) and year-long courses (designated by YR) have different time lines for adding/dropping classes and how these changes are depicted on transcripts. For first semester courses, students have twenty (20) school days to decide before changes are reflected on transcripts. In other words, any changes made before the 20-day window will NOT be reflected on transcripts. Changes after the 20-day period but before the end of the first marking period will show a "W" (withdrawal) on the transcript. For year-long courses, the timeline is doubled.

Updating ECE Registration


The Add/Drop period for UConn ECE began on August 15th and will continue until September 29th.  If you have not yet applied, see below.

  • Go to this link and review the online steps.  Once ready, hit "Apply Now".
  • Create your user ID and password and save in a secure location.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload your signed consent form with your application.  If you are unable to upload the form (you may scan it or take a picture of it before uploading it), contact the helpline at 1.855.382.8323.
  • Monitor your email daily for a message from UConn confirming your application has been processed and you are ready to enroll.  You will be unable to enroll in your course(s) until your application is processed.  Please allow at least a few days for your application to be processed during peak periods.  
If you are already in the ECE database (having registered and received confirmation via email) and you need to add or drop courses, see below.

  • Once your enrollment notification is received, follow the link to enroll in your course(s).
  • Select your high school and the approved course(s) listed on your consent form.  Follow the directions until submission is complete.
  • Contact your counselor if you need more information.

A Message to Seniors


Seniors should make appointments with their counselors as soon as possible to continue discussions about plans for life after graduation in June.  There are several important tasks that seniors need to complete in a time-sensitive fashion and counselors will help with this process.


Raising Resilient Children


It's possible to raise children with an intent to make them more resilient.  This involves active parenting that requires at least three driving principles.  Click here to learn about these three principles.

Ten Facts About Postsecondary Plans for Class of 2017


Do you have any interest in finding out about where graduates of the Class of 2017 are now?  Click here to get ten facts about these students.  Learn about the decisions they made regarding their post-secondary plans and where they chose to pursue their interests.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

09/01/2017

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2017-18 Course Schedules Available on Power School

With the first day of school arriving on Wednesday, students should be able to now access their schedules on Power School for the first few days of school and simply follow their schedules on mobile devices.  For ninth-graders who may need a printed schedule, they will be available for pick up in the LMC prior to the start of school or in the Guidance Office during the day.

Any requests for schedule changes should be made to the student's counselor via email Using this medium will help to expedite student requests for changes and for counselors to keep records of these changes.

On the first day of school (Wednesday, August 30th) - If you find a mistake on your schedule and did not address it with your counselor prior to the first day of school, you can complete a form (available in the Guidance Office) or email - as mentioned above - describing the mistake and what needs to be corrected.  Follow your schedule as is and your counselor will correct the mistake ASAP.  S/he will then email you an amended schedule. You may also print a new copy on power school. If you wish to make a change in your schedule, follow the same procedure as described above.


Important Information About Registering for ECE Courses


This note is just a reminder that the Compass Online Application and Enrollment System reopened last week.  Any students that need to either apply and enroll in ECE classes or to drop classes may do so at this time.  The deadlines are as follows:
New Online Applications - Any student that has not already submitted an online application may do so until September 15, 2017.
Course Enrollment and/or Course Drops - Students may add or drop courses from their schedule until September 30, 2017.
There is a one-time, non-refundable $25 add/drop fee in addition to the regular course fee that is waived for EOS students.
The procedure during the add/drop registration period is the same as the regular term.  Please see either the paper Registration Guide and Consent Form or the ECE website: Click here for details.  Additional consent forms are available in the Guidance Office this week. You may also print these forms from the PDF found on the ECE website under: Administrators Tab >Registration Tools.
The ECE Office will consider extending office hours during the last two weeks of September depending on volume.  In the meantime, anyone needing assistance can reach the ECE Office from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F.  The toll-free helpline number is (855)382-UECE.

Important Information About Registering for ECSU Courses


Students enrolled in ECSU Human Anatomy & Physiology, ECSU Calculus A, and/or ECSU College Algebra may earn college credits while also earning EOS credits.  Students wishing to earn dual credits need to complete an ECSU registration form that is available in the EOS Guidance Office.  ECSU charges a nominal fee of $25 per credit.  Each of the available courses is worth four credits.  Thus, each course costs $100.  Checks should be made payable to EOSHS.  Deadline for registration is Friday, September 8.

Important Information About UConn Campus Courses

For those students selecting courses on campus, a separate application form is required. This form, too, is available in the Guidance Office.  Per policy with the university, EOS students have access to courses on the UConn campus provided they meet eligibility criteria and provided there is a seat in the chosen course on the first day of the semester. Once again, courses are free, but students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

Students who have ALREADY submitted registration forms must still complete one more step in the process.  This additional step was recently included in the UConn dual enrollment policy.  Click here and complete step four only.  This must be completed by September 10 or students tentatively enrolled in on campus courses will be dropped.  PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS NEED ONLY TO COMPLETE STEP FOUR.  THE PREVIOUS STEPS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED.  ONCE COMPLETED, BRING THE FORM TO THE EOS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT. 

THE ADDITIONAL STEP MENTIONED IN THE EMAIL SENT TODAY (8/30) MAY BE COMPLETED BY CLICKING HERE.  WHEN FINISHED, CLICK "SUBMIT".

NOTE: Classes at UConn begin on Monday, August 28th.

Contact Doug Melody (dmelody@eosmith.org) with any questions about this.

Connect to EOS Guidance on Instagram and Twitter


The Guidance Department has opened an Instagram account to go along with its Twitter account.  Both appear in the upper left corner of this page.  Take a moment to "Follow" each and receive updated information on a more frequent basis.  Go to @eos_guidance for Twitter and guidancematters for Instagram.

Hope to see you in both places.


How Much Time Should Students Spend on Homework?


This is a question often asked by parents/guardians, particularly those new to EOSHS.  It's a question that's never had an easy answer - at least until now.
 With technology now available at our fingertips, it's easier to answer this question simply by logging on to Power School and clicking on Quick Look Up.  When you click on a grade, the "grade book" will open and there you will see the wide assortment of assignments/tests/quizzes that contribute to the grade.  Task management, and not time management, should be the priority.  If the results are satisfactory, then a sufficient amount of time is being devoted to homework.  If not, then both the time and task management need to be reviewed and re-evaluated.  The better way to answer this question, then, is by measuring results and not hours.  

Grading/assessment has been the subject of much discussion among faculty in recent years, and one result of these conversations has been the distinction made between formative and summative assessments.  As you'll see when reviewing student grades, the aforementioned classifications are noted, and you should know that the summative grades carry more weight.

The subject of homework has been a hotly debated one in recent years,  and arguments for or against its value have been clearly articulated.  As we approach Labor Day and elaborate the importance of work in the history of our country, you may wish to read a piece (click on the title) about this topic that titled "Turning Homework Into Purposeful Practice". 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

06/15/2017

Transfer Credit Instructions for Graduating Seniors 


Below is a message from the Early College Experience (ECE) Office at UConn regarding instructions on how to transfer ECE credits to another college or university;

This is a reminder to speak with your graduating seniors about requesting an official transcript from UConn. Transcripts can be sent to the grad’s new university or college to start the credit transfer process. Students should also send one to themselves for their records. Transcripts are free and unlimited. Transcripts are not sent automatically. Please tell students to first check if the high school instructor has submitted a grade for the course (due July 1) before requesting a transcript.
You may forward these instructions: 
Check your grade:
  1. Go to http://studentadmin.uconn.edu/ with your NetID and password.
  2. Click Self-Service > Student Center
  3. Under Academics select grades from the drop down menu.
  4. Select term to view and click the continue button.
  5. Click the class title to review details about the course. 
  6. Click the change term button to view grades from a different semester. 
Request a transcript:
  1. Contact your new registrar and ask where a transcript can be sent.
  2. Go to http://studentadmin.uconn.edu/ with your NetID and password.
  3. Click Self-Service > Student Center > My Academics > Request Official Transcript.
  4. Complete form and click Submit.
If this is the first time logging in, students might have to complete a FERPA waiver or update contact information. If students do not remember their NetID or password, have them visit https://netid.uconn.edu/ where they can find their NetID or reset a forgotten password. Students will not be able to order a transcript if there is a financial hold on the account.
Students attending UConn do not need to request a transcript but do have to speak with an advisor once on campus to move the credit to their degree record. This decision is irreversible.
Finally, please tell students that they should call the UConn ECE office at 860.486.1045 or email at ece@uconn.edu with any questions or problems. We can also help with the credit transfer process if they encounter trouble. 

Deadline for Selecting ECE Courses Is June 30

Students enrolled in ECE courses for 2016-17 who have already registered through the ECE portal (deadline was June 1) are reminded to return to the portal and select their courses from the drop down menu.  Students should make certain to select the teachers assigned to their courses.  Students are advised to use Internet Explorer with a PC and Google Chrome with a Mac.

For Students Enrolled in ECSU Courses at EOS


Students enrolled in ECSU courses at EOSHS for 2017-18 need to complete an application form by June 19.  These ECSU courses are listed below.

ECSU Human Anatomy & Physiology
ECSU Calculus A
ECSU College Algebra & Discrete Math

Unlike ECE courses that are free for EOSHS students simply because of an agreement made between Region 19 and UConn several years ago when the latter forfeited control of the high school to Region 19 (EOS students would - and still do - take ECE courses at no cost), courses available through ECSU are offered at a nominal fee of $25 per credit.  This cost is a fraction of the cost for the same course available on the ECSU campus.  In addition, the textbooks for students are free.

Applications are available in the EOS Guidance Office.

Students should submit by June 19 their completed applications along with a check made payable to EOSHS in the amount corresponding to the number of credits in which one is enrolled.  EOSHS will then pay a lump sum to ECSU.

For Graduating Seniors

Mailing Final Transcripts to Colleges


Students moving on to higher education should expect their final EOS transcripts to be mailed in early July.  It's during the first week of July that the EOS Guidance Department hopes to have transcripts available for mailing.  
If seniors have not already informed the Guidance Department where they will be attending school in 2017-18, they'll need to do so immediately.  Without this information, the Guidance Department will be unable to mail the transcript, the final and necessary step in the matriculation process.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

06/01/2017


UConn ECE Registration Deadline Nears


The UConn Early College Experience Application deadline is TOMORROW! All students must submit an online application by June 1, 2017 at 11:59 P.M.


2017-18 Schedules Available Soon on Power School


Counselors are currently adjusting 2017-18 course schedules as they respond to students requests (to add and/or drop classes), teacher recommendations, course prerequisites, and changes in the master schedule.  To date, a few changes have been made in the past week to the master schedule and this has prompted changes in some student schedules as well.  In virtually every instance, changes in student schedules resulting from adjustments in the master schedule have simply altered the sequence of courses in the daily schedule (meaning that a class that originally appeared in the B period time slot, for example, may now be in the H period time slot).  Given all of this, student schedules are not available yet for viewing.

Students will be able to view their tentative 2017-18 class schedules on June 2nd at 3:45 pm by logging into their Power School accounts.  Note that these schedules are tentative.

Students may still request changes through the end of this school year and should contact their counselors ASAP if they wish to do so.  Any change made after June 19 will be due to failing final grades in current courses or failure to meet prerequisites in courses scheduled for 2017-18.

Counselors will be available sporadically during the summer and will return on Thursday, August 24th.  Students are encouraged to contact their counselors regarding their availability.

Meanwhile, courses not being offered next year appear below;

Accounting 1B
Accounting 2A
AP Chemistry
Computer Art
Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Management
Music Theory
Perspectives in Music
Sculpture


PSAT Score Reports Mailed Home

Sophomores who completed the PSAT back in April may now access detailed reports of their performance on the test.  These scores first became available on-line and students should have been notified of this by The College Board a few weeks ago.  Since then, the EOS Guidance Department received (this week) paper copies of these reports and will mail home next week the individual reports to students along with their test booklets.


Students should click here to create a College Board account and get their full PSAT score report.  Students may also create a Khan Academy account by clicking here and link it to their College Board account to receive a free, personalized practice for the SAT.  Finally, the College Board provides a tool to learn more about careers and majors.  This tool is called Big Future and is available by clicking here.  

For those who wish to learn more about this new PSAT (that is aligned with the new SAT that was introduced in March 2016), click on the following resources for more information;


MCC Offers New Scholarship Opportunities


Below is an announcement coming from MCC today:

"MCC Foundation is piloting a new scholarship program targeted at soon-to-be graduating high school students. Students who are graduating high school and enrolling at MCC for the fall 2017 semester are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for a scholarship to assist with tuition, fees and textbooks for the Fall 2017 semester.
Criteria:
·         Confirmed admission to MCC (requires Banner/NET ID)
·         Enrolled in a degree or certificate program at MCC
·         Full or Part-time enrollment at MCC
·         High School GPA of 2.5 or better 
·         Evidence of financial need (FAFSA, W2 or Copy of Tax Return)
The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, June 8, 2017." 

The application is available in the Guidance Office.  Recipients will be notified by July 31, 2017.

For Students Enrolled in ECSU Courses at EOS


Students enrolled in ECSU courses at EOSHS for 2017-18 need to complete an application form by June 19.  These ECSU courses are listed below.

ECSU Human Anatomy & Physiology
ECSU Calculus A
ECSU College Algebra & Discrete Math

Unlike ECE courses that are free for EOSHS students simply because of an agreement made between Region 19 and UConn several years ago when the latter forfeited control of the high school to Region 19 (EOS students would - and still do - take ECE courses at no cost), courses available through ECSU are offered at a nominal fee of $25 per credit.  This cost is a fraction of the cost for the same course available on the ECSU campus.  In addition, the textbooks for students are free.

Applications are available in the EOS Guidance Office.

Students should submit by June 19 their completed applications along with a check made payable to EOSHS in the amount corresponding to the number of credits in which one is enrolled.  EOSHS will then pay a lump sum to ECSU.

For Graduating Seniors

Mailing Final Transcripts to Colleges


Students moving on to higher education should expect their final EOS transcripts to be mailed in early July.  It's during the first week of July that the EOS Guidance Department hopes to have transcripts available for mailing.  
If seniors have not already informed the Guidance Department where they will be attending school in 2017-18, they'll need to do so immediately.  Without this information, the Guidance Department will be unable to mail the transcript, the final and necessary step in the matriculation process.

Transfer Credit Policy for UConn


Students looking to transfer MCC credits to UConn should refer to the transfer credit policy established by the latter.  Click on this link to learn more.  Be sure to use the drop down menu.

 


AP Exam Scores Available in July


AP exam scores will be made available in late July on The College Board's AP Central web site.  Look for notification on the availability of these scores.  For more information, click on AP Central.




Monday, May 15, 2017

05/15/2017

Registration for ECE Courses Closes on June 1


On-line registration continues until June 1st for courses offered by UConn's Early College Experience Program and taken at EOSHS.  Information about the registration process was made available on the May 1 blog post.   Contact your counselor for more information.

For the 2017-2018 school yearstudents will be responsible for applying and registering for their approved courses online; either at home or at school.  

Below is a checklist that students MUST follow as they complete the registration process;

Select Your Courses
  • Meet with your counselor to choose your ECE courses for 2017-18
  • Obtain all required consent to enroll in courses, including counselor and parent/guardian signatures.
  • Review your completed and signed Consent Form, including double-checking the course information with your counselor.
  • Make a copy of the form for your records.

    Apply to the UConn Early College Experience Program Online

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2017


  • Go to this link and review the online tutorial.  Once ready, hit "Apply Now".
  • Create your user ID and password and save in a secure location.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload your signed consent form with your application.  If you are unable to upload the form (you may scan it or take a picture of it before uploading it), contact the helpline at 1.855.382.8323.  Help is available from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday-Friday.
  • Monitor your email daily for a message from UConn confirming your application has been processed and you are ready to enroll.  You will be unable to enroll in your course(s) until your application is processed.  Please allow at least two weeks for your application to be processed during peak periods.  Apply early for quicker processing.


For Students Interested in Courses on UConn Campus

With construction of the 2017-18 master schedule near completion, it's time for EOS students interested in taking courses on the UConn campus for the fall semester to contact Doug Melody.  

For now, the most expeditious way to express interest is via email (dmelody@eosmith.org).  The class schedule is available on the UConn website and by clicking here.  Be sure to select Fall 2017 from the drop down menu and to select "Storrs" for the campus.  There is drop down menu for departments as well.  Courses are listed there along with meeting times.  Enrollment numbers are also available.  See below for eligibility criteria.

Eligible students (11th and 12th grade students with academic credentials - strong transcript and combined SAT scores of 1200+ in Critical Reading and Math) may request enrollment in no more than two classes per semester. Decisions on enrollment are made by the Early College Experience Office. EOS students enroll as part-timers. Typically, about 30 students enroll in courses there each semester. 

Final grades earned in courses there appear on both EOS transcripts and UConn transcripts. It should be noted that the grades earned in courses taken on campus are NOT factored into the EOS cumulative GPA.

Note that students successfully completing AD Calculus this year are automatically eligible for enrollment in UC MATH 2110 in the fall semester.  A section has already been designated for EOS students and the class will meet on Mondays and Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm.

PSAT 10 Information for Sophomores

PSAT 10 Score Reports are now available for sophomores who completed the assessment in April this year.  To access their scores, students will need the access codes they were provided on the day of the test.  These access codes are also available in the Guidance Office if students are unable to locate their codes.

Students need to click here to create a College Board account and get their full PSAT score report.  Students may also create a Khan Academy account by clicking here and link it to their College Board account to receive a free, personalized practice for the SAT.  Finally, the College Board provides a tool to learn more about careers and majors.  This tool is called MyRoad and is available by clicking here.  

For those who wish to learn more about this new PSAT (that is aligned with the new SAT that was recently introduced in March 2016), click on the following resources for more information;

Need Help with Financial Aid for Higher Education?


Students and parents/guardians seeking assistance with completing financial aid forms and/or fee waivers may want to contact Michelle Jones, an educational counselor who works for CONTAC (a private, non-profit educational opportunity center funded by the US. Department of Education).  Her office is located on the Willimantic campus of QVCC.  All contact information is listed below.

Michelle Jones
Educational Counselor
CONNTAC, Inc.- Educational Opportunity Center
Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple Street RM #C151
Danielson, CT 06239
(860) 932-4125
Willimantic Campus
729 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226 

New Student Loan Interest Rates Posted


The interest rate on new federal student loans will increase from 3.76 percent on undergraduate Direct loans issued for the 2016-17 award year to 4.45 percent for the 2017-18 award year, according to the results of Treasury Department's 10-year note auction held on Wednesday. The interest rates for new graduate Direct loans will increase from 5.31 percent for 2016-17 to 6 percent for 2017-18, and the interest rates for new parent and graduate PLUS loans will increase from 6.31 percent to 7 percent

Where Will Your Degree Take You?


You don't need to be reminded of the high cost of higher education in this day and age.  So much attention has been given to the relative value of a college degree and the specific majors that provide a return on one's investment.  With this thought in mind - that not all college majors are equal - an interactive tool has been constructed that examines 171 college majors.

This interactive tool was developed by the Hamilton Project and draws data from the American Community Service.  Click here to learn more about this and to access the interactive tool.

Colleges With Openings Still Available


The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) has published its annual list of colleges with openings still available at this late date.  In other words, these schools have not yet reached their enrollment figures established as benchmarks earlier in the school year.  NACAC makes this list available as a courtesy to its membership.  It may be noteworthy to consider the long-term health of at least some of these institutions as they face continuing declines in enrollment over the next decade due to a shrinking pool of high school graduates across the country.

Click here to find schools on the list.

Summer Opportunity to Earn PE Credit


The Health/Physical Education Department at EOSHS is offering students an opportunity to earn .25 credit (equivalent to one semester of PE) this summer.  This option is available o students who are looking to open space in their schedules during the school year that allows them to take more dual enrollment (ECE) courses.  There is no cost for enrollment in this course.

For more information, contact Mrs. Rowett ASAP at crowett@eosmith.org.

UConn Announces Explore Engineering Program


The University of CT has announced that it will once again offer "Explore Engineering", a five-day program offered in June on the UConn campus allows high school students several opportunities to explore the various fields available in engineering.  There are two sessions scheduled...6/18-6/22 and 6/25-6/29. The application deadline is June 1.

For more information, click here.



Monday, May 1, 2017

05/01/2017


College Board Announces Summer SAT Date


The College Board has announced that it will offer the SAT (Along with Subject Tests) on August 26th.  This will be the first time that the SAT will be offered outside of the regular school calendar year.  The registration deadline is in late July.

This test date may make sense, particularly if Saturdays will be occupied in September and October.

For more information, go to The College Board website.


UConn ECE Updates Transfer Credit Database


Below is a message from the UConn ECE Office regarding its updated transfer credit database:

"We’ve completed the update of the Credit Transfer Database, which mines the concurrent enrollment policies of 980 universities and colleges in the nation and predicts the likelihood of ECE credit transfer. The database can be accessed here

We have simplified the rating from 5 stars to 3 stars and have added a map. Just click the state you are interested in and the schools evaluated from that state will pop up! The database is a great resource for student (and parents) to explore the potential for their credit of transferring and to plan for the future. We always tell students to contact their new school directly for most accurate information but the database is a great starting point."

Guaranteed Admissions Program


The following comes from the UConn Admissions website - "The Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) is an agreement between the Connecticut Community College System and the University of Connecticut, designed for students who enroll in a liberal arts transfer program at one of Connecticut's community colleges to transfer seamlessly to the University of Connecticut without needing to apply. Students who plan to continue their studies to earn a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources; or Business are guaranteed admission to the University of Connecticut once the associate degree has been earned, appropriate courses have been completed, and minimum grades and requirements for the selected program have been achieved. Advisers from individual community colleges and UConn meet with GAP students throughout their community college careers, assisting in their eventual transition to the University. Students wishing to enroll in GAP must be matriculated in a liberal arts transfer program at a Connecticut community college."

Click here for more information about this attractive and affordable option.

President-to-President Scholarship Opportunity


Related to the (GAP) opportunity outlined above, merit-based scholarships are available to students who participate in the program.  These scholarships cover two years (four semesters) once students transfer from community college to UConn.  It should be emphasized that students must meet the prerequisites for their desired majors and have earned an associate degree in order to be eligible for this merit scholarship.  In addition, students must be nominated for the award by their GAP advisers and approved by their respective community college presidents.  Finally, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis at UConn in order to receive the award.

This is an opportunity worth pursuing if community college is the next place to enroll after graduating from high school.


Timeline for Registering in Courses on UConn Campus


Students interested in registering for courses on the UConn Campus for the fall semester should wait until the middle of May to contact Doug Melody. The 2017-18 master schedule for EOSHS should be constructed by then, so it will be easier to match courses on campus to courses offered at EOS.

Eligible students (11th and 12th grade students with academic credentials - strong transcript and combined SAT scores of 1200+ in Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) may request enrollment in no more than two classes per semester. Decisions on enrollment are made by the Early College Experience Office. EOS students enroll as part-timers. Typically, about 30 students enroll in courses there each semester. 

Final grades earned in courses on campus appear on both EOS transcripts and UConn transcripts. It should be noted that the grades earned in courses taken on campus are NOT factored into the EOS cumulative GPA. 

AP Exam Schedule and Procedures


For those students planning to take AP exams, they are reminded that the balance for each exam is $73 and is payable on the day of the exam.  Click here to access the AP exam schedule.

College Board allows you to bring up to two approved calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking the AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exams. Click here to find the calculator policy for each subject. AP Biology students may not use a scientific or graphing calculator.  They must use a four-function calculator. If students choose not to use a calculator for one of these exams, they will need to sign a Calculator Release Statement that provides assurance to The College Board that they will not use the absence of a calculator to challenge their score on the exam. AP Physics 1 students should bring a straight-edge/ruler in addition to a calculator.


Other reminders:


  • Bring #2 pencils (NOT mechanical pencils - The College Board does not provide assurance that a mechanical pencil will scan properly) and pens with black or dark blue ink. 
  • Students should report to the Guidance Office 40 minutes before the scheduled time for exams.
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices may be brought into the exam room, nor may students check these devices during the 10-minute break between sections of the exam.  The College Board reserves the right to cancel a student’s score for this type of violation.
  • Students may not bring food and drink into the exam room, though they may bring refreshments for during breaks.
  • There is NO ¼-point penalty for wrong answers on AP Exams.
  • The name and email on your registration answer sheet should match the name and email on your College Board account. 

UConn Early College Experience Goes Online


 The window for registration in ECE courses for 2017-18 is open.  Students will need to closely follow instructions in order to become eligible for college credits.

For the 2017-2018 school yearstudents will be responsible for applying and registering for their approved courses online; either at home or at school. 

To assist in the transition, ECE customer support hours will be extended during the registration cycle to help those who need assistance. 

Below is a checklist that students should follow as they complete the registration process;

Select Your Courses
  • Meet with your counselor to choose your ECE courses for 2017-18
  • Obtain all required consent to enroll in courses, including counselor and parent/guardian signatures.
  • Review your completed and signed Consent Form, including double-checking the course information with your counselor.
  • Make a copy of the form for your records.

    Apply to the UConn Early College Experience Program Online

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2017


  • Go to this link and review the online tutorial.  Once ready, hit "Apply Now".
  • Create your user ID and password and save in a secure location.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload your signed consent form with your application.  If you are unable to upload the form (you may scan it or take a picture of it before uploading it), contact the helpline at 1.855.382.8323.  Help is available from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday-Friday.
  • Monitor your email daily for a message from UConn confirming your application has been processed and you are ready to enroll.  You will be unable to enroll in your course(s) until your application is processed.  Please allow at least two weeks for your application to be processed during peak periods.  Apply early for quicker processing.

Enroll in Your Courses Online

Deadline to enroll in courses is June 30, 2017

  • Once your enrollment notification is received, follow the link to enroll in your course(s).
  • Select your high school and the approved course(s) listed on your consent form.  Follow the directions until submission is complete.

Contact the ECE helpline at 1.855.382.8323 if you need assistance.

ECE courses offered at EOSHS are listed below; 

AD Biology (UC BIOL 1107)
AD Biology (UC BIOL 1108)
AD English (UC ENGL 1010)
AD Latin 4 (UC CAMS 3102)
AD Latin 5 (UC CAMS 3102)
AD Principles of Microeconomics (UC ECON 1201)

AD Principles of Macroeconomics (UC ECON 1202)
AD French 5 (UC FREN 3250 and 3268)
AD World Civilizations (UC HIST 1300)
AD Modern European History (UC HIST 1400)
AD US History (UC HIST 1501 and 1502)
AD Biotechnology (PLSC 3230) 
AD Human Development & Family Studies (UC HDFS 1070) New
AD Latin America Studies (UC LAMS 1190)
Discrete Math (UC MATH 1030Q)
AD Calculus (UC MATH 1131Q and 1132Q)
AD Physics (UC PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q)
AD Physics with Calculus (UC PHYS 1401 and 1402) New
AD German 5 (UC GERM 3233 and 3255)
AD Spanish 5 (UC SPAN 3178 and 3179)
AP Statistics (UC STAT 1100Q)