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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

05/15/2018

Registration for ECE Courses Closes on June 1


Online 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 2018-2019 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 2018-19
  • 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, 2018


  • 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 2018-19 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.  Click on "Guests".  Be sure to select Fall 2018 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 EBRW 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.


SAT & PSAT 10 Information 

SAT and PSAT 10 Score Reports will become available for students to see on May 17 for those 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 will also be 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 (P)SAT 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  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 issued for the 2018-19 award year will rise to 5.04 percent (up from 4.45 percent for the 2017-18 award year), according to the results of the Treasury Department's 10-year note auction held recently. The interest rates for new graduate Direct loans will increase from 5.31 percent for 2017-18 to 6 percent for 2018-19, and the interest rates for new parent and graduate PLUS loans will increase to 7.59 percent  (up from 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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

05/01/2018

UConn Early College Experience Goes Online


 The window for registration in ECE courses for 2018-19 is now open.  Students will need to closely follow instructions in order to become eligible for college credits.

For the 2018-2019 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 2018-19
  • 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, 2018


  • 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 29, 2018

  • 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)
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) 
AD German 5 (UC GERM 3233 and 3255)
AD Spanish 5 (UC SPAN 3178 and 3179)
AP Statistics (UC STAT 1100Q)

AD Fundamentals of Horticulture (SPSS 1110)
AD Floral Art (SPSS 2520)


UConn School of Engineering Offers Summer Programs


The University of CT School of Engineering is offering two programs this summer for high school students.  Click here for more information about "Explore Engineering" and here for more information about "Spark" - a program specifically for female high school students.  Application deadline is Tuesday, May 1.

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 2018-19 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 $74 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. 

ACT Offers Free Test-Prep Program


The ACT has opened a new portal designed to provide free support to students who are seeking assistance with their preparation for taking the ACT.  Called ACT Academy, students can register for a free and personalized guide for college and career readiness.  Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

04/15/2018

IWEM (INSPIRING WOMEN IN ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE)

Below is an announcement that was just received today (April 11) from the Office of Early College Programs at UConn.

"UConn Health is excited to announce the first IWEM (Inspiring Women in Engineering & Medicine) workshop will take place on May 5, 2018 at the Musculoskeletal Institute at UConn Health in Farmington Connecticut. We invite females in high school (grades 9-12) in New England to apply. This will be a FREE, four hour hands on workshop and participants will get to perform 3 different mock orthopaedic surgeries and hear from prominent women surgeons and interact with other successful women in the medical field, such as physical therapist and advanced practicing registered nurses. The deadline to apply is April 14, 2018."

Click here for more information and to complete the application.


Important Information About MCC Courses


Students enrolled in College Career Pathways (CCP) courses, otherwise known as Manchester Community College (MCC) courses at EOSHS, have the option of withdrawing from a CCP course if they wish to exclude the course from their MCC transcripts.  Students MUST complete a withdrawal form, available in the EOS Guidance Office, if they intend to withdraw from the course.  The deadline for withdrawal is April 20.

Note that withdrawal from a CCP course at this time of year only means that the final grade in the course will not appear on an MCC transcript.  This does NOT mean withdrawal from the course at EOSHS.  Although the final grade will not appear on an MCC transcript, it will appear on an EOSHS transcript.

Students who withdraw from a CCP course after April 20 but before the last day of school will receive a "W" (withdrawal) on their MCC transcripts.

Students who do not withdraw by the last day of classes at EOSHS will receive the grades assigned to them and these grades will appear on their MCC transcripts.  Transcripts are permanent records and cannot be altered.  MCC reports that a grade of "W" on a college transcript may negatively impact eligibility for financial aid.


MCC President's Scholarship Opportunity


Manchester Community College (MCC) has announced a scholarship opportunity to graduating seniors who plan to attend MCC in the 2018-19 school year.  The scholarship will cover tuition and fees for the fall semester.  In addition, a $300 book scholarship will be provided. 

In order to be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a degree or certificate-track program at MCC, demonstrate financial need (FAFSA is required), complete a required essay, and provide a list of extra-curricular and/or employment history.  The application deadline is April 15.

Applications are available in the Guidance Office.


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 early May to contact Doug Melody. The 2018-19 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 2018-19 will open on April 30.  Students will need to closely follow instructions in order to become eligible for college credits.

For the 2018-2019 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 2018-19
  • 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, 2018


  • 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 29, 2018

  • 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)
AD Latin America Studies (UC LAMS 1190)
AD Human Rights (UC HRTS 1007) New
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) 
AD German 5 (UC GERM 3233 and 3255)
AD Spanish 5 (UC SPAN 3178 and 3179)

AP Statistics (UC STAT 1100Q)

AD Fundamentals of Horticulture (SPSS 1110)
AD Floral Art (SPSS 2520)

ACT Offers Free Test-Prep Program


The ACT has opened a new portal designed to provide free support to students who are seeking assistance with their preparation for taking the ACT.  Called ACT Academy, students can register for a free and personalized guide for college and career readiness.  Click here to learn more.

UConn School of Engineering Offers Summer Programs


The University of CT School of Engineering is offering two programs this summer for high school students.  Click here for more information about "Explore Engineering" and here for more information about "Spark" - a program specifically for female high school students.


Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy


FLEYA - the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy is a free week-long summer program run out of Yale University in collaboration with the Yale Police Department and the New Haven-FBI. Each year, 30 high school students from around the state of Connecticut are selected to participate in this unique educational program where they learn from a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement representatives and participate in hands-on demonstrations of polygraphs, fingerprint analysis, and more. The program runs July 15 - 21, 2018.

The application for FLEYA is currently live, and closes on Friday, April 6th, at 5pm.

Additional information about the program and the application form can be found by clicking here.  The most commonly asked questions and answers are also on the website.


Military Service Academy Night


Students interested in learning about our nation's military academies (Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy,  West Point Academy) may do so by attending the 2018 Military Service Academy Night on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 pm in the MG Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center on 375 Smith Street in Middletown, CT.  The CT Congressional Delegation is arranging this evening.

For more information about this evening, find contact information below.

Kathy Bass
Office of Senator Christopher Murphy
Colt Gateway Building
120 Huyshope Avenue, Suite 401
Hartford, CT 06106

Sunday, April 1, 2018

04/01/2018

National College Fair Dates

The National College Fair, a program offered by the National Association for College Admissions Counselors, is "on tour" and will be in Springfield on April 9 and Providence on April 10.  Several colleges from around the country will be represented at booths.  In addition, workshops will be offered on such topics as the admissions process and financial aid.  Students may register by clicking here.

MCC Offers Spring Open House


Manchester Community College (MCC) is offering prospective students an opportunity to attend an "Open House" from 4 pm to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 3.  Workshops will be held in Great Path Academy (part of MCC) on a variety of topics - including the admissions process, paying for college, and credit transfer.  

For more information, click here.  


MCC President's Scholarship Opportunity


Manchester Community College (MCC) has announced a scholarship opportunity to graduating seniors who plan to attend MCC in the 2018-19 school year.  The scholarship will cover tuition and fees for the fall semester.  In addition, a $300 book scholarship will be provided. 

In order to be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a degree or certificate-track program at MCC, demonstrate financial need (FAFSA is required), complete a required essay, and provide a list of extra-curricular and/or employment history.  The application deadline is April 15.

Applications are available in the Guidance Office.


Important Information About MCC Courses


Students enrolled in College Career Pathways (CCP) courses, otherwise known as Manchester Community College (MCC) courses at EOSHS, have the option of withdrawing from a CCP course if they wish to exclude the course from their MCC transcripts.  Students MUST complete a withdrawal form, available in the EOS Guidance Office, if they intend to withdraw from the course.  The deadline for withdrawal is April 20.

Note that withdrawal from a CCP course at this time of year only means that the final grade in the course will not appear on an MCC transcript.  This does NOT mean withdrawal from the course at EOSHS.  Although the final grade will not appear on an MCC transcript, it will appear on an EOSHS transcript.

Students who withdraw from a CCP course after April 20 but before the last day of school will receive a "W" (withdrawal) on their MCC transcripts.

Students who do not withdraw by the last day of classes at EOSHS will receive the grades assigned to them and these grades will appear on their MCC transcripts.  Transcripts are permanent records and cannot be altered.  MCC reports that a grade of "W" on a college transcript may negatively impact eligibility for financial aid.

A Scholarship Opportunity


The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut administers a number of scholarships for students from Northeastern CT-- all of the towns of Windham County plus Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Stafford, Willington and Union. 

Interested students can fill out one general application (due Friday, April 6) to be considered for any of scholarships for which they are eligible. The link to the online application is at here.

UConn School of Engineering Offers Summer Programs


The University of CT School of Engineering is offering two programs this summer for high school students.  Click here for more information about "Explore Engineering" and here for more information about "Spark" - a program specifically for female high school students.


Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy


FLEYA - the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy is a free week-long summer program run out of Yale University in collaboration with the Yale Police Department and the New Haven-FBI. Each year, 30 high school students from around the state of Connecticut are selected to participate in this unique educational program where they learn from a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement representatives and participate in hands-on demonstrations of polygraphs, fingerprint analysis, and more. The program runs July 15 - 21, 2018.

The application for FLEYA is currently live, and closes on Friday, April 6th, at 5pm.

Additional information about the program and the application form can be found by clicking here.  The most commonly asked questions and answers are also on the website.


Military Service Academy Night


Students interested in learning about our nation's military academies (Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy,  West Point Academy) may do so by attending the 2018 Military Service Academy Night on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 pm in the MG Maurice Rose Armed Forces Reserve Center on 375 Smith Street in Middletown, CT.  The CT Congressional Delegation is arranging this evening.

For more information about this evening, find contact information below.

Kathy Bass
Office of Senator Christopher Murphy
Colt Gateway Building
120 Huyshope Avenue, Suite 401
Hartford, CT 06106