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Sunday, January 15, 2017


EOSHS Receives Lofty Rankings in Recent ECE Report

The Office of Early College Experience Programs (OECEP) at UConn recently published data on participation rates of high schools throughout Connecticut. The numbers highlight the extensive involvement of EOSHS and the significant value derived from student participation in the OECEP.

EOSHS is ranked 4th (with 250 students enrolled) among the 188 high schools in Connecticut that participate in the OECEP, behind Norwich Free Academy (NFA) (364), Manchester High School (264), and Glastonbury High School (251).  It should be noted that the three schools ranked above EOSHS have much larger student enrollments.  When calculating the percentage of the total student enrollment that is participating in the OECEP, EOSHS rises to the top of the list.

Also of note is that EOSHS is second on the list of "Most ECE Credit Hours Taken" with 2312 credit hours tallied, behind first-place NFA (3153) and ahead of third-place Hand (Madison) High School (2067).  Of course, these numbers do not take into account the credit hours that students are earning in courses taken on the UConn Campus.

These figures represent an impressive commitment on the part of the EOSHS faculty and staff in offering OECEP courses and participating in workshops required by the OECEP.  It should also be noted that teachers at EOSHS (and all other participating high schools) must apply for certification and be approved as adjunct instructors before offering such courses.

The EOSHS community should take pride in the exceptional dual enrollment program that comprises a significant segment of its school-wide curriculum.

MCC Applications Due

Students enrolled in Manchester Community College courses offered at EOS need to COMPLETE the MCC application on line by February 5th if they wish to earn MCC credits in these courses.

Click on this link to initiate this process. This registration takes just minutes to complete. 

Mailing Senior Transcripts

 (Mid-Year School Reports) 

Seniors applying to colleges know that their first semester grades are typically required by college admissions offices.  Mid-year school reports that show first semester grades only will be mailed electronically to colleges when these grades become permanent after a final audit.  This should take place in the first week of February.

What's Naviance and Why Should You Be Interested In It?

The EOS Guidance Department has been using Naviance for several years now, adding features along the way when they become available to subscribers and when we feel they're useful to our school community.  Naviance is a web-based program that offers a full range of services. You'll find course descriptions on classes offered at EOS, four-year plans of study (see more about this below) that match up with the various post secondary goals students may have, data on student outcomes specific to colleges and universities to which EOS students have applied over the past several years, links to the vast majority of post secondary institutions throughout the country, links to financial aid web sites, a link to The College Board, career information, Road Trip Nation (career and motivational videos) and an SAT prep program that is extensive - and free to students. There is even more. 

The link to Naviance may be found in the upper right corner of this page (Naviance Family Connection). 


What Is Course Planner?

Students (and parents) can access "Course Planner" (mentioned above) by logging in to their accounts and clicking on the "Courses" tab in the menu bar. From there,  four-year plans of study may be reviewed simply by clicking on course plans. Several plans are available and each is based upon the kind of schools - defined by competitiveness (how difficult it is to be accepted - the lower the percentage of students accepted, the more competitive it is) - that a student may wish to pursue.

By clicking on any one of the plans, you will see the types of courses available to choose from that will comprise a four-year plan of study compatible with the kinds of competitive schools for that particular category. For example, a student interested in attending a highly competitive school would click on that plan and see that the vast majority of courses from which to choose would be at the "A" level.  What is not taken into consideration are the grades that a student earns in these courses. Rather, the strength of the four-year plan is based upon the challenges posed by one's course selections.

design flaw that Naviance has not yet corrected relates to the schools of interest that are listed below the "meter" that measures strength of schedule. A plan that may be appropriate for admission to ECSU may not be sufficient for acceptance to UConn, even though Naviance is indicating otherwise. For more accurate feedback, students should speak with their counselors. 

Still, Course Planner may be very useful in the course selection process when taking into consideration post secondary aspirations.

2017-18 Course Selections

Power School Portal  Opens In Two Weeks

The initial stage of the 2017-18 course selection process has begun as subject area departments formulate plans for the next school year.  Students are encouraged to select courses through the Power School portal when it opens in two weeks.

This first step in the process allows EOSHS to "pour the foundation" for the eventual construction of the 2017-18 master schedule.  Note that students will have several opportunities to make changes on their list of selections in the months ahead.  You should also note that counselors will discuss course selections and confirm choices during their upcoming individual meetings with students and their parents/guardians.

Keep in mind, too, that four-year plans of study for various post secondary options are available in Naviance.  Click on the "Courses" tab for the plans as well as to access the full list of course descriptions in the curriculum.

The Kodak Moment You Wouldn't Want

Try picturing this...are you old enough to have had a Kodak moment?  If you are, then you remember  them as special times - countless once-in-a-lifetime (yes - an oxymoron) occasions that were freeze-framed, picture-perfect portraits captured on rolls of film.  With minds intact, you may still be able to recall these ancient instagrams.  Be careful, though, because clutching to your past could end up freeze-framing your present.  You wouldn't want your life to turn into the Kodak moment that resembles the company it eventually became. Here's why.

If you're that "old", you'll recall that Kodak was the Apple of your I back in the 20th century, with Eastman Kodak monopolizing the camera market in a similar way that the iPhone captures the smartphone (and its camera) today. Chances are you've had several Kodak moments that string your life together, moments where you can picture yourself as you once were in a time that once was. Today,  we have "selfies".  Just reach out and touch...the screen...and you get... you. Then simply store them in the cloud.  

Wait.  So what happened?

Here's what happened... with Kodak's meteoric rise and then eventual demise. Back in the late 1800s, George Eastman, an avid photographer, invented what was known as rolled film as well as the camera that could use it.  He launched the Eastman Kodak Company and promised anyone who bought it that "you press the button and we do the rest."  Much like what the smart phone has done for us today, the Kodak camera transformed lives and introduced the "Kodak moment" that allowed individuals to imprint celebrated experiences on to rolling film.  And it was this rolling film attached to inexpensive cameras that had Eastman Kodak rolling in the cash.  The years that followed saw Eastman make adjustments as new technology threatened Kodak and the company was flexible enough to stretch where the market was moving.  Kodak was the Apple of its time for several decades, "thinking different" and adapting as it saw fit.

But years after its inventive founder and imaginative leader passed on, Eastman Kodak gradually became stale and inflexible, full of itself and, as Wikipedia describes it,  mired in an "unassailable competitive position that would foster an unimaginative and complacent corporate culture."  Kodak became short-sighted by its own long-term dominance.

In 1975, with George Eastman having long ago departed this life, a Kodak engineer by the name of Steve Sasson invented the digital camera. What an imaginative idea?  At least, that's what he thought.  But he couldn't convince anyone else in the company to agree with him.  The corporate leadership was blinded by the glow of its own success and lacked the foresight to flex its position.  If only George had been around to look forward.  And think different.

So, much like what happened with the auto industry (think: Detroit) back in the seventies, Japanese companies like Sony seized the moment and created a market for the inexpensive digital cameras that eventually became commonplace.  Not until several years later did Kodak regain its footing and once again reach dominance as the leader in digital cameras.  But, by then, it was too late.  Why?

Remember that Eastman Kodak was making its money off of expensive film loaded on to inexpensive cameras.  Well, now there was no need for this film.  So the profits dried up and little cash was flowing in. Even though it was the market leader in digital cameras, the once iconic Eastman Kodak went belly-up in 2012 and filed for bankruptcy protection.  It was a Kodak moment the company never envisioned.  

Would this have happened had anyone higher up listened to Sasson?  Probably not. That's business, though.  Nothing personal.

But let's make it personal.  Could this happen to you?  Picture this.  What are your Kodak moments like?

The truth is we make our choices.  We can slide through our lives and never decide on much of anything, clinging to what are all-too-familiar patterns of behaviors and habits.  Or we can take charge - albeit with an imperfect control - and affect change that results from conscious choices.  Passively slide or actively decide - it's a choice.  Which is likely to produce the Kodak moments you'd want?

Below are suggestions you may want to consider for an authentic Kodak moment that is longer-lasting;
  • Take a "selfie".  Go ahead.  Make it a close-up of your whole being.  Then closely examine it all, including the darkest corners of your personality.  Recognize this - we don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.  What do you see?  What you will see is that often our expectations may blind us.  What's blinding you?
  • Every so often, do some pruning and weeding. Move into that area of your mind where decisions are made.  When was the last time you cleaned up your inner landscape?  Every so often, it requires weeding and pruning and fertilizing.  You need room to grow out.  So clean out and get rid of what no longer makes sense. Cut it and clear it if it's wilting and withering and just getting in the way.
  • Find your discomfort zone.  That's right.  Stretch yourself in ways that cause discomfort.  This will likely mean that you'll need to overcome your strengths.  As you do this, appreciate mistakes. Lean into these mistakes with confidence, which literally means "with trust".  And break a sweat!  If it becomes too easy for too long, you become...Eastman Kodak.
  • If it ain't broke, break it before it's too late.  What are you doing now simply because that's the way you've always done it?  If you're living by the motto - "If it ain't broke don't fix it" - then think about what happened to Eastman Kodak.  Sometimes it makes sense to "break it before it needs fixing".  
  • It's not the strongest who survive.  It's the fittest.  Get fit!  Successful people see the future before it happens.  It's true of athletes (who see plays develop before they actually occur), musicians (who hear the music before they actually play it), and anyone else who is paying attention while actively engaged in a full breadth of learning.  Whether it's connecting the x's and o's or the musical notes or the dots in a seemingly disparate situation, successful people anticipate and adjust accordingly.  It's not the strongest who survive, it's the fittest.  It's those who can adapt.

Change occurs organically, whether we choose it or not.  In other words, it's natural.  We change - consciously or not.  Technology changes, too.  And it changes us.  With all that we have available, it seems like we can now be in touch with anyone at anytime and anywhere.  Sadly, what we seem to have lost is our ability to be in touch with ourselves.

But you don't have to be out of touch - with yourself.  You just need to be mindful - conscious - of what you're doing and why.  Ask why more often. Take the time to search for the right questions you need to ask (the right answer to the wrong question is true-but-worthless stuff).  When you do, you'll likely invite confusion when you challenge your assumptions.  Any substantive change can be disruptive.  With the right answers to the right questions, though, you're more likely to cultivate genuine growth.  If you can answer "why" to what you want in life, you'll be able to figure out the "hows" that can get you there.

It's a new year.  Think about it.  Think about what you're doing. And then do something about it.  What's your choice - George Eastman or Eastman Kodak? It's your Kodak moment to make.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


UConn Courses On Campus for Second Semester

Students interested in taking a course on the UConn campus during the second semester should contact Doug Melody.  Preliminary registration has begun, although formal registration will be completed in mid-January.

For those students taking UC MATH 2410 (Differential Equations), be advised that the section available for EOS students is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM.

PSAT Results Returned to EOS Students

PSAT results were returned a couple of weeks ago for EOS students who completed the test back in October. The test was administered on a school day this year.  

Students should have received  their individual score reports along with the test booklets they used when taking it. The Guidance Department chooses to mail these scores home rather than distribute them in classes so as to protect the privacy of this information. The test booklets accompany the score reports so that students can use this information when preparing for the SAT.

For more information about the PSAT and interpretation of scores, you will find a link labeled "Understand Your PSAT Score Report" and another tutorial called "Link College Board Account to Khan Academy".  Both are listed under "For Viewing" to the right on this page.  

MCC Applications Due

Students enrolled in Manchester Community College courses offered at EOS need to COMPLETE the MCC application on line by February 5th if they wish to earn MCC credits in these courses.

Click on this link to initiate this process. This registration takes just minutes to complete. 

UConn Applications Are Due on January 15

Applying to UConn?  Applications are due and must be submitted to the UConn Admissions Office by January 15th.  Students should make transcript requests in the EOS Guidance Office by January 10th.

Also, students planning to enroll in a course on the UConn Campus during the next semester need to complete a registration form by Wednesday, January 11th.  See Doug Melody about courses if interested in enrolling on campus.  Forms, by the way, are available in the Guidance Office. 

Look for Information About the Course Selection Process

The 2017-18 course selection process will soon begin.  The Power School portal will be open in early February and students will be able to select next year's courses at that time.  Look for more information about this in the next post. 

If  Only You Could Choose

More Money or More Time?

Surely you’ve heard it said that time is money.  And you’ve probably seen that money can most certainly buy time.  But what’s it like when you don’t have enough of either?  Well, it seems like you have even less of both.  That’s because when you’re short on money, you can’t buy time and…… you can’t pay attention.   
So this shortfall can get really costly.  If you’re not careful, it can bankrupt you emotionally as well.  
Now that it's a new year, we may turn our thoughts to time and how we're using it.  Do you ever wonder - “If I had a choice - more money or more time - what  would I choose?”  One or the other?

When Time Is a Precious Commodity

When we think of poverty, we tend to think of it in terms of cash flow.  Poverty means money poor - more is flowing out than flowing in.  And the federal government even establishes a threshold - a poverty line - on a (questionable?) dollar amount earned by individuals and families of different sizes.  Since 2008, poverty in rural areas (17.7% of the rural population) has surpassed the percentage of urban dwellers (14.7%) below this threshold.  Many more are hovering just above this line, and it’s an issue that deserves attention - if only we had more free time.
That’s just it, though.  Many of us don’t.  Time costs money.  So, while we may have enough money to meet expenses, it comes at a costly price.  And that price is precious time.  As a result, many of us have become time poor, with unintended consequences that may be subtle  but still steep - sometimes in ways we just never imagine.
When you’re flush with money and need time, you simply buy the time you need.  Hire housecleaning, contract with a landscaper, send out your laundry.  Even farm out parenting responsibilities and place your kid in a boarding school. Out-source these “chores” and buy time in the process.  It’s a simple transaction.
But when money is scarce and so is time, bandwidth gets squeezed as well.  You just can’t think straight.    Seeing only what’s immediately in front of you, it’s certainly not the “live in the moment” mantra advocated by today’s gurus.  And with no time to think, there’s little effort spent on planning for what’s ahead except for what’s in front of you - even literally.  What’s urgent becomes what’s important…at that stressful time.
So, many in this predicament experience the consequence  espoused by the time management and motivational experts who advise us that “failing to plan is planning to fail.”  Life’s circumstances, although it may be difficult to fathom, get even worse because decisions are made on the fly - or not made at all.  What’s urgent consumes one’s narrow bandwidth so that what’s really important rarely, if ever, finds its way into one’s conscious awareness.  “I just don’t have time for this” gets no attention and decisions are then made by default - they’re made for you.  Most of the time, they’re costly.
If only we had moments to pause, to breathe, to simply  r.e.f..l..e..c..t.  If we could just make more time.
Decisions Reflect How We Value Our Time

Each of us gets 24 hours a day.  They’re hours to use and ours to spend.  With money, those who have lots of it can spend it on leisure (time) and luxuries, with little impact on their bank accounts.  Most of us are not so lucky.  So, many of us may borrow money from banks with interest added on future payments.  But when borrowing time, we pay interest on future installments of it - we borrow from tomorrow.  And the next day and the next week and…until the price becomes costly in ways we may eventually not manage. 
Think about it - how we spend our time is an implicit reflection of what’s important to us.   The way we spend our time defines who we are.  We may spend more on the moment and pay on this debt at some future date. Or we may invest in a future moment, hoping the investment of time today returns a hearty dividend “tomorrow”.   These are decisions we make each day with the moments we have to live. What we’re really doing is evaluating “opportunity costs” - what opportunity do I forfeit by choosing an alternative?  So how do we know when we’re spending them wisely or simply wasting them?  How  well do we manage our spending?  

Everyone Needs a Waste Management System 

The way we manage our time is the way we manage our lives.  And, although we’re all granted the same amount of time each given day, every hour doesn’t always “feel” the same.  It matters what we’re doing, enduring it or enjoying it.  And some hours offer more potential than others simply due to our own biological rhythms.  Still, we seem more pressed for time as we depress the accelerator.  So we “multi-task”, often unknowingly making it worse.  We call it time management.  It’s not.  It’s divided attention.
News flash - most empirical studies indicate that we have more time than we think.  It just feels like we don’t, that we’re always in a time crunch  This is called the time-pressure paradox. If it feels like we don’t, then we don’t. But we do.
So, why do we feel this way?  Could it be that our on-demand-constantly-connected-insta-lives make us feel this need to do it all NOW while never seeming to have time to - at least with our full attention?  Cultural influences weigh heavily here more than technology (say the studies).  Fast food, high{er}-speed internet, fast{er} speed limits, and on-demand “customer” service create a pace of responsiveness.  We’ve gone from drive-in to drive-through lifestyles; from being connected to anywhere but where we are at any moment.  And, because we’re constantly “on”, we have unrealistic expectations for what we can do.  So we do less. 
And we may feel like we’re going nowhere fast.
Know it or not, we all have emotional and cognitive default sets.  We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.  And sometimes our expectations blind us - to overspending, whether it’s money or it’s time.  What we expect may not always be what we need.  Needs and wants, like expectations and entitlements, are subjective interpretations that are subject to revision.  We can change, if we’re willing.
So, as this new year begins, take a moment to turn “off” and examine these default sets. You may not be able create (buy) more time, but you can reduce time wasted. Do an audit on how you spend your time, and this means spending time to pay attention to how you spend your time. Much like we look to balance our bank accounts, we need to balance our time accounts in the same way.  Wouldn't it be wise to do this each month so we don’t overspend?  Haste makes waste.  And a stitch in time, saves nine.  Think about it.  Re-think it.
We have more time than we think. To find it, we can reduce our waste of it and also “recycle” it, deriving more from our “future” hours by virtue of what we put into our “present” hours. We have a finite amount of willpower and a similarly finite amount of bandwidth we can devote to any one moment. It’s about being mindful, paying full attention to what we’re doing and with whom we’re sharing time. Minding our own business, gaining that balance between spending on today vs. saving for tomorrow, and paying attention to what’s important more than what’s urgent may make more time and more money available.  
Perhaps if we pay full attention more often, we’ll make choices that are more timely and enriching.  So,  instead of choosing between time and money,  choose to pay attention.  And make time.  That’s a choice in this new year.

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

Monday, December 12, 2016


PSAT Score Reports Now Available

Students who completed the PSAT in October should now be able to access their score reports by logging into their student accounts through the College Board website.  Scores were posted on Monday, December 12th.  Students may click here to log into their account (or to launch a new account).  Students who may need their access numbers can get them in the Guidance Office.

Students are encouraged to click here to view a video that provides an explanation of their PSAT Score Reports.  Students may also link their College Board accounts to their Khan Academy accounts  and, by doing so, receive a personalized tutorial that will prepare them for the SAT.  Click here to learn how to link the two accounts.  This service is free-of-charge.

Hard copies of PSAT Score Reports are expected to arrive in the Guidance Department next week.  Copies will be mailed home to students as soon as they become available.

UConn Provides Important Updates 

See below for important updates from UConn regarding admissions and financial aid.
  • students (and their parents/guardians) should complete the FAFSA using 2015 tax records.  Students may file their FAFSA until March 1, 2017.  Earlier is better.  In other words - don't wait until March 1st.
  • UConn will accept both "old" and "new" SAT scores but will NOT super-score different tests.  UConn will, however, super-score from the same set of tests (old OR new).
  • Students must have their official ACT/SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency.  UConn reports that it will NOT recognize test scores appearing on student transcripts.
  • the Stamford campus will open a brand new 300-bed residence in August 2017.
  • January 15 is the deadline for all application materials to be submitted.
  • Admission decisions will be released beginning on March 1st and will continue until all applicants have been notified.
  • Students may continue to apply to any of the regional campuses until July 1.

New Website to Help With Loan Repayments

A new website is now available to students and their parents that is designed to help with student loan repayments.  Called IBRinfo - click here - it is an independent, non-profit agency that provides information about Income-Based Repayment Plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness options.   

Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness are two new federal programs that help make student loan repayment fair and manageable. The site explains the programs and will be updated as new information becomes available. Users can register to get updates on important developments as the U.S. Department of Education finalizes regulations and creates the systems for managing the new programs.

Do You Need Money for College?

The Office of Federal Student Aid in the U.S. Department of Education has made publications available for students and parents that provide information about federal student aid at a glance.  Students and parents may download electronic versions of publications, videos, and infographs by clicking here .  

A Reminder About Creating an FSA ID

The FSA ID - the username and password a student needs for signing the FAFSA and for various other uses on Federal Student Aid websites - replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN in May.  Students should click here to learn about and create an FSA ID. 

Change In MCC Math Requirement 

Manchester Community College has announced that a change has been made in the minimum Math SAT score required to be eligible for College Algebra there.  A 530 was (and still is) the minimum score on the "old" SAT.  The new benchmark is 570 for scores eared after March, 2016.  This increase does not reflect a higher benchmark.  Rather, the minimum score reflects an adjustment in the "new" SAT.  The CT Board of Regents for Higher Education has established this new benchmark.

Click here for more information about this change in policy.

UConn Courses On Campus for Second Semester

Students interested in taking a course on the UConn campus during the second semester should contact Doug Melody.  Preliminary registration has begun, although formal registration will be completed in mid-January.

For those students taking UC MATH 2410 (Differential Equations),be advised that the section available for EOS students is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM.                               

MCC Career Pathways ID Cards Available

Students enrolled in at least one MCC/CCP course at EOSHS and who have successfully registered through the MCC portal have been assigned student numbers (referred to as a "Banner" number by MCC).  These numbers appear on student identification cards that will be mailed home in the next week.  

For those wishing to immediately access information about MCC and the College Career Pathways student page, click here.

Students enrolled in MCC/CCP courses who may have missed the first registration deadline will have one last opportunity to register in late January.  More information about this will be made available in the weeks ahead.

UConn Applications Are Due on January 15

Applying to UConn?  Applications are due and must be submitted to the UConn Admissions Office by January 15th.  Students should make transcript requests in the EOS Guidance Office by January 10th.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


UConn Courses On Campus for Second Semester

Students interested in taking a course on the UConn campus during the second semester should contact Doug Melody.  Preliminary registration has begun, although formal registration will be completed in mid-January.

For those students taking UC MATH 2410 (Differential Equations),be advised that the section available for EOS students is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM.                               

MCC Career Pathways ID Cards Available

Students enrolled in at least one MCC/CCP course at EOSHS and who have successfully registered through the MCC portal have been assigned student numbers (referred to as a "Banner" number by MCC).  These numbers appear on student identification cards that will be mailed home in the next week.  

For those wishing to immediately access information about MCC and the College Career Pathways student page, click here.

Students enrolled in MCC/CCP courses who may have missed the first registration deadline will have one last opportunity to register in late January.  More information about this will be made available in the weeks ahead.

UConn Applications Are Due on January 15

Applying to UConn?  Applications are due and must be submitted to the UConn Admissions Office by January 15th.  Students should make transcript requests in the EOS Guidance Office by January 10th.

PSAT Score Reports Arriving Soon

The College Board is reporting that PSAT Score Reports for students who completed the assessment in October will become available on December 12.  Students will be able to access their scores online at that time.  Paper score reports will be made available on December 19.

More information about this will follow when it becomes available.

The Power of Yet

You learn about attributions in Psychology 101 - that we all look to attribute explanations for outcomes that we experience in our lives.  Here's a very simplistic explanation of attributional theory - we believe that the successes and failures we experience are the results of luck (here's where superstitions play a huge role), task difficulty (Oh, I succeeded because it was too easy - or I didn't because it was too hard), ability (I'm not good enough - or I am good enough), and effort (I didn't try hard enough - or I tried really hard at it).  If you're wondering - "How about if I just don't care?" - well, this has to do with effort.  Doesn't it?  Although, it may be that some don't care because they don't think they have what it takes (ability) to care.

There's much to be said about how people assign reasons for what they experience in their lives.  Think about it - failing at something because you believe you aren't good enough (ability) is different from failing because you didn't try hard enough (effort).  In the latter case, you can do something about it - you can try harder.  

We've heard this phrase expressed repeatedly - "Forget it.  I can't do that."  Okay.  Maybe not - yet.  Yet. What if we added that three-letter word to the end of our judgments - yet?  "Yet" can change everything.  It can empower us to keep on keepin' on in pursuit of those goals we're otherwise so quick to discard. "Yet" changes the perception of "failure" from a sense of permanence to one that is temporary.  "Yet" extinguishes excuses.  "Yet" connotes choice. "Yet" tells us that it's a judgment in the moment and not one that is absolute.  "I can't do that - yet."  From an attributional standpoint, this is about effort.

Think about it.  Think about something you want to do or wanted to do but didn't.  Perhaps it's losing x amount of pounds or running an x minute mile or learning a new software program or joining a new club  - or all of these.  Perhaps it's writing a research paper or solving a math problem or doing homework daily.  It's December 1st.  Now think forward to April 1st.  And you haven't done what you set out to do.  Don't fool yourself by saying - "I give up.  I can't do that."  Instead, give up the first sentence in the previous phrase and add one word to the second sentence - "I can't do that YET."  Hope remains alive...and so should your commitment.  There may be goals we can't reach or behaviors we can't master no matter what, but not nearly as many as we think.  Rather, we simply can't do them yet.   

If you're old enough, you may remember the three "Rs" as Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic.  Each still has its place in learning, but so does another set of "Rs" - Relationships, Relevance, and Resilience.  It's this last one that deserves our attention in this piece.  Resilience is about belief.  And belief is related to effort.

If you want research to back this up, then you should make the effort to read Can Everyone Be Smart at Everything?

You can also click here for a short video of Carol Dweck - author of "Growth Mindset" - talking about how to raise resilient children.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Financial Aid Workshop for Parents 


The EOSHS Guidance Department has scheduled a financial aid workshop at 7 pm on Thursday, NOVEMBER 17th in the school auditorium.  A representative from the Barnum Group, a financial organization that specializes in the financial aid process, will present information about the FAFSA, how the financial aid system can work for families, how colleges use tuition discounting as a tool in the admissions process, and how the CSS Profile differs from the FAFSA.  Additionally, time will be devoted for the representative to address questions from parents/guardians in attendance.

This workshop may be beneficial for parents/guardians of students in the lower grades (9, 10, 11) as well as for those who have seniors going through the college admissions process this year.

Careers in the Middle
MCC recently offered a program on its campus called "Careers in the Middle" and it's purpose was to present information about promising careers that require less than a four-year degree.  Careers in health care and manufacturing were featured as these two areas appear to offer the most potential for employment opportunities in the decade ahead.  Other useful links mentioned during the conference are listed below.

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Still other opportunities were promoted in a recent presentation on the aerospace industry.  Employment opportunities are available for those who may wish to seek certification degrees that will prepare individuals to take advantage of these opportunities.  Click here to read a story recently appearing in the Hartford Courant.

Finally, the Hartford (CT) Electricians Association is offering an open house on December 2nd from 4-7 pm.  This is an opportunity to speak with representatives and learn more about the profession as well as what it takes to become an apprentice.  For more information, call 860.525.5982 or email cbrown@jatc35.org.  

A Reminder About Rolling Admissions at CT Public Universities

The CT public universities - CCSU, ECSU, SCSU, WCSU - offer admission on a rolling basis, meaning that these schools accept qualified students throughout the year. It means NOW. Students (and parents/guardians) should know that these schools have become more attractive in recent years for several reasons - not the least of which is the "price tag".  

A few years ago, SCSU closed its "doors" to applicants in March of the application cycle. This was much earlier than ever before. So, it becomes increasingly more difficult to be admitted as one waits longer to submit applications to these schools.  

College Matriculation - Class of 2016

Below is a list of colleges (in alphabetical order) to which students from the Class of 2016 matriculated for this school year.  The number in parentheses indicated how many students enrolled in that school.  The percentages to the right reflect 4- and 6-year graduation rates.

Becker College (17%/28%)
Berklee College of Music ((45%/58%)
Boston College (2) (89%/92%)
Boston University (2) (80%/85%)
Bowdoin College (88%/93%)
Brandeis University (80%/86%)
Brown University (2) (83%/96%)
Central CT State University ((9) (25%/57%)
Clemson University (58%/81%)
Coastal Carolina University (26%/43%)
Dickinson College (81%/85%)
Duke University (2) (87%/95%)
East Carolina University (35%/62%)
Eastern CT State University (21) (44%/56%)
Emerson College (78%/80%)
Emmanuel College (56%/64%)
Florida Gulf University (22%/43%)
Full Sail University (43%/43%)
Goucher College (57%/69%)
Hofstra University (49%/60%)
Ithaca College (69%/76%)
James Madison University (66%/83%)
Johnson & Wales University (32%/41%)
Keene State College (2) (53%/63%)
Kent State University (32%/56%)
Maine College of Art (64%/67%)
Manchester Community College (19) (5%/18%)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (34%/52%)
Middlebury College (87%/94%)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (82%/92%)
Moody Bible Institute (59%/69%)
Mount Ida College (2) (31%/40%)
Naugatuck Valley Community College (5%/14%)
Pace University (37%/53%)
Plymouth State University (44%/58%)
Queens University-Charlotte (46%/53%)
Quinebaug Valley Community College (6) (9%/16%)
Rhode Island College (14%/44%)
Rice University (80%/91%)
Rider University (54%/64%)
Renssalaer  Polytechnic Institute (63%/81%)
Sacred Heart University (58%/64%)
Saint Joseph's University (72%/79%)
Saint Leo University (31%/42%)
School of Visual Arts (3) (62%/69%)
Sierra Nevada College (27%/41%)
Southern CT State University (4) (23%/52%)
Springfield College (2) (63%/72%)
St. Lawrence University (82%/87%)
Suffolk University (41%/56%)
Three Rivers Community College (5%/15%)
Unity College (4) (46%/54%)
University of Connecticut (38) (70%83%)
University of Massachusetts (66%/78%)
University of California-Berkeley (73%/92%)
University of Hartford (49%/60%)
University of Kentucky (35%/61%)
University of Maine (2) (33%/55%)
University of New England (60%/65%)
University of New Hampshire (63%/80%)
University of New Haven (44%/54%)
University of Northwestern Ohio (29%/40%)
University of Pittsburgh (64%/82%)
University of Rhode Island (3) (44%/63%)
University of Southern Maine (13%/33%)
University of Vermont (2) (66%/77%)
University of Wisconsin (56%/85%)
Vassar College (86%/91%)
Villanova University (87%/90%)
Wentworth Institute (49%/67%)
Western New England University (47%/55%)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (76%/85%)

What an Attitude of Gratitude Can Do for You

With each November comes the holiday that marks the American tradition of Thanksgiving. It's a day devoted to festive feasts, road races, football rivalries, and family relatives. It's also a day set aside, in principle, for giving thanks.  And, given the current state of affairs in our world, it's especially important to take this time to reflect upon what we can appreciate in our lives.

Perhaps you can make this Thanksgiving the start of a new year in which giving thanks is exercised daily. No one needs to tell you that the American culture has come under attack in recent years for what at least some feel is an inflated sense of entitlement as we've witnessed the pursuit of happiness morphing into the expectation of such. It's to no one's surprise, then, that anger and angst often surface when this expectation goes unrealized. All of this can lead to a terribly toxic environment - not unlike one we may be in at the moment.  What may surprise you is that research is revealing a whole host of benefits that may be derived from regular expressions of appreciation and gratitude. Want proof? You may appreciate this article (The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier) as evidence of the research, and this one as well (A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day). It doesn't take a whole lot of effort, either. They can even be expressed in subtle ways.  Here's how.

Donate blood...Hold the door for someone...Give up your seat...Participate in a race/walk that benefits a charity...Send a note to someone who has shown you kindness...Stay calm during a stressful time...Let go of an old grudge...Mentor a classmate or colleague who is new to your school or organization...Throw a party for someone celebrating a milestone...Next time you're ready to blow the horn at a car - don't...Surprise someone...Say "thank you"...Write a letter to someone who's made a difference in your life...Tell your parents you love them...Tell your kids you love them...Give a compliment...Make a donation to your favorite charity, however small...Extend a warm welcome to a newcomer...Put yourself in another person's shoes...Reduce, reuse, recycle...Praise someone who's done well...Tell a joke...Kick bad habits that can harm others...Pass on good news...Give your full attention...Forgive yourself...Laugh...Call a friend you haven't heard from in awhile...Lead by example...Help a younger person discover a hidden talent...Invite someone who's not part of your inner circle to a friendly gathering...Teach about giving...When you see trash, pick it up...When you hear "trash", leave it be.

Practicing an attitude of gratitude - clearly a choice for most people - positively impacts human health, happiness, and social ties. Because so much of life is about giving and receiving, gratitude serves as the organic link between the two. Really - it's what makes us human.

So, make this Thanksgiving a truly Happy Meal, and launch the pursuit of happiness with a Happy New Year of Gratitude Expressed Daily. After awhile, you may find you don't need the research evidence to prove it works.