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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

06.15.16

Information About Transferring UConn ECE Credits

In order to transfer UConn ECE credits to another college/university, graduating seniors will need to request a UConn transcript through the Student Administration System to be sent to their new university or college. Transcripts are not sent automatically! It’s also important to note that the grade is needed on the transcript in order to begin the credit evaluation process at another school. Thus, requests should not be made until final grades are posted this year.  


Incoming UConn students do not need to order transcripts. Full instructions on requesting a transcript can be found here.  

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 6) 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.

For Graduating Seniors

Mailing Final Transcripts to Colleges


Students moving on to higher education should expect their final EOS transcripts to be mailed in June.  It's during the last week of June 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 2016-17, 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.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

06.01.16

2016-17 Schedules Available Soon on Power School


Counselors are currently adjusting 2016-17 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 being made available yet for viewing.

Students will be able to view their tentative 2016-17 class schedules on June 3rd 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 17 will be due to failing final grades in current courses or failure to meet prerequisites in courses scheduled for 2016-17.

Counselors will be available sporadically during the summer and will return on Thursday, August 25th.  Students are encouraged to contact their counselors regarding their availability.

Meanwhile, courses not being offered next year appear below;

Accounting 1B
Accounting 2A
AD Individual & Family Development
Entrepreneurship
Music Theory
Sculpture

PE Department Offers Options in 2016-17


The Physical Education Department will offer a series of "selectives" in 2016-17 to 10th and 11th graders.  In addition to PE 10-11, students may select from the options listed below;

Sports Performance/Strength Training: Students will have the opportunity to design and implement their own exercise plan during the course of the semester based on their activity levels and goals. 
Adventure PE: The Adventure physical education class is not your traditional PE course. Instead of teaching PE with basketballs and tennis rackets, students will be introduced to activities such as archery, team building lessons/challenges and ropes courses.
Team Sports:  Students will be exposed to a variety of team sport units.  Emphasis will be on teamwork and how to work together.
Aerobic Dance/ Kickboxing: 
A total body workout through dance! This is a music inspired and energetic interval based class for all levels.  Kickboxing combines cardio, boxing and marital arts to provide a total body workout which aims to improve strength, aerobic fitness, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.
Yoga/Pilates: 
Yoga is a physical and mental practice or discipline. This class will incorporate breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures and transitions, all of which are beneficial for health and relaxation.  This class will also incorporate Pilates which includes concentrated work on core strength, body alignment and muscular balance.​

Students should consult with their current PE teachers for more information and contact their counselors to inform them of their choices. 



ECE Course Registration Deadline Extends to June 6


The final date on which students may submit online applications for Early College Experience courses to UConn has been extended to June 6.  This extension has been granted to EOS students.  After this point, students who are scheduled to take ECE courses at EOSHS in 2016-17 and who have not submitted their applications will need to register in early September through the add/drop process in order to be eligible to earn free college credits.  More information on this will be available at the start of the school year.


Doing neither will result in a lost opportunity.

For those students who have completed the initial step in the ECE registration process, the next step for them is to return to their ECE on-line accounts and choose the ECE courses they will take for the 2016-17 school year.  These courses are available in a drop down menu.  Students should make sure they choose the correct teacher(s) assigned to their ECE course(s) 


As for on-campus registration, students interested in taking a course on campus should bring their completed registration forms to the Guidance Office by June 17.  See below for more information.


For Students Interested in Courses on UConn Campus


With construction of the 2016-17 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 2016 from the drop down menu and to select "Storrs" for the campus.  There is a 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.


For Students Enrolled in ECSU Courses at EOS


Students enrolled in ECSU courses at EOSHS for 2016-17 need to complete an application form by June 17.  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 17 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.


Method Test Prep Offers Video Tutorials


Method Test Prep, a web-based test prep program that the EOS Guidance Department purchases for students to help them prepare for both the SAT and ACT, has posted its webinars and classes offered over the past several weeks.  For more information, click here and here.  


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 2016-17, 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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

05.15.16

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 updates on the registration process, click here to go directly to the ECE web site registration link.

For Students Interested in Courses on UConn Campus

With construction of the 2016-17 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 2016 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 March 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), click on the following resources for more information;

Understanding Your PSAT 2016 Scores

College and Career Readiness Benchmarks

A Sample PSAT 10 Score Report Explained


American Legion CT State Police Youth Week


The American Legion Department of CT and the CT State Police announced their joint sponsorship of the 17th Annual State Police Youth Week.  The program, a law enforcement practicum for high students completing 11th grade this year at an accredited high school in the state of CT, will be held at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden, CT from Monday, July 25th to Friday, July 29th.
The program offers insight into the training, duties, and expectations of law enforcement officers and provides realistic experience patterned after recruit training at the CT State Police Academy.  It also affords participants who are considering a career in law enforcement the opportunity to gain knowledge about the professional life of a police officer.
Cadets will participate in a variety of demanding instructional sessions - including patrol techniques, criminal and accident investigation, firearms safety and training, water safety training, team-building and confidence training, defensive driving techniques, and other law enforcement skill training.  Cadets will experience the daily activities of recruit training, including 5:15 am reveille, physical conditioning, inspection of quarters, and participation in assigned details.
Completed applications, including personal statements and recommendations, accompanied by the $125 fee, must be received by Friday, June 3rd.  Due to strict limitations on the number of participants, late or incomplete applications may not be considered.
Applications are available in the EOS Guidance Office.  For more information, call 860.296.0719.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

05.01.2016


MCC ID Cards Now Available

Manchester Community College (MCC) has delivered student identification cards to EOSHS for students currently enrolled in dual enrollment MCC courses at the high school.  Included on each student's card is a student identification number (banner) that will be required when a student wishes to access MCC grades and records.

Student identification cards are available in the EOS Guidance Office.  Students should visit the office to request their cards.

AP Exam Schedule and Procedures


For those students planning to take AP exams, they are reminded that the balance for each exam is $72 and is payable on the day of the exam.  Click here to access the AP exam schedule.

Click here for the Student and Parent Bulletin (students should have already received this when they initially registered for an AP exam in the Guidance Office) that provides the rules, regulations, and procedures regarding AP testing.  

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. 

"My Career in Manufacturing Is a Reality"

Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) has launched a new Advanced Manufacturing Program and is planning to open the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Fall 2016.  This skill is in high demand locally and paid internships are available at $12-$14 per hour, rising to $20 per hour after one year. Currently accepting only 50 students, enrollment fills quickly.  Registration opened on April 1st.
Advanced manufacturing provides opportunities for an innovative and creative career.  QVCC's program is nine months in duration, with 24 credits applied to an Associate Degree.  QVCC reports that 95% of their graduates in this program are employed, with many hired by manufacturing firms in the local area. 
For more information, click here.

Exploring College OptionsStudent/Parent Information Sessions


Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford are combining to offer student/parent information sessions on their schools.  Representatives from these schools will present information about admissions and answer questions as well.  Sessions are scheduled in CT, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island during the first week of May. Click here for more information.  Once on the website, scroll over the state to find the session schedule.

UConn Early College Experience Goes Online


After several years of paper registration, the UConn Early College Experience Office (UConn ECE) moved to online registration for Fall 2014. For the ECE Office, this was a long-awaited transition that aligned with UConn practices and mirror other college processes - such as the Common Application, CSS Profile and FAFSA - that many high school students typically encounter as they launch their post secondary plans. 

Some changes were barely noticeable, while others required a slightly different approach.  Most of the steps in the process will remain familiar to students if they've already gone through the ECE registration process and the timeline will vary little from the past. For the 2016-2017 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 2016-17
  • 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, 2016


  • 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, 2016

  • 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) New
AD Latin America Studies (UC LAMS 1190)
Discrete Math (UC MATH 1030Q)
AD Calculus (UC MATH 1131Q and 1132Q)
Physics A (UC PHYS 1201Q)
AD Physics (UC PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q)
AD Spanish 5 (UC SPAN 3178 and 3179)
AP Statistics (UC STAT 1100Q)

Albertus Magnus College Offers Criminal Justice Camp


Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT will host a Criminal Justice Camp on Wednesday, June 22.  This is a free opportunity for all high school students in the 10th and 11th grades.  

Students will participate in a variety of activities that include sessions on crime scene evaluation, K-9 unit programs, SWAT teams, and DNA testing.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 800.578.9160.


Good Luck or Bad Luck?  


Sometimes the right choice to make when pursuing a goal is to say "Not now, and - you know what? -  not ever".  This is not an easy decision to make because one never knows how close s/he may be to achieving the desired goal.  But here's another spin on it.  "Stuff" happens and we have to learn how to deal with it.  RESILIENCE.  Framing setbacks in a way that provides constructive feedback is an immensely important skill to acquire in life.  Sometimes stuff happens that seems devastating at the time but later on may evolve into a blessing.  Take a moment to read the SHORT story below;

There was an old man and is son who worked a small farm with only one horse to pull the plow.  One day, the horse ran away.  "How terrible," sympathized the neighbors, "What bad luck."
But the farmer replied, "Who knows whether it's bad luck or good luck."  
A week later, out of nowhere, the horse returned from the mountains, leading five wild mares into the barn.  The neighbors heard about this and exclaimed, "What wonderful luck!"  "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?" answered the old man.  

A couple of days later, the son, trying to tame one of the wild horses, fell and broke his leg.  "How terrible.  What bad luck!" cried the neighbors.  "Bad luck?  Good luck?  Who knows?" said the farmer.  

Ten days later, the army came to all the farms to take the young men for war.  The farmer's son - with his broken leg -  was of no use to them, so he was spared.  Good luck? Bad luck?

Retrospect offers us what no moment, in the present, is capable of doing.  Time will reveal the reason for the baffling or troubling situations that have dogged our paths along the way.  Whenever the road feels rocky or we are confused, we need to trust.  Our lives are not happenstances.  There is a performance being staged.  (From a Promise of a New Day).


In one sense, then, nothing really matters in and of itself because the importance of things lies in the ways we have learned to think about them.It's really all about framing your experiences, and this includes "setbacks" along the way.  Experience isn't what happens to you so much as it is how you interpret what happens to you.

Pay attention to your interpretation.  Most of the time, it's yours to own.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

04.15.16

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 21st.

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 21st 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 Opens New Website for Parents/Guardians


Manchester Community College (MCC) has opened a new portal that is designed to be a resource for parents/guardians.  More specifically, the website provides information about the College/Careers Pathways Program (CCP) that is the joint partnership that exists between MCC and area high schools.    EOSHS offers several CCP courses in conjunction with MCC.  

Click here to access the site.


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 2016-17 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. 

Check Out the Message Board


Be sure to check out the Message Board (link is in upper right corner of this page) for updates on information about a variety of topics, including scholarship opportunities.  This board is the same one one display in the EOS main foyer and Guidance Department Office.


CLEP for College Credits

An example of "competency-based" learning is The College Board's College-Level-Examination-Program (CLEP) that offers students the opportunity to earn college credits in a variety of subjects if they reach established benchmarks on subject exams. CLEP is available in 33 subjects, has 1700 test centers, and credits are accepted at 2900 colleges, including several in CT. Students may take the on-line exam after completing a course for which college credit is not available (like it is, for instance, in AP or an ECE course) but an exam is, and they'll get their results immediately upon completion of the test.

Like standardized assessments, CLEP has its many critics as well. For those who support the competency-based concept, they argue that demonstrated performance on a valid and reliable exam (constructed by college professors in their respective subject areas) should be sufficient for proof of mastery. The critics contend that an exam like CLEP couldn't possibly replicate the classroom experience.

For more information about CLEP, click here.

Why Do I Need to Learn This?


"Why do I need to learn this?" Counselors and teachers have heard students express this sentiment at least a few (hundred) times in their careers.  It's actually a worthy question to sometimes ask, and not always an easy one to answer. It seems to be asked around this time of year when students are either struggling with courses they're presently in or choosing courses they'd rather not take (but are required to) during the next school year.

"Why do I need to learn this?"  Often, it makes sense to decode the motivation behind the question.  After all, if we understand why the question is being asked, it may help to provide a satisfying answer.  And sometimes kids ask this question not because they wonder why they need to learn something but because they're frustrated with not being able to learn it.  So, an easy fix for their frustration is to simply blow it off and minimize the importance of what they're so frustrated trying to understand.

"Why do I need to learn this?" Well, you know teachers sometimes ask the question in a different way - "Why do I need to teach this?" - although they may not always express it outwardly.  And students may never know that teachers feel this way.  Of course, the motivation behind this question may  have - just may have - something to do with teaching to a test (or, stated another way, teaching with a test in mind: think SBAC or SAT).  In any case, it seems like everyone - students and teachers alike - sometimes wonders why they're learning/teaching the material they have in front of them.  It's a worthy question to ask, and not always a simple one to answer.

"Why do I need to learn this?"  Well, here's why.

Although you may not need to know it now, there may come a time when you do.  By then, it may be too late.  For instance, students go to switch majors in college, only to discover they don't have the necessary coursework to continue in it.  Adults go to switch jobs, need to take a math placement test or something similar, and sometimes realize - "This is why I need to know it."

How will you ever know it's useful or not, interesting or not, if you don't ever learn it in the first place?

"Why do I need to learn this?"

Because it may make you a more educated and well-rounded human being.  Really.

Because the struggle involved in learning it is a lesson in itself.

Because it may help prevent you from being taken advantage of by another individual who may otherwise know more than you.

Because colleges want you to know it, and they measure your knowledge by the grades and test scores you earn.  They want well-rounded learners, students who connect seemingly disparate dots among the different disciplines.

Because you may be on a  television game show someday.  You could win lots of money.

Because it may help you to see the world in a different way.

Because it may help you to see yourself in a different way.

Because it may lead to more learning and more discoveries.

Because you  have the chance to learn it - and others in this world may not.

Because it may make you a freer human being.

After all, it's what the liberal arts were meant to do - to liberate one's mind.  

"Why do I need to learn this?"

Because...just because there are some things you need to do in life, like it or not.  It's like eating the vegetable you really don't like, performing exercises that will keep you healthy but you'd rather not do, folding the laundry or putting out the garbage or cleaning your room or emptying the dishwasher.

Do you have any reasons why?

Friday, April 1, 2016

04.01.16


Exploring Expertise


Exploring Expertise is a conference at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for students in grades 8-12 and their parents/guardians. It will be held on May 16 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (4:30 PM if you choose to take a campus tour).  UConn invites interested students and parents/guardians to spend a day on campus learning about potential career directions they might pursue in their areas of interest and talent. Experts in a wide variety of disciplines will share their passion for their subjects and talk about the kinds of questions guiding cutting-edge research.  Students can choose up to three sessions to attend and will have the opportunity to meet UCONN faculty, learn about their profession and projects, and ask plenty of questions. 

Parent sessions will focus on information and suggestions regarding college preparation and talent development opportunities, including the kinds of resources that will be available to students in college, at UConn, and at other universities.
A few sessions are open to both parents and students and will focus on some opportunities available to students in college which will be informative for parents as well.

For more information, click here.


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 2015-16 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 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 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. 


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 21st.

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 21st 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.


Linking SAT Account to Khan Academy

As you may know by now, The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a free SAT tutorial that may be customized to each student's needs.  Once students have linked their accounts, they can send their SAT results to Khan Academy for an analysis of strengths and weaknesses.  Students will then receive a personalized study plan based upon the analysis.

For more information about how to link the accounts, click here

American Legion CT State Police Youth Week

The American Legion Department of CT and the CT State Police announced their joint sponsorship of the 16th Annual State Police Youth Week.  The program, a law enforcement practicum for high students completing 11th grade this year at an accredited high school in the state of CT, will be held at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden, CT from Sunday, July 5th to Saturday, July 11th.
The program offers insight into the training, duties, and expectations of law enforcement officers and provides realistic experience patterned after recruit training at the CT State Police Academy.  It also affords participants who are considering a career in law enforcement the opportunity to gain knowledge about the professional life of a police officer.
Cadets will participate in a variety of demanding instructional sessions - including patrol techniques, criminal and accident investigation, firearms safety and training, water safety training, team-building and confidence training, defensive driving techniques, and other law enforcement skill training.  Cadets will experience the daily activities of recruit training, including 5:15 am reveille, physical conditioning, inspection of quarters, and participation in assigned details.
Completed applications, including personal statements and recommendations, accompanied by the $125 fee, must be received by Friday, June 15th.  Due to strict limitations on the number of participants, late or incomplete applications may not be considered.
Applications are available in the EOS Guidance Office.  For more information, call 860.296.0719.

"My Career in Manufacturing Is a Reality"

Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) has launched a new Advanced Manufacturing Program and is planning to open the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Fall 2016.  This skill is in high demand locally and paid internships are available at $12-$14 per hour, rising to $20 per hour after one year.Currently accepting only 50 students, enrollment fills quickly.  Registration opens on April 1st.
An information session has been scheduled at QVCC (Danielson) on April 22 at 6 pm.  A panel of employers who hire QVCC graduates will present, current QVCC students in the program as well as recent graduates will be available to share their experiences, and demonstrations will be conducted (Solidworks/Makerbot 3D printer, CNC simulators, precision inspection equipment, and ROMER Arm will be on display).

For more information, click here.

Scholarship Available Through Liberty Bank Foundation


EOSHS students interested in careers in engineering or technology may apply for the annual Donald B. Wilbur Scholarship.  The $1000 scholarship was established in 2008.  To qualify, candidates must be graduating seniors at high schools where Liberty Bank has offices.
For more information, click here.