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Monday, June 18, 2012

Week 40

Early College Experience Applications

Students enrolled in Early College Experience courses must submit their registrations to the EOS Guidance Office by Friday, June 22nd.  This is the second (and last) extension of the due date. After this point, students enrolled in ECE courses for 2012-13 who have not submitted ECE applications will need to submit the applications along with Add/Drop forms at the start of school in August.  Likewise, any student who has already submitted the form but changes her/his schedule with an ECE course affected (added or dropped) for 2012-13 will also need to complete the Add/Drop form.  The ECE Office at UConn will NOT award credits in ECE courses UNLESS these courses are listed on applications.  By the way, although a fee for each course is listed on these forms, this fee is waived for EOS students.

Final Transcripts Mailed to Colleges

Colleges require final transcripts for all high school graduates matriculating to their schools in August.  Final transcripts for graduating seniors will become available in mid-July and will be mailed thereafter to the colleges designated by students.  The EOS Guidance Department has still not received final confirmation of each student's destination for 2012-13To be sure, graduating seniors should email this information to guidance@eosmith.org.

Requesting Schedule Changes for 2012-13

As this school year comes to a close and final grades become known, the latter may necessitate schedule changes for 2012-13 (failure to meet prerequisites or outright failure in a course).  These adjustments should be made ASAP after the close of this school year. 

If students wish to make changes in their 2012-13 course selections for other reasons, they should contact their counselors ASAP.  Counselors will be available June 21 and 22.

Summer Reading and Math Packets

The English Department has provided a link to Summer Reading on the school website.  To make it easier, simply click on "Summer Reading" in the previous sentence to access the information.

Math packets assigned to EOS students will be made available on the school website.  These packets have already been distributed to students in their classes.  Check www.eosmith.org for more information.

An Experiment - SAT on a School Day

That's right - the SAT will be administered on a school day. 

The College Board is experimenting with this option and is offering the pilot program to a limited number of high schools throughout the country.  EOSHS has been included and has accepted the offer.  What this means is that the SAT will be available only to EOS students on Wednesday, October 17 and Wednesday, April 17 (2013).  More information will be made available at the start of the next school year.

Of course, the regular test dates remain an option for EOS students as wel

PrepMe Added to Naviance for 2012-13

The EOS Guidance Department has purchased a year-long subscription to PrepMe, an on-line SAT prep program that is available on your Family Connections page of Naviance (the Naviance link is in the upper right corner of this page).  This program is free to EOS students and will be available through June 2013.  

Two Dates for the Calendar

Saturday, October 20

Financial Aid Workshop for Parents/Guardians
Tuesday, December 11

Differences Between High School and College

As graduating seniors move on to higher education, it's worth pointing out some of the differences between high school and college.  See below.

High school is mandatory and free (unless it's private).
College is voluntary and can be expensive.

Each day you proceed from one high school class directly to another.
You often have hours between classes in college; class times vary throughout the day and evening.

You spend 7 hours each day in high school classes - 35 hours a week in class.
You spend 12 to 16 hours each week in college classes (full-time).

The high school year is 38 weeks long - some classes extend over both semesters and some don't.
The college academic year is divided into two separate 14 week semesters.

Most of your high school classes are arranged for you.
You arrange your own college schedule in consultation with your academic advisor.

High school teachers monitor class attendance.
College professors may not formally take attendance.

High school classes generally have no more than 25 students.
College classes may number 100 students or more.

You are provided textbooks in high school at no cost.
You need to purchase your textbooks in college.

Testing in high school is frequent and covers small amounts of material.
Testing in college is usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material.

Grades are given for most assigned work.
Grades may not be provided for all assigned work.

Consistently good homework grades may help raise your overall grade when test grades are low.
Grades on tests and major papers usually constitute most of the course grade.

You can graduate from high school as long as you've passed your required courses with a grade of D- or higher.
You may graduate from college only if your average in classes meets the departmental/institutional minimum - typically at least a C average.

Links to Interesting Articles and Videos

When you have a moment, check out the links on the side of this page.  They've been updated with articles and videos you may find interesting.

Best wishes for a satisfying summer!

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