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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

"How to Pay for College" Seminar

The Saxton B. Little Free Library in Columbia is hosting a seminar - How to Pay for College - on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will include information about the financial aid process and saving for college.  The presenters will be from the Valark Financial Services.  The seminar is free and open to the public, but attendees should call the Library at 860.228.0350 to reserve a seat.

Exploring Expertise Workshop for Students and Parents

Exploring Expertise is a conference offered by UConn for students in grades 8-12 and their parents. Scheduled to take place all day on May 17th, UConn is inviting talented, motivated adolescents to spend a day on campus learning about the 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.
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, to focus on some opportunities that will be available to students in college and may be useful for parents to understand as well.

Registration Deadline: April 29, 2014
Registration Costs: $150 per parent/student pair (includes lunch); $50 per additional family member (includes lunch)
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 2014-15 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.

Economic Impact of International Student Enrollment

The Independent Voice, a newsletter that publishes information about private colleges and universities in Connecticut, recently revealed the economic impact that international students who enroll in CT schools have on the state's economy.  See the graph below for a depiction of this impact.
For more information and a link to the site, 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 soon-to-be Smarter Balanced, etc.).  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?

Using Course Planner 


You may recall in a past blog entry entitled "Course Planner" that a feature has been added to Naviance that allows students to construct four-year plans of study based upon the selective category of schools they may wish to attend upon graduating from EOSHS.  This tool may be very helpful when deciding which courses to choose relative to post secondary goals.  The tool may be found under the "Courses" tab in Family Connections.  Contact your counselor if you need help with this.

American Legion CT State Police Youth Week


The American Legion Department of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Police have announced their joint sponsorship of the 15th annual State Police youth Week.  The program, a law enforcement practicum for high school students completing their JUNIOR YEAR in 2014, will be held at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden, CT from Sunday, July 6th to Saturday, July 12th.
The program offers insight into the training, duties, and expectations of law enforcement officers.  The program provides realistic experience that is patterned after recruit training at the CT State Police Academy and it affords individuals considering a law enforcement career the opportunity to gain knowledge about the professional life of a police officer.
Cadets will participate in a variety of mentally and physically demanding instructional sessions, including patrol techniques, penal and motor vehicle codes, criminal and accident investigation, firearms safety and training, water safety training, team-building and confidence training, defensive driving techniques, and other law enforcement skills training. 
Completed applications, including personal statements and recommendations, accompanied by the $125 fee, must be received by Friday, June 13, 2014.  For more information, call 860.296.0719.

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