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Thursday, November 20, 2014

December 2014

Lots of Information

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Financial Aid Workshop for Parents 

EOS Lecture Hall

Thursday, December 11 @ 7:00 PM

Carolyn Karno will be the featured speaker at this year's annual financial aid workshop for parents.  This workshop is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 11th at 7:00 PM in the EOSHS lecture hall.  It is expected to last for about 90 minutes.  Although designed primarily for parents of current 12th graders who are planning to cover costs for higher education, this workshop may also be helpful for ALL parents interested in getting a preview of what's to come.

The presenter is a seasoned financial aid professional with a wide range of higher education experience. Before starting her own consulting business, Karno was the Manager of College Planning and Financial Aid at the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation and was instrumental in starting their “Investing in Futures” Resource Center.  Her work with families included assisting them with financial aid forms, deciphering college award letters, and counseling them as to how much they could realistically afford to spend.

She is also well known throughout the school counselor community for her college planning and financial aid workshops. Last year she provided more than thirty workshops for parents, students, and education opportunity professionals. Prior to joining the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation, she was the Communications and Outreach Director for the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) initiative at the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

Contact the Guidance Department for more information.

New QR Code to Access Via Smart Phone

Guidance Matters may now be accessed via a QR access code.  See below.  Look for this code posted at various locations throughout the school community.  Just point your smart phone at the code.  It's still another way to stay connected and learn about what matters.

Minor Alterations

Some minor additions and changes have been made to this page.  Past issues of "Connections" may now be easily retrieved by clicking on the month at the top right of this page.  In additions, some links have been moved around and placed in categories that should make them easier to find.  We hope you find these changes to be helpful when looking for information and/or inspiration.

Pinterest Has Been Added 

Pinterest has been added to Guidance Matters.  You can find the link in the upper left corner of this page.  Click on both links and you'll be brought to "boards" that the EOS Guidance Department has constructed.  

In order to "access" the boards, you'll need to register an email address and join Pinterest.  Try it!  It's still another way to keep connected and to locate information/inspiration you may find helpful.

Registration for MCC Courses

The registration process has begun for EOS students who are enrolled in Manchester Community College (MCC) courses at EOSHS.  Students enrolled in MCC courses at EOSHS will need to register with MCC in order to be eligible to earn college credits.  And it's FREE!  Click on this link to initiate this process. This registration takes just minutes to complete - provided that students read directions first.  For a quick review of these directions, click here.

Students should make certain to provide accurate social security numbers and to select "Web for CCP" in the drop down menu. 

Students should contact their counselors for more information if needed.

The UConn ECE Office Sends an Important Message 

An e-mail that was sent from the UConn Bursar’s Office recently has created a stir along with some confusion because it requests that students provide the university with their social security numbers.  Below you will find the rationale for this email along with the options from which students can choose to respond to the email.  This comes from the Early College Experience (ECE) Office.

"As you may or may not know, our online application requests but does not require a student’s SSN.  As defined by IRS tax law, the university must request that a student provide a valid number.  The university can be fined $100 per student for not requesting valid tax payer information.  In the case of the UConn ECE program, close to 5,000 students did not provide their SSN when applying.

Because of this law, the university has an automated e-mail that is generated each semester that requests a valid SSN.  A student has the right not to provide this information.  In the e-mail, it states that the IRS may fine a student $50 if the student refuses to provide a valid tax ID.
Students and parents may choose to either complete the 1099S in the e-mail an send in the valid SSN, or they may choose not to act and remain on the e-mail list.  The chances of students who do not respond being fined is remote, but possible.

Please refer all student or parent inquires to the Office of the Bursar, (860)486-4830." 

ACT Aspire Student Score Reports Available 

Current 10th-graders who completed the ACT Aspire Assessments in April may now view their results.  Individual student score reports have been uploaded into Naviance and students (and parents)  can view this report by logging into their Naviance Family Connections account. For more information, click on Connections below.

                                        And There's More!

  • Find out how many students are enrolled in EOSHS.  Are there more males or females?  Which class is the largest?  How many students come from each town (Ashford, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Willington, and Windham)?
  • Learn about enrollment deadlines for applying to UConn and the other public universities in CT.  These deadlines are important.
  • See how students performed on the ACT Aspire assessments.  Organized by quintile, find out how many students are on track to be college ready upon graduation from high school.  Make sure to pay attention to the color codes for each category.  The good news for those who aren't yet on track is that they have sufficient time to get there.  With concentrated effort, they will.
  • For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls - What does "average" even mean these days?

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