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Thursday, February 11, 2016

02.15.16

2016-17 Course Selections Process Begins

Power School Portal  Opens This Week

The initial stage of the 2016-17 course selection process has begun.  Students are encouraged to select courses through the Power School portal when it opens this week (2/12).

This first step in the process allows EOSHS to pour the foundation for the eventual construction of the 2016-17 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  individual meetings with students and their parents/guardians that are currently taking place.

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.

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 only first semester grades have been mailed electronically to colleges when these grades became permanent after a final audit last week.  Thus, colleges to which students submitted applications should have received these reports by now.

Registration for AP Exams Begins on Monday, March 7

Students interested in taking AP exams must register for them in the Guidance Office.  Registration begins on Monday, March 7th and concludes on Friday, March 25th. Scheduled during the first two weeks of May, these three-hour exams are offered in a variety of subject areas.  The registration fee is $20 (cash or checks made payable to EO Smith) per exam, with the balance of $72 paid (total cost for each exam is $92) on the day of each exam.  For more information go to AP Central.

Center for Creative Youth Summer Program

  The Center for Creative Youth (CCY), a program of the Capitol Region Education Council, will hold its 38th annual summer residency in 2016.  CCY offers talented high school students four weeks of intensive study at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  Classes meet daily in nine art disciplines.  

CCY enrolls approximately 150 young artists from CT, across the U.S., and outside the country.  It will begin on June 27 and conclude on July 22.  The application deadline is March 1.  For more information, call or 860.757.6391 or visit the CCY website.

Tuition Discounts for Connecticut Residents


Looking for a discount on college tuition? Well, the New England Board of Higher Education may have a program for you. Called the Regional Student Program (RSP) Tuition Break, this program is a partnership comprised of the public colleges and universities in New England that offers more than 700 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and provides a significant discount on regular out-of-state tuition rates to eligible students. 

Here's how it works - residents of one New England state are eligible when they attend certain public colleges in the other five New England states and pursue majors not offered by public colleges in their home state.  This means that a CT resident may enroll in an out-of-state public school in New England and pay what amounts to almost in-state tuition provided that the major pursued at the college is not one offered by any of the public colleges and universities in CT.

If interested (and why wouldn't you be?), you can find more information about the program as well as majors available elsewhere at Regional Student Program Tuition Break.  

Click here for fast facts about the the college landscape in New England and here for information about how many students typically transfer and where.  Click here for program's annual report (2015-16).

Updates on NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility

Students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school this fall must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:


  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
       
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they must have more than 10 core courses completed to be able to repeat or replace any of the 10 courses used in the preliminary academic certification.
     
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
     
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they will need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they will need a higher test score to be eligible.  
For more information, click on the NCAA Eligibility Center link and NCAA Student Guide listed on the left side of this page.

      NCAA Policy Regarding Submission of SAT Scores

In order for a student's academic certification to be processed, the student must have ACT or SAT scores submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center directly from the testing agency. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how students can request to have their test scores sent.
Test scores on a high school transcript will not be used. Students may take the ACT or the SAT an unlimited number of times prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, and the best score will be used in the final academic certification. Test scores are matched to the student's NCAA Eligibility Center account by name, date of birth and address.
Note: If a student takes the current SAT before March 2016 and then takes the redesigned SAT, which will be offered beginning March 2016, the NCAA Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the current and redesigned SAT when determining a student's initial eligibility. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only combine section scores from the same version of the test. Because the redesigned SAT varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test.


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.

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