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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.


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