In this message:
1. A note from Dr. Fischer
2. Red Cards
3. Student Parent Conferences
4. Harvest Hangout
5. ECA Food Pantry
6. ECA Picture Day
7. ECA Spirit Week
8. Fall 2017 Enrollment
9. ECA Shadow Day
10. ECA Shadow Day – Parent Help Needed
11. ECA Tutoring
12. ECA Math Tutoring for EMU Classes
13. ECA Lunch Program
14. Pizza Thursday
15. Parent Volunteers Needed
16. Counseling News
Upcoming Dates to Remember!
10/7 ECA Teacher Work Day - No ECA Classes
10/9 Second Presidential Debate
10/12 First Year CLICK Day
10/12 First Year Picture Day
10/13 Student Parent Conferences (No ECA CLASSES)
10/14 Student Parent Conferences (No ECA CLASSES)
10/18 ECA FAFSA Night
10/19 Red Cards DUE!
10/19 Returning Students Picture Day
10/19 Third Presidential Debate
10/20 Returning Students Picture Day
10/20 Michigan State University College Visit to ECA
10/24 Spirit Week Starts
10/24 -28 College Application Week (CAW)
10/26 Fall 2017 Enrollment Info Session - Chelsea
10/28 First Year Field Trip - DIA
10/28 Harvest Hangout
10/31 Oakland University College Visit to ECA
10/31 U of M Flint College Visit to ECA
1. A note from Dr. Fischer: The next week marks that exciting time in the semester when we are ONE-THIRD of the way through! It's exciting because our first Soft Skills Review Day takes place, with student-led conferences happening at the end of next week. All first year students and those in their first semester of EMU classes will be leading conferences with their parents/guardians and CORE Advisors. I will be serving coffee/tea in and around my office (220 King Hall) on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 2-6pm and on Friday, Oct. 14 from 11am-4pm. Please stop by for a cup of coffee, tea, or juice and a snack on your way in and out of conferences. Bring a question or comment, or just pop in!
It's also time for Red Cards! Those students in EMU classes have to get these cards signed by their EMU professors, and we use these to verify our student enrollment. We like to have fun with this very important "count period"-- HERE is a Facebook post of staff and students wearing red to kick it off!
Interdependence Quote for the Week: "When he took the time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself." Tibetan Proverb.
2. Red Cards: Students with EMU (college) courses should have received Red Cards in the mail. Red Cards verify your enrollment in your EMU courses. Meeting this requirement is an extremely important responsibility. You must get your cards signed between 10/5 and 10/19. If you do not receive the mailing, there will be plenty of extra sheets that you can pick up anytime right outside Mrs. Jackson’s office (221 King Hall). Red Cards are DUE TO CORE ADVISORS NO LATER THAN NOON ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19.
Here is a pic of our staff celebrating the start of the Red Card window!
3. Student Parent Conferences: Watch for sign-up information for this Fall's conferences for all first-year students and those who are in college classes for the first time. Our conferences are student-led; students prepare a short presentation detailing their grades and soft skills credentials in each class, with the parents as audience members and the CORE Advisor as the facilitator. Please see the attached resources for more details about how this process works--and make sure you/your student signs up for a conference slot. Conferences are mandatory, and included in the CLICK course grade. Please Note: There are no ECA Classes on 10/13 & 10/14 with the possible exception of ECA Geometry).
4. Harvest Hangout – Parent Help Requested: The ECA Student Leaders are planning a Harvest Hangout on October 28 from 3:30-5pm in the MC Lounge for all ECA students. They are requesting some items to be donated to make the event a success for all of the students. Please sign up for an item or two. You may drop off in the Main Office (221 King Hall) with Mrs. Jackson or send with your student. Thank you for your help!
ECA Pi www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094CA4AF2AA31-ecastudent1
5. ECA Food Pantry: Parents, we are collecting food for ECA students who qualify for free and reduced lunch waivers, as well as students who, for whatever reason, do not have a lunch on a given day. Although most of our faculty and staff have items in our offices to assist hungry students, we are in need of additional support this year. We are asking for your help – to donate non-perishable food items, which can be eaten straight from the container or heated in a bowl in the microwave. Please see the attached list of recommended donation items.
Food items can brought to Mrs. Jackson in the main office – 221 King Hall. Thank you to the parents who have donated thus far. We truly appreciate your generosity!!
6. ECA Picture Day: Say “Cheese!” The ECA will host picture day for FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ONLY on Wednesday, October 12 in the Student Center Auditorium. Information from SchoolPictures.com were sent home during ECA students’ first hour class last week. Please see details below:
~ ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS must have their picture taken even if they don't intend to order prints, as we need updated photos for PowerSchool.
~ ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS will have their picture taken DURING the First Year CLICK event from 9-12pm on Wednesday, October 12 in the Student Center Auditorium.
The ECA is will host picture day for RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20 in King Hall’s MC Lounge (across from the main office). Photographers will be available between 11:00am - 2:00pm on BOTH DAYS. Additional order forms will be available soon. Please see details below:
~ ALL RETURNING STUDENTS must have their picture taken even if they don't intend to order prints, as we need updated photos for PowerSchool – NO EXCEPTIONS!!
~ It literally takes about 2 minutes to have your picture taken, so please make arrangements to stop in between your classes to get your picture taken.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jackson (email@example.com) or Mr. Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the main office.
7. ECA Spirit Week: Join the ECA Student Leaders in celebrating Spirit Week starting Monday, October 24th!
Monday (10/24) College day - Wear attire representing your dream college.
Tuesday (10/25) Twin day - Get a friend and wear matching outfits.
Wednesday (10/26) Wacky Wednesday - Come to school wearing your wackiest outfit and hair.
Thursday (10/27) Throwback Thursday - Come dressed from back in the day.
Friday (10/28) Costume day - Wear your best costume. The student(s) with the best costume will win a great prize at the Harvest Hangout.
On Friday -- directly after the field trip, come to the MC Lounge for the Harvest Hangout! There will be music, games, contests and fun for all. Socialize with your friends and make new ones while enjoying cupcakes, apple cider, and other snacks from 3:30-5:00pm.
8. Fall 2017 Enrollment: We are currently at the beginning of our Fall 2017 Cohort Enrollment Cycle. Over the years, we have found that the vast majority of people who chose to apply to the Early College Alliance have heard about our program through their friends and families who have a student already enrolled with ECA. We have added some dates to our calendar of ECA Information Sessions. Please pass these on to parents and students you know who may be interested in attending one of these sessions.
All sessions are 6:30 pm - 8:00 p.m. (*except Chelsea, which starts at 6pm)
October 26 Chelsea High School Media Center *6pm start
November 2 Saline High School Media Center
November 3 Whitmore Lake High School Library
November 7 EMU Student Center Ballroom A
November 9 Dexter High School Media Center
November 17 Milan Center for Innovative Services
December 6 Lincoln High School Room 200
December 12 EMU Student Center Ballroom B
December 14 WISD (Washtenaw Intermediate School District)
January 9 EMU Student Center Ballroom B
9. ECA Shadow Day: Please help us spread the word! The ECA is hosting a formal Shadow Day experience for prospective students and families. This will be a chance for students to shadow a student in ECA high school classes for either a morning or afternoon. Students will attend a brief orientation before the classroom experience starts. We will provide special programming for parents/guardians while students are in class, including a Q & A session with the Principal and current students, parents, & guardians.
ECA Shadow Days will take place on Wednesday, November 2 & Wednesday, November 8. Families can choose either AM (8:30-12:00) or PM (12:00-3:30).
Please click the link below to sign up if you are interested in attending Shadow Day! Be sure to indicate whether a parent will be staying with us for the special parent programming by putting 'Parent attending' in the Comments Section.
As a reminder, the deadline for Priority Admission is February 17th at 3pm, any applications received after this deadline will be considered for Deferred Admission.
10. ECA Shadow Days - Parent Help Needed: Our program is hosting a series of Shadow Days to allow prospective students an opportunity to get a feel for the program. We have a great group of 1st Year "Shadow Ambassadors" ready to take their "Shadows" to class, either for an AM or PM half day. Part of the Shadow Day program includes a program for prospective parents--and this is where we need the help of current parents! If you can spend two hours of your time to talk with other parents who are interested in the ECA, please email Mrs. Jackson directly: email@example.com. The dates/times are listed below. Thanks in advance for your support!
Wednesday, Nov. 2 10am-12pm
Wednesday, Nov. 2 1:30am-3:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 8 10am-12pm
Tuesday, Nov. 8 1:30-3:30pm
11. ECA Tutoring: Feel free to stop by tutoring after school for extra help or for a fairly quiet place to get your homework done. You are all welcome to join us Monday through Friday from 3:30 - 5:00pm in 122 King Hall. Hope to see you there!
Please Note: There will be no tutoring on Wednesday-Friday, October 12-14.
12. ECA Math Tutoring for EMU Classes: Ms. Wilson will hold tutoring for EMU classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 - 10:20 in King Hall 122. If the location changes there will be a note on her office door (King Hall 225). Please check this listserv each week for any schedule updates. If you have questions contact Ms. Wilson at (734) 487 - 8622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EMU Math Tutoring Update: No EMU Math Tutoring on Wednesday, October 12, Friday, October 14, or Wednesday, October 19.
13. ECA Lunch Program: The Early College Alliance is partnering with Dexter Food & Nutrition, along with High Point Kitchen to provide quality & healthy food options for our students at the ECA. Lunch orders are placed a week ahead of time and are due by 2pm Thursday. We accept cash & checks made out to Dexter F&N. Please note: The ECA does not hold change in office. Anything over exact change will be credited to your student's account.
Once lunches are ordered, you will receive a confirmation email showing your lunch order confirmation. Lunches can be picked up in King 122 between 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM.
Students and families interested in the Free & Reduced aspect of our lunch program can apply by going to LunchApp.com and applying under the district “Washtenaw County ISD”. You can also fill out a paper copy of the application (see attached) and submit to Mr. Smith. It generally takes 2-3 business days to receive an answer to your lunch status, so apply ahead of time. Have any questions? Feel free to contact Mr. Smith at Smith@earlycollegealliance.info with your question.
Thanks, we look forward to serving you! Mr. Smith
14. Pizza Thursdays: Pizza Thursdays are back! Come and enjoy lunch with other ECA students. Pizza Thursdays will be held every Thursday in the Multi-Cultural Lounge in King Hall during the ECA lunch break (11:50 - 12:30). You must purchase a prepaid punch card (which has 5 punches) for $5 per card. Pizza, pop, water and candy bars are all one punch each. Punch cards are available NOW in Mrs. Jackson’s office (221 King Hall). See you there!!
Would you like to participate in Pizza Thursday but need a GUTEN FREE pizza? If so, please contact Mrs. Jackson at email@example.com or 734.487.4290.
STUDENTS! Turn in your fully punched pizza cards, with your name printed on the back, by the last Pizza Thursday of every month. We will have a drawing to win a FREE pizza punch card!
**PLEASE NOTE – There will be no Pizza Thursday this week because we do not have school on Thursday, October 13.**
15. Parents, we need your help! We are recruiting parent volunteers to help with Pizza Thursdays. We have a sign-up sheet online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ca4af2aa31-pizza6. It is a fun, easy job! Help hand out pizza slices and beverages during lunch on Thursdays. If you can lend just one hour of your time, we would really appreciate your assistance.
16. Counseling News: Attention First Year ECA Students!!! Please read your course syllabus.
Your 1st C.L.I.C.K. Activity is on October 12th 9:00am-12:00pm @ Student Center Auditorium.
Your 2nd C.L.I.C.K. Activity/Assignment will be emailed to you on 10/13 and will be due on 10/14 by 5:00 pm. You will submit this assignment electronically.
Attention Completers!!! Please read the attached documents.
Upcoming College Visits and Events
10/13 U of M Dearborn 2:00pm (King Lounge)
10/14 Central Michigan 1:30pm (King Lounge
10/18 FAFSA Night 6:00pm-7:00pm (McKenny)
10/20 Michigan State Univ. 1:00pm (King Lounge)
10/24 -28 *College Application Week (CAW)
10/31 Oakland University 10:00am (King Lounge)
10/31 U of M Flint 11:00am (King Lounge)
11/18 Michigan Tech 11:30am (King Lounge)
*Every Completer must complete at least two applications and one scholarship application during CAW.*
College Application Week:
Purpose: October has now been declared Michigan College Month, where high schools can host college application and FAFSA/financial aid drives concurrently, with the goal that by the conclusion of October, every graduating senior has filed their FAFSA, applied to at least one college, and applied for at least one scholarship.
*Ms. Squirewell's CAW Goal: Every Completer will complete at least two applications and one scholarship during CAW.
Attention Student Athletes!!!
The NCAA Clearinghouse is an essential step in becoming eligible to play college sports. Over 180,000 potential college athletes register with the NCAA every year.
If you want to play NCAA college sports and receive a scholarship at the DI or DII level, you will need to register and be cleared by the NCAA. The Eligibility Center is the organization within the NCAA that determines the academic eligibility and amateur status for all NCAA DI and DII athletes. You may register at www.eligibilitycenter.org. Also, please let Ms. Squirewell know if you are a student athlete.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Parent PowerSchool Account Creation [PDF]
Recommended Food Donation List [PDF]
Letter Home to Families-CAW [PDF]
College Application Week flyer [PDF]
Harvest Hangout Flyer F16.pdf [PDF]