Weekly Listserve


The ECA family honors our nation’s heroes! Many thanks to each and every one of our military personnel who have served (or are currently serving) our country in uniform.

In this message:

1. A note from Dr. Fischer

2. Thanksgiving Break – ECA Offices Closed/No School

3. ECA Food Pantry

4. Fall 2017 Enrollment

5. Winter Warm-Up Clothing Drive

6. ECA We are the World Anti-Hate Video

7. ECA Tutoring

8. ECA Math Tutoring for EMU Classes

9. ECA Lunch Program

10. Pizza Thursday

11. Parent Volunteers Needed


13. Counseling News

14. District News - Milan

Upcoming Dates to Remember!

11/17 ECA Pi Meeting

11/17 Fall 2017 Enrollment Info Session – Milan

11/21 First Year CLICK (Details soon)

11/22 First Year CLICK (Details soon)

11/23- 11/25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)

1. A note from Dr. Fischer: Even though the weather is holding with September-like temperatures, the astonishing fact is that we are entering the final 5 weeks of the fall semester! For students in ECA classes, Soft Skills Credentialing is coming up on November 21 and 22. First Year students have CLICK activities on both days from 9-12. The content is very timely on both days: Health and Wellness lessons to boost energy and reduce stress heading into finals on the first day, and Diversity activities to continue to learn from one another in our incredible diversity.

At the ECA, a specific focus on diversity and inclusion has always been part of our process--in classrooms, in groups like Diversiteam and Diversity Forum, informally through conversations among students and with staff, and through CLICK.

This year, given the negativity of the presidential campaign, the impact of the election results on a significant number of students, & the hate speech incidents on our campus, the practice of openly discussing and teaching about acceptance and inclusion is even more vital. I am honored to be part of such a diverse and caring learning community. I know that students are eager to learn, think critically about our world and how they interact within it, and stand up for each other. Thank you, students, for being such a beacon of hope! ~ Dr. Fischer

Interdependence Quote for the Week: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

~Dr. Fischer

2. ECA Offices Closed -Thanksgiving break: ECA offices will be closed (and no school!) for Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25, 2016. We will reopen on Monday, November 27, 2016.

3. 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!!

4. 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.

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

5. Winter Warm-Up Clothing Drive: The ECA Student Leaders are sponsoring a Winter Warm-Up Clothing Drive to help keep our community warm this winter season. Please help them by donating shirts (long or short sleeved), Pants, Hats, Coats, Gloves, Scarves, Hoodies/Jackets, boots/ tennis shoes or blankets. Donation items can be brought to the MC Lounge in King Hall, across from the Main Office. Together we can make a difference! Thanks in advance for your assistance. ECA SL

6. ECA We are the World Anti-Hate Video: Due to recent racist graffiti found on campus, a group of ECA students decided to use their shared love for music to spread love and acceptance. The video features five ECA students ranging from First Years to Third Years, and also features the 'You Can't Stop Me Project' from Erickson Elementary (YPSD) which is made up of first through fifth graders and is led by Mrs. Crystal Harding. We are so proud of the diversity found on our campus and in our ECA program and are happy that we were able to use our talents to help spread love and awareness. We are all human beings and deserve to be treated equally.


7. 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!

8. 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).

EMU Math Tutoring Updates

No EMU Math Tutoring on Wednesday, November 16

No EMU Math Tutoring on Tuesday, November 22

9. 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 dsmith.eca@gmail.com with your question.

Thanks, we look forward to serving you! Mr. Smith

10. 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 jackson.eca@gmail.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!

11. 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. Our students enjoy the perk of hot pizza once a week while socializing with their friends during lunch. **PARENTS, WE CANNOT OFFER PIZZA THURSDAYS IF WE DO NOT HAVE PARENT HELP TO HAND OUT PIZZA! If you can lend just one hour of your time, we would really appreciate your assistance.

12. SEEUS: What is SEEUS? SEEUS (Student Eyes and Ears for University Safety) is designed to enhance your safety and peace of mind while you walk on campus after dark. The primary purpose of SEEUS are to provide escorts to persons walking alone to on-campus destinations such as classrooms, buildings, residence halls and parked cars. SEEUS also provides additional eyes and ears for the EMU Police Department by observing the campus environment during the escort service. For more information, visit http://www.emich.edu/publicsafety/police/services/seeus.php.

13. Counseling News: Don't forget about your C.L.I.C.K. Logs! Your C.L.I.C.K. Logs are due by 12/9/16.

First Year C.L.I.C.K. DAYS

Health and Wellness Day - November 21st 9:00am-12:00pm

Diversity Day - November 22nd 9:00am-12:00pm

Ms. Squirewell's new email squirewell@earlycollegealliance.info

Upcoming College Visits and Events

* All students are welcome to attend the college admissions presentations. Please do not skip class to attend the presentations. You can stop by my office for any handouts or the admissions rep contact information. Thanks!

11/18 Michigan Tech 11:30am (King Lounge)

Please let Ms. Squirewell know if you plan to attend the Michigan Tech admissions presentation.

FAFSA-Free Application for Student Aid fafsa.ed.gov

November is Scholarship Month!! Please check out the bulletin boards in King Hall for scholarship information.

14. District News – Milan: PLEASE NOTE: This information was provided to/for Milan students but ANY SENIOR is eligible to apply as long as they meet the criteria!! BigSun Scholarship - Student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official. Deadline - June 19, 2017 Amount of Award - $500.00. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Jackson

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