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ECA News                                          September 16, 2022
Greetings!

In this message:
  • A Message from the Principal
  • Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week
  • Curriculum Night Presentations
  • Unity in the Community - Sept. 30, 3:30pm
  • Academy Update
  • Pizza Thursdays are back!
  • Support for ECA Classes
  • News from the Lunch Room
  • Not Feeling Well?
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Memorial Garden Volunteer Signup
  • Ms. Fountain's Counselor Information Station
  • Ms. Squirewell's Counseling Corner
  • Core Connections - Sept. 30, 3pm
  • Save the Date: 15th Anniversary Tailgate at EMU's Homecoming 10/1
  • ECA Club Information
  • COVID Safety Info, Vaccination & Testing
  • District News - Lincoln, Saline, Van Buren
  • Community News 
  • Tech Troubleshooting 
  • ECA School Calendar
  • Care Caravan

                                   

With the EMU faculty strike ending this week, we all breathed a sigh of relief! Thanks very much to the students who responded to last week's survey. It was a challenge for some students whose classes were impacted, but luckily a short-lived concern. We are glad for all the parties that an agreement was reached.

ECA classes are humming along here in week 3. Instructors are posting grades in PowerSchool, the first quizzes are taking place, and the first papers are being assigned. Please be sure to take advantage of the resources we offer to help students manage their classes. Study Center, in particular, has not been well-attended. We want to make sure that we are making good use of our resources, and so we will only continue to offer it if students show up.

I want to thank the parents/guardians who turned out tonight for the ECA Pi meeting. It was wonderful to see so many folks there–and the group is planning a fun event for EMU’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1!! There is a “save the date” in the News–and details will be announced soon!

Please also save the date for CORE Connections on Friday, September 30, 3pm. This is the first of our brief, monthly meetings of CORE groups–required for ALL students. When CORE Connections is finished, everyone is encouraged to head over to King Hall for Unity in the Community, from 3:30-4:30.

Finally, I want to encourage students to bring those masks back to school. We are experiencing an increase in Covid cases in our county–and the CDC recommends universal masking indoors with the case numbers that we have right now. While we are stopping short of requiring masks, we do strongly encourage them while the case counts are high.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

~Dr. Fischer

Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week:
The ECA Student Leaders are committed to actively working to make our fellow students feel a sense of community and unity in our school. We will be holding our annual Unity in the Community event on Friday, September 30th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in King Hall's MC Lounge Courtyard (outdoors).

Join us for a fun and vital celebration of unity, fellowship, and FUN with events including:
  • Community speakers
  • Care pledge signing
  • Handprint of unity
  • Wristbands and more!

~ Earn CLICK credit by attending this event! ~

Email Mrs. Jackson (jackson@earlycollegealliance.info) with questions.
Academy Update
 

 
Little Caesars® Pizza: Best Value Delivery and Carryout

Pizza Thursdays!

Thursdays, from 11:30-12:10 in King Hall's MC Lounge (across from the main office)

Enjoy HOT PIZZA with other ECA students! In order to participate in Pizza Thursday, you must first buy a punch card:

  • Punch Cards are $5 (cash only, please!) and are available in Mrs. Jackson’s office (221 King)
  • Each Punch Card is good for any 5 items, (a slice of pizza, canned pop, water, or candy). We will have cheese and cheese/pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars.
  • Punch Cards with remaining punches can be saved for use at a later date
  • Payment for Punch Cards must be made in full at the time of purchase
  • You must have a Punch Card in order to participate in Pizza Thursday
Turn in your fully punched pizza cards for a chance to win a FREE pizza punch card!

*Our first Pizza Thursday was a HUGE HIT! Unfortunately, we ran out of pizza but we will buy extra going forward. Please note that pizza is on a first-come, first-served basis. If a student does not get pizza, they can see Mrs. Dace in King 122 for options from the food pantry. 

News from the Lunch Room

 

Here is the link to order lunch for the last week of this month. When ordering, please type both your first and last name.

  • Week of Sept. 26: Click here

Pizza Thursdays - If you plan on purchasing pizza, remember not to order lunch for Thursday. Pizza is first come, first serve. If we run out of pizza, you can come to the lunch room in King 122 to get some lunch. Pizza punch cards are $5.

If you still need to apply for free lunches, you can apply here. Instructions for applying for free lunches can be found here. Payment instructions can be found here.

If you forget to order lunch, contact Mrs. Dace. She can add you to the breakfast and/or lunch list.

If you have any questions or need any assistance regarding the breakfast and lunch program, please email Mrs. Dace at dace@earlycollegealliance.info.

Not feeling well?

If you need to miss school because you aren’t feeling well (even if it is just a headache), please contact Mrs. Dace. If you get sick while you are at school, contact Mrs. Dace. Her email address is dace@earlycollegealliance.info.


National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th - October 15th
Bienvenidos a ECA!!! Nos da mucha gusto tener a sus estudiantes con nosotros.  Nosotros vamos a hacer todo lo posible para que los estudiantes hispanos aprendan, hagan nuevos amigos y ganen los conocimientos que necesitan para tener un futuro lleno de posibilidades.
Volunteer Opportunity: Click on the image to sign up to help!

                    

                                                                                                             

Academy, First Years, and Returning Academy students

Reminders:

  • If you did not attend Core Challenge Day, please see me for your CLICK information for this year.
  • Your first CLICK assignment - Returning the Student Handbook Acknowledgement page - was due on September 9th, if you haven't turned it in, please do as soon as possible.
  • You should have accepted your CLICK canvas course by now. If you have not, please do so asap. If you have two CLICK courses on your Canvas, only accept the one with my name and then email me and let me know. 
  • Your first CLICK assignment on canvas is the Academic and Personal Goals. Please click on the assignment, read the directions and complete the assignment by September 30th
  • Meetings with me will begin on September 12, my availability is listed in the assignment on canvas.
  • PLEASE!!! Read Your Emails and Announcements on Canvas. This is the only way I communicate with all of my students at once. Any time my office hours change, an event is happening or just reminders about assignments, I will always send out an announcement on Canvas.



September is National Self-Awareness Month, make sure to take care of your mental, physical and emotional needs!!

Mental Health Resource



If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at fountain@earlycollegealliance.info or stop by my office, 327 King Hall.


   

I hope your semester is off to a great start! You should have received an invitation to my CLICK CANVAS course. If not, please let me know via email. 

Please click below to schedule a meeting with ME!! We can meet virtually or in person in 322 King Hall.

 https://calendly.com/squirewell/30min


Reminders

  • Returning the Student Handbook Acknowledgement page - is NOW PAST due.

  • Personal and Academic Goals assignment is due by 9/30.

  • If you completed any employment or volunteer hours over the summer break, please submit your log.

  • Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Please contact Ms. Squirewell. There will be a virtual orientation on September 29th (3:00p-4:00p).

  • If you plan on taking the PSAT/NMSQT, please see Ms. Monica Asis-Fischer’s email regarding registration.


College Knowledge

CLICK here to register for general sessions to learn about U of M and other top universities. The sessions will be held on Sept. 22, or Sept. 29. These schools are united in their commitment to providing a world-class education to a diverse group of students. 

The National College Resource Foundation presents its 2nd Annual Black College Expo at Wayne State University on September 24th. CLICK Here for detailed information!  

* You must register for this event. If you attend either event, you can receive CLICK credit for an educational planning activity. Please upload or screenshot your registration confirmation. Thanks.

 

Postsecondary Planning Meetings (Completers Only)

Sign-ups will be available in your CLICK CANVAS Course.

October 7th   12:00-1:30

October 21st   12:00-1:30


Upcoming Virtual College Visits & FAFSA Night

Save the date: FAFSA Night hosted by EMU's Office of Financial Aid
October 12, 6:00pm. Sign up will be posted on REMIND and CANVAS Announcements
 

Upcoming Virtual College Visits: This is an Educational Planning Activity option; therefore, you will receive CLICK credit for attending. You cannot miss class to attend these sessions.

 



Mental Health Resource

                                 


If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at squirewell@earlycollegealliance.info  or stop by my office, 322 King Hall.

Save the Date:

We are planning an ECA 15th Anniversary Tailgate @ EMU's Homecoming Football Game
Saturday, Oct. 1!

*Details to be announced*
ECA Club Information

Please the club information below. We have a few more club opportunities - stay tuned for more information!  

Art Club

ECA’s Art Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday in the Multicultural Lounge in King Hall.  All interested students are welcome to stop by and check us out! For more information, contact Ms. Peet or email Ian Dye: idye@emich.edu
 


LGBTQ+ Club

How to Support LGBTQ Middle and High School Students During Distance  Learning | Edutopia

ECA's LGBTQ+ group is an environment where you can come and be supported by other people in the queer community. There will be game days, advice panels with queer adults, movie days, and more! They meet every other Thursday in King Lounge at 3pm, and their first meeting is September 6th (after that, every other Thursday). If you have questions, feel free to contact their advisor, Ms. Monica , at asis@earlycollegealliance.info
                                               

 

Join Yearbook Club

After a successful year for our student-run yearbook club, the ECA Yearbook is back to covering the year on campus! We all need a way to remember this (scary/exciting) moment, and that's just what the yearbook is for. So we are seeking creative, outgoing students to help figure out how best to do that.

If you like to write, make digital art, take pictures, or just like chatting with people, fill out this form to apply for a position on the yearbook staff. All students are encouraged to apply, including those in EMU classes. Deadline for applications is Monday, September 19th. Email Mr. Priest (priest@earlycollegealliance.info) with any questions.

P.S. Pre-sales for 22-23 yearbooks are actually open. All books are ordered online via yearbookforever.com. The current price to reserve a copy is $35.

P.P.S. There are still a few copies left of our 21-22 Yearbook, released in June. They can be purchased from Mr. Priest for $45 - cash only,  please!

 


Join Student Leaders!
Are you gifted with leadership skills (or want to learn them)? Is having a positive impact on the community important to you? If so, ECA Student Leaders is the place for you! Student Leaders is a group that strives to better our school and community. We plan fun and interesting social events, volunteer in and around the community, focus on teamwork and team-building and implement ideas to make ECA the best environment to learn and grow. If you want to make a difference - and have at least 3 EMU classes this semester, join Student Leaders! Email Mrs. Jackson for more details.

COVID Safety Info & Vaccination and Testing Resources on Campus

Please review our Safety Reminders: Dos and Don’ts--

DO:

  • Masks are optional at this time for ECA classes. Some EMU instructors may require masks in their classrooms. During times of high transmission, the university may require masks in classrooms and labs.

  • Stay home if you are sick. Go home if you get sick while on campus.

  • Contact the ECA Main Office if you are required to miss school due to illness. State symptoms when you call or email. You may call or email Mrs. Dace (734.487.7882; dace@earlycollegealliance.info)

  • Get vaccinated and report your vaccination status to EMU. (Students must log in using their my.Emich credentials).

  • If you/someone close to you has contracted Covid, you MUST report it to both the ECA and to EMU. To report to the ECA, email Mrs. Dace (dace@earlycollegealliance.info). To report to EMU, fill out THIS FORM

  • Follow up with instructors if you need to miss school.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Maintain a distance of 3 feet wherever possible.

  • Eastern Michigan University has asked that parents/guardians of ALL students under the age of 18 years complete THIS CONSENT FORM to enable students to work more seamlessly with EMU’s Health and Covid Safety protocols, including testing. Students will still need a parent/guardian present to obtain Covid vaccinations. 

  • Call EMU Telehealth if you have any questions. 734.487.3865 or emu_telehealth@emich.edu

DON’T:

  • Don’t come to school if you’re sick or experiencing Covid symptoms. 

  • Don’t crowd around others--especially when eating. Spread out!

  • Don’t forget to communicate with the ECA if you are sick or you/someone close to you has contracted Covid, and report to EMU any positive cases.

You can always refer to the EMU webpage that includes all of the latest communication and links from EMU related to Covid-19 on campus--including a link to the Covid dashboard, where information about positive tests are updated weekly.

 

COVID Testing at the Student Center

On-campus COVID-19 testing is offered in the EMU Campus Testing Center (located in the lower level of the Student Center, next to the Bookstore). On-campus COVID-19 testing is free of charge to all Eastern students and employees.

Fall Hours - Beginning Monday, August 30

  • Mondays - 12:30 - 3:50 p.m.
  • Tuesdays - 8:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
  • Wednesdays - 4 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
  • Thursdays - closed
  • Fridays - 10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Saturdays - closed 

The testing process used is a self-administered, non-invasive, shallow nostril swab that circulates around the circumference of the lower nostril area. It is much less invasive than a stick swab that goes deep into the nasal cavity.

Please watch this video as Student Body President Luis Romero demonstrates the test.

For questions regarding symptoms, please contact Telehealth at 734.487.3865 or emu_telehealth@emich.edu. 

LINK to EMU'S COVID SAFETY WEBSITE

LINK for Information for Our Unvaccinated Students

 

District News

Lincoln:  LHS Student Picture Day is on September 19th. Please plan to come in to Lincoln High School on this day to be photographed for the yearbook and to obtain an LHS Student ID. You will need to check in to the Main Office and get a visitor pass between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in order to be photographed. When you arrive at the Main Office they will issue you a visitor pass and direct you where to go. Please visit our website for picture ordering information. Questions? Email Ms. Melcher at melcher@lincolnk12.org.

Lincoln’s Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, Oct. 8 this year from 7 to 10 p.m. in the East Gym. 
Tickets - Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here. Tickets will be available for online purchase until 3 p.m. on 10/7. Tickets will be unavailable for purchase after the purchase window closes - no exceptions.   
Homecoming Dance Guest Pass - You can pick up a guest pass in the Main Office, also linked here. If you opt to bring a guest that does not attend LHS, be sure that you read the form carefully and that it is turned in fully completed by 3 p.m. on Oct. 5. No late submissions will be accepted. Also, outside guests must have a digital ticket purchased to gain entry to the event. Questions? Contact Ms. Melcher at melcher@lincolnk12.org.


Saline:  Saline's 2023 Graduation has been moved to June 4 at 4pm.

Van Buren: Please click here for the Fall Testing Signup. 

Fall testing is not mandatory. However, Belleville High School is making it available for students who would like to participate.

Why participate?

  1. Good practice for the Spring mandatory exams. 
  2. The PSAT/NMSQT has scholarship opportunities attached to it.

Please fill out this form to indicate if your child will be opting in or opting out of Fall testing. Wednesday, October 12th at Belleville High School. There is no penalty for not participating. The choice is yours. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Sweets at jsweets@vanburenschools.net.

AA Public Schools School Board Candidate Form - This Tuesday!
The Student Advocacy Center and Ann Arbor School Parents Intent on Racial Equity are hosting an Ann Arbor Public Schools school board candidate forum on Tuesday, 9/20/2022 at 7pm via Zoom. Hear directly from candidates who will be on the 2022 ballot. Click here to register. 
 
The Student Advocacy Center (SAC) is part of a statewide coalition called the Michigan Education Justice Coalition (MEJC), which brings organizations together across the state to advocate and organize for education justice.
 
SAC is coordinating this event along with  Ann Arbor School Parents Intent on Racial Equity (AASPIRE). During this forum, we will bring our community together over Zoom to share our local education justice platform, and then to ask candidates for school board where they stand on our platform.
 
This event will include both Spanish and Arabic interpretation. This event will also be livestreamed on the SAC Facebook Page and we will be recording and posting the video on our YouTube page later. 



Neutral Zone
Neutral Zone, a teen center with creative and leadership programs for high school age youth has just kicked off its 2022-23 program year. Come join any of the 19 youth-driven programs offered weekly after-school Monday through Friday. (See Flyer for Details)
 




Black College Expo @ Wayne State
 
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OK2Say
As a reminder for students, parents, and staff, when any concerns or unease arise, we encourage students and parents to reach out right away to an adult at school for assistance. For those who prefer to share a concern without revealing their identity, we recommend using the OK2Say tool, where tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by telephone, text message, email, mobile app, or via the OK2Say website

 

Rec & Ed is Hiring
Rec and Ed is hiring caring adults and 16-17 year old high school students to work with elementary students in our before/after-school program. Join our friendly and supportive team. Find out more and apply here.

 

Chuseok Party
The Nam Center at the University of Michigan is hosting its annual Korean Thanksgiving on Sunday, September 25th from 2 - 4 PM at Weiser Hall. The event is open to all, with free food samples, crafts, music, games, and more.                                              



Exciting opportunity from Bright Futures! 
Consider joining the EMU Bright Futures Advisory Board! If you have great ideas about how to serve the 3-district-wide Bright Futures community and the capacity to attend one Zoom meeting per month, this may be the opportunity for you! 

This is an open invitation to all interested Teachers, School-Day Administrators, Program Families, Students, Vendors, and Supportive Community Members. For more information check out the attached flyer, or email Anna Gersh at agersh@emich.edu



Engage@EMU Resource Guide 
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