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ECA News                                          September 30, 2022

In this message:
  • A Message from the Principal
  • Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week
  • ECA's 15th Anniversary Tailgate at EMU's Homecoming 10/1
  • Academy Update
  • Student Parent Conferences
  • Student Pictures
  • Red Cards - Students with EMU classes ONLY
  • Pizza Thursdays - September winner: Kyle Larvadain!
  • News from the Lunch Room
  • Ms. Fountain's Counselor Information Station
  • Ms. Squirewell's Counseling Corner
  • Student Leaders Socktober Sock Drive 10/3-10/31
  • ECA's Annual field trip to Washington D.C.
  • Yearbooks are now available for purchase!
  • ECA Staff Profile: Ms. Major
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Not Feeling Well?
  • New EMU Telehealth Covid Policies for Fall 2022
  • COVID Safety Info, Vaccination & Testing
  • District News - Lincoln 
  • Community News 
  • Tech Troubleshooting 
  • ECA School Calendar
  • Care Caravan


The week has ended on such a fun note! CORE Connections was a great chance to catch up with others, followed by Unity in the Community! What a great turnout!  We were lucky to have EMU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Doris Fields, deliver our keynote address. Thanks to Student Leaders for organizing, to our growing list of student orgs (and those student leaders!) for showing up to participate, and for the amazing ECA students and staff members who attended and made it such a great event!

Next week is going to be a big week in ECA classes, as it’s the last week before Soft Skills Review Day. You will probably notice that there will be tests, quizzes, and papers coming due next week because our teachers will be getting ready to provide updated feedback on Review Day. Conferences follow Review Day, with a chance for students to report out on their semester to their parents/guardians, with CORE Advisors facilitating. Conferences are mandatory for first year & Academy students, Returning Academy 10th graders, and returning students with ECA classes OR in their first full-time EMU semester. There is more info in the rest of this Newsletter about both days, but I want to draw special attention to the information HERE that helps to explain the roles parents/guardians, students, and CORE Advisors at our conferences.

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s tailgate party and the football game. If you ordered tickets for the game, they will be distributed at the tailgate. I’m told by ECA Pi President Ebony Williams that our spot is directly across from the stadium. We will have signs. Even if you aren’t attending the game, feel free to stop by the tailgate party. Go Eagles!!

Have a great weekend,

~Dr. Fischer

Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week:
Some pics from Unity in the Community!
Academy Update


Soft Skills Review Day

On Tuesday, October 11, teachers will meet to discuss each of our students at Soft Skills Review Day. The focus will be on each student’s progress in terms of academics and soft skills--or “college readiness.” Students in their “Credentialing Year” (10th grade and up) will receive a credential in PowerSchool from each teacher that indicates their college readiness: S for Satisfactory, N for Needs Improvement, and U for Unsatisfactory. We expect most students will be in the “Needs Improvement” camp at this point; that’s very natural, after only 6 weeks or so. In order to be recommended for college courses, students will eventually earn Ss and Rs (for Recommended), either this semester or next (or later). Conferences follow Review Day, giving students, families, and CORE Advisors a chance to talk about how things are going. (See below for information about Conferences).

There are no ECA classes on Teacher Work Day (Monday, 10/10) or Soft Skills Review Day (Tuesday, 10/11), but there is an in-person CLICK Activity on Tuesday, Oct. 11 led by Ms. Fountain that will take place from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Student Center Auditorium. The CLICK Activity is mandatory for Academy, First Year 10s/11s, and Returning Academy students.

Student Parent Conferences

Students and parents/guardians should watch for sign-up information from their CORE Advisor for Fall conferences for all First Year, Academy, Returning Academy & students who are in a hybrid or full college schedule for the first time. Conferences are scheduled for Oct. 12, 13, & 14. 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. Students will be preparing for these conferences in Soft Skills in the coming weeks. Conferences are mandatory! Please Note: There are no ECA Classes on 10/12-14 in order to accommodate Conferences.

HERE is more information about participant roles and how to prepare!
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Save the date(s) for October FUN!

Join Student Leaders for Spirit Week and our Harvest Hangout Halloween Party! Details will be shared via email next week.

Student Pictures

Eagle Card ID Pictures:
If you need to get this year’s ECA ID card, you may do so starting on Monday, September 26 until the end of October. Go to:
The Eagle Card Services / Service EMU Office
268 Student Center
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Mon.– Thur:  9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Let them know that you are an ECA student and are getting your new ID card for this school year. They will keep track of the cards they print and will charge the ECA for the new cards, which our students can get once per year. (Replacement cards are for lost cards, and those incur a $10 charge that the student must pay via their emich account).

School Picture Days:
These have been scheduled for the following days/times:
  • November 17 from 11-3 (Regular school day)
  • November 18 from 9-3 (Teacher Work Day - No ECA Classes, see CLICK Syllabus for CLICK events/activities)
  • November 21 from 11-3 (Soft Skills Credentialing Day--No ECA Classes; CLICK Activities on campus for Ms. Fountain's students)
Red Cards - Students with EMU classes ONLY

This week Red cards were mailed to students with EMU (college) courses. 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 did 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.
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Pizza Thursdays!

Congratulations! The winner for the month of September is Kyle Larvadain!

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 is no Pizza Thursday on 10/13 due to conferences.

*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 are the links to order meals for October. When ordering, please type both your first and last name.

Week of 10/10: Click here

Week of 10/17: Click here

Week of 10/24: Click here

You may contact Mrs. Dace at

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

If you sent in a check for your student’s breakfast and/or lunch and then found out that you qualify for free meals, you can request a refund. If you would like a refund, please contact Mrs. Dace.

If you plan on purchasing pizza on Pizza Thursday, please remember not to order lunch for Thursday. 

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.



Academy, First Years, and Returning Academy Students


  • If you did not attend Core Challenge Day, please see me for your CLICK information for this year.
  • 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 and is due today, 9/30, by 11:59pm.
  • Our 1st CLICK Day will be on Tuesday, October 11th from 9am-12noon. We will meet in the Student Center Auditorium.
  • Mandatory meetings with me began on September 12, my availability is listed in the assignment on canvas. If my availability changes, you will receive notification through an announcement 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.

Mental Health Resource



                     September 15th thru October 15th - National Hispanic Month  


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




Focus on your goals. Stay Focused, Stay Determined…You got this!!!

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.


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

  • Personal and Academic Goals assignment is due TODAY.

  • 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.

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

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

College Knowledge

FREE College Scholarship Fair-October 12th (9:00-1:00), EMU Student Center Ballroom


Postsecondary Planning Meetings (Completers Only)

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

October 7th     12:00-1:30 (session full)

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.  Limited Space - 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.




Completers ONLY

October is College Application Month (CAM)....yay!

  • Check your CANVAS Announcements for your CAM letter. Please read the letter in its entirety.  

Are you applying Early Action

The early deadline for most colleges/universities is readily approaching - typically November 1st; however, you must submit your request via Common App to  Ms. Squirewell by October 1st. It is very important to APPLY  EARLY to have the best chance of admittance. To qualify, all materials (application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, application fees) must be post-marked and sent to colleges by their early deadline. Be sure to request recommendations and submit your applications well in advance. See Ms. Squirewell for questions regarding the application process to all colleges other than EMU. Do NOT wait until the last minute to apply!


EMU Presidential Scholarship: You may qualify for EMU's largest Presidential Scholarship if you have a 3.5 combined EMU and district high school GPA and at least a 25 ACT. and 1200 SAT. If you have a 3.85 GPA or higher your test score is waived.  For more detailed information and to sign up for the competition, click HERE


Do you need to request your transcript?  Requesting your ECA Transcript

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


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

ECA's annual field trip to Washington D.C.

Ms. Burki & Ms. Bishop are excited to announce that they are taking a group of ECA students to Washington D.C. Sunday 5/21/23-Friday 5/26/2023. The field trip is through an incredible organization called Close Up. We will have a packed agenda while we visit our nation's capital that includes witnessing a session of Congress, visiting the Supreme Court, exploring the Library of Congress, meeting members of Congress and their staff, and attending congressional hearings. The cost of the trip is $1852, which includes airfare, room and board, 3 meals per day, and six days of the Close Up program. There will be some financial aid available. 

Please complete this form if you are interested in attending an info night on Monday 10/3/22 at 6:00 p.m. for ECA's annual field trip to Washington D.C. This trip is open to all grade levels. Students must have the COVID vaccine to participate in the field trip.
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Yearbooks are now available for purchase!

The yearbook staff is hard at work planning out this year's book. This is ECA's fifth yearbook and it's going to be the best yet. Order now for the best value! Prices are as follows:

$35 through Dec. 16
$40 Dec. 17 - March 31
$45 starting April 1

Personalization options start at $9 extra and must be purchased before Jan. 28!
For purchase: To use a credit card, debit card, or PayPal, go to, enter our school name (Early College Alliance), and follow the prompts. Cash sales are unable to be processed at this time. Questions? Contact Mr. Priest at

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.
Some pics from campus over the past week: Board Games, Bio Labs, Study Groups, and "From Roots to Fruits" Observations in Mr. Meadow's Class.

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

New EMU Telehealth Covid Policies for Fall 2022

If your student tests positive, they must stay home for 5 to 10 days. They can return on Day 11, or they can retest starting on Day 6. The student will need 2 negative tests 24-48 hours apart before Telehealth will clear them to return. Most of our students are not getting a negative test until Day 7 or 8.

If your student is a close contact of someone that tested positive for COVID, they will need to stay home for 2-3 days. They may test on Days 2 and 3. Once the student has 2 negative tests 24-48 hours apart, they can return and resume normal activities. At Telehealth’s discretion, a student may be allowed to return without staying home for 2-3 days but will be required to mask at all times while indoors and may not eat with others until Day 11. All students whether they stay home or not must test on Day 5 and any time they develop symptoms. 

If your student has (even remotely) COVID-like symptoms, your student must stay at home and test. They will need 2 negative tests 24-48 hours apart. If they have the two negative tests and their symptoms are improving, they may return.

Home tests may be accepted by EMU Telehealth. Here is the process. Complete the test at home. Place the test on a piece of paper and write the students name and the date of the test. Email the test to In the subject line clearly indicate that they are an ECA student and what the purpose of the test is for. Example: "ECA Student, exposed to COVID, "ECA student, sick,"  "ECA student, day 3 close contact test," "ECA Student, day 5 covid positive test."

COVID Safety Info & Vaccination and Testing Resources on Campus

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


  • 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;

  • 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 ( 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


  • 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 


LINK for Information for Our Unvaccinated Students

District News

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

EMU-WISD Teacher Exploration Program


FREE ypsiGLOW workshops
ypsiGLOW is coming next month, but the fun is already getting started and Engage@EMU wants you to know all about it!

What is ypsiGlow? A community-built celebration showcasing Ypsilanti's creativity and diversity with light-filled luminary processions, crazy costumes, public art installations, street art performances, music, dancing and oodles of GLOWing fun! You can attend ypsiGLOW for free in Downtown Ypsilanti, on Friday, Oct. 28. 

The most fun part of ypsiGLOW is getting involved! They are hosting free workshops during the month of October which are great opportunities to build programming/events around for your group! Below are the workshop descriptions, which can also be found on the ypsiGLOW website here:

This year's theme: Where the Wild Things GLOW. Click here for other FREE ypsiGLOW workshops.


Receive Federal Funds for Internet Connectivity 
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Please visit for more information and to apply for the program.

Volunteer opportunities at the Ypsilanti Library & College Application event 

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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.      

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

Engage@EMU Resource Guide 
Click here for lots of wonderful resources in Washtenaw and Wayne county.
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