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ECA News                                          September 23, 2022

In this message:
  • A Message from the Principal
  • Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week
  • Core Connections - Sept. 30, 3pm
  • Unity in the Community - Sept. 30, 3:30pm
  • Academy Update
  • Student Pictures
  • Pizza Thursdays are back!
  • News from the Lunch Room
  • Not Feeling Well?
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Ms. Fountain's Counselor Information Station
  • Ms. Squirewell's Counseling Corner
  • New EMU Telehealth Covid Policies for Fall 2022
  • ECA's 15th Anniversary Tailgate at EMU's Homecoming 10/1
  • ECA Staff Profile: Ms. Asis-Fischer
  • ECA Club Information
  • COVID Safety Info, Vaccination & Testing
  • District News - Lincoln 
  • Community News 
  • Tech Troubleshooting 
  • ECA School Calendar
  • Care Caravan


It's amazing that we are already finishing Week 4 this week! It was a lovely week on campus, starting out with a decidedly summer feel and then–right on time–switching to fall weather! The garden group did incredible work yesterday in our Memorial Garden (I’ve added a few pics)--thanks so much to the students and parents who helped out!! We have more work to do next month and I’ve added more slots to our sign up if you’d like to take part.

Next week, we have CORE Connections on Friday 9/30–3pm for ALL students. Please see below for room assignments. CORE Advisors will communicate any further details. 


Building & Classroom

CORE Advisor

Strong 101


Strong 103


Strong 110


Mark J. 141


Mark J 14


Mark J 145


Mark J 171


Porter 217


Porter 218


Porter 232


Marshall 203


Roosevelt 110


Pray 324


Pray 325


Pray 328


Pray 221


Calendar Reminder: Please be sure to note a very unique week coming up; during the week of Oct. 10, there will be no regular ECA classes. We will have a Teacher Work Day on Monday, Soft Skills Review Day on Tuesday, and Student-Parent Conferences on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday by appointment. More details to come about each of these events!

Finally, this is a reminder that our STUDENT HANDBOOK is on our website. As you have questions about things like ECA grading practices, the attendance policy, graduation activities, and many other things–feel free to look at the Handbook for some quick explanations. Also, if you/your student missed the Acknowledgement Page assignment for CLICK, you can download that last page, sign it, and turn it in to your counselor!

~Dr. Fischer

Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week:
Memorial Garden Work Crew!!

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 ( with questions.
Academy Update

Also, Art Club is up and running every Wednesday and Thursday in the King Hall Multicultural Lounge. Stop by to hang out with other students interested in Art!
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)
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!

*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 10/3: Click here

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 live in Ypsilanti or Lincoln School Districts, you qualify for free lunch regardless of your income. 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.

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

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.



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. Please click on the assignment, read the directions and complete the assignment by September 30th
  • 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.

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

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.

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."



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 by 9/30.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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.



Completers ONLY

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!


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

Mental Health Resource


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

Please CLICK HERE for the link to purchase homecoming tickets for our group.
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 is up but it’s ongoing every Wednesday and Thursday in the King Hall Multicultural Lounge. Stop by to hang out with other students interested in Art! For more information, contact Ms. Peet or email Ian Dye:




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 ( with any questions.

P.S. Pre-sales for 22-23 yearbooks are actually open. All books are ordered online via 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--


  • 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
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.

Free Film Screening for High School Students
The Michigan Theater will be hosting the award-winning feature film Coming Up for Air on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, with a reception 6:45 pm featuring the costars of the film Deborah Staples and Chase Yi.  The drama focuses on the key role caregivers play helping young people in need quickly access effective mental health resources. This special event is co-sponsored by Michigan Medicine and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 

School staff, teachers and high school students are invited to take advantage of FREE tickets by Monday, September 26 using the following instructions:
  1. Visit
  2. Click the Buy Tickets button, then click Know A Promotion Code? located at the top of the pop-up window.
  3. Enter promo code AIRCOMP. When you enter the code, a $0 Free Admission option will appear. Add your ticket and proceed through the purchase. 
Complete details on this special community event are available here and you can see the film’s trailer here. You can also click here for more details for this film, which has won seven best feature awards at festivals around the world.

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

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