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ECA News                                                   September 2, 2022
Greetings!

In this message:
  • A Message from the Principal
  • Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week
  • Academy Update
  • REC/IM Opt-Out Form (EMU Classes Only)
  • Curriculum Night 6/8
  • School Technology
  • Powerschool (No Access?)
  • Memorial Garden Volunteer Signup
  • Schedule of Support for ECA Classes
  • Fall 2022 Testing
  • Save the Date: 15th Anniversary Tailgate at EMU's Homecoming 10/1
  • EMU Covid-Related Minor Consent Form
  • Ms. Fountain's Counselor Information Station
  • Ms. Squirewell's Counseling Corner
  • ECA PI Monthly Meeting
  • ECA Club Information
  • ECA Breakfast and Lunch
  • COVID Safety Info, Vaccination & Testing
  • Community News 
  • Tech Troubleshooting 
  • ECA School Calendar
  • Care Caravan

                                   

 

What a whirlwind of a first week! Things on the campus of EMU are much busier than they were at this time last year. This had led to some last-minute room changes AND some technical difficulties, which have caused extra confusion for students. I apologize for the bumps, and I thank everyone for your patience and persistence. Despite the hiccups, our students have impressed everyone here with their energy, enthusiasm, and eagerness to jump right in! Here are a few pics of some of this week’s classes:
                                          

Next week, we have our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 8 from 6-8pm. The event will be via Zoom. Please update your Zoom to version 5.3.0 to ensure that this online event will go smoothly. HERE is a link to an article that explains how to upgrade Zoom to the latest version. Here is the link to join:

                                  https://emich.zoom.us/j/81541525213

                                            Meeting ID: 815 4152 5213

As we all return from summer break, the question we often ask each other is "how was your summer?"--a question I've been evading a little bit. I will share that this summer, my mother died the day before her 85th birthday. She was a strong supporter and advisor for me all my life. She was a big ECA fan, and even helped me edit my dissertation (which was all about our program). This fall, I am extra mindful of the ways in which her life impacted mine, in everything I do...I'm missing her, but so very grateful! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful, restful holiday weekend,

~Dr. Fischer

 

Celebrating Excellence Quote of the Week:

Academy Update
 
REC/IM OPT OUT FORM for EMU CLASSES

If you have any EMU classes, you have been charged $50 for use of the Rec/IM this term. If you want to use the Rec, you just need to pay the fee! If you do not want to use the Rec/pay the fee, HERE is the link to the Rec/IM Opt Out form. Please fill this out and return it to the email address on the form (read directions). The deadline is September 8th. 

We have a limited number of scholarships for those who would like to use the Rec/IM, but who are experiencing financial hardship. Those with free/reduced lunch eligibility are prioritized for these scholarships, so be sure to have your eligibility letter ready.
School Technology

All ECA students should have a device (other than a cell phone) that they can use both at school and at home for academic purposes. If you need to check out a school device, please use this link to schedule an appointment with Mr. Patel: https://calendar.app.google/CCF8xwV4EJLesbLH6

There is no charge to check out a Chromebook from the ECA, but we do strongly recommend that students purchase insurance to cover their device. Insurance is $30 and covers all accidental damage, loss, or theft to the device (does not cover damage/loss of the charger). This can be paid at the time of the Chromebook checkout appointment or after the appointment pending a device inspection. Payments can be made in cash, check made out to the ECA, or by credit card at this link: https://bit.ly/ECAChromebookInsurance22

If you would like to request financial assistance for device insurance or have any questions about technology, please reach out to Mr. Patel: patel@earlycollegealliance.info or complete the scholarship application.
Powerschool
If you are a new student/parent and are not able to access PowerSchool, please contact Mrs. Jackson (jackson@earlycollegealliance.info). There is probably something that we are waiting for in terms of documentation--either to us or to your School of Choice district. We really want to get all of these issues fixed as soon as possible. 
If you are a returning student and have forgotten your PowerSchool login, please contact your CORE Advisor or any ECA staff member. We can get that for you! Even Completers need to look at PowerSchool, as this is where your CLICK grades will show up.
Volunteer Opportunity: Click on the image to sign up to help!

ECA Breakfast and Lunch

Lunch Orders are due on Thursdays of the previous week. For example, lunch orders for the week of 9/12 should be placed no later than Thursday, 9/8. Students may pick up their lunches between 11:30-12:30 in King 122. If you need to add money to your lunch account, make checks payable to WISD, and give checks to Mrs. Dace at lunchtime or in King 220A or leave with Mrs. Jackson in King 221. Breakfasts are $2.00 (reduced $0.30). Lunches are $3.50 (reduced $0.40).

Links for Lunch Orders:

  • Week of 9/12/22: Click Here
  • Week of 9/19/22: Click Here
  • Week of 9/26/22: Click Here

It is always best to order lunches, but if you want lunch and you forgot to order, see or email Mrs. Dace and she can add you on to the lunch list.

As a reminder, the federal government had been providing all students with free meals, but they have terminated this program. Students who do not qualify for free meals will need to purchase their meals if they wish to eat school meals. If you qualified for free lunches last year and/or you currently receive SNAP benefits, you will most likely qualify for free lunches, and your child can just place their order for the first week.

If you do not receive SNAP benefits or did not qualify for free lunches last year, you will need to pay for lunches. Your student can order their meals, and you can put money into their lunch account by giving a check to Mrs. Dace. You can put any amount of money in the account that you wish, and you can add to the account at any time (by giving a check to Mrs. Dace). The account will decrease as the student gets their meals. You will be able to check the account balance using Meal Magic - more information about Meal Magic will come soon. Checks should be made payable to WISD – PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN THE MEMO OF THE CHECK. Include a note with your check if you are paying for multiple students. You or your child can give the check to Mrs. Dace in King 220-A or Mrs. Jackson in King 221.

We are working on an online payment system, but right now the only way that we have to accept payment is by check.

The costs of meals are as follows:

Breakfast - $2.00/day (reduced is $0.30); Lunch - $3.50/day (reduced is $0.40).

It is important that everyone fill out the free lunch application even if you are sure that you will not qualify. It will help our school with grants and other benefits. For families that qualify, there are other associated benefits including fee waivers for things like sports, college applications, and the like. Here is a link to the instructions for filling out the application. Here is the link to apply.

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

Save the Date:

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

*Details to be announced*
Fall 2022 Testing

Students in grades 10th and 11th will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October 15th. The deadline for registration is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th. HERE is the form you’ll need to complete in order to register for the test. Just a reminder that this test is OPTIONAL. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Monica at asis@earlycollegealliance.info.

EMU Covid-Related Minor Consent Form

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. 

                    

                                                   
                                                             

All new students and Welcome back to my Returning Academy students!! 

This is going to be an awesome school year!!!! 

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 - is due no later than September 9, 2022

  • Your CLICK canvas invitations will be coming soon, if you don’t receive it by Friday, September 9, please send me an email.

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



                                                           

 

Welcome Back! I hope your semester is off to a great start! You should be able to see your CLICK CANVAS course soon, thanks for your patience!

Effective September 12th, 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 due no later than September 9, 2022.

  • Students have until September 8, 2022, to request a reversal of the Rec/IM Facility Fee. This form must be filled out and emailed to Student Business Services, at ebill@emich.edu by the deadline.

  • 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.

  • 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. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, or Sept. 29. These schools are united in their commitment to providing a world-class education to a diverse group of students. 

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


                                                               

Counselor Spotlight

Congratulations to our own Tierra Foley, who is one of 62,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service. 

Tierra earned this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classrooms. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

                                                                    

          "Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No Excuses”. -Kobe Bryant

ECA PI Monthly Meeting


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

 

Yearbook is calling all artists!!
Would you be interested in creating art for this year’s yearbook? We are looking for students experienced in watercolor, but any contributions are welcome! If you’re interested, contact our Editor in Chief, Allison Emmons (aemmons1@emich.edu). Any questions can be directed to Allison, or our advisors, Mr. Priest and Ms. Wallace.  Also, be on the lookout for information about joining the Yearbook.



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:

  • Bring a mask. Some EMU & ECA 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).

  • Report Covid + cases (you or a close family member). You MUST report 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.

  • 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

Flow Dispenser Installed in King Hall                      
Thanks to Ms. Peet's initiative, EMU's Changing the Cycle initiative has installed a dispenser that provides FREE menstrual supplies in King Hall! If you need them, you can find them in the one-stall Women's restroom right next to Ms. Monica's office (217 King Hall). HERE is a story about the Changing the Cycle program.

                                                Changing the Cycle logo on a background pattern of menstrual products.



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 
Click here for lots of wonderful resources in Washtenaw and Wayne county.



Free Pride Dinner Dance
 
Tech Troubleshooting Appointment
ECA School Calendar
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