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Dear Parents and Guardians of ECA and CEC Students,
     This Thursday and Friday we will be having Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) at all APS high schools including ECA and CEC. For Early College Academy, each Advisory Teacher should have already scheduled a SLC with a parent or guardian. We have been working with students to prepare them to facilitate their own SLC and explain to their parents how they are doing in school and what their goals are for the future. ECA parents are asked to sign their student’s Next Step Plan (NSP) after their conference. For students in Career Enrichment Center classes, we have asked all teachers to hold Office Hours on Thursday or Friday. Those hours can be accessed by clicking here: CEC TEACHER OFFICE HOURS FOR SLC.
     We also want to note that there will be no classes on Thursday and Friday. In addition, there will be no school bus service to ECA or CEC. The building will be open from 7:00am to 5:00pm each day unless other arrangements have been made with your student’s teacher.
     Finally, and most importantly, we would like to assure you that we take seriously our responsibility to ensure the well-being of your child every day; the safety of our students is our top priority and we have a comprehensive site safety plan in place to help avoid a tragedy like the school shooting in a Broward County, Florida high school that took the lives of 18 innocent students and adults.  We have worked extensively with APS Police, APD Police, the Fire Department and other professional organizations to craft a safety plan for our school to handle every emergency situation. We regularly practice our safety procedures with students and staff at various times of the day so that each CEC session will go through a Shelter-in-place or Lockdown practice and so that every period in ECA will also practice our procedures. Our plan was just reviewed and updated to take into account what happened in Florida and to take measures to avoid a similar occurrence on our campus. We have also asked our teachers to discuss with students the importance of taking these drills seriously and to also have open and frank conversations about what they can do in the event of an emergency. While no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy such as the Florida shooting will not occur, we are doing everything we possibly can to keep students and staff safe while at school.
     Our commitment to the safety and security of your child doesn’t stop with a site safety plan. We have gone to one point of entry into ECA/CEC, we require visitors to check in at the front desk, we will issue visitor’s badges to all guests on our campus, and we also constantly and consistently monitor the surveillance cameras strategically placed throughout our campus. We have two security officers who patrol the grounds and parking lot, monitor bus traffic, and keep an eye out for anything that looks out of place on campus. We also have many staff members who monitor halls and open areas and help with checking in guests and providing visitor’s passes. We go above and beyond the minimum district requirements for fire drills, lock downs and shelters-in-place. Each drill is timed, evaluated and approved by our administration team in partnership with district police personnel from our partner high school next door. We also utilize an emergency alert system (schoolmessenger) to communicate with parents and guardians in the event of an emergency. In this day of social media and instant communication, parents will likely read a text or post from their student prior to hearing from the school. We are committed to communicating as fast as possible, but it is equally important to communicate the facts. In the event of a practice lock down or shelter-in-place, we will communicate the event through schoolmessenger. In the event of an actual emergency, the school and district may send several notifications through the emergency alert system as the situation unfolds and more facts become clear. The district may also choose to use its official website, twitter or Facebook page to relay vital information. It is important to remain patient and calm in these instances as you await communication and instructions from the school district. Parents should refrain from calling or traveling to the school during times of emergencies.
     We also have an incredible resource in our dedicated students, and we actively promote a culture where everyone has a responsibility to be vigilant and focused on the safety of everyone on our campus. Our students know they can come to any adult on campus to report any concern and it will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly. We also want you to talk with your student about what is going on. Acknowledge the events that have occurred and listen to their fears and concerns; maybe share your own. If your child needs support, let us know. If you feel there is something we need to know, please reach out. While no one anticipates that such a tragedy could occur in their community, I am comforted by the work we do to maintain ECA and CEC as a safe learning community. Our top priority is the safety, security and well-being of all students and staff. Our collaboration and communication with students, staff, family and community will ensure that our campus will remain a safe and secure learning environment.
     Here are some things you can do to prepare for emergencies:

Please remember that violence isn't just a school problem or a law enforcement problem or a gun control issue. This is a community issue that demands the involvement and collaboration of all to prevent, respond, and help each other through it. As parents, family members, friends and neighbors, we all play an important role in supporting one another and speaking up when someone may be in need or when something does not seem quite right. We urge you to access the school counselor or social worker if your student needs additional support. Here at ECA and CEC we have a vibrant and active facility filled with motivated students and experienced teachers, and we have implemented many common-sense safeguards to increase the security of our buildings.
     Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the safety at ECA and CEC, please do not hesitate to call me directly.
Thank you for your support and thank you for sending your child to our amazing school!
     Sincerely,
     Patrick Arguelles
     Principal

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 2/28/18




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


The Fall Dance is THIS Friday, October 20th, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  The location is the Heights Community Center.  Advance tickets are $7.00, available during lunch at the Bistro.  Tickets are $10.00 at the door.

Parent volunteers are greatly needed and appreciated.  Also, feel free to donate snacks, food, decorations, etc., to help make this a fun, safe, festive evening for the students of ECA and CEC.  

Contact Mr. Noriega at noriega_g@aps.edu to offer any help.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 10/16/17




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The revised schedule is available on the Bus Schedule page to download.

(Bus schedule updated 10-11-2017)

 

Parking Permits:  Parking is limited at CEC / ECA.  Taking the APS bus round-trip from your home school is a convenient and safe option.  CEC students may purchase a parking permit the first day of class, August 15th.  Permits will be distributed on a first come, first serve, basis. The cost is $35 for the school-year and $20 for the semester. Bring your license and proof of insurance.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 10/11/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


The PSAT will be offered at ECA on Wednesday, October 11th from 7:30am to 12noon.  

ALL 10th graders will test.  

Interested 11th graders are welcome to take the PSAT that day as well and must take the PSAT as an 11th grader to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.  Contact Ms. Ramsey if your student is in 11th grade and wants to take the PSAT this year.  

9th and 11th graders (not testing) will have regular classes that day.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 10/10/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


The Senior Trip will be on Wednesday, October 11th.  

Senior Sunrise will start the day at 6:30am and students will head out by 7:30 (to Bandelier National Monument).

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: CEC, Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy, Homepage and CEC

Dates for the ACT Test:
Saturdays – Various Locations
Oct. 28, 2017  •  Dec. 9, 2017  •  Feb. 10, 2018  •  Apr. 14, 2018  •  June 9, 2018
Seniors should take/retake on September 9th or October 28th and Juniors should plan to test next spring.  
Fee Waivers are available for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch - see Ms Ramsey. 
 

ACT Test Prep:
CEC will offer an ACT Test Prep class on Mondays beginning October 2nd for the October test.   See other sessions below.

 

ACT Preparation Classes @ ECA/CEC includes:

  • Breakdown the Content of the ACT
  • Test-Taking Strategies Explained
  • ACT Questions to Expect
  • ACT Vocabulary of Essential Terms
  • Top ACT Tips to Avoid Misleading Questions
  • Time-saving Techniques for Questions and Passages
  • Study Guides and Practice Tests

ACT Prep Class Dates:
Monday nights from 5:45 to 8:30pm at CEC

Session 1 (Oct. 28 test): October 2, 9, 16, and 23rd

Session 2 (Dec. 9 test): November 13, 20, 27 & December 4th

Session 3 (Feb. 10 test): January 15, 22, 29 & February 5th

Session 4 (Apr. 14 test): March 12, 19 & April 2, 9th

Session 5 (June 9 test): May 14, 21, 28 & June 4th
 

Cost per Student:
$100.00 for a working session that includes four 2½-hour ACT prep classes, prep book & all materials.

(Students designated as FRLP will receive a 50-75% reduction in course fees-must get verification from your high school counselor.)
Seats are limited - please contact Ms. Ramsey at ramsey_l@aps.edu
or call 247-3658 X45595 to reserve your space!

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


College Fair is being held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Sunday, October 1st  from 12:00 to 3:00.  

Meet representatives from over 150 colleges and attend workshops about how to make the most of college, paying for college, and college athletics.  This is a great and FREE opportunity to get your students looking at colleges, thinking about the process, and learning about different opportunities.  It is exciting and parents are welcome to attend as well.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/25/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


UNM will host its annual SENIOR DAY on Saturday, October 7th from 8:00am to 2:00pm.  Students can get tours of the campus, hear presentations about Lobo life, attend a luncheon and an Information Fair - for free.  

Participants must register at http://admissions.unm.edu/seniorday/

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/24/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage

 

PARKING LOT COURTESY: 
Please be mindful that ECA/CEC has a small parking lot and has to share space and traffic flow with CEC students, staff, and ABQ High traffic.  Please pull into the lot and follow the flow of traffic to the right (clockwise).  Please pull as far forward as you can when dropping a kiddo off and try to pull off to the side so folks can get around you.  Swiftness helps too, so please have those conversations about after school activities, plans, homework, etc., before pulling up so your student can get out quickly and cars can keep moving.  

When pulling out of the ECA/CEC lot, only right hand turns are allowed.
 
BAD INTERSECTION:

The intersection of the frontage road and Mountain experiences about an accident a week.  Many times, the accidents we witness are serious - and scary.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL.  We have called the city, the county, the mayor’s office, the news stations, etc., and nothing has been done about it although it’s been a dangerous intersection for years!  Avoid it when you can - or at least be cautious - especially when pulling out across the frontage road from under the overpass.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage

 

The PSAT and SENIOR Trip has been changed to Oct 11th.  

All 10th graders will take the PSAT that day.  

9th and 11th graders (not testing) will have a regular schedule that day.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION YOUTH AWARDS

DUE October 2
See attached info regarding the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards and share this with any potential SENIOR students.   Students can apply for awards/grants in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare and Science, Media and Entertainment, and STEM.  I know we have some amazing kiddos out there and ECA/CEC is doing some incredible things with them in working towards their goals!!  Please encourage them to apply.
 
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD

DUE November 7
5th-12th graders who are engaged in a volunteer/community service activity are eligible to apply for $1,000 award.  See www.spirit.prudential.com to download the application and submit it to school admin or counseling by November 7.
 
WWW.FASTWEB.COM

The most comprehensive scholarship search engine.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/15/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage

SCHOOL DONATIONS:
Thank you to parents who are willing to make donations to the school.  These funds help support school activities, dances, fun nights, field trips, banquets, assemblies, etc.  An envelope box is located at the front desk in the office if you would like to contribute. 
 

CLOTHING BANK:
Donations are needed for the APS Clothing Bank - new sox, new underwear, hygiene products and gently used teen appropriate clothing are always needed and appreciated. 

Students in need of clothing, underwear, sox, jackets, school supplies can be brought to the Clothing Bank for assistance.  Contact Ms. Ramsey at ramsey_l@aps.edu for the referral form and for more information.  

BISTRO NEEDS:
Several of the most popular sandwiches sold in the Bistro contain mesquite chicken.  This spice is sold by Costco ($5.99 per jar).
Unfortunately, the school can’t shop from Costco as APS doesn’t have an account with them.  Parents can support the Bistro by donating a jar of this spice. It is called Kirkland Sweet Mesquite Seasoning.

The Bistro profits return to the CEC and ECA students in the form of supplies for the classroom.  For example, the Bistro donated over $7,000 last year to CEC Nursing, Cosmetology, EMT, and Autos, and to the ECA Senior Field Trip, Prom, and Senior Banquet (to mention just a few).
For more info, contact Tracie Bartlett at bartlett@aps.edu.

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/15/17




Audience: Early College Academy, Homepage, Early College Academy and Homepage


Ms. Bartlett wanted to share some information with all of you from our school library:

 

First, I wanted to make sure everyone was aware that ECA does, indeed, have a school library.  To date we have approximately 1100 books on our shelves.  The majority are fiction and should appeal to a wide range of interests and reading levels.  At the start of each school year, I visit the freshman English classes to teach students how to check out books.  Because I can’t be the full-time librarian, students have to be responsible to find and check out books on their own.  Any time a student has a question, however, they know they can find me in the Bistro every morning.

 

In addition to the books, we also have a museum pass for the Natural History Museum which may be checked out for up to a week at a time.  This pass allows up to 2 adults and 2 children free admission to the Natural History Museum – located just west of our school on Mountain Road.  While we only have one pass, I hope that many families will make use of it.  Please understand that there is a $25.00 replacement fee if the pass is lost.  The pass can be checked out just like a book.  The pass is stored, not on the shelves, but with the receptionist in the front office.

 

There are also some great programs available to anyone who has a public library card.  Every public library location has museum passes for all of the public museums in Albuquerque including the BioPark, Explora, Maxwell Museum, as well as a New Mexico Family Pass which provides free admission to 15 state museums and historic sites throughout New Mexico for up to 6 people.  In addition, library patrons can check out and download movies, ebooks, audiobooks and more through Hoopla.  Simply click on http://abqlibrary.org/digitalmedia/hoopla to get started.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about the ECA Library.

 

Best,

Tracie Bartlett
Bartlett’s Bistro and German Teacher
bartlett@aps.edu

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Posted by: Susan Estell
Published: 9/15/17