ECHS Class of 2021

SENIOR NEWS

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National Merit Recognitions

We are pleased acknowledge TWO of our Early College High School Seniors who have received National Merit Recognitions:


National Merit Semi-Finalist: Connor Gonzalez - Senior

National Merit Commended Scholar: Chloe Rech - Senior


Both students were acknowledged within this Round Rock ISD News for their hard work!


We will continue to acknowledge them within our social media platforms. In addition, we are planning a very small, safe, on campus recognition ceremony to recognize both students with their families.


CONGRATULATIONS CONNOR AND CHLOE!

FAFSA opens Oct 1. Seniors encouraged to apply early, with free help

EVERY graduating Senior should fill out the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) regardless of income, GPA, or even if they’re still evaluating their postsecondary options.



The FAFSA opens Oct. 1. There is no fee to apply.



When a student files the FAFSA, they may become eligible for scholarships or grants (based on need and merit), work-study programs or low-interest loans. Some of the most beneficial financial aid funds are first-come, first-served. Students are twice as likely to receive financial help for college if they file the FAFSA early.



The first step for both the senior and the parent is completing the FSA ID. The FSA ID is an electronic signature, one for the student and a different one for the parent (or shared by both parents). There is a one- to three-day time frame for processing the FSA ID, which is required to complete the FAFSA.



Students classified as Texas Residents who are not eligible to apply for the FAFSA are encouraged to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). You do not need to complete both the FAFSA and TASFA. The FAFSA covers federal and state financial aid opportunities, if you meet the FAFSA filing requirements, then you should submit a completed FAFSA.



Important 2020-2021 FAFSA/TASFA Dates


Registration for FREE virtual FAFSA/TASFA help events opens on Monday, Sept. 28. Round Rock ISD counselors are hosting virtual help sessions via Zoom. Meet them for general information sessions and in break out rooms from the comfort of your home.


***Mrs. Holmes will be volunteering to assist virtually on

Oct. 1st from 6-7pm and Oct. 8th from 5-8 pm.



Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 FAFSA and TASFA applications due for priority consideration to Texas Public Colleges. For Texas Private Colleges, check with the school’s financial aid administrator.



Wednesday, June 30, 2021 FAFSA forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT). Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 11, 2021.


For more information about the FAFSA/TASFA see your campus counselor. More information about the FAFSA can be found on the District’s FAFSA information page.

MORE UPDATES BELOW! PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REVIEW & THANKS!



****CHECK OUT Mrs. Holmes’ College Planning Page on her website! It is packed with helpful information regarding college advising, college admission and scholarships!




Attention Juniors & Seniors! Check out these great Virtual College Fairs. Here what college admissions counselors have to say about making your college application the best it can be!


TACRAO Virtual College Fair Dates/Links


Historically Black Colleges & Universities Virtual College Fair Sign-up





NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY

We are excited to welcome 55 new members into the Round Rock Early College High School National Honor Society Chapter. They will join the 22 existing members to serve our school community.


NHS Induction Ceremony will occur on October 6th at 6pm via Zoom. New members should have already received acceptance correspondence from either Jaynelle Nowell or Wesley Russell with details regarding the induction ceremony.


If you have any questions please contact jaynelle_nowell@roundrockisd.org or wesley_russell@roundrockisd.org.




ECHS Service Learning As promised, here are some cool updates to our service learning here at ECHS. Several students have asked questions about how service learning/volunteer hours will work this year in a virtual setting. Here’s an update with some new ideas!





SAT Fall 2020 Dates at Area High Schools:

October 3, 2020


Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

September 4, 2020

September 15, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

September 22, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

September 22, 2020



November 7, 2020


Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

October 7, 2020

October 20, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

October 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

October 27, 2020



December 5, 2020


Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

November 5, 2020

November 17, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

November 24, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

November 24, 2020





The ECHS School-Day SAT is scheduled for March 3, 2021 for 11th graders.



ACT Fall Dates at Area High Schools

Register to take the ACT


October

  • Saturday, October 10

  • Saturday, October 17

  • Saturday, October 24

  • Sunday, October 25



Parent Updates

Tuesday October 6th Future Readiness Seminars

6-7:15 pm via Zoom

Second Step with Rachelle Finch &

“Reimagining Education: Helping Your Student Navigate Their Learning”


Learn strategies for keeping up with your own student's learning in order to understand their mastery of course and grade level content, as well as how we can empower our own students to navigate their learning in our new environment.



Free/Reduced Meal Application

Enrollment for free/reduced meals is available online. Applications need to be renewed every school year. The drop off date for students that received free/reduced meals last year is October 2, 2020.


We realize that not all of our students eat at school but some of the benefits to applying are:

· Breakfast entrées with up to two fruit sides and milk

· Lunch entrées, with up to two fruit sides, two vegetable sides and milk

· Two waivers for SAT fees

· Four additional SAT score reports

· SAT online course, discount $40.00

· Two waivers for ACT fees

· Four college application waivers


Please apply online for faster processing at www.schoollunchapp.com or contact the front office to schedule a time to pick up a paper application.