ECHS OWL Update
September 13, 2020
Early College High School News
Our ECHS Owls are taught to have H.O.P.E.--faith in the premise that they can create OPPORTUNITY and a better future through EFFORT, HARD WORK, and PERSONAL COURAGE. This idea of H.O.P.E. is woven into the fabric of our ECHS family.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Greetings ECHS School Community,
We were pleased to welcome our teachers back to campus on Tuesday, September 8th. As an ECHS campus staff, we framed our work and engaged in safety training that day. In addition, time was used for classroom preparation, spent planning for the students who will be returning to campus, as well as our OWLS who will continue engaging with their classes virtually.
On Tuesday, September 15th, we are looking forward to welcoming our students (whose parents have elected for them to return) on the ECHS campus. Within this OWL Update, numerous important campus reminders are provided that highlight the RRISD Student Handbook, RRISD Code of Conduct, RRISD Student Dress Code and ECHS Virtual Learning Expectations. All our students, parents and staff are asked to please take time to review. Whether virtual or on campus, the shared expectation will be that all our ECHS students will consistently abide by the contents of the aforementioned documents.
Next Thursday, September 17th, an ECHS Virtual Academic Night has been scheduled to take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For your reference, included below are the Zoom Webinar Link and Meeting Links, along with an overview of this time together. Please know, during the Webinar and Grade level Team presentations, although questions will not be answered live, a link will be shared for questions to be posed and answered at a later date. In addition, given there may be scheduling conflicts, these sessions will be recorded.
Zoom Whole campus Webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/98227355966
Ninth Grade Team Presentation:
Tenth Grade Team Presentation:
Eleventh Grade Team Presentation:
Twelfth Grade Team Presentation:
5:00 - 5:20 pm We will begin this event with one large Zoom webinar. This would be to welcome everyone, share introductions and will include time for our PTSA to share.
5:20 - 5:30 pm Transition time to sign on to grade level specific Zoom meeting links for virtual academic night presentations.
5:30 - 7:00 pm Ninth through Twelfth grade level virtual academic night presentations.
We will be sure to communicate these details again, prior to our ECHS Virtual Academic Night on September 17th. Please feel free to touch base if you have questions.
September 15th - ECHS Students (whose parents have elected) will begin On Campus
September 17th - ECHS Virtual Academic Night from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
September 24th - PTSA Membership Meeting
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS
Fall college fairs are here. Now, being held virtually, college fairs allow students to pursue college opportunities safely and in a significant way.
College fairs offer students and their families vital information about college admission, financial aid, campus life, and how to select the best-fit college. This year’s virtual college fairs mean students and families can conveniently explore hundreds of higher education options, including visiting booths and having live one-on-one interactions with recruiters from colleges, universities, technical schools, and military branches from the comfort of their home.
Round Rock ISD students and parents/guardians are encouraged to register and participate in the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (TACRAO) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) virtual college fairs
Upcoming Virtual College Fairs. Fair registration and participation is free.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on Thursday, Oct. 1. 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. For students to increase their chances of receiving the best financial aid packages for which they are eligible, counseling services recommend that every graduating senior fill out their FAFSA before Dec. 31.
For more information on preparing for higher education opportunities, please visit with your school counselor.
For your reference, once again, this is the RRISD Reimagining Education (On campus and Virtual Learning Plans) - Parent Overview
Please continue to visit the Round Rock ISD Food Services and COVID-19 School Closure webpages for the latest information and updates. We will also provide information on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
For the Latest updates on District instruction, operations, resources & FAQs related to COVID -19 School Closures; please reference this district link.
Early College High School Student Expectations:
All ECHS students, both on campus and virtual, are expected to:
Abide by the RRISD Student Dress Code (p.59-60 of Student Handbook)
Consistently model behaviors that reflect the importance of being respectful, responsible and ready.
Early College High School Virtual Learning Expectations:
Whether on campus or virtual, engagement throughout the school day is important for all ECHS students. To support active engagement, beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, ECHS students are asked to please have their cameras on during synchronous learning time. If there are reasons this may not be possible due to personal issues or technology challenges, students are asked to please reach out to their teacher(s) for support.
- Prepare yourself and your space before the virtual meeting. Confirm your background is appropriate and ready to share. (i.e. Please no questionable backgrounds)
- Make sure that you are dressed as you would when you go to school. Please follow the RRISD dress code.
- Make sure you are in a quiet area.
- Please refrain from using other electronic devices during virtual class time.
During our class time together please remember:
Be respectful with words, actions and content
Mute your Microphone when not speaking
Use your camera as much as possible
Give everyone a chance to contribute
Come prepared with your materials ready
Stay engaged and avoid distractions as much as possible
*For your reference, this is the ECHS Bell Schedule 2020-21.
ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS during Virtual Learning: Please remember, the daily expectation is that ALL ECHS students actively participate in synchronous learning as outlined on their daily schedules.
If you haven't done so already, please take time to review the details of this important attendance information.
Only essential school personnel (staff, maintenance, mail delivery, etc…) will be allowed on campus.
Essential school personnel is described as
Student Teachers, Interns, Observers
Mail Delivery (front office only)
A visitor screening tool will be used to ensure all visitors are symptom free when entering the campus.
Visitors who pass the screening will be required to have their temperature checked by front office personnel before interacting with staff. No one with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be allowed access to the campus.
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.
ACC Course Success Information Session
Included below are video links from the ACC virtual information sessions that took place August 26, 2020:
National Honor Society (NHS) Updates
National Honor Society applications are due this Friday, September 18th by 4 pm for students that are interested in applying for NHS this year! Please email them to Jaynelle Nowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Wesley Russell (email@example.com) and add the application as an attachment.
Helpful Technology Links:
District Chat Help About Schoology Plus Moore – ReImage FamilyNet
Here's a bit of what's happening in ECHS Counseling.
Thank you to those who have signed up to be a part of our Mentoring program. You can still:
Let Ms. Holmes know you are interested in serving as a mentor.
Take our mentor survey, so we can match you up with a mentee.
Take our mentee survey, so we can match you with a mentor.
Attend a virtual mentor meeting to receive further information/training and ask questions.
Log your hours spent training & mentoring for service learning.
Teachers are invited to recommend mentors and mentees throughout the year. We are looking forward to further building our ECHS community in this way because we are all in this together, and we love to share our knowledge and skills with each other. Here are surveys for mentors and mentees: Mentor Mentee Mentor training is coming soon!
Please stay tuned to Counselor Update for information on ECHS Service Learning coming soon!
See below for SAT & ACT dates and deadlines. . .
SAT Fall 2020 Dates at Area High Schools:
October 3, 2020
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
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
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!
Saturday, September 12
Sunday, September 13
Saturday, September 19
Saturday, October 10
Saturday, October 17
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25
*HSC Texas launched a 24/7 statewide COVID-19 mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges during this pandemic. The toll free number is 833-986-1919.
*If you or other family members are experiencing hardships related to COVID-19 visit https://findhelp.org and enter your zip code and it will generate a list of organizations (organized by category) that have COVID-19 response programs.
The district's contract with Bluebonnet Trails Behavioral Health is still in effect should you need an online appointment with a Licensed Professional Counselor. Contact Ms. Holmes (Helen_Holmes@roundrockisd.org) for more information.
ECHS “OWL”standing News!
KUDOS TO OUR ECHS Teachers for doing a great job since returning on campus!
MUCH APPRECIATION TO THE FANTASTIC ECHS PTSA BOARD (Amy Edwards, Kendall Reass & Renee Meredith) for sponsoring a staff luncheon on Friday, September 11th!
IT WAS AN EXTRA SPECIAL WAY TO CELEBRATE ECHS TEACHERS ON THEIR FIRST WEEK BACK AND OUR STAFF!!!
Friday mini-sessions on September 11th went nicely! Thanks again to our teachers and students for their active participation!
Students were able to select from the following mini-sessions:
College Applications/Essay Assistance
Schoology/Google Meet Help
SAT Test Taking Strategies
Would you rather - Get to know you games
Speed Art Quick Draw
ECHS Info- Learning more about ECHS
Virtual College Visits
SHOUT OUT to the Disney Trivia Winners (from more recent Disney movies) from Mrs. Brady’s Kahoot Mini-Session!
Wednesdays: ECHS School Pride Day & Fridays: College Pride Day
This year, we would love to display our School Pride by wearing any Early College High School apparel on Wednesdays.
Also, in an effort to promote the importance of post secondary education, we are encouraging our staff members, students, parents and school community to wear college apparel on Fridays.
Our staff kicked off ECHS and College pride days!
*** Please know, wearing apparel on ECHS School Pride Day and College Pride Day is TOTALLY OPTIONAL. All members of the ECHS school community are WELCOME to participate.
In an effort to maintain our good health, safety and well being; we are ALL encouraged to please continue following the current restrictions instituted within our city, state and nation.
Please take care of yourselves!