Warren Early College High School

**Leading the Way** November 2021 ~ Vol. 4

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Message from the Principal

Greetings WECHS family,

It's hard to believe this semester is almost over! Please keep in mind the following reminders:

COVID Testing:

Our weekly COVID testing is off to a good start. Our scholars and staff are tested each Monday morning and results are sent directly to parents or guardians. For testing, scholars are instructed to swab each side of their mouth 10 times. The process is quick and painless. If you would like for your child to participate in weekly testing, please give us a call and we will provide them with a consent form for you to sign and return.

Sick Scholars:

  • If your child is sick, please do not send them to school. If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, please do not send your child to school. Children can have the virus and be asymptomatic, or not show symptoms. They can also unknowingly spread the virus to others. Please help us keep our scholars in school as long as possible. In addition, it is important to remember that wearing a mask is mandatory. If your child is a car rider, check to make sure that they are wearing their mask properly before exiting your vehicle.

  • If your child is absent, please email us to let us know. Unexcused absences can result in your child failing classes that they need in order to graduate. If your child is absent due to illness, please let us know. If they are absent because of a medical appointment, please let us know and when your child returns, they need to bring the doctor's note so that their absence can be marked excused.

Thank you for your continued support. Teamwork truly makes the dream work! Remember, EXCELLENCE IS NO ACCIDENT! We are champions for our scholars!

Principal Judkins

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Below is some information about next week's Pre-ACT:

Test Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

School Level:
High School

Subject/Type: College Entrance Exams
Required or Optional: Required by the state of NC
Who takes it?: Scholars in Grade 10
What is it and why is it important?: The Pre-ACT is a standardized, curriculum-based, multiple-choice achievement test that includes four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science, reported on the same scale as the ACT.
How are results used?: Results are used by high schools for advising and counseling students, for predicting which students are on track to be ready for college, and as a source of data to help counselors, students and parents make appropriate course placement decisions.

6 Ways the Pre-ACT Helps Our Scholars: https://actinc.my.salesforce.com/sfc/p/#300000000Wu5/a/1B000000QcQ8/l.88Mbud7UE_tPylcfL0intHH4RXnxsWbekZ4UBf7YM

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Phi Theta Kappa Welcomes New Members

We are proud to introduce our newest members of the Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa! We would like to congratulate Emily Davison, Sarah Labra-Franco, and Maria Gomez-Reyes! The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. The society provides an opportunity for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars, and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Membership is by invitation only. Students must currently be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree, and have a grade point average of 3.5.

2021-22 Science & Engineering Fair

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2021-22 Beta Club Inductees

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"Let Us Lead by Serving Others"

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Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc., has partnered with The Bridge Tech LLC, of Greenville, SC, to offer Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Training.

This workforce development opportunity offers Agile Training where participants will learn cutting-edge technology applications, agile project management, Python for data science, JIRA software, and other emerging and widely -used tools.

Participants will develop their skills and advance their careers with actual hardware and software that will put them on the cutting edge of technology that will power tomorrow’s innovations. According to Bridge Tech CEO Jimmie Moore, “Participants will be exposed to the latest project management mythology and science programming language so that when they walk out of our doors, they will be prepared to join the workforce and have an immediate impact.”

Participants who successfully complete the program can receive Nvidia’s Jetson AI Specialist Certification—a global certification from one of the top Artificial Intelligence companies in the world— with successful passage of the certification exam. In preparing for certification, participants will learn Jetson Nano Setup, docker setup, Jupyter notebook, PyTorch, neural networks, and image recognition.

This program is being offered to high school seniors, college students, and those who would like to further their careers beginning in mid-November. Participants from Franklin, Vance, Warren, and Granville counties who meet income guidelines can receive tuition, transportation, and other forms of support through Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity.

We would like to extend an invitation to the parents of Warren New Tech High School, Warren Early College High School, and Warren County High School students to a virtual forum that will explain this opportunity and the application process in more detail.

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Calling All Youth Entrepreneurs!

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Did you know Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is next week? Did you know GEW is an entrepreneurial movement of individuals & organizations? There is a segment just for youth entrepreneurs and artists!

For details, please see the flyer below! It's NOT too late!

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At WECHS, we believe that student dress and overall appearance should foster a positive and productive environment and should reflect pride in one’s self as well as in our school. We further believe that student dress and appearance is a shared responsibility of the home and the school and shall be appropriate at all times and shall not be disruptive to the school environment. It is our sincere desire to provide adequate leeway for individuality, but at the same time to maintain a standard of good grooming and personal modesty.

Additional dress code information and common concerns are outlined below:

  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers, shower shoes, and slides are not appropriate.

  • Tops must not have straps less than three (3) inches in width (spaghetti straps), midriff tops, or halters. Tops must cover the shoulder (no off-the-shoulder sweaters or sweatshirts, spaghetti straps or tank tops). Boys may not wear tank tops.

  • Clothing must cover undergarments. Undergarments should not be visible. The outer clothing should not be transparent so as to reveal the undergarment.

  • Pants and shorts should not be worn well-below the student’s waist, in such a way that their undergarments are revealed.

  • The student’s torso, including the midriff area, must be covered at all times.

  • Students will not wear biking-type pants or biking-type shorts, lounging pants or tops. Fashion leggings may only be worn under jeans with rips. Ripped jeans may be worn, however, no skin above the knee shall be seen. Students are required to wear clothing that covers skin under ripped jeans.

  • Students may wear shorts, skorts, or skirts as long as they are longer than mid-thigh and no shorter than two inches above the knee.. We recognize that very short shorts/skirts are popular however they are not appropriate for a school setting and students will be asked to change or cover-up should they violate the stated length minimums.

  • Female students should refrain from wearing any t-shirt, blouse or top that reveals undergarments or excessive cleavage.

  • Hats, headbands, head scarfs of any kind and sweatshirt hoods worn over the head are not acceptable during school hours. Students will be instructed regarding this expectation at the beginning of the school. Subsequent violations may require the students to relinquish the item and a parent or guardian to come into the school to retrieve the hat, headbands, head scarfs or sweatshirt.

  • Apparel which advertises, promotes, or displays illegal substances, (alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, etc), racially charged words or pictures, illegal activities, or alcohol establishments, profanity, sexual innuendos or double meanings are not acceptable.

Please help support our rules and policies, thereby facilitating your son’s or daughter’s growth as learners, citizens and young adults. We ask that you speak with your student(s) about the policy and guidelines and consider these expectations when shopping for clothing or evaluating their day to day dressing and grooming habits. If you have any additional questions or concerns contact the school.

WECHS Class of 2020: Mia Richardson - East Carolina University

Mia Richardson is a junior at East Carolina University. She is a Business Administration/Management major and will graduate in May 2023.

Due to COVID, Mia has been studying remotely. She loves spending time with friends and enjoying nature. Mia wanted to share some advice for our scholars as they navigate through the early college program: "Although the early college program is rigorous and demanding, the outcome will be well worth the struggle. Set your mind to something and work your hardest to accomplish it; no matter who is against it, or in your corner. Always be your biggest supporter! Remember to give yourself some grace and at the end of the day, do what makes you happy. Do what makes you unique."

We hope to use our Alumni Spotlight to connect and build a strong alumni network across the state, country, and world! Scholars, you are encouraged to reach out to these Alumni, especially if you connect to their story.

Other Alumni: if you would like to be featured in future spotlights, please feel free to email Mrs. Judkins at sjudkins@warrenk12nc.org or Ms. Parks at lparks@warrenk12nc.org.

College Acceptances

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A booster dose for Meningitis (MCV) is required for individuals entering the 12th grade or by 17 years of age, whichever comes first. Individuals who entered seventh grade before July 1, 2015, are not required to receive the first dose. The booster dose does not apply to individuals who entered the 12th grade before August 1, 2020. If the first dose is administered on or after the 16th birthday, a booster dose is not required. Individuals born before January 1, 2003, shall not be required to receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine.” (https://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/schools)

If you have any questions about immunizations, please contact Mrs. Heidi Hughes, our School Nurse at hhughes@warrenk12nc.org.

Weekly COVID Testing

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One Love Laboratory is providing voluntary COVID-19 testing for the students and staff of Warren County Schools. The lab needs demographic information to process the tests. If you would like your child to be included in this voluntary program, and have not already done so, please request a consent form by email Ms. Mayo at amayo@warrenk12nc.org or Mrs. Judkins at sjudkins@warrenk12nc.org. Please remember that if your child is an athlete, they are required to participate in weekly COVID testing.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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November 2021

11/1 - Beta Club Induction, 6:30 PM

11/5 - Girl Scouts interest meeting, 2:30 PM

11/9-11/10 - PreACT for all sophomore scholars

11/10 - Report cards will be sent home

11/11- Veteran's Day holiday

11/12- Wellness/Refocus Day (no school)

11/19 - Native American Celebration

11/22-11/23 - Science Fair

11/24-11/26 - Thanksgiving break

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Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of academically at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services, resources, and activities that support students who are identified as those who would benefit from Title I services the most in order to meet the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.

Please click here for our 2021-22 Parent Engagement Plan.

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WECHS: A Champion for Our Students!