ECHS October Newsletter

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ECHS Students and Parents,

Happy October,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Although we are just a month into the Fall Term, planning for Winter Term is right around the corner with students starting their Winter Term Planning Meetings next week.

For our new ECHS parents, between now and November 6th your student will complete a Mid-Term Progress Report, and this is an excellent opportunity for you to have a conversation with your student about their progress in their courses, upcoming mid-term exams, papers and projects. For our returning students and parents, I hope you will take a moment to review the virtual College/Career planning events and resources below.

Students, these next several weeks are critical weeks within the Fall Term with many professors scheduling mid-term tests or large papers and projects. I encourage you all to draw on your lessons from CG101/102 and remember to take advantage of the resources and support you have as a PCC and ECHS student including the drop in tutoring through the Academic Learning Center.

Best of luck on your midterms and as always, please check in with your counselor if anything is less than wonderful.

Michael Crandall

Students: Mandatory Winter Term Advising Meetings

Students, Winter Term is right around the corner. PCC's Winter Term schedule of classes will open on October 23rd and Registration starts on November 9th

All students will sign up for a Winter Term advising meeting with their counselor before they can register for classes and we will send schedule and sign up information to students in the next week. Please check in with your counselor if you have any questions.

Winter Term ECHS Application

If you have any friends or family that are interested in applying to ECHS and might be good candidates, please let them know that the ECHS Winter Term Application is now open and will close at the end of the month. To be eligible to apply prospective students must:

  • Be current Juniors residing within the Beaverton School District (We cannot accept Seniors or Sophomores or any students living outside the Beaverton School District boundaries).
  • Will be at least 16 years of age when courses start (January 4th).
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Have completed at least 12 High School Credits

Application information and instructions can be found on our website here:

New ECHS Parents- Mid-Term Progress Reports Due November 6th

All new ECHS students are required to submit a Mid-Term Progress Report (MTPR) to their counselor by November 6th. The MTPR contains feedback from each of your student's professors on current grades, task completion, attendance, as well as feedback on areas of challenge and areas where students are excelling in their courses.

Parents, this is an excellent opportunity for you to have a conversation with your student about their progress in their courses. We highly encourage you to check in with your student on the feedback their professors have provided.

The MTPR will be assigned to students this week in their CG101/102 course and is due to counselors by November 6th. Please check in with your student's counselor if you have any questions.

Parents: Tips for supporting your ECHS student

Below is advice from former ECHS parents and counselors on how you can support your ECHS student. Much of this information relates to topics we covered with students in their is mandatory CG101/102 class that all new students take.

1) Know your student's daily schedule and the days and times of any synchronous class meeting times. It is rare that a class is cancelled, and it is also rare that a student can miss class without an impact on their grade. There is a syllabus for every class that will list the due dates for each assignment, quiz or test.

2) Examine your student's organizational tools. They should have a planner/calendar that outlines their daily schedule and their major and minor assignments.

3) Talk to your student about their study habits and their study schedule. The general rule for college course work is 2 to 3 hours outside of class work for every hour in class. So, for our students that is around 40 hours per week either in class or studying. If your student is not putting in hours studying that is a red flag.

3) If your student is struggling in any academic course they should have already done two things, first, sought support in the Academic Learning Center and met with their professor.
-The Academic Learning Center provides free tutors and all academic departments have professors with mandatory office hours in the center. Students can access all these resources remotely.

4) Get to know your student's D2L account. D2L is the online learning system that many PCC professors use. Professors can post assignments and readings on D2L and students can submit assignments and check their grades with the program. Parents, if you are accustomed to checking your student's grades through a student information system like Synergy or Canvas, D2L is the closest equivalent.

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Senior College Information Week: October 26th-29th

The Beaverton School District is hosting a College Information Week, Oct. 26-29th. Each evening there will be an informational presentation at 6:30pm. During this week, students and families will have the opportunity to learn about post-secondary options. The presentations include: Overview of Financial Aid (Monday), Public University Admissions Overview (Tuesday), Private University Admissions Overview (Wednesday), and Community College Admissions Overview (Thursday). During the day on Wednesday there will be presentations on Art School Admissions and College Admissions/Scholarship Essay Writing. The presentations will be offered in multiple languages. Details and log in information is available on the District's Senior Information Website.

Students: Reminder, October 28th, Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Training - sign up below

Just a reminder, during PCC’s Staff Inservice days each term: (Fall, October 28th, Winter TBD, and Spring, April 27th) ECHS staff will deliver several required trainings for all high school students.

The first of these lessons is on the topic of suicide and mental health awareness and actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns in our community. On October 28th, ECHS students will receive a lesson from their counselors promoting positive mental health, recognizing the warning signs for suicide risk, encouraging help seeking behaviors and resources available through PCC.

Please click the link below to sign up for one of the sessions with your counselor on October 28th. Please note, each counselor has several sessions to choose from and there are no academic classes at PCC on the 28th.

Students, we want to make sure that all of you have access to this information and these resources. Your attendance at one of these lessons is required.

We recognize that this is a very sensitive topic that may have impacted some in our community in very significant ways. Please reach out to your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Virtual College Visits

The Beaverton School District has coordinated virtual college visits with visits daily from a multitude of college from all over the country. Students must sign up through their home high school's Canvas page. Additional details about where in Canvas to find this information can be found on the ECHS D2L Homepage, which all students have access to.

Students from the Tigard-Tualatin School District can find college visit information and sign-up for visits through their Naviance accounts.

ECHS/Hillsboro School District students, we will send out an update on college visits through Hillsboro high schools shortly.