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ECA / CEC Closure Updates

To all ECA and CEC Students and Parents:

First, let me start by saying, “Yes, we are having classes!!”  We will just not have them in the traditional sense. Buildings will not be open but we will be doing virtual learning for the remainder of this school year. The district is working with school principals and instructional leaders at each site to devise a plan to provide every student with continuous learning through virtual instruction.

What does that mean? It means that our instructors will use some combination of virtual face-to-face instruction, some work sheets or on-line assignments, some reading and writing to show comprehension, some discussion and a whole new way of learning that many of you have never experienced. Is it ideal learning? No, of course not. But it is definitely a way to keep students focused academically and to keep them motivated and prepared for next year. We will focus on essential learning and we will support every student as we explore this new learning environment. I do also want to emphasize that seniors are our priority, and we will be diligent in preparing your seniors for the next level.

We are currently working on a schedule for students to follow; a framework of expectations for students, staff and families; models of communication we will use to stay in close contact; and sound academic practices that will maintain rigor and relevance but that we can all share and participate in. We will spend some time after Spring Break to support and train teachers to implement the district’s Continuous Learning Plan, but I do want you all to know that the amazing staff that instructs your students was prepared within hours of the initial announcement that schools were closing for three weeks to go virtual and continue instruction. Your students come to ECA and CEC because they expect better – better instruction, better learning, better educational environment. We are going to do everything in our power to meet their needs and your expectations.

Please look for more information to come as we iron out the details. If you have questions or concerns please call me on my cell phone.

God bless you and your family!

Sincerely,

Pat

Patrick Arguelles
Principal
Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy
2019 National Blue Ribbon High Achieving HS
cec.aps.edu
807 Mountain Road NE  Albuq., NM   87102
(505) 247-3658 x45599
cell - (505) 252-0225
fax - (505)848-9421
 

Posted 3/28/20

-- March 24 ECA/CEC UPDATE --


Parents of ECA and CEC students:

We hope all is well in your lives as we work through this unique and dangerous situation. We here at ECA and CEC are doing what we can for you and your student(s) to stay mentally active and focused on academics so that when you return you are renewed and ready to continue your education.

I also want to thank you for the kind words many of you have expressed over having work for your students to do. Our teachers are prepared to help any student who wants to continue learning through this dilemma we are facing, and many students have responded. Please continue to have your students reach out to their ECA and CEC teachers to get work. We want students to stay as fresh as possible for their return to classes.

I understand the importance of staying focused on academics, and I have been working with my seven grandchildren that live here to provide them with resources, keep them academically strong and focused on schoolwork, and help them be prepared for a return to school. I am amazed at what they will soak up in just a few hours of dedicated learning each day that we have them. And the good news is that as parents all you need to do is provide them with an area at home to work in, some snacks or healthy food, and quiet time to work. This is also a great time to spend quality moments with your kids, which based on your emails, is definitely happening.

Please continue to encourage your student to keep learning throughout this time.  Enjoy these moments with your family – the stories are fantastic of the closeness many are feeling as they gather with loved ones and play board games or card games, or build puzzles, or just sit around and enjoy each other’s company. Although I am not laughing at myself (well maybe a little) I have already gained the QUAREN15 pounds they joke about because we have been making pizza and pasta and weird peanut butter sandwiches and nothing healthy with the grandkids. Make the best of these moments and life will be good.

I am providing you with a couple of ways to access information from the ECA and City of Albuquerque Library Services. Attached you will find instructions for accessing eBooks through ECA's library catalog.  ECA students are, for the most part, pretty savvy at navigating this site as they check out their own books all the time.  There are instructions for CEC students to be able to access electronic books while we are closed. If you would like to access 1000s of titles, visit the Albuquerque Public Library website by clicking here: ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL MEDIA. What an amazing opportunity to actually read a book!!

FranklinCovey has developed a Family Resource page for parents that are teaching their children at home and it is being made accessible without need of a password: https://www.leaderinme.org/family-resources/
It includes family friendly bite-sized video principle/habit lessons, the 7 habits cartoons, 7 habits mini activities, and some student speeches from the student leadership speech contest! This is accessible to anyone and everyone!  Please feel free to share with your families and or other colleagues that might appreciate using this resource with their students and families.

The APS School District has provided many resources on its website APS.EDU for students, parents, teachers and community. Click here to go to the page with CoronaVirus updates: APS CORONA VIRUS UPDATE PAGE. Please take a moment to see what is available. APS Food Services has served 1000s of meals each day to any student age 18 and under and it is a beautiful thing! The City of Albuquerque has waived the cost to ride city busses so kids can get to food locations. There are many sites you can get food at. Click here for a list:  GRAB AND GO FOOD SITES. You can go to any site near your home to grab a lunch meal.

As always, please call me on my cell phone if you have questions or concerns.

God bless you through the coming weeks!


Patrick Arguelles
Principal
Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy
2019 National Blue Ribbon High Achieving HS
cec.aps.edu
807 Mountain Road NE  Albuq., NM   87102
(505) 247-3658 x45599
cell - (505) 252-0225
fax - (505)848-9421

Posted 3/24/20

Dear ECA and CEC parents and guardians:

You will be receiving an email from us with some frequently asked questions for ECA and CEC students, staff and parents. Please take the time to access this information from the email or from the links below. If you have anything you need to talk about or have questions please reach out to me by cell phone or email.

A parent recently asked what they could do for their student during these unique times. A simple suggestion would be to make sure your student has a quiet place to study and work, and make sure you set aside ample time for them to do some work. Please check to make sure they are accessing available resources whether from their teachers or online at sites like Khan Academy. If their teachers haven’t sent something, you or your student can reach out to the teacher to provide resources or you can reach out to me or Ms. Floryance.

Please click here to read the latest update: ECA/CEC UPDATE INFORMATION 03-20-2020.  It is also available below.

Thank you and have a blessed weekend.

Sincerely,

Patrick Arguelles
Principal
Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy
cell - (505) 252-0225
2019 National Blue Ribbon High Achieving HS

Posted 3/20/20
Student Wellness Newsletter

March 2020 Special Edition:  Wellness at Home

Welcome to the March 2020 issue of the Student Wellness Newsletter. This issue will be a little bit different than our normal newsletters, as these are different times. Our focus will be Wellness at Home.

In this issue:

  • Working From Home: Tips that Promote Success
  • Protect Your Mental Health During Times of Uncertainty
  • How to Cope with Stress
  • Stay Physically Active
  • Wellness Tips
  • Bright Spots:  Hand Wash Hideout
  • Other Important Information
  • Contact Information

For more information contact Student Wellness at studentwellness@aps.edu

From the Counselor

CNA ACCUPLACER Test
The CNA ACCUPLACER testing dates for potential CEC students have been moved back several weeks.  The new dates are Saturday, April 11th at 11am and Monday, April 13th at 6pm.  Students MUST have a CNM id# to take the ACCUPLACER.  Students are also welcome to take the ACCUPLACER at any CNM testing center, but they must send a copy of their scores to me.  If you already have scores, you can send those to me as well.  

UNM EMT Placement Test at CEC
The EMT test dates have been moved back several weeks.  The new dates are Saturday, April 11th at 8am and Monday, April 13th at 3pm.  Students MUST set up an account and register for the day they plan to test before their chosen date.  

I will send out an email before with specifics and instructions the week prior and will be in touch if things change.

Counselor Lynn Ramsey (ramsey_l@aps.edu)

More info on CEC Dual-Credit classes.