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Letter from the Counselor - Sept. 2, 2020
Posted 9/9/20

Parents and students of CEC and ECA-

6 WEEK GRADING PERIOD:  The first 6 week grading period ends Sept 18. 

NO SCHOOL: We will NOT have school Sept 7 and Oct 8-9 for Fall Break.

TECH SUPPPORT: ECA/CEC tech support Sue Estell is available to help with re-setting passwords and other technology conundrums.  Email, or join her for Zoom "office hours" posted on our web page at   Office Hours are Mondays 7:30-8:30am and Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm.   See the attached flyer for some brief information on the various APS Student Accounts.  PLEASE contact the Principal Mr Arguelles, if your student is struggling with WIFI access and/or having technology issues.

SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS: School Based Health Centers are an incredible resource for our families, and particularly during a disjointed time, for behavioral health, medical care, and case management.  Located at East San Jose Elementary, Van Buren and Washington Middle Schools, and Albuquerque High School, Highland High School and Manzano High School.  SBHCs are available to any student in APS- even if they do not attend the school where one is located.  See flyer for more information and how to contact and schedule an appointment at an area SBHC.    SBHC FAQ Sheet Fall 2020.pdf       UNM SBHC Now Open Fall 2020.pdf 

OPEN HOUSE DATE CHANGED: Join us on Thursday Sept 17th from 5:45-7:00pm for our virtual ECA/CEC Open House.  Parents can go through a mini-schedule of their students’ classes, here more about curriculum, expectations, and what is happening from their teachers, and meet the staff, students, and other parents of ECA and CEC.  Links and schedule to join will be sent prior…

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Students should give teachers/counselors a minimum of 10 days to complete a letter of recommendation.  Students should also give the teacher a resume or profile when requesting- see an attached template of a profile that helps teacher write a better, more personal, and robust Letter of Recommendation.  Letters of Recommendation are often the key to college admissions and scholarships for those highly competitive opportunities.  Rec Request Form.docx 

COUNSELOR WEBSITE: I am not a techie by any means, but I am attempting to build a helpful website that contains much of what I put in these newsletters, academic information and resources, college readiness information, scholarships, mental health resources, and other important information.  Check it out at  

DUAL CREDIT TEXTBOOK INFORMATION: Dual credit books are FREE and can be checked out through APS Library Services.  Here is the link to the fall semester procedures and more information.

ROSETTA STONE LICENCES FOR FAMILIES:  The Language and Cultural Equity department is proud to announce we have Rosetta Stone Licenses available for families. If you have a parent or family who is interested in learning English or another language, please complete the Rosetta Stone License Request form. For more information please see the flyer.  LCE_Rosetta_Stone_Flyer.pdf 

ACADEMIC INTERGRITY AGREEMENT FORMS DUE: Every ECA student and parent must have a signature on record acknowledging ECA's Academic Integrity Policy for the 2020-2021 school year. Complete the Google Form to digitally sign your acknowledgement of ECA's school's policy. The policy is linked in the Google Form. Digital signatures are due by Monday, September 14, 2020. 

Student Link:

Parent Link:

DIAL A TEACHER STARTS SEPT 8: Students can call 344-3572 if ask for help from a teacher.  Available in Spanish and English.

COLLEGE FAIR: The RMACAC College Fair will be held Sept 14-19 VIRTUALLY- see attached flyer.  Virtual Fair Save the Date Final.pdf

Throughout the 6 days of the fair, students and their families will be able to interact with representatives from over 30 institutions in their virtual college booths and learn about different facets of college life through informational webinars. This event is FREE!

  • Registration for students will open on Monday, August 24th
  • The fair will be "live" with opportunities for webinars and interactions with institution representatives from September 14-19th
    • Monday, September 14th: 9AM-3PM
    • Tuesday, September 15th: 9AM-3PM and 6PM-9PM
      • Webinar: "Family Matters - A Journey to Student Success" 6PM-7PM*
    • Wednesday, September 16th: 9AM-3PM
    • Thursday, September 17th: 9AM-3PM and 6PM-9PM
      • Webinar: "Access your Financial Aid" 6PM-7PM*
    • Friday, September 18th: 9AM-3PM
    • Saturday, September 19th: 10AM-4PM
      • Webinar Info: "The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) - Become a Military Officer" 1PM-2PM*

I READY: ECA students who have NOT completed their I-Ready assessment for Math and Reading need to do so asap.  Our schools’ scores help us identify what students need and help drive decisions about instruction, support, and resources.    Contact Ms Fretwell if you need help or have questions about I-Ready at


Interested ECA 11th graders can take the PSAT see Ms Ramsey to get signed up by Sept 4th.

The SAT with Essay for Grade 12 on October 14th is back on!   Please also rsvp to Ms Ramsey or Ms Bartlett by Sept 4th if you are an ECA Senior who wants to take the SAT on campus.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH A 504 OR IEP:  Students who have an IEP or a 504 need to request accommodations for testing on their own when registering to take the ACT or SAT IN ADVANCE of testing.  See attached letter with more information.

WORK PERMITS: Please let me know if you have a 14 or 15 year old that needs a work permit.  I have the paperwork and can sign the form- I just need to know where your student is working (name of supervisor, address, and phone) and what they will be doing. 

DUAL CREDIT:  Read the attached informational sheet regarding Dual Credit for high school students.  This is important information if your student is taking, or plans to take, any CNM, UNM, or IAIA class while in high school.  DC contract[3].pdf 


NMSU with ECA/CEC Sept 21st  at 9am

UNM with ECA/CEC Sept 28th  at 8am

COAST TO COAST COLLEGE TOUR Sept 8 at 5pm:  Dartmouth, Berkeley, Northwestern, Princeton, and Vanderbuilt.

SENIOR CALENDAR: Attached is a SENIOR Calendar reminder for ECA seniors.  Much of the information may be helpful to ALL seniors….  Senior Information Handout Class of 2020 (1).pdf 

THE COMMON APPLICATION:  The Common Application is a generic online college application accepted by over 800 U.S. colleges & universities.  It allows students to apply to multiple colleges through just one application, and includes sections for an essay, letters of recommendation (from counselor and teachers), a resume, and your official transcript.

SCHEDULE CHANGES: Technically, students cannot make changes in schedules after the 10th day of a class.  We have tried to be more flexible with CEC classes and if students need to make a level change (i.e. moving from AP to regular or honors).   A student who wants to drop a class after the 10th day will receive a W/F in that class on their transcript, unless there are extenuating circumstances.   If your student is struggling in a class, please feel free to contact myself, or Ms Floryance at, to schedule a conference with a teacher. 

MATH/LIT STRATEGIES CLASSES: ECA has scheduled math and lit strategies classes after school from 2-2:45pm.  (M/W and/or T/TH).  Students who need support in those subject areas are encouraged to take those classes.  They can earn .5 elective credit for each class.  See Ms Ramsey if your student would like to take advantage of this additional support and tutoring.   These classes will started this week.

AP EXPECTATIONS:  The expectation of any AP course is that a student can anticipate 2-3 hours of homework for each AP class every night.  Students get a weighted .025 added into their overall gpa for taking an AP class. 

ATTENDANCE: Please call your student’s absences into our attendance line (x45400) and leave a message.  If your student will be out, or has been out, several days, please contact the attendance secretary Lupe Pedro or the teachers directly, to request any homework.  Please also request a note from your doctor.  Teacher emails are listed in the student agendas AND on the ECA website at



See below for some helpful scholarship search engines.  These DO produce a LOT of spam, but are also truly all inclusive regarding scholarship information.  Use this time to weed through the spam, look at scholarships, and apply.   Students should also look at the scholarship page to any school applying to for school specific scholarship opportunities.

Albuquerque Community Foundation

   Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Link to Comprehensive Spreadsheet on APS Website:


DUE DATE: SEPT 15, 2020 The Gates Scholarship application is closing on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM PT. Please see your counselor if you think you may qualify for a referral.  The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

DUE DATE: Sept 29, 2020: Quest Bridge National College Match.  Seniors with outstanding grades & test scores + lower income backgrounds (typically households earning less than $65,000/yr. for a family of four, and often less). Fantastic opportunity. See website for details and application, and to see if you qualify. JUNIORS: SEE MARCH DUE DATES FOR JUNIORS' VERSION!

October 6, 2020: AES Scholarship. $500. Seniors only. Brief essay on topic: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?  Submit essay to  There is no application packet for this award. Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year. Details at:  5  Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by essay.

DUE DATE: October 26, 2020:  (106 Awards - $25,000).  Information/application online. Seniors only, must be U.S. citizen. Assists students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need ($55,000 or lower), a good academic record (2.0 min.), commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.

DUE DATE: Nov. 15, 2020: Elks Most Valuable Student Competition - (500 Awards - $50,000).

DUE DATE: Nov. 10 2020: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: open to all HS students with substantial community service/volunteer experience. Apply online The student application is due Nov. 5, and then the application must be certified by the principal by Nov. 15.  Top honorees earn cash awards and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

DUE DATE: Nov 15, 2020  Opens Oct 1st.  The Daniels Scholarship Program offers a comprehensive, four-year college scholarship that provides financial and personal support focused on helping Daniels Scholars succeed in college, and in life. The Daniels Scholarship can be used at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States. Our goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.

DUE DATE: Dec 1st, 2020: UNM Presidential and Regents Scholarships applications-