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ECA/CEC OPEN HOUSE & other info
Posted 9/10/20

Dear ECA and CEC Parents and Guardians:

Day 1 of the new school year was a beginning like no other we have seen in the past. Now at the 20th day of teaching we are plowing ahead, providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum, working some kinks out, still working on some other problems, learning what works and what doesn’t, and through it all our focus has remained the same: every student, every day, career ready, college bound. We are finding ways for students to feel connected; challenging students through new learning and teaching, linking students to the resources they need to find success, and reaching out to all students to meet their socio-emotional needs.

In the Spring of 2020 we challenged our staff and students to find the new normal for learning, and we focused on our mission of college and career readiness. We learned that the powerful triangle of student-family-school connections allowed our school to continue teaching students at a high level and to continue to grow and learn. The expertise many on our campus brought to this situation, the open communication with families we have maintained through this whole pandemic, and the enthusiasm and perseverance our amazing students brought to their virtual classrooms allowed us to provide new curriculum and maintain an academic focus through the end of the school year.

You have entrusted us with the education of your children once again, and we have learned through this process how dedicated our teachers are to their craft and learning new ways to teach their curriculum; we have watched our students show up every day and focus on academics and schoolwork when so many around them were literally doing nothing; and we so appreciate the patience and understanding our parents have had with the struggles and tribulations both students and teachers have had; but mostly I have valued the persistence and determination all our stakeholders have had and the big and little ways they have celebrated student success.

Champions come in all shapes and sizes, and we have a school filled with champions. One parent shared that a student in a zoom room talking about giving back to our essential workers so touched her son that he used some of his savings and took pizza to a local nursing home. I spoke to a mom whose daughter is not only dealing with the intensity of ECA/CEC/CNM classes and what that entails but is also her siblings’ teacher, helping them get on line and helping them do their assignments. She wanted ideas on how to reward her kiddo. Wow! And I had a great laugh when a dad told me how his daughter takes a break every day to walk her dog and practice dancing at the same time – he said it is both endearing and adorable, and he knows his daughter will grow out of it one day but for right now he is ecstatic that she finds such simple pleasures during such hard times.

I say all this now because I am proud to be associated with a school that is built on the foundation of a strong learning and caring community. I believe that in finding our new normal our community has been set on a path of continuous learning and improvement that will be unprecedented – not only will we survive, we will thrive and continue to grow! Thank you for your support!

Moving forward, we have some important announcements to make regarding upcoming events and we want to invite you to be a part of it.

OPEN HOUSE
On Thursday, September 17th from 5:30pm to 7:25pm we will hosting a virtual ECA and CEC OPEN HOUSE. Please visit our website https://cec.aps.edu/ and click on the Open House banner. It will take you to a launching site with some instructions on how to view our Administration message, links to virtual rooms to meet your student’s teachers, and links to info-videos of various events, activities and opportunities on our campus. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, get additional information and get a general understanding of the unique learning opportunities your students have here at ECA and CEC.

Below is an example of what you can expect from instructors, staff and administration. This information will be available as we get closer to the 17th. You can click on the link or manually enter the meeting code in google-meet or zoom rooms:

Q&A with Counselor Lynn Ramsey
September 17 at 7:00pm

Meeting ID: meet.google.com/rxo-getr-aoh
Phone:  (‪US)‪+1 203-951-9377   •  PIN: ‪982 224 097#

ECA SENIOR PARENT VIDEO PRESENTATION LINK
Please click on this link to receive some important Senior 2020-2021 Information:
EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY 2020-2021 SENIOR CLASS INFORMATION

GRADING WINDOW for 1st six weeks
The first six week grading period ends on September 18 and grades must be submitted by September 23. Report cards will go out by the 25th of September.

INFO NEEDED FROM ECA STUDENTS and PARENTS
We will be using a new program that will more easily connect our school to our community through direct messaging, automated calls and urgent alerts. Our messages will be able to be translated in 100+ languages and all communications are private and secure. We need your help to make this happen - please fill out and submit the Google Form below so that we can better communicate with both our students and parents.
Click here to provide info:  ECA Student Information  (2020-2021)

TRANSLATION SERVICES ON OUR WEBPAGES
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ADDITIONS TO OUR WEBSITE COMING SOON
Coming soon, visitors to our website will be able to view videoclips of all the incredible happenings on our campus. You will be able to learn about our Early Warning System, a means of tracking students to provide them the optimum help necessary to be successful. You can explore clips on Academic Support for Students, Digital Portfolios, various clubs and organizations on campus, Advisory Classes, and so much more. Look for additional announcements at our Open House on September 17th.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. Please click on this link LETTER TO ECA/CEC PARENTS 09-09-2020 to get a printable version of this information. You can also go to our webpage to translate this or any page on our site into the language of choice. We look forward to seeing you on September 17th at our Open House!!

Sincerely,

ECA/CEC Leadership Team

Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy
807 Mountain Road NE  Albuq., NM   87102
(505) 247-3658 x45599
cell - (505) 252-0225
fax - (505)848-9421