UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19 is Spring Break. There will be no school.
  • Wednesday, March 31, 5pm is an in-person Town Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 13 is SAT (11th grade). There will be no classes.
  • Thursday, April 15 is PSAT (10th grade). There will be no classes.
  • Friday, April 23 is CMAS (11th grade) and PSAT (9th grade). There will be no classes.
A NOTE FROM DR. EGGER
Hello, CECI Community.

Spring break is upon us. Even with the expected weather approaching, I hope that we all find time to relax, to re-engage with our hobbies, to maybe enjoy a good board game, open that new book, watch a good TV series, or maybe even make that snow angel. Whatever it is you decide to do, seek joy.

We have such wonderful families, faculty, staff, and students. They are hard-working, caring, and dedicated! As a result, CECI has been able to remain on-campus for the majority of the school year, and we hope to finish out the year enjoying our beautiful school. Of course, we need your help to keep up the good work for the next 8 weeks. Please help us by making thoughtful decisions during spring break and beyond- remember, CECI has our Extended Remote Environment option available. We will return to campus on 3/22. 
 
Thank you all for making our school such a special place. While school is fully closed during the next week, many of us will be checking our voicemails and emails frequently.

Enjoy your break.
GRADUATING SENIORS REMINDER: Applying for Graduation!
If you are graduating with an associate degree from ACC, don't forget to apply for graduation by MARCH 15 by clicking here.
SPRING BREAK HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
As we are hopefully all very well aware, spring break is NEXT WEEK and many may choose to travel. We request that whatever you choose to do, you please keep the safety of our community in mind so we can finish the last 8 weeks of our semester strong!
 
According to the CDC, below are recommendations regarding travel: 
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings (even if the state you are traveling to does not have a mask mandate).
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Here is a link for free testing sites in the Tri-County area: https://www.tchd.org/827/Free-Testing-Sites
  • Documentation and testing criteria for traveling internationally versus in-country vary country by country and state by state. You will need to fulfill those criteria to be admitted back into the country and/or state.

We would like to encourage families that are traveling to make COVID-19 consious decisions. We are offering the extended remote learning option for families that wish to self-quarantine after traveling. Click here to submit the extended remote learning waiver.

By taking extra precautions we will be able to help ensure the continued safety and health of our students and staff and keep our school open for in-person learning. Thank you for your dedication to keeping our environment safe & healthy!
SPRING BREAK RESOURCES
If you are concerned that your student may be experiencing changes in their mood or
experiencing suicidal behaviors or thoughts, please remember to:
  • Stay with the student until you are sure they are safe.
  • If there is an immediate threat to your student or other students, call 911.

Local Immediate Crisis Resources:
  • Colorado Crisis Services Line, 1-844-493-TALK (8255): This 24/7 toll-free hotline is available 365 days a year for anyone affected by a mental health, substance use or emotional crisis. All calls are connected to a mental health professional that will provide immediate support and connections to further resources.
  • Crisis Text Service: Anyone can text the word TALK to 38255 anytime, from anywhere in Colorado about any type of crisis. This feature is available 24/7. Visit Home - Colorado Crisis Services for more information.
  • Colorado Crisis Walk-In Locations: Walk-in crisis service locations are open 24/7 and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone who needs it. Walk-in locations can be found on the Colorado Crisis Services website at ColoradoCrisisServices.org.
  • Crisis Chat Service: On ColoradoCrisisServices.org, individuals can chat with specialists for online emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide assessments. This feature is available from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
  • Safe2Tell: Call 877-542-7233, text S2T to 274637, download Safe2Tell app, or visit S2T CO | Make a Call. Make a Difference (safe2tell.org)
  • (National) Suicide/Crisis Lifeline: 800-273-8255

ADVISING APPOINTMENTS!
We are starting to advise early for College Direct/off-campus students who attend ACC, Red Rocks, or CCD. Click on your advisor’s name below to schedule an appointment.
College Direct Academic Advisors:

Advising is open for on-campus students. Click on Mrs. Rhodes' name below to schedule an appointment.
CEC Inverness Academic Advisor:

CEC Inverness students: You can look through the courses we are planning to offer for Fall 2021 here.
SAT/PSAT PREP - UPDATE!
CEC Inverness will be offering FREE SAT/PSAT prep classes on Wednesdays from 3-4pm in Dr. Morgenson's room, 216. We will be covering English, Math, and test-taking strategies.
  • Wednesday, March 24: SAT Test-Taking Strategies
  • Wednesday, March 31: SAT Math Prep
BINAXNOW COVID TESTS
We are excited to announce that the State of Colorado has allocated BinaxNOW Rapid Point-of-Care Antigen COVID-19 tests to Colorado Early Colleges. These tests can be used to detect COVID-19 and will be available to students and staff at CEC. Written parental consent will be required prior to a student being tested.  If a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms or it has been at least 5 days since they have been exposed to COVID-19, they are eligible to take the BinaxNOW test to help identify a positive case.  BinaxNOW tests are not as sensitive as PCR tests and may miss an active COVID-19 infection. A follow-up PCR test is recommended to confirm a negative test result if an individual is reporting symptoms, has a known exposure to COVID-19, or lives/has traveled to an area with high rates of COVID-19.  The BinaxNOW tests are a great tool in our tool belt to help keep our staff and students safe and remain in-person for learning. Please reach out to Ashley Bose, our CEC Douglas County school nurse, with any questions or concerns (ashley.bose@coloradoearlycolleges.org).  
IN-PERSON/VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING: March 31
Join us for an in-person town hall on Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00pm. You can also use the link below to attend the event virtually if you prefer. This is a good time to get school updates, meet with leadership, and ask questions/offer suggestions.
FOOD DRIVE
Community Service Club will be putting on a Food Drive starting Monday, March 22, and ending Monday, April 5. All donations will go to the local food bank. There will be donation boxes marked for Underclassmen, Upperclassmen, and Staff. Whichever group donates the most food, will receive a prize!
FLAG CONTEST WINNERS: Sam & Catherine Perzinski
Samuel and Catherine Perzinski designed the winning flag. Congratulations, you two!
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TEXTBOOK & LAPTOP REIMBURSEMENT
The Spring 2021 semester textbook and laptop reimbursement forms are still open! Submit for reimbursement before you lose those receipts!

You can get reimbursed for a laptop purchase or textbook purchases for spring of 2021. Here’s what you need to do:
  1. Read the textbook and laptop reimbursement policies.
  2. Complete the form for textbook reimbursement or laptop reimbursement.
  3. Email your receipts and class syllabus (for textbook reimbursement requests) to trisha.deady@coloradoearlycolleges.org.
Note:
  • The deadline for all submissions is May 14, 2021.
  • All physical textbooks or other reusable materials like calculators must be dropped off at our CEC Inverness campus by May 14, 2021 to receive reimbursement. (This is essentially a buy-back program)
  • Reimbursement checks will be processed and mailed by June 30, 2021.
  • Reimbursement amounts will be dependent on how much money you have left in your tuition voucher.
COLLEGE & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Questbridge: College Prep Scholars Program
Amazing scholarships and awards for outstanding high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. This can include full scholarships to summer programs at Yale, UChicago, and Emery, up to $1000 for a new laptop, access to the Questbridge Conference, and guidance on college applications, essays, and the Questbridge Match full-ride scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 24. To find out if you are eligible and apply for free, visit questbridge.org.

Financial Aid Literacy Mini-Series
CU Denver K-12 Outreach will be hosting various virtual events for those interested in financial literacy. They are here to help students, parents, high school partners, and the community with navigating the daunting task of preparing for college and securing funding to help pay for their education. Financial Literacy also includes learning to be financially capable as a student and throughout life. Click here for more information or to sign up.
  • Special Circumstance: Appeal, Appeal, Appeal - Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 PM
  • Cost of Attendance and Awards Notices - Thursday, March 25 at 5:30 PM
  • Understanding Federal student and parent loans - Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 PM
  • Financial Fitness: Budget and saving for college and beyond - Thursday, April 8 at 5:30 PM
  • Financial Fitness: Building and Maintaining your Credit and credit score - Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 PM
  • Ballin’ on a budget - Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 PM

CU Denver Admitted Student Days
For seniors who have been accepted to CU Denver for summer or fall, come connect with students and faculty and learn about the wide variety of opportunities at CU Denver!
  • March 13, 2021
  • The event will occur over Zoom from 12pm – 2:45pm
  • Sign up today!
Big Future Virtual College Fairs
Whether you’ve already started your college search or have no idea where to begin, we want to connect you with colleges that might be a good fit for you. BigFuture™ Days gives you a chance to get information about multiple colleges from college admissions officers and current college students.
Here are five reasons to attend BigFuture Days:
1.     Explore colleges in a way that’s informative but not overwhelming.
2.     Connect directly with colleges to get answers to your questions and show your interest in attending.
3.     Get answers to your college questions from college advisors via live Q&A sessions.
4.     Take key college planning steps like searching for colleges and exploring scholarships.
5.     Join these free events from a computer or mobile device. 
Explore your college options in each region—attend any or all of these events. Go to cb.org/bigfuturedays to register and learn more!

CU Boulder, CSU, DU, and School of Mines Admissions Webinar
Thursday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. OR Monday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. Register Here
During these sessions, you will receive quick updates from each school (Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Denver). You'll then have the opportunity to ask a panel of admissions professionals any and every question that may be on your mind about the admissions process and the state of Colorado.

Women in Construction Management Virtual Summer Institute
  • For 15 to 18 year-olds
  • Half-day VIRTUAL sessions
  • Build your confidence!
  • Meet successful women from industry
  • Explore career opportunities in the construction industry
  • Engage with student mentors while learning new and exciting things
  • Must have access to computer or laptop & reliable internet
The application deadline is March 15. Access testimonials, past photos, and the application here: cm.colostate.edu/wcm

Colorado Virtual Career Fair
Colorado students can connect live with professionals representing all 17 career clusters, and multiple ethnicities, backgrounds, and parts of Colorado. The fair will be from April 19-22. To view the schedule, register for the fair, and get more information visit youthcareerfair.org.

ACC Career Workshops

ACC Pathway Events
  • Women of Influence Panel of Alumni and Instructors Tuesday, March 23, 12pm RSVP here
  • Public Services Pathway Career Week, March 23 & 24 RSVP here
  • Pre-Health Panels
  • March 31: Careers in Nursing! RSVP Here
  • April 7: Careers in Medicine: MD, DO, PA, NP RSVP Here
  • April 14: Careers in Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assisting RSVP Here
  • April 21: Careers in Laboratory Technology and Medical Assisting RSVP Here 
Senior Scholarship List
We will now be posting scholarships that we find on our advising college guide! Click here to access the full list of scholarships.
  • Dawson Memorial Scholarship
  • Rotary University Hills Scholarship
  • Women’s Energy Network of Colorado Scholarship
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  • Grossman Scholarship
  • Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship
  • MSU Denver Mentorship Scholarship - contact Julia Volzke

Scholarship Resources for All Grades
Did you know that it is never too early to start applying for scholarships? High School Freshmen to College Seniors should always be on the lookout for different scholarship opportunities.

Here are some resources to help get you started:
FIVE ROLES FAMILIES PLAY TO ACCELERATE STUDENT LEARNING
SEEKING DONATED FITNESS EQUIPMENT
We are looking to promote health and wellness in our school community. If your family has any extra fitness equipment (weights, bikes, row machines, treadmills, etc) that you are no longer using, please consider donating it to the school. Any donations are greatly appreciated!
CLUB MEETINGS
Interested in starting a club? Email Dr. Egger with your club interest!

Science Bowl Team Meetings
A high school science knowledge competition using a quiz bowl format, we are hoping to join the virtual competition on Saturday, February 27. Haley Leach will be our team captain, and practices will start soon.

Meeting Times: Thursdays at 12:00pm
Club Sponsor: Ben Simonds

Community Service Club Meetings
Are you looking for ways to get involved at CECI and help your community? Join the community service. We will have volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Club Sponsor: Wendi Gorelik

Spoken Word Club Meetings
This is a creative club for students interested in poetry, creative writing, and songwriting. The club is dedicated to the art of writing. The club plans to participate in a poetry slam or competition.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Club Sponsor: Lorna Wheeler

Student Council Meetings
Student Council will represent the student body to CECI leadership and the community. They will put on school events and promote school spirit and build student connections.

Meeting Times: Thursdays at 3:00pm
Club Sponsor: Eric Morgenson
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