UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12 is Midterm Week.
  • 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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Eliana Katzer and Haley Leach
Eliana Katzer is a senior in the College Direct program pursuing a degree in Nursing. Here is what her advisor had to say:
  • Eliana came to CEC in Fall 2019 as a 12th grader with the goal to get into ACC’s Nursing Program. She worked hard to complete all the admissions requirements, which included course pre-requisites, completion of the CNA certificate and passing the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam. She worked hard, earned straight A’s, and even managed to get ahead with additional required courses needed for the program. She was admitted to the Nursing program effective Spring 2021. She may be CEC’s first student to complete the Nursing degree!

Haley Leach is a freshman on campus at CEC Inverness and is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Here is what her teachers had to say:
  • Haley is an incredible leader for the Knowledge Bowl team both in front of the group and behind the scenes. She is also the most self-sufficient student I have ever had. She identifies and solves problems both in her life and in class before anyone else even knows there was a problem to begin with.
  • I have not taught Haley, yet, but she has been a rockstar for the yearbook. Without her I'm sure we would not be getting a finished project. She took the initiative to step up and get things done which is an impressive quality. 
ADVISING APPOINTMENTS!
We are starting to advise early for College Direct/off-campus students who attend ACC. Click on your advisor’s name below to schedule an appointment:

College Direct Academic Advisors:

CEC Inverness Academic Advisor:

College Direct students: You can start looking through the ACC Fall 2021 course schedule here.

CEC Inverness students: You can look through the courses we are planning to offer for Fall 2021 here.
SAT/PSAT PREP
CEC Inverness will be offering FREE SAT/PSAT prep classes on Tuesdays from 3-3:30pm in Dr. Morgenson's room, 216. We will be covering English, Math, and test-taking strategies.
INVERNESS & COLLEGE DIRECT STUDENTS: The Yearbook Needs Your Help!
Help make this year's yearbook awesome! It was our first year open and while things were not always as we imagined, we want to remember and celebrate this year. Here are the easy ways you can help:
  • Fill out this fun survey for superlatives, memories, quotes, and more!
  • Send us a picture of a quarantine hobby you picked up. Submit here (user id: 415494110)
  • Send us your favorite selfie from this year. Submit here (user id: 415494110)
  • Send us some cool artwork. Submit here (user id: 415494110)
  • Help us put the yearbook together by contacting Nick Vialpando
MIDTERM TEST-TAKING TIPS
Midterms are coming up, but don’t worry! You can master test-anxiety and improve your performance on exams by following a simple plan: develop good study habits, use effective techniques to memorize content, take steps to reduce test anxiety, and take advantage of smart strategies when taking the test. Click here to read the test-taking tips for ideas that you can use.
STRESS RELIEF TIPS
Headspace: Guided meditation to use before tests to alleviate anxiety and stress. https://www.headspace.com/
 
 
Breathing gif to help stress reduction: https://giphy.com/embed/krP2NRkLqnKEg
 
Positive affirmation sticky notes: to remind yourself that can get through finals!

Movement: Try taking a brain break and going for a walk, hike, or doing an activity that allows you to move! 
Easy Yoga Poses to Reduce Stress and Anxiety -
9 Benefits of yoga: 
1.     Yoga improves strength, balance, and flexibility.
2.     Yoga helps with back pain relief.
3.     Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.
4.     Yoga benefits heart health.
5.     Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better.
6.     Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.
7.     Yoga helps you manage stress.
8.     Yoga connects you with a supportive community. 
FOOD SERVICES
Our FREE scratch-made lunch-bags are now available. If you would like a free lunch, see Ms. Abigail at the front during your lunch period. The kitchen will be closed for the remainder of the year, but students can still eat in the cafeteria and get a free meal from Ms. Abigail.

On the menu:
  • Monday Lunch: Chicken Patty Sandwich
  • Tuesday Lunch: Sandwich
  • Wednesday Lunch: Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce
  • Thursday Lunch: Sandwich
  • Friday Lunch: Sandwich

Click here to view the full menu including sides and ingredients. You must select Colorado Early Colleges Aurora at the top in order to see the correct menu. The menu is subject to change, in particular, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will either be a sandwich or burger.

We have extra free lunch-bags available! If your family could benefit from extra lunches, please contact Julia Gasper.
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.
DO YOU WORK FOR KINDER MORGAN OR UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE?
We're seeking connections to staff and parents working for or connected to Kinder Morgan or United Launch Alliance as we are looking at building a relationship with them to fund programs for students interested in STEM and workforce development. Please contact Jennifer Malenky, if you are connected and can help us identify contacts in community relations and/or corporate giving. Thank you all!
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Kelly Peppard
Dr. Kelly Peppard teaches business and communications here at CECI!

What is your educational background?
Doctorate of Manegment

What is a fun fact we should know about you?
I listen to the top 10 hits still at my age 😉

What are your hobbies outside of school?
Writing, painting, and spending time with family.
Adolescent DBT & CBT skills group 
Dialectical behavior and Cognitive behavior therapy skills group for young people struggling with
regulating emotions and family communication skills. Great for teens struggling with depression,
anxiety, or other mental issues.

Who is it for:
This group is for High School kids 14-18 years old

Where:
Canyon Pines Counseling
19563 E. Mainstreet #200
Parker, Co 80138

What does it cost:
Group is $50 per group (some insurances may reimburse)
One-time intake fee is $150 (unless referred by Canyon Pines)
When:
It will be each Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 pm

Contact:
For additional information:
Vicki Swab LPC, CACIII
vicki@canyonpinescounseling.com
or call 720 276-4476
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.
  • Financial Aid and Verification - Thursday, March 11 at 5:30 PM
  • 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

Virtual Financial Aid 101 Webchat
Wednesday, March 10, from 6 to 7pm, admissions counselors with four universities from around the state of Colorado will be hosting a Virtual Financial Aid 101 Webchat. This event is open to Colorado incoming first-year students and families that are curious about the college financial aid process. No matter the university you are hoping to attend, we just want to be a resource for you!

Register Here:

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.

Medical Career Collaborative (MC2) Program
For those new to our program, MC2 is an industry-based model that propels high school students toward careers in healthcare through hands-on experiences and professional development opportunities. In order to apply to the program students must: currently be a sophomore in high school, and attend high school in the Denver metro area. The program model remains the same with students participating in a two year commitment that includes: medical field trips/workshops/trainings, an internship at either Children’s Hospital Colorado or Denver Health, participation in weekly seminar sessions, mentoring, volunteer opportunities, and college and career coaching.

The application is long as it requires a school transcript, essays, a recommendation and general information so we advise that students start working on their application several weeks before the March 12 deadline. To access the link to the application please visit: www.childrenscolorado.org/mc2.

Women in National Security Event
Women are underrepresented in leadership in tech, health, and cybersecurity. Want to learn how successful women got where they are today? Want to explore a career protecting the nation? FREE registration for #WorldDenverIWD2021 International Woman’s Day opens here on February 1.

International Women's Day, held every year on March 8, celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Since 2013, WorldDenver, a Denver-based non-profit, has hosted the city's premier International Women's Day celebration. This year, on March 8 from 11am - 1pm, we will honor women in national security with a live broadcast and virtual event from the Denver Center for Performing Arts that's FREE and open to the public. The event will feature, among others, Lauren Bean Buitta, CEO of Girl Security, Dr. Janine Davidson, MSU Denver President, and U.S. Congresswoman Elisa Slotkin. 

Questions? Please contact Alison Garfield at alisongarfield8@gmail.com

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
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.
  • 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:
SUPPORT CECP WISH WEEK!
CECP Student Council will have the following spirit nights:
  • Chick-fil-A in Parker: March 6.
  • MOD Pizza in Parker: March 10. RSVP here.
  • Papa Johns Pizza PromoCode: WISHCO8

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!
SEEKING BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
It is with great excitement I take a moment to introduce you to a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that is being offered at our new CEC Inverness Campus. We are offering an Industry certification and Career Pathway for Business and Entrepreneurship. CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge. It combines regular academic courses with career-focused courses, skill-building, mentoring, and work opportunities to give students extra preparation for college degrees and careers.

We are currently recruiting members to join our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee for this program at CECI. We are looking for Volunteers in the Industry areas of Business and Entrepreneurship. The committee is composed of business, industry, and civic representatives from the community. The goal of the committee is to improve career and technical preparation, consultation for instructors regarding course content and to develop closer cooperation between business and education for Work-Based Learning opportunities. The time commitment to the Business and Entrepreneurship advisory committee would be two meetings each school year (one each semester). These meetings may be attended remotely and/or in person. We invite you to become a member of an advisory committee and CECI.

In addition, we are looking for Businesses that may be able to offer and/or support work-based learning (WBL) opportunities to enhance and support real hands-on experience in this program and industry. There are no limitations and/or expectations for WBL opportunities that a business may be able to offer. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming an industry partner to support this program by offering possible WBL opportunities such as internships, industry-sponsored projects, job shadows, etc. I would be happy to discuss this in further detail. No business is too large or small.

Please share this request with anyone you know that may be interested.
OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS
The Spring 2021 semester textbook reimbursement form is now open! 
Did you purchase or rent a textbook, lab manual, calculator, or online access code this semester for your off-campus classes? You can get reimbursed! Here’s what you need to do: 
  1. Click here to read our textbook reimbursement policy. 
  2. Submit your request using this online form
  3. Email your class syllabus and receipts 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. 
 
Need a new laptop? CEC can help with the expense! 
Our Spring 2021 laptop reimbursement form is now open. Click here to learn more about our laptop reimbursement policy for full-time and part-time students and to complete the reimbursement form. Laptops must be purchased during the current academic year. This is a one-time reimbursement. 
CLUB MEETINGS
Interested in starting a club? Email Dr. Egger with your club interest!

*NEW 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

*NEW Yearbook Meetings
Help us to commemorate the first year of CECI! We are looking to capture photos and create a yearbook that recognizes academics, student life, clubs, and other major school events.

Meeting Times: Fridays at 2:00pm
Club Sponsor: Nick Vialpando

*NEW 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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