CECFC Middle School Newsletter
March 5th, 2021
LETTER FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL
It's official! We will be returning to in-person learning 4 days per week when we return from Spring Break on March 22nd. Students will attend classes Monday - Thursday in-person, and Fridays will remain asynchronous remote learning days for all students.

A letter from our Head of School, Mr. Collin Turbert, was emailed to all CECFC middle school and high school families on Friday, March 5th. Please fill out the Learning Modality Survey linked in the letter to let us know if you prefer your student(s) to attend school in-person or remotely. If you did not receive the letter, you can access it by clicking HERE.

If you have any trouble accessing the survey from the letter, you can click the button below and access it from there. Please make sure that you have read the letter as it does contain specific information you may need before making your choice.
SPIRIT WEEK!
This coming Spirit Week theme is CRAZY HAIR DAY! Come to school with the craziest of hair styles on Tuesday (for blue cohort), and on Thursday (for gold cohort). This is one of our most loved spirit days and we can't wait to see what's in store!
CMAS TESTING DATES
Math and Language Arts Assessments for grades 6th - 8th will be the week of March 29th, with make-up testing the following week. 8th grade Science Assessments will begin April 20th. Students will test on their in-person days. More information will come soon, including information on how to opt out of CMAS testing.
SUMMER SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES!
Summer Sessions for Current 6th & 7th grade students:

This optional program will be fully in-person and is designed to support students who struggled with remote and hybrid learning this school year.

When: May 24th-28th and June 1st-4th from 8:00am to 2:45pm

Who: These sessions are designed for current 6th and 7th grade students who did not earn passing grades in core classes. (8th grade students are encouraged to sign up for summer sessions through the high school.)

Where: CECFC Middle School (McMurry location)

What: Students would rotate through the following:

Student success skills – Students will work in-person with a teacher and/or school support staff to review and practice skills that will lead to future educational success.

Math class recovery – Students will work in-person with a teacher and/or school support staff to revisit content from their 20-21 math class; on June 4th they will retake the final exam for an opportunity to be promoted to the next math level.


English skill recovery – Students will work in-person with a teacher and/or school support staff to revisit essential language arts skills needed to be successful at the next grade level.

If interested, please click the button below to fill out
the MS interest form by March 12th. 

Summer Sessions: Course and Grade Recovery (for current 8th graders and HS students only):

This option will be fully in-person and designed to support students who struggled with remote learning this school year.

When: July (date TBD)

Who: These sessions are designed for current and incoming high school students who made significant progress during the year in a particular course, but did not earn a passing grade or would like to improve their grade.

Where: CECFC High School (Innovation Drive)

What: These course and grade recovery sessions will span a two-hour time period each day (per course) in which students will work in-person with a teacher and/or tutor to revisit assignments from the course that they struggled with. As students show proficiency via assignments, grades from the semester will be replaced.

If interested, please click the button below to fill out the
Course & Grade Recovery form by March 12th.
FOOD DRIVE 2021

CECFC MS is hosting our annual Food Drive! All students are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to their second period teacher beginning March 1st. There is a prize for the class that brings in the most goods! Suggestions include canned goods, pasta, rice, dried beans, toothpaste, bar soap, disposable masks, diapers, hand sanitizer, shampoo, etc. Please contact Allison.Straubing@coloradoearlycolleges.org if you have any questions.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Congratulations to Jaylie and Quinnie (blue cohort), and Ava and Timree (gold cohort) for being our Random Acts of Kindness drawing winners! They each won a gift card for being nominated by one of their peers.
CEC appreciates your kindness!
(Timree not pictured)
COVID-19 UPDATES
The graph below will be updated each week to help keep you informed of any Covid cases reported to the school. We will only include information on probable or confirmed cases of staff or students that have been in the school within 2 weeks of the designation. If your student is in close contact with any staff or other students who are a confirmed or probable case, we will contact you directly with specific information. We ask that you please continue to contact the school at: fortcollinshealth@coloradoearlycolleges.org if your student is showing any Covid-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with Covid-19. 
YEARBOOK!
Our MS yearbook is still happening! Expect the unexpected with a documented historic 2020-2021 school year! Time is running out! Reserve your copy today! Order a Yearbook by clicking the button below!
We would love to include photos of your student studying, playing out-of-school sports, participating in activities (zoom or safe in-person), anything from youth group activities, to building a snowman, to skiing, to taking your dog on walks through your neighborhood. This yearbook is to capture everything CEC students did this year!

Link:

Visit the Yearbook Website and Social Media: https://fortcollinsmsyearb.wixsite.com/yearbook
NEED IT TECHNICAL SUPPORT?
Having trouble with Teams or Infinite Campus? Can't connect or computer running slow? Forgot your IC password? Our amazing IT Support Staff may be able to help! Click the button below for helpful hints and contact information for technical support.
WATER BOTTLES
Students must please remember to bring their own personal water bottles. Due to Covid-19, our water fountains have been shut off for safety precautions. Water bottles in our Health Office are reserved for students that are not feeling well. Please remember to label all water bottles that are brought to school.
DONATIONS FOR OUR MS GARDEN
Our middle school is looking forward to working in our garden again! If you have any gently used garden supplies that you won't be needing any longer, we would love to take them off your hands! Please contact Mrs. Hughes for donation drop off at: Heather.Hughes@coloradoearlycolleges.org 
INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Attend our next virtual Informational Meeting on Wednesday, March 24th, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm to learn how CEC can be the next step in your student's future.
SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE (SAC) NEWS
Dear CEC Families,
 
For quick links to the CEC Website please visit: https://cecfcsac.wixsite.com/parentresourcegroup
 
We would like to invite you to one of our meetings to connect with other parents and the school. You are welcome to give feedback, share stories, bring up concerns, suggestions or ask questions. Research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s education, they benefit emotionally, socially, and academically. No volunteering or commitment is requested. Join us!
Somos un grupo comunitario dirigido por padres que se reúne regularmente para formar conexiones significativas entre padres y para facilitar interacciones efectivas dentro de la escuela. Investigaciones muestran que cuando los padres participan en la educación de sus hijos, éstos se benefician emocional, social y académicamente. El nuestro es un grupo comunitario: no te pedimos que te voluntarices ni que te comprometas a asistir regularmente. Únete a nosotros para compartir comentarios y preocupaciones, o simplemente para hacer preguntas.
Upcoming Virtual Events:
Parent Resource Group Meeting:
Thursday, April 8th at 7pm via Zoom
The invitation will be sent to your email address once you RSVP to: cecfcsac@gmail.com
Encuentro de padres en Español: 
Jueves, el 11 de Marzo a las 7 pm por Zoom
Para recibir el zoom link RSVP a: cecfcsac@gmail.com

CEC SAC Meeting:
Wednesday, April 21st at Noon via Microsoft Teams
The invitation will be sent to your email address once you RSVP to: cecfcsac@gmail.com
 
Thank you very much,
The SAC Team
TUTORING
During this remote-learning time, we are excited to support you in a variety of ways! Please click the button below and fill out the form if you would like tutoring during our remote-learning time. We will get back to you with a scheduled tutoring time as soon as we can!
CEC NEW WEBSITE!
We're excited to announce the new CEC website! Update your bookmarks to https://coloradoearlycolleges.org/fortcollinsms/. Click on the "Documents and Forms" link at the bottom of the page to see all the resources available to families. If you have trouble accessing the web page using Chrome, try changing your browser to Firefox. Clearing your browsing cache and history may also help for easier access. If you have any questions or issues with the new site, please email: support@coloraodearlycolleges.org and include "Website" in the subject line.
WOLF BISTRO
The Wolf Bistro will be providing FREE hot, scratch made meals for all on-campus students everyday through the semester. Please click HERE to view our menus. (choose "Colorado Early College Fort Collins" in the drop down.)
If you have questions, please email Jeannine Davison at: Jeannine.Davison@coloradoearlycolleges.org.

We are so excited to serve our students healthy, nutritious, scratch-made meals! Our curbside service will continue thru the semester as well: CEC Wolf Bistro can still support your families with hot, fresh, curbside meals. Children infant-18 years of age are eligible to receive free meals, and you do not need to have your student present when picking up your meals.

Click HERE for more information.

4424 Innovation Dr. Fort Collins
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Monday-Friday
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CEC West 2130 W. Horsetooth Rd. Fort Collins 11:00 am-12:00 pm
REFER-A-FRIEND
Refer-A-Friend for the 2021-2022 school year, and you could be eligible for a $100 gift card! The Refer-A-Friend program has been open as of November 2nd, 2020.
HELPFUL LINKS
In order to help answer questions and alleviate confusion, CECFC has created a Learning Guide to help families navigate this semester. The guide covers Health & Safety protocols, Learning Expectations, and Student Supports available
We know this year has been incredibly difficult, and many members of our CEC family may be struggling. CEC has compiled a Community Resource Guide to help with questions about Financial Resources, Mental Health Support, and much more. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our school Social Worker, Stephanie Lerner.
Do you have a question, concern, or are just not sure to whom you need to speak? The School Contact Information Sheet is a list of helpful contact information for CECFC middle school and high school.