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Dear ECA Families,

I know many of us are already thinking of what the new school year will bring.  I know as a parent myself that the unknowns of these trying times seem frightening in many ways.  Please know that the focus of all our planning is to ensure that we do all that we can to keep our Staff and Students safe.  This year will continue to bring many unknowns, but we will do all that we can to communicate any and all information as soon as we know.  We are asking that you continue to be patient with us as we continue to sort through all the new State and County mandates.

For this first semester, we will be offering two options: A  On-Line learning approach and an In-Person Approach.  This differences for the moment may include:

On-Line learning will offer the basic Standards based core curriculum and an intervention platform that will be used to close learning gaps as much as possible for both Middle School and High School.  We will not be able to offer on-line electives for our Middle Schoolers. For High School students, Academic electives will be offered.  This platform will be managed by one of our teachers, who will also provide office hours to support students as they may need.  Please note, that if you choose the remote learning option, your student must remain in this option for the entire semester (August 12th to December 17th).  This curriculum is very different from the in-person instruction and will be paced differently so it does not allow for returning to in person learning during the semester.  In addition, students taking any in person college courses from an ECA teacher cannot choose On-line Learning, as we will not be able to provide college credits for most remote learning courses.

In Person learning will be provided, but may look different from years past.  Students will be required to wear masks or face shields throughout the day.  Our classrooms will often not allow for social distancing, but we will be minimizing student interactions in several ways.  Middle School students will be placed in cohorts of no more than 25 students, and will remain in their designated classrooms.  Our Middle School staff will be the ones to change classes.  They will also be eating lunches in their rooms.  High School students will be segregated in specific wings of the building in order to minimize interactions, and lunches will be socially distanced and split to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.  Should we be required to go to remote learning for any period of time, students will continue their learning with their teachers remotely either using an on-line program or through traditional instruction via zoom or google meets.

As we are planning for the school year, we need to gather information from you as to what will be best for your student and your family in order to plan appropriately.  You will be receiving a survey this week asking you to choose one of the two options.  In order to plan appropriately, we need a response for each child in your household by July 31, 2020.  Should we not receive your response, we will try to contact you for your decision, but if we do not hear back from you, we will be scheduling you student for In Person courses.

There may be additional measures of precaution added throughout the semester, as we continue to receive guidance from the State and County, and those will be incorporated into our plans for the year.  We ask that you remain flexible throughout the year in order to ensure our students receive the best education possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout these unique times,

Janice Anderson


Estimadas familias de ECA:

        Sé que muchos de nosotros ya estamos pensando en lo que traerá el nuevo año escolar. Como padre, sé que las incógnitas de estos tiempos difíciles parecen aterradoras en muchos sentidos. Tenga en cuenta que el enfoque de toda nuestra planificación es garantizar que hagamos todo lo posible para mantener a nuestro personal y estudiantes seguros. Este año continuará trayendo muchas incógnitas, pero haremos todo lo posible para comunicar cualquier información tan pronto como lo sepamos. Le pedimos que continúe siendo paciente con nosotros mientras continuamos clasificando todos los nuevos mandatos estatales y del condado.

Para este primer semestre, ofreceremos dos opciones: un enfoque de aprendizaje en línea y un enfoque en persona. Estas diferencias por el momento pueden incluir:

El aprendizaje en línea ofrecerá: el plan de estudios básico basado en estándares básicos y una plataforma de intervención que se utilizará para cerrar las brechas de aprendizaje tanto como sea posible tanto para la escuela secundaria como para la secundaria. No podremos ofrecer cursos electivos en línea para nuestros estudiantes de secundaria. Para los estudiantes de secundaria, se ofrecerán cursos electivos académicos. Esta plataforma será administrada por uno de nuestros maestros, que también proporcionará horas de oficina para apoyar a los estudiantes según lo necesiten. Tenga en cuenta que si elige la opción de aprendizaje remoto, su estudiante debe permanecer en esta opción durante todo el semestre (del 12 de agosto al 17 de diciembre). Este plan de estudios es muy diferente de la instrucción en persona y tendrá un ritmo diferente, por lo que no permite volver al aprendizaje en persona durante el semestre. Además, los estudiantes que toman cursos universitarios en persona de un maestro de ECA no pueden elegir Aprendizaje en línea, ya que no podremos proporcionar créditos universitarios para la mayoría de los cursos de aprendizaje remoto.

Se proporcionará aprendizaje en persona:  puede verse diferente de años pasados. Se requerirá que los estudiantes usen máscaras o caretas durante todo el día. Nuestras aulas a menudo no permitirán el distanciamiento social, pero minimizaremos las interacciones de los estudiantes de varias maneras. Los estudiantes de la escuela intermedia se colocarán en grupos de no más de 25 estudiantes y permanecerán en sus aulas designadas. Nuestro personal de la escuela intermedia será el que cambie las clases. También comerán almuerzos en sus habitaciones. Los estudiantes de secundaria serán segregados en alas específicas del edificio para minimizar las interacciones, y los almuerzos se distanciarán socialmente y se dividirán para reducir el número de estudiantes en la cafetería al mismo tiempo. En caso de que se nos solicite ir a un aprendizaje remoto durante algún período de tiempo, los estudiantes continuarán aprendiendo con sus maestros de forma remota, ya sea utilizando un programa en línea o mediante la instrucción tradicional a través de zoom o reuniones de Google.

       Como estamos planeando para el año escolar, necesitamos recopilar información sobre lo que será mejor para su estudiante y su familia a fin de planificar adecuadamente. Esta semana recibirá una encuesta pidiéndole que elija una de las dos opciones. Para planificar adecuadamente, necesitamos una respuesta para cada niño en su hogar antes del 31 de Julio de 2020. Si no recibimos su respuesta, trataremos de comunicarnos con usted para su decisión, pero si no recibimos noticias suyas, nosotros programaremos a su estudiante para cursos en persona.

    Es posible que se agreguen medidas de precaución adicionales a lo largo del semestre, a medida que continuamos recibiendo orientación del Estado y el Condado, y se incorporarán a nuestros planes para el año. Le pedimos que permanezca flexible durante todo el año para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes reciban la mejor educación posible.

     Gracias por su paciencia y cooperación durante estos momentos únicos,

       Janice Anderson

The Early College of Arvada would like to know you would prefer to have your student receive instruction for the FALL 2020 semester.  Please follow the link below to fill out your survey.

Please complete ONE FOR EACH CHILD OF YOURS ATTENDING ECA.

Note that once your child’s platform has been chosen we will not be making changes so
please choose carefully.

Thank you and stay well.

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WE ARE GRIFFINS

Success. We Can and We Will!

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EARLY COLLEGE OF ARVADA

53.5 Performance Plan: Meets 95% Participation

NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

52.7

Improvement Plan: Meets 95% Participation

ARVADA HIGH SCHOOL

43.6

Priority Improvement Plan: Decreased due to Participation

WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL 42.3

Improvement Plan: Meets 95% Participation

Our students go to college at twice the rate of other schools and earn 4 times the number of college credits
while in high school.

Travel Internationally with Early College of Arvada!

 Our upcoming trip to Panama has been postponed from June 2020 to March 2021.

We’re now preparing for our 2021 trip to Italy, France and Spain.  Join us for our first informational meeting February 6th at 6 p.m. in Mr. Olson’s classroom.  Check our Events page for more details or click HERE

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Thanks to students who presented ideas to the City at a Resilience Expo last week. They re-imagined neighborhoods and shared ideas for a more resilient and prepared . Learn more about resilient neighborhoods:

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Dr. Danielle Ladd wins the prestigious “Outstanding Colorado High School Educator Award”

The University of Colorado Boulder would like to recognize an outstanding member of your staff, who goes above and beyond to support students as they pursue their higher education dreams. Staff selected for the CU Boulder Outstanding Colorado High School Educator Award will receive an award certificate and an invitation to our Outstanding Colorado Student and Educator Award Night in May, where they will be honored for their dedication to supporting students’ higher education dreams.
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Dr. Danielle Ladd gana el prestigioso “Premio excepcional de Educador de Colorado High School “

A la Universidad de Colorado Boulder le gustaría reconocer a un miembro destacado de su personal, que va a la distancia para apoyar a los estudiantes que persiguen sus sueños mayores de educación. El personal seleccionado para el Premio para los Educadores CU Boulder Colorado High School Excepcionales recibirán un certificado de premio y una invitación a nuestra Noche de Premios para los Alumnos y Educadores Destacados de Colorado en mayo, donde serán homenajeados por su dedicación al apoyo de los sueños de educación superior de los estudiantes.
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What Is Early College?

“Early college” means a secondary school that provides only a curriculum that is designed in a manner that requires each student to enroll in and complete secondary and postsecondary courses while enrolled in the four years of high school such that, upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student who successfully completes the curriculum will have completed either the requirements of a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or other postsecondary credential or at least sixty credits toward the completion of a postsecondary credential. The curriculum must be designed to be completed within four years.

OUR VALUES

ECA’s mission is to open pathways to opportunities for students and families. Our school provides rigorous academics and the opportunity to earn substantial college credit for free while honoring each student’s unique journey. Our community is built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect, and a belief that everyone matters.

Expanding possibilities for all

Committed to justice, honesty, and integrity

Fostering respect for human dignity

Always in service to others – students, community, family, nation, and the world

Exemplifying endurance and resiliency, courage and perseverance

Passionate in the pursuit of excellence

Unlocking the power of relationships

Igniting curiosity and nurturing wonder

ECA is an educational powerhouse that affects the communities it serves socially, educationally and financially.

WHY COME TO THE EARLY COLLEGE OF ARVADA?

     ECA’s mission is to open pathways to opportunities for students and families. Our school provides rigorous academics and the opportunity to earn substantial college credits for free while honoring each student’s unique journey. We provide a safe, inclusive environment where students have fun learning.  Our ECA community is built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect, and a belief that everyone matters.

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Early College of Arvada earned the “early college” designation in 2009.  We adopted the “We Can and We Will” motto as it represents our staff enabling our students to be successful members of society and achieve their highest academic goals.  It also reflects our students’ commitment to acknowledging not only that they CAN achieve their goals and dreams but that they WILL achieve those goals and dreams.

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“ECA’s guidance led to a brighter future than I had ever imagined.”

Zach Ellison, 2016 Valedictorian

“My daughter started at ECA in sixth grade. She has grown in confidence thanks to the small community of students and exceptional teachers.”

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“At ECA, I found the support system I needed to succeed.”

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