June 1, 2012
Dear Parents and Students,
The 2012-13 Advanced Placement/University of Connecticut Early College Experience United States History program begins today with this letter and the assignments that follow. This course will require much more work than the average high school class and will be taught in a college format. Classroom time will focus on discussion of homework assignments and reading material. Students can expect to spend 1 or 2 hours each night with their History assignments. The reading and writing associated with this class is very difficult. Students will be required to research and use primary and secondary source documents when answering questions and completing assignments.
Upon the successful completion of this course students will have the opportunity to obtain college credits through two formats. Those who pass the Advanced Placement Exam in May may receive college credit. (This depends on the individual college they attend.) Students will also have the opportunity to receive 6 credits from the University of Connecticut if they maintain a 75 or better average each semester. These credits may also transfer to other universities. Students must be registered and pay for this course ($85 for the AP Exam and $150 for UConn) in order to participate. Registration for the UConn ECE program will take place through the mail from UConn. You will register for two separate courses American History 1501 and American History 1502, $75 each, $150 total. For additional information visit: www.collegeboard.com or for UConn www.ece.uconn.edu
The use of a computer and internet is mandatory for this class. Computers are available in both the school library and the Bristol Public Library. Students will also be required to type most of their papers. Please remember the major focus of this course is to help prepare students for college and to excel on the AP Exam. Also remember that an AP/UConn class is calculated at a higher rate than an academic class for a student’s grade point average. (This is done at the end of the year only.)
The experience you will gain by completing this course will last you a lifetime. If at anytime you have a question or concerns please contact me at Bristol Central via phone or email.
United States History Instructor AP/UConn ECE
Bristol Central High School
e-mail: email@example.com or call 584-7735 ext 224
Bristol Central Advanced Placement web site: www.bristol.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=1148
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UConn Early College Experience
United States History
Welcome and Congratulations,
I would like to welcome you to what I think will be one of the most important classroom experiences in your high school career. You, the chosen few, have accepted the challenge of competing in a college level class while still in high school. For most of you this will be your first experience with a course of this type and at this level. That’s okay, I plan to help you every step of the way. Make no mistake this is a hard course, but the lessons you learn, and the education you receive will help you excel in college.
Enclosed in this folder are three summer assignments, some supporting documents and procedural directions for the 2011-2012 school year. Please review the folder and its contents over the next several days to be sure you understand what is required of you for the summer. I will be available in either room 224, or my office room 223, throughout the remainder of the year to answer any questions you might have. Also before the end of the year everyone must stop into room 224 in order to pick up a copy of “After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection”.
Time management is a significant component for successfully completion of a college level course, so plan accordingly. If at any time you have a question or concern please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck, enjoy your summer and I look forward to working with you next year,