E. O. Smith High School
|E.O. Smith High School|
|School District||Connecticut Regional School District #19|
|School Colors||Red and Black|
|Year Opened||September, 1958|
|Location||1235 Storrs Road, Storrs, Connecticut, 06268, USA|
|School Days Per Year||apx. 180|
E. O. Smith High School, named after Edwin O. Smith, is a secondary school located in Storrs, Connecticut, United States. It serves the towns of Ashford, Mansfield, and Willington, which together make up Connecticut's Regional School District #69. E.O. Smith also serves students from nearby Columbia.
Students from surrounding towns such as Coventry and Windham may also attend E.O. Smith, as participants in the school's Agriculture Education program, if their school does not offer an agriculture program. The E.O. Smith campus lies adjacent to the larger campus of the University of Connecticut.
Clubs and activities
E. O. Smith offers a wide variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in after school hours. Sports include Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross Country, Dance Team, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Softball, Soccer, Swim and Dive, Tennis, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Volleyball, and Wrestling. These sports compete in the Central Connecticut Conference Eastern Division (CCC East).In addition, the school has several Unified Sports teams that practice and compete, including Unified Soccer, Unified Basketball, Unified Track, and Unified Bowling. A fencing club was also started in the fall of 2007.
The E.O. Smith Drama Club presents three shows during the year, including a winter musical and two straight shows in the fall and spring. The fall show is performed at the Connecticut Drama Association Festival where cast & crew members have a chance to win awards and possibly advance to the New England Drama Festival. E.O. Smith's Drama Club has won several awards from the Connecticut Drama Association including outstanding performance for Animal Farm (2009) and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse (2010) allowing them to continue on to the New England Drama Festival, which E.O. Smith hosted in 2009. Several E.O. Smith actors have also won individual awards for their performances in the shows or in the Connecticut Drama Association Monologue Contest.
E.O. Smith boasts several strong academic teams, notably the Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl, Envirothon, Connecticut Geography Challenge, and math teams.
Other notable activities include Amnesty International, the Gay-Straight Alliance, Green Teens (who won $10,000 for the school to implement recycling), the Cool-It Team (which recently won $3,000 that will be used to promote Bike to School week in mid-May), and chapters of the National Honor Society (NHS), Tri-M Music Honor Society, World Language Honor Society (WLHS) for Latin, German, Spanish and French, and Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society.
E.O. Smith and UConn
E.O. Smith also shares a special relationship with the University of Connecticut in that students are allowed to take classes at the university free of charge during the school year. Both UConn and E.O. Smith credit is given for a successful completion of a class. Popular subjects include math, foreign languages, psychology, and music. E.O. Smith also offers UConn Co-operative classes similar to other programs offered throughout the state.
E.O. Smith Depot Campus
Since 2008, E.O. Smith hosts a non-traditional learning program in collaboration with Big Picture Learning called The Depot Campus. The Depot Campus is aimed towards E.O. Smith students who have demonstrated a need or desire for a smaller or more personal instructional setting. The goal is for students to learn through 'real-world' experience by students gaining interest-based internships which they spend at least two school days at. Other days the students are in an advisory, with lessons that meet E.O. Smith's grade requirements as well as the student's interests. Students are expected to show their learning through individualized learning plans, maintaining a portfolio, and hosting exhibitions of what they have accomplished each trimester. These exhibitions are open to the general public.
Since its five years active, 18 students have successfully graduated with E.O. Smith diplomas as well as job experience. The Depot Campus has been designed to serve up to 40 students and an application is required to be considered for admission.
Currently, E.O. Smith offers classes on a weighted scale. AP, A, and B level classes are considered college-level, and G levels are TECH. The APA is calculated out of 6.0 points. An 'A' counts for six points in an A level course, five points in a B level course, and four points in a G level course. An 'A+' is not counted as anything more than an 'A'; B level students would not receive weighted 'B+' credit if they were to obtain an 'A+' in their class.
The school year is broken down by Interim Reports, which are distributed halfway through a quarter, Report Cards, which are issued once per quarter, and Final Exams, which occur twice a year, at the end of each 2-quarter semester. Midterms and Finals account for 20% of each semester grade.
E.O. Smith currently has in effect a privilege system. Through academic achievement, students gain privileges, namely choice of study hall area for sophomores and juniors, and Open Campus for seniors. A senior that has earned this privilege is allowed to come to school for class and leave when those classes are finished. Seniors are not required to stay on the school grounds for the entire day.
E.O. seniors must complete a year-long, self-directed "senior project," which is a requirement for graduation. It includes a thesis-driven research paper, community service work, a presentation to the school community, and an activity or product. Three teachers generally advise the student during the process, and will grade the project upon completion as either highly successful, successful, or not yet successful. A minimum grade of successful is needed for graduation.
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