Connections Weekly Newsletter

May 5, 2023

AP Testing May 8-12

Room assignments for AP exams are posted in the short hallway by the Connections Center. Students are reminded to arrive at 7:30 for a morning exam and 11:30 for an afternoon exam. Please see Mr. Zickmund if you do not see your name on the room assignment list(s).

If school is closed because of weather, AP students will be re-scheduled for the make-up AP exam (May 17- 19.) If school is on a delayed schedule, all morning AP exams will be re-scheduled and all afternoon exams will follow the original time schedule.

The 2023 AP Exam Terms and Conditions are now available to be read through this link . Students will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to taking each exam. The College Board will send current AP students email reminders to review these terms and conditions. Review: The College Board offers study guides and review exams to help you prepare. Here is a link to the College Board resources.

Class of 2023 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

On Tuesday, Connections visited seniors in their Rhetoric class. They completed their Graduation Survey and finished their College Application List in Naviance. TCA, specifically the registrar, will send final transcripts to colleges in mid-June. Seniors, using Naviance, indicated the college where they wanted their final transcript to be sent. Requests can be made in Naviance through June. After June, requests must be made using the TCA website.

Class of 2024 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

Free test prep: If you’re planning to test in late summer into the fall, take advantage of these resources:

Official SAT Practice Tests (College Board)

Khan Academy (SAT Free Official SAT Practice Tests | College Board)

Official ACT Practice Tests

ACT Academy

How to Improve Your ACT Score by 2 Points in 20 Minutes

How to Create a College List (with tracking spreadsheet): Keep making progress. Make sure you’re excited about all the schools on your list, not just the reaches. Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be is a great read.

CLASS OF 2025 - Advisor Joanna Peters

Net Price Calculator: As we talk with students, we often hear a major priority for future college exploration is cost. Last week, with sophomores, we walked through how to find the Net Price Calculator on EVERY college website. EVERY college is required to have this tool! The reality is, no one remembers the full title of it. So, go to the website, type “aid calculator” in the search box, and voila!--net price calculator.

What is a Net Price Calculator? Here is a short video that explains the difference between sticker price and net price. The calculator will ask for information about the student and parent (no, you do not have to create an account) and give the ESTIMATED net price.

CLASS OF 2026 - Advisor Joanna Peters

This is the last chance to review your Freshman Checklist

Career & College Visits

In the Community

West Point Admissions Information Meeting presented by CPT Kelechi Odocha, the West Point Admissions officer for Colorado, will be on Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30PM at the downtown Colorado Springs Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade.

West Point Admissions Events to meet with an Admissions Counselor to learn what West Point offers, about life as a Cadet and the application process. Will be on May 10, 7:00pm at the Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Dr. Colorado Springs. Contact to reserve your spot.

Young Adult Job Fair on May 10, 12-4 at Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Create or update your account before attending the Job Fair. Meet & chat in person with employers who are offering jobs in the Pikes Peak Region.

Enrichment Opportunities

Want to share your love of the arts? Greenbox Arts is looking for students to learn and assist experienced teaching artists as they conduct multi-disciplinary arts day camps for K-8th graders. Camps will be held from June 13-30th, Tuesdays-Fridays, from 9AM-2PM. If interested, search Green Box Arts on the opportunities page on the PPBEA website.

Interested in encouraging STEM Careers at home? Check out these free resources.

Discover wild career pathways for students with a love for animals during a live Q&A with a panel of experts working in a range of exciting roles. Sessions on May 11 and June 8 at 11:00am. Register here It’s ok that you are not from Canada; just use TCA information.

ImpactLab is Wentworth's pre-college adventure for rising juniors and seniors in high school, intentionally designed for students to explore their passions in STEM while getting a preview of college life in the city of Boston. For more information about their hands-on pre-college experience visit them at

Career Focus - Healthcare

If you are eager to make your mark in the Healthcare world, check out Your Future in Healthcare Guide - a treasure trove of insights on thriving career trajectories, extraordinary summer experiences, and beyond.

Save The Date: PSAT/NMSQT Exam - Next Year

The PSAT/NMSQT Exam at TCA will be Thursday, October 5 from 8:00 -11:45am. This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying exam for juniors and is a PSAT/NMSQT practice exam for sophomores. The payment and registration deadline is September 8. Note: this is on the Thursday morning of Parent/Teacher Conferences BEFORE Fall Break. It has historically been scheduled by College Board during Fall Break.

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - 9th & 10th Grades, PSAT/NMSQT, Scholarships

Skip Zickmund, Assistant Director - 11th & 12th Grades, AP

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service