TOPS HS Weekly Scholar

January 19, 2016 - Today we LEARN. Tomorrow we LEAD!

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K12 Parent/Learning Coach Information

Do you need a place to go for tips, reviews on navigating the OLS, and perhaps to even find out outings, events, and make parent connections? Please visit our K12 TOPS Start Page. Bookmark the website and visit it often throughout the year!

http://tops.k12start.com/

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Your TOPS Faculty and Staff

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Teacher Paws for Praise!

Would you like to recognize a TOPS teacher or staff member? Click on this link to send them some kudos!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JOmK_N-0D5GwogaKy0iV7ElOdYboReDxBW9-4PxjxQk/viewform
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K12 National Clubs

Are you interested in building social relationships with other students across our K12 schools who may have a shared interest with you? Click on the link below to learn more about the clubs and sign-up!


http://www.k12.com/k12-student-clubs

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Learning Coach Mentor Meet-Ups!


Mentor Meet ups are a great place for new learning coaches to get their wings!


Here are the dates for the rest of the year.


A kmail will come to families on the day of each MMU with the link. 12/15/15, 1/6/16, 2/2/16, 2/16/16, 3/1/16, 3/24/16, 4/5/16, 4/28/16, and 5/10/16.


Click here to attend: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=559&password=M.EB4760030647691F835133FECEBBBC
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School Outings and Events Calendar

Would you like to connect with other K12 Texas students and parents? Would you like to meet some of our teachers and staff? Please be sure and visit our calendar of events. We look forward to getting the chance to meet you in person!


Click here for our calendar: http://tops.k12start.com/calendar/

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Please join us in welcoming these new teachers to our team at TOPS!

Amara Theriault
PE / Health
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Cheryl Stanton
Journalism & Public Speaking
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Stephanie Blondeau
English 2 & English 3
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Mark Your Calendars!

Jan. 19- New Student Orientation
Jan. 19- Last Day to Complete EOC Benchmark Testing in USA Test Prep
Jan. 19- 2nd Semester Begins
Jan. 22- Report Cards
All Week- Course Orientations with Your Teachers
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Online Learning Course

All students are required to complete the Online Learning Course at the beginning of the school year. We have many students who still need to complete the course. If you are not sure how to do this or have other questions, please reach out to your Homeroom Advisor.

Please aim to have the OLL course completed over the break if you have not already!
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  1. Seniors, continue to focus your college research and narrow down your choice of colleges that you will apply to. Remember your goal should be 5 colleges: 2 that are your “dream schools”, 2 that you have a pretty good chance of being admitted to and 1 safe school to which you already meet the entrance requirements.
  2. Seniors, apply for a PIN number at www.fafsa.ed.gov so you will be ready to apply for financial aid. Remember both you and your parents need a PIN number. Curious to know how much money you might get for financial aid? Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on FAFSA4caster to find out!
  3. Continue to search for scholarships. Remember this should be your part-time job right now! It is truly hard work applying for scholarships, but the reward is so worth it in the end when you see those scholarships begin to add up. Sign up for a FREE scholarship search engine like www.fastweb.com and the site will email you scholarships that match your profile.
  4. Seniors, continue working on your college applications. Get those essays written and out to others to proof read for you. Remember, a good essay can get you into the college if you are considered “on the bubble” for admission! Make it your goal to get all of your applications completed by the end of Thanksgiving break. You will feel so much less stress when those applications are in! I’ve attached at the back of this newsletter the application deadlines according to the applytexas.org website for all the 4 year colleges in the state. However, please double check with the college website to make sure these dates are correct.
  5. Reflect on your 1st semester grades and progress. Are you on track? Are you making good progress toward completion of all your classes? Remember colleges do look at grades in conjunction with test scores as an indicator of college success. They are very important, so buckle down and create a plan for you to earn the best grades possible!
  6. Register for the ACT is at www.actstudent.org. Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com. If you are a senior and have not taken these tests or you want to try and raise your scores, please register ASAP.
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Credit Recovery

Since TOPS is considered a college prep program, we do not offer credit recovery classes. This means that if you fail a course, it will be up to you to recover that credit outside of TOPS unless you choose to wait until that course is offered again next school year.

Please keep in mind this is another reason to stay on top of your grades, so you can graduate on time and don't need to worry about how to recover credits.

If you do need recover credits, please reach out to your Homeroom Advisor and/or Counselor for more information.

TXVA Taught Courses

Some of our courses are taught by TXVA teachers. If you are in that course or another 3rd party course, you must follow the schedule for that specific teacher. This may look different than the TOPS exam schedule. If you are unsure, please contact the individual teacher for that course.
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In Addition to Kmail, you may reach us at following numbers and emails:

Leslie Smith, Principal: 832-265-2969; lsmith@k12.com
Katie Skillrud, Operations Manager:
972-420-1404, Ext. 1001 kskillrud@k12.com
Bre'Anna Murphy, Registrar: 972-420-1404, Ext. 1005 bmurphy@k12.com
Bryan Lankford, Lead Teacher (Math, Science, PE/Health):
972-643-8606 blankford@k12.com
Allyson Arnwine, Lead Teacher (ELA, SS, and Spanish):
972-905-1714 aarnwine@k12.com
Maren Garza, Counselor: 214-945-4251 mgarza@k12.com
Main TOPS Office: 972-420-1404
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