Connections Weekly Newsletter
September 22, 2023
As a reminder, students in classes of 2025, 2026 and 2027, 40 hours of community service and 4 papers are required for graduation, and an additional 285 hours are needed for the green cord. For the class of 2023, 30 hours of community service and 3 papers are required for graduation, and additional 225 hours are needed for the green cord.
Recording Hours in x2VOL: x2VOL, the database used to track Community Service hours has moved out of Naviance and we want to clarify the log-in process. Students will no longer go in through Naviance but will go directly to the Community Service (x2VOL) link found on the TCA Intranet page and under the Family tab on the TCA website if logging in from home. Once at the Log-In screen, students will “Continue with Microsoft” and use their msa email address and password to log in. The attached guide provides instructions on how to log in and create records. If your students have any problems, they may stop by Connections and talk to Mrs. Hoffman.
Save the Date
College Visits, College Fairs, and Career Chats are open to 9th-12th grade students. Sign up in Naviance under "What's New" at least one day in advance of session.
College Rep Visits Next Week at TCAMonday 25, 9:35am – High Point University
Tuesday 26, 9:35am – Pikes Peak State College
Wednesday 27, 10:30am – Minneapolis College of Art of Design
Thursday 28, 10:30am – Colorado Christian University
October 2 - Mini-College Fair - Extended Flex
October 5 – PSAT/NMSQT exam for pre-registered 10th and 11th graders, arrive 7:45am.
In the Community
October 2 – Southern Colorado College Fair, Palmer High School, 5:30-7:30
October 8 - Colorado College Fall Open House. Sign up soon, as space is limited.
If you are interested in attending a Service Academy, West Point Admissions Representative, Michael Werner, will be at the following events.
Colorado Springs District 11 hosted Southern Colorado College fair Monday, Oct. 2 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coronado High School
November 5 – NACAC College Fair, Denver, CO Convention Ctr., 700 14th St.,1:00-4:00
Go to College Fairs is offering a series of Specialty virtual fairs this fall. Live fair hours are 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm (ET) each date for the following fairs:
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Virtual College Fair - Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Learning Differences Virtual College Fair - Thursday, October 12, 2023
First-Generation Virtual College Fair - Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Sunday, October 15 – 11:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, November 12 – 11:00am-4:00pm
The Coalition for College offers a wide variety of resources. These upcoming classes help in the college application and financial aid process.
Completing the CSS Profile - October 4, 8:00-9:00pm
Succeeding in College as a First-Generation Student - November 7, 8:00-9:00pm
Preparing to Complete the FAFSA - November 28, 8:00-9:00pm
Scholarships and Other Financial Aid
The University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarships are awarded to seniors who demonstrate excellence and exceptional potential in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and engaged citizenship. Recipients receive the entire cost of attendance at UVA and many supplemental enrichment experiences—a value of more than $345,000.
The Daniels Scholarship Program is for motivated students with great potential, strong character, and big dreams. As a Daniels Scholar, the full cost of attendance is covered at partner schools within Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Applications accepted online until October 15.
College Application Tips
For more help with college admissions, check out the latest Journal of College Admission from the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
Advanced Science Exploratory Program is hosting their first in-person event November 4 in San Francisco. The NeuroNetwork Career Symposium is a half-day, immersive experience for high-school and college students interested in learning about the career opportunities in scientific research, and how to navigate towards them. Deadline to register ends TODAY, September 22.
The University of Alabama will continue to offer the Early College 200 College Readiness Course free to all students. To apply, students must submit the application and $40 application fee (or fee waiver) and request their high school counselor submit an official transcript for them.
From Northwestern University:
The National High School Institute offers summer programs with concentrations in theater, musical theater, film & video, playwriting and debate.
The Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute gives rising seniors, or "Cherubs," experience in print, broadcast and digital media
Career Highlight - Forensic Science Technicians
Connections Center (Career & College)
Katina Dahl, Career and College Advisor - Freshmen, Sophomores
Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service