Connections Weekly Newsletter

September 22, 2023

Community Service

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 TCA

Monday 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 2Southern 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.

  • Virtual Service Academy/ROTC Congressional Information Day Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:45 PM. Register or contact Michael Werner for more information

  • Colorado Springs District 11 hosted Southern Colorado College fair Monday, Oct. 2 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coronado High School

November 5NACAC 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

Learn more here or Register now!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

  • 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.

Scholarships and Other Financial Aid

Ursinus College offers the Abele Scholars Program, a $10,000/year scholarship and additional financial and program support during the student's four years at Ursinus for high achieving students with demonstrated financial need. The first deadline to apply is November 1.

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.

If you are thinking about attending Montana State University, click here for MSU scholarship information.

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 News

Thinking about studying abroad? Check out Strathclyde in Scotland. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in attending Bowdoin or want to attend one of their helpful virtual sessions to learn more about the admissions procession, click here.

College Application Tips

The Rice admissions office is offering a virtual Writing Workshop: “Unlock Your Story: Effective Essay Writing.” In this class seniors will receive general advice on how to craft an essay using an authentic voice and personal story while gaining insight from Rice admission officers about how they read and evaluate essays.

For more help with college admissions, check out the latest Journal of College Admission from the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).


St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM is offering the “Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence” panel discussion on Friday, September 22 at 7pm as part of the Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. The panelists will provide starting points for a conversation with the audience about machine intelligence, what it is, what it is not, and the ramifications of its use.

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:

Champlain College offers summer programs for high school students looking to gain hands-on experience in a variety of exciting and in-demand fields.

Career Highlight - Forensic Science Technicians

More commonly referred to as Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) on tv, we’ve all seen Forensic Science Technicians at work on a case. Find out more about this fascinating career here.

Upcoming SAT and ACT Tests

The next SAT testing date is November 4, Register by October 5

The next ACT testing date is December 9. Register by November 3.

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - Juniors, Seniors, PSAT/NMSQT

Katina Dahl, Career and College Advisor - Freshmen, Sophomores

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service