Titan eNews

Weekly Campus Update

Open House, Tuesday 9/29 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Please join us for Open House next Tuesday evening! Our learners will showcase some of their project deliverables, and the 1st years will be available to practice their iTitan presentations with you as well. Our Dad's Club plans to have some burgers and dogs out front for food and fellowship, too! 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years may be fitted for an order their Titan letter jackets as well ~ see the flyer below!
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Please RSVP to come to our 1st Years' iTitan Presentation Event!

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1st Years News:

The first years will have their first presentation next Thursday, October 1st! On Open House night, project groups will show parents their Fab Lab creations and practice their tour.


Most of our presentations at the Academy, including Thursday's, require business casual attire. The first years have been given general guidelines on what to wear. The Academy has a professional clothing closet for any learners who have difficulty getting proper attire. Please let the first year facilitators know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you to Mrs. Kellmeyer who brought a wardrobe for the clothing closet and has prepared it for learner use this year!

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2nd Year News:

The first presentation night of the year was a success! We would like to recognize the following teams for receiving a special award for their interactive presentations last Friday:

Team 2: Kari Lance, Christian Livingston and Sean Newman, “The Divergent Award”

Team 16: Josh Shaffer, Eli Smith and Emily Ward, “The Total Package Award”

Team 17: Jasmine Cao, Caden Casanova and Derek Dacus, “The Most Innovative Award”

Team 25: Taylor Carson, Sofia Caton and Alex Faulkenbury, “The Togetherness Award”

Team 30: Julianne Buchanan, Sam Lowrance and Brandon Huynh, “The Totally Titan Award”


Second Year learners have begun their next project, Really, Really Cold Case. In this project learners will delve into the chaotic world of politics and identity, by describing the actions surrounding a fictional crime. They will be asked to consider historical information and use scientific techniques as they convey the significance of the scene of the crime, politically and biologically.

During Titan Time, Detective Pfahning from the Plano Police department spoke with learners about compiling a case file and solving cold cases. Learners will use this information as they prepare for their mid point file review presentation on October 16th.


Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the viewing of the film, Everest on October 1st at the Studio Movie Grill in Richardson. Tickets are available for $10.00 at school or online through the PTSA Toolkit.

3rd Year News:

We are coming down to the nitty gritty in the Fights for Your Rights Project. The learners are finally talking to the opposition in evidence exchange and Depositions. The kids are gearing up for the final showdown in the Mock Trials happening on October 7th and 8th.

4th Year News:

INTERNSHIP paperwork is past due to Ms. Cone. Please encourage your learner to turn in their paperwork on Monday. Over half of our learners still need to complete this step even though they've completed their internships. Chances are, your child is one of those who need a parental reminder. Thank you!!


Please take a moment to assist a project team by completing this survey: http://www.tinyurl.com/gracefulsurvey

Principal's Coffee on 9/24

Thank you for carving out time in your morning to join me and our PTSA in the Dome for breakfast goodies, coffee, and conversation! I'm so pleased that many of you lingered and got to know each other, interacted with our learners, and connected with our PTSA members.
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Staff Directory

We have had some parents ask about where to locate the staff email addresses to work directly with their child's facilitators. This information is available on our webpage under the About Us tab here: http://academyhs.pisd.edu/?page_id=1064

Mississippi State was on campus today!

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Counselors' Corner!

College Visits


Upcoming visits from colleges include:

October 1- Columbia University

October 9- Louisiana State University, University of Alabama

October 13- School of the Art Institute of Chicago

October 14- George Washington University


Further College Information

Please follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for other opportunities to interact with College Representatives who visit the Dallas area.

For example, Southwestern University has an event on Sunday November 8 for prospective students.

Take a look at Paideia: www.southwestern.edu/paideia/

Twitter: @PAHSCounseling, Facebook: PAHSCounseling

Upcoming Testing

On October 14th, 1st – 3rd years will be participating in important testing.

1st years will be taking the CogAT test.

2nd & 3rd years will be taking the PSAT.

For 2nd years, the PSAT is given to all students in the district, free of charge.

For 3rd years, the PSAT is offered to students and costs $15.00.


This administration of the PSAT is particularly important because it is your student’s first look at the redesigned test.

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in March.

This is also the National Merit qualifying test for juniors.

We HIGHLY encourage all 3rd years to test.

Payment of $15.00 is due to Mrs. Parker in the Counseling office by September 15.

We can accept cash or check made out to Academy High School.


If you have any questions regarding this testing, please contact your learner’s counselor.

Save the Date!!! Graduation and Junior/Senior Prom

Our graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Plano Senior High School at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Our graduation gowns will be pearl grey with a Titan blue stole and tassel similar to what is pictured here.


Our Junior/Senior Prom will be held on May 14th at the Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center.


We have committees working on both of these events that include our learners and look forward to these very special events and the memories to be made!

Learner Picture Retakes will be Oct. 5th in the morning!

Has your senior scheduled their senior portraits yet? Reminder to schedule now!

Student Leadership Advisory Council

Launched by State Representative Jeff Leach in 2014, the Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) is designed to provide a unique opportunity for high school students within House District 67 to engage in the legislative process with Representative Leach and his staff and to obtain a hands-on education of the role and inner-workings of Texas state government.

"The primary objective of the Student Leadership Advisory Council is to educate, encourage and inspire our next generation of Texas leaders by providing them with a venue to learn the intrinsic value of public service," stated Leach. "It is my hope that through this program, these bright young leaders will leave with a more thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of the Texas Legislature and the significance of civic engagement."

Representative Leach's office is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private or homeschool and must reside in District 67<http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx>. Students will be selected by the Student Leadership Advisory Council Selections Committee, which is comprised of various community leaders within House District 67. Applications are due September 29, 2015 and final selections will be announced on October 7, 2015.

Students selected to participate in the Student Leadership Advisory Council will be required to attend three meetings throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Meetings will be led by Representative Leach and his staff as well as other elected officials, covering various topics including the significance of community involvement, the role and functions of state government and the overall legislative process.

Click here<http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/media/67/2015-2016-SLAC-Application.pdf> to access the application for the Student Leadership Advisory Council for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information please contact Representative Leach's District Office at (972) 424-1419 orDistrict67.Leach@house.state.tx.us<mailto:District67.Leach@house.state.tx.us>.

Upcoming Dates:

9/29 ~ Fall Open House

10/1 ~ 1st Years iTitan Presentation Day

10/1 ~ Columbia University

10/5 ~ Picture Retakes

10/7-8 ~ 3rd Year Mock Trials

10/9 ~ Louisiana State University, University of Alabama

10/12 ~ Student/Teacher Holiday

10/13 ~ School of the Art Institute of Chicago

10/14 ~ George Washington University

10/14 ~ PSAT and CoGAT testing

10/16 ~ End of 1st 9 Weeks Grading/Progress Period

10/19 ~ 4th Yrs Take Off Presentation Event

10/26 - 30 ~ Red Ribbon Week