Weekly Campus Update
Open House, Tuesday 9/29 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Please RSVP to come to our 1st Years' iTitan Presentation Event!
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!
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:
4th Year News:
Please take a moment to assist a project team by completing this survey: http://www.tinyurl.com/gracefulsurvey
Principal's Coffee on 9/24
Mississippi State was on campus today!
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
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 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>.
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