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Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

January 19, 2020

Parents and Students,

Important Reminder: Collegiate Academy and TCC NE will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in honor of Martin Luther King.

The 2018/19 CA Report Card is attached below. We earned an A overall from the state accountability office. We are working hard this year to improve in all areas, but especially in Student Achievement and Closing the Gap. We are using our 5th period time to make sure every student gets the support they need to be not only a successful high school student, but college student, as well. If you have concerns about your student's support for TSI or STAAR, please get in touch with their content teacher or Pathways teacher to discuss how we can meet your student's needs. It takes us all working together to achieve greatness, and being great is what we are going for!

Enjoy the long weekend and let's get back to taking care of business on Tuesday, January 21!

Always grateful,

Ms. Knutz

"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why!" Mark Twain


Textbooks for Spring 2020

Collegiate Academy Students,

The deadline to pick up your college books is Wednesday, January 22.

If you have any questions please email Mr. White


Matthew White
Associate Director
Collegiate Academy at TCCNE


Attention Parents:

Your students started their college classes last week and they've all had a ton of changes to their schedules during that time as well. This is a great time to talk to them and see if they can articulate why they're in the classes that they're in. If they are uncertain of why they're in certain classes, or if you don't know why they're in them, please reach out to me and I can explain!

This is going to be the best semester we've ever had at Collegiate Academy and we are going to work hard to ensure that the students are successful in the classes they're enrolled in so that we can avoid dropping classes. Parents and CA Staff must represent a unified front in helping our students be successful so I will be trying to do a better job of communicating with consistency in this newsletter. If you have any individual questions please let me know and I almost always return emails within 24 hours.

Riley Cavanagh


Collegiate Academy ay TCC NE

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The FINAL opportunity to order your yearbook is January 31st! See the attached image as a teaser of our Homecoming Pages, and then order at the following link:

Freshman Parents,

Your children have completed the first week of their second semester in college! You should be so proud of them. I am so excited to see how your students are taking advantage of this opportunity each day. They are working hard! Please remember that your students are freshman taking college classes - encourage them, praise their big and small victories, and support them as they are doing something challenging and AMAZING!

Here is what support can look like:

  • Remind them that you are proud of their bravery of taking college classes as freshman in high school.
  • Have them tell you about the most interesting thing they've learned in their college classes.
  • Look at the course work and ask questions.
  • Look over their grades in Blackboard with them, and ask them about what the different categories mean.
  • Remind them about self care (taking walks, reading books, quick brain breaks).
  • Sign up for Remind 101. I send out reminders to students about upcoming tests and grade checks. If you sign up, you will get reminders as well. It's a great conversation starter! It's easy....Just text one of the following codes to 81010.

Monday/Wednesday 2nd period: @pathwaysmw

Monday/Wednesday 4the period: @pmw4

Tuesday/Thursday 1st period: @9ec7k23

Tuesday/Thursday 3rd period: @fcbfdek

Just a few reminders:

  • Have your student charge their laptop each night. (No battery is like coming to school without a pencil when we were young )
  • Make sure they are keeping up with their passwords for WebAdvisor, Skyward, and VHL.
  • Please support your students in maintaining good attendance.

Finally, please feel free to email me at if you have any questions/concerns about your child.

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Class of 2020

SENIOR (and junior) RINGS:

Missed your chance to order your senior ring? Balfour will be coming back on January 22nd during lunch to collect class ring and letter jacket orders! $80 deposit due. Order packets and more information is in the front office.

yearbook senior recognition

To the Parents of Seniors! You can now purchase Senior Recognition Pages in the yearbook. If you want to make sure your senior is sent off to college in style, you can purchase anywhere from an 1/8 of a page to a full page and design it with photos of them and a message. Just follow the link below and click on "Yearbook Recognition Ads" to sign in and start designing!

All Pages are Full Color!

1/8 Page - $30

1/4 Page - $50

1/2 Page - $85

Full Page - $150


Seniors! Remember to submit your interest form! We are also collecting payments for Senior Shirts, Seniors Day and Prom! Pay with cash or checks (in writing to "Collegiate Academy"). All payments are due at the end of January. Please see Mrs. Roberts during the approval periods or the fifth period (do not interrupt a class). The current price is $ 80 and prices increase in February to $ 90 per graduation ticket.

Collegiate Academy 2019-2020 TSI

Evening Testing Schedule

Students may sign up for one of the following evening TSI Testing sessions this year if they prefer testing after school. Spaces are provided on a first come first serve basis. Students will need to arrange for a ride home after they complete their test. Mrs. Haney sent an email to all students last week with the dates and links to the Google form to reserve a spot in the testing room. If your student has accidentally deleted the email or needs assistance signing up, please ask them to email Kristinia Haney at for assistance.

Upcoming After School Testing Sessions in Room 1238:

Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • February 11 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • March 17 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • May 12 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test

school support

School Spirit

Do you want to wear something that proudly represents Collegiate Academy?

Visit the following link

Orders will be delivered to CA, just please make sure to choose group delivery at checkout.



Do you like to help others? Need volunteer hours? Have a favorite subject? We are starting a CA Peer Tutoring program DURING THE SCHOOL DAY! To be apart of this, please fill out the form:


If you are a parent wanting to help with prom (fundraising, decorations, donations, etc.), please email Mrs. Roberts with your child's name and current grade level, as well as how you would like to help. Thank you!

Prom Volunteers

Underclassmen wanting to volunteer at prom need to email Mrs. Roberts with what club they are representing and what time slot they want to volunteer during (5-8pm or 8-11pm).

Dress code for volunteers is all black.


For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and are asked to complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check. All volunteers are required to reapply each year. Please click on link below to complete background application form. Application Form

Campus Newsletters

Finance and Budget Team

This Spring, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will form a Finance and Budget Team comprised of community members, parents, teachers, Trustees and administrators to gain knowledge about school finance as it pertains to GCISD. Click here to learn more about the team. GCISD will select two at-large members through a random lottery process. The application will be available on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m on the District’s website Each application will be time-stamped and numbered with two applications selected through a random number generator. If you have any questions regarding applying for the Finance and Budget Team, please email the District at

Not Just Blowing Smoke presented by Chandler's Hope

Wednesday, January 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Rawlins Lecture Hall at White's Chapel. This is a free event.

Nearly one in three high school seniors have tried vaping in the past year. What can parents do to prevent vaping? Be equipped with facts. Learn about e-cigarettes, current trends, local data and tobacco cessation presented by Tobacco Prevention Specialist Ashley Paramore.

It is important for parents to have information about threats to their children in order to prevent health and addiction issues.

For more information, visit:

"For the Future Candidate Forum on Public Education"

The GCISD Council of PTAs and Raise Your Hand Texas are hosting the "For the Future Candidate Forum on Public Education" at the Colleyville Center on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 PM. Texas House District 92 & 98 candidates will be answering questions on school safety, teacher pay, school finance, and accountability as well as taking written questions from the floor as time allows.

The GCISD Walk of Honor seeks to identify and recognize individuals who have become an important part of the GCISD story. Anyone may complete a nomination form and submit the required documents to the Walk of Honor Selection Committee. Each fall, new honorees are honored at a recognition event, and a permanent display of all honorees is housed at Mustang Panther Stadium in the Walk of Honor area. Nominations for next year’s class of honorees are now being accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination for consideration is April 30, 2020. Please visit the Nominate page for details.

Course Selection Guide Website - Now LIVE

For the past several years, the Course Selection Guide (formerly known as the Program of Study) document has been the main source of updated, annual information about available secondary courses.

This year for the first time it has been created as a website in hopes that this will be easier for students and parents to navigate and access. Click here to visit the website.

LEAP into Wellness

Join us for a Safety, Health and Wellness Conference geared towards students of all ages and families on February 29. Please view the flyer for more information.

LEAP into Wellness Flyer

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Junior Class SAT at School on March 4, 2020

Starting this school year, House Bill 3 (HB 3) included a school finance provision that provides for every junior and senior to take a college preparation exam at least once during high school. In October, approximately half of our seniors took the SAT at school at no cost to them. On March 4th, all GCISD juniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT at school at no cost as well. Materials for all juniors will be provided so no registration will be required.

"A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position." John C. Maxwell

Notes from the Attendance office:

Contact Amy Silva-Adams for Attendance questions.


If a student must be absent from school a parent/guardian should call attendance or send an email each day to report the absence. I will also accept a note from the parent/guardian the day the student returns to school.

If a student is missing for a doctor's appointment, it is very important to always get a note from the doctor and present it when signing into school or returning the following day. You or your physician may email the doctor's note directly to me.


Jan 20 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

Jan 24 - CA Volleyball Game @ TCC Gym 6-7PM

Jan 29 - Not Just Blowing Smoke presented by Chandler's Hope from 6 to 7 p.m. in Rawlins Lecture Hall at White's Chapel

Jan 30 - Basketball Game

Feb 7 - Career Lab

Feb 19 - Romeo & Juliet Bass for 9th Graders