Connections Weekly Newsletter

March 2, 2023

Community Service Hours

Reminder Seniors: Your Community Service deadline is approaching on March 20. As part of your graduation requirement, you are required to complete 30 volunteer hours, log them into X2VOL, and submit three 350-word papers about your experiences into the X2VOL Portfolio section. If you need help with X2VOL, see the next article. For questions about Green Cord, contact Kim Voicu or Cade Cheshire.

Need to log your Community Service hours? Check out this x2Vol HOW TO video. More information on the Community Service Graduation Requirements can be found on the TCA website on the Connections page.

Class of 2023 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

AP exams are just 8 weeks away; it’s never too early to start reviewing. The College Board offers study guides and review exams to help you prepare. Here is a link to the College Board resources.

As final admissions decisions from colleges start to roll in, it seems like an appropriate time to address the emotional impact of the college process — not on the kids but on their parents. This article will focus on the psychological well-being of parents as their child continues the separation process and moves through college selection.

Financial aid can be one of the more confusing aspects of the college admission process. Most students hope to receive some form of financial aid to help pay for the high cost of college. Unfortunately, no two award letters are created equal. It would certainly be helpful if they were, but every college has their own format and it’s often hard to compare one to the other. Here are five examples that will help you understand financial aid awards.

Class of 2024 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

AP exams are just 8 weeks away; it’s never too early to start reviewing. The College Board offers study guides and review exams to help you prepare. Here is a link to the College Board resources.

While each application is viewed and analyzed on its own merits, colleges and universities are considering a variety of factors and data points during that time. This article talks about how colleges choose which students to admit.

When applying to college, many students think they know which strategies will help them attract the attention – in a good way – of admissions officers. This article addresses the gap between perception and reality about what actually matters, and what matters most, when it comes to grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and other factors.

While the course requirements in the first three years of high school can often seem relatively straightforward, it is common for juniors in high school to be given a bit more leeway as they build their schedules. This article helps in planning a senior year, which subjects you should study, how difficult your classes should be, or how many courses you can fit into one course load.

Class 2025 and 2026 - Advisor Joanna Peters

Why should students save as many careers/career clusters and colleges as they might be considering?

1-When we discover an opportunity that is career specific, or we host a Career Chat for their career(s) of interest, we send an email (to the student email address in Naviance) about the activity. If careers are not saved, we may not know or recall their interest.

2-When colleges schedule a visit to TCA, if a student has saved it as a College I Am Interested In, Naviance will send an email invitation to the student for the visit.

For example, I just sent an internship opportunity to students who are interested in Finance. If YOU are interested, here is the information. But, SAVE THE CAREER in Naviance for future opportunities!

Save The Date: PSAT/NMSQT Exam - Next Year

The PSAT/NMSQT Exam at TCA will be Thursday, October 5 from 8:00 -11:45am. This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying exam for juniors and is a PSAT/NMSQT practice exam for sophomores. The payment and registration deadline is September 8. Note: this is on the Thursday morning of Parent/Teacher Conferences BEFORE Fall Break.

Career & College Visits


Next Week in Connections, Room 1104

* Tuesday, 3/7 10:30, BINGO
* Friday, 3/10 11:25, Adams State University

In the Community

This Weekend - Spring RMACAC College Fairs: March 4 from 9:00-11:30 at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs and March 5 from 1:00-3:30 at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver. Register in Advance.

Colorado Law Enforcement Job Fair, Wednesday, March 8 from 11am-5pm at Denver Premium Outlets Dining Hall, 13801 Grant Street, Thornton. If you are interested in Law Enforcement, check out the link about careers.

Arts, Design & Multimedia Event with a Career Panel will be on March 18 from 10 am – 12:30 pm at Rampart High School at 8250 Lexington Drive. Register here.


Save the Date for Spring 2023 NACAC Virtual College Fairs on March 19 and April 23. All fairs will feature College MatchMaking which matches students to specific colleges and universities based on the criteria they provide. Register here.

Enrichment Opportunities


Have you ever wondered what the United Nations is? Or what it does? If so, join the tutors for a model united nations (MUN) conference! Click here for more information.

Wake Forest University is offering a Summer Medical Immersion Program and a Summer Immersion Program which allows students to dive deep into a field and gives them access to world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals.

Check out these Pre-Med Summer Programs at TeenLife.

Asheville University is offering a Meteorology camp from June 25 – June 30 and a Climate, Robotics, Rocketry & Aerospace Engineering camp from June 18 – June 23.

University of Rochester Online Healthcare Programs offer year-round courses in medicine and healthcare and give high school students the chance to explore the medical field before college.

Boston Leadership Institute: Forensic Science Summer Program is a precollege program that allows students to explore how the latest DNA and genetic testing and technologies can be used by law enforcement and medical examiners.

Public Health Museum: Outbreak! is a FREE online program for students entering grades 10 to 12 interested in careers in public health, medicine, epidemiology, bioethics, nursing, virology, mental health, and more!

Acadia Institute is offering a two week Advanced Marine Science Camp Program in Seal Harbor, Maine for college credit.

At the Illinois Tech Elevate College Prep Summer Programs they are offering programs that examine pressing issues facing our society, including STEM, sustainability, next-generation technology, computing and security, and much more.

Interested in STEM? Check out these competitions!

UC Health is offering a Junior Medical School 2023 program, a comprehensive, four-day, in-hospital program for juniors and seniors who want to interact with experienced healthcare professionals as they consider further healthcare education and future job possibilities.

The University of the Pacific is hosting a two-week pre-college summer program where students can explore more than 50 academic and athletic programs in project-based learning activities taught in Pacific's labs, studios, fields, and makerspaces.

The South Dakota School of Mines offers pre-college STEM summer camps designed to expose students to how science works in the real world by providing exciting hands-on experiences.

Pikes Peak State College is hosting the following information sessions, click here to view events and register online.

* Nursing Info Session on March 13 at 1pm at the Rampart Range Campus
* Nursing Info Session on April 21 at 10am at the Rampart Range Campus
* Certified Nursing Assistant Info Session on May 3 at 6pm at the Centennial Campus and Virtual via Zoom

Scholarships and More

The Dr. Charles Thomas Scholarship at Ohio Wesleyan University is a $3,000 annual award for four years. All recipients of the scholarship will have their full financial needs met with a combination of scholarships, grants, Federal loans, and work-study.

The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program will pay for tuition, fees, and other educational costs, plus a monthly stipend in exchange, eligible nursing students will work at a critical shortage facility in a shortage designated area in a U.S. state or territory. The application cycle will open soon.

Unsure about filing your FAFSA? Check out this step-by-step video:

Career Focus - Astronomy/Space

Are you interested in Astronomy? The Webb Telescope has spotted a distant spiral galaxy like our own. Courtesy of the James Webb Space Telescope, here is another reminder of the abundancy and generosity of nature: thousands of galaxies, trillions of stars, and unnumbered planets, a boundless realm of possibilities stretching back 13 billion years in a small patch of sky in the constellation Hercules. Read More...

If you are interested in space, check out these links:

Volunteer at Challenger Learning Center


International Space Station National Laboratory

Space Camp

Museum of Flight

NASA Colorado Space Grant Consortium

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - 9th & 10th Grades, PSAT/NMSQT, Scholarships

Skip Zickmund, Assistant Director - 11th & 12th Grades, AP

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service