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Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

August 11, 2019

A Message from the Director

Parents and Students,

Tomorrow we will begin our 6th Summer Bridge! All incoming Freshmen must attend Summer Bridge to be prepared for success this year at Collegiate Academy! Transportation is provided from GMS, Mustang-Panther Stadium, HMS and the GCISD PDEC! Please check-out the flyer below for pick-up and drop-off times! Summer Bridge lunch will be provided FREE of charge by Tarrant County College NE! Freshmen, please remember to bring your laptop and wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking all over the TCC NE campus!

This week CA will be hosting Parent Meetings on Wednesday and Thursday night. The Freshman Parent meeting will be held on August 14 at Center Corner on the TCC NE campus at 5:30pm. The Junior Parent Meeting is August 15 at the GCISD PDEC at 5:30pm and the Senior Parent Meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the GCISD PDEC! We can't wait to see you there! Sophomore parents, we haven't forgotten you, but will be scheduling your meeting later this fall!

Parents, we will be hosting Career Labs this fall on Friday afternoon on October 18 and November 15. If you would be willing to give our students a real-world experience on what it is like to be you, please email me and I will send you more information! I am excited to offer this opportunity for our students, but we need your help!


Together we will make a difference!

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

From the Dean's Desk

Collegiate Academy Freshmen

This year, we are excited to be launching a new Elite Performance Program so that you can track your growth in Collegiate Academy. It will be tough to earn Elite Performance status each semester, but you can do it! You will learn more about this program when you meet with me next week at Summer Bridge. See you there!


CA Senior Parent Meeting - New Date/Location!

Our Senior Parent Meeting will be on Aug. 15 at 7:00 PM at the PDEC (5800 Colleyville Blvd.). This meeting is a mandatory requirement (parent and student) for anyone who wants to be on the Optional Flexible School Day Program. OFSDP allows you to attend school only when you have classes, but there are several requirements for eligibility and continued participation. Questions? Email Mr. White.

CA Junior Parent Meeting - New Date/Location!

Our Junior Parent Meeting will be on Aug. 15 at 5:30 PM at the PDEC (5800 Colleyville Blvd.). This meeting is a mandatory requirement (parent and student) for anyone who wants participate in independent study, and there are several requirements for eligibility and continued participation. Questions? Email Mr. White.

CA Freshman Parent Meeting

Our Freshman Parent Meeting will be on Aug. 14 at 5:30 PM here at Center Corner (on the TCC Northeast Campus). Please save the date and get ready for a great freshman year at Collegiate Academy!


No sophomore parent meeting at this time. As always, please feel free to call or email if you have any questions.


Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores - We will issue textbooks on August 14, 15 and 16 following the same procedures as last semester. Please plan to meet with Mr. White between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM to receive your textbooks.

Freshmen - We will issue textbooks to freshmen during Summer Bridge (Aug. 12-16). See you there!

School Counselor Chronicles

I am extremely excited to transition from the classroom to the counseling office and try to help all of you reach your post-secondary aspirations while maintaining the best possible frame of mind in the process! I'll be working closely with our wonderful Pathways teachers to create times throughout the semester to pull you out of class to meet about your 4-year plan, your current status in that 4-year plan, and how we can ensure that your 4-year plan becomes a reality. If you'd like to schedule a time to meet with me regarding academic or personal concerns, please email me and we can get a time set up!

  • College Schedules:

Students, it is important that you do not make any changes to your current Fall 2019 TCC Schedule. This includes changing the actual course to another course and making changes to the course section (changing the day/time that the course is scheduled and/or changing the professors).

If you need to make a change to your TCC Fall Schedule, please contact me prior to making the change. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE WITHOUT CONTACTING ME, YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THAT COURSE.

If TCC has made a change to your schedule over the summer (such as dropping you from a class that doesn’t have enough students), please contact me as soon as possible so that we can help you register for another course/section. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH.

  • High School Schedules:

Your schedules are almost complete. If you are an incoming freshman you can expect to receive your schedule on the last day of Summer Bridge. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior you can pick up your schedule on the first day of school, or see them when the district opens our skyward schedule view to students and parents. I will also send out an email through skyward to everyone when all of the schedules are done and you will be able to view your schedule on Skyward.

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CA Registration

Collegiate Academy's student registration

Returning Student Registration: If you are a returning GCISD student, registration needs to be completed in the Skyward Family Access module. The primary parent in Skyward will be the parent that will be able to enroll their students.

FREE TSI Reading Boot Camp for Grades 10-11

Our 10th and 11th grade students are expected to take their college U. S. History class this year. TCC will not let you take this class if you have not yet passed the TSI Reading test. If you have not passed TSI Reading, you will not be able to take this class and will fall behind on your associate's degree. We had a boot camp in June and most of the students who participated each day passed the tests and are now enrolled in their college classes. Ms. Knutz is asking all 10th and 11th grade students who are not TSI Reading complete to attend the TSI Reading Boot Camp. Please see below for the details on this required bootcamp and how to sign up.

The bootcamp will be held on the following dates and times at Collegiate Academy:

August 12 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

August 13 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. *Please note the end time on this day as it is earlier than the other days.

August 14 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

TSI Boot Camp Bus Info:

GMS Bus Pickup: There will be free bus service that picks up at GMS at 8:15 a.m. each day to bring students to Collegiate Academy for TSI Boot Camp and Summer Bridge. It will also take students from CA back to GMS when the boot camp session is over each day.

Mustang-Panther Stadium Bus Pickup: There will be free bus service that picks up at Mustang-Panther Stadium (by the water tower) at 8:30 a.m. each day to bring students to Collegiate Academy for TSI Boot Camp and Summer Bridge. It will also take students from CA back to Mustang-Panther Stadium when the boot camp session is over each day.

PDEC Pickup: There will be free bus service that picks up students at the PDEC (by the awning) at 8:15 a.m. each day to bring students to Collegiate Academy for TSI Boot Camp and Summer Bridge. It will also take students from CA back to the PDEC when the boot camp session is over each day. The PDEC is located at 5800 Colleyville Blvd. Colleyville, TX 76034

HMS Bus Pickup: There will be free bus service that picks up at HMS at 8:30 a.m. each day to bring students to Collegiate Academy for TSI Boot Camp and Summer Bridge. It will also take students from CA back to HMS when the boot camp session is over each day.

What to Bring: Bring a pencil and charged laptop each day.

Lunch will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own food /drinks if you prefer.

Sign Up Form:

Please sign up by August 5, 2019 so that your teachers can design lessons that meet your specific needs.

See you on August 12!


The PSAT test this year is Wednesday, October 16, 2019. All CA 9 - 11 graders will be tested on that day. CA will be hosting a PSAT prep class for any interested junior beginning September 3 - October 15 on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Students must make a commitment to attend all sessions. Sign-ups will begin August 19 in Junior Pathways classes. All CA 9 - 11 graders will prep for the test in their Pathways classes. This will be extra support for juniors interested in raising their PSAT scores! Transportation will be provided from CA to Mustang/Panther Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

We want to hear from you! As members of PTK, your feedback is very important to us. We are constantly looking for opportunities to involve our ECHS members. An important part of PTK is fundraising, and we would like to bring some of those events to your high school building. Please let us know what are some fundraisers that you would want to see at your high school. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact any of the PTK officers.

If you are a PTK member please fill out this form. PTK is looking for ways to make sure that the ECHS members are able to receive all of the information and resources available to the rest of the college members.

Lesly Alvarado
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Tau Chapter Early College High School Liaison

GCISD Technology

Ensuring your Student's District Technology is Ready for the 2019-20 School Year

As we get close to the start of school, it's important; we make sure your students have all the supplies and tools needed to be successful. If your child has a district-issued iPad/Chromebook or laptop, now is the time to look it over.

Most common things to look for when checking out your student's devices:

1. Cracked or damaged screen

2. Missing keys

3. Lost chargers

Remember for district IPads crack screens while in the protective district case is free* to repair.

GCISD technology provides summer repair services, so act now to help eliminate any lost instructional time for device repairs at the start of school. Click the link below for information on summer device repair.

*few only applies if blatant misuse has occurred ( ran over by vehicles, thrown off buildings, etc.) and actual iPad screen is damaged.

Student Skyward logins have changed

To better serve our students, GCISD technology has migrated all Student logins into Skyward to match their network logins. Students will no longer need to remember a separate login when trying to access Skyward.

As a reminder, please encourage students to use Classlink to login. By using Classlink students will get instant access into all their district resources without having to remember passwords or links.

Senior Cap and Gown Yearbook Photo - Last Chance to Be included in your Senior Yearbook

If you did not take your senior cap and gown photo in June, don't forget to set up an appointment for the makeup day on Friday August 30. The yearbook photo session is free, and they have photo packages you can buy if you are interested. You just need an appointment. Set up your appointment now to guarantee yourself a time that works with your schedule. Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. and are set on a first come first serve basis. The link to set up the appointment is below.

Grapevine-Colleyville Collegiate Academy - Hurst, TX - Senior Portraits -

Choose Your Experience. Traditional sittings include your standard yearbook pose and additional outfits of your choice. They are taken either at your school or in our studio. A Senior Showcase sitting includes an hour-long portrait session at an outdoor location of your choice.. Schedule Your Sitting. Use the calendar below to book your traditional sitting appointment.

If you can't set up an appointment online or have any questions about the photos, call or email customer care center at 1-800-348-4360 or

Photos will be taken at Collegiate Academy in the Common Area at the time and date you schedule your appointment.

9th-11th Grade Class Yearbook Photos

Legacy Studios will be in the Collegiate Academy Common Area for 9th-11th grade yearbook photos on the following dates:

Class photos for Grades 9-11

September 13 from 8:30-11:30

Class Photo for Grade 9-11 Makeups/Retake

Oct. 11 from 8:30-11:30.


We sincerely appreciate the investment of your time as a volunteer. Whether it is just volunteering with your child's classroom, your school's field day or in any capacity in connection with our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you must complete the following Volunteer Background Authorization form online.

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.

Aug 12-16 - Freshman Summer Bridge

Aug 12-14 - TSI Reading Bootcamp, Grades 10-11

Aug 14, 15, 16 - Textbook Checkout, 8:30 - 4:00 (10-12 grades)

Aug 14 - Freshman Parent Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Center Corner, BLDG NSTU

Aug 15 - Junior Parent Meeting, 5:30 p.m., PDEC, 5800 Colleyville Blvd

Aug 15 - Senior Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. PDEC, 5800 Colleyville Blvd

Aug 19 - First Day of School

Aug 30 - Senior Cap and Gown Yearbook Photo Makeup day, 8:30-4:00

Sep 13 - Class Photos for Grades 9-11, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sep 16 - Balfour Senior Rings Talk 11:00 am

Sep 23 - Five Year Celebration and Open House

Oct 11 - Class Photo Makeup Day, Grades 9-11, 8:30-11:30 a.m.