Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

NOVEMBER 14, 2021

Phoenix Family,

As we near the end of the fall semester, I would like to challenge all students to Finish up Strong! Final exams, projects and presentations are just around the corner and can be very stressful. However, Hard Work and Preparation create the best pathway for finishing Strong! It is not the time to give up! Whether you’re a borderline “C” or earning a solid “B” every student will benefit from putting forth your best effort. The Finish Line is in Site! It’s NOT too late to make a Difference! Contact your professor or high school teacher, if you are unsure of where you stand. The MOST underused resource at school - and the one most likely to benefit your grade is your college professor or high school teacher. Now is the time to ask questions or clarify meanings! They are there to help you achieve academic success.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder:

Please drop-off and pick-up your students in front of the warehouse just south of the CA front door! Buses turn immediately to the right when entering the parking lot and drop off with the passenger door on the CA building side. Drivers that do not follow that pattern, can cause congestion. Please do not pull up to the front door with the passenger side facing highway 26. We want drop-offs and pick-ups as safe as possible. Thank you for understanding!

Always grateful,

Ms. Knutz

Assistant Principal

Lauren Jackson


Excused Absences List

Please remember that excused absences are as follows:

  • Illness

  • Documented healthcare appointments

  • Religious holidays

  • Covid positive result

  • Family funerals.

  • College visits & DPS appointments (more info below)

If we do not receive an email, a written parent note, a doctor’s note, a phone call, or a voicemail from the parent/ guardian, the absence will be marked as unexcused. Feel free to send these notes by the student or Mrs. Silva-Adams. See email below.

Checking out early? Let us help you!

If you are picking up a student for early checkout, we ask that you notify us ahead of time so that we can appropriately locate your student. We ask that you give us at least a 30-minute notice to ensure that this is handled in a timely fashion.

New this Year- DPS Excused Absence

TEA is allowing school districts to excuse one absence due to appointments at DPS. In the past, TEA has not allowed any excused absences of this kind. Just be sure to have your student bring a receipt of payment or a dated paper license as proof, and we can excuse their absence.

District Attendance Letters (3, 5, & 10 days)

As a reminder, District attendance letters will be sent home per District policy at 3, 5, and 10 days absences. Attendance letters are required to be sent out by state law in order to make parents aware of a student’s attendance. If you have any questions or feel that there has been an error in what has been reported, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Silva-Adams.

Friday Extended Day:

Who: CA Students

What: Friday Extended Day

Where: Collegiate Academy

When: Fridays from 1:45 to 4:30

Why: Friday extended day is a built in support for students to get the help they need from peer tutors. A late bus will arrive at CA at 4:30 and will drop students off at Mustang-Panther Stadium.


If a teacher has requested you to stay for Friday Extended Day, it is mandatory that you attend. We will provide tutors during that time so that you can get the support you need to be your best!

counselor's corner

Riley Cavanagh

Attention Seniors on OFSDP

Seniors that are on OFSDP listen up:

  1. You only have until Friday, November 19th deadline to complete the form for Mrs. McCormack that shows that you’ve either completed the FAFSA, completed the TASFA or are opting out. If this is not done by November 19th, when we return from Thanksgiving break you will no longer have OFSDP and you will have to attend school for the entire day, every day, until Winter Break in December.

  2. You are also getting closer and closer to your November 19th deadline to complete your Edgenuity classes. If this is not done by November 19th, when we return from Thanksgiving break you will no longer have OFSDP and you will have to attend school for the entire day, every day, until Winter Break in December.

Don’t Change Your College Classes!

Please do not change your college schedule moving forward without first talking to Mr. Cavanagh. If you change your schedule without talking to Mr. Cavanagh you will be dropped from the classes that you add so that your skyward schedule will match your TCC schedule.

uta dual enrollment

Juniors & Seniors: UTA dual enrollment window is open. If you are interested in learning more/applying for dual enrollment please email me at or stop by the counseling office.

visit to Cosmetology School

We are trying to put together a visit to a cosmetology school to learn about certifications and tour a facility. The tour will be Friday December 3 at 11:00am. Please stop by and see Ms. Jones in the counseling office or send her an email at Thank you so much.

Signs of Suicide Presentation

Next week on campus the counselors will be presenting the signs of suicide presentation to the entire campus over two days. It is a way for students to learn about depression and suicide and how to get help. Please let the counseling office know if you have any questions.

Monday November 15--Freshman & any junior or senior

Tuesday November 16--Sophomores & any junior or senior

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Each week we celebrate students who follow the Phoenix Strategies for Success!

  • Find your Vision
  • Work Hard
  • No Excuses
  • Learn from Failure
  • Be Grateful

emma vertachnik

Mrs. McCormack would like to recommend senior Emma Vertachnik for her HARD WORK. Emma has earned 180,000 dollars in college scholarship money from different colleges. I'm so proud!

Student ambassadors

Mrs. Knutz would like to give a shout out to Reyna Borges, Amelia Rollison, Jonathan Sanchez Pereda, Chy'Ann Trevino, Naomi Mireles, Alizay Mohamed.

These Student Ambassadors shared the Vision of CA with the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Leadership Grapevine! They not only shared the vision but related their experience at Collegiate Academy to all 5 strategies: Vision, Hard Work, No Excuses, Learn from Failure, and Grateful. They all were articulate and compelling as they shared their CA story. Thank You Students!

CA Staff Celebrations!

Our amazing Counselor, Riley Cavanagh, was dino-celebrated by the Dino Deeds of Colleyville, Texas! They paid him a visit to thank him for his hard work and dedication to the students of Collegiate Academy!

We are proud of you Mr. Cavanagh!!

We’re The Podcast Club aka The Collegiate Cast!

We record and upload on YouTube and Spotify, and feature our uploads in our official website! If you want to know more, check us out here

Class of 2022

Kaci Hill

Silent Auction

The Class of 2022 Auction is NOW OPEN!!! Please use the following link to navigate through our online auction site. We have also extended the auction deadline, that last day to make a bid is Monday, November 15th at 11:59 p.m. We thank everyone who donated and those who contribute to the Class of 2022. For any questions please contact our Class Sponsor at or our Class President at

Class of 2022 Silent Auction

ca mentors

Aaron Ruiz

Big picture

Mica Barton

Please follow these links to order and for more information.

Order Yearbooks Here

Order Senior Ad Page

Texas PTA Scholarship

Due: November 15

HEB Scholarship Program

Due: January 28

Boston University has two scholarships that are available until December 1st. To learn more about the requirements of these scholarships and other merit awards offered by BU, please visit our website.

  • Trustee Scholarship: Students must submit one additional essay with their application for admission.

  • Presidential Scholarship: This four-year, $25,000 scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic achievements.

H-E-B Scholarship Program

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to by no later than January 28, 2022.


Students who succeed despite the many challenges they face inspire us all and have tremendous potential to create change in the world. Dream Big Fort Worth is designed to help these students go to college and realize their big dreams.

November 8, 2021 and January 24, 2022 at 9 PM

Please visit the website, or email for more information.

travel to europe

Ready to travel the world? You’re invited to join Mr. Ruiz and a student group on an adventure to Berlin, Prague, Munich and Lucerne during the summer of 2023! To learn more scan the QR code below or contact Mr. Ruiz @

School of Health Professions at University of TX md anderson Cancer center

The 62nd Annual Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation High School Summer Program in Biomedical Sciences June 6 – Aug. 12, 2022. Applications available Nov. 1, 2021 – Jan. 20, 2022. Students graduating during the first week of the program are eligible to apply and if selected will join beginning June 13 for 9 weeks.

Attached is the informational flyer for potential applicants to the program (current seniors in a Texas public, private, charter or home schools graduating prior to the start of the program): (

No new applications will be taken after Jan. 20, 2022. They will select students and offer invitations on Feb. 14, 2022.


Toni Bourgeois


Anyone needing their Meningitis booster can go to the health department. Please take a copy of your current immunization record with you. Once you receive your Meningitis vaccine please forward it to me so I can update Skyward and send it to TCC. TCC requires the Meningitis vaccine if it has been 5 years since the last one. You may not be able to enroll in a TCC class if the vaccine is due or is due during that semester.

Appointments are available by calling 817-248-6066. Immunization fees for children 0-18 years old are $8 per vaccine. Medicaid and CHIP are accepted. Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna insurance now accepted.


6601 Watauga Rd, 76148


Monday - Friday

8 am-Noon & 1 pm-4 pm


536 W. Randol Mill Rd, 76011


Monday - Friday

8 am-Noon & 1 pm-4 pm

If you have any questions:


Need Glasses?

Please see the nurse if your glasses are lost or broken or if you are having trouble seeing.

GCISD CLINIC (Covid testing)

GCISD COVID-19 testing clinic

Covid -19 resources

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to Covid-19. There you can find all of the following information, plus more:


GCISD is making significant changes to procedures at the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center: 3051 Ira E. Woods Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051.

From 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

The center is only open for staff members. During this time frame, staff members will not be required to have an appointment.

From 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Students and staff can visit the center, and they must schedule an appointment to do so. Appointments can be made here:

CA - Calendar of Events

Nov. 15: Texas PTA Scholarship due

Nov. 15: Class of 2022 Silent Auction ends at 11:59pm

Nov. 18: Deadline to fill out FAFSA, TASFA or decline financial aide documents

Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 3: Cosmetology School visit at 11:00am - Megan Jones

Dec. 16-17: CA early release

Dec. 20-Jan 9: Winter Break

Jan 10: First day of Spring Semester

Collegiate Academic Calendar for 2021-2022 School year

GCISD Partners with Dell to Bring You Discounts

We are excited to announce our participation in Dell’s Member Purchase Program (MPP)!

MPP is a discount program that allows all employees, family, and friends to receive member-only pricing on all personal purchases from Dell. Dell has created a dedicated website ( that we can shop 24/7. Login credentials are not required to access savings.

Member Benefits Include:

• Cost-free employee discount program extended to friends and family

• Exclusive monthly offers & best price guarantee on consumer PCs from Dell

• Free enrollment in Dell Rewards: 3% back + free expedited shipping

• Executive Sales Team available to assist with all consumer-grade + personal purchases

• Electronics and Accessories 10% coupon available on home page of member website

Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo

Join our GCISD community for a FREE walk-up Winter Wonderland 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo at Grapevine High School’s Mustang Activity Center (MAC)! There will be prizes for most festively dressed Winter Wonderland participants, multiple door prizes and raffle prizes! The Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Vendor Expo open from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Strollers are welcome! If you are interested in hosting a booth, please complete THIS VENDOR FORM by Friday, December 3rd. PTA, Campus Groups, Student Groups, Community Businesses, and more welcome!


Does your child like gaming? GCISD is expanding its Championship Esports program!

Did you know GCISD has one of the top-rated Esports programs for our students? With several state titles, GCISD has developed a program that takes students beyond just the game. This 1 Billion dollar industry has more significant viewership than any other professional sport. With over 250 colleges offering scholarships!

If you have upgraded your gaming system or want to clean out some gaming systems and controllers, why not donate them to the GCISD esports program. We could use Playstations, Xbox, and Nintendo switches to offer more students the opportunity to be a part of an esports team. So dig through the closets or pass on that old system you just upgraded.

Email Kyle Berger to donate items.

GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest

All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.” Three student designs—one each from the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will be selected and sent out on behalf of the GCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan.

Complete rules and guidelines can be found on this flyer.

Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is still looking for volunteers! You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!