Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast
NOVEMBER 15, 2020
We had over a hundred students participate in person on Friday for TSI testing and prep! We will begin publishing our progress in the Phoenix News next week! We hope to reach our goal of over 300 tests completed by December 11!!
It was so good to see our virtual students and I can't wait until we can all be together Phoenix Strong!
Asynchronous Learning Fridays at CA
The College Board is launching the TSIA 2.0, in January of 2021. At that time, if a student has not “completed” both the TSI Reading and Writing tests, they will be required to take the new test which combines the two subject areas, reading and writing. They are not “grandfathering” in any students who have completed reading and not writing or writing but not reading. This will cause our students to fall further behind and will limit access to college courses they would otherwise have been able to take if we were able to test them following our usual testing timeline/schedule.
During the spring and summer of 2020, Collegiate Academy was unable to test students for the TSI Reading, Writing, and Math test in person due to the pandemic. As a result, Collegiate Academy is a semester and summer behind in our TSI testing for the Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. As part of our four-year plan, students are expected to take a minimum of three college classes per semester in addition to their high school courses to meet their high school and college graduation requirements. If students are not both TSI Reading and TSI Writing complete, it limits their ability to take 3 classes per semester and creates barriers to college class access.
We are determined to make a pathway for all students to be ready for their college courses and that’s why we will have asynchronous learning Fridays four times this fall semester. Only students identified to test will be on campus. We will notify parents and students on Tuesday if the student will be testing on Friday. Mrs. Haney, our TSI testing coordinator, is making a schedule and we will share it early next week, so you can make plans to be on campus on your testing day. We will provide normal bus transportation and Nutrition Services for testers. Even if you are a virtual student we are encouraging you to participate in this opportunity to complete your TSI testing. You will be in a large TCC NE computer lab with only 10 other students. Our goal is for every CA student to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.
When you receive your invitation survey, please fill it out immediately, so we can prepare for you. All students will need to return their survey by Wednesday the week they are testing on Friday to secure their spot, reserve a bus ride and/or lunch if needed. Parents please email me with any questions. Students, your Pathways teachers will give you more information this week.
I am excited that we will be able to focus on student success in a very intentional way on the next 4 Fridays. However, don’t forget we still have school, but online on those days!
Here is the summary of Asynchronous Fridays at CA
1. All CA students will learn online on the next four Fridays (Nov.13, 20 and Dec. 4, 11)
2. Individual students will be scheduled to attend TSI Prep and Testing on a specific Friday.
3. Transportation and nutrition services will be available for testers at CA.
4. Car riders should be dropped off at normal time, but can be picked up when tests are completed.
5. Only students testing will be on campus on November 13, 20 and December 4, 11. Lessons will be accessed online through canvas for those days.
FROM THE ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL
It’s recruitment season again here at Collegiate Academy, and we are working hard to recruit another great freshmen class. If you know of any 8th grade students who live in the GCISD district and who might be interested in joining our school, please encourage them to apply.
Link to application: https://ca.gcisd.net/resources/application
Drop Deadline Approaching
The TCC Drop deadline is November 19th. If you’re struggling in your college classes please don’t struggle alone! Talk to your Pathways teacher so we can make a plan for you so that we can avoid probation or suspension at TCC!
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.
SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program
The GCISD will be offering a Suicide Prevention Program. For more information please follow the link below and fill out the form if you do not want your student to participate in this presentation. This presentation will start on Monday, November 16 and will end on Friday, November 20th.
PHOENIX FAMILY BOOSTER CLUB
CA Phoenix Family Club
The booster Club is planning on showing some appreciation to CA Staff if you would like to participate please donate $5.00 to the CA Venmo account @CABoosterClub
CA Booster Family Club Board 2020-2021
President - Tonya Golden
Vice President - Ramzi Gillespie
Treasure - Julie Touchstone
Secretary - Jennifer Berry
COLLEGIATE ACADEMY EVENT CALENDAR
Nov. 16: CTMS Virtual Q&A - 2:00pm
Nov. 16 - Dec. 4: Next application deadline for in person learning
Nov. 17: Virtual Q&A Parent Meeting - 6:30pm
Nov. 18: Basketball practice @4:45pm - Bridges gym
Nov. 19: Last day to drop a TCC class
Nov.20: Asynchronous Learning and TSI Testing
Nov. 21 and 29: Soccer games (more information coming soon)
Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving Holiday
NEXT LEARNING MODEL CHANGE
As a reminder, parents are able to switch their student from in-person to remote learning at any point during the school year. In order to make this change, please contact the campus counselor.
For switching from remote to in-person, full instructions and deadlines for changing the instructional model for each nine week period are found HERE. Please note the following schedule of when the form will become available, when the form must be received by the campus, and when the change will go into effect:
To change from remote to in-person after the first nine weeks, parents must complete the form between November 16 and December 4. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on January 6.
To change from remote to in-person after the third nine weeks, parents must complete the form between February 14 and February 26. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on March 22.
Again, please visit this document for full instructions, including how to locate the form.
If you have any questions regarding the timing of when parents may change the instructional model selected or the associated process, please contact the campus counselor.
YEARBOOK SENIOR PAGE
Senior Recognitions for Yearbook!: If you want to send your senior off in style at the end of the year with a senior recognition page (or part of a page), just follow the link below. It will prompt you to set up an account before designing. Please let Mr. Dye know if you have any trouble.
⅛ Page Color - $30
¼ Page Color - $50
½ Page Color - $85
Full Page Color - $150
You can buy a yearbook here too if you haven’t already:
CLASS RINGS FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS
BALFOUR - CLASS RINGS
Class Ring Information
Due to Covid-19, Balfour has gone primarily online. Below is a ring video and a digital brochure. Should you have any questions or to make an appointment, please contact Balfour
Direct link for ordering
COVID-19 EMAIL COMMUNICATION UPDATE
As we move into November, GCISD will be making a slight adjustment to the process in which families are notified of a test-confirmed positive COVID-19 case on their campus. Beginning this week, families will receive one email notification identifying all positive cases for that day on their student’s campus, as opposed to multiple emails if there are multiple cases. Families will only receive this email if there was a positive case on your student’s campus that day.
NOTE: This does not change procedures for close contact communication. If your child is determined to be a close contact of a test-confirmed positive case, you will be directly notified by your campus.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Warehouse Driver - Receive, unload, and stock equipment, materials, and food; Make deliveries of stock materials.
Custodians - Follow routine cleaning procedures to maintain a high standard of safety & cleanliness of building No weekends!
After School Care Aides (Kidzu) - work w/students after school & be a role model - help with homework, games and other activities!
Bus Drivers - paid training program; CDL drivers starting at $17.92/hr.
Bus Monitors Assist bus driver in transporting students w/ disabilities
Part time or Full time hours! Weekends Off!
Competitive salary! Health & Retirement benefits!
Fun team environment!
To apply, visit www.gcisd.net/careers
STUDENT OPINION SURVEY
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
Students - Your Voice Matters!
Our goal at Collegiate Academy is for your success. Please complete this Collegiate Academy Learning Feedback form, and share with us your comfort level with Webex, Canvas, what we are doing to make learning easier, and how we can make your experience with learning better.
COVID-19 causes symptoms that are similar to many common illnesses, and people are infectious before they even have symptoms. So, in the case that someone in your household is displaying symptoms of illness, we ask that all of your children, as potential Close Contacts, stay home until a diagnosis is confirmed. Remember, a Close Contact is a person who is within six feet of you for 15 minutes or more, as would be common within your home.
If someone in your house is ill, then everyone has likely been exposed to the virus. Again, your campus nurse is ready to discuss with you about the specifics of your family situation and make the proper recommendations.
Please be aware that as we move through this unique school year with in-person and remote learners, the way in which our teachers take attendance in Skyward has become much more complex. Therefore, to make better use of instructional time, teachers now have the flexibility to formally enter attendance into Skyward up to a full day after the attendance period.
With that said, it is important for parents to know that if you access Skyward to view your student’s attendance, it is possible the system may show them as being absent for the current day, even if they were present in class or online. Additionally, it is possible that remote learning students may still display as absent up until the following day.
As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.