Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

April 4, 2021

Phoenix Family,

This week we will be STAAR EOC testing on Tuesday and Thursday. All freshmen will take the ELA I test in person on Tuesday, April 6. All other students will be participating in asynchronous learning remotely. On Thursday, April 8, all sophomores will take the ELA II test in person and all other students will be participating in asynchronous learning remotely. The campus will be closed to visitors on both days.

TCC NE classes and final exams will be completed by May 13 with graduation for our seniors earning an associate degree on Saturday, May 15 between 10am and 11am at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Collegiate Academy graduation will be held at Mustang/Panther Stadium on Wednesday evening, May 19.

We are in the final weeks of the school year and I challenge students to finish up strong! Don’t give up. If you are struggling in a class, ask for help, go to 6th period tutorials, ask your Pathways teacher to help you contact your TCC NE professor. Everyone at CA is here to support you!

Always grateful,

Bobbe Knutz

more medals for the phoenix - Winners in the Academic UIL District 9, 3A, Region 2 Competition

Last week Collegiate Academy UIL Academics participated in the Conference 3A Region 2 District 9 Competition.

Here are the individual results:

  • 5th Place Calculator: Navya Maheshwari

  • 6th Place Calculator: Hrithik Patel

  • 6th Place Mathematics: Kabhi Patel

  • 6th Place Number Sense: Kabhi Patel

  • 4th Place Science: Trinity Doyle

  • 6th Place Science: Miles Masker

  • 3rd Place Social Studies: David Boza

Here are the team results:

  • 2nd Place Calculator Team: Navya Maheshwari, Hrithik Patel, Adele Bosma

  • 2nd Place Mathematics Team: Kabhi Patel, Trinity Doyle, Matthew Monson

  • 3rd Place Science Team: Trinity Doyle, Miles Masker, and Haley Crombie

If you are interested in joining UIL Academics, please email Mrs. Roberts

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Summer Classes:

The committee has made the decision on whether or not you can take summer classes. If you were approved you should register yourself ONLY for what was agreed to by the committee. If you intend to change your summer courses you need to let me know prior to making the change or you will be dropped from the course. If you are not approved to take summer classes and sign up anyway, you will be dropped from the class as well. Check your email to find whether or not you were approved and if you have questions please reach out to me.

UTA Information:

If you’d like to take classes at UTA reach out to me so that you can receive the necessary paperwork. We will be having an application night to ensure no one slips through the cracks once we determine the number of students that wish to apply. If you’re interested in applying to UTA please fill out the form listed below so that I can get in touch and get you what you need. The information night will be this Wednesday, April 7th at 6 PM on WebEx and I’ll reach out to everyone that has filled out the form below.

Upcoming Parent Information Nights

The class of 2022 and 2023 will be having their parent information night this Tuesday, April 6th at 6:00 PM (2022) and 7:00 PM (2023). If you have any questions you’d like answered in the Q&A please come with them or you can email them to me prior to the meeting and we’ll get them added to the slideshow. The class of 2024 meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00 PM. All of these meetings will be held virtually via WebEx and you should have received the link last week. If you have any questions please feel free to let me know!

Fall 2021 Application Window Opening Soon

On April 19th at 5:00 AM our application window for Fall classes will open. TCC announced this week that they will be returning to face to face learning for the Fall and so our students will be picking classes that they will be attending in person. At this point if your student is currently a junior or a sophomore then they should know what to sign up for on the 19th due to our four year planning sessions. If your student is a freshman I’ll be going to their Pathways classes to help them register on the 19th but I’ll also be meeting with them beforehand on the week of April 12th to ensure that they know what they should be signing up for. If anyone has any questions about registration please reach out!

Drop Deadline Approaching

Our deadline to withdraw from a class and receive a W on the transcript rather than a failing grade is fast approaching and will be here on April 22nd. In order to drop a class a student will need to reach out to me with confirmation that they’ve spoken with their parent, their pathways teacher and their professor. If they haven’t spoken to all three parties they will NOT be permitted to drop, so please make sure that you are having conversations with your students about their college progress and checking their grades regularly!

Senior Edgenuity

As we get closer and closer to graduation our time to complete edgenuity is running out. If you’re a senior with edgenuity we highly recommend that you return to the school and work in environment that is conducive to learning. It is not a punishment. We want you to graduate from high school and regardless of your college acceptances if you don’t have a diploma those opportunities will disappear. If you need further assistance then please come up to CA and let us help you.

Senior Volunteer Hours

If you’re a senior we mentioned earlier this school year that the required number of hours to earn the volunteer cord was going to be dropped from 100 to 80 hours. If that is still something that you’re interested in we need ALL hours turned in to me by May 10th in order for them to be counted towards the cord. If you have any questions please let me know.

STAAR Communication -

Collegiate Academy students and families,

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requiring school districts to administer the STAAR End-of-Course assessments (EOCs) in Spring 2021. TEA did not provide a provision to accommodate at-home STAAR testing, therefore remote students will test face-to-face at their home campus.

Collegiate Academy will offer the STAAR EOC tests on campus on the regularly scheduled dates:

  • *English I - April 6th

  • *English II - April 8th

    • Makeup day – April 9th

  • *US History - May 4th

  • *Algebra I - May 5th

  • *Biology - May 6th

    • Makeup day - May 7th

*indicates asynchronous days for all non-testing students

All students who need to test will need to come to campus on their testing day. Students who are ill or quarantined during these dates will have an opportunity to test with the district in June. Only students who are testing will be allowed on campus on regular testing days; all other learning on those dates will be asynchronous. Make-up days are not asynchronous days, they will be regular school days for all students.

Since only testers will be on campus on testing days, GCISD high schools will not offer a different schedule for remote learners.

Testing procedures will be similar to the procedures used during PSAT and SAT testing to allow for social distancing, and all will be required to wear a mask. Students do not need to register for STAAR testing.

More specific information regarding testing will be communicated closer to testing days.

HERE is a letter from GCISD in regards to testing. It is important to note that TEA has not waived EOC requirements for Texas high school students.

If you have questions, please contact Lauren Jackson, STAAR Testing Coordinator, at .

Booster Club Yard Signs Sale

What better way to show CA pride than to have a sign in your yard! The CA Booster club is selling CA yard signs for anyone wanting the world to know the amazing school you go to! Pre-purchase price is $20, but the price will go up to $25 in the next few weeks. So, fill out the Google yard signs order form and order your sign today! Yard Signs Order Form


Class of 2021

Senior Prom!

We have officially secured the Grapevine Botanical Gardens for prom on April 30th from 7-9:30pm! It is such a beautiful venue!

Tickets: The cost this year is lower than ever at $50 at ticket. Bring Mr. Dye cash or check by Monday April 19th.

Bringing a Date: You may bring a date from outside Collegiate, but it means you will need to purchase an additional ticket and get a form to have your date fill out. Forms must be returned by April 23rd.

Masks: Masks will be worn in compliance with district guidelines.

Refreshments: There will not be a meal served (as per district policy), but we will have prepackaged refreshments and goodies!

Dress: Dress for warm weather since we will be outside!

VOTING: Seniors only, Please vote at the link below for your prom royalty, and for the “honored teacher” you want to speak for you at graduation. You must be logged into your GCISD Google account to access. One vote only!

Class of 2022 Auction

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to the parents, students, and staff for all their help and support that went into this event. The auction was a success and though it is the first of its kind at CA, we hope this model can be used again in the future. From the donations received, to the parents/families bidding, to the support we’ve received in emails, we are so grateful for our Phoenix Family. The class of 2022 thanks you for going above and beyond!

Summer bridge student leaders

We are looking for some awesome servant leaders to help welcome our rising Freshman class June 1-4, 2021. If you would like to help volunteer as a Summer Bridge 2021 student leader, please fill out this form by Friday, May 7th.

We are looking forward to an awesome Camp Collegiate with your help!

New Picnic area

Students are already enjoying our new picnic area!
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Trouble with school laptop

If your student is having trouble with their school laptop, please create a Help Desk ticket explaining the problem. The tech department will email the student back with instructions of what to do next. This can be done from any device, even a cell phone.

This is the link to create a Help Desk Ticket: or you could also use the QR Code provided below.

district announcements - important information


As we enter the home stretch of the 2020-2021 school year, there are some modifications in health and safety protocols that were approved at the GCISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, March 29.

Mustang Panther Stadium COVID-19 Testing Center Open for All GCISD Students

GCISD has been participating in a statewide program funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) offering rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for staff. The District is pleased to share that it will be expanding this resource to all GCISD students. Beginning today, March 30, GCISD students will be able to utilize the GCISD Mustang Panther Stadium rapid antigen COVID-19 Testing Center. Visit for more information on the testing center and how to schedule an appointment.

Quarantine Update

The Centers for Disease Control published guidance on how to reduce quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19. Under this option, an individual may end quarantine after Day 7 provided that they have had no symptoms during their daily monitoring and there is a negative COVID diagnostic test. As we will now be offering rapid antigen COVID testing for all GCISD students, we are going to make this option available for quarantined students beginning today, March 30. For more information, visit our Spring 2021 Guide.

Additional Updates to Spring 2021 Guide

The following updates have also been made to GCISD’s health and safety protocols and can be found in the Spring 2021 Guide. Thank you for your continued efforts throughout the spring to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Elementary Plexiglass Dividers

The use of plexiglass dividers in elementary classrooms is now voluntary, however it is recommended that plexiglass dividers still be used during lunch due to inability to social distance.

Visitors and Special Events

Campuses can now provide limited opportunities for visitors and volunteers to come on campus to assist. The process and procedures will be determined by each individual campus and will be communicated with parents as needed.

Additionally, there may now be limited opportunities for specially designed outdoor events during the final nine-week grading period. For these events, there will be specific COVID-19 guidelines and criteria that are communicated ahead of the event by the campus.

Outdoor Activities

For spectators at UIL sporting events, masks are required when moving throughout the venue, however, masks may now be removed when individuals are seated and socially distanced from others.


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.

Calendar of Events

April 5: CA is in session

April 6: English I STAAR test

April 6: Parent Informational WebEx Meetings:

  • Class of 2022 - 6:00pm
  • Class of 2023 - 7:00pm

April 7: UTA Informational meeting - WebEx - 6:00pm

April 8: English II STAAR test

April 9: Make up STAAR test

April 13: Class of 2024 - WebEx meeting - 6:00pm

April 19: TCC registration for the fall 2021 begins

April 22: Last day to drop a TCC class

May 10: Deadline for Senior Volunteer hours

May 13: Last day of school at TCC NE

May 15: TCC NE graduation - Dickies Arena, Ft Worth - 10-11am

May 19: CA graduation - Mustang/Panther Stadium - 8:00pm

May 20: CA Final Exams/Early Dismissal

May 21: CA Final Exams/Last Day of School/Early Dismissal

May 24 - 26: TSIA Boot Camp for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

June 1 -4: Camp Collegiate for rising freshmen

Collegiate Academic Calendar for 2021-2022 School year


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