DHS Collegiate Academy Newsletter

September 25, 2020

Principal's Quote

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

– Dwayne Johnson

Saturday School

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Upcoming Events

September 2020

26 - Saturday School (ALL 9th & 10th graders) 8:00am - 12:00pm - Virtual

29-30 - Class of 2024 TSI Boot Camp 3:15pm - 4:15pm - Virtual

October 2020

14 - SAT School Day Option 1 (12th)

15 - Study Night (9th & 10th Grade) 4:00pm - 5:30pm - Virtual

22 - Algebra I & Biology Night 4:00pm - 5:30pm - Virtual

24 - Saturday School (ALL 9th & 10th graders) 8am - 12pm - Virtual

26-30 - Red Ribbon Week

27 - SAT School Day Option 2 (12th)

Class of 2024 Boot Camps

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A critical part of Collegiate Academy is ensuring that scholars are college ready. To solidify their college eligibility, scholars must be successful on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Collegiate Academy has scheduled mandatory virtual TSI Boot Camps for the Class of 2024 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 and Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM. Scholars must attend both sessions. Zoom information for both sessions has been posted in Google Classroom for scholars.

Class of 2024 TSI

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Scholars must also register to take the TSI assessment. Collegiate Academy has scheduled several in-person and virtual opportunities for scholars. Scholars will use the Sign Up Genius to register for one reading assessment and one writing assessment. Scholars CANNOT take the reading and writing assessment on the same day. Scholars must be registered by Friday, October 2, 2020 at 4 PM.

Virtual Learning Extension

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The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees voted to extend virtual learning beyond the first four weeks of school and announced plans to welcome back scholars who previously chose in-person learning. The in-person start date for that limited number of scholars will be Monday, October 19, 2020.

We recognize that engaging with scholars in person is best, which is why Duncanville ISD is taking steps to phase-in a safe return of scholars to a traditional classroom setting. Duncanville ISD also continues to monitor COVID-19 data provided by Dallas County Health and Human Services. Over the past few weeks, Dallas County has seen numbers trend in a positive direction.

All families will have the opportunity to change between in-person and virtual learning at the end of each nine-week grading period. To make a learning preference change starting with the second nine-week grading period, parents can do so using the Learning Preference Change Form between October 12, 2020 and October 26, 2020. The second nine-week grading period begins Monday, November 9, 2020.

This phase-in process allows the district and school staff to prepare and welcome scholars back to our classrooms. Thank you to parents and staff for your patience and partnership. We are in this together.


Dr. Marc Smith

Superintendent of Schools

Duncanville ISD

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15, 2020 to October 15, 2020 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The timing is key. Hispanic Heritage Month always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively. We appreciate Hispanic Americans' contributions to our culture.


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Please partner with us to ensure scholars are logging in at the appropriate time and completing all assignments in their high school and college courses. Teachers have communicated their distance learning expectations for scholars. Scholars will have at least two assignments per week in each class. Please support us in checking your scholar's grades in Skyward Family Access and eCampus ensuring they are completing their assignments by the established deadlines.

Technology Help Desk

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DCCCD Helpful Links

Greeting Scholars and Parents,

DCCCD classes will began on September 8, 2020. Professors will update grades in eCampus. Please partner with us in reviewing your scholar's grades on a weekly basis. Collegiate Academy does not have access to grades for college classes. At the end of the semester, professors will post final grades in eConnect. Here are some helpful links on eConnect and eCampus. Please click the links below for specific topics.

eConnect Training:

For additional topics, visit eConnect Training Videos

eCampus “Blackboard” Training:

For additional topics, visit eCampus Training Videos (Scroll to the second half of the webpage)

To-Go Meals

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Happy birthday Mr. Mixon!