Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast
September 13, 2020
The first week of In Person Learning went extremely well! Students and teachers were happy to connect! For those of you who are Remote, we miss you, but totally understand why you aren’t here! Counting down the days until we can ALL be together! Our first Progress Reports were posted this week. Some students might not have had a grade in some courses because of new class schedules. If your student did not receive a Progress Report grade you can check Skyward or Canvas to see grades. If this does not work, you can email your student’s teacher with concerns. We are changing schedules again this weekend, so please have your student check their room number for their first period class Monday morning, it could have changed. We are constantly working to make this the Best learning experience possible whether your student is In Person or Remote. Hopefully this will be the last change until the end of the 9 weeks when everyone can make another choice for instruction delivery! And all grades will be readily available in Canvas and Skyward! Thank you for your patience!
Sometime this week we hope to move lunch to the Common Area. We have received table partitions and will open the Common Area as soon as we are confident that we have the right amount of spacing for student safety.
Student Drop- off and Pick up
Car riders should be dropped off in front of the TCC Warehouse that is located north of our building (attached, but north). There is a sidewalk that students can walk up and down to get in and out of our building. It is dangerous for students to walk between busses and sometimes cars try to pass the busses to get out. A few years ago a car actually scraped a bus trying to maneuver out of the parking lot. Please help us keep traffic flowing smoothly and our students safe. Thanks for understanding!
Collegiate Academy Virtual Open House
Mark your Calendar for Monday, September 28 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Teachers will be available in their personal webex room for you to drop by and virtually meet and learn more about the courses they teach and the extracurricular activities they sponsor. We will be sending video introductions in our September 27 edition of the Phoenix News with their webex link! This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet your students' teachers!
Finally, the culture we have established here at CA is one of FAMILY. A family that works together to support our learners! None of us are perfect. There is no perfect, student, parent, teacher, or administrator. We are always a work in progress! Let’s be kind, believe the best in each other and be assured we are trying to get it right! #PhoenixStrong!
Every day, we are committed to making this learning environment the best it can possibly be. I'm proud of the work our staff is doing, but I still realize that this can be a stressful, unpleasant situation for some of our students.
When we encounter difficult situations like this, we tend to ask "How can I change this situation to make it better?" But sometimes it's better to just ask, "How can I change?"
We will return to regular school at some point, and when we do, I hope we get there having acquired some new skills and an improved ability to adapt to an ever-changing world. Because the more we push ourselves to adapt and grow in this environment, the more we will be able to adapt and grow when the next difficulty comes along.
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein
SCHOOL COUNSELOR CHRONICLES
Sophomore Schedule Changes
Many of you will have noticed significant schedule changes (whether you were online or in person). As we’ve now transitioned more than half of the sophomore class to online it no longer made sense to have students cohorted the way they were and major changes needed to be made in order to ensure more balanced class sizes. If you have any questions about your schedule please reach out to me so that I can help you understand why certain changes needed to be made.
Sophomore Practical Writing
Many students transitioning from in-person to online classes are seeing the addition of a practical writing class on their schedule. The reason for this is simple: our sophomore class will be taking English as a college class next school year and they will have spent the better part of the last two semesters taking high school English online. Even with our tremendous teachers that may lead to gaps in learning and the practical writing class will help to close those gaps. If you or your student do not believe that course to be in their best interest reach out to Mrs. Haney or Mrs. Petrasek (whoever is currently teaching you English) and we can work together to determine the best course of action.
In order to ensure that our students have the best possible educational environment we are making some changes to our room numbers for next week. These changes will prevent students from having a class that is split amongst two rooms and will instead have them in the same classroom with their classmates. Please make sure that you’re checking your skyward schedule for those updated room numbers and let me know if you have any questions.
WebAdvisor and Blackboard
Please keep checking your WebAdvisor and Blackboard regularly so that you know you’re still enrolled in your college classes. Skyward does not communicate with those programs so just because a class is listed on your skyward schedule DOES NOT MEAN you’re still enrolled at the college level. This has been a crazy year for everyone including TCC and they’re having some problems with accidental drops, so please make sure that you’re staying on top of your own schedule.
How to Avoid Stress in the COVID-19 World
Every week for the next couple of weeks I’m going to give post a few ideas her in the Phoenix News on how to avoid stress for your students (and for you) during a time that stress is running rampant.
1. Take Time for Yourself
You can’t help people be the best versions of themselves if you’re not the best version of yourself. Sometimes we all get tired and need some time to recharge our batteries and that means different things to different people. Maybe you’re the kind of person that needs to get a good workout in, or play some video games or read a book or watch Netflix. Whatever it is, take some time for yourself so that you can focus on school during school hours.
2. Make a Prioritized To-Do List
Priorities are important. You’re probably not going to be able to do everything you want to do in a day, and there are going to be days that you aren’t even able to complete everything you feel like you NEED to do during a day. That’s ok! If you make a list of the most important things you need to accomplish you’ll always know where you left off from the day before and be able to move forward!
Unfortunately, no one is a mind-reader. As badly as we want people to understand and anticipate our needs at all times that’s just not the way the world works, so you’ve got to communicate with the people around you! If you need help, talk to someone. If someone is bothering you, talk to someone. So many problems can be solved with communication!
CANVAS FOR PARENTS
PARENT OBSERVER ACCOUNTS IN CANVAS
If you would like to follow your child as an observer in Canvas, please watch this short video. This is a great feature because you can see teacher feedback, and the actual assignments that they are working on! Also, you can follow multiple students if you have siblings in grades 6-12 on multiple campuses.
Changing Instructional Model
As a reminder, parents are able to switch 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 families that are wishing to change from remote to in-person learning, that may only be done at the end of a grading period. The process for changing to in-person learning requires parents to complete a Google form that will be shared by your child’s campus prior to the end of the nine-week grading period. Below is a 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 after the first nine weeks, parents must complete the form between September 20 and October 5. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on October 19.
To change after the second nine weeks, parents must complete the form between November 15 and December 7. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on January 6.
To change after the third nine weeks, parents must complete the form between February 14 and March 1. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on March 22.
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.
THIS YEAR'S YEARBOOK: If you order a 2020-21 yearbook before next Friday the 18th, it's the cheapest it will ever be at $30 (AND you if want to add your name for an extra $7 you get four free icons that will be printed on the front cover)
Even with school closures and online learning, we've already generated a ton of fun, more personal content for the yearbook like a pet page, at-home workspace page, at-home hobbies, guess the baby picture, etc. So all students will be able to contribute and help shape the product this year.
LAST YEAR'S YEARBOOK: We still have a little under 20 copies of last year's yearbook. Please respond to this email if you would like to reserve a copy and have a nice reminder of what normal school life used to be like! Thank you!
Parent Preview for Aim for Success
GCISD has partnered with Aim for Success to provide sexuality instruction to your children. According to the Texas Education Code, all parents are required to be notified of the upcoming instruction and given the opportunity to preview all of the content the students will be receiving. We invite you to join us at the Parent Preview Presentations held on the following dates via Webex. Webex links will be provided closer to the dates:
MORNING Parent Programs on Thursday - 10/08/2020
6th Grade - 10:00 - 11:00 AM
8th Grade - 11:15 - 12:15 PM
EVENING Parent Programs on Thursday - 10/08/2020
6th Grade - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
8th Grade - 7:15 - 8:15 PM
Education Rights and Responsibilities press the link for more information:
Please watch this video that shows how to wash your hands properly