DHS Collegiate Academy Newsletter

December 4, 2020

Principal's Quote

"It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone."

- Mark Cuban

Upcoming Events

December 2020

5 - AP Mock Exams (Human Geography, World History) - Virtual

7 - TSI Boot Camp Registration Deadline

7 - 10 - College Final Exams

10 - MVC Semester Ends

10 - Class of 2021 and 2022 Virtual Parent and Scholar Meeting, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

11 - AP Statistics Mock Exam

11 - MVC High School Exams

21 - 25 - No School (ALL SCHOLARS) - Winter Break

28 - 31 - No School (ALL SCHOLARS) - Winter Break

AP Mock Exams

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Mock exams for scholars enrolled in AP World History and AP Human Geography will be available in Google Classroom starting Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 8:00 AM and will be due by Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 11:59 PM. Teachers will be available on their class zoom links Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM to aid scholars with access issues. Scholars are not required to join the zoom on Saturday, December 5, 2020, if they can access the exam.

Virtual TSI Boot Camps

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Collegiate Academy strives to ensure all scholars are successful in their academics. To ensure scholars are successful on the TSI Reading and Writing, we have scheduled boot camps for scholars to gain strategies for the assessment. There are two steps scholars need to complete.

Step One
Schedule a boot camp using the Sign Up Genius. Reading and writing boot camps cannot be scheduled on the same day.

Step Two
Schedule a corresponding TSI test following the boot camp the scholar signed up for using the separate Sign Up Genius.

Boot camp attendance is mandatory. Scholars must be signed up for boot camp by Monday, December 7, 2020, at 4 PM. Scholars must meet standard on TSI by December 19, 2020, to be eligible for dual credit courses in the Spring semester.

Please contact us at dhscollegiate@duncanvilleisd.org if you have any questions.

Class of 2021 and 2022 Parent Meeting

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Topic: Class of 2021 and 2022 Parent Meeting
Time: Dec 10, 2020, 06:00 PM

Link to Meeting | Password: 9hLwWD

If joining via telephone dial:
408-638-0968 or 646-876-9923 or 669-900-6833 and enter the meeting ID when prompted.
Meeting ID: 939 868 7619

$2,800 Scholarship Opportunity!

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Greetings Scholars,

Would you like to earn $2,800 and engage in a rewarding learning experience? Please read the information below and complete the application by the deadline.

Thank you,

Ms. Thomas


Please see the details and application link for the 2021 Summer Research Program sponsored by the STARS Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Our goal for the 2021 STARS Summer Research Program is to allow in-person research participation. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, be aware that participation may move to virtual, hybrid, or possible cancellation.

Summer Research Program for Students

The purpose of this program is to provide students the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty researchers on an investigative project in a laboratory setting. This program provides meaningful experiences in biomedical research to encourage students to consider careers in the sciences. Dates for the 2021 STARS Summer Research Program are still TBD and will be announced when they become available. Applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 1, 2021, be currently classified as a junior, and be enrolled in high school. A stipend of $2800 will be paid to each student. As part of the requirements of the program, each student will give an oral presentation of their experimental results and will present highlights of their experience to classmates at their home campus during their senior year.

We hope that you will consider submitting an on-line application to this highly beneficial program. Please fill out the application on-line using the link below. Completed applications and all documents must be postmarked by 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 1, 2021 to be considered. We will allow a three day grace period for letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be postmarked by 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, Feb 4, 2021. Letters postmarked after this date will not be considered.

On-Line Application, 2021 STARS Summer Research Program for Students (Available Dec.1 - Feb.1)

If you are not a current high school junior, information about our STARS Summer Science Camps for current 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th graders, along with information for our new Anatomy and Physiology camp for 11th and 12th graders will be emailed out in the near future.

Contact Information

STARS Program

UT Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-9137

ofc (214) 648-9505 | fax (214) 648-9508


Parent Information Meetings

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Do you have a scholar heading to 9th grade? Are they interested in the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree when they graduate high school? Come check out Collegiate Academy during our parent information meetings! Find more info at http://Duncanvilleisd.org/dhscollegiate!

Mobile Hotspots


Duncanville ISD is distributing mobile internet hotspots for scholars who are in need of internet access. Please complete the form below and someone will contact you soon about distribution.

Learning Method Changes

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All families will have the opportunity to change between in-person and virtual learning at the end of each nine-week grading period. The second nine-week grading period begins Monday, November 9, 2020. To make a learning preference change starting with the third nine-week grading period, parents can do so using the Duncanville ISD Enrollment Webpage.

DCCCD Progress Monitoring

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Greetings Scholars and Parents,

Week seven of instruction has concluded. Please check eCampus for all college grades. It is important that we partner together to ensure the success of your scholar. 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)


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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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100% of our scholars in the Class of 2021 completed the Dallas County Promise pledge! We loved seeing them as they came to receive their gifts!