Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

September 12, 2021

Phoenix Families,

September is always filled with many activities as school get underway! Please mark your calendar, if you haven't, for our Open House on Monday, September 20. It is a come and go event, so you do not have to be here when it begins. All CA faculty, staff, and student leaders will be here from 6:30pm - 8:00pm to let you experience all of the opportunities provided at CA. Then plan to eat dinner on September 22 at Chipotle to raise funds for our Phoenix Family Booster Club!

Phoenix Leadership is preparing for our new student leader elections starting next week and our new leaders will be announced at our HOCO dance on September 24! I am so proud of how our student leaders have stepped up this year to create a culture of service, inclusiveness, and a can - do attitude to lead our school in creating a campus that everyone feels they belong.

This Monday during our 6th period WYN (What You Need) class, CA clubs, Tutorials and Accelerated Instruction will begin! I am always excited for students to find their place at CA by getting involved in a club and getting the support they need for academic success!

Don't forget to check Skyward for 3 week Progress Reports. Remember we still have 6 weeks, let's get to work, if your progress is not going the way you might hope! Also, be sure to check your TCC NE grades too. If a professor is not entering your grades, please email them and ask what your grade is to make sure there are no surprises. Professors sometimes wait until the end to enter their grades, so don't be afraid to ask. Parents if you have concerns, contact your student's Pathways teacher for assistance.

Finally, I am so proud of our three young men that took the time and effort to reflect on the events of 9/11 and to give tribute to those first responders. Thank you Sebastian, Phillip and Elijah for demonstrating the Phoenix Way by being Grateful!

Please see article below!

Always grateful,

Ms Knutz

CA Students announced winners of the City of Grapevine Commemorating the Events of 9/11 Reflection Contest

Congratulations to CA students Sebastian Cisneros, Phillip Ronin, Elijah Beese for their submissions to the City of Grapevine "Commemorating the Events of 9/11" event! Brandi Carey, Director of Social Studies and AVID, was on campus Thursday to deliver their certificates! Thank you gentlemen for demonstrating the Phoenix Way with your willingness to share your thoughts through writing with our community!

Sebastian Cisneros - Junior - First Place

Phillip Ronin - Sophomore- Finalist

Elijah Beese - Sophomore - Finalist

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From the assistant Principal

Lauren Jackson, Assistant Principal

6th Period & Clubs

During the first period on Thursday, students completed their 6th period schedule for the next three weeks. This is an opportunity for students to attend clubs and tutorials. Students will create a 6th period schedule every three weeks after progress reports. We do this to ensure that our students are getting the support they need and are able to attend the clubs of their interests. Make sure to ask your students about their 6th period schedule!


Juniors and Seniors,

You must check in with attendance each morning in the common area during SOAR. It is your responsibility to check in with attendance each morning in order to be marked as present.


  • If a student has three or more absences for SOAR, you will have to make up seat time on Friday afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30. A late bus will be provided.

  • If a student has two or more seat time sessions, they will no longer be eligible for independent study.

  • TCC Attendance Policy:

Parents and Students,

Please review TCC’s Attendance Policy with your student. As discussed in our parent meetings, it is extremely important that your student does not miss any of their college classes. Please look at their attendance on WebAdvisor. If you need to be out, try to schedule excused absences around your student’s TCC college courses.


  • If your student has two or more absences, you will have to make up seat time on Friday afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30. A late bus will be provided.

  • If a student has two or more seat time sessions, they will no longer be eligible for Optional Flexible School Day (OFSDP).

Each instructor records and submits attendance for each class meeting. Regular and punctual class attendance is expected. Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. In case of absence, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor.

Students are responsible for any work missed regardless of the cause of the absence. The student must discuss such work with the instructor and should do so immediately on returning to school. Communication between the student and instructor is most important, and it is the student's responsibility to initiate such communication. If students do not appear at the prearranged time or meet the prescribed deadline for makeup work, they forfeit their rights for further makeup of that work.

Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor, high school counselor, and the Dual Credit office to officially withdraw from the class. Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course.

A student in an on-campus course missing a cumulative of 15 percent of the class meetings and not keeping up with the course assignments may be dropped at the discretion of the instructor.

Term 16 week-1 day a week

# of Meetings 16

15% of Class Meetings 2.4

Student Dropped After X Days 3

Term 16 week-2 days a week

# of Meetings 32

15% of Class Meetings 4.8

Student Dropped After X Days 5

Term 8 week MTWH

# of Meetings 32

15% of Class Meetings 4.8

Student Dropped After X Days 5

Term 8 week MW or TTH

# of Meetings 16

15% of Class Meetings 2.4

Student Dropped After X Days 3

Each Friday TCC sends an attendance report for all Collegiate Academy students enrolled in courses. If a student has two or more unexcused absences, they must make up seat time on Friday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:30.


Parents and students:

If you need to change your bus drop off or pick up location, contact GCISD transportation services. Students cannot change buses without first notifying transportation services.

Counselor's Corner

Riley Cavanagh, Counselor

Volunteer Hours

Volunteering is a requirement in order to earn a cord at graduation but it’s also another amazing thing that you could do to help set yourself apart when you get to your senior year and start applying to colleges. The requirements in order to earn a cord at graduation are:

Class of 2022- 80

Class of 2023- 100

Class of 2024- 100

Class of 2025- 100

Creative Leadership Opportunities

If you’d like to work on earning service hours or setting your resume apart then you should consider talking to your teachers and seeing if they need any student aide’s. This is an opportunity to help our younger students grow and understand the culture at CA while simultaneously assisting your former teachers have an opportunity to provide additional guided support to some of their students all while helping make sure that you look as good as possible when you apply to colleges. If you have study halls or independent studies that you’d like to replace with an Aide position, reach out to your teachers and see if they could use you!

4 Year Planning

It’s never too early to start thinking about next semester or the rest of your time at CA so make sure you’re checking the four year plan that is attached to this phoenix news and making it your own. We want to make sure that you understand where you are and where you’ve been so that you can be a part of planning where you’re going so that we can all work together to get this Associate's Degree. If you’d like to schedule a meeting with me to discuss your progress or potential options moving forward let me know!


Our edgenuity due date is November 19th so make sure that you’re knocking out your required classes on edgenuity during your content lab/study hall/independent study time. If you have questions about any of the classes that you’re enrolled in there please don’t hesitate to ask or if you’re struggling to get into the edgenuity program let me know as soon as possible so that you don’t fall behind.

Drop Policy

Our drop policy is different than it’s ever been and this is something that is going to remain in the Phoenix News until we get to our drop deadline in November. In order to drop a class you will need to meet all of the requirements and in it in order to be considered for a drop. If you drop without utilizing the form moving forward you will not be able to sign up for classes in the following semester.

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I have been seeing lots of students struggling with anxiety as the school year gets in swing. Sometimes meditation can really help reset your mind. Here’s a free 5 minute one to start with.

Abi Rendon & Erika Granados

Sophomores, Abi Rendon & Erika Granados demonstrated the Phoenix Vision by helping new students get plugged into our Phoenix Clubs. Thank you for stepping up!

Rafat Luis Farah Jr.

Senior, Rafat Luis Farah Jr. is demonstrating Hard Work by starting a student led Algebra II tutorial session. Luis is always willing to help others or do whatever is needed on the CA campus! #PhoenixStrong

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Mica Barton

Collegiate Academy's yearbook is now on sale. Order before Friday, September 17, for our Back To School Special of $30. For this limited time, you will receive four free icons when you personalize your yearbook.

Click on the link below to order now. The price goes to $35, beginning September 18, 2021. Student Recognition Ads are also available. From a full-page ad, to a smaller eighth-page ad, you can celebrate your student.

Click here for more information.

Yearbook Link

Ad Link -

Friday September 24th!

Ticket sales start September 13th, $15 until September 23rd and then $20 at the door.

Come join us for our first dance of the year.

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Morning Announcements

Hello all!

We are looking for a few students to do announcements. You need to be able to commit to the day/s that you sign up for. If you get selected, you will arrive in the office at 9:25am on your day/s.

If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to Mr.Ruiz at or to ask any Leadership member! Fill out the form if interested!


Fall Yoga Interest: Love Yoga? Always wanted to try Yoga?

Here’s your chance for a complimentary yoga class on campus with a lifetime fitness instructor. Please complete the form below if you are interested in participating.

Phoenix Family Booster Club

Hello Collegiate Academy Parents!

Are you looking for an easy way to stay informed of the special events happening at Collegiate Academy? Are you wondering how to show the Collegiate Staff your appreciation? If so, consider signing up for the Phoenix Family Booster Club. As a Booster Club Member, you will receive advance notice of special events that are planned throughout the year, volunteer opportunities for your students and have access to the Booster Club Facebook page. If you haven’t already signed up, please do so here (! There are three types of memberships that range from free to $35. We are a charitable organization, so even your membership is tax deductible.


Monday, September 20th – Open House at Collegiate Academy

Wednesday, September 22nd 4:00 to 8:00 pm - Chipotle Fundraiser Night Special Guest Mr. Dye!

Mr. Dye has graciously offered to be our special guest and he is looking forward to seeing all his old students from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Order for dine-in or carry-out at the Chipotle across from CA at 9127 Grapevine Hwy., North Richland Hills; Use the Code: VRZVHKA in the coupon code if ordering online or simply tell them you are with the Collegiate Academy Booster Club for walk up/dine in orders. Collegiate Academy will receive 33% of the proceeds!

Friday, September 24th – Homecoming Dance – The Booster Club will be sponsoring a dessert bar at the dance and will be coordinating drinks with leadership. Look for a Signup Genius coming soon!

Saturday, October 2nd – Volunteer Opportunity - Booster Club Members be on the lookout for an email regarding this opportunity soon.

As always, thank you for your support!

Tonya Golden

CA Booster Club President

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Toni Bourgeois

All Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are required to fill out a TCC Health Services form every year. Please give this to the nurse as soon as possible.

Any student that received their Meningitis booster shot needs to turn in a copy to the nurse so she can update Skyward and forward it to TCC. They require this vaccine every 5 years. You will not be able to enroll in a TCC class if the vaccine is due or is due during that semester.

GCISD Covid GUidelines

The COVID guidelines listed in the attached link are subject to change based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tarrant County Public Health, the Texas Education Agency and state officials. GCISD continues to ask that parents and guardians report new diagnoses of COVID-19 to schools and public health authorities to help facilitate contact tracing and communication planning.

GCISD CLINIC (Covid testing)

GCISD COVID-19 testing clinic

Covid -19 resources

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.


GCISD is making significant changes to procedures at the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center. The center is no longer a drive through center, and has instead relocated to Portable Building CRC2 at the GCISD Administration complex (3051 Ira E. Woods Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051).

The center is currently open only for symptomatic students, staff, and for staff who fit the TEA guidance: “For staff who meet the close contact threshold with a COVID-19 positive individual, if these staff continue to work on campus, rapid testing must be performed at the start of the day, at least once every other day until the end of day 10.

From 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

The center is only open for staff members. During this time frame, staff members will not be required to have an appointment.

From 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Students and staff can visit the center, and they must schedule an appointment to do so. Appointments can be made by emailing We apologize that no walk-in appointments can be accommodated.

Parking spots are reserved near the testing center for those that are being tested (see map here for details). Once visitors arrive in a parking spot, signage will direct you to the testing center. It is important that anyone visiting the testing center not enter any GCISD Administration Buildings for any reason. You will be directed into the testing center building by GCISD staff.

For information on testing centers throughout Tarrant County, please visit

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CA - Calendar of Events

September 14 - 30th: Covid Vaccines & Drive-thru testing at TCC NE campus (see flyer above)

September 20 - CA Open House

September 22 - Chiplote Fundraiser night 4:00-8:00pm

September 20 - 24 - Homecoming Week Theme Days

September 24 - HOCO Dance

Collegiate Academic Calendar for 2021-2022 School year

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Suicide prevention

SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program Preview

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficulty for youths, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is the leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address these issues, GCISD offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program.

The SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is designed for all secondary students grades 6-12. The GCISD School Health Advisory Committee has pre-viewed and recommended these programs for all GCISD secondary schools.

A parent preview of the program will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at the GCISD Administration Building – Board Room, 3051 Ira E. Woods, Grapevine, Texas 76051.

For more information, including information about how to opt your student out of the program, please click here for English or Spanish.

Student Opportunities from Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne

The office of U.S. Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, who represents the 24th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, has shared several opportunities for GCISD students to participate and compete in throughout the year. More information for each program can be found on our website at

Please see the following eligibility requirements and some upcoming deadlines for each program:

  • Congressional Art Competition – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas

  • Congressional App Challenge – Student can participate in the district in which they reside or attend school

    • Deadline: November 1, 2021

  • Congressional Youth Advisory – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas

    • Deadline: September 10, 2021

  • Elementary Art Showcase & Forum – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas

  • US Military Academy Nomination – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas

    • Deadline: October 15, 2021

To determine if a student resides in the 24th Congressional District, please visit