Weekly Campus Update
Lunch Time College Fair was held today!
We welcomed college representatives from the following campuses during lunch:
University of Alabama
University of New Mexico
The following Universities will be on campus next week:
Tuesday, October 13- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago @ 12:45
Wednesday, October 14-George Washington University @ 4:00pm
On October 14th, 1st – 3rd years will be participating in important testing.
1st years will be taking the CogAT test.
2nd & 3rd years will be taking the PSAT.
For 2nd years, the PSAT is given to all students in the district, free of charge.
For 3rd years, the PSAT is offered to students and costs $15.00.
This administration of the PSAT is particularly important because it is your student’s first look at the redesigned test.
The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in March.
This is also the National Merit qualifying test for juniors.
We HIGHLY encourage all 3rd years to test.
Payment of $15.00 is due to Mrs. Parker in the Counseling office by September 15.
We can accept cash or check made out to Academy High School.
If you have any questions regarding this testing, please contact your learner’s counselor.
4th Years Cap and Gown Orders!
This is a good time to remind you that college applications are open, and you are highly encouraged to apply now. Some colleges and universities open their college scholarship applications as early as January but ONLY for students who have already been accepted. Please talk to your counselor if you need any help. We are rooting for you!
Oh the Places Our Learners Will Go!
As of today, we have learners who have been accepted to the following institutions ~ Go Titans!
University of Alabama
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Dallas
Mary Baldwin in Virginia
Lousianna State University
Oklahoma State University
University of Texas Austin
This is a good time to remind you that college applications are open, and you are highly encouraged to apply now. Some colleges and universities open their college scholarship applications as early as January but ONLY for students who have already been accepted. Please talk to your counselor if you need any help with the process. We are rooting for you!
4th Years Update:
Our 4th year consulting firms had their first meeting with their Board Of Directors and got lots of feedback and direction on their Southwest Airlines plans. They have two weeks to finish working with mentors, finalize their solutions, document their research, and prepare their presentations. Their October 19th presentation at Southwest will arrive very quickly!
We would like to congratulate the following learners for their accomplishments this week:
Jenine Taher, Sarah Carroll, and Emily Ware are our employees of the week for their consistent work ethic, promptness with assignments, and dedication to our school.
Allie Moore received our Bibliophile Award for finishing two books (and starting on a third) when other learners have not even completed their first book yet!
Drew Walker received the “Guerrilla Math” award for taking over an idea room and (literally) covering the wall and table in math trying to work out a solution for Graceful Solutions consulting firm. Of course he erased it before Mrs. Burnham could see his work. :)
2nd Years Update:
Last week marked the first ever off-campus Titan Movie Night!! Ninety learners, families, and facilitators gathered at the Studio Movie Grill in Richardson to watch Everest, a film loosely adapted from Into Thin Air, our reading selection from True Grit.
Wrapping up week 2 of Really, Really Cold Case, the second year learners have been hard at work crafting the stories of their crimes, researching persons of interest and discovering connections across historical periods. They have also been investigating methods of analyzing biological and chemical evidence found at the crime scene and are plotting intricate ways to incorporate that evidence into their cases.
This week the 10th graders will be finalizing details for their crimes and beginning to put together their case files in anticipation of our mid-project law review panel on October 16th. We are still looking we are in need of volunteers to serve as our "Grand Jury" panel on that date. (Lawyers, law students, law enforcement officers, people who watch a lot of CSI!) We will also need volunteers for a " midpoint review" of their case files on October 16th to give them constructive feedback to make their cases stronger for their final "Grand Jury" presentations on November 5th. The commitment for both dates is approximately 12:30 – 4 pm. Please share with your contacts as we need many volunteers! Please contact Kim Gunnels at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Congratulations to TJAS Presenters!
The following learners will present their projects at the Texas Junior Academy of Science competition in College Station Oct 19-21st.
We wish them our best!
Amanda Moon: Sweet Peas Twist Please! Year Two
Andrew Goodman: Good Vibrations
Lan Bui: Purifying Water: Filter vs Sunlight
Congressional Youth Advisory Council
You can read a press release here: