Titan eNews

Weekly Campus Update

Counselors' Corner:

Lunch Time College Fair was held today!

We welcomed college representatives from the following campuses during lunch:

University of Alabama

Illinois Wesleyan

Florida Atlantic

Texas Tech

Texas State




John Brown

Louisiana Tech

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

Upcoming Testing

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.

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3rd Years Class Rings!

Third Years,

Please save the date for placing your senior class ring orders! There will be a presenation for learners led by our Ring Committee on 11/9. Rings will be distributed at our annual Ring Ceremony in February - date pending.

4th Years Cap and Gown Orders!

Yes, it really is that time! Learners, save the date for 11/9 for a presentation for you by Jostens on launching the cap and gown ordering and graduation announcement ordering process.

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

Texas A&M

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 kim.gunnels@pisd.edu 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

Last Chance to order Letter Jackets!

Orders and fittings will be available on Thursday, October 15th, for last minute orders in the cafeteria before school from 8:15 - 9:30am. Parents are welcome to accompany their learners to select jacket options and patches!

Learners, purchase your Pink Out t-shirt next week!

Our PTSA will sell Pink Out shirts on Thursday, October 15th during the lunches for $16.25. They will be able to take cash or checks, though if you do cash,you will need to have the exact change, please. Pink Out Day to be announced soon!

Yearbook Update:

Follow this link to learn more about the interactive possibilities of our Yearbook!
ReplayIt - For Students & Parents

Congressional Youth Advisory Council

Congratulations to these Titans for their acceptance into Congressman Johnson's Congressional Youth Advisory Council!

John Brubaker

Thomas Cheng

Purvi Contractor

Rahul Menon

Mason Sims

Erin Wanek

You can read a press release here:


First Years Update:

First Years had an outstanding first presentation day for their project, iTitan! A few pictures are shared here. We have now launched into our second project challenge called Grove to Glass or G2G for short. Learners launched the project with a Goo challenge and will navigate business, marketing, logo design, fabrication, logistics and more in this memorable project!