Titan eNews

Weekly Campus Update

Mission: To create a community of learners empowered to collaborate and compete in a rapidly changing world.

Counselors' Corner:

Community Service/Leadership Opportunity

Children’s Medical Center, a pediatric not-for-profit hospital in our community, is now accepting applications for membership on their teen board, called the Junior Leadership Board (JLB).

The 2016-2017 board term begins in September 2016 and runs through May 2017. In order to qualify, you must be a high school student during the 2016-2017 school year, and be at least 16 years of age or older by October 7, 2016 (you can be 15 years of age at the time you apply as long as you turn 16 in October).

Learners from Academy High School have served on this board in the past and we would love to continue that tradition.

Please go to http://give.childrens.com/JLB for information about the Junior Leadership Board at Children’s Medical Center and to learn how to apply. For questions, email JLB@childrens.com.

Deadline for applications and references is February 29, 2016. All submissions are electronic through the JLB’s webpage:https://give.childrens.com/get-involved/join-a-group/the-junior-leadership-board/get-involved/

Upcoming Colleges on Campus

January 27th- Arizona State University: sign up in NAVIANCE to attend their presentation


Spring Academic Conferences

Beginning in February, counselors will be meeting one-on-one with each sophomore and junior and his/her parent to review the learner’s transcript, PSAT scores, and discuss courses for the 2016-17 academic year.

Each learner and parent will receive an invitation by mail with a preselected conference date and time. Conferences will conclude the week after spring break.


First Year Learners

On January 22nd counselors will be meeting with first years to talk about registering for the 2016-17 academic year.

Each learner will bring home a registration form to be completed and returned on January 29th.


SAT/ACT

Juniors-This spring is the time to take your SAT/ACT.

We encourage you to take them both.

Check out collegeboard.org and act.org for test dates and registration deadlines


Seniors

There are numerous scholarships posted in Naviance-check out the list.

You can also find scholarships online through sites such as fastweb.org, chegg.com, collegenet.com, and the counselors have a listing of scholarships in their office.

You are welcome to stop by and pick up a copy.

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1st Years E-News by Alex Gonzalez

The 1st Years have been busily working on their current project, A League of Our Own. As the final stages of the project are starting to begin, many have been studying and working hard in order to catch up. One of the major events First Years have been studying for is their test on Asia & Oceania, which is one of the many weekly assessments that have been assigned in World Studies. Other assignments have also included IXLs in Algebra, and diving deep in understanding the concept of an “Archetypal Hero”, a common format most stories with heroes follow, and how it applies to this project in English. In Engineering, the First Years have also begun building prototypes of the catapults they will be using at their competition on February 6 at Clark Stadium, a mere 3 weeks away.
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2nd Year E-News By Jonathan Main

The Second Years spent some time away from the Academy last week. Part of the grade went on a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Dallas to enrich their knowledge of the time period they are studying, while the rest of the grade visited the Perot Museum to deepen their understanding of bioluminescence. Later in the week, Second Year Titans continued working on their submarines, and even began soldering the components together. Many learners delved deeper into their conflicts and investigated the logical fallacies used in most propaganda so they can use them in the next part of the propaganda campaigns they have been working on. The Second Years have also started utilizing their ciphers and codes to transmit encoded messages to their alliance members, ensuring that the rest of their alliance is preparing for competition day on January 26th, at Rowlinson Natatorium on the Williams High School Campus. A flyer will soon be released with more information about the event.

3rd Year E-News By David Yang

Academy Third Years are continuing their project, Decision Room, with new deliverables. Students finished ideation for their decision rooms, which are interactives that are both engaging and informative to show audiences what occurred during their chosen president’s term in office. Learners have also started attending seminars to bridge the information needed to complete the project, such as designing the room and writing a research paper to recommend a course of action for the president. Overall, learners are excited for the new project and are eager to get on with their deliverables.

4th Year E-News By Rachel Varnell

Although they have yet to finish their presentation night, 4th years have moved on to their next project. Learners found out this week what their new project is going to be and was tasked with creating a flyer for an invention or idea. In total, 19 learners were picked as project managers and blindly drafted other learners into their groups. Voting took place yesterday and, though almost a silent process, learners were anxious filling out their votes. Each learner is eagerly waiting the results of who they will be working with for the next nine weeks.

Texas Colleges Fair during lunch on Feb. 23rd!!

We will welcome a number of state colleges and universities for all of our learners to access during lunch!

Upcoming Titan Talks:

1/22 Titan Talk with Counselors for 1st Years Only in the Dome.

1/29 Titan Talk with Counselors for 1st Years Only in the Dome again - both sessions are regarding scheduling for next year.

2/12 Titan Talk for 1st and 2nd years in the Dome - Professional Closet Fashion Show

2/19 Titan Talk for 3rd and 4th years in the Dome - Prom Fashion Show

Save the Date!


  • 3rd Years Ring Ceremony - 2/23 @ 7:00 pm, kiddos arrive at 6:30 to get in line for the event.
  • New Titan Night - 2/25 @ 6:30 We will welcome our incoming Titans and Parents, engage in team-building, and share talking points.
  • Junior Senior Prom ~ we will need PTSA parent chaperones to help! Prom is on Saturday, May 14th from 7pm to midnight at the Plano Marriott Legacy Town Center. After prom is from midnight to 6:00 am at Pin Stack.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast


Calling all Titan Volunteers! Feb 5 at 8:30 in the dome Breakfast will be served in your honor. Meet Principal Ojeda and enjoy treats made by the Titan Staff just for our wonderful Volunteers!

Titan Solar Car Team Update:

Our team will head to Ft. Worth this weekend to attend workshops in preparation for their car build and race this summer! To learn more about the Solar Car Challenge and race from Ft. Worth to Minneapolis, follow this link!
http://www.solarcarchallenge.org/challenge/

The FRC FIRST STRONGHOLD game reveal:

Click on this link to see the challenge our Titan Robotics Team 5431 is tackling this year ~ stay tuned for more information on how to support our team in competition!
FIRST STRONGHOLD Game Reveal