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Weekly Campus Update

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

1st Years - CogAT

All 1st years will take the 9th grade CogAT test in the morning on Wednesday, October 19th. Please see the flyer below which provides additional information for parents.
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2nd Years News:

A new project has begun! After completing their successful first project, True Grit, the 2nd Year learners have begun their latest project, Really Really Critical Contributors (RRCC). 2nd Years set off on their entry event for the new project: to create a rap video detailing life of historical person. 2nd Years were given three days to research a person of their choosing, write lyrics, make a storyboard of their video, film, and edit their videos together to present them this week. As soon as 2nd Years completed this challenge, they began to learn more about this new project and ask Need-to-Knows about the task they were about to do. Really Really Critical Contributors in essence boils down to this: 2nd Years, by October 7 (This is their shortest project yet at just 2 weeks long, the halfway point being today!), are to write a historical fiction short story about a historical scientist or mathematician. This week, the 2nd Years have been involved in planning this story out, while learning and re-learning new skills along the way. With the glass of this project already halfway full, it is up to the determination and hard work of the 2nd Years and their teams to fill the rest of that glass as this new project quickly begins to climax.

-submitted by Alex Gonzalez

3rd Years News:

Next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3rd Years will begin the mock trials that mark the end of the first project, Fight For Your Rights. Parents may attend their child's scheduled trial time. Please refer to your learner to find out which trial he/she is serving in and see the image below to scheduled day and time. This event represents the culmination of six weeks of learning and will be facilitated by volunteer attorneys and judges who will hold the trials and provide authentic feedback. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the front desk.
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4th Years News:

The 4th Years are at cruising altitude as they work to complete their deliverables for Project Runway. Mentor relationships have proved to be successful as they check in weekly on their progress. Their work in financial analysis and profit maximization has become particularly useful as they justify their proposed solution to their department's problem. They will return to Southwest Airlines on the 14th for presentations, look for a permission ship to be coming home next week.

Box Tops for Sigler Elementary

Do you have a collection of Box Tops 4 Education that need a good home? Would you like to support our next generation of learners? Look no further! Academy High school is now collecting Box Tops 4 Education. All Box Tops will support our partner school Sigler Elementary. Box Tops can be found on a variety of products. To find a current listing just click on the following link Box Tops 4 Education and go to the bottom left-hand side of the page to download a list. Each Box Top brings in 10 cents for our sister school Sigler Elementary. A collection box will be located on the table behind Mrs. Chappelear. Sigler and the Academy thank you for all your support!

Titan Solar Car Club Update

The Titan Solar Car Club will be showcased as a stop on the DFW Solar Tour this Saturday October 1st at the Academy from 12:00-4:00pm. Come and join us in front of the building to meet the team, see competition car and explore the solar array charging station! You will have a chance to talk to race participants from last year, learn more about our plans for this year and get up close to the car which the team competed with this past summer in the cross country challenge.

To learn more about the DFW Solar Tour, see their site: http://dfwsolartour.org/

The Titan Solar Car Club highlight page can be found here: http://dfwsolartour.org/locations/planoisdacademyhighschoolsolarcarteam/index.html

Members have been regularly posting to our blog so be sure to check out the latest installments of our progress for the new year at our site: http://www.titansolarcar.com/
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Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: “Did You Know”

Did you know…The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has opened a new website called Get Smart About Drugs. This website has some excellent information for parents, teachers, and students. They have focused the last few weeks on Heroin and Opioids. According to the DEA, 580 people in the US will try heroin for the first time today. Check out this website! https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/#

Counselors Corner:

PSAT Wednesday, October 19

Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT on October 19.

Sophomore fees are covered by the district, Juniors pay $15.00 to participate.

Payment must be made by MONDAY either through paypams or to Mrs. Hunter in the counseling office.

We strongly encourage all juniors to participate.

CogAT, Wednesday, October 19

All freshman will be taking the CogAT on the 19th.

Testing will begin first thing in the morning.

Upcoming College Visits

Tuesday, October 4 University of North Texas

Monday, October 17 Lunch time college fair with over 20 colleges in attendance

Monday, November 14 Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Area College Information Sessions

Dallas Performing & Visual Arts Fair 11/3, 7-0pm Irving Convention Center

Bard & Oberlin College and Conservatory 10/18, 5:30-6:30 Martin Luther King Branch of Dallas Public Library

Registration requested: RSVP https://connect.bard.edu/register/Dallas

Carnegie Mellon University @ Hockaday Wed 10/5 @ 7pm

University of Utah @ Marriott Galleria Thu 10/6 @ 6:30pm

University of Pennsylvania @ Bryan Adams HS Thu 10/6 @ 7pm

Finding and Applying for Scholarships

6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano

Looking for scholarships can be overwhelming and confusing, and some national scholarships are very competitive. However, scholarships are out there and many of them are more accessible than you may think. Join us for an informative look at how you can find scholarships, regardless of income or major, and learn how to improve your chances of receiving a scholarship. Please note: Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. Please go to www.collin.edu/destinationcollege to register. For questions, please call 972.377.1750. If you do not receive a confirmation email upon registering, please call to ensure your reservation was received. Hurry ~ Spaces fill quickly!

From Congressman Sam Johnson’s Office: “Paying for College” Event

Parents and college-bound students are invited to attend this free workshop on how to finance education beyond high school. Collin College Office of Financial Aid will join me as we discuss how to apply and qualify for financial aid, financial aid awards, borrowing for college, the difference in federal student loan programs, and more.

October 8th
Collin College Spring Creek Campus
Spring Creek Lecture Hall C104
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75074

Interested in Aviation?

LeTourneau University invites you to attend our Fall 2016 Aviation Preview that is to be hosted at our facility at the McKinney National Airport on October 22nd. The event will give you the chance to learn about LeTourneau's aviation program for both High School students and students that are planning a traditional four year route on-campus. In addition to learning about LeTourneau University and our aviation program, you will have the chance to meet some of our alumni that are currently working in the industry, meet some of our corporate partners like Envoy Airlines, and you will have the chance to fly in one of our airplanes.

The event is free of charge, and you can click here to register online. When registering, please note that there is a morning and afternoon session that is divided out by our partnering schools. If you do not attend a partnering school district or are home schooled, then please select the "other" option. If you have a schedule conflict with the time that your school is scheduled, please let me know, and we will be happy to work around your schedule the best that we can. The slots for these events typically fill very quickly, so please register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.

We hope to see you there for this chance to learn more about LETU and what we have to offer. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me using any of the information at the bottom of this e-mail. Please also feel free to share this with anyone that you think might be interested in attending. Thank you so much for helping spread the word, and for your support of LeTourneau Aviation!

From UT Arlington College of Engineering

October 1: Fall Autocross

Fall Autocross is an exciting event where other FSAE organizations from around the country come to compete and display their built cars. Learn more about UTA, the College of Engineering and visit with student organizations across the College. Lunch is provided for all registrants and goody bags are available for students. More information and registration: http://uta.engineering/autocross

Upcoming Dates:

10/5 PTSA Restaurant Give Back day at Corner Bakery on Preston

10/10 Parent Teacher Conference Day - learner holiday

10/14 End of the first 9 weeks performance report

10/17 College Fair during lunch

10/21 Report Cards go home