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Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

September 22, 2019

A Message from the Director

Parents and Students,

Don't forget that Monday, September 23 is our Open House/Five Year Anniversary Celebration. Dinner will be in the back parking lot beginning at 6pm with our celebration at 6:30pm. Our Open House will be from 7pm - 7:45pm. If you did not make a reservation for dinner, you are still invited to the Celebration and Open House! If it rains, we will be at Center Corner on the main TCC NE campus. See you all tomorrow night as we celebrate all we have accomplished!


Collegiate Academy and TCC NE is in session tomorrow, Monday, September 23! Buses and normal breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Ms. Knutz

"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why!" Mark Twain

If you are willing to help, sign up: CA 5th Anniversary CookOut Volunteers Sign Up or contact Yvonne Aguirre at 817 515-6775 or Thanks in advance!

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Senior Graduation Plan Meetings: I've met with 100% of our senior class and we've created a plan that gets them across the stage at graduation and gives them an opportunity to earn some more college hours in the meantime as well. If your student is a senior and they're still confused please reach out to me and we can work together to get on the same page!

Junior Four Year Plan Meetings: These have begun and are in their early stages. I'll be meeting with students during their study halls, Pathways classes, and any other times I spot them in the hallways. If you'd like to be involved in the creation of the four year plan for your student please let me know and we can set up a time that works for all of us!

Sophomore Four Year Plan Meetings: These will likely begin in the next week or two. Considering these students only have one year under their belt there is a lot more flexibility with their scheduling and therefore we can get creative with their electives and the timing of those classes. If you'd like to be involved in the creation of the four year plan for your student please let me know and we can set up a time that works for all of us!


Here is another way to support our school and pamper yourself at the same time.

During the entire month of September, Day Spa Nail at 2350 Hall Johnson rd. Suite 125 Grapevine Texas.

Will donate 7% of your total each visit. Just bring the attached coupon.

CA literary magazine

Hello, writers artists and creatives! Collegiate Academies very own literary magazine The Raconteur, is now accepting submissions, for the fall Semester! The theme for this year is Odyssey, a Journey through time! You can submit anything including but not limited to short stories, poetry and art! For more information talk to Mr. Dye or Noel Bennett! Submissions are to be given to Mr. Dye by October 24th!

~ Mark Dye

Freshman Parents

Please make sure your students are completing their VHL homework. It is such a big part of their Spanish 1401 grade. For some activities, students can have several attempts to make 100%. Also, please make sure you are checking their grades on Blackboard regularly.

Finally, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here for your student's success.

Mrs Jackson

Athletic Department Request

Basketball and Volleyball Team dues will be due October 1st. The dues are $10 for each player. This money will cover team shirts and other supplies. You can give your dues to Mrs Lane in the front office. If you would like to sponsor an athlete who is financially unable to pay the dues, we would greatly appreciate it! Any donations would go a long way to having our best year yet for our Athletic Department. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Valentin at or Mrs. Waters at


NHS Induction will be Tuesday, September 24th for all current and new NHS members and their family (an invitation will be sent to RSVP).


Competitive? Interested in math, science, language arts, or computer science? Come join our UIL Academic club! We meet every Tuesday during 5th period! Competitions are in the spring semester on 4 different Saturdays. Email or talk to Mrs. Roberts for more information.

TSI Testing Policy

Next week students who have not yet passed all 3 TSI tests will receive a hard copy of the TSI Testing policy for the 2019-2020 school. This policy will be distributed in the Pathways classes. We are asking parents and guardians to please review the hard copy of the testing policy with their student, sign it, and send it back to school with your student. Signed policies may be given to your student’s Pathways teacher. The policy will help students focus on the tests that they need at different stages of their associate degree. If you have any questions about your student’s progress in completing the Reading, Writing, or Math TSI test, please email Kristinia Haney at


Thank you to all the parents and students that volunteered supplies for the Homecoming Dance. The dance was a huge success and we could not have done it without the support of our CA family! Thank you!!

Collegiate Academy 2019-2020 TSI Evening Testing Schedule

Students may sign up for one of the following evening TSI Testing sessions this year if they prefer testing after school. Spaces are provided on a first come first serve basis. Students will need to arrange for a ride home after they complete their test. Mrs. Haney sent an email to all students last week with the dates and links to the Google form to reserve a spot in the testing room. If your student has accidentally deleted the email or needs assistance signing up, please ask them to email Kristinia Haney at for assistance.

Upcoming After School Testing Sessions in Room 1238:

Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • October 10 (Thursday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • November 12 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • January 14 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • February 11 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • March 17 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • May 12 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
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Phoenix Buddies

Phoenix Buddies is now recruiting volunteers! This is a program for students who are looking for a place to consistently volunteer and who have a heart for children with special needs. If you're interested, contact Hope Sukach at or fill out this google form:


Do you like to help others? Need volunteer hours? Have a favorite subject? We are starting a CA Peer Tutoring program DURING THE SCHOOL DAY! To be apart of this, please fill out the form:

Seniors VIBES


SENIOR (and junior) RINGS:

Balfour will be coming back on Wednesday, September 25th, during all lunches to collect class ring and letter jacket orders! $80 deposit due. Order packets are in the front office.


SENIORS! Want a say in your prom theme? Penny wars will be starting this week! Please make your vote! One penny = One point, all other coins and bills become negative points!!!

Don't forget to make your opinion count before October 23

The themes are:
  • Under The Stars
  • The Roaring 20's
  • Hollywood Gala.

Prom will be May 1st! If you would like to help with prom, please email

scholarships with deadlines in September.

Hi, Seniors

COLLEGE FACTUAL rounded up some scholarships with deadlines in September.

DDSRank Dental Scholarship for aspiring dental students (September 22)

Key Thinkers Scholarship (September 30)

Bonus: Register for ScholarshipOwl

Get matched to relevant scholarships and keep track of deadlines with a Scholarship Owl account. You'll also get registered for a $1,000 scholarship just by signing up.

Start Today

National Portfolio Days / Dallas

National Portfolio Days are annual events held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are designed to provide a unique opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. Not all members attend all events. Visit for attendees. No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Days. All representatives will be happy to discuss their specific programs of study and provide answers to questions about the availability of scholarships and financial aid. The events are about an exchange of information. The representatives want to learn about you, your work, and your post-secondary plans, all while informing you about their college or university and application requirements. These events may be the first time you have been in an environment with so many people in one place who all share a powerful commitment to art and design. Use this as an opportunity to be inspired, to gain advice as to how to improve or present your portfolio, and to experience a small taste of what it is like to attend a professional art and design program.

Date: September 29
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Campus Newsletters

Last Call: Community Champions

Time is running out to sign up for Community Champions! Want to learn more about Grapevine-Colleyville ISD? GCISD Community Champions is recruiting its class for the 2019-2020 school year. Learn more about this opportunity by visiting our website:

District Communication Contact Information

There may be instances where we need to send emergency communication via email, phone call and/or text message. Please make sure that your contact information is updated in Skyward. If your information is updated in Skyward, but you are not receiving campus communication, please send your name, students name, contact information and campus to

Bus Rules

While traveling in GCISD buses, we want to ensure a safe ride for all passengers and meet your travel needs. All luggage, equipment or carry on items must be stored underneath a seat and may not block the aisle or emergency exit. If possible, encourage students and staff not to take items that won't fit under a seat. Storing things in a seat, whether attended or not, can become projectiles if the bus has to stop quickly. If you have items that cannot fit under a seat or more items than space available on the bus, please contact Cynthia Patterson at 5593, or at to help with arrangements. Additionally, to keep our buses in good condition please make students aware that they may not wear cleats or other shoes or footwear that can damage the bus floor.

Semana de la amistad de GCISD

Celebraremos la Semana de la Amistad de GCISD del 23 de septiembre al 27 de septiembre. Esta semana se tratará de conocer gente nueva y se centrará en la amabilidad y la inclusión en todo el campus.

Student Accident Insurance

This is an affordable, full excess, accident only policy for students that will help offset the rising medical costs and deductibles required by insurance carriers under your current health plans. To view more, click here.

Notes from the Attendance office:

Contact Amy Silva-Adams for Attendance questions.


If a student must be absent from school a parent/guardian should call attendance or send an email each day to report the absence. I will also accept a note from the parent/guardian the day the student returns to school.

If a student is missing for a doctor's appointment, it is very important to always get a note from the doctor and present it when signing into school or returning the following day. You or your physician may email the doctor's note directly to me.


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

We want to hear from you! As members of PTK, your feedback is very important to us. We are constantly looking for opportunities to involve our ECHS members. An important part of PTK is fundraising, and we would like to bring some of those events to your high school building. Please let us know what are some fundraisers that you would want to see at your high school. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact any of the PTK officers.

If you are a PTK member please fill out this form. PTK is looking for ways to make sure that the ECHS members are able to receive all of the information and resources available to the rest of the college members.

Lesly Alvarado
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Tau Chapter Early College High School Liaison


Sep 23 - Five Year Celebration and Open House

Sep 24 - PSAT Prep Course

Sep 25 - PSAT Prep Course

Oct 1- PSAT Prep Course

Oct 2 - PSAT Prep Course

Oct 3 - CA Volleyball Game 6 pm at TCC NE

Oct 10 - After School TSI

Oct 11 - Class Photo Makeup Day, Grades 9-11, 8:30-11:30 a.m.


We sincerely appreciate the investment of your time as a volunteer. Whether it is just volunteering with your child's classroom, your school's field day or in any capacity in connection with our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you must complete the following Volunteer Background Authorization form online.

For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and are asked to complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check. All volunteers are required to reapply each year. Please click on link below to complete background application form. Application Form