TOPS HS Weekly Scholar

November 16, 2015 - Today we LEARN. Tomorrow we LEAD!

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Shout-Outs from your teachers and other TOPS staff!

Joseph G. - Way to go with progress! Awesome job!!

Josiah K. - Great job keeping your grades up!

Amelia J. - I can tell you’re working hard, I’m proud of you!

Rayna S. - I’m impressed by your progress, keep up the good work!

Samantha S. - You are doing very well with your course work, nice job!

Mattie S. – Your work is very impressive, I’m proud of your hard work!

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Teacher Paws for Praise!

Would you like to recognize a TOPS teacher or staff member? Click on this link to send them some kudos!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JOmK_N-0D5GwogaKy0iV7ElOdYboReDxBW9-4PxjxQk/viewform
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K12 Parent/Learning Coach Information

Do you need a place to go for tips, reviews on navigating the OLS, and perhaps to even find out outings, events, and make parent connections? Please visit our K12 TOPS Start Page. Bookmark the website and visit it often throughout the year!

http://tops.k12start.com/

Your TOPS Faculty and Staff

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K12 National Clubs

Are you interested in building social relationships with other students across our K12 schools who may have a shared interest with you? Click on the link below to learn more about the clubs and sign-up!


http://www.k12.com/k12-student-clubs

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Learning Coach Mentor Meet-Ups!

These are offered twice a month in Sarah Robinson’s blackboard room. They are optional, last about 1 hour, and run from 4:00-5:00pm. Below is the FALL schedule for your families to join us! We share encouragement, support, success stories, and more. 8/15, 8/30, 10/15, 10/30, 11/13, 11/30, 12/15

Click here to attend: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=559&password=M.EB4760030647691F835133FECEBBBC
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School Outings and Events Calendar

Would you like to connect with other K12 Texas students and parents? Would you like to meet some of our teachers and staff? Please be sure and visit our calendar of events. We look forward to getting the chance to meet you in person!


Click here for our calendar: http://tops.k12start.com/calendar/

Here are some upcoming events!

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Miss Allyson Arnwine - Social Studies Teacher

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•On November 23rd, teachers will be sending assignment lists to students with failing course averages.


•Please make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity to get caught up in courses.

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Mark Your Calendars!

November 25-27- Thanksgiving Holiday Break
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Check Your Time Zone!

It's recently been discovered that some students may have an incorrect calendar and due dates showing because the time zone setting is wrong in the online high school account.

Please go into your account and check the time zone setting!
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Online Learning Course

All students are required to complete the Online Learning Course at the beginning of the school year. We have many students who still need to complete the course. If you are not sure how to do this or have other questions, please reach out to your Homeroom Advisor.

Please aim to have the OLL course completed no later than Friday, Nov. 10th.
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  1. Seniors, continue to focus your college research and narrow down your choice of colleges that you will apply to. Remember your goal should be 5 colleges: 2 that are your “dream schools”, 2 that you have a pretty good chance of being admitted to and 1 safe school to which you already meet the entrance requirements.
  2. Seniors, apply for a PIN number at www.fafsa.ed.gov so you will be ready to apply for financial aid. Remember both you and your parents need a PIN number. Curious to know how much money you might get for financial aid? Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on FAFSA4caster to find out!
  3. Continue to search for scholarships. Remember this should be your part-time job right now! It is truly hard work applying for scholarships, but the reward is so worth it in the end when you see those scholarships begin to add up. Sign up for a FREE scholarship search engine like www.fastweb.com and the site will email you scholarships that match your profile.
  4. Seniors, continue working on your college applications. Get those essays written and out to others to proof read for you. Remember, a good essay can get you into the college if you are considered “on the bubble” for admission! Make it your goal to get all of your applications completed by the end of Thanksgiving break. You will feel so much less stress when those applications are in! I’ve attached at the back of this newsletter the application deadlines according to the applytexas.org website for all the 4 year colleges in the state. However, please double check with the college website to make sure these dates are correct.
  5. Reflect on your 1st semester grades and progress. Are you on track? Are you making good progress toward completion of all your classes? Remember colleges do look at grades in conjunction with test scores as an indicator of college success. They are very important, so buckle down and create a plan for you to earn the best grades possible!
  6. Register for the ACT is at www.actstudent.org. Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com. If you are a senior and have not taken these tests or you want to try and raise your scores, please register ASAP.
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In Addition to Kmail, you may reach us at following numbers and emails:

Leslie Smith, Principal: 832-265-2969; lsmith@k12.com
Katie Skillrud, Operations Manager:
972-420-1404, Ext. 1001 kskillrud@k12.com
Bre'Anna Murphy, Registrar: 972-420-1404, Ext. 1005 bmurphy@k12.com
Bryan Lankford, Lead Teacher: 972-643-8606 blankford@k12.com
Maren Garza, Counselor: 214-945-4251 mgarza@k12.com
Main TOPS Office: 972-420-1404
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