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Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

November 3, 2019

A Message from the Director

Parents and Students,

Important Reminder: Collegiate Academy has school on Monday, November 4!

November brings cooler weather, changing leaves and Thanksgiving! As you might already know, expressing your gratitude towards people is something that will not only enrich your life but also enrich the lives of the one you express your thanks to. Studies have shown that expressing your gratefulness toward someone has many benefits including raising your self-esteem, making you happier, and also giving you a sense of fulfillment in life. I challenge Collegiate Academy to practice gratitude like your life depends on it! Here's one of my favorite quotes on gratitude. "We're a nation hungry for more joy: Because we're starving from a lack of gratitude." by Brene Brown

As the semester comes to a close, I encourage students to Show UP, Be Brave and Seize the Opportunity! If you are struggling, ask for help. Our teachers are here for you!

Practice Gratitude!

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

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Collegiate Academy Parents,

Believe it or not, the Fall 2019 semester will soon be in the books, and now is the time to focus on your student's grades in both high school and college courses.

To check high school grades, use your Skyward access. Need help getting in? We can reset your password.

To check college grades, have your student log in to his/her TCC Blackboard account. Your student can do this for you.

Freshmen Parents:

Please remember that high school course credits are awarded by semester average and not by the average for the year. To receive full graduation credit for English I, for example, a freshman must pass both the 1st Semester (Fall 2019) and the 2nd Semester (Spring 2020). If a student does not pass either semester, they will not receive the full required credit for the year.

This has been a great semester so far, and we are working towards a strong finish.

Onward, ever Upward!

Matthew White

Associate Director

Collegiate Academy at TCCNE



Classes are also reaching their midterms and so now is a great time to check in with your students and see how they're doing in their classes. If you'd like to set up a time to meet then please send me an email and we can get something on the calendar!


The price for yearbook goes up Nov. 1st! If you want to save money, have your student bring $30 in check or exact change to Mr. Dye before then! The price to order online has already gone up to $35.

school support

School Spirit

Do you want to wear something that proudly represents Collegiate Academy?

Visit the following link

Orders will be delivered to CA, just please make sure to choose group delivery at checkout.


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

Day Spa Nail at 2350 Hall Johnson rd. Suite 125 Grapevine Texas extended the invitation for the entire month of October

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


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:

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Seniors VIBES


The scholarships below are accepting applications between October 29th, 2019 and December 31st, 2019. For more details about each scholarship and the eligibility requirements, read the details below carefully.

$50,000 (7 Awards)

Real World Design Challenge Scholarships

Deadline: November 22, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$2,000 (10 Awards)

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

Deadline: December 1, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$10,000 (1 Award)

National Space Club Scholarship

Deadline: December 2, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$2,500 (1 Award)

SuperMoney's Financial Literacy Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$5,000 (4 Awards)

GenM Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

yearbook senior recognition

To the Parents of Seniors! You can now purchase Senior Recognition Pages in the yearbook. If you want to make sure your senior is sent off to college in style, you can purchase anywhere from an 1/8 of a page to a full page and design it with photos of them and a message. Just follow the link below and click on "Yearbook Recognition Ads" to sign in and start designing!

All Pages are Full Color!

1/8 Page - $30

1/4 Page - $50

1/2 Page - $85

Full Page - $150

senior rings

SENIOR (and junior) RINGS:

Balfour will be coming back on Monday, November 18th, during all lunches to collect class ring and letter jacket orders! $80 deposit due. Order packets are in the front office.

Class 2020 news

Senior form

Hello Seniors!

Mrs. Young should be passing out a form during pathways about senior interest. Please turn in the form during passing periods by the end of the month. In case you misplace it or returned it without copying down the price/date information, here is another copy.

If you change your mind on bringing a guest to prom, just let me know.

I am starting to collect money, again, during passing periods. Cash or checks written out to Collegiate Academy.

We will also be having a bake sale next week! See you then!

Please let me know if you have any questions

Campus Newsletters

Join Us for a Special Screening of Angst

Angst is an IndieFlix Original, documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens,educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.

November 5 at GHS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

November 13 at CHHS Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Appropriate for ages 10+ | Video length: 55 minutes

For more information, view this flyer.

Parent Tech Academy

The GCISD Parent Tech Academy will be held on November 6 from 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and will be covering Internet Safety at School and Home.

Hear about the signs of online dangers, cyberbullying, viral trends, and more. We will then dive into tools you can use to protect your home computers just like we do those at school.

GCISD Professional Development Center | 5800 Colleyville Blvd, Colleyville, TX 76034

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

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.

  • 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

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


Nov 4 - We will have classes

Nov 5 - Special Screening of Angst @ GHS Auditorium at 7:00pm

Nov 8 - College Trip - Stillwater, Oklahoma

Nov 12 - BBBS Dinner Event

Nov 13 - Special Screening of Angst @ CHHS Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Nov 15 - Basketball Game @ TCC NE 6 - 7:30pm

Nov 18 - Texas Wesleyan University Admissions Rep in Senior Pathways

Nov 19 - Texas Wesleyan University Admissions Rep in Senior Pathways

Nov 22 - Kickin'it with Kindness

Nov 25 - Nov 29 - Thanksgiving Break


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

Juniors and Seniors

We are about to embark on our first overnight college road trip.

The trip is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, and the $40 covers transportation, hotel, and breakfast.

If you are interested in joining us to tour Texas Woman's University, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Central Oklahoma, please check in with Ms. Young for more details.

NASA High School Aerospace Scholar