Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

September 8, 2019

A Message from the Director

Parents and Students,

In light of the events at the past week in our district, I want assure parents that Collegiate Academy works closely with TCC NE Police to provide the most secure campus possible. We are fortunate to have many officers roaming our campus at all times that are trained how to handle emergency situations. Our doors are locked in our building at all times The most important reminder for students is to never open a locked door for anyone! If we work together we can be safer.

I am excited about our Open House and 5 Year Anniversary Celebration on Monday, September 23! Phoenix Family, we need your help! We need approximately 60 parent/guardian/adult volunteers to host this event. We are planning for over 400 in attendance! We need volunteers to set up (20), grill and serve (20), and clean-up (20). If you are willing to serve, please contact Yvonne Aguirre at 817 515-6775 or Thanks in advance!

Reminder: HMS bus will pick up and drop in the front of CHHS beginning in the morning, Monday, September 9! Times will not change!

Together we will make a difference!

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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From the Dean's Desk

Collegiate Academy Students and Parents,

TCC uses the AlertUs App to communicate alerts through push notifications to the TCC community, and it is now available without a TCC email address. Download the App for free from your app store and use the following information to set up your account:

Organization Code: TCCD

Pin Code: 8911

You can also add your cell phone to your student's TCC account to receive alerts via text message ( Use your student's login information and add your information under their account.

Mr. White (


Senior Graduation Plan Meetings:

So far I'm about halfway through the senior meetings and for the most part the seniors that I've met with have done a great job during their time at CA! I should be done with the senior meetings by the end of this week. All I ask is that at the end of the week talk to your student and see if they can tell you what their graduation plan looks like, and if they can't then we can set up a time to discuss!

Junior 4 Year Plan Meetings:

I'll start meeting with Juniors the week of September 16th and I should be able to get through them by the end of September. If you have questions about your students 4 year plan or the classes they are (or should be) taking now or in the future please feel free to reach out and we can talk through it!

Sophomore 4 Year Plan Meetings:

I'll be meeting with the Sophomores to discuss their Spring 2020 classes and beyond during the first few weeks of October so that when classes open at the end of October. If you have questions about your students 4 year plan or the classes they are (or should be) taking now or in the future please feel free to reach out and we can talk through it!


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.

Homecoming Dance

Tickets on Sale every day before school by the front office! Tickets are $8 during 9/5 - 9/12

Prices will start to go up Sept 13 $10. and will be $12 the day of the event.

Homecoming Dance Donations

We would like to ask for families to help us out with the dance by donating food/drinks/decorations. Please sign-up through the Sign-Up Genius. We would appreciate any help you can provide! You/your student can drop off the donations at the front desk throughout the next 2 weeks. Please email Mrs. Waters at if you have any questions.

Homecoming Donations Sign-Up


Students with a GPA of 3.4 or above were invited to apply to the CA National Honor Society. Applications are currently being reviewed and students were notified via email on Friday. NHS dues are due by September 20th to Mrs. Roberts. 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

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.

  • September 12 (Thursday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • 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

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.


Seniors VIBES


SENIORS! Want a say in your prom theme? Penny wars will be starting the week of September 16 - 20! Please make your vote! One penny = One point, all other coins and bills become negative points!!!Jars will be inside the office Prom will be May 1st!

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Seniors, we are so excited for all of those who have already been accepted to universities and career programs for next year.

Your Pathways teacher, Collegiate Academy Counselor, and College Coaches are here to help you with everything college and career.

Remember, that prior to September 15th, you should

  • Meet with your college coach a minimum of one time

  • Review your Pathways College Chart with 1-2 safety schools, 2-3 match schools, and 1-2 reach schools with that coach to insure you are applying to a good mix of safety, match/fit, and reach schools.

  • Write a rough draft of every college essay you will need to submit. Give these rough drafts of all admission essays to your college coach for review and comments

  • Register to take/retake SAT test if applicable to you (or consider signing up for the free 16 October SAT offered at CA. You must sign up for the 16 October SAT no later than September 7. Signup form is in Google Classroom.)

scholarships with deadlines in September.

Hi, Seniors

COLLEGE FACTUAL rounded up some scholarships with deadlines in September.

Cameron Impact Scholarship (September 13)

Horticultural Research Institute (September 13)

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship (September 21)

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


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:


October 3rd - 5th, 2019
Grapevine Botanical Gardens - 411 Ball Street

Join us for our new Sunset Live! concert series event the first weekend in October! We'll have five bands along with food trucks and family activities. Join us for our new Sunset Live! concert series event the first weekend in October! We'll have five bands along with food trucks and family activities.

Volunteers will receive a meal, refreshments throughout the shift, and live entertainment. Jobs include lawn attendant, ticket taker, etc... Jobs include lawn attendant, ticket taker, etc...


Mentor 2.0 for Sophomores and Juniors

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mentor 2.0 program, our one-to-one youth mentoring program , will have their live kick-off event on the evening of Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00 - 7:30.

All sophomores and juniors are invited and encouraged to attend our evening events held the second Tuesday of each month. Bus transportation to Mustang/Panther stadium will be provided from the CA / TCC campuses following each event.

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

Campus Newsletters

A reimbursable breakfast is offered at all schools for $1.45 paid and $0.30 reduced-priced. Breakfast times may vary slightly per campus, see below for advertised serving times:

Elementary schools: 7:15 a.m. - 7:35 a.m.

Middle schools: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. with a second breakfast option per campus schedule

High schools: 7:50 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. with a second breakfast option per campus schedule

Typing Club

GCISD students in grades 3-8 have access to a touch-typing app available through Classlink. Typing Club is a web-based program that teaches students how to build speed and accuracy while typing. Students in grades 3-8 should use this program during the school day and may also use it at home. Students can easily access Typing Club through Classlink.


Sep 10 - TSI Testing

Sep 10 - BBBS Dinner event

Sep 10 - PSAT Prep Course

Sep 11 - PSAT Prep Course

Sep 12 - After School TSI

Sep 13 - Class Photos for Grades 9-11, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sep 16 - Balfour Senior Rings Talk 11:00 am

Sep 17 - PSAT Prep Course

Sep 18 - Northwestern University 11:15 am -12 pm

Sep 18 - PSAT Prep Course

Sep 20 - Kicking it with Kickball

Sep 20 - Homecoming 7-10 pm

Sep 23 - Five Year Celebration and Open House

Sep 24 - PSAT Prep Course

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.