Connections Weekly Newsletter

April 14, 2023

Rising Senior Night - This Monday, April 17 from 5:30-6:30

Join us on Monday April 17, at 5:30 PM for our Rising Seniors Family Night: an evening for Rising Senior Parents/Guardians and students. We will cover topics for current 11th grade students including, but not limited to:

  • Career Outlooks

  • Using Naviance To Assist In Post Graduation Planning

  • Trade & Apprenticeship Programs

  • Researching Colleges

  • College Visits

  • An Overview of The College Application Process

This is a valuable presentation is for any student and their family looking to get a jump on their senior year and beyond.

AP Exam Terms and Conditions

All current AP students: The 2023 AP Exam Terms and Conditions are now available to be read through this link . Students will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to taking each exam. The College Board will send current AP students email reminders to review these terms and conditions.

With AP exams just 2 weeks away; it’s never too early to start reviewing. The College Board offers study guides and review exams to help you prepare. Here is a link to the College Board resources.

Class of 2023 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

It’s spring, which means scholarship season is upon us. Sure, you may be groaning with the thought of more applications to come after your actual college applications, but working hard on scholarship applications can save you tuition cost. Here is an article to help you get started.

Come to a S'more session on April 18 or 20 in Connections to hear about how to start the scholarship process.

Class of 2024 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

Now is the time to plan ahead when preparing for the college admissions process. The spring semester of junior year is the final push before students start applying to college in the fall, so students need to get serious about their college plans. Here are some suggestions to help get started.

When applying to college, many students think they know which strategies will help them attract the attention – in a good way – of admissions officers. This article addresses the gap between perception and reality about what actually matters, and what matters most, when it comes to grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and other factors.

CLASS OF 2025 - Advisor Joanna Peters

There will be a Mandatory Sophomore Guest Speaker Session in the Brown Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 18 during Flex. This will be a presentation from a colleague in higher education about what to consider as you choose where to get additional training and/or education. The past two years we have been exploring the WHY (who am I) and the WHAT (what do I want to do) of their PWR Path (Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness). Our speaker will provide the next step to their PWR PLAN: Where do I want to do it?

Sophomore Checklist

CLASS OF 2026 - Advisor Joanna Peters

This is the last chance to review your Freshman Checklist

Save The Date: PSAT/NMSQT Exam - Next Year

The PSAT/NMSQT Exam at TCA will be Thursday, October 5 from 8:00 -11:45am. This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying exam for juniors and is a PSAT/NMSQT practice exam for sophomores. The payment and registration deadline is September 8. Note: this is on the Thursday morning of Parent/Teacher Conferences BEFORE Fall Break. It has historically been scheduled by College Board during Fall Break.

Career & College Visits


Next Week in Connections, Room 1104

* Monday, 4/17 5:30, Rising Senior Night - Get prepared for college applications
* Tuesday, 4/18 10:30, S’more: Scholarships - How to organize your scholarship search
* Wednesday, 4/19 10:30, Mandatory Sophomore Flex - Where to pursue your education/training
* Thursday, 4/20 10:30, S’more Scholarships - How to organize your scholarship search
* Friday, 4/21 10:30, Career Chat: Business/Entrepreneur - Tim Holliday will share what it takes to start a business and what different business careers are available.

In the Community

Nursing Information Sessions at Pikes Peak State College, Friday April 21 from 10am-12pm at the Rampart Range Campus. Learn more about the program, discuss the different types of nursing and have your questions answered.


A Virtual Information Event will be held for those interested in Service Academies and ROTC on Monday, 17 April 2023 from 5:30pm to 7:45pm. Congressional representatives from each district and senator’s offices will be in attendance. This flyer includes a QR code to register.

Save the Date for Spring 2023 NACAC Virtual College Fairs on April 23. Register here.

First-Generation Virtual College Fair 2023, Wednesday April 26 from 10am-12pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm. This is an engaging forum for students and their families so they can explore the many available college options and learn from experts on how to make the most of the college experience.

Next Steps: Preparing for your Future as an NCAA Student-Athlete - Sunday, April 30 from 4:30-5:30. High school student-athletes focused on playing their sport at the NCAA level won't want to miss this informative hour with the Eligibility Center staff. Parents/families/advocates are encouraged to join! Click here to register.

The 2023 Young Adult Job Fair will be Wednesday, May 10 from 12-4pm at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. If you are interested in attending, please create or update your account before attending the Job Fair.

Enrichment Opportunities

The Coding School offers live, virtual summer camps taught by leading researchers in their respective fields. Scholarships available. Early registration closes April 15.

The US Department of State is hosting Exploring Career Paths in Diplomacy Series between April 10 – May 2. They will be hosting 5 career panels led by Department of State Diplomats in Residence and experts in each field. Register here.

Colorado College is offering a Pre-College Block (July 10-26) which includes a wide variety of academic courses, all taught by CC professors for college credit. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Are you thinking about studying abroad? Check out this video from the University of Wyoming, Why you should study abroad, and get answers from their students on why you should.

ID Tech is offering Fortnite Game Design with Unreal Engine camps at the University of Denver on July 3-7 and July 31 - August 4. Scholarships Available.

Scholarships and More

Scholarships for Military Dependents

US Veterans Magazine

Operation Military Kid Dependent Scholarships

Scholarships for American Indian or Alaska Native

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Services

National Indian Education Association

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an agreement with 160+ participating public colleges and universities to provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Colorado students. Click here for the full list of participating WUE schools! Through WUE, eligible students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate programs outside their home state and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident tuition rate.

Career Focus - Writer

Are you interested in becoming a writer? Check out this article.

College Spotlight

Interested in becoming a veterinarian? Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medicine Offers an Early Admission Program. Click here for more information.

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - 9th & 10th Grades, PSAT/NMSQT, Scholarships

Skip Zickmund, Assistant Director - 11th & 12th Grades, AP

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service