Connections Weekly Newsletter

March 17, 2023

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 6 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.

Community Service Hours

Reminder Seniors: Your Community Service hours and papers are due this Monday, March 20. As part of your graduation requirement, you are required to complete 30 volunteer hours, log them into X2VOL, and submit three 350-word papers about your experiences into the X2VOL Portfolio section. If you need help with X2VOL, see the next article. For questions about Green Cord, contact Kim Voicu or Cade Cheshire.

Need to log your Community Service hours? Check out this x2Vol HOW TO video. More information on the Community Service Graduation Requirements can be found on the TCA website on the Connections page.

Class of 2023 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

AP exams are just 6 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.

As final admissions decisions from colleges start to roll in, it seems like an appropriate time to address the emotional impact of the college process — not on the kids but on their parents. This article will focus on the psychological well-being of parents as their child continues the separation process and moves through college selection.

Financial aid can be one of the more confusing aspects of the college admission process. Most students hope to receive some form of financial aid to help pay for the high cost of college. Unfortunately, no two award letters are created equal. It would certainly be helpful if they were, but every college has their own format and it’s often hard to compare one to the other. Here are five examples that will help you understand financial aid awards.

Class of 2024 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

AP exams are just 6 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.

While each application is viewed and analyzed on its own merits, colleges and universities are considering a variety of factors and data points during that time. This article talks about how colleges choose which students to admit.

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.

While the course requirements in the first three years of high school can often seem relatively straightforward, it is common for juniors in high school to be given a bit more leeway as they build their schedules. This article helps in planning a senior year, which subjects you should study, how difficult your classes should be, or how many courses you can fit into one course load.

Post Chat: Rachel Walters - Interior Design

Thank you to Rachel Walters, TCA Class of 2014, for her Career Chat for Interior Design. Top suggestions from Rachel? Try an internship and consider taking a PPSC class in interior design or architecture to refine your interests. Learn the programs RevIt and SketchUp, both programs are used in her field. More information Interior Design here.

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.

Career & College Visits


Next Week in Connections, Room 1104

* Monday, 3/20 2:10, Missouri University of Science & Technology
* Tuesday, 3/21 8:40, Northern Arizona University
* Tuesday, 3/21 10:30, BINGO

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.

Arts, Design & Multimedia Event with a Career Panel will be on March 18 from 10 am – 12:30 pm at Rampart High School at 8250 Lexington Drive. Register here.


Save the Date for Spring 2023 NACAC Virtual College Fairs on March 19 and April 23. All fairs will feature College MatchMaking which matches students to specific colleges and universities based on the criteria they provide. Register here.

Enrichment Opportunities


The University of Denver is offering a Pio Prep Leadership Institute on July 19-21 which brings together excelling students who identify as Black/African American and/or Latinx. Students will spend time in workshops and leadership building activities and have opportunities to better understand the college application process.

Musical Theatre Summer Workshop for ages 14-18 on June 5-10 at CSU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This intensive program is an opportunity to study Musical Theatre, work on college audition material, bring song interpretation skills to a new level, and study movement from one of Broadway’s top song and dance performers.

Engineering Your World Summer Program for ages 12-14 on July 17 at CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. This STEM summer program offers fun and engaging activities designed to simulate a collaborative laboratory environment.

Washington University in St. Louis offers Pre-College Programs in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. Scholarships available. Deadline is April 3.

If you like to make digital or material things, Monumental Impact is looking for volunteers. They are a nonprofit serving youth in the Tri-Lakes area that provides a mentoring community of support that gives opportunities for industry experiences for individual students and the capabilities to enable student programs in technology, engineering and entrepreneurship.

AR Workshops is offering DIY Workshop Camps. Save $35-use code TRILAKES2023

Thinking about taking a GAP Year? A GAP year is a semester or year of experiential learning; it is not a year to just take a break. There are many resources available. Here is one of the guides.

Looking for more? Check these out:

Are you curious about using code to make music?

Want to hear from an Astrophysicist?

Is it possible to build wearable tech for a dance performance?

Want to know how Nike’s innovators made the new Air Max 90 sneakers?

Hear from a student inventor and aspiring STEM professional tell how she discovered her passion for innovation while participating in robotics:

Scholarships and More

Care Forward Colorado Program at Pikes Peak State College provides free tuition, fees, books, materials, and necessary vaccinations for students pursuing a career in high demand entry-level healthcare job in Qualifying Healthcare Certificate Programs. Certificates can be completed in one year or less and students can continue their education at Pikes Peak.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Programs and Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program provide funding to nurses and other future health care professionals committed to serving in communities of need. Compare Programs

Career Focus - Engineering

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