Connections Weekly Newsletter

September 1, 2023

Class of 2024


While there is lots of conversation about being Finalists, there are other potential awards that might be available to you. So, seniors, if you completed the PSAT/NSMQT last fall, you should check your eligibility for NMSQT scholarships and then review other opportunities. Check your PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports to see whether an asterisk appears next to your Selection Index scores.

While we won’t know the status until later this month, it’s prudent to be aware of programs. College and Corporate Scholarship details are in the PSAT/NMSQT Handbook sent home last fall, or available here. Click here for more information about National Recognition Program, National Merit Scholarship Program, and National Achievement Scholarship.

CLASS OF 2025 and 2026

If you choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on Oct. 5 a.m., the deadline to pay is Sept. 8. The fee is $19, payable in Infinite Campus OPTIONAL fees. Here is more information about the PSAT/NMSQT.

Class of 2026

Post-Chat Learning and Productivity

It was great to meet so many of you at Back-to-School Night! Recently, I was with all freshmen to chat about their Learning and Productivity Preferences.

Class of 2027

Freshmen families, as your students are adjusting to high school, we wanted to reach out and let you know a little more about our PWR Paths. PWR stands for Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness. We visit all high school grade levels and walk students through a self-reflection process “What are my interests? What are my strengths? What are my skills?” to then shift to “What are my opportunities for future work?” in the sophomore year. Here is an overview of our 4-year curriculum. We look forward to working alongside your students as they progress toward graduation and TCA2Life!

AP Exam

The AP exam is REQUIRED for all AP courses. The deadline to apply or request a fee waiver is Sept. 8. The fee for EACH exam is $97, payable in Infinite Campus fees. AP teachers require students to sign up for their class section in My AP. See teacher with any questions.

College Board Login Issues

If you are having issues logging in to College Board to JOIN your AP class, here is a document for troubleshooting.

Community Service

x2VOL, the database used to track Community Service hours has moved out of Naviance and we want to clarify the log-in process. Students will no longer go in through Naviance but will go directly to the Community Service (x2VOL) link found on the TCA Intranet page and under the Family tab on the TCA website if logging in from home. Once at the Log-In screen, students will “Continue with Google” and use their msa email address and password to log in. The attached guide provides instructions on how to log in and create records. If your students have any problems, they may stop by Connections and talk to Mrs. Hoffman.

Save the Date

College Visits, College Fairs, and Career Chats are open to 9th-12th grade students. Sign up in Naviance under "What's New" at least one day in advance of session.

College Rep Visits Next Week at TCA

Tues 5, 9:35amWestern Colorado University
Tues 5, 1:15pmColorado Mesa University
Weds 6, 10:30amHillsdale College
Weds 6, 2:10pmColorado State University


September 8 – Deadline for payment in IC for AP exams and (optional) PSAT/NMSQT exam

To be Rescheduled – Connections Freshmen/Sophomore Family Night

September 13 – Connections Junior/Senior/Financial Aid Family Night

September 18 – Mini-College Fair – Extended Lunch

September 25 – Mini-College Fair – Extended Flex

October 2 - Mini-College Fair - Extended Flex

October 5 – PSAT/NMSQT exam for pre-registered 10th and 11th graders

In the Community

September 18Colorado Springs Christian College Fair, CO Springs Christian Schools, 6:00-8:00

October 2Southern Colorado College Fair, Palmer High School, 5:30-7:30

November 5NACAC College Fair, Denver, CO Convention Ctr., 700 14th St.,1:00-4:00


University of Denver: For the 2023-2024 application cycle, students who apply in their Early Decision I round (Nov. 1 deadline) or Early Decision II round (Jan. 15 deadline) will receive the following benefits:

  • DU will meet full demonstrated need of top academic performers;

  • Admitted students will receive an additional $5,000 annual merit aid award;

  • ED applicants will receive stronger admission consideration;

  • ED applicants will enjoy earlier admission and financial aid notifications.

The Boettcher Foundation hosts webinars annually. Titled “Everything You Need to Know About Scholarships,” the webinars go over how students can “ACE” their college and scholarship applications, including tips on how to make their applications stand out.

An abbreviated version of the presentation is also available here. Ver el vídeo: todo lo que debes saber de las becas. More information here: English or Spanish

If you are applying to the University of Virginia, , see Ms. Peters about the Jefferson Scholars Program.

If you are applying to the University of Texas-Dallas, see Ms. Peters about the McDermott Scholars program.

College News

The 2023-24 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is now available for download! The guide is designed to assist your students with understanding the NCAA Eligibility Center registration and academic requirements.

Johns Hopkins University invites seniors to visit their Homewood campus for one of their Senior Visit Days 10/9 or 16. Travel assistance is available on a first come first served basis, deadline to apply is TODAY, 9/1. Program schedule here.

Seton Hall University offers a Diplomacy and International Relations major for students who want to travel the world and are passionate about solving complex problems through collaboration. Find out more in at one of their upcoming Info Sessions.

This College Planning Guide from the John Hopkins University admissions committee will help you navigate the college search process, craft your strongest application, and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

Check out this article to find Public Service careers that may pay for your college degree.

The Emory University LEADs Experience is a monthly virtual program this fall designed to support the recruitment of seniors who are either first-generation college students and/or from underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds, including, but not limited to, Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native/Indigenous student populations. Apply here by 9/8.


Wellesley’s College Access Program, is a virtual program for seniors from 9/30-10/1 about the power of using their VOICE, the rewards and challenges of being a student leader, and the importance of equity in the fight for change.

UCCS Pre-Collegiate is a free multi-year college and career access program for middle school and high school students with the goal of bringing in motivated first generation, low income, and military connected students. Deadline to apply October 30. More information English and Spanish

The Center for Energy Workforce Development will release Energy Industry Fundamentals 2.0, a robust energy curriculum designed for students. This free, virtual course offers 120 hours of instruction to connect participants with foundational learnings about energy, and career path opportunities.

CU on the Weekend | Office for Outreach and Engagement | University of Colorado Boulder This series of free public lectures given by some of CU Boulder's most dynamic faculty in the areas of arts and humanities, science or music runs throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Advanced Science Exploratory Program is hosting their first in-person event November 4 in San Francisco. The NeuroNetwork Career Symposium is a half-day, immersive experience for high-school and college students interested in learning about the career opportunities in scientific research, and how to navigate towards them. More information here.

Interested in “The Next Giant Leap: Building Cyber Resilience for the Global Space Industry?” Check out this upcoming summit: Value of Space Summit - Space ISAC ( and let Ms. Peters know by September 13 if you are interested and are 100% committed to attending; she will try to get student access tickets.

Interested in Cyber Security? CyberStart America gives students in 9th-12th grade free access to the world-renowned CyberStart game. CyberStart gives students hands-on experience with real-world cybersecurity tasks and simulations. Register here.

Free virtual job shadows are offered by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment at Pathful. Use CDLE as the account name.

Career Highlight - Transportation

What do you know about the transportation career field? It encompasses STEM, supply chain, logistics, alternative fuels, engineering, transport, and more. Read here for more information.

Upcoming SAT Test

The next SAT date is October 7, Register by September 7

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - Juniors, Seniors, PSAT/NMSQT

Katina Dahl, Career and College Advisor - Freshmen, Sophomores

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service