Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

OCTOBER 10, 2021

Phoenix Families,


Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will sit for the PSAT on Wednesday, October 13 with classes continuing as normal when the test is complete.

I want to take this opportunity to highlight our clubs and organizations at CA. Many of our clubs are student led with a sponsor in an advisory role only and others are led by our fabulous staff. Here is the list at this time. Many other clubs are in the process and will be up and running soon.

  • Girls/Boys Soccer
  • Spirit Club
  • UIL One Act Play
  • UIL Academics
  • NHS
  • Computer Club
  • 3 - D Printing Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Weight Lifting Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Podcast Club
  • Book Club
  • Phoenix Leadership
  • Yearbook
  • Master Classes
  • Volleyball Club
  • Chess Club
  • Shark Tank led by TCC
  • Fashion Club

If your student doesn’t have a place to plug in, there is still time for them to join or start their own club!

I look forward to our Fall Festival this month! The clubs and organizations listed above, along with our Phoenix Family Booster Club, are committed to make this year the best ever! Hope to see everyone there on Friday, October 22! Our community is stronger and better when we spend time together!

Always Grateful,

Ms. Knutz

From the assistant Principal

Lauren Jackson, Assistant Principal

Collegiate Academy Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:

Collegiate Academy Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:

​​On Wednesday, October 13, 2020, we will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT for Collegiate Academy Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. The PSAT is a measure of knowledge and skills for reading, writing and math. It connects students to scholarship opportunities and many colleges require a minimum score for acceptance.

Please read below to know what to expect on test day.


  • Students may bring a calculator and number 2 pencils (not mechanical).

  • There will be additional calculators on campus if you do not have your own.

Please review College Board’s PSAT/NMSQT Test Day Checklist (including a list of approved calculators) for a list of what to bring and what NOT to bring to campus on testing day.


Sack lunches from the cafeteria will be provided on test day or students may bring their own lunch.


  • Students should arrive no later than 8:30. The PSAT/NMSQT should be complete by 12:30 unless you have accommodations.

  • If you have a class during that time, please make sure you contact your professors to let them know.

  • Once all students complete the exam, we will return to our normal bell schedule.


The list of testing rooms for students will be posted on the common area windows. Students should look for their names on those lists and report to their assigned classroom.

Please arrive by 8:30 so that you can find your testing room in plenty of time for the start of the exam.


The State of Texas requires students attend 90% of each class they are enrolled in order to be eligible to earn course credit. Please work closely with your teachers each semester to ensure you are meeting this guideline.

We understand that there are health appointments and other reasons your student may need to leave school early. In order to provide you with a smoother and quicker pick-up please call ahead and let attendance know what time you would like your student ready to go. (At least 15 minutes, but early that day is good, too.)

Please make sure that the person picking up your student is a parent or emergency contact listed in Skyward. We cannot release a student to someone not listed.

Counselor's Corner

Riley Cavanagh, Counselor


College Registration is OCTOBER 18th and we are changing the way we do things a little bit. Your student has received their plan for next semester and they should be able to show it to you. If they have lost it or if they don’t seem inclined to share it with you please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to share it with you! The plan is the best way to get them to an Associate’s Degree. That being said, if a student has a different class that they’d like to take we are more than happy to discuss alternative options with them once they’ve talked to their pathways teacher.


Unlike years passed you will NOT be self-registering. You will be registered for your classes and they’ll be added to your skyward schedule to prevent clerical errors and students thinking they’re signed up for a class that they are not signed up for.


You will still be registering yourselves as normal on October 18th.


Our edgenuity due date is November 19th so make sure that you’re knocking out your required classes on edgenuity during your content lab/study hall/independent study time. If you have questions about any of the classes that you’re enrolled in there please don’t hesitate to ask or if you’re struggling to get into the edgenuity program let me know as soon as possible so that you don’t fall behind.


Our drop policy is different than it’s ever been and this is something that is going to remain in the Phoenix News until we get to our drop deadline in November. In order to drop a class you will need to meet all of the requirements and in it in order to be considered for a drop. If you drop without utilizing the form moving forward you will not be able to sign up for classes in the following semester.

Working out is a great way to clear your head and take some time for yourself. Enjoy this 7 minute total body workout.

Each week we celebrate students who follow the Phoenix Strategies for Success!

  • Find your Vision
  • Work Hard
  • No Excuses
  • Learn from Failure
  • Be Grateful


Mrs. McCormack would like to give a shoutout to 11th grader Itzel Rubio-Castillo for her HARD WORK.

Ellen Kisselburg

Mrs. Jackson would like to give a shout out to 10th grader, Ellen Kisselburg for her VISION. It's tough picking one strategy for success for this student, but Ellen is bright, determined, and has found her vision at CA. She consistently takes care of her responsibilities, has a kind and friendly attitude toward her peers, and is involved in the school community. Ellen is a leader, and I can't wait to see all of the great things she will accomplish at Collegiate Academy!

Fall Festival & Taste of Collegiate – Friday, October 22nd

One of the things that makes Collegiate Academy such an amazing school is its diversity. This year, the Phoenix Family Booster Club is working hand in hand with Diversity Club students to celebrate and honor our respective cultures by providing a multicultural food experience at the Fall Festival.

Our love for food is often shaped by our families and where we come from. We would like to invite you to showcase your culture by bringing your favorite family dish to the Fall Festival. The food items can be handmade or purchased. We would love to have dishes from as many cultures as possible. They can be main dishes, sides, desserts or drinks. Some examples of what we would love to see are: Eggrolls, dumplings, enchiladas, dolmas, tacos, empanadas, pizza, boba tea, churros, babka, naan, cookies, apple pie…you get the idea!

Please use the following link to a Signup Genius and let us know what you would like to bring, approximately how many servings you will provide and what culture you associate it with. We are super excited about this event and hope that it brings us all closer as a community. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. More details will follow as the event draws nearer. The Signup Genius Link is as follows:

Contact Information

Board – General Email Box –

President – Tonya Golden –

Vice President – Ramzi Gillespie –

Treasurer – Julie Touchstone –

Secretary – Jennifer Berry –

Grade Level Coordinators

Freshman – Dominique Blake -

Sophomore – Rebecca Rodriguez –

Junior– Lori Rash –

Senior – Kandy Beese –

As always, thank you for your support!

Collegiate Academy Booster Club

Tonya Golden

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Mica Barton

Pre-order your 2021-2022 yearbook today. Pre-order is $35.00.

Please follow these links to order and for more information.

Yearbook Link –

Ad Link -

Calling All CA Artists!!

Phoenix Art Contest

All CA students are invited to submit original artwork of a PHOENIX. Original artwork can be pencil, ink or digital. Submit your original artwork to Mrs. Barton in person or online.

Winning artwork will be featured on the back cover of the yearbook!

Deadline is October 29, 2021

Friends of Texas Public Schools Scholarships

Due: 10/15

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due: 10/31

WTS Advancing Women Advancing Transportation

Due: November 5

Texas PTA Scholarship

Due: November 15

Cosmetology School Tour

Junior & Seniors we are trying to put together a visit to a cosmetology school to learn about certifications and tour a facility. In order to move forward we need to find out who is interested in doing something like this. Please stop by and see Ms. Jones in the counseling office or send her an email at We are hoping to get a tour set for November/December. Thanks so much!

GCISD College night

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Toni Bourgeois

All Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are required to fill out a TCC Health Services form every year. Please give this to the nurse as soon as possible.

Any student that received their Meningitis booster shot needs to turn in a copy to the nurse so she can update Skyward and forward it to TCC. They require this vaccine every 5 years. You will not be able to enroll in a TCC class if the vaccine is due or is due during that semester.

If you have any questions:

GCISD Covid GUidelines

The COVID guidelines listed in the attached link are subject to change based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tarrant County Public Health, the Texas Education Agency and state officials. GCISD continues to ask that parents and guardians report new diagnoses of COVID-19 to schools and public health authorities to help facilitate contact tracing and communication planning.

GCISD CLINIC (Covid testing)

GCISD COVID-19 testing clinic

Covid -19 resources

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.


GCISD is making significant changes to procedures at the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center The center is no longer a drive through center, and has instead relocated to Portable Building CRC2 at the GCISD Administration complex (3051 Ira E. Woods Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051).

From 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

The center is only open for staff members. During this time frame, staff members will not be required to have an appointment.

From 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Students and staff can visit the center, and they must schedule an appointment to do so. Appointments can be made here:

CA - Calendar of Events

Oct.11: CA and TCC NE are in Session

Oct. 13: PSAT Testing for 9th, 190th and 11th grades

Oct. 14: Lunch menu: State Fair food

Oct. 15: Friends Scholarship due

Oct. 18: College (TCC) Registration day

Oct. 22: TCC Campus Tour

Oct. 22: CA Fall Festival - 6:00-9:00 (See flyer)

Oct. 29: Deadline for Yearbook's back cover page art (Contest)

Oct. 31: Coca Cola Scholarship due

Nov. 2: GCISD Career Night - 7:00pm - GHS

Nov. 5: Yearbook Make Up picture day (ALL STUDENTS)

Nov. 5: WTS Scholarship due

Nov. 15: Texas PTA Scholarship due

Collegiate Academic Calendar for 2021-2022 School year

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GCISD College and Career Night

GCISD will host its annual College and Career Night on Tuesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at Grapevine High School. All GCISD students and families are invited to this event that is organized by GHS and CHHS counselors and GoCenters. Over 120 universities, junior/community colleges, technical schools, military schools and military recruiters will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity to ask FAFSA questions and complete the application. For more information, check out the flyer or contact your counselor.

GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest

All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.” Three student designs—one each from the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will be selected and sent out on behalf of the GCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan.

The three students whose works are selected for the GCISD Holiday Greeting Card will receive $25 and recognition at the December meeting of the Board of Trustees. The selected artwork will be featured on the district’s website and used in district publicity.

Complete rules and guidelines can be found on this flyer.

National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week is October 11-15, 2021. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Nutrition Services will continue the tradition of celebrating the State Fair of Texas! This school year, the USDA has extended universal free meals to many students attending schools that participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. All Grapevine-Colleyville ISD students in grades Pre-K to 8th grade, and Collegiate Academy, are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost in the school cafeteria in the 2021-2022 school year.

On Thursday October 14, we will celebrate with a State Fair-themed menu including a corn dog or hamburger/cheeseburger, curly fries, corn in a cup, Texas watermelon and a cinnamon sugar churro for those with a sweet tooth! We hope you will join us, after all, who doesn't love a Free lunch!

Lightspeed Internet Usage Reports

Starting in the month of October, parents will be receiving internet usage reports for their children using district devices from Lightspeed. Reports will include most visited sites and a link to a parent dashboard with more details and the ability to pause the internet on student devices after school hours. For more information, check out the Lightspeed Parent Port Site.

GCISD Employee Referrals

We are looking for quality applicants to help us Build Excellent Schools Together. We are excited to offer a $500 referral payment to any GCISD employee who recommends candidates who are then hired for one of the positions listed below.

The first payment of $250 will be made once the referred employee has worked for 30 days with GCISD. The second payment of $250 will be made once the referred employee has completed 6 months of employment. If you refer an applicant, please email us at Please have your recommended candidates apply here.

The following positions are eligible for the referral payment:

  • Irrigation Technicians in the Grounds Department

  • Field Maintenance in the Grounds Department

  • Custodians

  • Bus Drivers - regular, substitute, and field trip

  • Bus Monitors

  • Cafeteria Worker - nutrition specialists

  • KidzU - after school childcare assistant

  • ECDC - childcare workers

  • Bilingual Teachers