Connections Weekly Newsletter

December 2, 2022


For those of you who completed the PSAT/NMSQT in October, the scores will be released to your online account on Dec. 5. Here are some resources for you. We will also host a S’more Questions Session on Dec. 7 during flex in Connections about these same topics. Bring your questions and remind me to bring out the s’more treats!

How to find your PSAT/NMSQT scores

How to understand your scores

How to use your score for practice for the SAT and scholarships and recognitions

Scholarship Links and National Recognition Programs

CLASS OF 2023 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

As you are applying to college, verify what other materials you need in addition to the application and all required parts from you. Other than the transcript, you do not have to submit the application before requesting materials.

  • Transcript (enter in Naviance AFTER applying)
  • ACT or SAT official scores (send from or
  • Teacher Letter of Recommendation (ask your teacher in person and then add to Naviance, including only the names of colleges for whom a letter is required or recommended. Give them 2 weeks to write it. Give your teacher a copy of your resume.)
  • Counselor Letter of Recommendation (complete Skip’s form in Schoology; request CR letter from Connections)
  • FAFSA or CSS Profile (don’t miss this step. Some colleges have FAFSA deadlines of Dec. 1)
  • Early Decision form or Fee Waiver form (let Connections know you have requested it)

Remember to use the multiple HOW TOs on our webpage, Naviance documents, and FAQs in Common App and FAFSA.

FAFSA application for 2023-24 school year

If you have not yet completed the FAFSA, here are a few tips and videos to help with the process.

Where to create a FAFSA account. you will specify a role and be prompted to create an FSA ID

How to create an FSA ID. Parent/Guardian AND student must create their own FSA ID!

SAVE your FSA ID, username, and password somewhere secure. You’ll need It every year!

You will need to confirm via email and cellphone.

At the end of the process, you will see a confirmation success of account/FSA ID creation.

FAQ about the FAFSA

Community Service Hours

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. If you are a senior, your 30 hours and 3 papers need to be entered into x2Vol by the end of the 3rd Quarter, March 17; If you are doing Green Cord, they need to be entered by the end of the 1st semester, January 13. If you have any questions, stop by Connections.


Connections, Room 1104

* Tuesday, 12/6 10:30, Holiday BINGO
* Wednesday, 12/7 10:30, S’more: Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Scores and Next Steps
* Friday, 12/9 10:30, Career Chat: Aerospace Engineering/Lynnane George


On Wednesday, December 7th from 5:30-7:00, the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Denver will be hosting a virtual Admissions event. During this event, you will hear quick updates from each university and can ask a panel of admissions professionals questions that may be on your mind about the admission process. Click here to register.

In the Community

Save the date for Spring RMACAC College Fairs: March 4, 2023, from 9:00-11:30 at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs and March 5, 2023 from 1:00-3:30 at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver.

Enrichment Opportunities

Columbia Business School is offering summer enrichment programs in the Business of Luxury, Sports, and TV and film.

Spark Mindset is offering a two-year cybersecurity Pre-Apprenticeship Program for high school students. This program uses both asynchronous and synchronous virtual learning to prepare students for the CompTIA Network+ CE and Security+ CE certifications. Registration closes December 31.

The Colorado Springs Lockheed Martin Space division is looking for applicants 16 years and older (as of June 2023) for their summer internship program. If interested, complete a Tallo profile by December 31, and a Lockheed representative will reach out on Tallo if they are interested in interviewing you.

The Telluride Association offers scholarships to gifted 11th-grade students for their 6-week summer program in the humanities and social sciences. Invitations are based on PSAT/NMSQT scores in the junior year. Watch your email entered on exam day for more information.

The LEADing for Life Global Summer Learning Institute (GSLI) is a residential program that will focus on developing a Pipeline of high-achieving, diverse students (current high school juniors) by providing an immersive learning opportunity that includes both industry and college experience.

Interested in climate change? This Bipartisan Youth Climate Advocacy event on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 1:00 at the Byron White Club Level of Folsom Stadium at CU Boulder will feature panelists from politically diverse and bipartisan-oriented youth climate advocacy groups.

Want an introduction to marketing? Marketing has become vital to the success of an organization in today's competitive world. Check out this online course: An Overview of Marketing

Teach Me Wall Street offers Finance, Wall Street & Business Summer Boot Camps for high school students. Topics include Wall Street 101, Investing and Trading, Cryptocurrencies, and Budgeting and Beyond.

Scholarships and More

Knox College wants to make education an affordable college experience. Now, academically qualified students can attend Knox, a private college, for a state school price. With the Prairie Fire Flagship Match program, students pay the same tuition to attend Knox as their home state’s flagship public university.

Colorado National Guard Tuition Assistance Program is designed to assist (Army/Air) CO National Guard members with the expense of tuition at public institutions. Currently, the State TA Program awards up to 100% of tuition ONLY (after COF/per semester) and cannot exceed $5000/semester.

Through the Colorado Health Service Corps, primary care providers working in designated health professional shortage areas can apply to receive funding to repay qualifying educational loans. Participants must see underserved patients at an approved clinical site for the entire service obligation. Click here for more Health Professional Loan Repayment options.

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholars commit to providing primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)

The Chancellor’s Scholarship and the Distinguished Scholars Award are Missouri S&T's most prestigious scholarships. These highly competitive awards require an additional application and essay and have an early deadline.

Career Focus - Fitness Training/Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Are you interested in Fitness Training? Find out more about what trainers do and where you can further your education after high school here.

Interested in Tourism and Hospitality Industry? Colorado Concierge Training is a free certification for frontline workers to become Colorado experts and grow their Colorado-style hospitality. The training is online at More information here.

College Highlights

If you are interested in playing sports at a Division III school where athletes can save money without having to rely on sports scholarships, check out this list from Peter Pitts, owner of

The entire High Point University community is committed to instilling students with life skills that transcend any specific industry or technological change - including the ability to communicate well with diverse groups of people, solve complex problems and embrace the opportunity to adapt. That's why HPU offers a Tuition-Free Master's Degree in Communication and Business Leadership to all students who complete their undergraduate degree at HPU. This graduate degree is designed to complement any undergraduate major and ensure your lifelong success.

David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah offers The Business Scholars program which gives high-achieving first-year and transfer students an introduction to all the Eccles School has to offer. Business Scholars learn by doing, including visiting companies, networking with executives and top professors, building relationships with their peers, presenting business case studies, and traveling the U.S. and the world. Check out these Benefits of Being a Business Scholar

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