Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

February 2, 2020

Parents and Students,

February is that month...the month at Collegiate Academy with no holidays...the end seems so far away...but this is the most important month of the Spring semester! It is the month that can make or break your potential grade. The choices you make in February determine your outcomes in May.

February Goals:

Be Present and engaged in your learning

Be Prepared and ready to tackle any challenge

Be Particular with people you hang out with, they reflect you are

If you are struggling in any class, please let your Pathways teacher know. They are there to help you navigate the many challenges of pursuing a high school diploma and an associates degree, all at the same time!

We have completed our recruitment for the class of 2024 and we have 110 new Phoenix students that will be joining us in August! Our class of 2020 is preparing for their next step, read later in the Phoenix News about their success!

So proud to be part of this wonderful Phoenix Family!

Always grateful,

Ms. Knutz

"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why!" Mark Twain

Associate Director

Collegiate Academy Parents,

Please encourage your student to check their email on a daily basis. Students will frequently receive important, time-sensitive information from teachers, professors, and administrators through email, and it is very important that students read these emails every day.

Thank you!

Matthew White

Associate Director

Collegiate Academy at TCCNE


Attention Parents:

Your student is doing a lot right now and it's important to check in. As the counselor I'll always do everything I can to meet with any student in need, but I know that not everyone will feel comfortable coming to talk to an adult that they aren't as close with as they are with their parents. Ask them how their college classes are going. Ask them how their high school classes are going. Ask them about their favorite teachers or the friends they're making. Ask them what is causing them stress and try to help them determine what they can do to alleviate some of that stress.

If you have any questions or concerns or just want some additional resources just reach out and let me know. I'm happy to help!

Riley Cavanagh


Collegiate Academy ay TCC NE

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On February 13th an adults only presentation will be given. Topics include cyberbullying, online privacy, abduction, prevention and more.

For more information on this upcoming event and to RSVP, please click here:


Hey all, sorry to be that guy, but it would be AWESOME if you bought a yearbook to have a keepsake for the year, and to support the school! Below is a link to order, along with some teasers of the cover and pages. Thanks Julie for being our first supporter! The deadline is next Friday the 31st.

Freshman Parents,

Here is what support can look like:

  • Remind them that you are proud of their bravery of taking college classes as freshman in high school.
  • Have them tell you about the most interesting thing they've learned in their college classes.
  • Look at the course work and ask questions.
  • Look over their grades in Blackboard with them, and ask them about what the different categories mean.
  • Remind them about self care (taking walks, reading books, quick brain breaks).
  • Sign up for Remind 101. I send out reminders to students about upcoming tests and grade checks. If you sign up, you will get reminders as well. It's a great conversation starter! It's easy....Just text one of the following codes to 81010.

Monday/Wednesday 2nd period: @pathwaysmw

Monday/Wednesday 4the period: @pmw4

Tuesday/Thursday 1st period: @9ec7k23

Tuesday/Thursday 3rd period: @fcbfdek

Finally, please feel free to email me at if you have any questions/concerns about your child.

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Class of 2020

Wow! Over 90% of the seniors Collegiate Academy's Class of 2020 already has a confirmed acceptance to AT LEAST one military branch, college or university of their choosing, and we aren't finished yet. This is so impressive.

In addition, this group of seniors has already earned 5.5 million dollars in scholarships towards their tuition and fees at those universities.

Congratulations, seniors and parents! We rejoice at the rewards your efforts have offered you, and we can't wait to see what is still to come this year.

If you have any questions or need assistance with forms and processes related to college applications, scholarships, FAFSA/TASFA, etc., please feel free to contact me at I am more than happy to assist you!


GCISD is looking for good kids that could use a little help to get their secondary education plans moving forward. Apply for Jim Thompson Scholarship

Se aceptan solicitudes: 20 de enero del 2020 Fecha Límite:10 de marzo del 2020

Espero recibir solicitudes de sus estudiantes esta primavera.

yearbook senior recognition

To the Parents of Seniors! You can now purchase Senior Recognition Pages in the yearbook. If you want to make sure your senior is sent off to college in style, you can purchase anywhere from an 1/8 of a page to a full page and design it with photos of them and a message. Just follow the link below and click on "Yearbook Recognition Ads" to sign in and start designing!

All Pages are Full Color!

1/8 Page - $30

1/4 Page - $50

1/2 Page - $85

Full Page - $150


Seniors! Remember to turn in your senior interest form ! We are also collecting payments for Senior Shirts, Senior Day, and Senior Prom! Please pay in cash or checks (written to "Collegiate Academy"). All prom payments are due at the end of January. Senior shirt and senior day payments are due at the end of February. Please see Mrs. Roberts during passing periods or 5th period (do not interrupt a class). Prices increase in February to $90 for prom.

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Evening Testing Schedule

Students may sign up for one of the following evening TSI Testing sessions this year if they prefer testing after school. Spaces are provided on a first come first serve basis. Students will need to arrange for a ride home after they complete their test. Mrs. Haney sent an email to all students last week with the dates and links to the Google form to reserve a spot in the testing room. If your student has accidentally deleted the email or needs assistance signing up, please ask them to email Kristinia Haney at for assistance.

Upcoming After School Testing Sessions in Room 1238:

Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • March 17 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • May 12 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test

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Do you like to help others? Need volunteer hours? Have a favorite subject? We are starting a CA Peer Tutoring program DURING THE SCHOOL DAY! To be apart of this, please fill out the form:


If you are a parent wanting to help with prom (fundraising, decorations, donations, etc.), please email Mrs. Roberts with your child's name and current grade level, as well as how you would like to help. Thank you!


Cleaning out your holiday lights? The Class of 2020 is collecting white string lights (usually used on Christmas trees) for prom. If you would like to donate, please drop them off to Mrs. Roberts.

Prom Volunteers

Underclassmen wanting to volunteer at prom need to email Mrs. Roberts with what club they are representing and what time slot they want to volunteer during (5-8pm or 8-11pm).

Dress code for volunteers is all black.


For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and are asked to complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check. All volunteers are required to reapply each year. Please click on link below to complete background application form. Application Form

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Transportation Services Survey

Transportation Services wants to hear from our student bus riders! A student survey will be available through Classlink this week in order to gather feedback regarding their experience riding GCISD buses. If they are a bus rider, they can click on the bus icon in Classlink to complete the survey. This information will help the transportation team plan for the future and identify any trends. If your student is a bus rider, please encourage them to complete the online survey from their student device.

GCISD Holding Inaugural Career Expo

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All middle and high school students are invited to GCISD’s inaugural Career Expo on February 5. Additionally, the District is looking for local professionals to participate.

Sign-Up Form for Professionals

GCISD will host its inaugural Career Expo on Wednesday, February 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grapevine High School. All GCISD secondary students and families are invited to this event, and local professionals are asked to sign up and be a part of the event. The event is organized by GCISD DECA (a Career and Technical Student Organization) and GCISD CTE (Career and Technical Education) students.

Information for Students

Join fellow students and families for a night filled with many activities geared at preparing you for a successful career. Students will have the opportunity to speak with professionals from various industries about careers and educational pathways.

The expo will also include breakout sessions that explore entrepreneurship, employability skills human resource professionals value, and dressing for success presented by Men’s Warehouse.

Additionally, GCISD Career and Technical Education will host an open house for students and parents to learn about the programs offered to high school students at the Technology Education and Career Center (TECC).

Information for Professionals

GCISD DECA and GCISD CTE are seeking individuals and businesses to host informational tables to educate students about different career pathways and opportunities. To take part in this special event, please complete this short sign-up form.

Each presenter will be provided with a 6-foot table and two chairs and will be separated into career pathways to share information about careers, education required, certifications, job perks, interactive demos, summer job, and internship opportunities.

It’s not always easy for students to connect their daily core classes, electives, and extracurricular activities with possible jobs and career paths of the future. We believe that the more we expose our students to the many different trades, jobs, and careers that are available, the better informed they’ll be to set goals towards them.

We would like to ask professionals in our community to share their knowledge and expertise with all of our students!

Parent Tech Academy

The next Parent Tech Academy will be Hour of Code: Parent Addition. It will be hosted on February 12 from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM at PDEC Professional Development Education Center at 5800 Colleyville Boulevard.

Come experience hands-on coding as the GCISD Instructional team brings the hour of code activities to our parents and community.

Please pre-register here so we can have enough materials for hands-on activities for everyone.

You're Invited

GES PTA invites you to a presentation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an adults only PTA program on Thursday, February 13 at Grapevine Elementary from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This presentation is for parents, educators, and any professionals working with children discussing the apps and websites kids are using, how to identify warning signs of kids engaged in risky behaviors online, and how to discuss appropriate online behavior with kids. Topics include cyberbullying, sexting, sharing too much information online, online privacy, and abduction prevention. Please RSVP here:

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Course Selection Guide Website - Now LIVE

For the past several years, the Course Selection Guide (formerly known as the Program of Study) document has been the main source of updated, annual information about available secondary courses.

This year for the first time it has been created as a website in hopes that this will be easier for students and parents to navigate and access. Click here to visit the website.

LEAP into Wellness

Join us for a Safety, Health and Wellness Conference geared towards students of all ages and families on February 29. Please view the flyer for more information.

LEAP into Wellness Flyer

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Junior Class SAT at School on March 4, 2020

Starting this school year, House Bill 3 (HB 3) included a school finance provision that provides for every junior and senior to take a college preparation exam at least once during high school. In October, approximately half of our seniors took the SAT at school at no cost to them. On March 4th, all GCISD juniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT at school at no cost as well. Materials for all juniors will be provided so no registration will be required.

"A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position." John C. Maxwell

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Feb 5 - GCISD Holding Inaugural Career Expo 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grapevine High School

Feb 12 - Parent Tech Academy 6:15 - 7:30 PM at PDEC

Feb 13 - GES PTA @ Grapevine Elementary School 6:30PM


Feb 19 - Romeo & Juliet Bass for 9th Graders

Feb 19 - Soccer Game 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Feb 27 - Volleyball Game 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Feb 29 -Leap into Wellness