Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

November 4 , 2018

A Message from the Director

Parents and students,

This past Wednesday 12 of our junior and senior students volunteered at the NTX Regional Job Fair hosted by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce at the Grapevine Convention Center. Not only did our students do an outstanding job assisting employers and job seekers, they made connections with many Grapevine businesses that are now interested in offering Internships and job opportunities for our students. I will be sharing more information soon!

CA is now accepting applications for the class of 2023! If you know an 8th grader at a GCISD middle school or one that lives in the district that might be interested, let them know they can apply on our website until January 18, 2019. We are expecting a record number of applicants this year, so tell them to apply NOW and don't be left out!

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly state colleges and community colleges. Congratulations to the new TCC NE Inductees.

Josh Arendse

Colby Buda

Animesh Chaudhary

Cristin Ensor

Daniella Janolo

Joyce Lee

Makenzie Meers

Mohamed Mohamed

Isha Patel

Kavi Patel

Jared Pelfrey

Lane Reeves

James Wiebe

What an accomplishment to be part of a college academic honor society while a high school student. Phoenix students continue to raise the bar of success! Great things are happening at Collegiate Academy!


Ms Knutz

Counselor's Corner

Questions about Juuling?

Challenge of Tarrant County will be partnering with the GCISD Counseling Services to inform our school community about Juuling. Questions such as: What is Juuling? How Juuling can impact my child’s or teen’s health? Does my child/teen have a Juuling device? will be addressed. Please make plans to learn about this growing trend with students on Wednesday, November 7 from 6:00-8:00pm at the GCISD Administration Building. (See attached flyer for more information.)

Additional information on Juuling can be found here:

Signs of Suicide Guidance Lessons

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficulty for youths, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is the leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address these issues, GCISD offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program has proven to be successful at increasing help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend, and is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed by SAMHSA for its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression, while reducing suicide attempts.

The SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is designed for all secondary students in grades 6-12. The GCISD School Health Advisory Committee has previewed and recommended these programs for all GCISD secondary schools. The curriculum and presentations are aligned with district philosophy. The curriculum is age-appropriate, with children being taught new information as they mature. The School Counselor at each school will provide the presentations, so students will be with staff with whom they are familiar. A video will be shown, followed by a question and answer time, and then students are provided the opportunity to submit a card identifying if they would like to share concerns with a counselor about themselves or a friend.

Parents may preview the program video that will be shown to students by clicking on the following link:

The Signs of Suicide (“SOS”) Guidance Lessons will take place at Collegiate Academy on Friday, November 30. If you do NOT want your child to participate in the SOS Guidance Lesson, please complete the attached Opt-OUT letter and return it to the school office no later than 3:30 on Monday, November 26.

Scholarship Opportunities through CollegeBoard!

Juniors – start thinking about scholarships now! Students work hard to get ready for college. We think their efforts deserve to be rewarded. That's why, starting with the class of 2020, we're offering $5 million in scholarships each year and thousands of opportunities to earn money for college with the College Board Opportunity Scholarships.

Unlike traditional scholarships, this program is open to all students, with no application or minimum GPA required. It simply guides students through the college planning process and gives them a chance to earn a scholarship for each step they complete. See how your teen can earn up to $40,000 for college.

Please click on the attached link for additional information:

FAFSA & Final Aid Information:

Students, BEFORE you can apply for Federal Student Aid, the student AND the parent MUST have a FSA ID. Please request that now as it can take a few weeks to get your FSA ID. From the FAFSA Website ( It is very important that you and your parent create and use your own FSA IDs. The FSA ID acts as a legal signature and should not be shared. Letting someone else create your FSA ID is not allowed and can create problems and delays with your financial aid. For more information or to create your own FSA ID, go to If your parent does not have a Social Security Number, he or she will not be able to get an FSA ID through the online process. In that case your parent will print, sign, and mail in a paper signature page.

Financial Aid for Seniors (English):

Financial Aid for Seniors (Spanish):

Helpful websites for completing your FAFSA:

Dropping Classes that you are currently enrolled in or just registered for . . .

Students, it is important that you do NOT drop any TCC courses without talking with me first! If you drop a class counting as dual credit for your high school required courses, dropping your class could keep you from being on track for graduation.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (6:00-8:00 pm) – Juuling Information/Presentation for Parents (GCISD Administration Building)

SOS Guidance Lesson: Friday, November 30 – Center Corner (TCC NSTU – 1615A)

  • 8:40-9:30 – Seniors and Juniors

  • 9:50-10:40 – Sophomores and Freshmen

SAT & ACT Testing Dates and Registration Deadlines:

    • SAT Test Date: November 3, 2018 * Register by Oct. 5

    • SAT Test Date: December 1, 2018 * Register by Nov. 2

    • ACT Test Date: December 8, 2018 * Register by Nov. 2

Links to the SAT & ACT Student Preparation Guides:



For Campus Newsletters

GCISD Community Showcase at Cross Timbers Middle School

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside of a GCISD classroom? Have you ever been curious about how LEAD 2021 looks in action? Join GCISD for the first Community Showcase at Cross Timbers Middle School on November 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m for a tour led by students and staff. This opportunity is limited to the first 20 participants. Click here to sign up for this Community Showcase.

Juuling Presentation

Have you been hearing about the increase in teens' use of Juuling? Are you worried about the impact on your child's health? Wondering what a Juul is and if your child may have one?

Join us for an informative event presented by Challenge of Tarrant County, Texas Health and Human Services' Organization of the Year. You will learn what a Juul is, how kids are using them and the potential impact on your child's health.

This event will be held on November 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the GCISD Administration Building, located at 3051 Ira E Woods Avenue, Grapevine, Texas.

Juuling Flyer

Join the GCISD Team!

Great opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!

  • KidzU Site Aides – PT w/benefits – great schedule for local college students!

  • Night Custodians

  • Bus Drivers

  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply now to work with the BEST!

Class of 2019 Fundraiser

This time at Pollo Loco on Pipeline. Please plan on dining out on November 14th! They have a special promotion and we can receive 50% of the proceeds!

Click this link to RSVP that you'll be there!

Let's make PROM AWESOME!


Class of 2021 - Sophomore Class Fees:

One way the sophomore class is trying to ease the large cost of prom tickets and senior activities down the road is to collect class fees of $50 each year. This money can be paid in smaller increments throughout the year if you would like, but I’m asking for anyone who can pay now to do so, since the holiday season is about to hit with all the expenses that come with it, so please have your student bring cash or check (made out to Collegiate Academy) within the next week or two if possible. I have a log of who paid last year and I’ll be touching base with the students who haven’t been able to yet. This money is specifically going to:

- Senior Day

- Senior Breakfast

- Prom Expenses

We have multiple other fundraisers to bring in money: Kona Ice Fridays / Snack Shack Sales / Fall Fest Drink Sales and others. If your family is struggling to pay these fees, we will have options to help you out with money from some of these fundraisers. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these fees. Thank you!

Kickin' it with Kindness

Kickin' it with Kindness permission slips are due no later than this Friday, November 9, to the teacher who is your location leader.

Permission slips, location assignment rosters, Location Leaders, and Helping Hands Crew Leaders are posted outside the Common Area.

Oct 30 - BBBS Dinner (Sophomores Only)

Oct 30 - College and Career Day, GHS, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Nov. 2 - Pictures for 9-11 grade

Nov 2 - Register for SAT test due 12/1 - Register for ACT test due 12/8

Nov 3 - SAT Test Date / Reg by Oct 5

Nov 7 - Juuling Information/Presentation for Parents (6:00-8:00 pm) (GCISD Admin Building)

Nov 12 - Veterans Celebration (in classes)

Nov 14 - TCC NE Internship Fair (11:00 am -3:00 pm)

Nov 14 - Pollo Loco Fundraising for Class of 2019

Nov 16 - Kickin' it with Kindness

Nov 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29 - Poetry Out Loud Competition - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dec 1 - SAT Test Date, Reg by Nov 2

Dec 3 - STAAR Testing English I

Dec 4 - STAAR Testing Biology / USA History

Dec 5 - STAAR Testing English II

Dec 6 - STAAR Testing Algebra I

Dec 6 - Grapevine's Parade of Lights

Dec 8 - ACT Test Date, Reg. by Nov 2

Dec 8-11-TCC Finals Week

Dec 17 High School Finals and Early Release

Dec 18 High School Finals and Early Release

Dec 19 - Jan 7 Winter Break

Jan 8 - Spring Semester Begins

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