Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

JANUARY 10, 2021

Phoenix Families

Important Reminders:

Collegiate Academy will return to classes on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

TCC NE classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Phoenix Families,

Welcome to 2021 Spring Semester!

Even though we struggled through a pandemic this past fall, our students were very successful in their high school and college classes. I am so proud of our Phoenix students and all they accomplished last semester under the most challenging circumstances. We will be celebrating those achievements virtually on January 23, 2021. More information in our next Phoenix News.

Phoenix Family Booster Club THANK YOU for all the love you showed the CA staff before the holidays. You made us feel appreciated and supported! The Booster Club is changing our school for the better. If you haven't signed up to be part of this wonderful organization, do it today! We need to work together for ALL our students' success!

We are making changes in our school day this semester to serve our students more efficiently! Freshmen classes will be held in building NPSS on the TCC NE main campus and students will change classes rather than stay in one classroom all day. Social distancing will still be maintained in the classroom and hallways. Freshmen, please check your schedule for room assignments. Sophomore classes will be held in NMPC (CA building) and students will change classes rather than the teacher moving to their classroom. Social distancing will still be maintained in the classroom and hallways. The student learning experience will improve when teachers have the ability to design the classroom that is best suited for their lesson.

This semester classes in person and online will be concurrent; meaning online and in person students will be in the same classroom. It will be important for online learners to attend their classes at the scheduled time. As students move from online to remote and back to online, changing schedules every time was time consuming and difficult to keep track of grades. This way, as students move back and forth, nothing changes. We will still maintain social distancing in the common area for lunch and study halls.

If you are interested in the CA State and Federal report cards, they are linked below. The most important thing, I believe, is that ALL CA students receive a high school diploma and an associates degree, but if interested in data, Enjoy!

Always grateful,

Bobbe Knutz

Associate Principal

textbooks - spring 2021

For the Spring 2021 Semester, students should pick up their textbooks in person at the TCC Bookstore if possible; if not, the online ordering option is still available. The bookstore is located in the NSTU building on the TCC Northeast campus.

Instructions: Students will receive specific instructions by email from Mr. White. Please check your email!

Deadline: Jan. 29, 2021 - Students must complete this process by Jan. 29, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Students must not order duplicate copies of materials. If an order is not delivered, please contact Mr. White but do not order the same material twice. Students will have to pay for duplicate material orders this semester.

Questions? Please contact Mr. White.


We’re all looking forward to having everyone back on campus! In order to make sure that Tuesday is as productive and efficient as possible please make sure that you check your schedule prior to coming to school. There have been MANY changes to the schedules in order to help balance classes with some remote and some in-person students so you may have a completely different Pathways teacher or other major changes.

Beyond that, we need to make sure that your college schedule is correct. On Tuesday with your pathways teacher you will pull up your high school skyward schedule as well as your WebAdvisor to make sure that all of the classes match. IF YOU HAVE A CLASS ON YOUR SKYWARD SCHEDULE BUT IT DOESN’T APPEAR ON YOUR WEBADVISOR THEN IT MEANS YOU ARE NOT ENROLLED IN THAT CLASS AND YOU NEED TO LET YOUR PATHWAYS TEACHER KNOW IMMEDIATELY.

In order to be as efficient as possible if you have schedule problems please fill out the form that your Pathways teachers will give you on Tuesday so that I can make sure I’m taking care of everyone’s problems rather than checking emails all day on Tuesday.

We will be uploading your grades into skyward next week and then uploading the new transcripts to parchment next week as well for any students that need to send updated transcripts to college after the first semester.

Best Regards,

Riley Cavanagh


PSAT Testing

Important PSAT/NMSQT Information | January 26th

All students in GCISD in grades 8-11 have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT in person and free of charge. Freshmen will take the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26th.

  • Students who have opted for face to face instruction will be expected to test on their grade level assigned testing date.

  • Students who have opted for remote instruction have the option to come to campus to test on their assigned testing date.

    • There will not be make-up testing and students will not be allowed to change their assigned testing date.

  • ALL students need to complete this registration form so that we can properly plan for testing.

  • The campus will be closed to all other students on testing days. Students not testing will be expected to participate in asynchronous learning at home.

phoenix family booster club

Hello Collegiate Academy Parents!

The Booster Club at Collegiate Academy is up and running and we hope to do great things this year! Our goal as a booster club is to support the CA students and staff with needs that arise during the school year. We hope to provide support for extracurricular activities like sports & clubs, classroom needs, dances & socials and staff appreciation. To be successful, we need the support of our whole Collegiate Academy family. If you haven’t already signed up, please do so by responding to this email. There is no fee to join, but we are hoping everyone will choose to help any way they can. It does not need to be money, your time and support work too!

If you have any questions about the CA Booster Club or would like to join feel free to reach out to one of the email contacts below.

Contact Information

Board – General Email Box –

President – Tonya Golden –

Vice President – Ramzi Gillespie –

Treasurer – Julie Touchstone –

Secretary – Jennifer Berry –

Grade Level Coordinators

Freshman – Rebecca George –

Sophomore – Lori Rash –

Junior – Kandy Beese –

Senior – Camille Hernandez –

As always, thank you for your support!

Collegiate Academy Booster Club

Tonya Golden


Want to be a volunteer tutor next semester? We are starting up virtual (and in person) peer tutoring through zoom! If interested, please fill out the google form:

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Join The Collegiate Cast!

We are starting a podcast for Collegiate Academy! We want to make the podcast for students with fun and relevant topics, so please join to make sure your ideas and voices are heard! Students can join the Production team, Content team, and Social team as described in the poster. If you are at all interested, check out the poster here and scan the QR code or fill out the form here to join.

After signing up, we’ll give you a link to the informational meetings on January 18th and 19th from 3:30-4:30, depending on the best day for you.

You can contact the club leaders, Trinity Doyle at and Rylee Hacker at , or the teacher sponsor Mrs. Knutz at if you have any questions. Please feel free to email us with any questions or comments you have about the podcast and joining!

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Do not miss your chance to purchase CA apparel to show off your "Collegiate" status!

Items will be delivered to the school. Parents and students will be given a date to pick up. T shirt colors and such can be customized.



Senior Recognitions for Yearbook!: If you want to send your senior off in style at the end of the year with a senior recognition page (or part of a page), just follow the link below. It will prompt you to set up an account before designing. Please let Mr. Dye know if you have any trouble.


⅛ Page Color - $30

¼ Page Color - $50

½ Page Color - $85

Full Page Color - $150

You can buy a yearbook here too if you haven’t already:


Jan 12: Spring Semester Begins for high school classes

Jan 12: TCC Bookstore opens

Jan 18: Martin Luther King Holiday

Jan 19: TCC Classes Begin

Jan 19: NHS Virtual Induction Ceremony

Jan 23: A A/B Honor Roll Virtual Celebration

district announcements - important information

CA State and Federal Report Cards

Attached you will find a copy of the State of Texas 2019–20 School Report Card for CA TEA Report Card 2019/2020. This report is required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. It is to be sent to the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. Due to COVID-19, STAAR® assessments were canceled for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.

The School Report Cards can be found online at A more complete report about [name of school], the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), is available by contacting my office or can be accessed online at

Disseminating the Federal Report Cards (FRC)

TEA has released our Federal Report Cards (FRC) along with the dissemination instructions for campuses. If you did not do this before the break please include this information in an upcoming parent newsletter; you must do it before March 3, 2021.

Your Federal Report Cards (FRC) along with information about what is included in them are already posted on the district website under Accountability > SRC.

Sample newsletter messages:

Federal Report Cards for the state, the district and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the district’s website at this

link: or are also available on the Texas Education Agency’s website at:

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is sharing this information about the district and your child’s campus with you as part of its obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Pre-K Tuition Based Lottery

The Pre-K Tuition Based lottery application will open at 8:30 a.m. on January 5, 2021 and close at 10:00 p.m. on January 15, 2021. Families interested in tuition based pre-k need to complete this application. Students meeting Texas state eligibility criteria will be able to apply and qualify in April 2021. For more information on tuition and pre-k qualifications visit WWW.GCISD.NET/PREK or contact

Pre-AP Label Change

Next school year, the College Board will be requiring school districts to pay a fee if they use the Pre-AP label for any of their courses. This fee is an annual fee that is per course, per campus. GCISD along with many neighboring districts, have decided not to purchase the use of the Pre-AP label in an effort to remain fiscally responsible.

Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, GCISD will be implementing the title change to “Advanced” for all courses formerly known as Pre-AP. This change will be reflected in the 2021-22 Course Selection Guide set to release in January of 2021. As an example, Pre-AP World History will now be labeled as World History Advanced.

GCISD will use AP's guidelines to ensure the rigor of both middle school and high school courses. Classes now labeled “Advanced” will remain the same weight as the PreAP courses they are replacing. GCISD will continue to work with the College Board through our AP offerings.


COVID-19 causes symptoms that are similar to many common illnesses, and people are infectious before they even have symptoms. So, in the case that someone in your household is displaying symptoms of illness, we ask that all of your children, as potential Close Contacts, stay home until a diagnosis is confirmed. Remember, a Close Contact is a person who is within six feet of you for 15 minutes or more, as would be common within your home.

If someone in your house is ill, then everyone has likely been exposed to the virus. Again, your campus nurse is ready to discuss with you about the specifics of your family situation and make the proper recommendations.



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