Connections Weekly Newsletter

August 25, 2023

Welcome to our 2023-24 school year. It was fun to meet many of you at Back to School Night. It is going to be an incredible year of exploration and planning.

Mrs. Katina Dahl will be working with freshmen and sophomores. Ms. Peters will have the privilege of working with juniors and seniors again! Jodi Hoffman will keep us all organized and focused on keeping our families informed.

We know you receive so many emails at the beginning of the school year, so we will keep this newsletter short and informative. Remember to review the checklists we have sent throughout the summer to help you stay connected. We will again be sending you a new newsletter each Friday for all things Connections (aka Career and College)!

Class of 2024

On August 29th, Ms. Peters will be in your class to walk you through the process of applying to colleges, including how to request transcripts, letters of recommendation, and school reports.

CLASS OF 2025 and 2026

If you choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on Oct. 5 a.m., the deadline to pay is Sept. 8. The fee is $19, payable in Infinite Campus OPTIONAL fees. Here is more information about the PSAT/NMSQT.

Class of 2027

Freshmen families, we look forward to working alongside you this year as freshmen explore interests and possibilities. We started the year with an introduction to our Connections PWR Path (Post-secondary and Workforce Readiness). Our Connections focus is to walk our Titans through a process of self-discovery and how those skills, values, interests, strengths, etc. all contribute to a future career choice

I walked them through:

  • How to find upcoming events and sign up for them (Naviance>What’s New)
  • How to update their email address so they can read the Connections newsletter that is emailed every Friday.
  • How to complete a task, in this case, a short Starting High School Survey
  • Reminder to review the Learning and Productivity Survey

Recently, I was in class reviewing the Learning & Productivity inventory results. These results can help your freshmen consider how they best study and give tips for improvement. Click here for more details.

AP Exam

The AP exam is REQUIRED for all AP courses. The deadline to apply or request a fee waiver is Sept. 8. The fee for EACH exam is $97, payable in Infinite Campus fees. AP teachers require students to sign up for their class section in My AP. See teacher with any questions.

Save the Date

College Visits, College Fairs, and Career Chats are open to 9th-12th grade students. Sign up in Naviance under "What's New" at least one day in advance of session.


September 8 – Deadline for payment in IC for AP exams and (optional) PSAT/NMSQT exam

To be Rescheduled – Connections Freshmen/Sophomore Family Night

September 13 – Connections Junior/Senior/Financial Aid Family Night

September 18 – Mini-College Fair – Extended Lunch

September 25 – Mini-College Fair – Extended Flex

October 2 - Mini-College Fair - Extended Flex

October 5 – PSAT/NMSQT exam for pre-registered 10th and 11th graders

Field Trip Hosted by Connections

Southern Colorado Construction Career Days Field Trip – September 28 from 8:30am-1:30pm at the Norris Penrose Event Center. Connections is sponsoring this field trip for juniors and seniors to spend the day engaging in hands-on events, technology demonstrations and more to learn more about the multi-faceted opportunities available in the construction industry. Stop by Connections for registration information.

In the Community

September 18Colorado Springs Christian College Fair, CO Springs Christian Schools, 6:00-8:00

October 2Southern Colorado College Fair, Palmer High School, 5:30-7:30

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - Juniors, Seniors, PSAT/NMSQT

Katina Dahl, Career and College Advisor - Freshmen, Sophomores

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service