Phoenix News

Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

December 1, 2019

A Message from the Director

Parents and Students,

As we return tomorrow for our final 12 days of the fall semester, I hope everyone enjoyed a week of thankfulness with family and friends! The month of December will be busy! STAAR retests are the week of December 9th, BBBS evening event is December 10th, TCC finals will be complete and college grades in by December 13th, and CA finals will be December 16 & 17 with early release each day! Our students have achieved so much this semester! I am proud of their hard work, commitment to excellence and their perseverance when times were tough! We will be celebrating student success for the fall on Friday, January 17 at 8:35am at Center Corner on the TCC campus. All students on the A and AB Honor for the fall semester will be recognized. Parents please remember to check your students' grades on Skyward and ask them to show you their grades for their college courses. If you have question concerning their high school courses, please email their teacher! If you have questions concerning their college courses, please email their Pathways teacher and she will assist you. Together we will make sure all of our students find their path to success.

Let's' finish the semester Strong!

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


Semester Coming to a Close

As the semester comes to a close, frustration and stress levels will likely be at an all-time high. If anyone needs to set up a time to discuss grades or emotions during this time please send Mr. Cavanagh an email so that we can get through this together! We only have a month until the end of the semester so let's finish strong!



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

Phoenix Buddies

Phoenix Buddies is now recruiting volunteers! This is a program for students who are looking for a place to consistently volunteer and who have a heart for children with special needs. If you're interested, contact Hope Sukach at or fill out this google form:


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:

school support

School Spirit

Do you want to wear something that proudly represents Collegiate Academy?

Visit the following link

Orders will be delivered to CA, just please make sure to choose group delivery at checkout.

NHS - Toys for Tots

This year, NHS is partnering up with Toys for Tots for Christmas! We are collecting new unused unwrapped toys! There is a collection bin in the front office. Please donate! Toys for Tots will start now and end on December 12th!

Seniors VIBES


The scholarships below are accepting applications between October 29th, 2019 and December 31st, 2019. For more details about each scholarship and the eligibility requirements, read the details below carefully.

$50,000 (7 Awards)

Real World Design Challenge Scholarships

Deadline: November 22, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$2,000 (10 Awards)

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

Deadline: December 1, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$10,000 (1 Award)

National Space Club Scholarship

Deadline: December 2, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$2,500 (1 Award)

SuperMoney's Financial Literacy Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

$5,000 (4 Awards)

GenM Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2019 For Eligibility: Click Here

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

senior rings

SENIOR (and junior) RINGS:

Missed your chance to order your senior ring? Balfour will be coming back in January to collect class ring and letter jacket orders! $80 deposit due. Order packets and more information is in the front office. er jacket orders! $80 deposit due. Order packets are in the front office.

Class 2020 news

Senior form

Hello Seniors!

Mrs. Young should be passing out a form during pathways about senior interest. Please turn in the form during passing periods by the end of the month. In case you misplace it or returned it without copying down the price/date information, here is another copy.

If you change your mind on bringing a guest to prom, just let me know.

I am starting to collect money, again, during passing periods. Cash or checks written out to Collegiate Academy.

We will also be having a bake sale next week! See you then!

Please let me know if you have any questions

Campus Newsletters

Safety, Health and Wellness Conference

GCISD is holding our inaugural Safety, Health and Wellness Conference on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and we would like to invite you to be part of this event. We hope to offer a variety of classes for parents and students. Our classes will focus on health, safety and general wellness, both mental and physical.

We need your help! Do you have a favorite hobby, activity, or skill that you would like to teach to parents or students? Please sign up before December 16th and mark your calendars for this special event.

Pre-K Information Night

GCISD is hosting a Pre-K information night from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on December 10. Please join us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about GCISD Pre-K for the 2020-21 school year!

Tuesday, December 10 in the Mustang Room at the PDEC (Professional Development & Education Center) | 5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX

Presentations at 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.

Pre-K Flyer

Pre-K Employee Information

Updates To GCISD Wireless And Your Personal Devices

Over the next month, GCISD technology will be making modifications to the wireless network to provide a more secure environment and ensure the protection and privacy of user data.

The main change that you will notice as an end-user is how your phone or non-gcisd device connects to the wifi network here in GCISD.

As you are likely aware, there are several wifi networks within GCISD.

The two main wifi networks are :

GCISD-Wireless (the primary instructional network)


Starting December 2nd, upon our return from the Thanksgiving holiday, several changes will go into effect regarding the GCISD-Wireless network.

The main change that you, as an end-user, will notice is that only GCISD issued devices will be able to connect to the primary instructional network GCISD-Wireless.

All personal devices will need to connect to the GCISD-BYOD/GUEST network.

You can change your device connection to the GCISD-BYOD/GUEST network starting now or at any time before December 2 to ensure no downtime when returning from the break.

This change is essential as we move all "unknown" devices off of our main instructional network and help increase our security and data protection capabilities here in the district.

Each day over 40,000 devices connect to the GCISD wireless network. Much like an interstate highway, the more traffic (devices) you push down one lane the more congestion and slowness everyone experiences. It's imperative for us to protect and ensure a quality instructional network at all times.

We appreciate your help and understanding with this transition.

TSI Testing Policy

Next week students who have not yet passed all 3 TSI tests will receive a hard copy of the TSI Testing policy for the 2019-2020 school. This policy will be distributed in the Pathways classes. We are asking parents and guardians to please review the hard copy of the testing policy with their student, sign it, and send it back to school with your student. Signed policies may be given to your student’s Pathways teacher. The policy will help students focus on the tests that they need at different stages of their associate degree. If you have any questions about your student’s progress in completing the Reading, Writing, or Math TSI test, please email Kristinia Haney at

Collegiate Academy 2019-2020 TSI 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.

  • January 14 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • February 11 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • March 17 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test
  • May 12 (Tuesday) 4:30- until you complete the test

Notes from the Attendance office:

Contact Amy Silva-Adams for Attendance questions.


If a student must be absent from school a parent/guardian should call attendance or send an email each day to report the absence. I will also accept a note from the parent/guardian the day the student returns to school.

If a student is missing for a doctor's appointment, it is very important to always get a note from the doctor and present it when signing into school or returning the following day. You or your physician may email the doctor's note directly to me.



Dec 2 - Back from break

Dec 10 - Eng. I STAAR Retest

Dec 10 - BBBS Dinner Event

Dec 16 - Early dismiss

Dec 17 - Early dismiss

Dec 18 - Jan 7 - Winter Break

Jan 8 - Back from break

Jan 17 - A and AB Honor for the fall semester @ TCC Center Corner 8:35 am