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Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast

February 10, 2019

A Message from the Director

Parents and students,

My grandson, Kolton, loves a song by Twenty One Pilots that goes like this, " Wish we could turn back time to the good old days when our momma sang us to sleep, but now we are stressed out". Many of our CA students can relate to this song about now. February is a stressful month for most students. The fear of failure, the anxiety that there is not enough time in the day to do everything, or a I don't know what to do, so I will do nothing feeling takes over! The best ways to combat stress are: get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat healthy foods, unplug from social media and screen time, and make a plan! I would encourage all students to plan their days with the end in mind. Look at when their tests, quizzes, papers and projects are due and make a plan everyday to work to completion. As Mr. White says, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!" If you need help making a plan, ask your Pathway to Success teacher. She will be more than willing to help you get rid of Stress and on your way to Success!

Remember Collegiate Academy is in session on Monday, February 18. All students must attend school that day, except those on Optional Flexible School Day Program!


Ms Knutz


TCC Important Dates for Spring 2019:

TCC Course Drop Final Deadline: April 11, 2019 – Dropping a Course/Class by this date will result in having “Dropped: Name of Course/Class” on official College Transcript. *See note about dropping college classes below.

Available Summer I and Summer II Courses will be posted on the TCC Website: Late February

Current Juniors: Counselor will be in Pathways on Feb. 22, March 1 and March 22

Current Sophomores: Counselor will be in Pathways on March 18, 19, 20 and 21

Current Freshmen: Counselor will be in Pathways on March 4, 5, 6 and 7

TCC Spring Break: March 11-15, 2019

Students will create their TCC Preferred Course Selection List for Fall 2019: March 18-29, 2019 (Mrs. Miller will be working with students during their Pathways Classes.)

TCC Open Registration for Summer I and Summer II: Monday, March 25, 2019

TCC Fall Registration for CA Students: Monday, April 15, 2019

Dropping College Classes (WebAdvisor):

This is just a reminder that you may NOT drop a TCC course without first talking with Mrs. Miller. If you make an unauthorized change, you may be required to pay for the dropped class and/or the text books for that class. Please note: The last date to drop a TCC class without it appearing on your college transcript is Wednesday, January 30. If you feel you need to drop one of the classes you are currently enrolled in at TCC, please see Mrs. Miller BEFORE Wednesday, Jan. 30!

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:


SAT & ACT Testing Dates and Registration Deadlines:

o SAT Test Date: March 9, 2019 * Register by Feb. 8

o ACT Test Date: April 13, 2019 * Register by March 8

o SAT Test Date: May 4, 2019 * Register by April 5

o SAT Test Date: June 1, 2019 * Register by May 3

o ACT Test Date: June 8, 2019 * Register by May 3

o ACT Test Date: July 13, 2019 * Register by June 3

Links to Register for the SAT and ACT:



Links to the SAT & ACT Student Preparation Guides (FREE):



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College Road Trip

THE COLLEGE ROAD TRIP to Tarleton State and Abilene Christian University on Feb. 14 and 15 is full.

All students attending the trip should sign up for ACU’s Wildcat Preview Day on ACU’s website. We will depart Collegiate Academy at 3:30 on Thursday, Feb. 14 and return to the Starbucks on Mustang Drive on Friday evening at approximately 7:30.

All students who are going on the trip, please meet in Ms. Young’s room next Monday, Feb. 11 at 12:00 noon to get more info and to sign up for van and room assignments.

Valentine’s Day Sonnet Performances


Have you ever wanted to show someone that you care in a suitably dramatic fashion? The Theatre club is offering Valentine Sonnet Performances! For $2 you can choose from a collection of Shakespearean sonnets and verses that a theatre student will read dramatically to a recipient of your choice on Valentine’s Day. For $4 they can read something you wrote (must be approved by Ms. Haney). This is a unique way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” or even a good way to annoy someone with Shakespeare. Our sonnet performances will be for sale during lunch in room 1219 from February 4 through February 8 to be delivered on Valentine’s Day-February 14th. The proceeds will be used to help fund one of our future productions! Please see Mrs. Haney with any questions

Valentine's Grams

What: Send a Valentine meme with candy to a friend

When: Selling during lunch February 4th -13

Valentines will be delivered during SOAR on Valentine's Day

Why: To show someone you care and all proceeds will go towards the Spring Dance!

After School TSI Testing Sessions this Semester

Mrs. Haney will offer after school TSI testing sessions this semester. The dates are listed below. The first 24 students to sign up for testing on these nights will be able to test from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room 1219. The form to sign up was emailed to students in their GCISD email accounts earlier this week. Students will need a ride home after the test. There are two nights (Jan. 29 and April 30) where a bus is available at 7:30 p.m. for drop off at Mustang-Panther Stadium. Please contact Mrs. Haney at with any questions.

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May 21 (Tuesday) *This is a Big Brothers and Sisters night. Any student staying for BBBS Mentor 2.0 has time to test and then attend the dinner. There will be a bus that picks up students at 7:30 p.m. and drops off at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

Upcoming Theatre Bake and Treat Sales

The Theatre Club will be selling baked goods and treats in room 1219 on the following dates: February 25, 27, March 4, and 6 during lunch. We will use the proceeds to help fund this year’s production of Into the Woods Jr. and future productions that we are currently planning for next year.

Creative Writing Club Fundraiser

The Creative Writing Club will host a fundraiser on Tuesday March 5 at Chipotle (across the street from CA in the Kroger shopping center) from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Please mention Collegiate Academy Creative Writing Club when paying or bring the attached flyer printed out or on your smartphone to help us raise 33% of the proceeds. We will use the money to help fund the bus that will take our students to the North Texas Teen Book Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to meet authors and learn about new books. Please make plans to attend! The address is 9127 Grapevine Hwy Ste 100, North Richland Hills, TX 76180

The Collegiate Academy Theatre Department Lore Project

The Collegiate Academy Theatre Department invites you to attend an evening of student written and directed adaptations of famous myths and folklore. Our students have been working hard to write and produce their plays. Please join us in the Collegiate Academy Common Area on March 21 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of theatre. The cost is free, but we are requesting donations to help fund our production of Into the Woods Jr. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

North Texas Teen Book Festival- Save the Date!

Mr. Dye and Mrs. Haney will be taking students to the North Texas Teen Book Festival this year on March 23. This FREE event is a wonderful opportunity to meet authors and learn about new books that are being released.

Please see for more information. Students, if you are interested in attending please fill out the form at

We will reserve spaces for the first 48 students to sign up.


This year's Common App essay prompts have been released. The prompts are identical to last year's prompts. Read more about the prompts and preparation at the link below.

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Spring Parent Technology Academy Sessions

GCISD Technology is excited to announce our Spring Session line up with several new sessions. Stay tuned as more will be added to our list as we keep receiving the request from the community.

February 12th - Hour of Code - Parent Edition -SIGN UP HERE

Come dive in and experience what students across GCISD do each day with hands-on activities around coding

February 26th - Understanding Minecraft ( Presented by Microsoft) -SIGN UP HERE

Come and learn about the power of Minecraft in education, get tips directly for Microsoft on parental settings for use at home.

March 21st - Internet Addiction " Gaming"--SIGN UP HERE

More than 5 million kids may be addicted to video games. 31% of males and 12 % of females report that have felt addicted to gaming. Come to hear from Dr Kay Trotter, PhD, LPC-s, RPT-S from local Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health as she discusses the signs and symptoms of this growing addiction. Learn some tips and be a part of the discussion around online gaming and internet addiction.

April 16th - Apps Parents Need to Know -SIGN UP HERE

Take part in this interactive discussion around the growing world of apps that students are using. Go being the scenes to hear the truth behind the apps and what dangers there are to those who use them

Virtual Session Coming Soon - Fortnite ( a Parents Guide ) - SIGN UP HERE

Many have asked some come and experience Fortnite for parents. Hear about details of the game and dive into parental settings for the various gaming systems students use to play online.


All volunteers at Collegiate Academy (and for any GCISD school) must complete the following Volunteer Background Authorization form. All volunteers are required to reapply each year at this link: Volunteer Background Check. Click on Volunteer Handbook and complete this training. You may complete the online background check or download and print one to submit.
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Feb 12 - Hour Code - Parent Edition (Sign up)

Feb 14-15 - College Field Trip

Feb 15 - TSI Testing 1:30-4:20 pm

Feb 18 - Presidents Day. We will have Classes

Feb 19 - After School TSI Testing 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Feb 21 - Kickin 'it with CA Volleyball Game 5:30pm TCC NE

Feb 26 - Big Brother Big Sister Event

Feb 26 - Understanding Minecraft (Sign up)

Feb 28 - Kickin 'it with CA Soccer Game 5:30pm GMS Field

Mar 1 - TSI Testing 1:30-4:20 pm

Mar 2 - Basketball Game

Mar 7 - Talent Show at Center Corner and Theatre TCC NE 5:30 - 10PM

Mar 7 - Basketball Game - CANCEL

Mar 11 - 15 - Spring Break

Mar 19 - After School TSI Testing 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Mar 21 - Internet Addiction " Gaming" (Sign up)

Mar 21 - Lore Project Play CA Common Area 7:00 pm

Mar 23 - Teen Book Fair Field Trip

Apr 5 - TSI Testing 1:30-4:20 pm

Apr 9 - STAAR English l

Apr 11 - STAAR English ll

Apr 16 - Apps Parents Need to KNOWN (Sign up)

Apr 26 - Phoenix Family Day

Apr 30 - Big Brother Big Sister Event 4:30 - 6:30 pm

May 10 - TSI Testing 1:30-4:20 pm

May 11 - Tarrant County College Graduation at 3pm at Tarrant County Convention Center

May 21 - After School TSI Testing 4:30 - 6:30 pm

May 22 - Senior Breakfast/Awards/Graduation Rehearsal (8:35am - 11:30am)

May 23 - Collegiate Academy Class of 2019 Graduation at 7pm at Grapevine Convention Center (Early Release)

May 24 - Last Day of School (Early Release)