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Collegium Newsletter June 10, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., June 10th - Day 1

  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Field Trip @ The Museum of the American Revolution
  • 500 Building: 5th Grade End of Year Picnic | Field
  • 535 Building: Field Day | Gym, Parking Lot, Basin
  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students
  • Grade 6: Team A Moving Up Ceremony | Gym (See Description For Classes Included) 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ 500 Building

Tue., June 11th - Day 2

  • 150 Building: 2nd Grade Field Trip @ Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students
  • Grade 6: Team B Moving Up Ceremony | Gym (See Description For Classes Included) 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ 500 Building
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 4) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 5-6: National Elementary Honor Society Student End of Year Activity (Pizza & Ice Cream Party!) | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building

Wed., June 12th - Day 3

  • 150 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip @ Please Touch Museum
  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students
  • Grades 7-12: End of 4th Marking Period/2nd Semester
  • Grades K-6: End of 3rd Trimester
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day With Uniform Bottoms
  • 500 Building: 6th Grade End of Year Picnic 9:00am - 2:30pm @ Albert C. Miller Park

Thu., June 13th - Day 4

  • Early Dismissal for Students - Graduation - Last Day of School for All Students
  • Grades 9-12: Awards Ceremony | Gym 9:45am - 11:30am @ 535 Building
  • CCS Class of 2019: High School Senior Graduation Ceremony | Gym 6:00pm @ 535 Building

Fri., June 14th

  • Last Day for CCS Employees

2019 5K Cougar Classic Broadly Supported

Several hundred members of the CCS and local communities participated in the 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic on Saturday, June 1st. As you’ll see from our photos below, the event was a fun, family-friendly time for all. The weather might have been a bit warm for Carl the Cougar (with all that fur!), but the clear skies and mild temperatures were a runner’s race-day dream!

“We had so many volunteers this year who helped with advance planning and coordination at the event,” said one 5K Committee member. “You’d be amazed how much goes into planning a 5K! We wouldn’t have been ready for Saturday’s festivities and races without all of their help.”

“I really had fun with my friends and family. I also liked the bananas!” -CCS Student
“This is an event where my kids can have a really enjoyable day with their friends, be physically active, and benefit their school. They understand how important all of those things are. Our whole family is looking forward to doing this again next year!” -CCS Parent

Even though the final tally isn’t in, event organizers are confident that they’ll be making a significant donation to CCS. The funds will go right to CCS’s buildings and classrooms to purchase equipment and education supplies for students.

“This is my third year running Collegium’s 5K. Races always have a certain kind of energy, but this one is different. I love seeing the smiling faces of students and families. Knowing that my registration benefits them directly is a great feeling!" -5K Cougar Classic Competitor

Planning for next year’s 5K Cougar Classic—the 5th Annual—has already begun. Organizers want to grow the event by offering games where students can test their strength and agility, booths with wellness information, and other fun activities to promote wellness and raise funds for CCS.

Watch the video below to view a montage of photos and aerial footage from June 1st's 5K Cougar Classic event.

News From Our High School

CCS Students Awarded by YMWIC

Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC) is an organization that works to equip “economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth” for future careers in STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Several CCS students were honored at YMWIC’s ninth annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 30th.

Senior Cris S. was awarded YMWIC’s Blue Ribbon for “The Cool Blue Light of Luminol,” a Science research project Cris conducted to test the effects of temperature on the efficiency of Luminol, a chemical used by forensic investigators.

CCS Senior Cristopher S. and his Blue Ribbon YMWIC Science project on the chemical Luminol.
"YMWIC has given me opportunities that I would not have received otherwise and put into perspective the importance of preparing myself for my career goals. The ability to be around like-minded individuals and receive guidance from people who want to see you succeed is something I will never forget and I am grateful for." -Cristopher S., CCS Senior

Omari M., a Junior at CCS, was named YMWIC’s "Scholar of the Year." Omari received a plaque commemorating the honor, which he earned through his academic achievements and dedication to the YMWIC program.

CCS Junior Omari M. displaying his YMWIC "Scholar of the Year" award.
“With opportunities such as college tours, science expos, and job shadowing events, YMWIC allows students from different backgrounds to gain knowledge about STEM fields that they would not have otherwise. I'm grateful for the award I received in the program. It always feels great to be recognized for academic excellence and leadership.” -Omari M., CCS Junior

Omari, Cris, and CCS Senior Brooklyn G. were all recognized at YMWIC’s Scholarships and Awards Banquet for their participation on the YMWIC Foundation, Inc. Botball team. The Botball team won first prize at last April’s regional Botball tournament in Washington, D.C.*

CCS student YMWIC achievements didn't end there! YMWIC awarded four-year college scholarships to both Cris and Brooklyn in honor and recognition of their contributions to the program.

CCS Senior Brooklyn G. was awarded a four-year college scholarship by YMWIC.
“I chose to participate in YMWIC because of the various opportunities and relationships that they provide. Over the years, they have made me not only a well-rounded student, but a better person as well. I’m thankful for all of the things that I have learned, and all of the resources given to me because of this program.” -Brooklyn G., CCS Senior

Congratulations Omari, Cris, and Brooklyn, and all CCS students who participated in YMWIC this year! It will be wonderful to follow your contributions into the future.

To learn more about YMWIC Foundation, Inc., access the organization's website at the button provided.

*The link below provides more information on Botball, if you’re interested!

Carnaval Day In The 535 Building

On Tuesday, June 11th, the Spanish Honor Society will host a Carnaval Day for our 535 Building staff and students. In the Hispanic tradition, Carnavals are jamborees where communities celebrate in the streets together, listening to music, dancing, and eating. Each festival is infused with local cultural elements. Many cities hold masquerade balls, parades of floats, and other festivities.

The 535 Building's Carnaval Day will have a spirit of its own, with Zumba, churros, leyenda (legend) writing, Calavera mask-making, and other elements of Hispanic culture, plus games like “Name that Tune,” Hispanic trivia, escape rooms, and scavenger hunts. The CCS Jazz Band will also perform.

The biggest highlight of all will be the creation of an interactive “Wing Wall Mural” based on a quote by Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo:

“Y una cosa puedo jurar: Yo que me enamoré de tus alas, jamás te las voy a querer cortar.” ("And one thing I can promise: I fell in love with your wings, I will never want to clip them.") - Frida Kahlo

Students selected this quote because they felt it honors CCS’s commitment to student individuality. The finished mural will ultimately be mounted in the CCS High School’s new 2019-2020 home, the 515 Building.

Thank you in advance to the Spanish Honor Society’s student members and faculty advisors for creating this wonderful end-of-year event!

High School "Seeds of Change" Club Builds CCS Garden

Recently, a group of students from the Seeds of Change Club built raised garden beds at the 515 Building through a partnership with CCS's property management company, Advantage Building and Faciliity Services.

Seeds of Change is a new environmental, conservation, gardening, and composting club at CCS's High School. The Club wanted to teach students gardening skills by starting a school garden and growing organic food. The food will be donated to the Chester County Food Bank, a local organization that feeds "the hunger and food insecure of Chester County."

The idea for Seeds of Change came from CCS students Abigail D. and Emmanuel H. in AP Biology. Their goal for the first year was to construct the garden and start planting before the end of the school year. Mr. Kory Knaster, a Club Faculty Advisor, said, “This club has been student-led from the beginning. It’s amazing to see them take their idea and carry it out.”

Ms. Dee Gallion, another Faculty Advisor of Seeds of Change, mentioned, “It was such an amazing experience to see a great group of students come together as a team. They were completely self-motivated. We just supplied the materials and the opportunity and they constructed a beautiful garden.”

With the addition of the garden beds at CCS, our students have the opportunity to learn more about planting and cultivating crops. The garden will be a lasting legacy at CCS.

CCS Elementary Choir Students Attend American Young Voices Concert

Last week, members of CCS’s 4th-6th Grade Choirs joined thousands of Philadelphia-area students in a special American Young Voices concert performance. The concert was held at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus.

As described on its website, “American Young Voices is an all-inclusive educational program designed to use music to develop 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, mindfulness, and innovation.”

The students worked hard for months to prepare eight selections for the concert. They were guided by their Choir Directors, Ms. Urbas (5th and 6th Grade Choirs), Mrs. Mulllen (150 Building’s 4th Grade Choir), and Mrs. Kistler (468/486 Building’s 4th Grade Choir).

Both staff and students raved about the entire American Young Voices opportunity. “Our participating students were so excited to perform with such a large group of area students in a huge venue," shared Ms. Urbas. "They were accompanied by a live band during the concert, and the lighting and sound were both professionally done.” Members of CCS Choirs even performed with Molly Kate Kestner, an American Singer-Songwriter who wrote songs for Kelly Clarkson.

This was the first glimpse into the larger world of professional music for many of our participating students. It was even more thrilling to share the experience in front of an audience filled with their families, friends, and teachers.

Learn more about American Young Voices by accessing the organization's website with the button provided.

5th Grade End Of Year Picnic

On Monday, June 10th, our entire 5th Grade will celebrate the end of the school year with a huge picnic. Our students will have lunch together in the Cafeteria, after which they'll enjoy some indoor and outdoor activities. Our teachers and staff have a full and fun afternoon planned for them!

Fifth Grade students should wear their PE uniforms for the event on Monday, June 10th. Your child should also come to school that day with a packed lunch (some students have opted to buy bagged lunches from our Cafeteria), sunglasses, a hat, extra water, and a towel. Note that no electronics will be permitted at the 5th Grade End of Year Picnic!

Questions? Email your child's 5th Grade Teacher.

Volunteer With The CCS Curriculum Department

This summer, CCS's Curriculum Department will be hard at work ensuring that all books and essential curriculum materials are distributed to our buildings and teachers. This annual process is critical to making sure that CCS is ready to educate your children from the first day of school and beyond!

As with all great things we accomplish at CCS, this sizable task can only be completed with the help of Collegium Community members. Please take a look at the July and August volunteer session dates listed below and consider signing up for one or more sessions.

  • Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Thursday, July 25th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 30th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 6th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Attention High School Students: Assisting CCS's Curriculum Department this summer can help you reach your required volunteer hours for graduation!

To sign up to help with Curriculum Department projects this summer, use the Signup form at the button below.

Questions? Email Mrs. Kim Christman, Curriculum & Assessment Support Specialist, Grades 5-8. Thank you!

End Of School Year Information

1. 2019-2020 Student Schedules

Student schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be available* in the PowerSchool Student and Parent online portal on the dates provided below:

  • Elementary (K-6): Mon., Aug. 5th, 8:00am
  • Middle School (7-8): Mon., July 15th, 8:00am
  • High School (9-12): Mon., July 29th 8:00am

Need help accessing your account? Please email our PowerSchool Administrator using the button below.

*Access to the Student and Parent mobile application has been extended through Sunday, June 30th. It will be disabled from Monday, July 1st through Monday, August 5th.

2. High School Graduation Ceremony

Our 2019 High School Graduation Ceremony is Thursday, June 13th at 6:00pm in the 535 Building's William D. Winters Gymnasium. Tickets are required for admittance.

3. Obligations

Please make sure that all 2018-2019 obligations are met and paid in full.

4. Report Cards

Collegium’s 2018-2019 year-end student Report Cards will be distributed digitally in your PowerSchool accounts.

Final Report Cards for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade will be posted* to PowerSchool accounts by 9:00am, Tuesday, June 18th. Final Report Cards for students in Grades 7 through 12 will be posted to PowerSchool accounts by 9:00am, Monday, June 24th.

To access digital Report Cards, sign in to your PowerSchool account at the button below using any web browser. Then select “Report Cards” in the navigation menu on the left side of the screen. Live Report Card versions will be available until Sunday, June 30th. Archived Report Card links will be available beginning on Monday, July 8th.

Need help accessing your account? Please email our PowerSchool Administrator using the button below.

*Due to our year-end rollover process, our PowerSchool Student and Parent online portal will be disabled Monday, July 1st through Monday, July 8th. Access to accounts in the PowerSchool Student and Parent mobile application will be disabled between Monday, July 1st through Monday, August 5th.

5. Summer Information Packet

CCS will now use PowerSchool for our Student Data Verification process. While families will receive related instructions and information in the mail, the majority of information will be accessible via PowerSchool, only.

Please take this time to make sure that your PowerSchool login is working correctly. Need help accessing your account? Email our PowerSchool Administrator using the button below.

6. Home Address Updates

If you move during the summer, use the button provided to email CCS Student Records so that bussing adjustments can be made!

7. Food Service Account Balances

Food Service account balances will carry over from this school year to the 2019-2020 school year. Families don't need to do anything for this to occur.

If your child is graduating or not returning to CCS and you'd like a Food Service account refund, please email our Director of Food Service, Mr. Michael Ely. Include your child's first and last names, grade level, and Food Service PIN in your email request. Also, please provide the name and address of the person to whom the Food Service account refund check should be sent. Refund requests will take two to three weeks to process.

Questions? Email Mr. Ely.

8. Summer Meals Program

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) to inform families of the availability and location of free student Summer Food Service Program meals. This is required even if the SFA does not participate in the Summer Meals Program. Collegium is an SFA, but we are not providing summer meals on-site. Families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:

  • Call 1-866-3Hungry
  • Call 1-877-8Hambre
  • Text FOOD to 877-877
  • Text COMIDA to 877-877

9. 2019-2020 Student Enrollment

If your 2019-2020 school year plans change and your child will not attend CCS, please use the button below to email CCS Student Records as soon as possible. Please do not rely upon your new school to advise CCS, as they often don't reach out for records until after the school year has begun.

As you can imagine, late notice of student withdrawals can be very disruptive to Collegium's planning and budget, as well as to prospective CCS students and families. Thank you.

Student Medical Forms: What's Required And When

Attention Parents and Guardians

Under the Pennsylvania School Code, certain student medical forms are required for the 2019-2020 school year. Please see the information outlined below to find out what families must obtain and submit and by when. Our School Nurses have also shared this information in letters sent home to our 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 10th Grade students' families.

Physical Examinations

Physical Examinations are required for students in Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and 11th Grade. The Physical Examinations:

  • Must be signed by a physician
  • Cannot be dated more than nine months prior to the start of school (August 20, 2019)
  • Must be uploaded to MagnusHealth by January 30, 2020

Dental Examinations

Dental Examinations are required for students in Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, and 7th Grade. Dental Examinations:

  • Must be signed by a dentist
  • Cannot be dated prior to June 30th, 2019
  • Must be uploaded to MagnusHealth by January 30, 2020

Questions?

Please email the School Nurse in your child’s building with questions. Thank you! We wish all CCS families a wonderful, safe summer!

News From Our Athletics Department

Middle School Student Athletics Opportunities

FALL SPORTS

Cross Country, Volleyball, and Soccer

  • Start Date​: August 26, 2019
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date​: August 23, 2019
  • Permission Slip Due Date​: August 26, 2019

WINTER SPORTS

Basketball and Cheerleading

  • Start Date​: December 2, 2019
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date​: November 29, 2019
  • Permission Slip Due Date​: December 2, 2019

SPRING SPORTS

Lacrosse and Baseball

  • Start Date​: March 16, 2020
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date​: March 13, 2020
  • Permission Slip Due Date​: March 18, 2020

Please be aware of some requirements related to registering your children for CCS Athletics programs:

  • School Physicals cannot replace PIAA Physicals
  • All physicals must be dated on or after June 1, 2019
  • Collegium provides uniforms and necessary equipment

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mr. John Allen directly.

High School Student Athletics Opportunities

FALL SPORTS

Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, and Golf

  • Start Date​: August 12, 2019
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date​: August 9, 2019
  • Permission Slip Due Date​: August 12, 2019

WINTER SPORTS

Basketball and Cheerleading

  • Start Date​: November 18, 2019
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date​: November 15, 2019
  • Permission Slip Due Date​: November 18, 2019

SPRING SPORTS

Lacrosse and Baseball

  • Start Date​: March 2, 2020
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date​: February 28, 2020
  • Permission Slip Due Date​: March 2, 2020

Please be aware of some requirements related to registering your children for CCS Athletics programs:

  • School Physicals cannot replace PIAA Physicals
  • All physicals must be dated on or after June 1, 2019
  • Collegium provides uniforms and necessary equipment

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mr. John Allen directly.

Collegium Soccer Camp

Collegium is excited to offer our Girls & Boys Soccer Clinic to students in Grades 2-6. Come out and learn from Collegium’s Varsity Soccer Coaches and student-athletes as they teach the fundamentals of soccer and share their love of the game!

The Clinic is scheduled from Saturday, July 8th until Thursday, July 11th on the 500 Building Field. Each day of the camp will be for students in Grades 2-6 from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The cost is $100.00/child. Payment and Registration Forms (accessible at the button below) are due by Thursday, June 27th.

If you have questions about Collegium’s Soccer Clinic, email Coach Steve Norris using the button below.

CCS Basketball Day Camp Coming This Summer

Coach Markel Jones and CCS's Boys Basketball Team are excited for their 1st Annual Collegium Basketball Day Camp. The Day Camp is designed for 2nd through 8th Grade boys and girls of all skill levels. Activities will emphasize skill development in fundamental areas of the game like passing, shooting, and dribbling, while also promoting a fun and open learning atmosphere.

All participants will receive a free Collegium Basketball Day Camp T-shirt. Email Coach Jones using the link below for information and answers to your questions.

Coaching Positions Available

Our Athletics Department is looking for candidates for the following coaching position(s):

  • High School Soccer Head Coach
  • High School Volleyball Assistant Coach

All interested coaching candidates should email a resume and cover letter to John Allen, CCS Director of Athletics & Extracurricular Activities.

2019-2020 Child Care And Bus Transportation Arrangements

Will your child need transportation next school year to and/or from a day care center or babysitter within the Downingtown, West Chester, or Coatesville School Districts? Families who need alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers, babysitters, or bus stops other than your home—must complete a new Child Care Form each year. Current school year arrangements will not carry over to new school years.

You can find the Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts at the buttons below. The Child Care Forms are also posted in the Resource section of our Transportation webpage linked below.

By Friday, June 14th, please complete your 2019-2020 school year Child Care Form and email it to Collegium's Transportation Department using the button provided. If your family doesn't need alternate bus transportation for the 2019-2020 school year, there's nothing that you need to do.

Note: Your local school district's transportation office will mail details about your child's 2019-2020 home bus stop. Expect that mailing about one week before school starts. This is also when CCS receives students' bus information from our transporting districts.

Questions? Email CCS's Transportation Department via the link below.

WWPD Tip Resources

Collegium is committed to maintaining a strong and trusting partnership with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). Together, we encourage all Collegium students, staff, and parents/guardians to contact the WWPD with any information they feel should be investigated.

The WWPD has a dedicated email address and phone number for the public to use to provide information quickly and directly to them.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD Tip Line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact your Building Principal(s):

Important Collegium Telephone Numbers

Collegium's Main Number

610-903-1300

Building Main Office Extensions

  • 150 Building: Ext. 6811
  • 435 Building: Ext. 6002
  • 468 Building: Ext. 6401
  • 486 Building: Ext. 6501
  • 500 Building: Ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: Ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: Ext. 6602

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.

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