Collegium Newsletter January 14, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Jan. 14th - Day 1

  • Academic Team Competition vs. West Chester East & Downingtown West 9:30am - 11:30am @ Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Grades 9-12: Midterm Survival Kit Fundraiser Sales During Lunches (Sponsored by UNICEF/She's The First Club) 10:45am - 1:30pm @ 535 Building Outside Cafeteria
  • CCS Morning News After-School Meeting | Room 755 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: K-1 STEM Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • Girls Varsity Basketball vs Perkiomen School 3:45pm @ Perkiomen School

Tue., Jan. 15th - Day 2

  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls 7th & 8th Grade Basketball vs Boyertown Middle School West 3:30pm @ Boyertown Middle School West
  • Boys 7th & 8th Grade Basketball vs Boyertown Middle School East | Gym 4:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Boys Junior Varsity & Varsity Basketball vs Devon Preparatory School 5:30pm @ Devon Preparatory School

Wed., Jan. 16th - Day 3

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Midterm Exams - AM)
  • Grades 7-12: Midterm Exams 7:30am - 11:00am @ 515 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club (2nd Session) | 486 Building Art Room (#515) 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Science/STEM Fair Judges Training | Conference Room 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
  • 486 Building: Winter Concert for Grade 2 and Grades 3-4 Choirs (Ticketed Event) | 486 Building Cafeteria 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Thu., Jan. 17th - Day 4

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Midterm Exams - AM)
  • Grades 7-12: Midterm Exams 7:30am - 11:00am
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: K-1 STEM Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys Junior Varsity & Varsity Basketball vs Mercy Career & Technical High School | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
  • Grades 6-7: Family Info Session Presented by Young Men And Women In Charge Foundation Representatives | Room 206 6:30pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
  • Girls Varsity Basketball vs Dock Mennonite Academy 7:00pm @ Dock Mennonite Academy

Fri., Jan. 18th - Day 5

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Midterm Exams - AM)
  • Grades 7-12: End of 2nd Marking Period/1st Semester
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 7-12: Midterm Exams 7:30am - 11:00am

Sat., Jan. 19th

  • 535 Detention 8:00am - 11:00am @ 535 Building
  • POSTPONED To Sat., Feb. 9th - Girls Varsity Basketball vs Bristol Junior/Senior High School | Gym 12:00pm @ 535 Building
  • POSTPONED To Sat., Feb. 9th: Boys Varsity Basketball vs Bristol Junior/Senior High School | Gym 1:30pm @ 535 Building

Middle School Students Conduct PRIDE Assembly

On Wednesday, January 9th, our Middle School’s PRIDE Team hosted an assembly for the 515 Building’s 7th and 8th Graders. The assembly was a “reset” for the second half of the school year designed as a reminder of positive behaviors students are expected to display while in school. It proved to be very fun and effective!

One amazing thing about the assembly is that students from the 515 Building PRIDE Team organized the entire program under the guidance of PRIDE Team Teachers. During the assembly, the students performed an interactive, Family Feud-style game involving teams of students who answered questions about what it looks like when students show PRIDE behaviors at school.

All of the 7th and 8th Grade students who attended the assembly really enjoyed it. According to Aaron P., an 8th Grade member of the PRIDE Team, “...it felt good making something with my fellow students to motivate others to show PRIDE, while also entertaining them. The assembly was great in my opinion.” The competitions during the assembly also provided a few laughs. “It was fun and hilarious!” said 7th Grader Rilynn V. Teachers found great value in the assembly, as well. Ms. Jackie Faller, a Middle School Art Teacher, commented that the assembly “...gave all staff and students a chance to be reminded of how to show PRIDE in the 515 Building in order to have a successful second semester!”

Paul Harkins, Assistant Principal for the 515 Building, was extremely proud of everyone involved with the assembly. “The PRIDE team did a wonderful job putting a successful and engaging assembly together,” he said. “I look forward to seeing what else they have in store!” The PRIDE Team’s staff and students plan to create fun, effective, and at times hilarious, PRIDE assemblies for the future!

NEHS Visits Exton Senior Living Center

On Tuesday, December 18th, the National Elementary Honor Society's (NEHS) student members visited the Exton Senior Living Center to spend some time with senior residents.

Now in its 7th year, the purpose of the event, dubbed Operation Lifting Spirits, is to spread some holiday cheer and to give both the young and old an opportunity to understand and reminisce about various life stages. Activities during the visit included a lot of games, singing of different holiday songs, crafts, coloring, and socialization and learning about what life was like "way back when."

CCS can be proud of the initiative, poise, and maturity our NEHS student members showed during this year's event. They set aside any "fears" they may have had about meeting new people and had a lot of fun! We look forward to next year's visit.

From Our Board of Trustees

CCS 20/20 Update and Surveys

Collegium’s strategic planning process, CCS 20/20, is well underway. Two important steps were accomplished over the last several weeks. Strategy Arts, the local firm that the Board engaged to lead the planning process, conducted a series of interviews with internal and external stakeholders to learn about Collegium’s strengths, areas for improvement, and priority focus areas for the next 20 years.

Following those interviews, Strategy Arts held four focus groups, two with CCS teachers and two with CCS families. The information gathered from the focus groups and interviews was used to craft two online surveys. The surveys will allow all Collegium families and employees to provide input regarding the future direction of our school.

Family Survey

We invite all Collegium families to share their input by taking the online survey linked below. The survey should take less than 10 minutes. Please complete it by Sunday, January 27th. We will also reach out to families through email with the survey information.

Employee Survey

This week, Collegium employees will receive an email with their survey link.

We thank everyone who participated in our interviews and focus groups. We now encourage everyone to take a few minutes to share their valuable perspectives.

Athletic Department Updates

Collegium Baseball Skating Fundraiser

The Varsity Boys Baseball Team is hosting a roller skating fundraiser on Friday, February 1st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Chester County Sports Arena (4533 West Lincoln Highway, Downingtown, PA).

This is an event open to all K-12 Collegium students. The cost is $10.00 at the door. To participate, families must complete a Permission Slip (linked below and also available at Chester County Sports Arena the night of the event).

Come out and support your Collegium Cougars Baseball Team as they prepare for the 2019 season! We hope to see you there!

Email Coach Slusser if you have questions or need additional information.

January 2019 Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic

Collegium is happy to offer another Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic to our students in Grades 1-6. The Clinic is scheduled for Monday, January 21st in the William D. Winters Gymnasium (535 Building Gym). The cost is $10.00/child. Payment and Permission Slips (linked below) are due by Monday, January 21st.

The first Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic session will be for students in Grades 1-3 from 10:00am until 11:00am. The session for our 4th-6th Grade students will be from 11:00am until 12:00pm.

At the Clinic, students will learn from Collegium’s Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Coaches and student-athletes as they teach the fundamentals of basketball and share their love of the game!

If you have questions about Collegium’s Spring 2019 Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic, email Coach Jones.

8th Grade Payment Reminder

Washington, D.C. Field Trip

The 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd through Friday, May 24th. During the trip, students will visit national monuments and some of the Smithsonian Museums. Our group will stay at the National 4-H Conference in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The hotel has an on-site recreational area, fully equipped with internet access and entertainment options.

The 2nd payment for the Washington, D.C. Field Trip is due by Friday, January 18th. The amount is $65.00 and can be submitted as either cash or check. Please make checks payable to "CCS."

If you have questions, you're welcome to email Mrs. Wallace.

Thank You From NJHS

On behalf of Collegium's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), we thank the entire CCS Community for your donations to our SPCA Fundraiser. The Brandywine Valley SPCA was very happy to receive your generous gifts during the recent holiday season. We're pawsitive the dogs and cats are thankful, too!

Image Caption: Members of Collegium's NJHS load the collected SPCA donations for delivery.

535 UNICEF Club Midterm Survival Kit Fundraiser

On Monday, January 14th and Tuesday, January 15th, the UNICEF Club will sell Midterm Survival Kits during lunches in the 535 Building.

Our kits include fuzzy socks, an inspirational quote, a #2 pencil, and a packet of hot cocoa. The kits are $4.00 each. All proceeds will go to UNICEF. You can learn more about UNICEF by accessing the link below.

Please email Ms. Nicole Cianci if you have questions. Thank you for your support!

Education Explained: National School Choice Week 2019

Each week, CCS employees highlight common terms and philosophies in education and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Marita K. Barber, Acting CEO and Director, Academic and Student Services.

National School Choice Week (NSCW) is an annual celebration held each January across the country. NSCW events are organized to “shine a spotlight” on school choice...the ability families have to choose from many quality elementary and secondary education options for their children.

Since 2011, NSCW has successfully raised school choice awareness. Just last year, more than 20,200 different schools and education organizations joined over 32,000 NSCW events. Media coverage of those events generated 10,000 positive news stories that helped millions of families learn more about the success and effectiveness of school choice.

NSCW 2019 is scheduled from Sunday, January 20th to Saturday, January 26th. Among the events in Pennsylvania is a student-focused rally that Renaissance Academy Charter School will host on January 23rd. Students from Collegium’s Middle School and High School will attend, along with their Collegium employee chaperones. The group will enjoy performances, guest speakers, and a lot of dancing. Yes, there’s an official NSCW 2019 Dance! Watch the video below to learn the moves.

As we prepare to celebrate NSCW, allow me to express my gratitude to you, our CCS families, for your ongoing support and for choosing to send your children to Collegium Charter School, “The SMART Choice in Public Education.”

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Dillard Brooks

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you can greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Watch this video to learn more about Dillard Brooks, Middle School Science Teacher.

Updates From CCS's HSA

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our Home & School Association (HSA) owes its success to the efforts of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.

HSA Annual Outgrown & Vendor Sale Back By Popular Demand

Start saving your items for the CCS HSA’s 2nd Annual Outgrown & Vendor Sale!

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. This event was a huge success last year, and we’re planning for even more fun and sales this year. The Outgrown & Vendor Sale is an HSA Fundraiser that benefits Collegium.

Consignors are now being accepted! Pay $25.00 to consign, or volunteer for two hours and consign for free! Consignors receive 70% of their sales; 30% of each sale benefits CCS.

Email Sarah Hanna for more information and to sign up as a consignor and/or volunteer.

Want to access the sale before the general public? Purchase your Early Admission tickets using the link below.

West Whiteland Police Department 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


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

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