Collegium Newsletter February 12, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Feb. 12th - Day 5

  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 827

Tuesday, Feb. 13th - Day 6

  • 535 Building: National Art Honor Society Cupcake Sale Begins
  • 150 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 7:30am @ 150 Conference Room, Room 825
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 228
  • 500 Building: National Elementary Honor Society Student Meeting 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 118
  • 468/486 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 486 Conference Room

Wednesday, Feb. 14th - Day 1

  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day w/ Uniform Bottoms
  • TCISL High School Basketball Semi-Finals 3:00pm - 7:00pm @ 535 Gym (See Article)
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 908
  • 468 Building: Little Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 425
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 532

Thursday, Feb. 15th - Day 2

  • 535 Building National Art Honor Society Cupcake Sale Ends
  • TCISL High School Basketball Finals 3:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Gym (See Article)
  • 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Feb. 16th - Day 3

  • No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Faculty/Staff)
  • 535 Building: Movie Night sponsored by the Black Student Union (Hitch, PG-13) 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Library

Collegium at MATHCOUNTS Competition

On Saturday, February 3rd, CCS 7th Grader Brian McCoy and 8th Graders Natasha Scott and Brooks Woolfolk competed in the Chester County MATHCOUNTS Competition at Downingtown High School East. This was Collegium’s first appearance in the Competition.

Left to Right: Natasha Scott, Mr. Sherk, Brian McCoy, Mrs. Whitmore, and Brooks Woolfolk.

Brian, Natasha, and Brooks competed against nearly 190 students from 26 schools throughout Chester County. While the competition was tough, our students never gave up, and worked well together as a team. We are very proud of you!

Congratulations Kindergarten Science Fair Participants!

The Kindergarten Science Fair was a great success. Participating students did a wonderful job designing and researching their projects, and also thoroughly enjoyed presenting them to the judges.

Thank you, students, for participating in the Science Fair! We also appreciate the parents, guardians, and families who supported their children in this activity.

Please join us for next year's Science Fair. Most importantly, keep exploring science!

Middle School Video Contest—Vote For Collegium!

A team of Collegium Middle School students is competing in the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest. The contest is conducted annually by the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties, an initiative created by the Chester County Economic Development Council and Delaware County Community College.

Using GoPro video equipment, members of Collegium's team visited West Chester’s Lasko Products, LLC last December to capture the manufacturing facility in action and to conduct employee interviews. Students then edited and produced their video for the competition.

The following CCS Middle School students participated in the project:

  • Austin Gauggel (Video Production Team Leader and Videographer)
  • Sarah Schreiber (Videographer)
  • Rion Gravat (Video Production Editor)
  • Domenic Dickerson (Team Leader/Interviewer)
  • Kevin Nguyen (Audio Engineer)
  • Kobe Nguyen (Videographer)

Online voting determines winners of the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest. Voting begins on Wednesday, February 14th, and ends on Friday, February 16th.

Important, please note: Beginning Wednesday, February 14th (when the link will allow voting to begin), please access the link below and submit your votes for the Collegium students' video! Share the link with everyone you know; the more votes cast for our students, the better their chances of receiving an award at the Awards Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th, at Penn State University-Great Valley.

CCST Presents Hairspray!—Tickets Now Available!

We are happy to announce that tickets for Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) 2018 spring musical—Hairspray!—are on sale now!

Performances will take place in Collegium’s 515 Auditorium between Thursday, March 15th and Saturday, March 17th. Tickets are $12.00 each.

We encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time, since this incredibly popular show will likely sell out. Visit the website below to purchase your tickets.

Please note that this show is rated "PG" by Music Theatre International. While it is generally a family-friendly show, it does include language and topics relating to race, relationships, and body image.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Kim Christman

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

High School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving Q2 Honor Roll!

High School High Honors

GPA 93% or above, with no grade below 85%.

12th Grade: Erika Calle, Amy Contreras, Paige Cunningham, Emily Dalessandro, David Dempsy, Kelly Horgan, Skyler James, Brendan Kane, Lacy MacLachlin, Frederick Newlin, Rebecca Oliver, Isabel Pimentel, Tasaday Pouncy, Devrin Robinson, Safoora Siddiqui, Dre-quan Vaughn, Jonne Washington, and Susana Zavaleta.

11th Grade: Alexis Armstrong, Mina Joy Bourquin, Abigail Dean, Kendra Ebke , Haajrah Gilani, Brooklyn Green, Marshall Lentz , Alexis Linkins, Lydia Newlin, Cheney Ni, Cristopher Story, Thomaslyn Tarley, and Matthew Wachter.

10th Grade: Kristina Archie, Daniela Astudillo, Keegan Barr, Kyjuan Cannady, Tyler Correll, Cahlia Cotto, Corinne Estrella, Kaia Farstad, Diana Galan-Galan, Rose Garzon, Brynn Henry, Marissa Hillworth, Nicholas Hogg, Austin James, Georgia Laughlin, Samantha Leach, Morgan Linkins, Kyle Lo, Sydney MacKenzie, Shayna Miele, Krish Nair, Josh Ogalesco, Armi Patel, Christina Pham, Ria Philip, Madison Reeder, Cheyenne Rivas, Tayah Rogers, Karl Romberger, Laiba Tariq, Thomas Wagner, Leagen Wallace, Hannah Washington, Brin Whiteman, Alexis Williams, and Cole Zolomij.

9th Grade: Rachel Bromley, Belle Burnett, Dylan Burrows, Timothy Carlson, Christopher Correll, John Crespo, John Darnall, Autumn DiSanto, Abigail Garcia-Galan, Jaime George, Hannah Graham, Paige Henry, Thuvarakaa Johnson, Elizabeth Kiley, Mallory Levan, Hannah Luong, Mykala March, Taylor Nagel, Anna Newlin, Brandon Olivarez, Ryk Polintan, Madea Price, Jacob Smith, Albert Sommar, Laksha Thulasiram, Brandon Traut, Emma Trego, Lyka Wallace, and Nathan Wholey.

High School Honors

GPA 85% or above, with no grade below 85%.

12th Grade: Mackenzie Avellino and Jordan Shiel.

11th Grade: Fernando Libo-on, James Panyasiri, and Jake Zolomij.

10th Grade: Kayla Floyd, Sha'Lee Lewis, Cornelius McClanahan, Alicia Mettinger, and Ryan Rowe.

9th Grade: Savannah Anderson, Liem Au, Haledae Campbell, Choiyon Chakraborty, Alicerose Dempsey, Raven McCoy, Rachel Ocran, and Tristin Schuette.

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving Q2 Honor Roll!

Middle School High Honors

GPA 93% or above, with no grade below 85%.

8th Grade: Sophia Baionno, Sage Bauer, Josie Boyer, Yarrick Dillard, Malia Ford, Michael Gallimore III, Lucia Garzon, Mina Hinton, Lily Iding, Mikhael Joseph, David Keith, Jordan Kelly, Noelle Mast, Cecelia Newman, Kevin Nguyen, Kobe Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Ferris Ni, Aidan Oliver, William Ortiz, Alexander Pham, Maia Rissi, Alexa Sanchez, Margaret Tresselt, Kaleah Tuttle, and Brooks Woolfolk.

7th Grade: Hannah Au, Michelle Canel, Nicholas Carabio, Teilo Castro, Patrick Gallagher, Marlana Gramo, Mark Hinlo, Kylie Hogg, Abigail Holton, Aditi Inamdar, Kristina Kaiser, Sarah Kerrigan, Nicholas Kiley, Carly Lamplugh, Austin Leslie, Matthew Lis, Melanie Luong, Hailey March, Brian McCoy, Malavika Menon, Delaney Mitchell, Sophia Morrison, Jordan Nagle, Grace O'Brien, Madison Ott, Lyndsey Reef, Elizabeth Riehl, Josue Roman, Timothy Salmon, and Iman Tariq.

Middle School Honors

GPA 85% or above, with no grade below 85%.

7th Grade: Angela Morris and Robert Porreca.

Athletic Department Updates

1. Cougars Basketball Presidents' Day Clinic

Join the Collegium High School Coaching Staff and players on Monday, February 19th, for their Cougars Basketball Presidents' Day Clinic.

Boys and girls in Grades 1-6 are encouraged to participate, learn the fundamentals of the game, and have fun! Grades 1-3 will play from 10:00am until 11:00am, and Grades 4-6 will play from 11:00am until 12:00pm.

All participants must register at the door and bring the $10.00 registration fee. Questions? Please email Coach Revnell.

2. Sports Update Video: February 12, 2018

In the newest Sports Update video, Mr. Allen is joined by two Collegium Seniors who share their favorite Collegium Athletics memories. Mr. Allen also encourages families and employees to attend the upcoming Tri-County Independent School League (TCISL) Semi-Finals and Finals:

  • TCISL High School Basketball Semi-Finals: Wed., Feb 14, 2018 3:00pm-7:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • TCISL High School Basketball Finals: Thu., Feb 15, 2018 3:00pm-9:00pm @ 535 Gym

Education Explained

Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Judi Hagerty, Instructional Coach.


Have you ever considered how really complicated learning to read, write, and spell can be for young students? In fact, how did we accomplish these feats ourselves?

At Collegium, we use a powerful program, FUNDATIONS, to complement reading, writing, and spelling instruction in our Kindergarten through 2nd Grade classrooms. FUNDATIONS includes systematic instruction tailored to students at different learning levels. It is also FUN for students, and helps to grow their learning. FUNDATIONS lessons boost classroom teaching by meeting individual students where they are in their reading, writing, and spelling learning. For example, our photos show Mrs. Sherman’s Kindergarten students learning to form new letters S and T, and to tap out sounds to build words with their magnetic letter boards.

FUNDATIONS was developed in 2002. It is a less intense version of a highly structured intervention program, the Wilson Reading System, that was designed for challenged readers in Grades 2 through 12 and beyond. The Wilson Reading System has been studied for over a decade. The research shows that the System’s principles can greatly benefit younger reading, writing, and spelling students at all learning levels.

FUNDATIONS accompanies traditional classroom teaching with lessons that include (but are not limited to):

  1. Learning sequences that parallel classroom unit content
  2. Specific, measurable student learning objectives that are aligned with Pennsylvania’s College and Career Ready Standards
  3. Content that builds on a student’s previous knowledge, and learning activities that combine past and new learning
  4. Opportunities for all students to learn through instruction and practice that is varied and targets different learning styles
  5. Time for teacher-supervised concepts, skills, and strategy practice with students, allowing teachers to provide immediate, individualized feedback and guidance to reinforce each student’s learning

I am working to become a certified FUNDATIONS Coach for Level 2. My training gives me the chance to work with Collegium’s 2nd Grade teachers and to watch the FUNDATIONS program in action with students. It is clear that FUNDATIONS is a powerful curriculum tool for teachers. And our students are definitely excited and having fun while learning reading, spelling, and writing!

To find out more about FUNDATIONS and its effectiveness, visit the website below.

Reminder: Baseball Skating Party Fundraiser

The CCS Varsity Baseball Team will host a Skating Party at Chester County Sports Arena on Saturday, February 24th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.

The tickets cost $10.00 per person. The event is open to CCS students and guests in Grades K-12. Parents with participating children in 3rd Grade and below must stay for the event. Permission Slips are required, and can be accessed via the link below. Coach Slusser will send confirmation emails when completed Permission Slips and payments are received.

Questions? Email Coach Slusser.

Elementary Placement Requests for 2018-2019

Elementary student parents who have requests regarding their child’s placement for the 2018-2019 school year should send an email to the Administrative Assistant to the Principal in their child's current building.

The email should share your child's strengths and weaknesses, along with an idea of the teaching style and learning environment that work best for your child.

This is also the time to let Collegium know things like whether you would like siblings to be in the same building, or that it would be convenient for all children on your block to be in one building since they carpool together. Parent emails or letters must be received by Friday, March 30th.

Requests for specific teachers will not be honored, and requests received after Friday, March 30th will not be considered.

NEHS Pajama Read-a-Thon Party

On Friday, March 2nd, from 6:30pm until 9:15pm, our National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) will host its 9th annual Pajama Read-a-Thon Party for students in Grades 3-6.

Reading activities will include Reader's Theater, Book Blitz, Read Alouds, Partner Reads, and lots of D.E.A.R. time. Permission Slips are available below and are due, along with the participation fee, by Friday, February 23rd. First-come, first-served, as there are limited spaces available.

Camp Collegium 2018 Online Registration

To register children for our Camp Collegium 2018 program, please complete the following steps:

1. Access and submit our online Camp Collegium 2018 Registration Form.

2. Submit applicable 2018 Camp Collegium fees in full (including the $60.00 non-refundable registration fee) to the attention of Ms. Horsey, 435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA, 19341.

3. Fees must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the camper's first and last names indicated on the front. Fees MUST be paid in full by Friday, May 25th.

4. Registration fees must be received within 14 days after submission of a completed Registration Form. Failure to submit your registration fee within 14 days forfeits your camper’s spot in the program. Exceptions will not be considered.

5. Registered campers will receive camp confirmation via email within 5-7 business days after their families submit their registration fees.

Learn more about Camp Collegium 2018 by accessing the Summer Camps page of our website.

Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

Volunteers and Donations Needed

On Thursday, February 15th, the 500 Building will hold its STEAM Catapult Challenge. We need 10-15 parents to assist with judging. Clearances are preferred, but not required.

If you are interested in helping to judge at the event, please use the link below to sign up ASAP.

Also, the 500 Building is gearing up for a second round of STEAM activities and needs the following supplies:

  • Newspapers
  • School-Appropriate Magazines
  • Masking Tape

Please send your donations to the 500 Building's Main Office, Attention: Mrs. Kahl. Thank you for all of your support! We look forward to sharing this fun project with you.

3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic

Our 3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic will take place Saturday, April 21st, right here on Collegium’s campus. Activities include a competitive 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is now open!

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the 5K Cougar Classic website via the link below.

Community Opportunities

In this section, Collegium passes along information on local events and activities our families may want to explore. We will not include information about activities that compete with Collegium programs, non-Collegium fundraisers, or information from for-profit companies.

Henderson Dance Team

Henderson Dance Team is offering a Hip Hop Dance and Performance Workshop for Elementary school children on Saturday, March 24th, from 12:30pm-5:00pm at Henderson High School. For more information, please visit our website using the link below.

Amerikids Summer Camp

Registration is currently open for the July 30th - August 3rd Amerikids Summer Camp. The Amerikids mission is to build core values in the youth of Chester County, including girls of all backgrounds and abilities in Grades 5 through 12. Amerikids Summer Camp includes singing, dancing, learning sign language, public speaking skills, team building exercises, crafts, and leadership skills. For prices, registration, and additional information, please send an email using the address below.

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our HSA owes its success to the efforts of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

Pawsitive Praise

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their Super Bowl win last week. We loved seeing the team spirit this week throughout the CCS campus.

1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale

On Saturday, May 19th, the HSA will hold its first Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale. Please add this exciting event to your family calendars.

Interested in helping to plan the event? Just complete the form below. The HSA will contact you with related details. Thank you!

Share Your Ideas With The HSA!

The HSA is always looking for new ideas and for volunteers to help make them happen! We invite you to share your suggestions with us now via email. You can also complete our HSA Interest Form and/or attend our monthly HSA meetings.

HSA Meetings are where families and employees share ideas for future HSA activities, learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, and find out how they can get involved. Our HSA General Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month for the rest of the school year.

Our next General Meeting will be Wednesday, March 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. To attend, enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance (shown in photo) furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

Please arrive before 4:30pm, as building access will not be provided after 4:45pm. Thank you!

Save the Dates

1. Hershey Park Ticket Sale: Discount ticket sales will begin in March.

2. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night: Wednesday, April 11th from 4:30pm until 7:30pm. Stay tuned for more details!

3. Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7th - May 11th

4. HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale: Saturday, May 19th

Ongoing Fundraisers


Simply shop at AmazonSmile and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to CCS!

Ongoing Fundraisers


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

The HSA’s Facebook Page is an important way the HSA communicates with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post photos and content. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Elementary School Store Volunteers Needed!

The HSA needs your help to ensure that the School Stores in Buildings 150, 468, 486, and 500 are open for students every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. Please sign up to volunteer today! Clearances are required.

Collegium Main Number


Campus 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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