Collegium Newsletter October 21, 2019

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The article, "Collegium's Campus Critters," contains photographs of various animals, including a snake, hamsters, and a guinea pig. If you have a sensitivity to these creatures, please scroll past "Collegium's Campus Critters," found immediately after the section, "K-6th Grade Family Notices."

CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Oct. 21st, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-8: Spirit Week | Pajama Day
  • 150 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip (B) | Keller, Covert, Thomas, Ryder Classrooms 8:45am - 2:45pm @ Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 STEM Design Club | Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building Intramurals: Grades 2-4 Cougar Olympic Games | Room 826 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: Grades 2-4 Cougar Olympic Games | 486 Building Cafeteria 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tues., Oct. 22nd, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-8: Spirit Week | Character Day (See Event Description)
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Club Meeting | Cafeteria 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • MS Cross Country PAC Invitational 3:15pm @ Pottsgrove High School
  • 150 Building Intramurals: Grades K-1 Cougar Olympic Games | Room 826 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: Grades K-1 Cougar Olympic Games | Cafeteria 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | 486 Building Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building Intramurals: Grades 5-6 Soccer | Field 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 207 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 10-12: National Honor Society Inductions | Gym 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Grades 7-12: Spring Musical Interest Meeting ("Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat") | Cafeteria @ 515 Building (HS)

Wed., Oct. 23rd, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-12: End of 1st Marking Period
  • Grades 7-8: Spirit Week | Tik Tok Trend Day (See Event Description)
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Review Day | Wear ROAR Shirts W/ Uniform Bottoms
  • Boys and Girls V Golf vs. Perkiomen 10:00am @ Butter Valley Golf Course
  • 150 Building Intramurals: Grades 2-4 Cougar Olympic Games | Room 826 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: Grades 2-4 Cougar Olympic Games | 486 Building Cafeteria 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Rec Night | Gym and 4th Grade Classrooms 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Grades K-12: Science/STEM Fair Open House | Gym 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 500 Building

Thurs., Oct. 24th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-8: Spirit Week | Sports and Jersey Day (See Event Description)
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • CougarTek EsportsTeam Meeting | Technology Lab (Room 705) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 150 Building Intramurals: Grades K-1 Cougar Olympic Games | Room 826 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 932 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: Grades K-1 Cougar Olympic Games | 486 Building Cafeteria 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 500 Building Intramurals: Grades 5-6 Soccer | Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • CougarTek EsportsTeam Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Level13 eSports Gaming Center
  • Grades 9-11: Dual Enrollment Night | Room 333 and 334 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 11-12: Financial Aid Night | Cafeteria 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Friday, Oct. 25th, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 7-8: Spirit Week | Blue and White Day (See Event Description)
  • Boys V Cross Country PIAA District 1 Championship 9:30am @ Lehigh University
  • Girls V Cross Country PIAA District 1 Championship 9:30am @ Lehigh University
  • Grades 7-8: Fall Harvest Dance (See Event Description) | Gym 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Grades K-6: Family STEAM Night | Gym, STEAM Room, Lobby, Tech Lab, and Classrooms 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building
  • 468 Building: Grades K-1 Rec Night | Room 429 and 468 Building Classrooms 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sat., Oct. 26th

  • ACT Testing for Registered Students | Classrooms and Bathrooms 6:00am - 5:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: Homecoming Dance (Sponsored by Student Council) | Gym 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Our New 150 Building Principal

After weeks of interviewing highly qualified candidates, Collegium is happy to announce that Mrs. Kristin Camburn has been selected to be CCS’s new Principal for the 150 Building. Mrs. Camburn was previously a 150 Building Assistant Principal, where she worked closely with Mr. Brent Thorpe, Assistant Principal, and former Principal, Mr. Gavin Lawler.

Mrs. Camburn brings substantial experience to her new role with CCS. She joined our school in 2011 as a Building Substitute Teacher and within months was asked to be a permanent Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher.

In 2016, Mrs. Camburn was promoted to Assistant Principal. She has proven to be an effective, progressive CCS educator and leader, and an unwavering advocate for our students, employees, and school. Mrs. Camburn holds a B.S. in Early, Elementary, and Special Education from Eastern University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University.

"Her knowledge of and commitment to our School Improvement Plan, evidence-based strategies, shared leadership, and equitable practices drew a sharp contrast with the other candidates." -Marita Barber, Collegium's Chief Executive Officer
Coincidentally, Mrs. Camburn (left) and Ms. Barber (right) stop under a sign in the 150 Building that reads, "You Got This."

"It became clear very quickly that Mrs. Camburn was our top candidate to be the educational leader for our 150 Building community," said Marita Barber, Collegium's Chief Executive Officer. "Her knowledge of and commitment to our School Improvement Plan, evidence-based strategies, shared leadership, and equitable practices drew a sharp contrast with the other candidates. These skills will no doubt be enhanced by the strong relationships that she has established with families, students, and staff during her tenure as Assistant Principal. I look forward to working more closely with her as a valued member of our Administrative Team."

“I view our 150 Building students, teachers, families, and employees as an extension of my personal family.” -Mrs. Kristin Camburn, 150 Building Principal

For the remainder of this school year, Mrs. Camburn’s goals will be to make sure that each student feels safe, loved, welcomed, and accepted from the time they walk through CCS’s doors until the time they leave. She and her Administrative Team also plan to coach 150 Building faculty and staff with meaningful feedback that will help them continue to excel.

Mrs. Camburn is “beyond thrilled” with the opportunity to be Collegium’s 150 Building Principal. “I view our 150 Building students, teachers, families, and employees as an extension of my personal family,” she said. “As Building Principal, I look forward to positively strengthening our community together! My goal is to create an increasingly collaborative and equitable atmosphere for ALL students and families throughout the year. Thank you for your support today and in the days, weeks, and years to come!”

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Camburn on her promotion by sending her an email using the button below. Our Human Resources Department has shifted its focus to securing the most qualified candidate for Mrs. Camburn’s previous 150 Building Assistant Principal position.

2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment At Collegium

General Information

According to PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students are considered for enrollment ahead of new, non-sibling enrollees. Sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, however. CCS must first ensure that the Sibling Enrollment materials families submit are complete. Then CCS determines if space is available for each sibling.

Sibling Enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students. Siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students include:

  • Siblings by Birth
  • Step-Siblings
  • Adopted Siblings
  • Foster Siblings

Sibling Enrollment is also for wards subject to legal guardianship or other children related by blood or marriage who live with the currently enrolled CCS student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent(s) for support. A Court Order or a completed and notarized Guardianship Form is required to document guardianship status.

CCS’s 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment process will begin on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 9:00 AM when enrollment materials will be posted on the Sibling Enrollment page of our website. The Sibling Enrollment period will end promptly at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 15, 2019. For more information, access our Sibling Enrollment webpage below.

One Collegium family representing three different grade levels and CCS buildings.

Prepare Your Documents Now

Collegium's 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment process will be completed online*, only. During the online process, families must upload certain required information (listed below).

To "digitize"** the documents for uploading, you can scan them with a scanner or take clear photos using a smartphone or tablet. The documents are:

  • Copy of your child's Birth Certificate
  • Copy of your child's current Immunization Record
  • Two (2) Proofs of Residency for your family
  • Student ID (Food Service PIN) of your child's oldest sibling attending Collegium

If you do not have a copy of your child's Immunization Record, please obtain it from your child's health care provider and then upload it for CCS. Do not ask the health care provider to send the Immunization Record to Collegium; instead, please receive the Immunization Record yourself so that you can control when Collegium receives it.

Proofs of Residency are limited to: A deed, lease, mortgage statement, current utility bill, current credit card bill, property tax bill, vehicle registration, driver’s license, or PennDOT identification card. Proofs of Residency documents may not be expired. Two are required for the Sibling Enrollment process.

Student IDs (Food Service PINs) are five-digit numbers assigned to each Collegium student. If you need help finding your child's Student ID, please ask your child for it or contact the Main Office of your child's building.

Do you have questions about the documents required for CCS’s 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment process? Our Enrollment Department staff are happy to assist. Use the button below to email them.

*If you don't have internet access or if you need help scanning your child's documents, we can assist you in November at our 435 Building (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA 19341) between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM on days when school is in session.

**Digitizing documents means converting them into electronic files like photos or scanned images. Families can upload photos or scanned images of Birth Certificates, Immunization Records, and Proofs of Residency. Digitized items must be clear, readable, and include all four corners of each document. Please remove documents from their envelopes before taking their pictures or scanning them. If you wish, you may keep dollar amounts confidential by covering them with marker or ink.

K-6th Grade Family Notices

Campus Traffic Patterns and Driving Etiquette

CCS’s campus generates an incredible amount of traffic each day that must be controlled and regulated. To do that, CCS’s Operations Department:

  • Enforces established traffic patterns around all of our buildings, and
  • Stations traffic monitors across campus to direct vehicles and to help keep traffic flowing smoothly.

Please follow our traffic monitors’ instructions. Their responsibilities are to help keep CCS’s students, families, and employees safe and to help keep traffic flowing smoothly.

Treat CCS traffic monitors with courtesy and respect. These same individuals are Teachers and Instructional Assistants in your children’s classrooms during the school day.

Additional Notes:

  • Families dropping off students for early morning activities such as Band or Orchestra must adhere to regular CCS campus traffic patterns.
  • The 500 Building Overflow Route is to be used for overflow traffic, only. Traffic monitors will direct vehicles to this route when it is necessary.
A map showing 2019-2020 arrival and dismissal routes for our 150 Building and 500 Building. Families should note that red arrows represent the 500 Overflow Route.

Please email our Operations Department with questions. Thank you for your attention, understanding, and cooperation.

Lost and Found Clean-Out

The 150 Building and 500 Buildings’ Lost and Found collections are overflowing!

At the end of the school day on Friday, November 1st, the Lost and Founds in our 150 Building and 500 Building will be cleaned out. Please have your children check the Lost and Found in their building for any items that belong to them.

Parents/guardians are also invited to visit the 150 Building or 500 Building Lost and Founds to check for missing items. Just come to the Main Office between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM and speak with your Building Receptionist.

All unclaimed Lost and Found items remaining in our 150 and 500 Buildings after Friday, November 1st will be donated to the CCS Uniform Resale Shop or a local charity.

Collegium's Campus Critters

There are many things that make CCS stand out among area schools. For instance, our 3,100+ K-12th Grade students are educated on one campus, our Spanish curriculum begins in Kindergarten, and our students wear different-colored uniforms in Elementary, Middle, and High School.

One lesser-known detail about Collegium is that several of our buildings have adopted support animals and class pets. Read on to learn more about these CCS Campus Critters and all they provide for CCS students and staff!

435 Administration Building: Rylie

If you’re not familiar with Rylie, the Doggy Diva herself, just ask your children about her! Rylie is a trained service dog who received her certification two years ago from the University of Pennsylvania’s PennVet Working Dog Center. How many people can say their dog went to an Ivy League school?

Rylie is part Basenji and part Border Collie.
“No matter what task Rylie’s assigned, she works magic for students and staff. It’s clear that she’s the most popular member of CCS’s Operations Department!” -Bill Duffy, CCS Director of Operations and School Safety and Security Coordinator

Rylie was adopted by Bill Duffy, Director of Operations and School Safety and Security Coordinator. She started her training just three days later. “As a trained therapy dog, Rylie visits our buildings and students regularly,” said Mr. Duffy. “Sometimes her visits are a reward for good class behavior, and other times Rylie’s invited to help calm down a student who’s having a bad day. She’ll also patrol a building just to make sure that everyone’s where they belong, doing what they’re supposed to do.”

468/486 Building (Grades K-4): Oreo

Another four-legged friend on CCS’s campus is Oreo, a five-year-old guinea pig who comes to work daily in the 468 Building’s Main Office. When students need a break, Oreo’s happy to let them hold and pet him. Oreo loves treats, especially carrots and hay.

Our 468 Building Receptionist, Mrs. Megaen Allen, shares an office with Oreo. “Oreo brings so much joy to the students and staff in both the 468 and 486 Buildings! The students enjoy visiting with him when they come to the Office. If anyone is having a rough day or just needs a break, Oreo always brings a smile to their face!"

First Grader Kirra M.'s face says it all. “He makes me happy!”

500 Building (Grades 5-6): Martin, Meribel, and Minnie

A corn snake named Martin resides in our 500 Building Library. He’s very shy … until it’s time to eat his breakfast—mice! Many people have a fear of snakes, but Martin’s a kind soul. He doesn’t bite, he’s not venomous, and, despite his shyness, he likes to leave the skin he sheds on display for all to see.

Martin is an albino corn snake.

"When he’s out of his tank, Martin likes to socialize with our students,” according to Mrs. Wallace, our 500 Building Librarian and Martin’s caretaker. “His presence encourages questions about snakes, so the students are learning while enjoying something that many of them never experience. Activities Martin enjoys include relaxing in the sunshine, climbing his rock, and hiding in his house. My students’ favorite Martin activity is when he eats twice a week.”

We can’t forget about Meribel, a service dog in training who’s been with us since she was a puppy. When Meribel doesn’t have her training vest on, she loves to play with our students and eat the snacks they feed her.

Meribel is from Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD). Her name is “SSD Meribel,” or “Meribel,” for short.

“Meribel is loved by all in the 500 Building,” observed Mrs. Eileen Kahl, 500 Building STEM Teacher, and Meribel’s trainer. “Staff members’ and students’ faces light up when they see her out and about. When anyone needs their spirits picked up, they pop in for a snuggle. Our students will unanimously say that Meribel is well-behaved and sweet!”

Minnie is a rescued hamster whom Mrs. Fox, a 500 Building Special Education Teacher, bought at an auction. Minnie is now a therapy hamster in Mrs. Fox’s Special Education classroom. “The kids in our class absolutely love Minnie and take her out every time they have a break,” shared Mrs. Fox. “Other kids in the building will also stop by and are thrilled to see her.”

Mrs. Fox has a timer on Minnie’s cage to track “Minnie Minutes.” Students set the timer when they want to hold her. “We usually have to limit it to two minutes, or Minnie would never get any rest!” laughed Mrs. Fox.

Minnie contributes so much to students in the 500 Building and Mrs. Fox’s class. When asked about Minnie, one of Mrs. Fox’s students exclaimed, “I like her more than I like my Cheez-Its!” Others shared that “She is calming when I am upset or having a hard day," and "She cheers us up and we have to take care of her. She needs us to give her food and water.” One student wisely observed, “When people are stressed or sad they can see Minnie so they can feel better.”

535 (MS) Building (Grades 7-8): Berry

CMS has a pet who’s similar to Oreo, just smaller. Berry is a feisty “Fancy Bear” hamster who lives in Mrs. Klingensmith’s Special Education classroom. “Hamsters are nocturnal, which means they’re awake all night and sleep during the day,” Mrs. Klingensmith advised. “However, Berry is awake all day long! Every time a student or staff member enters the classroom, Berry comes to the bottom of the cage to greet them. He climbs on the walls of the cage and comes to your finger to say ‘Hi.’"

Berry is a feisty “Fancy Bear” hamster.

Mrs. Klingensmiths’s students take turns giving Berry treats of mixed berries. He also likes to chew on sticks. “We all love to watch Berry run on his wheel, play with his ball, and organize his environment just the way he likes it after each cage cleaning,” said Mrs. Klingensmith. “Watching Berry helps relax both students and staff and gives us all a little bit of joy when we are having a hectic day.”

CCST Spring Musical Interest Meeting

Attention, all 7th-12th Grade CCS students! If you’re interested in being a part of this year's musical, “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” please attend our Interest Meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM in the 515 (HS) Building's Cafeteria.

Parents and guardians are also encouraged to attend this meeting. If you cannot attend or if you have questions, Ms. Stell will be happy to help. Email her using the button provided.

New PowerSchool Mobile iOS App Update

The PowerSchool Mobile App for iOS Version 2.7.2 is now available for download in the App Store.

The PowerSchool app is specifically for parents/guardians and students to access grades, assignments, attendance, and other important school information in real time from their mobile devices.

If you have an Apple device and don’t have automatic updates enabled, you'll want to download this new PowerSchool Mobile App right away. Use our district code, CCCX, if you need to sign back into the PowerSchool Mobile App after the download is complete.

Questions? Email CCS’s PowerSchool personnel using the link below.

News From Our High School

Dual Enrollment Night and Financial Aid Information Session

On Thursday, October 24th, CCS’s High School Counseling Department will hold two important events for our college-bound High School students and their families: Dual Enrollment Night and a Financial Aid Information Session.

Dual Enrollment Night will take place between 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in several of our High School (515 Building) classrooms. The Financial Aid Information Session is scheduled immediately after Dual Enrollment Night between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM in our High School Cafeteria.

CCS High School Counseling Department (from left to right): Mrs. Tracy Wolfe (School Counselor), Ms. Michelle Whalen (HS Counseling Department Administrative Assistant), and Mrs. Jocelyn White (School Counselor).

CCS’s Dual Enrollment Program makes it possible for eligible students to take college courses at Delaware County Community College and Immaculata University while still in High School. Students in Grades 9-11 are welcome to attend this interest meeting with their families. Representatives from Delaware County Community College and Immaculata University will be in attendance.

Although most students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment Program are sophomores or higher, this event is a great time for all High School students to start planning for the future!

The Financial Aid Information Session is most appropriate for 11th and 12th Grade students and their families. Outside presenters will provide information about the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), as well as a discussion of different loan options available to help families pay for college. Families will also be able to learn about scholarship resources during this session.

To R.S.V.P. for one or both events, access the form at the button below, complete, and return it to the High School Counseling Department.

Questions? Email Mrs. White (Students with last names beginning A-K) or Mrs. Wolfe (Last names L-Z) at the buttons provided.

HS Pumpkin Festival

Collegium High School (CHS) Art Club celebrated fall last week with a pumpkin decorating event. This is the first time that the Art Club has taken on this fun event, which members dubbed a “Pumpkin Festival.” The pictures below capture all the fun the student-artists had bringing their pumpkin creations to life!

“I had a blast watching the kids design and carve the pumpkins,” said Mr. Jason Springer, High School Art Teacher, and the Art Club’s Advisor. “For a couple of the students, it was the first time that they carved a pumpkin!”

Senior Maddie K., one of the Art Club’s “fearless leaders,” according to Mr. Springer, said, “The Pumpkin Festival was an exciting event. It was fun to get to be creative with a medium that we don't use very often. Plus Corrine [another Club member] roasted our pumpkin seeds!” Club member Emma T., a CHS Junior, shared that she had fun but wished the event was longer.

Art Club members hope that this activity will generate more interest in art activities at CHS and that the Pumpkin Festival becomes an annual event!

Treats for Troops Drive for Armed Services Members

Beginning Monday, October 28th through Friday, November 1st, Collegium High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society will host a “Treats for Troops” collection.

Treats for Troops is a Halloween candy* collection that helps bring the fun of Halloween to active and veteran military members who are hospitalized over Halloween. Students from our Tri-M Music Honor Society will sort your donations themselves and then deliver them to our local heroes in Veterans Health Administration facilities.

Please consider donating store-bought candy *(no baked or home-made goods, please) to Treats for Troops! Donation boxes will be located in the Main Offices of all CCS buildings.

We appreciate your support of our Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Treats for Troops candy collection. The students’ desire to show their gratitude to members of our U.S. military is commendable!

Use the button below to contact our Tri-M Music Honor Society Advisor, Mr. Nick Motter, with questions.

Updates From Our Middle School

CMS Spirit Week

Collegium Middle School (CMS) students are encouraged to demonstrate their school pride and showcase their individuality between Monday, October 21st and Friday, October 25th. CMS will celebrate school spirit all week through different dress-down themes selected by members of CMS’s Student Council.

  • Monday, October 21st: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, October 22nd: Character Day - Students may dress as their favorite TV, movie, or cartoon characters.
  • Wednesday, October 23rd: Tik Tok Trend Day - As long as the outfit is school-appropriate, students may dress like their favorite Tik Tok platform trends.
  • Thursday, October 24th: Sports and Jersey Day - Students are encouraged to wear gear from their favorite sport or team to school with uniform bottoms.
  • Friday, October 25th: Blue and White Day - We hope students will show their CCS pride by wearing any combination of blue and white to school.

Please be sure that all outfits are school appropriate!

For questions about student dress on any of the above Spirit Days, email CMS Teachers Ms. Kate Enns or Mr. Bryan Ford using the buttons provided.

CMS Harvest Dance

CMS Student Council will host our Annual Fall Harvest Dance on Friday, October 25th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Middle School (535 Building) Gym.

Students are invited to wear school-appropriate costumes to the Fall Harvest Dance. In addition to refreshments and a DJ, they’ll be a judged costume contest. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Individual costume; costume by a group (3 or more students), and costume by a couple (two students).

The cost is $5.00 to attend. Completed and signed Permission Slips are required for all student participants. The Permission Slips, which include guidelines for costumes, will be distributed in CMS students’ Homerooms.

We hope you’ll costume up and come out for a fun evening! Email Ms. Enns or Mr. Ford with questions using the buttons below.

Collegium Student Spotlight

Pilot Episode (Barbara)

We’re happy to introduce our newest video series, “Collegium Student Spotlight.” In this series, we’ll feature students selected by their Principals and Teachers from among CCS’s 3,100-plus Kindergarten through 12th Graders.

Our pilot “Collegium Student Spotlight” highlights Barbara. Watch the video below to learn about Barbara's CCS experience, interests, activities, and more!

Elementary Art Department News

Kids Kreations Fundraiser

CCS’s Annual Elementary Kids Kreations Fundraiser is just a few weeks away. In preparation, our team of Elementary Art Teachers—Ms. Darci Galie and Ms. Madison Stanton (150 Building), Ms. Amanda Shortridge and Ms. Alexis Mandell (468/486 Building), and Ms. Allison Thomas (500 Building)—have been working closely with your young artists to prepare special pieces for submission to Kids Kreations.

Elementary student-artists proudly display their giraffe creations.

“After seeing the quality of merchandise families received from Kids Kreations last year, we are very excited to work with them again for this year’s Elementary Art Fundraiser,” said Ms. Thomas. “In response to feedback we shared from our families, Kids Kreations is extending its ordering timelines, improving shipping costs, and simplifying the ordering systems this year,” added Ms. Shortridge. “This will allow our students’ work to become meaningful keepsakes with ease, all while directly raising funds for our Elementary Art Classrooms!”

Kids Kreations makes it possible for CCS families to choose from dozens of quality keepsakes, gift items, and other treasures imprinted with their children’s artwork. “Our students love the products,” said Ms. Shortridge. They include phone cases, iPad covers, blankets, matted prints, cutting boards, jewelry, and much more. "There'll be something for every family’s budget and gift list!”

“Watch for more information soon about the Fundraiser, but you can expect catalogs and stickers personalized with students’ creations to be sent home in early November,” Ms. Shortridge advised. Completed orders will be delivered before CCS's Winter Break.

Ms. Thomas shared that they’ll be a second Kids Kreations Fundraiser this spring. “We’ve already got another special art project in the works for the spring fundraiser!” she said. “Now families will have a second opportunity to purchase fun keepsakes featuring their children’s spectacular artwork.”

All proceeds from our Kids Kreations Fundraisers will be used to purchase materials and make improvements to CCS’s Elementary Art Rooms and curriculum. The Elementary Art Team hopes CCS families will continue to support their efforts to encourage and guide our students’ artistic development!

K-6 Art Clubs

Art is a wonderful way for students to express themselves and take pride in their work.

Session 2 of CCS’s Elementary Art Clubs is about to begin:

  • 500 Building’s Advancing Artists Club (Grades 5-6) | Wednesday, November 6th
  • 150 Building’s Little Artists Club (Grades K-1) | Tuesday, December 3rd
  • 150 Building’s Junior Artists Club (Grades 2-4) | Thursday, December 5th
Elementary Art Club members can really focus on bringing their creative visions to life.

Art Club is a wonderful place where our hosting Elementary Art Teachers mentor young artists, inspire them, and help them to make artistic choices. Participating students have many opportunities to use different tools and learn skills that may not be included in their Art classes during the day.

Art Clubs provide like-minded and supportive small-group environments for CCS's young artists.

Art Club is $25.00 per student. You don’t need to pay right away but can wait to be notified that your child has been placed in Art Club before sending in the participation fee.

Permission Slips for the 468/486 Building’s Little Artists and Junior Artists Clubs have already gone home with students (Session 2 began last week).

Parents/guardians of young artists in the 150 and 500 Buildings will hear more about Session 2 soon.

Art Club Pride!

If you need additional details, feel free to email Ms. Shortridge (468 Building), Ms. Galie (150 Building), or Ms. Thomas (500 Building) using the buttons provided below.

Science/STEM Fair Committee Needs Volunteers

Can you believe that CCS’s first Science Fair was 18 years ago in February 2001? We’ve got the original event program to prove it. (See the pictures below.)

Shown above is a scan of the program used during Collegium's first annual Science Fair in 2001.

The Fair’s name has changed since then (“STEM” was added to better reflect the Fair’s scope), but the event’s purpose has remained the same: To encourage K-12 students to ask questions about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics that interest them, and to help them find those answers through actual experiments they design.

“I have been a part of the Science Fair Committee for the last 10 years, and every year it gets better!” said Mrs. Kate Tobin, an Elementary ESL Teacher who's helping to coordinate this year’s event. “Our Committee includes teachers and parents who all bring different ideas and backgrounds to our planning. We work together to be sure that our young scientists have a wonderful experience!”

Student award recipients from our 2019 Science/STEM Fair ceremony.

The Science/STEM Fair Committee is looking for volunteers who want to help plan this year's event. If you enjoy Science and other STEM-related projects and would like to help students explore their STEM interests, the Committee would love to hear your fresh, new ideas! Meetings are held about every third Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the 435 Building’s Large Conference Room.

To join CCS’s Science/STEM Fair Committee or learn more about it, please reach out to Mrs. Tobin using the button below. Thank you!

Great News Regarding 2019-2020 Yearbooks

Our CCS “Anamnesis” Yearbook Committee has some great news for you regarding yearbooks for 2019-2020:

  • Families will have TWO yearbook selections this year, one for Grades K-6 and a second for Grades 7-12.
  • With the help of an online yearbook production company called TreeRing, CCS yearbooks will be produced and printed digitally in 2019-2020. That means that the production and printing process will be more creative, flexible, and efficient.
  • Since our production and printing costs will be lower, CCS can make the yearbooks available at a much-reduced cost.
  • Families won’t see any yearbook price increases as the printing deadlines approach.
  • Each yearbook will have two free customizable pages where families can include photos and personal messages in the yearbooks they purchase.
  • Families can order yearbooks online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other device.
  • All orders placed before October 31, 2019, will be discounted by 10%!
Members of the CCS Anamnesis Yearbook Committee.

The Anamnesis, Grades K-6 edition will be an 80-page softback book that will cost just $20. The Anamnesis, Grades 7-12 yearbook will be a 120-page hardback book that will include photos of all of the Middle and High Schools’ activities, events, and fun. The cost will be only $40.

The Anamnesis Yearbook Committee is looking forward to capturing a year full of fun and memories for both yearbook editions! Check out the flyers below for more information on our 2019-2020 yearbooks and TreeRing.

Examples of the TreeRing flyers showing information for K-6th Grade families (left) and 7th-12th Grade families (right).

Questions? Contact Mr. Jason Springer, High School Art Teacher and Faculty Advisor for the Anamnesis Yearbook Committee, using the button provided.

Attendance Reminder

If your child is absent, please let us know by calling 610-903-1300, choosing Option #1, and following the instructions for your child's building. You must also send a signed excuse note with your child on the day they return to school.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you 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, please also contact your Building Principal(s):

Collegium's Main Number


Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 150 Building: Ext. 6811
  • 435 Building: Ext. 6002
  • 468 Building: Ext. 6401
  • 486 Building: Ext. 6501
  • 500 Building: Ext. 6106
  • 515 Building (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): 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.