Collegium Newsletter January 1, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Jan. 1st

  • School Closed - Winter Break

Tuesday, Jan. 2nd - Day 4

  • School Resumes
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Phoenixville 3:30pm @ Phoenixville MS Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Phoenixville 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Phoenixville 4:30pm @ Phoenixville MS Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Phoenixville 4:45pm @ 500 Gym

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd - Day 5

  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Scott MS 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, Jan. 4th - Day 6

  • 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 8:30am @ 535 Conference Room
  • 150 Building: Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Mercy Vocational HS 3:45pm @ Gustine Recreation Center
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Renaissance Academy 5:00pm @ 500 Gym

Friday, Jan. 5th - Day 1

  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts MS 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts MS 3:45pm @ Owen J Roberts MS
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J Roberts MS 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J. Roberts MS 4:45pm @ Owen J Roberts MS

Saturday, Jan. 6th

  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Henderson HS 12:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Henderson HS 1:30pm @ 535 Gym
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Henderson HS 2:45pm @ 535 Gym

Career Day at the 150 Building

On Friday, March 9th, the 150 Building will host its annual Career Day for Grades K-4. We are looking for volunteers to come and speak with our students about their careers.

Mr. Ramsey and a few of our 150 Building students.

Mr. Ramsey, our 150 Building K & 1st Grade School Counselor, shared, "Career Day is an opportunity for students to dream and imagine what their future lives could look like. At this stage in their career development, it is important for all students to be exposed to and aware of the different career opportunities available to them. The 150 Building is excited and looking forward to another great Career Day this year. With help from parents, teachers, and members of the community, students will be even more prepared for what lies ahead!"

Watch for further details and a sign-up form in future Newsletters. In the meantime, feel free to email Mr. Ramsey to express your interest in participating.

Please visit the following websites with your children to begin conversations about the career exploration process.

Important Reminder About Driving on Collegium's Campus

Wait to accelerate in Parent Pick-Up and Drop-Off lines until:

  • Vehicle doors are closed;
  • Collegium staff/faculty are clear of your vehicle; and
  • Your children are in seat belts.

Please obey posted speed limits.

Parent University Video Series

Recap and Review

Since late October, Collegium’s Parent University Video Series has invited families into several 150, 500, and 468 Building classrooms. Our goal was to provide information about instruction topics and methods like flexible grouping, Eureka Math, Units of Study (ELA), and classroom assessments. We encourage all families to view (or re-view) the videos via the links below.

The CCS Curriculum webpage contains additional information. Go to the link below to learn more about topics like English Language Arts and Mathematics (Grades K-6), and Science Scope and Sequence (Grades K-5).

Your child’s teacher, building principal, or CCS’s Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, Mrs. Amber Ammon, are happy to answer any questions!

Winter Keystone Exams

The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams will be held Monday, January 8th through Thursday, January 11th at our 535 Building. The exam schedule is:

Literature Keystone Exam

  • Monday, January 8th
  • Tuesday, January 9th

Algebra 1 Keystone Exam

  • Wednesday, January 10th
  • Thursday, January 11th

All testing starts at 7:45am. Students should make sure to get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast before taking their Keystone Exam(s).

Students who are absent during Keystone testing will participate in makeup testing on Friday, January 12th, Tuesday, January 16th, or Wednesday, January 17th, as needed.

Please take a moment to review informative Keystone Exam resources below.

Questions? Please email our Curriculum Coordinator for Grades 7-12, Mrs. Ratti.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Kristen Frank

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!

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 Kristin Camburn, 150 Building Assistant Principal.

Enrich, Extend, Remediate

This school year, Collegium’s Kindergarten through 6th Grade students are participating in a half-hour block of “E.E.R time” each day. “E.E.R.” stands for “Enrich, Extend, and Remediate.”

E.E.R time aligns with principles of “Mastery Learning,” a powerful teaching method that is the subject of extensive educational research. It is based on the conclusion that students learn at different rates and through different modalities, but that all students have the ability to reach high levels of achievement when the necessary time and learning conditions are present (Guskey, Thomas. “Interventions That Work,” Educational Leadership, October 2010, v. 68, Issue 2, pp. 52-57).

In Mastery Learning, teachers assess student learning early and often during instruction. The results help shape later instruction for students. For those who learn the content earlier, enrichment and extension activities can be included to challenge and reward that learning (Guskey, 2010). Remediation, or “‘teaching again’ content that students failed to learn,” can be incorporated for students who have not yet mastered the unit content. (Marzano, Robert. Art and Science of Teaching / Reviving Reteaching, Educational Leadership, v. 68, Issue 2, p. 82). The instruction timeline remains the same for all of the students.

The goal of E.E.R time is for teachers to use data from benchmark results, formative assessments, and summative assessments to program for individual student needs, allowing students to have the time and learning conditions necessary to achieve content mastery.

Collegium’s K-6 Teachers have the opportunity to collaborate with one another when planning for this time. The use of flexible groups and learning centers during E.E.R. time also allows teachers to address individual student needs and strengths.

Based on the proven success of Mastery Learning, we are optimistic about its outcomes for Collegium’s Kindergarten through 6th Grade students!

8th Grade Field Trip Payment

The next payment of $60.00 for the 8th Grade Field Trip is due Friday, January 12th. Payments may be submitted in cash or by check (payable to Collegium Charter School).

Mrs. Wallace happily keeping all families updated regarding the upcoming 8th Grade Field Trip.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wallace.

Science Fair Judges Needed

The 1st-12th Grade Science Fair needs judges! The Science Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th. Prior judging experience and/or a science background are not required, as all new judges are placed on teams with experienced judges!

A Judges' Training will be offered on Wednesday, January 10th from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in our 435 Building Conference Room. The training is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

Please email Mrs. Tobin if you have questions or would like to be a judge!

Help Our 5th Grade Reading Olympics Teams

The 500 Library is looking for the following books for our 5th Grade Reading Olympics team:

  • Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
  • Hazardous Tales: the Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
  • Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  • Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
  • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  • Kickoff! by Tiki Barber
  • Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • Ragweed by Avi
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  • Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker by Kathryn Lasky
  • The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Winners Take All by Fred Bowen

If you have any of these books on your shelf at home and would like to donate them, the 5th Grade Reading Olympics Team would be greatly appreciative!

Send all donations to the 500 Building, Attention: Mrs. Wallace, Librarian.

Collegium at Longwood Gardens

The CCS Art Department is proud to have been selected again to decorate a Children's Tree at Longwood Gardens. Students in grades K-12 created adorable ocean-themed ornaments for the tree.

Our tree will be on display until Sunday, January 7th. For details and ticketing information, please check the Longwood Gardens website via the link 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

The HSA would like to thank Collegium families and employees for all of their tremendous support throughout 2017. Based on the Collegium Community’s enthusiasm and dedication in 2017, we are planning on a record-breaking year for the HSA in 2018!

1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the HSA will hold its first Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale. Please save the date, and add this exciting event to your family calendars.

The HSA will hold a planning meeting and work session on Sunday, January 21st from 2:00pm until 4:00pm in the 435 Building Conference Room. The goal of the meeting is to solidify plans for the event.

If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, volunteering at the event, or having a vendor space, please complete the interest form at the link. The HSA will contact you with related details. Thank you!

Upcoming HSA General Meetings

We want to hear from CCS families and staff! Please join us for our monthly HSA meetings. Our next HSA General Meeting will be held Tuesday, January 9th at 4:30pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. Participating families should enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

HSA Meetings are where families and staff learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, how they can get involved in the HSA, and what ideas they have for future fundraisers and events. We look forward to seeing you!

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 Volunteers Needed

Elementary School Stores

The HSA School Stores in Buildings 150, 468, 486, and 500 are open every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. We need your help to ensure the stores are open for our students! Sign up today! (Clearances are required.)

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

Are you a creative writer? Do you spend time on Social Media? The HSA needs a Social Media Chair to develop content and serve as Administrator of the HSA Facebook Page. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

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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