Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Jan. 29th - Day 2
- Athletic Department Apparel Sales Begin (See Article)
- Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Jenkintown Middle School 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
- Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Mercy Vocational High School 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
- Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Jenkintown Middle School 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
Tuesday, Jan. 30th - Day 3
- Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
- Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J Roberts Middle School 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
Wednesday, Jan. 31st - Day 4
- 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
- Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. The Phelps School 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
- Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
- Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. The Christian Academy Middle School 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
- Boys’ Middle School Basketball (B) vs. The Christian Academy Middle School 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
- Kindergarten Science Fair 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 468 Building (See Article)
- Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. The Phelps School 5:15pm @ 535 Gym
Thursday, Feb. 1st - Day 5
- MS/HS 2nd Marking Period Report Cards Distributed
- 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room
- 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
- Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Odyssey Charter School 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
- Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Odyssey Charter School 4:45pm @ 535 Gym
Friday, Feb. 2nd - Day 6
- Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Chester Charter School for the Arts 3:45pm @ Chester Charter School for the Arts
- Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Chester Charter School for the Arts 4:45pm @ Chester Charter School for the Arts
- Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Downingtown West High School 6:00pm @ 535 Gym
Saturday, Feb. 3rd
- Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Springfield High School (Montgomery County) 3:00pm @ 535 Gym
- Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Devon Preparatory School 5:30pm @ 535 Gym
- Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Devon Preparatory School 7:00pm @ 535 Gym
Kindergarten Science Fair Awards Ceremony
We thank all families for registering their children for our Kindergarten Science Fair. As a reminder, the event will take place on Wednesday, January 31st, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm in the 468 Building.
18th Annual Science Fair Results
Congratulations to all 1st-7th Grade students who participated in our 18th Annual Science Fair! The judges were thoroughly impressed with the level of talent, as well as the students’ overall excitement when sharing their projects.
Special congratulations to the following participants:
- 1st Place: Akash Vadli
- 2nd Place: Tie between Adele Geibel and Shreya Sudheep
- 3rd Place: Tie between Finn Hudecheck and Aarush Ranjan
- Honorable Mentions: Lily McFadden, Jessica Kothapalli, and the team of Shourya Boppanna and Chaitra Chigurupati
- 1st Place: Ellis Robinson
- 2nd Place: Tie between Lauren Fields and Roman Zavacki
- 3rd Place: Tie between Dyuman Muvvala and Noah Pallipat
- Honorable Mentions: Daisy Cooper and Dresden Hart
- 1st Place: Shreyasee Nanda
- 2nd Place: Tie between Julia Carver and Ryan Fareno
- 3rd Place: Nina Carver
- Honorable Mentions: Emma Mitchell and Joey Thomas
- 1st Place: Mehul Rojy
- 2nd Place: Lily Copeland
- 3rd Place: Miles Fields
- Honorable Mentions: Gabriel Ercolino, Rishan Joseph, and Alexandra VanReMoortel
5th and 6th Grade
- 1st Place: Andrew Carver
- 2nd Place: Pooja Menon
- 3rd Place: AJ Colella
- Honorable Mentions: Sisira Noolu and Skye Ringgold
- 1st Place: Malavika Menon
- 2nd Place: Aditi Inamdar
- 3rd Place: Kenny Miller
Collegium Athletic Department Updates
1. Athletic Apparel Sale
Now through Wednesday, February 7th, all Collegium students, families, and employees can purchase new Collegium Athletics gear!
The current selection includes a long-sleeved tee starting at $14.00, a hoodie starting at $22.00, and an adjustable hat for $18.00. Make your purchases today using the link below.
Questions? Email Ms. Pannabecker, Athletic Trainer and Assistant CCS Athletic Director.
2. Basketball Intramural Program Registration
Registration is currently open for Collegium’s 5th and 6th Grade Basketball Intramural Program. The Program is designed for both novice and experienced players. Time will be spent teaching students the fundamentals of the sport, while providing a non-competitive environment for them to learn new skills, experience sportsmanship, have fun, and make new friends.
To register, complete and return the Registration Form (below) by Wednesday, February 14, 2018, along with your payment. Registration Forms are also available on Collegium's Intramurals webpage. Students selected for the Program will be notified via email.
Questions? Email Mr. Handley, Intramural Programs Coordinator.
3. 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 cost of tickets is $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.
4. New Collegium Athletics Video Series
Collegium Athletics is launching an exciting new video series! The videos will feature student-athletes sharing updates and exciting news from the world of Collegium Athletics. Enjoy the “pilot” video below, where John Allen, Collegium’s Athletic and Extracurricular Activities Director, talks about what fans and viewers can expect.
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 Graham Dryburgh, 535 Building Assistant Principal.
STEAM Studies at CCS
The purpose of education is to instill in each student the knowledge and skills they need to be successful and productive members of society. Collegium’s faculty, staff, and administrators are tasked with preparing and equipping CCS students for whatever their futures hold. This is no simple task, especially when you consider that, in some cases, we are preparing students for jobs and careers that may not yet exist!
CCS utilizes a multitude of strategies and programs to accomplish its Mission Statement goals. A major focus for several years has been STEAM Education, which CCS has integrated at varying degrees across the curriculum at all grade levels. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. But why is a STEAM curriculum so important?
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the vast majority of current and future global job growth will be in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Through STEAM studies, students learn critical, creative thinking and innovative problem solving skills. The “A” in “STEAM” actually represents a variety of subjects--Art, Design, Writing, and more--that develop skills and techniques students can use to process their STEM knowledge, and to create connections and applications with it.
At the elementary level, the Project Lead the Way after-school program provides even CCS’s youngest students with the opportunity for introduction to STEAM concepts and activities. Our 150 and 468/486 Buildings’ new science curriculum brings real-world experiences into the classroom through case studies and hands-on investigations often taught using inquiry-based formats. Google Expeditions is sometimes also used to further enhance the curriculum.
In our 500 Building, students are using math and science concepts to create, test, and finalize trebuchet designs for a “Trebuchet Challenge.” The designs will be judged on overall distance, accuracy, and creativity. Upon completion of this challenge, Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Rothermel will pose a new STEAM challenge to the students in their building!
CCS’s Middle School students have seen a major increase in the STEAM courses and activities available in their building. Whether taking Robotics, Design and Modeling, Wildlife Ecology, Ceramics, or Song Writing, STEAM options for our students continue to grow. This year, the Wildlife Ecology course partnered with Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC) on a stream ecology unit. SWRC placed a stream monitoring sensor station in a nearby stream, and is sharing the station’s data with CCS students for discussion and analysis.
As our younger students make their way to the High School, their exposure to STEAM courses and activities becomes increasingly diverse. In our High School, students can elect to take courses in engineering, ceramics, robotics, digital media, drawing, video production, computer science, sculpture, broadcasting, computer integrated manufacturing, and more. CCS teachers and administrators encourage students to branch out to find areas in which they are passionate, challenged, and learn to solve problems and scenarios in different ways.
If STEAM education intrigues you, we encourage you to do some research! There are countless online resources where you can find additional information, support for the importance of STEAM, and even fun activities you can do at home with your student! What better way to connect with your child’s learning than to do a hands-on activity together? For example, you can try the Earthquake-Proof Engineering for Skyscrapers activity from Scientific American by visiting the link below.
468/486 Building Jump Rope For Heart
The 468/486 Building is excited for its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. The K-1 Grade event is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th. The 2nd-4th Grade event will be held on Friday, February 9th.
All donations are due the days of the events. We look forward to having a great time! Please email your child's Physical Education teacher with questions. Thank 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.
Upcoming HSA General Meeting
HSA Meetings are where families and staff learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, how they can get involved in the HSA, and share ideas for future HSA activities.
Due to some schedule changes and feedback we received, our HSA General Meetings have been moved to the first Wednesday of the month for the rest of the school year.
The next general monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, February, 7th 2018 at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. To attend, please enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.
Be advised--the meeting begins at 4:30pm and building access will not be provided after 4:45pm. Please arrive before 4:30pm.
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