Collegium Newsletter January 29, 2018

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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.

We will hold a brief Awards Ceremony at 6:00pm to honor your children. There will be awards for participants, along with the chance to take photos highlighting their great accomplishments! Please plan to stay for a few minutes after the event to congratulate your children. Employees will be available to direct you to the celebration area.

If you have questions, Ms. Yanoviak will be happy to answer them

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.

Students representing 5th-7th Grade Science Fair participants.

Special congratulations to the following participants:

1st Grade

  • 1st Place: Akash Vadli
  • 2nd PlaceTie between Adele Geibel and Shreya Sudheep
  • 3rd PlaceTie between Finn Hudecheck and Aarush Ranjan
  • Honorable Mentions: Lily McFadden, Jessica Kothapalli, and the team of Shourya Boppanna and Chaitra Chigurupati

2nd Grade

  • 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

3rd Grade

  • 1st Place: Shreyasee Nanda
  • 2nd Place: Tie between Julia Carver and Ryan Fareno
  • 3rd Place: Nina Carver
  • Honorable Mentions: Emma Mitchell and Joey Thomas

4th Grade

  • 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

7th Grade

  • 1st Place: Malavika Menon
  • 2nd Place: Aditi Inamdar
  • 3rd Place: Kenny Miller

Help Wanted at Collegium

Attendance Clerk Needed

The Attendance Clerk is a school-year, part-time position, with a work schedule of Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Clerical and/or customer service experience is preferred. Attention to detail, the ability to multitask, and strong data entry skills are required. Interested? Please complete and return a Collegium Application, or email your resume via PDF email attachment, to our Human Resources Department.

Instructional Assistant Positions Available

Collegium Charter School has full-time, school-year Instructional Assistant positions available. Experience working with students is required. Preference will be given to applicants possessing a PA Teacher Certification. Interested? Email your resume via PDF email attachment, to our Human Resources Department.

Custodian Position Opening

The Custodial position is a full-time, school-year position. Custodial experience is required. Interested? Please complete and return a Collegium Employment Application, or email your resume via PDF email attachment, to our Human Resources Department.

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.

High School Counseling Department Updates

1. SAT School Day Program

We are happy to announce a new and exciting opportunity for our 11th and 12th Grade students! CCS Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT during the school day on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Learn more about the benefits of the SAT School Day Program by watching the video below.

The SAT is one of two standardized college entrance exams that analyze students' critical reading skills and math problem­-solving skills. The SAT also offers an optional writing section. College­-bound students are encouraged to take this exam two to three times, beginning in their Junior years. More information--including exam options, exam fees, and deadline details--is included on the SAT Registration Form.

Please submit your payment and the completed SAT Registration Form no later than Friday, February 9, 2018. Cash or checks are accepted; make checks payable to “CCS.”

Please contact your child’s School Counselor with questions.

2. College Planning Night

Please mark your calendars for our first College Planning Night on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm in the 535 Building. College Planning Night is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and their families.

At the College Planning Night, representatives from various colleges and universities will provide an introduction to the college application process. Topics covered will include admission requirements, financial aid, programs of study, and more. There will also be a question and answer session with the college representatives.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 2nd to the HS Counseling Office. Be sure to include the number of attendees in your RSVP. The High School Counseling Department looks forward to seeing you there!

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 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.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Andrew Conley

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!

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!

Parents’ Night Out

Need a few hours to yourself? The CCS Middle and High School Music Departments have just the solution: A Parents’ Night Out with child care! This evening will feature lots of fun for kids, including games and a movie. Pizza and juice will be provided, along with a snack.

Our Parents' Night Out fundraiser take place Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm in our 515 Building. The child care fee is $20.00 for the first child; $15.00 for each additional child. Children must be at least three years old and fully toilet-trained (no pull-ups or diapers). Children must be CCS students or the younger siblings (fully toilet-trained) of CCS students. Younger siblings may only attend if their older CCS student siblings attend.

Interested? Fill out the form below, and send it to the attention of Mrs. Gabel in the 515 Building, along with your payment (cash or check made payable to “CCS”) by Wednesday, February 7th!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Gabel.

Donations Needed

The 515 Building requests the following donations:

  • Pencils
  • Lined Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Tissues

Please send all donations to the 515 Main Office. Thank you in advance!

150 Building Career Day

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.

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 all 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!

Ready to participate? Please complete and submit the 150 Career Day Sign-Up Form below. Questions? Feel free to email Mr. Ramsey for assistance.

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.

Camp Collegium 2018: Upcoming Online Registration!

Camp Collegium will return this July for another exciting summer filled with fun activities and day trips! Registration details will be posted on the Summer Camps webpage at 9:00am on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Camp spaces fill quickly, so we encourage families to register on Monday, February 5th at 9:00am, or as soon as possible thereafter. Last year, we had over 100 families register on the first day of registration. Don't delay!

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

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

Thank you to those who came out to our general monthly meeting last Tuesday! We are looking forward to the more great ideas for the spring!

Save the Dates

1. Hershey Park Ticket Sale (Date TBA)

2. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (Date TBA)

3. Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7th - May 11th)

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

If you are interested in planning, volunteering, or being a vendor, let us know 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.

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 our exciting event to your family calendars.

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 below. The HSA will contact you with related details. Thank you!

Elementary School Store Volunteers

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.)

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 its photos and content. 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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