Collegium Newsletter December 4, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Dec. 4th - Day 6

  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Midterms Begin
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418
  • Winter Concert: 5th & 6th Grade Band and Jazz Lab 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Winter Concert: 5th & 6th Grade Choir and Orchestra 7:45pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec. 5th - Day 1

  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Unionville HS 4:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • 468/486 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 486 Conference Room
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Unionville HS 5:30pm @ 535 Gym
  • Winter Concert: 150 Building 2nd Grade Choir, 3rd/4th Grade Choir, and 3rd Grade Orchestra 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Winter Concert: 150 Building 4th Grade Band and 4th Grade Orchestra 7:45pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Auditorium

Wednesday, Dec. 6th - Day 2

  • 500 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 9:00am - 10:00am @ 500 Conference Room
  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
  • 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
  • 150 Building: Grades K-1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, 425
  • 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building, Room 228
  • Winter Concert: 468/486 Building 2nd Grade Choir, 3rd/4th Grade Choir, and 3rd Grade Orchestra 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Winter Concert: 468/486 Building 4th Grade Band and Orchestra 7:45pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Auditorium

Thursday, Dec. 7th - Day 3

  • Character Counts Dress Down Day - Responsibility - Green Shirt w/ Uniform Bottoms
  • 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room
  • 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951

Friday, Dec. 8th - Day 4

  • All Buildings: Toys for Tots Toy Collection Ends
  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Midterms End
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-6: Spirit Day Sponsored by Elementary Student Council - Jersey Day - Favorite Team Jersey w/ Uniform Bottoms
  • MS/HS Music Poinsettia Fundraiser Ends
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball: Pottsgrove Tip-Off Tournament 7:00pm @ Pottsgrove Middle School
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball: Sun Valley Tip-Off 7:30pm @ Sun Valley HS

Saturday, December 9th

  • Boys' Varsity Basketball: Sun Valley Tip-Off @ Sun Valley HS
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball: Pottsgrove Tip-Off Tournament @ Pottsgrove Middle School

2017 CCS Tournament of Champions Winner

On Wednesday, November 22nd, 36 students representing grades 5-8 participated in the 2017 CCS Tournament of Champions Spelling Bee. After an unprecedented 24 intense spelling rounds, Andrew Fedor, 6th grade, became the 2017 CCS Spelling Bee Champion!

Justin Carpio (back-left), Jordan Kelly (back-right), and Andrew Fedor (front).

Jordan Kelly, 8th grade, came in a close second, and Justin Carpio, 5th grade, finished in 3rd place. The three fierce competitors spelled it out for ten rounds before it came down to the final two spellers. After four additional rounds, by correctly spelling the word fractal, Andrew won the Tournament. He will be heading to compete in the Chester County Spelling Bee on Friday, February 9th, at the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Congratulations to all participants! We are proud of you!

Citadel Heart of Learning Award 2018 Nominations

It's time again for Citadel's Heart of Learning Award teacher nominations. Each year, over 1,200 teachers are nominated by thousands in Chester County. Nominations are carefully reviewed, and 15 finalists are selected. Each of the 15 finalists receives $500 to use in their classrooms. Of the 15 finalists, three are selected:

  • One High School Teacher
  • One Middle School Teacher
  • One Elementary School Teacher

Each winner receives the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, along with an additional $1,500 for classroom use.

View the video below to learn more about the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. The deadline to nominate your favorite Collegium teachers is December 31, 2017. Use the link below for your nominations!

Elementary Student Council Spirit Day

Jersey Day - Friday, December 8th

On Friday, December 8th, the Elementary Student Council is hosting Jersey Day! Students can wear their favorite jerseys with uniform bottoms. Jerseys can represent professional teams, semi-professional teams, or local intramural jerseys/t-shirts. This is a Spirit Day, which means it is a free Dress Down Day.

If you have questions, please reach out to your building's Student Council Chair: 150-Christine Perrino; 468/486-Renee Campbell; 500-Laura Martin.

Updates from Collegium's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees' Public Work Session originally planned for Sunday, December 3rd, is now rescheduled for Sunday, January 28th from 1:00pm until 4:00pm in our 435 Building Conference Room.

The Board of Trustees' Public Work Session and the Board of Trustees' Regular Public Meeting, both scheduled for Thursday, December 21st, are now canceled.

The CCS Board of Trustees is looking to fill vacant positions on their Board and on the Collegium Foundation Board. Interested candidates can apply by sending copies of their resumes via email attachment using the address below. Resumes will be accepted through Sunday, December 31st.

AP Midterm Exams

Monday, December 4th

  • 7:45am - AP Music Theory, AP English Language and Composition, and AP Computer Science Principles
  • 10:00am - AP World History

Tuesday, December 5th

  • 7:45am - AP U.S. Government and Politics, and AP Environmental Science
  • 10:00am - AP U.S. History

Wednesday, December 6th

  • 7:45am - AP Physics
  • 10:00am - AP European History

Thursday, December 7th

  • 7:45am - AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • 10:00am - AP Calculus AB, and AP Seminar

Friday, December 8th

  • 7:45am - AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus BC, and AP Biology

2018-2019 AP Course Applications

Attention 9th-11th Grade Parents and Students

Students interested in taking AP Courses during the 2018-2019 school year should attend an informational meeting in the Cafeteria during Stretch on Monday, December 4th. See Ms. Whisler in the HS Counseling Office for a pass to attend the meeting.

Applications, signed by both a parent/guardian and the student, must be submitted to current content area teachers by Friday, December 8, 2017.

Please email the HS Counseling Office with any questions.

NJHS Brandywine Valley SPCA Drive

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will be collecting items to help the SPCA prepare for the cold weather ahead! The collection begins Monday, December 4th and ends on Thursday, December 14th.

Please look around your house to see what you can repurpose to keep our furry friends warm this winter. Suggested items include:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
NJHS members encouraging CCS families to support their "S-P-C-A-Drive-!".

All items can be dropped off at the 515 Main Office, Attention: NJHS. Make sure your name is on your donation, because every donation gets an entry for a special prize!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Wallace.

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 Dr. O'Brien, 535 Building Principal.

Dual Enrollment

Collegium Charter School has forged a relationship with Delaware County Community College in response to our Mission Statement's challenge: "Our goal will continually be to prepare each student for the rigors of college life, and to hold ourselves and our students accountable for our mutual success."

As stated on the extensive Collegium High School Counseling website:

“All students have the opportunity to enroll in courses at Delaware County Community College to earn high school and college credit. Juniors and Seniors may be eligible to apply for college Pathway Programs. Students who participate in Pathway Programs may have the opportunity to earn credits towards a college degree, and leave early or come into school late to participate in this program. Pathways that are available include: Business, Liberal Arts, (Pre) Engineering, (Pre) Nursing, Electro-Mechanical Technologies, Interactive MultiMedia, Network Engineering, and Web Programming.”

Researchers have identified numerous benefits of dual enrollment for a wide range of students. Learn more by reading Elizabeth Redden's Inside Higher Ed article, "The Benefits of Dual Enrollment."

Another good resource on dual enrollment pros and cons is STUDYPOINT's website, where answers to questions like, "Why should my child consider a Dual-Enrollment Program?", and "Is there any reason my child shouldn't participate?", are discussed.

Participation in dual enrollment courses can help prepare students for the rigors of college, potentially save families thousands of dollars in college expenses, and provide students with the opportunity to try a variety of majors before deciding on their major for a four-year college.

Parent University: K-5 Science Program

At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Collegium implemented the National Geographic Learning Exploring Science program in grades K-5.

The Exploring Science program was developed specifically to address all of the Next Generation Science Standards, and explores three main content areas: Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science. For each science topic students encounter, they deepen their knowledge by engaging in hands-on lab activities, critical thinking exercises, and real-life case studies.

For additional information, including a Scope and Sequence for the entire K-5 Exploring Science program and grade-level specific topics for each main science content area, please visit the Curriculum page on the CCS website.

Collegium Employee Spotlight

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week and allows families and students to get to know them even more. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Obtaining Approval for Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for these days of absence to be excused.

CCST Candy Grams

The cast and crew of Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) upcoming production of Hairspray are selling Candy Grams from Monday, November 27th until Friday, December 8th.

Candy Grams cost $1.00 each and include candy and a personal message. They will be distributed across campus on Friday, December 15th. If you would like to send a student or employee a Candy Gram, please print out the form below and follow the directions.

Please Note: Candy Grams must be purchased with cash (no coins, please) and orders must be received by Friday, December 8th. Late orders will not be accepted. Any orders missing information (recipient's name, HR teacher, and/or building number) may not be delivered.

Questions? Please email Ms. Stell.

Collegium at Longwood Gardens

The CCS Art Department is proud to be selected again to decorate a Children's Tree at Longwood Gardens. Students in grades K-12 created adorable ocean-themed ornaments. Our tree will be on display from November 23rd until January 7th. For details and ticketing information, please review the Longwood Gardens website via the link below.

High School News Studio Fundraiser

Mrs. Maalouf's students are holding a fundraiser to purchase upgraded sound equipment needed to continue developing the High School's recording studio, Broadcasting and Video Production course, and Morning News programs. The new equipment will benefit Video Production and Broadcasting students through better audio production quality, greater familiarity with professional-level equipment, and enhanced technical skills.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will purchase equipment like new XLR microphones and mixers. The students use USB microphones now, which produce lower broadcast quality and limit the students' technical familiarity with sound mixing. Freeing up the USB microphones to be used individually in Broadcasting and Video Production courses, the XLR microphones and mixers would add a new dimension of technical performance to Morning News and our news broadcast projects.

The equipment to be purchased with fundraiser proceeds will also help the students prepare for when we are able to expand, as XLR outputs are the standard for professional quality sound equipment. Using a portable sound studio will enhance the quality of radio broadcasts, and having both reporter and interviewer microphones available will improve recording sound quality. Working with Apple Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro X will result in greater opportunities for customization and multimedia technology training for students.

All of our Video Production and Broadcasting students will directly benefit from the new equipment we plan to purchase with proceeds from this fundraiser. Please consider donating online today to this important fundraiser by accessing the link below!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Maalouf.

Toys for Tots

Collegium is partnering with Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys for local children in need. Donation boxes will be located in all CCS buildings. Our collection ends on Friday, December 8th.

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 all the families who came out on Saturday night to make Family Bingo Night a huge success! We had such a great time, and hope you did too! A huge thank you to Monica O’Connor and Tara Kerrigan for spearheading Family Bingo Night. This event would not have been possible without your hard work and dedication! We are also very grateful to all of the volunteers and families who donated items to help make Family Bingo Night a success!

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 in December 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!

Five Below Fundraiser

Want to earn money for Collegium while completing your holiday shopping? Bring our flyer (below, printed, or on your mobile device) to Five Below, show it to your cashier, and 10% of your purchase price will be donated back to Collegium. Our fundraiser runs until Sunday, December 24th.

HSA Volunteers Needed

Elementary School Stores

The HSA School Stores in 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.

Ongoing Fundraisers


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Ongoing Fundraisers


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Upcoming HSA General Meetings

Do you have questions about upcoming fundraisers or events? Want to be involved but not sure how? Or do you have a great idea for a fundraiser or event that you want to present to the HSA? Join us for our monthly HSA meetings!

Our next HSA General Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 9th at 4:30pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. Our December meeting is canceled. Participating families should enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

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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