CCS Family Calendar
Mon., Sep. 17th — Day 2
- Boys And Girls Varsity Golf vs. Perkiomen School 3:30pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
- Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News After-School Meeting 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Coatesville High School 3:30pm @ CASD 9/10 Center Gym
- Boys Middle School Soccer vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ United Sports TC
- Girls Middle School Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy | Gym 4:00pm @ 500 Building
- Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Coatesville High School 5:00pm @ CASD 9/10 Center Gym
Tue., Sep. 18th — Day 3
- 535 Detention 3:20pm - 4:20pm @ 535 Building
- Boys And Girls Varsity Golf vs. Church Farm School 3:30pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
- Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Phelps School 3:30pm @ United Sports TC
- Boys Middle School Soccer vs. Kimberton Waldorf School 3:45pm @ United Sports TC
- Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Interboro High School 3:45pm @ Interboro High School
- 150 Building Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 827 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 150 Building
- Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building, Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468/486 Building
- Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Interboro High School 4:45pm @ Interboro High School
Wed., Sep. 19th — Day 4
- 150 Building Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 150 Building
- Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. Church Farm School 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
- Girls Middle School Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School for the Arts 4:00pm @ Chester Charter School for Arts
- Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. Church Farm School 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
- Little Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building, Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468/486 Building
- 535 Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 8:30am - 9:30am @ 535 Building
Thu., Sep. 20th — Day 5
- Grades K-6: ROAR Dress-Down Day - BE RESPECTFUL - Wear Yellow Shirts With Uniform Bottoms
- 535 Detention 3:20pm - 4:20pm @ 535 Building
- Boys Middle School Cross Country vs. Phoenixville Middle School 3:30pm @ Technical College High School-Pickering
- Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:30pm @ United Sports TC
- Girls Middle School Cross Country vs. Phoenixville Middle School 3:30pm @ Technical College High School-Pickering
- Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. Kimberton Waldorf School 3:45pm @ Kimberton Upper Field
- Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. MaST Community Center School | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building
- Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. Kimberton Waldorf School 3:45pm @ Kimberton Upper Field
- Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. MaST Community Charter School | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building
- Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
Fri., Sep. 21st — Day 6
- 500 Building ROAR T-Shirt Sale Ends (Began Monday, September 10th) @ 500 Building
- Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day | All Buildings
- Girls Middle School Volleyball vs. Valley Forge Middle School | Gym 4:00pm @ 500 Building
Sat., Sept. 22nd
- Boys Varsity Cross Country Foundation Invitational 9:00am @ Parkview Cross Country Course
- Grades K-12: Hispanic Heritage Festival | 500 Field 11:00am - 3:00pm @ 500 Building
- Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Springfield High School 1:00pm @ United Sports TC
Elementary Intramural Programs
Collegium’s Elementary Intramural Programs offer a variety of opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade to participate in activities designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Our programs focus on athletic fundamentals and social interactions with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Programs this fall will consist of a variety of activities including running, soccer, and Cougar Fit Club.
Programs are scheduled after school and the number of sessions will vary depending upon the program. Registration is completed by submitting the required registration form and fee by the designated due date. Registration form links are shared in the weekly Newsletter and are posted on the CCS Intramurals webpage prior to the start of each program.
We begin with Running Intramurals, with dates starting October 1st. This program is for students with a passion for running as well as first-time runners. Students enrolled in the running intramural program will learn appropriate techniques for running. Coaches will motivate students to set goals, accomplish their goals, and set new ones. In addition, there will be meaningful lessons centered on team building, developing relationships, and making new friends.
Questions? Please email our Intramural Program Coordinator, Mr. Revnell.
Scholastic Book Fair For Grades 5-8
It's Book Fair Time Again
This year’s 5th-8th Grade Book Fair is scheduled for Monday, October 8th through Monday, October 15th in CCS’s 500 Building. Students will visit the Book Fair with their classes to preview and buy Book Fair items. Book Fair Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in our 500 Building.
Book Fairs are tremendous motivators for student reading. They provide the hustling, bustling atmosphere of an active bookstore, while generating students’ interests with a wide range of books on topics and characters that appeal to them.
Families will find the prices affordable, and will enjoy checking out selections in advance through our Online Book Fair (open from Wednesday, October 3rd until Tuesday, October 16th). Families can also use E-Wallet through Scholastic again this year to pre-load money into their children’s accounts. Students can use those funds during the Book Fair at school. E-Wallet will be available on Monday, October 8th at the start of the Book Fair.
Watch this video to hear 500 Building Principal, Mr. Shaun Murphy, share about our Book Fair going AFK.
All of the Book Fair details on our Book Fair webpage (linked below). We appreciate your support! The proceeds from CCS Book Fairs help our Libraries purchase new books and literacy programs for your children.
Book Fair Volunteers Needed
Of course, our fantastic volunteers help make our Book Fairs successful! Volunteers keep the Fair organized, assist students as they explore reading options, help keep them on-budget, and many other important tasks.
Please sign up for one or more times when you can help. Volunteers must have current clearances approved by CCS’s Human Resources Department in advance of volunteering. For information on clearances, visit the Volunteering page on the CCS website.
Education Explained: Suicide Prevention Efforts in CCS’s Middle and High Schools
Each week, CCS employees highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Dr. Pat O'Brien, CCS High School Principal.
Suicide rates among teenagers are alarmingly high. In response, Collegium’s Middle and High Schools have a strong team in place who work closely with one another and with our students and families. This positive and essential partnership is critical to helping ensure the safety and well-being of our students. We call this our SAP Team or Student Assistance Program.
Our SAP Team’s structure is modeled after Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program, “a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning.” The SAP Program integrates resources to help identify students dealing with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or mental health and other issues. It then connects those students with resources to return them to a level of well-being where they can fully be themselves and reach their individual potential.
Members of CCS’s SAP Team include:
- School Counselors: Mrs. Jocelyn White, Mrs. Tracy Wolfe, Mr. Peter Danenhower, and Ms. Jasmine Woodson
- Special Education Coordinators: Mrs. Maureen Wilkins, Mrs. Christine Koberg, and Mrs. Kristin O’Keefe
- School Psychologist: Mr. Mike Hendrzak
- Mental Health Therapists: Mrs. Natalie Corcimiglia, Ms. Karen Cook
CCS takes extensive measures to ensure that our SAP Team members are trained and prepared to recognize and respond to at-risk behavior in our students. Here are just a few of the trainings we’ve hosted most recently:
Minding Your Mind Trainings and Presentations
Minding Your Mind representatives visited the High School last year to teach faculty and students to recognize the signs of at-risk behaviors in others. Students and staff also learned about available healthy and appropriate supports that can help anyone who may be suffering alone with something that’s impeding their growth and happiness. The training also highlighted the stigma associated with mood disorders and other mental issues, how common these really are in our community, and how effective treatment and support is readily accessible. We look forward to working with the Minding Your Mind organization again this year.
QPR Gatekeeper Training
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is an educational program designed to teach "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers) who is close enough to a person at risk of suicide to recognize and refer them to appropriate resources. The process follows three steps: (1) Question the person's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to local resources that can intervene, assist, and/or support them to help avert a crisis. CCS SAP Team members and teachers from Grades 5-12 all underwent this training at the start of the school year.
If you have questions or would like to learn about additional student assistance resources, please contact your child’s School Counselor.
In the event of a mental health emergency, please contact Valley Creek Crisis Center (open 24/7), located at 469 Creamery Way, Exton, PA 19341.
Additional resources on suicide prevention follow:
Cougar Challenge 2018 Information
What's the Cougar Challenge? It's our annual walk/exercise-a-thon to raise money for Collegium's Home & School Association (HSA). The HSA provides considerable financial support to Collegium by sponsoring student-oriented projects, hosting special events for families, providing additional funds for classroom materials, and offering scholarships for uniforms and field trips.
Why walking and exercising? These activities represent the huge efforts volunteers and Collegium founders made to secure the 1,000+ community member signatures that helped Collegium first open its doors in January 1999.
Last year, our families raised over $30,000 through the Cougar Challenge. We want to exceed that amount this year on Friday, September 28th, the day of the event. If each CCS family is able to solicit just $100 in donations, we will far exceed that goal! The HSA will use the proceeds for the needs of CCS and its students.
If your family and friends prefer to donate using a credit card, use the link below.
Home & School Association (HSA) Updates
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! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.
Grades K-6 KidStuff Coupon Book Fundraiser Ends
Our annual KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser ends this Monday, September 17th. If you are not interested in purchasing the book, please return it. If you'd like to purchase the book and/or buy additional books for friends and family, return the Order Form and payment by the deadline.
KidStuff Coupon Books are full of great discounts and values families can use for area businesses. The books sell for $25.00 each.
If you have questions or need assistance with the KidStuff Coupon Book Fundraiser, please email the HSA Officers directly.
Parent Representatives Wanted
The HSA is looking to appoint parent representatives to communicate HSA news and fundraisers to their respective buildings. If you are interested in finding out more, please email the HSA Officers directly.
West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources
Collegium is committed to maintaining 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 them.
The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity 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, we ask that you 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: Ext. 6336
- 535 Building: Ext. 6602