Collegium Newsletter May 6, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., May 6th - Day 1

  • Grades 5-8: Book Fair Begins (Ends Tuesday, May 14th)| Library @ 500 Building
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Tavern Student Filming Project | 600 Hallway and Bathrooms, Library 3:00pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Middle School Lacrosse vs. AIM Academy 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs. Sun Valley/Northley High School 5:30pm @ Sun Valley Athletic Stadium
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Sun Valley/Northley HS 7:00pm @ Sun Valley Athletic Stadium

Tue., May 7th - Day 2

  • 5K Cougar Classic Guaranteed T-Shirt With Registration Deadline!
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Plumstead Christian 3:00pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Middle School Baseball vs. Faith Christian 3:30pm @ Faith Christian Academy
  • Grades 7-10: Algebra 1 Keystone Prep Session | Cafeteria 3:30pm - 5:00pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: K-4 STEM Mentoring Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 4) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • National Junior Honor Society Inductions | Cafeteria 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building

Wed., May 8th - Day 3

  • 468/486 Building: 2nd Grade Field Trip (Click Event For Class Schedule) @ Longwood Gardens
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day With Uniform Bottoms
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Biology Keystone Review Session | Rooms 622 and 624 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Middle School Baseball vs. Westtown School 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Girls Middle School Lacrosse vs. Delaware County Christian School 3:45pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • HSA Meeting | Cafeteria 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 5-8: Spring Book Fair Family Night | Library 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Interboro High School 5:30pm @ Interboro High School

Thu., May 9th - Day 4

  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Ecosystem Exploration Field Trip | Mrs. Haldeman's Class 8:30am - 11:30am @ Shamona Creek Park
  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Ecosystem Exploration Field Trip | Mr. Ryan's Class 11:30am - 2:30pm @ Shamona Creek Park
  • Boys Middle School Baseball vs. Renaissance Academy 3:00pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Middle School Lacrosse vs. Westtown School 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Lower Moreland 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • 150 Building: 2nd/3rd Grade STEM Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • TCISL Baseball Finals 4:00pm @ Perkiomen School
  • CougarTek Club Meeting | Room 352 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Building
  • CougarTek Team Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Level13 eSports Gaming Center
  • Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs. Lower Moreland High School 5:15pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices

Fri., May 10th - Day 5

  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-6: Spirit Day - Dress Like Your Favorite CCS Teacher/Staff Member Day (Sponsored by Elementary Student Council) | Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher/Staff Member Day (School-appropriate bottoms, please. No Jeans.)
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Academy Park High School 3:45pm @ Academy Park High School
  • CaddyShak Golf Fundraiser (Sponsored by the CougarTek Esports Club) | Various Classrooms 4:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Girls Middle School Lacrosse vs. Perkiomen School 4:00pm @ Perkiomen School
  • High School Lacrosse Team Dinner | Cafeteria 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 535 Building
  • Grade 6: Send-Off Rec Night | Gym, Playground, and Field 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building

Saturday, May 11th

  • Grades 9-12: National History Club Field Trip 8:00am - 8:00pm @ National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Grades 7-10: Algebra 1 Keystone Review (See Description)| Cafeteria 9:00am - 12:00pm @ 515 Building

Universal Technical Institute Presents at CCS

This week, representatives from Universal Technical Institute's (UTI) Exton campus visited our High School to share information with students on careers in the automotive, welding, CNC machining, and other technical industries. UTI’s presentation and visit were part of CCS's Career Readiness Initiative.

UTI employees taught students how to test the compression ratios of a Ford F-250a huge super-duty truck that runs on diesel fuel instead of gasoline. Our students watched as UTI's students completed different projects on the truck. CCS students even had the chance to work on a hand-built Chevy 350 engine.

“It was great to see how technology played a huge role in diagnosing car issues. UTI offers a different perspective for students who choose not to go to a traditional college after graduation. The presentation also challenged the students who have no interest in the automotive industry to think about how computer science influences every decision they make in their car." -Mr. Bogusch, CCS STEAM Coordinator

UTI offers many programs in skilled trades. In addition to welding and CNC machining technology programs, UTI students can choose to train as automotive technicians, marine and motorcycle mechanics, and learn the skills of collision and autobody repair and other specialized technical careers.

Learning about UTI's career preparation programs and being able to see different projects first-hand was a great experience for our students. It will be wonderful to see how many plan to attend UTI and pursue careers in skilled trades!

“I've always liked cars and I think UTI is a good performance program. The school is close by and I plan on going there after high school.” -Carlos R., 9th Grade

For more information about UTI and its programs, use the button below to visit its website. Questions about Collegium's High School STEAM opportunities? Email Mr. Bogusch.

MS Students Encourage 3rd Graders Taking PSSAs

Our 3rd Grade students recently received handmade PSSA "Good Luck” cards created by CCS Middle School students. The 3rd Graders were so excited to receive the cards, which included inspirational words and cheer from students with years of PSSA experience.

Mrs. McKlindon and her 150 Building 3rd Grade students proudly displaying their PSSA "Good Luck" cards.

It was so thoughtful of the Middle School students to think to encourage our 3rd Grade students who will take the PSSA standardized exams for the first time!

"It made me feel very confident that I would do amazing in the PSSA because of all the thought they put into it and how they really believed that we would do good on the PSSA." -Lauren F., 3rd Grade
Students in Mrs. High's 486 Building 3rd Grade class enjoying their PSSA "Good Luck" cards.
"I was happy when I got a PSSA card from the big kids, and also one of my friends was the one who gave me a card! -Jaden G., 3rd Grade

You can read about the Middle School students' creation of their "Good Luck" cards in our February 18th Newsletter article, Middle School PSSA Messages Of Support.

Background Image: A student in Mrs. High's class reading her PSSA "Good Luck" card.

2019 National Spanish Exam Honorees

On March 13th, twenty-four CCS students in Grades 7-11 participated in the National Spanish Exam (NSE). The NSE is an online, standardized assessment tool voluntarily given by over 3,800 teachers throughout the U.S. to measure the proficiency and achievement of their students studying Spanish.

The purpose of the NSE is to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language; to promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language; to assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish; and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.

In addition to participation certificates, the Middle School students pictured will receive medals for their NSE performance based on national scores and award levels.

All students who participated in the NSE will receive a certificate of participation. In addition, several students will also receive medals based on the national scores and award levels described below:

  • Premio de Oro: Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile nationally.
  • Premio de Plata: students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles nationally.
  • Premio de Bronce: Students scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentiles nationally.
  • Mención Honorífica: Students scoring from the 50th through the 74th percentiles nationally.

Test Level 1 Honorees:

  • Melanie L. | 8th Grade | Bronce
  • Evelyn M. S. | 7th Grade | Bronce
  • Mark H. | 8th Grade | Honor
  • Lyndsey R. | 8th Grade | Honor
  • Liliana M. | 8th Grade | Honor

Spanish teachers: Mrs. Speers/Ms. Stone.

Test Level 2 Honorees:

  • Carina S. V. | 8th Grade | Honor
  • Michelle C. | 8th Grade | Oro

Spanish teachers: Mrs. Speers/Ms. Stone.

Test Level 3 Honorees:

  • Kaleah T. | 9th Grade | Honor
  • Lucia G. | 9th Grade | Plata

Spanish teacher: Mr. Halpin.

Test Level 4 Honorees:

  • Taylor N. | 10th Grade | Honor
  • Albert S. | 10th Grade | Honor
  • Abigail G.-G. | 10th Grade | Honor
  • Brandon O. | 10th Grade | Plata

Spanish teacher: Mrs. Rogai.

We are extremely proud of these studentsand their teachers—for this great achievement!

5th Grade Science Day In The Park

In a few weeks, our 5th Grade classes will travel to Downingtown’s Bell Tavern Park for a special Science Day in the Park.

The students’ teachers have planned a whole variety of fascinating Science activities for them to explore at the Park, like Roller Coaster Races, Bridge Building, and Speed Challenges. Students will also enjoy a pizza lunch, which will be provided.

The class schedule for Science Day in the Park is:

  • Tuesday, May 21st: Mrs. Mullin, Ms. Putt, Ms. McCook, Mrs. Chandler
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Mrs. Cassner, Ms. Leone, Ms. McIntyre, and Mrs. Dawson
  • Thursday, May 23rd: Mr. Fowlkes, Mrs. McLaughlin, Ms. Dardes

Students will travel with their teachers by school bus on their scheduled days for Science in the Park. Classes will leave school at about 8:30am and will return around 2:00pm.

Science in the Park Permissions Slips were sent home with students last week. If you’d like your child to participate, please complete and return their Permission Slip by Friday, May 10th.

Questions about Science Day in the Park? Please contact your 5th Grader’s teacher directly.

CougarTek ESports Presents Caddyshak Golf Night

CCS families and friends are invited to the CougarTek ESports Club CaddyShak Golf Night this Friday, May 10th from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at our Middle School. Come out and enjoy 18 holes of Miniature Golf on a student-created course.

The cost to attend is $5.00 per person/per round. Only players, please! The event will also feature concessions from Race-To-Taste and Rita’s Water Ice and raffles for sponsor-donated prizes like Phillies tickets, gift baskets and gift cards, and more.

Proceeds from CaddyShak Golf Night will support the CougarTek ESports Club’s equipment needs and event fees. Learn more about the CougarTek ESports Club by using the button below.

For sponsorship opportunities, additional information, or to volunteer, email the CougarTek ESports Club Faculty Advisor, Mr. Harvey Scriber, at the link below, or access the CaddyShak Golf Night website at the link provided.

News from our Athletics Department

Coaching Positions Available

Our Athletics Department is looking for candidates for the following coaching position(s):

  • High School Soccer Head Coach
  • High School Volleyball Assistant Coach

All interested coaching candidates should email their resume and cover letter to John Allen, CCS Director of Athletics & Extracurricular Activities.

Learn more about Mr. Allen by viewing his 2018 CCS Employee Spotlight Video below.

Flag Football Intramurals

Our Intramural Program Coordinator, Coach Andre Revnell, is happy to announce that 5th and 6th Grade Flag Football will be added to this spring’s program roster, replacing Kickball.

Sign up for Flag Football Intramurals by Thursday, May 9th.

The Flag Football Intramural sessions will be held daily between Monday, May 13th and Thursday, May 16th, from 4:15pm to 5:30pm at our 500 Building.

To register your 5th or 6th Grader for Flag Football, please complete the Permission Slip linked below and return it to Coach Revnell, along with the $25.00 fee, by Thursday, May 9th.

Use the button below to email Coach Revnell for more information.

Watch Coach Revnell's 2018 CCS Employee Spotlight Video below to learn more about him!

CCS Basketball Day Camp Coming This Summer

Coach Markel Jones and CCS's Boys Basketball Team are excited for their 1st Annual Collegium Basketball Day Camp. The Day Camp is designed for 2nd through 8th Grade boys and girls of all skill levels. Activities will emphasize skill development in fundamental areas of the game like passing, shooting, and dribbling, while also promoting a fun and open learning atmosphere.

All participants will receive a free Collegium Basketball Day Camp T-shirt. Email Coach Jones using the link below for information and answers to your questions.

To learn more about Coach Jones, watch his 2017 CCS Employee Spotlight Video below.

468/486 Building Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our 468/486 Building Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the 486 Building Library from Tuesday, May 14th through Thursday, May 23rd.

The Cat In The Hat invites you to the 468/486 Building's Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

Book Fair organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help out with the event. The Book Fair is for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade and is held during school hours. Volunteers are needed to assist our younger students as they create their wish lists and to help all students with their purchases.

Please consider donating some of your time to this fun event! Use the link below to sign up. Thank you!

Questions? Email K-4 School Librarian, Ms. Colleen Hollinshead.

500 Building Book Fair Updates

General Information

The Book Fair is once again coming to the 500 Building! Purchasing from the Book Fair is a great way to get a head start on some fantastic summer reading books. Our Book Fair will be open for students from Monday, May 6th until Tuesday, May 14th.

Did you know that 50% of the 500 Building Book Fair proceeds go back to CCS to buy books for our library? This is a middle-level fair with books that are appropriate for students in Grades 5 and up. Visit our Book Fair webpage for more information.

In the video below, Mrs. Wallace enthusiastically shares more information on what the 500 Building Book Fair will offer your family this year!

Parent Volunteers

We still need parent/guardian volunteers! Please follow the link below to sign up and help out at the Book Fair.

You can use your preferred social media account to sign up to volunteer, or you can sign up using a Scholastic.com login at the button below. After login, you'll be directed to our sign-up sheet for the Grades 5-8 Book Fair.

Note: Clearances are required for Book Fair volunteers. Our website's Volunteering page linked below has information on those clearances and how to obtain them.

Family Night

On Wednesday, May 8th from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, the Book Fair will be open for families to come shop with their children. All major credit cards will be accepted.

Donate Plastic Bags For The Book Fair

Do you have extra plastic bags at home? The 500 Building Book Fair's student shoppers can definitely use them. Please send your plastic bag donations to the 500 Building, Attention: Mrs. Wallace.

Book Fair E-Wallet

Don’t want to send your students to school with extra cash or a blank check? Consider using "E-Wallet," a payment option that lets you access your child's account through the 500 Building Book Fair's homepage. Watch the informational video below to learn about E-Wallet.

Online Book Fair

Can’t find what you want at the Fair? Scholastic also has a large variety of books available online for purchase. Visit our 500 Building Book Fair homepage for the direct link to the Online Book Fair. If you can't make the Book Fair at school, the Online Book Fair will be open from Saturday, May 4th through Saturday, May 18th, so you can still get your books! Our “School Wish List” is available through the online fair, as well.

For questions, feel free to email Mrs. Wallace using the button provided.

June 1st's 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic

The June 1st 5K Cougar Classic is less than a month away!

Did you know that CCS's 5K Cougar Classic T-shirts can be worn on Cougar Pride Days? Sign up by Tuesday, May 7th for this terrific CCS fundraiser to guarantee that you'll receive a Race Shirt (pictured below).

Top Photo: Participants from our 2018 5K Cougar Classic. Bottom Photo: The 2019 5K Cougar Classic Race Shirt.

Use the link below to register for the 5K Cougar Classic competitive race, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and/or Kids' Dash. You'll find additional event details on the 5K Cougar Classic website, including registration instructions and how to become a sponsor.

Questions? Email our event organizers using the link below.

2019-2020 Child Care and Bus Transportation Information

Will your child need transportation next school year to and/or from a day care center or babysitter within the Downingtown, West Chester, or Coatesville School Districts? Families who need alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers, babysitters, or bus stops other than your home—must complete a new Child Care Form each year. Current school year arrangements will not carry over to new school years.

You can find the Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts at the buttons below. The Child Care Forms are also posted in the Resource section of our Transportation webpage linked below.

By Friday, June 14th, please complete your 2019-2020 school year Child Care Form and email it to Collegium's Transportation Department using the button provided. If your family doesn't need alternate bus transportation for the 2019-2020 school year, there's nothing that you need to do.

Note: Your local school district's transportation office will mail details about your child's 2019-2020 home bus stop. Expect that mailing about one week before school starts. This is also when CCS receives students' bus information from our transporting districts.

Questions? Email CCS's Transportation Department via the link below.

Elementary Student Council Presents: Dress Like Your Favorite CCS Teacher/Staff Member Day

On Friday, May 10th, the Elementary Student Council is sponsoring "Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher/Staff Member Day" for students in Grades K-6. Students can dress how their favorite CCS teacher or staff member would on a typical work day at CCS. Friday, May 10th is also a Spirit Day, which means it's a free Dress Down Day for our K-6th Grade students. Note that school-appropriate bottoms must be worn. No jeans. Thank you!

If you have questions, feel free to email the Elementary Student Council Chair in your child's building using the buttons below.

Education Explained: The Role Of Service And Therapy Dogs

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 Mrs. Eileen Kahl, Elementary Technology Teacher.

According to American humorist Josh Billings, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” I couldn’t agree more. By their very nature, dogs are affectionate, calming, and protective. These traits can be channeled through special training programs to provide valuable services to people.

Many people confuse “service” and "therapy” dogs. There are distinct differences between the two. Emotional Support (ES) dogs—dogs who are trained to provide emotional support for owners with depression, anxiety, or other mental illness—are in a different category altogether.

Service dogs are trained to provide specific types of help and/or perform certain jobs for their disabled owners, like seeing for the blind, hearing for the deaf, detecting seizures, and providing related alerts for their owners.

Therapy dogs, on the other hand, give comfort to many people in times of need. They belong to owners who aren’t disabled. You’ll hear, for example, about therapy dogs who are brought in to comfort people affected by a natural disaster or a crisis.

It’s important to know that only service dogs can be brought into public spaces. This is because they provide specific services for their owners who have disabilities. Permission must be granted for therapy dogs to be allowed access to different areas.

Some sites, like schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, have their own therapy dogs. Schools use therapy dogs for many reasons, including to help shy students read aloud, to snuggle with students and provide weight for security, and to help relieve students who may be experiencing anxiety and stress.

I’m currently working with a local organization to train a wonderful yellow Labrador puppy, SSD Meribel. You can read more about Meribel in our March 25th Newsletter story, "Welcome SSD Meribel," where we announced her arrival to the 500 Building. (Access that Newsletter edition below.)

The black pup featured in this story's photos is Meribel's brother, SSD Whistler. Whistler was with me for what's called "puppy swap week," when trainers work with one another's dogs to help the pups adapt to being with different people. Whistler behaved beautifully, as you can see in our photos. It's our hope that in two years, both Meribel and Whistler will "graduate" from their training to become wonderful, life-changing service dogs for the owners who need them most.

There are numerous service and therapy dog organizations in our area. To find out more about them, access the website links below.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Rebecca McKlindon

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you can greet them by name and strike up conversations! Watch this video to learn more about Mrs. Rebecca McKlindon, 150 Building 3rd Grade Teacher.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Here's an opportunity to grab some coffee and look for great reads for you and your children! CCS's Biannual Barnes & Noble Book Fair begins Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and continues in-store through Sunday, May 12th at the Main Street at Exton location.

This event supports literacy, CCS Library purchases (a percentage of your purchase amount* goes to CCS), and family fun.

When you visit Barnes & Noble's Main Street at Exton's location between Wednesday, May 8th and Sunday, May 12th, be sure to mention that your purchases are for CCS. Even better, join us for our kick-off event at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8th, featuring a live, in-store performance by the CCS Chamber Choir.

If you prefer, you can shop Barnes & Noble online until Friday, May 17th using the link below. Be sure to enter the CCS Book Fair Event ID Number, 12397451, in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page during checkout.

We hope to see you and your family exploring new reads at Barnes & Noble during the Book Fair! Questions? Feel free to email Mrs. Ferry using the link provided below.

CCS Custodian Positions Open Now

CCS has full-time and part-time school-year Custodian positions available now. Duties include sweeping, mopping, emptying trash, cafeteria and event set-up, and other duties as assigned. Custodial experience is preferred.

School day, summer, and/or some evening and weekend hours may be available.

Interested? For more information, visit the Employment Page of our website, accessible via the link below. Thank you.

Middle School Updates

8th Grade Students' Baby Pictures Needed

The school year is quickly coming to an end! In preparation for the 8th Grade's Moving Up Ceremony in early June, we're collecting baby pictures of our 8th Grade students to use in the end-of-year video.

By Friday, May 31st, please send your child's baby picture—just ONE favorite!—to Ms. Megan Shields. You can email an electronic photo file using the link below or send the photo itself to school with your 8th Grade child in an envelope labeled "Ms. Shields." Hard copies of photos will be scanned and returned.

Whether you email your photo or deliver it by hand, be sure to include your child's name so Ms. Shields can properly identify each photo. Ms. Shields is available by email (the link is below) to answer your questions. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for Middle School Field Days

Attention Middle School parents/guardians! The Health and Physical Education Department is looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming Field Days. Volunteers must have their clearances on file with CCS. (Access our Volunteering webpage link below for details on the required clearances.)

This year's Middle School Field Day dates are:

  • Tuesday, May 28th (7th Grade)
  • Wednesday, May 29th (8th Grade)

Email Mrs. Batty if you'd like to volunteer or get more information! Her email link is also below.

Washington, D.C. Field Trip Medical Forms

The 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd through Friday, May 24th. Students must have a completed Overnight Field Trip Medical Form on file with the School Nurse to go on the trip with their teachers and classmates.

Please contact Mrs. Wallace using the link below if you haven't yet submitted an Overnight Field Trip Medical Form for your child. The Form is also linked below.

Donate to the 468/486 Building's PSSA Carnival

Like all CCS students preparing for PSSAs, the 468/486 Building's 3rd and 4th Graders will put forth tremendous effort during the exam window. We want to show our appreciation for that hard work by having a PSSA Carnival on Friday, May 17th between 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Donations of snack items, raffle basket goodies, gift cards, and other items are needed to help make the PSSA Carnival fun. We're also looking for some parent volunteers to help us run the event. Please use the links below for more information and to sign up for volunteering and/or donations. Thank you!

Questions? Email our PSSA Carnival contact, Mrs. Guarente.

Chromebooks for a Cause: Merging Art And Technology

Ms. Allison Thomas, our 500 Building Art Teacher, wants to help her students enhance their artwork and explore their talents through the powerful technology tools Chromebooks offer. To accomplish these goals, Ms. Thomas is raising funds to purchase a rugged set of Chromebooks for her Art Room.

"This technology will allow me to use drawing apps and expose our artists to digital art, as well as give students a common resource they desire." -Ms. Thomas, 500 Building Art Teacher

"Using Chromebook tools and features, my students will be able to explore and create modern and meaningful artwork right within their Google Drives," said Ms. Thomas. "Just the touch screen and stylus alone will amaze and inspire them!" Chromebook tools will also give students the ability to create presentations, videos, digital collages, designs, and photo manipulation. "The possibilities are exciting and endless!" Ms. Thomas exclaimed.

Ms. Thomas is confident that having Chromebooks available to her art students will provide new opportunities to spark their artistic dreams. By merging technology into their creative processes, new career paths could also be revealed for students to investigate. "There is no 'one shoe fits all' in the art world," according to Ms. Thomas. "My goal is for students to be able to discover their own unique selves." DonorsChoose provides a perfect fundraising platform for Ms. Thomas' Art Room Chromebook initiative.

Donate to Chromebooks for a Cause using the DonorsChoose link below. Please share the link with your family and friends to help Ms. Thomas realize her Art Room Chromebook dream. Thank you for your support!

To learn more about Ms. Thomas and her goals for art students, watch her 2018 CCS Employee Spotlight Video below.

Spring Keystone Exams

The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams (Spring Keystones) are scheduled in our 535 Building between Monday, May 13th and Friday, May 24th. The exams are only for students in Grades 7-10 registered for Biology, American Literature, and/or Algebra 1. The exam schedule* will be:

Biology Keystone Exam

  • Monday, May 13th
  • Tuesday, May 14th

Literature Keystone Exam

  • Wednesday, May 15th
  • Thursday, May 16th

Algebra 1 Keystone Exam

  • Monday, May 20th
  • Tuesday, May 21st

*Makeup exams will occur throughout the testing window. All makeup exams must be completed by Friday, May 24th.

To ensure that your children are feeling prepared on testing days, please make sure they are well rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Please also review the important parent/guardian resources linked below:

Questions about the Spring Keystone Exam schedule? Email Mrs. Amber Ammon using the link below.

CCS HSA Updates & Events

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our Home & School Association (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.

Teacher Appreciation Week Is Here!

It’s time for Lights! Camera! Action!

Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW) begins Monday, May 6th and runs through Friday, May 10th. Here are some themes the HSA hopes will hope will help our families celebrate CCS’s star-studded talent:

  • Monday, May 6th: You’ve Got Mail! Write your favorite teachers and staff members to tell them why they’re CCS Superstars.
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Trouble on the Set! Bring in some new, cool school supplies to help your celebrities finish the year strong.
  • Wednesday, May 8th: Swag Bag! Share a special treat with your A-Lister today.
  • Thursday, May 9th: Curtain Call! What says “bravo” better than flowers (or a plant) at the end of a long production run?
  • Friday, May 10th: The Grand Finale! Close out TAW by giving CCS teachers and staff the VIP treatment they deserve!

TAW also features building lunches that our star talent really enjoys. To volunteer or donate items for your building’s lunch, please email HSA Officers directly.

To help families customize their teacher/staff recognition, we interviewed our CCS personalities about their favorite things. If you don't see your favorite CCS stars on the alphabetical list linked below, please reach out to them directly.

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Elementary Building School Stores

Volunteers are needed to open the School Stores in our 150, 468, 486, and 500 Buildings before school and during lunch. The School Stores are a real treat for CCS’s students, and volunteering is very rewarding! Please sign up for a few hours (or more!) using the SignUpGenius link below. We appreciate your support! Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.

500 Building Resale Shop

Volunteers are needed to spend time each week organizing our Uniform Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is a tremendous CCS fundraiser, as well as a valuable resource for CCS families. Volunteers help keep donations in order and available for sale.

Please use the SignUpGenius link below to donate your time to the Resale Shop! Thank you.

Our Next HSA Meeting

The HSA will meet next on Wednesday, May 8th, at 4:30pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. Parents/guardians and staff are all invited to attend!

Please use the rear, main entrance to the 535 Building for the meeting (the doors furthest from the rear 535 Building Gym entrance). Access at this entrance will be available up to 4:45pm.

WWPD 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 use 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):

Important Collegium Telephone Numbers

Collegium's Main Number


Building 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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