Collegium Newsletter September 2, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Sept. 2nd

  • Grades K-12: School Closed - Labor Day

Tue., Sept. 3rd - Day 5

  • Grades 7-12: NHS and UNICEF Club School Supply Drive (Ends Friday, September 13th) @ 535 Building (MS) and 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Interboro 3:45pm @ Interboro High School
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Interboro 5:00pm @ Interboro High School

Wed., Sept. 4th - Day 6

  • Boys V Soccer vs. New Hope-Solebury 3:45pm @ New Hope-Solebury Stadium Field #2
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 7-8: Back-to-School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Thu., Sept. 5th - Day 1

  • Boys & Girls V Golf vs. Lower Moreland 3:00pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Springfield (DelCo) 3:45pm @ Springfield (DelCo) HS
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Springfield (DelCo) 5:00pm @ Springfield (DelCo) HS
  • Grades 9-12: Back-to-School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Fri., Sept. 6th - Day 2

  • Boys V Soccer vs. Holy Ghost Prep 3:45pm @ Holy Ghost Prep School

Sat., Sept. 7th

  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Chichester | Gym 11:00am @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Chichester | Gym 12:15pm @ 535 Building (MS)

CMS Cycle Days

Collegium Middle School (CMS) follows a six-day cycle for Health and Physical Education (PE) classes. Cycle A is for 8th Grade PE, and 7th Grade PE classes will meet during Cycle B. Weekly updates to CMS’s Cycles will be published in the Collegium Newsletter to help students and families understand the PE Day(s) and Cycle(s) for the upcoming week.

Tue., Sept. 3rd - Day 5

  • Cycle B

Wed., Sept. 4th - Day 6

  • Cycle B

Thu., Sept. 5th - Day 1

  • Cycle A

Fri., Sept. 6th - Day 2

  • Cycle A

500 Building Cycle Days

The 500 Building offers unique Cycle A and Cycle B six-day schedules. The Cycles were created to maximize instruction time for our students, improve our teachers’ collaborative time, and ensure that the 500 Building continues to offer a wide range of “special area” courses regularly throughout the year. Teachers and students have one schedule for Cycle A and a slightly different schedule for Cycle B.

The 500 Building’s Cycles and Days will be published in the Collegium Newsletter each week to help keep students and families informed of the upcoming week's schedule.

Tue., Sept. 3rd - Day 5

  • Cycle B

Wed., Sept. 4th - Day 6

  • Cycle B

Thu., Sept. 5th - Day 1

  • Cycle A

Fri., Sept. 6th - Day 2

  • Cycle A

September K-12 Menus And Payment Information

The Food Service Department's September K-12 Menus and Payment Information are available using the buttons below. This information is also posted as a Resource on the Food Service page of our website.

Questions about the Food Service Department? Email our Food Service Director, Mr. Mike Ely.

Local Apartment Complex Donates School Supplies

From pencils and loose-leaf paper to markers and crayons, students can never have enough school supplies!

Recently, Exton Crossing Apartment Homes (Exton Crossing), a neighboring apartment complex, made an unexpected school supply donation to CCS. Ms. Chandler Homer, a Leasing Consultant for Exton Crossing, dropped off the large box of brand-new supplies, which included a Wonder Woman backpack filled with school goodies. Ms. Homer explained that the supplies were collected from Exton Crossing residents and employees who wanted to give back to the community.

Examples of the generous donations Collegium received from Exton Crossing residents and staff.

“It feels great to know that our donations will go to help support such a great school. We hope to be able to do more in the future,” said Ms. Homer. In the meantime, Exton Crossing continues to give back in the form of a special discount to “our hometown heroes—teachers.”

Two students join Ms. LaNae Horsey (center), CCS Director of Child Care Programs, to display just a few of Exton Crossing's many school supply donations.

The donated school supplies will be enjoyed by students in CCS’s Child Care Programs: Before-School Care, After-School Care, and Camp Collegium. “We’re extremely appreciative of this donation of school supplies to our Child Care Programs,” said Ms. LaNae Horsey, Director of the Programs. "This generous donation will provide necessary materials for our enrichment activities in CCS’s Before-School Care program. Additionally, it will allow us to have enough supplies for homework time and tutoring sessions at all three of our After-School Care program sites.” Our CCS Campers will use the supplies this summer, as well!

Over the years, CCS has been fortunate to receive donations of gently worn uniforms for our Home and School Association's Resale Shop, books for our Libraries, equipment and furniture from parents’/guardians’ workplaces, and much more. If you know of items that can be donated to CCS, please contact our Administration Building at 610-903-1300, Ext. 6002. We are always happy to receive donations for our students and buildings!

Travel Advisory: Whitford Road To Close September 3rd

The following information comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT):

Construction is scheduled to begin September 3, 2019 on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Whitford Road over Valley Creek in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

Due to the nature of the repairs, Whitford Road will be closed and detoured between Creamery Way and Commerce Drive beginning Tuesday, September 3rd, through the completion of the project scheduled for mid-October.

During the bridge closure, Whitford Road motorists will be directed to use Lincoln Drive, Route 100 (Pottstown Pike), and Commerce Drive. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.

CCS Students Receive AP Scholar Awards

This August, the College Board designated more than three dozen CCS High School students for Advanced Placement Program® (AP) Scholar Awards. These awards recognize students who have shown above-average college-level achievement through excellent AP Exam performance.

The decision to take AP courses is itself an impressive step for our High School students. To be eligible, they must be high achievers and self-motivated learners who want to apply themselves consistently to challenging college-level assignments. Last school year, 119 students in 9-12th Grades enrolled in CCS’s 19 AP Courses ranging from English Literature to Spanish Language to Calculus.

Having so many of our students receive AP Scholar Awards recognizes their talent and focus and is also a testament to CCS’s academic rigor. “We’re so proud of all of our AP students,” said Ms. Jennifer Juarez, Curriculum Supervisor (9-12). “They’ve worked extremely hard and shown great dedication and perseverance with their studies. Our award winners truly excel as students and individuals.”

In addition to praise galore from their teachers and administrators, our AP Scholar Award winners will receive Certificates from the College Board that they can add to their academic portfolios. Their AP Exam scores and rankings will be visible to colleges and universities to which they apply, as well.

“The accomplishments of our AP students are phenomenal,” exclaimed Dr. Pat O’Brien, Collegium High School Principal. “These students embody the dedication and desire to grow that are hallmarks of our High School. I am incredibly proud of these students, and am deeply grateful to their teachers!”

Our list of AP Scholar Award recipients follows, along with descriptions of the award categories. Please join us in congratulating each and every award winner for their distinguished academic success!

AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Rayma A., Alexis A.*, Anna B.*, Paige E.*, Zachary E.*, Kayla F., Diana G.-G., Haajrah G.*, Brynn H., Paige H., Rowan K., Madelynn K., Morgan L., Hannah L., Shayna M., Taylor N., Krish N., Armi P., Christina P., Ryan R., Madison S.*, and Albert S.

AP Scholar with Honor

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Tyler C., Abigail D*., Zyad H.*, Emmanuel H., Ryan R., and Matthew W.*

AP Scholar with Distinction

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Mina B.*, Kendra E.*, Rose G., Marshall L.*, Cheney N.*, Karl R., and Melinda W.

Members of CCS's Class of 2020 who earned AP Scholar with Distinction Awards.
Class of 2019 Graduates who earned AP Scholar with Distinction Awards.

National AP Scholar

Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Marshall L.*

AP Seminar and Research Certificate

Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.

Rayma A., Kayla F., Brynn H., Chloe H., Madelynn K., Morgan L., Armi P., Tayah R., and Lauren W.*

To learn more about the AP Program at CCS, use the button below to view our High School Counseling Department's presentation about it.

CHS's Reading Olympics Team

Do you love books? Do you love talking about books? Collegium High School’s (CHS) Reading Olympics Team could be just the opportunity for you!

The CHS Team joins other CCS Reading Olympics Teams, all of which share the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of books students read for enjoyment. Schools nationwide participate in the Program. Last year, over 2,100 students participated in the Chester County Reading Olympics Program. They chose to join Reading Olympics Teams because of the support the Program provides for students' excitement about reading and talking with other students about what they read.

When you join the CHS Reading Olympics Team, you’ll collaborate with team members to read four-six (4-6) books from a list of 48 pre-selected by the Reading Olympics Program.

Interested? We encourage you to complete the form provided at the button below and to attend the Team’s first meeting on Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 AM in the High School Library.

Ms. Vicki Whisler, Collegium High School’s new Library/Media Specialist, will be happy to answer your questions. Email her using the button below.

To find out if there’s a CCS Reading Olympics Team at your child’s grade level, contact your child’s Librarian using the buttons provided:

Little-Known Secrets Of Paying For College

Attention Families of students in Grades K-12! CCS has arranged for The College Funding Coach® to come to CCS on Thursday, September 19th to present a workshop titled, "Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College." The workshop will take place in the 515 Building (HS) Cafeteria between 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

According to Collegium High School Counselor Mrs. Tracy Wolfe, “The College Funding Coach organization is well known for providing helpful information to families about how to pay for college and save for retirement simultaneously. When families understand the college financing process and payment strategies available to them, they can better plan for college costs and the future of all family members.”

The “Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College” workshop is free to all CCS families. We hope you’ll join us! Please R.S.V.P. using the link provided below.

NHS And UNICEF Club Unite For School Supply Drive

Collegium High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) and UNICEF Club members have teamed up to host a Middle School (MS) and High School (HS) School Supply Drive. The Drive will run from Tuesday, September 3rd to Friday, September 13th.

“This School Supply Drive was created out of NHS and UNICEF Club members’ concern that some CCS students struggled to purchase increasingly expensive supplies they needed,” said Ms. Nicole Cianci, HS Social Studies Teacher and UNICEF Club Faculty Advisor. “Club members researched local organizations that specifically help get school supplies to students who need them. They decided on Philadelphia’s Youth Emergency Service, Inc. (YES) and Covenant House.” Donations from the drive will first go to meet CCS MS and HS students’ needs. Extra supplies will go to YES and Covenant House.

NHS and UNICEF student leaders made it a top priority to obtain approval and scheduling of the School Supply Drive early in the year. Donations of new or gently used school supplies can be sent to the 535 Building (MS) or 515 Building (HS) or dropped into collection boxes in either building. Students may drop off donations during the school day. Also, NHS and UNICEF Club volunteers will be at collection stations during MS and HS Back-to-School Nights on Wednesday, September 4th (MS) and Thursday, September 5th (HS).

Thank you in advance for participating in the MS/HS School Supply Drive!

Contact Ms. Cianci with questions using the button below. If you'd like to learn more about YES and Covenant House, buttons to access their websites are also below.

Urgent: PowerSchool Student Data Verifications Due Now

For the 2019-2020 school year, parents/guardians must use their online PowerSchool Parent Accounts to complete their children's Student Data Verification processes and signature page submissions. It's no longer possible to complete these tasks in paper form.

If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes now to log into your account and complete the Student Data Verification process. Simply access your PowerSchool Parent Account, click the Student Data Verification Link in the navigation menu, and follow the screen instructions.

Need help accessing your account? Email our PowerSchool Administrator.

Important Information From Our School Nurses

Our School Nurses want to remind parents and guardians that Pennsylvania requires the following student medical forms for 2019-2020:

Physical Examination Reports

Physical Examination Reports are required for Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th Grade Students and must be:

  • Signed by a physician
  • Less than nine (9) months old as of August 19, 2019
  • Uploaded to Magnus Health by January 30, 2020

Dental Examination Reports

Dental Examination Reports are required for students in Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, and 7th Grade and must be:

  • Signed by a dentist
  • Dated after July 1, 2019
  • Uploaded to Magnus Health by January 30, 2020

Magnus Health

Magnus Health is CCS’s online medical record management system. Families must upload Medical and Dental Examination Forms to Magnus Health as soon as possible, but by no later than January 30, 2020.

To Access Magnus Health:

  • Sign in to your PowerSchool Parent Account
  • Locate the dark blue toolbar towards the top of the screen
  • On this toolbar, click the icon shaped like a square with an arrow pointing up
  • Then click the blue Magnus Health link

If you’re using Magnus Health for the first time, please watch the introductory video before moving on to other sections.

We’ve provided links to Magnus Health Customer Service below if you need help navigating the system, entering data online, downloading cover sheets and forms, or other issues. There is also a button for CCS personnel if you want to notify us of Magnus Health issues you encounter. Please note that our School Nurses are not able to reset Magnus Health passwords. Thank you!

Call Magnus Health Customer Service:

Email Magnus Health Customer Service:

Notify CCS About Magnus Health Issues:

K-12 School Picture Days Scheduled

This school year, CCS will partner with Barksdale School Portraits for your children’s school pictures.

Barksdale is a local, fourth-generation company that’s been taking school pictures since 1922. We’re excited about working with their experienced staff and photographers to make wonderful school memories for our families. We know our families will enjoy the many services and conveniences Barksdale offers, including:

  • Affordable photo packages
  • Online photo review and ordering
  • Terrific customer service

This year’s School Picture and Photo Retake Days will be:

  • Grades K-6: Mon., Sept. 23rd (School Picture Day)
  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Sept. 30th (School Picture Day)
  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Nov. 11th (Photo Retake Day)
  • Grades K-6: Mon., Nov. 18th (Photo Retake Day)

To learn more about Barksdale School Portraits, visit the company's website using the button below.

CCS Employment Opportunities Available

School Bus Driver (Part-Time)

Part-time School Bus Drivers safely transport students to/from field trips and sporting events. Work schedule includes primarily afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. Candidates must have or be able to obtain a CDL and School Bus Endorsement; training is available.

Interested? Please visit CCS’s Employment Page at the link below to view our open position listings and apply.

CCS Employment Opportunities Available

School Safety Officer (Part-Time)

Part-time School Safety Officers patrol and monitor our school campus and buildings to ensure a safe and orderly environment for staff, students, and visitors. EMT training is preferred. The work schedule may include evenings and weekend hours.

Interested? Please visit CCS’s Employment Page at the link below to view our open position listings and apply.

Attendance Reminder

If your child is absent, please let us know by calling 610-903-1300, choosing Option #1, and following the instructions for your child's building. You must also send a signed excuse note with your child on the day they return to school.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 the WWPD.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you 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, please 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 (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.