Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Feb. 5th - Day 1
- Mobile Dentist @ CCS
- Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School 3:30pm @ Owen J Roberts MS
- Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Mercy Vocational High School 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
- 150 Building: Little Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 827
- Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School 4:30pm @ Owen J Roberts MS
- Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Mercy Vocational High School 5:15pm @ 535 Gym
Tuesday, Feb. 6th - Day 2
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 228
Wednesday, Feb. 7th - Day 3
- Athletic Department Apparel Sales End (See Article)
- 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Room 337
- 150 Building: Junior Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 908
- 468 Building: Little Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 425
- 486 Building: Junior Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 532
- HSA Public Meeting 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Cafeteria (See Article)
Thursday, Feb. 8th - Day 4
- 150 Building (Grades K-1): Jump Rope for Heart and Wear Red Day @ 150 Gym (See Article)
- 468/486 Building (Grades K-1): Jump Rope For Heart and Wear Red Day @ 486 Gym (See Article)
- Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
- Grades 10 and 11 College Planning Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Library (See Article)
Friday, Feb. 9th - Day 5
- 150 Building (Grades 2-4): Jump Rope for Heart and Wear Red Day @ 150 Gym (See Article)
- 468/486 Building (Grades 2-4): Jump Rope For Heart and Wear Red Day @ 486 Gym (See Article)
- 500 Building: Hoops for Heart and Wear Red Day @ 500 Gym (See Article)
- Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Morrisville High School 4:00pm @ Morrisville HS
- Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Morrisville High School 5:30pm @ Morrisville HS
- MS Valentine's Dance 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria (See Article)
- Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Morrisville High School 7:00pm @ Morrisville HS
Saturday, Feb. 10th
- Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Bristol Senior High School 1:00pm @ Bristol Senior HS
- Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Bristol Senior High School 2:30pm @ Bristol Senior HS
- Parents' Night Out Sponsored by the MS/HS Music Department 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium, Cafeteria, and Gym
Elementary Placement Requests for 2018-2019
Elementary student parents who have requests regarding their child’s placement for the 2018-2019 school year should send an email to the Administrative Assistant to the Principal in their child's current building.
The email should share your child's strengths and weaknesses, along with an idea of the teaching style and learning environment that work best for your child.
This is also the time to let Collegium know things like whether you would like siblings to be in the same building, or that it would be convenient for all children on your block to be in one building since they carpool together. Parent emails or letters must be received by Friday, March 30th.
Requests for specific teachers will not be honored, and requests received after Friday, March 30th will not be considered.
Parent Pick-Up Reminders
Please do not arrive on campus until the designated time for each Parent Pick-Up Line.
- Regular Dismissal: 3:45pm
- Regular Parent Pick-Up Line: 3:15pm
- Early Dismissal: 12:15pm
- Early Dismissal Parent Pick-Up Line: 11:45am
- Regular Dismissal: 3:00pm
- Regular Parent Pick-Up Line: 2:30pm
- Early Dismissal: 11:30am
- Early Dismissal Parent Pick-Up Line: 11:00am
We ask that all families recognize the need for Parent Pick-Up Lines to form at different times. This requirement specifically relates to campus security and the potential needs of emergency personnel and equipment to quickly reach our buildings, students, and employees. Additionally, all Middle and High School parent traffic must be able to properly depart campus before our Elementary parent traffic forms.
If you have questions, please email our Operations Department using the link below.
Food Service Department Updates
1. Nutrition & Allergen Information Available in K-12 Menus
535 Valentine's Day Flower Sale
Students in our High School's She's the First Club will be selling flowers for Valentine's Day. The flowers available for sale will be chosen from a variety of seasonal blooms.
Orders will be taken during lunches in the 535 Building on February 8th and 9th. Flowers and messages will be delivered to homerooms on February 14th. The cost: $1.00 for each flower and attached message.
She's the First is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides high school scholarships to underprivileged girls to help them fight gender inequality through education. CCS's High School She's the First Club raises money and awareness for this organization. All proceeds from the Club's fundraisers go directly to She's the First's scholarship program.
Middle School Valentine's Dance
On Friday, February 9th, the 515 Student Council will host a Valentine's Dance from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for all 7th and 8th Grade students.
The cost to attend is $5.00. There will be a DJ for dancing and snacks will be provided. Students are encouraged to dress their best and are not permitted to wear sweatshirts or sweatpants.
Questions? Please email Mr. Ford.
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 Connie Struebing, Instructional Coach.
Wondering what all the buzz about formative assessment is? How does this type of assessment differ from the tests and quizzes that typically come to mind when we think about assessment?
Summative assessments—those tests and quizzes—occur after learning. Formative assessments happen during learning, while learning is forming, giving teachers real-time feedback they can use to adjust their instruction and help grow student learning.
Let’s look at two examples of how the formative assessment process is used here at CCS. Mrs. Guarente, a 2nd Grade teacher in the 486 building, meets with students one-on-one to gauge their reading comprehension. She asks the students to read a short section aloud from their independent reading books, and then records details on phrasing, the number of sight words recognized, and responses to questions about a character. The information Mrs. Guarente gathers from the formative assessments during student meetings helps her to group the students flexibly in upcoming lessons. For instance, some of the students will need instruction on “scooping,” or reading several words in a breath, others on recognizing sight (or “snap”) words, and still others on questions to ask to determine how the main character’s feelings change over time.
In the second scenario, Mr. Sherk, an 8th Grade Math Teacher, delivers a quick assessment—an “Entrance Ticket”—to his students as soon as they arrive. The assessment is designed to determine whether the students understand linear and non-linear expressions. The Entrance Ticket data guides Mr. Sherk on how to best use the class time that follows because it indicates which students need direct re-teaching, additional practice, or are ready for a more difficult challenge.
In these scenarios, both Mrs. Guarente and Mr. Sherk use data gathered from formative assessments to plan their next steps for instruction and to provide feedback to students. At times, formative assessment tells teachers to slow down the instruction by breaking it into differentiated groups. At other times, it encourages teachers to move more quickly through material.
What makes the formative assessment process effective is that it happens during instruction and guides the teacher on what to do next. Its ultimate value is that it increases student learning by helping to fill gaps, correct misconceptions, or push them to excel to the next level of understanding. So, what about grades? Save that discussion for summative assessment–assessment that happens after learning. Formative assessment is all about feedback and growing student learning during the learning process.
Interested in learning more about formative assessment? Check out the resources below.
Collegium Athletic Department Reminders
1. Athletic Apparel Sale Ends Soon
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 14th, 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.
Camp Collegium 2018 Online Registration
To register children for our Camp Collegium 2018 program, please complete the following steps:
1. Access and submit our online Camp Collegium 2018 Registration Form (link will be activated at 9:00am on Monday, February 5th).
2. Submit applicable 2018 Camp Collegium fees in full (including the $60.00 non-refundable registration fee) to the attention of Ms. Horsey, 435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA, 19341.
3. Fees must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the camper's first and last names indicated on the front. Fees MUST be paid in full by Friday, May 25th.
4. Registration fees must be received within 14 days after submission of a completed Registration Form. Failure to submit your registration fee within 14 days forfeits your camper’s spot in the program. Exceptions will not be considered.
5. Registered campers will receive camp confirmation via email within 5-7 business days after their families submit their registration fees.
Learn more about Camp Collegium 2018 by accessing the Summer Camps page of our website.
Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.
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.
Share Your Ideas With The HSA!
The HSA is always looking for new ideas and for volunteers to help make them happen! We invite you to share your suggestions with us now via email, complete our HSA Interest Form, or attend our monthly HSA meetings.
HSA Meetings are where families and employees share ideas for future HSA activities, learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, and find out how they can get involved. Our HSA General Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month for the rest of the school year due to schedule changes and feedback we received.
Our next General Meeting will be Wednesday, February 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. To attend, enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance (shown in photo) furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.
Please arrive before 4:30pm, as building access will not be provided after 4:45pm. Thank you!
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