CCS Family Calendar
Mon., Mar. 4th - Day 4
- 2nd Grade: Philadoptables Fundraiser Begins (Ends Friday, March 15th) @ 468/486 and 150 Buildings
Tue., Mar. 5th - Day 5
- Grades 7-8: Penny Wars Begin (Sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society) (Ends Friday, March 15th) @ 515 Building
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 827 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wed., Mar. 6th - Day 6
- Grades K-6: End of 2nd Trimester
- 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 468/486 Building: Grades K-1 Lego STEM/Coding Club (3rd Session) | 486 Building Art Room (#515) 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Grades 5-6: STEM Design Challenge Teams | Library and Room 202 4:30pm - 6:00pm @ 500 Building
- HSA Meeting | Cafeteria 4:30pm @ 535 Building
Thu., Mar. 7th - Day 1
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- Grades 8-11: 2019-2020 Course Scheduling Help Night | Cafeteria 3:30pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
- High School Open House for New HS Students and Current 8th Grade Students | Gym 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building
- Grades 6-7: Young Men And Women In Charge Foundation STEM and Leadership Workshops | Rooms 206 and 207 6:15pm - 7:45pm @ 500 Building
Fri., Mar. 8th - Day 2
- Early Dismissal for Students (Parent Communication/Conferences for Faculty/Staff - PM)
- Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
BSU Presents: Black History Month Assembly
In recognition of Black History Month, the CCS Black Student Union (BSU) hosted an amazing assembly last week for CCS High School students. The assembly kicked off with energized performances by the High School Chamber Choir and Jazz Band, followed by spoken word poetry shared by BSU members.
The assembly’s keynote presenter was Dr. Gilliams Holman, a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker (and dedicated Collegium parent) who fully engaged the audience as she shared insights into African American Studies and the impact African Americans have made on our country.
After the assembly, Dr. Gilliams Holman shared how gratifying it was to be at CCS and interact with our High School students. “I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion for and knowledge of African American culture and literature at the CCS High School Black History Month Assembly, and continue to feel the uplifting and affirming effects of having been able to impart my knowledge of the narratives of notable and ignored Harlem Renaissance figures. A large part of the satisfaction I experienced stems from the enriching bonding I felt within the vibrant community of teachers, staff, and students who assembled with the same goal of celebrating, understanding, and reflecting on the history and achievements of African Americans.”
The BSU’s Black History Month assembly closed with as much energy as it started. Brooklyn G., BSU’s President, said a few words, and then introduced a new BSU tradition, “swag surfin.” Brooklyn had everyone stand up, link arms, and do the dance popularized in 2009 with the release of the hip hop track, “Swag Surfin” by F.L.Y. The dance and track have become a huge cultural unifier across the country. It’s the dance students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can be seen doing at pep rallies, graduations, and more.
“I felt humbled, energized, challenged, and supported by the experience of lecturing and interacting directly with the students. The icing on the cake was the deliberateness among everyone in attendance of linking arms, swaying to the beat of the music, and commemorating the distinctiveness of a #melanated culture/people that derive inspiration, strength, and insight from collaborative endeavors rooted in compassion and educational fortitude.” -Dr. Gilliams Holman
Brooklyn summed up the BSU’s Black History Month assembly with these words: “This was an amazing experience. I’m excited to be a part of such a monumental milestone at Collegium. This is the first time we’ve had a Black History Month celebration, and it was nice to see the whole school involved in our assembly.”
What a way to end Black History Month! Our thanks to the BSU for bringing this insightful and fun assembly to CCS. Here’s to many more BSU events in the future!
2019 Kindergarten Science Fair Success
All students and families who contributed to this year’s CCS Kindergarten Science Fair had a wonderful experience. Their projects ranged from explorations of slime and rockets to experiments in ocean water. Each student presented their project to the judges with confidence and enthusiasm.
According to CCS Kindergarten teacher Ms. Megan Yanoviak, also our Kindergarten Science Fair Coordinator, “The Science Fair is a great way for children to explore science topics that encourage high-level thinking skills and problem-solving. When children perform science experiments, they learn about the science and methods behind topics they’re interested in. The whole experience gives students opportunities to excel academically in school.”
At the Awards Ceremony after the Kindergarten Science Fair, the students all commented about the fun they had. Each participant was given a certificate and medal and encouraged to participate in the Science Fair next year.
5th Graders Perform With PMEA District 12 Chorus
On Thursday, February 14th, three CCS 5th Graders—Hailey C., Emma P., and Rosalinda S.—attended the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 12 Chorus Fest held at Downingtown East High School. At the Fest, young musicians from over 40 local schools combined to create a chorus of more than 130 students.
Hailey, Emma, and Rosalinda first auditioned with Ms. Jacqui Urbas, our CCS Elementary Music Teacher who helped to coordinate the students’ participation in the event. Once selected, the singers spent weeks preparing the seven challenging pieces of music to be sung at the District 12 Chorus Fest. They had one full day of practice with the whole Chorus leading up to their evening performance, which was spectacular! Under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Parker from Temple University, the vocal ensemble created a night of wonderful music together.
Congratulations Hailey, Emma, and Rosalinda on your hard work and dedication! Your talent and heart have already brought so much enjoyment to others.
CCST Presents: Les Misérables School Edition
Tickets On Sale Now!
Tickets for Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) 2019 spring musical, Les Misérables School Edition*, are on sale now!
Performances will take place in Collegium’s 535 Gymnasium between Thursday, March 14th and Saturday, March 16th. Tickets are $12.00 each.
We encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time, since this incredibly popular show will likely sell out. Visit the website below to purchase your tickets.
Questions? Email Ms. Stell.
*Please note that this show is rated "PG-13" by Music Theatre International and contains adult themes. It is not recommended for younger audiences.
Spring PSSA Testing
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for Grades 3-8 begins Wednesday, April 24th and will follow the schedule outlined below. It is important that students are well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time for their assessments.
Wed., April 24th to Fri., April 26th
- Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
- Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am
Mon., April 29th to Tues., April 30th for Grades 3, 4, 7, and 8
Tues., April 30th to Wed., May 1st for Grades 5 and 6
- Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
- Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am
Wed., May 1st and Thurs., May 2nd
- Grade 4: 8:40am-10:40am
- Grade 8: 7:48am-10:47am
Please take a moment to also review the PSSA parent/guardian information linked below outlining frequently asked questions, the policy related to electronic devices, the policy concerning calculator use on the assessment, and the PSSA Student Code of Conduct.
Email Mrs. Jenni Burton with questions about 3rd and 4th Graders taking the PSSAs.
Email Mrs. Amber Ammon with questions about 5th-8th Graders taking the PSSAs.
Education Explained: Genius Hour and Passion-Based Learning
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 our High School Librarian and “Resident Genius,” Katy Ferry.
What would you do if your employer gave you 20% of your week to work on whatever you wanted? Would you create, invent, fix, innovate, or study? This freedom and individuality is behind the “Genius Hour,” a practice that originated in the corporate world. The idea is that by allowing workers to devote time to things that interest them, their productivity will increase.
When students are given time to explore topics that interest them in the classroom, research shows that their overall productivity, educational buy-in, grades, and academic success climb. This “passion-based learning” is student-driven and changes the role of the teacher from a “sage on the stage” to a “guide on the side.”
During Genius Hour work, teachers help students stay on task, but don’t provide step-by-step instruction. The framework of a Genius Hour Project consists of the following:
- Teachers set aside a specific time for students to work on their Genius Hour Projects.
- Students are then encouraged to brainstorm and research what they want to accomplish, design, invent, create, or innovate.
- Next, students prepare an action plan with a “driving question” that describes the purpose of their work and the question they want to answer. The driving question should be based on student research and not easily answered.
- Now comes the students’ work on their Genius Hour Projects. It’s important that they track their progress by conferencing with the teacher, journaling about the process, and recording their ideas and observations.
- In the final phase of Genius Hour Projects, students show their work and the answers to their questions using something they’ve developed, like a video, presentation, invention, a paper they've written, or another creation.
The Genius Hour Project is a great way to introduce passion-based learning to students. Although they're given a lot of freedom and are encouraged to be creative while working on their projects, the process is well organized and the projects require research and accountability. The end result is a student creation that communicates what they’ve learned.
Passion-based, student-driven learning sparks innovation and promotes a love of learning! To learn more, view the video and read the article linked below.
468/486 Building Heritage Celebration Is Almost Here
Hello, 468/486 Families!
The 468/486 Building is holding its Heritage Celebration on Wednesday evening, March 20th, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. We are super excited to have many families already signed up to represent the countries below through food, music, flags, clothes, dances, and much more:
- Puerto Rico
If you haven’t already signed up, there’s still time! You can either join a family already representing one of the countries above, or sign up to share information about a country not yet listed.
To tell us about your interest, please either:
- Print and complete the form linked below, then send it to school with your child, or
- Complete and submit the digital Google Form below, or
- Email or call Mrs. Vini Inaganti (610-903-1300 Ext. 7531) and provide the details requested in the form.
This is going to be a fun event that will encourage celebration of the diversity among 468/486 Building’s children and families. We look forward to seeing you there!
CCS HSA Events & Updates
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.
Spring Box Tops For Education Contest
Our Spring Box Tops Contest is going on now! Keep sending those Box Tops to school with your children. They love participating in the contest to see which class collects the most. The last day for Box Top collection is Monday, March 18th.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th, is a great opportunity for CCS families to come together in a show of support for our school’s hardworking teachers and staff. The HSA organizes the week’s activities and will reach out soon for volunteers and donation sign-ups.
School Store Volunteers Needed!
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.
Volunteering for the Uniform Resale Shop
Volunteers are needed to spend some time each week organizing our Uniform Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is a great fundraiser for CCS and is also a valuable resource for our families. Volunteers help keep donations organized and available for sale. Please use the SignUpGenius link below to donate time to the Resale Shop! Thank you.
Uniform Resale Shop Spring Open House
We’re excited to announce that the Uniform Resale Shop will have an Open House on Sunday, March 17th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The Resale Shop is located in our 500 Building and sells gently used uniforms donated by CCS families.
Purchases can be made by cash or check, only. Please email Anna McFadden, our HSA President, to volunteer your help at the Uniform Resale Shop's Spring Open House. Thank you!
Our Next Monthly Meeting
The HSA will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 6th at 4:30pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. (Note that building access is only available until 4:45pm.) When entering the 535 Building, please use the “main entrance” at the rear of the building (the parking lot side).
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 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