Collegium Newsletter May 28, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, May 28th

  • School Closed - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th - Day 4

  • 515 Building Field Day @ 515 Gym, 515 Field, 150 Parking Lot
  • K-12 Art Show 5:00pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Auditorium and Cafeteria

Wednesday, May 30th - Day 5

  • 515 Building Field Day (Rain Date) @ 515 Gym, 515 Field, 150 Parking Lot
  • 500 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:30pm - 3:30pm @ 500 Conference Room
  • 500 Building: 2018-2019 All 5th Grade and New 6th Grade Students Orientation 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, May 31st - Day 6

  • 150 Building Field Day @ 150 Gym, Basin, Recess Parking Lot
  • Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 5th! 468/486 Building Field Day @ 468 Gym, 486 Gym, 468/486 Parking Lots
  • 535 Building: Popsicle Sale Fundraiser During Lunches (Sponsored by Spanish Honor Society)
  • Grades 7-12: End of the Year Celebration (Sponsored by Student Council) 3:30pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Picnic Area
  • 150 Building Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • 150 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:15pm @ Room 951

Friday, June 1st - Day 1

  • 150 Building Field Day @ 150 Gym, Basin, Recess Parking Lot
  • 500 Building Field Day @ 500 Gym, 500 Field
  • 535 Building: Popsicle Sale Fundraiser During Lunches (Sponsored by Spanish Honor Society)
  • Grades 9 and 10: Field Trip to Woodloch Lodge
  • Grades 11 and 12: That Boat Trip 9:30am - 2:00pm @ Northbrook Canoe Co.

Nikki Neutron and the Energized Guyz

Students from Collegium’s 468/486 Building enjoyed a special assembly last week when Junior Superhero Nikki Neutron and his pals presented an interactive play, The Energized Guyz, about Nikki’s mission to stop energy from being wasted in his town.

With the help of student volunteers, Nikki Neutron and the Energized Guyz braved adventures and roadblocks to spread the word about how valuable energy is, and why it is important to conserve it. By the end of the story, even “Sneaker,” the town’s energy-wasting villain, was persuaded to change his careless ways.

Nikki Neutron and the Energized Guyz taught the students that wasting energy is expensive and also harms the environment. Students learned how easy it is to conserve energy when you decide to “Open your eyes. Be energy wise!” It can start with simply turning off computers, televisions, and lights when they are not in use.

"The students were highly entertained and engaged in science learning!”
"The performance was super engaging, fun, and educational!"

Fourth Grade Teacher Ms. Deegler said that her class had a wonderful time at the assembly. “The performance was super engaging, fun, and educational!” Mrs. Ousey, 468/486 Building Assistant Principal, also attended the performance. “Science is such an integral part of our students’ learning,” she said. “We are so fortunate that the Energy Guyz performed here. The students were highly entertained and engaged in science learning!”

PECO partnered with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) to bring the presentation to Collegium. The NTC is an organization that uses live, educational theater to help children learn how to improve our world. Kindergarten Teacher Miss Stauffer thinks they definitely did just that with the assembly at Collegium: "Both presenters were amazing actors who had great expressions and personality! It was a fabulous presentation, and we would definitely invite them back again! Every student received a booklet to complete fun activities and continue to learn about ways to save electricity."

CCS Girls' Lacrosse At TCISL Championship

Congratulations to our Girls' Lacrosse Team, who qualified to play in the Wednesday, May 23rd Tri-County Independent School League (TCISL) Championship Game.

The Team's Tuesday, May 22nd victory over Barrack Hebrew Academy (20-6) set the stage for a Collegium vs. Perkiomen School Championship Final. The Lady Cougars fought hard but, in the end, Perkiomen secured the Championship Title.

"I am extremely proud of the teamwork and commitment the Girls' Lacrosse Team showed during the Championship and throughout the entire season," said CCS Athletic Director, John Allen. "The girls were disappointed after the Championship loss, but they can be very satisfied with the extreme levels of honor, dignity, and athleticism they display. They represented themselves, their families, and Collegium very well."

Collegium Middle School Athletics Opportunities

Attention Parents of Current 6th Grade Students

Since your children will be in Middle School next year, we want to tell you about athletic programs available for 7th and 8th Grade students at Collegium.


Cross Country, Volleyball, and Soccer

  • Start Date: August 27, 2018
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date: August 22, 2018
  • Permission Slip Due Date: August 27, 2018


Basketball and Cheerleading

  • Start Date: November 26, 2018
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date: November 19, 2018
  • Permission Slip Due Date: November 26, 2018


Lacrosse and Baseball

  • Start Date: March 18, 2019
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date: March 13, 2019
  • Permission Slip Due Date: March 18, 2019

Please be aware of some requirements related to registering your children for our athletic programs:

  • School Physicals cannot replace PIAA Physicals.
  • All physicals must be dated on or after June 1, 2018.
  • Collegium provides uniforms and necessary equipment.

The CCS Athletics Department looks forward to working with you and your children as we continue to take Collegium Athletics to new heights.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. Allen.

STEAM at Collegium's High School

Earlier this month, Mrs. Steines and Mrs. Tiegs, who are Collegium Art and Chemistry teachers, respectively, collaborated on an innovative STEAM project for Mrs. Steines’ jewelry class. For the project, Mrs. Steines' students learned how to apply an electrolytic metal etching process to create beautiful designs on copper.

Under their teachers' guidance, the students used a solution of an electrolyte, along with an anode and a cathode to etch designs onto metal. The copper piece to be etched was connected to the positive pole of a direct electric current source, and a piece of the same metal was connected to the negative pole (the cathode). The beautiful results (see photo) will be used as frames for pendants the students are creating.

"My jewelry class students learned a lot about electrolytic metal etching, and had a blast working on this STEAM project," said Mrs. Steines. "They learned about the flow of electric currents, anodes, and cathodes, and were able to produce beautiful art on copper." Students also learned about chemical changes that occur during the process, the need for a ventilation hood to safely remove gas produced during the electrolytic metal etching process, and how to properly dispose of leftover materials.

Mrs. Steines sent out a special shout-out to Mrs. Tiegs for helping her class with this project, and for allowing them to use the ventilation hood!

2018 Collegium Graduation DVD Preorders

Collegium High School’s Morning News team is making preparations for this year’s Collegium Graduation DVD.

In addition to a custom menu, the DVDs will include a:

  • Full-length edit of the Graduation Ceremony, and
  • Full copy of the Senior Slideshow.

Each Collegium Graduation DVD costs $11.00. To preorder your family’s DVD, please complete and submit a Preorder Form (see link below) by Friday, June 1st.

Payment for DVDs is due by June 8th. Send your cash or check/Money Order (made payable to “Collegium Charter School”) to the attention of Mrs. Maalouf, 535 Building. Indicate your student’s name and “Graduation DVD” on the envelope.

DVD orders can be picked up this summer at Collegium’s 435 Administration Building. You will receive a detailed email once your DVD order and payment are confirmed. Proceeds of DVD sales go to the CCS Morning News Team for programming and to purchase equipment and supplies.

Questions? Email Mrs. Maalouf.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Tracy Wolfe

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them even better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you will be better able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Education Explained

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 Mrs. Rothermel, 500 Building Assistant Principal.

Helping Students Transition to Middle School

Summer is right around the corner, and everyone is getting excited for some well-deserved time off! As this school year closes and another approaches, many students also experience apprehension and uncertainty, especially if they will transition to a new building next year.

The 500 Building’s Administration and employees have been working diligently to prepare our 6th Grade students for the new responsibilities, expectations, and privileges that come with being a Middle School student. From increased academic rigor to new social interactions, these normal developmental gateways often leave parents/guardians and children feeling like they are navigating unfamiliar—and sometimes choppy—waters.

We asked our 6th Graders what their biggest concerns are about moving to Middle School. We know that their parents/guardians probably have similar questions. Below are the top six topics students discussed, along with some tips and suggestions we hope will help our 6th Grade students and families feel more comfortable as they transition to Middle School.

1. What will be expected of me as a student in the Middle School?

The responsibilities of a Middle School student are greater than they were in Elementary School. Every teacher sets unique expectations for their classes, and Middle School Administration and faculty members regularly communicate behavioral and academic expectations with their students and families throughout the year.

Please feel free to communicate with your child’s teachers and school counselors any time you have a question or concern. Collegium faculty and staff are happy to talk about how a student is experiencing success in their new academic setting, and to provide suggestions and guidance, as needed.

2. How will I know where to find my locker? How to open my locker? When to use my locker?

In the first few days of school, students are given their lockers and locker combinations, along with time to practice opening and closing them. Do not worry! They become experts in no time!

3. Can I really use my cell phone during the school day?

Cell phones are only permitted to be used during morning arrival, afternoon home room, and during lunch.

4. What does a typical day look like? Will I have enough time to get to my next class?

A typical day includes your major subjects, electives, study halls, and homeroom. Students have three minutes to move between classes. Our current Middle School students have no problem getting to class during this time period, and our new 7th Graders will find that it is more than enough time, also!

5. Do I still have lunch and recess?

Yes! You will have lunch and the opportunity to go outside for recess.

6. What is the biggest change I can expect in Middle School?

Personal responsibility! Middle School students are expected to be responsible for getting to class on time and being prepared for class. The summer is a great time to develop an organization strategy that will work best for your child.

So what are some things that can be done at home?

  • Establish a regular homework time and routine.
  • Stay involved with your child’s social activities.
  • Encourage your children to expand existing friend networks and get involved with new and different groups.
  • Keep an eye on your child's technology use.
  • Encourage children to spend time away from technology with family and friends.

The transition to a new grade level and building is an exciting time for students and their families. We encourage you to reach out to your building administrators, counselors, and teachers with questions or concerns. We know your children will make this transition successfully, and will excel in Middle School!

For additional tips and information, consider the resources below.

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony Scheduled

Attention 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

You are cordially invited to the 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Friday, June 8th, at 1:15pm in the 515 Building Auditorium. Please arrive early. Parking is available in the 515 parking lot. Parents/guardians are permitted to take their student(s) home after the ceremony, as long as they have signed them out first.

Due to limited space, this invitation is for parents/guardians, only. To make room for dismissal traffic and buses, all parent/guardian vehicles must clear the 515 Building's parking lot by 2:40pm.

The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony will include various awards, an end-of-the-year video, and individual student recognition for successful completion of the 8th Grade.

CCS Nurse Offices Going Paperless

This summer, parents/guardians will be introduced to Collegium's new medical records database, Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record). Yes, the Nurse Offices are going paperless, and as you can tell from the picture, Mrs. Azarak is very excited!

Magnus Health SMR will make it much easier for families to submit important information to Collegium about students. When those records are also needed by appropriate Collegium employees, they will be quickly and easily accessible.

Gone are the yellow paper emergency information cards! With Magnus Health SMR, parents/guardians will enter contact, health, and other information online for Collegium. In addition, the new system will make it easier for parents/guardians to submit dental and physical exam forms, update immunization records, view information on their students, and perform other tasks.

Watch for an email later this school year about Magnus Health SMR. Families will also receive a mailing in late June with more information and account access instructions.

2018-2019 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? If so, new forms must be completed each year, as alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers and babysitters—do not carry over for new school years.

The Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts are available now (see the links below).

By June 15th, please complete your form and forward it to Mrs. Novak, 435 Building. The forms are also available on the CCS Transportation webpage. If you do not have an alternate transportation request, there is nothing you need to do.

Note that details about your child's 2018-2019 home bus stop will be mailed to you by your local district's transportation office about one week before school starts. Collegium receives student bus information at that same time.

Questions? Email our Transportation Liaison, Mrs. Novak.

NEHS Annual New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring its Annual New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help build classroom libraries for new teachers and teachers who are changing grade levels.

Collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building through Wednesday, June 6th. Please help classroom libraries blossom, and also broaden students’ reading selections by donating new and/or gently used books to the Drive. We appreciate your support to help every CCS student learn to read.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

Save the Date: Alex's Lemonade Stand Coming To Collegium

On Friday, June 8th, Alex's Lemonade Stand (ALS) will return to CCS for the 14th year in a row. ALS will run from 9:00am until 3:00pm that day. The video below demonstrates how committed Collegium is to this wonderful community event.

CCS's ALS stands will be located at the 468/486, 150, and 500 Buildings on Friday, June 8th. Soft pretzels and cups of lemonade will be on sale for $1.00 each. The event is open to members of the community; everyone is encouraged to attend! All proceeds go to the ALS Foundation and benefit childhood cancer research.

Unable to attend? Access the link below to make online donations via Collegium's ALS fundraising webpage. We are confident that the Collegium Community will quickly surpass our online goal of $2,000!

Questions? Contact these Collegium ALS representatives:

3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic Scheduled

Collegium's 3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) is an excellent way to enjoy spending time with your family and the Collegium Community.

Everyone is invited to come to the 500 Building Field on Thursday, June 7th, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm for the BYOP. Bring along your family's picnic blankets, chairs, yard games, food, and drinks (nonalcoholic), and be ready to have a blast!

We will share more details as the event gets closer. Until then, we hope you will add the BYOP to your calendars for Thursday, June 7th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm on our 500 Building field.

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 the WWPD.

The email address and phone line are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone 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 our Building Principals:

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

The CCS HSA serves in a capacity similiar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). We owe our success to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

Pawsitive Praise

As the 2017-2018 school year winds down, we want to take a moment to thank the many Collegium employees who assisted the HSA in its projects, events, and activities. From planning to hands-on help, your contributions to the Collegium Home & School Association are valued and appreciated. Thank you!

Elementary School Store Notice

The last day for 2017-2018 School Store purchases is Wednesday, May 30th! Thank you to all of this year's volunteers who made the School Stores a favorite activity for our Elementary students.

HSA Co-President Needed for 2018-2019

Interested in joining the HSA, collaborating with HSA Officers, and helping to move the organization and its goals forward? The position of HSA Co-President will be available at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA School Store Coordinator Wanted

The Elementary Building School Stores are a real highlight for Collegium students and a great fundraiser for the school. The HSA is looking for someone willing to be responsible for the overall management of the School Stores. This includes ordering products and refilling store merchandise. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

Facebook is one way the HSA communicates with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post photos and content to the HSA's Facebook page. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Ongoing Fundraisers


Simply shop at AmazonSmile and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity to raise money for CCS. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to the school!

Ongoing Fundraisers


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

Final 2017-2018 HSA Monthly Meeting

At 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 6th, the HSA will hold its final 2017-2018 General Meeting in the 535 Cafeteria.

To attend, please use the 535 Building's rear entrance furthest from the Gym entrance (see photo). Building access is not available after 4:45pm. We hope you will attend! Meetings are about one hour long.

Collegium Main Number


Campus 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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