Collegium Newsletter December 3, 2018

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Dec. 3rd - Day 5

  • Grades K-12: Candy Gram Fundraiser Begins (Sponsored by CCST) (Ends 12/14)
  • Grades K-6: Picture Retake Day | All K-6 Buildings
  • Grades K-12: SPCA Drive Begins (Sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society) (Ends 12/13)
  • Grade 8: Algebra I Winter Keystone Testing 7:30am - 1:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Grades 9-11: Winter Keystone Testing | Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Springfield-Montco High School | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Springfield-Montco High School | Gym 5:00pm @ 535 Building

Tue., Dec. 4th - Day 6

  • 500 Building: 5th Grade Field Trip (Chandler, Naylis, McCook, and Dawson) @ People's Light
  • Grade 8: Algebra I Winter Keystone Testing | Conference Room 7:30am - 1:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Grades 9-11: Winter Keystone Testing | Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed., Dec. 5th - Day 1

  • 500 Building: 5th Grade Field Trip (Fowlkes, McIntyre, and Mullin) @ People's Light
  • Grades 9-11: Winter Keystone Testing | Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 9:00am - 10:00am
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club (Second Session) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • HSA Meeting | Cafeteria 4:30pm @ 535 Building

Thu., Dec. 6th - Day 2

  • 468/486 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip (Royer, Wolf, Yanoviak, and Stauffer) @ Delaware Children's Museum
  • Grades 9-11: Winter Keystone Testing | Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: STEM Mentoring Club K-4 | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Fri., Dec. 7th - Day 3

  • 468/486 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip (Garsils, Miller, and Zane) @ Delaware Children's Museum
  • Grade 12 and All CCS Employees: College T-Shirt Day
  • Grades 7-11: Picture Retake Day @ 515 Building and 535 Building
  • Grades 9-11: Winter Keystone Testing (Makeup Date) | Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades K-6: Family STEAM Night (Session A) 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 150 Building
  • 150 Building: 2nd Grade Choir & 3rd/4th Grade Choir Winter Concert (Ticketed Event) | Gym 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 500 Building
  • 150 & 486 Buildings: Combined 3rd Grade Orchestra, 4th Grade Orchestra, & 4th Grade Band Winter Concert (Ticketed Event) | Gym 7:30pm - 8:30pm @ 500 Building

Saturday, Dec. 8th

  • Boys Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Church Farm School 5:30pm @ Church Farm School
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Church Farm School 7:00pm @ Church Farm School

CCS Spelling Bee Tournament of Champions

Over the past few weeks, students in Collegium's 5th through 8th Grades competed in Classroom Spelling Bees. Winners of the Classroom Spelling Bees were then eligible to participate in CCS's Spelling Bee Tournament of Champions held on Wednesday, November 21st.

CCS is proud to announce the students who won their Classroom Spelling Bees and earned the opportunity to participate in the CCS Spelling Bee Tournament of Champions:

Isabella Sanchez, Matthew Mitroka, Lily Copeland, James Francis, Caleb Pryor, Aydia MacGuire, Mohib-ur Rehman, Alana Szymborski, Breanna Arbuckle, Miles Fields, Presley Solt, Ava Deer, Bennett Geibel, Krish Kumar, Kate Laughlin, Shane Keeler, Molly Krumaker, Lauren Jackson, Re’Shaun Reed, Maurice Craft, Justin Carpio, Gavin Massimi, Madeline Soliven, Shubham Kulkarni, Andrea Lara-Marcial, Isabella Geibel, Odote Ondiek, Gabrielle Green, Tristan Perry-Vetter, Rosemary Tommy, Yash Patel, Evelyn Mercado Sanchez, Malavika Menon, Robert Porreca, Zoe Greene, Spencer Phillips, Adam El-Issaoui, Faden Hardaway, and Lyndsey Reef.

Our Bee Champion was 5th Grader Lily Copeland, who won by spelling eclampsia in the 11th round. Lily will move on to attend the Chester County Spelling Bee on February 13, 2019.

"There was some tough competition. I didn’t think I would win, but I’m glad I did." -Lily Copeland, 5th Grade

When asked about her feelings on winning Collegium's Tournament, Lily exclaimed, "It feels pretty good. There was some tough competition. I didn’t think I would win, but I’m glad I did." As for her plans for participation in the Chester County Spelling Bee, Lily said, "I need to study really hard if I want to make it even close to winning."

Congratulations to all of the Classroom Spelling Bee Winners, Tournament of Champions Participants, and to our CCS Spelling Bee Champion, Lily!

Food Service Department Updates

December K-12 Menus and Payment Form

K-12 Lunch and Breakfast Menus and the Food Service Department's December Payment Form are available via the link below. This information is also posted as a Resource on the Food Service page of our website.

The Kindness Of Strangers

As in any Pennsylvania school, CCS has families in need who are unable to pay their outstanding Food Service Department account balances. During the holiday season, you can help these CCS families by anonymously contributing to pay their outstanding account balances.

To determine how you can make the most impact and to anonymously submit funds for this purpose, email our Food Service Director, Mr. Mike Ely. Thank you!

CCST Candy Grams

The cast and crew of Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) upcoming production of Les Misérables School Edition are selling Candy Grams from Monday, December 3rd until Friday, December 14th.

Candy Grams cost $1.00 each and include candy and a personal message. They will be distributed across campus on Friday, December 21st. If you would like to send a student or employee a Candy Gram, please print out the form below and follow the directions.

Please Note: Candy Grams must be purchased with cash (no coins, please) and orders must be received by Friday, December 14th. Late orders will not be accepted. Any orders missing information (recipient's name, HR teacher, and/or building number) may not be delivered.

Questions? Email Ms. Stell, who will be happy to help.

500 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T1 Honor Roll!

Image Caption: 500 Building Principal Mr. Murphy sharing, "Congratulations! I am very proud of your hard work and dedication! Keep it up!"

500 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

6th Grade: Ricardo Albarran-Rodriguez, Rylan Alderman, Colin Alexander, Maya Alvarez-Beltran, John Anderson, Sergio Argueta-Arriaza, Marek Bako, Madison Baldwin, Ashleigh Batdorf, Jordan Bean, Cameron Bershas, Ian Bershas, Nicole Bierlmaier, Logan Binkley, Janelle Bondurant-Gardner, Ethan Burr, Shane Burr, Sophia Butler, Dylan Butts, Annalise Caban, Alex Cadme, Nasiir Campbell, Justin Carpio, Joselyn Castillo Marcial, Jazmin Cedillo Miranda, Finnegan Ciliberti, Aaron Colella, Jacob Comarato, Claire Corby, Ashley Coria-Flores, Ana Cortez-Ramirez, Michael Costa, Maurice Craft, Judith De Jesus Marcial, Norah DeTurck, Sophia DiMaggio, Erin Dolan, Abigail Dorley, Anya Drew, Desiree Dubroski, Joaquin Fernandes, Melisa Finafrock, Elliot Fraser, Colin Gallagher, Sofia Garzon, Bennett Geibel, Timothy Guo, Omar Helali, Josue Hernandez, Jeremiah Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Hope Johnson, Adarsh Kabekkodu, Hayden Katzor, Shane Keeler, Emma Keen, Noah Keen, Abu Koita, Molly Krumaker, Vrishti Kulkarni, Ridhi Kumar, Juliana Lane, Kate Laughlin, Alexa Leslie-Robinette, Stephanie Loaeza, Jada Lucas, Hunter Mack, Terron Mack, Gabriella Madonna, Gage Mann, Joshua Marnien, Xavier McClanahan, Declan McDermott, Isabella McGinness, Sakshi Mehta, Kaila Mejias, Bennett Miller, Dylan Montijo, Eric Morrison, Taylor Mosley, Ashley Mugo, Alice Newlin, Sisira Noolu, Skyia Norris, Walker O'Brien, Samantha Ocran, Robert Perna, Mikayla Reeder, Boden Riehl, Julius Rigo, Diego Rodriguez, Anais Rosas-Calvario, Amari Ross, Leander Rottman, Hamza Rovi, Sara Rowlinson, Fiona Rupp, Delanee Russum, Elsa Sagers, Jacqueline Sanchez Castaneda, Osvaldo Sanchez Valdez, Keira Seegmueller, Alexander Shank, Hamnah Siddiqui, Lawrence Smith, Rachael Smith, Eric Soderland, Velmiana Soto-Vega, Annika Swanson, Sophia Swint, Michael Tapia, Schalk Van Niekerk, Kaelyn Vega, Julia Wagaman, Marissa Walker, Maya Weeks, Lanorde Wheeler, Isaiah Williams, Naomi Wright, and William Wynne.

5th Grade: Danica Aaronson, Victoriah Adams, Victoria Agatone, Jahliyah Allen, Amryl Anderson, Patrick Anderson, Alyssa Aughey, Meredith Baccile, Jonathan Baglin, Althea Balmonte, Prerna Barve, Connor Bergman, Gabrielle Bookard, Nayda Bookman, Noah Boone, Kyra Borden, Zoey Borys, Charles Brubach, Allison Burke, Nicholas Cammer, Brian Carter, Asher Chaney, Leah Cheek, Amir Christmas, Sophia Compton, Lily Copeland, Hailey Crane, Charlotte Dawson, Avery Dunn, Sanath Edke, Gabriel Ercolino, Aubrey Estrella, Isabella Eveland, Caleb Fedon, Aasiyah Ferguson-Brown, Miles Fields, Brogan Fleitz, James Francis, Faith Garrett, Marin Gaspari, Miyako Glemser, Brody Golder-Marinari, Gavin Gonzalez, Reese Gordon, Moriah Green, Zaden Green, Landon Gustafson, Leeloo Hart, Camille Holman, Carson Holmes, Hannah Hong, Gregory Humphreys, Charles Inga, Declan Jamison, Warrin John, Savannah Johnson, Justin Jones, Joshua Jones-Pinilla, Rishan Joseph, Ryleigh Kerrigan, Emia Keylor, Morgan King, Connor Knecht, Alexander Kouras, Krishna Koyyalamudi, Schae Kramer, Destinee Leister, Sophia Leydet, Keliah Livingston, Keegan Locke, Gianni Lucianetti, Aydia MacGuire, Jad Madanat, Brynna Marshall, Max Martini, Courtney Melcher, Harrison Mendenhall, Emma Messick, Adonis Miller, Matthew Mitroka, Mikayla Morris, Samantha Moses, Aiden Moua, McKenna Mullen, Brianna Mulvaney, Samantha Mungai, Adrian Naranjo, Isabella Nast, Malin Neff, Isabelle Newman, Avery Noel, Mason Norris, Rowen O'Brien, Hadiyah O'Garro, Patrick O'Hara, Katelyn O'Hara, Madelyn Okolowicz, McKenna Ott, Starlie Ouellette, Michael Oxford, Casey Pasbjerg-Albright, Gabrielle Patterson, Emma Pearson, Alyssa Perry, Anastasia Podolak, Madeleine Porreca, Bellini Prabha Shankar, Caleb Pryor, Viraaj Randhawa, Hailey Regener, Mohib-ur Rehman, Aurora Renner, Michelle Reynoso-Sotelo, Aidan Rieder, Casey Rodriguez, Gabriella Rodriguez-Portugues, Mehul Rojy, Isabella Sanchez, Dylan Scarani, Madelyn Schuibbeo, Makayla Schuibbeo, Rosalinda Segarra, Francisco Serrano, Abiha Shahid, Desmond Sheerin, George Simeone, Ava Smith, Zain Smith, Aidan Soler, Presley Solt, Diego Soto, Carly Staso, Alana Szymborski, Carrington Taylor, Jason Thankachan, Jahsirra Thomas, Mathias Tocto, Giselle Torres, Akayla Towles, Christos Trifonas, Ashton Ulmer, Shaina Ulmer, Carli van Baal, Alexandra Van Remoortel, Michael Van Remoortel, Kathryn Vilchock, Ryan Wagner, Simeon Wah, Eskine Wollie, and Joshua Young.

500 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

6th Grade: Logan Ammon, Tyler Baxter, Andre Bennett, Nahsier Buchanan, Theresa Conroy, Nevaeh Dais, Ava Deer, Isabella Dolph, Shane Fossett, Brandon Green, Jayson Green, Matthew Hash, Olivia Hill, Kendra Jacobs, Kamryn Jones, Aramis Lopez, Dominic Malara, Alan Mercado, Nadia Moore, Samara Ocran, Liam Paquette, Logan Peters, Lynn Rodriguez, Taylor Scott, Isaac Smith, Aneyah Williams, and Laila Works.

5th Grade: Ryanne Allen, Sierra Anstey, Claudia Buchanan, Lucy Dean, A'mari DeShields, Blake Everett, Rachel Ghita, Rylie Goins, Jackson Hursh, Matthew Marchiondo, Sherron McKim, Isabella Picciocchi, Shayla Rodriguez, Charles Rohrbaugh, Gabriela Tinoco, Nasira Towles, Aaron Trego, Chase Wakefoose, and Kimori Warren.

486 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T1 Honor Roll!

Image Caption: 468/486 Building Principal Dr. Wight sharing, "Congratulations on your hard work and making the Honor Roll."

486 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Mahad Ahmed, Ali Asghar, Javier Barnett, Matthew Blakely, Kyle Bonanni, Sebastian Chin, Charles Copeland, Elizabeth Daniels, Maya Davis, Saya Enea, Nicandro Flores-Garcia, Keira Goins, Colton Harris, Gianna Jackson, Michael Johnson, Camryn Johnson, Triniti Jones-Young, Sophia Keeler, Avery Kenworthy, Emma Kenworthy, Tyler Kinyanjui, Mina Krieger, Salena Le, Maria Leon Daza, Emma Magee, Nathan Marnien, Charlotte McBride-King, Tyler McCormick, Finley Melvin, Kyle Nangle, Grace Ottinger, Cyrus Patel, Vincent Paterno, Walker Potter, Heidi Potts, Hannah Quinn, Avalyn Rakoff, Brent Randall, Austin Reichert, Emma Reingardt, Nathan Richards, Lennon Rissi, Simran Sachdeva, Chelsea Sackor, Sophia Stoy, Emma Swope, Laura Tarau, Jonathan Thomas, Julia Trexler, Emily Wachter, Benjamin Washington, Sydney Yack, and Daniel Zugarek.

3rd Grade: Haley Baldwin, Aarav Bhayani, Ryan Bonanni, Adam Borni, Elijah Brown, Silvia Butler, Hunter Christman, Harvey Clauss, Ryan Cook, Sydney Cotter, Cianna Cotto, Lincoln Cottrell, Shaun Crooks, Nicholas DiCampli, Julia Enea, Cristian Galan-Galan, Jason Giacinto, Matthew Glemser, Madelynn Green, Lianna Gutierrez, Isla Hagan, Ethan Hertzog, Austin Hoffman, DaQuan Hovington, Jamel Jallah,Simone Kinkade, Rohan Kudrimoti, Carnell Legree, Jawad Madanat, Imran Malik, Arya Manchala, Eduardo Mancilla, Dominic Marinelli, Isabella Martin, Madison Molyneaux, Bryce Navarrete, Nathan Ostrowski, Bryce Parmiter, Victoria Pascarella, Sophia Pittman, Gavin Pray, Arjun Reddy, Jazlyn Reid Moore, Kylee Rutherford, Cristina Sanchez Escobar, Eva Soto, James Stevens, Molly Taylor, John Tompkins, Mikaela Vabre, Rachel Vaye, Kherington Wenrich, Jian Wilkey, Lilah Williams, Jordan Wood, and Nikhil Yalamanchili.

486 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Henry Anderson, Trevor Cantlin, Julia Carver, Nina Carver, Jose Castillo-Marcial, Iman Faisal, Isla Faragasso, Julia Fuller, Dean Gibson Yohe, Carlos Gonzalez, Sophia Harris, Benjamin Hash, Allisson Idrovo Guzman, Will Ihlenfeld, Adrian Kearney, Michael Leslie, and Abigail Pratt.

3rd Grade: Melanie Bryson, Nicholas Christino, Jason Detelus, John DiPietrantonio, Anasasia Duopu, Barbara Goldman, Kaitlyn Haley, Taylor Hall, Lucas Hernandez, Apollo Miller, Michala Nero-Taphorn, Ciara Ortiz, Sarah Pulgarin, Alina Rainey, Ulices Rodriguez-Simon, Aiden Shields, Rylin Tilling, Brenton Turner, Nicolas Ulloa-Alvarez, Alyssa Zenz, and Aiden Zurbano.

150 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T1 Honor Roll!

Image Caption: 150 Building Principal Mr. Lawler sharing, "Congrats Honor Roll students! I'm so proud of your hard work and dedication!"

150 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Mehdi Abdallah, Charles Adair, Daniel Akeju, David Alvarez Flores, Morgan Anderson, Allison Arpa, Mohammad Ather, Miguel Barragan Calle, Collin Baum, Carter Bean, Aidan Been, Sage Bennett, Ira Bookman, Brinae Bowman, Christopher Broderick, Sela Butts, Charles Calle, Leon Chakraborty, Ethan Clark, Grace Clark, Kevin Cleveland, Kayla Cochran, Derek Comarato, Trevor Conrad, Nicholas Conroy, Chase Cordova, Jaden Craft, Aubrey Cummins, Nasir Curtis, Jessica DeLeon, Liam DiRocco, A'Neisah Douglas, Jassir El-Issaoui, Cadence Engler, Alexis Erskine, Marely Estrada, Ryan Fareno, Harper Fraser, Olivia Frost, Alejandro Fuentes, Yoselin Garcia-Galan, Imani Gibson, Anna Gilles-Convery, Maya Griffin, Greyson Griffith, Jonathan Gutierrez, Danica Horwath, Amalia Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Aidan Kearney, Leah Kopitsky, Aryan Kumar, Christian Kurzeja, Jayson Lara, Julian Leithead, Payton Lewis, Zane Mack, Abigail Mars, Angel Martinez-Santos, Ann Mathew, Zachary Mathew, Zane McCafferty, Alani McCoy, Brian McFadden, Olivia McGovern, Braydon Milito, Milanni Miller, Emma Mitchell, Nathan Mork, Brookelyn Morrow, Giovanni Muniz, Jasmin Murungi, Major Narula, Nevaeh Nedab, Liam Nicol, Thomas Papola, Joseph Perry, Aprilia Phillips, Bailey Phillips, Joshua Quintero, Serena Richardson, Christopher Rigo, Zariyah Robinson, Sumaya Rovi, Addison Sahagian, Sarah Scharf, Katherine Schroeder, Sophia Sims, Zachary Steinfeldt, Clarence Stewart, Natasha Stokes, Tayla Sullivan, Isaiah Thompson, Alexa Toth, Austin Verlinghieri, Niyanna Warren, Zi'Yona Williams, Olivia Woolfolk, Baruni Yadamreddy, Arianna Zomorrodian, and Juan Zuniga Rivera.

3rd Grade: Oluwasemilogo Akinsola-Aladesanmi, Cameron Alexander, Melinda Amberson, Nandini Arya, Samuel Asiema, Ashton Bartholomew, Alexander Beard, Jaycie Burnett, Paige Cannon, Daisy Cooper, Silvia Costanzo, Rowena DeTurck, Bernard Dolan, Levi Earnest, Lauren Fields, Madison Handley, Logan Harris, Dresden Hart, Xavier Hawes, Elliott Houser, Noah Michael Huyard, Edmund Kean John, Yanni Kouras, Katherine Krastev, Mason Lane, Natalia Lara-Marcial, Desiree Leister, Mackenzie Long, Anthony Lu, Emmy Makriniotis, Madelyn Martinez-Samaniego, Nathaniel Mathew, Kaolin McElwee, Hazel McKeon, Taylor Meyhoefer, Brandon Moses, Tiffany Mugo, Dyuman Muvvala, Moriah Nast, Alexa Okolowicz, James Pierce, Madison Plummer, Abigail Regener, Arden Robinson, Ellis Robinson, Josie Schreiber, Rylan Simerly, Mason Sledd, Julianne Thankachan, Landon Thompson, Neo Urey, McKenzie Vail, Trey Walls, Jordan Wright, and Logan Yearsley.

150 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Jada Conway, Kole Culbertson, Maria De La Cruz, Connor Fanelli, Londyn Joe, Ailen Maldonado-Urbina, David Martinez, Jose Mena , Anthony Miller Jr, Paul Paguio, Fabian Ruilova, Demetry Savage, Sierra Smith, and Anthony Uhland.

3rd Grade: Mia Alvarez, Ayanna Anwar, Holden Barrett, Breella Batdorf, Braelyn Batykefer, Michael Bennett, Cole Bonnes, Greyson Bosly, Riley Carpenter, Gabriella Dungan, Giovanni Galicia Colin, Vivienne Glomb, Mackenzye Holmes, Isabella Hudecheck, Jennifer Inga, Aubrey Loescher, Caedmon Marshall, Sean Neide, Madelynn Norris, Lilah Phillips, Danna Reynoso-Colin, Anna-Maelynn Robinson, Vanessa Scott, Alejandra Soto Lizasuain, Layleeana Soto, and Connor Staples.

FAFSA Completion Night Rescheduled

Due to the unseasonable winter weather on Thursday, November 15th, Collegium's FAFSA Completion Night has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM in the 535 Library.

On December 12th, Financial Aid experts will be at Collegium to answer your questions and to help you complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Completion and submission of the FAFSA is necessary for students to be eligible for financial aid. Seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP using the email address below.

Planning to attend? Prior to the event, parents/guardians and students should visit the website below and create FSA IDs (for both parents/guardians and students). Please also bring prior-year tax information to help complete the FAFSA application.


Collegium's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is hosting its annual SPCA Drive for the Brandywine Valley SPCA. The Drive begins on Monday, December 3rd and continues through Thursday, December 13th.

Items to be collected will meet different SPCA needs, including those for the animals and for the shelter itself. See the list of requested items below; you can click on the image to enlarge the list.

All donations can be dropped off in any of Collegium's Main Offices. Questions? Email Mrs. Wallace.

On behalf of the NJHS, we thank all SPCA Drive participants for helping to keep our four-legged friends warm and well fed this winter season.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Richard Gonzalez

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, Richard Gonzalez, High School Spanish Teacher.

Education Explained: Guided Reading A to Z, Part II

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. Colleen Danilson, Title I Reading Specialist and RAP Teacher, and is a follow-up to our “Guided Reading A to Z” Education Explained published October 1, 2018 in Collegium's Newsletter. In Part II, Mrs. Danilson digs deeper into how small-group instruction works in the Guided Reading approach.

Guided Reading is small-group literacy instruction designed to help students develop strategic, problem-solving skills to improve their ability to read and understand a wide variety of texts. It's one component of the high-quality reading/writing instruction Collegium offers students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The students also engage in whole-group instruction, mini-lessons, interactive and shared read-alouds, and a range of other activities that help them continuously grow as readers and writers.

One of the most important factors in Guided Reading is the matching of appropriate texts to readers. Guided Reading uses instructional level texts—those that are slightly more difficult than ones the student can read alone—to challenge students just enough that, with the help of expert teaching, they have chances to use and learn new reading strategies. Teachers observe and respond to students real-time during each lesson, which allows them to get to know each child’s strengths and areas where improvement is needed. For instance, some students may need to work on their word-solving strategies, while another student in the same group might need support with self-monitoring (noticing their errors).

Another reason that Guided Reading works so well is that all of the students in a small group read the same text while also receiving individualized teaching and prompts based on their specific needs. This real-time responsive teaching and differentiation helps each student to constantly develop the problem-solving actions required to become more successful, self-sufficient readers. Each lesson also includes engaging discussion and customized student support before, during, and after reading.

According to the founders of the Guided Reading approach, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, “The purpose of guided reading is to support the reader’s building of an effective processing system, enabling them to expand their reading power over time.” At Collegium, we provide our students with endless opportunities to challenge themselves as literary scholars. By using the Guided Reading approach, teachers have the opportunity to truly hone in to address the specific needs of our students. Instead of a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the combination of just-right texts and expert teaching provides a productive foundation for students to pursue their highest levels of reading achievement.

Want to learn more about the Guided Reading approach? Here are some additional resources for families:

CCS Employment Opportunities

Collegium has several employment opportunities to share with the Collegium Community:

1. Food Service Assistant, Substitute (Part-Time, School-Year): The Food Service Assistant Substitute works on an occasional, as-needed basis during school hours.

2. Bus Driver (Part-Time): The School Bus Driver transports students to/from sports events and other school activities. Hours are mainly during the school day and occasionally extend into the evening. Summer hours may also be available.

3. Security Officer (Part-Time): Our Security Officers work shifts on varying day, evening, and weekend schedules.

If you or anyone you know is interested in working for Collegium, we encourage you to check our job openings and apply using the link on our Employment webpage.

Questions? Email HR@ccs.us.

Nominate CCS Teachers For Citadel's Heart Of Learning Award

Citadel Federal Credit Union has announced the opening of nominations for its 2019 Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Use the link below to nominate Collegium teachers for this, the 18th Annual Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Citadel will accept nominations through December 31, 2018.

Together with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), Citadel created its Heart of Learning Award in 2001. Any person who teaches at a public or private Chester County school is eligible to win. Every year, Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations from Chester County students, parents/guardians, and community members for teachers who are making a true difference in students’ lives. Last year, more than 2,300 teachers were nominated.

After the nomination period ends, 15 finalists are selected from the nominations: One from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the CCIU, and one from a Chester County non-public school. All finalists receive $500 to use in their classrooms and are honored at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards Banquet in early May. Three winners (one each from a High School, Middle School, and Elementary School) are selected from the 15 finalists to receive an additional $1,500 to use in their classrooms.

In addition to the teaching excellence award, the three schools that submit the most nominations are designated “Schools with Heart." Citadel awards these schools cash prizes to be used for assemblies or events: $1,500 to the school in first place, $750 for the second-place school, and $500 for third place.

Planned Absences: How To Obtain CCS Approval

Will your child be absent from school because you're planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for these days of absence to be excused.

Home & School Association (HSA) Updates

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

December HSA Meeting

The December HSA General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. We have so many interesting events to plan for 2019 and volunteer opportunities to discuss!

To enter the 535 Building, please go to the rear of the building, and use the entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance. Building access is not available after 4:45pm. If you have questions or need additional information, email our HSA Officers directly.

Shoparoo and AmazonSmile

Shoparoo and AmazonSmile are two ways you can easily donate to Collegium when you shop, especially during the upcoming holidays.

Shoparoo is a free iOS and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into CCS donations. Using the app is quick, easy, and convenient. Shop anywhere you want and buy whatever you normally buy, then snap a picture of your receipt and submit it to Shoparoo. Voila! You’ve made an instant cash donation to Collegium.

Shoparoo requires no personal information, and you can mark out anything on your receipts that you don’t want to submit. For more information on Shoparoo, visit Shoparoo's website (linked below).

AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices, services, and benefits (including Amazon Prime) as Amazon.com. The extra benefit with AmazonSmile is that you can effortlessly donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Collegium!

Simply log into smile.amazon.com (link below) using your existing Amazon account login and password, select Collegium as your charity, and start shopping!

HSA Five Below Fundraiser Through December 10th

Shop at Five Below through Monday, December 10th to donate a portion of your purchases to our HSA. As with all HSA fundraisers, the proceeds go to the HSA, which uses them to support CCS activities and classrooms.

Just print the flyer (below) and present it at checkout to contribute to this HSA fundraiser. Thank you!

Uniform Resale Shop Donations Needed

Our Uniform Resale Shop needs donations! Our gym pants, sweatshirts, and skorts inventories are very low. Please consider donating your outgrown uniforms. All proceeds directly benefit the Uniform Scholarship Fund for CCS students and families in need.

Volunteer At Our School Stores

CCS students in the 150, 468/486, and 500 Buildings love their School Stores! We need volunteers to keep them open for students before school and during lunch periods. If you can offer a few hours to work a School Store, please sign up using the link below. Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.

Winter Coat Collection

The CCS HSA is collecting gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves in adult and children’s sizes. Donations can be dropped off to the Uniform Resale Shop in CCS’s 500 Building. These donations are for CCS students in need who may be without winter coats. All infant and toddler donations will benefit the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Head Start Program.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

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
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