Collegium Newsletter February 13, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Feb. 13th - Day 4

  • Academic Team Junior Varsity Semifinals @ CCIU 9:00am
  • Iceland Music Performance Trip: Parent/Participant Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Tuesday, Feb. 14th - Day 5

Wednesday, Feb. 15th - Day 6

  • MS/HS Music Students Rita's Fundraiser Ends
  • 468 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 10:00am @ 486 Cafeteria
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Montgomery School 3:30pm @ Montgomery School
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Montgomery School 4:30pm @ Montgomery School
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 16th - Day 1

  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm

Friday, Feb. 17th - Day 2

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 7 & 8: Valentine's Day Dance 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria

From Our Nurse's Office

Dental Exams and Physical Exams

Attention parents/guardians of students in grades K, 3rd, and 7th. Please remember that your child's state required Dental Exam Form (below) is due no later than April 28th. Final reminder letters will be going home at the end of this month.

Students happy to display their toothy grins.

If your child is in grades K, 6th, or 11th, a completed Physical Exam Form (below) is required and is also due by April 28th. Final reminder letters will be going home at the end of this month.

Peak Flu Season Reminders

To ensure the health of students and staff, please do not send your children to school when they are sick. The flu is at its peak now and we are seeing many students with fevers and stomach issues.

Students may not return to school until they are fever-free without Tylenol or Advil for 24 hours and/or no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.

Questions about forms or flu season reminders? Please email your child's Building Nurse.

PowerSchool Mobile App

Experience real-time updates of student performance on any device, wherever you are.

Designed to better engage parents and students to increase student achievement, the free PowerSchool Mobile App creates awareness of student performance and opportunities for improvement. Students can hold themselves accountable and parents can stay apprised of grades, scores, performance, and attendance with real-time notifications.

Users can access PowerSchool mobile from any iOS or Android device, including Apple Watch. The app is enhanced for all users including readers to accommodate disabilities. Parents and students enjoy the same clean design and interface for consistency across all devices. Learn more about the PowerSchool Mobile App by viewing the video below.

Ready to get started? Access additional PowerSchool Mobile parent information via the link below.

Questions? Send an email using the link below and a member of the Collegium IT Department will reply as quickly as possible.

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Parents of the CCS music students heading to Iceland* in April invite you to an exciting Trivia Night Fundraiser this Saturday, February 18th. Join us, test your knowledge, and you may even walk away with a cash prize.

Gather a table of friends and neighbors and enjoy a fun night out while also supporting CCS music students! Eight to ten people per table is best. If you're interested, we can even seat you with others if you have a smaller group. Soft drinks and light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring snacks and desserts to share with your table. Tickets are $20.00/person, a limited number of tickets are available, and you must be 21+ to attend.

For questions and ticket information, please email CCS parents Maria Schreiber and Teresa Dempsey.

*Through their participation in an international music festival, the April trip to Iceland will help our talented music students put CCS on the global stage! These young musicians will perform in the amazing Harpa Hall, a site that has hosted many professional musicians and performers, alongside other high school students from around the world.

515 Building Valentine's Dance

The 515 Building is hosting a Valentine's Dance for 7th and 8th grade students on February 17th from 6:00-8:00pm in the 515 Building Cafeteria.

There is a $5.00 entrance fee and snacks and drinks will be provided. The theme of the Valentine's Dance is Red, Pink, and Purple. Students are encouraged to dress their best, as the attire is semi-formal. Sweatpants/sweatshirts are not permitted.

Questions? Email Mr. Ford.

Camp Collegium 2017

Registration for Camp Collegium 2017 is now open! While we anticipated rapid responses from the community, we are amazed at how quickly families are taking action and registering campers. Based on early registration numbers, it seems likely that the program may reach capacity before March. Interested in registering your child? Don't delay!

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for detailed information. If you're ready to submit registration information now, please access the link below. Questions? Email Ms. Horsey.

535 Building Enhancement

In order to meet the educational needs of our growing population of high school students in the 535 Building, a reconfiguration project has begun!

Our current Library will be transformed into a new science Lab and classroom space. The Library will be moving to a temporary home in a classroom and then to its new home for the 2017-2018 school year in the current 535 Lecture Hall.

The new Library space will be focused on providing a unique learning space conducive to collaboration and research. We are grateful for the flexibility of our teachers, staff and students during this transformation!

Menu Changes

Due to the recent Snow Day on Thursday, February 9th, lease note the following details regarding our Food Service menus.

  • Grades K-8: Monday's lunch is now turkey (from February 9th's menu).
  • Grades 9-12: Monday's lunch remains unchanged from posted menu.

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hardworking students who achieved Honor Roll!

Middle School High Honors

GPA of 93%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.GPA of 93%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

7th Grade: Sage Bauer, Charles Becnel, Izeah Bennett, Julie Bogle, Melanie Bohs, Josie Boyer, Yarrick Dillard, Taylor Douglas, Malia Ford, Michael Gallimore III, Lucia Garzon, Karly Gyuris, Mina Hinton, Lily Iding, Mikhael Joseph, Jordan Kelly, Emma Kim, William Lentz, Emily Libo-on, Noelle Mast, Thomas McHugh, Alexandra Muravyev, Cecelia Newman, Kevin Nguyen, Kobe Nguyen, Thi Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Ferris Ni, Olive Odida, Alexander Ohrn, Aidan Oliver, Alexander Pham, Maia Rissi, Ainsley Robinson, Sloane Robinson, Alexa Sanchez, Zahra Siddiqui, Braden Sieck, Dallas Smith, Magnolia Sommar, Margaret Tresselt, Kaleah Tuttle, Brayden Vattilano, Madison Wachter, Olivia Wiggins, and Christopher Wright.

8th Grade: Alyssa Bickert, Belle Burnett, Lizbeth Calle, Timothy Carlson, Kai Castro, Christopher Correll, John Darnall, Abigail Garcia-Galan, Jaime George, Ani Goldman, Paige Henry, Grace Hitchens, Shyan Hunt, Aidan Jackson, Olivia Jones, Elizabeth Kiley, Hannah Luong, Raven McCoy, Taylor Nagel, Anna Newlin, Rachel Ocran, Thomas Riley, Luis Sanchez, Belle Sethachutkul, Jacob Smith, Albert Sommar, Madison Stewart, Brandon Traut, and Emma Trego.

Middle School Honors

GPA of 85%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

7th Grade: William Addison, Justin Brajkovich, Jurius Coleman, William Essick, Alexandria Gallagher, Amarri Glasco, Jaden Jones, Daniel LaRue, Diavanna Martinez-Parker, William Ortiz, Jaden Sinkler, Hector Tinoco, Megan Wallace, and Brooks Woolfolk.

8th Grade: Michael Ewing, Rowan Kelley, Morgan Lambert, Mark Norris, Ryan Pryor, Morgan Weeks, and Nathan Wholey.

High School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hardworking students who achieved Honor Roll!

High School High Honors

GPA of 93%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

Kristina Archie, Tyler Correll, Kaia Farstad, Kayla Floyd, Diana Galan-Galan, Rose Garzon, Nicholas Hogg, Austin James, D’Angelo Jones-Cole, Paraskevi Karros, Georgia Laughlin, Morgan Linkins, Sydney Mackenzie, Cornelious McClanahan, Alicia Mettinger, Krish Nair, Josh Ogalesco, Armi Patel, Christina Pham, Ayanna Revnell, Karl Romberger, Bintu Sarnor, Laiba Tariq, Mika Tuttle, Thomas Wagner, Loryn Walker, Mina Joy Bourquin, Abigail Dean, Rebecca Drager, Kendra Ebke, Zachary Essick, Zyad Helali, Abigail Herman, Mark Lamplugh, Cheney Ni, Matthew Wachter, Daniel Wagner, Natalie Young, Jake Zolomij, Haley Beale, Averlyn Browne, Erika Calle, Frances Carlson, Julia Christman, Amy Contreras, Emily Dalessandro, David Dempsey, Cassidy Dunn, Skyler James, Brendan Kane, Lacy MacLachlin, Allison Mezger, Frederick, Newlin, Rebecca Oliver, Shreyaa Raja, Devrin Robinson, Jonne Washington, Yaritza Zavaleta, LYdia Carlson, Lauren Druger, Alyssa Greenstein, Lia Herman, Samantha Holmes, Mariah Mast, Kylee Mawson, Juliana Ohnjec, Jonathan Perry, Teresa Provence, Henry Schreiber, Juliana Toman, Jordan Traut, and Jenna Wisler.

High School Honors

GPA of 85%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

Mitchell Balint, Keegan Barr, Michael McCain Jr., Zachary McFiggins, Carla Gagliardi, Olivia Sager, Sydney Bastian, Brandon Anaya-Flores, Shania Guzman-Murrey, and Mariah Iseminger.

NEHS Pajama Party Read-a-Thon

On Friday, February 24th from 6:30-9:15, our National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is hosting their 8th annual Pajama Read-a-Thon Party for 3rd-6th grade students.

Reading activities will include Readers' Theater, Book Blitz, Read Alouds, Partner Reads, and lots of D.E.A.R. time. Permission slips are available below and are due - along with the participation fee - by Wednesday, February 22nd. First come, first served as there are limited spaces available.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

Character Counts

Grades K-6th Character Development Program: Fairness, Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, and Caring.

Here at Collegium, students are recognized by staff for their good character and their names and photos are added to the Good Character Walls. We have new additions to our Good Character Walls:

  • Paul Arpa
  • Ella O'Connor
  • Anna Gilles-Convery
  • Adrian Kearney
  • Mrs. Saba's Class
  • Nicholas Conroy
  • Deanna Carbajal-Avila
  • Kamryn Johnson
  • Michael Collins
  • Allison Burke
  • Acelynn Levine
  • Jack Witmer
  • Laiba Saleem
  • Jazlyn Reid Moore
  • Aiden Johnson
  • Jalen Mack
  • Christopher Colleluori

Earth Day T-Shirt Sale for Grades 6-8

Our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is selling Earth Day T-Shirts from February 13th until February 24th. Proceeds will benefit the Middle School STEAM program. With Middle School rapidly approaching for our 6th grade students, the NJHS welcomes current 6th grade students to participate in the sale and join the Middle School in celebrating Earth Day together!

Earth Day T-shirts may be worn on Friday, April 21st, in honor of Earth Day and on monthly “Cougar Pride” days. Adults sizes are available, shirts cost $15.00, and sales are on a cash-only basis. To purchase your Earth Day T-Shirts, please complete and return the order form, below.

Questions? Please email Mr. Kelley.

Cougar Classic 5K

Our 2nd Annual Cougar Classic 5K will take place Saturday, April 22nd, right here on campus. Activities include a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is OPEN!

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

Collegium Employee Spotlight

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week and allows families and students to get to know them even more. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

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!

Your Help is Needed

Do you want to get involved with the HSA, but don’t know how? We are in need of CCS parents and family members to help make all of our events successful. Currently, we are looking for individuals who would be interested in helping to plan Ladies Night Out Bingo. We are also looking for a Social Media Chair to help run our Facebook page. Please let us know you are interested, but completing the interest form (below) and write "Bingo" or "Social Media" on the “Other” line.

Our Next HSA Meeting

The next general HSA meeting will be held Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the 435 Building Conference Room. Interested in attending? Let us know! Just complete our interest form.

Save the Dates

The HSA has a lot of fun events planned for the second half of the school year. Mark these dates on your calendar and keep an eye on our Facebook page and Collegium Newsletter for more details:

  • March 3rd – Chuck E. Cheese
  • March 4th – Zumbathon: Tickets on Sale Now
  • March 18th – Pirate & Princess Pancake Party @ Lionville Applebees 8am-10am
  • April 1st – Comic Night: Tickets on Sale Now (Scroll Past Zumbathon Details)
  • April 12th – Urban Air Fundraiser
  • May 13th – Ladies Night Out Bingo

HSA on Facebook

Everything you need to know about the HSA is now posted for you on Facebook! You'll see updates including committee details, upcoming event fundraisers, and even volunteer opportunities. Access the link below and join the online HSA community.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? We already started posting the Volunteer Opportunities available for specific spring events. All volunteers must have clearances on file with the school (unless otherwise noted). There are many opportunities still available, so please sign up today!

Donations Needed

Our teachers in the 515 Building are requesting donations of the following items:

  • Tissues
  • Pencils
  • Sanitizer
  • Lined Paper
  • Dry-Erase Markers

Please send donations to "Ms. Pouncy, 515 Building". Thank you!

Help Wanted at CCS

1. Substitute Receptionist: This position is on-call, as needed, when a Building Receptionist is absent. Experience as a Receptionist, Office Assistant, Customer Service Representative, or similar experience required. To apply, email your resume, letter of interest and references to the Collegium HR Department via the link below.

2. MS Girls' Lacrosse Coach: Collegium Athletics is currently looking for a MS Girls Lacrosse Coach for the 2017 spring season. This will be a first year, club team that will focus on fundamentals of the sport. All interested candidates should email a resume to CCS’s Athletic Director, Mr. McCain.

Community Opportunity

Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) 2017

Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) is an annual day-long event to be held on March 25, 2017 at West Chester East High School.

This event is for girls in grades 5th-10th and their parents to learn about career opportunities in a broad scope of STEM related industries. The day is filled with exciting, enlightening and experiential workshops led by successful women in STEM fields.

This is a FREE event! Registration for GETT 2017 opens on February 14, 2017. For more details and registration information, access the link below.

Collegium Main Number


Campus Main Office Extensions

  • 468/486 Building: ext. 6401
  • 150 Building: ext. 6811
  • 500 Building: ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: ext. 6602

All content for the Newsletter must be submitted by 7:00am on Thursday via email to Our Community Opportunity section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies. CCS reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if deemed inappropriate or if it is determined to be of little or no interest to CCS families.

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