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Collegium Newsletter May 13, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., May 13th - Day 6

  • 150 Building: 3rd Grade Field Trip | Classes: Moore, Grandizio, Staszak @ Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
  • Grades 7-10: Spring Keystone Exams | Gym, Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade AM Field Trip | Ms. DiCicco's Class 8:30am - 11:30am @ Shamona Creek
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade PM Field Trip | Mrs. Ashby's Class 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • CANCELED: Boys Middle School Baseball vs. Faith Christian Academy 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • CANCELED: Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Kimberton Waldorf School 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • 500 Building: 5th & 6th Grade Flag Football Intramural Program | Gym/Field 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A (Sponsored by the HSA) 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Downingtown and Lionville Chick-fil-A Locations
  • Grades 7-12: CCST Improv Workshop | Library 5:30pm - 8:30pm @ 535 Building

Tue., May 14th - Day 1

  • 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Begins (Ends Thursday, May 23rd) | Room 520
  • Grades 5-8: Spring Book Fair Ends (Began Monday, May 6th) | Library @ 500 Building
  • Grades 7-10: Spring Keystone Exams | Gym, Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade AM Field Trip | Ms. Beard's Class 8:30am - 11:30am @ Shamona Creek
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade PM Field Trip | Mr. Wolfe's Class 12:00pm - 2:00pm @ Shamona Creek
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 7-12: CCST Staged Play Reading Rehearsal | Library 3:15pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 7-10: Algebra 1 Keystone Prep Session | Cafeteria 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building
  • CANCELED: Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Morrisville High School 3:45pm @ Morrisville High School
  • 150 Building: K-4 STEM Mentoring Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 4) | Room 827 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 4) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building: 5th & 6th Grade Flag Football Intramural Program | Gym/Field 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • National Elementary Honor Society Student Meeting | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building

Wed., May 15th - Day 2

  • 150 Building: 3rd Grade Field Trip (McKlindon, Davis, and Frame) @ Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
  • Grades 7-10: Spring Keystone Exams | Gym, Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 4th Grade AM Field Trip | Ms. Deegler's Class 8:30am - 11:30am @ Shamona Creek
  • 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 9:00am - 10:00am
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade PM Field Trip | Mrs. Raines' Class 12:00pm - 2:00pm Shamona Creek
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. The Christian Academy 3:00pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Grades 7-12: CCST Staged Play Reading Rehearsal | Cafeteria 3:15pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Building
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 4) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building: 5th & 6th Grade Flag Football Intramural Program | Field 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Perkiomen School 4:00pm @ Perkiomen School
  • Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs. Perkiomen School 5:15pm @ Perkiomen School
  • 486 Building: 2nd Grade Choir Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) | 486 Building Cafeteria 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • 486 Building: 3rd/4th Grade Choir Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) | 486 Building Cafeteria 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Thu., May 16th - Day 3

  • Grades 7-10: Spring Keystone Exams | Gym, Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Church Farm School 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • CougarTek Team/Club Meeting | Room 352 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Building
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Delaware Valley Friends 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • 150 Building: 2nd/3rd Grade STEM Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building: 5th & 6th Grade Flag Football Intramural Program | Gym/Field 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices

Fri., May 17th - Day 4

  • 9th Grade Girls' Field Trip @ Penn State Brandywine (9th Grade STEM Program)
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 7-10: Spring Keystone Exams | Gym, Library, Conference Room, and Classrooms 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: College Board AP Exams | Library, Conference Room, Classrooms, and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 3-4 PSSA Carnival | Parking Lot 1:30pm - 3:00pm
  • CCS Morning News After-School Meeting 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. The Church Farm 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
  • Grades 3-6: Rec Night (Sponsored by Student Council) | Gym, Computer Lab, Classrooms 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ 500 Building
  • 8th Grade Formal | Cafeteria 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Night Sponsored by Student Council (See Event Details on Calendar) | Lawn or Library 7:30pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Building

Saturday, May 18th

  • Grades 5-8: Online Book Fair Ends 8:00am - 9:00am
  • Grades 7-10: Algebra 1 Keystone Review | Cafeteria 9:00am - 12:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Grades 9-10: Freshman/Sophomore Semi-Formal | Gym 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Building

Girl Scouts Innovate And Lead In The 500 Building

The G.I.R.L. in Girl Scouts—Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader (TM)—has made a long-lasting impression on our 500 Building through an inspired project to enhance the Girls’ and Boys’ Bathrooms on both floors.

This year, the Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 445 decided to work toward their Bronze Awards—the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. Their first steps were to form a team and identify a community project that would have a long-lasting, positive effect. Since most of the Troop’s members started school at CCS and joined Troop 445 in Kindergarten or 1st Grade, it was easy to decide on a project to benefit CCS.

Girl Scout Troop 445 hopes that their Bronze Award project will provide positive messages to help bring CCS students together and boost their confidence and creativity.
“We wanted to do something positive for the community. We chose the bathroom project and wanted to do it in the building we have our meetings in. It was a LOT of hard work! We also had help from the High School kids that needed volunteer hours. It was fun being able to work with them and share this experience.” -Emma P., CCS 5th Grader

Earning the Bronze Award required organization, leadership skills, creativity, and determination. After deciding to “rehabilitate” the 500 Building’s bathrooms, the Scouts prepared a plan of action. They submitted a project proposal and made a presentation to Mr. Murphy, the 500 Building’s Principal, which he quickly approved. Next, the Girl Scouts surveyed their peers about design themes, got the selected designs approved, gathered their stencils, paint, and supplies, and got to work!

Here are just some of the inspirational messages Troop 445 used to decorate the 500 Building's Boys' and Girls' Bathrooms.

Everyone in the 500 Building agrees that the Girl Scouts’ work has already been well received by students. “I’m very impressed with the Girl Scouts’ teamwork, planning, and work habits,” shared Mr. Murphy. “Their plan to motivate students throughout the day with encouraging, inspirational sayings is already succeeding!” Mr. Murphy was also pleased that a number of CCS High School Seniors worked alongside the Girl Scouts as part of their Community Service Credit for graduation.

To earn the Bronze Award, each Girl Scout had to work 20 hours on the project. It sounds like they had a great time throughout!

“I feel like it went smoothly and each girl created their own stalls. The leaders allowed us the freedom to be creative with artwork and quotes. It was fun doing the painting and working with the stencils.” -Maddie O., CCS 5th Grader

Both the CCS and Girl Scouts communities are invited to a “reveal party” on Wednesday, May 15th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, when Troop 445 will share their completed bathroom renovation project. Please plan to join them.

Thank you, Troop 445, and congratulations on your Bronze Awards!

NHS Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Yee-Haw! Come on out and enjoy a meal at Texas Roadhouse on Friday, May 31st between 5:00pm and 9:00pm to benefit CCS's National Honor Society (NHS)! Just present a paper or digital version of the flyer below to your server, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 15% of your total food purchase to NHS.

Members of NHS will also sell baked goods in the restaurant’s lobby that evening. Stop by to say hello and buy some goodies! All baked goods sale proceeds will also benefit NHS.

Your support of the Texas Roadhouse fundraiser on Friday, May 31st will help NHS continue to organize events and opportunities for our school*. We hope to see you at Texas Roadhouse!

Questions? Email Miss Kristin Chan.

*About NHS

NHS is made up of students in Grades 9-12 who have GPAs of 3.5 or higher. NHS does many different things, like organizing the American Red Cross Blood Drive at CCS, acting as tour guides for our Back-to-School Nights, and volunteering at PowerBack Rehabilitation. NHS also awards a scholarship each year to a senior who will attend college in the fall.

From Our Board Of Trustees

There are two important future planning processes going on now at Collegium. They are the CCS 20/20 strategic planning project and the School Improvement Process.

CCS 20/20 is the strategic planning project the CCS Board of Trustees (the Board) is conducting with Strategy Arts, a local planning firm. The School Improvement Process began in response to CCS’s designation as a Pennsylvania school requiring additional targeted support and improvement. A lot of work continues on both initiatives, as summarized below.

CCS 20/20 Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Meetings were held on February 7th and April 4th with a representative group of CCS administrators, Board, and staff from across the campus. The group worked through the summarized findings from the planning research which included a market scan, interviews, focus groups, and surveys. They wrestled with key strategic questions that allowed them to produce a set of strategic initiatives that will define Collegium’s identity going forward and develop the systems and processes to ensure organizational excellence.

The process will continue:

  • Strategy Arts compiled the output from the two Strategic Planning Meetings into recommendations for an Action Plan. The Action Plan will be presented and discussed with the full CCS Board of Trustees during their quarterly Public Work Session (Sunday, May 19th @ 1:00 PM in the 435 Building).
  • The final approval of the Action Plan and the activities associated with implementing the plan will most likely occur at the Board’s June Public Meeting (Thursday, June 6th @ 6:00 PM in the 515 Building).

Once approved, the Board’s Planning Committee (a selected group of Board members charged with leading the Strategic Planning effort) will work with Strategy Arts and the administration to implement the Action Plan.

School Improvement Process

The School Improvement Process began with the formation of a School Steering Committee comprised of building-level school improvement teams, parents/guardians, and high school students.

A significant amount of work has been completed:

  • A representative group from the Steering Committee took part in three training sessions at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU); each training session outlined a specific part of the process and produced action items to be completed by the next training session.
  • The Steering Committee met to review the current CCS Mission Statement and created a long-term Vision Statement that will guide the work of the Improvement Process (and may be adopted as the new CCS Vision and Mission Statement).
  • The process has been guided by PA 18 Essential Practices for Schools and their Communities, which are broken down into four conditions: Focus on Continuous Improvement of Instruction, Empowering Leadership, Providing Student-Centered Supports and Fostering Quality Professional Learning.
  • The Steering Committee participated in a day-long self-assessment process focused on the PA 18 Essential Practices facilitated by an educational consultant from the CCIU. The Self-Assessment produced two priority areas which will become the focus of the improvement plan.

Presently, the School Steering Committee is creating a one year plan comprised of measurable goals and action plans to be presented to the CCS Board of Trustees during their May meetings. Once approved, the plan will be shared with the CCS community and implemented during the 2019-2020 school year. We welcome your attendance at the meetings and participation in this important process.

Art News From Our High School

New Student Art Installations

If you’re visiting the High School, please go see two new art installations on the second floor. The works are by Jay (“Maxx”) M. and Leezandra H. Both students learned to sew this year and used that talent to create the artwork now on display.

Mr. Jason Springer, High School Art Teacher, explained: “Jay and Leezandra were among students we challenged to create soft sculptures of desserts of their choice. Their work was based on our study of the soft sculptures Claes Oldenburg created during the Pop Art movement of the 1960s.”

We definitely think Jay’s and Leezandra’s works rival those by Oldenburg! Jay’s piece is of a Filipino dessert known as “Sapin-Sapin.” He noted that “Sewing was fun, and I realized how much I missed working with fabrics.”

Leezandra’s creation was of a peanut butter-topped brownie. When asked how she felt about her artwork, Leezandra simply said, “Yum!” Indeed!

New High School Art Club

CCS High School Art Teacher Jason Springer is pleased to announce the start of a new High School Art Exploration Club. The Club was created to expose students to opportunities where they could work on different art projects in a range of art mediums.

The Art Exploration Club is currently helping the Chester County Food Bank create cardboard murals for use in a Poverty Simulation that will educate children in our area. This significant project involved so many different murals that Mr. Springer also invited his Foundations of Art class to help create them. The students’ involvement contributes to their growth as artists and helps them connect with the local community in a powerful way.

Seniors Maddie K. and Brin W. were very instrumental in creating the Art Exploration Club. “Seeing the murals come together has been an interesting experience,” said Maddie K. “The murals are turning out quite well, and we cannot wait to see how the Food Bank uses them.”

The Art Exploration Club is open to all High School students. Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in Room 751 of the High School.

4th Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic

CCS's 4th Annual Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd* from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. This year, the event will be sponsored by the CCS Home & School Association (HSA).

Pictured above are CCS families and employees who gathered at the 2018 BYOP.

The HSA has reserved the 500 Building Field for the event so that CCS families can bring everything they need for a great BYOP, including blankets, chairs, yard games, food, and drinks (nonalcoholic). The BYOP is a perfect event for families to relax, spend time together and with others in the Collegium Community, and wind down before attending additional CCS events that evening:

  • CCS Middle School Spring Concert (MS families, only), 7:00pm, 500 Building Gym
  • 468/486 Building Scholastic Book Fair Family Night, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Room 520
More 2018 BYOP attendees are pictured above.

Please add the BYOP to your family's calendar for Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Our HSA Officers look forward to meeting as many members of the Collegium Community as possible at the event.

Access the HSA's Facebook page at the link below to learn more about their news and activities. More HSA information appears in the CCS HSA Updates & Events section later in this Newsletter.

*If weather doesn't permit us to use the 500 Building's Field on Wednesday, May 22nd, the 2019 BYOP will be canceled and a related message will be posted on CCS's homepage by 2:00pm that day. The 2019 BYOP will not be rescheduled.

NEHS And NJHS Sponsoring Book Drives

​The CCS National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) have partnered this year to sponsor two CCS book drives:

  • The Annual New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings: This drive helps to build classroom libraries for new teachers and teachers who are changing grade levels.
  • Middle School Library Book Drive: This drive will help grow the ​new ​Middle School Library, which is in need of many books!

We welcome donations of your new and/or gently used books to help our New Teacher and ​Middle School Libraries blossom! Each donation will broaden our students' reading selections and encourage their love of reading.

Book Drive collection boxes will be placed in all buildings near their main entrances between Wednesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, June 5th. We appreciate your dedication to helping every CCS student learn to read!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst (NEHS) or Mrs. Wallace (NJHS) using the buttons provided below.

468/486 Building Field Day Volunteers Needed

The 468/486 Building's Health/Physical Education Department is looking for volunteers to help out with our Field Day on Friday, May 31st. All volunteers must have updated clearances on file with CCS. More information on volunteering and Field Day 2019 can be found on our website using the button below.

Education Explained: PowerSchool Redux

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 PowerSchool Administrator, Joanne Christman.

Digital Report Cards Coming June 2019

You asked for digital Report Cards, and now they're here! CCS is happy to announce that our final 2018-2019 school year Report Cards and all future Report Cards will be available digitally through the PowerSchool Student and Parent Portal. The digital Report Cards will include all of the information provided in the paper copies you've received this school year to date.

The Power of PowerSchool

PowerSchool is a powerful tool that brings teachers, students, parents, guardians, and administrators together through an easy-to-use, web-based data system. PowerSchool allows us to manage student information so that we can create student class schedules, take attendance, store grades, produce transcripts and report cards, and perform many other functions.

CCS's PowerSchool Student & Parent portal is the "doorway" into the system that gives both students and parents/guardians access to real-time information at any time and any place where there's an Internet connection.

Here are the PowerSchool features available to you now:

  • Daily Attendance
  • Student Progress
  • Grades and Assignment Details
  • Teacher Comments
  • Class Schedules
  • Class Registrations (Middle School/High School)
  • Digital Report Cards
  • School Health Records
  • Food Service Account Balances
  • Online Student Enrollments

What new PowerSchool features are coming soon?

  • Information Updates
  • Student Data Validations
  • SchoolMessenger Communication Preferences
  • And more!

For PowerSchool Support, please contact us using the email address linked below. A member of our Technology Department will be happy to assist you!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Brian Stackhouse

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 Mr. Brian Stackhouse, High School Math Teacher.

News From Our Athletics Department

Collegium Lacrosse Clinic

Collegium is happy to offer a Girls & Boys Lacrosse Clinic to our students in Grades 3-7. Come out and learn from Collegium’s Varsity Lacrosse Coaches and student-athletes as they teach the fundamentals of lacrosse and share their love of the game!

The Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th, 9:00am until 12:00pm, on the 500 Building Field. The cost is $50.00/child. Payment and Permission Slips (available below) are due by Monday, June 3rd.

If you have questions about Collegium’s Lacrosse Clinic, email Coach Sherry Pryor.

Coaching Positions Available

Our Athletics Department is looking for candidates for the following coaching position(s):

  • High School Soccer Head Coach
  • High School Volleyball Assistant Coach

All interested coaching candidates should email their resume and cover letter to John Allen, CCS Director of Athletics & Extracurricular Activities.

Learn more about Mr. Allen by viewing his 2018 CCS Employee Spotlight Video below.

CCS Basketball Day Camp Coming This Summer

Coach Markel Jones and CCS's Boys Basketball Team are excited for their 1st Annual Collegium Basketball Day Camp. The Day Camp is designed for 2nd through 8th Grade boys and girls of all skill levels. Activities will emphasize skill development in fundamental areas of the game like passing, shooting, and dribbling, while also promoting a fun and open learning atmosphere.

All participants will receive a free Collegium Basketball Day Camp T-shirt. Email Coach Jones using the link below for information and answers to your questions.

To learn more about Coach Jones, watch his 2017 CCS Employee Spotlight Video below.

468/486 Building Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our 468/486 Building Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the 486 Building Library from Tuesday, May 14th through Thursday, May 23rd.

The Cat In The Hat invites you to the 468/486 Building's Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

Book Fair organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help out with the event. The Book Fair is for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade and is held during school hours. Volunteers are needed to assist our younger students as they create their wish lists and to help all students with their purchases.

Please consider donating some of your time to this fun event! Use the link below to sign up. Thank you!

Questions? Email K-4 School Librarian, Ms. Colleen Hollinshead.

2019-2020 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? Families who need alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers, babysitters, or bus stops other than your home—must complete a new Child Care Form each year. Current school year arrangements will not carry over to new school years.

You can find the Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts at the buttons below. The Child Care Forms are also posted in the Resource section of our Transportation webpage linked below.

By Friday, June 14th, please complete your 2019-2020 school year Child Care Form and email it to Collegium's Transportation Department using the button provided. If your family doesn't need alternate bus transportation for the 2019-2020 school year, there's nothing that you need to do.

Note: Your local school district's transportation office will mail details about your child's 2019-2020 home bus stop. Expect that mailing about one week before school starts. This is also when CCS receives students' bus information from our transporting districts.

Questions? Email CCS's Transportation Department via the link below.

June 1st's 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic

Our 5K Cougar Classic is only three weeks away! Time to lace up those sneakers and start running, dashing, and walking to prepare for Saturday, June 1st's event. It promises to be a great day that will raise funds to benefit CCS students and buildings! We hope to see you and your families there.

Participants from our 2018 5K Cougar Classic.

Use the link below to register for the 5K Cougar Classic competitive race, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and/or Kids' Dash. You'll find additional event details on the 5K Cougar Classic website, including registration instructions and how to become a sponsor.

Questions? Email our event organizers using the link below.

5th Grade Science Day In The Park

Our 5th Grade classes will travel soon to Downingtown’s Bell Tavern Park for a special Science Day in the Park.

Our 5th Grade teachers have planned a whole variety of fascinating Science activities for their students to explore at the Park, like Roller Coaster Races, Bridge Building, and Speed Challenges. Students will also enjoy a pizza lunch, which will be provided.

The class schedule for Science Day in the Park is:

  • Tuesday, May 21st: Mrs. Mullin, Ms. Putt, Ms. McCook, Mrs. Chandler
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Mrs. Cassner, Ms. Leone, Ms. McIntyre, and Mrs. Dawson
  • Thursday, May 23rd: Mr. Fowlkes, Mrs. McLaughlin, Ms. Dardes

Students will travel with their teachers by school bus on their scheduled days for Science in the Park. Classes will leave school at about 8:30am and return around 2:00pm.

A Permission Slip is required for your child to participate in Science Day in the Park. Permissions Slips were sent home earlier this month with students.

Questions about Science Day in the Park? Please contact your 5th Grader’s teacher directly.

8th Grade Students' Baby Pictures Needed

In preparation for the 8th Grade's Moving Up Ceremony in just a few weeks, we're collecting baby pictures of our 8th Grade students to use in the end-of-year video.

By Friday, May 31st, please send your child's baby picture—just ONE favorite!—to Ms. Megan Shields. You can email an electronic photo file using the link below or send the photo itself to school with your 8th Grade child in an envelope labeled "Ms. Shields." Hard copies of photos will be scanned and returned.

Whether you email your photo or deliver it by hand, be sure to include your child's name so Ms. Shields can properly identify each photo. Ms. Shields is available by email (use the link below) to answer your questions. Thank you!

Spring Keystone Exams

The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams (Spring Keystones) are scheduled in our 535 Building between Monday, May 13th and Friday, May 24th. The exams are only for students in Grades 7-10 registered for Biology, American Literature, and/or Algebra 1. The exam schedule* will be:

Biology Keystone Exam

  • Monday, May 13th
  • Tuesday, May 14th

Literature Keystone Exam

  • Wednesday, May 15th
  • Thursday, May 16th

Algebra 1 Keystone Exam

  • Monday, May 20th
  • Tuesday, May 21st

*Makeup exams will occur throughout the testing window. All makeup exams must be completed by Friday, May 24th.

To ensure that your children are feeling prepared on testing days, please make sure they are well rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Please also review the important parent/guardian resources linked below:

Questions about the Spring Keystone Exam schedule? Email Mrs. Amber Ammon using the link below.

CCS HSA Updates & Events

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.

CCS Spirit Night

On Monday, May 13th, all members of the Collegium Community are invited to attend CCS Spirit Night at the Downingtown and Lionville Chick-fil-A locations. From 5:00pm until 7:00pm, 10% of all sales will be given to Collegium's HSA.

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Elementary Building School Stores

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!

500 Building Resale Shop

Volunteers are needed to spend time each week organizing our Uniform Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is a tremendous CCS fundraiser, as well as a valuable resource for CCS families. Volunteers help keep donations in order and available for sale.

Please use the SignUpGenius link below to donate your time to the Resale Shop! Thank you.

WWPD 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

610-903-1300

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

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