CCS Family Calendar
Mon., Feb. 18th
- School Closed - Presidents' Day
- Grades 1-6: Boys & Girls Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic | Gym (See Event Details at Family Calendar Link Below) 10:00am - 12:00pm @ 535 Building
Tue., Feb. 19th - Day 3
- National Junior Honor Society Field Trip @ The Philadelphia Zoo
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 827 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Grades 5-6: Basketball Intramural Program | Gym 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
Wed., Feb. 20th - Day 4
- 535 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 8:30am - 9:30am
- 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 9:00am - 10:00am
- 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 468/486 Building: Grades K-1 Lego STEM/Coding Club (3rd Session) | 486 Building Art Room (#515) 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Grades 5-6: STEM Design Challenge Teams | Library and Room 202 4:30pm - 6:00pm @ 500 Building
Thu., Feb. 21st - Day 5
- Grades 9-12: Music Field Trip | Philadelphia Orchestra Open Rehearsal 8:30am - 2:15pm @ Kimmel Center
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
- Grades 5-6: Basketball Intramural Program | Gym 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
- Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
- YMWIC Workshop | Rooms 206 and 207 6:15pm - 7:45pm @ 500 Building
- Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
Fri., Feb. 22nd - Day 6
- Grades K-6: Spirit Day - Mismatch Day (Sponsored by Elementary Student Council) (See Event Details at Family Calendar Link Below)
- Winter Coat & Sock Collection Drive Ends (Sponsored by Junior Tri-M) (Began Monday, February 11th) | All Buildings
- Junior Class Ring Ordering Meetings | Cafeteria 10:30am - 1:30pm @ 535 Building
- 515 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 2:00pm
- Grades 9-12: Movie Night Sponsored By The Black Student Union (See Event Details at Family Calendar Link Below) | Library 3:15pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building
Sat., Feb. 23rd
- Parents' Night Out Fundraiser (Sponsored by MS/HS Music Department) 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building
CCS High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team Captures Championship
It’s been five years, but on Wednesday, February 13th, the CCS High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team captured the Tri-County Independent School League (TCISL) Title with a 52-39 victory over Mercy Academy!
This is only the second time in the history of Collegium Athletics that the boys have lifted the TCISL Championship trophy. Even more impressive, our team was led by Freshmen DiNero W. and Massai H., who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, during the Championship game.
"I am so proud of everyone on this team," said CCS Senior Sion A. "Not only have we worked hard together, but we have become a family. This moment is bittersweet; I’m happy that we won, but sad I’ll never get a chance to play with my brothers again." Cris S., a Senior on the Championship Team, added, “This is something special that they will never be able to take away from us!”
John Allen, CCS’s Director of Athletics, praised Head Coach Mr. Jones, and Assistant Coaches, Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Nelms. “What does it take to win a championship of this caliber?” asked Mr. Allen. “Extremely talented players, supportive families, classmates, and school staff, and coaches whose hard work and commitment are second to none. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this trophy win. Go, Cougars!”
CCS Student Excels At Chester County Spelling Bee
On Wednesday, February 13th, students from across Chester County met to compete in the annual Chester County Spelling Bee at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. CCS 5th Grader, Lily C., represented our school this year. She was one of 45 Chester County students who attended the Annual Bee.
The group of 45 was broken into two smaller groups. Lily worked through five rounds, correctly spelling reckless, foist, bambino, predicate, and irony, which then sealed her spot in the Championship round. Lily moved on to correctly spell haiku in the sixth round. As the Championship pool dwindled, Lily stepped up to the microphone in round seven and was challenged with the word triumvirate. Sadly, Lily did not spell the word correctly. However, she finished 24th out of 45 participants in the Spelling Bee, an accomplishment about which Lily, her parents, and our school can be very proud!
We thank you, Lily, for all of your hard work and for representing CCS so well at this event!
Elementary Student Council Presents: K-6 Mismatch Day
On Friday, February 22nd, the Elementary Student Council is hosting Mismatch Day!
Students in Grades K-6 can wear their craziest mismatching outfits, like mixing polka dots with stripes. This is a Spirit Day, which means it is a free Dress Down Day for our K-6th Grade students.
If you have questions, please email the Elementary Student Council Chair in your child's building.
Education Explained: Targeted Support and Improvement Designation Update
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 Marita K. Barber, Acting CEO and Director, Academic and Student Services.
In December, I shared that Collegium Charter School was one of roughly 200 Pennsylvania schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement by the federal government under ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015). Our designation is based on data suggesting that CCS students receiving special education services need additional supports in three areas: academic proficiency on state assessments; academic growth; and English language proficiency.
Since then, Pennsylvania has provided additional information, including resources and supports available to CCS as we undertake our improvement efforts. The first major step in the improvement cycle was to establish a School Improvement Steering Committee. By following ESSA guidelines, Collegium’s Committee was formed to include the following members:
Gavin Lawler, Colleen Danilson, Mary Watson, Kaitlyn Ubaldini, Meredith Ely, Rebecca McKlindon, Courtney McNeil, and Jess Guarente
Marcell Moore, Kate McCain, Amy Leonard, Ryan Thom, Brad Gubanich, Laura Stauffer, Melanie Lewis, and Angela Warfield
Shaun Murphy, Alicia Morisset, Abbey Roggio, Holly Loescher, Marissa McIntyre, Allison Thomas, and Molly McConnell
Paul Harkins, Megan Shields, Jamie Batty, Joe Michetti, Cassie Brusch, Katie Zimmerman, Jen Conroy, and Renee Erich
Pat O’Brien, Kaitlin Spangler, Laura Rager, Elise Borig, Cindy Applebaum, Stephanie Lawrence, Nicole Cianci, Kellyann Bradley, and Donna Levan
Jenni Burton, Amber Ammon, Rebecca Ratti, Christine Koberg, Kristin O'Keefe, Maureen Wilkins, and Marita Barber
Collegium’s Committee will begin our improvement process by conducting a comprehensive needs assessment using tools from the Commonwealth. The data gathered through the assessment process will help us identify areas where improvement is needed in our teaching and our students’ learning.
The Commonwealth also provided surveys to collect specific data from our students in Grades 3-12, our employees, and CCS parents/guardians. The link to the parent/guardian survey is below. We welcome your input!
I continue to view this improvement process as a tremendous opportunity for the CCS Community and one that will result in the most beneficial teaching methods for your children. Members of the School Improvement Steering Committee are committed to finding strategies that work best for our students. We look forward to collaborating with you as we embrace this challenge!
NEHS 10th Annual Pajama Read-a-Thon Party
On Friday, March 1st, from 6:30pm until 9:15pm, our National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) with host its 10th annual Pajama Read-a-Thon Party for students in Grades 3-6.
Reading activities will include Reader's Theater, Book Blitz, Read Alouds, Partner Reads, and lots of DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time. Permission Slips are available below and are due, along with the participation fee, by Monday, February 25th. There are limited spaces available—registration will be completed on a first come, first served basis.
Questions? Email Mrs. Hirst.
First Annual 468/486 Building Heritage Celebration
You are invited to join the 468/486 Building in its first Heritage Celebration scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
We're extremely excited about this event, which is designed to showcase traditional clothes, food, flags, pictures, songs, dances, artifacts, and more from our students' and families' countries of origin, or from any country in which students might be interested. Our goal is for participants and visitors to have fun learning about the diversity of the children and cultures represented at Collegium.
Please click the links below to access the Heritage Celebration flyer and participation form. See you there!
Questions? Email Mrs. Inaganti.
Upcoming Parents' Night Out
Need a few hours to yourself? The CCS Middle and High School Music Departments have just the solution: A Parents’ Night Out with childcare! This evening will feature lots of fun for kids, including games and a movie. Pizza and juice will be provided, along with a snack.
Our Parents' Night Out Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, February 23rd from 5:00pm until 9:00pm in our 515 Building. The child care fee is $20.00 for the first child, and $15.00 for each additional child. Children must be at least three (3) years old and fully toilet-trained (no pull-ups or diapers). Children must be CCS students or CCS students’ younger siblings (fully toilet-trained). Younger siblings may only attend if their older CCS student siblings attend.
Interested? Fill out the form below, and send it to the attention of Mrs. Jones in the 515 Building, along with your payment (cash, or check made payable to “CCS”) by Wednesday, February 20th.
All proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit CCS's Middle and High School Music Departments. If you have questions, email Mrs. Jones for assistance.
Updates From CCS's HSA
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.
HSA Annual Outgrown & Vendor Sale Back By Popular Demand
The 2nd Annual HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. We anticipate a fun and successful sale again this year. The Outgrown & Vendor Sale is an HSA Fundraiser that benefits Collegium.
Outgrown & Vendor Sale Consignors
Consignors are now being accepted! Pay $25.00 to consign, or volunteer for two hours and consign for free! Consignors receive 70% of their sales; 30% of each sale benefits CCS. Email Sarah Hanna to sign up.
Volunteers Needed For The Outgrown & Vendor Sale
We need volunteers for the Outgrown And Vendor Sale to run well. Please use the SignUpGenius link below to schedule one or two hours. Thank you!
Early Admission Tickets For The Sale
Want to access the sale before the general public? Purchase your Early Admission tickets using the link below.
Consignors: Information About Purchasing Your Tags
Consignors should send an email to Mrs. Anna McFadden to coordinate tag purchase and pickup.
Spring Box Tops For Education Contest
Our Spring Box Tops Contest is coming soon. Don’t forget to start clipping and saving your Box Tops now!
Teacher Appreciation Week
This spring’s Teacher Appreciation Week is also approaching. We’ll be in touch soon to ask for volunteers and donations for this important recognition event!
School Store Volunteers Needed!
Please consider volunteering to work a School Store in our 150, 468, 486, and/or 500 Buildings. Your kids love their school stores, and we need volunteers to make them available to students in the morning and at lunch. The School Store SignUpGenius link is below. Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.
West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources
Collegium is committed to maintaining a strong and trusting partnership with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). Together, we encourage all Collegium students, staff, and parents/guardians to contact the WWPD with any information they feel should be investigated.
The WWPD has a dedicated email address and phone number for the public to use to provide information quickly and directly to them.
The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD Tip Line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.
If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact your Building Principal(s):
Important Collegium Telephone Numbers
Collegium's Main Number
Building Main Office Extensions
- 150 Building: Ext. 6811
- 435 Building: Ext. 6002
- 468 Building: Ext. 6401
- 486 Building: Ext. 6501
- 500 Building: Ext. 6106
- 515 Building: Ext. 6336
- 535 Building: Ext. 6602