Collegium Newsletter April 1, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Apr. 1st - Day 6

  • K-12 Read Across America Literacy T-Shirt Fundraiser Begins (Ends Wednesday, April 10th)
  • K-6: St. Jude's Mathathon Fundraiser Begins (Ends Friday, April 26th)
  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Finals | Classrooms and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Running Intramural Program | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Tue., Apr. 2nd - Day 1

  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Finals | Classrooms and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Tavern Student Filming Project | 600 Hallway and Bathrooms, Library 3:00pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Jack M. Barrack Academy 3:30pm @ Jack M. Barrack Academy
  • 150 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Running Intramural Program | Parking Lots 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Phelps School 4:00pm @ Phelps School
  • Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs. Jack M. Barrack Academy 5:30pm @ Jack M. Barrack Academy

Wed., Apr. 3rd - Day 2

  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Finals | Classrooms and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Middle School Baseball vs. Interboro School District 3:30pm @ Tinicum Swim Club Field
  • Girls Middle School Lacrosse vs. Interboro School District 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • 468/486 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Running Intramural Program | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club (3rd Session) | 486 Building Art Room (Room 515) 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • HSA Meeting | 535 Cafeteria 4:30pm @ 535 Building

Thu., Apr. 4th - Day 3

  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Finals | Classrooms and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip (All 468 Kindergarten Classes) 9:00am - 2:00pm @ Adventure Aquarium
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • CougarTek Team/Club Meeting | Room 352 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Building
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Boys Varsity Baseball vs. West-Mont Christian Academy 3:45pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Delaware Valley Friends School 3:45pm @ Turf Field (Delaware Valley Friends School)
  • 150 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Running Intramural Program | Parking Lots 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Grades 10-12: Spanish Honor Society Induction | Library 6:30pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building

Fri., Apr. 5th - Day 4

  • Grade 12 and CCS Employees: College T-Shirt Day
  • Grades 7-8: Dentist Visit to ChesPenn Health Services
  • Grades K-6: Caps for CURE (Sponsored by National Elementary Honor Society)
  • Grades 9-12: AP In-House Finals | Classrooms and Off-Site 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Tavern Student Filming Project | 600 Hallway and Bathrooms, Library 3:00pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Middle School Lacrosse vs. Westtown School 3:30pm @ Westtown Campus
  • 5th Grade Rec Night | Gym 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Coffeehouse Hosted By Student Council | Library 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Building

468/486 Building Heritage Celebration a Great Success

The 468/486 Building hosted its first annual Heritage Celebration on Wednesday, March 20th. The Celebration far exceeded expectations, with upwards of 300 students, families, and staff attending to share and learn about the more than 20 countries represented.

“The food was so yummy! I have never eaten dumplings before and got to try them at the event. Now my mom needs to learn how to make them because I want to eat them every day!"-CCS Student
One student who attended the event exclaimed, “This was better than my birthday party!”

Students and families shared about their countries with pride and enthusiasm. Their displays included colorful information booths, music and dance performances, fashion, food, artwork, and more. As the students moved through the country booths, they entered information into “passports” and took part in all sorts of activities.

468/486 Building students and families enjoyed sharing about their cultures and learning about others. One family commented that they learned how much the different cultures actually had in common!

Mrs. Marcell Moore, 468/486 Building Acting Principal, thought that the Culture and Diversity Committee (the Committee) did a wonderful job organizing the Heritage Celebration. “This was an amazing night celebrating our cultural diversity,” she said. “The foods, table displays, and performances were incredible, and the support of many parents and staff members made this a really memorable night."

Many students, families, and staff shared that they couldn't wait until next year's Heritage Celebration!
“This is what Collegium is all about! Our community got together to embrace and enjoy our unique and diverse cultures!“-Mrs. Sally Fritzinger, CCS Staff Member

Staff members attending the Heritage Celebration also appreciated how well the event reflected CCS’s philosophy of embracing diversity. Mr. Travis Wolfe, a 4th Grade Teacher, compared the assortment of displays to the “beautiful and diverse quilt that is our magnificent student body.” In the days following the event, the Committee received numerous positive emails from families praising the event and expressing how much they enjoyed the evening.

“Events like this one are needed to teach our kids to appreciate, respect, and love our differences so that their generation is far more united to make this world a better place.”-CCS Parent/Guardian

On behalf of the Committee, Mrs. Inaganti, a 468/486 Building ESL teacher and Committee member, wishes to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone—students, staff, and families—who supported the 468/486 Building's 1st Annual Heritage Celebration!

High School Public Speaking Contest

Collegium's High School held its 3rd Annual Public Speaking Contest last week in the school’s Gymnasium. Eight 9th through 12th Graders delivered phenomenal pieces on a variety of topics related to the contest’s theme—What’s Your Function? From politics to race to adoption, each student’s presentation was bold and relevant in its own way.

Most people’s greatest fear is public speaking. Not for our eight High School students, though, who made it look easy! Each spoke with ease and confidence in front of their classmates, building staff, families, and a team of judges that included event committee members and Collegium’s Acting CEO, Marita Barber.

In the end, there was room for only one winner, 11th Grader Aliyah G., who spoke with style, poise, and passion as she presented Little Do You Know, in which she emphasized the importance of overcoming life's hardships. Aliyah's win also secured the contest’s grand prize of $250.

"It feels unreal to be the winner. This is my 3rd time being a participant and I had a lot of doubt in myself. I practiced constantly after school with my Coach, I recorded myself, and did soul searching through my written words to make sure the audience felt my emotions. I’m now looking at colleges and trying to major in Speech Communications and Performing Arts." -Aliyah G., 11th Grader
Contest winner Aliyah G. was enthusiastically congratulated by her Coach, Mrs. Kimberly Riehl, a High School Spanish teacher.

This year’s Public Speaking Contest was sponsored by the Math Department. Five High School teachers formed the event committee:

  • Ms. Lawrence (Language Arts),
  • Mr. Lockhart (Language Arts),
  • Mrs. Borig (Literacy Coach),
  • Mr. Handley (Math), and
  • Mr. Norris (Social Studies).

In addition to organizing the contest, committee members coached student contestants as they prepared their entries. According to Mr. Norris, “This contest allows students to speak their truth, to express themselves, and to put forth a powerful message that can inspire others to find themselves as well!”

Congratulations to all eight contestants who participated in the Public Speaking Contest, especially the winner, Aliyah! We hope you continue to speak your truth into the future.

Forensic Science With Officer Joe

Talk about real-life applications and making science fascinating! Last week, Mrs. Abbey Roggio brought a “ringer,” Officer Joe, into her 5th Grade English/Language Arts class. Her students have been studying Forensic Science, a pretty significant topic for 5th Graders!

Enter Joe Vogelgesang, CCS’s Campus Safety Officer, an experienced forensic investigator who’s gathered evidence from many accident and crime scenes. Officer Joe and Mrs. Roggio created a classroom mystery for the students, and then Officer Joe showed them how using a fingerprint kit could uncover scientific evidence to help solve it.

“The students all lit up with excitement when I talked about how we were going to uncover real evidence right in their classroom,” said Officer Joe. “They learned about the science used in the fingerprint dusting process and were then able to see the evidence—the fingerprints—right before their eyes.”

Students’ comments about the demonstration showed how learning about fingerprinting helped them to connect how scientific principles are used in real-life Forensic Science to solve crimes and mysteries.

“It was so interesting to read about Forensic Science and then have Officer Joe come in our class to teach us more. It was so fun!” -Trey N., Student

Rachel C. was thrilled with the presentation. “I really enjoyed learning about what Officer Joe does during Forensic Science…,” Rachael said. “I learned about how we ALL (even twins) have different fingerprints and that we are all made different and unique!”

“I learned so much from Officer Joe! He did so many things based from the book...that he made it come to life! It’s so nice to see how people do their job! I definitely appreciate what other people do now, and I am very grateful that the police get to catch the bad guy or gal!”-Arianna S.

Mrs. Roggio and her class extend a huge thank you to Officer Joe Vogelgesang for sharing his time and expertise.

Deadline For CCS 2018-2019 Yearbook Reservations

Anamnesis, Collegium's Yearbook, is a limited edition collection of stories, photos, and events gathered throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

Monday, April 8th, is the deadline to reserve your family’s copy of this school year’s edition of Anamnesis. The cost is $65.00 per book. You can easily order online using the button below.

The Yearbook Staff (primarily made up of Collegium High School students) worked hard all year to compile this one-of-a-kind publication. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture 2018-2019’s memories from CCS!

Questions? Please email our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Jason Springer for assistance.

It's Time For Starry Night Prom!

Juniors and Seniors are cordially invited to our Starry Night Prom on Saturday, May 4th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Coatesville Country Club.

Want to dine and dance under the whirling clouds, shining stars, and bright crescent moon? Pick up a Permission Slip in either the 535 Building's Main Office or Ms. Spangler’s Office in Room 604.

Once your Permission Slip is completed, bring it with your payment (in cash, $65.00 per person), and follow the stars to Ms. Spangler’s Room during homeroom or lunch to purchase your tickets. Payments (cash only, please) and Permission Slips must be submitted by Tuesday, April 23rd. No tickets will be sold after Tuesday, April 23rd.

Questions? Email Collegium’s Star Princess, Ms. Spangler.

Come Volunteer at the 500 Building Book Fair

It's that time of year again! The Grades 5-8 Book Fair begins on Monday, May 6th, just about a month away. We anticipate that the Book Fair will be as popular as ever, so we're looking for Book Fair volunteers now!

Please use the button below to sign in using a Scholastic.com login or your preferred social media account. After login, you'll be directed to Collegium's sign-up sheet for the Grades 5-8 Book Fair.

Volunteer time slots are 30 minutes each. Feel free to sign up for more than one time slot, if you can. We appreciate any time you can spare to volunteer!

Questions? Email Mrs. Wallace.

Note: Volunteer clearances are required. For more information, visit the Volunteering page on our website at the link below.

April K-12 Menus and Payment Form

The Food Service Department's April K-12 Menus and Payment Form are available at the button below. This information is also posted as a Resource on the Food Service page of our website.

2019-2020 Enrollment Plans

If your 201​9​-20​20​ school year plans change and your child will not be attending CCS, please let ​our Student Records Department know as soon as possible.

Please don't rely upon your new school to advise CCS if your plans change, as schools often don't reach out for records until after the start of the new school year. As you can imagine, late notice of student withdrawals can be very disruptive to CCS's planning and budget, as well as to prospective families. Thank you!

Education Explained: The Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment

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 Amber Ammon, Curriculum Supervisor, Grades 5-8.

In 1992, the Pennsylvania Department of Education launched the Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment (PSSA) for the very first time. PSSAs are standardized tests that are administered annually. The exams are based on Pennsylvania’s standards for what students should know and be able to do at their grade levels.

PSSAs were originally set around the PA Academic Standards but now align with the more rigorous Core Standards adopted by Pennsylvania in 2010. The PA Core Standards were fully implemented and incorporated into PSSAs during the 2014-2015 school year.

Students in Grades 3-8 who attend public school are required to take the PSSAs in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (Math). Additionally, students in Grades 4 and 8 take PSSAs in Science. Students who take PSSAs complete the exams in sessions, with three sessions for ELA, two sessions for Math, and two sessions for Science.

This year, our PSSA testing will occur during the weeks of April 22nd and April 29th. We anticipate that the testing will be completed by May 3rd. It’s very important that your child(ren) get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast, and arrive at school on time during the assessment window. Testing will take place in the morning, with any necessary make-ups scheduled in the afternoons.

You can find additional information about the PSSAs at the links below. Feel free to email Mrs. Jenni Burton (Curriculum Supervisor, Grades K-4) and Mrs. Amber Ammon (Curriculum Supervisor, Grades 5-8) with questions.

Upcoming Spring PSSA Testing

English/Language Arts

Wed., April 24th to Fri., April 26th

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am


Mon., April 29th to Tues., April 30th for Grades 3, 4, 7, and 8

Tues., April 30th to Wed., May 1st for Grades 5 and 6

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am


Wed., May 1st and Thurs., May 2nd

  • Grade 4: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grade 8: 7:48am-10:47am

Please take a moment to also review the PSSA parent/guardian information linked below outlining frequently asked questions, the policy related to electronic devices, the policy concerning calculator use on the assessment, and the PSSA Student Code of Conduct.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Daryl Durnell

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 Daryl Durnell, 500 Building Emotional Support Teacher.

Time to Register for the 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic

Registration is open for our 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic scheduled for Saturday, June 1st. The event will take place right here on the CCS campus. Activities include a competitive 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash.

Proceeds from this terrific event go directly back to our students through the purchase of Chromebooks, iPads, ROAR and PRIDE incentives, and other resources.

Register now using the 5K Cougar Classic website (accessible at the button below). The website also has more details about the event, how to register, and how to become a sponsor.

Questions? Email our event organizers using the link below.

Background Image Caption: Participants from our 2018 5K Cougar Classic.

CCS Board Approves 2019-2020 School Year Calendar

During their March 21st Regular Public Meeting, the CCS Board of Trustees approved Collegium’s 2019-2020 School Year Calendar.

The Calendar* can be accessed using the link below, the posting on the News & Notes section of the CCS homepage, and/or on the Calendars page of our website.

*Collegium shares digital resources using Google Drive links via G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education). Some businesses and private networks may block access to Google Drive links. If you're unable to connect to our digital resources at work or on a company network, please access them on personal devices and/or home networks.

Events & Updates From The CCS 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.

Monthly HSA Meeting

The HSA's next monthly meeting will be Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:30pm in the High School's Cafeteria. We hope to see you there!

To most conveniently access the 535 Building Cafeteria, please use the main, rear doors of the building. (These are the doors furthest from the Gym entrance at the rear of the building.) 535 Building access at the main, rear entrance will be available up until 4:45pm.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th, is a great opportunity for CCS families to come together in a show of support for our school’s hardworking teachers and staff. The HSA organizes the week’s activities and will reach out soon for volunteers and donation sign-ups.

School Store Volunteers Needed

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! Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.

Uniform Resale Shop Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to spend some time each week organizing our Uniform Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is a great fundraiser for CCS and is also a valuable resource for our families. Volunteers help keep donations organized and available for sale. Please use the SignUpGenius link below to donate 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


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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