Collegium Newsletter December 11, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Dec. 11th - Day 5

  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Delaware County Christian 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Delaware County Christian 3:45pm @ Delaware County Christian
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Delaware County Christian 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Delaware County Christian 4:45pm @ Delaware County Christian
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Phoenixville 5:30pm @ 535 Gym

Tuesday, Dec. 12th - Day 6

  • 150 Building: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
  • 150 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 7:30am @ 150 Conference Room, Room 825
  • High School Academic Team Meet 9:30am - 11:30am @ PA Leadership Charter School
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Westtown School 3:45pm @ Westtown Campus
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Westtown School 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
  • 500 Building: NEHS Student Meeting 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 118
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Westtown School 4:45pm @ Westtown School
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Westtown School 4:45pm @ Westtown School
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Phoenixville 5:30pm @ Phoenixville Area HS - Main Gym
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Phoenixville 6:45pm @ Phoenixville Area HS - Main Gym

Wednesday, Dec. 13th Day 1

  • 535 Art Department: Field Trip - Brandywine River Museum
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day w/ Uniform Bottoms
  • NEHS Operation Lifting Spirits Nursing Home Field Trip 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
  • 150 Building: Grades K-1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
  • 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, Rm. 425
  • 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. The Christian Academy 4:00pm @ The Christian Academy
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Winter Concert: Middle School Music Programs 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Thursday, Dec. 14th - Day 2

  • 150 Building: 3rd Grade Field Trip - Franklin Institute
  • 535 Building: Tri-M Hot Cocoa Sale
  • 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. West Chester East HS 7:00pm @ West Chester East HS - Main Gymnasium
  • Winter Concert: High School Music Programs 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. West Chester East HS 5:15pm @ West Chester East HS - Main Gymnasium

Friday, Dec. 15th - Day 3

  • 150 Building ROAR Event: Winter Wonderland Snowflake Factory @ 150 Cafeteria
  • Elementary Benchmarks End
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • High School Nursing Homes Field Trip
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Springfield (Montgomery County) 5:30pm @ 535 Gym
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Springfield (Montgomery County) 7:00pm @ 535 Gym

Saturday, December 16th

  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Penncrest 3:00pm @ 535 Gym

Special 5th Grade Yoga Classes

Collegium’s 5th grade classes were in for a treat when Ms. Karen Divincenzo, a Yoga Instructor, recently taught their Physical Education (PE) classes for the day!

During the class, the students learned different terms, like “namaste,” a word used as a respectful greeting among loved ones and strangers, and poses such as the Downward Dog, Butterfly, and Warrior.

Ms. Allison Winters, a CCS Physical Education Teacher, believes that yoga is a great alternative to typical PE. Ms. Winters shared, “Yoga gives students a wider range of opportunities for activities inside and outside of school.” She is right: This was the only opportunity where her students could take their shoes AND socks off during PE!

Contrary to what some may think, yoga is not just for adults. According to Ms. Divincenzo, “I wish that all adults had the opportunity to do yoga like CCS's 5th graders, because it teaches mindfulness, which should be learned early on.” Ms. Divincenzo also stressed that yoga is good for flexibility and, most importantly, it feels great!

Our special thanks to Ms. Winters for providing this exciting and diverse activity for her 5th grade PE classes.

Collegium Science Fair Updates

Science Fair Registration

If you are interested in participating in this year's Science Fair, be sure to complete the online registration form by Friday, December 15th!

The registration form, along with other resources, can be found on the Science Fair website. Any questions? Email Mrs. Tobin.

Science Fair Judges Needed

Judges are needed for our 1st-12th grade Science Fair scheduled for January 17th. All new judges will be placed on a team with experienced judges, so prior judging experience and/or a science background are not required!

A Judges' Training will be offered on Wednesday, January 10th from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in our 435 Building Conference Room. The training is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

Please email Mrs. Tobin if you have questions or would like to be a judge!

8th Grade Field Trip Payment

The next payment of $60.00 for the 8th Grade Field Trip is due Friday, January 12th. Payments may be submitted in cash or by check (payable to Collegium Charter School).

Mrs. Wallace happily keeping all families updated regarding the upcoming 8th grade field trip.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wallace.

Help Our 5th Grade Reading Olympics Teams

The 500 Library is looking for the following books for our 5th Grade Reading Olympics team:

  • Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
  • Hazardous Tales: the Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
  • Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  • Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
  • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  • Kickoff! by Tiki Barber
  • Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • Ragweed by Avi
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  • Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker by Kathryn Lasky
  • The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Winners Take All by Fred Bowen

If you have any of these books on your shelf at home and would like to donate them, the 5th Grade Reading Olympics team would be greatly appreciative!

Send all donations to the 500 Building, Attention: Mrs. Wallace, Librarian.

Cards for the Troops

During Art Class, 150 Building K-1 students demonstrated drawing and collage techniques to create greeting cards for active service members across the world, and for Veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The students used their talents to share joy and compassion with men and women devoted to protecting our country! This week, the cards will be mailed to military bases in Afghanistan, Iran, and several U.S. states, as well as to the Coatesville VA Medical Center.

Donations Needed

The 515 Building asks for the following supplies to distribute to teachers and staff in their building:

  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pencils
  • Lined Notebook Paper
  • Disinfecting Wipes

Thank you so much in advance. Please send donations to the 515 Building, Attention: Ms. Pouncy.

500 Building Honor Roll

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

Sixth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93%+ and no grade below 85%

Rayan Abdallah, Isabella R. Agatone, Leandro A. Aguilar-Sanchez, Saereen F. Ahmed, Madden E. Alexander, MacKenzie R. Anderson, Anisa M. Anwar, Carley A. Banninger, Nora A. Baudat, Jazmin Bravo-Rodriguez, Hailey C. Burke, Ivan X. Cartagena, Andrew B. Carver, Luis M. Colmenares-Bittar Jr, Analia de los Angeles, Dominique R. Dillard, Brandon E. Erskine, Layla L. Evans, Alexander E. Fedor, Andrew P. Fedor, Kereagan D. Gallant, Kya D. Gallimore, Mustafa X. Gilani, Gabrielle M. Green, Cole R. Gustafson, Ian F. Hackett, Sircha D. Hanna, Zuri R. Harris, Raiann S. Hawes, Nathan M. Hitchens, Reginald F. Holmes, Violet J. Iding, Gennea A. Johnson, Gurleen Kaur, Clayton M. Krieger, Shubham D. Kulkarni, Anailah I. Lamb-Towles, Ethan M. Lambert, Caitlin T. Lamplugh, Penelope R. Lang, Joash Z. Linson, Beckett C. Linzey, Brooke M. Lovas, Aarden D. Love, Leen A. Madanat, Joseph C. Mathew, Justin Mathew, Khalil M. Mendez, Evelyn Mercado Sanchez, Chaitra Moligi, Joseph A. Moorhead, Sienna C. Morales, Vladimir I. Muravyev, Aaron M. Myrie, Odote J. Ondiek, Ogunda L. Ondiek, Hannah Y. Perez, Tristan R. Perry-Vetter, Christina A. Pratt, Sydney M. Pryor, Manny R. Pulgarin, Itzel Salgado, Kevin A. Sanchez, Evan M. Schnitzius, Pranav P. Shenoy, Madison R. Solt, Aubrey B. Sooter, Nicholas C. Steinfeldt, Matthew O. Thomas, Mia A. Toman, Jordan E. Toth, Keyaira I. Tozer, Rilynn J. Van De Gejuchte, Olivia G. Wakefoose, Jacqueline G. Weer, Ryan D. Wood, and Chase E. Woolfolk.

Sixth Grade Honors

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

Kimberlee L. Alder, Sophia M. Anderson, Reid W. Bergman, Kylie T. Borden, Lukas H. Carlson, Ana R. Cordova, ShoShoni K. Drake, Leanna K. Evans, Natalia E. Guzman-Murrey, Brianna M. Johnson, Markos E. Karros, Aniya J. Kinsale, Sienna R. Lyons, Gavin T. Massimi, Yash K. Patel, Aiden G. Porter, Delaney P. Simerly, Colin M. Staehle, Antonio J. Steele, Mohammad A. Syed, Jayda B. Thompson, Jeffrey M. Trego, Kadiatu M. Varnie, and Mayte V. Vasquez-Cuevas.

Fifth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93%+ and no grade below 85%

Grace Anderson, Marek Bako, Jordan Bean, Mallory Bogle, Luke Bonnes, Jordan Boyd, Roxanne Boyer, Ethan Burr, Shane Burr, Sophia Butler, Dylan Butts, Addison Carter, Manan Chheda, Karen Chin, Giancarlo Cocco, Aaron Colella, Corina Colmenares-Bittar, Juan Pablo Colmenares-Bittar, Jacob Comarato, Ashley Coria-Flores, Ana Cortez-Ramirez, Judith De Jesus Marcial, Ava Deer, Monika DeSpirito, Norah DeTurck, Coriana DiBerardino, Daniel Dolan, Erin Dolan, Anya Drew, Lailah Durrell, Elliot Fraser, Colin Gallagher, Sofia Garzon, Bennett Geibel, Brandon Green, Maura Haughey, Omar Helali, Sean Ihlenfeld, Laila Jones, Hayden Katzor, Shane Keeler, Emma Keen, Noah Keen, Sofia Keith, Vrishti Kulkarni, Krish Kumar, Ridhi Kumar, Juliana Lane, Sophia Le, Stephanie Loaeza, Kayla Lusby, Joshua Marnien, Xavier McClanahan, Andrew McFarlane, Sakshi Mehta, Pooja Menon, Eric Morrison, Ashley Mugo, Samantha Ocran, Samara Ocran, Ebunoluwa Ojikutu, Isabella Ortiz, James Parmiter, Re'Shaun Reed, Michael Riehl, Julius Rigo, Fiona Rupp, Saena Sarkari, Alexander Shank, Isaac Smith, Velmiana Soto-Vega, Lily Spears, Wesley Steiger, Annika Swanson, Brooke Taylor, Srija Vemuri, Emerson Wagner, Marissa Walker, Maya Weeks, Aneyah Williams, Naomi Wright, William Wynne, and Lincy Yob.

Fifth Grade Honors

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

Rylan Alderman, Madison Baldwin, Daniel Benner, Ian Bershas, Lindsey Bohs, Justin Carpio, Nevaeh Dais, Sophia DiMaggio, Kyler Farren, Joaquin Fernandes, Melisa Finafrock, Analiese Gramo, Josue Hernandez, Luke Lego, Hunter Mack, Michael Mason, Zachary McFarlane, Alice Newlin, Jason Rice, Brady Sharp, Hazel Simms, Evelyn Staehle, Peter Turner II, Julia Wagaman, and Lanorde Wheeler III.

150 Building Honor Roll

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

Fourth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93%+ and no grade below 85%

Madelyn Schuibbeo, Amryl Anderson, Christos Trifonas, Lucy Dean, Harrison Mendenhall, Malin Neff, Kathryn Vilchock, Ashton Ulmer, Avery Dunn, Evan Gross, Victoria Agatone, Camille Holman, Prisha Negi, Aidan Rieder, Carli van Baal, Connor Bergman, Grant Geers, Warrin John, Mikayla Morris, Allison Burke, Moriah Green, Jad Madanat, Gavin Gonzalez, Casey Rodriguez, Ryanne Allen, McKenna Ott, Anthony Pandosh, Viraaj Randhawa, Connor Knecht, Miles Fields, Brody Golder-Marinari, Samantha Mungai, Alyssa Perry, Courtney Melcher, Isabella Nast, Jason Thankachan, Faith Garrett, Carson Holmes, Krishna Koyyalamudi, Mehul Rojy, Aydia MacGuire, Samantha Moses, Leah Cheek, Lily Copeland, Lillian Miller, Charlotte Dawson, Rowen O'Brien, Patrick O'Hara II, Lilian Kiedaisch, Isabella Sanchez, Joshua Young, Misha Rao, Shaina Ulmer, and Rishan Joseph.

Fourth Grade Honors

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

Claudia Buchanan, Kamryn Johnson, Katelyn O'Hara, Meredith Baccile, Gabriella Ulmer, Elizabeth Boyer, Leeloo Hart, Nayda Bookman, Jordan Sellers, Maanya Moligi, Giselle Torres, Jackson Young, Charles Inga, Hadiyah O'Garro, Alyssa Aughey, Marin Gaspari, and Keegan Locke.

Third Grade High Honors

GPA of 93%+ and no grade below 85%

David Alvarez Flores, Anna Gilles-Convery, Austin Verlinghieri, Aubrey Watkins, Olivia Harris, Payton Wheeler, Haiden Coulter, Leah Kopitsky, Niyanna Warren, Alejandro Fuentes, Julian Leithead, Bailey Phillips, Emma Mitchell, Nelson Venero, Braydon Milito, Liam Nicol, Aiden Rager, Katherine Schroeder, Alexa Toth, Arianna Zomorrodian, Jassir El-Issaoui, Harper Fraser, Kevin Cleveland Jr., Emith Robin, Morgan Anderson, Addison Sahagian, Alexis Erskine, Marely Estrada, Nadia Steiger, Arya Suryanarayan, Sophia Giovanetti, Olivia Woolfolk, Allison Arpa, Ryan Fareno, Sage Bennett, Summer Anderson, Juan Zuniga Rivera, and Shreyasee Nanda.

Third Grade Honors

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

Leon Chakraborty, Isabelle Ross, Jonathan Gutierrez, Alani McCoy, Ann Mathew, Derek Comarato, Charles Calle, Amalia Johnson, Christian Kurzeja, Siddhanth Satturu, Danica Horwath, Cadence Engler, Zane McCafferty, Mohammad Ather, Zachary Mathew, Brian McFadden Jr, Lyla Salmon, and Kayla Cochran.

486 Building Honor Roll

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

Fourth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93%+ and no grade below 85%

Danica Aaronson, Lauren Ayers, Althea Balmonte, Prerna Barve, Gabrielle Bookard, Noah Boone, Zoey Borys, Asher Chaney, Julianna Cotter, Hailey Crane, Gabriel Ercolino, Caleb Fedon, Miyako Glemser, Zaden Green, Landon Gustafson, Gregory Humphreys, Jackson Hursh, Ryleigh Kerrigan, Max Martini, Adonis Miller, McKenna Mullen, Adrian Naranjo, Isabelle Newman, Madelyn Okolowicz, Starlie Ouellette, Casey Pasbjerg-Albright, Gabrielle Patterson, Anastasia Podolak, Madeleine Porreca, Mohib-ur Rehman, Nishant Saraswat, Dylan Scarani, Rosalinda Segarra, Ella Seijo, Francisco Serrano, Desmond Sheerin, George Simeone, Ava Smith, Aidan Soler, Sadie Staszowski, Carrington Taylor, Karina Thomas, and Alexandra Van Remoortel.

Fourth Grade Honors

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

Zeric Allen-Brown, Zackery Baldwin, Kyra Borden, Alicia Clark, Michael Collins, Campbell Elkins, Aden Hadley, Reese Holloway, Lucas Hursh, Declan Jamison, Joshua Jones-Pinilla, Morgan King, Rylan Maloney, Quinton McAleer, Avery Noel, Emma Pearson, Emma Rapisarda, Hailey Regener, Denzel Robinson, Hanna Saad, Samantha Strohm, Aaron Trego, and Ashley Zavaleta.

Third Grade High Honors

GPA of 93%+ and no grade below 85%

Caleb Alexander, Ali Asghar, Arely Ayala-Vences, Ellison Baxter, Lyla Burgess, Sebastian Chin, Luca Cocco, Anish Dachepalli, Elizabeth Daniels, Maya Davis, Saya Enea, Nicandro Flores-Garcia, Brody Gleason, Henry Herman, Elijah Hughes, Will Ihlenfeld, Gianna Jackson, Camryn Johnson, Avery Kenworthy, Emma Kenworthy, Mina Krieger, Salena Le, Maria Leon Daza, Charlotte McBride-King, Finley Melvin, Grace Ottinger, Heidi Potts, Pratham Rawat, Nathan Richards, Lennon Rissi, Simran Sachdeva, Marina Sagers, Sarah Scharf, Mishri Shah, Shrey Shah, Anvita Shenoy, Sophia Stoy, Addison Sutton, Laura Tarau, Emily Wachter, and Daniel Zugarek Jr.

Third Grade Honors

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

Trevor Cantlin, Nina Carver, Jose Castillo-Marcial, Alexandra Chacko, Charles Copeland, Keira Goins, Ellen Green, Colton Harris, Sophia Harris, Adrian Kearney, Sophia Keeler, Tyler Kinyanjui, Nathan Marnien, Cyrus Patel, Vincent Paterno, Walker Potter, Abigail Pratt, Hannah Quinn, Avalyn Rakoff, Austin Reichert, Liam Rupp, and Sydney Yack.

Parent University Video Series

Classroom Assessments

This edition of Parent University provides viewers with brief explanations of the different assessments used in Collegium's elementary classrooms. The video will also give you a glimpse into how those assessments help to improve teaching and learning in the 2nd and 4th grade classrooms featured.

Education Explained

Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Paul Harkins, 515 Building Assistant Principal.

School-Wide Positive Behavior Programs

ROAR? PRIDE? SWPBS? What do these abbreviations mean? Why are they such a popular part of Collegium’s vernacular these days?

SWPBS stands for “School-wide Positive Behavior Supports” (also known as PBIS or “Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports”), a federally funded program designed to foster an environment conducive to positive behavior in schools. According to PBIS’s website, PBIS.org, there are 25,911 schools in the United States with SWPBS programs in place.

Collegium has implemented SWPBS in grades K-8 with the help of consultants from the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The goal of SWPBS is to eliminate negative student behaviors by replacing those behaviors with positive ones. ROAR (grades K-6) and PRIDE (grades 7-8) are examples of CCS-specific programs. They incorporate SWPBS principles to help students learn positive and appropriate behaviors in different situations.

Through programs like ROAR and PRIDE, students are taught what both positive and negative behaviors look like in different areas of the school so they can learn the difference between them. Students “caught” exhibiting consistently positive behavior receive a ROAR ticket or a PRIDE certificate that can be turned in for a reward. Our goal is to make sure that each student in grades K-8 is recognized at some point during the school year. Collegium’s SWPBS teams do a good job of tracking who has and has not received a certificate to help ensure that each student is recognized.

Why then, do teachers and administrators call home for negative student behaviors? While SWPBS focuses on recognizing positive behaviors, parents must be made aware when a negative behavior occurs so that behavior expectations can be reinforced at home, as well. Collegium also issues “minors” for small behavior infractions. Minors document that a student was observed engaging in a negative behavior, and that the student was also given a chance to correct the behavior before a consequence was issued. Minors should therefore be viewed as learning experiences--similar to any lesson in class--and not as punitive actions that label students.

Collegium is in its third year of SWPBS, and the program has made great strides. Both ROAR and PRIDE have met SWPBS’s first phase of requirements (called “Tier 1”). We are now working on the second phase of the program (“Tier 2”). What’s the difference between the Tiers? To find that answer and learn more about SWPBS and PBIS, visit the link to the PBIS website 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!

Citadel Heart of Learning Award 2018 Nominations

It's time again for Citadel's Heart of Learning Award teacher nominations. Each year, over 1,200 teachers are nominated by thousands in Chester County. Nominations are carefully reviewed, and 15 finalists are selected. Each of the 15 finalists receives $500 to use in their classrooms. Of the 15 finalists, three are selected:

  • One High School Teacher
  • One Middle School Teacher
  • One Elementary School Teacher

Each winner receives the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, along with an additional $1,500 for classroom use.

The video below explains more about the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. The deadline to nominate your favorite Collegium teachers is December 31, 2017! Use the link below for your nominations!

Updates from Collegium's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees will hold a Public Work Session at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017. A Regular Public Meeting where action will be taken is scheduled at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Both the Public Work Session and the Regular Public Meeting will take place in the 435 Building Conference Room.

The Board’s meetings originally scheduled for Thursday, December 21st at 6:00pm and 7:00pm are canceled.

The CCS Board of Trustees is looking to fill vacant positions on their Board and on the Collegium Foundation Board. Interested candidates can apply by sending copies of their resumes via email attachment using the address below. Resumes will be accepted through Sunday, December 31st.

NJHS Brandywine Valley SPCA Drive

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is collecting items to help the SPCA prepare for the cold weather ahead! The collection began on Monday, December 4th, and ends on Thursday, December 14th. In the photo, NJHS members encourage CCS families to support their "S-P-C-A-Drive!".

Please look around your house to see what you can repurpose to keep our furry friends warm this winter. Suggested items include:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach

You can drop off your donations at the 515 Building’s Main Office, Attention: NJHS. Make sure your name is on your donation, because every donation gets an entry for a special prize!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Wallace.

Obtaining Approval for Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten 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.

Collegium at Longwood Gardens

The CCS Art Department is proud to have been selected again to decorate a Children's Tree at Longwood Gardens. Students in grades K-12 created adorable ocean-themed ornaments for the tree.

Our tree will be on display until Sunday, January 7th. For details and ticketing information, please check the Longwood Gardens website via the link below.

High School News Studio Fundraiser

Mrs. Maalouf's students are holding a fundraiser to purchase upgraded sound equipment needed to continue developing the High School's recording studio, Broadcasting and Video Production course, and Morning News programs. The new equipment will benefit Video Production and Broadcasting students through better audio production quality, greater familiarity with professional-level equipment, and enhanced technical skills.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will purchase equipment like new XLR microphones and mixers. The students use USB microphones now, which produce lower broadcast quality and limit the students' technical familiarity with sound mixing. By freeing up the USB microphones to be used individually in Broadcasting and Video Production courses, the XLR microphones and mixers would add a new dimension of technical performance to Morning News and our news broadcast projects.

The equipment to be purchased with fundraiser proceeds will also help the students prepare for when we are able to expand, as XLR outputs are the standard for professional quality sound equipment. Using a portable sound studio will enhance the quality of radio broadcasts, and having both reporter and interviewer microphones available will improve recording sound quality. Working with Apple Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro X will result in greater opportunities for customization and multimedia technology training for students.

All of our Video Production and Broadcasting students will directly benefit from the new equipment we plan to purchase with proceeds from this fundraiser. Please consider donating online today to this important fundraiser by accessing the link below!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Maalouf.

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!

Pawsitive Praise

Thanks to the entire CCS Community--administration, teachers, staff, families, and students--for your tremendous support of the HSA so far this year! We look forward to seeing more of you at our meetings in the new year, and at the fun events we are working on for 2018! Have a wonderful and safe holiday season and winter break!

Five Below Fundraiser

This year, we again teamed up with Five Below for a CCS fundraiser. You can shop at Five Below any time between now and December 24th and earn money for CCS by showing Five Below staff our flyer (see link below) at checkout.

You can launch the flyer on your mobile device or print a hard copy. Five Below will donate a full 10% of your sale back to Collegium and the HSA!

Ongoing Fundraisers

Are you still working on your holiday shopping? Don’t forget two easy ways to raise money for Collegium and the HSA!

If you are shopping online, use Amazon Smile, and select Collegium Charter School as your charity. Amazon will donate a percentage of your sale back to the HSA.

For all other shopping, use Shoparoo. Simply snap photos of your receipts to earn points. Shoparoo turns the points into money for Collegium!

1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the HSA will hold its first Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale. Please save the date, and add this exciting event to your family calendars.

The HSA will hold a planning meeting and work session in December to solidify plans for the event. If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, volunteering at the event, or having a vendor space, please complete the interest form at the link. The HSA will contact you with related details. Thank you!

HSA Volunteers Needed

Elementary School Stores

The HSA School Stores in 150, 468, 486, and 500 are open every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. We need your help to ensure the stores are open for our students! Sign up today - clearances are required.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

Are you a creative writer? Do you spend time on Social Media? The HSA needs a Social Media Chair to develop content and serve as Administrator of the HSA Facebook Page. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Upcoming HSA General Meetings

We want to hear from CCS families and staff! Please join us for our monthly HSA meetings. Our next HSA General Meeting will be held Tuesday, January 9th at 4:30pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. Our December meeting is canceled. Participating families should enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

HSA Meetings are where families and staff learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, how they can get involved in the HSA, and what ideas they have for future fundraisers and events. We look forward to seeing you!

Collegium Main Number


Campus 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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