Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Oct. 30th - Day 1
- 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Begins @ 468 Music Room
- 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
Tuesday, Oct. 31st - Day 2
- Early Dismissal for Students (Professional Development for Faculty/Staff) - Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm
- Original Works Fundraiser Ends
Wednesday, Nov. 1st - Day 3
- 468/486 Building: Kdg. Field Trip to Cherry Crest Farms (Yanoviak, Garsils, Miller, Dunn, and Llewellyn)
- 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
- 150 Building: Grades K-1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
- 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, 425
- 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228
- Science Fair Open House 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
Thursday, Nov. 2nd - Day 4
- 5th Grade Field Trip to Da Vinci Science Center (Woodward, Cassner, Scott, Leone, and Dardes)
- MS/HS Music Ensembles Field Trip to Kimmel Center
- 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 8:30am @ 535 Conference Room
- 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
- 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 468 Music Room
Friday, Nov. 3rd - Day 5
- 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Ends
- 6th Grade Field Trip to Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
- MS/HS 1st Marking Period Report Cards Distributed
- MS/HS Music Students Chick-fil-A Calendar Sales Begin
- CCST Acting Workshop 3:30pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
- CCST Acting Workshop Performance 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
New High School Counseling Resource
Mrs. Wolfe (right), Ms. Tracey (center), and Ms. Whisler (left) are pleased to announce the launch of their new High School Counseling website. Families are encouraged to bookmark the website, accessible via the link below.
The new site includes announcements of upcoming events, a college planning timeline for juniors and seniors, ACT/SAT/PSAT testing information and resources, information on community service requirements, scheduling, graduation requirements, scholarship and financial aid, and much more! Students and families are encouraged to visit the Naviance page together to explore this college planning tool.
We will continue to add information to this site throughout the year, so please check back often!
Middle & High School UNICEF Fundraiser
UNICEF Halloween boxes are here! Middle or High School students who want to raise money for UNICEF while trick-or-treating may participate in our optional fundraiser.
Middle School students may pick up boxes in the 515 office. High School students can pick up boxes from Ms. Cianci (Room 634). Students who wish to participate in this fundraiser will bring the boxes with them when they are trick-or-treating and ask families for donations. Students should bring the boxes back to school on November 1st with their collected donations.
High School students may return boxes to Ms. Cianci, and Middle School students should return their boxes to the homeroom teachers.
Learn more about UNICEF by accessing its website via the link below.
PowerSchool Mobile App
Experience real-time student performance updates on any device, wherever you are.
Designed to better engage parents and students and enhance student achievement, the free PowerSchool Mobile App creates awareness of student performance and opportunities for improvement. Students can hold themselves accountable, and parents can stay apprised of grades, scores, performance, and attendance with real-time notifications.
Users can access PowerSchool mobile from any iOS or Android device, including Apple Watch. Parents and students will enjoy the same clean, consistent design and interface across all devices. Learn more about the PowerSchool Mobile App by viewing the video below.
Ready to get started? Access additional PowerSchool Mobile parent information via the link below.
Questions? Send an email using the link below. A member of the Collegium IT Department will reply as quickly as possible.
Upcoming CCS Blood Drive
On Friday, November 10th, our National Honor Society will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 7:00am until 5:00pm on our campus. Donations are greatly needed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose.
Donors must be at least 16 years-old and meet specific height and weight requirements. Even if you don't meet the requirements, please spread the word about our Blood Drive. Our event is not just for students! We ask all members of the Collegium Community to encourage friends and family to support our Blood Drive.
To schedule and make a difference, access the link below and search by using our sponsor code, CollegiumCS.
If you have questions or if you need additional information, please email our NHS Advisor, Mrs. Fronheiser.
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 Nikki Radway, Math/Instructional Coach.
Standards for Mathematical Practices
“Why does my child need to explain how they got the answer if they already solved the problem?" This is a common question from many parents of math students in America today. The answer comes from the learning standards. In mathematics education, there are two kinds of learning standards: Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Content standards are something that most people are familiar with; they describe the skills and understandings that students should acquire through the varying grade levels. For instance, a student in 3rd grade is learning to multiply and divide using arrays, while a student in 4th grade is learning to use place value concepts to develop the skill of long division. Content standards are specific to each grade level and build upon each other.
In contrast, The Standards for Mathematical Practice characterize the habits of mind that mathematicians engage in when solving problems. The habits are consistently present from grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Basically, just as children grow physically and mature emotionally, students who practice math will increase in mathematical maturity and expertise as they progress from Elementary through High School. Their habits of mind will deepen as they mature and their abilities expand.
There are eight Mathematical Practice Standards:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (MP1)
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MP2)
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. (MP3)
- Model with mathematics. (MP4)
- Use appropriate tools strategically. (MP5)
- Attend to precision. (MP6)
- Look for and make use of structure. (MP7)
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. (MP8)
Both the Content and Mathematical Practice Standards are mandated and evaluated by the State of Pennsylvania. Collegium teachers meet those standards through a rich and rigorous, logically sequenced curriculum of content standards that emphasize the habits of mathematically literate students.
CCS students are engaged in problematic tasks, recognizing patterns and relationships while making conjectures through the use of models and diagrams, explaining why their solution works.
For more detailed information about mathematical practice standards, access the link below.
2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Information
Attention Collegium families! Our Enrollment Department is so excited to work with you and help enroll your children's siblings for our 2018-2019 school year!
In accordance with PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled students get preferential enrollment ahead of non-sibling new enrollees. However, sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, as Collegium must review the returned enrollment materials to ensure completion and then determine space availability. Sibling enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students.
Our sibling enrollment process begins Monday, November 6th at 9:00am. At that time, the 2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Online Form will be activated on the Sibling Enrollment page of the Collegium website. For families to receive priority sibling enrollment, all sibling enrollment materials must be received by the deadline: Monday, November 20th at 12 noon. Exceptions to the deadline will not be considered. Families will be notified of each sibling's enrollment status in December 2017.
Questions? Please email our Enrollment Department.
Picture Retake Day
Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Monday, November 13th. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on Picture Retake Day and students who are unhappy with their original photos may have their photos retaken.
For retakes, return the picture packet to the photographer on Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for retakes.
For a student who was absent, please provide an order envelope (below) and payment if photos are being ordered.
Middle School Robotics and Technology Coding Program
Collegium is proud to announce our partnership with GetKidsToCode (GKTC), a local non-profit offering a robust after-school course exclusively to Collegium Middle School students. Their CCS Middle School course will be Mobile App Development.
Mobile App Development is a foundational course where students start with basic understanding in logic building, flowcharts, and core language constructs. As they progress through the course they will be introduced to the world of app development using MIT App Inventor. MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that facilitates the creation of fully-functional apps for smartphones and tablets. By the end of this course, students will have skills to build their own basic apps.
To learn more about Mobile App Development and to see the session dates and related fee, please access the link below.
Questions? Please use the Contact Us feature on the GKTC website or send an email using the link below.
HSA General Meetings
Do you have questions about upcoming fundraisers or events? Want to be involved but not sure how? Or do you have a great idea for a fundraiser or event that you want to present to the HSA? Join us for our monthly HSA meetings!
HSA meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Media Center.