Collegium Newsletter November 11, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Nov. 11th, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grade 12: Picture Retake Day | Gym 7:00am - 11:00am @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 7-8: School Picture Retake Day | Gym 7:00am - 11:00am @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Grades 9-11: School Picture Retake Day | Gym 7:00am - 11:00am @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 500 Building: Grade 5 Grade Field Trip (A) | Leone, Cassner, Putt, Dardes Classrooms 8:30am - 3:30pm @ Da Vinci Science Center
  • Grades 7-12: Talent Show Dress Rehearsal | Cafeteria 3:15pm - 5:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 STEM Design Club | Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building Intramurals: Grades 5-6 Basketball | Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm @
  • 500 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 126 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Tues., Nov. 12th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • 486 Building: Grade 2 Field Trip @ Longwood Gardens
  • Grade 6: Field Trip (C) | Brady, Capprioti, Nemic, Ferrer Classrooms 9:00am - 3:00pm @ Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Leadership Meeting | Room 329 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 Robotics Team Meeting | Innovation Lab Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • NEHS Monthly Student Meeting | Art Room 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building

Wed., Nov. 13th, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Review Day | Wear ROAR Shirts W/ Uniform Bottoms
  • Grades 9-12: Reading Olympics Meeting | Library 7:00am @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building Intramurals: Grades 5-6 Grade Basketball | Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 207 4:20pm - 5:20pm
  • Immaculata University High School Honors Music Festival | Alumnae Hall 7:00 PM Immaculata University

Thurs., Nov. 14th, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • CougarTek EsportsTeam Meeting | Technology Lab (Room 705) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 7-12: Talent Show | Cafeteria 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Fri., Nov. 15th, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Online Fundraiser Ends (Benefits MS/HS Music Dept.) (Began Monday, November 4th)
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 9-12: Fall Yearbook Workshop | Art Room 3:00pm - 6:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Sibling Enrollment 2020-2021 Ends (Began 9:00 AM, Monday, November 4th) 4:00pm
  • Grade 6: Rec Night | Gym and 6th Grade Wing 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building

Sat., Nov. 16th

  • High School Detention | Designated Classroom 8:00am - 11:00am @ 515 Building (HS)

CCS Breaks Ground On New Performing Arts Center

Last Friday, November 8th, Collegium CEO, Marita Barber, and CCS’s Board of Trustees (Board) hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony to officially mark the start of construction of our long-anticipated Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Members of CCST greeted guests at CCS's Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Seating and parking for the ceremony were extremely limited, but over 100 guests attended. They included CCS parents/guardians, former students and staff, current and previous Administration and Board members, local dignitaries, employees, and the vendors who helped design and will construct the PAC.

“I came back from the University of Pittsburgh this weekend to see my cousin's play as well as the groundbreaking ceremony. It's great to finally see construction begin on the long-awaited auditorium, and I can't wait to come back and see all of my CCST family in future productions in … the new Performing Arts Center!” -Marshall Lentz, CCS Graduate
Members of Collegium High School's Orchestra performing for Groundbreaking Ceremony guests.

As always, CCS students were at the front and center of today’s event. Guests were greeted by members of Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) as they arrived, and then were serenaded with excellent musical performances by Collegium High School’s (CHS) Jazz Band Blue, Orchestra, and Chamber Choir. The Chamber Choir also performed our National Anthem, and student representatives from our Elementary, Middle, and High Schools led guests in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ceremony guests enjoyed hearing Collegium High School's Chamber Choir perform.
“I'm very excited to see this be built. A space for the musicians to be at their full potential is extremely important and I'm very glad that future musicians will get to have that.” -Brianna G., CCS Senior
Pictured, from left to right: Dr. Antoinette Rath, Collegium's former CEO, Mr. Christopher McHenry, Treasurer, CCS Board of Trustees, and Ms. Marita Barber, current CEO for Collegium.

Ms. Marita Barber, our CEO, shared opening remarks with guests on the meaning of “groundbreaking,” as it relates to CCS and the new PAC:

“For us today as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, the word ‘groundbreaking’ stands for far more than the literal breaking of ground. It stands for the groundbreaking vision of a dedicated group of West Chester residents who in January 1999, founded Collegium Charter School, offering an educational choice for families. It stands for our Board of Trustees and Administration’s groundbreaking wisdom and vision in choosing to invest in a future that is difficult to predict. And it stands for the groundbreaking musical and theatrical performances which will thrive in this beautiful new space.” -Ms. Marita Barber, CCS CEO

The following keynote speakers provided meaningful remarks based on their unique insights into the dream of the PAC, its construction, and what it will offer students, families, and our community:

  • Ms. Sara Stell, High School Orchestra and Music Director, K-12 Music Department Head, and Managing Director and Music Director, CCST;
  • Mr. Christopher McHenry, Treasurer, CCS Board of Trustees; and
  • Mr. Bill Duffy, Director of Operations and Campus Safety.
Keynote speakers at our Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony were, from left to right: Ms. Sara Stell, Mr. Christopher McHenry, and Mr. Bill Duffy.

To help put the reality of the new PAC into perspective for guests, Mr. Duffy and Ms. Stell both talked about enhancements it will offer that students, staff, and audiences have been working around for years:

  • A permanent, authentic stage (Mr. Duffy had the ceremony tent set up on the stage’s future location for emphasis!)
  • A home for CCS’s grand piano, which has been in storage
  • Multiple sets of curtains
  • A full fly system and other theatrical devices that will offer new scenery and special effects options
  • Fixed (and padded) seats
  • Dedicated dressing rooms with restrooms
  • Much, much more.
Mr. Duffy, Ms. Barber, students, and members of CCS's Board officially break ground for CCS's new Performing Arts Center!

Event speakers also unanimously agreed that the PAC’s major accomplishment will be bringing students and employees’ dreams and visions into reality, where they will immeasurably impact lives at CCS and in our community for years to come.

“Since our founding in 1999, Collegium Charter School has held the belief that music and the performing arts are significant benefits to learning, social development, and self-esteem. In an age when schools are cutting music, arts, and other extracurricular programs to save money, we at Collegium remain focused on the core belief that these programs are vital to the academic and life skills development of our students.” -Mr. Christopher McHenry, Treasurer, CCS Board of Trustees
From left to right: Mr. Bill Winters, a CCS Founder and former Collegium CEO, Dr. Toni Rath, former Collegium CEO, and Ms. Marita Barber, current CEO.

Former CEOs Dr. Toni Rath and Mr. Bill Winters were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony Friday. Mr. Winters spoke of his memory of moving CCS from its West Chester location to the 500 Building (500 James Hance Court) with a group of parents and some pickup trucks. “The fact that CCS has grown to more than 3,100 students is incredible, and the scope of the new PAC is phenomenal,” he said. “The original plan was for the PAC to be located in the 515 Building. Moving it out of the confines of an existing student building is an amazing achievement!”

CCS is first and foremost about our amazing and talented students!

Thank you to all who made our PAC Groundbreaking Ceremony a success. More importantly, CCS sincerely thanks everyone who has participated in the dream of our PAC and helped it to come to fruition. “We have a 550-day build planned,” said Mr. Duffy. “If everything goes as planned, we’ll all be attending the PAC’s Opening Ceremony in the spring of 2021!”

Q1 High School Honor Roll

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

Image Caption: High School Principal, Dr. O'Brien, sharing, "Your hard work is an inspiration to all of us! Continue to strive for your best!"

High School High Honors

GPA 90% or higher, no class grade below 80%

12th Grade: Rayma Abdallah, Alonzo Allison-Simmons, Kristina Archie, Daniela Astudillo, Ashley Bohs, Roma Capotorto, Nathan Cooper, Tyler Correll, Kaia Farstad, Diana Galan-Galan, Karina Garcia Lopez, Rose Garzon, Peter Graham, Rachel Gualtieri, Marissa Hillworth, Nicholas Hogg, Chloe Holman, Austin James, Nia Jones, Madelynn Kennedy, Georgia Laughlin, Sha'Lee Lewis, Morgan Linkins, Kyle Lo, Sydney MacKenzie, Patricia Marros Da Silva, Cornelius McClanahan, Shayna Miele, Madison Mitchell, Seth Murray, Krish Nair, Josh Ogalesco, Armi Patel, Christina Pham, Danielle Reaney, Cheyenne Rivas, Tayah Rogers, Karl Romberger, Sydney Schroeder, Amina Tahir, Laiba Tariq, Mika Tuttle, Thomas Wagner, Hannah Washington, Brin Whiteman, Aalaiyah Whitfield, and Melinda Williams.

11th Grade: Kaylee Abel, Savannah Anderson, Tyler Bergman, Alyssa Bickert, Rachel Bromley, Timothy Carlson, Kai Castro, Christopher Correll, Autumn DiSanto, Brendan Ebright, Arsal Faisal, Grace Geers, Hannah Graham, Paige Henry, Grace Hitchens, Thuvarakaa Johnson, Olivia Jones, Kevin Keffer, Lyndsey Kennedy, Elizabeth Kiley, Molay Kollie, Hannah Luong, Sophia Madanat, Mykala March, Raven McCoy, Taylor Nagel, Anna Newlin, Rachel Ocran, Brandon Olivarez, Nickander Persch, Ryk Polintan, Ethan Shihadeh, Jacob Smith, Albert Sommar, Madison Stewart, Brianna Stokes, Steven Stout, Asia Tilghman, Brandon Traut, Emma Trego, Lyka Wallace, and Nathan Wholey.

10th Grade: William Addison, Ednah Asiema, Hunter Becker, Sa'diyyah Birdsong, Emma Blackburn, Melanie Bohs, Jose Bravo-Rodriguez Jr., Jurius Coleman, Collin Delarosa, Taylor Douglas, Malia Ford, Josephine Gallant, Amya Garchinsky, Lucia Garzon, Joshua George, Amarri Glasco, Courtney Gyuris, Maasai Harris, Lance Hilton, Mikhael Joseph, Jordan Kelly, William Lentz, Emily Libo-on, Thomas Linkins, Timothy Linkins, Noelle Mast, Amalyia McCall, Thomas McHugh, Lisa Mariel Mercedes, Kelsey Miller, Sadie Miller, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamed, Alexandra Muravyeva, Kevin Nguyen, Kobe Nguyen, Aidan Oliver, William Ortiz, Connor Pearson, Alexander Pham, Kavi Pragji, Roman Reed, Maia Rissi, Jackxiel Rivera Ortiz, Ainsley Robinson, Sloane Robinson, Loreena Roscioli, Natasha Scott, Braden Sieck, Jaden Sinkler, Nagae Skerrett, Niyah Skerrett, Dallas Smith, Magnolia Sommar, Margaret Tresselt, Duncan Trofe, Kaleah Tuttle, Megan Wallace, Brooks Woolfolk, and Ashe Zolomij.

9th Grade: Victoreya Anderson, Hannah Au, Angelique Ayukachale, Olivia Brusco, Nicholas Carabio, Ava Colon, Makaylah Dale, Kawinthip Deethae, Warda Faisal, Joshua Franck, Patrick Gallagher, Benjamin Garrett, Aden Graham, Caroline Hackett, Mark Hinlo, Kylie Hogg, Abigail Holton, Kayla Jones-DeCoursey, Saad Kafili, Emma Kenetski, Sarah Kerrigan, Jay Labik, Carly Lamplugh, Legaci Lee, Austin Leslie, Jose Lopez-Torres, Melanie Luong, Nile Mahmood, Addison Mann, Tamlynn Margolin, Alexander Martinez, Brian McCoy, Delaney Mitchell, Logan Montijo, Alexandra Morris, Sophia Morrison, Jordan Nagle, Ella Jo O'Brien, Grace O'Brien, Madison Ott, Faith Owen, Robert Porreca, Lyndsey Reef, Anagelea Reese-Lockstone, Elizabeth Riehl, Kolby Ronan, Carina Sanchez-Valdez, Lauren Solitario, Aryanna Tack, Iman Tariq, Hector Tinoco, Bowen Whiteman, Jasmine Williams, Jeremiah Williams, and Katelyn Zuba.

High School Honors

GPA 80% or higher (up to 89%), no class grade below 80%

12th Grade: D'Angelo Jones-Cole and Christopher Perry.

11th Grade: Choiyon Chakraborty, John Crespo, Sanaiya Culver, Alicerose Dempsey, Sophia Hernandez, and Ryan Pryor.

10th Grade: Jordahn Artis, Vincent Baldwin, Salimata Bangura, Nicholas Corby IV, Angel Juarez-Paramo, Phierce Peoples, Aidan Stubblebine, Aidan Tansy, and Larra Wallace.

9th Grade: Travon Mack, Angela Morris, and Romen Nichols.

Q1 Middle School Honor Roll

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

Image Caption: Mr. Sterious, Middle School Principal, sharing, "Continue to go after what you want and never give up. It's not an accident or a secret that you are successful!"

Middle School High Honors

GPA 90% or higher, no class grade below 80%

8th Grade: Isabella Agatone, Leandro Aguilar-Sanchez, Saereen Ahmed, Kimberlee Alder, Madden Alexander, MacKenzie Anderson, Sophia Anderson, Carley Banninger, Nora Baudat, Reid Bergman, Jhasae Bryant-Durnell, Andrew Carver, Aryanna Castillo, Lindsey Compton, Taran Cotto, Analia de los Angeles, Jonathan Degala, Alexandria DeuBuque, ShoShoni Drake, Leanna Evans, Kereagan Gallant, Kya Gallimore, Teresa Garchinsky, Adama Gba-Kamara, Mustafa Gilani, David Gober, Gabrielle Green, Cole Gustafson, Ian Hackett, Sircha Hanna, Nathan Hitchens, Alexander Hoecht, Reginald Holmes, Brianna Johnson, Gennea Johnson, Markos Karros, Aniya Kinsale, Clayton Krieger, Shubham Kulkarni, Anailah Lamb-Towles, Ethan Lambert, Penelope Lang, Andrea Lara-Marcial, Joash Linson, Sienna Lyons, Leen Madanat, Alexander Marshall, Joseph Mathew, Mariah Mattie, Yariel Mena, Khalil Mendez, Vladimir Muravyev, Aaron Myrie, Odote Ondiek, Ogunda Ondiek, Yash Patel, India Patton, Tristan Perry-Vetter, Alana Pineiro, Aiden Pittman, Joshua Pryor, Sydney Pryor, Manny Pulgarin, Itzel Salgado, Evan Schnitzius, Vivian Schreiber, Shawn Sims, Madison Solt, Antonio Steele, Cali Stoltzfus-Diaz, Matthew Thomas, Mia Toman, Jordan Toth, Rilynn Van De Gejuchte, Samuel Wallace, Jacqueline Weer, Joshua Westwood, and Chase Woolfolk.

7th Grade: Rylan Alderman, Colin Alexander, Logan Ammon, Lindsay Anota-Morales, Marek Bako, Madison Baldwin, Ashleigh Batdorf, Jordan Bean, Kori Beasley, Cameron Bershas, Ian Bershas, Nicole Bierlmaier, Ethan Burr, Shane Burr, Sophia Butler, Dylan Butts, Alex Cadme, Justin Carpio, Joselyn Castillo Marcial, Carol Cegarra Baptista, Keith Cochran, Jacob Comarato, Claire Corby, Ashley Coria-Flores, Ana Cortez-Ramirez, Michael Costa, Maurice Craft, Judith De Jesus Marcial, Ava Deer, Norah DeTurck, Erin Dolan, Isabella Dolph, Anya Drew, Desiree Dubroski, Lailah Durrell, Bella Fanelli, Melisa Finafrock, Dominic Flores, Elliot Fraser, Alex Galimba-Colantro, Colin Gallagher, Sofia Garzon, Bennett Geibel, Brandon Green, Jayson Green, Cristina Guillen, Josue Hernandez, Charles James, Hayden Katzor, Shane Keeler, Emma Keen, Noah Keen, Ridhi Kumar, Alexa Leslie-Robinette, Citlali Lopez-Prado, Hunter Mack, Gabriella Madonna, Xavier McClanahan, Declan McDermott, Nikki McGill, Isabella McGinness, Sakshi Mehta, Kaila Mejias, Bennett Miller, Meikaylah Molyneaux, Dylan Montijo, Eric Morrison, Taylor Mosley, Yohance Nero Jr, Alice Newlin, Sisira Noolu, Walker O'Brien, Samantha Ocran, Samara Ocran, Isabella Ortiz, James Parmiter, Aisha Pierre, Re'Shaun Reed, Mikayla Reeder, Stephanie Reyes-Gomez, Boden Riehl, Michael Riehl, Julius Rigo, Delanee Russum, Elsa Sagers, Jacqueline Sanchez Castaneda, Taylor Scott, Keira Seegmueller, Alexander Shank, Rachael Smith, Velmiana Soto-Vega, Annika Swanson, Schalk Van Niekerk, Kaelyn Vega, Julia Wagaman, Maya Weeks, Lanorde Wheeler III, Isaiah Williams, and Naomi Wright.

Middle School Honors

GPA of 80% or higher (up to 89%), no class grade below 80%

8th Grade: Jazmin Bravo Rodriguez, Olivia Forlano, and Nialani Tapealava-Watson.

7th Grade: Naomi Traverso.

Two Dozen CCS Student-Musicians Accepted Into Immaculata Music Festival

Congratulations to 24 outstanding Collegium High School (CHS) musicians who have been accepted into the 2nd Annual Immaculata University High School Honors Music Festival! The students (pictured below) were first nominated by their teachers and then accepted into the prestigious Festival by Immaculata University.

These student-musicians' smiles are full of pride and excitement. They are among 24 CCS students selected by their teachers and Immaculata University to perform at Immacuata's annual High School Honors Music Festival on Wednesday, November 13th.

These 24 musicians already excel at high levels in CCS’s High School Bands and Choirs. Now their skills will be challenged even further by the rigorous repertoire Immaculata University has selected for the Festival.

“I am most excited to be able to perform music with other amazing students. The talent there will be humbling, yet a great learning environment to develop and grow as a musician.” -Will Lentz, CCS Sophomore and Percussionist

Acceptance into the Festival offers additional opportunities for the students, including rehearsing with other talented musicians from across Southeastern Pennsylvania, receiving instruction from top collegiate music faculty, and touring various buildings on Immaculata University’s campus.

“Opportunities like these offer our students a chance to experience music in a unique way,” said Mr. David Eagleson, CHS Choir Director. “The Honors Music Festival will bring students together from across Southeastern PA to perform. This experience will enrich the education of our students and the lives of the audience.”

The Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 PM in Immaculata University's Alumnae Hall. It will culminate with a concert conducted by two of Immaculata’s distinguished music professors. Mr. Joseph Gehring, Director of Ensembles and Coordinator for Music Education, will lead the Honor Band, and Mrs. Dorina Morrow, Adjunct Faculty and Choral Director, will lead the Honor Choir.

The concert is open to the public, and all are welcome! Tickets will be sold at the door for $1.00 each. Come on out and enjoy a great evening of music and support CHS’s amazingly talented student-musicians!

Tickets On Sale Now For CCS's MS/HS Talent Show

CCS’s Middle and High School Tri-M Music Societies are hosting a Talent Show on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 PM in the 515 Building (HS) Cafeteria.

Talent Show coordinators have lined up all sorts of fabulous acts to delight and entertain you. Many of our most brilliant 7th through 12th Graders are slated to perform! We know audience members will laugh, cry, and be amazed!

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door or pre-ordered using the button below. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

Seating is limited for this much-anticipated Talent Show, and ticket sales will be brisk. We highly encourage you to pre-order your tickets at the link provided!

Email Mr. Nick Motter or Mrs. Dawn Jones with questions via the buttons below.

Kids Kreations Fundraiser Online Ordering Extended

There’s still time to order gifts and keepsakes online from Kids Kreations featuring your Elementary children’s artwork!

Ordering by paper form has ended, but Kids Kreations extended Collegium’s online ordering deadline to Wednesday, November 20th. All orders placed online by then will be ready before Winter Break, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Jump onto Kids Kreations’ website (use the button below) to browse the 50-plus products they offer. Families have given us great feedback about the quality of their children’s art creations from Kids Kreations, as well as the company’s customer service.

So, if you can use a few more gifts for family and friends, consider merchandise from Kids Kreations that beautifully shows off your children’s artwork.

The Elementary Art Department appreciates your generous support of the fall Kids Kreations Fundraiser. Proceeds raised will be used by the Elementary Art Team’s Teachers for their students and classrooms.

Contact your child’s Elementary Art Teacher with questions.

From Our Home & School Association

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/guardian, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations. Questions? Email our HSA Officers using the button below.

Family Bingo Night Hosted By The HSA

K-6th Grade students and their families are invited to join the HSA on Saturday, December 7th for an evening of Family Bingo! Doors of the 500 Building Cafeteria will open at 4:00 PM.

Bingo games will be played from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In addition to Bingo, families can enjoy a Silent Auction, Raffles, and Door Prizes. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase. Word is that Carl the Cougar is going to make a special appearance, as well!

Tickets are $12.00 per person and are available online via the button below. After Saturday, November 16th, ticket prices will increase to $14.00 per person and $16.00 per person at the door.

We hope you’ll come out for some Family Bingo fun! Proceeds go directly to support CCS students, classrooms, and operations!

Volunteer At Family Bingo

Two key elements for a successful Family Bingo night are Volunteers and Prizes! The HSA is looking for some enthusiastic, organized volunteers who want to help make the HSA’s Family Bingo a success on Saturday, December 7th. To volunteer, please sign up using the button provided.

If you would like to donate bingo prizes or items for our Silent Auction, please email the HSA Officers at the button provided.

Family Bingo will be a lot of fun for everyone who volunteers, attends, and plays! Adult volunteers must have required clearances on file with CCS’s HR Department in advance. Visit the Volunteering page of CCS’s website for more information on clearances.

Earn Money For CCS Using Shoparoo

Shoparoo makes it easy to donate to CCS as you shop, especially during the upcoming holidays.

Shoparoo is a free iOS and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into CCS donations. Using the app is quick, easy, and convenient. Shop anywhere you want and buy whatever you normally buy, then snap a picture of your receipt and submit it to Shoparoo. Voila! You’ve made an instant cash donation to Collegium.

Shoparoo requires no personal information, and you can mark out anything on your receipts that you don’t want to submit. For more information on Shoparoo, visit Shoparoo's website.

Box Top$ For Education Contest Winners

HSA's Fall Box Top$ For Education contest ended Friday, October 18th. Our Elementary classrooms collected 4,763 boxtops earning Collegium $476.30. The HSA also earned $100.00 through the Box Tops mobile app.

Here are the winning classrooms from the HSA’s Fall Box Top$ For Education Contest. Congratulations!

  • 150 Building - Mrs. Snyder
  • 468 Building - Mrs. O'Brien
  • 486 Building - Mr. Wolfe
  • 500 Building - Ms. Leone

Each student in these classrooms will receive $2.00 in Cougar Cash for School Store purchases!

Please continue to clip and save your box tops for our Spring Contest. Information on clipping Box Tops and the mobile app are located on the Box Top$ For Education website linked below.

Last Chance For 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment

According to PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students are considered for enrollment ahead of new, non-sibling enrollees. Sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, however. CCS must first ensure that the Sibling Enrollment materials families submit are complete. Then CCS determines if space is available for each sibling.

Sibling Enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students. Siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students include:

  • Siblings by Birth
  • Step-Siblings
  • Adopted Siblings
  • Foster Siblings

Sibling Enrollment is also for wards subject to legal guardianship or other children related by blood or marriage who live with the currently enrolled CCS student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent(s) for support. A Court Order or a completed and notarized Guardianship Form is required to document guardianship status.

CCS’s 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment process began on Monday, November 4th and will end promptly at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 15th. To start the process, please use the button below.

For more information, access our Sibling Enrollment webpage below. Questions? Email our Enrollment Department.

Picture Retake Days For Grades K-12

Picture Retake Days are scheduled for any family who does not like their child’s portrait and whose child has not yet had their portrait taken this school year. Our Picture Retake Days will be:

  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Nov. 11th
  • Grade 12: Mon., Nov. 11th
  • Grades K-6: Mon., Nov. 18th

On Photo Retake Day, students who have already received their photo packages must bring them to school to return.

For students who were absent on Picture Day or have not yet had their picture taken this year, please bring a completed Order Form and payment with you on Picture Retake Day. Order Forms were previously sent home with all students. Please note: Students who are having their photos taken for the first time must bring payment with them on Picture Retake Day.

All questions about picture orders and portraits can be answered directly by Barksdale Customer Service Representatives. Don't hesitate to call them at 1-800-220-7667.

Todas las preguntas relacionadas con el Día de Fotografías, deben ser dirigidas al Departamento de Atención al Cliente de Barksdale School Portraits: 1-800-220-7667.

Join CCS As A Part-Time Food Service Assistant

Do you have a passion for food, working with children, and want to make a difference? Then our Part-Time Food Assistant Position may be the perfect position for you! We offer a fun and collaborative work culture and the chance to work with a diverse student population.

Responsibilities of this position include preparing and serving lunch for CCS students, as well as clean-up and sanitation of food service areas. Our Food Service Assistants typically work five-hour shifts each school day (approximately 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM).

If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing this position, please use the button below to access CCS’s Employment Page for information on how to apply!

CHS Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

Here's an opportunity to grab some coffee, pick up great reads for you and your children, kick off your holiday shopping, and support the Collegium High School (CHS) Library, all at the same time!

Visit CHS’s semi-annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair between Tuesday, November 19th and Sunday, November 24th at Main Street at Exton. Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of your Book Fair purchases to the CHS Library, where the proceeds will help grow the Library’s collections of non-fiction books, graphic fiction and non-fiction, and high-interest adventure and sports fiction.

Even better, join us for our in-store Book Fair kickoff event at the Exton Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, November 19th. The event will be a fun way to ring in the holiday season for CCS families. Our CHS Chamber Choir (3:45 PM) and Jazz Band (4:30 PM) be also be performing live for shoppers at the kickoff.

When you make purchases at Barnes & Noble during our Book Fair, please be sure to tell your cashier that you’re there for Collegium, or show the cashier a Book Fair voucher (available at the button below). That way, the CHS Library will be sure to receive a percentage of your purchases!

For families who prefer to shop online, our Book Fair will be available through Barnes & Noble’s website between Tuesday, November 19th and Friday, November 29th, giving you another five days to shop! Use the button below to access the website. During checkout, be sure to enter the CHS Book Fair Event ID Number—12565354—in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page.

Thank you in advance for your support of our CHS Library. We currently have about 4.5 books per student; the American Library Association recommendation is 10-16 books per student. Your Barnes & Noble Book Fair purchases will go far to grow this vital CCS resource for students in Grades 9-12!

Questions? Please use the “Email CHS Library” button below to email Ms. Vicki Whisler, our CHS Library Media Specialist.

Volunteer Speakers Needed For 500 Building Career Day

CCS will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th Grade students on Monday, November 25th between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Forecasters predict that health care career options will continue to grow in 2020 and beyond.

One of the most important aspects of Career Day is when parents/guardians and community members volunteer to talk to our students about their careers. We can share all sorts of information with students about different careers, but hearing first-hand from adults in varied, real-life professions is especially meaningful.

The dream of many student-athletes is to become collegiate, or even professional, athletes.

Volunteers are asked to make three or four 25-minute presentations on Career Day, including a brief Question and Answer session with students after each presentation. “Career Day is a wonderful opportunity to increase our students’ awareness of the many possibilities their futures hold,” commented Mrs. Corinne Hirst, School Counselor in the 500 Building. “In this age of technology and rapid change, we’re especially interested in helping our 6th Grade students learn about entrepreneurial opportunities.”

Our youth will always need qualified teachers to help them reach their career goals.

If you’d like to volunteer at the 500 Building’s Career Day, please use the button below to email Mrs. Hirst.

Nominate CCS Teachers For Citadel's 2020 Heart Of Learning Award

For 19 years, Citadel has honored and recognized Chester County’s most extraordinary teachers based on nominations from students, parents/guardians, and community members.

If there are CCS Teachers you feel go above and beyond inside and outside of the classroom, please nominate them for this prestigious award! Citadel’s Heart of Learning Award Nomination Form is available at the button below. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Citadel receives and reviews thousands of nominations each year from which 15 finalists, and then three overall Heart of Learning Award winners, are selected. All 15 finalists are honored at Citadel’s annual Heart of Learning Award Banquet and receive cash prizes to use in their classrooms. Citadel presents the three overall winners with its Heart of Learning Award and $1,500 to use in each of their classrooms.

Ms. Sullivan's Kindergarten Class celebrating her 2018-2019 nomination as a Citadel Heart of Learning Award finalist.

Citadel also tracks the total number of nominations received by school and awards cash prizes to the three schools with the most nominations.

Watch the video below, "2019 Citadel #HeartofLearning Award: You Are A Superhero,” to learn about last year's Heart of Learning Award finalists. Our own Caitlin Sullivan is featured several times in the video, along with her students. Ms. Sullivan taught Kindergarten in our 150 Building before becoming a Math Specialist this year.

Obtaining Approval For Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because your family is taking a trip, visiting relatives, or scheduling college visits? Students may be excused from school for up to five (5) days for planned absences provided approval for the absences is obtained at least two weeks in advance from your building Principal.

To request approval, please submit a completed Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form to your building Principal at least ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence. Requests received after the absence has occurred will not be considered. The Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form is accessible at the button below.

If you have questions regarding this Form or the submission process, use the button provided to email CCS’s Attendance Office. Questions regarding decisions should be directed to your building Principal.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you 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, please also contact your Building Principal(s):

Collegium's Main Number


Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 150 Building: Ext. 6811
  • 435 Building: Ext. 6002
  • 468 Building: Ext. 6401
  • 486 Building: Ext. 6501
  • 500 Building: Ext. 6106
  • 515 Building (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.