CCS Family Calendar
Mon., Nov. 4th, Day 1
- CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
- Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Online Fundraiser Begins (Benefits MS/HS Music Dept.) (Ends Friday, November 15th)
- Sibling Enrollment 2020-2021 Begins 9:00am (Ends Friday, November 15th at 4:00 PM)
- CCST: Spring Musical Vocal Auditions | Cafeteria & Room 323 3:15pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
- 150 Building: Grades 3-4 STEM Design Club | Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Tues., Nov. 5th
- Grades K-12: No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Faculty/Staff)
Wed., Nov. 6th, Day 2
- CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
- 150 Building: Grade 1 Field Trip (A) | Minchak, Perry, and Rooney Classrooms @ Lancaster Science Factory
- CMS "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Field Trip 8:30am - 1:30pm @ USSC Group
- 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 500 Building Intramurals: Grades 5-6 Basketball | Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 207 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Thurs., Nov. 7th, Day 3
- CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
- 150 Building: Grade 4 Field Trip (A) | Morrison, Sayler, and Sherman Classrooms @ The Philadelphia Zoo
- Grade 6: Field Trip (B) | Charney, Jackson, Martin, and Mummert 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: CCS Morning News Meeting | Mac Lab 3:15pm - 4:15pm @ 515 Building (HS)
- Grades 7-12: Spring Musical Dance Auditions & Callbacks | Cafeteria & Room 323 3:15pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
- CougarTek Esports Team 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
- 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 932 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- CougarTek Esports Team Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Level13 eSports Gaming Center
- 150 Building: K-4 Book Fair Family Night | Library 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri., Nov. 8th, Day 4
- CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
- 150 Building: Grade 1 Field Trip (B) | Bannan, Cordova, Ely, and Erskine Classrooms @ Lancaster Science Factory
- 150 Building: Grade 4 Grade Field Trip (B) | Haldeman, Richmond, and Ryan Classrooms @ The Philadelphia Zoo
- 150 Building: Grades K-4 Book Fair Ends (Began Monday, October 28th)
- Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- Grades K-6: End of 1st Trimester
- Grades K-6: STEM T-Shirt Sale Ends (Began Monday, October 28th)
- Blood Drive (Sponsored by the National Honor Society) | Gym 6:00am - 6:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
- Groundbreaking Ceremony | CCS Performing Arts Center 11:00am @ 515 (HS) Building
- 500 Building Intramurals: 5th and 6th Grade Basketball | Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 500 Building
Sat., Nov. 9th
- Grades 1-6: Basketball Clinic | Gym 10:00am - 12:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)
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.
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.
150 Building STOMP! Out Bullying Event
The 150 Building recently held an event to STOMP! out bullying! The event kicked off the building’s "Second Step" bullying prevention program.
To prepare for the STOMP! kickoff, 150 Building K-4 students worked in their homerooms to identify words they felt hurt others or encouraged bullying behaviors. Next, teachers drew squares in the parking lot with chalk and wrote the students’ words in them.
"I liked writing a mean word and then stomping it out so I don't feel sad anymore. It was fun with music." -Charlee J., CCS 1st Grader
Event organizers arranged for a sound system to be set up and made up a schedule of grade-level groups to STOMP! throughout the day. Finally, they carefully selected songs for the kickoff event that all included “STOMP” in the lyrics.
Next comes the fun part! As each group gathered, they talked about bullying and the words they’d identified. Then, they had great fun STOMPING out those words together to increase awareness about bullying prevention. The ability to STOMP! on the words helped students release their feelings about bullying and control the power in the words they associated with it.
"Bullying is really bad. It hurts, so I liked stomping it out. The music was pretty fun, especially the one from the running statue in the city [The Rocky Theme].” -Aveeral B., CCS Kindergartner
Our 150 Building Kindergarten and 1st Grade students enjoyed a fun surprise when Mr. Nick Motter, our High School Band Director, arrived with his band members to perform. The band dropped a steady beat as the students moved, grooved, and STOMPED out their bullying words.
"As CCS celebrates its 20th Anniversary, and given that we educate students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade, it was wonderful to involve our youngest and oldest students in an activity as important as stomping out bullying!” -Ms. Caitlin Sullivan, 150 Building STOMP! Kickoff Event Organizer
For our 150 Building 4th Grade students, the STOMP! kickoff included a more in-depth conversation about bullying, its impact, and ways students can improve the language they used with others. Then the 4th Graders STOMPED on their words and shook the entire 150 Building!
"It was fun to see all my friends and dancing to music from the older kids. The music was fun, and then I got to stomp out mean words.” -Amari W., CCS Kindergartener
Each group ended its kickoff event by loudly and proudly chanting the “I Matter” cheer together:
I Matter. You Matter
We are on the same team
Words can hurt
More than they seem
Say no to bullying
With a scream!
This STOMP! event was a terrific way to kick off the 150 Building’s bullying prevention program. It helped empower students to make changes and take action to prevent bullying. More Second Step events are scheduled for later this school year.
Ask your children to share what they thought of the STOMP! event, what they learned, and how good it felt to STOMP! out bullying words!
Picture Retake Days For Grades K-11
Picture Retake Days are scheduled for any family who does not like their child’s portrait:
- Grades 7-11: Mon., Nov. 11th (Picture Retake Day)
- Grades K-6: Mon., Nov. 18th (Picture Retake Day)
On each Picture Retake Day, students who have already received their photo packages must bring them to school to return.
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.
CMS Building Students Of The Month
Background Image Caption: Mr. Dave Slusser (Left), 8th Grade Health and PE Teacher, and Mrs. Jamie Batty (Right), 7th Grade Health and PE Teacher.
Each month, one department at Collegium Middle School recognizes students who have demonstrated PRIDE in the school. These students have stood out as examples for their peers. They truly exemplify what it means to show PRIDE in yourself, others, and CCS.
This month, the Health/PE Department had the honor of recognizing ten students who consistently displayed PRIDE during October.
7th Graders Recognized for PRIDE
- Claire C.
- Ava D.
- Sakshi M.
- Alice N.
- Alex S.
- Dyujay W.
8th Graders Recognized for PRIDE
- Aryanna C.
- Dave G.
- Andrea L.-M.
- Jordan T.
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.
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.
2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment At Collegium
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
- 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 will begin on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 9:00 AM when enrollment materials will be posted on the Sibling Enrollment page of our website. The Sibling Enrollment period will end promptly at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 15, 2019. For more information, access our Sibling Enrollment webpage below.
Prepare Your Documents Now
Collegium's 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment process will be completed online*, only. During the online process, families must upload certain required information (listed below).
To "digitize"** the documents for uploading, you can scan them with a scanner or take clear photos using a smartphone or tablet. The documents are:
- Copy of your child's Birth Certificate
- Copy of your child's current Immunization Record
- Two (2) Proofs of Residency for your family
- Student ID (Food Service PIN) of your child's oldest sibling attending Collegium
If you do not have a copy of your child's Immunization Record, please obtain it from your child's health care provider and then upload it for CCS. Do not ask the health care provider to send the Immunization Record to Collegium; instead, please receive the Immunization Record yourself so that you can control when Collegium receives it.
Proofs of Residency are limited to: A deed, lease, mortgage statement, current utility bill, current credit card bill, property tax bill, vehicle registration, driver’s license, or PennDOT identification card. Proofs of Residency documents may not be expired. Two are required for the Sibling Enrollment process.
Student IDs (Food Service PINs) are five-digit numbers assigned to each Collegium student. If you need help finding your child's Student ID, please ask your child for it or contact the Main Office of your child's building.
Do you have questions about the documents required for CCS’s 2020-2021 Sibling Enrollment process? Our Enrollment Department staff is happy to assist. Use the button below to email them.
*If you don't have internet access or if you need help scanning your child's documents, we can assist you in November at our 435 Building (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA 19341) between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM on days when school is in session.
**Digitizing documents means converting them into electronic files like photos or scanned images. Families can upload photos or scanned images of Birth Certificates, Immunization Records, and Proofs of Residency. Digitized items must be clear, readable, and include all four corners of each document. Please remove documents from their envelopes before taking their pictures or scanning them. If you wish, you may keep dollar amounts confidential by covering them with marker or ink.
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