Collegium Newsletter October 29, 2018

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Oct. 29th - Day 1

  • 150 Building: Grades K-4 Book Fair Begins (Ends Tuesday, November 6th)
  • 5th Grade: Spice Market Begins (Ends Friday, November 2nd) @ 500 Building
  • Grades 7-12: "Les Misérables" Interest Meeting | Library 7:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building

Tue., Oct. 30th - Day 2

  • Grades 9-12: Academic Team Competition 9:30am - 11:30am @ Unionville High School
  • Boys Soccer TCISL Finals 3:00pm - 5:00pm @ United Sports TC
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 7-12: "Collegium's Got Talent" | Cafeteria 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building

Wed., Oct. 31st - Day 3

  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal (Grades 7-12: 11:30am Dismissal; Grades K-6: 12:15pm Dismissal; Faculty/Staff: PM Professional Development
  • After-School Care Assembly: Science Explorers | All Sites | Gym 12:30pm - 3:30pm @ 500 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club | 486 Building Music and Art Rooms 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 5-12: Optional "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" Fundraiser

Thu., Nov. 1st - Day 4

  • 150 Building: 2nd Grade Field Trip @ Longwood Gardens
  • Grade 12: Cap & Gown Ordering Meeting 2:21pm - 3:01pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: K-4 STEM Mentoring Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • 150 Building: K-4 Book Fair Family Night | Library 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Fri., Nov. 2nd - Day 5

  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Field Trip @ The Philadelphia Zoo
  • 5th Grade: Spice Market Ends (Began Monday, October 29th) @ 500 Building
  • Grade 12 and CCS Employees: College T-Shirt Day
  • Grade 6: Fall Ball Rec Night | Gym 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building

TCISL Cross Country Championship Win

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams for winning the TCISL Championship on Tuesday, October 23rd at The Perkiomen School. This is the Girls Cross Country Team's first title win, and the fourth title win overall for the Boys Team.

Leading the way for the Boys Team was Jacob I., who finished 1st in 18:16. Manny H. finished 2nd, Cole M. 3rd, Austin J. 6th, Albert S. 8th, Tyler C. 15th, and Kai C. rounded out the Team's top seven finishers in 20th place.

Lily I. led the Girls Team with a 1st-place finish in 22:33, followed by Hannah L. in 3rd place, Alexis A. in 4th, Paige H. in 5th, and Skylar J., who rounded out the top five for our Girls Team.

Please join CCS's Athletic Department in congratulating the Girls and Boys Cross Country Team members on this amazing, well-earned accomplishment.

Next up for these outstanding athletes are the District 1 Championships at Lehigh University. Our goal is to have multiple CCS athletes qualify for the PIAA State Championships.

Thank you for showing the true Cougar Pride spirit!

CCS Students Defy National ACT Test Statistics

Image Caption: Marshall L. (top left), Mina B. (top right), Abigail D. (bottom left), and Cheney N. (bottom right).

In its recent article headlined “ACT Scores Show Drop in College Readiness, Especially in Math,” The Wall Street Journal reported that “A greater percentage of U.S. high-school graduates who took the ACT college-entrance exam aren’t ready for college-level coursework, with math readiness at a 14-year low.”*

In stark contrast to national and state statistics, however, stands Marshall L., a Collegium High School Senior, who achieved a perfect ACT test Composite Score of 36! Act.org reports that the average Composite Score in Pennsylvania for the class of 2018 was 23.5, and the national Composite Score was 20.8. Marshall’s perfect score earned him the US and State Rank** of 100%!

Three other Collegium Seniors also achieved statistically amazing ACT test Composite Scores:

  • Cheney N. (34 Composite Score; US and PA Rank of 99%)
  • Mina B. (32 Composite Score, US Rank of 97%, State Rank of 95%)
  • Abigail D. (31 Composite Score, US Rank of 95%, State Rank of 92%).
“When you also take into account the significant number of Collegium students who placed on Collegium’s AP Scholar Roster, our school’s dedication to preparing students for college and life beyond it is very apparent." -Dr. O'Brien, High School Principal

The ACT test (American College Testing) is used by colleges and universities nationwide to help determine what High School students have learned, along with their academic readiness for college. Like the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), the ACT test measures learning in Math, English, and Reading. The ACT test differs in that it includes sections on Science reasoning and critical thinking, as well as testing in more advanced Math areas like statistics and probability. Collegium is a test site for both the ACT and SAT. After considering their individual skill sets and future plans, Collegium encourages students to take one or both exams two or three times.

“The ACT Composite Scores Marshall, Cheney, Mina, and Abigail achieved are real indicators of their commitment to their educational success at CCS and beyond,” boasted High School Principal Dr. Pat O’Brien. “When you also take into account the significant number of Collegium students who placed on Collegium’s AP Scholar Roster, our school’s dedication to preparing students for college and life beyond it is very apparent.”

Collegium's students are the reason our school exists. To all of our scholars, we offer a heartfelt: “Job well done! You should be very proud!”

* "ACT Scores Show Drop in College Readiness, Especially in Math,” The Wall Street Journal, Tawnell D. Hobbs, Updated October 17, 2018.

**A student’s rank indicates the approximate percentage of recent US and Pennsylvania High School graduates who took the ACT test and received scores that are the same as or lower than the student’s scores. For example, a student’s Composite Score Rank of 56 means that 56% of students earned that Composite Score or below.

500 Building Cougar Challenge Basketball Tournament

Students in our 500 Building weren't able to participate in the recent Cougar Challenge because of all the rain. The 500 Building's Field was just too wet for the students to safely enjoy the activities that were planned.

The 500 Building decided instead to reschedule its Cougar Challenge and to do something a little different—a basketball tournament! Two tournaments were held, one for the 5th Grade and one for the 6th Grade.

The students were amazing and were able to show off their spectacular athletic abilities.

Ms. Winters and Mr. Schultz, both PE and Health Teachers, facilitated the event. Ms. Winters was the MC, and Mr. Schultz was a referee, as was Mrs. Holly Loescher, an Intervention Specialist and 504 Coordinator.

“Although we missed out on celebrating on the original Cougar Challenge day, we had a blast during our makeup basketball tournament. Our students showed awesome sportsmanship and teamwork skills throughout the day and even gave the staff a run for their money during the student/faculty game!" -Ms. Winters, PE and Health Teacher, 500 Building

Ms. LaNae Horsey was on the ones and twos, and the students in the crowd got super excited when she played hit songs like Michael Jackson's “Thriller” and “Whip/Nae Nae” by Silentó. The tournament lasted all day, and by the end of the last game, the winning team was in for a major treat!

Students vs. Employees

That team's prize was getting to play against some of CCS's most formidable basketball players: Ms. Sierra Horsey from the 435 Building, 500 Building Principal Mr. Shaun Murphy, Mr. John Allen, Director of Athletics, and 500 Building Teacher, Mr. Dan Fowlkes. The game was very close, but the adults won...by one point!

“We came, we saw, we fell, and we conquered! All Hail Faculty! This was a great way to reinforce the community that CCS is known for.” -Mr. Fowlkes, 5th Grade Teacher

Although the 500 Building students didn't participate on the regularly scheduled Cougar Challenge day, they had their own day with their own style of fun, and it was awesome!

Upcoming Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Here's an opportunity to grab some coffee and look for great reads for you and your children! Collegium's annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair begins Wednesday, November 14th at the Main Street Exton location and continues in-store through Sunday, November 18th. This event supports literacy, Collegium library purchases, and family fun!

When you visit Barnes & Noble Exton between Wednesday, November 14th and Sunday, November 18th, be sure to mention that your purchases are for Collegium. That way, we will be sure to receive a percentage of the purchases. Even better, join us for our Kick-Off Event at 3:30pm on Wednesday, November 14th, which will feature a live, in-store performance by the CCS High School Chamber Choir.

If you prefer, you can shop Barnes & Noble online until November 23rd (Black Friday), using the link below. During checkout, be sure to enter the Collegium's Book Fair Event ID Number—12392007—in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page.

We hope to see you at Barnes & Noble during the Book Fair! Questions? Please email Mrs. Ferry.

Nominate CCS Teachers For Citadel's Heart Of Learning Award

Citadel Federal Credit Union has announced the opening of nominations for its 2019 Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Use the link below to nominate Collegium teachers for this, the 18th Annual Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Citadel will accept nominations through December 31, 2018.

Together with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), Citadel created its Heart of Learning Award in 2001. Any person who teaches at a public or private Chester County school is eligible to win. Every year, Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations from Chester County students, parents/guardians, and community members for teachers who are making a true difference in students’ lives. Last year, more than 2,300 teachers were nominated. Citadel's video, "Why Should We Recognize Teachers?" is included below.

After the nomination period ends, 15 finalists are selected from the nominations: One from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the CCIU, and one from a Chester County non-public school. All finalists receive $500 to use in their classrooms and are honored at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards Banquet in early May. Three winners (one each from a High School, Middle School, and Elementary School) are selected from the 15 finalists to receive an additional $1,500 to use in their classrooms.

In addition to the teaching excellence award, the three schools that submit the most nominations are designated “Schools with Heart." Citadel awards these schools cash prizes to be used for assemblies or events: $1,500 to the school in first place, $750 for the second-place school, and $500 for third place.

Donations Needed

Hand Warmers

You've probably noticed the fresh chill in the air! Our K-12 employees who assist with morning arrival duties are hoping for donations of hand warmers.

Please drop off hand warmer donations at your child's building or send them to Mrs. McMichael's attention in the 150 Building.

Secret STEAM Activity Items

At the end of October, the 500 Building will begin its STEAM activity. While we would love to share what we'll be doing, we want to keep the activity a secret from our students. For it to be successful and to keep costs low, we need our CCS families' and employees' help to gather supplies. Your support in donating and collecting the following items will be greatly appreciated!

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Donations can be sent to Mrs. Eileen Kahl, 500 Building. Thank you! We look forward to sharing our fun project with you!

Questions? Email Mrs. Kahl.

Planned Absences: How To Obtain CCS Approval

Will your child be absent from school because you're planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten (10) 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.

Food Service Department Updates

November K-12 Menus and Payment Form

K-12 Lunch and Breakfast Menus and the Food Service Department's November Payment Form are available via the link below. This information is also posted as a Resource on the Food Service page of our website.

The Kindness Of Strangers

As in any Pennsylvania school, CCS has families in need who are unable to pay their outstanding Food Service Department account balances. You can help these CCS families by anonymously contributing to pay their outstanding account balances.

To determine how you can make the most impact and to anonymously submit funds for this purpose, email our Food Service Director, Mr. Mike Ely. Thank you!

Notice: 7th Grade Field Trip Planned

The 7th Grade Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, May 24, 2019. Students and 21 faculty/staff members will visit Baltimore, Maryland’s National Aquarium and will also take a 45-minute guided, climate-controlled Inner Harbor cruise through Waterworks on the Bay. Our Field Trip is designed to enrich and reinforce concepts discussed in our Life Science and Social Studies classes.

This week, students will bring home their 7th Grade Field Trip Permission Forms. The cost of this trip is $50.00 per student. Please return payment and the Permission Slip (below) to Ms. Pouncy in an envelope labeled with the student’s name. Checks should be made payable to Collegium Charter School.

Questions? Need to arrange a payment plan? Email Ms. Pouncy for assistance.

Emergency And Weather-Related School Closing Information

With the heat and humidity long gone, it's now time to gear up for the possibility of winter weather and its impact on Collegium's academic day.

If winter weather is in the forecast, please begin monitoring Collegium's website and any email inboxes connected to your family's SchoolMessenger account. Our first priorities are to alert families directly using SchoolMessenger and to update the homepage of our website. Do not call the school for emergency closing information. We do not provide schedule change information via our voicemail system, and our Main Office staff will simply direct you to the CCS website.

As our students rely on transportation from a variety of school districts, CCS does not follow weather-related decisions of any one school district. Rather, a CCS-specific decision is made after consultation with several school districts. Most districts do not make their initial decisions until 5:30am or 5:45am. Upon receipt of that information, CCS evaluates the districts’ decisions and makes the best decision for all CCS students. Our weather-related decisions are typically announced before 6:00am, but occasionally we must delay our decision until we hear from a school district.

Remember, weather-related decisions may be updated and changed as weather or circumstances dictate. SchoolMessenger will send updates to your inboxes, but checking our website frequently is always a good idea!

Operation Military Stocking Drive Extended

Our Music Honor Society (Tri-M) is extending its annual Operation Military Stocking Drive until Friday, November 2nd. Donation boxes will be located in the Main Offices of each CCS building.

You can also donate at our 7th-12th Grade "Collegium's Got Talent" show on Tuesday, October 30th, if you're planning to attend. Please consider bringing a few of the items below to make an Operation Military Stocking Drive donation*: Candy; granola bars; small snacks; gum; beef jerky; ramen; DVDs; small, packed meals; toothbrushes and toothpaste; socks; and Chapstick. Note that glass or aerosol items cannot be accepted.

Tri-M members will use all donations to fill stockings that will be sent to US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq during the upcoming holiday season. Mrs. Gabel can be contacted with any questions.

Education Explained: What is Secondary Transition?

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 Kristin O'Keefe, Special Education Coordinator, Grades 7-12.

Secondary Transition is the process of preparing students with disabilities for productive, fulfilling lives after they leave High School. In Pennsylvania, this planning begins in the year students turn 14 years old. Students' secondary transition planning is documented in their IEPs (Individualized Education Plans). The planning explores different areas of opportunity available to students, like courses and training, various employment paths, and independent living skills. Every year, all sections of a student’s IEP are reviewed and updated, including the secondary transition planning section, if applicable.

This school year, Collegium will participate in a secondary transition monitoring system. Called "Indicator 13," the system helps make sure that secondary transition planning is sufficiently customized to meet the needs of each affected student and family. The monitoring includes checking that key transition planning items are included in IEPs for students who are 14 and older. Examples of these key items are that:

  • Everyone involved in the student’s secondary transition planning—the student, family members, service providers, agencies, and others—is included in the process and invited to related IEP meetings;
  • The student’s IEP transition planning section lays out reasonable, age-appropriate goals that cover education, career planning, and independent living;
  • Data relating to the student’s current interests, skill levels, abilities, preferences, and needs are included in the IEP, along with tools that correctly measure the student’s progress toward all goals; and
  • Details about agencies, supports, and services that have been identified for the student are described.

Collegium already monitors the secondary transition process very closely with our students and families. This year, our Middle and High School Special Education educators will work closely with the CCIU (Chester County Intermediate Unit) to learn more about the Indicator 13 process. Using Indicator 13 monitoring will only improve outcomes for our students with disabilities!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Marzah Lackey

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, Marzah Lackey, 3rd Grade Learning Support Instructional Assistant in the 468/486 Building of Collegium Charter School. Marzah is featured wearing an orange T-shirt, showing her support of our recent K-6 Bullying Prevention Day.

Trick-Or-Treat For UNICEF (Voluntary Fundraiser)

For those Collegium Families who have children in Grades 5-12, celebrate Halloween, and go trick-or-treating, Collegium is providing the option to "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!"

According to UNICEF's website, this annual tradition has helped raise almost $177 Million since its start in 1950. The UNICEF organization works in nearly 200 countries to help children receive necessary health care, education, safe drinking water, nutrition, and many other services.

As with all Collegium fundraisers, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is 100% optional and voluntary. Students who wish to participate can pick up their UNICEF collection boxes as follows:

  • Grades 5 and 6: Pick up collection boxes from your homeroom teacher.
  • Grades 7-8: UNICEF collection boxes will be available in the 515 Building's Main Office.
  • Grades 9-12: See Ms. Cianci in Room 634 for your collection box.

Interested students can take their UNICEF collection boxes with them while trick-or-treating and ask families they visit for donations. The boxes and donations should be brought back to school on Thursday, November 1st and dropped off to students' homeroom teachers (Grades 5-6), the 515 Building's Main Office (for Grades 7-8), or Ms. Cianci (Grades 9-12).

Learn more about UNICEF on its website linked below.

NHS Blood Drive

The National Honor Society is sponsoring the biannual Red Cross Blood Drive this year. The Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, November 9th from 7:00am to 5:00pm in the 535 Building's Gym.

Students 16 years of age and older may participate in the Blood Drive as long as their parents/guardians sign Parental Consent Forms and the students meet the Red Cross' donation height and weight requirements. These can be found on the Red Cross website (linked below) or at the NHS table outside of the 535 Building Cafeteria during the week of November 4th.

Blood donations save lives! Please consider signing up!

School Picture Retake Days For Grades K-11

Our Grades K-11 Picture Retake Days are scheduled as follows:

  • Grades K-6: Monday, December 3rd
  • Grades 7-11: Friday, December 7th

Students who were absent on their original Picture Day or who are not happy with their original photos can have their pictures taken again on Picture Retake Day.

Students who are having their pictures retaken should return the picture packet to the photographer on their Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for Picture Retakes. If your child was absent on their Picture Day and you wish to order photos, please provide a completed Order Form (linked below) and payment on the designated Picture Retake Day.

Senior Portrait Retakes

Senior Portrait Retakes require an appointment. Any Senior who missed the summer and fall portrait dates must respond to the Google Classroom announcement to schedule an appointment. Questions? Please email Miss O'Neill.

2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment at Collegium

General Information

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 the 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, and
  • Foster siblings.

Also included in Sibling Enrollment are 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.

One Collegium family representing three different grade levels and CCS buildings.

Prepare Your Documents Now

Collegium's 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment process begins Monday, November 5th at 9:00am and ends Monday, November 19th at 12:00pm. Exceptions to enrollment deadlines are not considered.

The process is completed online*, only and families must upload certain required information (outlined below). To "digitize"** the documents for uploading, you can scan them with a dedicated scanner or take clear photos using a smartphone or tablet. The documents are:

  • Copy of the child's Birth Certificate
  • Copy of the child's current Immunization Record
  • Two (2) Proofs of Residency for the family
  • Student ID (Food Service PIN) of the 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. Do not ask the health care provider to send the Immunization Record to Collegium; instead, please personally receive the Immunization Record so you can control when Collegium receives it.

Proofs of Residency (two are required) 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.

Student IDs (Food Service PINs) are five-digit numbers assigned to each Collegium student. Families receive their children's Student IDs in their Summer Information Packets. 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.

Email our Enrollment Department with questions about the documents required for Collegium's 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment process. Thank you!

*If you don't have internet access or if you need help scanning your child's documents, we can assist you at our 435 Building (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA 19341) in November between 8:30am and 3:30pm 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.

CCS's K-12 Yearbook On Sale Now!

Introductory Price Good Through November 23rd

Sales of the 2019 Edition of the CCS's K-12 Anamnesis yearbook have begun! Taken from the Greek word meaning "recollection," Anamnesis is a one-of-a-kind, limited edition collection of stories and events gathered at CCS throughout the school year.

To make sure your child doesn't miss out on the opportunity to have a copy of Anamnesis, order yours now! Anamnesis allows K-12 students to share and enjoy memories of their classmates and this year's school activities for years to come.

The 2019 K-12 Anamnesis yearbook will be delivered this spring. This edition is a quality hardback publication that features 24 additional full-color pages and includes a spring supplement. If purchased before November 23rd, the cost is $45.00.

Anamnesis makes a wonderful gift for CCS K-12 students. For a small additional fee, parents/guardians can even have their child's copy personalized! Be sure to place your order(s) now, because after November 23rd, the cost for Anamnesis will increase:

  • Before November 23rd: $45.00
  • November 24th until February 2nd: $55.00
  • February 3rd until April 1st: $65.00

For your convenience, there are several purchasing options:

  • Order online using the link below;
  • Fill out the Order Form (below) and mail your order directly to Student Services Company (address is on the Order Form);
  • Phone Student Services Company directly to place your order (phone number is on the Order Form); or
  • Fax your Order Form directly to Student Services Company (fax number is on the order form).

The yearbook staff is working very hard to create a wonderful 2019 yearbook for the Collegium Community. Don't delay! Order yours today!

Questions? Email our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer.

Access PowerSchool From Your Mobile Devices

Versions 2.4.1 for iOS and 1.1.7 for Android Now Available

Our student information system software, PowerSchool, offers a mobile application that provides students and parents with real-time information about attendance, assignments, and grades.

New iOS and Android mobile app versions are now available for download on your mobile devices. After you've updated or installed the mobile app on your device, you'll be asked to sign in. During the mobile app sign-in process, you’ll be prompted to enter Collegium's District Code, which is CCCX. Use your own PowerSchool account username and password. Accounts must be set up via our PowerSchool online portal (access link is below) prior to using the mobile application. Instructions for creating a PowerSchool account are also linked below.

Students and parents/guardians who need support to access their existing CCS PowerSchool accounts can email us at PowerSchool@ccs.us.

Volunteers Needed For 150 Building's Book Fair

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the 150 Building Library from Monday, October 29th through Tuesday, November 6th.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help out! The Book Fair is for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade and is held during school hours. Volunteers are needed to assist our younger students as they create their wish lists and to help all students with their purchases. Please consider donating some of your time to this fun event! Use the link below to sign up. Thank you!

Email Ms. Hollinshead for more details or if you have questions.

Reporting Health Screening Results With Magnus

CCS School Nurses will report students' annual vision and hearing screening results differently this year. In the past, the results were sent home on paper. After our School Nurses enter results into Magnus this year, the Magnus system will send families an email telling them to check their child's Magnus account for a new treatment note. This is where your child's screening results will be located.

Two of our School Nurses: Mrs. Mellone (left) and Mrs. Wilkins (right).

If you don't have email access or if you have questions, please contact your child's School Nurse for assistance.

If you have not yet completed the required Magnus information, please refer to our July 2018 Magnus Introductory Letter (below), and complete the information as soon as possible.

CCST Presents: "Les Misérables"

All 7th-12th Grade students interested in being a part of this year's musical, Les Misérables (School Edition), are invited to attend our Les Mis Interest Meeting on Monday, October 29th.

Our meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the 535 Building's Library. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to attend this meeting. If you cannot attend or if you have questions, email Ms. Stell.

Elementary Art Fundraiser: Kids Kreations

This year’s Annual Elementary Art Fundraiser is right around the corner! The Elementary Art Team has worked closely with your young artists to help them prepare special pieces for the event. Their works have already been submitted to Kids Kreations, the new company the Elementary Art Team selected for this year’s fundraiser.

Kids Kreations offers a lot of advantages for Collegium families, including that they will be able to choose from literally dozens of quality keepsakes, gift items, and other treasures imprinted with their children’s artwork. According to Ms. Amanda Shortridge, who teaches Elementary Art in our 468/486 Building, “Families will love Kids Kreations' products. They include new items like phone cases, iPad covers, blankets, matted prints, cutting boards, jewelry, and much more. There'll be something for every family’s budget and gift list!”

Ms. Darci Galie, who teaches Elementary Art in the 150 Building, is also pleased with Kids Kreations. “The company is very school- and family-friendly. Each student will receive a personalized order form to take home, along with a free pack of stickers with their artwork.” The personalized catalogs and free stickers will come home in early November. Completed orders will be delivered before Winter Break.

“My favorite Kids Kreations feature,” said Ms. Allison Thomas, a 500 Building Elementary Art teacher, “is that families who order online can preview items that already show their child’s artwork. Also, online orders can be shipped to school and sent home with students, or Kids Kreations will ship them to another address for families.”

Kids Kreations also helps make families' participation in the Fundraiser more valuable for CCS and its Elementary Art students, because it returns a larger portion of each order to the school. All Kids Kreations Fundraiser proceeds will be used to purchase materials and improve your children’s Elementary Art Rooms.

Our Elementary Art students are so proud of their artwork and are very excited to see how it will look on Kids Kreations’ different products. Watch for more information soon about this fun fundraiser!

CCS Decorating Winter Tree At Longwood Gardens

The CCS K-12 Art Department is happy to announce that we have once again been selected to participate in Longwood Gardens' Winter Children's Trees program. The theme Art Teachers selected for this year's tree is "Candy Land." The teachers have been working with their students to create some adorable ornaments. Our tree is sure to be delectable!

Collegium students' tree will be on display at Longwood Gardens from November 22nd through January 6th. For details and ticketing information, see the Longwood Gardens website, linked below.

Home & School Association (HSA) Update

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! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.

November HSA Meeting

The next HSA General Meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria.

Please enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance. Building access is not available after 4:45pm.

If you have questions or need additional information, email our HSA Officers directly.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

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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