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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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