Collegium Newsletter November 25, 2019

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Due to Thanksgiving Break, we will not share a multimedia Newsletter for the week of December 2nd. Instead, we'll share several items and announcements with families and employees via email message on Sunday, December 1st. The multimedia Newsletter will return with our December 9th Newsletter edition.

CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Nov. 25th, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • CMS PRIDE T-Shirt Online Sale Begins (Ends Sunday, December 8th) @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Grades 7-12: Parent/Teacher Conferences | Signup Required @ 515 (HS) and 535 (MS) Buildings
  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences - PM) | Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm
  • Grades 9-12: Penn State University STEM College and Careers Field Trip 7:30am - 2:30pm @ Penn State at The Navy Yard
  • 500 Building: Career Day | Gym, Library, Music/Art Rooms, All Classrooms 8:45am - 11:15am
  • 12th Grade: FAFSA Completion Night | Library and Cafeteria 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Tues., Nov. 26th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences - PM) | Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm
  • Grades K-12: Parent/Teacher Conferences | Signup Required
  • 468/486 Building: Zoup! Fundraiser to Benefit the ROAR Program 12:30pm - 7:00pm @ Zoup! (Exton)

Wed, Nov. 27th, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students and Employees | Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm
  • Grades K-4: Phanatic About Reading Pajama Day
  • Grades 9-12: Tri-M Honor Society Hot Cocoa Sale (Powder Puff Game) | Field 8:00am - 11:00am @ 500 Building
  • Grades 5-8: CCS Spelling Bee Tournament of Champions | Gym 9:00am - 11:30am @ 500 Building
  • Girls V Basketball vs. Oxford Area High School | Gym 3:45pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Thurs., Nov. 28th

  • Grades K-12: School Closed - Thanksgiving Break

Fri., Nov. 29th

  • Grades K-12: School Closed - Thanksgiving Break
  • Grades K-12: CHS Barnes & Noble Online Book Fair Ends (Began Tuesday, Nov. 19th) 10:00am - 8:00pm

Sat., Nov. 30th

  • Girls V Basketball vs. Upper Merion High School | Gym 1:30pm - 3:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Early Dismissals And Parent Pickup Lines

We’re on the downside of 2019, and end-of-year events are starting to appear on our Family Calendar. For instance, we have several Early Dismissal Days this week:

  • Monday, November 25th: Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon.
  • Tuesday, November 26th: Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday, November 27th: Both students and employees will be dismissed early for Thanksgiving Break.

On Early Dismissal Days, students are dismissed on the schedule below:

  • Grades 7-12: Dismissal is at 11:30 AM. Parent Pickup can begin no earlier than 11:00 AM, as there’s no room on campus for vehicles to wait.
  • Grades K-6: Dismissal is at 12:15 PM. Elementary Parent Pickup can begin no earlier than 11:45 AM. Vehicles cannot arrive before 11:45 AM because there is no place on our campus for vehicles to wait.

As always, CCS Teachers, Instructional Assistants, and other school personnel will be assigned to help keep traffic flowing and maintain the safety of students, families, and employees.

Please follow our traffic monitors’ directions and treat them with courtesy and respect.

Questions? Use the button provided to email our Operations Department personnel.

Cultivating Extraordinary Artistic Talent At CHS

Collegium High School (CHS) Art Teacher, Beth Steines, teaches several elective art courses, including Drawing 1. “The course provides an excellent foundation for most other art classes,” she explained. “Drawing is an essential art form and one of the earliest we learn. If a student knows how to draw, it’s much easier for them to learn how to use more advanced techniques, like painting, printmaking, and designing ceramics and sculptures.”

Most recently, Mrs. Steines’ Drawing 1 students learned about perspective, value scales (lightness and darkness), and human proportions. “The kids have been working to master facial proportions and facial features for a while now,” Ms. Steines said. “For their final project, I asked students to use all of their knowledge and skill to draw a portrait of someone they know. The results were very impressive!”

“When students are able to communicate their ideas in drawing and do so accurately, they have gained a valuable tool not only in art but in science and other areas. For instance, I’ve had students who take drawing and eventually go into engineering where they will use their drawing skills.” -Mrs. Beth Steines, CMS Art Teacher

In the piece pictured below, CCS 10th Grader, Maggie T., chose to draw a portrait of her friend, 10th Grader Alana B. “I chose Alana because I liked the lighting of the photo," Maggie said. “I used my favorite medium, graphite, and a blending stump to create the values.”

CCS 10th Grader, Maggie T., created this portrait of fellow 10th Grader, Alana B., for her final Drawing 1 project.
“I like art because I like seeing all of my work come together. Another medium I enjoy is working in pastels.” -CCS 10th Grader, Maggie T.

Madea P., an 11th Grader, chose to draw her Mother for her final project subject. “My Mom is very photogenic and was my inspiration. I used graphite pencils, a kneaded eraser, and a blending stump. I enjoy using 2B and HB pencils the most.”

CCS 11th Grader, Madea P., chose to draw her Mother for her final Drawing 1 project.
“Art is a free space to create anything and helps release stress. I’m planning on pursuing physical therapy as a career but definitely plan on keeping art as my hobby in the future.” -Madea P., CCS 11th Grader

Mrs. Steines is very pleased with her students’ progress. “Each semester I am blessed to witness my students’ abilities grow. So often they come in wanting to be adept and are frustrated if they’re not experts,” she reflected. “I promise my students that each and every one of them can learn how to draw well. Once they spend some time working on the skills I teach, they start to really see their skills blossoming! In the process, they learn to be patient with themselves and to never lose sight of possibilities.”

500 Building T1 Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T1 Honor Roll!

500 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

6th Grade: Danica Aaronson, Ryanne Allen, Patrick Anderson, Meredith Baccile, Saveion Beckett, Gabrielle Bookard, Nayda Bookman, Noah Boone, Charles Brubach, Nicholas Cammer, Leah Cheek, Lily Copeland, Luis Corona-Perez, Jesse Costalas, Hailey Crane-Grubb, Charlotte Dawson, Avery Dunn, Finnegan Dunn, Janylah Etienne, Isabella Eveland, Caleb Fedon, Daimariliz Figueroa, Brogan Fleitz, Marin Gaspari, Brody Golder-Marinari, Antonio Gonzales-Alpizar, Moriah Green, Zaden Green, Emirrah Griffy, Marjorie Hagan, Leeloo Hart, Camille Holman, Carson Holmes, Gregory Humphreys, Kamryn Johnson, Joshua Jones-Pinilla, Rishan Joseph, Daniella Kargbo, Ryleigh Kerrigan, Emia Keylor, Morgan King, Connor Knecht, Alexander Kouras, Krishna Koyyalamudi, Annalise Lizardi-Albino, Saul Lopez, Gianni Lucianetti, Aydia MacGuire, Jad Madanat, Abdiel Maldonado-Maldonado, Andres Malo, Brynna Marshall, Max Martini, Adonis Miller, Matthew Mitroka, Luis Mora-Jurado, Mikayla Morris, Adrian Naranjo, Isabella Nast, Ernest Natiello, Jimmy Neal Jr, Malin Neff, Isabelle Newman, Mason Norris, Rowen O'Brien, Hadiyah O'Garro, Patrick O'Hara II, Liliana Olea Zarate, Vianca Otero, McKenna Ott, Starlie Ouellette, Casey Pasbjerg-Albright, Emma Pearson, Alyssa Perry, Isabella Picciocchi, Madeleine Porreca, Christopher Porter, Viraaj Randhawa, Hailey Regener, Mohib-ur Rehman, Aras Reid, Mehul Rojy, Isabella Sanchez, Dylan Scarani, Madelyn Schuibbeo, Makayla Schuibbeo, Rosalinda Segarra, Francisco Serrano, Abiha Shahid, George Simeone, Presley Solt, Samantha Strohm, Jason Thankachan, Jahsirra Thomas, Giselle Torres, Akayla Towles, Shaina Ulmer, Estefani Velazquez, Kathryn Vilchock, Ryan Wagner, Eskine Wollie, and Joshua Young.

5th Grade: Mehdi Abdallah, Charles Adair, Mahad Ahmed, Daniel Akeju, Caleb Alexander, David Alvarez Flores, Morgan Anderson, Allison Arpa, Ali Asfar, Mohammad Ather, Sage Bennett, Matthew Blakely, Kyle Bonanni, Brinae Bowman, Lyla Burgess, Sela Butts, Trevor Cantlin, Nina Carver, Leon Chakraborty, Sebastian Chin, Grace Clark, Kevin Cleveland Jr., Michael Coleman II, Derek Comarato, Nicholas Conroy, Jada Conway, Charles Copeland, Jaden Craft, Aubrey Cummins, Nasir Curtis, Elizabeth Daniels, Maya Davis, Jessica DeLeon, Liam DiRocco, Jassir El-Issaoui, Alexis Erskine, Marely Estrada, Ryan Fareno, Nicandro Flores-Garcia, Harper Fraser, Yasmine Fritzinger, Anna Gilles-Convery, Ellen Green, Greyson Griffith, Kacie Griffith, Kenadie Griffith, Jonathan Gutierrez, Colton Harris, Benjamin Hash, Gianna Jackson, Michael Johnson Jr, Amalia Johnson, Camryn Johnson, Seth Joseph, Aidan Kearney, Sophia Keeler, Avery Kenworthy, Emma Kenworthy, Leah Kopitsky, Mina Krieger, Aryan Kumar, Christian Kurzeja, Salena Le, Julian Leithead, Maria Leon Daza, Zane Mack, Emma Magee, Nathan Marnien, Charlotte McBride-King, Zane McCafferty, Tyler McCormick, Brian McFadden Jr, Riley McFadden, Jose Mena Jr, Braydon Milito, Roman Milliron, Emma Mitchell, Brookelyn Morrow, Jasmin Murungi, Kyle Nangle, Grace Ottinger, Cyrus Patel, Vincent Paterno, Makayla Peterson, Aprilia Phillips, Walker Potter, Heidi Potts, Pehtan Pulliam, Hannah Quinn, Emma Reingardt, Christopher Rigo, Lennon Rissi, Zariyah Robinson, Kalin Rohrer, Liam Rupp, Simran Sachdeva, Marina Sagers, Addison Sahagian, Sarah Scharf, Katherine Schroeder, Sara Shade, Aubree Standring, Emma Swope, Laura Tarau, Jonathan Thomas, Alexa Toth, Julia Trexler, Amauri Villagomez, Emily Wachter, Niyanna Warren, Olivia Woolfolk, Sydney Yack, Baruni Yadamreddy, Arianna Zomorrodian, Daniel Zugarek Jr., and Juan Zuniga Rivera.

500 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

6th Grade: Victoriah Adams, Zackery Baldwin, Bradford Barbaro, Connor Bergman, Sidney Cammer, Julio Contreras, Satta Dorley, Blake Everett, Sata Gba-Kamara, Grant Geers, Landon Gustafson, Hannah Hong, Jaiden Hunt, Charles Inga, Declan Jamison, Kyle Johnson, Chase Kryworuka, La'niyah Parker, Gabrielle Patterson, Aurora Renner, Aidan Rieder, Ramyah Robinson, Naomi Sellie, Arianna Skerrett, Zain Smith, Diego Soto, Braydon Spina, Anita Traverso, Ashton Ulmer, Spencer Vaye, and Tania Villegas-Renteria.

5th Grade: Javier Barnett, Collin Baum, Carter Bean, Julia Fuller, Yoselin Garcia-Galan, Maya Griffin, Danica Horwath, Alison Kedryna, Jason Lin, Ann Mathew, Finley Melvin, Jocelyn Mullin, Akshath Sai Murali, Major Narula, Liam Nicol, Jorja Quinn, Avalyn Rakoff, Serena Richardson, Zachary Steinfeldt, Natasha Stokes, Tayla Sullivan, and Aaron Williams.

Background Image Caption: 500 Building Principal Mr. Murphy sharing, "I am 'honored' to be your principal!!"

486 Building T1 Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T1 Honor Roll!

486 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Lillianna Astudillo-Tinoco, Haley Baldwin, Michael Benson III, Serenity Boggs, Ryan Bonanni, Elijah Brown, Jonathan Brown, Eleanor Burton-Sampson, Iris Burton-Sampson, Silvia Butler, Zachary Carver, Nicholas Christino, Hunter Christman, Harvey Clauss, Ryan Cook, Sydney Cotter, Cianna Cotto, Lincoln Cottrell, Townes DePersia, Nicholas DiCampli, John DiPietrantonio, Jaden Gesmundo, Jason Giacinto, Barbara Goldman, Madelynn Green, Lianna Gutierrez, Kaitlyn Haley, Natalie Hall, Taylor Hall, Lucas Hernandez, Ethan Hertzog, Austin Hoffman, DaQuan Hovington, Eric Kauffman, Simone Kinkade, Domenick Lauro, Michael Lent, Jawad Madanat, Ethan Magee, Imran Malik, Arya Manchala, Eduardo Mancilla, Dominic Marinelli, Isabella Martin, Apollo Miller, Bryce Navarrete, Michala Nero-Taphorn, Nathan Ostrowski, Nicholas Pagano, Bryce Parmiter, Victoria Pascarella, James Perone, Sophia Pittman, Arjun Reddy, Jazlyn Reid Moore, Ethan Robinson, Joseph Ruffini, Eva Soto, James Stevens III, Molly Taylor, Brenton Turner, Mark Warder, Jian Wilkey, Lilah Williams, Jordan Wood, Jordan Wright, Nikhil Yalamanchili, Alyssa Zenz, and Aiden Zurbano.

3rd Grade: Lizandro Aguilar-Sanchez, Adriana Alamo, Jellissa Allen, Mohammad Ather, Liam Barkley, Jorge Barrientos-Barron, Isaiah Brown, Jessica Brubach, Julianna Carabio, Marisa Cartagena, Chaitra Chigurupati, Olivia Clauss, Olivia Craft, Ella Daniels, Cohen Davis, Laura de Ruiter, Bhanusuhas Devarapalli, Brandy Garcia-Reyes, Faith Gberi, Adele Geibel, Kaeli Janse Van Rensburg, Benjamin Johnson, Nova Katrowski, Ryan Kinyanjui, Katarina Korkie, Riley Lied, Sloka Manugolu, Declan McConnell, Shannon Miller, Varsha NaveenKumar, Sharat Parimi, Nathaniel Pennington, Ardley Pierre, Aarush Ranjan, Ian Ryan, Nathalyn Sehwah, Ashwika Shrivathsan, Patrick Sibilia, Autumn Styer, Shreya Sudheep, Madisynn Teel, Christopher Torres-Aviles, Alyssa Williams, and Geo Yoshitomi.

486 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Zachary Byers, Mariah Calle, Jason Detelus, Miguel Gutierrez Romero, Mien-Many Konan, Rohan Kudrimoti, Kenady McDermott, Brayden McFiggins, Madison Molyneaux, Ciara Ortiz, Sarah Pulgarin, Aiyanaliz Rabelo-Smith, Alina Rainey, Mason Scott, Aiden Shields, Mikaela Vabre, and Juliana Young.

3rd Grade: Jazmine Alpizar, Hedrick Bitegeko, Jude Brubaker, Hailey Buell, McKenzie Burridge, Alex Colin-Aviles, Cayla Conway, Justin Cusumano Jr, Malik Deer, Anthony DeJesus-Marcial, Lily Eachus, Emma Four, Aria Guzman, Yaneyri Hernandez, Zachary Hoffman, Madelyn Lapp, Aiden LeHew, Brandon MacInnis, Elizabeth Martin, Katelyn Mathew, Alice McDermott, Karim Mohamed, Brooke Ney, Kyleigh Regino, Leah Shihadeh, Olivia Showalter, Nashan Walker, Evann Warrington, and Eliana Wheeler.

Background Image Caption: 468/486 Building Principal Mr. Glennon sharing, "Your hard work + determination has paid off! Awesome job!"

150 Building T1 Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T1 Honor Roll!

150 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Jeremy Adams, Oluwasemilogo Akinsola-Aladesanmi, Cameron Alexander, Mia Alvarez, Hannah Alvaro-Delgadillo, Melinda Amberson, Danni Anderson, Ayanna Anwar, Nandini Arya, Samuel Asiema, Holden Barrett, Ashton Bartholomew, Breella Batdorf, Braelyn Batykefer, Alexander Beard, Evalyn Been, Michael Bennett, Cole Bonnes, Greyson Bosly, Colton Broderick, Paige Cannon, Riley Carpenter, Arianna Chavez, Katelyn Collins, Daisy Cooper, Rowena DeTurck, Bernard Dolan, Levi Earnest, Noah Echavarria, Caleb Estrella, Brycen Fox, Silvi Gaspari, Vivienne Glomb, Madison Handley, Logan Harris, Dresden Hart, Xavier Hawes, Mackenzye Holmes, Elliott Houser, Isabella Hudecheck, Noah Michael Huyard, Jennifer Inga, Edmund John III, Jade Kenny, Mbowall Kollie, Yanni Kouras, Katherine Krastev, Mason Lane, Natalia Lara-Marcial, Aubrey Loescher, Mackenzie Long, Ezequiel Lopez-Prado, Ameer Madanat, Emmy Makriniotis, Madelyn Martinez-Samaniego, Nathaniel Mathew, Kaolin McElwee, Hazel McKeon, Taylor Meyhoefer, Madison Mills, Morgan Mitroka, Alidjyamor Morales, Brandon Moses, Dyuman Muvvala, Moriah Nast, Elisabeth Norkas, Madelynn Norris, Hannah Nova-Guerra, Alexander Oberholtzer, Boden Ouellette, Elijah Patterson, Luca Picciocchi, James Pierce, Madison Plummer, Abigail Regener, Danna Reynoso-Colin, Anna-Maelynn Robinson, Ellis Robinson, Josie Schreiber, Vanessa Scott, Isabella Short, Mason Sledd, Alejandra Soto Lizasuain, Lukas Swanson, Julianne Thankachan, Landon Thompson, Neo Urey, McKenzie Vail, Luis Valdez, Kayden Wallace, Trey Walls, Nathan White, Pharrell Whitfield, Da'Karee Wilson, Logan Yearsley, and Dylan Zavaleta.

3rd Grade: James Adair, Elaina Alderman, Paul Arpa, Lukas Bako, Haley Brown, Mae Burkert, Sarah Clark, Michael Colistra, Abigail Dawson, Kaydee Donovan, Camryn Durrell, Layla Fackler, Cora Frederick, Krish Gandhi, Gabrielle Gonzalez, Himalee Gunaratne, Marilyn Haines, Victoria Hernandez, Camila Herrera, Nathan Holland, Ethan Holmes, Dylan Horwath, Finn Hudecheck, Noah Klimovitz, Srimaheswari Koyyalamudi, Jace Leithead, Elena Lopez, Julie Mahan, Ava Martini, Prajith Mathankumar, Jordynn McAleer, Ashlynn McCafferty, Lily McFadden, Jacob Melcher, Lilyana Milbourne, Caitlin Murphy, Harleen Narula, Ella O'Connor, Abigail Olea, Ella Pendlebury, Kylie Purse, Alexandra Rigo, Charli Satterthwait, Trevor Showalter, Jessa Shumate, Aubrey Snyder, Akash Vadali, Tanner Wallace, and Chelsey Wills.

150 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Joshuah Adams, Bryce Beam, Bryan Bravo-Rodriguez, Luis Cedillo-Lopez, Giovanni Galicia Colin, Enrico Gregory III, Ethan Kryworuka, Devon LaMontagne, Trinity Olivarez, Raychelle Smith, Layleeana Soto, and Malay Turay.

3rd Grade: Tristan Brown, Malillany Carmona Aguirre, Cristofer Garcia-Galan, Benjamin Gilles-Convery, Addison Hadley, Michael Hally, Deatrick Johnson II, Krishav Joshi, Angelina Juarez, Owen King, Lily Klimovitz, Diksha Kumar, Brayden Lefler, Benjamin Lock, Jaziel Lopez-DelValle, Briella McLaughlin, Charley Mozzone, Callen Muir, Kaleb Mullen, Olivia Naranjo, Bryan Ndiath, Nakana Niakate, Luz Rodriguez-Hernandez, Yusuf Rovi, Jocelyn Scott, Carly Smith, Braydon Spahr, Angel Valentine, Ethan Wasman, and Blaine Watson II.

Background Image Caption: 150 Building Principal Mrs. Camburn sharing, "I enjoy watching how hard each of you work each and every day!"

Upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Guardian PowerSchool Support Available During Conferences

Parents/Guardians who need assistance accessing their PowerSchool Parent Accounts will have the opportunity to speak with a CCS staff member after their Parent/Teacher Conferences. Support sessions are scheduled as follows:

Monday, November 25th

  • Elementary Buildings (500, 150, 468/486) - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Visit the buildings' Main Offices
  • Middle School (535) - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Visit the PowerSchool Support table in the 535 (MS) Building's Lobby
  • High School (515) - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Visit the PowerSchool Support table in the 515 (HS) Building's Main Office

Tuesday, November 26th

  • Elementary Building 468/486 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Visit the building's Main Office
  • Elementary Buildings 150 and 500 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Visit the PowerSchool Support table in the 150 Building Lobby
  • Middle School (535) - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Visit the building's Main Office
  • High School (515) - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Visit the building's Main Office

We've also expanded PowerSchool support for Parents/Guardians! You may now visit your building's Main Office staff for first-level support. You may also email our PowerSchool Administrator for assistance using the button below.

High School Parent/Teacher Conferences

Collegium High School (CHS) Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place between 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM on Monday, November 25th, and Tuesday, November 26th. Conferences are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a conference, Parents/Guardians should email the teachers with whom they wish to meet to make those arrangements. (Online scheduling ended Sunday, November 24th.)

“Parent/Teacher Conferences are a great opportunity for our families to meet and talk with their children’s teachers. We look forward to seeing you in our building and sharing the great things your child has been doing this year!” -Mr. Graham Dryburgh, CHS Assistant Principal

Winter Wave Of 2019 Keystone Testing

The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams will be held in Collegium High School (515 Building) and Collegium Middle School (535 Building) between Monday, December 2nd and Friday, December 13th. This Winter Wave of Keystone Testing is an opportunity for students who did not score “Proficient” during previous Keystone Testing to take the exam(s) again.

The Winter Wave 2019 Keystone Testing schedule is as follows:

Algebra 1 Keystone Exam

  • Monday, December 2nd
  • Tuesday, December 3rd

Literature Keystone Exam

  • Wednesday, December 4th
  • Thursday, December 5th

Biology Keystone Exam

  • Monday, December 9th
  • Tuesday, December 10th

All testing starts at 7:45 AM. Students should make sure to get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast before taking their Keystone Exams.

If your student is absent during Keystone testing, they will participate in make-up testing during the testing window.

Please take a moment to review informative Keystone Exam resources provided below and on the Curriculum page of the CCS website.

Questions? Please reach out by email to Mrs. Ammon using the button below if your child is in 8th Grade. Email Mrs. Juarez with questions regarding students in 9th-11th Grades.

Upcoming CCS Fundraisers

CMS PRIDE T-Shirts Available for Purchase

Collegium Middle School (CMS) employees recently created a fresh, unique design for the 535 (Middle School) Building’s PRIDE Program. The T-shirts (pictured below) are on sale online now through Sunday, December 8th.

CMS's new PRIDE T-shirt available for purchase online now through Sunday, December 8th.

“With our building move, we wanted to revamp our PRIDE T-shirt design to make it more meaningful in this year of new beginnings,” said Ms. Jackie Faller, an Art Teacher in the 535 (MS) Building. “Proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go towards our PRIDE Program to purchase student incentives that teachers and administrators use to teach and reinforce good student behavior and positive student-to-student interactions.”

The three main components of CMS’s PRIDE Program are:

  • Respect Yourself
  • Respect Others
  • Respect Our School

CMS students who display PRIDE behaviors are eligible to receive “PRIDE Certificates,” just as our Elementary students receive “ROAR Tickets.” Our 7th and 8th Graders can turn in their PRIDE Certificates for prizes or enter them in a Monthly PRIDE Raffle. Raffle prizes range from school supplies, snacks, and mesh backpacks, to PRIDE shirts.

CMS teachers and students can wear their newly purchased PRIDE T-shirts on CMS PRIDE Wednesdays (the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month) and school-wide Cougar PRIDE Days (the 2nd and 3rd Friday of every month).

To purchase your new CMS PRIDE T-shirt(s), use the button below to access our Rockhound Apparel website. The sale will be active through the end of the day on Sunday, December 8th. All T-shirt orders will be delivered to the address provided at checkout. Our vendor expects that orders will arrive two weeks after the sale ends (the week of December 22nd).

Email Ms. Faller using the button provided if you have questions about CMS's PRIDE T-shirt sales. Thank you for supporting CMS, our students, and our PRIDE Program!

ZOUP! Fundraiser for 468/486 Building's ROAR Program

Please come enjoy your dinner at Zoup! (Exton) on Tuesday, November 26th between 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM to support the 468/486 Building’s ROAR Program.

The Zoup! Community Foundation will donate up to 25% of your meal purchase to the 468/486 Building’s ROAR Program during the fundraiser. Zoup! is located in the Festival at Exton Shopping Center, right next store to the Oaklands Corporate Center.

Be sure to present the Zoup! flyer linked below when you pay for your meal. You may show your Zoup! Cashier a printed copy of the flyer or display it on your smartphone.

See you at Zoup! on Tuesday, November 26th, for some delicious soup, salads, and sandwiches!

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.

Five Below Holiday Fundraiser

Holiday shopping is quickly approaching! Shop at Five Below's Downingtown location (next to Wegman's) between Saturday, November 30th and Saturday, December 14th, and Five Below will donate 10% of your purchases to the HSA. As with all HSA fundraisers, the HSA will use the proceeds of this Five Below Fundraising Shopping Event to support CCS activities and classrooms.

How does it work? Simply access the Five Below Fundraising Shopping Event flyer at the button below and show it to your Five Below Cashier at checkout. You can either print out the flyer or display it on your smartphone. Helping our HSA earn money for CCS couldn't be easier!

We appreciate your support of our efforts very much. Email HSA Officers with questions about this fundraiser or other HSA activities.

Family Bingo and Silent Auction Night Coming Soon

K-6th Grade students and their families are invited to join the HSA on Saturday, December 7th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM for Family Bingo and Silent Auction Night! Our event will be held in the 500 Building (500 James Hance Court, Exton, PA).

You can purchase Family Bingo and Silent Auction Night tickets online now or at the door on Saturday, December 7th. Online tickets are $14.00 per person; tickets at the door will be $16.00 per person. Doors will open at 4:00 PM.

Volunteers and items for our Silent Auction are still needed to help make the HSA’s Bingo and Silent Auction Night a winner! Please sign up for one or both, as you’re able, using the buttons provided.

The HSA is looking forward to a night of family fun and friendly competition at Family Bingo and Silent Auction Night! Proceeds from the event will help support funding the HSA provides for our students, staff, and school.

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.

Start Planning For CCS's STEM/Science Fairs

If you like asking questions about how things work, doing experiments, and learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, then you might really enjoy participating in Collegium’s STEM/Science Fairs!

It’s easy to create a fun STEM/Science Fair project out of just about anything that interests you. The first thing to do is to find a question you want to ask. Here are a few ideas:

  • Why does fruit turn brown?
  • Which materials can catch a bubble?
  • Why don’t oil and water mix?
  • What causes avalanches?
  • What exactly is a “wintery mix” and how does it happen?
  • Why do playdough and slime feel and act so different?

This year’s STEM/Science Fairs will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Kindergarteners will have their own Fair and can do demonstrations or perform experiments for it. Students in 1st through 12th Grade must do experiments for their Fair using the Scientific Method:

  • Purpose: What’s the question you want to ask?
  • Hypothesis: What do you think will happen?
  • Materials: List everything you’re going to use.
  • Procedures: Write down what you’re going to do.
  • Observations: Write down your data (what you saw happening during the experiment).
  • Analysis: Compare what you saw happening (your data) to what you thought would happen (your hypothesis).
  • Conclusion: What happened during your experiment? Was your hypothesis right or did your experiment prove you wrong?

All students who participate in the STEM/Science Fair will receive medals, and our Kindergarteners will receive certificates. Judges determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade for our 1st-12th Grade STEM/Science Fair. Winners in Grades 4-12 are eligible to move on to the Chester County Science Research Competition in March 2020.

There’s plenty of time to think about what you want to investigate, how you’ll do your experiment, and what your presentation will look like. Talk to your families and teachers about STEM/Science Fair project ideas you have, and check out some of the resources provided on our STEM/Science Fair webpage.

Use the button below to email Mrs. Kassaundra High, our STEM/Science Fair Committee Chair, with questions.

CHS To Host FAFSA Completion Night

Need help completing your child’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)?

Collegium High School’s (CHS) Counseling Department is here to help! They’re hosting a FAFSA* Completion Night on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 PM in the 515 (High School) Building.

Financial Aid experts will be available at the event to answer questions and help guide students and parents/guardians through the process. Our CHS School Counselors will also be on hand to assist.

If you’re planning to attend FAFSA Completion Night on Monday, November 25th, please RSVP using the link below.

After RSVPing and before attending our FAFSA Completion Night, please also:

  • Locate your 2018 tax returns to bring with you to the event. (Information from the return is required to complete the FAFSA.)
  • Obtain your Financial Student Aid (FSA) IDs (both students and guardians) by visiting the FSA website at the button provided.

CCS Seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend FAFSA Completion Night. Families have found the event to be very helpful in the past.

Questions? Our CHS Counseling Department staff is ready to help. Use the button below to email them.

Nominations Open 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.

Join Our CCS Work Family

Would you like to earn extra money, work in a fun environment, and make a difference for students and our school? We currently have a few Instructional Assistant and Food Service Assistant positions available that might fit your interests and availability.

Food Service Assistants

At CCS, our Food Service Assistants:

  • Offer part-time, daytime hours (shifts are approximately 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
  • Are responsible for breakfast and lunch preparation and service
  • Include helping with clean-up and sanitation of food service areas
  • Involve other tasks that contribute to efficient and tasty Food Service at CCS.

Instructional Assistants

CCS’s Instructional Assistants assist classroom teachers with:

  • Small-group or individual instruction
  • Essential classroom and classroom-related tasks
  • Supervision of students
  • Numerous other tasks that help the classroom run well.

We have both full- and part-time Instructional Assistant positions available. The part-time positions are perfect for students still taking teaching program classes who want to gain experience in the field.

Please use the button below to access CCS’s Employment Page if you or someone you know is interested in pursuing these opportunities! Thank you.

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.