CCS Family Calendar
Mon., Nov. 12th - Day 5
- Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News After-School Meeting | 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
Tue., Nov. 13th - Day 6
- 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 5-6: National Elementary Honor Society Student Meeting | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
Wed., Nov. 14th - Day 1
- Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day With Uniform Bottoms
- 468/486 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | 486 Conference Room 10:00am - 11:00am
- 468/486 Building: Grades K-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club | 486 Building Music and Art Rooms 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 468/486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | 486 Building Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Grades K-12: Barnes & Noble Book Fair Begins (Fair Ends Wed., Nov. 21st) 4:00pm - 9:00pm
- Grades 10-12: National Honor Society Induction | Gym 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building
Thu., Nov. 15th - Day 2
- 535 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 7:30am - 8:30am
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- Grades 9-12: Yearbook Fall Workshop | Room 755 (Mac Lab) 3:00pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: STEM Mentoring Club K-4 | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
- 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
- Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
- Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
- Grade 12: FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) Completion Night | Library 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Building
Fri., Nov. 16th - Day 3
- Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students (Conference Prep for Faculty/Staff - PM)
- Grades 7-8: Canned Food Drive Ends (Drive Began Mon., Nov. 5th) 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 515 Building
- 515 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 10:00am
Saturday, Nov. 17th
- Grades 9-12: Detention 8:00am - 11:00am @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: Dance Around The World | Cafeteria 5:00pm - 7:00pm
New Assistant Principal Joins 150 Building Team
On Monday, November 19th, our 150 Building will welcome Mr. Brent Thorpe as a new Assistant Principal. Mr. Thorpe joins the 150 Building Administrative Team of Principal Gavin Lawler and Assistant Principal Kristin Camburn.
“Brent is a talented administrator who offers years of experience working at an administrative level with students, parents and guardians, faculty, and staff,” commented Mr. Lawler. “We know that he will be a tremendous asset to CCS, and will help us provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for our students and a progressive, thriving workplace for our faculty and staff.”
Mr. Thorpe is equally delighted with his opportunity to join the Collegium Family. He shared that he is a huge champion of connecting with students and advocating for them. “I look forward to a fantastic school year,” he said, “and to getting to know students, staff, and the Collegium Community. My goal is to assist the awesome 150 Building administrative team to help our students develop the skills necessary to succeed in their academic careers and in life.”
Previously a Dean of Students and an Assistant Principal with Pierre S. DuPont Middle School, Mr. Thorpe was also a Summer School Principal with the Brandywine School District. Here’s a really interesting fact: Before moving into school administration, Mr. Thorpe was a music teacher! His High School Marching Percussionists won awards and also marched in several Gator Bowls. In 2006, Mr. Thorpe was voted Teacher of the Year by Stanton Middle School, where he taught instrumental and general music.
Mr. Thorpe’s credentials also include “Dad.” He lives in Chester County with his wife and two school-aged children. If you see Mr. Thorpe on campus, please say hello and welcome him to CCS!
High School Honor Roll
Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving Q1 Honor Roll!
Image Caption: High School Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferry, sharing, "Your focus and attention to your education will set you up for future success. I'm proud of you!"
High School High Honors
GPA 93% or above, with no grade below 85%.
12th Grade: Mina Bourquin, Abigail Dean, Kendra Ebke, Zachary Essick, Brooklyn Green, Marshall Lentz, Madison Schneider, and Lauren Wallace.
11th Grade: Jada Acevedo, Kristina Archie, Evelyn Carbajal-Avila, Tyler Correll, Corinne Estrella, Kaia Farstad, Kayla Floyd, Diana Galan-Galan, Rose Garzon, Marissa Hillworth, Nicholas Hogg, Chloe Holman, Samantha Leach, Morgan Linkins, Sydney MacKenzie, Krish Nair, Armi Patel, Christina Pham, Ria Philip, Karl Romberger, Ryan Rowe, Sydney Schroeder, Amina Tahir, Laiba Tariq, and Mika Tuttle.
10th Grade: Liem Au, Alyssa Bickert, Rachel Bromley, Dylan Burrows, Timothy Carlson, Christopher Correll, John Darnall, Autumn DiSanto, Hannah Graham, Paige Henry, Grace Hitchens, Faith Johnson, Olivia Jones, Molay Kollie, Hannah Luong, Raven McCoy, Taylor Nagel, Rachel Ocran, Brandon Olivarez, Ryk Polintan, Jacob Smith, Albert Sommar, Madison Stewart, Brandon Traut, and Nathan Wholey.
9th Grade: Sage Bauer, Taylor Douglas, William Essick, Malia Ford, Josephine Gallant, Amya Garchinsky, Lucia Garzon, Courtney Gyuris, Elise Harding, Mikhael Joseph, Jordan Kelly, Matthew Lizardi, Noelle Mast, Thomas McHugh, Kelsey Miller, Sadie Miller, Alexandra Muravyev, Kevin Nguyen, Kobe Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Connor Pearson, Alexander Pham, Maia Rissi, Adam Saad, Margaret Tresselt, Kaleah Tuttle, and Brooks Woolfolk.
High School Honors
GPA 85% or above, with no grade below 85%.
12th Grade: There are no students in this category for Q1.
11th Grade: Sha'Lee Lewis, Alicia Mettinger, Madison Mitchell, Thomas Wagner, and Aalaiyah Whitfield.
10th Grade: Michael Ewing, Arsal Faisal, Samai Hidalgo-Rojel, Rena Rogers, and Zion Stephens.
9th Grade: Traci Bourquin, Mina Hinton, Indiana Kelly, Xavier Lloyd, Spencer Nicol, Aidan Oliver, and Zahra Siddiqui.
Middle School Honor Roll
Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving Q1 Honor Roll!
Image Caption: Mr. Brooks, Middle School Science Teacher, sharing, "Congrats on making the Roll of Honor!!!"
Middle School High Honors
GPA 93% or above, with no grade below 85%.
8th Grade: Hannah Au, Olivia Brusco, Michelle Canel, Nicholas Carabio, Kevin Carter, Teilo Castro, Mariah Colon, Makaylah Dale, Joshua Franck, Patrick Gallagher, Mokorede Gbadamosi, Caroline Hackett, Xochil Hidalgo-Rojel, Mark Hinlo, Kylie Hogg, Abigail Holton, Aditi Inamdar, Kristina Kaiser, Emma Kenetski, Sarah Kerrigan, Nicholas Kiley, Jay Labik, Paul LaGravenis, Carly Lamplugh, Andrew Lis, Matthew Lis, Melanie Luong, Nile Mahmood, Tamlynn Margolin, Brian McCoy, Malavika Menon, Ryan Miller, Delaney Mitchell, Sophia Morrison, Grace O'Brien, Madison Ott, Aaron Pitt, Robert Porreca, Lyndsey Reef, Elizabeth Riehl, Mitchell Russum, Dinaye Smith, Lauren Solitario, Alyssa Somerick, Aryanna Tack, Iman Tariq, Brooklyn Thompson, Alyjah Warren, and Skye Zolomij.
7th Grade: Isabella Agatone, Saereen Ahmed, Kimberlee Alder, Madden Alexander, Emily Anderson, MacKenzie Anderson, Sophia Anderson, Anisa Anwar, Carley Banninger, Nora Baudat, Reid Bergman, Jazmin Bravo-Rodriguez, Serenity Burgess, Hailey Burke, Lukas Carlson, Andrew Carver, Taran Cotto, Makih Day, Analia de los Angeles, Alexandria DeuBuque, Olivia Forlano, Kereagan Gallant, David Gober, Cole Gustafson, Natalia Guzman-Murrey, Ian Hackett, Sircha Hanna, Zuri Harris, Raiann Hawes, Nathan Hitchens, Reginald Holmes, Emily Humphreys, Hooria Iqbal, Gurleen Kaur, Clayton Krieger, Shubham Kulkarni, Anailah Lamb-Towles, Ethan Lambert, Caitlin Lamplugh, Penelope Lang, Joash Linson, Beckett Linzey, Kevan Livingston, Leen Madanat, Khalil Mendez, Evelyn Mercado Sanchez, Sienna Morales, Vladimir Muravyev, Aaron Myrie, Odote Ondiek, Yash Patel, India Patton, Sydney Pryor, Aryana Pugh, Manny Pulgarin, Itzel Salgado, Evan Schnitzius, Vivian Schreiber, Delaney Simerly, Shawn Sims, Madeline Soliven, Madison Solt, Aubrey Sooter, Jaden Stemn, Mackenzie Stype, Matthew Thomas, Jayda Thompson, Andrea Tocto, Mia Toman, Jordan Toth, Keyaira Tozer, Rilynn Van De Gejuchte, Samuel Wallace, Jacqueline Weer, and Chase Woolfolk.
Middle School Honors
GPA 85% or above, with no grade below 85%.
8th Grade: There are no students in this category for Q1.
7th Grade: Molly London, Aarden Love, and Austin O'Connor.
Do Your Part For Campus Safety
You can compare arrival and dismissal traffic between Collegium’s six student buildings to that of a busy airport. When vehicles know their routes and schedules and follow them, things go much more smoothly for everyone. When vehicles don’t follow procedures, arrive too early or late, or park in the wrong areas, congestion happens and safety becomes an issue.
Please do your part to help keep Collegium’s employees, students, and families safe during arrival and dismissal. Review and follow the helpful reminders listed below and posted on the Transportation page of our website. Knowing and following arrival and dismissal procedures is especially important on Early Dismissal days.
Thank you for your help and cooperation. Email our Operations Department with questions.
Children should be ready to exit their vehicles when they arrive to their drop-off points, with possessions already gathered and goodbyes shared.
Early Dismissal Times
- Grades 7-12: Dismissal is at 11:30am. Parent Pick-Up Lines can form at 11:00am.
- Grades K-6: Dismissal is at 12:15pm. Parent Pick-Up Lines can form at 11:45am.
Upcoming Early Dismissals
- Friday, November 16th - Early Dismissal for Students; Conference Prep for Faculty/Staff - PM
- Monday, November 19th - Early Dismissal for Students; Parent/Teacher Conferences - PM
- Tuesday, November 20th - Early Dismissal for Students; Parent/Teacher Conferences - PM
- Wednesday, November 21st - Early Dismissal for Students and Employees
- Arrive on campus at the designated time for your child’s building. If you arrive early, you must not park in CCS parking lots or in lots belonging to our corporate neighbors.
- Always pay attention and follow all Collegium employee instructions. Know your route and procedures when you arrive to Collegium’s campus.
- Display your building-specific vehicle placard(s) at all times when driving on our campus. Be prepared to show a photo ID to CCS staff if you forget your placard(s).
- Parents/guardians must stay in their vehicles at all times during arrival and dismissal.
Education Explained: Student Assistance Program
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 Maureen Wilkins, Special Education Coordinator.
Collegium seeks to keep all of our students safe and to provide them with an appropriate education. Unfortunately, at times students may present with at-risk behavior that poses a barrier to their education and may place them in danger. These barriers include mental health concerns or drug and alcohol abuse. Collegium’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to identify those students who are exhibiting at-risk behaviors and to help them and their parents/guardians locate appropriate school and community resources.
SAP team members are made aware of concerns about a student through a referral from staff, parents, or another student. Once a referral has been made, the SAP team collects input from teachers and reviews the concerns at a weekly SAP team meeting. If the team determines that the SAP process is appropriate, a team member reaches out to the student’s parents/guardians to obtain permission to move forward with the process. Once parents/guardians provide permission, the team works with them to identify suitable recommendations for intervention. The entire process is confidential.
If you have concerns about your child and believe that the SAP process may be appropriate, please complete the Student Assistance Program Referral Form linked below (and also available on the Student Assistance Program page of Collegium’s website). Then submit the completed form to your child’s School Counselor. You can find your child’s School Counselor on the School Counseling Services page of Collegium’s website via the link below.
Collegium’s SAP is made up of school personnel with training specific to identifying at-risk behaviors and planning intervention. The team is currently comprised of the following members:
- Maureen Wilkins – Special Education Coordinator
- Kristin O’Keefe – Special Education Coordinator
- Christine Koberg – Special Education Coordinator
- Mike Hendrzak – School Psychologist
- Natalie Corcimiglia – Mental Health Therapist
- Karen Cook – Mental Health Therapist
- Tracy Wolfe – School Counselor (9-12)
- Jocelyn Tracey – School Counselor (9-12)
- Pete Danenhower – School Counselor (7-8)
- Jasmine Woodson – School Counselor (7-8)
- Linda Melone - School Nurse
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.
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.
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) Updates
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.
The HSA Presents Family Bingo
K-6th Grade students and their families are invited to join the HSA on Saturday, December 1st for an evening of Family Bingo! Doors of the 515 Building Cafeteria will open at 4:00pm. Games will be played from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. In addition to Bingo, families can enjoy raffles, door prizes, snacks and drinks, and a special appearance by Carl the Cougar!
Buy your tickets today @ $12.00 per person using the link below. Ticket prices will increase after November 16th.
CCS Spirit Night At Chick-fil-A
The CCS HSA has arranged a CCS Spirit Night at both the Downingtown and Lionville Chick-fil-A locations on Tuesday, November 27th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Delicious food, great company, and a percentage of the sales will go to Collegium! We hope to see you there.
Shoparoo and AmazonSmile
Shoparoo and AmazonSmile are two ways you can easily donate to Collegium when you shop, especially during the upcoming holidays.
Shoparoo is a free iOS and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into CCS donations. Using the app is quick, easy, and convenient. Shop anywhere you want and buy whatever you normally buy, then snap a picture of your receipt and submit it to Shoparoo. Voila! You’ve made an instant cash donation to Collegium.
Shoparoo requires no personal information, and you can mark out anything on your receipts that you don’t want to submit. For more information on Shoparoo, visit Shoparoo's website (linked below).
AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices, services, and benefits (including Amazon Prime) as Amazon.com. The extra benefit with AmazonSmile is that you can effortlessly donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Collegium!
Simply log into smile.amazon.com (link below) using your existing Amazon account login and password, select Collegium as your charity, and start shopping!
HSA Five Below Fundraiser
Shop at Five Below between Saturday, November 10th and Monday, December 10th to donate a portion of your purchases to our HSA. As with all HSA fundraisers, the proceeds go to the HSA, which uses them to support CCS activities and classrooms.
Just print the flyer (below) and present it at checkout to contribute to this HSA fundraiser. Thank you!
Volunteer At Family Bingo
The HSA is looking for volunteers and donations for our Family Bingo on Saturday, December 1st. Please see the link below to sign up. This should be a lot of fun for everyone who volunteers, attends, and plays! Adult volunteers require clearances.
Uniform Resale Shop Donations Needed
Our Uniform Resale Shop needs donations! Our gym pants, sweatshirts, and skorts inventories are very low. Please consider donating your outgrown uniforms. All proceeds directly benefit the Uniform Scholarship Fund for CCS students and families in need.
Volunteer At Our School Stores
CCS students in the 150, 468/486, and 500 Buildings love their School Stores! We need volunteers to keep them open for students before school and during lunch periods. If you can offer a few hours to work a School Store, please sign up using the link below. Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.
Winter Coat Collection
The CCS HSA is collecting gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves in adult and children’s sizes. Donations can be dropped off to the Uniform Resale Shop in CCS’s 500 Building. These donations are for CCS students in need who may be without winter coats. All infant and toddler donations will benefit the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Head Start Program.
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