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Collegium Newsletter november 12, 2018

Welcome to Collegium Charter School's weekly digital Newsletter. Access our Newsletter content by scrolling through to the end, just like you would for popular social media feeds and timelines.

Please Note: Due to Thanksgiving Break, we will not share a digital Newsletter for the weeks of November 19th or November 26th. Instead, we will briefly share several items via plain text email messages on November 18th and November 25th. The digital Newsletter will return with our December 3rd edition.

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

Science/STEM Fair Open House

Our recent Science/STEM Fair Open House was a great success! Numerous students from all grades and their families attended to find out more about Collegium’s upcoming Science/STEM Fairs. Collegium will hold two events in 2019: A 1st-12th Grade Science/STEM Fair (Wednesday, January 23rd) and a Kindergarten Science/STEM Fair (Wednesday, February 6th).

“My son enjoys science, math, and experimenting, so I thought it would be great to expose him to the Open House.” -CCS Parent, Open House Attendee

Mrs. Kaussandra High, a CCS 3rd Grade Teacher, facilitated the Open House and also coordinates both Science/STEM Fair events. Mrs. High and several other CCS faculty members were on hand at the Open House to answer questions for students and parents, and to help encourage student interest in participating.

Formerly called the CCS Science Fair, this year’s event has been broadened to include Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well. Display boards from prior-year events were lined up on tables all around the 515 Building Auditorium, and videos describing how to create a science fair project played on several laptops. Parents at the Open House were able to sign their children up in advance for the Science/STEM Fairs using the school’s iPads.

"“It’s a great way for kids to learn more about science and what it consists of.” -CCS Parent, Open House Attendee

Mrs. High was pleased that the Open House met its goals. “I thought it was great to see students and their families come out to learn about the Science/STEM Fairs. I enjoyed listening to their ideas and helping guide them towards a project that would be a perfect fit for our Fairs and their interests.”

For more information and to sign up for a Science/STEM Fair, visit the CCS STEM Fair website linked below. Parents can also email Mrs. High with questions. We can’t wait to see what our students’ great minds create!

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. Brent Thorpe, Assistant Principal, 150 Building

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!

Parent/Guardian Input Will Help Shape Collegium’s Future

As Collegium approaches its historic 20th anniversary, our Board of Trustees (the Board) has initiated a strategic planning project with a local firm, Strategy Arts, LLC (Strategy Arts). Called CCS 20/20, the project will help shape Collegium’s next 20 years.

During Phase 1 of CCS 20/20, Strategy Arts and the Board will gather input from a wide range of Collegium stakeholders. Twenty parents/guardians representing a diverse cross section of CCS families will be selected to participate in two focus groups (10 members per group). The Board and Strategy Arts will use the focus group meetings to identify issues important to our parents/guardians which will be used to inform future project decisions.

If you are interested in being considered for the focus groups, please complete the form below before Wednesday, November 21st.

Parents/guardians who complete the form will receive an email confirming whether or not they have been selected. Focus group dates/times will then be coordinated for early December 2018.

If you are not selected for the focus groups, you will still have the opportunity to provide your input for the project. Strategy Arts and the Board will use the focus group results to develop a survey to be sent to all parents/guardians in 2019.

Future phases of CCS 20/20 will include meetings between the Board and CCS leadership to consider the information gathered by the survey and focus group meetings. Watch for CCS 20/20 project updates in future Newsletters!

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.

News From Our Middle School

515 Building Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th, the 515 Building will hold their Parent/Teacher Conferences from 12:45pm until 6:00pm. Each conference session will last for 15 minutes. To schedule conferences for your family, please use the link below.

If you have questions, please email Ms. Pouncy.

Middle School Canned Food Drive

The 515 Building is hosting a Food Drive benefiting the Bridge Academy and Community Center in Coatesville and the Westside Community Center in West Chester.

Please donate any non-perishable items. Examples include juice boxes, peanut butter, tuna, SpaghettiOs, and canned fruits and vegetables. Donations will be accepted until Friday, November 16th. Students are encouraged to bring the items to their homerooms. A dress-down day will be awarded to the 7th Grade and 8th Grade homeroom that gathers the most donations.

Learn more about the Bridge Academy and Community Center and the Westside Community Center by accessing the links below.

Questions? Email Mrs. Enns for assistance.

Upcoming Coffee Chat With Mr. Sterious

Collegium Principals host Coffee Chats in their buildings to give parents/guardians the chance to join them for coffee and informal conversation. Principal and parent/guardian Coffee Chat discussions cover topics about our school, events, and academic programming.

In the Coffee Chat Invitation video below, CCS Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, invites families to the 515 Building's next 2018-2019 Coffee Chat on Friday, November 16th at 10:00am.

Upcoming Coffee Chats in other CCS Buildings are listed below:

  • 468/486 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | 486 Conference Room | Wednesday, November 14th | 10:00am - 11:00am
  • 535 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room | Thursday, November 15th | 7:30am - 8:30am
  • 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room | Wednesday, December 5th | 9:00am - 10:00am @ 500 Building

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.

Arrival Notice

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

General Reminders

  • 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.

News From Our High School

Holocaust Survivor Visits High School

Our High School students had a profound experience recently. They were able to hear the story of Holocaust survivor Peter Stern in person at a Collegium Assembly. Mr. Stern was invited to speak by the High School as part of a collaborative effort by teachers whose students are studying the Holocaust.

The effort began in our 9th Grade, where students are reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Night tells the true story of Wiesel’s experience as a teenager during the Holocaust. The High School English Department then reached out to Social Studies Teacher, Mrs. Madeline Hanson, who teaches a class on the Holocaust. Excitement for the joint project grew, and Mrs. Hanson contacted the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center for resources.

“It’s hard to understand reading a book like Night,” Mrs. Hanson explained. “Putting a face to the experience makes it real.”

The Holocaust Museum provided information about a project called, “Witness to History,” where Holocaust survivors are encouraged to visit schools to share their stories. To see a brief glimpse of Mr. Stern speaking at our High School, view the video below.

About Mr. Stern: Originally from Nuremberg, Germany, Mr. Stern was just six years old when World War II began. His mother, father, and younger brother were all transported to concentration camps. Out of 520 people deported from his town, only 17 survived, including Mr. Stern, his mother, and his brother.

After telling his story, Mr. Stern opened up the floor for questions. Inspired by what he shared, the students asked Mr. Stern all sorts of things, like how he felt about the recent synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Mr. Stern also asked our students a few challenging questions of his own, including why they thought he was there to talk to them and what everyone can do as individuals to make sure the Holocaust never happens again.

The Holocaust project began by focusing on just 9th Graders reading Night. In a show of the collaboration that is typical of Collegium, the High School Teachers worked together to extend the invitation to hear Mr. Stern speak to all of the High School’s students. Maddie K., an 11th Grader, said: “I found the speech very inspiring and empowering. It was interesting to hear his [Stern’s] take and how it shows everyone had a different experience.” She went on to say, “The way he connected the Holocaust to America and current civilization by speaking on racism and how we can change society was very cool.”

Mrs. Hanson summed up the event, saying, “It’s so important that we listen to the memories and stories from the [Holocaust] survivors because it’s up to us to carry on the message. We must bear witness to the history so we can notice warning signs and take care of our fellow humans.”

HS Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Monday, November 19th, and Tuesday, November 20th, Collegium's High School families are invited to take part in our Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be scheduled in 15-minute increments from 12:30pm until 6:00pm both days.

Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with their children's teachers to discuss questions or concerns, class progress, and students' strengths and needs. All conferences must be scheduled by Sunday, November 18th. Any conference requests after this date must be arranged through direct email communication with the teacher.

Using the link below, click on the teacher with whom you'd like to conference and follow the instructions on the teacher's sign-up website. Conferences are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to sign up early to help secure your preferred conference time.

Questions? Email our High School Assistant Principal, Mr. Graham Dryburgh.

Mock Crash & Assembly Video

On Friday, October 26th, Collegium's 10th-12th Grade students experienced a Mock Crash Event coordinated with State Farm, Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and other local and state emergency services personnel. After the Mock Crash Event, 9th-12th Grade students participated in a related assembly called "Cruisin', Not Boozin'" in the High School's Gym.

The video below shows scenes from the Mock Crash Event and the assembly that followed. Warning: The video contains content that some may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

FAFSA Completion Night

Collegium will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm in the 535 Library.

Financial Aid experts will be at Collegium to answer your questions and to help you complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Completion and submission of the FAFSA is necessary for students to be eligible for financial aid. Seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP using the email address below.

Planning to attend? Prior to the event, parents/guardians and students should visit the website below and create FSA IDs (for both parents/guardians and students). Please also bring prior-year tax information to complete the FAFSA application.

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

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Kristin O'Keefe

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

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.

Quarter 1 Report Cards For 7th-12th Grade Students

We are pleased to announce the rollout of digital report cards for students, parents, and guardians. In addition to the paper copies distributed to Middle and High School students on Friday, November 2nd, Quarter 1 Report Cards are now also available in your PowerSchool account.

Sign into the online CCS Student & Parent PowerSchool portal (below) and click the Report Card link in the navigation menu to view your child’s report. If you haven’t already done so, this would be a good time to become familiar with your online account.

Questions pertaining to report card content should be directed to the applicable teacher. PowerSchool support is available by emailing PowerSchool@ccs.us.

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.

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.

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

610-903-1300

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

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and to deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.

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