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Collegium Newsletter February 10, 2020

CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Feb. 10th, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades K-6: Annual Food Drive Begins (Sponsored by Elementary Student Council) (Ends Friday, February 21st) | All Elementary Buildings
  • Grades 9-12: CHS Valentine's Day Flower Sale Begins (Ends Friday, February 14th) (Proceeds Benefit UNICEF and She's the First Clubs) | Cafeteria During Lunches 10:40am - 1:33pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 500 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 126 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • BAL Playoffs: Girls V Basketball vs. Delaware County Christian | Gym 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Special Public Board of Trustees Meeting | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Building (Administrative Office)

Tues., Feb. 11th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Leadership Meeting | Room 329 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News Meeting | Mac Lab 3:15pm - 4:15pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 Robotics Team Meeting | Innovation Lab Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • National Elementary Honor Society Monthly Student Meeting | Art Room 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building

Wed., Feb. 12th, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K-1 Kids Heart Challenge and Wear RED Day | Gym
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Review Day | Wear ROAR Shirts W/ Uniform Bottoms

Thur., Feb. 13th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Kids Heart Challenge and Wear RED Day | Gym @ 468/486 Building
  • Grades 5-6: Book Fair Ends (Began Wed., Feb. 5th) | Library @ 500 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Building (Admin. Offices)

Fri., Feb. 14th, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades K-6: Student Council Spirit Day | Superhero in Your Life Day
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students (Professional Development for Faculty/Staff - PM) | Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm
  • Grades 9-12: CHS Valentine's Day Flower Sale Ends (Began Mon., February 10th) (Proceeds Benefit She's the First) | Cafeteria During Lunches 10:40am - 1:33pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 7-8: CMS Valentine's Dance | Gym and Cafeteria 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Sat., Feb. 15th

  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 8:00am - 11:00am @ 515 Building (HS)

K-6 Spirit Day: Superhero In Your Life Day

On Friday, February 14th, our Elementary Student Council is hosting another Spirit Day, "Superhero in Your Life" Day!

Students in Grades K-6 may dress on Friday as a real superhero in their lives. Superheros can be someone children look up to and want to be like, such as a parent, sibling, relative, family member, teacher, or friend. The day is intended to honor real-life heroes and not fictional characters.

It will be great to see who inspires each of our students. Please email CCS's Elementary Student Council Advisors with questions about this dress-down day.

Mark Your Calendar: Parent/Guardian Training On Internet Safety

On Monday, March 9, 2020, between 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, CCS will host a parent/guardian training called Parenting in a Digital World: Youth, Technology, Social Media, Drugs and Mental Health facilitated by Mr. Ryan Klingensmith.

Mr. Klingensmith is a nationally licensed, certified counselor who’s spent years observing how children use technology and social media. His Parenting in a Digital World: Youth, Technology, Social Media, Drugs and Mental Health training helps parents/guardians understand just how advanced their children’s use of technology has become. Armed with that knowledge, parents/guardians can then better help their children stay safe and act responsibly online.

"Kids have the knowledge to use the technology, but sometimes lack the wisdom to use it. Adults have the wisdom to use the technology, but sometimes lack the knowledge to use it. My goal is to connect knowledge with wisdom.” -Ryan Klingensmith, Founder, Shape the Sky, creator of the Parenting in a Digital World: Youth, Technology, Social Media, Drugs and Mental Health Training

Learn more about Mr. Klingensmith and his organization, Shape the Sky, by viewing the video below and by visiting Shape the Sky’s website using the button provided.

Parenting in a Digital World: Youth, Technology, Social Media, Drugs and Mental Health covers topics like:

  • How to start a conversation about technology use with your child
  • How to set expectations and limits
  • Cyberbully resources
  • Creating digitally responsible youth
  • Social media and drugs
  • Suicide prevention resources

This is a parent/guardian event, only. Please RSVP to Mrs. Maureen Wilkins, CCS Director of Student Services, using the button below so that we can better plan this event.

Please indicate in your RSVP email if you have children between the ages of 4 and 12 and would benefit if child care was provided during the training. Please RSVP by Friday, February 21, 2020.

150 Building Announces New Assistant Principal

The 150 Building’s Administrative Team, students, and staff are thrilled to have Ms. Holly Boyle on board as their new Assistant Principal. Ms. Boyle joined CCS in January, filling the position Mrs. Camburn vacated when she became CCS’s 150 Building Principal.

“Ms. Boyle has quickly become an integral part of our 150 Family!” said Mrs. Camburn. “We’re very fortunate. She’s a great complement to our 150 Building Administrative Team, and she also works extremely well with staff and students. We’re very excited to move forward with building and student initiatives Ms. Boyle can help implement.”

Ms. Boyle brings years of education experience to her new position, having worked in a variety of settings as a Learning and Emotional Support Teacher, Resource Teacher, Early Intervention Teacher, and Dean of Students. She minored in Special Education and Human Development at Lesley University, earned a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State Great Valley, and was awarded her Principal Certification by Cabrini College.

“I am delighted to be a part of the CCS Community!” Ms. Boyle shared. “Since my first day, the students and staff at the 150 Building have made me feel at home. My goal is to work in partnership with Mrs. Camburn, Mr. Thorpe, and the 150 staff and families to support our students’ reaching their fullest potential.”

Although Ms. Boyle’s been with CCS just a short time, Mrs. Camburn says that her impact on the 150 Building is already apparent. “Ms. Boyle is extremely genuine,” Mrs. Camburn shared. “She’s forming wonderful relationships with her coworkers, students, and families and has offered many helpful solutions to promote our students’ success.”

Ms. Holly Boyle (Left), Mr. Brent Thorpe (Center) and Mrs. Kristin Camburn (Right).

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Boyle to Collegium. Feel free to email her using the button below, or take a moment to say hello if you see her on campus.

Q2 High School Honor Roll

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

Image Caption: High School Assistant Principal, Mr. Dryburgh, sharing, "Congrats on your academic success! Finish the year STRONG!"

High School High Honors

GPA 90% or higher, no class grade below 80%

12th Grade: Rayma A., Alonzo A.-S., Kristina A., Daniela A., Tyler C., Cahlia C., Kaia F., Diana G.-G., Rose G., Nathan G., Marissa H., Nicholas H., Chloe H., Austin J., Georgia L., Morgan L., Sydney M., Shayna M., Madison M., Seth M., Krish N., Josh O., Armi P., Christina P., Ria P., Danielle R., Madison R., Cheyenne R., Tayah R., Ryan R., Daniela S. C., Sydney S., Amina T., Laiba T., Mika T., Thomas W., Brin W., and Cole Z.

11th Grade: Kaylee A., Liem A., Alyssa B., Haledae C., Timothy C., Kai C., Christopher C., John D., Michael E., Arsal F., Abigail G.-G., Hannah G., Paige H., Grace H., Thuvarakaa J., Kevin K., Lyndsey K., Elizabeth K., Molay K., Hannah L., Sophia M., Taylor N., Anna N., Rachel O., Brandon O., Ryk P., Jacob S., Zion S., Madison S., Brandon T., Emma T., Lyka W., and Nathan W.

10th Grade: William A., Salimata B., Izeah B., Sa'diyyah B., Jose B.-R., Jr., Collin D., Seleymane D., Taylor D., Malia F., Josephine G., Amya G., Lucia G., Joshua G., Elise H., Maasai H., Lance H., Mina H., Lily I., Mikhael J., Avneet K., Indiana K., Jordan K., William L., Noelle M., Amalyia M., Lisa M., Sadie M., Mohamed M. M., Alexandra M., Kevin N., Kobe N., Aidan O., William O., Alexander P., Kavi P., Maia R., Ainsley R., Alexa S., Natasha S., Braden S., Jaden S., Nagae S., Niyah S., Dallas S., Aidan S., Margaret T., Duncan T., Kaleah T., Madison W., Larra W., Megan W., and Brooks W.

9th Grade: Victoreya A., Hannah A., Olivia B., Cecilia B., Nicholas C., Makaylah D., Kawinthip D., Kelsey F., Joshua F., Benjamin G., Caroline H., Mark H., Kylie H., Abigail H., Kayla J.-D., Kristina K., Sarah K., Jay L., Carly L., Melanie L., Nile M., Addison M., Tamlynn M., Brian M., Ryan M., Delaney M., Logan M., Alexandra M., Angela M., Sophia M., Jordan N., Madison O., Faith O., Tyler P., Aaron P., Robert P., Christina R., Lyndsey R., Anagelea R.-L., Elizabeth R., and Jeremiah W.

High School Honors

GPA 80% or higher (up to 89%), no class grade below 80%

12th Grade: Michael B. and D'Angelo J.-C.

11th Grade: Choiyon C., Alicerose D., Nathan J., Mykala M., Madea P., Tristin S., and Steven S.

10th Grade: Jordahn A., Melanie B., Jurius C., Nicholas C., IV, Michael G., III, Austen G., Joud M., Roman R., and Tyler W.

9th Grade: Matthew G. and Emma K.

Q2 Middle School Honor Roll

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

Image Caption: Mr. Harkins, Middle School Assistant Principal, sharing, "I am proud of your hard work! Keep it up for the rest of the year!"

Middle School High Honors

GPA 90% or higher, no class grade below 80%

8th Grade: Isabella A., Leandro A.-S. Saereen A., Madden A., MacKenzie A., Sophia A., Anisa A., Carley B., Jhasae B.-D., Serenity B., Lukas C., Ivan C., Andrew C., Taran C., Alexandria D., ShoShoni D., Kyra F., Kereagan G., Adama G.-K. Mustafa G., David G., Gabrielle G., Cole G., Natalia G.-M., Ian H., Sircha H., Nathan H., Reginald H., Brianna J., Markos K., Gurleen K., Clayton K., Shubham K., Analih L.-T., Ethan L., Penelope L., Andrea L.-M., Joash L., Beckett L., Sienna L., Daniel M., Leen M., Joseph M., Kyle M., Yariel M., Khalil M., Aaron M., Ogunda O., Yash P., Tristan P.-V., Alana P., Aiden P., Joshua P., Sydney P., Manny P., Itzel S., Vivian S., Kiera S.-H. Jennifer S., Shawn S., Madeline S., Antonio S., Matthew T., Mia T., Jordan T., Rilynn V.D.G., Samuel W., Jacqueline W., Joshua W., and Chase W.

7th Grade: Rylan A., Colin A., Logan A., Lyndsay A.-M., Marek B., Madison B., Ashleigh B., Cameron B., Ian B., Nicole B., Logan B., Ethan B., Shane B., Sophia B., Dylan B., Alex C., Justin C., Joselyn C. M. Carol C. B. Jacob C., Ana C.-R., Michael C., Carmine C., Maurice C., Samaira C. C., Judith D.J.M., Ava D., Norah D., Erin D., Desiree D., Lailah D., Bella F., Amon F., Elliot F., Alex G.-C., Colin G., Sofia G., Bennett G., Brandon G., Cristina G., Josue H., Kelsey J., Laila J., Hayden K., Shane K., Emma K., Noah K., Ridhi K., Citlali L., Hunter M., Gabriella M., Xavier M., Declan M., Isabella M., Sakshi M., Kaila M., Madison M., Bennett M., Meikaylah M., Dylan M., Taylor M., Yohance N., Jr., Alice N., Sisira N., Samantha O., James P., Aisha P., Logan Q., Re'Shaun R., Alexa R., Stephanie R.-G., Boden R., Michael R., Julius R., Anais R.-C., Leander R., Sara R., Elsa S., Jacqueline S. C., Osvaldo S. V., Taylor S., Caiden S., Grace S., Velmiana S., Wynter S., Annika S., Kaelyn V., Maya W., Lanorde W., III, and Naomi W.

Middle School Honors

GPA of 80% or higher (up to 89%), no class grade below 80%

8th Grade: Saniah A. and Aniya K.

7th Grade: Mayted A.-L., Finnegan C., Jeremiah J., Mikayla R., Sedrick S., Lawrence S., Jr., and Eric S.

CCS Elementary Student Council Annual Food Drive

The CCS Elementary Student Council's Annual Food Drive begins Monday, February 10th and continues through Friday, February 21st. Flyers about the Food Drive were sent home last week with students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. All food items collected will benefit the Chester County Food Bank.

To help the Food Bank collect a variety of items, we've decided to have each grade level focus on specific food items this year. Here's the list:

  • Kindergarten: Canned Tuna/Chicken
  • 1st Grade: Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • 2nd Grade: Canned Fruit/Veggies
  • 3rd Grade: Canned Soups/Stews
  • 4th Grade: Pasta/Rice
  • 5th Grade: Cereal/Oatmeal
  • 6th Grade: Canned or Dried Beans/Legumes

All non-perishable foods are welcome that are packaged in boxes, cans, or plastic. No glass is allowed. Collection bins will be placed in the Front Offices and Waiting Areas of the 150, 486/468, and 500 Buildings for CCS Community members who wish to drop off donations.

Thank you for supporting the local community through your donations to the Chester County Food Bank. Here's to another year of helping our local community!

Use the buttons below to email our Elementary Student Council Advisors with questions and to visit the Chester County Food Bank's website.

NHS Peanut Butter And Jelly Drive Success

From Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 24th, Collegium's National Honor Society (NHS) held a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive in the 515 and 535 Buildings. The purpose of the drive was to contribute to our local community beyond the holiday season.

Together with families and staff, the NHS was able to donate 102 pounds of food to the Chester County Food Bank! That's 33 jars of peanut butter and 15 jars of jelly—enough to make 495 sandwiches!

This year's drive was organized by our NHS President, Armi P., and other officers including Chloe H., Georgia L., Tayah R., Brynn H., and Kristina A. They did a terrific job and worked well together.

CCS's NHS wishes to thank all contributors for their generous support of its Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive. The NHS looks forward to expanding its efforts and collecting an even larger, and heavier, donation next year!

A Message From Marita K. Barber, Collegium's CEO

Your Right To Equitable School Choice

Attention CCS Parents/Guardians and Employees: I am calling on you to prepare to fight for your children and your right to equitable school choice.

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Governor Wolf presented his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. His proposal includes a $280 million cut in public charter school funding while seeking increased school district funding. Under the Governor’s proposal, Special Education funding would be hit especially hard.

While playing favorites, Governor Wolf fails to acknowledge that families, like yours, leave district schools for public charter schools because those district schools either cannot or will not provide services your children need and deserve. By proposing a $280 million cut in charter school funding along with other damaging regulatory proposals, Governor Wolf is trying to rob parents of school choice and force students back into the districts they chose to leave.

CCS provides many specialized programs that stand to be impacted if the Governor’s $280 million charter school funding cuts are approved. These programs include:

  • Art, Music, Technology, Health, and Physical Education classes
  • Full-day Kindergarten
  • K-12 STEM education
  • Instructional Assistants in each Kindergarten and 1st Grade classroom
  • Explicit social-emotional curriculum
  • 18 High School Advanced Placement courses
  • Multi-tiered system of support
  • K-12 school-wide positive behavior supports
  • School counseling and mental health services
  • Comprehensive K-12 Special Education programs

Your children are as worthy to receive full funding as are students who choose to remain in their school districts. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be communicating with you about how you can defend each family's right to public school choice. We'll be asking you to voice your support for CCS and to share stories of how your children benefit from their CCS education in a manner most comfortable to you. There are a number of actions you can take, such as:

  • Sharing your story or support through videos that we’ll produce,
  • Participating in interviews with the media,
  • Writing letters to publication editors, and
  • Petitioning your State Senators and State Representatives.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important communication and for continuing to support your family’s right to public school choice!

High School Valentine's Day Flower Fundraiser

Collegium High School's (CHS) UNICEF and She's the First Clubs will hold a Valentine's Day Flower Sale this week. Beginning on Monday, February 10th, CHS students can order a flower with a personalized message attached to be delivered to anyone they choose in the 515 (HS) Building.

Flowers and messages cost just $1.00 each and will be delivered to Homerooms on Friday, February 14th. Students may send flowers to themselves, other students, or even teachers. Proceeds of this High School Valentine's Day Flower Fundraiser will benefit both the UNICEF and She's the First organizations in their effort to help children access basic education.

News From Our Athletics Department

Cheyenne Achieves 1000 Points

Congratulations to CCS Senior, Cheyenne R., on becoming the fourth player and only the second female in Collegium Basketball history to score 1000 points in her career!

Needing only 15 points going into the team's Senior Night matchup against BAL opponent Calvary Christian Academy on Wednesday, February 5th, Cheyenne scored a game high of 19 points.

"Cheyenne was visibly excited as she celebrated with her teammates and family," Coach Andre Revnell said. "She is an amazing player, who has accomplished an astounding milestone. Cheyenne's future is very bright."

We certainly wish Cheyenne all the best as she continues her athletic career at Penn State Brandywine next year.

Presidents' Day Basketball Clinic

Collegium is happy to offer a Basketball Clinic to our students in Grades 1 through 4 on Monday, 17th (Presidents' Day). The Clinic will be held in the Winters Gymnasium (535 Building Gym) from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

The cost is $50.00/child. To participate, students must have a completed/signed Permission Slip from a parent/guardian and the $50.00 participation fee. Walk-ins are welcome as long as their $50.00 fee is paid and they have a completed/signed Permission Slip.

Come out and learn from Collegium’s Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Coaches and student-athletes as they teach the fundamentals of basketball and share their love of the game!

For additional information, please review the Permission Slip accessible via the button below.

If you have questions about Collegium’s Presidents' Day Basketball Clinic, email Coach Markel Jones using the button below.

468/486 Building Kids Heart Challenge

Kids Heart Challenge is this week for 468/486 Building students in Kindergarten through 1st Grade (Wednesday, February 12th) and students in Grades 2 through 4 (Thursday, February 13th). All students will participate and are invited to wear a red top with PE bottoms and sneakers. If they choose not to wear red, please send them to school in their PE uniforms with sneakers.

If your child raised money for the American Heart Association, please send the completed envelope and money with them to school on the day of their event. If all donations were done online, you do not need to return the envelope. Please convert all cash collected into check(s) made payable to the American Heart Association. We look forward to a fun, heart-pumping event!

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Forming

Mrs. Maureen Wilkins, CCS Director of Student Services, is seeking parents/guardians of students who receive Special Education services to participate in a Special Education Parent Advisory Committee forming at our school. The role of this Committee will be to provide feedback on Special Education programs and assist in planning parent/guardian training and networking opportunities.

Your involvement in this Committee and the information you share will be valuable to CCS in the future development of our Special Education programs. It will also help our endeavor to provide effective parent/guardian training and opportunities for support for CCS parents/guardians of students who receive Special Education services.

If you’re interested in participating in this initiative, please reach out by email to Mrs. Wilkins using the button provided.

CMS Valentine's Day Dance

Collegium Middle School’s (CMS) Student Council invites CMS students to a Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 14th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at CMS.

Snacks and drinks will be provided for all students at the Dance. We’ve hired a DJ for dancing and organized various fun activities for students to enjoy.

The fee to attend the CMS Valentine’s Day Dance is $5.00 per student, which covers all snacks and drinks. Students who wish to attend the dance must return their payment AND the Permission Form to their Homeroom Teachers by Tuesday, February 11th. Late forms cannot be considered.

REMINDER: Permission Forms and payment must be turned in to Homeroom Teachers by Tuesday, February 11th.

Please reach out by email to Mr. Bryan Ford, Ms. Kate Enns, or Mr. Joseph Michetti if you have questions. Use the buttons below to conveniently send your emails.

National School Breakfast and Lunch Program Application

Has your financial situation recently changed? If it has, please feel free to apply (or reapply) for the National School Lunch Program using the button below.

Feel free to call our Food Service Department at 610-903-1300, Ext. 6154 for help with the application process or if you have questions.

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.

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):

Community Opportunity

In this section, Collegium passes along information on local events and activities our families may want to explore. We will not include information about activities that compete with Collegium programs, non-Collegium fundraisers, or information from for-profit companies.

143K: Save Charter Schools in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) has formed "143K Rising" organization as a way for lawmakers in Harrisburg to hear directly from charter school families. PCPCS is "...guided and supported by a diverse group of educational organizations, business groups, and public policy agencies that understand charter schools are the best option for many children to receive a public education that meets their needs."

Join the 143K Rising community of parents, grandparents, and charter supporters who are committed to saving public charter schools in Pennsylvania. With a few simple clicks, you can make your voice heard and join a movement that can’t be ignored.

As a member, you'll receive email updates from the 143K Rising movement on the latest efforts to protect public education options. You'll also have the opportunity to contact your state lawmakers and let them know that you support public charter schools.

Collegium's Main Number

610-903-1300

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 (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.