Mark Your Calendar
Monday, May 14th - Day 6
- 468/486 Building: K-4 Spring Scholastic Book Fair Begins
- 535 Building: National Honor Society Spring Raffle Begins
- AP Exams: AP Biology (AM) and AP Music Theory (AM)
- K-12 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for Chester County Food Bank Starts (Sponsored by the 535 Building)
- Spring Keystone Exams Begin
- 150 Building: 4th Grade AM Field Trip to Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (Callis) 8:15am - 12:00pm
- 486 Building: 4th Grade PM Shamona Creek Field Trip (DiCicco) 12:00pm - 2:00pm
- Boys' and Girls' Varsity Golf v. Perkiomen School 3:00pm @ Butter Valley Golf Course
- Boys' Varsity Baseball v. Plumstead Christian School 3:45pm @ Plumstead Christian School
- 486 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 575
- Spring Concert: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Jazz Lab 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 515 Gym, Cafeteria, and Auditorium
- Spring Concert: 5th and 6th Grade Choir and Orchestra 7:45pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Gym, Cafeteria, and Auditorium
Tuesday, May 15th - Day 1
- 468/486 Building: Field Trip to Delaware Children’s Museum - Royer, Llewellyn, Yanoviak, and Stauffer
- AP Exams: AP Calculus AB (AM) and AP Calculus BC (AM)
- Grades 5-8 Book Fair Ends
- Middle School Art/Clay Club 3:15pm - 4:30pm @ 500 Building, Room 207
- Spring Concert: 150 Building 2nd Grade Choir, 3rd/4th Grade Choir, and 3rd Grade Orchestra 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 515 Auditorium
- Spring Concert: 150 Building 4th Grade Band and Orchestra 7:45pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Auditorium
Wednesday, May 16th - Day 2
- 468/486 Building: Field Trip to Delaware Children’s Museum - Moran, Garsils, Miller, and Zane
- AP Exams: AP English Language & Composition (AM)
- Boys' and Girls' Varsity Golf TCISL Finals @ Butter Valley Golf Course
- Boys' Varsity Baseball v. Academy Park High School 3:00pm @ Boot Road Park
- 150 Building: Junior Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 908
- 150 Building: Little Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 827
- 468 Building: Little Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 425
- 486 Building: Junior Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 532
- Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
- Spring Concert: 468/486 Building 2nd Grade Choir and 3rd Grade Orchestra 6:00pm - 6:45pm @ 515 Auditorium
- Spring Concert: 468/486 3rd and 4th Grade Choir, 4th Grade Band, and 4th Grade Orchestra 7:30pm - 8:15pm @ 515 Auditorium
Thursday, May 17th - Day 3
- AP Exams: AP World History (AM)
- Middle School Art/Clay Club 3:15pm - 4:30pm @ 500 Building, Room 207
- 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
- 150 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:15pm @ Room 951
- 486 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 575
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 228
- 468/486 Building: K-4 Spring Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 468 Building Music Room
- Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
- Middle School Orientation for Students & Families 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
- Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
Friday, May 18th - Day 4
- 468/486 Building: K-4 Spring Scholastic Book Fair Ends
- AP Exams End: AP European History (PM)
- Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- Elementary Student Council Rec Night for 3rd-6th Grade Students 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ 500 Gym, Library, Cafeteria, and Computer Lab
- Barnes and Noble Book Fair Ends @ Barnes and Noble (Exton)
- 8th Grade Formal 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria
Saturday, May 19th
- HSA Outgrown Sale and Vendor Event 8:30am - 12:30pm @ 535 Gym
Collegium Senior Wins Chester County Bar Association Annual Poster Contest
CCS Senior Skyler James has won her second consecutive Chester County Bar Association (CCBA) Law Day Celebration Poster Contest. This year’s theme was Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. Skyler, who loves both art and U.S. History and Politics, used markers and watercolors to bring her thoughts to the page for her outstanding entry.
“The tree in my piece represents our government,” Skyler said. “Often, we focus on just the branches of the tree, the three branches of government. I wanted to communicate that all elements of the piece—the tree, its branches, the roots, and especially the people around the tree—work together to support the framework for freedom. But the framework is in the hands of the people.”
Skyler was recognized May 4th at CCBA’s 2018 Law Day luncheon at West Chester Country Club. Her Art teacher, Mr. Springer, and Mr. Dryburgh, Collegium High School’s Assistant Principal, also attended. Skyler’s poster was displayed along with other winners’ submissions, and cash prizes were given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners in each age group.
Save the Date: Alex's Lemonade Stand at Collegium
On Friday, June 8th, Alex's Lemonade Stand (ALS) will return to CCS for the 14th year in a row. ALS will run from 9:00am until 3:00pm that day. The video below demonstrates how committed Collegium is to this wonderful community event.
CCS's ALS stands will be located at the 468/486, 150, and 500 buildings on Friday, June 8th. Soft pretzels and cups of lemonade will be on sale for $1.00 each. The event is open to members of the community; everyone is encouraged to attend! All proceeds go to the ALS Foundation and benefit childhood cancer research.
Unable to attend? Access the link below to make online donations via Collegium's ALS fundraising webpage. We are confident that the Collegium Community will quickly surpass our online goal of $2,000!
Questions? Please contact these Collegium ALS representatives:
Collegium Athletics: Girls' Lacrosse Senior Recognition
Collegium’s Girls’ Lacrosse Team recognized its graduating senior athletes at its final home game on Wednesday, May 9th.
Erika Calle, Paige Cunningham, Gillian Schlenner, Tatianna “Tatie” Washington and their families walked onto the field through a traditional lacrosse stick tunnel. They were met with handshakes, hugs, and framed commemorative jerseys from Dr. O’Brien and Mr. Dryburgh, Collegium’s High School Principals, and their Coaches, Ms. Pryor and Mr. Alonso. The team wrapped up the game with a 16-4 victory!
A very proud Coach Pryor shared, “It goes without saying that this year’s graduating seniors will be greatly missed. The team is a fantastic group overall, with connections like family. Their respect for one another and the relationships they formed on the field will carry on after graduation. Each of this year's seniors brought unique strengths to the team that will leave lasting impressions on their teammates.”
All four of the graduating seniors plan to attend college in the fall.
- Erika will go to Gettysburg College;
- Paige is heading to Loch Haven University;
- Gillian plans to study in Germany for a semester, and then attend Northeastern University; and
- Tatie’s sights are set on Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
We know that many of the skills these student-athletes learned playing Collegium Girls’ Lacrosse—teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, persistence, goal-setting—will serve them well in their collegiate careers. Best of luck to each of you!
K-12 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive
It's Peanut Butter and Jelly Time!
Collegium's High School is sponsoring a campus-wide PB&J Drive to benefit the Chester County Food Bank. Our PB&J Drive will run from Monday, May 14th until Friday, May 25th. Collection bins will be placed in the Main Offices of each CCS building.
Please drop off any brand or type of peanut butter, almond butter, alternative nut butter, jelly, or jam. To avoid breakage, please only donate items in plastic jars.
Ms. Whisler can answer your questions or provide more information.
150 Building Field Day News
The 150 Building's Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 1st! The theme this year is Under the Sea. More details on what your child will need to prepare for the event will be sent home closer to the date.
There is no parent viewing of Field Day; however, parent volunteers are needed to help us run the event. Parent volunteers must sign up through the Health and PE Department (see the link below), and must have current clearances on file with Collegium's HR Department. Thank you!
Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Dr. O'Brien, 535 Building Principal, and Ms. Tracey, High School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. Dr. O’Brien and Ms. Traceys’ research covered many sources, including materials Netflix prepared specifically for Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why.
13 Reasons Why, Season 2
Netflix will release its second season of the controversial 13 Reasons Why series on Friday, May 18th. In preparation for this new season, Collegium would like to share the following information with you.
ABOUT THE SHOW
13 Reasons Why is a fictional drama on Netflix that follows high school student, Clay Jensen, as he uncovers the events that lead to the suicide of his friend, Hannah Baker. The series tackles difficult but important issues that teens and young adults may experience, including bullying, substance abuse, sexual assault, depression, self harm, and suicide.
Season 1 became a viral phenomenon among adolescents. It also raised significant concerns with parents/guardians, educators, and mental health professionals for its often-graphic portrayal of the issues it depicts. While Netflix’s goal was to shed light on these topics and spark national conversation, many experts believe that the series mishandled the content and put youth at risk.
Season 2 will focus on what happened after Hannah’s death, as well as continuing to explore topics and issues revealed in Season 1. Netflix responded to the important feedback it received from mental health organizations nationwide, and worked with Northwestern University to conduct a survey on the show’s impact. As a result, Netflix made changes for Season 2 to provide safeguards and resources for teens and families as they watch the show.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
- For Season 2, Netflix will provide warning cards before each episode. Netflix has also updated its parental controls to allow for restriction of specific TV and movie titles.
- 13 Reasons Why Cast members recorded a video message warning viewers about the show’s content and urging them to reach out for help if they need it. The video will autoplay at the start of Season 2’s first show.
- Netflix created a website, 13reasonswhy.info, containing help resources and information for anyone needing assistance.
- This helpful discussion guide was developed for reference while watching shows from Seasons 1 and 2.
- The National Association of School Psychologists encourages parents/guardians and educators to review this resource for helpful tips and reminders.
- Refer to this Parent Tip Sheet created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or visit afsp.org for information.
We encourage parents/guardians to watch the series with their teens, as they may need a supportive adult to help them process the content. It is important for adults to listen, take adolescents’ concerns seriously, and be willing to offer help.
Please also caution your children against “binge watching” the series; its intense content, especially when viewed alone, can be associated with an increase in mental health concerns.
SUICIDE RISK WARNING SIGNS
There are often warning signs for youth who are distressed and at risk for suicide. It is vital that warning signs and threats be taken seriously. Never promise to keep them a secret! They include, but are not limited to:
- Suicide threats, both direct (I am going to kill myself.) and indirect (I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up.) Threats can be verbal or written, and they are often found in online postings.
- Preoccupation with death in conversation, writing, drawing, and social media.
- Changes in behavior, appearance/hygiene, thoughts, and/or feelings. These changes can include someone who is typically sad, but who suddenly becomes extremely happy.
- Increased risk-taking behaviors, along with decreased concern for safety.
- Frequent emotional distress.
- Psychosomatic symptoms, such as headaches, stomach aches, and difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Isolating from family and friends, changes in a teen’s friend group.
- Increased use of drugs and alcohol.
- Giving away prized possessions.
There is nothing more critical than the safety and wellbeing of our children and students. Collegium’s school counselors are available to engage in supportive conversations with students and can provide expertise and resources for preventing harmful behaviors. Do not hesitate to contact Collegium’s building administrators or school counselors with questions or concerns. We take these issues very seriously.
Thank you for your attention to this important topic, and for your ongoing cooperation and support.
Zoup! School Night Fundraiser
On Tuesday, May 22nd, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, grab some great food at Zoup! (Exton) with your family and friends, and participate in our Zoup! School Night Fundraiser.
Be sure to bring a voucher with you (below) to the Festival Shopping Center Zoup!, and a percentage of your sale will be donated to the 468/486 Building school-wide positive behavior intervention and supports program (ROAR).
Questions? Email Mrs. Sharon Ousey, 486 Building Assistant Principal.
3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic
Our 3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) is the perfect event to enjoy spending time with your family and the Collegium Community.
The BYOP is free for all Collegium employees and families. CCS invites everyone to our 500 Building Field, Thursday, June 7th, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Get ready to bring your picnic blankets, chairs, yard games, food, and drinks (nonalcoholic). Collegium will supply the field!
We look forward to sharing more details as the event gets closer, but until then--please add the BYOP to your calendar for Thursday, June 7th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm on our 500 Building field.
AP Exam Procedures and Reminders
AP® Exams began Monday, May 7th, and continue through Friday, May 18th. For students taking exams, be sure to arrive at school on time for your scheduled AP Exam. Late admittance or alternate testing times are not permitted by the College Board.
- High school students taking exams at 8:00am must report to the 535 Main Office by 7:15am to be transported to the Exton Campus of Delaware County Community College for their exams.
- All students taking exams at 12:00pm must report to the 535 Main Office by 11:00am to be transported to the Exton Campus of Delaware County Community College for their exams.
If a student only has one AP exam on a given day, a parent/guardian may submit a note for early dismissal or late arrival, and the student will be excused from the rest of that school day. If students do not have alternate transportation and remain at school for the entire day, they will be expected to attend regularly scheduled classes.
All Advanced Placement students received personalized letters and permission slips with important details pertaining to each Exam.
Questions? Please email our Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator for Grades 7-12, Mrs. Ratti.
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May Keystone Exams
The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams will be held in our 535 Building between Monday, May 14th and Friday, May 25th. The schedule is:
Biology Keystone Exam
- Monday, May 14th
- Tuesday, May 15th
Literature Keystone Exam
- Wednesday, May 16th
- Thursday, May 17th
Algebra 1 Keystone Exam
- Monday, May 21st
- Tuesday, May 22nd
All testing starts at 7:45am. 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 on Friday, May 18th; Wednesday, May 23rd; Thursday, May 24th; and Friday, May 25th (as needed).
Please take a moment to review informative Keystone Exam resources below.
Questions? Email our Curriculum Coordinator for Grades 7-12, Mrs. Ratti.
West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources
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 provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.
The email address and phone line are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone 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 our Building Principals:
HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale
It is finally here—the day you have all been waiting for! This Saturday, May 19th, from 8:30am until 12:30pm, the HSA will host our 1st CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale! Join us in the 535 Gym, and take advantage of the amazing deals on kids' clothing, toys, books, and even CCS uniforms.
We are still in need of volunteers to help make this event successful for everyone. Please consider signing up for a two-hour time slot during the event. All volunteers will be able to shop our Pre-Sale Event on Friday evening from 7:30pm until 8:30pm in the 535 Gym.
Questions? Email the HSA Officers directly.
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