Collegium Newsletter February 17, 2020

CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Feb. 17th

  • Grades K-12: School Closed – Presidents' Day
  • Presidents' Day Basketball Clinic For Grades 1-4 | Gym 8:00AM - 10:00am @ 535 (MS) Building

Tues., Feb. 18th, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 Robotics Team Meeting | Innovation Lab Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • HSA General Meeting | Gym 5:00pm @ 500 Building

Wed., Feb. 19th, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B

Thur., Feb. 20th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 9-12: STEM Career Day Field Trip 8:30am - 2:00pm @ Delaware County Community Collge-Marple Campus
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Building (Admin. Offices)
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Building (Admin. Offices)

Fri., Feb. 21st, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-6: Annual Food Drive Ends (Sponsored by Elementary Student Council) (Began Monday, February 10th) | All Elementary Buildings

Sat., Feb. 22nd

  • 150 Building: Role Model Dance | Gym 5:00pm - 7:30pm @ 535 (MS) Building

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.

Black Student Union Plans Black History Month Assembly

Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration every February of achievements by Black or African American people. Although it’s a short month, it’s always jam-packed with interesting facts, social media posts, television specials, celebratory events, and, in CCS’s case, a special school assembly. Members of Collegium High School’s Black Student Union (BSU) are working together to organize their BHM assembly which will take place on Tuesday, February 25th.

The BHM assembly will pay homage to those who came before us and those who are making an impact today and for our future generations.

“[Black History Month] shows an appreciation for Black culture, and it highlights the importance of the accomplishments Black people have done in history. It teaches us not to forget.” -Tayah R., CCS 12th Grader
Members of Collegium's BSU and CHS Principal, Dr. O'Brien.

It’s taking a lot to arrange the BHM Assembly, but BSU students are making sure to have meetings to discuss who will be doing what to prepare. BSU President, Chloe H., said, “Two weeks ago we had a pretty big meeting where we established who will MC the assembly, read a poem or piece of literature pertaining to BHM, and who is going to record different video segments to be shown.” Like for last year’s BHM Assembly, BSU decided to produce a video this year that asks the question, “What Does Black History Month Mean to You?” In the video, student-interviewers ask students and staff of all backgrounds about this month’s historical significance.

When asked what the BHM Assembly meant to them, BSU members had a lot to say. CHS Sophomore, Brooks W., said, “The assembly is a chance to reflect on the progress that Black people have made over the years. It’s a chance to emphasize Black figures, works, and creations.” Chloe shared, “I think the Assembly is important for representation, especially with it being the second BHM assembly ever. It’s super important for students of all backgrounds to see something like this. We never had a platform to do this before.”

Left to Right: BSU Member, Manny H., BSU President, Chloe H., and BSU Member, Brooks W.
“I feel like it lays a responsibility on me to stress the importance of the separate experiences of that time period that aren’t so much highlighted in American History. -Omari M., CCS 12th Grader

Last year’s BHM Assembly was very well received. BSU Member Manny H., a CCS Senior, elaborated, “Our goal is to make this as enjoyable as possible and that the outcome is positive. We want people to learn something and make them more knowledgeable about Black History. We want to make this as interactive as possible.”

Black History is American History. You don’t have to be Black to acknowledge the many great works that Black people have created. You don’t have to be Black to stand up to injustices against Black people, and you most certainly don’t have to be Black to be an ally.

For more information about CCS’s BSU and its BHM Assembly, use the button below to contact BSU Advisor, Mr. Steve Norris.

Emphasizing STEM At CCS

Early STEM Education: Investing In Our Future | Episode 1

In our newest video series, CCS students and teachers demonstrate the importance of early STEM education and describe the engaging and intentional ways Collegium brings STEM concepts to our youngest students.

Episode 1, above, illustrates the 500 Building's STEM program for 5th and 6th Grades. Led by Mrs. Eileen Kahl, students learn collaborative problem-solving skills, while using innovative resources like KEVA Planks, Makey Makey boards, and K'NEX.

Upcoming Family STEM Night

If you're looking for a fun family activity for Friday night, February 28th, come to the 500 Building from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for our second Family STEM Night of the year. It's guaranteed to be an entertaining and interesting evening!

Our Family STEM Night will include breakouts, coding, engineering design challenges, Dash and Cue Robot activities, plus much more. Our Snack Shack will be serving pizza, soft pretzels, and other goodies at an additional cost.

Participation in this awesome event is $10.00 per family. There aren't many activities families can attend at that cost that are so much fun! We hope to see you there.

To attend our Family STEM Night, please complete the Participation Form at the button below and send it and your family's $10.00 participation fee to school by Wednesday, February 26th.

Please use the button below to email Mrs. Eileen Kahl with questions about Family STEM Night.

CCS 6th Grader Wins 3rd Place At Chester County Spelling Bee

On Monday, February 10th, 49 students from across Chester County competed in the Annual Chester County Spelling Bee at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. CCS was represented by 6th Grader, Isabella S., the winner of our school-wide Spelling Bee last November.

The Chester County Spelling Bee began with competitors going through several general rounds in small groups. Isabella correctly spelled turtle, torrent, scrooge, and dynamite in her group, and then moved on with 20 other competitors to the Championship Rounds. There, Isabella correctly spelled stomach and tardigrade. Although she misspelled somatotype in her final appearance at the mike, Isabella's excellent performance earned her a 3rd-place tie with five other competitors!

Congratulations, Isabella, and thank you for all of your hard work. You represented CCS very well at this event, and we are so proud of you!

500 Building T-Shirt Sale

From Monday, February 17th until Wednesday, February 26th, the 500 Building will be selling its new All Cougars Succeed (ACS) program T-Shirt.

ACS is CCS's new positive behavior reinforcement program for 5th and 6th Grades. ACS builds upon the principles students learned from the ROAR program—Be Respectful, Be Outstanding, Be Accepting, Be Responsible—by encouraging students and staff to also be Accountable, Compassionate, and Safe.

500 Building students may wear their new ACS T-shirts on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with uniform bottoms. The T-shirts can be worn by all K-12 students on Cougar Pride Days.

Please help the All Cougars Succeed program by purchasing our new ACS T-shirt. Proceeds of the T-shirt sale will help the 500 Building defer ACS expenses for prizes and other incentives.

ACS's T-shirt was designed by Charlotte D., a 6th Grader from Mrs. Brady's Homeroom

Questions? Email Mrs. Kahl using the button below.

From Our Home & School Association

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our Home & School Association (HSA) owes its success to the efforts of our many parent/guardian, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations. Questions? Email our HSA Officers using the button below.

Upcoming HSA General Meeting

Please join our HSA’s Officers for a General HSA Meeting on Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00 PM in the 500 Building Gym. If you’re unable to attend the meeting in our 500 Building Gym, we will live stream the meeting on our Facebook page.

Questions? Email HSA Officers using the button below.

CCS Elementary Student Council Annual Food Drive

The CCS Elementary Student Council's Annual Food Drive continues through Friday, February 21st. Flyers about the Food Drive were sent home recently 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.

Presidents' Day Basketball Clinic

Collegium is happy to offer a Basketball Clinic to our students in Grades 1 through 4 on Monday, February 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.

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.

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.

East Brandywine CalRipkin Baseball & ASA Softball

East Brandywine Baseball & ASA Softball Spring 2020 registration is only open for one more week! From Quickball (K) through 12U, EBYA focuses on teaching lifelong skills such as teamwork, sportsman-like conduct, hand-eye coordination, and excellent field techniques, all while working towards creating championship teams! All season long, it gets your kids out into the fresh air and away from the screens.

If you have questions, please email Catherine using the email address below.

Collegium's Main Number


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

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