Collegium Newsletter November 18, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Nov. 18th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades K-6: School Picture Retake Day 7:45am - 11:00am
  • Grade 5: Field Trip (B) | Mullin, Dawson, Naylis, Swigget Classrooms 8:30am - 3:30pm @ Da Vinci Science Center

Tues., Nov. 19th, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades K-12: CHS Barnes & Noble Book Fair Begins (Fair Ends Sunday, Nov. 24th (in-store) and Friday, Nov. 29th (online) @ Barnes & Noble at Main Street at Exton
  • Grade 5: Field Trip (C) | Fowlkes, McIntyre, McLaughlin, Chandler Classrooms 8:30am - 3:30pm @ Da Vinci Science Center
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Club Meeting | Cafeteria 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
  • Grades K-12: CHS Barnes & Noble Book Fair Kick-Off With Live, In-Store CHS Choral and Band Performances 3:45pm @ Barnes & Noble, Main Street at Exton
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed., Nov. 20th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • K-12 20th Anniversary November Celebration | 20 Things You're Thankful For
  • Grades K-6: Last Day To Order Online | Kids Kreations
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 207 4:20pm - 5:20pm

Thurs., Nov. 21st, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • 468/486 Building: 1st Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run | Sneakers Required
  • Grades 9-12 Music Ensembles Field Trip 8:00am - 2:00pm @ The Kimmel Center
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • CougarTek Esports Team Meeting | Technology Lab (Room 705) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 932 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • CougarTek Esports Team Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Level13 eSports Gaming Center
  • Grades 9-12: Small Ensembles Fall Concert | Cafeteria and Music Rooms 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Fri., Nov. 22nd, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students | Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm (Conference Prep for Faculty/Staff - PM)
  • Grades K-6: Student Council Spirit Day: Mismatch Clothes & Crazy Hair Day (See Event Description on Calendar)
  • 150 Building: 1st Annual Turkey Trot | Sneakers Required
  • Grades 9-12: Coffee House/Open Mic Night | Library 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ 535 (MS) Building

Sat., Nov. 23rd

  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Owen J. Roberts 2:30pm - 4:00pm @ Owen J. Roberts High School
  • Boys V Basketball vs. Owen J. Roberts 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Owen J. Roberts High School

K-6 Spirit Day: Mismatch & Crazy Hair Day

On Friday, November 22nd, our Elementary Student Council will host another Spirit Day for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade: Mismatch & Crazy Hair Day!

Pictured above are some CCS Elementary Mismatch & Crazy Hair Day creations.

We’re encouraging our K-6 students to wear their most mismatched clothes on Friday, November 22nd, like polka dots and stripes, stripes with plaid, or plaid mismatched with flower patterns. Don’t forget to top off those mismatched outfits with crazy hairdos to really show school spirit!

We can’t wait to see how creative our Elementary students will be as they enjoy this Student Council Spirit Day.

Feel free to email questions to our Elementary Student Council Faculty Advisors using the button below.

Early Dismissals And Parent Pickup Lines

We’re on the downside of 2019, and end-of-year events are starting to appear on our Family Calendar. For instance, we have several Early Dismissal Days on all of the following:

  • Friday, November 22nd: CCS faculty/staff will use the afternoon to prepare for Parent-Guardian/Teacher Conferences.
  • Monday, November 25th: Parent-Guardian/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon.
  • Tuesday, November 26th: Parent-Guardian/Teacher Conferences will take place in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday, November 27th: Both students and employees will be dismissed early for Thanksgiving Break.

On Early Dismissal Days, students are dismissed on the schedule below:

  • Grades 7-12: Dismissal is at 11:30 AM. Parent/Guardian Pickup can begin no earlier than 11:00 AM, as there’s no room on campus for vehicles to wait.
  • Grades K-6: Dismissal is at 12:15 PM. Elementary Parent/Guardian Pickup can begin no earlier than 11:45 AM. Vehicles cannot arrive before 11:45 AM because there is no place on our campus for vehicles to wait.

As always, CCS Teachers, Instructional Assistants, and other school personnel will be assigned to help keep traffic flowing and maintain the safety of students, families, and employees.

Please follow our traffic monitors’ directions and treat them with courtesy and respect.

Questions? Use the button provided to email our Operations Department personnel.

CCS Elementary Safety Squad Patrollers

Remember “hall monitors” and “safeties” from when you were in school? They’re still an important component of CCS school safety and student leadership training!

“I wanted to become a Safety to help people out. When people run in the hall, they could bump into someone else and get hurt and I don’t want that to happen.” -Isabella M., CCS 4th Grader

The primary responsibilities of Student Safety Squad Patrollers in our 150, 468/486, and 500 Buildings are to:

  • Help other students move safely through the halls of our buildings. They hold doors, lead students to/from their buses, help CCS staff track buses, communicate hallway expectations, and model leadership and good citizenship behaviors.
  • Assist CCS staff so our Elementary buildings run efficiently and safely. Student Safeties often serve as a second set of hands and eyes for staff as they perform their duties at Arrival and Dismissal.

Our 150 Building Student Safeties are called “ROAR Ambassadors.” They’re stationed throughout the building and are responsible for reinforcing all ROAR expectations (Be Respectful, Outstanding, Accepting, and Responsible), especially during Dismissal. “The students represent each of our 4th Grade classes and distribute Cougar Paw stickers to a small number of students daily who are ‘caught’ showing ROAR!” said Mrs. Meredith Ely, a 1st Grade Teacher, and ROAR Ambassadors Faculty Advisor. “Students are selected by their teachers and managed by the Student Leadership Committee, which is comprised of faculty members,” she added.

“I like being a Safety. When they offered it to me, I was like ‘Wow!’ because I wanted to be one last year. I am proud to be selected and to help keep the school safe.” -Nicole S., CCS 4th Grader

Ms. Teresa Ashby is the 468/486 Building’s Safety Patrol Squad Faculty Advisor. “The Safety Patrol is a select group of 4th Graders who are committed to providing a safe school environment for all students in the 468 and 486 Buildings,” she explained. “Safety Patrol members must be responsible, respectful, cooperative, and helpful. They should always model ROAR expectations.”

I was really proud of Harvey for taking the initiative all on his own to become a Safety. He sought out the Safety Patrol Application and teacher recommendations by himself. I knew he would do a great job because he’s responsible and wants to make the school a better place.” -Erika C., CCS Employee and Mom to 4th Grade Safety, Harvey C.

Students in our 468/486 and 500 Buildings must apply to be Student Safety Patrollers. In addition to the written application, candidates must:

  • Share a persuasive paragraph that lists three or more specific reasons why they would make a terrific CCS School Safety Patroller
  • Obtain three teacher recommendations that speak to their trustworthiness, reliability, good citizenship, and solid academic record
  • Include any other recommendations they’d like to share from coaches, neighbors, or others who can vouch for their good character.

The 500 Building receives 70+ student applications a year. To open up leadership opportunities for more of these students, the building hosts two Student Safety Squads each school year.

“My hand hurt, I wrote such a long essay! But being a Safety is really cool!" -Grace O., CCS 5th Grader

Student Safeties in the 500 Building also help our new 5th Graders and their families at 5th Grade Orientation. “Usually 6th Graders and former Squad Captains and Co-Captains are selected to be CCS representatives at the 5th Grade Orientation,” said Ms. Rambo. “They help check in new students and their parents/guardians and guide them through the building.”

"I love working with these students and giving them leadership responsibilities. We are helping to create future leaders!" - Ms. Rebecca Rambo, Teacher, 5th Grade Learning Support, and Safety Patrol Faculty Advisor

Student Safeties do sometimes face challenges in their daily duties, but they know they can go to their Faculty Advisors, Teachers, and Building Administrators for help and support. “When students don't listen to Safeties, we try to figure out who their teachers are so we can talk to the teachers about it,” observed CCS 5th Grader, Yasmine F. “Also, we can go to Principals for help.” In the reverse situation, Student Safeties can refer students for ROAR and Skills Tickets when they observe kind gestures and ROAR Ticket-worthy behaviors.

I was a Safety last year, and I loved it. As a Safety, I have the authority to do more to help the school run smoothly and safely. -Julia T., CCS 5th Grader

“Being a CCS School Safety is an honor because the students are role models for our school community!” said Ms. Ashby. “They represent our school every day no matter where they are or what they are doing!”

Upcoming Conferences

Middle School Conferences

Parent-Guardian/Teacher conferences are coming up in our Middle School. They’re being scheduled in 15-minute sessions between 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th.

We encourage all Middle School families to sign up for conferences, as they provide wonderful opportunities for parents-guardians to discuss students’ strengths and needs with their children’s teachers, as well as address questions and concerns.

Conference signup is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to sign up early to help secure a convenient time for your family!

Use the CMS Conference Signup link below to schedule your child’s conference(s). On the CMS Conference Signup site, select the name of the teacher(s) with whom you’d like to meet, and then choose a conference time from those available.

After Friday, November 22nd, conference requests must be coordinated directly with the teacher with whom you’d like to meet. Email the teacher(s) to make those arrangements.

High School Conferences

Collegium High School (CHS) Parent-Guardian/Teacher Conferences will take place between 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM on Monday, November 25th, and Tuesday, November 26th. Parent-guardians interested in scheduling a conference with their child's teacher can do so through the signup link below.

Once you access the signup site, you’ll see that our CHS teachers are listed alphabetically by last name. Please select a teacher with whom you wish to conference, then select a slot from the available times listed.

“Parent-Guardian/Teacher Conferences are a great opportunity for our families to meet and talk with their children’s teachers. We look forward to seeing you in our building and sharing the great things your child has been doing this year!” -Mr. Graham Dryburgh, CHS Assistant Principal

Conferences are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to sign up early to ensure your preferred choice of times! You may use our teachers’ conference signup pages through Sunday, November 24th to schedule your conferences. After Sunday, November 24th, please email the teacher directly to request a conference.

CCS Staff Raises Homelessness Awareness

On Wednesday, November 20th, you’ll see a lot of RED around CCS’s campus. Our employees are having a dress-down day to raise awareness about homelessness among CCS students and families.

In addition to our RED dress-down day, CCS is encouraging employees to donate money and goods, like diapers, cleaning supplies, blankets, and pillows, to a local organization that supports many families experiencing homelessness. Donations will be accepted through Friday, November 22nd.

One of our red CCS employee T-shirts.

"Homelessness is real in Chester County. It is real for some of our students and families here at CCS. If we know of a need, how can we turn our heads?” asks Ms. Natalie Corcimiglia, CCS Homeless Liaison. “As a community, collectively, we can make a difference. We have the resources and knowledge to help others in need. Those in need could be our neighbors, co-workers, students we teach, or family members. I invite you to make a difference and give thankfully this week to help others."

In this season of giving and gratitude, CCS is very glad to give back to our community by supporting the local organization. We hope to ease the burden of homelessness that some of our students and families are experiencing.

Use the button below to email Ms. Corcimiglia with questions, for more information, or to share in this effort! Thank you.

Fundraiser Follow-Up

CHS UNICEF Club's Halloween Fundraiser Success

This year’s Collegium High School (CHS) UNICEF Club Halloween fundraiser was very successful! Our CCS Trick-or-Treaters earned $594.50 to help children in need—nearly $100 more than was collected last year.

Members of the UNICEF Club and their Faculty Advisors are extremely grateful to everyone in the CCS community who participated. The Club plans to host the annual UNICEF Halloween Fundraiser again next year!

If students still have UNICEF Halloween boxes to turn in, please send them Ms. Nicole Cianci, CHS Room 336 (515 Building). The money from the collection boxes will be immediately sent to UNICEF to help even more children and their families around the globe!

Email Ms. Cianci using the button below with questions you may have.

Fundraiser Follow-Up

Treats for Troops Thanks You

Collegium High School’s (CHS) Tri-M Music Honor Society recently hosted a Treats for Troops candy donation drive. Tri-M members collected candy donations in all of CCS’s buildings.

CHS Tri-M Music Honor Society members with some of the Treats For Troops collection boxes they created.

The level of participation across our campus was phenomenal, with our 500 Building making the largest number of donations.

CHS’s Tri-M student-leaders and members thank everyone who donated for their generosity and support of Treats for Troops and our country’s military members! Tri-M members delivered the treats to Veterans Health Administration hospitals and active service members who missed out on Halloween treats and festivities.

Grades K-4 Turkey Trot Runs This Week

468/486 Building, Thursday, November 21st

On Thursday, November 21st, 468/486 Building students will enjoy their 1st Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run! A 0.2-mile loop has been mapped out for students that will give them a great opportunity to get outside and move in the crisp fall air!

The 468/486 Building Turkey Trot Fun Run will be held during the day on Thursday, November 21st. Note: Students can wear their PE uniforms and must be wearing sneakers to participate!

Email your child’s 468/486 Building Homeroom Teacher with questions about the Turkey Trot Fun Run in their building.

150 Building, Friday, November 22nd

On Friday, November 22nd, 150 Building students and staff will participate in their 1st Annual Turkey Trot. Students will complete lap goals with their Homeroom Teachers and then collect lap mileage in some “Math Magic” word problems. Parent/guardian volunteers will be on Gobble Patrol as they keep our students on track!

The 150 Building’s run is designed as a part of CCS’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. In addition to promoting health, fitness, and learning, the 150 Building’s Friday, November 22nd run will symbolize the distance CCS has traveled since 1999.

150 Building students must wear sneakers to school on Friday, November 22nd to participate in the run. Students may also wear their Spirit Day Mismatch & Crazy Hair Day outfits when they Turkey Trot!

Questions? Use the button below to email Ms. Sullivan, Math Specialist, 150 Building.

Start Planning For CCS's STEM/Science Fairs

If you like asking questions about how things work, doing experiments, and learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, then you might really enjoy participating in Collegium’s STEM/Science Fairs!

It’s easy to create a fun STEM/Science Fair project out of just about anything that interests you. The first thing to do is to find a question you want to ask. Here are a few ideas:

  • Why does fruit turn brown?
  • Which materials can catch a bubble?
  • Why don’t oil and water mix?
  • What causes avalanches?
  • What exactly is a “wintery mix” and how does it happen?
  • Why do playdough and slime feel and act so different?

This year’s STEM/Science Fairs will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Kindergarteners will have their own Fair and can do demonstrations or perform experiments for it. Students in 1st through 12th Grade must do experiments for their Fair using the Scientific Method:

  • Purpose: What’s the question you want to ask?
  • Hypothesis: What do you think will happen?
  • Materials: List everything you’re going to use.
  • Procedures: Write down what you’re going to do.
  • Observations: Write down your data (what you saw happening during the experiment).
  • Analysis: Compare what you saw happening (your data) to what you thought would happen (your hypothesis).
  • Conclusion: What happened during your experiment? Was your hypothesis right or did your experiment prove you wrong?

All students who participate in the STEM/Science Fair will receive medals, and our Kindergarteners will receive certificates. Judges determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade for our 1st-12th Grade STEM/Science Fair. Winners in Grades 4-12 are eligible to move on to the Chester County Science Research Competition in March 2020.

There’s plenty of time to think about what you want to investigate, how you’ll do your experiment, and what your presentation will look like. Talk to your families and teachers about STEM/Science Fair project ideas you have, and check out some of the resources provided on our STEM/Science Fair webpage.

Use the button below to email Mrs. Kassaundra High, our STEM/Science Fair Committee Chair, with questions.

CHS To Host FAFSA Completion Night

Need help completing your child’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)?

Collegium High School’s (CHS) Counseling Department is here to help! They’re hosting a FAFSA* Completion Night on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 PM in the 515 High School Building.

Financial Aid experts will be available at the event to answer questions and help guide students and parents/guardians through the process. Our CHS School Counselors will also be on hand to assist.

If you’re planning to attend FAFSA Completion Night on Monday, November 25th, please RSVP using the link below.

After RSVPing and before attending our FAFSA Completion Night, please also:

  • Locate your 2018 tax returns to bring with you to the event. (Information from the return is required to complete the FAFSA.)
  • Obtain your Financial Student Aid (FSA) IDs (both students and guardians) by visiting the FSA website at the button provided.

CCS Seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend FAFSA Completion Night. Families have found the event to be very helpful in the past.

Questions? Our CHS Counseling Department staff is ready to help. Use the button below to email them.

High School Baseball Workouts

Spring Baseball Workouts at Collegium High School (CHS) have begun!

If you’d like to participate in Baseball Workouts, you must submit a completed/signed Permission Slip to Coach Slusser or the Athletics Department before your first workout. Access the Permission Slip at the button below.

This week’s Spring Baseball Workout will be on Monday, November 18th, from dismissal until 5:00 PM. Parents/guardians can pick up their children at the 535 Middle School Building.

Questions? Email Coach Slusser using the button below.

Collegium Student Spotlight

Episode 3 | Hannah

In our video series, “Collegium Student Spotlight," we feature students selected by their Principals and Teachers from among CCS’s 3,100-plus Kindergarten through 12th Graders. Watch the video below to learn about Hannah's CCS experience, interests, activities, and more!

K-6 Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Days are scheduled for any family who does not like their child’s portrait or whose child has not yet had their portrait taken this school year. Our Picture Retake Day for students in Grades K-6 will be Monday, November 18th.

On Photo Retake Day, students who have already received their photo packages must bring them to school to return.

For students who were absent on Picture Day or have not yet had their picture taken this year, please bring a completed Order Form and payment with you on Picture Retake Day. Order Forms were previously sent home with all students. Please note: Students who are having their photos taken for the first time must bring payment with them on Picture Retake Day.

All questions about picture orders and portraits can be answered directly by Barksdale Customer Service Representatives. Don't hesitate to call them at 1-800-220-7667.

Todas las preguntas relacionadas con el Día de Fotografías, deben ser dirigidas al Departamento de Atención al Cliente de Barksdale School Portraits: 1-800-220-7667.

Join Our CCS Work Family

Would you like to earn extra money, work in a fun environment, and make a difference for students and our school? We currently have a few Instructional Assistant and Food Service Assistant positions available that might fit your interests and availability.

Our Food Service Assistant positions:

  • Offer part-time, daytime hours (shifts are approximately 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
  • Are responsible for breakfast and lunch preparation and service
  • Include helping with clean-up and sanitation of food service areas
  • Involve other tasks that contribute to efficient and tasty Food Service at CCS.

CCS’s Instructional Assistants assist classroom teachers with:

  • Small-group or individual instruction
  • Essential classroom and classroom-related tasks
  • Supervision of students
  • Numerous other tasks that help the classroom run well.

We have both full- and part-time Instructional Assistant positions available. The part-time positions are perfect for students still taking teaching program classes who want to gain experience in the field.

Please use the button below to access CCS’s Employment Page if you or someone you know is interested in pursuing these opportunities! Thank you.

CHS Barnes & Noble Fundraiser Begins This Week

Here's an opportunity to grab some coffee, pick up great reads for you and your children, kick off your holiday shopping, and support the Collegium High School (CHS) Library, all at the same time!

Visit CHS’s semi-annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair between Tuesday, November 19th and Sunday, November 24th at Main Street at Exton. Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of your Book Fair purchases to the CHS Library, where the proceeds will help grow the Library’s collections of non-fiction books, graphic fiction and non-fiction, and high-interest adventure and sports fiction.

Even better, join us for our in-store Book Fair kickoff event at the Exton Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, November 19th. The event will be a fun way to ring in the holiday season for CCS families. Our CHS Chamber Choir (3:45 PM) and Jazz Band (4:30 PM) will also perform live for shoppers at the kickoff.

When you make purchases at Barnes & Noble during our Book Fair, please be sure to tell your cashier that you’re there for Collegium, or show the cashier a Book Fair voucher (available at the button below). That way, the CHS Library will be sure to receive a percentage of your purchases!

For families who prefer to shop online, our Book Fair will be available through Barnes & Noble’s website between Tuesday, November 19th and Friday, November 29th, giving you another five days to shop! Use the button below to access the website. During checkout, be sure to enter the CHS Book Fair Event ID Number—12565354—in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page.

Thank you in advance for your support of our CHS Library. We currently have about 4.5 books per student; the American Library Association recommendation is 10-16 books per student. Your Barnes & Noble Book Fair purchases will go far to grow this vital CCS resource for students in Grades 9-12!

Questions? Please use the “Email CHS Library” button below to email Ms. Vicki Whisler, our CHS Library Media Specialist.

Volunteer To Inspire Students' Future Careers

CCS will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th Grade students on Monday, November 25th between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Forecasters predict that health care career options will continue to grow in 2020 and beyond.

One of the most important aspects of Career Day is when parents/guardians and community members volunteer to talk to our students about their careers. We can share all sorts of information with students about different careers, but hearing first-hand from adults in varied, real-life professions is especially meaningful.

The dream of many student-athletes is to become collegiate, or even professional, athletes.

Volunteers are asked to make three or four 25-minute presentations on Career Day, including a brief Question and Answer session with students after each presentation. “Career Day is a wonderful opportunity to increase our students’ awareness of the many possibilities their futures hold,” commented Mrs. Corinne Hirst, School Counselor in the 500 Building. “In this age of technology and rapid change, we’re especially interested in helping our 6th Grade students learn about entrepreneurial opportunities.”

Our youth will always need qualified teachers to help them reach their career goals.

If you’d like to volunteer at the 500 Building’s Career Day, please use the button below to email Mrs. Hirst.

Nominations Open For Citadel's 2020 Heart Of Learning Award

For 19 years, Citadel has honored and recognized Chester County’s most extraordinary teachers based on nominations from students, parents/guardians, and community members.

If there are CCS Teachers you feel go above and beyond inside and outside of the classroom, please nominate them for this prestigious award! Citadel’s Heart of Learning Award Nomination Form is available at the button below. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Citadel receives and reviews thousands of nominations each year from which 15 finalists, and then three overall Heart of Learning Award winners, are selected. All 15 finalists are honored at Citadel’s annual Heart of Learning Award Banquet and receive cash prizes to use in their classrooms. Citadel presents the three overall winners with its Heart of Learning Award and $1,500 to use in each of their classrooms.

Ms. Sullivan's Kindergarten Class celebrating her 2018-2019 nomination as a Citadel Heart of Learning Award finalist.

Citadel also tracks the total number of nominations received by school and awards cash prizes to the three schools with the most nominations.

Watch the video below, "2019 Citadel #HeartofLearning Award: You Are A Superhero,” to learn about last year's Heart of Learning Award finalists. Our own Caitlin Sullivan is featured several times in the video, along with her students. Ms. Sullivan taught Kindergarten in our 150 Building before becoming a Math Specialist this year.

Kids Kreations Fundraiser Online Ordering Extended

There’s still time to order gifts and keepsakes online from Kids Kreations featuring your Elementary children’s artwork!

Ordering by paper form has ended, but Kids Kreations extended Collegium’s online ordering deadline to Wednesday, November 20th. All orders placed online by then will be ready before Winter Break, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Jump onto Kids Kreations’ website (use the button below) to browse the 50-plus products they offer. Families have given us great feedback about the quality of their children’s art creations from Kids Kreations, as well as the company’s customer service.

If you can use a few more gifts for family and friends, consider merchandise from Kids Kreations that beautifully shows off your children’s artwork.

The Elementary Art Department appreciates your generous support of the fall Kids Kreations Fundraiser. Proceeds raised will be used by the Elementary Art Team’s Teachers for their students and classrooms.

Contact your child’s Elementary Art Teacher with 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):

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.

Collegium's Main Number


Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 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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