2018-2019 School Year Calendar
During their Thursday, February 15th Public Meeting, the Collegium Board of Trustees approved our 2018-2019 School Year Calendar. The calendar is accessible below and posted on the Calendars page of our website.
Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Feb. 19th
- School Closed - Presidents' Day
- CCS Presidents' Day Basketball Clinic 10:00am - 12:00pm @ 535 Gym (See Article)
Tuesday, Feb. 20th - Day 3
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 228
Wednesday, Feb. 21st - Day 4
- 500 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 9:00am - 10:00am @ 500 Conference Room
- 150 Building: Junior Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 908
- 468 Building: Little Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 425
- 486 Building: Junior Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 532
- National Honor Society Panera Bread Fundraiser (Exton) 4:00pm - 8:00pm (See Article)
- Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
Thursday, Feb. 22nd - Day 5
- Character Counts Dress Down Day - Caring - Purple Shirt with Uniform Bottoms
Friday, Feb. 23rd - Day 6
- Grades K-6: Spirit Day Sponsored by Elementary Student Council - Decade Day - Dress in Styles From Your Favorite Decade (See Article)
- 515 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 8:30am - 9:30am @ 515 Conference Room
- HS Boys' Basketball District I 2A Playoff Game 7:00pm @ Dock Mennonite Academy High School
Saturday, Feb. 24th
- Varsity Baseball Skating Fundraiser 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Chester County Sports Arena (See Article)
2018 TCISL Basketball Champions
Under the guidance of their Head Coach, Mr. Revnell, and Assistant Coaches, Ms. Brown and Mrs. Loescher, the CCS High School Girls' Varsity Basketball Team won their third straight Tri-County Independent School League Championship (TCISL) Title with a 52-39 victory over Mercy Academy.
Spring Elementary Intramural Programs
Spring Intramural Running Club
This program is for students in Grades 2-4 with a passion for running, as well as for students new to running. Students enrolled in the running intramural program will learn appropriate running techniques. Coaches will motivate students to set goals, accomplish their goals, and then set new ones. In addition, there will be meaningful lessons centered on team building, developing relationships, and making new friends.
Registration and payment are due by the morning of Wednesday, March 7th. Participants will be notified via email. A lottery will be used to select participants, if necessary.
Spring K-1 Club
The Spring K-1 Club Intramural Program is scheduled to begin in March. During the program, we will teach basic skills and play games to practice what is taught. We will emphasize team building and good sportsmanship traits—all while encouraging students to make new friends! To register, please complete and return a building-specific Registration Form.
Registration and payment are due by the morning of Wednesday, February 28th. Participants will be notified via email. A lottery will be used to select participants, if necessary.
Questions About Intramurals?
Email Mr. Handley, Intramural Program Coordinator.
CCS Participates in Chester County Spelling Bee
On Friday, February 9th, 6th Grader, Andrew Fedor, Collegium's Spelling Bee Champion, participated in the Chester County Spelling Bee at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Downingtown. Andrew was among 48 worthy contestants representing many of Chester County’s Middle and Elementary schools.
After 15 rounds and nearly three hours of fierce competition, Andrew finished in 9th place! He correctly spelled challenging words like loiter, spoor, paddock, prattle, folksiness, sombrero, enchilada, protocol, bezoar, waterzooi, foamy, alloy, forethought, and pathetic.
Congratulations, Andrew, on your impressive performance at the 2018 Chester County Spelling Bee! Collegium is thrilled with your determination throughout the competition!
To see all of the 2018 Chester County Spelling Bee action, enjoy the video below (courtesy of the CCIU).
Special Edition 500 Building ROAR T-Shirt Sale
From Monday, February 19th until Wednesday, February 28th, 500 Building students, families, and employees are encouraged to show their support for our student-created Special Edition ROAR T-shirt by purchasing one or more shirts, or by donating to the 500 Building’s ROAR Fund!
The artist who created the front of the shirt, a CCS 6th Grader, used a yin-yang symbol inspired by the forces that make CCS a great place to learn. She recognized that both failure and success must exist for growth to occur. The yin and yang symbols celebrate the need for balance in our lives. The artist also incorporated CCS’s cougar mascot in her design, applying paw prints and claw marks to illustrate that our school is tough, and that we stick together.
Elementary Student Council Spirit Day
Decade Day - Friday, February 23rd
On Friday, February 23rd, the Elementary Student Council is hosting Decade Day! Students may dress up in styles from their favorite decade. No props are allowed. This is a Spirit Day, which means it is a free Dress Down Day.
If you have questions, please email the Elementary Student Council Chair in your child's building.
CCST Presents Hairspray!—Tickets Now Available!
Tickets for Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) 2018 spring musical—Hairspray!—are on sale now!
Performances will take place in Collegium’s 515 Auditorium between Thursday, March 15th and Saturday, March 17th. Tickets are $12.00 each.
We encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time, since this incredibly popular show will likely sell out. Visit the website below to purchase your tickets.
Please note that this show is rated "PG" by Music Theatre International. While it is generally a family-friendly show, it does include language and topics relating to race, relationships, and body image.
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 Sarah Rothermel, 500 Building Assistant Principal.
What an amazing time it is to be an educator! Never have there been so many tools, technologies, and research data available for us to use to engage students in learning! One of the most exciting trends in education is the ability teachers now have to individualize instruction via online simulations, virtual labs, and field trips to faraway locations that help bring life to content in the classroom. By using Blended Learning tools, teachers can engage their students in rich learning experiences to broaden understanding of their courses.
Blended Learning is instruction where students receive guidance from their teachers, coupled with instruction and learning experiences available through online modules, virtual labs, or research activities. For instance, teachers can assign an open-ended topic, and students can pace their own learning with guided, online resources to complete their assignments. By taking charge of their own learning in this way, students can better understand themselves as learners, and will take great pride in the learning process and finished project.
Here’s an example of how Mr. Scribner, a Collegium Middle School Technology Teacher, applies Blended Learning in his classroom: As part of a larger unit on Internet Safety and Security, Mr. Scribner's students are accessing an online learning site, LifeJourney, to independently review the skills and abilities needed for careers with the National Security Agency (NSA). The online content is from the NSA Day of Cyber, a "career exploration" sponsored by the NSA. At the end of the unit, and with the help of technology as a learning tool, students will be able to complete the learning objectives outlined in the online curriculum, and also identify and discuss topics related to cybersecurity, electronic and systems security, signals interception, and cryptology. Access the link below to learn more about the NSA Day of Cyber.
Mrs. Kahl, our 5th/6th Grade Technology Teacher, is using Google Expedition with 5th Graders to go back in time to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She incorporated Google Earth in the unit, as well, so students could actually see land formations the explorers encountered and follow their route from Collegium and the Missouri River to the reconstructed Fort Mandan in North Dakota. The technology aspects of this unit allowed students to immerse themselves in the experience and feel like they were actually standing in Fort Mandan and visiting surrounding buildings. Learn more about Google Expeditions by viewing the video below.
Are you as excited about Blended Learning as we are? Check out the website below to learn more about Blended Learning in the classroom and how to enrich learning experiences at home.
Elementary Placement Requests for 2018-2019
Elementary student parents who have requests regarding their child’s placement for the 2018-2019 school year should send an email to the Administrative Assistant to the Principal in their child's current building.
The email should share your child's strengths and weaknesses, along with an idea of the teaching style and learning environment that work best for your child.
This is also the time to let Collegium know things like whether you would like siblings to be in the same building, or that it would be convenient for all children on your block to be in one building since they carpool together. Parent emails or letters must be received by Friday, March 30th.
Requests for specific teachers will not be honored, and requests received after Friday, March 30th will not be considered.
Camp Collegium 2018 Online Registration
To register children for our Camp Collegium 2018 program, please complete the following steps:
1. Access and submit our online Camp Collegium 2018 Registration Form.
2. Submit applicable 2018 Camp Collegium fees in full (including the $60.00 non-refundable registration fee) to the attention of Ms. Horsey, 435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA, 19341.
3. Fees must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the camper's first and last names indicated on the front. Fees MUST be paid in full by Friday, May 25th.
4. Registration fees must be received within 14 days after submission of a completed Registration Form. Failure to submit your registration fee within 14 days forfeits your camper’s spot in the program. Exceptions will not be considered.
5. Registered campers will receive camp confirmation via email within 5-7 business days after their families submit their registration fees.
Learn more about Camp Collegium 2018 by accessing the Summer Camps page of our website.
Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.
Box Tops Classroom Contest
The HSA is proud to announce the winners of our Box Tops Classroom Contest. Congratulations to the following classes:
- 500 Building: Mr. Nemic (6th)
- 150 Building: Ms. Sayler (4th)
- 468/486 Building: Ms. Capolarello (2nd)
Teachers: We will contact you soon to plan your reward! Students and families: The spring contest will be in April, so keep collecting those Box Tops!
Share Your Ideas With The HSA!
The HSA is always looking for new ideas and for volunteers to help make them happen! We invite you to share your suggestions with us now via email. You can also complete our HSA Interest Form and/or attend our monthly HSA meetings.
HSA Meetings are where families and employees suggest HSA activity ideas, learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, and find out how they can get involved. Our HSA General Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month for the rest of the school year.
The next General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. To attend, enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance (shown in photo) furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.
Please arrive before 4:30pm, as building access will not be provided after 4:45pm. Thank you!
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