Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Oct. 9th - Day 4
- 150 Building: First Grade Field Trip to Linvilla Orchard
- 468/486 Building: First Grade Field Trip to Elmwood Park Zoo
- 5th Grade Spice Market Sale Begins
- Grades 5-8 Book Fair Begins @ 500 Building
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- High School Volleyball vs. Academy of the New Church 4:00pm @ 535 Gym
- 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418
- Middle School Cross Country 4:15pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
Tuesday, Oct. 10th - Day 5
- 150 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 7:30am @ 150 Conference Room, Rm. 825
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
- 150 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
- Middle School Soccer 3:45pm @ Perkiomen School
- 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, Rm. 425
- High School Soccer 4:00pm @ Perkiomen
- Middle School Girls' Volleyball 3:30pm @ 535 Gym
Wednesday, Oct. 11th - Day 6
- 535 Building: PSAT Testing for 9th-11th Grade
- Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day w/ Uniform Bottoms
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- High School Cross Country VS. AIM 3:45pm @ Norristown Farm Park
- Middle School Cross Country 3:45pm @ Kimberton Waldorf School
- 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
- Grades 5-8 Book Fair Family Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building
Thursday, Oct. 12th - Day 1
- Character Counts Dress Down Day - Fairness - Orange Shirt with Uniform Bottoms
- High School Soccer vs. AIM Academy 3:15pm @ USTC
- Middle School Soccer 3:15pm @ United Sports
- High School Volleyball vs. Perkiomen 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
- Middle School Girls' Volleyball 3:45pm @ Penn Christian Academy
- 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228
- 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
- Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
Friday, Oct. 13th - Day 2
- 468/486 Building: Community Helper Day @ Gym, Cafeteria, and Parking Lot
- Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- Yankee Candle Fundraiser Sponsored by MS/HS Music Department Ends
- High School Academic Team Meet 9:30am - 11:30am @ CCIU
- High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ Community Academy of Philadelphia
- High School Cross Country 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
A Message from Beth Jones, Collegium Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Dear Collegium Families,
It’s with very mixed emotions that I’m writing to you to let you know that my final day at Collegium will be Friday, November 3rd. Until that time, I will continue to work closely with Dr. Rath and our administrative team to ensure as little disruption as possible as I close out my work. Under Dr. Rath’s consummate leadership, Collegium has a strong team of principals, teachers, and support staff - I know our families and students will be in good hands.
I’m sure families will be asking, Where is Beth going? and Why is she leaving? I do not know where I’ll land, as I do not yet have post-Collegium plans. As for why I’m leaving ... as we say on Facebook, It’s Complicated. My decision to resign comes after much thought and reflection following a recent action by our Board of Trustees. I have always made every effort to be transparent in my communications with the Collegium Community and provide details to explain situations at Collegium. However, in this communication, I think it’s best for now if we simply stick with It’s Complicated.
Nevertheless, I want families to know that I am firmly committed to Collegium’s mission and the work that Dr. Rath and Collegium’s faculty and staff are undertaking on behalf of our students. Along with Bill Winters and others, I helped found this school in 1999, my two children attended and graduated from Collegium, and I have watched with pride as the school and its reputation have grown and flourished. Thank you to every family who chose Collegium and helped our community reputation grow stronger each year.
Collegium is an extremely special place. Started by parents and community members, families come to us for a variety of reasons. We respond by providing the best possible futures for our students while preparing the students for college. We nurture them, empower them to recognize in themselves uniqueness and talent, provide them with a firm academic foundation, foster respect for diversity and for others, and help to engender responsibility, generosity, optimism, and confidence.
We all want Collegium to continue to thrive and prosper. I am very grateful to all of you for your support of Collegium, and I encourage families to be involved in guiding its future.
All my best,
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 Ms. Marita Barber, CCS Director of Student Services.
In last week’s Education Explained, Dr. Rath introduced us to the concept of growth mindset – the belief that intelligence is malleable and can develop over time. Dr. Rath pointed out that a growth mindset coupled with grit are significant factors for student success.
As parents and educators, student success is a primary focus for us, and we often view student failure as something to be avoided. In fact, teachers employ various strategies to try and spare their students from too much struggle. But what if we are wrong? What if struggle is inherently a part of learning and by removing it, we are interfering with student mastery?
Mathematics researcher, Manu Kapur, has developed the theory of Productive Struggle – the idea that attempting to perform a task and initially failing can improve learning. According to Kapur, productive struggle takes place in two phases: first, students are given a problem or task that they probably can’t solve, and they are encouraged to speculate about possible solutions. Second, after their initial attempts are not successful, students receive instruction that assists them in successfully completing the task or solving the problem.
Kapur’s studies show that students scored better in conceptual knowledge if they were taught in a productive struggle condition verses a conventional manner. Actually giving students opportunities to fail forward resulted in deeper learning. Productive struggle can prepare students for subsequent instruction by making them more aware of their own knowledge gaps and more interested in filling in those gaps.
As co-educators of your children, we encourage our students to engage in productive struggle by creating safe environments for them to be willing to take risks. Productive struggle is not about becoming frustrated; it is about letting children engage in the process of learning and learning to understand their own thought process (metacognition). We also anticipate the struggles that might occur and plan for ways to support them without removing the opportunities to develop deeper understandings.
Finally, praise the process verses the person. Instead of praising our students for their talent or smarts, we should focus our praise on the problem solving strategies they use or the specific work that they do or the persistence (grit) or effort that they put forth. By creating the conditions that allow our students and ourselves to fail forward we can maximize student learning.
To learn more about productive struggle, please access the links to related articles below.
News From Our High School
1. PSAT Testing
The PSATs will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. All students in 10th grade will be testing. Pre-registered 9th and 11th grade students will also be testing.
Please try your best to get a good night’s sleep and be on time for school. Please also remember to bring #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not permitted) and a calculator. Test prep materials have been distributed to students and are also on the College Board website.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wolfe or Ms. Tracey.
2. Financial Aid Night
CCS will host a Financial Aid Night for Juniors, Seniors, and their parents/guardians on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in the 535 Library at 7:00pm.
Michael Burke, from Pennsylvania's Higher Education Assistance Agency, will present helpful information and answer family questions regarding financial aid.
Please RSVP by sending an email message to the address below.
3. High School Homecoming
This year's Homecoming Dance and Spirit Week are shaping up to be a celebration for the ages!
Incorporating two sporting events into Spirit Week, the Cougars' Varsity Volleyball team will battle it out at home in front of a raucous crowd in the 535 William D. Winters gym on October 10th at 4:00pm.
A couple days later, the Varsity Soccer team squares off against AIM Academy at USTC on October 12th at 3:00pm.
These festivities culminate in this year's Homecoming Dance on October 14th from 7:00-10:00pm in our 535 gym. Tickets will be sold for $10.00/each the week before the dance and at the door. Non-CCS guests may attend with a signed permission slip, available where tickets are sold.
All Collegium students and families are welcome to attend our volleyball and soccer matches; however, the Homecoming Dance is only for our current 9th-12th grade students and their guests.
Flu Clinic on Campus
In cooperation with the Chester County Health Dept. our annual campus flu clinic will be Friday, October 27th during the school day. Please note, the flu mist is not available this year. Only the injection will be offered.
If you are interested in having your child receive a flu vaccine, please complete a consent form (below) and return to your child's School Nurse by Friday, October, 20th. Forms received after October 20th will not be processed.
Questions? Email email your child's School Nurse.
Giant A+ Rewards Fundraising Returns
Collegium has the opportunity to participate in and earn cash from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant!
To participate, visit the link below and follow the prompts to create your online account. You’ll need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number and Collegium's ID #23968. You do not need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.
If you don't know your BONUSCARD® number, call 1-888-814-4268, option #1.
Collect points by using your registered BONUSCARD® each time you shop at Giant, and you will earn cash for Collegium. You can track the number of points you are earning by checking your grocery receipt. At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to cash rewards. These cash rewards for Collegium are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.
Collegium will receive one cash awards check at the end of the program and can use this money for any of our educational needs. Please encourage your family members and friends to support our school. This could result in more cash rewards!
Elementary Intramural Programs
Registration is currently open for the Kindergarten Cougar F.I.T. Club program.
Cougar F.I.T. Club is a new program this year. It will incorporate a series of games and activities designed to encourage students to have fun while making new friends. The age appropriate activities will include games and challenges often found in the elementary physical education classroom.
To register, complete and return the appropriate registration form with payment by Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Registration forms are available on Collegium's Intramural webpage. Individuals will also be notified via email of their selection for the program.
Questions? Please email our Intramural Program Coordinator, Mr. Handley.