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Collegium Newsletter March 18, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Mar. 18th - Day 2

  • 535 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • 150 Building: K-1st Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | Room 826 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 468/486 Building: K-1st Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | 486 Cafeteria 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Tue., Mar. 19th - Day 3

  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Tavern Student Filming Project | 600 Hallway and Bathrooms, Library 3:00pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | Room 826 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 468/486 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | 486 Cafeteria 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 3) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed., Mar. 20th - Day 4

  • 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 9:00am - 10:00am
  • 150 Building: K-1st Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | Room 826 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club (3rd Session) | 486 Building Art Room (#515) 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 468/486 Building: K-1st Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | 468 Gym 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • CCS Science/STEM Fair Committee Meeting | Conference Room 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
  • 468/486 Building: Heritage Celebration | 486 Cafeteria 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thu., Mar. 21st - Day 5

  • Grades 9-12: Red Cross Blood Drive (Organized by National Honor Society) | Gym 6:00am - 6:00pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • CougarTek Team/Club Meeting | Room 352 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Building
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 902 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • 150 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | Room 826 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • 468/486 Building: 2nd-4th Grade Cougar Olympic Games Intramural Program | 486 Cafeteria 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices
  • National Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony | Library 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting | Conference Room 7:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices

Fri., Mar. 22nd - Day 6

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Professional Development for Faculty/Staff - PM)
  • 150 Building: Career Day (See Event Description for Dress Code)
  • 468/486 Building: Career Awareness Day-Students Dress As Occupation Of Choice
  • Grade 8: Payment Deadline for Washington, D.C. Field Trip @ 515 Building
  • 150 Building: Career Day 2019 8:30am - 11:00am
  • 535 Building: Public Speaking Contest | Gym 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Tavern Student Filming Project | 600 Hallway and Bathrooms, Library 3:00pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 3-6: Pajama Party Read-a-Thon (Participation Fee Event; Sponsored by the National Elementary Honor Society) | Gym 6:30pm - 9:15pm @ 500 Building
  • National Elementary Honor Society Pajama Party Read-a-Thon 9:15pm through Sat., Mar. 23rd at 8:30am @ 500 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Music Movie Night Sponsored by Tri-M (Bohemian Rhapsody, PG-13) | Library 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Building

Sat., Mar. 23rd

  • National Elementary Honor Society Pajama Party Read-a-Thon 12:00am - 8:30am Gym @ 500 Building

4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic

Save the date! On Saturday, June 1st, our 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic will take place right here on the CCS campus. Activities include a competitive 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash.

Proceeds from this terrific event go directly back to our students through the purchase of Chromebooks, iPads, ROAR and PRIDE incentives, and more.

Photos from our 2018 5K Cougar Classic.

Registration is open now! Visit the 5K Cougar Classic website (accessible at the button below) to find out more about the event, to register, or to learn how to become a sponsor.

Questions? Email our event organizers using the link below.

500 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T2 Honor Roll!

500 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

6th Grade: Ricardo Albarran-Rodriguez, Rylan Alderman, Colin Alexander, Maya Alvarez-Beltran, Logan Ammon, John Anderson, Sergio Argueta-Arriaza, Marek Bako, Madison Baldwin, Ashleigh Batdorf, Jordan Bean, Cameron Bershas, Ian Bershas, Nicole Bierlmaier, Logan Binkley, Jacob Bromley, Ethan Burr, Shane Burr, Sophia Butler, Dylan Butts, Alex Cadme, Justin Carpio, Joselyn Castillo Marcial, Jazmin Cedillo Miranda, Carol Cegarra Baptista, Aaron Colella, Jacob Comarato, Theresa Conroy, Claire Corby, Ashley Coria-Flores, Ana Cortez-Ramirez, Michael Costa, Maurice Craft, Nevaeh Dais, Judith De Jesus Marcial, Ava Deer, Norah DeTurck, Sophia DiMaggio, Erin Dolan, Isabella Dolph, Anya Drew, Desiree Dubroski, Joaquin Fernandes, Melisa Finafrock, Michael Ford, Elliot Fraser, Colin Gallagher, Sofia Garzon, Bennett Geibel, Jayson Green, Cristina Guillen, Omar Helali, Josue Hernandez, Jeremiah Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Adarsh Kabekkodu, Hayden Katzor, Shane Keeler, Emma Keen, Noah Keen, Molly Krumaker, Vrishti Kulkarni, Ridhi Kumar, Juliana Lane, Kate Laughlin, Alexa Leslie-Robinette, Stephanie Loaeza, Hunter Mack, Terron Mack, Gabriella Madonna, Dominic Malara, Gage Mann, Joshua Marnien, Xavier McClanahan, Isabella McGinness, Sakshi Mehta, Kaila Mejias, Madison Mendenhall, Pooja Menon, Feliciana Midiri, Bennett Miller, Dylan Montijo, Nadia Moore, Eric Morrison, Taylor Mosley, Ashley Mugo, Alice Newlin, Sisira Noolu, Walker O'Brien, Samantha Ocran, Samara Ocran, Robert Perna III, Logan Peters, Re'Shaun Reed, Mikayla Reeder, Stephanie Reyes Gomez, Boden Riehl, Michael Riehl, Julius Rigo, Diego Rodriguez, Amari Ross, Leander Rottman, Hamza Rovi, Sara Rowlinson, Fiona Rupp, Delanee Russum, Elsa Sagers, Jacqueline Sanchez Castaneda, Osvaldo Sanchez Valdez, Taylor Scott, Keira Seegmueller, Alexander Shank, Hamnah Siddiqui, Lawrence Smith Jr., Isaac Smith, Rachael Smith, Eric Soderland, Velmiana Soto-Vega, Annika Swanson, Sophia Swint, Schalk Van Niekerk, Kaelyn Vega, Julia Wagaman, Marissa Walker, Maya Weeks, Lanorde Wheeler III, Aneyah Williams, Isaiah Williams, Laila Works, Addison Wright, Naomi Wright, and William Wynne.

5th Grade: Danica Aaronson, Jahliyah Allen, Ryanne Allen, Amryl Anderson, Sierra Anstey, Meredith Baccile, Althea Balmonte, Prerna Barve, Gabrielle Bookard, Noah Boone, Zoey Borys, Charles Brubach, Matilda Bruton, Allison Burke, Deanna Carbajal-Avila, Leah Cheek, Lily Copeland, Hailey Crane, Charlotte Dawson, Avery Dunn, Isabella Eveland, Miles Fields, Brogan Fleitz, Faith Garrett, Marin Gaspari, Miyako Glemser, Brody Golder-Marinari, Gavin Gonzalez, Moriah Green, Landon Gustafson, Leeloo Hart, Camille Holman, Carson Holmes, Gregory Humphreys, Warrin John, Joshua Jones-Pinilla, Rishan Joseph, Ryleigh Kerrigan, Morgan King, Connor Knecht, Alexander Kouras, Krishna Koyyalamudi, Aydia MacGuire, Jad Madanat, Brynna Marshall, Max Martini, Courtney Melcher, Harrison Mendenhall, Adonis Miller, Matthew Mitroka, Mikayla Morris, Samantha Moses, Aiden Moua, McKenna Mullen, Samantha Mungai, Adrian Naranjo, Isabella Nast, Malin Neff, Isabelle Newman, Avery Noel, Rowen O'Brien, Patrick O'Hara II, Katelyn O'Hara, Madelyn Okolowicz, McKenna Ott, Starlie Ouellette, Casey Pasbjerg-Albright, Emma Pearson, Anastasia Podolak, Madeleine Porreca, Bellini Prabha Shankar, Caleb Pryor, Viraaj Randhawa, Hailey Regener, Aurora Renner, Aidan Rieder, Casey Rodriguez, Mehul Rojy, Isabella Sanchez, Dylan Scarani, Makayla Schuibbeo, Rosalinda Segarra, Francisco Serrano, Abiha Shahid, George Simeone, Zain Smith, Aidan Soler, Presley Solt, Diego Soto, Carly Staso, Drake Szymborski, Carrington Taylor, Jason Thankachan, Jahsirra Thomas, Giselle Torres, Akayla Towles, Carli van Baal, Alexandra Van Remoortel, Kathryn Vilchock, Ryan Wagner, Simeon Wah, Joshua Young, and Ashley Zavaleta.

500 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

6th Grade: Lindsay Anota-Morales, Tyler Baxter, Daniel Benner, Janelle Bondurant-Gardner, Jordan Boyd, Nahsier Buchanan, Annalise Caban, Nasiir Campbell, Gabriel Costanzo, Abigail Dorley, Dominic Flores, Shane Fossett, Nijah Frazier, Martin Fuentes, Kamryn Jones, Laila Jones, Abu Koita, Krish Kumar, Nicholas LaMontagne, Karla Lopez, Jada Lucas, Dylan Lynch, Emanuel Martinez, Declan McDermott, Justin Miller, Meikaylah Molyneaux, Aaron Norris, Skyia Norris, James Parmiter, Lynn Rodriguez, Anais Rosas-Calvario, Samantha Solitario, and Lincy Yob.

5th Grade: Victoria Agatone, Breanna Arbuckle, Marina Astudillo-Fuentes, Alyssa Aughey, Jonathan Baglin, Leah Benner, Connor Bergman, Nayda Bookman, Brian Carter, Alicia Clark, Sophia Compton, Gabriel Ercolino, Caleb Fedon, James Francis, Rachel Ghita, Hannah Hong, Lucas Hursh, Declan Jamison, Savannah Johnson, Justin Jones, Kiersten Keyes, Sophia Leydet, Annalise Lizardi-Albino, Keegan Locke, Gianni Lucianetti, Matthew Marchiondo, Gael Martinez-Samaniego, Quinton McAleer, Mason Norris, Hadiyah O'Garro, Michael Oxford Jr., Mohib-ur Rehman, Aras Reid, Gabriella Rodriguez-Portugues, Madelyn Schuibbeo, Ava Smith, Mathias Tocto, Nasira Towles, Christos Trifonas, Ashton Ulmer, Michael Van Remoortel, Estefani Velazquez, Kimori Warren, Alan Xu, and Jackson Young.

Background Image Caption: 500 Building Assistant Principal Mrs. Rothermel sharing, "We're so proud of your hard work!"

486 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T2 Honor Roll!

486 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Mahad Ahmed, Ali Asghar, Javier Barnett, Matthew Blakely, Kyle Bonanni, Nina Carver, Sebastian Chin, Charles Copeland, Elizabeth Daniels, Maya Davis, Saya Enea, Isla Faragasso, Nicandro Flores-Garcia, Yasmine Fritzinger, Ellen Green, Colton Harris, Sophia Harris, Trenton Holmes, Allisson Idrovo Guzman, Gianna Jackson, Michael Johnson Jr., Camryn Johnson, Seth Joseph, Sophia Keeler, Avery Kenworthy, Emma Kenworthy, Mina Krieger, Salena Le, Maria Leon Daza, Madison Lyons, Emma Magee, Nathan Marnien, Charlotte McBride-King, Tyler McCormick, Finley Melvin, Kyle Nangle, Grace Ottinger, Cyrus Patel, Vincent Paterno, Walker Potter, Heidi Potts, Hannah Quinn, Brent Randall, Austin Reichert, Emma Reingardt, Lennon Rissi, Liam Rupp, Simran Sachdeva, Sophia Stoy, Emma Swope, Laura Tarau, Jonathan Thomas, Julia Trexler, Emily Wachter, Sydney Yack, and Daniel Zugarek Jr.

3rd Grade: Haley Baldwin, Michael Benson III, Aarav Bhayani, Adam Borni, Elijah Brown, Silvia Butler, Nicholas Christino, Hunter Christman, Harvey Clauss, Ryan Cook, Sydney Cotter, Cianna Cotto, Lincoln Cottrell, Shaun Crooks, Nicholas DiCampli, John DiPietrantonio, Julia Enea, Cristian Galan-Galan, Jaden Gesmundo, Jason Giacinto, Matthew Glemser, Barbara Goldman, Madelynn Green, Isla Hagan, Natalie Hall, Taylor Hall, Lucas Hernandez, Ethan Hertzog, Austin Hoffman, DaQuan Hovington, Simone Kinkade, Rohan Kudrimoti, Carnell Legree, Rickey Lewis Jr., Jawad Madanat, Imran Malik, Arya Manchala, Eduardo Mancilla, Dominic Marinelli, Isabella Martin, Madison Molyneaux, Bryce Navarrete, Michala Nero-Taphorn, Ciara Ortiz, Nathan Ostrowski, Bryce Parmiter, Victoria Pascarella, Sophia Pittman, Gavin Pray, Alina Rainey, Arjun Reddy, Jazlyn Reid Moore, Ulices Rodriguez-Simon, Kylee Rutherford, Cristina Sanchez Escobar, Aiden Shields, Eva Soto, James Stevens III, Molly Taylor, Rylin Tilling, John Tompkins, Brenton Turner, Nicolas Ulloa-Alvarez, Mikaela Vabre, Rachel Vaye, Jian Wilkey, Lilah Williams, Jordan Wood, Nikhil Yalamanchili, and Alyssa Zenz.

486 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Caleb Alexander, Roman Alexander-Walker, Henry Anderson, Arely Ayala-Vences, Sinneh Bangura, Trevor Cantlin, Ryan Carotenuto, Jose Castillo-Marcial, Gianna Cella, Ja'lyncia Christman, Iman Faisal, Julia Fuller, Joseph Funk, Tessa Gharadaghian, Keira Goins, Triniti Jones-Young, Ridley Katzor, Michael Leslie III, Aiden Minker, Jocelyn Mullin, Makayla Peterson, Avalyn Rakoff, Nathan Richards, Marina Sagers, Sara Shade, and Benjamin Washington.

3rd Grade: Lillianna Astudillo-Tinoco, Serenity Boggs, Ryan Bonanni, Barbara Ann Brady, Melanie Bryson, Najiyah Burrage, Townes DePersia, Anasasia Duopu, Logan Fedon, Lianna Gutierrez, Kaitlyn Haley, Jamel Jallah, Eric Kauffman, Evan Macey, Kenady McDermott, Apollo Miller, Morgan Murray, Summer Parker, Sarah Pulgarin, Alana Sanchez, Marco Soliven, and Aiden Zurbano.

Background Image Caption: 468/486 Building Assistant Principal Ms. Goggins sharing, "I'm so proud of your hard work!!"

150 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving T2 Honor Roll!

150 Building High Honors

GPA 90% or above, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Mehdi Abdallah, Charles Adair, Daniel Akeju, David Alvarez Flores, Morgan Anderson, Allison Arpa, Mohammad Ather, Miguel Barragan Calle, Collin Baum, Carter Bean, Aidan Been, Sage Bennett, Brinae Bowman, Sela Butts, Charles Calle, Leon Chakraborty, Ethan Clark, Grace Clark, Kevin Cleveland Jr., Kayla Cochran, Derek Comarato, Nicholas Conroy, Jada Conway, Chase Cordova, Jaden Craft, Aubrey Cummins, Nasir Curtis, Jessica DeLeon, Liam DiRocco, A'Neisah Douglas, Jassir El-Issaoui, Alexis Erskine, Marely Estrada, Ryan Fareno, Harper Fraser, Olivia Frost, Alejandro Fuentes, Imani Gibson, Anna Gilles-Convery, Maya Griffin, Greyson Griffith, Olivia Harris, Danica Horwath, Amalia Johnson, Aidan Kearney, Leah Kopitsky, Aryan Kumar, Christian Kurzeja, Jayson Lara, Julian Leithead, Payton Lewis, Zane Mack, Ailen Maldonado-Urbina, Abigail Mars, Miah Martin, Angel Martinez-Santos, Ann Mathew, Zachary Mathew, Zane McCafferty, Alani McCoy, Brian McFadden Jr., Olivia McGovern, Braydon Milito, Milanni Miller, Emma Mitchell, Nathan Mork, Brookelyn Morrow, Giovanni Muniz, Jasmin Murungi, Major Narula, Nevaeh Nedab, Liam Nicol, Marcus Owens, Thomas Papola, Aprilia Phillips, Bailey Phillips, Pehtan Pulliam, Joshua Quintero, Serena Richardson, Christopher Rigo, Amiah Ross, Addison Sahagian, Sarah Scharf, Katherine Schroeder, Sophia Sims, Natasha Stokes, Tayla Sullivan, Isaiah Thompson, Alexa Toth, Austin Verlinghieri, Niyanna Warren, Zi'Yona Williams, Olivia Woolfolk, Baruni Yadamreddy, and Arianna Zomorrodian.

3rd Grade: Oluwasemilogo Akinsola-Aladesanmi, Cameron Alexander, Mia Alvarez, Melinda Amberson, Danni Anderson, Nandini Arya, Ashton Bartholomew, Alexander Beard, Cole Bonnes, Greyson Bosly, Paige Cannon, Katelyn Collins, Daisy Cooper, Silvia Costanzo, Rowena DeTurck, Levi Earnest, Lauren Fields, Madison Handley, Miles Hardy, Logan Harris, Dresden Hart, Xavier Hawes, Mackenzye Holmes, Elliott Houser, Noah Michael Huyard, Jennifer Inga, Edmund John III, Yanni Kouras, Katherine Krastev, Natalia Lara-Marcial, Aubrey Loescher, Mackenzie Long, Anthony Lu, Madelyn Martinez-Samaniego, Nathaniel Mathew, Hazel McKeon, Taylor Meyhoefer, Brandon Moses, Tiffany Mugo, Dyuman Muvvala, Moriah Nast, Alexander Oberholtzer, James Pierce, Madison Plummer, Abigail Regener, Anna-Maelynn Robinson, Arden Robinson, Ellis Robinson, Josie Schreiber, Isabella Short, Rylan Simerly, Mason Sledd, Layleeana Soto, Julianne Thankachan, Landon Thompson, McKenzie Vail, Trey Walls, and Logan Yearsley.

150 Building Honors

GPA 80% through 89%, with no class below 80%.

4th Grade: Christopher Broderick Jr., Zayne Byerly, Trevor Conrad, Kole Culbertson, Maria De La Cruz, Angelina Deck, Aleena Diller, Cadence Engler, Connor Fanelli, Yoselin Garcia-Galan, Jonathan Gutierrez, Travis Himes, Jermaine Jones, Sloane Kulp, Brian Martinez, Anthony Miller Jr., Kaitlyn Mulvaney, Zariyah Robinson, Sumaya Rovi, Zachary Steinfeldt, Clarence Stewart, Brisa Urbina-Gomez.

3rd Grade: Ayanna Anwar, Samuel Asiema, Holden Barrett, Breella Batdorf, Colton Broderick, Riley Carpenter, Arianna Chavez, Caleb Estrella, Vivienne Glomb, Isabella Hudecheck, Ethan Kryworuka, Mason Lane, Emmy Makriniotis, Brandon Massey, Madison Mills, Hannah Nova-Guerra, Elijah Patterson, Luca Picciocchi, Vanessa Scott, Natalia Shaut, Raychelle Smith, Alejandra Soto Lizasuain, Neo Urey, Kayden Wallace, Nathan White, Pharrell Whitfield, Da'Karee Wilson, and Jordan Wright.

Background Image Caption: 150 Building Assistant Principal Mr. Thorpe sharing, "Congratulations!! You are truly 'on-a-roll'! Keep up the great work!"

Black Student Union at CCS

The Black Student Union (BSU) is an organization that gives African American students a voice in their schools, where other students, faculty, and staff are sometimes unaware of what it’s like to be a minority.

Many people think that you must be of African American descent to become a member of the BSU, but that’s not true. The organization welcomes people of all backgrounds. As a marginalized group of people, it’s important to obtain allies from other races and cultures to spread awareness of what it’s like to be a person of color in America.

Students participating in a BSU discussion.

A member of the BSU, Manny H., explained, “BSU is a place where kids can go to feel represented and comfortable but most importantly, heard. Often, students feel outnumbered and underrepresented. In a time of separation and disunity, the BSU also serves as an opportunity to form a community within the school and bring everyone closer together. It allows people to share perspectives on issues that typically don’t get enough attention.”

Collegium’s BSU President, Brooklyn G., expressed, “I think BSU represents the future of Collegium. It gives students a chance to respectfully debate controversial issues happening in the world. BSU embraces students and gives them a sense of being and self-worth. We aren’t just promoting the celebration of Black History and culture, but also the inclusivity that the world so desperately needs.”

Members of the BSU and one of their advisors, Mr. Fowlkes, volunteering at the Coatesville Library in preparation for Women's History Month.

BSU meets weekly in our High School. Members discuss topics ranging from hair in the Black Community and how people of color can persevere and flourish, to more hot-button issues like racism and colorism—all within a safe, moderated, and respectful environment. The BSU also organizes school events, like last month’s Black History Month Assembly, and participate in community service on weekends. They recently volunteered at the Coatesville Library where they helped librarians prepare for Women’s History Month by locating books with female leads. BSU members plan to do community service in many of their home school districts, as well as organize school events that include all members of the Collegium Community.

If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Black Student Union at CCS, please contact the BSU’s advisors, Mr. Steve Norris, Mr. Dan Fowlkes, or Ms. Sierra Horsey.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Part-Time Openings At Collegium

Part-Time School Safety Officer

Our Part-Time School Safety Officers work during the evening and/or weekends. Additional school-day hours may be available. To apply, please use the link to TalentEd on our website's Employment Page (accessible via the button below).

Part-Time Attendance Clerk

CCS's Part-time Attendance Clerks work from 8:00am to 12:00pm Monday through Friday when school is open. The position's duties include maintaining accurate, detailed records pertaining to student attendance. Please use the link on our Employment Page (accessible at the button below) to apply.

Part-Time Custodian

Our Part-Time Custodian works evening and/or weekend hours performing custodial duties during campus events and activities. Additional school-day hours may be available. Interested? Apply using TalentEd, accessible via a link on our Employment Page at the button below.

NHS Blood Drive Donations Needed

CCS's National Honor Society's (NHS) Spring Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, March 21st between 7:00am and 5:00pm in the 535 Building's Gym. Sign up online at the link below to reserve your donation time. Walk-ins are also welcome at the drive.

When you click on the American Red Cross website link below, scroll down the sidebar on the left. Use the "Load More Results" option at the bottom to see events for Thursday, March 21, 2019. Click on "Collegium Charter School," and select your donation time.

Important: Donors should be sure to be well-hydrated before donating blood. Snacks and a rest area will be available for donors after donating. Thank you for your support of this important event. Your donations are greatly appreciated and make a big difference!

Questions? Email Mrs. Haines.

Upcoming High School Pops Concert

On Wednesday, March 27th, our High School Music Ensembles will present an evening of fun and familiar music. This fundraiser concert will feature our High School Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, and Orchestra students as they perform a variety of music, including songs made famous by Elvis Presley, Elton John, Lady Gaga, and more! The program will also feature music from movies and shows like The Greatest Showman and Wicked.

"My favorite song in the Pops Concert is 'This is Me' from 'The Greatest Showman'. It's a song that people from all walks of life can sing and find themselves in and that's amazing because it's rare!" -Aliyah G., 11th Grade
Mr. Motter working with his Band students during a recent rehearsal.

The High School Pops Concert will begin at 7:00pm in the 500 Building Gym. Tickets cost $10.00 and can be purchased online ahead of time or at the door the night of the event. Tickets at the door can be paid in cash, or by check made payable to "CCS."

"I'm looking forward to performing 'Seven Nation Army' by 'The White Stripes' because the piece is fun to play and has a lot of energy to it!" -Maddie K., 11th Grade
High School Orchestra and Ms. Stell working together during their rehearsal of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love."

After the concert, sweet treats will be available from Rita's Fundraising Truck in the 500 Building's parking lot. Rita's sales will be by cash, only. Rita's will donate a portion of the Fundraising Truck's sales to the Department! All proceeds from the High School Pops Concert itself will benefit our High School Music Department.

"The High School Music Department is always astounded by the strong support of the Collegium Community. I'm looking forward to our Pops Concert, and I'm also looking forward to seeing so many familiar faces during this fun and informal event." -Ms. Stell, K-12 Music Department Head

Questions? Email Ms. Stell.

Background Image Caption: Students in Mrs. Gabel's High School Concert Choir practicing one of their pieces.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Madison Stanton

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you can greet them by name and strike up conversations! Watch this video to learn more about Madison Stanton, 150 Building Art Teacher.

Education Explained: Student Agency

Each week, CCS employees highlight common terms and philosophies in education and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Trista Mullin, a CCS 5th Grade Teacher.

Our children’s learning is being fast-tracked in many ways by our changing world and advancing technologies. Today, a continuous stream of information and opportunities comes to children's computers and devices. The children begin to learn early how to navigate it and, as they mature, will question the information, determine how it applies to them and whether or not they’re interested, make judgments and decisions about it, and even demand more from it.

Given this independent learning dynamic, why wouldn’t we encourage students to increasingly take charge of their classroom learning, as well? This is the idea behind “student agency,” where students accomplish learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to them, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated (with teacher guidance). Student agency gives students a voice and more choices about how they learn at school.

Students who have more control over their classroom learning:

  1. Are better able to develop a “growth mindset,” where they become aware that ability begins with brains and talent, but dedication and hard work are required for it to progress. This perspective cultivates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
  2. Become more invested in their work, the process, and the results. Students with agency over their work will more freely talk to their teachers about how they’re doing, what areas they found hard or easy, and how they can check what level they should work on next. This understanding can impact how they’ll persist in overcoming learning challenges.
  3. Develop a love of learning an a resilience essential for great accomplishment. Student agency, along with support and guidance from teachers, provides an environment for students to become competent, confident, and creativity.
  4. Become less fearful of learning risks and challenges. By working with their teachers to learn how to manage mistakes and failures, students become more flexible and less fearful when working on new challenges. This cultivates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

At CCS, we introduce this culture from the start of school and reinforce it through the students’ learning experiences throughout the year. It’s pretty incredible for us, as educators, to watch how giving students more agency over their work helps them become more engaged in the entire learning process!

Final Payment Due For 8th Grade Field Trip

The final payment deadline for the 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C. in May has been extended to Friday, March 22nd. Please send your payment of $65.00 (cash or check) to the 515 Building in a clearly marked envelope, with your student's first and last names written on the front. Questions? Email Mrs. Wallace.

Spring PSSA Testing

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for Grades 3-8 begins Wednesday, April 24th and will follow the schedule outlined below. It is important that students are well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time for their assessments.

English/Language Arts

Wed., April 24th to Fri., April 26th

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am

Math

Mon., April 29th to Tues., April 30th for Grades 3, 4, 7, and 8

Tues., April 30th to Wed., May 1st for Grades 5 and 6

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am

Science

Wed., May 1st and Thurs., May 2nd

  • Grade 4: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grade 8: 7:48am-10:47am

Please take a moment to also review the PSSA parent/guardian information linked below outlining frequently asked questions, the policy related to electronic devices, the policy concerning calculator use on the assessment, and the PSSA Student Code of Conduct.

Email Mrs. Jenni Burton with questions about 3rd and 4th Graders taking the PSSAs.

Email Mrs. Amber Ammon with questions about 5th-8th Graders taking the PSSAs.

Elementary Student Placement Requests For 2019-2020 School Year

Elementary students whose parents/guardians have requests regarding their child’s 2019-2020 school year placement should send an email to the Administrative Assistant to the Principal in their child's current building by Friday, March 29th.

The email should share your child's strengths and areas for improvement, along with ideas about the teaching styles and learning environments 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. Requests for specific teachers will not be honored, and requests received after Friday, March 29th will not be considered.

Questions? Please use the appropriate link below.

CCS HSA Events & Updates

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, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.

Discounted Hershey Park Tickets Now On Sale

Discounted Hershey Park tickets are available now through CCS’s Home & School Association (HSA)!

This popular sale is both an HSA fundraiser and also really benefits our community. Hershey Park tickets that normally cost $69.80 can be purchased through the HSA for just $35.00 each. The tickets are valid all season.

To buy your discounted Hershey Park tickets, fill out our Order Form, which also includes ticket options and payment details. Order Forms and payments must be received by Friday, March 22nd.

For questions or additional information, email us directly.

Box Tops For Education Contest

Our Spring Box Tops Contest is going on now! Keep sending those Box Tops to school with your children. They love participating in the contest to see which class collects the most. The last day for Box Top collection is Monday, March 18th.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th, is a great opportunity for CCS families to come together in a show of support for our school’s hardworking teachers and staff. The HSA organizes the week’s activities and will reach out soon for volunteers and donation sign-ups.

School Store Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to open the School Stores in our 150, 468, 486, and 500 Buildings before school and during lunch. The School Stores are a real treat for CCS’s students, and volunteering is very rewarding! Please sign up for a few hours (or more!) using the SignUpGenius link below. We appreciate your support! Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.

Volunteering for the Uniform Resale Shop

Volunteers are needed to spend some time each week organizing our Uniform Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is a great fundraiser for CCS and is also a valuable resource for our families. Volunteers help keep donations organized and available for sale. Please use the SignUpGenius link below to donate time to the Resale Shop! Thank you.

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 use to provide information quickly and directly to them.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity 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, we ask that you also contact your Building Principal(s):

Important Collegium Telephone Numbers

Collegium's Main Number

610-903-1300

Building 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: Ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: Ext. 6602

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and to deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.

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