CCS Family Calendar
Mon., Oct. 22nd - Day 2
- Girls Varsity Volleyball Semifinals vs. Academy of the New Church 4:00pm @ Academy of the New Church
- Grades 7-8: Fall Spirit Week Begins - Pajama Day (Ends Friday, October 26th) @ 515 Building
Tue., Oct. 23rd - Day 3
- 150 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip @ Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
- Grades 7-8: Fall Spirit Week - Vine/Meme Day @ 515 Building
- 535 Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ 535 Building
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- Boys Middle School Cross Country PAC Tournament/Invitational 3:15pm - 5:15pm @ Pottsgrove High School
- Girls Middle School Cross Country PAC Tournament/Invitational 3:15pm - 5:15pm @ Pottsgrove High School
- Boys Varsity Soccer vs. AIM Academy (TCISL Quarter-Finals) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ United Sports TC
- Boys Varsity Cross Country TCISL Finals 3:45pm - 5:45pm @ Perkiomen School
- Girls Varsity Cross Country TCISL Finals 3:45pm - 5:45pm @ Perkiomen School
Wed., Oct. 24th - Day 4
- Grades 7-12: End of 1st Marking Period
- Grades 7-8: Fall Spirit Week - Decade Day @ 515 Building
- Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day (With Uniform Bottoms)
- 468/486 Building: Grades K-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club | 486 Building Music and Art Rooms 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Canceled: CCS Painting Night (Sponsored by the High School Art Department) | Room 753 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 535 Building
- CCS Science/STEM Fair Open House | Auditorium 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building
- HS Soccer PIAA District 1 Playoffs @ Dock Mennonite Academy 7:30pm
Thu., Oct. 25th - Day 5
- 150 Building: 1st Grade Field Trip @ Lancaster Science Factory
- Boys Varsity Soccer vs. TBD (Time TBD) @ TBD
- Grades 7-8: Fall Spirit Week - Sports Day @ 515 Building
- Grades K-6: Bullying Prevention Month - Wear Orange T-shirts (With Uniform Bottoms)
- 515 Building: Internet Safety and Sexting Assembly | Auditorium 8:00am - 10:00am @ 515 Building
- Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
- 150 Building: STEM Mentoring Club K-4 | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
- Grades K-6: English Learner Family Night | 486 Cafeteria 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ 468/486 Building
Fri., Oct. 26th - Day 6
- Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. TBD (Time TBD) @ Lehigh University
- Grades K-6: Box Tops Collection Contest Ends (Began October 15th) (Sponsored by the HSA)
- Grades 7-8: Fall Spirit Week Ends - Blue and White Day (Began October 22nd) 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 515 Building
- Grades 10-12: Mock Crash Event | Rear Parking Lot 9:00am - 10:30am @ 535 Building
- Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. TBD 9:30am @ Lehigh University
- Grades 9-12: Mock Crash Assembly | Gym 10:30am - 11:30am @ 535 Building
- 515 Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 2:00pm @ 515 Building
- Grades 7-8: Fall Harvest Dance | Cafeteria 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Building
- Grades 9-12 Movie Night (Movie TBA) (Sponsored by Student Council) | Picnic Area 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Building
Saturday, Oct. 27th
- Grades 11-12: ACT On-Site Testing | Cafeteria 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 535 Building
- Parents' Night Out Fundraiser (Sponsored by Middle School/High School Music Department) 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Building
Senior Days: Collegium Senior Athletes Recognized
"Putting on the Collegium jersey always made me proud and that's something I will miss." -Cris S., 12th Grade
Our Boys Soccer Seniors were honored on Thursday, October 11th, despite the rain that day. Family and friends joined the honorees, Seniors Jon C., Cris S., Mark L., Aaron B., and Alpha D. in the 535 Building's Cafeteria. The student-athletes were presented with gifts from their Head Coach, Mr. Jason Springer, and their Assistant Coach, Mr. Boggs.
Collegium's Director of Athletics, Mr. John Allen, could not say enough about the players. "These Seniors have provided Collegium's Boys Soccer program with a great foundation. Their hard work, leadership, and dedication will help ensure a bright future for soccer at Collegium."
"We have all grown to become one big family." -Aaron B., 12th Grade
Seniors Aaron and Cris, CCS's Boys Soccer Team Captains, shared that they will "...miss being around the team and having fun with them." Both student-athletes have been Intramural Team players throughout High School. According to Aaron, "We've all grown to become one big family." Cris added that, "Putting on the Collegium jersey always made me proud and that's something I will miss."
Our thanks to all of our Boys Soccer Seniors as they look to finish their season strong. Your commitment to the CCS community is inspiring and greatly appreciated.
"Playing volleyball at CCS is much more than just hitting a ball and scoring. We are a family. We work hard as a whole. Together we are strong." -Kayla L., 12th Grade
On Senior Day, Collegium's Varsity Volleyball Team celebrated Seniors Elizabeth A., Kayla L., Thomaslyn T., and Charizma W. At its last regular season home game that day, October 17th, family and friends looked on as the team played against Marple Newtown High School. In 2016, Elizabeth, Kayla, Thomaslyn, and Charizma were among the Girls Volleyball Team members who lifted the TCISL Championship trophy for CCS. They continued to play key roles in the development of Collegium's Volleyball program in the years since.
Kayla L. expressed her feelings about this important time in her life. "Playing volleyball at CCS is much more than just hitting a ball and scoring. We are a family. We work hard as a whole. Together we are strong. That is what makes us a team." Charizma W. shared similar thoughts. "Just like a body, we all have different positions that are important on the court, and we all do our part and work together to get the job done!"
"We wish them the best in their future endeavors and can't wait to have them visit us next season!" -Coach Shehan
Coach Brigid Shehan shared her thoughts and feelings with the parting Seniors: "We are sad that the season is coming to an end, but are so proud of our Seniors for their volleyball accomplishments. We wish them the best in their future endeavors and can't wait to have them visit us next season!"
Join the excitement as we watch this team during the upcoming TCISL playoff games. Help us send our Seniors off on a high note! Whatever the outcome, this group of girls will hold a special place in the hearts of their team members, coaches, and many others at CCS.
Collegium Athletics would like to thank our Girls Cross Country Team Seniors, Alexis A. and Skylar J., for defining what it means to be stellar student-athletes. Skylar and Alexis have set the standard for CCS Girls Cross Country, helping the team to achieve great success. Both were major contributors to the team, which currently sits at the top of the TCISL, and have aspirations of taking home the Championship Trophy.
Coach Josiah Ramsey enthusiastically described Alexis' performance this season: “I am so proud of Alexis! In the three years that I've been coaching at Collegium, she has always been a model athlete and leader. Alexis has earned the respect of her coaches and fellow athletes because of the way she presents herself and through her dedication to the sport. Her hard work has led to many Personal Records, and her contributions to the team will endure long after she has left Collegium."
His reaction to Skylar was just as heartfelt: "Skylar has been a wonderful asset to our team the past three years. She cares deeply for her fellow athletes and dedicates herself to the sport, even while being involved in so many other activities. Her positive personality is infectious; she motivates and inspires others to be the best they can be. Skylar is someone we all can look up to and try to emulate."
Skylar and Alexis will look to close out their Collegium Cross Country careers on a high note by capturing the TCISL Championship, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd at the Perkiomen School.
Thank you again, Skylar and Alexis! You both will truly be missed.
Food Service Department News
Menu Change Notice
The Lunch Menu for our Elementary and Middle School students has changed for Wednesday, October 24th. The following items will now be served:
- Turkey and Cheese Hoagie,
- Fresh Baby Carrots, and
- Chilled Orange-Pineapple Juice.
To view updated nutritional information for the week of October 22nd, please access the link below.
The Kindness Of Strangers
As in any Pennsylvania school, there are families in need at Collegium who are unable to pay their outstanding Food Service Department account balances. You can help these CCS families by anonymously contributing to pay their outstanding account balances.
To determine how you can make the most impact and to anonymously submit funds for this purpose, email our Food Service Director, Mr. Mike Ely. Thank you!
School Picture Retake Days For Grades K-11
Our Grades K-11 Picture Retake Days are scheduled as follows:
- Grades K-6: Monday, December 3rd
- Grades 7-11: Friday, December 7th
Students who were absent on their original Picture Day or who are not happy with their original photos can have their pictures taken again on Picture Retake Day.
Students who are having their pictures retaken should return the picture packet to the photographer on their Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for Picture Retakes. If your child was absent on their Picture Day, please provide a completed Order Form (linked below) and payment on the designated Picture Retake Day if you wish to order photos.
Senior Portrait Retakes
Senior Portrait Retakes require an appointment. Any Senior who missed the summer and fall portrait dates must respond to the Google Classroom announcement to schedule an appointment. Questions? Please email Miss O'Neill.
2018 Mock Crash Event And Assembly
Car accidents continue to be leading cause of death for individuals 16 to 19 years of age. More teens are killed in car accidents than by cancer, homicide, and suicide combined, with teen driver and peer passenger deaths accounting for one-quarter of total teen deaths annually.
On Friday, October 26th, State Farm, Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and a host of local and state emergency services personnel will join Collegium students at a Mock Crash event. The event is intended to stress the consequences of poor driving decisions, like driving while distracted. The Mock Crash program also serves as training for area first response agencies.
Students in Grades 10-12 will experience the Mock Crash. The video below captures scenes from the powerful Mock Crash Event held at Collegium in 2016.
After the Mock Crash Event, 9th-12th Grade students will participate in a related assembly called "Cruisin', Not Boozin'" in the High School's Gym.
If you see a large collection of emergency vehicles arriving to campus on Friday, October 26th, please don't be alarmed. Email High School Assistant Principal Mr. Dryburgh with questions about the Mock Crash Event.
Voluntary UNICEF Fundraiser
For those Collegium Families who have children in Grades 5th-12th Grades, celebrate Halloween, and go trick-or-treating, Collegium is providing the option to "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!"
According to UNICEF's website, this annual tradition has helped raise almost $177 Million since its start in 1950. The UNICEF organization works in nearly 200 countries to help children receive necessary health care, education, safe drinking water, nutrition, and many other services.
As with all Collegium fundraisers, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is 100% optional and voluntary. Students who wish to participate can pick up their UNICEF collection boxes as follows:
- Grades 5 and 6: Pick up collection boxes from your homeroom teacher.
- Grades 7-8: UNICEF collection boxes will be available in the 515 Building's Main Office.
- Grades 9-12: See Ms. Cianci in Room 634 for your collection box.
Interested students can take their UNICEF collection boxes with them while trick-or-treating and ask families they visit for donations. The boxes and donations should be brought back to school on Thursday, November 1st and dropped off to students' homeroom teachers (Grades 5-6), the 515 Building's Main Office (for Grades 7-8), or Ms. Cianci (Grades 9-12).
Learn more about UNICEF on its website linked below.
Education Explained: Text Dependent Analysis
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 Amber Ammon, Curriculum Supervisor for Collegium's 5th-8th Grades.
With the Common Core academic standards now in place across the nation, schools have shifted their focus to helping ensure students are prepared for the real world they'll encounter some day. One skill in particular has become a major focal point for many states, including Pennsylvania. This skill requires students to think critically about what they're reading so that they’re not just reading for content, but also to address a specific question.
This new level of classroom instruction rigor began after the PSSA introduced a TDA (text dependent analysis) question in 2014. TDA questions not only ask students to identify the answer to a question and cite evidence from the text to support it. They also have students analyze and explain their reasoning. This combination of skills is a hurdle for many students; studies are showing that students struggle in college because of text complexity. The time teachers are taking to work with students on text reasoning and analysis skills will help better prepare children for college and the real world.
Another consideration is that technology makes information readily available to students. A simple internet search of a topic will generate a whole variety of results. Teachers are challenged to instruct students how to seek information beyond what they read. Students are learning to test information by asking questions like “Does this make sense?” and “How does this information connect to what I already know and to other information sources I’ve read?” Using personal experiences and connections to other sources of information is just as important for students as the questioning itself. The goal is for students to learn to actively question everything they read.
Dialogue and reflection are critical when teaching these skills. It may be hard to discuss a question when taking a test, but it’s easy to have an active discussion during class time. Through such conversations, students learn to reason on a topic from multiple viewpoints and to factor in actual evidence from what they’ve previously read or heard.
Teachers here at CCS have been working to incorporate more questioning strategies into their instruction to help lay a better foundation for students' future success. These question and response strategies are used in English Language Arts classes and increasingly in Science, Social Studies, and Math, as well.
CCS's K-12 Yearbook On Sale Now!
Sales of the 2019 Edition of the CCS's K-12 Anamnesis yearbook have begun! Taken from the Greek word meaning "recollection," Anamnesis is a one-of-a-kind, limited edition collection of stories and events gathered at CCS throughout the school year.
To make sure your child doesn't miss out on the opportunity to have a copy of Anamnesis, order yours now! Anamnesis allows K-12 students to share and enjoy memories of their classmates and this year's school activities for years to come.
The 2019 K-12 Anamnesis yearbook will be delivered this spring. This edition is a quality hardback publication that features 24 additional full-color pages and includes a spring supplement. If purchased before November 23rd, the cost is $45.00.
Anamnesis makes a wonderful gift for CCS K-12 students. For a small additional fee, parents/guardians can even have their child's copy personalized! Be sure to place your order(s) now, because after November 23rd, the cost for Anamnesis will increase:
- Before November 23rd: $45.00
- November 24th until February 2nd: $55.00
- February 3rd until April 1st: $65.00
For your convenience, there are several purchasing options:
- Order online using the link below;
- Fill out the Order Form (below) and mail your order directly to Student Services Company (address is on the Order Form);
- Phone Student Services Company directly to place your order (phone number is on the Order Form); or
- Fax your Order Form directly to Student Services Company (fax number is on the order form).
The yearbook staff is working very hard to create a wonderful 2019 yearbook for the Collegium Community. Don't delay! Order yours today!
Questions? Email our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer.
150 Building Book Fair Volunteers Wanted
Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the 150 Building Library from Monday, October 29th through Tuesday, November 6th.
We are looking for parent volunteers to help out! The Book Fair is for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade and is held during school hours. Volunteers are needed to assist our younger students as they create their wish lists and to help all students with their purchases. Please consider donating some of your time to this fun event! Use the link below to sign up. Thank you!
Email Ms. Hollinshead for more details or if you have questions.
CCST Presents: "Les Misérables"
All 7th-12th Grade students interested in being a part of this year's musical, Les Misérables (School Edition), are invited to attend our Les Mis Interest Meeting on Monday, October 29th.
Our meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the 535 Building's Library. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to attend this meeting. If you cannot attend or if you have questions, email Ms. Stell.
CCS Decorates Longwood Gardens
The CCS K-12 Art Department is happy to announce that we have once again been selected to participate in Longwood Gardens' Winter Children's Tree program. The theme Art Teachers selected for this year's tree is "Candy Land." The teachers have been working with their students to create some adorable ornaments. Our tree is sure to be delectable!
The High School students are planning to complete Collegium's Winter Tree topper using Candy Land games. If you have Candy Land games you no longer use—even incomplete ones—please consider donating them to the Art Department! You can send Candy Land game donations to the attention of Mrs. Steines in the 535 Building. Thank you!
Our tree will be on display at Longwood Gardens throughout its holiday season, November 22nd through January 6th. For details and ticketing information, see the Longwood Gardens website (linked below).
Secret Student STEAM Activity Items
At the end of October, the 500 Building will begin its STEAM activity. While we would love to share what we'll be doing, we want to keep the activity a secret from our students. For it to be successful and to keep costs low, we need our CCS families' and employees' help to gather supplies. Your support in donating and collecting the following items will be greatly appreciated!
Donations can be sent to Mrs. Eileen Kahl, 500 Building. Thank you! We look forward to sharing our fun project with you!
Questions? Email Mrs. Kahl.
Home & School Association (HSA) Updates
Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our 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.
Fall Resale Shop Open House
To help those families who find it hard to get to our Resale Shop during the week, the HSA is holding a special Fall Resale Shop Open House.
Come to Collegium's 500 Building on Sunday, October 28th from 9:00am until 2:00pm to browse the gently used uniform items available. The Resale Shop is a wonderful resource, as the items are sold at a fraction of the cost of new uniform pieces.
If you have questions or need additional information, email our HSA Officers directly.
K-6 Fall Box Tops Contest
Our K-6 classroom Box Tops collection contest continues! Please keep sending in your Box Tops coupons through Friday, October 26th.
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for Collegium. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢! Just look for the Box Tops coupons on hundreds of products that you probably already use and own. Clip the coupons, and send them in to school!
The fun part of clipping Box Tops is our friendly competition between the K-6 buildings' classrooms. The class in each building that collects the most Box Tops will receive tickets for free items from our School Stores.
The contest began Monday, October 15th and ends this Friday, October 26th. Simply send your clipped Box Tops to your child’s homeroom teacher in sealed plastic bags or envelopes. Box Tops will not be accepted after Friday, October 26th.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to email our HSA Officers directly. Happy clipping, and thank you for your support!
Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department
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
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