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. 26th - Day 1
- Benchmark 2 Window Begins
- Grades K-4: Read Across America Spirit Week (Crazy Hair Day*) (See Article)
- CCS Varsity Academic Team (Semifinals) 9:00am @ Chester County Intermediate Unit
- 150 Building: Little Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 827
Tuesday, Feb. 27th - Day 2
- Grades K-4: Read Across America Spirit Week (Crazy Socks Day*) (See Article)
- 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 228
- Intramurals: 5th and 6th Grade Basketball 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Gym
Wednesday, Feb. 28th - Day 3
- 500 Building: Special Edition ROAR T-Shirt Sale Ends
- Grades K-4: Read Across America Spirit Week (Crazy Hat Day*) (See Article)
- 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
Thursday, Mar. 1st - Day 4
- Grades K-4: Read Across America Spirit Week (Mustache Day*) (See Article)
- 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 8:30am @ 535 Conference Room
- CCS Junior Varsity Academic Team (Semifinals) 11:00am @ Chester County Intermediate Unit
- 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
- Intramurals: 5th and 6th Grade Basketball 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Gym
Friday, Mar. 2nd - Day 5
- Grades K-4: Read Across America Spirit Week (College/Destination Shirt Day**)
- NEHS Annual Pajama Party Read-a-Thon 6:30pm - 9:15pm @ 500 Gym, Library, Cafeteria, Music Room, Art Room,and Classrooms
Saturday, Mar. 3rd
- 150 Building: 4th Grade Skate Night 3:00pm - 5:00pm @ Chester County Sports Arena
*Except for Friday, March 2nd, the CCS student uniform must be worn when participating in Read Across America Spirit Week. Please see article.
**On Friday, March 2nd, students may wear college shirts or shirts from a specific place they have visited (Disney World, Hershey Park, camp shirt, etc.) with uniform bottoms.
Drug Prevention Project and Competition
Students in Ms. Winters’ and Mr. Schultz’s 6th Grade Health classes recently participated in a goals-planning and art competition with a focus on drug prevention.
Both teachers challenged their students to develop a list of goals they see in their futures. Students then considered how drug use would slow, or even prevent, their ability to achieve those ambitions. The “key” to the project was for students to acknowledge how remaining drug-free is key to their future success.
Keystone Technology Innovator Nomination
Last fall, Mr. Scribner, a Collegium Middle School Technology Teacher, earned the opportunity to present at the Keystone Technology Conference held at Shippensburg University. He returned to Collegium filled with new ideas on how to bring technology to life for his 7th and 8th Grade students.
When Mr. Scribner’s Building Principal heard about his presentation and the Keystone Technology Innovators (KTI) program, he nominated Mr. Scribner for membership to the statewide program. KTI recognizes Pennsylvania teachers who best exemplify outstanding technology teaching and integration skills. KTI members are distinguished by their new ideas, best practices, and original ways of combining technology and instruction to spark students’ inventiveness and imagination. Mr. Scribner’s philosophy: “I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with other educators to bring the newest technology to the classroom.”
The KTI nomination is quite an honor for Mr. Scribner. The program encompasses over 200 school districts, non-public schools, and technology institutions. Principals can nominate only one teacher, and the nomination earns Mr. Scribner the chance to become one of 100 "Keystone Technology STARS." Membership in KTI also brings tremendous benefits and resources for Mr. Scribner and Collegium. “Mr. Scribner does a lot of innovative things in his technology classes. This will only add to his repertoire of resources to help develop and grow our students,” according to Principal Sterious.
Congratulations on your KTI membership, Mr. Scribner! We are excited to see what new activities and projects you bring to your Collegium technology students!
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 provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.
The email address and phone line are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone 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 our Building Principals:
Read Across America Spirit Week
All CCS Elementary buildings will celebrate Read Across America Week beginning Monday, February 26th through Friday, March 2nd!
Collegium's Read Across America Spirit Week is always fun for everyone. For this year's celebration, staff and students are invited to wear different items each day that relate to a particular Dr. Seuss book, as follows:
- Monday, February 26th: Crazy Hair Day (as in Horton Hears a Who)
- Tuesday, February 27th: Wacky Socks Day (see Fox in Socks and background image)
- Wednesday, February 28th: Crazy Hat Day (The Cat in the Hat, an all-time favorite)
- Thursday, March 1st: Mustache Day (The Lorax)
- Friday, March 2nd: College/Destination Shirt Day (Oh, The Places You’ll Go!). Please wear a college T-shirt or a shirt from a favorite place you have visited.
Except for Friday, March 2nd, the CCS student uniform must be worn when participating in Read Across America Spirit Week.
On Friday, March 2nd, students may wear college shirts or shirts from a specific place they have visited (Disney World, Hershey Park, camp shirt, etc.) with uniform bottoms.
Questions? Email Mrs. Baker.
Spring Sports Physicals and Permission Slips
Time for Spring Sports at Collegium! Please see links to the PIAA Physical Packet and Recertification Form below and on the Athletics page of the Collegium website. Permission Slips for your specific sport should be given to that sport's designated coach. All other paperwork must be submitted to Ms. Pannabecker in the 535 Athletic Office. All paperwork must be turned in before students can participate in Spring Sports. The deadlines for forms return are: Friday, March 2nd (High School students) and Friday, March 16th (Middle School students).
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 Paul Harkins, 515 Building Assistant Principal.
Motivating Students During the Winter
We all know that the winter months can be difficult for both students and educators. The weather is cold, the days are still short, and everyone seems to be sick or getting sick. Outside of the chance of a Snow Day, there may not be a lot to look forward to on the calendar, either. No wonder student motivation takes a dip after Winter Break!
Collegium works hard during this time to keep students engaged and energized about their studies. The first thing we do is stay motivated and interested in school ourselves. Students are skilled at perceiving adults’ moods; if they think that their parents or teachers are not putting effort towards school, they are likely to follow suit. The challenge to bring your best every day is real, but we owe it to our students to set the tone by continuing to be the best that we can be. (Our days will be better, too!)
Another technique is to set short-term goals that have tangible rewards when accomplished. Since life generally slows down at this time of year, goals and rewards can put something on the calendar to encourage and engage students. For instance, when I was a teacher, we would plan for a class-wide Quizzo game the Friday after everyone finished an assigned project. Quizzo is an interactive event that students definitely enjoy. With the promise of some fun at the end of the project, students were re-energized and found new purpose in their schoolwork.
Changing up routines can also help keep students involved. Sometimes we get stuck in patterns at home and at school. Doing the same thing day after day becomes boring after a while, and certainly does not stimulate interest in schoolwork. Consider ways to switch up your daily schedule to keep it fresh and exciting. Students will respond to changes, as long as they are well planned and presented in a positive way.
To overcome the natural tendency to get a bit sluggish during the winter, folks in education use strategies and activities specifically intended to invigorate students about school and keep them focused on learning. The strategies discussed above are just a start. For more ideas on how to increase student motivation during the trying winter months, see the articles I have linked below. And remember: Spring is right around the corner!
Career Day at the 486 Building
On Friday, March 16th, the 486 Building will host its 1st Annual Career Day for Grades 2 through 4. We are looking for volunteers to come and speak with our students about their careers. The event will begin at about 8:30am and end at 11:30am.
Career Day is an opportunity for students to think about what their futures could look like. At this stage in their career development, it is important for students to be exposed to and aware of all the different career opportunities available to them.
The 486 Building is excited for this 1st Annual Career Day to be a great event! With help from parents, teachers, and members of the community, students will be even more prepared for the future!
Would you like to participate? Do you want to share about your career or area of expertise? Please complete and submit the 486 Building Career Day Sign-Up Form below. Any questions, we encourage you to email Mrs. Yack for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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 monthly HSA meetings.
HSA Meetings are where families and employees suggest HSA activities, learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, and find out how they can get involved. Our HSA General Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. We look forward to seeing you!
The next General Meeting will be 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 is not available after 4:45pm. Thank you!
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