Arcola Weekly News

Arcola Intermediate School, 3/18/2022

Open Arcola H&S Positions for the 2022-23 School Year!

The Arcola Home and School Association is seeking nominations for open board positions for the 2022-23 school year!

Arcola Home & School will be accepting nominations for next year’s board membership until April 5th, 2022, so they can be announced at the April 7th, 2022 meeting. Voting will take place at the May 11th, 7:00 pm meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing via email to Megan Fitzgerald at

Current open positions for parent/guardians of Arcola students during the 2022-2023 school year are:

• President (prepare the agenda and preside at all meetings of Board, coordinate tasks of board members, assist and vote on planning/budgeting decisions)

• Vice-President(s) (preside at all meetings of Board, assist and vote on planning/budgeting decisions)

• Recording Secretary (responsible for attending and recording minutes of meetings, and assist and vote on planning/budgeting decisions)

• Corresponding Secretary (responsible for formally corresponding with outside groups/individuals when necessary, assist and vote on planning/budgeting decisions)

• Treasurer (receive and disburse all monies, keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, prepare the budget for approval, assist and vote on planning/budgeting decisions).

Regular attendance at the monthly meetings is necessary as well as at Back to School night, our events and additional meetings and/or communications via phone and email among the board members to plan events, make budget decisions, etc.

Thank you!

Parent Engagement Sessions on Social-Emotional Wellness

Join motivational speaker and educational consultant, Thom Stecher, for this engaging and meaningful Zoom series!

March 23 | 7-8PM | Social Emotional Wellness

April 6 | 7-8PM | Maintain Healthy Relationships

April 27 | 7-8PM | Building A Community

Register TODAY at:

7th Grade Science

· The 7th grade Science department ran a student lab this week with Project Bioeyes. The project website describes the lab, “All "Project BioEYES" programs involve our zebrafish experiment, where adult fish are brought to the school to produce embryos that are raised throughout the week. Our Intermediate program, designed for seventh and eighth grade students, introduces basic Mendelian genetics, dominant and recessive traits, Punnett Squares, and stem cells.”

March Spirit Days

March 25th - Stop, Drop, & Read - Bring a book to school and be ready to read!

PSSA Testing

The Methacton School District will be administering the 2022 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) to all students in Grades 3 through 8 this spring. New this year, students will be completing the assessments online. Students will need to bring their fully charged, district-issued Chromebook and charger to school each day of testing. Please click here for more information including test dates. Please keep in mind that the results from the state tests allow us to gain valuable information related to programs, supports and resources within the district. We appreciate your support of these efforts for the benefit of our school community.

On Thursday, March 17, we request that all students in grades 3-8 bring their district issued Chromebook and charger to school. We will use this opportunity to ensure all students devices are working properly and able to access the PSSA testing site.

Dates for your Calendar

  • March 31st: Student Half Day (Grab-N-Go lunch will be offered)

  • PSSA ELA: 4/26, 4/27, 4/28
  • PSSA Math: 5/3, 5/4
  • PSSA Science (8th Grade): 5/5, 5/6
  • Algebra I Keystones: 5/18, 5/19

The Counselors' Corner

It’s scheduling time for 8th Grade students! PowerSchool will stay open for making adjustments to selections until March 25. Any 8th Grader still confused about the scheduling process should reach out to Ms. Berardelli in the Counseling Office. Parents and guardians are always welcome to contact Ms. Berardelli as well (x30203 or

Our 7th Grade students wrapped up a career lesson this month in their social studies classes called Career Cluster Finder. Students entered their interests, abilities, and subjects they like in school into the Naviance program and were given suggestions on which career clusters (groups of similar careers) might be a good fit for them. Then they looked at a specific career in one of the clusters to learn more about it and the knowledge and skills that are needed to be successful in that career. This is a great opportunity for a conversation about what they learned about themselves and about the world of work.

Transition planning is in progress for our 6th Graders at Skyview. Stay tuned for more information!

Are you frustrated with your child for constantly losing things? Here is an article that uses memory tips, their attachment to their phones, and habit building to help your student keep track of things and alleviate some of your frustration:

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The Methacton Education Foundation just announced an EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! The MEF is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to join their team as Executive Director/Chief Development Officer. Apply Today!


Methacton Backpack Program

The Methacton Backpack program is up and running in each of our buildings and serves district families in need with supplemental food and non-food items. This program helps create food stability for breakfast and lunch when our students are not in school. Weekly, the program sends home a bag of breakfast, lunch, and snack items for the weekend and holiday breaks for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Families who qualify for free/reduced meals are eligible to participate in the Backpack Program. Please contact the school counselor if you would like to register your child for the Backpack program.

In order to continue to sustain the program please consider contributing and donating items to the program. Items can be donated directly to the school or you can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to our school from the Amazon page.

Methacton Backpack's Amazon Wishlist

Please remember to select, “No Weekend Delivery.”

What items can I donate?

Individual Serving Food Items

· Single serving boxes of milk (shelf-stable/not refrigerated)

· Mini cereal boxes

· Canned soup (cans with “pop tops”)

· Oatmeal Packs or cups

· Applesauce and fruit cups

· Chef Boyardee, Hormel, Dint Moore Meals, etc.

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet snacks: Fruit snacks, pudding, granola bars, individual bags of cookies, etc.

· Salty snacks: pretzel packs, goldfish crackers, popcorn, etc.

· 100% juice boxes