High School Happenings

September 15, 2022

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Important Information:

Parent/Guardian To-Do List:

1. Please fill out, sign and return the student emergency form that was sent home on the first day. This should be sent in with your student and dropped off to the nurses' office.



2. VERY IMPORTANT-- We need you to log into Powerschool, click on FORMS, and e-sign the Student/Parent Handbook, Code of Conduct, Publicity Refusal Form and Emergency Contact Information.

Please follow the directions that are outlined on document below with step-by-step screenshots of how to do it.

Car Line Reminder

We have tried to streamline our process for drop-off/pick-up. Students should exit the car as soon as your car is stopped in the driveway area. As the congestion increases as we get closer to the 7:30 bell, please be sure to follow the directions of security or administration. We may request you pull up the driveway to fit more cars.


As a courtesy to our neighbors, please try to utilize Grange Road vs. using other routes such as Anvil Dr. We know there are a lot of cars on the road and appreciate your help.

Advanced Placement Exam Ordering Window

While AP exams are in May, the process for ordering exams starts now!


Methacton Advanced Placement Exams order window is from September 27, 2022 – October 14, 2022. These exams are for students who are currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course for the 2022-2023 school year.

Exams can be ordered electronically through our Advanced Placement Website, which can be found Here (The link will be live on 9/27/22). Additionally payment can be made to Dr. Kochenour’s office in C221. Check (made out to Methacton School District) or cash is accepted. The exam fee is $98 per exam with the exception of AP Seminar & AP Research which are $146. An exam cancellation fee of $40 will be enforced this year per College Board. If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Cormier, Ccormier@methacton.org or Dr. Kochenour, Kkochenour@methacton.org.

PSATs- October 12 : Please Note Altered Schedule Below

10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT (from approximately arrival until 11:15), have lunch and then follow an altered PM schedule. Details to testing locations will be shared in English classes in advance of the exam. Students should plan to bring a pencil and calculator.

9th grade students will report to school as usual. We will be hosting a Futures Expo (from arrival until approximately 11:15), have lunch, and then an altered PM schedule. Students will be completing the “Career Journey” with their teachers that morning and will complete four artifacts from the career fair journey. All artifact assignments for the day are associated with our Act 339 plan.

12th grade students will be arranging for a college visit (virtual or in person with their own transportation), job shadowing for the day, or using the day to obtain community service hours. They will NOT report to MHS this day. At the conclusion of the college visit, job shadow, or community service, students will submit a google form reflection assignment to their English teacher. Please be on the lookout for a form coming home through your student's English teacher.

Homecoming Information

Homecoming is around the corner! So that everyone can best plan their "spirit" and participation, below please find out list of spirit days and our plans for the week:

Spirit Week:

    • Monday, 10/3 – Monochromatic

    • Tuesday, 10/4 – Sports Jersey

    • Wednesday, 10/5- Closed for Yom Kippur

    • Thursday, 10/6 – Pajama Day during the day; Semi-formal Dance that evening (see note below)

    • Friday, 10/7 – Green and White

      • More info to come on this day. We will have an altered schedule.


Dance- Thursday Night, 10/6/22 @ MHS

Attire: Semi-formal (suggestion: wear comfortable shoes)

Procedure: No overnight bags; small purse ok- Checked at door

Tickets ($20) will be on sale during lunches the week before the dance. More details to follow in the next Happenings.


Friday- 10/7: We will have an altered schedule to hold our Pep Rally and inter-class competitions in the stadium (weather permitting). More details will be shared in the next Happenings.

Yearbook Baby Ads

Attention Parents and Guardians of Members of the Class of 2022:

Continuing a 32 year tradition, the staff of the Methacton High School Yearbook (The Methactonian), is offering parents of graduating seniors the opportunity to purchase a “baby ad” for publication in this year’s book. Space is provided for a baby photo and a personal message of well wishes and congratulatory statements of 50 words or less. Baby ads are only offered online. This classic section is a favorite for all. Please see the attached flyer and contact Caitlin Ferenchak (cferenchak@methacton.org) or Chris Lloyd (clloyd@methacton.org) if you have any questions.

UNIVERSAL FREE BREAKFAST PROGRAM

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Governor Wolf announced a Universal Free Breakfast program for all Pennsylvania students to begin on October 1, 2022 through the end of the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, all Methacton School District students will have the option to receive breakfast each morning at no cost. Our building principals are working on a plan with Aramark to roll out this new program and will be providing additional information in the coming days. Monthly menus can always be found at: https://methacton.schooldish.com/

NORTH MONTCO TECHNICAL CAREER CENTER JOB OPPORTUNITY

Are you an Electro-Mechanical or Mechatronics Technician or Mechanical Engineer interested in incredibly rewarding change? North Montco Technical Career Center is seeking a full-time Electro-Mechanical / Mechatronics / Robotics / Industrial Maintenance Teacher. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit: https://www.methacton.org/cms/lib/PA50000637/Centricity/Domain/4/JobPostingMechatronicsTeacher.pdf

Methacton High School Counseling Virtual Office

The Virtual Counseling Office contains everything you may need and more associated with our school counseling office.

Counseling Corner

Please find important information from our School Counseling Office:


Parents/ Guardians of 12th graders- Our School counselors conducted Senior Classroom visits last week where they discussed the post-secondary process regarding, work, trades, military, gap year, as well as college.



Testing Dates: (See Collegeboard for Signup Details)


SAT:


  • SAT: 10/1/22; Deadline to register: 9/2/22; Late Registration: 9/20/22
  • SAT: 11/5/22; Deadline to register: 10/7/22; Late Registration: 10/25/22
  • SAT: 12/3/22; Deadline to register: 11/3/22; Late Registration: 11/22/22

ACT


  • ACT: 10/22/22; Deadline to register: 9/16/22; Late Registration: 9/30/22
  • ACT: 12/10/22; Deadline to register: 11/4/22; Late Registration: 11/11/22



College Fairs:

· September 21, 2022; 6pm-8pm at Spring-Ford HS

· October 11, 2022; 6-8pm at North Penn HS

· Sunday, October 30, 2022; 11 am. -3 p.m. at Philadelphia Convention Ctr. 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

· https://student.novva.tech/bucks Daytime online 9/22

Gotocollegefairs.com - has a host of resources available about colleges, social media help with searches, and GAP Year information. These are virtual.



"Application Rescue" sessions will be held after school to help students with their college applications and search. These are not meant to replace 1:1 counselor meetings, only to supplement. These sessions will be held after school at 2:30 on the following dates:

Wednesday, 9/14

Thursday, 9/22

Tuesday, 10/4

Thursday, 10/13

Tuesday, 10/18

Any 12th grade student who has questions is welcome to reach out to their school counselor.


College Rep Visits are back in person this year! Students may sign up through Naviance, make a smart pass and then report to the area for the visit. 60 schools and counting have signed up so far!

Methacton High School Virtual Bulletin Board

The Virtual Bulletin Board lists all of our scholarship, community service, and job opportunities.

Methacton High School Financial Aid Night

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 7-9pm

MHS Auditorium




This annual event will cover information regarding the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS profile. Topics will include how to set up your student and parent accounts, an overview of various financial aid scenarios using sample schools, discussion about the awards letter and more. A representative from a local college/university will be our presenter.


To register, click on the link, or go to the MHS Calendar and click on the event:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHPp0fsIEgfkuHJROWkcevRiJevUmnOESEA7o16wqYygAKLA/viewform




Contact

Rita Szczurek

Phone: 610-489-5000, ext. 25030

Email: RSzczurek@methacton.org

FAFSA Completion Night

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 5-8pm

1005 Kriebel Mill Road

Eagleville, PA

Registration is required for this event due to the number of seats available. Once registered, you will receive a list of documents you will need to bring with you.


Registration will open in October.

Class Ring Information

Methacton students are getting ready to order their official Methacton High School Class Rings. A time-honored tradition, your student will wear their custom class ring with pride for years to come! The program is introduced to the sophomore class, but juniors and seniors are invited to participate as well if they haven't already.

Please take a moment to view this short class ring presentation: here

You can view our digital class ring brochure here, and attached is the class ring order form and price list for download as well.

You can submit your student's class ring order by going to sscrings.com and following the steps.

The deadline for all orders is Wednesday, September 21st!

You can upload the completed class ring order form online, or have them hand in the order to the representatives during lunches on September 21st!

All rings ordered by this deadline will be delivered before Winter Break this December, giving your child an optimal amount of time to wear his/her ring while still in high school and making this purchase a great holiday gift idea.

If you have any questions, our professional staff is ready to help!

Phone: 610-539-1330

Email: rings@studentservicesco.com

Welcome Back Warriors ALUMNI Day!

Welcome Back Warriors Day is on Friday, September 30th.


Meet up with your fellow alum and get reacquainted with the Methacton School District, starting at the high school auditorium where you'll learn about innovative programming and future plans designed to help students excel. Following the brief presentation, our guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the school - a nostalgic trip you won't want to miss! Hop on a school bus to visit the district's extraordinary planetarium at Arcola Middle School. Later, show your school spirit and enjoy refreshments at our football tailgate located behind the pressbox in the Commons. Then gather at the Trappe Tavern for our evening social - we have the entire second floor reserved with plenty of food and a cash bar!


Registration is required for all the activities and space is limited. There is a fee for the tailgate and social. The tour, bus trip and presentation are free. Register now below. Questions? Email us at info@methactonalumni.org.


Interested alums and friends can register through the link below.

Here is a link to more details: https://www.methactonalumni.org/alumni_day

Methacton School District Backpack Program

How can I donate to the Backpack Program?


There are several ways you can contribute to the Backpack Program:

Collection Bins


· Donations can be dropped off (Monday thru Friday) at the Methacton High School East Wing or Arcola Intermediate School. Collection bins are located near the entrance.


Amazon


· You can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to the High School. Please remember to select, "No Weekend Delivery." The address is:


Methacton High School

c/o Backpack Program

1005 Kriebel Mill Rd.

Eagleville, PA 19403


What items can I donate?


Individual Serving Food Items Needed


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

· Mini Cereal Boxes

· Canned Soup (cans with "pop tops")

· Oatmeal packets or cups

· Applesauce and Fruit Cups

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

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet Snacks: Fruit gummies, pudding, granola bars, etc.

· Salty Snacks: Pretzel packs, Goldfish, Popcorn, etc.

· 100% Juice boxes

INFORMATION FROM LAST NEWSLETTER THAT IS STILL PERTINENT:

Military Opt-Out Form

The law permits recruitment offices of the United State military services to have access to class lists of public high school juniors and seniors. These class lists are used in recruitment efforts by the armed services. Information contained in these class lists includes student names, addresses and telephone numbers to be used to contact prospective enlistees.

Students and parents/guardians may elect to have their contact information excluded from the class lists provided to the military services. To have your student’s contact information excluded from the list provided to the military services, you must complete this form by Friday, September 30th.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9oCiedUJGL_0ob3S5JAHu4rg7QUj7tuQxyA2MptRZreQ6-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Back to School Night- Reminder

Please have your student fill out this schedule (attached below) so you know where to go for each period of Back to School Night.


You will not attend lunch or study hall. Whenever a student has NMTCC on their schedule, please report to the LGI during those periods.

Back to School Night for Grades 11 & 12

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 7-9pm

1005 Kriebel Mill Road

Eagleville, PA

Back to School Night for Students in Grades 11 & 12.


We have attached a schedule for you to fill out with your child's schedule.

How to Get Involved

We still need you! Even though students are older and are becoming more independent, we still need you at the school! Please see the attached information from Home and School and Post Prom for how you can get involved at the school.

Supports for Students & Families:

Curricular Support Room (CSR)- Room C136 (Across from the Library)

Our Curricular Support Room (CSR) has a math and English teacher available for assistance every period of the day. Need help with a math concept or math homework? Need help with writing an essay? The CSR is the place for you! Students should write a Smartpass to the CSR during their study hall or lunch period, and help will be readily available.

Math Help- On the Horizon

Our virtual math tutoring is back! Starting the week of 9/12- on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 7pm-8pm, Mrs. Gallagher will be online and available to help anyone that needs assistance with math. The sign up directions are contained in the flyer attached:

Financial Aid Assistance Webinars:

PHEAA is hosting a series of webinars on financial aid. See below for the description of the webinars and the attached flyer for signup information.


Financial Aid Timeline – know what to do when 9/13 Tuesday Noon; 9/20 Tuesday 6:30 pm; 9/22 Thursday Noon

Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education. The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness. One thing is for certain: it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience. This 1 hour presentation will provide the starting points and web resources- for effective research before, during and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. Know what to expect and to plan for it is the key. Failing to plan, is planning to fail!

Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance 9/8 Thursday Noon; 9/15 Thursday 6:30pm

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for Scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing. This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying. It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started. We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions. Join Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray from Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA ) for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

Register at pheaa.org/virtual

Upcoming Days off

Monday, September 26- School is closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, October 5- School is closed in observance of Yom Kippur

Monday, October 10- In-service Day

Class of 2023- Last Chance for Senior Portraits!

The 3rd and final sitting for Senior Portraits is 9/20-9/22. Please see the attached flyer for how to sign up.

Look at Us!

We are very proud to be included in the September edition of Philly Magazine as one of the Top 40 Public Schools in the Philadelphia area.


The article can be found here:

https://www.phillymag.com/news/top-rated-public-high-schools-philadelphia/?fbclid=IwAR275LzSfcNVui0fH7gGLVz0xYFi114lgu_desFoXLvzOAdXxH7mnX_8TtA

Breakfast and Lunch Menus:

Methacton High School

MHS Administration

Dr. Jamie Gravinese, Principal

Dr. Paul Spiewak, 9th (P-Z) and 12th Grade Assistant Principal

Dr. Karey Kochenour 9th (A-Go) and 11th Grade Assistant Principal

Mr. Dan Bontempo 9th (Gp-O) and 10th Grade Assistant Principal

Mr. John Smink, Athletics and Activities Director

Dr. Erika Thomas, Supervisor of HS Special Education