Community Conversations

September 2022

Dear Methacton Families,


Welcome to the start of another exciting and extraordinary school year. There is a great deal happening in Methacton and the showing of parents to all the recent back to school nights is indicative of your support and commitment to the education of your child and the success of our community. So it is with great pride that I share that:

Methacton is on the Rise!

Methacton School District, in its strategic quest to provide an “Exceptional Methacton School District Experience for All”, is progressing well towards increasing its rank. Recent Niche ranking moves us up to 51st in the State. Another recent ranking placed Methacton among the top high schools in the September 2022 Philly Magazine Best Of (Bucks/Chester/Delaware/Montgomery counties) list.

Here you will find current ranking trends among several of the major publications we are following:

District rank is only one of two priority goals within our strategic plan that we are looking to increase. The second goal is to increase constituent favorable feedback by 25%. To do this, we have a number of staff, student, parent, and community centered strategies that take aim at customer service, communication, school spirit and climate. We will measure our progress with surveys distributed two times per year over the next 5 years.


A survey of students (grades 6-12), parents, staff, and community is scheduled to be open from October 16 through the 21st. The parental review/opt out of the student survey is to be sent on October 7. I want to thank everyone in advance for taking time to provide us feedback. The student, parent and staff survey will be issued via email while post cards are being mailed into the community with the survey being available here on the 16th.


You can see the strategic plan here and follow our progress on strategy implementation here.

Mark Constable, MHS '69 is the featured graduate for the month of September in our Alumni Spotlight series! Mark's Methacton roots run deep - student/athlete/teacher/coach/

mentor/PD coordinator - and he has quite the story to tell. Read his story at www.methacton.org/alumnispotlight.

Now let’s take a look at some of the outstanding events and achievements that took place across the district in September...

ARROWHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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Letters & Their Sounds

Mrs. Fischer's Kindergarten students have been using movement and technology to learn letters and their sounds!

Music & Dancing

Miss Stephens' 3rd grade music class has been busy moving to the music and the beat this month!
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4th Grade Math

Mrs. Johnson's 4th grade students showed and explained their math understanding about place value.

EAGLEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Building for Team Building!

Eagleville students have been busy building for team building challenges! Students participated in competitions for tallest tower built with spaghetti and marshmallows, longest paper chain using only ONE piece of paper, and a straw challenge!

Eagleville Kindergarteners LOVE Math!

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Golden Ticket Winners!

Dr. Zerbe and Dr. Gravinese visited Eagleville to award "Golden Tickets" to a representative from each grade level. Honorees will be announced at MHS' homecoming halftime show and will walk across the field with a high school partner!

WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Woodland Opening Week Celebrations

Woodland had an incredible opening to the 2022-2023 school year. There were balloons, music, and bubbles! Our opening week assembly focused on “risingacademically, socially, and emotionally. We sang and used streamers to represent our excitement.
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Woodland WOW Bucks!

The first WOW bucks have been passed out at Woodland Elementary School to students who show outstanding behavior. We are so proud of our WOW behavior!

Quiet Walking

Woodland students practice walking quietly in the hallways.

WORCESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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Playground Refresh!

Representative Matt Bradford presented Worcester a $100,000 check on behalf of the Commonwealth of PA to assist in the construction of a new, more accessible playground for students and the community. Our Home and School Association is also helping to support this exciting project! Sincere thanks and gratitude go out to Rep. Bradford and our H&S!

A Visit From Wolfie the Mascot

Wolfie, Worcester's mascot, visited Worcester's kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade assembly!
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Ice Cream Success!

Worcester's Ice Cream Social was a HUGE success! Thank you to all who participated!

SKYVIEW UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Outer Space or Ocean?

Skyview 5th graders wrote about if they would rather visit outer space or the ocean and why. Students were eager to share their writing with their peers.

Students Begin Making Music!

Music lessons began this month at Skyview! Students in our band and orchestra have met with their lesson groups and are excited to begin playing their instruments in the Skyview band and/or orchestra.

Start With Hello...

Skyview celebrated “Start With Hello” week which challenges students to provide a welcoming greeting to others each day. Many of our students spent a lunch period or advisory period creating posters for this event. Posters were inclusive of greetings in over 50 different languages! The posters will be on display throughout Skyview as a reminder to continue to greet each other on a daily basis so that we can continue to create a welcoming community.

ARCOLA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Arcola Students On the Rise

Arcola students started the school year strong! Mr. Mayan's Tech Ed class jumped right into building trivets. Mrs. Bolger's class is already multiplying decimals and many students were in the library choosing books for independent reading!

7th Grade Science in the Planetarium!

Mrs. Roberts' Art Class

Students flexed their creative muscles in Mrs. Roberts' Art Class as they built texture using watercolor paints!

METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL

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Unit Zero

MHS had a great start to school! Our teachers did a phenomenal job establishing classroom culture and getting to know their students. Students were happy, smiling and engaged during their Unit Zero lessons. Unit Zero provided the space and time for classmates to get to know each other and their teachers. We had science classes making slime, English classes spreading kindness through our building, and lots of team building exercises.
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National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists

Congratulations to Methacton High School’s thirteen semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition! That's up from eleven semifinalists last year!

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District 1 Sportsmanship Award Winners!

We are VERY proud to share that for the 21-22 school year, MHS won the District 1 Sportsmanship Award! It is a great honor and we are very proud of our athletes, coaches, fans, and community!