Arcola~ The Magic in the Middle

February 20, 2021

Dear Families:

We are into our third marking period now and time is surely moving! There are moments where things feel fast and fleeting and then days that seem to drag and feel redundant. We are all feeling the effects of winter, COVID and change. But we will continue to press onward. Please take some time to review the many important announcements below.

Wishing you and your families a warm, safe and restful weekend.

Dr. M.

The Power of PowerSchool!

Please continue to visit PowerSchool where you can review your child's progress, grade updates, missing assignments and assessments.


We are nearing the mid-marking period, please look for mid-marking updates!

Morning Drop-off

Starting Monday, 2/23, both Skyview and Arcola will be offering early morning drop-off starting at 7:45am. Students can enter the building at the doors near the auditorium and will sit socially distanced in the cafe/commons area waiting for the 8am bell. We hope this helps your morning routine and commute.


Please continue to follow our traffic patterns and guards on duty both in morning and afternoon. Cars must pull all the way down toward Skyview for pick-up and drop-off. We need to keep traffic moving and we must make way for our buses to load, unload and exit campus first.

Bus Riders

Please be reminded that ALL students must wear a mask at all times on the bus. Masks are not to be removed at all and students will be seated in the same seats daily, socially distanced.

Blended Learning/New Survey

Pending School Board approval on Tuesday, 2/23, grades 7-12 will prepare for the final blended learning plan for the year. Families MUST complete the survey and choice of 2 options: all virtual or 4 days on premise. More information to come and please look for the survey announcements later next week.

Student Services Tutoring Support

Starting March 1, Skyview and Arcola will be offering student tutoring services! Please stay tuned for details where your child can receive support from staff in person or virtually.

Lanyards, Masks, Screening

All students must wear their lanyards and masks on campus and on the bus. This is a must, please visit the health and safety plan for specifics on the district website. Students must also self-screen prior to being on campus. Please help us keep each other safe. Any questions, please contact our nurse Mrs. Cosgriff.

Picture Retake Day

March 1 and 2, 830-1030 for all students!

The Counselor Corner

It’s scheduling time for 8th Grade students! Students should have received their course placements (academic or honors) for 9th Grade for their core courses and world language. Parents/guardians and students can now see these placements in the PowerSchool portal.


Students should also be thinking about what electives they would like to take next year and filling out their Grade 9 Course Card online. On Tuesday, February 23, they will be entering their elective selections into PowerSchool. This is a great time to have a conversation with your student about their electives, plans for high school, and their long-term career goals. If they are confused about the scheduling process, please encourage them to reach out to Mr. Mueller in the Counseling Office. Parents and guardians are always welcome to contact Mr. Mueller about scheduling as well (x30220 or mmueller@methacton.org).

The PowerSchool portal will be open until March 23 for students to make changes to their elective choices. After that, changes must be made by contacting Mr. Mueller and locked in by April 7.


For 8th Graders who are interested in attending the North Montco Technical Career Center next year, a reminder that applications are due to the Arcola Counseling Office by February 26. Space is limited at North Montco, so It is extremely important to meet the deadline in order for a student to be considered in the first round of applicants. Electronic applications can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cKfjty or students can stop by the Counseling Office to pick up a paper copy. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mueller in the Counseling Office.


If you are struggling with disciplining your children right now in the midst of the pandemic and remote learning, you are not alone. It has been a tough year for everyone and many parents/guardians are stressed out and unsure of how to address challenging behaviors.

Here is a three part series of articles from Psychology Today that might help you find a better way to discipline that doesn’t involve shouting and threats:

Part 1: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/peaceful-parents-happy-kids/202102/your-blueprint-discipline-during-tough-times

Part 2: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/peaceful-parents-happy-kids/202102/blueprint-child-discipline-in-tough-times

Part 3: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/peaceful-parents-happy-kids/202102/blueprint-child-discipline-in-stressful-times


Last month we celebrated our counselors- they are an essential part of our school and a key ingredient to student success!

Home and School News

8th Grade Parent Survey!


Parents, as Home & School plans for the 8th Grade Social, we would appreciate your feedback! Please click on the link below and complete our 2 question survey…it will take you 30 seconds!

Thank you!

DEI Announcement

Please see this important announcement from the DEI:


Food unites us in many ways: community, tradition, heritage, celebrations, and faith. Share your family’s favorite recipes and holiday dishes with us as we prepare to publish our first DEI Task Force Cookbook!


We are asking for recipes that speak of your culture, your dinner table, and your tastebuds. Recipes can be submitted using this link: bit.ly/DEIcookbook2021 Individual, family, and business submissions are all welcome, and feel free to share the link with family and friends outside of the school district as well.


Cookbook sale proceeds will benefit the DEI Task Force in its mission to promote diversity in the Methacton community through support and development of equity and inclusion practices in our schools and community. Books will be ready for distribution the first week of May 2021. No purchase necessary to contribute recipes, but at $20 per book, you will receive hundreds of recipes to try, and just in time for Mothers and Fathers Day gifting!

Contact us at DEITaskForce2020@gmail.com for more information, and check out our website at www.deitaskforce.org

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