High School Happenings

September 2, 2022

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Welcome Back to School!

We had THE BEST first week back!! Students were engaged in "getting to know you" activities, learning the procedures at the high school, and learning how to navigate their new schedules. We had lots of smiles, laughing and learning.


Here's what we accomplished this week:


  • Unit Zero lessons- getting to know you, your classmates and your teachers-- we had science classes making slime, English classes spreading kindness through our building, and lots of team building exercises. Be sure to ask your student what was their favorite!
  • Class meetings with the administration and counselors to establish expectations, procedures, and reminders about the support system they have in place in school.
  • Student ID Dissemination - Students need these everyday. If a student didn't have one, we are working to get them a new one next week.
  • Everyone found their bus! (a bigger feat than you'd imagine!)
  • Morning carline was adjusted to address traffic congestion- please drive past the outside entrance of the east wing and around the curve to the sidewalk. (You will see Dr. Spiewak standing there). Students should exit cars upon arrival to campus and proceed to wait with us until doors open at 7:15.
  • One Book One School- I Will Always Write Back addresses the importance of showing kindness to others. In English classes this past Thursday, our students transformed our halls to show examples of kindness and appreciation for our school community.
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THANK YOU, AMBASSADORS!

Thank you to our Student Ambassadors for all of their work to make Freshman Orientation a success! Be on the look out for our amazing ambassadors at Back to School Night(s) where they will be in the halls giving directions to you as you try to navigate our maze of hallways!
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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

Important Information for Parents:

Parent To-Do List:

1. Please fill out 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.

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

A Reminder from First Student-

Guest riders are not permitted. Students are only permitted to ride the bus to which they are assigned.

Back to School Night

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 9 & 10

Wednesday, Sep. 7th, 7-9pm

1005 Kriebel Mill Road

Eagleville, PA

Back to School Night for students in grades 9 & 10.


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

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:

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

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.

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