High School Happenings

September 29, 2022

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Important Information:

CONGRATULATIONS METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL- 2021-2022 PIAA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD!

We are so proud to share that for the 21-22 school year, Methacton High School won the District 1 Sportsmanship Award. Sportsmanship is an understanding of and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity, and general goodwill toward an opponent. It is a great honor and we are very proud our athletes, coaches, fans, and community! Please see the picture below:

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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 . 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.

Procedural Reminders- Unexcused Tardy

All students who take the bus to school arrive on time each day at 7:15. They have from 7:15-7:30 to go the cafeteria for breakfast. If your child is taking the bus but is being marked unexcused-tardy, please have a conversation with your child about going straight to class when the bell rings. If your child is driving or is being dropped off, please be sure they are leaving enough time to make it to class on time.


Disciplinary consequences for continual unexcused tardy include:

Seniors- removal of parking privileges;

Juniors- delayed opportunity to register their vehicle for parking as seniors;

All students: zeros for work missed while late; disciplinary probation.


We ask you to please look at Powerschool to ensure your student is making it to 1st period on time. If you see they are late and have questions after speaking with your student, please feel free to reach out to your student's grade level administrator (found at the bottom of the newsletter).

Homecoming Information

Homecoming is next week! 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: We will be tracking participation to name the most spirited class during the pep-rally.

    • 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 (See schedule below)


Dance- Thursday Night, 10/6/22 @ MHS, 7:00-9:30pm

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

Procedure: No overnight bags; small purse ok- Checked at door, no outside guests.

Check-in Location: Main lobby entrance- student drivers (gr 12 only) should park in the student lot in their spot and enter via the music doors like they do each morning; students being dropped off should utilize the bus lane and enter via the main entrance doors. (From Germantown, parents should enter campus turning left at the admin building, pass the student lot on your left, and turn RIGHT into the bus lane. It is one-way only. Drive all the way up to the main doors to drop off).

Tickets ($20) will be on sale during lunches starting 9/28. The first 500 tickets sold get a free Homecoming t-shirt.

Leaving Early: If a student wants to leave early (before 9pm), students must hand in a note to their grade level administrator in advance of the start of the event. If they do not have a note, we will ask for them to call home so we can speak with you and get your permission. All students are permitted to leave 30 min before the event ends without contact home (9pm).

Pickup: Please be sure to be onsite BY 9:30. Pull into the bus lane and up as far as you can go. Students will be dismissed out the front doors.


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


    • Modified Schedule for the day

    • All students report to period 1 as usual. At 7:45, seniors will be called via the PA system to report to the stadium for their senior class photo.

    • Friday 10/7 schedule:

See altered schedule here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E_9OxFKI3nsrMf1U2rtEpasQWuH7MxhgJSpCBSXfqOY/edit?usp=sharing



Friday Night Football Game:

At halftime, we will be honoring representatives from our clubs and activities, as well as highlighting students from our elementary and middle schools that best exemplify the the school's values on a daily basis. This new tradition is meant to showcase the amazing people that make up Methacton School District.

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.

Strategic Plan Survey During Homeroom 10/17

The Strategic Plan Student Survey will be administered on 10/17 in school, during Homeroom, for all students. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes.

Questions will be sent via district office to parents with directions for opt-out if you do not want your student to participate.


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:

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.

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

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

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

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:

Upcoming Days off

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

Monday, October 10- In-service Day

Wednesday, October 12- SENIORS ONLY- college visit day; community service day; job shadow day (Gr 9, 10, 11 is in session)

Tuesday, November 8- In-Service Day

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