Arcola Weekly News

Arcola Intermediate School, 3/11/2022

March Spirit Days

March 11th - Pajama Day - Wear your PJ's to school

March 18th - Twin Day - Dress alike with a friend or teacher

March 25th - Stop, Drop, & Read - Bring a book to school and be ready to read!

PSSA Testing

The Methacton School District will be administering the 2022 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) to all students in Grades 3 through 8 this spring. New this year, students will be completing the assessments online. Students will need to bring their fully charged, district-issued Chromebook and charger to school each day of testing. Please click here for more information including test dates. Please keep in mind that the results from the state tests allow us to gain valuable information related to programs, supports and resources within the district. We appreciate your support of these efforts for the benefit of our school community.

On Thursday, March 17, we request that all students in grades 3-8 bring their district issued Chromebook and charger to school. We will use this opportunity to ensure all students devices are working properly and able to access the PSSA testing site.

Dates for your Calendar

  • March 31st: Student Half Day (Grab-N-Go lunch will be offered)

  • PSSA ELA: 4/26, 4/27, 4/28
  • PSSA Math: 5/3, 5/4
  • PSSA Science (8th Grade): 5/5, 5/6
  • Algebra I Keystones: 5/18, 5/19


Yearbooks are still on sale. We only have about 100 left so please order quickly. You can find the information on Arcola’s website under activities or outside Mr. Haley’s room. This is the best way to remember this year.

The Counselors' Corner

It’s scheduling time for 8th Grade students! PowerSchool will stay open for making adjustments to selections until March 25. Any 8th Grader still confused about the scheduling process should reach out to Ms. Berardelli in the Counseling Office. Parents and guardians are always welcome to contact Ms. Berardelli as well (x30203 or

As part of our continuing focus on career awareness and career pathways, Arcola will be hosting our annual STEAM Day (career day) on Tuesday, April 12, with the focus on the STEM and Arts fields. We are in need of volunteers to speak to our students about their own careers. More information on how to volunteer can be found here:

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The Methacton Education Foundation just announced an EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! The MEF is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to join their team as Executive Director/Chief Development Officer. Apply Today!


Methacton Backpack Program

The Methacton Backpack program is up and running in each of our buildings and serves district families in need with supplemental food and non-food items. This program helps create food stability for breakfast and lunch when our students are not in school. Weekly, the program sends home a bag of breakfast, lunch, and snack items for the weekend and holiday breaks for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Families who qualify for free/reduced meals are eligible to participate in the Backpack Program. Please contact the school counselor if you would like to register your child for the Backpack program.

In order to continue to sustain the program please consider contributing and donating items to the program. Items can be donated directly to the school or you can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to our school from the Amazon page.

Methacton Backpack's Amazon Wishlist

Please remember to select, “No Weekend Delivery.”

What items can I donate?

Individual Serving Food Items

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

· Mini cereal boxes

· Canned soup (cans with “pop tops”)

· Oatmeal Packs or cups

· Applesauce and fruit cups

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

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet snacks: Fruit snacks, pudding, granola bars, individual bags of cookies, etc.

· Salty snacks: pretzel packs, goldfish crackers, popcorn, etc.

· 100% juice boxes