School Board Notes

September 2018

The Meetings in Review

Dr. Susan Angstadt, Director of Pupil Services for Methacton, presented the Board with an overview of the R.E.A.C.H. (Raising Expectations and Children’s Hopes).

This new intensive mental health program, approved by the Board, will be implemented at Arcola Intermediate School. The district is partnering with Springfield Psychological to provide these services and supports for our students. As noted in the presentation, R.E.A.C.H. will allow students who require this level of care in order to continue to participate in Methacton School District’s academic and extra-curricular programs. During the month of October, Springfield Psychological will be working with district administrators to develop the implementation timeline and the referral process.

The Board voted to accept an agreement of sponsorship between Merck, Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union and the Methacton School District to place a banner on the stadium field fence for four years in exchange for $5,000. The district is pleased to count the credit union among the early sponsors whose support of The Methacton School District and its students is so valued.

All other items listed on the September 25 agenda were approved.

Student Board Representatives

Congratulations to Methacton High School Juniors Claire Tse and Caleb Nice, who were sworn in as Student Representatives to the Board of School Directors for a term of two years.

M Award Presentation for Academic Excellence

Hundreds of Methacton High School students were recognized with "M" awards for academic excellence during the 2017-2018 school year. The students listed here were recognized for achieving a 93% or greater cumulative grade point average in all four marking periods last year.

Award of Excellence

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Congratulations to the Methacton Award of Excellence recipients representing the Farina Education Center and Buildings and Grounds. Present at the Board meeting was Patricia Gavanus, Secretary to the Director of Pupil Services. Dr. Angstadt, Director of Pupil Services, noted Ms. Gavanus to be, "a dedicated employee who has a strong work ethic. She has extensive knowledge of the department's processes, procedures and timelines and does an excellent job adhering to these protocols and ensuring that everyone else follows them too."

"She knows how to appropriately handle confidential information and complex student-related matters. In addition, Pat is a multi-tasker who knows how to deal with the constant interruptions that occur in the Pupil Services office at least a 100 times a day. Pat is, without a doubt, a tremendous asset to the District and the department!" Dr. Angstadt added.

Read more other award of excellence winners, including Farina staff member Dianne Maylen, and Custodian Brad Casagrande on the district's website here.

September 18, 2018 Work Session Meeting

September 25, 2018 Regular School Board Meeting

Board Notes

The Methacton School District's Board of School Directors meets each month. School board work session meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month, followed by the regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday (except during the month of December). Regular Board and work session meetings typically take place in the MHS LGI, and all residents are invited to attend. Committee meetings may take place in the Board Room at the Farina Center, or the MHS LGI. Meeting agendas are posted to agenda manager, and start times and locations are posted on the District's website. Please confirm meeting time and location before attending. Download the meeting calendar here. Watch the meeting video online.