Community Conversations

February 2023

Dear Methacton Families,

Welcome to the February 2023 edition of Community Conversations. In this issue I will be sharing a number of matters that have grown out of our strategic plan including a new Math Curriculum and resources for next school year (K-8), Food Services, and a facilities assessment update.


Are you ready for i-Ready! Starting next school year, all students in grades K-8 will begin using the i-Ready math program. Piloted during the 2022-2023 school year in several grades/buildings, it was a clear choice among our elementary teaching professionals and is certainly a resource that will help support student performance and growth goals for years to come. While there will be information sessions for parents in the start of the school year, parents can find out more now by going to:

The i-Ready resource and updates to our curriculum will provide diagnostic tools and individualized pathways for students along with increases in rigor and opportunities for differentiation. The move to this text series provides coherence across grade levels K through 8 and allows us to build upon real-world applications and STEM connections at each level. The instructional framework embedded in the lessons guides students to build upon their existing math knowledge, discuss their work with peers, and make connections across multiple strategies and representations.

Our students will be engaged in productive challenges and learn how to effectively solve problems while making connections within their learning to the outside world. This is truly a collaborative series that requires students to not only problem solve, but to justify their thinking and methods. We are looking forward to the implementation of this resource.


Every 5 years, public school districts are required to issue full and complete RFP’s for food services through a Pennsylvania Department of Education prescribed request for proposal process. Vendors bid on those 5 year contracts. The current food service vendor for Methacton is Aramark.

In November 2022, the Methacton School District began preparing for this renewal and enlisted help from students, staff, and parents. In a process that included gathering student and staff feedback, site visits, food sampling sessions and more, the engagement in this process was purposeful in our quest to move our food services ranking from C+ to an A+.

Research shows most of the top school districts in the Commonwealth that have an A+ rating for food services no longer have their high schools participate in the National School Lunch program. The National School Lunch program provides subsidies to schools for committing to strict nutritional standards. Districts commonly have all the lower grade schools participate in NSLP and go off the program for the high school. Schools that no longer participate in the NSLP must continue to comply with wellness policies, but have greater access to foods more commonly available outside of schools. The RFP submitted to PDE included a request for all schools in Methacton to be on the NSLP program and another for the high school off of the program.

As part of the review process, several students and staff at Methacton visited other local districts who no longer participate in the NSLP at their high school and observed, tasted and experienced the difference. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the HS student and staff representatives to leave the NSLP program. One noteworthy comment is that all these locations had a coffee bar with products similar to that which are found at Wawa or Dunkin. More important, students recognized the value of having access to higher quality foods such as a chicken sandwich made with chicken breast versus a meat patty and having pizza that tastes like a traditional pizza instead of the whole wheat low sodium kind served under the NSLP. One key element added is that Methacton will employ a chef along with cooks and line workers through the third-party provider. The addition of the chef will provide an opportunity to increase the quality and variety of foods served across all levels.

A committee of students, staff, and Home and School representatives will meet in early April to complete the review of the RFP and to select a winning vendor to service all schools in Methacton for the next 5 years. – Imagine for a moment – the high school getting a Windy Hill Coffee Shop…


Over the next several months, the Board of School Directors and the Administration will be reviewing the assessment reports for each of the 7 schools and the other auxiliary facilities. The assessments were completed by Bureau Veritas as part of our need to update our Master Facilities Plan developed in 2016. The update of this plan will help guide our renovation, repairs and replacements over the next 10 years. The board will hear a summary presentation from Bureau Veritas on Tuesday evening at the regularly scheduled Board of School Directors meeting.


Dr. David Zerbe

Superintendent of Schools

Alumni Spotlight

Alexa Hoover, MHS '14, is the featured graduate in our February 2023 edition of Alumni Spotlight. This dynamic field hockey phenom is now leading the next generation of athletes. Find out why she'll always be "A True Warrior" and the teacher who helped set her on a path to future success:

Now let’s take a look at some of the events and achievements that took place across the district in February...


3D Printing

Students in Mrs. Balaguer-Piernock's class were very excited to create items and print them using Arrowhead's 3D printer.

100 day hat parade

100th Day Hat Parade

Second graders at Arrowhead celebrated their 100th day of school with a hat parade!

Grade 4 Artists

Students in Mrs. McDonough's 4th grade Art class showed off their amazing artwork!

Arrowhead Kindness Project

Arrowhead held their annual Kindness Project this month. Students and families sold used books and wrote words of encouragement. The proceeds from the Kindness Project benefitted the American Cancer Society.


STEM Fair 2023

Eagleville held a successful STEM Fair event this month! Thank you to all the students and their outstanding projects, and also to Dr. Pail and his Villanova University students for some fun science experiments that certainly entertained all!

Pretzels, Popcorn, Pajamas Event

Fourth graders had a BLAST at Eagleville's annual Pretzels, Popcorn, and Pajamas event.
3rd Grade Chorus Eagles Spirit
4th Grade Chorus | Fly, Eagles, Fly!

Fly, Eagles, Fly!

Third and 4th grade Eagleville students show off their Eagles spirit!


Woodland Celebrates Valentine's Day

Woodland shared their admiration and gratitude for one another on Valentine's Day this year. Students wrote about what it means to show respect and care for one another. In the younger grades, students exchanged cards and small tokens of appreciation.

Go Birds!

Woodland staff and students gathered together to send a message to the Philadelphia Eagles before the Super Bowl.
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Worcester 2022 Walk-A-Thon Update

The final numbers from the 2022 Worcester Walk-A-Thon are in! The Worcester Wolves ran, walked, and jumped their way to 9,727 laps while raising $13, 719 from 377 supporters!

Way to go Worcester!


Fourth graders at Worcester enjoyed a fun afternoon of Jeopardy!

Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab

Third graders from Worcester had an exciting afternoon completing hands-on experiments in the PA Farm Bureau's Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab. The Ag Lab is a 32 foot trailer, complete with heating and air conditioning, that contains 12 work stations!


Give Science a Try Night

Skyview Home and School sponsored Give Science a Try Night on Friday, February 3rd. Students had the opportunity to come to Skyview with their family and engage in hands-on learning experiments!

Lantern Decorations

Fifth grade researchers created “lanterns” that will be hung in the hall! Each side of the lantern discusses facts about an enslaved person in US History. The sides of the lantern discuss the early life, enslaved life, facts about the individual and a picture with their name. This was a great project that incorporated researching an enslaved individual, writing about what they researched and creating a finished product using construction paper and art supplies.

Super Bowl Pep Rally

Skyview students came together to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles at their Super Bowl Pep Rally!

During the pep rally, students took the time to discuss the qualities the Philadelphia Eagles display that helped lead the team to the Super Bowl. Students heard from their principal, Ms. Nicole Berical, as well as Lower Providence Police Officer, Sgt. Stead, on how they can demonstrate the qualities of teamwork, perseverance, respect and responsibility.

We would like to thank the members of the Skyview Band, MHS' Cheerleaders, and Skyview Student Council for their participation in the pep rally.


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Congratulations MATHCOUNTS!

Congratulations to Arcola's MATHCOUNTS team and Mrs. Brooke Sheplock. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school math program that engages students of all ability levels in competition. The Arcola team competed in the Valley Forge Chapter Competition and won 1st Place! The winning team included Felix, Jeffrey, Chelsea, and George. Two of our students placed in the top 4 after competing at an individual level: Felix and Jeffrey. These students now have an opportunity to compete at the state level.

Ed Gerety Visits Arcola

Ed Gerety, an author and motivational speaker, came to Arcola on January 26th to deliver a message to our students. He spoke of the importance of gratitude and recognizing the greatness in all of us. He spoke of the importance of kindness and the importance of respect for ourselves and for others. Many students stayed behind to chat with Mr. Gerety at the conclusion of the assembly. They let him know how much they appreciated his presentation, and they were heard giving their personal takeaways from his program.
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Schuylkill Valley Area Orchestra

Congratulations to Vera, Sharon, Jeffrey, Nathan, Aiden, Jeffrey, Vincent, and George for their performance with the Schuylkill Valley Area Orchestra at Colonial Middle School this month! Students gathered from nine area schools for this Honors Orchestra experience.

Eagles Spirit Day

Arcola students put their Eagles spirit on display with an Eagle Spirit Day ahead of the Super Bowl.


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National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to Methacton's thirteen finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition! The honorees are:

  • Chinmay Bapat
  • Haley Chung
  • Shrinija Dandibhotla
  • Christopher Groff
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Sean Kim
  • Alice Liang
  • Victor Liu
  • Anna Lu
  • Shannon O'Leary
  • Sameeksha Panda
  • Srikrishna Tirumalareddy
  • Lucy Wang

PMEA Music Festivals

Congratulations to MHS' Music Department and students who attended, and will be attending, PMEA Music Festivals!
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SkillaUSA District 2 Competition

Congratulations to the seven North Montco Technical Career Center Students who represent Methacton and earned medals in the SkillsUSA District 2 Competition! All the first-place winners are eligible to compete in the PA State Competition, which takes place in Hershey, PA in April.

Senior Banquet

MHS Class of 2023 seniors had a fantastic time during their Senior Banquet at Normandy Farms. Thank you to our senior class officers, and to our senior class sponsors, Mrs. Dunbar and Mrs. Emery for putting together a great evening!