Magic in the Middle

Arcola~ January 29, 2021

The Student Selection Form

The student selection form MUST be completed by ALL families for EVERY student. Even if you are currently in the hybrid model, the survey must be completed. Please do so as soon as possible as the deadline is this Sunday, 1/31 at 12pm. Failure to complete the form will automatically default your child to the virtual mode.

Lockdown Drill Completed

This week at Arcola we completed an instructional demonstration of a lockdown drill. This was done over two days so that all students had the opportunity to hear, learn and listen to instructions on how to do a lockdown in the event of an intruder emergency.

Coffee Chat with Dr. Mangano

Please join me once a month for a morning coffee chat from 7:45-8:15am. The last Friday of the month I will be hosting a parent zoom. Great opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification and gain insight from others.

End of Marking Period 2

As we close marking period 2 and the first semester, it is a great time to pause and reflect on progress. Please reach out to your teachers for help, ask about any work that can be submitted and seek advice advice from counselors. We are here to help you and guide you towards success- be part of the solution! Check PowerSchool and communicate with your teams.

Counselor Corner

Although it may seem the school year just started, we are starting the process of high school scheduling with our 8th Grade students. Several weeks ago, the 8th Graders were introduced to the programs available at the North Montco Technical Career Center through a recorded presentation (

Parents/guardians and students are welcome to attend a virtual open house for North Montco on Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 pm (Registration:

Eighth graders also heard about the scheduling process from a high school counselor this week, including how to choose electives and what high school is like. If you have an 8th Grader, please visit this link to view a video created to help during the course selection process. There will be much more about high school scheduling over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on this space!

Next week we are celebrating National School Counseling Week with the theme “School Counselors: All in for All Students” to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. The week highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors actively engage in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in partnership with parents/guardians as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; focus on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, postsecondary and social/emotional development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. As part of our celebration of National School Counseling Week, Arcola school counselors will post a daily inspirational video for students to watch.

To further our students’ career education, Arcola will be hosting a virtual STEAM (Career) Day this year on March 30. If you would like to a record a short video about your career to share with students that day, please contact Mr. Mueller in the Counseling Office at

Finally, attached to this newsletter is the February issue of Middle Years, a newsletter focused on helping you improve your student’s success in school. We hope you enjoy reading it!