Magic in the Middle

January 9, 2021

Welcome to 2021!

I hope you all had a great week back to learning and that you enjoyed the holiday break. Next week, we are starting back to our hybrid rotation, a few reminders:

  • Power School- you can find your bus number here, your schedule and grades- stay current!
  • Masks
  • Social distancing
  • Student ID lanyards
  • Self-screening checklist

Any questions or concerns please reach out to us!

As a district and community, we realize that it can be difficult to talk to our children about topics that may frighten them like the tragic events at the U.S. Capitol earlier this week. I have included some resources for parents to help guide those important conversations. As always, we encourage students and parents to reach out to our staff for support:

How to talk to your kids about the chaos at the Capitol (National Geographic)

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (NASP)

While there is so much happening around us, locally and nationally, that we can't control, let's focus on the things we CAN DO- show kindness and respect, build connections and relationships- these are the keys to our success. Let's stick together and always remember that everyone matters, everyone is special and everyone belongs.

Thank you for your strength, courage and patience. I truly wish for hope and peace for all as we forge onward!

Dr. M.

Picture Day

Picture Day will be held on January 25 and 26. On both days, students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken by Lifetouch. On the 25th, we will be holding hours from 3:30-6pm for any virtual student to come into school to have their picture taken. If you are ill and cannot come in, re-takes will be available later this year.

Yearbooks Reminder

Attention All Arcola students- it is very important you submit you yearbook portrait as soon as possible. Please use the link to send in your portrait for the yearbook!

Counselor Corner

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a chance to relax, recharge, and reconnect over the holiday break.

It seems like the school year just began and already we are looking ahead to next year! January is a big month for our 8th Grade students as they begin the process of thinking about what classes they would like to take in high school. Next week they will view a video about the programs available at the North Montco Technical Career Center ( This is a great option for students interested in the construction trades, cosmetology, hospitality, engineering/manufacturing, agriculture, power and transportation, or visual communication careers. On January 22, they will be able to meet (virtually) with a school counselor from North Montco to get their questions answered. Finally, on January 28, students will hear from high school counselors regarding the scheduling process and be introduced to the various electives available to them in 9th Grade. All of these programs are in preparation for our 8th Graders to choose their high school electives in February!

January is Get Organized Month! Is your student having difficulty with organization? This can be quite challenging for middle school students and something that a school counselor can work on with them. Here is an article that may help on the home front as well:

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