School Board Notes

March 2021

Meetings in Review

Methacton Forward

Dr. Zerbe and members of his cabinet presented a summary of strategies already being implemented and several positioned to begin in a few months that are designed to help us realize our collective vision for the future. Dr. Zerbe shared the framework for decision-making being based on the 5 tenets of the whole child and how our shared belief in providing a healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged school environment will help us realize an exceptional Methacton School District experience for all.

The recommendation for full-day kindergarten topped the planned strategies under the healthy tenet with a recommendation coming before the Board in May 2021. Under the safe tenet, it was shared that the district is organizing their threat assessment teams as prescribed by the state following research-based protocol/structure. As a strategy of the engaged tenet, the alignment of curriculum with eligible content on the PSSA and Keystone exams in grades 3-11 will provide a targeted approach to increase student achievement scores, one of the major factors considered in state and national school rankings. The implementation of a student, parent, staff annual survey to gather feedback on the progress and work of the district is one of the items outlined under the supported whole child tenet. Entrepreneurship and STEM programs, currently under development at the high school, were emphasized as strategies under the challenged tenet of the whole child.

Dr. Zerbe emphasized that the next steps will include more communication with regards to the whole child tenets as well as communicating a schedule for engaging the community in a strategic planning effort beginning in October 2021.

R.E.A.C.H. Grant Presentation

Pennsylvania State Representative Joe Webster announced $100,000 in grant funding for the Methacton School District that will benefit R.E.A.C.H. -- a school-based intensive mental health program that provides daily access to mental health counseling services for students. Dr. Angstadt, Director of Pupil Services, also delivered a presentation on R.E.A.C.H. to update the Board and school community on the program’s achievements since its establishment during the 2018-2019 school year.

New Skyview Principal

The Board has approved the appointment of Mrs. Nicole Berical as the new principal of Skyview Upper Elementary School. Mrs. Berical began her career as an elementary school teacher in Kirkwood, New York, where she taught for 8 years. She later transitioned into various positions at North Penn School District including Acting Principal, School Climate Coordinator, 4th grade teacher and 2nd grade teacher.

Mrs. Berical earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Scranton, a master’s degree in Literary Education from Binghamton University, and her principal certification at Gwynedd Mercy University.

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Berical to the Methacton family.

Award of Excellence

Methacton’s Award of Excellence honorees for March 2021 represent Woodland Elementary School. They are: Bert Hogstrom, 4th Grade Teacher; Lauren Mackay, 3rd Grade Teacher; Kassie Williams, Art Teacher; Wendy Raquet, Reading Aide; Katie Shireman, Recess Aide; and Robin Sheard, Instructional Assistant.

All of these outstanding staff members provide support for students, staff, and our community. They are valuable team members and we are pleased to share with everyone how much we appreciate their commitment to the students of the Methacton School District.

Jr. Board Representatives

A very special thank you to Rachna Natakala and Ryan Bower for representing Woodland Elementary School as Junior Board Representatives for March 2021.

Updated 2020-2021 Calendar

The Board has approved a revision to the 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar. The revised document can be found on

Arrowhead Construction

On a monthly basis, we will be providing updates on the construction project for the new Arrowhead Elementary School on the district’s website:

All other items listed in the March 23, 2021 agenda were approved.

March 23, 2021 Regular Board Meeting

March 16, 2021 Work Session Board Meeting

March 16, 2021 Methacton School District Work Session Meeting of Board

March 11, 2021 Special Meeting of the Board

March 11, 2021 Methacton School District Special Meeting of the Board

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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held virtually. 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.