Community Conversations

January 2022

Dear Methacton Families,


I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and doing well. The COVID pandemic has certainly provided an enormous amount of challenge for each of us. While we can all recognize that COVID-19 is not going away, and as more of us come to the realization that similar to other viruses, our society and our schools will continue to adapt and find a pathway through all of these challenges, we must still remain cognizant of the need to monitor our own health, take care of ourselves, and respect the health and safety of others around us.


The surge in COVID positive cases beginning in mid-December 2021 and lasting for the month of January was certainly challenging for students, parents and staff alike. I want to thank our entire school community for pulling together and helping us keep our schools open. We appreciate everyone’s efforts and cooperation during these challenging times.


While we are now seeing our school, community and county positivity and incidence rates decline, we are unfortunately not below the threshold of HIGH transmission to allow for mask- optional environment at this time. You may recall from a previous message on masking that on December 16, 2021, the Board of School Directors approved 2 metrics that would allow persons inside school buildings to choose between wearing a mask or not wearing a mask. The first metric is date driven, beginning January 31, 2022 for grades 7-12 and February 28, 2022 for grades K-6. Following these dates we can consider metric two. The second metric is community transmission levels (positivity/incidence rates). We will need to have two consecutive weeks below the HIGH community transmission or less than 100 cases per 100,000 or less than 10% positivity. Please know that an advance notice will come from my office indicating if and when a mask-optional environment is to take effect.


Second, as per the updated county exclusion guidelines and their recommendations to schools, we will initiate a new process beginning Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Our nurses will continue to be the point of contact for all matters COVID -19 related. However, based on the county recommendations, we will continue to have school nurses conduct contact tracing as they have for the cafeteria and high-risk activities (athletics). For all other locations, we will issue an email notification to the child’s primary contact informing them of potential exposure on the bus – as an example. This change is positioned to improve the turnaround time for notification to parents so that further health decisions can be made as families see appropriate. It also provides encouragement to parents to increase the monitoring of their child for potential COVID symptoms. To this end - the following is a sample email letter that would be distributed.

Dear __{School Name}___ Parent/Guardian:


The Methacton School District considers the health and safety of students and staff a priority. With that in mind, we are sending this email to you as your child’s primary parents/guardian contact for awareness purposes only.


Please know that an individual on your child’s bus was diagnosed with COVID-19 with the date of potential exposure being _{insert date}___.


This notification does not mean that your child is a close contact and it does not mean you should take any action at this time. Students considered a close contact, as per the Montgomery County Department of Public Health exclusion guide, have been contacted.


We do recommend that you continue to monitor your child each day for COVID symptoms prior to sending them to school. If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, please contact a healthcare provider as you see fit and contact the school nurse.

Lastly, I want to inform our families that we will be resuming our Alumni Spotlight feature beginning February 2022 that will feature some extraordinary graduates. To see our past write-ups, click here.

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

ARROWHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WINTER CONCERT

For the first time in TWO years, Arrowhead 4th grade students and their families held their Winter Concert. Thank you to Dr. Euker and Woodland Elementary School for hosting.
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Band 2022 Winter Concert
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4th GRADE CODING

Our Elementary Technology Integrator, Mr. Bradley Dale, engaged our 4th graders in a fun coding lesson using Studiocode.

SONGS FOR LEARNING

Arrowhead's 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Szkaradnik, taught her students contractions using a catchy song.
Grade 2 contractions

EAGLEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WINTER CONCERT

Wow! What a great job Eagleville musical staff and students did performing during their Winter Concert! It was wonderful to see the students perform live in front of their families. Thank you to all that attended, and congratulations to all of our performers.

SCIENCE & CIRCUITS

Fourth graders worked together to create circuits and learned some new science vocabulary like power source, path, and load.

NEW EAGLEVILLE SPACE

The Eagleville Project is nearing the finish line! Check out the following photos.

WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WINTER CONCERTS

During the week of January 10th, Woodland hosted the Arrowhead, Eagleville and Woodland’s Winter Concerts. All three nights were a success! Students, families, and staff all enjoyed listening to 4th grade students perform for the first time in 2 years. Here are some of the songs that Woodland’s fourth grade students performed that night...
Woodland Winter Concert 2022

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Walking around the halls of Woodland, you see students’ creative tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Woodland student body acknowledged this hero by hanging “I Have a Dream…” essays and pictures illustrating what freedom means to them.

DRESS THE DECADES

Woodland celebrates every school year milestone by wearing fashions from the corresponding decade. The 80th day of school happened recently so students and staff dressed up in 1980’s attire. For the 90th day of school everyone dressed in flannel and jeans as this was the decade of “grunge”.

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BEDTIME STORIES

Bedtime Stories are back at Woodland. Fourth grade students will prepare a “Bedtime Story” for the rest of the school to enjoy at home. We have created a Google folder that will house all the stories. Students will practice reading with fluency and expression as this activity ties the school community together.

WORCESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WINTER PARTIES

Worcester celebrated winter with classroom parties!

WINTER CONCERT

Worcester's Winter Concert was a huge success! Thank you to all of the music teachers, parents, and students for a wonderful evening of music!

SKYVIEW UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WELCOME BACK MVA STUDENTS!

Skyview was excited to welcome back multiple Methacton Virtual Academy students! We are thrilled to have them back in our building.

MAKEY MAKEY MUSICAL CREATIONS

Students in Skyview Library and Tech Ed were collaboratively creating musical instruments with only pencil and paper using the Makey Makey! The Makey Makey is an extendable keyboard that allows you to create keyboard presses with anything that is conductive. The student inventors were fully engaged and are looking forward to extending this lesson for future creations!

CAKE, ICING, & SCIENCE AT SKYVIEW

Mrs. McGowan’s class combined science and the celebration of National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27th, 2022 with a fun and tasty experiment! The students were thrilled to watch lava type frosting erupt on to the cake! We can’t forget to mention that the class enjoyed the closure of the lesson by eating their science experiment!

ARCOLA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

The MLK Day of Service presented an opportunity to bring a meaningful service project to Arcola. Socks tend to be the number one requested item by individuals experiencing homelessness. On January 17th, MLK Day of Service, volunteers came into Arcola to create Sock Rolls, a pair of socks rolled with a granola bar and a pack of crackers and finished off with a ribbon and a tag from the student. The Sock Rolls were donated to The Giving Tree. Thank you for your service!

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SCHEDULING SEASON IS HERE!

On January 24th, Methacton High School counselors visited our 8th grade students to walk them through the course selection process for 9th grade.

NMTCC VISIT

On January 21st, interested 8th grade students visited North Monto Technical Career Center to learn about their program offerings. Thank you for having us NMTCC!

METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL

CHEMISTRY & ORNAMENTS

Chemistry In The Community conducted some experiments by making holiday tree ornaments! Students learned how to make a chemical reaction that created a real sliver coating on our glass ornaments!
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2021 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE WINNER

Congratulations to MHS 11th grader, Sreekara Dandibhotla, for winning the 2021 Congressional App Challenge! Sreekara created the app Intelligent Plant Watering System. It uses rainfall data to determine, and automatically implement, plant watering schedules to conserve water and save time.


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Intelligent Plant Watering System - Congressional App Challenge 2021

MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Four students from the band program successfully auditioned into the PA Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Concert Band:

Melinda Jin - Clarinet

Liya Zhang - Flute

Raymond Tai - Alto Saxophone

Darren Brady - Trombone


Five students successfully auditioned into the PMEA District 11 Orchestra:

Melinda Jin - Clarinet

Victoria Fan - Violin

Hailey Chung - Violin

Nathan Choi - Cello

Matthew Chung - Cello


Four students successfully auditioned into the PMEA District 11 Chorus:

Mimi Cavallo - Soprano 2

Quinn Adams - Tenor 2

Max King - Bass 1

Braedon O' Hara - Bass 2

MHS THEATRE COMPANY | THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

MHS Theatre Company is continuing to prepare for their upcoming production of The SpongeBob Musical running from February 24 to 26. They have over SEVENTY-FIVE students participating in the show between cast, crew, and pit members!