Dear Methacton Families,
The Methacton School District is an exemplary student-centered K-12 public school system that has developed thousands of graduates that have gone on to reach extraordinary heights.
We also have alumni that volunteer for noble causes and others that work for some of the world’s largest hedge funds.
We have graduates that truly recognize the importance of giving back to this community – the place that nurtured them as they grew up. A prime example of that is the homegrown company, J.P. Mascaro and Sons.
Each one of our alums have made contributions to the communities in which they live and work. This is why the district has started an Alumni Spotlight – a newsletter designed to share with our community some of those accomplishments.
Rudy is currently Vice President of Community Engagement and the Executive Director for the Holleran Center for Community & Global Engagement at Alvernia University. He says he had a wonderful, well-rounded education at Methacton that set him up for success in undergrad at West Chester University. He holds two Master’s degrees – one from West Chester and the other from Kutztown University. He earned his Doctoral degree from Widener University. So join Rudy and Marijane Barbone by becoming a member of the Methacton Alumni & Friends Association today!
In other important news, the district’s Strategic Planning process is well underway. Focus groups completed their work in December and the administration is reviewing the recommendations and organizing the plan to include the strategies, goal alignment, implementation summaries, timelines, persons responsible, and KPI/deliverables. The plans progress will be available online for our community to follow. As Superintendent, I want to thank all of the students, parents, business owners, and community members who participated in the Strategic Planning process to date. As a reminder, the targeted release of the plan is scheduled for May 2022.
Now let’s take a look at some of the outstanding events and achievements that took place across the district in February...
ARROWHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
✅ 100th DAY OF SCHOOL
Students celebrated the 100th day of school with an in-school parade along with in-classroom activities. We are 100 days smarter!
PROUD TO BE ME WEEK
The school counselors sponsored Proud to Be Me Week! Students dressed up for their future careers like construction workers, police, doctors, teachers, scientists, chefs, and artists.
EAGLEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POP UP ART
Environmental Club members were outside again this week to create pop up art for our school. Students painted on the snow around the front entrance. There were many wonderful pictures and some sweet messages including "Hello" written in 3 languages!
GIVING TREE PROJECTS
Eagleville's Student Council and entire first grade team participated in making projects for The Giving Tree. This organization's mission is to teach children the priceless lessons of giving through the educational process of service-learning.
3RD GRADE SCIENTISTS
The 3rd graders in Mrs. Ponticello's were very busy this week. First, we made posters of text features. Then, they became scientist and experimented to answer the question, "What materials create the most friction?".
🎵THE SOUNDS OF TRASH CONCERT🎶
During 2nd grade PIE time we brought the book The Sounds of Trash to LIFE! A few students recycled trash and made musical instruments. We enjoyed a little concert after they shared how they made their instruments.
WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4th GRADE DANCE
Check out how our 4th grade students led our 1st grade classes in a dance to “Fight Song!”.
✅ 100th DAY OF SCHOOL
WORCESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WORLD READ ALOUD DAY📖
Worcester celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 2nd! World Read Aloud Day began in 2010 to celebrate the power of reading aloud to create community. Since then, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners coming together to honor the joy of reading.
Mrs. Slater, our Reading Specialist, coordinated Zoom read alouds with many published authors!
It was a special day for Worcester.
✅ 100th DAY OF SCHOOL
On Tuesday, February 8th, we celebrated the 100th day of school! Our 1st grade students decorated shirts with 100 items, and had a fashion show to show off their designs. Some students even dressed up to look like they were 100 years old!
SKYVIEW UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5th GRADE SCIENTISTS
Things are blowing up in the STARS hallway at Skyview! Our 5th grade scientists are practicing the skills of following directions and writing hypotheses when conducting an experiment with pop rocks, Mentos and soda! The students were surprised with the conclusion of their experiment and had a lot of fun learning about chemical reactions in chemistry!
PROUD TO BE ME WEEK
Our 6th grade BLAST (Becoming Leaders and Serving Together ) Leaders were excited to lead our school in Proud To Be Me Week from February 7-11 . BLAST made morning announcements throughout the week that focused on the importance of celebrating our unique abilities. The Skyview community celebrated by participating in Spirit Days that allowed students and staff to dress in attire that reflected what is important to them.
5 STEP WRITING PROCESS
Published pieces are hanging in the hallway for others to enjoy!
ARCOLA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
7th GRADE TEAM ART
Students in 7th grade Art are working together using various types of fiber and textile mediums to create a weaving that builds and grows from class to class. We received so many donations of fabric, yarn, ties, clothes, string, etc. from our supportive staff to create the weaving looms. Once complete, the weavings will be removed from the looms and used as wall hangings throughout the school!
PHILANTHROPY CLUB MAKES $550 DONATION
On February 17, the Arcola Philanthropy Club presented a check for $550 to a representative from the Montgomery County SPCA as the result of their “Airheads for Animals” campaign. For the first two weeks of February, students could buy hearts for their friends during lunch. Club members attached the hearts to bags of Airheads candy, mostly donated by teachers and staff, and delivered them on Valentine’s Day.
Because most of the SPCA’s funding comes from donors, they were extremely grateful for the gift and it will be put to good use supporting the day-to-day needs of the animals in their care.
NJHS COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
The National Junior Honor Society sponsored a community service project to benefit Norristown Hospitality Center. They collected breakfast food items including: peanut butter, jelly jars, granola bars, protein bars, instant oatmeal, powdered creamer, ground coffee, chip or snack bags, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, etc.
Thank you to all who donated for supporting a local charity!
METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL
CONGRATULATIONS ART STUDENTS!
The MHS Art Department is pleased to announce that the following students have had their work selected for the 35th Annual PSEA "Touch the Future" Art Show!
Ericka Anderson (12)
Andrew Brickman (9)
Kaili Brinton (12)
Michael Chan (9)
Janice Chung (10)
Ben Cunningham (12)
Lillian Deardoff (12)
Makena Kumfert (12)
Sofia Musi (11)
Ryan Phan (10)
Madelyn Shaffer (12)
Laylaa Staten (10)
Rachel Steele (12)
Senior Makena Kumfert also won an award for the top work in her 3-D category!
KIDS AGAINST CRISIS VISITS WORCESTER & WOODLAND
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for PMEA All-States!
Nathan Choi | Cello
Melinda Jin | Clarinet 2
Darren Brady | Trombone 2
Nathan Choi and Melinda Jin will be attending the PMEA Region Orchestra Festival this Friday, February 25th. We wish them the best of luck!
Good luck to all who auditioned for All-State Chorus!
THIS WEEK ONLY! | THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL🎭
CONGRATULATIONS SKILLSUSA COMPETITION WINNERS!🏅
Congratulations to the five North Montco Technical Career Center students who represent Methacton and earned medals in the SkillsUSA District 2 Competition! All of the gold medal winners are eligible to compete in the State Competition, which takes place in Hershey, PA in April.