Community Conversations

February 2022

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 have alumni that have become teachers, enjoy careers in law enforcement or are doctors and lawyers. Some are entrepreneurs – one of whom is the co-Founder of the Victory Brewing Company.


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.

This month's spotlight is on Matthew Michaels - MHS '11. Read his story here.


If there is a Methacton Alum that you believe should be spotlighted in an upcoming segment, please complete this form.

Furthermore, the Methacton Education Foundation has established the Methacton Alumni & Friends Association to bring together everyone that has walked the halls and crossed the graduation threshold here at Methacton during our more than five decades of history.

To head up the Alumni Association with co-chair Marijane Barbone, Methacton’s own Dr. Thomas “Rudy” Ruth, MHS ’78, has joined the Education Foundation and has made it a priority to bring our graduates together. He’s excited to take on this opportunity to develop an association that will build lasting connections with Methacton’s alumni.


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.

Lastly, we are excited to bring Full Day Kindergarten to the Methacton School District beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. This opportunity brings us one-step closer to reaching our goal of ensuring an exceptional Methacton School District experience for all!
MSD to Launch Full Day Kindergarten | Program Begins in 2022-2023 School Year

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

OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

Arrowhead's triplets, Sadie, Rand, and Liam Redding, received a special ride to school from the Lower Providence Police for their positive behavior, work ethic, and leadership.

So #MethactonProud of these students!

Thank you LP Police Department for your support!

✅ 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?".

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🎵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

Fight Song | Group Dance

4th GRADE DANCE

Check out how our 4th grade students led our 1st grade classes in a dance to “Fight Song!”.

BEDTIME STORIES💤

4th graders took over our Bedtime Stories project. Last time Woodland did these, the staff read the stories. 4th graders are happy to take over the responsibility.

VALENTINE'S DAY

On Valentine’s Day, Woodland students gave special “Thank You” gifts and cards to our dedicated bus drivers.

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✅ 100th DAY OF SCHOOL

This month Woodland celebrated the 100th day of school. Students and staff could choose to dress up like they were 100 years old!

PROUD TO BE ME WEEK

February was Proud to Be Me Month. Starting on February 7th, students wore different colors or spirit gear every day that week.

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.

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✅ 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!

KINDNESS BAGS

Our school counselor, Mrs. Snyder, partnered with The Giving Tree organization and our 2nd grade students to create small gift bags and cards for those in need. Students learned about ways they can give to others, spread kindness, and help their community.

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

Students on the Galaxy Team are incorporating the 5 Step Writing Process as they develop nonfiction writing on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students began this assignment with a prewrite, followed by a draft and were then able to revise and edit their work with partners.

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!

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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

Kids Against Crisis visited Worcester and Woodland Elementary Schools! Our high school students were so excited to meet their new buddies. They developed an “About Me” craft that aided in fine motor skills, creativity, and socialization. We can’t wait for our next trip!
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MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS🎵

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for PMEA All-States!


Orchestra

Nathan Choi | Cello


Concert Band

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🎭

Over 75 student cast, crew, and pit members cannot wait to welcome everyone into Bikini Bottom!


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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.

NMTCC was also featured in the SkillsUSA Championship Spotlight this month. You can check it out here!
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🏀BOYS BASKETBALL WINS PAC CHAMPIONSHIP

Methacton High School’s Boys Basketball Team has reclaimed the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship title! This is the fourth PAC Championship win for the Warriors in the last five seasons (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022). Congratulations!