Arcola Weekly News

Arcola Intermediate School, 1/7/2022

MLK Day of Service

The MLK Challenge is another opportunity to bring a meaningful service project to Arcola. Socks tend to be the number one requested item by individuals experiencing homelessness. We will be collecting men's athletic/crew socks in 8th period Advisory classes from January 3rd through January 12th. On January 17th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, student volunteers will come to 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 will be donated to The Giving Tree.

Students can sign up in their 2026 or 2027 Google Classroom. They will find it on the front page of the stream.

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Spirit Days for January

Spirit Days for January

  • Friday, January 14th - Eagles Gear or Eagles Colors
  • Friday, January 21st - School Spirit
  • Friday, January 28th - Flannel Day

8th Grade Students-

    • Dr. Gravinese, the High School Principal, sent a special message to all 8th grade families outlining the scheduling process, specific to their 8th grade student(s).

    • On January 31, High School counselors and administrators will provide a scheduling presentation to all eighth grade students at Arcola.

    • January 31: 8th grade parents are invited to the high school cafeteria from 3:00 - 5:00 to ask any department specific question of the department coordinators.

    • February 28: eighth grade Arcola students will participate in the course selection process with the assistance of Arcola and High School counselors and administrators.

Methacton Backpack Program

The Methacton Backpack program is up and running in each of our buildings and serves district families in need with supplemental food and non-food items. This program helps create food stability for breakfast and lunch when our students are not in school. Weekly, the program sends home a bag of breakfast, lunch, and snack items for the weekend and holiday breaks for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Families who qualify for free/reduced meals are eligible to participate in the Backpack Program. Please contact the school counselor if you would like to register your child for the Backpack program.

In order to continue to sustain the program please consider contributing and donating items to the program. Items can be donated directly to the school or you can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to our school from the Amazon page.

Please remember to select, “No Weekend Delivery.”

What items can I donate?

Individual Serving Food Items

· Single serving boxes of milk (shelf-stable/not refrigerated)

· Mini cereal boxes

· Canned soup (cans with “pop tops”)

· Oatmeal Packs or cups

· Applesauce and fruit cups

· Chef Boyardee, Hormel, Dint Moore Meals, etc.

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet snacks: Fruit snacks, pudding, granola bars, individual bags of cookies, etc.

· Salty snacks: pretzel packs, goldfish crackers, popcorn, etc.

· 100% juice boxes

The Counselors' 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. On Thursday, January 6, they heard a presentation from representatives from the North Montco Technical Career Center ( about their various programs. This is a great option for students interested in the construction trades, cosmetology, hospitality, engineering/manufacturing, agriculture, power and transportation, or visual communication careers. Eighth Graders will have an opportunity to take a field trip to North Montco on January 21. Students should stop by the Counseling Office to pick up a permission slip for the trip and return it by January 14. Finally, on January 24, 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: