Dear Methacton Families,
In this month’s Community Conversations – I want to start by thanking all the volunteers that helped with the revival of the Post Prom event! It took hundreds of people over an entire year to plan and coordinate, to design and draw, and to orchestrate an evening of fun for our juniors and seniors. Thank you to Lisa Coupe and Gabby Winters for your leadership and taking the reins after a two-year hiatus. You may recall that we held a 20 year celebration in 2019 (see Board recognition here). What started as a community measure to keep students safe on prom night now maintains a long history of success and has been revived following the pandemic to continue in the tradition.
Another shout out to all the students, staff and community members that participated in the district's strategic planning effort. The plan document is nearly complete. It will be presented at the May Board of School Directors meeting and will feature an online component to allow the public to monitor progress toward completing strategies. The presentation will provide a high-level summary of efforts over the next 5 years on the following:
- Stem Academy
- Student Growth/Achievement, Instruction, Staff Development, & Technology,
- Pupil Services,
- Communications/Information Resources,
- Athletics/Clubs & Activities,
- Financial Management/Human Resources,
- and, Student, Staff, Community experiences.
In all, the plan will serve to guide the district forward towards ensuring an exceptional Methacton School District experience for all.
In addition, we have a new episode of the Community Conversations video series, which highlights the great work of the Alumni Association led by alumnus Tom Ruth and Marijane Barbone.
Now let’s take a look at some of the outstanding events and achievements that took place across the district in April...
ARROWHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
STAFF TOURS NEW BUILDING
Arrowhead staff took a tour of the new building as hosted by KCBA architects.
EAGLEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Congratulations to our 3rd grade Orchestra and Chorus performers. Eagleville partnered with Worcester’s Orchestra and Chorus for an excellent performance on the evening of April 20th at Woodland Elementary.
APRIL 7TH | A BIG DAY AT EAGLEVILLE
It has certainly been a long journey during the Eagleville construction. Students, staff, and the community have been so supportive, and we are more than thrilled with the results. April 7th's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was a great way to celebrate. The Eagleville Art Show, Family Book Fair Night, and Orff Ensemble's performance added to the excitement.
Thank you to all our families that were able to make it, we had a huge turnout!
STUDENTS SUPPORT THE RODRIGUES FRUIT BATS
Eagleville Elementary Challenge students, as part of the Rodrigues Warriors Team from all four district elementary schools, recently spread awareness to 2nd through 4th grade classrooms about the Rodrigues Fruit Bat and its challenges. They have been working on an animal awareness campaign with The Philadelphia Zoo.
Watch their informational video and check out the website!
WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Woodland 4th graders have gone above and beyond with their Bedtime Stories. We have made 13 stories so far and the Woodland community loves to see the new releases every week.
Prepare to be amazed!
PEP RALLY TAKES US INTO PSSA TESTING
Check out all of the fun as Woodland students prepared to show the state what they learned this year!
The 4th grade chorus has been working hard to prepare a new video for“The Other Day I Met a Bear". Many of them sang solos, duets, trios and quartets to lead the entire chorus. VIEW THE VIDEO
Let’s not forget our 3rd grade chorus who sang the Woodland song. Check out this masterpiece! VIEW THE VIDEO
What amazing work by our Woodland students!
WORCESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2ND GRADE DINO DIG
Second grade had a “dino dig” this month! Two paleontologists came to talk about dinosaurs and fossils. Then, students had their chance to “dig” for fossils on their own. It was a fun learning experience for everyone!
On April 1, Worcester had a Science Fair. Approximately 60 students in grades K-4 participated. The experiments and research conducted was extremely impressive, and we certainly have some future biologists, chemists and engineers here at Worcester! Prizes were awarded in several categories for each grade level. The night ended with an exciting science presentation called “Weird Science”! We had a great turn out, and it was a fun event for all.
SKYVIEW UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5TH GRADE OUTDOOR EDUCATION
All 5th grade students attended Outdoor Education at College Settlement this month! Students worked on team building activities and problem solving with each other. Our students had a fun educational experience while working together!
Skyview hosted an engaging Career Day in April! We welcomed 48 professionals who spoke to our students about their career journey. We were thrilled to welcome a local entrepreneur, Aaron Muderick, the maker of Crazy Aaron’s Putty! Many students have this putty at home so it was exciting for them to hear all about how Aaron was inspired to become a successful business owner creating putty! Aaron also figured out a way to keep his workers employed through the pandemic while he turned his putty making factory into a hand sanitizer factory. He shared his message of how doing something you love while serving others is an important part of success!
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AT HOME
Skyview hosted a virtual science night this month! Students had the opportunity to participate in two virtual science experiments through Discover Science Center. The first experiment focused on catapults and the second experiment focused on polymers. Students received science kits for each experiment they signed up for and had the opportunity to conduct their experiments in the comfort of their own home!
ARCOLA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
7TH GRADE GOES TO IMAX THEATER
The 7th grade took a curricular field trip to an IMAX Theater to watch two educational movies: Born to be Wild and Under the Sea. Both movies tie into the life science curriculum.
PA WOODMOBILE VISITS 8TH GRADERS
The Pennsylvania WoodMobile made its way to Arcola for our 8th grade students to experience. The PA Department of Agriculture describes the experience, “The Pennsylvania WoodMobile is a traveling exhibit that provides an interactive experience educating visitors about our forest, the sustainable forest products industry, how products are made, and threats to our forests like invasive insects and plants, diseases and white-tailed deer.”
ARCOLA JAZZ BAND PERFORMANCE
Congratulations to the Arcola Jazz Band for a fantastic performance at the Pennfield Jazz Festival. The band played their strongest performance of the year so far, and took an “excellent” rating against some tough competition. Congratulations also to Vincent Spadaro for being recognized as an outstanding soloist for his alto sax solo on “The Chicken!”. Excellent job jazz band!
METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL
MHS 2022 PROM
We had an amazing prom with over 700 students in attendance. Thank you to Megan Emery and Tessa Dunbar and the class officers for putting together a beautiful night for our students.
Sincerest thanks to Gabby Winters, Lisa Coupe, our Post Prom co-coordinators, and to the 300+ volunteers who gave their time to Post Prom. The students had an AMAZING time!
NMTCC competed in the HOSA State Conference and SkillsUSA State Competitions!
Congratulations to Matt Tang for placing first in Prepared Speech, and to Mackenzie Clark for placing third in Biomedical Laboratory Science!