Falcon Flash

November 13th, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

TGIF! It has been quite an eventful week. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding through this stressful time. It is our responsibility to make sure all of our Stetson students are healthy and safe. We did get a chance to see our cohort B students in person again this week. They are doing a great job transitioning in the hallways from class to class and wearing their mask appropriately during the day. We are proud of them! We are super excited and looking forward to greeting our 6th and 7th-grade cohort A students on Monday.


  • Our Hybrid Opening starts on November 16th for A cohort. Cohort A attends school, in-person.
  • B cohort and all students remaining remote will zoom in remotely to class.
  • Wednesday is a remote day for ALL students
  • MDS students are in-person learning for five days.
  • Our 8th graders are staying remote until November 23rd due to staffing concerns in our building.

Hybrid Block schedule (Nov. 16th--A cohort has in-person learning)

Long Term Schedule for Cohorts

On Wednesday, November 11th, we saluted all of our Veterans that provide service to our country now and in the past. We spent time in advisory class expressing our feelings toward these men and women who provide us freedom for our country. Please see a sample of the 8th-grade word art. They selected three words that reminded them of our veterans. Click here.

Thank you for your continued support of our school. We are doing all we can to provide a safe and caring learning environment for all students despite the current challenging conditions in our community. It is important that our students and staff are taking precautions outside of school too, for as we've seen by now, the virus contracted outside of school can have a direct impact on what happens in school. We are in this together!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thanks for your time and attention!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Puchalla

Hybrid Calendar next week (Including Cyber students)

November 16th--Day 2 AM (periods 1-4) *only cohort A attends school here (6th + 7th ONLY)

November 17th--Day 2 PM (periods 5-8)

November 18th--Day 3 AM (periods 1-4) **all students are remote on Weds.

November 19th---Day 3 PM (periods 5-8) *only cohort B attends school here (6th + 7th ONLY)

November 20th---Day 4 AM (periods 1-4)

Picture Day-- HAS BEEN POSTPONED AT THIS TIME due to multiple students not present in the building. We have rescheduled the dates for December 7, 9, 11. More specific details to follow as the date gets closer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences--November 24 @5:30 - 8:30 pm and November 25 @ 8:00 - 11:30 am--please see conference-specific email previously sent home. The link to sign up will be accessible today after 3:30 pm. Please note that at the middle school level, all students do not get an individual conference. It is important to continue to communicate with your children's teachers when you have a concern.

A Cohort--What should I bring back to school during Hybrid in-person learning?

Bring a backpack to care for the following items:

  • laptop
  • charger (charge the laptop the night before)
  • headphones
  • writing utensils
  • novel or something to read
  • calculator *teacher discretion
  • multiple folders to care class material *teachers will get more specific
  • lunch

*remember you only have four classes each day--leave textbooks at home for now!

Nurse's Corner

Textbook info

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Students:

We are requesting that families check at home for any science, math, or social studies textbooks from last year that were not returned. If you find a textbook, please bring it to school during your in-person hybrid day and give it to your current science, math, or social studies teacher. If you are a cyber or remote-only student, the book can be dropped off at Stetson. Thank you for your help as we try to account for any missing textbooks!

After School Athletics for 7th & 8th Graders ONLY--Cyber & Remote Students

Thank you for supporting our athletic department for fall athletics. We will be planning and organizing winter sports next. Stay tuned for more information soon.

Message about Attendance--Cyber & Remote Learners

When a student misses class due to a doctor's appointment, please email the teacher whose class they will miss and Mrs. Sadik (lsadik@wcasd.net) in the Attendance Office. Please ask the doctor for a note and email/scan a copy of the note to Mrs. Sadik so the missed time can be entered as excused.

A reminder that students are to attend all FOUR classes each day. If they miss 2 out of the 4 classes, they are officially marked absent for the day.

If your child is going to be absent for the entire day, we need a picture of a written note with your signature for the absence to be excused. Any email without a signature will no longer be acceptable for an excused absence.

CYBER STUDENTS--MUST submit attendance quiz in Schoology by 10:45 am EACH DAY or they will be marked absent. Please remind your children about this task.

Counselor Information

Advisory--Remote Learners

All students are required to attend this class in person and remotely. Attendance will be taken each class period. I hope you have gotten a chance to look at the planning sheet (has current grades on it). It was sent to you by your child and is updated weekly. If you have not, please discuss with your child at home and reach out to the grade level administrator if you have any additional questions.

We will continue to work on executive functioning skills, building initiatives, and individual academic support for all students. This time block is also a good opportunity for students to catch up on missing work or touch base with a teacher to ask questions about an assignment.