December 20, 2021
Starting on December 24th through January 2nd, our schools will be closed for the holiday break. We hope you take this time to get some well-deserved rest and time with family and friends.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our students and parents for supporting our school community. I would also like to thank every teacher and staff member for their dedication to our students and commitment to our school.
As we look forward to 2022, I would like to encourage each of you to take a moment and reflect on the past year. While we have overcome many challenges, there also have been opportunities to be grateful for. These experiences, no matter how small, shape our positive outlook for the future. I believe that we must encourage each other to find the good in the past year and look forward to the new year.
I hope you are able to spend a little extra time with your loved ones and celebrate the meaning of family and friends. I wish all of you a peaceful holiday, not only now but throughout the year.
See you all next year,
Calendar --Look Ahead and Plan
December 20th--Day 6 *Wear holiday colors
December 21st--Day 1 *Wear an ugly sweater
December 22nd--Day 2 *Wear PJ pants
December 23rd--Day 3 *Wear holiday headgear (NO FALCON PERIOD)
December 24th--January 2nd **NO SCHOOL=BREAK
Daily bell schedule
Falcon Period Schedule--Tuesday and Thursday
Technology concerns--If technical issues arise, please use the following resources:
Tech Support @ Home – WCASD website with important information:
- Schoology Support
- Laptop Support
- Additional Resources
- Schoology Parent & Student Support
If there is an issue with your 1:1 device please email SMS email@example.com
Dress Code Reminder
Please help us in reminding our students to follow our dress code policy. We have spoken to students this week about several violations. These include crop tops (mid-drift showing), pajama pants, slippers, and wearing hoods inside the school building. Students who continue to violate the dress code will receive a consequence of after-school detention.
Book Bag Change coming in January
We wanted to inform you that backpacks will no longer be allowed to be carried during the academic day at the start of the new year. We are requiring all students to use their assigned locker. This change is the result of data collection and many conversations regarding the following concerns. We feel this change is necessary for the safety of all students and staff.
- lack of moving space inside a classroom
- winter coats take up room
- busy hallways--bumping into others on purpose with the wide bookbag
- horseplay--grabbing each others bags
- too much weight to carry
- independent responsibility
- foster stronger organizational skills
- cell phone distraction (it will be away in a locker)
- Physical and spine development
Please do not worry our students will be provided with additional support during this transition back to lockers. Our teachers will continue to help every student in the hallways. There are multiple opportunities for our students to locker and plenty of time to get to class. Thank you for your support.
Late Arrival and Early Dismissal Procedures
Early Dismissal Procedure
- Please send a signed note in with your student on the morning of the desired early dismissal. Your student should bring that note directly to the office upon arrival to receive a pass to leave class at the appropriate time.
- Early dismissal is considered leaving prior to the end of the student day more than 60 minutes early.
Late Arrival Procedure
- Students are considered late to school after 8:05 am. Students are required to be in homeroom at this time. All late arrivals must check-in at the office/late table to receive a pass.
- A tardy is defined as a minimum of one minute of lateness to school.
- Eight (8) tardies to school and/or early dismissals will be considered one (1) unlawful absence in grades K-8.
Dismissal/Drop off Procedures
- Drop off is between 7:30 am - 8:05 am
- Student pick-up is between 2:50-3:10 pm.
- ALL cars MUST loop up to Starkweather and loop around before entering the Stetson car line loop
- Staff members entering campus during the drop-off window will be permitted to make the left turn into the parking lot without looping up to SWE.
- Please be careful of SWE teachers and parents dropping off for before-school activities in their parking lot.
- It is vital to follow this procedure as we have experienced 202 traffic causing on-campus gridlock and delaying the start of the school day.
- Please allow ample time for drop off to avoid tardies
- When students arrive at school between 7:30 - 7:50 am, they will remain in one location until the first bell rings at 7:50 am.
- 6th grade will remain in the cafe
- 7th/8th grade will remain in LGI
- Students arriving after 7:50 am will report directly to homeroom
- Students will be considered late to school if they arrive AFTER 8:05 am
- Please use the crosswalk to pick up your child from the parking lot, safety is important to us! **We prefer that you use the car dismissal line for safety purposes!
- Thank you for being respectful to our staff on duty with all traffic procedures!
- We recognize that the traffic light turning left can get backed up at times. There is another option--proceed straight through the light and make the first left on Gilpin Drive. This will lead you back to 202 Northbound traffic (goes around the apartment complex).
- LEFT TURN ARROW has arrived!
- Please allow our school buses to exit the property before the carline.
Show map HERE
School Safety/Well-being Interventions
Stetson has several processes/protocols to support students when challenges occur. I’ve outlined these supports below for your reference. If your student is in need of any supports, please reach out to their counselor here at school.
1. We have an MTSS (multi-tiered support system) team who meet twice a week to support all students with various needs (academic, behavioral, mental health, etc.)
2. We have three school counselors and one mental health specialist in our building for students who need support
3. We have an intervention specialist who deals specifically with students exhibiting drug and alcohol concerns as well as mental health concerns
4. We have a Campus Safety Officer in our building every week; He provides a myriad of supports to students
5. We have Violent Risk Screening (VRS) and Violent Risk Assessment (VRA) procedures and practices when a student is potentially a danger to others. Often VRAs come with recommendations for additional assessment from outside organizations (ex. Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems).
6. We have Suicide Risk Screening (SRS) and Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) procedures and practices when a student is potentially a danger to themselves. Often SRAs come with recommendations for additional assessments from outside organizations.
A Word From Our Athletic Department
Home Games this week:
As agreed upon by the Ches-Mont League, students will not mask in play but will be required to mask at all other times. Spectators are expected to follow the District’s masking expectations outlined in the health and safety plan and be masked.
**Call our athletic director Mr. Corcoran about any athletic concerns at 484-266-2725
If you would like to receive more information about the ski trips please contact Mr. Kip Volkman @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call @ 484-467-6749 for more information. The ski trips are not associated/sponsored by Stetson Middle School or The West Chester School District
Any interest in Rugby?
West Chester Rugby Football Club, the Wolfpack is made up of students from grades 5-12 and holds practices and games at Rustin. Please see the flyer if interested in signing up for this opportunity.
It is Stetson’s mission to help all students maintain passing grades, however, if a student is failing two or more academic subjects, or one academic subject, and two unified arts classes, they will be placed on our ineligibility list. Students who are on the ineligibility list are unable to participate in any extracurricular sport/activity. A report is generated every Thursday to determine eligibility status for the following week.
A reminder that our personal cell phones are not permitted to be used during school hours in the educational setting. Please review the policy below with your student.
All students who plan on participating in Reading Olympics should bring their signed permission form to Mrs. Mesi in A106 by Wednesday, 12/22. Students will be meeting in person during Falcon Period upon our return from the holiday break. Make sure your student joins the Schoology page using the access code on the paperwork. This will allow them to view book lists, meeting dates, and times and view needed messages.
Stetson PTO Information
Thank you to all who ordered Stetson Spirit Wear! Spirit Wear orders will be distributed at lunches on Tuesday, December 21, and Wednesday, December 22. Please let your student know if they need to pick up something you ordered. We are also in need of a few volunteers to help with the distribution. Please view the signup for details and note that you must have up-to-date clearances on file at the office to volunteer. Thank you!
More PTO information can be found on our website: www.wcasd.net/domain/936