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2020-21 For Parents & Students

2020-21 FMS Parent & Student Welcome Back Letter

August 2020

Dear Fugett Middle School Families,

As we approach the beginning of another school year, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you. We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and are now ready for an exciting school year. We recognize the circumstances that surround this school year are not what we expected nor hoped for, but with your help, we will ensure your child’s success. Whether your child is a returning student or one that has newly registered at Fugett, we look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve at their personal best.

Fugett Middle School is a special place to learn and grow. We are proud of our school culture and have high expectations for all of our students. Our students are kind, compassionate and inquisitive. Together with our dedicated staff, we will strive to make connections with students to help them feel valued, accepted and safe. Our Fugett motto of “Motivate, Educate and Inspire” will continue to guide our mission to provide a rigorous and joyful school environment. Whether we are learning remotely at home or in person, our goal is to encourage active student engagement to foster a lifetime love for learning. It is going to be an amazing year!

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Mrs. Pavlo, who is serving in the role of Assistant Principal as a Teacher on Special Assignment. We are excited to have Ms. Pavlo join the Fugett administrative team and confident that she will work closely with everyone to ensure the success and well-being of our staff, students and families. Additionally, as you may already be aware, Dr. Matilla, assistant principal at Fugett is currently on approved leave and is planning to return in September.

We also understand that academics is not the only thing that our school offers. We continue to plan how students can get involved in extra-curricular activities in a remote school setting. We plan to offer a wide variety of programs: athletics, clubs, production, student council, visual and performing arts and many more student activities. More information will be forthcoming regarding our plans for moving forward with these programs.

The following pages were put together to remind you of some important information and policies that we will be addressing throughout the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email or phone. You will find our telephone numbers within this packet. We are here to help your child have a great experience at Fugett. Our staff is committed to Motivating, Educating and Inspiring all students to achieve their personal best, in a rigorous atmosphere filled with first-rate learning opportunities. Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Thank you for your support!

Llewellyn A. Small


J. R. Fugett Middle School

West Chester Area School District

(484) 266 - 2901

Motivate, Educate and Inspire

The first day of school is MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020.

Student schedules and Class assignments are now available in the Student and Parent Portals of PowerSchool.

Remote Learning Schedule

During remote learning, we are implementing a block schedule where students will be in class for 85 minutes rather than 42. Classes will meet every other day, rather than every day. This schedule clearly identifies for teachers to offer live instruction or small group meetings that do not conflict with students’ and colleagues schedules. The schedule is broken down into a four-period day rather than an eight period day. The first day is provided for am classes, periods 1 – 4 and the next scheduled day would be for the pm classes, periods 5- 8.We will continue to follow the middle school six-day cycle. However, it will take two days to complete each cycle day.

A block schedule allows us to flex in and out of remote learning, hybrid learning, and ultimately a schedule where all students return to school. Additionally, the block schedule provides flexibility for remote learning from home, as well as larger periods for teachers to schedule extra help with students as they complete work during the 85-minute period. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the new schedule.

You will also notice an “advisory period” for each grade level. Students will be able to use this period to connect with their teachers, organize assignments, and receive additional support if needed. The four-period block schedule provides us with the safest and most flexible options during this pandemic year.

Student Expectations

The following expectations will be in place for secondary STUDENTS during remote learning. Students will be required to:

  • Students are expected to be online during their class periods as defined by the remote learning bell schedule.
  • If a student is unable to log in for any reason, they are expected to communicate with their teacher in advance and make alternative arrangements.
  • Engage in class discussions, group projects, and complete all assigned work.
  • Participate in their class and school community as a responsible digital citizen. Adhere to all expectations set forth in the WCASD Code of Conduct and the Student Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.
  • Contact their teacher and/or counselor if they have a concern.
  • Create a space and time for learning.
  • Utilize and organizational system that will allow them to be successful.

Tips for Parents/Guardians of Remote Learning

  • Think about scheduling that works for your family, including taking time for breaks and when your child will complete independent work.
  • Help your child set up their distance learning workspace in a way that supports their individual needs (ex: whether they like to sit, stand, or lie on their bellies; what makes them physically comfortable to do their best learning)
  • Help your child maintain a regular sleep schedule (especially middle and high schoolers). Wake them up for Zoom meetings, if needed.
  • Check in to see whether your child needs a break, snack, or drink
  • Set boundaries, so your child knows when you are available to help, and when they need to work independently
  • Check-in with your own state of well-being. Ensure that you are naming your own emotions and finding ways to help yourself manage and regulate, which in turn will enable you to better support your child.


School hours are from 8:45 am until 3:30 pm. Students are expected to be in attendance regularly. Excused absences from school are: personal illness, quarantine, death in the family, observance of certain holidays, and for other purposes approved by the principal. If requesting approval for an absence, the request must be made in writing to the grade level principal prior to the absence. It will be the responsibility of the student to make up all work missed due to the absence.

It is most important that the parent or guardian notify, by telephone, the attendance office (484) 266-2910 the day that your child is absent. It is best to call between 7:30 and 9:00 am.

Parents may fax or email excuse notes to 484-266-2918 or If the excuse form is not returned within three (3) days of the absence, the absence will be considered unlawful. When a student has three (3) days of unlawful absences, the parent or guardian will receive a warning notice.

Course Expectations

Your assigned teachers will share specific expectations with you in the first few days of class. This information will also be posted to their respective Schoology pages. Teachers will spend considerable during the first week of school providing information and answering your questions.

Grade Level Parent Orientation Meetings

More information forthcoming regarding specific meeting dates.

Laptops, Books and Materials

Our goal is to distribute laptops to new and sixth grade students during the week of August 17. More information will be forthcoming regarding a make-up date for distributing laptops. Students experiencing computer problems can contact our technology department directly at

While many of our textbooks are electronic now, we recognize that in some cases, students need the actual textbook. We will be putting together a schedule for students to pick up these items as well.

Access to the School Building and Grounds

Our campus is open but students may only come into the building by invitation from administration or from a teacher/coach/advisor.

Questions about Remote Learning 2.0

We realize that opening the school year in a remote setting is not ideal and that there are many questions. You can find answers regarding many questions on the district website. You can also contact building principal any time.

Counseling Department

Our guidance counselors have spent considerable time this summer collaborating with one another to ensure that across the district, we are anticipating student and family needs. They realize that students may feel especially anxious right now, about remote learning and they are committed to meeting your needs. Our counselors will meet with students and families via Zoom whenever possible.

Important School Contact Information

Main Office




Attendance clerk email address -

Mr. Llewellyn A. Small, Principal - 484-266-2901

Dr. Phil Matilla, Assistant Principal - 484-266-2903

Ms. Jacqueline Pavlo, Assistant Principal - 484-266-2902

Ms. Bernadette Simpson, 6th Grade Guidance - 484-266-2911

Mrs. Malina Bowen, 7th Grade Guidance - 484-266-2914

Mr. Michael Cassidy, 8th Grade Guidance - 484-266-2912

Mrs. Suzanne Simmons, Caseworker - 484-266-2920

Mrs. Shannan Criscuolo, Nurse - 484-266-2906

Mrs. Amsterdam Grossman, Psychologist - 484-266-2909

Mr. Tom Swift, Athletic Director/Sports Info. - 484-266-2925

Fax: 484-266-2999

Web Site:

From the Nurse's Department

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is strengthening school immunization requirements. These changes are intended to further ensure that students are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. Students who do not meet the new vaccine requirements within five days of beginning school will not be permitted to attend school until the vaccine requirements are met. If you have questions about your child’s vaccination record, please consult your physician. Highlights of the vaccine requirement changes include:

  • MCV and Tdap vaccine for all students in 7th through 12th grade.

In accordance with Article XIV, School Health Services, of the Public School Code and concomitant regulations, 28 Pa. Code 23.1-23.87; Physical examinations are required of children entering kindergarten and/or 1st, 6th, and 11th grades and students transferring from out of state.

Dental examinations are required of children first entering school K or 1st, 3rd and 7th grades, and students transferring from out-of-state (Article XIV, School Health Services, of the Public School Code and regulations, 28 Pa. Code 23.1-23.87, Health Services).

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