Falcon Flash

September 25, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well, safe and healthy this week. I honestly cannot believe that this week was our fourth week of school already and we are approaching the end of September.

We want to make sure that everyone is aware that the students must attend their scheduled four block classes each day or the student will be marked absent. Currently our school day runs from 8:45 am - 3:30 pm with breaks in the day. Please check our school website for information on which day (days 1- 6; am/pm day) schedule to follow. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us in the main office and we will help guide you through the schedule. Our cyber students have an attendance quiz to fill out each school day by 10:45 am on Schoology.

We will be hosting a virtual Open House this school year. It will take place on October 1st at 7:00 pm. Please mark down the date in your calendars. This will be an opportunity for parents to hear from your child's teachers in middle school. There will be links on the Stetson website for you that evening. One link will be a welcome message from the principal explaining how the night will run virtually. Please know your child's teachers and course names before this night. I will then direct you to another link which will give you access to our teacher videos. Hope you can join me next Thursday night!

Hope you all have a fantastic three day weekend. Enjoy the last weekend in September!

Mrs. Puchalla

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Remote 2.0 Calendar next week

September 28th--NO SCHOOL

September 29th--Day 4 AM (periods 1-4)

September 30th--Day 4 PM (periods 5-8)

October 1st----Day 5 AM (periods 1-4) **Virtual OPEN HOUSE 7:00 pm

October 2nd---Day 5 PM (periods 5-8)

Message about Attendance--Cyber & Remote Learners

When a student misses class due to a doctor 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.

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

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

All sports physicals and impact testing should be completed by next week. We plan on moving to a five day a week practice schedule soon with hopes to possibly play some games against Fugett and Peirce later in October. Please see specific sports coaches pages on Schoology for updates. We also ask that parents continue to follow social distancing guidelines until further notice and drive safely in our parking lots. Finally, thank you for cooperating with us this week when we had to cancel practice due to 202 road closure.
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Clubs and Activities--Cyber and Remote Students

We are planning to get some clubs and activities up and running at this point. Please read about the clubs listed below and if interested, contact the sponsor or access the Schoology page for more information.

Falcon Flyer Informational Meeting

Are you interested in writing, photography, interviewing, page design and other publication skills? Falcon Flyer newspaper club might be the place for you to share your creativity!

Newspaper Club will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 3:30-4:00 on Zoom. Students from grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to attend. Please include your full name and grade on your Zoom screen before entering the meeting. Registration information will be emailed to you after the informational meeting.

Contact Mrs. Claffey (cclaffey@wcasd) with any questions.

Informational Meeting - Wednesday, September 30, 3:30 p.m.

To get the Zoom link for the meeting, Join the Falcon Flyer Group Page with the code


Stetson Network News is looking for Announcers to be part of our Stetson News Team. During online instruction you will be recording your portion of the news to be edited together for our weekly broadcast. When we return to school we broadcast live during homeroom. If you would like to be a part of our exciting news corps please sign up here or contact Mr. Patton at kpatton@wcasd.net.

Yearbook Committee is a special opportunity for 8th graders to get involved with preserving the history of experiences while at Stetson. This year’s book may have some unique challenges, but showcasing our incredible school remains the same!

Seeking students who are willing to brainstorm ideas, write short anecdotes, interview others, take pictures, collaborate with a team, and celebrate all that Stetson has to offer! No experience necessary! Our organizational meeting will be Thursday, October 1st at 11:35am (check in time).

Questions? Contact Mrs. Gomez at tgomez@wcasd.net

MATHCOUNTS is a club supported in part by the Department of Defense and the Association of American Certified Engineers. The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to inspire excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging online math programs.

Club leaders run math club meetings with students throughout the school year. The National Math Club is designed to be very flexible so different types of groups of all sizes can participate. Clubs must consist of at least 4 U.S. students in grades 6-8 who have regular weekly meetings, in person or online. As many students who are interested in the program can participate in a group's club meetings.

See Mrs. Cavuto for questions or join group on Schoology with access code V232-S96X-S3BK7 to register for this club.

Interested in Science? What is Science Olympiad? Attend the Stetson Science Olympiad Introductory Meeting on Thursday Oct. 8th from 3:35 – 4:15pm on Zoom.

Join the Stetson Science Olympiad Schoology Group……..Access Code - QFCB8-5S6J3
Zoom link and info will be on the Schoology Group Page.

All questions will be answered. Email Mr. Becker at rbecker@wcasd.net for any pre-meeting questions.

Many of you have probably heard of the amazing Girls on the Run program from your elementary school days. Did you know there is a similar program for middle school girls called Heart & Sole? These programs are even more important and beneficial to participants during these times of social distancing. Stetson Middle School is trying to form a virtual Heart & Sole team and any girl in grades 6-8 is invited to participate - they can even attend a DIFFERENT middle school since this is all virtual. Please see the informational flyer on our school website to find out more or visit gotrpa.org. We are listed as the Chester County Community Heart & Soul team - Mon/Wed 4-5pm.

Advisory--Remote Learners

We have a new class added to our remote learning 2.0 schedule called Academic Support (through homeroom teacher). During this Advisory course, we will be working with our students on improving and supporting their executive functioning skills such as organization, time management and assignment completion. Your child will be providing you with access to a Google weekly planning sheet. This will increase communication between you, your student and our teachers. Our goal is to provide you the confidence to support your child's academic success.

All students are required to attend this class. 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 have a discussion with your child at home and reach out to grade level administrator if you have any additional questions.

Nurse's Corner--ALL STUDENTS

A few reminders to begin the year:

  • 6th grade students (or any new student to the district) require a physical exam. Please be sure to submit the completed form to school ASAP.

  • 7th grade students require a dental exam. Please be sure to submit the completed form to school ASAP.

  • 7th grade students also require documentation of the tDap and Menactra vaccination. Per Pennsylvania guidelines, this documentation must be submitted to school no later than November 2, 2020. Attached is the information for the Chester County Immunization Clinic should you need to make an appointment.
  • Please remember to update your emergency information in Power School. The district sent out an email about this documentation needed to be updated every year.

You are welcome to submit any documentation to mczerpak@wcasd.net, or fax to 484-266-2799.