WC Cyber Program

October 2021


The leaves are falling. The air is getting brisk. It is FIRE PIT season – my favorite time of the year.

As an educator, October is great because our students and teachers have gotten to know each other a bit in preparation of the year of learning ahead of us. It can also be a bit stressful for students as the level of expectation continues to increase from an academic standpoint. As October continues to pass, we get closer and closer to the end of our first marking period. Marking Period 1 will end on Friday, November 5. Students are encouraged to schedule time to meet with Ms. Sammarone, our Cyber Coach, as a mid-marking period check-in. At this point in the school year, Ms. Sammarone works with our students to make sure they are comfortable with their time management skills as they continue through this cyber year of learning. She can help them organize their day around live zooms and develop executive functioning skills to manage longer-term projects, such as an essay in English. I also can’t stress enough that our CYBER CENTER IS OPEN! The Cyber Center, located in Fugett Middle School is a wonderful place for students to go and work with Ms. Sammarone or their peers. Please contact Ms. Sammarone about how to sign your child up for a work session at the Cyber Center.

~Dr. Kristen Barnello

Principal, WC Cyber Middle School Program

Spirit Wear Sale has been EXTENDED!

Our Spirit Wear sale has been extended through Friday, Oct. 15th. Place your orders for T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, or sweatpants (with POCKETS!!).

Here is the link to the store.

Book Recommendations of the Month: October is Hispanic Heritage Month!

Each month, our English Language Arts teachers will collaborate with our librarians and reading specialists to highlight books that middle school students might enjoy. We do recommend that all parents/guardians review the books before your child reads them, as all families have different opinions on what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for middle schoolers to read. A great resource for parents to get a quick overview of a book is Common Sense Media.

This month, Ms. Mizak (7th Grade English Language Arts) recommends three books for our students (link to her video explanation).

Here are some additional book recommendations for Hispanic Heritage Month.

WC Cyber Speaker Series

Each month, our WC Cyber students are invited to hear from a different speaker about their life events.

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Counselor's Corner: Self-Advocacy Matters

Happy October!

This month is dedicated to self-advocacy. Self-advocacy is having the ability to communicate your needs. It is an ongoing process for individuals. With personal lives and school lives, our students are learning how to be an advocate for themselves. Transitioning back to school can be tough! With self-advocacy, your children can communicate effectively with their teachers, their peers, and their friends about their needs.

When looking at self-advocacy deeper, there are three key elements. An individual must:

  • understand their needs;
  • know what kind of support will help you achieve those needs; and
  • communicating the needs to others.

Parents are invited to watch the quick video below from Abby Edwards, who was a HS Senior when she delivered this TedX speech.

With these three elements, your students are on their way to self-advocating! If your child could use more support in this area, please contact their counselor:

  • 6th Grade: Carol DeMarco
  • 7th Grade: Heather Selgrath
  • 8th Grade: Malina Bowen

By: Serena Andraos (sandraos@wcasd.k12.pa.us)

WCASD Counselor Intern working with Malina Bowen

Self Advocacy- A State Of Mind | Abby Edwards | TEDxYouth@Dayton

Community Conversations, Part 2

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 6:30pm

1100 Shiloh Road

West Chester, PA

The West Chester Area School District is leading a series of Community Conversations inspired by the title of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

As a community member, your voice and your perspectives are important to us. If you’re new or returning to the discussion, we hope you can join us for Part 2 of Community Conversations held on Thursday, October 21, at Bayard Rustin High School (1100 Shiloh Road), beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Please register to attend the event by Thursday, October 14. Due to the format of the event, registration is required to attend. This event is not open to the media or anyone living outside the WCASD attendance boundaries.

We look forward to continuing the work from Part 1 as we build to strengthen our community.


Dawn Mader, Director of Equity & Assessment

School is Closed!

Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 7am

This is an online event.

School is Closed!

Thursday, Nov. 4th, 7am

This is an online event.

Marking Period 1 Ends

Friday, Nov. 5th, 3pm

This is an online event.

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 7:45am

501 Churchville Lane

Churchville, PA

Ms. Diffendall and Mr. Gonzalez will communicate more information to their students.
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All WCASD students, including those enrolled in our WC Cyber Program, are eligible to participate in FREE district meals. Meals can be picked up weekly from your child's home building. Please contact Andrei Lacey (Aramark) at alacey@wcasd.k12.pa.us to participate in this program.

Who Do I Contact?

Your comprehensive list of important contacts for the WC Cyber Program.

Click Here for Helpful Links for Tech Troubleshooting

Support for General Help Desk, Schoology, FAQs, 1:1 Devices, and Parent Portal. You may also contact your school's support desk. Those emails are listed in the announcements in Cyber Homeroom (top of the page).