Falcon Flash

May 28, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

Happy Friday! We hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our men and women who have served our country from the past to the present. Our students will be off from school on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day. When the students return to school on Tuesday, June 1st, we will begin our PSSA testing. Students who have opted out should remain home and see the schedules below for more information.

Our goal at Stetson is to continue to use transparent communication about upcoming activities and guidelines. We are continuing to monitor CDC guidelines. We will continue to wear masks in our school buildings. In addition, our end-of-the-year awards ceremonies will be virtual and students will view (both live and recorded) from their advisory classrooms. We continue to have a no guests policy during school hours so our families will have to enjoy virtually from their homes. We will communicate all video links at the conclusion of the ceremony for families to enjoy and view at their convenience.

Please take a moment to read through the detailed End of the Year schedules for each grade level:

6th Grade End Of The Year Schedule

7th Grade End Of The Year Schedule

8th Grade End Of The Year Schedule

Our students were also made aware of this schedule in advisory class this week. Please refer to the schedule with your child again, if needed.

Last reminder, our students should bring a personal refillable water bottle to school. They can fill up their personal water bottles throughout the day at any of our five stations throughout our school. We will not be providing additional water bottles at this time. We have experienced multiple hallway accidents/injuries due to water play resulting in spillage on the floors and steps. We are asking students to take a water break when they are seated in the classroom and not while they are walking in the halls. Safety is most important to all students and staff in our building. Thank you for your support on this matter.

Thanks for your time and attention in reading this week's edition!

Have a great week,

Mrs. Puchalla

Calendar next week (Including Cyber students)

May 31st--NO SCHOOL

June 1st--Day 4 AM (periods 1-4) *PSSA Testing DAY*

June 2nd--Day 4 PM (periods 5-8) *PSSA Testing Day*

June 3rd--Day 5 AM (periods 1-4) *PSSA Testing DAY*

June 4th--Day 5 PM (periods 5-8) *PSSA Testing Day*

*PSSA Testing will begin promptly at 8:15 am. Please have your child dropped off no later than 8:00 am. Please be prepared to pick up your cyber/remote student when they finished their test. Your child will call you when the test is complete for the ride.

Technology concerns--As technical issues arise during remote learning, please use the following resources:

Tech Support @ Home – WCASD website with important information:

  • Schoology Support
  • Laptop Support
  • Additional Resources

If there is an issue with your 1:1 device please email SMStech_support@wcasd.net

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Clarification for No Testing Days ( in chart above)

This means that students will be at home and participating in virtual/remote school. Please refer to the exact times in the schedule provided in the introduction paragraph. Students must remain home on their remote days because their assigned teacher will be proctoring PSSA exams. We have shortened our testing window resulting in multiple tests in one day and additional proctoring and space needed this year. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding in this process.
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Yearbook information

Yay!! The Yearbooks are scheduled to arrive soon! We are looking forward to distributing to students next week!

Students who have pre-ordered a Yearbook were reminded in Advisory this week, and will receive their book on the following dates after lunch:

8th grade ~ June 1st in the atrium/front lobby

6th grade ~ June 2nd in A109

7th grade ~ June 3rd in the atrium/front lobby

**Cyber/Remote students are invited to pick up Yearbooks on June 8th from 7:30-9:00 am and 1-3 pm in the front lobby/atrium.

No yearbooks will be sold the week of June 1st ~ only pre-orders will be distributed. All remaining books will be sold starting on June 7th during lunches for $34. Cash is accepted (exact please) or checks made payable to Jostens. We cannot accept checks made payable to WCASD.

Reservations for books are NOT being taken now; books will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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

Laptop Return--8th Graders

Your student will keep their district-issued laptop over the summer. They will receive a replacement laptop at Rustin High School.

If your child is planning on attending another high school other than Rustin for the 21-22 school year, the student will need to return their laptop to WCASD. Please see the main office for details.

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Summer Reading Information

Please take a moment to read about WCASD Summer Reading.

Library Information

All library materials are due by June 4th. Please check backpacks, cars, homes, etc for any library books. We will begin summer checkout on June 8th.
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Nurse's Corner

We would like to share how we determine which students to contact trace and quarantine.

When we learn of a positive Covid case, we determine the date of symptom onset and/or positive Covid test date. From there, we look at the class schedule/lunch/bus/sports (if applicable) of the positive case. Although students are 3 feet apart, we contact trace 6 feet as per the Health Department Guidelines.

Please understand that only the person in direct contact with the positive case needs to quarantine (not the whole family) unless the close contact develops symptoms or tests positive.

Quarantine Timeline:

  • Date of exposure= Day 0.
  • Close contacts can test day 5 or after.
  • With proof of a negative test, close contacts can return to in-person learning and sports/activities after day 7.
  • If close contacts chose not to test, they can return to in-person learning and sports/activities after day 10.

There may be situations in which a close contact occurred with multiple positive cases, which may alter the timeline to test. We communicate that information to you as quickly as possible to avoid multiple tests.

Attendance Info

Effective 3/29/21, all 5 days a week students are required to learn in-person unless they are given prior approval by the school nurse (mczerpak@wcasd.net) or the Principal (mpuchalla@wcasd.net). Students who remote in without permission will be marked absent regardless of their virtual attendance. An absence note will need to be submitted within 5 days.

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