Falcon Flash

March 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

Spring is around the corner and we plan on welcoming it with both arms! We celebrated National World Language week on March 7th - 13th. We shared personal travel photos, participated in mini-lessons in advisory class to spark class conversations about language and world travel, and our 8th grades wore colors that represented the flags of their assigned advisory. It was a great experience to learn more about various cultures!

**Change to our school schedule next week--Monday, March 22nd, and Wednesday 24th will be remote days this week. Dr. Scanlon reached out to our WCASD families today about the purpose of this change. We appreciate the support from our families.

Students choosing to return to school for 5 days will start on March 29th and 30th. Our last remote day of the year will be on Wednesday, March 31st. Our spring break will take place this year from April 1st - 5th.

We are eagerly waiting for our students to return back to 5 days of instruction on March 29th. We know that this could be the first time back for many of our students. We will be communicating in the upcoming weeks to both parents and students with information about our newest reopening phase (see link below for presentation provided in the advisory block this week). Many things have stayed the same but there have been few updates to our safety plan. We are asking all families to watch the video below to review our return to instruction communication. Thank you for your help in keeping our building open and safe for our students.


Your support and encouragement have been more important than ever to help our students reach their maximum potential academically, socially, and emotionally. KEEP IT UP! If you should have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or a grade level guidance counselor to discuss them in more detail.

Hybrid Block schedule

March and April Calendar - Rotational Day

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

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Puchalla

Hybrid Calendar next week (Including Cyber students)

March 22nd--Day 5 AM (periods 1-4) *Remote Day (all students at home)

March 23rd--Day 5 PM (periods 5-8) *A Cohort in person

March 24th--Day 6 AM (periods 1-4) *REMOTE DAY (all students at home)

March 25th--Day 6 PM (periods 5-8) *B Cohort in person

March 26th--Day 1 AM (periods 1-4) **1/2 day for all students--*B Cohort in person

1/2 day schedule for 3/26

*ALL MDS Students attend 5 days*

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

Nurse's Corner

If you should have any questions regarding COVID-19, please feel free to email me at mczerpak@wcasd.net.

*Please see the new CIVM flyer attached

Intramural information--6th Graders

Volleyball will begin in April after Spring Break. Please listen to announcements and our smore newsletter for information

These programs will run from 3:00 - 4:15 pm. Contact Mr. Corcoran at wcorcoran@wcasd.net with any additional questions.

**Later in the year we will have track and lacrosse too!

Spring Sports Information--7th and 8th grade

Spring sports will begin on or about March 18th. Each team's coaches will be providing information in the next few weeks. The spring sports offered at Stetson are baseball, softball, co-ed track, girls lacrosse, and boys lacrosse.

Impact Concussion Test

If your child is playing a contact sport and still needs to take the Impact Concussion Test there will be one final opportunity to do so. On Tuesday afternoon 03/23/21, at 2:30 Mr. Corcoran will be conducting another round of this test. On Tuesday your child will be directed to report to room G116 with his/her laptop to take the concussion test. The test should last around 35 minutes. If your child has a practice that afternoon, he/she will be able to participate in that practice after they take the test.

Use of Locker rooms for Athletes

Due to covid protocols, athletes will not have access to locker rooms after school except to pick up their gear. Athletes arriving from home after school are to be dropped off at 3:00 pm and proceed directly to their field.

Boys and Girls Track Team--7th & 8th Grade

TRACK UPDATE – Starting Monday, March 22

The track team will still begin on Monday, even though it is a virtual day. Please meet directly at the track at 3:00 and have rides home here by 5 PM. All athletes should have a physical uploaded to FamilyID and a pink card returned by the first day of practice. Please see the informational Google Doc or the Stetson Track and Field Schoology page for clarification. If you have any questions, please email awhite@wcasd.net or cspecht@wcasd.net.

Girls Softball--7th and 8th Grade

Here is the Schoology access code to Stetson Middle School Softball 2021:7BZF-PW7G-TZFJK

Tryout dates:

Thursday, March 18th: 7th and 8th-grade pitchers and catchers try-outs only. 3 pm to 4 pm

Friday, March 19th: 7th and 8th-grade pitcher and catchers try-outs only. 3 pm to 4 pm
Monday, March 22nd: 8th-grade try-outs. 3 pm to 5pm

Tuesday, March 23rd: 8th-grade try-outs. 3 pm to 5 pm

Wednesday, March 24th: 7th-grade try-outs. 3 pm to 5 pm

Thursday, March 25th: 7th-grade try-outs. 3 pm to 5 pm

Friday, March 26th: Try-out rain date, if necessary TBD

Full practices begin Monday, March 29th From 3 pm to 5 pm

What is needed: Aside from gloves, rubber cleats/or sneakers, All girls trying out for the softball team must have a completed PIAA physical uploaded to Family ID before the first try-out.

Eligibility Information for extra curricular school sponsored activities

We are very excited about resuming our spring sports program next week. Now that we have begun, we must also implement the district’s extracurricular eligibility policy. See the policy by clicking the link here http://go.boarddocs.com/pa/wche/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9Z3GMN447E5E Students who are failing 2 or more core subjects or 1 core subject and 2 or more Unified Arts classes, will be considered ineligible to participate in sports or activities the FOLLOWING week. You will receive notice of this via email.

Yearbook Information

Great news! The 2020-21 Yearbook is NOW on sale!



Go to WWW.JOSTENSYEARBOOKS.COM to place your order before MARCH 26th!

Questions? Email tgomez@wcasd.net

Picture Information--All students

If your child was photographed at school in December or January, we still have proofs and some ordered portraits in our office that need to be picked up. Please call the office if you have any questions at 484-266 2704. Our office hours are 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.

*Our February proofs have arrived this week from Lifetouch!

Counselor Tip--For all Students


“If you had $86,400 in your bank account and some stole $10 from you, would you get upset and throw away the remaining $86,390? No. See we have 86,400 seconds each day. Don’t let a negative 10 seconds ruin your entire day! You have control in how your day goes!”

Guaranteed Formula for Success:

  1. Every morning write down a list of things that need to be done that day.
  2. Do them.

Reminder for our Car line pick up

We are exhibiting a large volume of cars at pick-up and drop-off times. We are asking our parents to be patient with our pick-up process in the afternoon. Upon entering our complex, please proceed to Starkweather Elementary School and turn around toward our parking lot. This helps our line expand onto our property rather than blocking the entrance for our busses trying to enter coming from 202. The vehicles must pull all the way around the bend to help the flow of traffic. Students are not permitted to walk through our parking lots, please do not park and expect your child to cross through moving traffic to get to the car. Thank you for cooperating with our traffic procedures. We enjoy seeing your smiles, waves, and family dogs!

STEM Opportunity for Students