Falcon Flash

October 2, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you all got a chance to visit our virtual open house last evening. If you missed it, no worries. You can go to our school website at any time to view our teachers' recorded videos. If your child is enrolled in our cyber program, please view the videos on the district WC Cyber Program page.

At this point, most of you are aware that our school board did approve a hybrid plan to start on November 5th for all secondary students. There are several different learning options available, students can remain in our cyber program, return to in-person hybrid, or remain in all remote. Please be on the look out for a parent survey from Dr. Scanlon about those options. In addition, a parent Q & A information session takes place this evening at 6:00 pm. Please refer to Dr. Scanlon's emails as more information will be continuing to come your way. The district website has all the information that is sent home by email regarding the hybrid plan.

Our school has implemented a new safety committee to review protocols for reopening in hybrid. We will share information with both parents and students as we get closer to our reopening date. Our goal is for all students to feel safe and comfortable in this new school environment.

In the meantime, I also want to stress to everyone that the students MUST attend their regularly 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 or your grade level counselor 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.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this unique school year. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Enjoy the fall weather,

Mrs. Puchalla

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Remote 2.0 Calendar next week

October 5th--Day 6 AM (periods 1-4)

October 6th--Day 6 PM (periods 5-8)

October 7th--Day 1 AM (periods 1-4)

October 8th---Day 1 PM (periods 5-8)

October 9th---Day 2 AM (periods 1-4) *Remain in Remote Survey due

*OCTOBER 12th--NO SCHOOL (Teacher in-service)

**New remote interim schedule starts on October 19th

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Gym Uniforms

Many people purchased gym uniforms from Tuttle marketing (info from our website). The orders have been delivered to our main office. Please call us to arrange a time to pick up your order.

Locker Information

We still have some personal belongings from last year's lockers. Please call the main office if you would like to pick up these items. Otherwise, we will be donating these items to a local shelter by October 9th.

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

Game schedule coming soon! Go Falcons!
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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.

Stetson Musical 2020-2021

Anyone who is interested in participating in the virtual musical this fall should attend the informational meeting next Thursday October 8th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Students can also join the Drama Club Schoology group for more information.

Here is the access code for the Schoology group: QB6M-52MH-C873D

Contact Mrs. Smith - jsmith3@wcasd.net - with any questions.

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!

Students from grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to attend. Join the Falcon Flyer Group Page with the code XJ22Z-TS78B.

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

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!

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.