Falcon Flash

September 3, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

The administrative team's rain gear just finally dried from Wednesday's dismissal! We hope you and your extended family fared well through the storm. Many West Chester families have been impacted, please let us know if we can be of any assistance. I just want to take a moment and acknowledge what a great job our Stetson students have done transitioning back to school. Their resiliency can be seen in the hallway chatter, laughing in the lunchroom, and classroom engagement. Thank you for preparing and supporting your students' transitioning back to their daily school routine. They are doing a great job of advocating their needs and working through health struggles. Give them a hug during this long weekend and tell them how proud you are.

Safety is our number one priority. We will continue to support and monitor student transportation. We are asking parents to be patient as specific bussing routes are being adjusted. Parent picks ups must take place between 2:50 and 3:10 pm. All students must be picked up no later than 3:15 as we do not have afternoon supervision. Students are not permitted to walk off-campus or Starkweather to be picked up. Parents that park in our lot must escort their student from the sidewalk to their car. Students are not permitted to walk through the parking lot during dismissal. We understand that arrival and dismissal can be time-consuming please plan accordingly. I help the line go as quickly as possible we are asking all parents to loop around Starkweather before entering Stetson's carline. NO CARS are permitted in our bus loop at any time. If you are running into a transportation problem please let our front office know.

You should have received information yesterday about Open House and Picture Day next week. Please refer back to that email for additional information.

We want to wish our families celebrating Rosh Hashanah a happy new year. Enjoy a long week to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of the American workers on Labor Day.

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

Relax and have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Puchalla

Calendar --Look Ahead and Plan

September 6th--Labor Day=NO SCHOOL

September 7th--Holiday=NO SCHOOL

September 8th--Day 5 *6th Grade Parent Open House Night at 7:00 pm

September 9th--Day 6 *7th/8th Grade Parent Open House Night at 7:00 pm

September 10th--Day 1 *Picture Day (during science class)

Daily bell schedule

Technology concerns--If technical issues arise, 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 SMS tech_support@wcasd.net

Dismissal/Drop off Procedures

  • Please do not drop off students at school BEFORE 7:30 am--there is no supervision and doors are locked
  • Student pick-up is between 2:50-3:10. ALL Students must be picked up no later than 3:15- there is no supervision
  • When students arrive at school between 7:30 - 7:50 am, they will remain in one location until the first bell rings at 7:50 am.
  • 6th grade will remain in the cafe
  • 7th/8th grade will remain in LGI
  • Students arriving after 7:50 am will report directly to homeroom
  • Students will be considered late to school if they arrive AFTER 8:05 am
  • Students may no walk off-campus or to Starkweather to meet parents.
  • Please use the crosswalk to pick up your child from the parking lot, safety is important to us! **We prefer that you use the car dismissal line for safety purposes!

Show map HERE


Our Open House evening will take place on September 8th at 7:00 pm for 6th-grade parents and on September 9th at 7:00 pm for our 7th & 8th-grade parents. We are planning to make a slight change to our program this year. To accommodate for social distancing, only ONE parent may attend the open house this year. Masks are required for all adults attending in person. If you cannot make the open house, we will also have teacher videos available to review on your own time. These videos will provide the same information that teachers share at the open house. We will provide a link to these teacher videos on our website on the evening of September 8th.

Spirit Wear Information

Our August spirit wear shipment has arrived! We will send it home with your child on Wednesday.

If you did not get a chance to order something, no worries. We will have some extras in our school store for sale. Please be patient with us because our student council leaders are getting it ready for the school year.

Picture Day

Pre-order forms were sent home with your student today. Parents can pre-order pictures at a discounted price. All students will be pictured regardless of order.

School Pictures will be September 10TH, 2021 for all Stetson Middle School Students. Makeup day is November 1st, 2021. Click here to order Portraits. Or go to www.legacyphoto.com and click on pre-order portraits. For questions on ordering, please email service@legacyphoto.com-

Cyber parents, please call the main office at 484-266-2701 to schedule a picture appointment for 9/10.

A Word From Our Athletic Department

Fall sports will begin next week. Following is the contact information for our coaches:

Football-- Mr. Pete Stolzer pstolzer@wcasd.net

Field Hockey-- Mrs. Melissa Moritsch mmoritsch@gmail.com

Volleyball-- Mr. Jim Ascareggi jascareggi@wcasd.net

Cross Country-- Mrs. Lindsay Beegle lbeegle@wcasd.net or coachbeegle@gmail.com

Boys Soccer--Ms. Erica Roebuck eroebuck@wcasd.net

Girls soccer-- Ms. Erin Listrani elistrani@wcasd.net

Cheerleading--Ms. Rachel McDonald rachaelmcdonald1997@gmail.com

Impact Concussion Testing is mandatory for all athletes participating in a contact sport. The test will be administered on Wednesday, September 8th at 3:00 pm in the LGI for all those student-athletes who need to take the test. This is for athletes in all three seasons. The test should run about 35-40 minutes. After the test, the student can go to their respective athletic team.

Family ID is our physical examination management system. In order for a student to participate in any sport, he/she must have a physical examination dated after June 1st, 2021 and it must be uploaded to Family ID. Instructions for uploading are on our school website.

6th & 8th Grade Parents ONLY

Please join me in welcoming new guidance counselors to the Stetson team this school year:

We are happy to have them here with us and please feel free to reach out to them with any concerns.

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  • Help students understand what is happening
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  • Encourage students to get enough sleep
  • Teach mindfulness
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  • Practice deep breathing
  • Teach visualization
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