Fort Couch PTSO

Fort Couch PTSO

Parent, Teacher & Student volunteers are the center of our programs. Together, they make a Fort Couc

Operating as usual

Photos from Upper St. Clair School District's post 23/12/2023
Photos from USC Robotics Club's post 11/12/2023

We have amazing parents who love to celebrate our teachers. Our teachers work hard with our kids daily, honestly they go above and beyond. We thank you all for your help and support to help the PTSO do what we do best… support our staff and students. It doesn’t go unnoticed.
We love that we never have a hard time finding volunteers to help us celebrate the wonderful staff at Fort Couch Middle School.

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 07/12/2023

Yesterday, the Ft. Couch PTSO treated the teachers and staff to a Moe’s Fajita Bar for the Warm Winter Wishes Luncheon. Approximately 50 dozen cookies were also donated by Fort Couch parents! The teachers/staff were able to fill a box with the delicious-looking cookies.


Don’t forget, tomorrow night is Spirit Night at Chipotle!

Fort Couch Reach Out 30/11/2023

Reach Out begins next week.
We are looking for a few people to come in and help count money. Please sign up if you’re available.

Fort Couch Reach Out We are in need of volunteers to count money donations brought in during the annual Ft. Couch Reach Out. Volunteers should arrive to the main office at 9:00 AM. We should be done each day by 10:00 AM. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!


Looking for something to do tonight? Go check out the jazz performances at the HS.

November 2023 Fort Couch PTSO General Meeting 09/11/2023

Join Us For the Next PTSO Meeting
For the November 21st PTSO meeting at Fort Couch middle school at 11:30 am we will have two guests. They will be 7th grade Counselor Jace Palmer and USC community member Mike Burch. Jace and Mike will be able to answer questions and explain some details about their presentations to the 7th grade and 8th grade Guidance Classes that will be occurring in January, 2024. Jace and Mike have been making powerful and meaningful presentations to all of the USC graduating classes since 2008, and have reached well over 5,000 students and community members. The presentation focuses on the dangers of drugs (especially harder drugs such as opiates and fentanyl), as the two men recount the story of Mike's son Bryan, a graduate of Upper St. Clair who tragically died of a he**in overdose. The abuse of prescription pain medication and the recent influx of the powerful drug fentanyl have unfortunately contributed to the overdose epidemic that has been present in our country for well over two decades. Mike and Jace's message to the students is a very realistic portrayal of what can happen to a person who makes the wrong choice by using substances that can turn out to be deadly.

November 2023 Fort Couch PTSO General Meeting Please RSVP if you are interested in attending the Fort Couch PTSO Meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 11:30am-12:30pm. A link to access the online meeting will be emailed to you the morning of the meeting. Meeting agenda items will include: • PTSO Finance Report • Updates from various co...

Upper St Clair PTC - Buy a Printed Directory 05/11/2023

Printed Directories have arrived
We will be distributing them next week (week of Nov 6).

Before we do, we want to offer one last chance to get your own printed version.

Hard copies ordered by Nov 5, will be included in next week's delivery.

Upper St Clair PTC - Buy a Printed Directory Upper St Clair PTC

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 03/11/2023

Yesterday, the Fort Couch PTSO treated the Fort Couch teachers and staff to a delicious caramel apple/warm apple cider bar!


Fort Couch is celebrating Red Ribbon Week!

Our theme days include:

Monday, October 23rd - Red vs. Black Day (USC Day)
Tuesday, October 24th - Hat Day
Wednesday, October 25th - Dress Like Your Teacher/Dress Like Your Students Day
Thursday, October 26th - Tie Dye/Neon Day
Monday, October 30th - Pajama Day
Tuesday, October 31st - Halloween Costume Day

Please note that your Halloween costume must be appropriate — no weapons, no face coverings, nothing obscene or violent). If you are unsure, ask an adult and/or develop an idea that feels more comfortable instead.


Save the cooking for tomorrow! Tonight’s dinner is at Over the Bar. Join us from 5-9!


Fort on the Field is a great way for the students to experience what it may be like to be in the highschool marching band or in the Panther guard!

Ft Couch Yearbook - TEAM PHOTOS 15/10/2023

Our Yearbook committee needs your help!

Ft Couch Yearbook - TEAM PHOTOS The FT Couch PTSO and Yearbook Committee could use your help! We are in search of a parent to (1) coordinate with the coach(es) on the timing of a team photo & (2) take a team photo (using any type of a camera - I use my iPhone and all photos looked fine for last years book) for some of the teams li...

Photos from PEAQ - Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics's post 14/10/2023

Way to go Fort Couch!

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 27/09/2023

Fort Couch PTSO thinks our teachers and staff are nothing BUNDT the best! Also, happy birthday to our assistant principal, Gordon Mathews 🎈🎂

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 25/09/2023

It’s here! Spirit Week at Nothing Bundt Cakes for Fort Couch!
Check out the pop up flavor! Yum!

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 21/09/2023

The Fort Couch PTSO thanked our IT person with a small appreciation gift for IT Professionals Appreciation Day!

USC ODYSSEY 18/09/2023

Registration for USC Odyssey of the Mind is open!
It's time to get creative! Registration for Odyssey of the Mind is open! We are now forming teams for the 2023-2024 season. To register, visit and click on the red button registration link on the home page. Registration will remain open until September 22. For more information about this fun STEAM program, please visit or plan to attend one of two "What is OM?" informational sessions on Wednesday, September 6 at 10:00 am at the Community Rec Center and 7:30 pm via Zoom. Contact [email protected] for a link to join the evening call.

If you are unfamiliar with Odyssey of the Mind, it's a parent-run, school supported STEAM program that encourages and rewards creative thinking and problem solving. We fall under the USC PTC committee. Last year, Upper St. Clair had 22 teams with 144 students from all of our schools participating. One of those teams advanced to the World Finals

USC ODYSSEY Welcome! Odyssey of the Mind is an international STEAM program that challenges students to go beyond conventional learning and incorporate CREATIVITY in problem solving. Thousands of teams from the U.S. and abroad participate in the program, learning the value of brainstorming and teamwork, and deve...


Get ready Fort Couch families.
September 25th - 30th is Fort Couch spirit week at Nothing Bundt Cakes. For the purchases to count, the flyer needs to be brought in, shown on a phone, or mentioned at time of purchase.
We know how much we all love those bundtinis!

Registration for USC Robotics begins Aug. 30 01/09/2023

Registration for USC Robotics begins Aug. 30 The after-school program is currently offering both competitive and non-competitive options for students in grades 5-12. Online sign-ups begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30.


We are currently looking for a spirit night coordinator.
This consist of coordinating fundraising opportunity events with local businesses.
Please reach out if you could help out with this task.

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 24/08/2023

The PTSO sponsored a Panera “Welcome Back” breakfast for Fort Couch teachers/staff/employees this morning. Yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, bagels, pastries and coffee were enjoyed by all!


Back to school is here! An email was out earlier this week, if you are not receiving Fort Couch PTSO emails you need to check on the portal on the communication that you have chosen to receive.

The goal of the Fort Couch PTSO is to support and enhance the student's education while providing parents with a way of being actively partnered in their child's 7th and 8th grade learning experience.

The PTSO Activity Fee is $50/student.

Please make the above payment by October 1, 2023 to help us balance our budget and provide all the activities listed below:

Socials • Class Pizza Parties • Support Music, Arts and Sports Programs • In-School Clubs, Support of Student Council • “Caught You Being Good” activities in December • Subsidies to Class/Team Field trips • Spelling Bee • 8th Grade Farewell Party • Field Day • PSSA Testing Snacks • Your PTSO Membership... and so much more!

Fort Couch PTSO Activity Fee 2023-24

Fort Couch PTSO Parent Volunteer Opportunities (2023-24 School Year) 13/06/2023

We are already thinking about filling our committees for the NEXT school year with parent volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please submit this form.

Fort Couch PTSO Parent Volunteer Opportunities (2023-24 School Year) Please submit this form if you are interested in volunteering with specific committees next year.


We're so proud to share that Raana Parchuri was named a Quarterfinalist at the 95th Scripps National Spelling Bee and ranked out of 231 participants who qualified for nationals and 11 million students across the world!

Fort Couch Middle School Yearbook | Entourage Yearbooks Link 05/06/2023

If you still need to order a yearbook, it’s not too late. Here is the link and they will ship directly to your house.

Fort Couch Middle School Yearbook | Entourage Yearbooks Link Yearbook companies and publishers, Entourage Yearbooks, designs elementary and high school yearbook publishing and yearbook printing. Quick and easy yearbook printing, yearbook quotes and pricing.

Photos from Fort Couch PTSO's post 02/06/2023

Yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed on Monday during the lunch period!

Scripps National Spelling Bee 31/05/2023

Raana Parchuri (our Fort Couch Spelling Bee winner) advanced to the Quarterfinal competition being held during the day today. Semifinals are televised tonight and Finals are tomorrow.

Round 1 - 231 spellers - advanced on spelling the word "oort cloud"
Round 2 - 172 spellers - advanced on defining the word "phylum"
Round 3 - 139 spellers - advanced on spelling the word "levy"

Quarterfinals - 121 spellers remaining

Info on how to watch may be found here:

Raana is speller #177. Good luck Raana!

Scripps National Spelling Bee who will bee our next champion? Watch the two-night event on ION, May 31 & June 1 at 8/7c about the competition how to watch Television Schedule preliminaries Tuesday, May 30 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. et Watchon quarterfinals Wednesday, May 31 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. et Watchon semifinals Wednesday, May 31 8 - 10....

8th Grade Farewell Party 25/05/2023

The 8th Grade Farewell party is Thursday, June 1 (during the schoolday). Sign up here to donate candy or lollipops. There are only a few spots to fill!

8th Grade Farewell Party Looking for candy donations for prizes for the 8th Grade Farewell Party. They can be full size, fun size or mini/bite size. Please add description of candy in comments. Please drop off at school on May 31st or the morning of June 1st. If you are unable to make those time works, contact Michelle Urba...

May Fort Couch PTSO General Meeting 11/05/2023

Our next (and last) Ft. Couch PTSO meeting is May 24 at 9:30am in the Fort Couch LGI room (with a virtual option). President of the school board, Dr. Daphna Gans, will give a school board report. RSVP HERE!

May Fort Couch PTSO General Meeting Please RSVP if you are interested in attending the Fort Couch PTSO Meeting on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am. A link to access the online meeting will be emailed to you the morning of the meeting. Meeting agenda items will include: • PTSO Finance Report • Updates from various ...


Poems by three Fort Couch Middle School students have been selected for publication. Seventh graders Jillian Torres, Anna Barefoot and Kayden Dunkin entered their poems in the spring poetry contest, sponsored by Creative Communication.

"Sunflowers in Summer," by Jillian; “Response to Madam and The Rent Man” by Anna; and “Friend,” by Kayden will be included in the anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.”

To read the students' poems, visit:

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