PSSA Testing Information
The students in grades three, four and five at McCullough Elementary School and in the Penn-Trafford School District will be administered the PSSA statewide assessment from April 9-13 (ELA) & April 16-20 (Math). The PSSA is a state standardized assessment for English Language Arts and Mathematics for all students in Pennsylvania. The Fourth Grade will be taking the science assessment the week of April 23. Please read the information attached regarding the assessment from the state as well as our school schedule. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the school office at your earliest convenience.
Safe School Helpline
Penn-Trafford School District is implementing a Safe School Helpline to help prevent threats and dangers to the school community. Safe School helpline is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students or our staff – anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, potential threats, bullying, harassment, theft, drugs, weapons, or any other dangers that may cause harm. Please go to the Safe School Helpline page for more information. See Below
PT STEAM Academy
The PT STEAM Academy will inspire a passion using hands-on lessons designed to excite and engage the mind. Our summer camps provide the opportunity for children to explore the wonders of STEAM in a friendly, curious, and exciting atmosphere. From managing fun experiments to participating in mind-blowing activities, students will come away inspired. STEAM camps are available to PT and Non-PT Students. There is limited seating ability is on a first come first serve basis. Once sections are filled students will be placed on a waiting list. All camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30am-12:00am.
2Hr School Delays - Modified Kindergarten
Fourth Quarter Progress Notices will be sent home with the students the week of April 23. Not all students receive progress reports. Progress notices are typically sent home to make parents / guardians aware of where the student currently stands academically at the mid point of the quarter. Parents can always check their students' powerschool account to see the current status of their student.
If you need to have your students' password please contact the school office at your earliest convenience.
Please be sure to check the Take-Home-Tuesday file on the website. If at any time you find that you cannot open a page please contact the school office.
If you are looking to include a flyer in the Take-Home-Tuesday folder, please submit all of your requests with the flyer attached as a PDF File by the Friday prior to the Tuesday for which you want your flyer posted. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the school.
If at any time you need to have paper copies sent home, please contact the school office.
Parent Volunteers / Clearances
McCullough Elementary School is always seeking volunteers willing to provide their expertise as well as compassion for our students. During the course of the school year many occasions arise in which the school needs volunteers. The easiest way to volunteer in our school is to join the McCullough PTO. Listed below are the clearance forms that are necessary to volunteer in the building on a regular basis, as well as the School District procedures regarding volunteerism. Please consider volunteering at the school.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill
Listed below are the clearances necessary to volunteer in the schools throughout the district. You need all three clearances to volunteer. The PA FBI is not necessary if you have lived in the state of Pennsylvania for 10 consecutive years. You will be required to sign a waiver for this clearance if you see the ten year criteria. Should you have any questions regarding the clearances, please contact the school office at your convenience.
PA State Police:
Web Address: https://epatch.state.pa.us
Fee: Currently No charge for Volunteers
This clearance can be completed online and the results printed immediately. Click “Submit a New Record Check,” and this will take you through the process. Be sure to have your credit card ready and the following information: your name, address, phone number, and social security number. You can request your spouse’s clearance or the clearance for any other adult who lives in your home as long as you have this information.
PA ChildLine (Child Abuse)
Web Address: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/Public/home
Fee: Currently No charge for Volunteers
You will need to create an account with Compass and will need the following information on hand:
· Contact info (name, DOB, mailing address, email address)
· Addresses where you have previously lived
· Names of all individuals with whom you have lived to include parents, guardians, siblings, spouses, etc.
· Any previous names you have used or have been known by
· Credit/Debit Card information
Click “create an account.” Select “next” at the bottom of the screen. Create your “Keystone ID” and fill out the required information (including selecting security questions). You will be emailed a temporary password. Return to the Compass site and log in with your information. You will be prompted to reset your password. Follow the prompts to take you through the process to complete the Child Abuse History clearance.
PA FBI (Cogent)
Web Address: www.pa.cogentid.com
For those who do not have access to the Internet, registration is available at 1-888-439-2486 Monday though Friday, 8 am to 6 pm EST. The current fee is $27.50 per applicant and must be paid by credit card, debit card, money orders or cashiers checks made payable to Cogent Systems and be taken with them to the on site appointment.
New Student Registration
If you have moved into the area or have a school age child that is not currently registered for the 2016-17 school year, please contact the office. Registration is an ongoing process that is completed at the school which your child will attend. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the school at 724-744-7441.
School Hours are 8:00AM - 4:00PM Daily
Math Pearson Successnet
Attached is the website where you can access your child's math series online. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact your child's classroom teacher or the office.
McGraw Hill Reading
Attached is the information as to how you can access your child's Reading Series online. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your childs classroom teacher or the office.
Students of the Month
Twice a year McCullough Elementary is responsible for selecting and honoring an Elementary Student of the Month. The teachers provide the Principal with student names and the Principal then selects the individual student from the list for the award. The teachers use criteria which is not limited to but includes the following:
- Academic Growth
- Outside Activities
- Peer Relationships
As a reminder, the “Backpacks-to-Go” Program is a supplemental nutrition program that was piloted in the Penn- Trafford School District in April 2014 and went district-wide in the 2014-2015 school year. Through the “Backpacks-to-Go” program, we provide a backpack filled with easy-to-prepare meals and snacks for weekends to our children. This program was developed in response to ongoing student needs with no weekend access to the school breakfast and/or lunch program. This program will continue district-wide for the 2016-2017 school year.
Children enrolled in the program, by parent request, take home a backpack with nutritious food in a safe, easy and discreet manner on the designated Fridays. The food items and included menu suggestions may be used for breakfast, lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday. Some of the child-friendly foods may include: peanut butter and jelly, easy-open canned fruit, applesauce, puddings, cereal, raisins, granola bars, macaroni and cheese, soup and canned pasta.
We offer the “Backpacks-to-Go” on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month during the school year with adjustments made for holidays. These backpacks are given directly to the children without requiring their parents to pick up the food at a location.
By meeting basic needs of our children, we hope each child will be better able to focus on learning and schoolwork instead of an ‘empty feeling’ or worry about the next meal.
If you feel that your child could benefit from receiving a backpack as described above during the 2016-2017 school year or if you are able to make a donation, please contact Lauren Traill, Elementary School Counselor, at email@example.com or Lisa Popovich, High School Nurse, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you are sending in money for your child's lunch account please be sure to write their student number on the check and place it in an envelope marked with the homeroom teachers name as well as your child's name on the front. This will help to eliminate any confusion as to the correct placement of the funds.
Your child's current grades can be found on PowerSchool. Everyone should have received a letter with the child's login in July. If you did not receive this letter or are having difficulty logging into the site please contact the school.
Please check the site calendar frequently. Events will be added to the calendar as they become available. There will also be a monthly calendar in the THT folder as well.
Welcome to the PTO section of the McCullough Elementary School website. The PTO at McCullough is very active in the school and provides many opportunities for our students. PTO meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM in the school library. Dates and times are posted on the monthly calendar and reminders will be will be included in the Take-Home-Tuesday file. Babysitting is provided by Community Action Program during these meetings from Penn-Trafford High School. Please consider joining the PTO and visit our website below.
Follow us on Twitter at @McCulloughElem. Announcements and messages will be posted on this site regularly. Please feel free to contact me at the school with any feedback or questions.
Score More Tutors
If you are looking for additional assistance for your child in any academic area please see the attached document. Score More Tutors offers a comprehensive tutoring service to our local area.
Safe Schools Helpline Reporting
Penn-Trafford School District is implementing a Safe School Helpline to help prevent threats and dangers to the school community. Safe School helpline is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students or our staff – anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, potential threats, bullying, harassment, theft, drugs, weapons, or any other dangers that may cause harm.
In addition to reporting danger, Safe School Helpline also provides a direct link to a live, trained suicide/mental health counselor 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. The helpline provides students with a place to call – anonymously – and talk through what could be the most dangerous half-hour of their life. Unfortunately, youth suicide rate has tripled in the past 30 years, and suicide is the third leading cause of death of students ages 14-19 in the United States.
SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINE
If you see something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our school. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns.
In order to utilize Safe School Helpline you can do one of the following:
- Need to use the following website: www.safeschoolhelpline.com
- Call 1-800-4-1-VOICE Ext 359. The message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline team will transcribe your message and notify school officials, so appropriate action can be taken.
- TEXT: 66746, use the word TIPS
Thank you for your continued support to provide a better education for all students in Penn Trafford School District. If you have any questions about the Safe School Helpline, please contact the school or the administration building.
Title 1 Reading Websites
Little Savers Club
McCullough Elementary is proud to work in conjunction with the Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union on teaching our students financial literacy. The Little Savers Club helps students understand the importance of saving money and making sound financial decisions. Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union comes to the school each month in order for the students to participate in the Little Savers Program. The students make monthly deposits into their account and receive incentives for participating. I encourage everyone to participate in the program. Attached is a brochure outlining the program as well as the application and the dates when Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union will be in school.
Clubhouse Life Little Savers Club is a perfect opportunity for your child to start learning about saving. It only takes $5 to start the account. After that, your child can earn fun prizes by making monthly deposits into their account. They can even receive a bonus deposit if they participate all school year.
You can pick up an application in the school office. For more information please call Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union 724-744-0670 and ask for Christine, Susan, Erika or Linda.