From the Principal


Take-Home-Tuesday (THT)

I would just like to remind everyone that each Tuesday we will place information on our school website for that particular week as well as upcoming weeks. Students will bring home a half page notice informing you of the flyers that have ben placed on the THT page. Please take a look weekly at the THT page and read about School, PTO, PTARC, Sports Associations and general notifications. Should you have any questions at any time about the THT page please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


Kindergarten Schedule
If the school district calls for a 2-hour delay the Kindergarten schedule is modified. The times for kindergarten in a 2-hour delay is as follows:

AM - 11:00 - 12:45
PM - 1:45 - 3:30

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

Take-Home-Tuesday
Every Tuesday a file can be found on this website that includes all of the notifications for the week. All you need to do is open that file that interests you and print out the flier. At any time if the file does not open or you are having a problem please feel free to contact the office. Please see the announcements below for additional information.

Lunch Accounts
When you are sending in money for your childs 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 childs name on the front. This will help to eliminate any confusion as to the correct placement of the funds.

PowerSchool
Your childs current grades can be found on PowerSchool. Everyone should have received a letter with the childs login in July. If you did not receive this letter or are having difficulty logging into the site please contact the school.

Calendar
Please check the site calendar frequently. I will add events as they become available to the calendar. There will also be a monthly calendar in the THT folder as well.


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.
 

 

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.

Summer camps are open to all students enrolled in the Penn-Trafford School District.  Pending on the specific camp, out of district students are permitted to enroll. 

CLASS TIMES 8:30 - 12:00

CAMP
DATES      
 GRADE 
    (entering       
 Fall 2015)
Lego Robotics
K'Nex Academy

June 1-4
 4-6
It's Only Rocket Science!

June 1-4
 6-8
Girls About STEAM

June 8-11  
 6-8
Computer Science Camp

June 15-18 
 6-8
My Mad Scientist Lab K-2

June 15-18
 K-2
My Mad Scientist Lab

June 15-18
 3-5
Vex Robot Programing & Games      

June 22-25 
 6-8
Track It Math

June 22-25 
 4-6
Fashion Design

July 13-16 
 6-8
Rube Goldberg

July 13-16
 5-8
Fairy Tales

July 20-23
 2-4
Storm The Castle
July 27-30
 4-6

Payment
All payments must be paid in full by the first scheduled day of camp. To receive a refund, a letter must be submitted stating the name and date of the camp. There will be no refunds after the first day of camp.   

Eligibility
Middle School camps are available to PT and Non-PT Students. Elementary camps are exclusively reserved for PT Students only. There is limited seating availability. The classes are on a first come first serve basis. Once camp seating has been filled students will be placed on a waiting list.

Complete the registration form below. Bring the completed form, along with payment (check or money order) to the school office or mail the necessary items to the address below. Check or money order for camps should be made payable to the PT Academy

REGISTRATION

Any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Capoccioni at:
capoccionig@penntrafford.org

Penn-Trafford High School
PT Academy
3381 Route 130
Harrison City, PA 15636

Principal's Message

Clearances - Update

Dr. Harris Recently conducted a meeting discussing the new changes to the Pennsylvania Clearances and the requirements for volunteering in schools. Attached you will find a letter explaining these requirements. In order to assist in obtain the clearances. The District will be holding clearance days in the coming months. McCullough will hold theirs on Thursday, May 21st. Details are also provided in the attached letter. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the school. If you wish to obtain clearances on your own you can follow the directions below for Pennsylvania's requirements.

Pennsylvania Requirements

PA State Police:

Web Address: https://epatch.state.pa.us

Fee: $10/clearance

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: $10/clearance

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

Fee: $27.50/applicant


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.




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PSSA Information - Spring 2015

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education attached is information regarding the upcoming PSSA Tests that all third, fourth and fifth grade students will be administered in April. Please take a moment to read the attachment which provides general information about the PSSA tests. At any time should you have a question regarding the tests do not hesitate to contact the school office. 

I would like to stress the importance of these tests to the school, students and staff as well as the school district. If you have a student in one of the testing grades a flier is also being sent home identifying McCullough's exact testing schedule. The flier is also included in the Take-Home-Tuesday Folder. I appreciate your understanding during this time of the year and want to thank each of you for realizing the importance of the testing sessions.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
PSSA Information Spring 2015.pdf
Birthday Treats

A message from our food service department regarding Birthday Treats. Please be aware that the last day to order birthday treats will be Friday, May 8. The birthday treats will be delivered up to the last day of school, however the cut off day for ordering is May 8. Please make a note of this date if you plan on ordering birthday treats in May. 

Please also make a note that we will not be accepting any Birthday Treat orders for Ice Cream after April 10. 
1Party Snacks 14-15 year.pdf
Take-Home-Tuesday

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. 

Mr. Marasti

Daily Announcements

Penn Trafford School District Elementary Student of the Month

Alexa Rullo was selected as the Elementary Student of the Month for March. Alexa's teachers stated she has many admirable characteristics. She has a wonderful smile that is infectious, works very hard in school and is persistent in accomplishing all of her goals. Alexa has a wonderful attitude and excels in and out of the classroom. She has a passion for learning and her outlook on education is truly remarkable. Most importantly Alexa possesses a compassion for her peers, is likable and reliable.

Alexa's favorite subject is Reading. She enjoys coming to school everyday to learn new skills and subjects in order to make her smarter. She has really become fond of reading this year being inspired by her teachers to understand that there is more to reading than just what is written. 

Outside of school Alexa cheers for the PT Braves and competes on the Hip-Hop Dance Team for the M&M Dance Academy. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and especially helping her mom around the house.

Congratulations Alexa!!

PSSA Math Scoring Guidelines & Formulas - Grade 4

PSSA testing is quickly approaching and I would like to share with you some of the expectations of written response scoring requirements as well as formulas that students will be working with on the upcoming tests. All of this information can also be located on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website under PSSA testing. 

Attached you will find the Math Scoring Guidelines for student answers to PSSA open ended questions for grade 4 as well as formulas that the students will be expected to use to solve problems. When our students answer PSSA questions we stress the importance of answering what is asked in the question, telling us "Why" they answered the question the way they did and not simply explaining "What" was done to solve the problem. 

Please take a moment to look at the criteria for scoring the maximum points on written responses. Also if you could reinforce these expectations with your child when completing homework it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support!

Formulas.pdf
PSSA Math Scoring Guidelines & Formulas - Grade 5

PSSA testing is quickly approaching and I would like to share with you some of the expectations of written response scoring requirements as well as formulas that students will be working with on the upcoming tests. All of this information can also be located on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website under PSSA testing. 

Attached you will find the Math Scoring Guidelines for student answers to PSSA open ended questions for grade 5 as well as formulas that the students are expected to be able to use to solve problems. When our students answer PSSA questions we stress the importance of answering what is asked in the question, telling us "Why" they answered the question the way they did and not simply explaining "What" was done to solve the problem. 

Please take a moment to look at the criteria for scoring the maximum points on written responses. Also if you could reinforce these expectations with your child when completing homework it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support!

Formulas.pdf
PSSA Math Scoring Guidelines - Grade 3

PSSA testing is quickly approaching and I would like to share with you some of the expectations of written response scoring requirements as well as formulas that students will be working with on the upcoming tests. All of this information can also be located on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website under PSSA testing. 

Attached you will find the Math Scoring Guidelines for student answers to PSSA open ended questions for grade 3. When our students answer PSSA questions we stress the importance of answering what is asked in the question, telling us "Why" they answered the question the way they did and not simply explaining "What" was done to solve the problem. 

Please take a moment to look at the criteria for scoring the maximum points on written responses. Also if you could reinforce these expectations with your child when completing homework it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support!



Grade 3 PSSA Math Scoring Guidelines.pdf
PSSA Writing Scoring Guidelines - Grades 3-5

PSSA testing is quickly approaching and I would like to share with you some of the expectations of written response scoring requirements as well as formulas that students will be working with on the upcoming tests. All of this information can also be located on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website under PSSA testing. 

Attached you will find the Writing Scoring Guidelines for student answers to PSSA writing prompts for grades 3-5. When our students answer PSSA writing prompts we stress to the students to first use a graphic organizer to collect and organize your their thoughts making sure that they identify what is being asked in the prompt. This is followed with a rough draft that includes a good opening and closing paragraph. Only then do the students write their final product. This enables the students to focus their writing on answering what is asked in the prompt as compared to 

Please take a moment to look at the criteria for scoring the maximum points on written responses. Also if you could reinforce these expectations with your child when completing homework it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support!

Grades 3-5 PSSA Writing Scoring Guidelines.pdf
PSSA Writing Scoring Guidelines - Text Dependent Analysis - Grades 4-8

PSSA testing is quickly approaching and I would like to share with you some of the expectations of written response scoring requirements as well as formulas that students will be working with on the upcoming tests. All of this information can also be located on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website under PSSA testing. 

Attached you will find the expectations of the students when completing a written response. It requires that the students go back into the story and support their responses using evidence from the reading. It is only by using this evidence in their response that the students will receive the maximum points.

Please take a moment to look at the criteria expected for scoring the maximum points on written responses. Also if you could reinforce these expectations with your child when completing homework it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support!
Grades 4-8 PSSA TDA.pdf
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. 
Tutoring- Score More Tutors.pdf
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 child's classroom teacher or the office.

McGraw Hill Reading.pdf
Pearson Successnet

Attached is the information as to how 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.


enVision Math.pdf
Backpacks-To-Go Program

Back to school shopping? As you back to school shop, please consider purchasing a backpack to donate to the "Backpacks-to-Go" program. As a reminder, the “Backpacks-to-Go” Program is a supplemental nutrition program that is new to the Penn- Trafford School District. 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. In April 2014, we piloted the program at Harrison Park and the high school. This program will be implemented district-wide starting in September 2014. 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.


We are in need of backpacks. Our primary need for backpacks is for boys in grades 3-5 and for boys and girls in grades 6-12. If you are able to donate a backpack or would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Lauren Traill, Elementary School Counselor, at trailll@penntrafford.org or Pat Blahovec, High School Nurse, at blahovecp@penntrafford.org.

Thank you for your support! 
Back Pack for Kids Request.pdf
AM Bus Routes 2014-15

The bus routes for this school year are attached to this notice. Everyone should have received a post card explaining their student pick time and location as well as dismissal drop off time and location. If you did not receive your post card or have any questions please contact the bus garage. They can be reached at 724-863-1185.

Mc Bus Routes AM 14-15.pdf
PM Bus Routes 2014-15

The bus routes for this school year are attached to this notice. Everyone should have received a post card explaining their student pick time and location as well as dismissal drop off time and location. If you did not receive your post card or have any questions please contact the bus garage. They can be reached at 724-863-1185.
Mc Bus Routes PM 14-15.pdf
Nurse Office Phone
The school district has updated and moved on to a new phone system. In this process the nurse at McCullough now has a direct phone line. Anytime that you need to speak to the nurse or return a phone call to her office please call 724-744-7442. This line will enable you to speak directly to her.

McCullough News

New Student Registration

If you have moved into the area or have a school age child that is not currently registered for the 2013-14 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

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
- Citizenship
- Leadership
- Initiative


Upcoming Events

Mon, Apr 20 - Fri, Apr 24
PSSA Math Testing - Grades 3-5
Mon, Apr 27 - Thu, Apr 30
PSSA Testing - Grade 4 Science
Monday, April 27
Kennywood Ticket Sales - 9:45AM
Tuesday, April 28
DARE Grade 2
Wednesday, April 29
3rd Grade Field Trip - Science Center
Talent Show Rehearsal Penn Middle School 6-8PM

Weather

Today, 4/24/2015
High: 54 Low: 30
Sunny
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/25/2015
High: 56 Low: 39
Rain likely
58% chance of precipitation.