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.

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.

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.

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.


District Announcements

Please click on the attached letter to read about our fund raising campaign for a much needed new Nature Center at Deer Valley. Thank you in advance for you donations to this worthy cause.  (LETTER)

Principal's Message

Clearances - Update

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 meet the 10 year criteria. Should you have any questions regarding the clearances please contact the school office at your convenience. 

Pennsylvania Requirements

PA State Police:

Web Address:

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:

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:

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.


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

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.

Wonders Online Student Editions 15-16.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

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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 school year or if you are able to make a donation, please contact Lauren Traill, Elementary School Counselor, at or Pat Blahovec, High School Nurse, at 

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

PTSD Elementary School Student of the Month

Renata McKinnon was selected as the Penn-Trafford School District Elementary student of the month. Renata's teachers have seen her confidence continue to develop and grow since the beginning of the school year. Whenever Renata is told how well she is doing she is quick to give credit and thanks to those that have assisted her even if it is as simple as just listening to her read. Renata is incredibly sweet and kind to everyone. It is not uncommon for her to tell all what a wonderful job they are doing.

Renata enjoys reading as her favorite subject and also playing with her friends during recess. Renata enjoys swimming and is a member of the PT Aqua Club.

Renata's perseverance, kindness and willingness to learn made her the ideal student for this award. 

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

Monday, November 30
No School
Tuesday, December 1
DARE Grade 5
Mon, Dec 7 - Fri, Dec 11
DIBELS Assessments Grades K-1
Monday, December 7
Holiday Shop Set-Up 4-7PM
Progress Reports Sent Home