Principal Message

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. 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. 

 PSSA Grades 3-5.pdf  PSSA Schedule 2018 ELA Math.pdf 


Penn Trafford Elementary Student of the Month - Sarafina Premozic



Third Nine Weeks Grading Period Ends Friday, March 16


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

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
Just a note for parents we do not modify the lunch schedule on a two hour delay. The students will eat their regularly scheduled lunch. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the school office at your convenience.

Progress Reports

Third Quarter Progress Notices will be sent home with the students the week of February 12. 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.





Take-Home-Tuesday (THT)

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.

Pennsylvania Requirements

PA State Police:

Web Address:

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:

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:

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.

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.

Lunch Accounts

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. 

 McCullough PTO Bylaws.pdf


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. 

Tutoring- Score More Tutors.pdf

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.

 Little Savers Club Application.pdf 

 Little Savers Calendar 16-17.pdf 

Title 1 Reading Websites

Welcome to McCullough Elementary's Title 1 program.
We are excited to be working with children to foster a love for reading and expression.  Our classes will be  a cornerstone where good reading habits begin and develop into lifelong learners.

Policy 918 Title I Parental Involvement.pdf  

School Parent Compact MC.pdf  

Title 1 School Parent Involvement Policy 2017-2018.pdf  

ESSA Teacher Certification Notification Letter.pdf 

 ESSA Teacher Certification Notification Letter Spanish.pdf 


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