Principal Information Page
Welcome back to the 2023-2024 school year! Below are some reminders as we begin the year:
As a reminder the first day of school will be Thursday, August 24, 2023.
Dismissal and Arrival
- The school day officially begins at 9:00 AM.
- Students will be permitted to immediately go to his/her homeroom beginning at 8:45 AM.
- Bus dismissal and student drop-off will be the same as previous years.
- Students may bring their own water bottles.
- Refillable water stations have been installed and are available for student use.
New Student Orientation
New student orientation is scheduled for Thursday, August 17 at 9:00 AM. This orientation is for families that are new to McCullough or the school district this year. This does not include the incoming Kindergarten. The orientation will include a quick tour of the building as well. The guidance counselor should have reached out to you with more information regarding this orientation.
Chromebooks and iPads
The Penn Trafford School District will continue to offer a “one to one” environment to enhance and aid in student learning opportunities. These devices are theirs to use both in school and at home. The district is asking that each parent/guardian and student review the PTSD Chromebook Handbook and Network Accessible Use Agreement. Each parent/guardian and student will be responsible for reading, understanding and signing these documents online. The District requires an annual technology fee of $30 per student that will be used for maintenance, accidental damage and other costs associated with each student having a device. To complete the user acknowledgements along with making a payment, we have a new process this year. The District is embedding this into your Powerschool account. You will be asked to log into your Powerschool account (Or create a new one if needed) and complete the technology agreement as well as update medical information for your child at the same time. Families will complete this process ASAP.
Powerschool is how you will monitor your child’s grades and attendance for the school year as well update any medical or residential information, access the technology form and pay your technology fee. All families will need to register for an account prior to the start of the school year. You can also download the free app on a phone or iPad if you desire.
McCullough Elementary will hold their annual Open House on Tuesday, August 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. During this time the students will be able to visit their classroom and meet their teacher(s). The teachers will have rolling presentations about the upcoming school year.
The PTSD Elementary Handbook has been updated for the 2023-2024 school year. Families will not be receiving a hard copy. It will be available digitally only. It can be found on the McCullough website under Student/Parent Resources.
In a continued partnership with our transportation provider, First Students, the Penn Trafford School District continues to utilize FirstView, a bus tracking and parent communications app for your smartphone or desktop. Should you have any questions on busing please contact First Student at 724-863-1185.
Volunteers will need to have all three clearances completed and on file in the school office. Additionally, all clearances must be within five years. For more information regarding clearances and the links to apply please visit the McCullough District website under Student/Parent Resources - Volunteering in our Schools. If you are unsure as to the status of your clearances please contact the school office.