Dassa McKinney
Elementary School

Warrior News

School is a huge part of family and community life. It’s where our children spend their days; it’s where we gather to celebrate talent and promote the pursuit of lifelong learning. Use this page to keep apprised of the news and events that affect your family.

McTeacher Night

Come out and support your School-Wide Positive Behavior Team (SWPB) and the Starfish program! This event will be April 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the McDonald's by the Clearview Mall. View our flyer for more information.

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Testing

Students will complete the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing in April and May. We ask that you encourage your children to put forth their best effort during this testing. In addition, a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast are always beneficial to help students showcase the best of their knowledge and ability. Please see our PSSA parent letter for more information on this important testing, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

New Safety Procedures

Our students at Dassa McKinney Elementary School have been fully screened with metal detectors upon arrival for a few weeks now, and Principal Thompson would like to applaud them for their cooperation and excellent behavior throughout the process. We have made many adjustments to our daily routines at school to ensure that the implementation of these safety procedures are smooth and effective. Upon observing the process in action, administration and our school police officers have focused on two major concerns, the amount of time students are exposed to the elements while waiting to be screened, and the delay of traffic on Hooker Road while buses and parents attempt to enter the school parking lot.

We strongly encourage you to read Principal Thompson's letter in its entirety, as these changes go into effect on Tuesday, February 19.

Security Procedures

As you have noticed, we have implemented many new safety procedures in both buildings. We will continue to do this throughout the year as we discover new ways to keep our students safe. Please review our letter to learn about the new procedures for visitors and non visitors on school property.

Article from Butler Eagle

Please read the Kindergarten Plan Creates Excitement article for information about our new all-day program!

Safe2Say Something

We are happy to announce the launch of the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) anonymous reporting system. This program, which is mandated under PA state law / Act 44,  teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and say something to a trusted adult or use its anonymous reporting system. 

Specifically, the program educates participants to:

  • Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – especially within social media
  • Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult or
  • Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website 
  • Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
  • Sustain the curriculum and awareness via student clubs, in-school activities, and call-to-action weeks

For more information about this program, please view our letter from Superintendent Arney.

Make-Up School Days

Due to the district canceling school on Friday, November 16, 2018, Monday, November 19, 2018, and Tuesday 20, 2018, please take note that Monday, June 3, 2019, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and Wednesday, June 5, 2019, will now be regular school days. These were to be no school days but will now be our first, second, and third snow days. The last day of school and graduation is moved to Wednesday, June 5, 2018. the teachers last clerical day will be Thursday, June 6, 2018.