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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Dassa McKinney Elementary will hold parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Please contact the school office at (724) 637-2321 to schedule an appointment with your child's teacher. Families may schedule an in-person conference or utilize Google Meet for a virtual conference.

It is our goal to provide the best quality education and to challenge every student to work at his or her potential. I urge you to schedule a conference because family engagement is critical in the education of our children.

As a reminder, parent/teacher conference day is an Act 80 day, and school will not be in session for students.

Please call the school if you have any questions.


Mr. Dustin M. Thompson

Picture Day Update

If your child missed the opportunity to have his/her picture taken on September 13, picture retake day has been scheduled for the morning of Friday, October 22. Our school district is working with a new photographer. The company is called Photography by James, LLC. If you prefer to prepay for your child's pictures online, please visit Photography by James, LLC. The password is Prepay, and then you must enter your email address. If you make an online payment, your child must bring his/her envelope on picture day with the six-digit confirmation code for the online payment. If you have any questions, please call the studio at (724) 728-1345.

If you missed the chance to preorder pictures, you will also have the opportunity to see the photo that was taken and order picture packages or other products afterward.

Bundle Up Butler-Moniteau
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Join us for a drive-through coat distribution on Friday, November 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dassa-McKinney Elementary School.

Preregistration is required. Please call informal and referral by October 20 at (724) 431-3748 and register as Moniteau bundle up Butler. Adult coats are limited and require a $5.00 donation.

Free Smoke Detectors

The West Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department has a goal of putting a smoke detector in the home of each student attending Dassa McKinney Elementary. The fire department has a limited number of smoke detectors available for families that do not presently have smoke detectors in their homes. If you are interested, please see the letter below for more information.

Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Since 1989, the commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes, and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence. The Pennsylvania youth survey, or PAYS, is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The data gathered in PAYS serves two primary needs. First, the results provide school administrators, state agency directors, legislators, and others with critical information concerning the changes in patterns of the use and abuse of these harmful substances and behaviors. Second, the survey assesses risk factors that are related to these behaviors and the protective factors that help guard against them. This information allows community leaders to direct prevention resources to areas where they are likely to have the greatest impact. The PAYS will be administered during the month of October in the Moniteau School District. Questions were added to the survey related to the impact of COVID-19 and experiences with remote learning for schools taking it online.

Participation in this survey is optional. Please take a moment to read our Pennsylvania youth survey letter to see specific information from Moniteau School District.

Join our Warrior Team

The Moniteau School District needs you! Contact us to learn how you can serve as a substitute teacher with the Moniteau School District with an emergency permit. Please see our substitute teacher flyer for complete details.

Family Digital Learning Library

In response to COVID-19 mitigation guidelines and new educational challenges that we faced together during the 2020–2021 school year, we redefined our annual celebration of learning event. Our teachers researched, developed, and produced asynchronous training presentations targeting topics of high importance for the parents and family members of their students. Each presentation includes a Google slide outlining the team's presentation with links to short video explanations. Additional attachments and links may also be provided. Presenter email addresses and/or Google Forms are provided so families have the opportunity to follow up with questions related to each presentation. 

When you have a few spare minutes in your family schedule, we encourage you to check out information that applies to you and your child or children. We hope to add to this wonderful family resource with additional tips in future years. For more information, please see our DASSA Family Learning Library page in its entirety.