• Updated: Aug. 24, 2018

    USC Backpack Back-to-School Resources 

    The first day of the 2018-19 school year is set for Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. The following information has been compiled to help our Upper St. Clair families prepare for the start of school. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. 

    Is there additional back-to-school information that would be helpful to you and others? Please share your suggestions via email to tvojtko@uscsd.k12.pa.us. The district’s intent is to make this page as helpful and user-friendly as possible


    Back-to-School Online set for early August

    Our Back-to-School Online initiative launched on Monday, Aug. 6. If you’ve not done so already, please login to Parent Portal and select FORMS from the dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the screen. Families will be asked to verify contact information that we have on-file, update important medical/health information, and sign-off on required notices. It only takes a few minutes.

    If you’re having any issues with Parent Portal and/or Back-to-School Online (including forgetting your username), please contact us at parentportal@uscsd.k12.pa.us so we can help.

    Family Directory

    Back-to-School Online is also used to collect information for the Upper St. Clair School District Family Directory, which is produced annually by the USC Parent Teacher Council. Whether you’re scheduling a play date for your elementary student, planning a graduation party or you’ve simply forgotten the parents’ names of your child’s new best friend, the USCSD Family Directory has your back!!!! The app is absolutely FREE and/or you can purchase a printed copy. But, first you MUST complete Back-to-School Online by Friday, Aug. 24! For questions regarding the Family Directory, please email uscdirectory@gmail.com.
     

    2018-19 Important Upcoming Back-to-School Dates

    • Aug. 27:  First Day for Students (gr. 1-12)
    • Aug. 27:  Kindergarten Orientation, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Aug. 28:  First Day for Kindergarten Students
    • Aug. 30:  Community Pep Rally, 7 p.m., USC High School stadium  
    Visit the online activities calendar. The online calendar can be customized to show events for one or more schools. Click “Customize Calendar View” from the top left of the window, select the edit icon directly below and click add/remove. (iPhone users - turn your phone sideways to see the monthly view and to customize your calendar.)
     
     

    Parent Communications:

    The Upper St. Clair School District makes a concerted effort to enhance the ways we communicate with our families and the community and to enable that communication to become more effective, efficient, and timely. The information outlined below is intended to serve as a quick reference for families:

    • Parent Portal:  The USCSD Parent Portal is used annually for Back-to-School Online for ALL students K-12 and provides families of students in grades 5-12 with secure online access to information regarding their child(ren)'s academic progress, including grades, attendance and schedules. NEW this year, Parent Portal will also list students' bus information - this information should be available on or about Aug. 15.

    • School Calendar A two-page PDF of the school calendar - indicating all days off and early dismissals - is posted on the district's website (under Quick Links, on the left side of the website) and can be easily printed for your reference. Click here for the 2018-19 Calendar. School calendars are typically drafted for public review in February and approved by the school board in March for the following school year.
    • Cafeteria Information (menus and online payment):  Monthly menus are posted online and are easily accessible from the menu icon on the district's website. Upper St. Clair families are encouraged to utilize SchoolCafé - a FREE tool to manage their children's meal accounts. SchoolCafé - available online and as an app from the AppStore and Google Play - enables families to access their child's purchase history; monitor account balances; receive low balance alerts; make online payments and set up automatic payments any time your student's account falls below your pre-determined limit.

    • eAlerts:  Upper St. Clair School District utilizes an email news system – eAlerts – to communicate with families and the community. Every Friday, a Weekly Recap is sent with all of the latest district news, upcoming events, bulletin board fliers and links to media coverage of the school district. In addition, subscribers can set their preferences to receive email notification when information is updated on their student’s school website or other pages of interest on the USC website.

    • USCSD Automated Alert System:  In the event of a school-wide or district-wide urgent situation (i.e. school delays/cancellations, evacuation, lockdown, relocation, emergency dismissal), information will be shared via our USCSD Automated Alert System (School Messenger). Emails and phone calls will be sent to the numbers/emails that are designated by parents/guardians through the Back-to-School Online process. In addition, School Messenger will be used to contact families via email with news and other information related to the district and/or specific school that their child attends. Please DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE from the emails as you will also be opting out of the urgent phone messages too.

    • Volunteering in USC schools:  Hundreds of parent and community members volunteer each year in our schools and classrooms. Background checks, which are valid for 5 years, are required for school volunteers. The Upper St. Clair School District Human Resources Department manages the volunteer clearance process for the district. Click here for information the step required to become an approved volunteer.

    • Bulletin Board:  The USC Online Bulletin Board provides information about non-district sponsored community events, activities, camps, classes, concerts, and other opportunities that might be of interest to our families and community members. Information is updated as it is received - check back often for the latest information. Click here to visit the Bulletin Board. To access the Bulletin Board from the main page, select the lowercase "i" in icon bar under the rotating photo.

    • Facebook/Twitter:  Like us on Facebook… follow us on Twitter! The district utilizes social media to communicate and share district-wide news, upcoming events, photos, videos and more.

    • Cable Television Stations:  Watch us on cable TV stations…Comcast 19 or Verizon 41. Click here to see the programming schedule.

    Food Services

    Upper St. Clair’s Nutrition Center offers a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: to provide outstanding service and high quality “kid-friendly” meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements. Menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutritional needs. Our staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious, great-tasting menus that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles.
     

    Free/Reduced Price Meal Application:  

    Eligible families can receive free or reduced price meals. Reduced price meals are $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch for families who qualify.

    Family circumstances can change at any time; therefore, please know that applications can be completed anytime during the school year.

    SchoolCafé: 

    Upper St. Clair families are encouraged to utilize SchoolCafé - a FREE tool to manage their children's meal accounts. SchoolCafé is available online and as an app from the AppStore and Google Play.

    • access your child's purchase history
    • monitor account balances
    • receive low balance alerts
    • make online payments
    • set up automatic payments any time your student's account falls below your pre-determined limit

    The student ID number (which will be sent to families in the Back-to-School Online email) is needed to set up a SchoolCafé account. Click here to learn more about SchoolCafé.

    Transportation

    • New this year, bus stop information will be available via Parent Portal. Please note that bus information may be visible now but will not be finalized until Aug. 15. Your patience is appreciated as our transportation staff continues their work. To ensure a smooth transition, families will still receive transportation postcards, which will be mailed on Aug. 21.
    • Students who enroll after Aug. 17 will receive transportation assignments by email as soon as we receive and are able to schedule the information.
    • Bus stop assignments are usually at the closest intersection to your child’s address. The Bus Stop Guidelines are used to route the buses to and from school in order to meet the school bell schedule.
    • Bus stop times are approximate and may vary slightly due to loading times and traffic. Therefore, please have your child at the stop location five minutes in advance in order to prevent students running after the bus or delaying the next stop.
    • If needed, route adjustments and changes may be made after the start of the school year.
    • Transportation requests with extenuating circumstances can be made by contacting the transportation office at 412 833-1600 Ext 3451.
    • Please call the garage ASAP at 412 833-1600 Ext. 3450 if an error was made in your child’s transportation schedule. 

    Transportation Safety

    Please keep in mind that during the first week of each school year buses tend to run late – especially the elementary buses in the afternoon. Our school staff will be taking extra time and care at dismissal to ensure that our students board the correct bus in the afternoon. Each day you should see a gradual improvement as we inch closer to the target arrival time. Your patience and understanding throughout these first days of school are much appreciated.

    Parochial and extended day transportation information will be communicated by telephone. Matthews Bus Company and Extended Day Services should be in contact with you regarding your transportation arrangements. 

    For questions or concerns regarding bus transportation, contact Jonn Mansfield, director of transportation, at jmansfield@uscsd.k12.pa.us or by phone at 412-833-1600 ext. 3451.


    2018-19 Student Handbooks


    High School Information


    1:1 Learning Initiative (Grades 5-12)

    Grade 5: Wednesday evening, Sept. 12 at Boyce Middle School. Stay tuned for further information!

    • iPad pickup and informational session that will cover:
    • Educational benefits/rationale
    • Internet filtering/parent monitoring
    • Technology Protection Plan

    Grades 6-12, device pickup for all devices at the High School Library during the following two days:

    • Friday, Aug. 17: noon - 4 p.m.
    • Monday, Aug. 20: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Devices can also be picked up in school Aug. 28-29

    All families must complete the District’s Technology Protection Plan enrollment form (parents can choose to opt-in or opt-out). To complete the “TPP” visit: uscsd.org/tpp.


    School Supply Lists


    Physicals, dental exams, immunizations & sports physicals

    Please make sure your child’s health information is up-to-date.

    • Physicals required for kindergarten, grade 6 and grade 11
    • Dental exams required for kindergarten, grade 3 and grade 7
    • New vaccination requirements
    • Sports physicals needed for all Fort Couch and high school student-athletes.

    Click here
    for detailed information – including downloadable forms.



    Family Involvement

    Research supports a strong correlation between family involvement and academic success. Parent organizations are formed at the individual school level with leadership and coordination provided by an overarching USC Parent Teacher Council. 


    Additional Information


    Before & After School Care and Kindergarten-Plus Services

    Extended Day Services (EDS) operates within all three Upper St. Clair elementary buildings as well as Boyce Middle School. Before-school care operates from 7 a.m. until the beginning of the school day. After-school care is offered from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. In addition, Kindergarten-Plus is available for all kindergarten families. Click here for information about EDS services.


    Resources for families with reluctant talkers:

    The start of a new school year is exciting for the whole family. At the same time, we know how frustrating those one-word answers to parents’ many questions can be. Here are a few resources that may help get conversations flowing with your child.

    Is there additional back-to-school information that would be helpful to you and others? Please share your suggestions via email to tvojtko@uscsd.k12.pa.us. The district’s intent is to make this page as helpful and user-friendly as possible.