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SHS Blood Drive

Are you interested in saving a life or two?  Would you like to be a hero?  Do you want free t-shirt, snacks and drink? Then you should give blood at the Senior High School Blood Drive on Friday, March 8th in the Gym from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

Starting Monday, February 25th, representatives from JROTC will be coming into homerooms and will have signups in the cafeteria during lunch with more information as well as the necessary registration forms. Look for the blood drive sign.

Mock Trial Team Earns First at County Tournament Mock Trial

One of Butler's Mock Trial Teams recently earned first place at the county level Mock Trial Tournament! 

School Organization Community Forum Executive Summary School Organization Community Forum

Dr. White presented an Executive Summary of the School Organization Community Forums that were helpd this fall at the February 11, 2019 school board meeting.

2019 Summer School Registration

Registration for Summer School 2019 will begin in February 2019. 

View the memo to students and registration form>

Click for more information about Summer School>

2019-2020 Course Selection Info

Students in grades 6-11 will select their courses for the 2019-2020 school year in February/March 2019.  View the 2019-2020 Course Selection Guide>

Save the date for the 2019-2020 Scheduling Open House on Monday, March 4 from 6-8 pm at the Intermediate High School. All parents of students who will be in grades 7-12 next year are welcome to attend. 

Click for more information about Course Selection>

BEA Food Drive BEA Food Drive

The Butler Education Association's Food Drive will take place February 4-8. Families are welcome to  bring a non-perishable item to any of our schools betwen February 4-8 or to the Golden Tornado Basketball game on Friday, February 8th. Donations will be given to the Lighthouse Foundation. Thank you for your support! 

SHS Receives Grant from Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Exxon Mobil Grant

Butler Senior High School received a $500 grant from Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program to support the school's STEM classes. The SHS was nominated for the award by Spangler Brothers Paving.  Donald Meade presented the check to Dr. John Wyllie, SHS principal.  

Champions of Learning Champions of Learning

Each year the Consortium for Public Education recognizes Champions of Learning throughout our region. We are very excited to congratulate two individuals from the Butler community for being selected as finalists for the award!

Butler All-School Musical Cinderella

Butler Area School District's theatre program is proud to present the 2019 All-School Musical! 

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16
7:30 pm 
Butler Senior High School Auditorium

Visit www.basdk12.org/1/content2/butlerhightheatre for ticket information.

Rachel's Challenge Community Event Rachel's Challenge

All parents and community members are invited to attend the Rachel’s Challenge community event on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Intermediate High School Auditorium at 6 pm. We hope to see you there! 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Jan. 31

As you know, we had to cancel school twice this week due to the temperature. Here is how that impacts our school calendar as well as how it impacts the first semester grading window. 

Students Perform at PMEA District Orchestra Concert PMEA DIstrict Orchestra January 2019

Eight Senior High School students performed in the PMEA District 5 Orchestra Concert in January.  

Students Perform at PMEA Band Festival PMEA Band Jan 2019

Ten Butler Senior High School students performed in the PMEA District 5 Band Festival at Beaver High School in January. 

Friendship Bracelets Friendship Bracelets

Several Senior High School students visited the Middle School to spend time with BMS students. During their afternoon visit, the students talked with one another, made friendship bracelets, and shared a snack. 

"It was a lot of fun and a positive mentoring activity," said Mrs. Rekich, who organized the event. 

Academic Games Competition Academic Games

Students in 9th - 12th grade recently competed at the Academic Games President's Competition!  All of the students did an excellent job including Jacob Pomykata who went undefeated! Congratulations to all!

Most Weekend Activities (Jan. 19-20) Are Canceled

Due to the winter weather advisory, most of the activities scheduled for this weekend are canceled. All activities scheduled for 12 pm or later on Saturday, January 19 are canceled. In addition, all activities scheduled for Sunday, January 20 are canceled. As always when activities are canceled, please check with the activity sponsor or coach for any specific information regarding your child's activity. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. 

New Student Pick Up Traffic Pattern

As of Thursday, January 24, 2019, anyone picking up a student at the SHS after school should park across Campus Lane in the area marked as reserved for food service, as those spaces are mostly empty at the end of the day. This will help us better facilitate bus flow traffic after school. Thank you for your flexibility. 


UPDATED: Tyler Grade Reporting Tile Temporarily Unavailable

UPDATED: Due to this week's school closings, the grade window has been pushed back. The Tyler Parent Portal will now be temporarily unavailable until February 5, 2019. February 5th will also be the date digital grades and report card will be distributed. 

Safe2Say Something Program Safe2Say Something Program

The Office of the Attorney General adopted the Safe2Say Something Program, which will be used by all school districts in Pennsylvania. Safe2Say is an anonymous reporting system that allows individuals (students, parents, teachers, staff, community members, etc.) to report anyone who may be showing signs they have the potential to carry out an act of violence at school.

Make Up Days

Due to the power outages earlier this year, we submitted an emergency waiver request to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, at this time, we have not heard back from the state. Thus, it is necessary to schedule two make up days.

The make up dates will be:

  • Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation Receives Two Generous Donations

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation (GTSF) recently received two generous donations through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. NexTier Bank and Baglier Buick GMC Mazda each donated $5,000 to the GTSF in 2018. The funds will be used to support the district’s STEAM program.

Butler Best Buddies Eggstravaganza Best Buddies Eggstravaganza

Save the date for the Senior High School Best Buddies Program Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 13. The event includes the Easter Egg Dash (5K), Bunny Hop (1 Mi) and Easter Egg Hunt. Proceeds will benefit the Best Buddies Program. Click for more information> | Click to register>

The Challenge Program Awards (2017-18) challenge awards

The Challenge Program, Inc. distributed financial awards to the underclassmen at Butler Senior High School for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service during the 2017/2018 school year. The Program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel and introduce them to career opportunities in their own communities. XTO Energy was the partner of The Challenge Program, Inc. at Butler Senior High School last year.

Caroling for a Cure caroling for a cure

Sophomores Payton Cornetti, Paris Brown, Alison Altman, Kendall McLister, Sarah Fiorina, Sidney Duffy, and Sophia Lucas recently went "Caroling for a Cure." 

Their goal was to raise $300, but they ended up raising over $1000 for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh!

Watch a video of the students caroling for a cure>

Congratulations to these students! And, thank you for your generous and kind contribution to our community.

Butler Yearbook Sale

If you would like to purchase a Butler yearbook online, please visit yearbookforever.com and search "Butler Senior High School." The company is Walsworth.

BASD Placed on College Board's 9th Annual District Honor Roll 9th annual district honor roll

Butler Area School District is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  

LinguiSHTIK competition LinguiSHTIK competition

Twenty-six Intermediate High School and Senior High School students attended the LinguiSHTIK competition at Slippery Rock University on Wednesday, December 5th.  Four of the students earned Undefeated scores, and three of our teams placed second, third and fourth in their respective divisions. Congratulations to the students! 

FBLA Earns Top Recognition at an Academic Competition FBLA RLC Winners

The Butler Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization recently competed with 17 other school districts and over 1,100 students in various academic competitions with a very successful result.

Butler students earned top recognition in several categories. 

Butler Rock Orchestra Holiday Tour Butler Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra recently completed their first Holiday Tour! The Rock Orchestra visited Emily Brittain Elementary, McQuistion Elementary and Center Township Elementary where they performed holiday hits from Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as some other holiday favorites.

Intruder Drill at the Senior High School

We will be conducting an intruder drill at the Senior High School today (Wednesday, December 12, 2018). The purpose of this drill is to help our faculty, staff and students be prepared should we ever have an intruder in the building. The drill will also enable our School Security Officers to assess our process and procedures and make adjustments as necessary. 

We wanted to make you aware of our planned drill in case you notice unusual activity at the SHS today. 


PMEA Instrumental Music PMEA Honors Band

Congratulations to the following students for representing the Butler Area School District in the PMEA music festivals.  

Tyler App on Apple

Some iOS (Apple) users may have noticed a white screen or blank screen on the Tyler app. Tyler is aware of the problem and has fixed it by releasing a new version of the app in the Apple App Store. If you are experiencing an issue with your app, please try downloading the updated version. 

Hometown High Q Hometown High Q

Butler Senior High School students Noah Proctor, Jordan Ray and Sophia Lex will compete on KDKA’s Hometown High Q on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Good luck to the team! 

All-School Musical Auditions -- Dec. 4 & 6 all school musical auditions

All-School Musical auditions for "Cinderella" are taking place this week! 

Senior High School students can audition at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 4 in the SHS auditorium. 

Intermediate High School students can audition at 3 pm on Thursday, December 6 in the SHS auditorium.

Questions? Contact Mr. VanLaningham at dale_vanlaningham@butler.k12.pa.us.

French Club Cheese Tasting and Trivia Event French Club Cheese Tasting

The Butler Senior High French Club recently had a cheese tasting and trivia competition event in honor of National French Week, a one week celebration of the study of French in the United States. National French Week is organized by the American Association of Teachers of French.

34th Annual Grand Illuminations Parade Butler Band

The Butler Band had a great time performing in the 34th Annual Grand Illuminations Parade in Norfolk, VA.  They were warmly welcomed by the crowds along the parade route as they performed.  It was the first night parade with the new drum lights.

UPDATE: A Message from the Superintendent -- Nov. 19 at 4:15 pm

UPDATE: Power has been restored at all of our schools! Butler Area School District will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow (Tuesday, November 20, 2018).

CANCELED: School Organization Community Forum

Due to the power outages and other complications, the School Organization Community Forum scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 4 pm at Northwest Elementary has been canceled. 

Winter Sports -- Today (Nov. 19)!

Although the Butler Area School District is closed today (Monday, November 19), the winter sports tryouts/practices will go on today as scheduled, except for bowling. Click here to view the start time, date and location of your child's sport.  If you have any questions, please contact the athletic office at 724-214-3232.

UPDATE: BASD Closed on Monday, November 19

While I had hoped we would be able to have school tomorrow, we have run into a few additional complications this afternoon. At this point, we know we will not be able to open our schools tomorrow. Thus, all Butler Area School District public schools will be closed tomorrow (November 19, 2018). Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this unique situation.



Oustanding Educator Ceremony Outstanding Educator Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 7th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, plan to hold a dinner and special ceremony recognizing outstanding educators in the area. 

The nominees are:

  • Mrs. Brenda Hilliard, Emily Brittain Elementary School/Mr. Chad Broman, Principal
  • Mrs. Melinda Neigh, Butler Intermediate High School/Mr. Stephen Dobransky, Principal
  • Mr. Daniel Buzzard, Butler Senior High School/Dr. John Wyllie, Principal
  • Mr. Jesse Allen, Emily Brittain Elementary School, retired/Mr. Dale Markle, Principal, retired
After School/ Evening Activities Cancelled

At this time, we are still planning to dismiss all schools at their regular time. Please be aware that our buses may be delayed, as all drivers have been instructed to proceed with extra caution.

All after school and evening activities have been cancelled for this evening (Thursday, November 15, 2018).  However, at this time, the band trip will still depart as scheduled late this evening.  

School Delay and Cancellation Procedures

With the winter season upon us, we’d like to remind you of our school delay and closing procedures. 
I make the decision to delay or cancel school after I review the weather forecast and consult with our Transportation Department. When necessary, the district also consults with the municipalities and other resources within our community.  Each decision regarding whether or not to delay or cancel school is made with student safety as the primary concern. I recognize that any delay or cancellation can create hardships for our families and do not take this decision lightly.

School Photo Make-Up Day

The school photo make-up day for sophomores and juniors will be on November 30, 2018. 

SHS Best Buddies Match Party Best Buddies Match Party

The Senior High School launched a brand new chapter in the Best Buddies program! The first event for the club, which includes 75 members, was a Match Party at the Butler Senior High School! Best Buddies is part of the Senior High School's initiative to promote inclusion among students with and without disabilities. View more photos on Flickr>

SHS Report Cards

Dear Senior High School Parents/Guardians:

Some of you may have expected that your child’s first quarter report card would be posted today (Monday, November 5, 2018).  However, the Senior High School report cards are not yet available. At this time, the report cards are in progress and we expect them to be posted by the end of this week.


School Organization Community Forums

We had our first School Organization Community Forum on Tuesday night. I would really like to thank everybody who took the time to be at this event. Your feedback is important as we move through this process. Several more School Organization Community Forums are planned for November. 

Congressman Kelly Visits BASD Congressman Kelly Visit

Congressman Mike Kelly recently spoke to students in first period Honors Government (11th), AP Comparative (10-12), AP US History (10-11), and Transitions (10-12). 

New Date! College & Career Readiness AND Financial Aid Night

The Senior High School will hold two events on Thursday, December 6. These events were originally scheduled for November 15, but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. First the SHS Guidance Office will present College and Career Readiness at 6:30 pm. Following their presentation, there will be a FAFSA Workshop for anybody who would like help filling out their Free Application for Federal Student AID. 

SHS Yearbooks are Here! SHS Yearbook Cover

The Senior High School's 2018 yearbooks are in. They can be picked up at the Senior High School Principal’s Office any school day between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you did not order a yearbook and would like one, extras are available for $70. If you would like to avoid a possible wait time, please consider calling ahead to let them know when you plan to pick up: 724-214-3200.

Students Visit Kawneer Cranberry Manufacturing Day

Students in 9th and 10th grade had the opportunity to visit Kawneer Cranberry for National Manufacturing Day. Their visit included a tour of the facility, activities and a round table discussion. Thank you to everyone at Kawneer Cranberry for making this day possible! 

Seventh Grade Team Building Starfish Banner

Seventh grade students recently participated in team building activities with our Starfish leaders and teachers.


State Police School Safety Initiative

We have been notified that the Pennsylvania State Police are using all appropriate resources at their disposal to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania’s school students. As part of their efforts, state troopers may drive through school grounds or visit the main office at a school at any time during the school day. Their hope is that the enhanced presence in Pennsylvania schools will assist in keeping our students and staff safe.

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Group

Ms. Peters, Gifted Coordinator at the Senior High School, recently took a small group of students to BC3 for the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge orientation. 

The students are creating their own business model that they will present on November 5. The students will be competing against other schools. Good luck!  

Fall Choral Concert

The Butler Senior High Choirs will present their fall choral concert on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  A variety of styles of choral music will be presented and the Senior High students will collaborate with Intermediate students for the combined finale.  

School Organization Community Forum

We are developing our facility plan for the Butler Area School District. Many of our schools need capital improvements -- some more than others. Prior to investing money into all eleven schools, we have decided to solicit your input to determine if our community is satisfied with how we are currently organized.

BASD Community Meeting: Investing So Schools Work Investing So Schools Work

Butler Area School District is holding a community meeting on October 23 from 4-6 pm at the IHS to learn about a new research study and receive community feedback on what parents, students and other community leaders believe are the essentials for a quality education. 

2018 Homecoming Prince & Princess Homecoming Prince and Princess

Congratulations to Dennis Goodwine and Sydney Mylan. Dennis and Sydney were named the 2018 Homecoming Prince and Princess! 

Butler Spirit Week Photos Butler Spirit Week

Butler Spirit Week was a lot of fun! Thanks to everybody who participated. View photos on Flickr>

Elias Driver Training School

Register for Elias Driver Training School. Classes are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after from 3-6 pm. Class #1 starts on November 27 and Class #2 starts on February 5. 

Butler Spirit Week at the SHS, IHS & Center Ave SHS and IHS Spirit Days
SHS Student Appointed Student Rep for Butler Township Joe Atkinson

Senior High School student Joe Atkinson has been appointed the Student Representative for the Butler Township Board of Commissioners!

Community Calendar Survey calendar image

The Butler Area School District community is invited to share their feedback regarding the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Water Quality Results - Sept. 5, 2018

We have continued to test the water throughout all of our schools to ensure it is safe to use. We just received the results from our most recent round of testing. The results showed elevated levels of lead in three water fixtures – two at the Intermediate High School and one at the Harriger Educational Services Center. The results have been posted to our website. Click to view the results>

Two Hour Early Dismissal -- Wednesday, September 5

Due to the forecasted heat, Butler Area School District will dismiss school two hours early on Wednesday, September 5. This applies to all Butler Area School District schools. Lunch will be served at every school before dismissal. Butler Area School District students who typically attend third session vo-tech will be dismissed two hours early with the secondary schools.

Discover Costa Rica Summer 2019 Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

Discover Costa Rica this summer! The 8 day adventure is planned for the end of June 2019. An informational parent meeting for students in grades 10-12 will be held on Thursday, Sept 20 at 7:00 pm in the Senior High School Library. We hope to see you there!

A Message from the Superintendent: Possible Early Dismissal

It was a great first week at Butler Area School District! As I was walking the halls of our schools, I really enjoyed seeing the faces of students who were actively engaged in learning. However, I also saw the faces of students who were uncomfortably hot in some of our buildings -- especially in the afternoon.

Kids Weekend Backpack Program KWBP logo

The Kids' Weekend Backpack Program will continue to serve all K-4 schools in the Butler Area School District. Read the community letter> | Download the enrollment form>

Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni Night Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni Night

Attention all Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni!  This year’s Alumni Night is scheduled for Friday, September 28. 

Tyler SIS Tyler Screenshot

Butler Area School District launched Tyler, our new Student Information System, over the summer. We sincerely appreciate your patience as transition to Tyler. Click for more information regarding Tyler>

First Day of School

Welcome back students! We are so glad you are here! 

College/Career Fair and Financial Aid Night

The annual Butler County College & Career Fair will be held on Monday, September 24th from 6-8 in the Butler Senior High Cafeteria. Click to view a video with more information> | Click to view the 2018-2019 Financial Aid presentation>

Marching Band Pie Festival Band Rehearsal

The Butler Golden Tornado Marching Band Pie Festival is an annual event sponsored by the band as both a fundraiser and an introduction of the band's new show to the community. The Varsity Cheerleaders and Football team are introduced and the band performs its 2018 pregame and half-time show. 

Nutrition Group -- New Online Payment System School Cafe Logo

The Nutrition Group, Butler Area School District's food service provider, is using a new online payment system. Parents will need to create a new account. 

Butler Area School District has a new mobile app! mobile app screenshot

The Butler Area School District mobile app can be used to view news, alerts, the staff directory and other website information.

School Board Adopts Random Drug Testing Policy

The Butler Area School District Policy has adopted a ''Random Drug Testing Policy" (Policy 227.1) that is intended to advance an alcohol and drug-free environment for Butler Area School District students and employees. This policy is in response to a crisis of drug use in our country and our community.

Save the Date save the date graphic

We have confirmed the dates for Orientation, Kick Start Kindergarten and Back to School Night (formerly known as Open House). Please mark your calendars!

SHS Orchestra Students Perform Internationally Michelle Kenyon and Sarah Hepfl

Two Butler Senior High School students recently had the opportunity to travel abroad with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra.

2017-18 Athletic Accomplishments Butler Athletics Logo

The Butler Athletic Department is proud to present its 2017-2018 sports summary!  We had a total of 17 varsity teams make the playoffs this school year,  which set a new school record along with an enormous amount of individual success.  Click to read more>

Fall Sports Registration Register Now Icon

Welcome to the Butler Area School District's athletic program.  We are pleased you made the decision to play for the Golden Tornado, and hope you have an enjoyable experience this season!

Visit the Athletic Department website for more information>

Or click to register>

Hats off to the Graduates! Graduation collage

On June 6, 517 students graduated from Butler Area School District. The student speakers -- Lillian Ford and Camden Seybert -- provided inspiration to their peers before they all joined the ranks of Butler alumni. 

Welcome to our new Website New and improved website

Welcome to the new Butler Area School District website! The Butler Area School District.