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BASD High School Renewal High School Renewal

Thank you for all of your support of the students and families in our community over the last year and a half. From donating food, books and technology to providing resources and support for those, it has been truly remarkable to watch our community come together to help one another during an incredibly challenging time.

Senior High Best Buddies Wins National Chapter of the Year Best Buddies Chapter of the Year

Butler Senior High School’s Best Buddies Program was named the Overall Outstanding High School Chapter of the Year by the Best Buddies Organization. There were 21 chapters nominated for this honor and the Senior High was #1! Congratulations to all of the members of the Best Buddies Club at the Senior High School!

Act 66 of 2021 pde logo

Parents interested in the Act 66 of 2021 – Student Grade Level Retainment Guidance can access information on the Department of Education’s website. Click for more information.

Stuff A Bus Stuff A Bus

We are excited to inform you that the Kids’ Weekend Backpack Program will continue to service all K-4 Butler area elementary schools for the 2021-2022 school year.  The staff, parents, and community of these elementary schools as well as the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. have come together to help fight hunger.  Though it seems hard for most of us to imagine, many students go home to a house with little or no food supplies.  They may receive breakfast and lunch at school during the week, but when the weekends come, they are limited as to how much they may have to eat.  This program is designed to assist students who may be in need of weekend food supplies.  At this time, there are no eligibility requirements for participating in the program and is free to anyone who feels that their child needs something more to eat over the weekend. 

Class of 2021 Selects: Ms. Mary Patricia DeMucci Mary DeMucci

The class of 2021 proudly announces their choice for the 41st annual Butler Senior High School Distinguished Graduate Award, Ms. Mary Patricia DeMucci, a member of the Butler High School Class of 1940. Beginning in the same year she graduated from Butler, Mary worked for Butler Catholic Charities in several capacities for 55 years. 

Graduation Photos & Video graduation

Congratulations and best wishes to the Butler Class of 2021!

View more photos from graduation

Watch the ceremony on YouTube

Rock Orchestra Performs for BASD Students rock orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra visited McQuistion Elementary School and Center Avenue Community School where they treatedt he students to a amazing performances! Some of the students even joined in the fun by making their own instruments.

View more photos

 

Graduation Live Stream graduation live stream

Graduation night is almost here! If you cannot attend in person, you can watch the livestream on our YouTube channel.

The Class of 2021's Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 4. The live stream will begin around 6:25 pm. 

Live Stream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhC2i9aE56s

Butler City Summer Basketball Tournament basketball tournament

To all Butler City residents:

The City of Butler will have a Summer Basketball Tournament on July 26th and 27th.   

The Tournament will have six categories:

  • Boys 5th – 8th grade      
  • Girls 5th – 8th grade                  
  • Boys 9th – 12th grade         
  • Girls 9th – 12th grade             
  • Men over 18 
  • Women over 18
A Message from the Superintendent -- June 1 A Message from the Superintendent

Dear BASD Families: 

There’s no doubt this has been a challenging year for most of us. From in person instruction to remote learning and back again, this year has required an incredible amount of flexibility and patience from everyone. I’m very thankful for all of you and your continued support of our students, faculty, staff and schools this year. 

BASD Kennywood Tickets Kennywood

Butler Community Day at Kennywood Amusement Park

When: Saturday, June 19, 2021 (Tickets purchased can be used any summer operating day.)

Where: Kennywood Amusement Park (500 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122)

How: Purchase tickets online here for a discounted price of $29.00!

Butler Senior High Spring Choir Concert choir

The Butler Spring Choral Concert will air on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 pm. You can watch it on YouTube or on the Butler Senior High Choir Facebook page.  

While the premiere will occur on June 1, the concert will remain available for viewing at a later time. 

Students chose the music for this Broadway revue show, and it concludes with an original song collaboratively composed by the students, the 2021 Graduation Song.

Update Regarding Final Grades for Secondary Students report card update

Secondary teachers (grades 7-12) will be entering grades between May 27 and June 4. Typically, we close the portal in Tyler during this time. However, we recognize it is important for students to be able to access their assignments in the final days of school. Therefore, we are going to leave the Tyler portal open for all during the grade window. 

Final grades will be posted for seniors by June 3, 2021. Final grades for students in grades 7-11 will be posted by June 4, 2021. Please note that grades posted during this window will not be considered final until June 3 for seniors and June 4 for grades 7-11. 

Summer 2021 Food Service basd food service

Beginning on June 9th, any child under 18 is eligible for free meals. Families can pick up a free 7 day meal for bundle their child/children once a week. Pickup will be every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm at McQuistion Elementary School, newly opened Broad Street Elementary School, and Senior High School. 

SHS Best Buddies Program Named PA Chapter of the Year! Best Buddies

Congratulations to Butler Senior High School's Best Buddies Program for being named Pennsylvania's High School Chapter of the Year! A special thanks to Olivia White, Sarah Fiorina, Maci Lineman, Paris Brown, Kenny Clark, and Peyton Pry for all of their hard work and dedication.

Humane Society Logo Design Contest Butler County Humane Society Logo Winner

The Butler County Humane Society sponsored a logo design contest for students in the Butler Area School District Photography and Graphic Design courses at the Intermediate and Senior High Schools.  Junior Paige Daviduk created the winning design that was printed on cell phone pop sockets for the BCHS to use for promotional purposes. Congratulations Paige!

 

Dr. Helsel Receives Recognition Dr. Helsel

Dr. Bryan Helsel, Butler Senior High School Choirs and Music Technology teacher, has recently been recognized for two outstanding accomplishments. 

Dr. Helsel was nominated for the Council for Research in Music Education’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in Music Education! This prestigious honor recognizes outstanding dissertations from music education doctoral program graduates. 

In addition, Dr. Helsel was also asked by PMEA to present a songwriting clinic online for students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He conducted the virtual workshop via zoom and it was a success! This was the inaugural year for the Pennsylvania Music Education Association Crescendo Student Conference. 

Congratulations to Dr. Helsel!

Hometown HighQ - Round 2 Hometown High Q Round 2

The Senior High School Hometown HighQ team recently competed in the second round of the quiz show competition where they earned second place! The team is comprised of three seniors -- Chloe Paulisick, Emma Teff, and Katie Knights.

"They were fantastic," said Ms. Stephanie Peters. "I'm so proud of these young ladies!" 

The show will air on June 12 at 11 am and June 19 at 11:30 am on KDKA. 

Sophomore Awarded Second Place in a National Essay Contest Lily Hillard

Lily Hillard, a sophomore at the Senior High School, earned second place in a national writing contest conducted by the National Garden Club.  The 2020-2021 essay topic was "Adapting Our Actions to Protect Our Natural Habitats."  

Lily was sponsored locally by the Tusca-Ridge Garden Club.  As a freshman, Lily earned a fourth-place finish in the same contest. 

Congratulations, Lily!

Congratulations to our Stand Tall Winners! stand tall

Congratulations to senior high school students Ryan Porch and Anastasia Menchyk for choosing a healthy, drug free lifestyle.  Ryan and Anastasia received a $25.00 gift card provided by Stand Tall.

Stand Tall is a school-based program that creates a safe and positive environment to promote a drug free, healthy lifestyle by providing activities for students to build positive friendships and community involvement. We are very proud of our Senior High School Stand Tall winners! 

 

Remake Learning Days Remake Learning Days

Join us for Remake Learning Days, an innovative learning festival for youth and families! This festival engages families in the new ways of learning that youth experience when they make, code, play, design, and tinker. With 150+ events across southwestern PA and hundreds of virtual events across the nation, families with kids ages pre-K through high school can easily find engaging learning activities held by schools, libraries, museums, tech centers, outdoor play spaces and other learning spaces.

Click to view the flyer>

Remake Learning Days
May 6-16
remakelearningdays.org

BSHS 2021 Aquaette Show aquaettes

BSHS 2021 Aquaette Show

“Synching Into Good Times”

April 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm

To livestream the show, go to http://www.hvproductions.net/live.

Evening of One-Act Plays a night of one act plays

Butler High Theater Proudly Presents...

An Evening of One-Act Plays

Friday, April 30 at 7:30 pm
Senior High Auditorium

Prom Photos SHS prom photo graphic

This year, Butler Senior Prom Pictures are going paperless!  Photography services at this year's Prom will be provided by Nate Black.  Photography packages can be ordered anytime from now until one week after prom. 

Please use the this link (https://shop.nblackphoto.com/butler-prom) to order your photo packages, and be sure to include the student's name and first period teacher in the "Additional Information/Order Notes" section at check-out. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jenni Gassert at Jennifer_Gassert@butler.k12.pa.us.

Kids Day to Benefit the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program Kids Day Flyer
Books for Broad Street! books for broad street

The Butler Area School District is excited to announce the opening of Broad Street Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year!

The focus is a community school where the school, families, and community work together to help children thrive. Books are a building block for this focus. We are starting to fill the shelves of the library at Broad Street and would love for our community to help! Please consider donating new or very gently used books now through Monday, May 10, 2021. 

2021 Virtual FAB Showcase is Here! FAB Showcase

The 2021 Virtual FAB Showcase is here!  Please use the following link to access the Virtual FAB site on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

Let the Show Begin . . . it’s only a click away! Click to access the 2021 Virtual FAB Showcase

 

A Message from the Superintendent -- April 9, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

As we enter the final nine weeks of the school year, I want to thank you for your flexibility and assistance in helping us to try and operate as normally as possible.  We continue to need your help. Butler County’s covid numbers have increased to the substantial range for the last two weeks. My ask of you is if your child feels ill or has symptoms that could be COVID related, please keep him or her home until you consult with a medical professional.  

Five Instrumental Students Accepted to PMEA All-State Conference PMEA ALL-STATE

Five instrumental students auditioned and were accepted to the PMEA All-State Conference this year! Congratulations!

PMEA All-State Concert Band:

  • Nathan Gallagher - Trumpet  (Senior)
  • Juli Bish - French Horn (Senior)
  • Camden Rockcastle - Trumpet (Senior)

PMEA All-State Vocal Jazz

  • Hunter Karenbauer - Drum Set (Senior)

PMEA All-State Orchestra

  • Arianna Angert - Cello   (Junior)
BASD Students Receive PA Junior Academy of Science Awards PJAS

Seventeen students in grades seven through twelve represented Butler Area School District at the regional meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Eleven of those students qualified for the state meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science on May 19, 2021!

2021 Very Special Arts Gallery Virtual Art Show

The 2021 Very Special Arts Gallery is now available!

The Very Special Art Exhibit event that is hosted annually by Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4 was held virtually this year. You can now see the artwork that was included in the exhibit. Beautiful works of art created by Butler Area School District students are featured on slides 8-17. 

Click to view the virtual gallery

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 25, 2021 High Wind Event

As you may be aware, the weather forecast for tonight into Friday calls for wind gusts exceeding 50 mph.  With rain also in the forecast, this could lead to power outages and connectivity issues.  As we plan for this forecasted severe weather and the potential impacts, we are sending learning materials home with students as a precautionary measure. Please note the learning activities will not require computer-based applications.

Health Screenings for Cyber Learning Program and Homeschool Students School Health Law

Listed below are the state mandated health screenings for all Pennsylvania students.  These screenings are provided during the school day by our school nurses.  If your child is enrolled in the BASD Cyber Learning Program or they are homeschooled, they are still entitled to these screenings. You may contact your building nurse to make arrangements to bring your child into the school.  You may also choose to decline these services.

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 19, 2021 A Message from the SUperintendent

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for students in the in person learning pathway for the week of March 22, 2021 will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Have a great weekend!

High School International Travel Experience Iceland Waterfall

Dear Parents & Guardians of Students in Grades 9-12,


Your student is invited to join me on a once-in-a-lifetime international travel experience with their peers to Iceland in Summer 2022!!

Please come to hear all the details including the itinerary, activities, academic opportunities, and affordable payment options as well as the official opening of enrollment!

Our GTSF Basket and 50/50 Raffle are now even more FABulous! fab baskets

Just To Make Our Basket and 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales More FABulous

Anyone who has purchased to date, or will purchase a basket and/or 50-50 raffle ticket(s) through Saturday, March 20, 2021, will automatically be entered into a chance to win one (1) of eight (8) Spot Prizes valued at $100 to $600!

Payment for raffle tickets must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2021 to be eligible for the Spot Prize drawings.

Please visit our website or use the attached flyer to purchase your tickets today! GoldenTornadoScholasticFoundation.org/fab-baskets. As always, thank you for your generous support!

Sincerely,

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors

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A Message from the Superintendent -- March 12, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for students in the in person learning pathway for the week of March 15, 2021 will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Please note: We have a previously scheduled professional development day on Friday, March 19, 2021. Students will not have school on March 19. 

Butler Radio Network Earns Recognition for their Education Series Broadcast award

When the state closed all schools at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not well situated to quickly pivot to an online learning environment. We had thousands of students who did not have access to a device or the internet. 

Butler Radio Network opened their airways to us for an hour every day. BASD educators created elementary and secondary lessons that could be broadcast on the radio to reach all of our students.

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters recently named WISR/WBUT's educational broadcasts that were done in collaboration with BASD an award winner in the "Outstanding Radio Feature/Series." 

Congratulations to Butler Radio Network and everyone at BASD who created content for this series last spring on this well-deserved honor! 

SHS Donates Items for Homeless Youth SHS donations

Butler Senior High School collected 50 suitcases, backpacks, and duffel bags to be donated to homeless students in Butler County.  Thank you to all who donated!

Virtual College Fairs Virtual College Fair

Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair and find the right college for you! These events feature more than 500 colleges and universities from the US and worldwide. The events are free. Sign up at virtualcollegefairs.org.

More information, including the dates and times of each Virtual College Fair is included on the flyer. Click to view the College Fair flyer

Student Earns Spot in PMEA All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble Hunter Karenbauer

Congratulations to Hunter Karenbauer who has earned a position to play drum set in the PMEA  All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  He will be representing Butler in the Virtual Conference and Concert scheduled in April. After graduation Hunter has been accepted to major in music education at Slippery Rock University.

Students Earn Top Honors at the PA FBLA Regional Leadership Conference FBLA

The Butler Future Business Leaders of America students rose above the obstacles and attained Champion Status at the Pennsylvania FBLA Regional Leadership Conference!

Our students competed in the local region amongst more than 1,100 students from neighboring districts. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- March 5, 2021 a message from the superintendent

Butler County remains in the moderate level for community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for the week of March 8, 2021 for all students who are learning at school in person will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

*NEW* Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

BASD Partners with BC3 to Launch the Early College Program early college program

Seniors at Butler Area Senior High School can earn free, transferrable college credits at Butler County Community College through a Butler Area School District Early College Pathway pilot program that begins this fall.

The initiative will be funded by the Butler Area School District, and partially by the BC3 Education Foundation. The school district also anticipates possible financial contributions from businesses and organizations.

Funding will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for select BC3 courses in fall 2021 and in spring 2022, and the transportation of seniors to BC3’s main campus Monday through Friday mornings.

Senior High Students Win Hometown High Q Hometown High Q team

Seniors Katie Knights, Emma Teff, and Chloe Paulisick recently competed in the first round of virtual Hometown High Q and won the trivia competition!

You can watch their performance on Hometown High Q when it airs later this month. The show will air on KDKA on March 20 at 11:00 am and again on March 27 at 11:30 am. 

Congratulations to Katie, Emma, and Chloe! 

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 26, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Butler County remains in the Moderate Level for Community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our mode of operation for the week of March 1, 2021 will be: 

Elementary students (Grades K-6): Elementary students will attend school in person five days a week. 

Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Secondary students will attend school in person four days a week with Friday being a remote learning day.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- Make-Up Days calendar update

Dear BASD Families: 

As you know, we had two traditional snow days last week. Therefore, we have to make up the days. The make up dates are scheduled for: 

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Monday, April 5, 2021

As a reminder, you can find a link to our one page calendar overview here: https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1454 

You can also see our interactive event calendar here: https://www.basdk12.org/calmonthview.aspx?schoolid=0&t=1:24:32:51:52:53:54:55:56:57:58:59:60 

Thank you for your flexibility. 


Sincerely,
Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

Students Qualify for PMEA Region Orchestra congratulations orchestra students

Butler is proud to announce the following students qualified for PMEA Region Orchestra. The students submitted recordings to earn their chair at District Orchestra. All students who are listed below placed in the top of their section in order to qualify. 

Arianna Angert, cello
Haley Baxter, viola
Juli Bish, French Horn
Meghan Bortmes, violin
Carly Kriebel, violin
Nathan Gallagher, Trumpet  
Nathaniel Grossman, trombone
Hunter Karenbauer, percussion
Camden Rockcastle, Trumpet

 

Congratulations to everyone on this outstanding accomplishment! 

Mrs. Manges Receives Accolades for her Photograph Congratulations Mrs. Manges!

Mrs. Britta Manges, Photography and Graphic Design teacher at the SHS and IHS, recently received accolades from two organizations for one of her photographs.

Her photograph was accepted into an exhibit through Shippensburg University that was judged by Stephen Truax. Mr. Truax is an artist and writer in New York, where he is a director at Cheim & Read. In addition, her framed photograph was purchased and added to the on-campus Kauffman Gallery in its permanent collection. 

Butler Best Buddies Eggstravaganza! Best Buddies Eggstravaganza

Save the date for Butler's Best Buddies Eggstravaganza! 

Saturday, March 27th
Butler SHS/IHS Campus

  • The Easter Egg Dash (5K) begins at 10:00 am
  • The Bunny Hop (1 mile fun run/walk) begins at 11:00 am
  • The Easter Egg Hunt begins at noon

View the Best Buddies Eggstravaganza flyer

Register for the Best Buddies Eggstravaganza

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 17, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

We are once again facing possible inclement weather.  

Earlier this week we had two traditional snow days and did not engage in remote instruction. At the elementary level, we must distribute devices to all students who need them every time we move to remote instruction. That did not occur at all schools last Thursday. Therefore, we were not in a position for all of our students to engage in remote learning.  

Fine Arts & Beyond Showcase's Annual Basket Raffles fab baskets

The Fine Arts and Beyond Showcase’s annual 50/50 and Basket Raffles have begun! BASD schools and community members donated 16 wonderful baskets. Visit the Foundation's website to see the baskets and virtually put your tickets in for your favorites! GoldenTornadoScholasticFoundation.org/fab-baskets

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 1, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Try as I might to create a consistent plan for families, mother nature had other plans. Since today was a remote learning day, we will shift this Friday, February 5 to an in person day. 

All students in grades K-6 should report to school in person for the rest of this week, including Friday, February 5. 

All students in grades 7-12 should operate on their COHORT schedule for the remainder of the week. Since the White COHORT missed in person instruction today, they will report to school in person on Friday. Here is the COHORT schedule for the remainder of this week. 

Senior High Earns AP Female Diversity Award AP Course

The College Board recognized Butler Senior High School with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for the amount of female students enrolled in our AP Computer Science Principles course. This course is taught at the SHS by Mr. Randy Gettens.

A Message from the Superintendent -- Important Calendar Update A Message from the Superintendent

We are tentatively planning to start our voluntary shift to remote instruction/ school building closures in February on the following dates: 

  • Friday, February 5 -- Remote instruction, school buildings closed

  • Friday, February 12 -- Scheduled Act 80/Professional Development Day, no school for students

  • Friday, February 19 -- Remote instruction, school buildings closed

  • Friday, February 26 -- Remote instruction, school buildings closed

IHS & SHS COHORT Clarification

Earlier today we shared information about our voluntary shift to remote instruction/ building closures that are scheduled for Fridays in February. Click to read that message

We apologize that it caused some confusion regarding our secondary COHORT schedule. We will continue to operate in our COHORTS at the IHS and SHS. However, Fridays in February will now be remote for all students. 

Congratulations to our STORM Winners! storm winner

Congratulations STORM Winners!  Congratulations to our $10.00 Gift Card winners Tate Swanson, Jillian Clark, Willow Munn, Camden Rockcastle, Dylan McCormick, Emily Porneluzi, Madison Weiland, Savannah Briggs, and Alexander Grey.

Automated Attendance Calls for Grades K-12

This week we will begin notifying parents/guardians of their child’s absence during the day through our automated phone system. 

Parents and guardians of students who attend the Senior High School, Intermediate High School, Middle School and Center Avenue Community School should have received an automated phone call/ message around 11 am today if their child is absent from school. Moving forward, this call will go out at approximately 11 am on the day a student is absent. 

Beginning on Friday, January 22, parents and guardians of students who attend Center Township Elementary, Connoquenessing Elementary, Emily Brittain Elementary, McQuistion Elementary, Northwest Elementary and Summit Elementary will receive a phone call/message from our automated system if their child is absent from school. This call will go out at approximately 11 am on the day a student is absent. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- January 16, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Many of our families have seen first hand how disruptive quick school closures can be for our students, staff and the community we serve. Connoquenssing Elementary School, McQuistion Elementary School, Center Avenue Community School, the Middle School and the Intermediate High School all had to quickly shift to remote learning this week, per the state’s most recent mandates for schools. Several other schools are only 1-2 positive COVID-19 cases away from having to do the same.

School Based Mental Health Services School Based Mental Health Services

Butler Area School District has partnered with Glade Run Lutheran Services to offer school based mental health services to our students. This partnership enables students to receive mental health services at school, which reduces barriers like transportation and parent work schedules.

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s New Year Newsletter! GTSF Newsletter

Our students, staff and schools are so fortunate to have the dedicated support of The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. In the midst of a global pandemic, the Foundation was still able to show up in a big way for our school community. Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported the foundation through generous donations, volunteer work or both. We'd also like to extend a very sincere thank you to all of the Foundation Board Members for their hard work and commitment to Butler Area School District. 

Click to read the GTSF's New Year Newsletter

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 31, 2020 A Message from the Superintendent

I hope everyone has had a nice winter break. We are preparing to reopen in the following manner on Monday, January 4, 2020.

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 18, 2020 A Message from the superintendent

Our winter break officially begins later today. I hope you will all take some time to relax and have fun with your family. Everyone has been working so hard to keep up with remote learning. It’s time for a much needed -- and much deserved -- break. 

When we return to school in January, we will be operating under a new set of guidelines related to when we will be in remote learning and when we will be having live in person instruction.

No In-Person Instruction or Transportation on December 17

Due to inclement weather, we must cancel all in person instruction that takes place in our BASD school buildings for December 17, 2020. 

All students K-12 students who are currently participating in remote instruction will continue as planned on December 17, 2020.  

BASD transportation to private/ parochial schools will not be provided on December 17, 2020. 

No In-Person Instruction or Transportation on December 16

Some special education students are still reporting to school for in-person instruction while the majority of our students K-12 are learning remotely. Due to inclement weather, we must cancel all “in person” instruction that takes place in our BASD school buildings for December 16, 2020. 

If your child is a part of a special education specialized classroom and he/she has been attending school in person, you will be contacted by your child's special education teacher or building principal on Dec. 16 with more information. Some students may have the opportunity to learn remotely on December 16 while others will not have school at all.

All students K-12 students who are currently participating in remote instruction will continue as planned on December 16, 2020.  

BASD transportation to private/ parochial schools will not be provided on December 16, 2020. 

Thank you. 

SHS Choir's Virtual Holiday Concert SHS Choirs Concert

The Butler Senior High Choir is pleased to announce its annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 pm. Students have worked very hard to create their part of the content that was assembled to become this 12-song, 45-minute virtual celebration of music. 

BASD Teacher Earns Honors in Photography Contest Britta

Mrs. Britta Manges, who teaches photography and graphic design at the IHS & SHS, earned second place in the Gene Capaldi Lens On Litter Photo Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resource Council.

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 2, 2020 message from the superintendent

Last week Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine updated their guidance for schools.  One component of the updated guidance was issuing parameters for schools to operate when the county COVID-19 community spread level is substantial.  They have issued charts that guide the operating status of each school based on the number of active COVID-19 cases among students and employees actively attending and working at each school.

BASD Health Alert -- November 20, 2020

An individual from our Intermediate High School community self-disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. There were not any close contacts. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

As a precaution, we are sanitizing the areas of our schools that these people came in contact with. This is in addition to the cleaning procedures that are already in place on a daily basis. 

BASD Health Alert -- November 19, 2020

An individual from our Connoquenessing Elementary School community self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. There were not any close contacts. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

As a precaution, we are sanitizing the areas of our schools that these people came in contact with. This is in addition to the cleaning procedures that are already in place on a daily basis. 

Deep Well Services Supports SHS Challenge Program Winners challenge program

Thank you to Deep Well Services for supporting our students by providing $3,000 to student winners of the Challenge Program.  Congratulations to Brooke Richardson, Aidan Ketterer, Aaron Montag, Katelyn Knights, Tyler Rekich, Lauren Bash, Maya Davenport-Ray, Julian Jones, Olivia White, and Logan Koegler!  Keep up the great work!

Students Compete in Academic Game Competition propaganda

On October 22, 28 students from the Intermediate High School and Senior High School participated in the Propaganda competition.

Propaganda is an academic game in which players become critical thinkers as they learn to recognize techniques of persuasion.  Due to the pandemic, students participated at our school and then our scores were ranked against participating students from other school districts.  

Great job, everyone! 

A Message from the Superintendent -- November 12, 2020 message from the superintendent

Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 continues to increase in our community.  It is impacting more families and employees. This directly impacts our ability to operate our schools. The number of employees excluded because of COVID-19 continues to grow.  At this point we have over 30 employees excluded from work.  Additionally, based on the data we have already received, we have crossed the threshold of substantial spread of COVID-19 in our community this week. 

Happy Veterans Day Veterans Day

So many celebrations, events and remembrances have been altered by COVID this year.  Many of which we pass by and hope for more normalcy next year. Today, on Veterans Day, it is hard to just move on.

Veterans Day is a unique and special national holiday that allows us to pay respect to those who have served, those who are serving and those who have given their lives for our freedom.

Student Appointed Student Rep for the Butler Township Board of Commissioners Peyton Pry

Peyton Pry, a junior at the Senior High School, was recently appointed the BASD Student Representative to the Butler Township Board of Commissioners. She attends the board meetings every other week and works as a student liaison between the school district and the township. 

BASD One2One Device Protection Program BASD Device Protection

We have opened up enrollment for our one-to-one device protection program. 

Butler Area School District is partnering with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident and loss protection for our district's one-to-one device program. Registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the full cost to repair or replace your child's district-issued device and limit your responsibility to per-occurrence deductible, should loss occur. 

More information is available on our website. https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1824

The deadline to enroll in the device protection program for the 2020-2021 school year is December 1, 2020. 

BASD Health Alert -- November 6, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts have been notified by the school district. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.

BASD Health Alert -- November 5, 2020

One individual from our school district community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. This individual may have had close contact with others on the school bus.  This  bus has a small number of students who receive specialized services at an out of district location.  Everyone who is a close contact has been notified by the school district. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 5, 2020

One individual from our Center Township Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The district has determined that this individual did not have any close contacts at school. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 2, 2020

One individual from our Center Township Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The district has identified anybody who may have had close contact and notified them. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- October 25, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  What we can share is that it was determined that this individual did not have any close contacts with other individuals at school. 

Teacher Selected for Summer Institute Summer Institute

Mrs. Linda Russell, Latin Teacher at the Senior High School, was awarded a fellowship from the National Gallery to participate in the 2020 National Gallery of Art's Summer Institute for Educators! Although she was not able to travel to Washington, DC for this experience, she still had the opportunity to learn virtually. 

The theme of the Summer Institute was "Art and Thinking"  and explored how works of art can support and encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills. 

Congratulations Mrs. Russell!

BASD Cyber Learning Program Orientation

Thank you to everyone who attended our Cyber Learning Program orientation in person or attended a learning material pick up this week. If you have already received your child's learning materials, you may disregard this email.

We realize some families could not make it to the orientation or to the pick up times we offered. Therefore, we are offering one more opportunity for elementary parents to pick up their child's materials for the Cyber Learning Program prior to the first day of school.

2020-2021 Parking Pass Application parking pass

UPDATE: Students who purchased a parking pass last year will receive a discount on their parking pass for this year.

If you purchased a parking pass (full year or half year) for the 2019-2020 school year, you will receive a discount on your parking pass for the 2020-2021 school year. In this case, your parking pass will cost $70 for the 2020-2021 school year. 

If you brought your check to school already, you can bring an updated check that reflects the new amount on the first day of school. At that time, we will return your original check to you. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Cyber Learning Program -- Registration Deadline Extended for Secondary

In an attempt to offer additional courses for secondary students (grades 7-12) who are enrolled in our Online/Cyber School Model or our Hybrid School Model through the district’s Cyber Learning Program, we will be adding live streaming for some courses that are not being offered  asynchronously through Edgenuity or Google Classroom.

As a result of this update, we are extending the enrollment deadline to Friday, August 21. We will then temporarily pause our Cyber Learning Program enrollment for secondary students (grades 7-12) from August 22-September 11. The enrollment registration date for elementary (grades K-6) is still today (Wednesday, August 19). 

BASD Soft Opening Vo-Tech Transportation

Dear Parents/Guardians of VoTech Students:

If your child is a BASD student who attends Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School (BCAVTS) and requires transportation to/from VoTech during the "soft opening" week (09/01/2020 - 09/04/2020), please submit your request via the form linked below by Monday, August 24.

Soft Opening Vo-Tech Transportation Request: https://forms.gle/9gMK2ajd3nut5xp39

If you have any questions regarding BCAVTS transportation for your student, please contact our Transportation Department at 724-287-8723 or transportation@butler.k12.pa.us. 

Thank you!

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 18, 2020

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued additional guidance on when face coverings should be worn in our schools. Specifically, they are now requiring students to wear face coverings all day with very limited opportunities to remove them. According to the most recent guidance, students will NOT be able to remove their face covering even when they are seated 6 feet apart, unless they are taking a designated face covering break. 

PDE’s guidance now states:

Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:

  • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or

  • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or

  • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.

Learning Pathways -- Important Update (Aug. 12, 2020)

As we continue to prepare for the first day of school, we want to ensure that families have as much information as possible. You can view our Back to School plans here: www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766

However, within our back to school plans, there are important details about our Learning Pathways. We want to make sure we highlight that information so families are prepared to choose a Learning Pathway that best meets the individual needs of their family.   

If you intend to enroll your child in the Online/Cyber School Model, Secondary Hybrid School Model or Secondary Flexible Traditional School Model, please submit your child’s registration by the end of the night on August 19th in order for their assignment to be effective on the first day of school.  After August 19, we will be taking a Temporary Registration Pause, which is described below, to ensure we can accurately plan for the students first day of school.

BASD "Soft Opening" for the IHS and SHS

We modified our school calendar at the School Board meeting on Monday, August 10. This change will only impact our secondary students at the Intermediate High School and Senior High School. All of our K-4 elementary schools, our Middle School and Center Avenue Community School will still begin the year as planned on September 1, 2020. 

BASD: Fall 2020 Reopening Plans reopening plans

Dear Butler Area School District Community:

I hope your families are safe and well. As we continue to prepare for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, I want to provide our school community with an update. Our priorities for the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Stay safe. We will do all that we can to keep everyone in our school community safe.
  • Reopen our schools. Unless the Governor issues a mandatory closure, we intend to open our schools.
  • Provide options. This situation is constantly evolving as are the individual needs of our students. Our goal is to provide our families with several options as well as the flexibility to move between the learning options as needed.
  • Support our students. We will continue to strive to support our students academically, socially and emotionally.

To meet these priorities, we have found it necessary to revise our initial plans to put additional strategies and options in place to keep students and staff safe while meeting the needs of our students. Our initial plan had three planned strategies based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Red, Yellow and Green designation. We have added another level, which we are calling "Enhanced Green" in our reopening plans. 

Click to read our Fall 2020 reopening plans>

You can find all of this information on our website. https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. 

Sincerely, 

Brian