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Flexible Instructional Days Information! FIDs

We have created a "FIDS" page on our website to help keep everybody informed of what to expect for our upcoming Flexible Instructional Day on November 27. Click to visit that page>

The Golden Tornado Marching Band NYC Trip Marching Band

The Golden Tornado Marching Band visited New York City in November. Highlights of their trip included seeing Frozen on Broadway, the National Geographic Encounter - Ocean Odyssey, Time Square, Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and a dinner cruise on the Hudson.

Despite the rain and cold, the band received a warm welcome at the Stamford Connecticut Parade.  You can see their performance by clicking on the link below at the 53 minute mark.

https://www.facebook.com/173258076089827/posts/2606366889445588?sfns=mo 

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Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation Receives EITC Donations

Three local businesses have made generous contributions to the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit  (EITC) Program. Nextier Bank donated $20,000, First National Bank donated $5,000, and UPMC donated $1,000.

The donations will be used to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) education at Butler Area School District.

Please visit the Scholastic Foundation Website at https://www.goldentornadoscholasticfoundation.org/ to learn more about EITC and STEAM.

College & Career Readiness Presentation preparing for college and career

The Senior High School Guidance Office presented College and Career Readiness on Wednesday, November 20.  The evening was dedicated to providing information to students and parents about future career and college decisions.  

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Community Committee for School Organization Recommendation

Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, shared the recommendation of our Community Committee for School Organization at the School Board meeting on November 18.

The Community Committee for School Organization met four times before making a recommendation.

The report details Butler Area School District’s school organization process to date as well as a recommendation from the Community Committee for School Organization.

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BASD Educators Recognized by Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay

On Wednesday, November 6th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their
younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, held a special
ceremony and reception recognizing outstanding educators in the area, including several from Butler Area School District!

College and Career Readiness -- November 20

Dear BASD Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 9, 10 and 11:

The Senior High School Guidance Office will present College and Career Readiness on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 pm. in the SHS choral room. This is an evening dedicated to providing information to students and parents about future career and college decisions.  School counselors will present information relevant to each grade level.  Specific topics will include the PSAT, SAT, ACT exams, scholarships, college applications, financial aid and career cruising.     

We hope to see you there!
The SHS Guidance Department

Congratulations to our STORM Winners! November 5

Congratulations to Anna Bodamer -- our first nine week STORM winner!  Anna won Apple AirPods for being Safe, Tuff, and Respectful.  Brody Kunkle, Cassidy Penrod, Quinton Smith, Hunter Neff, Zachary Lawrence, Katlyn Wolf, Maci Lineman, Andrew Arbanas, and Amanda Grooms won a Principal's Pack that included two free Subway 6 inch subs and two free cookies. 

Thank you to Subway for donating these items.  Way to stay Safe, Tuff, taking Ownership, Respectful, and Motivated!

BASD Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Update for Nov. 27

Dear Butler Area School District Parents/Guardians: 

Butler Area School District has designated Wednesday, November 27 as a Flexible Instruction Day. Students will not report to school, but will have assignments to complete at home.

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) is a new initiative for schools launched by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will receive instructional materials from each of their normally scheduled classes for this day to take home. It is expected that all students complete the assigned learning activities and actively participate in the assigned activities. Students will submit work within 10 days (by December 9) to receive attendance credit for this day. Parents of secondary students (grades 7-12) will receive a Verification of Student Attendance form that will need to be signed and returned to designate that their child participated in the assigned student activities. Students with Special Needs will receive Flexible Instructional Day (FID) lessons designed in accordance to their needs as identified in their individualized education plans.

Vision To Learn Mobile Eye Clinic vision to learn logo

Vision To Learn is a non-profit organization that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in need. Vision To Learn will bring their mobile eye clinic to our schools and provide free eye exams to students within the next few weeks. In addition to the exam, students may also receive glasses. 

View the Vision to Learn letter to parents/guardians>

View the Vision to Learn flyer>

View the Vision to Learn consent form>

Emily Brittain and Senior High SOAR Day SOAR Day

Emily Brittain students recently had another great day with Senior High School students.

Senior High School students from the early childhood class prepared activities based on Emily Brittain’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) SOAR model.

For the final activity of the day, senior high school students taught Emily Brittain students a fun dance to the song RESPECT!

Iceland 2021: Parent Meeting Nov. 7 Meeting

We are going to Iceland -- Summer 2021!

Dear Parents & Guardians:

I am thrilled to share this travel opportunity for your student! Join us at the mandatory family meeting on November 7 at 6 pm at the Senior High School. 

School Nurse November Newsletter

We are in the full swing of the school year and unfortunately cold and flu season are fast approaching. In an effort to be proactive, our school nurses would like to share with you preventative measures to avoid getting the flu and to minimize the spread of the flu in our schools. Click to read their November Newsletter>

BASD Instructional Coaches Featured by Prof. Institute for Instructional Coaching Instructional Coaches

Our own amazing Instructional Coaches were recently featured by the Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching! Congratulations to Dave Andrews, Tanya Lewis, and Karen Robb!

https://www.tpiic.org/mentor-blogs/1712/

Unified Leadership Summit bocce

Members of the Senior High Unified Bocce Team -- Peyton Seibert, Kenny Clark, Ethan Horne and Paris Brown-- had the opportunity to attend the Unified Leadership Summit on October 22nd at Slippery Rock University.  This year's theme was "Empower Me."   Thirty eight schools in Western Pennsylvania attended this annual event, which is sponsored by Special Olympics Pennsylvania.  We are looking forward to the upcoming bocce season and to offering more inclusive opportunities within our school.

BASD Delay and Closing Procedures Delay and Closing Procedures

 

The winter season will be here before we know it. I’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.

Symphonic Spooktacular spooktacular

The first Symphonic Spooktacular was a lot of fun!

The event began with a "Haunted Hallway" where the children got to trick-or-treat through a decorated hallway. Next the Butler 9th Grade Orchestra performed some "spooky" favorites in the lobby followed by the Senior High Orchestra. The children were able to sit up close and enjoy the interactive concert experience. Following the performance, the children got to make a festive craft to take home.

It was a fun night of costumes, trick-or treat and music for all. Thank you to everybody who attended! 

The Challenge Program, Inc. Kicks Off At Butler High School Challenge Program

Students at Butler High School were recently introduced to The Challenge Program, Inc. during a kick-off assembly at their school. The assembly theme was Future Influencers: #WhyNotMe. This fun assembly featuring a powerful video outlining how the Program works, reveals to students the positive outcomes to the important choices they make every day for career-readiness and success both in and beyond the classroom and how to earn cash incentives.

Thorn Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project Riparian Buffer

Students in Mr. Michael Doran's Honors Environmental Science and Mr. Ben Klugh's Academic Biology classes recently traveled to Thorn Creek in Penn Township, Butler County, to participate in a Riparian Buffer Restoration Project. 

Congratulations to the National School Lunch Week Winners

Congratulations to the National School Lunch Week Winners! The winners of the "What's on your playlist?" drawing are:

Lunch A: Ian Moore and Ava Murray

Lunch B: Wilbert Wiles and Mary Oswald 

Lunch C: Brett Hildebrand  and Tyler McCance

Side By Side Orchestra Concert Orchestra

Members of the Senior High Orchestra performed Side By Side with the Westminster College Symphony Orchestra on October 17. Students performed Danse Macabre, Highlights from Harry Potter and Wicked.

2nd Annual Tuff Tornado Run Tuff Tornado Run

The 2nd Annual Tuff Tornado Run was a huge success!

More than 400 people came out to support The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. and enjoy a wonderful day. The weather was beautiful and the race was a lot of fun. Thank you to everybody who participated!

Thank you to the generous event sponsors. We appreciate their support! We’d also like to thank all of the individuals who volunteered their time to make this event a success.

Senior Parents: Save the Date for the FAFSA Completion Workshop

The SHS Guidance office has many materials available for students to pick up to assist families in completing this process at home. In addition, we also host a FAFSA Completion Workshop each year.

This year the event will be held in the SHS library on Saturday, November 9th from 9 to 11 AM. Families interested in attending should call the guidance office at 724-214-3211 to reserve a spot in either the 9:00 or 10:00 session.

November 27 -- Flexible Instructional Day

As you may recall, earlier this school year we submitted a Flexible Instructional Days (FID) application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We have been notified that our Flexible Instructional Day (FID) application has been approved. 

We are designating Wednesday, November 27 as a FIDs Day. Students will not report to school on Wednesday, November 27. However, they will have assignments to complete.

Community Committee for School Organization Participants Community Committee for School Organization

We are excited to announce the members of Butler Area School District’s Community Committee for School Organization. 

SHS Homecoming Prince & Princess! Homecoming Prince and Princess

Juniors Dustin Scott and Althea Fazzino were named the 2019 Tornado Prince and Princess at Butler High School’s homecoming on Friday, October 4. 

In addition to Dustin and Althea, the other members of Butler’s Homecoming Court included Paris Brown, Paige Holt, Kenna Jackson, Makenna Negley, Brody Allison, Dylan Eyth, Tyler Gillis and Charles Lowerre.

 

Symphonic Spooktacular! Symphonic Spooktacular!

Little ones do not want to miss this years first Symphonic Spooktacular! Children are encouraged to dress in costume for this fun family event. Our night begins with a "Haunted Hallway" where the children can trick-or-treat through our decorated hallway. At 7:00 pm, the Butler 9th Grade Orchestra will perform some "spooky" favorites in the lobby followed by the Senior High Orchestra. Little ones are encouraged to sit up close on the floor for this interactive concert experience. Following the performance, we have a small festive craft the kids can take home with them. A fun night of costumes, trick-or treat and music for all - we hope to see you there! Doors open at 6:00 pm. Suggested donation $5. All proceeds go to the Butler Orchestra. 

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Emily Brittain and Senior High Golden Tornado Day GT Day

Emily Brittain students had a unique opportunity to partner with Senior High School students and learn what it means to be a Golden Tornado!

Senior High School students engaged Emily Brittain students in fun team building activities throughout the day. The activities included a pep assembly and school spirit games as well as a story and a craft.

Rock Orchestra Selected to Perform at State Conference Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra has been invited to perform at the 2020 PMEA State Conference in April!

To be selected, the group had to submit 3 recordings from the 2019 school year, which were evaluated by a panel of judges. The top groups in the state are selected to showcase their talents at the conference where they will perform in front of music educators from across the state of Pennsylvania. This year, the conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in the Poconos. 

Congratulations to the Butler Rock Orchestra! 

Parent Vote -- Community Committee for School Organization

We have received parent nominations for the Community Committee for School Organization. Now we would like parents to vote on the final members of Community Committee for School Organization. 

To vote, please complete the ballot for your child's school and return it to the office at their school by Friday, October 4, 2019.

Butler Spirit Week! spirit week

Butler Area School District Spirit Week will take place Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4. Click to view the flyer>

Community Committee for School Organization Community Committee for School Organization

We are looking for people who are interested in serving on the Community Committee for School Organization. If you would like to serve the committee, please complete this form that applies to you: 

The nomination forms will be open until Wednesday, September 25, 2019. 

School Calendar Adjustments

We have made adjustments to our school calendar as a result of our delayed start. 

Monday, November 11th has been designated as an Act 80/School Conference day. Students do not need to report to school on this day. Teachers will be able to use that time for parent-teacher conferences. They have also been given the flexibility to schedule parent-teacher conferences earlier in November. 

Wednesday, November 27 has been designated a regular school day for students and teachers. At this point, students and teachers should plan to report to school on that day. However, we are hoping to be able to use that day as a Flexible Instructional Day (FID). We have submitted a FIDs application on behalf of Butler Area School District and will know by early November if our Flexible Instructional Day application has been approved.  

Thank you! donation

Butler Senior High School wants to thank a generous anonymous donor who provided approximately 250 brand new shoes to the Butler Senior High Tornado Shelter. These shoes will go to students who are in need.  On behalf of everyone at the Senior High School, thank you for this generous donation! 

Butler Township Student Representatives Student Reps

Senior High School seniors Mikayla Tillery and Alex Kurnava have been chosen as this year’s student representatives for the Butler Township Board of Commissioners!

Mikayla and Alex were appointed on August 19, 2019. Their appointment will last throughout the 2019-2020 school year.