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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.

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! 

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!

Calling All Five Year Olds! K Registration

If your child will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year!

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. 

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. 

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.

Holidays Around the World Holidays Around the World

Students in Miss Pernazza's social studies classes got their passports ready, packed their suitcases and boarded the plane for Holidays Around the World. Students traveled to Israel, Italy, England and Mexico to learn about each country's holiday traditions. View more photos on Flickr>

Holiday Lunch Center Avenue Holiday Lunch

The students, faculty and staff at Center Avenue enjoyed a fun and festive holiday lunch together! View more photos on Flickr>

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. 

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. 

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.

 

 

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.

Tie Workshop Tie Workshop

Officer Green hosted a Tie Workshop where he taught the high school boys how to tie a tie. View photos on Flickr>

Red Ribbon Week at Center Avenue Slime at Center Ave

Center Avenue Community School students recently participated in a Red Ribbon Week slime assembly. Students who earned golden tickets Monday-Thursday of Red Ribbon Week were entered into a drawing to win a chance to slime a staff member.

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. 

Center Ave Visits Metrick's Harvest View Farm Field Trip to Metrick's Harvest View Farm

Students from Center Avenue took a trip to Metrick's Harvest View Farm where they learned a lot about honeybees and pollination. They were also taught about different types of apples and how apple cider is made.

Hines Ward Encourages Students to Follow the 3 Bs

Hines Ward, former Pittsburgh Steeler, sent a message to the students at Center Avenue encouraging them to follow the three Bs -- Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. 

 

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.

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. 

Butler Spirit Week Photos Butler Spirit Week

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

Center Avenue Back to School Picnic Center Avenue Community School

The Center Avenue Community School's Back to School Picnic was a lot of fun! View more photos on Flickr>

Butler Spirit Week at the SHS, IHS & Center Ave SHS and IHS Spirit Days
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.

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>

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! 

Ms. Persichini Wins Second Place in Teacher Essay Contest Ms. Persichini Wins Second Place in Teacher Essay Contest

Carrie Persichini, music teacher at Center Avenue Community School and McQuistion Elementary, won second prize in the Back to School with NextTier Bank Sponsor a Teacher Essay Contest.

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.

The Butler BookStop -- August 17 BookStop Locations

The Butler BookStop is coming and you’re invited! The Butler Area School District BookStop will make another run through the community on Friday, August 17, 2018.  Meet us at one of the locations to pick out a free gently used book. Children can bring a book to trade or just pick out one for themselves.

View the flyer to a list of stop locations and times>

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!

The Butler BookStop Children Visit the Butler BookStop

The Butler BookStop made its first trip around the community on Monday, June 18. Two trucks loaded with books ventured out into the community making a total of 13 stops along the way. 

The Butler BookStop is Coming! BookStop Logo

And you’re invited! The Butler Area School District BookStop will make its first run through the community on Monday, June 18, 2018.  Meet us at one of these locations to pick out a free gently used book. Children can bring a book to trade or just pick out one for themselves.

Welcome to Center Avenue Community School

Center Avenue Community School cultivates a safe and supportive environment in which we can confidently nurture our skills and talents. 

Our school climate is positive and polite because we are respectful to ourselves, others, and our surroundings. 
Responsibility guides us through the day as we take ownership of our education, success, and future.
 
BUTLER B's
 
                                                                                                      BE SAFE
BE RESPECTFUL
BE RESPONSIBLE 
Welcome to our new Website New and improved website

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