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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>

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.

Click to view the report>

Memory in the Making for IHS Families Memory in the Making

Butler Intermediate STUCO is collaborating on a community photo project. Intermediate High School families are invited to sign up for a free family photo! 

The photo sessions will be December 3 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm. Families will receive an 8x10 photo in a frame, two 4x6 photos to share and one digital image. 

Space is limited, so sign up today! Click to secure your spot>

View the flyer for more info>

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!

The IHS Presents: Haphazardly Ever After Haphazardly Ever After

The IHS Drama Club Presents...

Haphazardly Ever After
November 21, 2019
BIHS Auditorium
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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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

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>

Veterans Day at the IHS Veterans Day at the IHS

The Intermediate High School had their annual Veterans presentation on Friday, November 8. We were honored to host speakers from the American Legion. In addition, the VFW presented a flag folding ceremony for 7th grade students.  A retired guard from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier spoke to 8th grade students.  And our very own Sgt Howard spoke to 9th grade students about his experiences in the military.  Thank you to everybody who joined us on Friday to help educate our students. And a special thank you to all those who have served or are serving our country. 

 

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/

IHS Yearbook Sale

The in-house sales of the Butler Intermediate High School Yearbook for 2019 - 2020 will start on Monday, November 4, 2019, and end on Friday, November 8, 2019.

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! 

8th Grade Pennsylvania At Risk Youth Survey

Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students: 

We want to let you know that we will be administering the Pennsylvania At Risk Youth Survey (PAYS) to all 8th grade students on November 13. 

The Pennsylvania At Risk Youth Survey is a way to learn more about our students’ behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. Butler Area School District administered the survey to students for the first time in 2017. The results were informative and enabled us to implement opportunities for our students to seek help if they need it and policies to help keep our students safe. 

While the district may share the results from the PAYS as a whole, individual student results will be anonymous. Parents may review the survey and opt their 8th grade student out of taking the Pennsylvania At Risk Youth Survey. If you would like opt your child out, please contact the Intermediate School Office at 724-214-2400 by November 11, 2019.

Sincerely, 

Stephen Dobransky
Principal
Intermediate High School

 

9th Grade Trip to NYC

Dear 9th Grade Parents:

Sign ups for the NYC trip are open and will continue until November 6. If your child would like to go on the 9th grade NYC trip, please sign up before November 6. 

There are two fundraisers to help pay for the trip:

  • A hoagie sale running until November 20.
  • Boxes of Daffins candy bars, which are available now until February.


The trip flyer, parent letter, and fundraising information are attached. Please visit www.logantoursinc.com to pay the deposit and sign up for the trip.

If you have any questions, please contact Darren Casher (darren_casher@butler.k12.pa.us) or Denise Casher (denise_casher@butler.k12.pa.us). 

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Thank you!

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.

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. 

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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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. 

8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

Dear 8th grade parents:

The 8th grade students recently received papers with information about the Washington DC field trip on November 9-10, 2019.  These papers are attached to this email, and they are posted on the tour company website:  www.logantoursinc.com

The deadline to sign up for this field trip, and to submit your hoagie sale fundraiser orders is October 3. 

All payments, fundraising orders, and trip forms should be completed on the website.  If you need assistance with signing up or making payments, you can contact Rebecca Green from Logan Tours, Inc. at 724 355 4997. 

If you have questions for the school, you may contact the trip sponsors as follows:

Mr.  Casher  724 214 3417  darren_casher@butler.k12.pa.us
Mrs. Casher 724 214 3405  denise_casher@butler.k12.pa.us

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.  

PBIS at The Intermediate High School PBIS assembly

Intermediate High School students kicked off the PBIS Program (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) with a game show. 

 

NexTier Bank Essay Contest Winners NexTier Bank Essay Contest Winners

Two Butler Area School District teachers earned top honors in the NexTier Bank “Sponsor A Teacher Essay Contest.”

Mrs. Victoria Malczak-Hooks, Butler Intermediate High School 7th grade English teacher, won first place. She received supplies for her classroom and $500.

In addition, Mrs. Cynthia Michelini, first grade teacher at Summit Township Elementary Teacher, won third place. She received supplies for her classroom and $100.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hooks and Mrs. Michelini!

Click to read their essays>