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American Legion Award American Legion Award

Eighth grade students Paige Ponteous and Silvio Andreassi are the recipients of the  American Legion Award! These students were selected based on the following criteria: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism and service. Congratulations to Paige and Silvio!

IHS Campus Beautification Project campus beautification

The Intermediate High School Student Council completed a landscaping and campus beautification project this spring. They planted 14 azaleas and added mulch to the oval planters near the parking lot. The students also did a litter pick-up along the walkway that goes down to the Tanglewood Center and back up the hillside to the school.

Thank you for helping to make our school campus beautiful! View more photos

IHS Honors and Gifted Science Students Score First in the Nation! NSO winners

Intermediate High School 8th grade honors and gifted science students took the National Science League Physical Science test this spring.  Their scores were ranked against all other participating schools and our students placed first in the nation!  In addition, Zachary Slear earned a medal by placing first among all participants.

Congratulations to Liam Madden, Amelia Bosco, Maura Mormak, Evelyn Paserba, Caden Christie, Patryk Lyon, Eli Snyder, Zachary Slear, Silvio Andreassi, Braden Bergbigler, and Cullen Miller. 

IHS Student Receives Honorary Junior Deputy Sheriff Award Hadyen Grey

Hayden Grey recently received an Honorary Junior Deputy Sheriff Award from Sheriff Slupe. This award is given to young adults who aspire to become law enforcement officers. Hayden recently wrote an article on Sheriff Slupe that was featured in Butler Eagle SOAR

 

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
8th and 9th Grade Chorus Concert chorus concert

The 8th and 9th grade chorus students put on an excellent virtual show! 

IHS Academic Awards IHS Academic Awards

The Intermediate High School grade level award videos recognize the academic achievements of our students. Congratulations to all of our students!

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!

IHS Mural Mural at the IHS

Mr. Savisky and the Starfish leaders created a mural in the 8th grade hallway at the Intermediate High School. This project was designed last spring and was scheduled to be painted the week after school closed in March. Ace Hardware of Butler sponsored this project and generously donated all of the supplies.

A year later, and we are proud of the final product! Thank you to Ace Hardward for their support!

7th Grade Virtual Spring Chorus Concert spring concert

The virtual spring concert for the BASD seventh grade chorus s here! Congratulations to the students on an outstanding performance! Watch the concert on Facebook

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. 

IHS Extra Yearbooks IHS Yearbook

Dear IHS Families:

Extra yearbooks will be available for sale in at the Intermediate High School on a first come first serve basis beginning on Tuesday, June 1 in Cafeteria A at 7:15 am. Yearbooks cost $39 and you must pay with cash. Please reach out to Tracy Travaglio (tracy_travaglio@butler.k12.pa.us) or Darren Casher (darren_casher@butler.k12.pa.us) with any questions. 

Thank you!

Tracy Travaglio & Darren Casher

Important Information for Incoming 7th Grade Students BISH Nurses OFfice

If your child will be entering 7th grade for the 2021-2022 school year, there are several health related updates that we would like to share with you

Remake Learning at the IHS Remake learning newspaper challenge

Intermediate High School students had the opportunity to participate in a Remake Learning activity during Tornado Time on May 13. 

Students Win First Place in the What's So Cool About Manufacturing contest What's so cool about manufacturing team

Butler won two first prize awards last night at the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" Virtual Awards Ceremony.

The team of Adraya Baxer, Kaitlyn McGuire, Ariana Morrow, Brielle Pinto, Lauren Bayer, and Maura Penrod made a video for Ellwood City Forge. Their video won the Viewer's Choice Award. Thank you to everyone who voted for them!

The team of Zachary Slear, Eli Snyder, Patryk Lyon, Lauren Bayer, and Maura Penrod made a video for MECCO. Their video won first place for Best Manufacturing Message.

Congratulations to both teams! Great job!

Congratulations to our PBIS Golden Ticket Winner PBIS winner Chloe

Our most recent PBIS gold ticket winner, Chloe, chose the mystery box as her prize! She won a game of basketball "SOAR style" against Mr. Dobransky. A special thank you to Ava, Brynn, Mr. Lewandowski, and Mr. Niederberger for helping her deliver a win! 

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

Algebra Camp Registration Algebra Camp Graphic

Are you interested in preparing for a great year of challenges and problem solving in Algebra I next year?  Algebra Camp is a one-week intensive preview of the skills and concepts necessary for a great start in Algebra.  Click to download the registration form

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.

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. 

Vote for BASD in the What's So Cool About Manufacturing Contest! What's so cool student participants

Two teams of BASD 8th grade students partnered with local companies to create “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” videos. One team partnered with MECCO in Cranberry and the other team partnered with Forge in Ellwood City. 

Now, we need your help! 

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.  

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!

IHS Students Make Sensory Bags for McQuistion Students student with personalized sensory bag

Mrs. Lindsey Walker’s Family & Prenatal class at the Butler Intermediate High School created custom weighted lap bags for students in Mrs. Kelly’s class at McQuistion Elementary School. 

These sensory bags will be used by the elementary students to help with stress and anxiety, and to help bring calmness with the texture and weight.  

9th Grade Student Wins Logo Contest FAB Logo

Nicholas Kilgore, a 9th grade student, designed this year's FAB Showcase logo! Nicholas competed against IHS and SHS Photography and Graphic Design students to win the logo contest. Congratulations, Nicholas! 

PSSA Information for IHS Students PSSA Exams

Dear Intermediate High School Families: 

The PSSAs are coming up. Click to view the IHS parent letter

Sincerely, 
Stephen Dobransky
IHS Principal

IHS Celebrats Music in Our Schools Month MIOSM

Mrs. Waseleski and her students celebrated Music in our Schools Month at Butler Intermediate High School!

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

Operating Status -- Five Days a Week operating status

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 29, 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. 

This will be our operating status as long as Butler County remains in the moderate range. If something changes, we will notify families. 

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.

FAB Showcase Drop Off at Butler Radio Network FAB gift baskets

Butler Radio Network has graciously opened their doors to the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s FAB Showcase Raffle. 

You may now drop off your FAB forms and payment at the station Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The last day to drop your forms and payments is Thursday, April 1, 2021. https://www.goldentornadoscholasticfoundation.org/fab-baskets 

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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BIHS Tornado Connection Tornado Connection

The Tornado Connection is the Intermediate High School's online newspaper for parents. The articles are written by 7th and 8th grade students in Ms. Minch's "Tornado Connection" enrichment class. 

Click on the link below to read the most recent issue. Tornado Connection: Volume 24, Issue 2 (Winter 2021)

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! 

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. 

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

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. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- February 19, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

The data for the week is in and we are in the moderate range for COVID-19 community spread for the second week in a row. This means we can put the plan I shared on Wednesday into action. 

Here is the plan for the week of February 22: 

  • Elementary students (Grades K-6): Beginning on Monday, February 22, elementary students will be able to attend school in-person five days a week. No more voluntary closures on Friday.

  • Secondary Students (Grades 7-12): Beginning on Wednesday, February 24, Cohorts will end and students will be able to attend in-person instruction four days a week with Friday being the only remote learning day.  

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. 

Food Service for Cyber/Remote Learning Students food service

All BASD students are eligible to receive two meals a day, five days a week for free through the remainder of this school year. In addition, any child under the age of 18 who resides in the Butler Area School District may also receive free meals. Learn more.

Students who attend school in person will receive their meals at school. Students who are learning remotely may pick up their meals. Students who are in the secondary COHORT model will receive their meals at school on the days they are learning in person and may choose to pick up their meals for the days when they are learning remotely. 

 

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. 

COVID-19 relief packages available through free/reduced meal application

COVID-19 relief packages recently passed by the United States Congress contain numerous benefits for families financially impacted by the pandemic. Some of these benefits are available to students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals. 

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.

BASD Calendar Update calendar update

We have made some changes to our school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year in an effort to both maximize in-person instruction for our students and still provide our teachers with the time they need to manage everything they need to do to accommodate multiple learning pathways. 

IHS -- Shift to Remote Instruction Jan. 12-14

We have been notified that 6 members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19. Any close contacts have already been notified. 

According to the mandates issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Education, we must temporarily close a school when the number of positive COVID-19 cases over a 14 day period reaches the thresholds the state outlined on their charts

At the Intermediate High School, 6 positive cases is the threshold. Therefore, we will move to remote instruction for all students at the IHS as of Tuesday, January 12, 2021. This includes all special education self-contained classrooms. 

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.

BASD Receives Grant to Support Grieving Students

Butler Are School District secondary and elementary schools have been designated a “Grief-Sensitive School” by the New York Life Foundation.  Each school will receive a $500 grant to help create a bereavement support plan and encourage ongoing staff development as part of the national Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.

BASD Semester Exam Update

Dear BASD Students in Grades 9-12:

As we approach the end of the first semester (the last day of the semester is January 21, 20201), we want to make you aware of an important semester exam update.

We will not be administering semester exams for the full year courses in which semester exams are typically required. This will allow teachers and students to have more instructional time in class as opposed to spending time preparing for and taking exams.

Semester exams will be administered in semester-length courses that include them. However, the resulting scores will only be included in the student’s final course grade if the final grade is improved as a result of the exam score.

Welcome Back -- January 4, 2020! Welcome Back

As we prepare to welcome our students back to school, we know we have shared quite a bit of information with families over the last few weeks. Here's a brief summary all in one place to help you prepare for Monday, January 4. 

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.

IHS Cohort Schedule

We are using a COHORT schedule where half of our students will report to school at one time while the other half participates in their classes remotely. Click to view the IHS & SHS COHORT schedule

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. 

IHS Student Wins Chemistry Essay Contest David

David Krainbucher, 9th grade student at the Intermediate High School, is the regional winner of the American Chemical Society Illustrated Poetry contest. Each year as a part of National Chemistry Week, the American Chemical Society sponsors an illustrated poem contest for K-12 students. This year David was the regional contest winner for grades 9-12. Congratulations to David on this outstanding achievement! 

A Message from the Superintendent -- December 11, 2020 A Message from the Superintendent

We will remain in remote learning for the week of December 14-18.  Our winter break officially begins after school on Friday, December 18.  

It is my desire and hope that the COVID-19 active cases, staffing issues or any future orders from the Governor will not impede us from returning to live instruction on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Our tentative plan for when we are able to reopen will be:

  • Elementary - Enhanced Green -- Live in-person instruction for all students. 

  • Secondary - Hybrid - COHORT -- Live in-person instruction for ½ students in cohorts

  • Center Avenue Community School -- Live in-person instruction for all students

  • Special Education Specialized Classrooms -- Continue live in-person instruction for all students.

BASD Students Give Back to the Community Ordy Brothers

When Intermediate High School student Grant Ordy was 5 years old, he was watching a holiday television show that caught his attention. The family on TV barely had any food to eat for their holiday meal.

Grant turned to his mom and started asking questions. After they talked, he said that he wanted to buy a turkey for everyone who did not have food to eat – especially at the holidays.

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.

BASD IMPORTANT UPDATE -- December 4, 2020

My goal has been and remains to find a way to safely return to school in person. After making our announcement regarding our transition back to live in-person instruction for our students, we have experienced tremendous staffing challenges. 

In addition, I have been in frequent communication with Dr. David Rottinghaus, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Butler Health System. We spoke again today. He informed me that based on what they are now seeing at the hospital along with conversation with his colleagues, their updated recommendation is that we remain in remote instruction until the end of the winter break. 

Caring Angel Program caring angel

We're proud to support the Caring Angel Program!

The Caring Angel Basket Auction is live online! View the baskets in detail and submit your order digitally then mail or drop off your check. Or, print the attached form and mail or drop it off with your check. Checks should be made payable to BHS Foundation and all forms and payment must be received by 6 pm on December 9th.

50/50 Tickets available - current total over $900 and growing!

Mail to: BHS Foundation, One Hospital Way, Butler, PA 16001

Drop box location: Butler Radio Network Offices, 252 Pillow Street in Butler. 9 am - 5 pm weekdays through Wednesday December 9th.

Drop and Drive: Sunday, 12/6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive under the canopy of the Brady Street Lobby entrance and drop your form and payment off. Foundation team will be on site to manage a contactless drop off.

BASD Update for Secondary Families

We have heard from a few families who would like their children to stay remote through the winter break and then return to in-person instruction. Your feedback is important, so we are going to add that option. 

If you would like your child to stay remote through December 18, 2020 and return to school in person on January 4, 2020, please complete the form below. 

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.

In-Person Instruction for Special Education Specialized Classrooms -- Canceled Dec. 1, 2020

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 1, 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. 1 with more information. Some students may have the opportunity to learn remotely on December 1 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 1, 2020.  

BASD transportation to private/ parochial schools will not be provided on December 1, 2020. 

Thank you.   

POSTPONED! Free COVID-19 Testing Site in Butler Dec. 2-6

** This testing site has been postponed. We will share updated information when it becomes available. **

The PA Department of Health will bring a COVID-19 test site to Butler for five days beginning Wednesday, December 2, and running to Sunday, December 6 at Michelle Krill Field, 100 Pullman Park Place, Butler, PA 16001. The site is both a drive-thru and indoor walk-in testing clinic and will be open each of the above days from 9 am until 6 pm. Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. Mid-nasal passage swab PCF tests will be performed. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free to all patients. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turn around time for testing results is two to seven days after testing. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Friday, November 27, 2020 super message

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we have once again exceeded our thresholds to have live in-person instruction next week. We will continue to operate our elementary, secondary schools and Center Avenue Community School to Remote Instruction as we did this week.

Happy Thanksgiving to our BASD Community thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I find myself giving thanks for all of you -- the people who make our school district and our community a place of excellence, success and hope. 

This year has been unlike any other. Yet, despite the many challenges, all of you continue to show up to support our schools and our community. 

My preference is to have our students physically in school where they can learn and grow with their teachers and peers. It’s not ideal to implement remote distance learning for all students. Quite frankly, it’s incredibly difficult for many. I want you to know that we understand the struggle and we are committed to doing everything we can to support you and your children while we are operating remotely. 

BASD Meal Order Form weekly meal order form

Families are able to register any BASD student or child (18 and younger) who resides in the Butler Area School District for free breakfast and lunch while students are learning remotely for any reason. Whether your child is enrolled in the BASD Cyber Learning Program, their school is temporarily learning remotely, they must quarantine at home or they are not yet school age, we would be happy to provide him/her with breakfast and lunch for free. 

 

Wellness Resources -- November 2020 wellness resources

The Intermediate High School has created a list of resources for families.

Click to view the November 2020 Resources

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. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- November 19, 2020

I want to begin by thanking everyone for your support and understanding as we transitioned to remote learning at the elementary level and continued remote learning at the secondary level. Unfortunately, we have already exceeded our thresholds to have live instruction next week. We will continue to operate our elementary and secondary schools as we did this week. It is also necessary to transition Center Avenue Community School to Remote Instruction.

Butler County Holiday Community Resources holiday resources

There are several holiday resources available to families throughout Butler County. Click to see the list.

BASD Health Alert -- November 16, 2020

An individual from our Center Township 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. 

IHS Students Receive the Good Citizen Award citizen award

Butler Intermediate High School is proud to acknowledge the following current ninth grade students for receiving the Good Citizenship Award from Senator Scott Hutchinson's office:  

  • Ava Brewster
  • Jessica Chwalik
  • Drew Griffith
  • Regan Ketterer
  • Aliyah Young. 

The Good Citizenship Award honors students for demonstrating the five important qualities that make a good citizen - scholarship, character, service, leadership and acceptance of responsibility in academics, extracurricular activities and families. 

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

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.

BASD Health Alert -- November 10, 2020

We have had two individuals self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • One individual is from our Center Township Elementary School community. It was determined that there were not any close contacts.

  • One individual is from our Senior High School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 9, 2020

We have had three individuals self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • One individual is from our McQuistion Elementary School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 
  • One individual is from our Connoquenessing Elementary School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 
  • One individual is from our Senior High School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- November 8, 2020

We have had three individuals self disclose that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • One individual is from our Middle School community. There were no close contacts in this situation. 

  • One individual is from our Connoquenessing Elementary School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

  • One individual is from our Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School community. The district has notified all close contacts. 

Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

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.

A Message from the Superintendent -- November 5, 2020

I know you have received a lot of communication from me so far this evening and this school year for that matter. I apologize for three emails in a row tonight. However, my goal is to keep you all informed and ensure you know what I know. 

If you want the Cliffs Notes version (short and sweet), here it is: 

Our operation status for next week (Nov. 9-13) is the same as it was this week. 

  • Elementary - Enhanced Green (in-person instruction)

  • Secondary - Remote Learning

  • Center Avenue and Self Contained Special Education Classrooms - Enhanced Green (in-person instruction)

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.  

IHS Yearbook Sale

Sales of the Butler Intermediate High School Yearbook for 2020-2021 will start on Monday, November 2, 2020. This year, due to COVID protocols, sales of the book will take place online only. To order your yearbook, go to www.balfour.com and follow these simple steps to order your wonderful book of memories:

A Message from the Superintendent -- Move to Remote Learning for Secondary Students

As of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, we are moving to remote instruction at the secondary level (grades 7-12). This operating status will remain in effect until at least Friday, November 6, 2020.  As a reminder, Monday, November 2 is an in-service/ Act 80 day, so students do not have school.

BASD Health Alert -- October 27, 2020

One individual from our McQuistion Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been at school since last week. It was determined that they did not have any close contacts at school. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- October 27, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals who were determined to be close contacts in this case are adults. They have all been notified and are not present at our schools. 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. 

BASD Health Alert -- October 23, 2020

One individual from our school district community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Although we have not yet received official notification, we have consulted with the Pennsylvania Department Health. This individual interacts with people from multiple schools.  Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  What we can share is that all individuals who are considered a close contact have already been notified.

School calendar Updates school calendar update

The Butler Area Board of School Directors adjusted the 2020-2021 school calendar at their meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020. This time is necessary for our teachers to manage our different Learning Pathways.

The update includes three additional Act 80 Days. The Act 80 dates are:

  • November 2, 2020
  • January 25, 2021
  • March 26, 2021
Congratulations to our Stand Tall Winners! Oct. 14

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 Intermediate High School Stand Tall winners! 

School Nurse October Newsletter School Nurse

The goal of keeping everyone healthy involves us all! Click to read the latest from our school nurses

A Message from the Superintendent -- Oct. 7, 2020

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

We recently provided parents/guardians with the opportunity to provide “start of the year” feedback. In addition, our faculty and staff have been assessing what is working well and what needs to be revised. As a result of this feedback, I have several updates, reminders and changes that I would like to share with you. 

First, thank you to everyone who submitted their feedback over the past few weeks. We are using the information that was collected to help ensure each of our Learning Pathways are as effective as possible for the remainder of the year. 

BASD Athletic Update -- Sept. 16 Athletic Update

This week, a federal judge ruled that Governor Wolf’s limits on congregant group sizes are unconstitutional. As a result of this ruling, we are now able to allow our band and cheerleaders to perform at the football game on Friday evening. In addition, each football player, cheerleader and member of the band will receive two event spectator tickets for their family members or friends. However, we will not be selling or distributing general admission or student tickets.

Rocky Bleier Signs Mr. Campbell's Painting for a Great Cause Rocky and Erich

Mr. Erich Campbell painted a picture of Rocky Bleier over the summer for a great cause! Mr. Bleier autographed the painting and it is up for auction. The money raised will go toward Family and Teen Outreach.

View more photos on Flickr.

Back to School Photos First Day of School

We the school year is off to a good start for everyone! View photos from the first day of school

A Message from the Superintendent -- Sept. 2, 2020

We hope the school year is off to a great start for everyone. It has been so great to have students back in our buildings! We have a couple of updates that we want to share with you. 

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.

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 

A Message from the Superintendent -- July 23, 2020

We know you have many questions about the reopening of our schools on September 1, 2020. We are currently developing plans to provide all students with a learning environment that is effective, as familiar as possible, and aligned to all guidelines/mandates for the safe reopening of schools. 

My goal is to share the details of our plan the first week of August. That will enable us to incorporate all of the most recent guidance and mandates from the state and hopefully still give our families time to process all of the new policies and procedures for the upcoming school year. 

With that said, there are a few things we know right now. 

Students with IEPs and the 2020-21 School Year -- What Families Need to Know Students with IEPs

Students with IEPs and the 2020-2021 school year -- what families need to know! Carole Clancy, Director, Bureau of Special Education, PA Department of Education will provide an overview for families of key components of the guidance being provided to school. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm.

Click for more information>

Click to register>

Click to submit your questions> 

BASD Cyber Learning Program -- Register Today! desk

A few months ago we asked for your input on which pathway would be best for your child. As we continue to plan for the upcoming year, we are asking families who would like to enroll their students in the Cyber Learning Program or Hybrid Learning Program to officially register.

Visit our website for more information, including upcoming dates and registration: www.basdk12.org/Content2/clp.

BASD Athletic Update -- June 26 Athletic Update

Hello parents/guardians of student athletes.

I wanted to reach out and provide guidance on registering for fall sports and participating in summer open gyms.  We are taking healthy and safety precautions as a result of COVID-19 that will impact how our athletic program traditionally operates.   

Food Service Celebration food service

Since our schools physically closed on March 17, our food service team has been working to provide meals to our students. Did you know that as of this week they prepared over 200,000 meals? This calls for a celebration!

On Wednesday, June 3, the school district recognized and celebrated the hard work of 40 food service employees.

The Butler County Commissioners issued a proclamation at a ceremony. In addition, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank presented a plaque to Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School for their exceptional results in the Southwestern Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge. The goal of this challenge was to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program throughout our region. Emily Brittain had a 17% increase in School Breakfast participation in October 2019 compared to October 2018.

Fun Facts

  • Total meals served each day -- more than 2,000
  • Total meals served to date -- just over 200,000
  • Total meals delivered to front doors -- about 185,000
  • Number of food service employees – about 40
  • Number of School Police -- 24 (for meal delivery)
  • Number of miles traveled on the delivery routes each day -- almost 250 square miles

We would like to thank all of our food service employees, our school police officers and the Nutrition Group for making this possible! 

Click to view more photos on Flickr>