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Secondary Scheduling Open House scheduling open house

Scheduling Open House
Intermediate High School
Monday, March 2, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
For incoming grades 7–12 (Butler Intermediate High School and Butler Senior High School)

Shuttle service will be provided from the lower Senior High & administrative parking lots from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Click to view more information about scheduling>

Music in our Schools Month Choir Concert MIOSM Concert

The BASD Choral Department Presents: Music Changes Lives

The Music in our Schools Month Concert will feature BASD Choirs and the SRU Choir.

March 25, 2020
SHS Gym
7 pm

Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

Click to view the flyer>

Kids' Weekend Backpack Program -- Spaghetti Dinner Backpack Spaghetti Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at Tanglewood from 4-7 pm for a Spaghetti Dinner that benefits the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program. 

The meal includes pasta, meatballs, salad, cupcake and a beverage. You can dine in or take out! There is free parking at the Tanglewood Center (10 Austin Ave, Lyndora, PA 16045). 

  • Adults and children 13 & over -- $10
  • Children ages 4-12 -- $5
  • Children 3 and younger -- free

Bring a food item for the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program and get a free door prize ticket.

We hope to see you there. 

K-12 Comprehensive Guidance Plan

Dear Butler Area School District Parents and Guardians:

Butler Area School District has always maintained a commitment to supporting student development and growth. The School Counseling Department’s mission statement upholds this pledge to student success through academic, social, emotional, and career awareness by means of a collaborative approach with students, parents, educators, and the community. It is our continued goal to develop life-long learners who are productive citizens in this changing global society. To this end, the School Counseling program in the Butler Area School District continues to implement a comprehensive K-12 Guidance Plan to support college and career readiness for all students.

ESP Drama Presents... Alice in Wonderland Alice Poster

ESP Drama Presents... Alice in Wonderland

February 27, 2020 
6:00 pm
IHS Auditorium

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

View the flyer>

School Make Up Day -- April 9

As you know, school was canceled due to inclement weather on Friday, February 7, 2020. This day will be made up as a traditional school day on Thursday, April 9. All students, faculty and staff should report to school on April 9. 

Should we have another school cancellation, the next scheduled make up day will be on Tuesday, April 14. 

Academic Games -- Equations Competition Equations
More than 40 students in grades 7-12 attend the Equations Academic Game competition at Slippery Rock University on Wednesday, January 29. 
 
To play Equations, students use their mathematical problem solving knowledge to create solutions to complicated goals created by their opponents. 
Stand Tall Winners stand tall_ryan

Congratulations to Ryan Felitsky for choosing a positive, healthy lifestyle.  Thank you to Stand Tall for donating a $25.00 gift card to Subway!

The Nutrition Group -- Open Interviews on Feb. 6 Open Interviews

The Nutrition Group is holding open interviews for food service workers on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 12-4 pm at the Butler Senior High School Cafeteria. Part time daylight shifts on Monday-Friday are available. The rate is $9/hour. Call 724-214-3221 with any questions. 

Presidents Competition all students

Butler students put their knowledge to the test at the Presidents Competition at Slippery Rock University. This competition requires students to understand the history, politics, and events surrounding the presidents of the United States of America.

The 9-12 competition was on January 8th and the 7th and 8th graders competed on January 9.

At the 9-12 competition, Mason Grenci and Rachael Lutz were undefeated and are now qualified for the state level Tri Bowl competition!

At the 7th & 8th grade competition, Max Channells and David Krainbucher earned undefeated scores, while a team comprised of Max, David, Miles Lavery, Ardan Oniboni, and Alec Teff came in 2nd place.

Congratulations to all!

Butler Football Update -- Jan. 16, 2020

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

I am pleased to share that PIAA District X has approved Butler Area School District’s football program to be an associate member for the next two (2) years. This means that we will not be independent. I would like to thank District X for this opportunity for our student athletes. We look forward to being a part of the District X football community. I would also like to thank the WPIAL for their support as we rebuild our football program.

3-2-1 Competition 321 competition

Gifted students in grades 7-9 recently participated in the 3-2-1 National Academic Challenge in the Junior High division. This group of 54 students finished 1st in the state of Pennsylvania and 1st in the nation in their division. Congratulations to all!

7th Grade Class Trip

Dear Parents of 7th Grade Students:

This spring, your child has the opportunity to participate in an overnight trip to Harrisburg, Hershey and Gettysburg.

The 7th grade class trip to Harrisburg, Hershey and Gettysburg will take place March 14-15, 2020. The deadline to sign up for this trip is February 3.


Please contact Darren Casher (724-214-3417 | darren_casher@butler.k12.pa.us) or Denise Casher (724-214-3405 | denise_casher@butler.k12.pa.us) with any questions. 
 

Thank you!

Butler Area School District's Football Program

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

Butler Area School District has a very successful athletic program. Many of our teams make the playoffs every year.   

2016-2017 -- 16 varsity teams made the  playoffs
2017-2018 -- 18 varsity teams made the playoffs (broke our school record)
2018-2019 -- 15 varsity teams made the playoffs


Over that three year span, we have had 101 athletes go on to play a sport in college.
 
However, our football program has not thrived. The program has had 7 coaches in 21 years and has an extremely low participation rate. I have spent time looking at data related to the program, including analyzing the game stats, comparing youth football rosters to varsity rosters and reviewing participation rates in multiple sports. I have also assessed the funding of the football program as well as conducted an economic comparison of the other schools in our section. In addition, I have had informal discussions about our football program with many people. 

BMS & IHS Community Activity community activity

Butler Middle School and Intermediate High School students in the Hearing Support program recently went downtown where they participated in community based learning. After lunch at Natili’s, they went shopping for laundry supplies to fill baskets that local churches will be distributing at community dinners.

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LinguiSHTIK Competition LinguiSHTIK competition

Yesterday, 33 students from grades 7 - 12 attended the LinguiSHTIK competition at Slippery Rock University.  LinguiSHTIK requires the students to use their grammar and vocabulary skills to create sentences that meet complex requirements.  Eight of our students earned undefeated scores, and two teams in the middle division placed among their peers. 

Max Channells, Lauren McKean, Deagan Moore, Ardan Oniboni, Evie Paserba, Allie Schnur, Miles Schaeffer, and Hunter Swidzinski earned undefeated scores, qualifying them to participate in the next round of competition in the spring.  Also, Mary Bohin, Lauren McKean, Evie Paserba, Brycen Seth, and Hunter Swidzinski's team won 2nd place, and the team of Ava Brewster, Max Channells, Ryan DeSantis, David Krainbucher, and Ardan Oniboni won 6th place.  

Flexible Instructional Day Survey

Dear Butler Area School District Parents and Students:

As you know, Wednesday, November 27 was a Flexible Instructional Day (FID) for Butler Area School District. Since this was our first time implementing FIDS, we would like your feedback regarding the day. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey that applies to you.

Parents/Guardians: https://forms.gle/XhXAJTcAVHDeyhe46

Students: https://forms.gle/dQByvrTEXMCsTkEW8

For more information about Flexible Instructional Days, please visit: https://www.basdk12.org/Content/fid.

Thank you!

IHS Winter Choral Concerts holiday invite

The  7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Choirs from Butler Intermediate High School will be hosting an evening of winter concerts!!!

Please mark your calendars for this event…

BIHS Holiday Choral Concerts
Tuesday, December 17th @ BIHS Auditorium
Grade 7 6:00 PM
Grades 8/9 7:30 PM

With Special Guest: Encore and The Butler Golden Tune-adoes

IHS Career Day career day

Butler Intermediate High School students recently participated in Career Day. Tricia Pritchard, Adjunct Professor and Workforce Development Trainer at  Butler County Community College,  spoke to 9th grade students about career awareness and career decision making. Several Butler Senior High School students joined Ms. Pritchard in her presentation. The SHS students reflected on their experience at the Intermediate High School and offered words of wisdom to current 9th graders. Thank you to Ms. Pritchard for her impactful presentation!

Twenty speakers from a variety of careers visited the Intermediate High School to speak to 8th grade students about their careers. A special thanks to all of the presenters who took time out of their day to participate!

IHS Student Earns 2nd Place in the NCW Poetry Contest Poster Contest

Eighth grader David Krainbucher received a second place in the NCW Poetry Contest in the 6-8th grade category! His science teacher is Mrs. Veronica Sankey.

Tornado Connection Tornado Connection

The Fall issue of the Tornado Connection is here. Click to read it now>

You can also view previous issues from this year online. Click to see the archives>

Project Hang Tough Project Hang Tough

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. This year at the Intermediate High School participated in Project Hang Tough. The goal of Hang Tough is to fill stockings with items that can be gifted to cancer patients. The stockings are then handed out in local cancer institutions in December. Over the course of the last week, the Intermediate High School collected a total of 125 stocking (and also have 2 heaping rubbermaid containers full of items to finish stuffing more stockings). 

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.

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.

View the flyer>

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

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>

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). 

Click for more information>

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. 

View the flyer>

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>