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Tyler Grade Reporting Tile Temporarily Unavailable

We want to let you know that the grade reporting tile on the Tyler Parent Portal will be temporarily unavailable while our teachers are inputting their final grades for the semester. The grade reporting tile will be disabled on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. We expect it to be available again on Thursday, January 31, 2019. In addition, digital grades and report cards will be distributed on January 31. Thank you for your patience!  

Safe2Say Something Program Safe2Say Something Program

The Office of the Attorney General adopted the Safe2Say Something Program, which will be used by all school districts in Pennsylvania. Safe2Say is an anonymous reporting system that allows individuals (students, parents, teachers, staff, community members, etc.) to report anyone who may be showing signs they have the potential to carry out an act of violence at school.

Make Up Days

Due to the power outages earlier this year, we submitted an emergency waiver request to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, at this time, we have not heard back from the state. Thus, it is necessary to schedule two make up days.

The make up dates will be:

  • Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation Receives Two Generous Donations

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation (GTSF) recently received two generous donations through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. NexTier Bank and Baglier Buick GMC Mazda each donated $5,000 to the GTSF in 2018. The funds will be used to support the district’s STEAM program.

3-2-1 Competition 3-2-1 Competition

Sixty-three gifted students from Butler Intermediate High School participated in the 3-2-1 Competition and finished as the State Champions! They also had the highest score in the nation in their division.


Lid Art Lid Art

Mr. Wolford has been working with the students in Mr. Armahizer's life skills class to create amazing lid signs and lid murals at Intermediate High School! 

NYC & Gettysburg Trip Information

The 9th grade class trip to New York City (May 10-12, 2019)
Due to high demand, we have added a third bus. Registration is open again to fill the third bus. Sign up at logantoursinc.com by Dec 31.  


The 7th grade class trip to Gettysburg (March 23-24, 2019)
Parents may register their students for the 7th grade trip to Gettysburg, Harrisburg, and Hershey between Dec 19 - January 16 at logantoursinc.com.  

LinguiSHTIK competition LinguiSHTIK competition

Twenty-six Intermediate High School and Senior High School students attended the LinguiSHTIK competition at Slippery Rock University on Wednesday, December 5th.  Four of the students earned Undefeated scores, and three of our teams placed second, third and fourth in their respective divisions. Congratulations to the students! 

Butler Rock Orchestra Holiday Tour Butler Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra recently completed their first Holiday Tour! The Rock Orchestra visited Emily Brittain Elementary, McQuistion Elementary and Center Township Elementary where they performed holiday hits from Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as some other holiday favorites.

Student Council Semi-Formal Dance

Student Council is planning a semi-formal dance for Butler Intermediate High School students. It will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

PMEA Instrumental Music PMEA Honors Band

Congratulations to the following students for representing the Butler Area School District in the PMEA music festivals.  

Tyler App on Apple

Some iOS (Apple) users may have noticed a white screen or blank screen on the Tyler app. Tyler is aware of the problem and has fixed it by releasing a new version of the app in the Apple App Store. If you are experiencing an issue with your app, please try downloading the updated version. 

IHS Holiday Choral Concerts Holiday Concert 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 Thursday, December 13th @ BIHS Auditorium Grade 7 begins at 6:00 PM Grades 8/9 begins at 7:30 PM
All-School Musical Auditions -- Dec. 4 & 6 all school musical auditions

All-School Musical auditions for "Cinderella" are taking place this week! 

Senior High School students can audition at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 4 in the SHS auditorium. 

Intermediate High School students can audition at 3 pm on Thursday, December 6 in the SHS auditorium.

Questions? Contact Mr. VanLaningham at dale_vanlaningham@butler.k12.pa.us.

Tornado Connection: Volume 22, Issue 1 (Fall 2018) 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. 

Tornado Connection: Volume 22, Issue 1 (Fall 2018)

The Drama Club Presents "Young Sherlock" Young Sherlock

The Drama Club presents “Young Sherlock” by Craig Sodaro.                                           

December 7th 3pm and 7pm
BIHS Auditorium

Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Students, Kids are free

Presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service,Inc., Denver, Colorado.

A Surprise Homecoming The Nichols Family

It was a great day in Butler when Sergeant Major Fred Nichols surprised his family at school just two days before Thanksgiving. Sergeant Major Nichols had been deployed for a year with the National Guard and his family wasn't expecting him home for another two weeks. 

IHS Career Day IHS Career Day

The Intermediate High School hosted their Annual Career Day on November 20. This year, Career Day featured 20 guest speakers. Each presenter spoke to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students about their profession and career path.

UPDATE: A Message from the Superintendent -- Nov. 19 at 4:15 pm

UPDATE: Power has been restored at all of our schools! Butler Area School District will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow (Tuesday, November 20, 2018).

CANCELED: School Organization Community Forum

Due to the power outages and other complications, the School Organization Community Forum scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 4 pm at Northwest Elementary has been canceled. 

Winter Sports -- Today (Nov. 19)!

Although the Butler Area School District is closed today (Monday, November 19), the winter sports tryouts/practices will go on today as scheduled, except for bowling. Click here to view the start time, date and location of your child's sport.  If you have any questions, please contact the athletic office at 724-214-3232.

UPDATE: BASD Closed on Monday, November 19

While I had hoped we would be able to have school tomorrow, we have run into a few additional complications this afternoon. At this point, we know we will not be able to open our schools tomorrow. Thus, all Butler Area School District public schools will be closed tomorrow (November 19, 2018). Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this unique situation.



Oustanding Educator Ceremony Outstanding Educator Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 7th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, plan to hold a dinner and special ceremony recognizing outstanding educators in the area. 

The nominees are:

  • Mrs. Brenda Hilliard, Emily Brittain Elementary School/Mr. Chad Broman, Principal
  • Mrs. Melinda Neigh, Butler Intermediate High School/Mr. Stephen Dobransky, Principal
  • Mr. Daniel Buzzard, Butler Senior High School/Dr. John Wyllie, Principal
  • Mr. Jesse Allen, Emily Brittain Elementary School, retired/Mr. Dale Markle, Principal, retired
After School/ Evening Activities Cancelled

At this time, we are still planning to dismiss all schools at their regular time. Please be aware that our buses may be delayed, as all drivers have been instructed to proceed with extra caution.

All after school and evening activities have been cancelled for this evening (Thursday, November 15, 2018).  However, at this time, the band trip will still depart as scheduled late this evening.  

School Delay and Cancellation Procedures

With the winter season upon us, we’d like to remind you of our school delay and closing procedures. 
I make the decision to delay or cancel school after I review the weather forecast and consult with our Transportation Department. When necessary, the district also consults with the municipalities and other resources within our community.  Each decision regarding whether or not to delay or cancel school is made with student safety as the primary concern. I recognize that any delay or cancellation can create hardships for our families and do not take this decision lightly.

9th Grade New York City Trip

Parents and Guardians of 9th Grade Students, 

The due date on the deposit, trip protection, and sign up for the 9th grade NYC trip has been extended due to some technical difficulties with the Logantoursinc.com website. You have until Wednesday, November 21 to sign up for the trip. 


IHS STEAM Bottle Rockets IHS Bottle Rockets

Mr. Wolford's eighth grade STEAM classes launched the bottle rockets they designed, engineered, and assembled in class. 

View photos on Flickr>

Thank you to the Mrs. Manges, IHS Photography Teacher, and her students for capturing these images! 

IHS Garden Project IHS Garden Project -- Photo by Casey Zurzolo

Intermediate High School students in Mr. Meer's Science classes recently spent some time outside. The students cleared all of the dead plants and flowers from the school's garden and planted bulbs for the spring. 

View photos on Flickr>

Thank you to the Mrs. Manges, IHS Photography Teacher, and her students for capturing these images! 

School Organization Community Forums

We had our first School Organization Community Forum on Tuesday night. I would really like to thank everybody who took the time to be at this event. Your feedback is important as we move through this process. Several more School Organization Community Forums are planned for November. 

IHS Calcubot IHS Calcubot

Intermediate High School students in Ms. Snyder's Calcubot class have spent the past week creating themed mazes with obstacles to navigate using their robots.  

IHS Yearbook Sale!

The in-house sales of the Butler Intermediate High School Yearbook for 2018 - 2019 will start on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 and end on Friday, November 16, 2018. You may also purchase your yearbook online at www.balfour.com. Click for more information, including the steps to follow for an online purchase>

IHS Riparian Buffer Project Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project

Students in Mr. Andrews’  Fisheries Science class (also known as Trout in the Classroom) recently had a real world learning opportunity. The students formed “companies” and made a pitch to their “clients: on why they believe their company should be selected for funding of the riparian buffer project at Thorn Creek.

Students Visit Kawneer Cranberry Manufacturing Day

Students in 9th and 10th grade had the opportunity to visit Kawneer Cranberry for National Manufacturing Day. Their visit included a tour of the facility, activities and a round table discussion. Thank you to everyone at Kawneer Cranberry for making this day possible! 

Seventh Grade Team Building Starfish Banner

Seventh grade students recently participated in team building activities with our Starfish leaders and teachers.


State Police School Safety Initiative

We have been notified that the Pennsylvania State Police are using all appropriate resources at their disposal to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania’s school students. As part of their efforts, state troopers may drive through school grounds or visit the main office at a school at any time during the school day. Their hope is that the enhanced presence in Pennsylvania schools will assist in keeping our students and staff safe.

Throwback Day at the IHS Students wearing throwback jerseys

Students in Mr. Waseleski's class at the Intermediate High School had a special throwback day during spirit week. 

Fall Choral Concert

The Butler Senior High Choirs will present their fall choral concert on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  A variety of styles of choral music will be presented and the Senior High students will collaborate with Intermediate students for the combined finale.  

School Organization Community Forum

We are developing our facility plan for the Butler Area School District. Many of our schools need capital improvements -- some more than others. Prior to investing money into all eleven schools, we have decided to solicit your input to determine if our community is satisfied with how we are currently organized.

BASD Community Meeting: Investing So Schools Work Investing So Schools Work

Butler Area School District is holding a community meeting on October 23 from 4-6 pm at the IHS to learn about a new research study and receive community feedback on what parents, students and other community leaders believe are the essentials for a quality education. 

Butler Spirit Week Photos Butler Spirit Week

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

Intermediate High School Trips Students in Washington DC

The Intermediate High School is already planning for this year's class trips. View the letter to parents>

Seventh Grade Library Orientation Classes seventh grade library orientation

In their seventh grade Library Orientation classes, students are learning all about the library and the resources they have access to. 

IHS Students Create Their Own Whirligigs Whirligigs

Eighth grade students at the Intermediate High School recently participated in an engineering activity. Students had to design a whirligig to land with accuracy on a target and maintain the longest flight time.

International Peace Day at the IHS International Peace Day

Eighth grade geography students celebrated the International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21.  The class discussed why certain nations experience high levels of peace, while others do not.  They used the interactive map from Vision of Humanity to lead their discussions. 

Butler Spirit Week at the SHS, IHS & Center Ave SHS and IHS Spirit Days
Community Calendar Survey calendar image

The Butler Area School District community is invited to share their feedback regarding the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Water Quality Test Results -- September 17, 2018

We received the results of the follow-up water quality testing that was done at the Intermediate High School. 

Water Quality Results - Sept. 5, 2018

We have continued to test the water throughout all of our schools to ensure it is safe to use. We just received the results from our most recent round of testing. The results showed elevated levels of lead in three water fixtures – two at the Intermediate High School and one at the Harriger Educational Services Center. The results have been posted to our website. Click to view the results>

Two Hour Early Dismissal -- Wednesday, September 5

Due to the forecasted heat, Butler Area School District will dismiss school two hours early on Wednesday, September 5. This applies to all Butler Area School District schools. Lunch will be served at every school before dismissal. Butler Area School District students who typically attend third session vo-tech will be dismissed two hours early with the secondary schools.

A Message from the Superintendent: Possible Early Dismissal

It was a great first week at Butler Area School District! As I was walking the halls of our schools, I really enjoyed seeing the faces of students who were actively engaged in learning. However, I also saw the faces of students who were uncomfortably hot in some of our buildings -- especially in the afternoon.

Kids Weekend Backpack Program KWBP logo

The Kids' Weekend Backpack Program will continue to serve all K-4 schools in the Butler Area School District. Read the community letter> | Download the enrollment form>

Tyler SIS Tyler Screenshot

Butler Area School District launched Tyler, our new Student Information System, over the summer. We sincerely appreciate your patience as transition to Tyler. Click for more information regarding Tyler>

First Day of School

Welcome back students! We are so glad you are here! 

Construction Impacts Pedestrian Route to IHS

Due to construction at the corner of Fairground Hill Road and Hansen Avenue, that area has been designated a ’no pedestrian zone’ since the sidewalks are not open. This may impact students who choose to walk to the Intermediate High School.

Nutrition Group -- New Online Payment System School Cafe Logo

The Nutrition Group, Butler Area School District's food service provider, is using a new online payment system. Parents will need to create a new account. 

Butler Area School District has a new mobile app! mobile app screenshot

The Butler Area School District mobile app can be used to view news, alerts, the staff directory and other website information.

Algebra Camp Students at Algebra Camp

Students who are starting Algebra I at the Intermediate High School this year had the opportunity to participate in Algebra Camp for a week in August. 

School Board Adopts Random Drug Testing Policy

The Butler Area School District Policy has adopted a ''Random Drug Testing Policy" (Policy 227.1) that is intended to advance an alcohol and drug-free environment for Butler Area School District students and employees. This policy is in response to a crisis of drug use in our country and our community.

2018-2019 Suggested Supply List


Click the "supply list" graphic above or link below to access the Intermediate High School's suggested supply list for the 2018-2019 school year. Click to view the suggested supply list>
Launching a Maker Learning Leadership Cohort in the Pittsburgh Region Remake Learning event at the IHS

The Butler Intermediate High School is one of 10 schools in the Maker Learning Leadership Cohort. According to an article posted on the Digital Promise website, "This regional effort convenes educators who are committed to maker learning and aims to amplify maker learning’s impact on student outcomes while making it more sustainable for schools and equitable for all students."

Save the Date save the date graphic

We have confirmed the dates for Orientation, Kick Start Kindergarten and Back to School Night (formerly known as Open House). Please mark your calendars!

2017-18 Athletic Accomplishments Butler Athletics Logo

The Butler Athletic Department is proud to present its 2017-2018 sports summary!  We had a total of 17 varsity teams make the playoffs this school year,  which set a new school record along with an enormous amount of individual success.  Click to read more>

Fall Sports Registration Register Now Icon

Welcome to the Butler Area School District's athletic program.  We are pleased you made the decision to play for the Golden Tornado, and hope you have an enjoyable experience this season!

Visit the Athletic Department website for more information>

Or click to register>

Welcome to our new Website New and improved website

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