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Community Kindness Community Kindness at Cummings Coffee and Candy

Butler Middle School students are spreading kindness throughout the community -- one coffee cup at a time. 

The students wrote inspirational messages on coffee sleeves for Cummings Candy & Coffee shop.  Cummings Coffee & Candy donated all of the coffee sleeves. They are using them at their Main Street and Evans City Road locations beginning this week (February 18th).

Thanks to Cummings Coffee & Candy for making this project possible.  

 

School Organization Community Forum Executive Summary School Organization Community Forum

Dr. White presented an Executive Summary of the School Organization Community Forums that were helpd this fall at the February 11, 2019 school board meeting.

2019-2020 Course Selection Info

Students in grades 6-11 will select their courses for the 2019-2020 school year in February/March 2019.  View the 2019-2020 Course Selection Guide>

Save the date for the 2019-2020 Scheduling Open House on Monday, March 4 from 6-8 pm at the Intermediate High School. All parents of students who will be in grades 7-12 next year are welcome to attend. 

Click for more information about Course Selection>

BEA Food Drive BEA Food Drive

The Butler Education Association's Food Drive will take place February 4-8. Families are welcome to  bring a non-perishable item to any of our schools betwen February 4-8 or to the Golden Tornado Basketball game on Friday, February 8th. Donations will be given to the Lighthouse Foundation. Thank you for your support! 

Champions of Learning Champions of Learning

Each year the Consortium for Public Education recognizes Champions of Learning throughout our region. We are very excited to congratulate two individuals from the Butler community for being selected as finalists for the award!

A Message from the Superintendent -- Jan. 31

As you know, we had to cancel school twice this week due to the temperature. Here is how that impacts our school calendar as well as how it impacts the first semester grading window. 

Friendship Bracelets Friendship Bracelets

Several Senior High School students visited the Middle School to spend time with BMS students. During their afternoon visit, the students talked with one another, made friendship bracelets, and shared a snack. 

"It was a lot of fun and a positive mentoring activity," said Mrs. Rekich, who organized the event. 

Most Weekend Activities (Jan. 19-20) Are Canceled

Due to the winter weather advisory, most of the activities scheduled for this weekend are canceled. All activities scheduled for 12 pm or later on Saturday, January 19 are canceled. In addition, all activities scheduled for Sunday, January 20 are canceled. As always when activities are canceled, please check with the activity sponsor or coach for any specific information regarding your child's activity. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. 

BMS Honored as a Top Performing Title I School BMS Title I Recognition

Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. A total of 158 Title I schools, including Butler Middle School, were selected for this honor.

Congratulations to the Butler Middle School faculty, staff and students!

UPDATED: Tyler Grade Reporting Tile Temporarily Unavailable

UPDATED: Due to this week's school closings, the grade window has been pushed back. The Tyler Parent Portal will now be temporarily unavailable until February 5, 2019. February 5th will also be the date digital grades and report card will be distributed. 

Safe2Say Something Program Safe2Say Something Program

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

Make Up Days

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

The make up dates will be:

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

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

6th Grade STEAM Project 6th Grade STEAM Project

Students Hunter Anderson, Jacob Fulmer, Copeland Gebhart, and Edwin Wilczynski participate in Mr. Sovek’s extra S.T.E.A.M. time. The students use the CNC machine to make signs for Mr. McCool and Mr. Takacs’s aquaponics lab.

The 12 Days of Christmas at BMS! 12 Days of Christmas

The second annual Butler Middle School 12 Days of Christmas is here! Click to watch the video> Note: Scroll down to the second video on the page.

This video as created for the morning announcements by Mr. DeHart with help from the students, faculty and staff at BMS. 

Students Visit Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Students Visit Sunnyview

McQuistion chorus visited Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center twice in December to sing holiday music and visit with residents. This is the fifth year that McQuistion Elementary School has coordinated outreach to our neighbors at Sunnyview.  Everyone looks forward to visiting Sunnyview -- both the residents and our students!

4th Annual Care Packages for the Troops Care Packages for the Troops

Butler Middle School successfully completed their 4th Annual Care Packages for the Troops project! This year they sent 190 boxes to soldiers overseas! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort! And, a special thank you to the American Legion Post 117 for paying for all of the postage.

View photos on Flickr>

Tyler App on Apple

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

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. 

BMS Decimal Diner Decimal Diner

Ms. Schuster's 5th grade math class recently reviewed decimals by visiting the "Decimal Diner." Students were actively engaged while they added, subtracted, compared and rounded decimals. They also enjoyed a snack while they were taking food orders and practicing their math skills!

View more photos on Flickr>

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

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

CANCELED: School Organization Community Forum

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

UPDATE: BASD Closed on Monday, November 19

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

 

 

It's My Life Assembly 5th Grade

Butler Middle School students recently had the opportunity to participate in the "It's My Life - Camfel Assembly. The event was sponsored by the school's PTO and BTSU.

 

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.

BMS Run Club at the Turkey Trot Run Club at the Turkey Trot

The BMS Run Club participated in the 2018 Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 3.

"All our Run Club girls who participated in the Turkey Trot finished strong," said Mrs. Rekich. "I'm so proud of all of them!"

Veterans Day 2018 summit thank you dog tags

Butler students, faculty and staff are honoring veterans for their service.

A very special thank you to all of those who are serving or have served our country. 

View photos of these special activities on Flickr>

5th Grade Pumpkin Investigation 5th grade pumpkin activity

Mrs. Isacco's fifth grade science classes have been using the scientific method to predict and investigate pumpkin mass, seed number compared to size, and the lines of pumpkins. They have also been using microscopes to observe the pumpkins. View photos on Flickr>

Red Ribbon Week and Mix it Up at Lunch red ribbon week

Butler Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31. In addition, students "mixed it up at lunch" on October 23. View photos on Flickr>

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. 

BMS Poster Winners Kindness is Contagious

Butler Middle School students recently participated in the BTSU Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. The winners will all have their artwork turned into a poster that will be displayed at the school. 

BMS Girls Run Club Run Club

The Butler Middle School Run Club is a free club that is open to all 5th and 6th grade girls at the Middle School.  The club meets two times each week throughout the fall to train for the Butler YMCA Turkey Trot on Nov 3rd.  The Turkey Trot is a 5K race. Every girl who entered fished the race last year!   

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.

BMS Fall 2018 Newsletter Fall Newsletter, page 1

The BMS Fall 2018 Newsletter is here! Click to view it>

BMS is a PA Fish and Boat Commission Fishery Trout in the Classroom

The Middle School is proud to announce that it is an official PA Fish and Boat Commission fishery! In addition, BMS is going to be a part of the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program this year.

 

Penny Wars Penny Wars

Butler Middle School participated in Penny Wars to help raise money for the Be Tuff Stand Up program, including t-shirts and prizes for students.

Academic teams “competed” against one another to raise the most money. Pennies and dollar bills counted toward the positive scores, while silver coins counted negatively towards the total. The competition was fierce! 

BMS Book Fair

The Butler Middle School Book Fair will be open from Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19. 
Click to view the Book Fair online>

BMS Curriculum Night

BMS Curriculum Night 
October 17, 2018
Book Fair: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Curriculum Night: 6:00 - 7:15 pm

Click for more information>

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>

Be Tuff Stand Up Are you smarter than a fifth grader

Butler Middle School recently had an assembly to kick off their "Be Tuff Stand Up" program. Mrs. Wilson & Mrs. Mowrey has a presentation for the students, with some “words of wisdom” videos that featured a few 6th grade students.

Spirit Week at BMS Butler Spirit Week

September 24-28 is Spirit Week! Here are the Middle School themes:

Monday - Comfy Cozy Day
Tuesday - Jersey Day
Wednesday - Future Day (Dress like the job you want to have.)
Thursday - Twin Day
Friday - Butler Pride Day

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. 

Flexible CORE Grouping at BMS

Flexible CORE grouping is how the Middle School creates classroom groupings that meet each student where they are academically and provide support and instruction to help them make progress. Click to learn more>

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! 

BMS Back to School Nights Back To School

BMS 5th grade: Thursday, August 23 from 5-6:15 pm

BMS 6th grade: Friday, August 24 from 5-6:15 pm

Nutrition Group -- New Online Payment System School Cafe Logo

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

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

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

The Butler BookStop -- August 17 BookStop Locations

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

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

Save the Date save the date graphic

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

The Butler BookStop Children Visit the Butler BookStop

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

The Butler BookStop is Coming! BookStop Logo

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

Welcome to our new Website New and improved website

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