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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) School District Updates updates

We have created a website with important information during the COVID-19 school closure.

Click to view the COVID-19 section of our website>

 

An Open Letter to the Staff, Students, Parents and Community of the Butler Area School District

An Open Letter to the Staff, Students, Parents and Community of the Butler Area School District:

The on-going Covid-19 virus has tested everyone’s mettle and resiliency. The rapid-fire directives and decisions emanating from governmental agencies has produced an unbelievable amount of challenges for the staff, students and parents of the Butler District. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the sincere respect and deep appreciation we have for our dedicated and unselfish staff in meeting these difficult challenges.

All Special Education Meetings, Events, Activities, Athletics are Canceled or Postponed events canceled

All meetings, events, activities and athletics are canceled as long as our school district is closed. Currently, we are closed through Sunday, March 29. Thank you for your patience. 

Special Education/ IEP Meetings
All special education meetings, including IEP meetings, that were scheduled to take place during the closure have been postponed. More information for families of special education students can be found on our COVID-19 website. Click to access>

School Board Meetings
The School Board meetings that were scheduled for Monday, March 16 and Monday, March 23 have been canceled. 

PTO and other Parent or Student Meetings
All PTO meetings that were scheduled to take place during our school closure have been canceled. 

Every parent or student meeting that was scheduled to take place during our school closure will be postponed until a later date. 

Events and Activities
All school events and activities are canceled during the school closure. Some events may be rescheduled for a later date. We will share information as it becomes available. 

Athletics
All athletic practices, games and competitions are canceled until further notice. 

 

BMS Pickup Schedule for Monday, March 16

We have created a schedule for families to efficiently and safely pick up textbooks and personal belongings while maintaining safety measures outlined by the CDC. For your safety and the safety of those around you, we would really appreciate it if families would adhere to this schedule as much as possible. All visitors should enter the building via our main courtyard entrance.

PSSA Information for the Middle School PSSA

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

Beginning next month, all school districts throughout the State of Pennsylvania will participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA).

After School Meals and Homework Help

The Nutrition Group and Butler Area School District will be offering after school meals to school-age children in the community.  The program is free and open to all school-age children who were 18 years of age or younger at the start of the 2019-20 school year. 

 

Start Date: March 2, 2020

Where:  Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School

When:  Monday and Wednesday

Time: 3:45-4:30 p.m.

 

For more information, contact:

Food Service Directors

Helen Walker (724) 214-3223

Lisa Montebell (724) 214-3243

Bobbi Ritts (724) 214-3221

Spring Open House spring open house

Families are invited to join their children at their school for their Spring Open House events. 

 

(POSTPONED) Butler Middle School
March 26, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm

** The Middle School Spring Open House event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. **

Center Township Elementary School
May 6, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm

Connoquenessing Elementary School
April 30, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Emily Brittain Community Partnership & Demonstration School
May 7
6:00-7:15 pm

McQuistion Elementary School
May 5, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm

Northwest Elementary School
April 30, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Summit Elementary School
May 6, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

A Message from the Butler County Superintendents

Parents/Guardians,

The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

While there are NO confirmed cases at the District level or in Pennsylvania regarding coronavirus, we are continuing to closely monitor updates and are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations in proactively planning should measures need to be put in place. All Butler County Superintendents/Executive Director and School Nurses are maintaining regular contact with Butler County leaders, Pennsylvania Department of Health officials, Butler Health System and other health care providers to discuss official updates, share information and, if needed, to coordinate any response. We are committed to collaborating in this effort and making the best possible decisions for our students, staff and families.

(POSTPONED) FAB Showcase FAB

This event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. 

Power Outage at Center Township

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Center Township Elementary School has lost partial power. Without full power in the building, we will be unable to provide lunch to our students and maintain heat throughout the day. 

Our plan is to transport all Center Township Elementary School students to the Intermediate High School via bus at 11:30 am. All students will have the opportunity to eat lunch at the Intermediate High School and participate in various activities throughout the day. 

At the conclusion of the day, we will dismiss bus students directly from the Intermediate High School.  Students who are already scheduled for parent pick up will be transported back to Center Township for dismissal.

Gifted students who were at Center Township today from other elementary schools are currently being sent back to their home schools. Center Township gifted students will be sent to the Intermediate High School with their regular class at 11:30 am. 

If you would like to pick your child up early from school, please try to arrive at Center Township before 11:30 am. If you cannot get there before 11:30 and want to pick your child up early, please go to the Intermediate High School. The Intermediate High School office number is 724-214-3400.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. 

 

Sincerely,
 

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

A Message from the Superintendent -- Feb. 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

The school year is in full swing -- and unfortunately so is cold and flu season. However, there are preventative measures you can take as a line of defense. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions to help people stay healthy this year: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Get plenty of rest. 
  • Eat healthy foods and drink a lot of healthy liquids (avoid sodas). 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that could be contaminated. 
  • Get your flu shot.
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.

The Middle School Earns Title I Distinguished School Recognition Title I Recognition

Butler Middle School was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School. Each year the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. Butler Middle School was one of 94 schools that were recognized out of more than 2,000 title I schools in Pennsylvania. 

This award recognizes schools that were in the top 5% in achievement for the two most recent academic years or schools that were in the top 5% for growth in the two most recent academic years. In addition, this award recognizes schools that have made the greatest gains in achievement in the "all students group."

Butler Middle School was honored at the 2020 Title I Improving Schools' Performance Conference. Congratulation to our Middle School faculty, staff and students! 

 

Helping Hands Club Helping Hands

A group of students started a new club at Butler Middle School called Helping Hands. They complete community service projects and help spread kindness around the school.

For their most recent project, the students made Valentine's Day cards and Get Well Soon cards for Kyree at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/02/12/kyree-beachem-valentines-day-cards/

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a healthy, happy Valentine's Day, Kyree!

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. 

BMS Best Buddies Donut party Best Buddies

Butler Middle School students recently had their first Best Buddies meeting. The students enjoyed a donut and asked each other “get to know you” questions. There are 65 members of the BMS Best Buddies Club with a total with 12 friendship matches.

View photos on Flickr>

Middle School Fishery on YouTube

The Middle School Fishery has their very own YouTube channel! You can choose between watching the LIVE Catfish Cam, the LIVE Trout Cam or a variety of other fish nursery related videos.
Subscribe to the channel and enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5cxpLatASRgPvQ70Jzv1sw  

Six Grade Students Study Density liquid columns

As part of their unit of study on density in science class, six grade students recently built density columns. They realized that liquids with different densities are immiscible and won't mix. Instead the liquids form layers based off how tightly the particles inside them are packed. The students even dropped a popcorn kernel, which was suspended in one of the liquids, and a marble, which sank to the bottom.

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>

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. 

BMS Best Buddies Kickoff slime

Butler Middle School is starting their own Best Buddies Chapter. Students had fun at a kickoff event where they got to make their own slime. The Best Buddies Program was originally started at the Senior High School. The goal of the program is to bring all students together and promote inclusion. 

Learn more about Best Buddies and register for the Annual Eggstravaganza>

 

The Top 64 Titles are Here! March Madness TItles

BMS March Madness is just around the corner. The top 64 titles as selected by BMS students and faculty, are here! Click to view the titles>

All titles are available in the BMS Library and most are available in the Sora app. The titles are listed in alphabetical order. The bracket will be revealed on march 2nd. Happy reading!

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. 

Bitty and Beau Cart Coffee Cart

Jessica Cooper brought the Bitty and Beau Coffee Cart to the Middle School in December.  Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Cart is a franchise run by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Several students from our specialized classrooms, along with their friends from STUCO and other Academic Teams, served coffee and sweets to the Middle School faculty and staff as a way to bring awareness of inclusion of special needs to our school and community. It is also a wonderful opportunity for our students to begin to experience job training skills, as well as practicing social skills. The proceeds from the sale will benefit MS’s PBIS program.  

View more photos on Flickr>

More at Northwest>

BMS Career Day BMS Career Day

Thirty Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School (BCAVTS) students came to the Middle School to talk about the 15 different programs offered at BCAVTS.  Students learned about entrepreneurship and all of the different trades.  Middle School students had the opportunity to interact with the Vo-Tech students and ask questions about each of their different programs. Thanks to the Vo-Tech students for visiting the Middle School!

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.

View more photos on Flickr>

BMS Library March Madness

On March 2, the BMS Library will once again kick off the March Madness Book Tournament.  In the meantime, students have been busy researching and reviewing titles for the bracket. Books have been promoted in class and on the announcements. The list is also a tool used by students who come to browse the library.  

This week in class, students are voting for the titles they think should make the bracket.  We'd like to get our community involved, so we are inviting you to vote as well!

Here's the link: https://forms.gle/w1EXbdtrx8hJFSUM8. Please feel free to select your favorite titles! 

BMS Winter Choir Concert BMS Choir Concert Flyer

BMS 5th and 6th Grade Choirs Present... A Winter Blast! Join us on Monday, December 16 at 6:30 pm at the Senior High School for the BMS chorus concert. We hope to see you there!

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!

Care Packages for the Troops Thank You! Care Packages for the Troops

Thank you to everyone who made our Care Packages for the Troops a huge success! Butler Middle School sent 328 care packages to our troops oversees! 

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>

BMS iLab BMS iLab

BMS students Jaziah Godson, Dejamoura Griffin, Lucas Martin and Luke Monday participate in Mr. Sovek's iLab time. They helped make signs and medallions on the CNC machine and laser engraver for Summit Elementary School.

View more photos on Flickr>

BMS Yearbook Sale

Butler Middle School yearbooks are on sale at ybpay.lifetouch.com until April 17. The yearbook ID is 12671320. Discounts are available through December 31, 2019.  

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>

6th Grade Ukuleles Ukuleles

A huge thank you to the Butler Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation for approving Mrs. Erevia’s creative teaching grant! The 6th graders at Butler Middle School will learn to play the ukulele in music class!

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/

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.

Tuffy Ticket Winners BMS Prize Room

The Be Tuff Stand Up prize room is up and running! Each week, students will enter the Tuffy Ticket(s) they earned into a team drawing. One winner from each team then gets to select a prize!   Keep up the good work BMS students!

BMS Girls' Run Club Run Club

BMS Girls' Run Club has 155 members this year! The BMS Run Club is a great opportunity for students to participate in physical fitness activities and community service activities while learning about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Through the Run Club, the students have tried Jazzercise and HIT max boot camp. They also participated in a lesson on healthy eating and even held a food drive for Butler Community Meals. Now they are training for the YMCA Turkey Trot Nov 2. 

Keep up the good work! View photos on Flickr>

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>

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. 

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 activity Academic Team 5 PBIS

Middle School Team 5 kicked off their first PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) "Be Tuff Stand Up" day with an inclusion activity! The students shared information about themselves and connected with the rest of the team with a tessellation puzzle!