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McQuistion Elementary School News

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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.

Elf Day Elf Day

Every year the 4th grade students, teachers and staff dress up for "Elf Day." The students love to be creative with their elf costumes. Each year Mrs. Peifer, Mrs. Boben, and Mr. Stutz select two boys and two girls who put together the best elf costumes. 

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!

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.

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. 

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.

 

 

SRU students teach science to 400 Butler 2nd graders SRU Planetarium

"SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Reclined in a seat inside Slippery Rock University's planetarium, an awestruck second-grader points to video projected on the 30-foot-wide domed ceiling and tells a classmate how all the planets revolve around the sun. Their classmates later hold up fruits and vegetables that represent the size of the planets, like a cherry tomato for Earth and a watermelon for Jupiter." Read more>

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.

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>

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. 

White Cane Awareness Day White Cane Awareness Day

Students in Mrs. Miller's first grade class at McQuistion Elementary School participated in White Cane Awareness Day in October.

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.

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>

Spirit Week at McQuistion Butler Spirit Week

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

Monday- Wear Your Favorite Color Clothing Day

Tuesday- College Spirit Wear Day

Wednesday- Favorite Team Shirt Day

Thursday- Butler/McQuistion Pride Wear Day

Friday- Wear Your Sunglasses to Lunch Day (and School Picture Day)

 

McQuistion Elementary -- Community Eligibility Program (CEP) CEP McQuistion

We have great news! McQuistion Elementary School has implemented the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the 2018-2019 school year. This means that all students are eligible for free breakfast and free lunch during this school year. 

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 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! 

Ms. Persichini Wins Second Place in Teacher Essay Contest Ms. Persichini Wins Second Place in Teacher Essay Contest

Carrie Persichini, music teacher at Center Avenue Community School and McQuistion Elementary, won second prize in the Back to School with NextTier Bank Sponsor a Teacher Essay Contest.

Kick Start Kindergarten Kick Start K Flyer

Kick Start Kindergarten is an event for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Wednesday, August 22 from 6-7:15 pm at your child's elementary school. View the flyer for more information>

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>

Back to School Back To School

Dear Parent of a McQuistion Student:

It’s August!  That means everyone is busily getting ready for the start of school.

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. 

Register for Kindergarten Summer Kindergarten Registration Information

It's not too late to register for kindergarten! If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, it's time to register for kindergarten. 

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 McQuistion Elementary School

Thank you for visiting McQuistion's website! If you have any questions about your child's education please feel free to contact the school at 724-214-3900, or e-mail anne_boben@butler.k12.pa.us.  McQuistion office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Welcome to our new Website New and improved website

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