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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.

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!

Calling All Five Year Olds! K Registration

If your child will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year!

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. 

Summit School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Kickoff Event Summit Kickoff Event

Summit Elementary students sang songs, danced and learned about their school’s 3B theme at the School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) kickoff 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. 

Donations

There are no words to describe how tragic Monday's events were and the incredible loss we are all feeling as a school and as an entire community. We have had many inquires from our Summit families and community wanting to know how they can help or make a donation. Our Summit PTO will be collecting any donations for us. They be contacted at: Summittwpelementaryschool@aol.com. Thank you for your continued support of our students and families. 

 

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. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Jan. 14

I am at a loss for words regarding this morning’s tragedy.  Anytime a student passes it is devastating and it impacts our entire school community.  We have made and will continue to make extra counselors available for any students and staff members who are in need of grief support. I encourage anybody in need of grief support to visit our counselors or seek help in our community.

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.

Sugar Cone Christmas Trees Sugar Cone Christmas Trees

Mrs. Kriley and Mrs. Conglose’s kindergarten classes at Summit celebrated the holidays with family by making sugar cone Christmas trees! View photos on Flickr>

Gingerbread Houses Gingerbread Houses

Summit Elementary School students and parents worked together to design and build gingerbread houses! View more photos on Flickr>

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!

Bubba Show, Richard Bazzy and Summit Family & Friends Make Wishes Come True Be Kind

The Bubba Show, Mr. Richard Bazzy at Shults Ford and family and friends at Summit Elementary School all worked together to ensure 28 Summit families have their Christmas wishes come true!

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. 

Red Ribbon Week Tulips Tulips

Summit Elementary students planted tulips this fall to represent choosing a healthy lifestyle. Although the planting was delayed due to weather, this was part of the school's Red Ribbon Week activities. The red tulips will bloom in the spring during alcohol awareness month. View 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. 

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>

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.

 

 

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>

Reality Tour at Summit Reality Tour at Summit

Thank you to Norma Norris for bringing the Reality Tour to Summit Elementary School and talking to fourth graders about the importance of making healthy choices. View more photos on Flickr>

Fire Prevention Program at Summit Fire Prevention Program
Summit Elementary Students recently participated in a Fire Prevention Program thanks to the Herman Volunteer Fire Department. Local firefighters talked to the students about fire safety. They also demonstrated how their equipment and vehicles work. A special thank you to the Herman Volunteer Fire Department for visiting Summit Elementary! 
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. 

Mr. Jon Pritikin Inspires Students Jon Pritikin

The National Character Education Foundation and the Office of Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Ellis arranged for Mr. Jon Pritikin to speak to students at Connoquenessing and Summit Elementary Schools. The assembly was part of our district-wide bullying prevention initiative.

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.

Summit Receives Grant for ELA Book Room Summit Class with Books

Summit Elementary School recently received the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant to help support the school’s book room. Mrs. Cindy Michelini wrote the grant for the ELA Book Room two years in a row. Last year, the school received $2,500 and this year the school received $3,000.  

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 Summit Elementary Butler Spirit Week

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

Monday - Crazy Socks

Tuesday - Rainbow Colors

Wednesday - Sunglasses

Thursday - Mismatched Clothes

Friday - Dress to Impress (School Picture 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. 

Miss Erb's Students Learn About Hearing Loss Miss Erb's Students Learn About Hearing Loss

First graders in Miss Erb's class at Summit Elementary School recently learned about hearing loss. 

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.

Third Grade STEAM Activity at Summit STEAM Activity at Summit

Third grade students in Mrs. Scheidt's class at Summit Elementary recently had the opportunity to participate in a fun STEAM activity.

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! 

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>

Butler Area School District Welcomes Two New Principals Hope Hull and Lesley Fidler

The Butler Area School District is excited to welcome two new elementary principals for the 2018-2019 school year!

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 our new Website New and improved website

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