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McQuistion STEAM Activities steam

McQuistion had an exciting, hands-on learning end to the year. Many STEAM activities were held during Remake Learning Days.

In May, i3STEM came to experiment w

BASD Distinguished Alumni: Carole Bitter (Friedman) Ph.D. Carole Bitter (Friedman) Ph.D.

Carole Bitter (Friedman) Ph.D.
Class of 1963.

Carole Bitter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and psychology at Case Western Reserve University in 1967. She went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1974. Two years later, in 1976, Bitter became the President and CEO of Friedman’s Supermarkets and BiLo Foods as one of the first women to manage a grocery chain.

Public Notice: School Board Vacancy board vacancy

Beginning on June 21, 2022, the Board of School Directors of the Butler Area School District will accept applications to fill School Director Thomas Harrison’s unexpired term to December 2023. 

Butler Rock Orchestra Elementary Tour Rock Orchestra Tour

The Butler Rock Orchestra went on tour to three BASD elementary schools in May! They visited Center Township, Broad Street and McQuistion Elementary Schools.

View more photos.

Important BASD Graduation Update graduation update

We have been watching the weather and hoping it cooperates for an outdoor graduation ceremony this evening. As of now, it looks like our best chance at having graduation outdoors will be to delay our ceremony one hour.

Graduation will now take place this evening (Thursday, June 2) at 7:30 pm at Art Bernardi Stadium.

Working Together IHS and Broad Street

Intermediate High School Family and Prenatal students recently visited Broad Street Elementary for a collaborative learning activity.

Active engagement, hands on learning, fine motor skills, problem solving, and project based learning were just a few of the highlights from the day!

 

 
The Tornado Connection -- Spring 2022 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. 

Click to read the Spring 2022 issue of the Tornado Connection.

Click to read the Tornado Connection archives.

Connoquenessing Honors Veterans Memorial Day

In recognition of Memorial Day, Connoquenessing Elementary students and staff honored our veterans at an assembly on Friday, May 27. This Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  View more photos.

Emily Brittain Best Buddies Beautify Their School EB Best Buddies plant flowers

Emily Brittain Best Buddies planted sunflower seeds in April. They watered their seeds throughout the next few weeks. On May 19, the Best Buddies planted their sunflowers outside to help beautify the school Great job, EB Best Buddies!

McQuistion 80s Glow Night Dance Mother Son Dance

McQuistion Elementary held a fun mother & son dance this spring. The 80s glow night dance was sponsored by All About Reclaimed.

BIHS Tornado Times - Vol. 3 (April 2022) Tornado Times

Mr. Rossini's Journalism 2 class is proud to present the third volume of The Tornado Times student newspaper!

 

Click to read The Tornado Times - April 2022 (Vol. 3).

Click to read the Tornado Times archives.

SPARK Club Earns Reward for Their Great Work SPARK

Members of Emily Brittain’s SPARK (Students Promoting Acts of Respect and Kindness) Club got to enjoy a walking field trip to Cummings Candy & Coffee on Thursday as a reward for their hard work. These 3rd and 4th grade student “workers” assisted younger students in their classrooms each morning, helping them practice things like spelling words, math facts and letter writing. Great job!

Food Science food science

Eighth grade students in Mrs. Walker's Family and Consumer Sciences class took time to learn about food science.

The students were given a opportunity to note the difference between quail eggs and chicken eggs. They dissected the different different parts and took time to learn about the function of each part:  Some of the parts students learned about included the shell, membrane, chalazae, yolk, thick albumen and thin albumen.

BMS Best Buddies BMS Best Buddies

The BMS "Games, Games, Games" Best Buddies event was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success. That's a wrap on our official Middle School chapter, but we hope all of our students will stay involved in Best Buddies at the IHS next year!

View more photos and videos.

Students Create Test for Kennywood's Educational Day Kennywood

Five Senior High School students volunteered to help Kennywood with a special project.

Madeline Albert, Darby Miller, Jacob Pomykata, Chiara Sloboda and Madison Weiland worked together to create a Physics and Statistical test for students to use as a part of Kennywood Park's Annual Educational Day.

McQuistion Elementary Luau McQuistion Luau

McQuistion Elementary School’s end of the school year Luau was a foaming fun time for students and their families! The Luau included games, balloon animals, concession, foam party, DJ, and hula hooping.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success!

Ms. Wehrli Wins Rookie Teacher of the Year Award Jensen

Jensen Wehrli, an emotional support teacher at Center Avenue Community School, won the Rookie Teacher of the Year award from the Education Partnership!

Remake Learning Days Remake Learning Days

Broad Street Elementary School, Emily Brittain Elementary School, McQuistion Elementary School and the Intermediate High School all participated in Remake Learning Days -- the Nation’s biggest family-friendly festival of learning.

Emily Brittain Flag Raising Flag

Emily Brittain students and staff gathered outside to watch as Butler City Fire Department raised their new flag! View more photos.

BASD Algebra Camp Algebra

Dear Future Algebra student,

Are you interested in preparing for a great year of challenges and problem solving in Algebra I next year? Click to download the registration form

Center Township Safety Day 2022 CT First Responder

Center Township Elementary School hosted a Safety Day event in May. The students were excited to learn about their community’s first responders and the contributions they make to keep everyone safe.

Broad Street Scholars Shine glow day

Mrs. Scheidt's third grade scholars at Broad Street Elementary School have been SHINING all year! They recently practiced multiplication, analyzed poetry and nonfiction text, and identified the main idea and details with a GLOW DAY celebration.

View more photos.

Congratulations to our 2022 Prom King and Queen! Matteo Setti and Piper Geibel

Congratulations to Matteo Setti and Piper Geibel on being named Butler's 2022 Prom King and Queen!

Piper Geibel was crowned queen and Matteo Setti was crowned king at the Butler High School prom Friday night at Butler County Community College. The prom theme was “Once Upon a Time.” 

Piper is the daughter of Timothy and Bree Geibel of Butler.

Matteo is the son of Maurizio Setti and Francesca Lucarelli of Milan, Italy. Matteo is an exchange student hosted by Jonathan and Kathryn Smail of Butler.

View more Prom photos on Flickr.

McQuistion Elementary's DQ Teacher Night Ice Cream

McQuistion Elementary School's Dairy Queen Teacher Night was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy an ice cream treat! We'd also like to thank the Dairy Queen in Summit Township for making this event possible!

Butler to Host Four Events as part of Remake Learning Days Remake Learning Days

Butler Area School District will host four events as part of Remake Learning Days Across America, the Nation’s biggest family-friendly festival of learning.

 

5/12: Emily Brittain Family STEAM Night

5/18: Broad Street Community Garden

5/18: McQuistion Spring Remake Learning Night

5/19: Making Connections at Butler Intermediate High School

Earth Day Rocks Earth Day Rocks

Students and staff at Center Avenue Community School celebrated Earth Day by painting rocks to add as decoration to the new raised garden beds.

Elementary and high school students helped Mr. Andrews assemble the garden beds and fill them with soil earlier this month. Fifth and sixth grade students have planted cucumber, tomato, pepper, carrot, lettuce, and dill seeds in indoor greenhouses with hopes to transplant them soon.

Fishing is Fun fishing is fun

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Butler Area School District initiated the Fishing is Fun in Butler program in several of the elementary buildings.  This program was started as an extension of the Fly Tying club that has been in existence for several years at the Butler Intermediate High School, and complimented the Fisheries Science program components at both the Butler Middle School and Butler Senior High Schools.

PDE Bureau of Special Education Recognizes BIHS P2G Badge

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education recognized Butler Intermediate High School's participation in the Pennsylvania State Personnel Development Grant, Middle School Success: The Path to Graduation {P2G).

McQuistion Kindergarten Celebrates Earth Day earth day

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Mrs.Matteson’s kindergarten class at McQuistion Elementary School spent the week learning about how the 3Rs -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- help to keep our Earth a healthy place to live. 

IHS Bee Mural bee mural

Intermediate High School students from Miss LeFebvre and Mrs. Kingman's room used their creativity and art skills to create a bee mural to bring some positivity to the IHS for the last few weeks of school! 

Introducing the 2022 Butler Prom Court prom court

Butler High School will crown its prom king and queen on May 6 at Butler County Community College.

The theme of this year’s prom is “Once Upon a Time.” Members of the prom court are back row, from left, Cooper Baxter, Luke Bowden, Guinness Brown, Jacob Jones, Charles Kreinbucher, Tristan McGarrah, Aaron Montag, Matteo Setti, Clark Stanton and Xavier Wertz-Raupp; and front row, from left, Autumn Birch, Delaney Brown, Marley Fish, Emma Gaudino, Piper Geibel, Alli Morrow, Chloe Panei, Sydney Spack, Aubree Tack and Olivia White.

Congratulations to this year's prom court!

Spring Concerts at BASD spring concerts

We are looking forward to all of our Butler Area School District spring concerts!

One Act Comedies One Act Comedies

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Friday, April 29, then come see Butler High Theater’s “Evening of One-Act Comedies.”  The show starts at 7:30 pm in the Senior High auditorium and only costs $1.

BIHS Tornado Times Vol. 2 (April 2022) Tornado Times -- April 2022

Mr. Rossini's Journalism 2 class is proud to present the first volume of The Tornado Times student newspaper!

Click on the link below to read the Tornado Times!

The Tornado Times - April 2022

McQuistion Elementary Science Fair science

Congratulations to all the Science Fair participants at McQuistion Elementary! They presented amazing projects on a variety of topics. Their hard work and inquisitive minds really shined!

Exploring All Angles angles

Mrs. Tonini's 4th grade math students at Emily Brittain recently learned how to measure angles using a protractor. To practice this new skill, students had to find and measure all the angles made with tape at their seats. Next the students worked with a partner to double check their work. Who knew that measuring angles could be so much fun!

BC3 Features Early College Pioneers BC3

BC3 recently featured the Early College Pioneers program.

BC3 teaches dual-enrollment students importance of financial literacy

(Butler, PA) The average debt for Generation Z in the United States – those ages 18 to 23, according to a cnbc.com report in October – is just over $16,000, and for their immediate elders, the millennials, almost $87,500.

A Butler County Community College financial literacy course stresses the importance of budgeting, saving, investing and comparing career choices to financial decisions.

Nearly 40 Butler Area Senior High School seniors this spring are taking BC3’s financial literacy course on BC3’s main campus as part of an inaugural dual-enrollment Early College Pioneers program that debuted in August.

“I had no idea what this class was,” Early College Pioneer Delaney Dunmire said. “We were all kind of looking the class up. ‘What is this?’ We had never heard of it before.”

Visit BC3's newsroom to read more.

Bread Comes to Life! bread comes to life

After reading the story “Bread Comes to Life”, kindergarten students at CAPS (Summit) discussed the ingredients that are needed to make bread and the process behind the loaves we buy at the store.  They focused on the ingredient wheat; the process of growing and harvesting wheat to make flour.  Students then had the opportunity to make their own “bread in a bag”, where they got to experience mixing the ingredients, kneading the dough, forming the loaf of bread, and allowing it to rise.  Students then took their bread home to bake and enjoy!

SHS Students Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society LLS

Three Butler Senior High School students recently took part in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2022 Students of the Year program.

Guinness Brown, Peyton Pry and Olivia White's team -- Care to Cure -- raised an incredible $12,821.47 in honor of a local five-year old, Aria, who is battling B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Congratulations to these students!

What's So Cool About Manufacturing -- Please Vote! what's so cool

Butler Intermediate High School had two first place finishes at the What's So Cool About Manufacturing awards ceremony!  Each of the Butler groups took home a win -- one for Viewer's Choice and one for Best Promotion.

 

Congratulations to both teams and thank you to everyone who voted!

 

 

Broad Street Scholars Support Local Leukemia Fundraiser Broad Street
Four Broad Street Elementary School families answered their principal's call to support the 3 on 3 for leukemia fundraiser!
 
The event was a great experience for these scholars who learned to the importance of giving back to their community.
Best Buddies Decorate Windows best buddies

Butler Middle School Best Buddies worked together in teams to decorate the windows of the catwalks to the cafeteria using the theme “Kindness Blooms at the BMS”.

The whole school will vote for their favorite design and that team will enjoy a pizza party.

BMS Students Place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Local Essay Contest essay winners

A few of Mrs. Yeager's sixth grade students recently competed in an essay contest for the Butler Elks.

Alexandra Melnick won first place, Cooper Barber won second, and Addalyn Cyphert won third place in the local lodge contest.

BMS Students Represent BASD at PMEA Chorus Festival PMEA group

Thirty-four Butler Middle School 5th & 6th grade students represented the district at the PMEA Elementary Chorus Festival on April 1. The students had a wonderful music-filled day of singing!

Paint & Play Rewind Paint and Play

Broad Street Elementary School hosted a Paint & Play event that was planned by a group parents, teachers, and supported by Slippery Rock University students.

Broad Street scholars and their parents were invited to a catered dinner and painting session. We had a great turnout. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible!

Service Dog Visits Center Avenue Boone the service dog

Center Avenue Community School students and staff were ecstatic to welcome Boone, the American Humane Hero Dog of the Year 2021, to their school! 

BASD Mock Trial Success mock trial

Butler’s Mock Trial team had a very successful season! Our students won the county competition 13 out of the last 14 years. In addition, they made it to the state finals 3 out of the last 4 years.

BIHS Tornado Times - Vol. 1 (March 2022) tornado times

Mr. Rossini's Journalism 2 class is proud to present the first volume of The Tornado Times student newspaper!

Click on the link below to read the Tornado Times!

The Tornado Times - Spring 2022

Three Rivers German Day German 2

Intermediate High School students in German 2 recently competed at Three Rivers German Day, which was held at Washington & Jefferson College on March 3, 2022.

The students competed with other schools throughout the region. Butler placed 5th overall in the German Trivia Bowl. Max Mayo, 9th Grader, placed 3rd in the German Proverb Poster Competition.

Congratulations to everyone who participated! 

Students Compete at Regional PJAS Competition pjas

Seven students in 8th-10th grade represented Butler Area School District at the regional meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

Bird Observation at Summit Bird Observation

Ms. Heilman-Houser's second grade class at Summit has been feeding and observing birds this school year. 

They recently started a unit on measurement in math. Students were able to use their measuring skills to measure yarn and alpaca fiber and record their measurements in inches. Then they placed the fiber and yarn into whisks to make nesting whisks for the birds to help them build their nests. They hung their whisks in the trees around the school so students could observe birds using them.

View more photos

Conno Fossil Exploration Fossils

Second grade students at Connoquenessing Elementary School recently read the story, "The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs." To help the students connect to the story, Mrs. Tamila Normand shared her fossil connection. The students had the opportunity to sort, classify, and sketch the fossils.

 

McQuistion Mystery Singers McQuistion Song

Mystery Singers are a long-standing tradition at McQuistion Elementary. Back in 2006, former principal Mr. Kirk Fox dug up a Time Capsule containing a school song written by former music teacher Mr. Frank Seitam. Mrs. Persichini began organizing student volunteers who began to sing the song on the morning announcements and our tradition continues to this day! We enjoy making music an important part of our school culture at McQuistion. 

 
McQuistion alumni: Do you remember our school song? Were you a Mystery Singer while attending McQuistion?
IHS Students Participate in Engineering Challenge winners

Gifted students at the Intermediate High School recently participated in the Fluor Engineering Challenge. 

The 19th Annual Fine Arts and Beyond (FAB) Showcase FAB

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce that the 19th Annual Fine Arts and Beyond (FAB) Showcase is just around the corner! Save the date for Saturday, April 2nd at the Intermediate High School. We are thrilled to be able to host this event in person once again!

The Power of One Caring Adult the power of one caring adult

Save the date for "The Power of One Caring Adult," which will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

  • Seneca Valley Intermediate High School -- In Person
  • Butler Intermediate High School -- Livestream
  • Slippery Rock Area High School -- Livestream
CT Girls' Yogi Club T Yogi Club
Thanks to support from a The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. grant, Mrs. Rachel Faulk was able to start an Intro to Yoga workshop for fourth grade girls at Center Township Elementary.
 
The "CT Yogi Girls' Club" focused on having fun while learning the practice of mindfulness, breath, and movement as well as teamwork and a growth mindset. The club was a success with 38 girls participating!
Tornado Connection -- Winter 2022 General Tornado

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. 

Click to read the Winter 2022 issue of the Tornado Connection.

Click to read the Tornado Connection archives.

Northwest Elementary Celebrates Kindess Month kindness

Northwest Elementary celebrated kindness month throughout February. Students participated in kindness activities that involved spreading kindness throughout the school and thanking every staff member in the building. 

Center Township Family Game Night family game night

Center Townships Elementary School had a fun Family Game Night in February. Center Township PTO and reading specialists teamed up to provide an evening of family fun and learning for students, families and friends.

Butler Area School District Musical Instrument Drive instrument drive

March is Music In Our Schools Month and as part of our month-long celebration of music, we are excited to announce that we are planning to relaunch our elementary music education program!

We have already had a significant number of students express an interest in learning to play an instrument. We have also had many students who are interested, but are unable to provide their own instrument.

Student Musicans Represent BASD at PMEA District Jazz and District Band pmea congrats

Congratulations to all of the band students who represented Butler Area School District at PMEA!

Butler All-School Musical -- School House Rock Live! school house rock
The All-School Musical -- School House Rock Live! -- is this week!
 
Friday, March 18 and Saturday, Marcy 19 at 7:30 pm in the Senior High School Auditorium.
 
Tickets are $12 and will be on sale at May's Music Shoppe starting March 7 or at the door the night of the performance.
 
Wishing our cast and crew a wonderful show!
Summit Elementary proudly displays Mr. Savisky's artwork along with an inspiring message for students Jake Savisky

When Summit Township elementary students look for inspiration, they can look no further than their own art teacher, Mr. Jake Savisky. Mr. Savisky's abstract expressionism masterpieces are featured at Curio--an art space in Zelienople owned by retired BASD art teacher Lauren Shorr and her husband, Jason.

Equations Competition equations participants

Gifted students from the Intermediate High School and Senior High School recently competed in the Equations competition at Slippery Rock University.  Students playing Equations use numerical and operation cubes to form solutions that equal a goal set by the players.

The following students earned undefeated scores in the game: Deagan Moore, Julia Bianchin, and Liam Madden.

Congratulations to all!

Student Musicans Represent BASD at PMEA Region Orchestra pmea

Congratulations to all of the students who were selected to represent Butler Area School District at PMEA Region Orchestra on February 25!

  • Arianna Angert, cello
  • Haley Baxter, viola
  • Meghan Bortmes, violin
  • Ashleigh Day, viola
  • Matt Davis, violin
  • Carly Kriebel, violin
  • Alison Smith, cello
Broad Street Career Week brian white

Broad Street scholars got to dream with a variety of guest speakers during their Career Week. Scholars enjoyed both virtual and in person presentations throughout the week.

Brandon Mendoza, an Executive Director of NAIOP, kicked off Career Week with an assembly in the gym. He inspired the scholars to never give up on their dreams.

Fishing is Fun -- Volunteers Needed! fishing

The BASD is in need of volunteers for the Fishing is Fun in Butler after school club program.  This spring, this club program is taking place at 3 school buildings - Broad Street Elementary, Emily Brittain Elementary, and Summit Elementary.

Butler Orchestra POPS Concert POPS

The Butler Orchestra proudly presents their annual POPS Concert. This year's theme is "student playlist" featuring music selected by the students including hits by The Weeknd, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes and more. The concert features student musicians in grades 7-12.

Music starts at 7:00 pm on February 17 in the Intermediate High School Auditorium.

Suggested donation: $5
Andreas Pastries will be available for purchase in the lobby. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Orchestra Program.

View the Facebook event. Link to Facebook event:

BASD Receives PA Farm Bill's Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Funding CAPS

Butler Area School District received a $50,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill's Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program. This funding will be used to support our food market, which will be located at Broad Street Elementary School.

"These grant funds directly address food system gaps, encourage community collaboration, and create opportunities for people to become social entrepreneurs," said PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. "And, most importantly, these funds address food system injustices by increasing agricultural awareness and improving local food access."

BIHS Students Raise Awareness and Funds For a Good Cause Kamden's Krusade group

Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome (OMS) is not a common disease…in fact the probability of having it is about 1 in 5 million.  The onset of this disease is often abrupt and severe.  OMS causes a person’s immune system to begin to attack their nervous system and brain (childrenshospital.org).  

Calling All Five Year Olds! K registration

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about kindergarten enrollment for the 2022–2023 school year. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022, it is time to contact your neighborhood school. If you know a kindergarten-aged child in your neighborhood, please pass this flyer along to their parents.

BMS Best Buddies BMS Best Buddies

Butler Middle School held their first Best Buddies event of the year in January 2022. The students enjoyed a donut party!

Thank you to Donut Connection for donating the donuts!

View more photos.

Butler Students Selected for PMEA District 2, 4 & 5 Orchestra PMEA

Congratulations to the Senior High School students who were selected to represent Butler at PMEA District 2,3,5 Orchestra!

Connecting With Conifers Connecting With Conifers

The first graders at Summit Elementary are busy learning about conifer trees! 

It all started with a question...are pinecones seeds? 

From that point, the students have been integrating tree knowledge about conifers over the past few weeks.  Students discovered how to "tap out" the seeds from pinecones, worked on tree identification to discover that the huge conifer tree near Summit is an Eastern White Pine, read many books and watched video clips from experts on the topic. Students also worked on science experiments to compare and contrast the width of a dry, warm pine cone versus a wet cold pine cone to show how pinecones can close their ‘scales’ tightly to protect their seeds, keeping out cold temperatures, winds, ice, and even animals that might eat the seeds.  

Busy Bees and Strawberries -- Summit Students Support Indoor Garden Summit Strawberries

Mrs. Michelini's first grade students at Summit Elementary have been busy bees at the school's Lettuce Grow station this year!

A Message from the Superintendent -- Jan. 7, 2022 A Message from the Superintendent

With covid cases on the rise in Butler County, I’d like to take a minute to remind you to please keep your child home from school if he or she is sick. I know it can be a hardship for families and also difficult for students who want to be in school, but if your child is experiencing covid symptoms – or any other illness – please refrain from sending them to school. 

Best Buddies Eggstravaganza Best Buddies Eggstravaganza

Butler Best Buddies Eggstravaganza

Easter Egg Dash (5K Race)
Bunny Hop (1 Mile Fun Run/Walk)
&
Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 2
Butler Senior High Campus

Click to register.

Download the flyer.

Emily Brittian Launches New Best Buddies Chapter EB Best Buddies

Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School kicked off its new Best Buddies chapter just before winter break. The students made fleece blankets that were donated to The Net Outreach, a local nonprofit. The fleece was generously donated by Joann Fabrics. Great job, EB!

SHS Tournament Raises Money for Caring Angels corn hole champs

The Senior High School raised more than $1,300 for Caring Angels just before winter break!

The Senior High Student Council organized a corn hole tournament where all of the entry fees were donated to Caring Angels. Sixty-six teams participated in a round robin stage before the team with the best record from each round robin group moved on to the championship bracket. 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Jan. 2, 2022 A Message from the Superintendent

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. As I reflect on last school year and this fall, I can’t express how thankful and grateful I am that our students are back in school. Not merely for being allowed back in school, but also for the extraordinary work of students, teachers, parents and a large cast of other employees and community members who have made it possible to return and stay open.

Deck the SHS Halls! Grinch

The Senior High School Spanish Club sponsored a Deck the Halls Holiday Decorating Contest.  All 5th period classes were invited to decorate their showcase window, bulletin board, classroom door, ceiling, and walls around their rooms to express their holiday spirit.  Each room could choose a theme or simply decorate and everyone supplied their own decorations.

IHS Student Council Gives Back STUCO

The Intermediate High School Student Council made holiday gift bags for our local shut ins. The bags included lip balm, hand lotion and sanitizer, puzzle books, small snack items, socks, and more!

Inspired Hearts and Hands Brings Christmas Cheer Broad Street

It will be a very merry Christmas for all of the scholars at Broad Street Elementary School and Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School this year! Scholars at Broad Street Elementary School and Emily Brittain Elementary School received gifts off of their Christmas lists thanks to help from Inspired Hearts and Hands.

Remembering Dr. Fink fink

We are saddened to learn that Dr. Edward Fink passed away on December 20, 2021. 

Dr. Fink worked at Butler Area School District from September 2, 1969 until June 30, 2012. He touched the lives of many throughout his nearly 43 years with the district. 

He began his career at Butler as a Junior High History Teacher and held many roles before ultimately becoming the Superintendent of Butler Area School District.

Senior High Student Performs in PMEA Honors Band Nathaniel Grossman

Senior High School student Nathaniel Grossman placed second chair in the euphonium section at the PMEA Honors Band concert. The concert took place at Westminster College on Saturday, December 18th. The PMEA Honors Band is an auditioned ensemble that prepares and plays college level music. Congratulations, Nathaniel! 

SHS Makerspace Ornaments Max makes holiday ornament

Butler Senior High School gifted students are working in the school's makerspace to create holiday ornaments.  The students are learning skills such as soldering, circuitry, and problem-solving to create these holiday-themed kits. 

Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent Congrats

Eleven Butler seniors recently signed their National Letters of Intent. Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes! View photos

LinguiSHTIK Competition LinguiSHTIK -- All Participants

Gifted students from the Intermediate High School and Senior High School went to Slippery Rock University in December to compete in the LinguiSHTIK competition. 

LinguiSHTIK requires students to create sentences using the rules of grammar that meet the specific demands of the game.

 

 

 

Center Township's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" CT Merry Christmas

Center Township Elementary School's faculty and staff enjoyed reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas for all to enjoy!

Click to watch.

Butler Eagle: Students Get Taste of Harvest Dave McCool's Class

Mr. McCool's fifth grade social studies class was featured in the Butler Eagle. Click to read.

Summit Students Adopt a Cow! adopt a cow

This year Ms. Heilman-Houser’s class at Summit Elementary School is participating in the Adopt a Cow program from Discover Dairy.

After reading Click, Clack, Moo in their reading books, students worked in groups to create a home for our stuffed cow that represents our adopted cow, Olive. The students did an amazing job working together to use classroom materials and make a home for Olive!

2020/2021 Senior High Yearbooks Have Arrived 2021 yearbook
Attention Class of 2021 Graduates: Senior High 2020-2021 yearbooks have arrived!
 
*This is for Graduates Only.  Current students will receive yearbooks in their first period class after the winter break.
 
Yearbooks can be picked up in the Main Office at the Senior High between 9 am and 2 pm beginning Monday, December 20th.  Please Note: The office will be closed from Wednesday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 2nd. 
8th and 9th Grade Chorus Concert chorus

The 8th and 9th grade Choral Concert is just around the corner!

Grades 8 & 9 Choral Concert
Thursday, December 16, 2021
7:30 pm
Intermediate High School Auditorium

Directed by: Mrs. Tepper
Accompanist: Dr. Helsel

Lettuce Grow Farmstand Harvest at CAPS Lettuce Grow
Mrs. Eyth's class got to sample their first harvest!
 
The harvest was from our Lettuce Grow Farmstand, which was donated to the school by Lettuce Grow. This is a hydroponic system that gives students and staff the ability to participate in agriculture throughout the year. Students currently have lettuce, spinach and strawberries growing in the system.
 
This is part of the CAPS (Community Agriculture Partnership at Summit) program!
BASD Technology Survey for Grades K-6 K-6 Technology Survey

Dear BASD Families of Students in Grades K-6:

If you have not yet completed the district's technology survey for students in grades K-6, please take a moment to do so as soon as possible.

SURVEY LINK: https://forms.gle/s6YgT8WBkXk2LaMf7

If you already completed the survey, no further action is needed. Thank you!

A Message from the Superintendent -- Dec. 12, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

Dear BASD Families, 

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health’s masking mandate for schools is void and unenforceable.  

Therefore, the district will revert back to its school board approved Health and Safety Plan. That plan stipulates that wearing a mask is recommended, but not required for students in school.  

Winter Orchestra Concert Video Winter Concert

The BASD Orchestra Winter Concert was spectacular! The concert featured orchestra students in grades 7-12 along with the Butler Rock Orchestra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTq2bn-S_yE&t=162s

Emily Brittain Tree Competition Emily Brittain Trees

Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School students and families decorated ornaments for the themed trees at the school. Click to vote for your favorite!

Interior Design Challenge gingerbread

BASD 9th grade interior design students are participating in a holiday themed challenge. The students designed and built gingerbread houses. Vote for your favorite between now and December 21!

Click to vote!

Michele Harold Receives Lifechanger of the Year Award! Lifechanger

Butler Area School District nursing department chair and McQuistion Elementary School nurse Michele Harold has been selected as the 2021 LifeChanger of the Year Spotlight Award winner. 

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation that recognizes and rewards outstanding K-12 educators and school district employees who have demonstrated a proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students. 

Cookies with Santa at Center Township Cookies with Santa

The Center Township PTO hosted a fun, activities-filled evening at the school.

The families were treated to cookies and hot chocolate with all the fixings while playing Christmas themed games and creating ornaments. Students created gingerbread people to hang in our Center Court to decorate the school.

7th Grade Chorus Concert 7th grade concert

Save the date! The 7th Grade Chorus Concert is coming up on December16 at 6:00 pm in the Intermediate High School auditorium. We hope to see you there!

Senior High Choir Concert SHS Choir

Save the date! The Senior High School Choir's Winter Concert is coming up on December15 at 7:00 pm in the Intermediate High School auditorium. We hope to see you there!

BASD Winter Weather Plan winter weather plan

In an effort to maximize in person instruction for our students, we will have traditional snow days this year. This means students will not have school, nor will they have to learn remotely. The days will be made up according to our calendar

If we have a particularly bad winter with more than a few snow days, it is possible that we will implement a flexible instructional day (FIDS). In that case, we will distribute devices and/or learning materials to students. More details will be shared if we get to the point where we have to implement a flexible instructional day.

Summit Students Give Thanks Give Thanks

Mrs. Reges's fourth grade class at Summit Elementary School recently completed a cooperative family project. Each student made a turkey feather together with their own family to display what they are thankful for. Then the class put their feathers together to make a turkey.

The students also completed a fun fall project where they got to learn about deciduous trees. The students found leaves around the school and at home, and then they used them to create a leaf animal.  

Great job, fourth grade! 

Broad Street Thanksgiving Floats floats

Mrs. Riederer’s first grade class at Broad Street Elementary School used the design process to create balloon floats. Then the scholars paraded their floats around the school -- just like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Broad Street Pays It Forward Pay It Forward

Broad Street Elementary School scholars and staff showed their appreciation for our community during their "Pay-It-Forward" week.  The scholars gave thanks for their lunch mentors, backpack volunteers, fire department, police department, VA hospital, and Butler Memorial Hospital throughout the week. Using the Design Process, the scholars created banners, Christmas cards, ornaments and placemats as gifts to show their appreciation. 

Great job, BSES scholars! And, thank you to all of the amazing people who work hard to support our community and our school! 

McQuistion Best Buddies McQuistion Best Buddies

McQuistion Elementary School students and staff participated in a Penny War to benefit McQuistion Best Buddies. The winning class was Mr. Bandura's room! As a reward, Mr. Bandura's students got to transform their teacher into a turkey! 

After the Penny War, the school held an exciting Best Buddy Event. Students made new friends while playing "pin the feather on the turkey," creating placemats that were given to Sunnyview, and socializing with friends while enjoying Eat n Park cookies.

Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent congratulations

Eleven Butler seniors recently signed their National Letters of Intent. Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes! View photos

9th Grade Students Visit Fallingwater Fallingwater

Ms. Lindsey Walker had always hoped to take her 9th grade interior design class to Fallingwater.

When Dr. White offered all BASD teachers the chance to submit a “DREAM” proposal and win $500 to turn their dream into a reality, Ms. Walker jumped at the chance. Her proposal was selected and her dream became a reality!

Middle School Students Decorate Coffee Sleeves to Thank Health Care Workers BMS Thanks

The students at Butler Middle School decorated coffee sleeves for Butler Health System workers through the Be Tuff Stand Up program. 

Be Tuff Stand Up is part of Middle School's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program that engages students in a positive way in order to promote a sense of community within our school and community at large. BMS students created about 700 coffee sleeves that will be handed out through Cummings' Coffee Shop's hospital location.

NJHS Recognizes Children's Grief Awareness Day It's okay not to be okay

The officers of the National Junior Honor Society presented Shawn Sledzianowski, the school services coordinator for Highmark Caring Place - Warrendale Office, with a donation of just over $1000. Butler's National Junior Honor Society has been an active member of the Caring Team of Pittsburgh since 2005, and helps raise money and promotes awareness for Highmark's Caring Place and its mission. The donation was made in honor of Children's Grief Awareness Day was November 18, 2021.

Butler Orchestra Winter Concert orchestra concert

Butler Orchestra Winter Concert
December 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium

Featuring holiday favorites performed by:

  • 7th Grade Orchestra
  • 8th & 9th Grade Orchestra
  • Senior High Orchestra
  • Butler Rock Orchestra
Hometown High Q Hometown High Q

Our Hometown High Q team earned a close second place in their recent Hometown High Q competition. Congratulations to senior Rebekah Kalberer, junior Charles Simms and sophomore David Krainbucher!

IHS Tornado Connection -- Fall 2021 Tornado Connection -- Fall 2021

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. 

Click to read the Fall 2021 issue of the Tornado Connection.

Northwest Students Recognize Veterans Day Veterans Day

Mrs. Bauer's second grade class at Northwest Elementary worked on a lap book project in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to all those who have served and are serving our country!

Broad Street Honors Veterans Broad Street on Veterans Day

Broad Street Elementary School students and staff honored Veterans and showed their appreciation for all those who have served our country. 

Happy Veterans Day from the IHS 7th Grade Chorus Veterans Day

The Butler Intermediate High School Chorus would like to thank all of our veterans. The group recorded a video performance to show their appreciation for our veterans.

"You sacrificed to serve our nation. You make us proud in many ways. Because of you, we have our freedom. And so we thank you. And we honor you. You are the heart and soul of America. And we are a grateful nation. Thank you." - The 7th Grade Chorus

Butler Intermediate Drama Club Presents... Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. Willy Wonka Jr.

Butler Intermediate Drama Club Presents... Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. 

Friday, November 19 at 3:15 and 7:00 pm

Tickets can be requested at a presale price of $3.00 for students and $5.00 for adults. Children 4 and under can attend for free. The Presale Google Form will be available to the general public through the district website on November 15 and 16. The presale Google Form is only available through November 16. After November 16, ALL tickets will be $5 and only available at the door.

Willy Wonka Presale Ticket Form  Please note: Presale tickets will be accepted on November 15 and 16. The link will only be available on 11/15 and 11/16. 

BMS Honors Veterans Day 2021 Veterans Day

Each year, Butler Middle School has an assembly honoring Veterans Day. Although the whole school cannot gather in the auditorium this year, that won't stop them from taking the time to recognize our local veterans and learn about the meaning of this important day. 

Vote for CJ Singleton for PA High School Athlete of the Week! CJ Singleton

Butler Boys Cross Country runner, CJ Singleton, has been nominated for MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Athlete of the Week Award! The winner of this award is decided by fan vote. Help CJ win by voting as many times as possible between now and noon on Monday, November 15. The two athletes with the most votes will earn awards. 

Click here to vote!  Good luck, CJ! 

 

 

Northwest Elementary Donates Stockings Stockings

The students and staff of Northwest Elementary School recently donated over 75 stuffed Christmas stockings to the The Hang Tough Stocking Program. This program gives local cancer patients receiving chemo/radiation treatments stockings filled with goodies that they can enjoy while receiving their treatment at local cancer centers and hospice units. Great job, Northwest! 

CT Kindergarten Character Balloons balloon parade

Center Township Elementary kindergarten students in Mrs. Zalenchak’s class read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. The book tells the story of Tony Sarg whose artistic genius and hard work led to the creation of the character balloons that are the trademark of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The students created their own character balloons styled after the ones they read about in the book and provided a parade throughout the school today for everyone to enjoy.

SHS Choir Performs for Veterans Veterans Luncheon

The Butler Senior High Choir performed a program for Veterans at the Veterans Day luncheon hosted by State Representative Mustello. Students sang patriotic songs, a set of music they have been learning in class, and many soloists performed their favorite selections while the Veterans were enjoying their lunch.

The event was received well by the attendees. A marine who was in attendance even awarded Dr. Helsel and the choir a challenge pin in appreciation of their performance.

Born to be Wild - Butler's All-School Play Born to be Wild

Butler's All-School Play
Born to be Wild
November 12&13, 2021
Butler Senior High Auditorium
Tickets -- $8.00 at the door

View the flyer

SHS Students Give Back to the Community volunteers

Butler High School Senior Peyton Pry helped organize a 5K Race through Preston Park on October 24th. On the day of the event, several Senior High School students volunteered their time to support the community. 

IHS Artwork on Display at UPMC UPMC Artwork

Intermediate High School art students in grades eight and nine have their work proudly on display in UPMC hospitals.

"I am so proud of my students for representing Butler Area School District so well!" said their art teacher, Mrs. Robin Grantz.

PA Dept. of Agriculture Awards Grant to BASD caps

The PA Department of Agriculture awarded Butler Area School District a Farm to School grant in the amount of $15,000 to strengthen childhood nutrition and agricultural education.

Therapy Dogs Visit Emily Brittain therapy dogs

Emily Brittain earned a reward thanks to their positive behavior! As part of the school's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative, Therapy Dogs International visited the school as a reward -- and fun learning opportunity -- for students.

Thank you to all of the dogs and their owners for visit Emily Brittain!

BMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week

Butler Middle School is celebrating Red Ribbon Week by learning about how to be safe, healthy, and drug free.  Our students will be taking the National Campaign Pledge and tying red ribbons to the fence outside of the school.

SHS Student Selected for PMEA Honors Choir Charles Simms

Congratulations to Senior High School student, Charles Simms, on being selected for the PMEA Honors Choir!

Several hundred choir students from four counties of Western Pennsylvania auditioned to be part of the PMEA Honors Choir festival, which will be held Westminster College on October 30 at 2 pm. Students had to place in the top twelve of their section to earn a spot in the 96-voice select choral ensemble.

Thank you Skip Hesidenz Band Donation

A special thank you to Skip Hesidenz who recently made a generous $1,500 donation to the Golden Tornado Marching Band.

"It's amazing how our community loves helping our kids," said Mr. Jeff Kroner, BASD Band Director. "Thank you to Skip for his kind donation. We are so appreciative of his support."

Pictured: Skip (right), Sam Zurzolo (center), and Jeff Kroner (left)

After School Dinner Program After School Dinner Program

The After School Dinner Program is open to any child age 18 and under. No registration is required. 

After School Dinner Program
Every Tuesday and Thursday
3:45-5:00 pm
Broad Street & Emily Brittain
Beginning October 26, 2021

For more information, please call:

  • Food service: 724-214-3223
  • Broad Street: 724-214-3630
  • Emily Brittain: 724-214-4200
JROTC Campus Clean Up JORTC

JROTC students spent time cleaning up the Intermediate High School campus this week. Thank you to these students for their help! View more photos.

Please Complete a Free/Reduced Meals Application free reduced meals

Did you know that much of the funding our school district receives from the state and federal level is based on the number of students in our district who are eligible for free/reduced meals? 

Prior to the pandemic, 50% of our families were eligible for free/reduced meals. This year, only 42% are on record as being eligible for free/reduced meals. 

Students Compete in the On-sets Competition at SRU On-Set Winners

Butler Intermediate and Senior High School gifted students recently competed in the On-sets competition at Slippery Rock University. 

In On-sets, students use Set Theory to examine spatial relationships.  A number of students won awards at the competition.

The Golden Tornado Marching Band Performs at Butler Memorial Hospital band

The Golden Tornado Marching Band visited Butler Memorial Hospital to perform for staff, patients and visitors. The band wanted to show their appreciation for our healthcare workers and bring joy to everyone at the hospital. The performance was very well received. 

View photos on Flickr

Congratulations PMEA District Orchestra Students! PMEA Congrats

The following students have been selected to represent Butler Senior High School at the 2022 PMEA District 2,3,5 Orchestra on January 13-14 at Sharon High School. Congratulations to these students! 

  • Arianna Angert, cello
  • Haley Baxter, viola
  • Meghan Bortmes, violin
  • Ashleigh Day, viola
  • Matt Davis, violin
  • Hayleigh Gorog, violin
  • Richie Grigorovich, violin
  • Carly Kriebel, violin
  • Alison Smith, cello
  • Maysen Stewart, violin
Help BASD Nurse Win the Lifechanger of the Year Award! michele harold

Michele Harold, McQuistion School Nurse and our BASD School Nurse Department Chair, has been nominated for the Lifechanger of the Year Award!

Now we need your support to help Michele win this award! Please visit her profile (linked below) and click the green "Support Michele" button! You can also help Michele by clicking the light blue "leave a comment" button and writing a supportive comment for Michele. Visit her profile

As always, thank you for your support! Congratulations, Michele!

2021 Homecoming Prince and princess homecoming

Juniors Tyce Snyder and Annabelle Turner were named the 2021 Tornado Prince and Princess at Butler High School’s Homecoming on Friday, October 8.

In addition to Tyce and Annabelle, the members of Butler’s Homecoming Court included Carlie Baker, Zoe Scott, Morgan Coughenour, Brynn Morton, Mark Collins, Reid McDonald, Nate Grossman, and Lance Slater.

Congratulations to all of these students!

IHS Starfish Leaders Volunteer in the Community starfish volunteers

The NT Concepts and The Outreach Program, along with four Intermediate High School Starfish leaders, packaged over 10,500 meals for people in Butler County. A third of those meals will be given to Butler's Backpack Program.  

Thanks to IHS students Julia Black, Amara Dicerbo, Gabby Snyder, and Madison Thornton for spending their Saturday packaging meals!

The ABCD's of Scientific Drawings ABCDs

Mrs. Kubiak introduced her STEAM students in grades 2-4 to the ABCD's of scientific drawings with a fun song. 

A: Accurate
B: Big
C: Colorful
D: Detailed

 

Starfish Leaders Organize 7th Grade Days starfish leaders

The Intermediate High School 8th grade Starfish leaders organized the school's annual 7th Grade Days event. Over the course of two days, the Starfish leaders hosted each 7th grade student, introduced them to the school's anti-bullying program and worked through a variety of team-building activities.

The Great Learning Conversation The Great Learning Conversation

Broad Street Elementary School and Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School collaborated with Kidsburgh, the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership at Slippery Rock University, and Butler Public Library to facilitate the Great Learning Conversation. 

BASD Senior Helps Coordinate Community Event Peyton Pry

Butler High School Senior Peyton Pry is helping to organize a 5K Race through Preston Park on October 24th.  Pry, a student representative on the Butler Township Board of Commissioners, is looking for student volunteers to help out with a handful of jobs the day of the race.  She is also hoping students sign up to participate in the race sponsored by the Friends of Preston Park Foundation.

Center Avenue's Minute to Win It Minute to Win It

The students of Center Avenue Community School recently challenged their staff members in various Minute to Win It games. Students worked for 2 weeks to earn entries based on their ability to show 3B Behavior (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible),

Broad Street's Super Soaked Celebration Vanessa

There is joy in every learning experience at Broad Street Elementary School! 

When Broad Street scholars achieve their AAA (Attendance, Attitude, Academics) Goals, the Butler City Bureau of Fire trucks come to super soak their principal, teachers and security guard!

Get the Butler Buzz on Butler's Best Buddies Butler Buzz

Get the Butler Buzz on Butler's Best Buddies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM5FElSqhdU

Butler Buzz host, Tricia Pritchard, sits down with Olivia White, Senior High School student, to talk about a national program that builds one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Orchestra Spooktacular flyer

The Butler Music Department Proudly Presents...

Orchestra Spooktacular!
​​​​​​​Featuring the 9-12 Butler Orchestra

Thursday, October 28
Haunted Hallway Trick or Treat -- 6:30 pm
Orchestra starts at 7:00 pm
Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium

All are welcome! Come in costume! 

View the flyer

Tuff Tornado Run Success tuff tornado run

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s Tuff Tornado Run was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who supported the event! 

Center Township Summer Reading Celebration CT Reading Celebration

Center Township PTO and reading specialist joined forces to reward students for summer reading.

Center Township Elementary School students were given a Summer Reading Challenge by the reading specialists at the beginning of summer. The challenge was to see how many books they could read over summer break and record the titles in a reading log. The logs were collected at the beginning of this school year.

All students who participated in the summer reading challenge were rewarded today with an oobleck party hosted by the PTO and the reading specialist.

A Message from the Superintendent -- Sept. 30, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

We were made aware of a general threat to schools on September 30th that was posted online. Although the threat did not specifically identify Butler Area School District or any of our schools,  it appears that it may have been posted from somebody in our area. 

Important Transportation Information for MS, IHS & SHS transportation update

Dear BASD Families,

Due to the ongoing bus driver shortage, we are making permanent changes to some of our routes in order to maintain safe bus capacities. These changes will impact students at the Middle School, Intermediate High School and Senior High School. 

These changes will be effective beginning on Monday, October 4, 2021. Please login to your Tyler SIS account sometime after 12 PM on Friday, October 1 to confirm whether or not your child has new transportation information.

After School Program After School Program

Butler Area School District will offer an After School Program at Broad Street Elementary School and Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This program will be an opportunity for students to eat dinner and receive help with their homework. 

The After School Program begins on October 26 and will continue from 3:45-5:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday through the 2021-2022 school year. 

Growing A Green Future CAPS

We are excited to share that Butler Area School District’s “Growing a Green Future” project has been selected for a Remake Learning Moonshot Grant.

According to the Remake Learning Network, “Moonshot Grants support big, bold ideas in teaching and learning, ideas that address the challenges and the opportunities currently facing young people, educators, and caregivers.” 

BEA Sponsors Food Drive in Support of the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program food drive

Butler Education Association (BEA) is sponsoring a food drive at the Butler football game on Friday, October 1, 2021. Please bring a single serve non-perishable item to the football game to support the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program. 

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tuff Tornado Run! Tuff Tornado Run

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation's Tuff Tornado Run is almost here. Register by Wednesday, September 15 to receive a free t-shirt. 

The Tuff Tornado Run will take place on Saturday, October 2 from 1-4 pm at Alameda Park. Click for more information.

Ready Freddy Kindergarten Club Kindergarten Camp

The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a big event! To help students and parents prepare for the change, the Butler Area School District offered a Kindergarten Club over the summer.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- September 2, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

I hope that your children are having a great start to the school year.  Last week I was excited to see so much enthusiasm as our students returned to school.  Hopefully, that excitement and enthusiasm will carry us through some of the challenges we are facing.  

We all wanted a normal school year for this year, but right now, we are pretty far away from normal. My hope is this communication will provide you an update on a variety of items and our plans moving forward.

Golden Tornado Marching Band Photos band

The Golden Tornado Marching Band has had a busy few weeks as they kick of the 2021-2022 season!

View photos from their dress rehearsal, Pie Fest and first football game

Kids' Weekend Backpack Program donation list

We are excited to share the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program will continue to support BASD students during the 2021-2022 school year!

If you would like to help, donations may be dropped off in the lobby of any BASD K-4 elementary school. A list of suggested food items is included. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

Click to read the welcome letter and see a list of suggested donations.

One2One Device Protection Program device protection program

Butler Area School District is partnering with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident and loss protection for our district's one-to-one device program. Registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the full cost to repair or replace your child's district-issued device and limit your responsibility to per-occurrence deductible, should loss occur.

Pie Fest Rescheduled pie fest

Dear BASD Community, 

Pie Fest has been canceled for this evening and rescheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, August 26). All tickets that were purchased in advance will transfer to tomorrow evening. 

Thank you!

Summer Camp Success! Summer Camp

We had so much fun at BASD summer camp learning and growing with our students. The students participated in various learning activities, such as designing and making creature catchers. View photos on Flickr.

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 17, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

This summer, we have received a substantial amount of change in the guidance and recommendations for the upcoming school year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The most recent recommendation is that all students and staff -- regardless of their vaccination status -- should wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Golden Tornado Marching Band Photo History full band 2018-2019

The Golden Tornado Marching Band has a long history at Butler. From local performances at the Art Bernardi Stadium to national and even international performances, the band has been entertaining crowds for nearly a century. We are excited to share photos of the Golden Tornado Marching Band taken over the last 90 years! We hope you enjoy this incredible piece of Butler's history. 

View the Golden Tornado Marching Band photo archive

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 5, 2021 a message from the superintendent

Our goal this fall is to operate on a normal schedule every day. Unfortunately, like many businesses and other organizations, we are being impacted by staffing shortages.  

There are two areas in particular that are in need of workers -- transportation and food service. 

Dr. White Receives Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award Dr. White

The Butler PM Rotary recently named Dr. Brian White an honorary Paul Harris Fellow. President Leslie Osche along with President Elect Tom Edwards presented Dr. White with his Honorary Paul Harris lanyard and pin at the 100+1 celebration event in July.

Broad Street & Emily Brittain Summer Fest summer fest

The Summer Fest event was a huge success! Nearly 250 families from Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School and Broad Street Elementary School attended the event.

Free Meals for BASD Students for the 2021-22 School Year BASD Food Service

We are pleased to inform you that Butler Area School District will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year.  This program is available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by USDA on April 20, 2021.

Back to School! back to school

Welcome back to school! Each year Butler Area School District releases this annual publication in August to share what's new for the upcoming school year and highlight some of the accomplishments from the prior year. Enjoy!

Save the Date! save the date

Save the date for Jump Start Kindergarten, Orientations, Back to School Nights, Soft Starts and more. Click "read more" below to see the full list of dates and times. Additional information will be shared at a later date. 

BASD High School Renewal High School Renewal

Thank you for all of your support of the students and families in our community over the last year and a half. From donating food, books and technology to providing resources and support for those, it has been truly remarkable to watch our community come together to help one another during an incredibly challenging time.

Senior High Best Buddies Wins National Chapter of the Year Best Buddies Chapter of the Year

Butler Senior High School’s Best Buddies Program was named the Overall Outstanding High School Chapter of the Year by the Best Buddies Organization. There were 21 chapters nominated for this honor and the Senior High was #1! Congratulations to all of the members of the Best Buddies Club at the Senior High School!

Community Shows Support for Broad Street Butler AM Rotary

After the reopening of Broad Street Elementary School (B.S.E.S.) was announced, it did not take long for the Butler community to come together to show their support for the school and its incredible scholars. 

Act 66 of 2021 pde logo

Parents interested in the Act 66 of 2021 – Student Grade Level Retainment Guidance can access information on the Department of Education’s website. Click for more information.

Broad Street Walkers Club Broad Street Walkers Club

Join the Broad Street Elementary School Walkers Club! 

Mom. Dad. Gram. Pap. 

Our Scholars
Our School
Our Trail

Call 725-214-3631 to say "YES" to the Walkers Club