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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.  

It's My Life Assembly 5th Grade

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

 

Oustanding Educator Ceremony Outstanding Educator Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 7th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, plan to hold a dinner and special ceremony recognizing outstanding educators in the area. 

The nominees are:

  • Mrs. Brenda Hilliard, Emily Brittain Elementary School/Mr. Chad Broman, Principal
  • Mrs. Melinda Neigh, Butler Intermediate High School/Mr. Stephen Dobransky, Principal
  • Mr. Daniel Buzzard, Butler Senior High School/Dr. John Wyllie, Principal
  • Mr. Jesse Allen, Emily Brittain Elementary School, retired/Mr. Dale Markle, Principal, retired
School Delay and Cancellation Procedures

With the winter season upon us, we’d like to remind you of our school delay and closing procedures. 
 
I make the decision to delay or cancel school after I review the weather forecast and consult with our Transportation Department. When necessary, the district also consults with the municipalities and other resources within our community.  Each decision regarding whether or not to delay or cancel school is made with student safety as the primary concern. I recognize that any delay or cancellation can create hardships for our families and do not take this decision lightly.

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

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

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

Veterans Day 2018 summit thank you dog tags

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

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

View photos of these special activities on Flickr>

SHS Best Buddies Match Party Best Buddies Match Party

The Senior High School launched a brand new chapter in the Best Buddies program! The first event for the club, which includes 75 members, was a Match Party at the Butler Senior High School! Best Buddies is part of the Senior High School's initiative to promote inclusion among students with and without disabilities. View more photos on Flickr>

IHS Calcubot IHS Calcubot

Intermediate High School students in Ms. Snyder's Calcubot class have spent the past week creating themed mazes with obstacles to navigate using their robots.  

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

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

Red Ribbon Week at Center Avenue Slime at Center Ave

Center Avenue Community School students recently participated in a Red Ribbon Week slime assembly. Students who earned golden tickets Monday-Thursday of Red Ribbon Week were entered into a drawing to win a chance to slime a staff member.

Red Ribbon Week Northwest Red Ribbon Week

The 4th grade students in Mrs. Montag's science classes participated in Plant the Promise for Red Ribbon Week with Ms.Gall from Butler County Human Services: Drug and Alcohol Program. View more photos on Flickr>

Pumpkin Math at Center Township Pumpkin Math

Students in Mrs. Hundertmark's class at Center Township participated in a pumpkin math activity. The students weighed, measured and even helped to design their pumpkins. They also had to figure out whether pumpkins sink or float. It was a messy, but fun afternoon! 

Honoring Our Veterans Veterans Day at Conno

Ms. Nancy Braun, the fourth grade teacher at Connoquenessing, invited several veterans to come to the school to speak to students.

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.

School Organization Community Forums School Organization Community Forum

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. 

Center Ave Visits Metrick's Harvest View Farm Field Trip to Metrick's Harvest View Farm

Students from Center Avenue took a trip to Metrick's Harvest View Farm where they learned a lot about honeybees and pollination. They were also taught about different types of apples and how apple cider is made.

BMS Girls Run Club Run Club

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

Congressman Kelly Visits BASD Congressman Kelly Visit

Congressman Mike Kelly recently spoke to students in first period Honors Government (11th), AP Comparative (10-12), AP US History (10-11), and Transitions (10-12). 

BMS Poster Winners Kindness is Contagious

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

Hines Ward Encourages Students to Follow the 3 Bs

Hines Ward, former Pittsburgh Steeler, sent a message to the students at Center Avenue encouraging them to follow the three Bs -- Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. 

 

CT Food Drive CT Food Drive

During their recent food drive, Center Township students, families, faculty and staff collected 10,264 items, which will be used for the Kids’ Weekend Backpack Program. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

IHS Riparian Buffer Project Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project

Students in Mr. Andrews’  Fisheries Science class (also known as Trout in the Classroom) recently had a real world learning opportunity. The students formed “companies” and made a pitch to their “clients: on why they believe their company should be selected for funding of the riparian buffer project at Thorn Creek.

Penny Wars Penny Wars

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

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

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.

Seventh Grade Team Building Starfish Banner

Seventh grade students recently participated in team building activities with our Starfish leaders and teachers.

 

Students Visit Kawneer Cranberry Manufacturing Day

Students in 9th and 10th grade had the opportunity to visit Kawneer Cranberry for National Manufacturing Day. Their visit included a tour of the facility, activities and a round table discussion. Thank you to everyone at Kawneer Cranberry for making this day possible! 

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.

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

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

 

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.  

Columbus Day Boat Activity Emily Brittain Boats

Kindergarten students at Emily Brittain recently used their STEAM skills to construct boats that float. View more photos on Flickr>

Officer Phil Program Officer Phil Program

Emily Brittain students recently had the opportunity to participate in the Officer Phil Program. This program provides various lessons on safety as well as character education.

Throwback Day at the IHS Students wearing throwback jerseys

Students in Mr. Waseleski's class at the Intermediate High School had a special throwback day during spirit week. 

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Group

Ms. Peters, Gifted Coordinator at the Senior High School, recently took a small group of students to BC3 for the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge orientation. 

The students are creating their own business model that they will present on November 5. The students will be competing against other schools. Good luck!  

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. 

School Organization Community Forum School Org 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.

Fall Choral Concert

The Butler Senior High Choirs will present their fall choral concert on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  A variety of styles of choral music will be presented and the Senior High students will collaborate with Intermediate students for the combined finale.  

State Police Training - Wednesday, Oct. 3

The State Police are conducting an active shooter training at Broad Street Elementary on Wednesday, Octobe r 3. You may notice increased police action in that area as a result of the training.

Center Township Students Learn How to Golf Golf at CT

Mrs. Tanya Wilkinson, Center Township physical education teacher, received a grant from the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation to implement The First Tee National School Program.

 

Butler Band Alumni Night Butler Band Alumni Night

We had an outstanding turnout at the Butler Band Alumni Night! About 75 alums returned to Butler for the event! Thanks to everyone who joined us at the event. It was definitely a night to remember! View photos on Flickr>

Butler Spirit Week Photos Butler Spirit Week

Butler Spirit Week was a lot of fun! Thanks to everybody who participated. View photos on Flickr>

2018 Homecoming Prince & Princess Homecoming Prince and Princess

Congratulations to Dennis Goodwine and Sydney Mylan. Dennis and Sydney were named the 2018 Homecoming Prince and Princess! 

Center Avenue Back to School Picnic Center Avenue Community School

The Center Avenue Community School's Back to School Picnic was a lot of fun! View more photos on Flickr>

International Peace Day at the IHS International Peace Day

Eighth grade geography students celebrated the International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21.  The class discussed why certain nations experience high levels of peace, while others do not.  They used the interactive map from Vision of Humanity to lead their discussions. 

IHS Students Create Their Own Whirligigs Whirligigs

Eighth grade students at the Intermediate High School recently participated in an engineering activity. Students had to design a whirligig to land with accuracy on a target and maintain the longest flight time.

Be Tuff Stand Up Are you smarter than a fifth grader

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

Butler Spirit Week! Butler Spirit Week

September 24-28 is Spirit Week at Butler. Each School has their own theme days. 

SHS Student Appointed Student Rep for Butler Township Joe Atkinson

Senior High School student Joe Atkinson has been appointed the Student Representative for the Butler Township Board of Commissioners!

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 Test Results -- September 17, 2018

We received the results of the follow-up water quality testing that was done at the Intermediate High School. 

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. 

CT Students SOAR CT SOAR Tour

Center Township students have been learning how to SOAR!

The SOAR acronym reminds students to display behaviors that are Safe & In control, show Ownership, display a positive Attitude, and demonstrate Respect & Responsibility. 

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>

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.

Discover Costa Rica Summer 2019 Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

Discover Costa Rica this summer! The 8 day adventure is planned for the end of June 2019. An informational parent meeting for students in grades 10-12 will be held on Thursday, Sept 20 at 7:00 pm in the Senior High School Library. We hope to see you there!

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.
 

Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni Night Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni Night

Attention all Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni!  This year’s Alumni Night is scheduled for Friday, September 28. 

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>

First Day of School

Welcome back students! We are so glad you are here! 

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>

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.

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. 

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>

Marching Band Pie Festival Band Rehearsal

The Butler Golden Tornado Marching Band Pie Festival is an annual event sponsored by the band as both a fundraiser and an introduction of the band's new show to the community. The Varsity Cheerleaders and Football team are introduced and the band performs its 2018 pregame and half-time show. 

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.

Algebra Camp Students at Algebra Camp

Students who are starting Algebra I at the Intermediate High School this year had the opportunity to participate in Algebra Camp for a week in August. 

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>

Emily Brittain Selected to Participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Logo

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Division of Food and Nutrition (DFN), has selected Emily Brittain Elementary School to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2018-2019 school year.  

School Board Adopts Random Drug Testing Policy

The Butler Area School District Policy has adopted a ''Random Drug Testing Policy" (Policy 227.1) that is intended to advance an alcohol and drug-free environment for Butler Area School District students and employees. This policy is in response to a crisis of drug use in our country and our community.

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!

Launching a Maker Learning Leadership Cohort in the Pittsburgh Region Remake Learning event at the IHS

The Butler Intermediate High School is one of 10 schools in the Maker Learning Leadership Cohort. According to an article posted on the Digital Promise website, "This regional effort convenes educators who are committed to maker learning and aims to amplify maker learning’s impact on student outcomes while making it more sustainable for schools and equitable for all students."

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!

SHS Orchestra Students Perform Internationally Michelle Kenyon and Sarah Hepfl

Two Butler Senior High School students recently had the opportunity to travel abroad with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra.

2017-18 Athletic Accomplishments Butler Athletics Logo

The Butler Athletic Department is proud to present its 2017-2018 sports summary!  We had a total of 17 varsity teams make the playoffs this school year,  which set a new school record along with an enormous amount of individual success.  Click to read more>

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. 

Fall Sports Registration Register Now Icon

Welcome to the Butler Area School District's athletic program.  We are pleased you made the decision to play for the Golden Tornado, and hope you have an enjoyable experience this season!

Visit the Athletic Department website for more information>

Or click to register>

Hats off to the Graduates! Graduation collage

On June 6, 517 students graduated from Butler Area School District. The student speakers -- Lillian Ford and Camden Seybert -- provided inspiration to their peers before they all joined the ranks of Butler alumni. 

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.