District News

Senior Places Fourth at FBLA State Competition Maegan Emanuel

Senior Maegan Emanuel recently competed at the FBLA State Leadership Conference and Academic Competition. There were over 4,000 high school competitors from across Pennsylvania who participated. Maegan competed against more than 200 other students in the advertising event and ultimately placed 4th in the state! Congratulations, Maegan! 

Class of 2019 Commencement Commencement

The Butler Area Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior High School (120 Campus Lane, Butler, PA 16001). 

Career Action Plan Interviews CAP interviews

Juniors at Butler Area School District had an incredible opportunity to meet one on one with an industry professional in a field that is of interest to them.

More Empty Bowls

Middle School students will be selling more bowls from the Empty Bowls Event at the 5th Grade Band Concert on Monday, May 20 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm and at the 6th Grade Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 at 10 am. 

All bowls will be $5 and donations will benefit the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program. Thank you!

Middle School Lunch Bunch BMS Lunch Bunch

Middle School students had a unique opportunity to participate in Lunch Bunch this year. The group included 5th and 6th grade students from the life skills and Autistic support classes as well as students from general education classes.

Catfish Release Day Catfish Release Day

It was another successful Catfish Release Day for Butler! About 225 catfish were released into Glad Run Lake from the Intermediate High School and Middle School cooperative nursery tanks.

What's So Cool About Manufacturing State Competition What's So Cool About Manufacturing

Intermediate High School students Carson Boden, Mark Collins, Jessica Mohney, Ryan McLister, and Bailee Kauffman recently represented our district at the state level What's So Cool About Manufacturing Contest.

Congratulations to these students and thank you to Mr. Cochran and Mr. Andrews for making this project possible.

Dr. Weller Visits 9th Grade Band Dr. Weller

The 9th grade band students recently had the opportunity to work Dr. Travis Weller. Dr. Weller is the composer of "Apollo Arise," a piece the students will perform at their concert on May 15th. 

A Day Without Hate A Day Without Hate

Intermediate High School students had the opportunity to participate in Rachel's Challenge this year.  As a result of that program, the Intermediate High School also decided to participate in A Day Without Hate

Boats that Float Boats that Float

Students in the Intermediate High School Life Skills and Autistic Support classrooms recently had the opportunity to participate in The Boats that Float Project where they created a boat that they could actually float in across the pool.

MSA Contributes to BASD's STEAM Program MSA Group

MSA, the Safety Company, has made a generous contribution of $10,000 to help grow Butler Area School District's STEAM program. 

Champions of Learning Champions of Learning

Two individuals from the Butler community were finalists for the Champions of Learning award. Each year the Consortium for Public Education recognizes Champions of Learning throughout our region. 

Students Participate in National Academic Games Competition AGLOA Competition

Several students represented Butler Area School District at AGLOA (Academic Games Leagues of America) National Competition. Congratulations to Alec Teff, Evelyn Paserba , Lauren McKean, Deagan Moore and Maguire Brady! 

WTAE Weather Assembly at Conno Conno WTAE Weather Assembly

Students at Connoquenessing Elementary School enjoyed a visit from WTAE's Mike Harvey and the Carnegie Science Center for an assembly to learn about weather.  They were even featured on the WTAE evening news.

Watch the story on WTAE>

View more photos on Flickr>

SHS Bots IQ Team Competes in the Finals Bots IQ Team

The Senior High School Bots IQ team recently competed at the Bots IQ Final Competition, which was held at California University of Pennsylvania. The students had two bots in the competition: Angry Beeps and Absolute Zero.

Center Avenue Students Visit the Lemieux Sports Complex Center Ave Students

Center Avenue Community School students recently went on a field trip to the Lemieux Sports Complex and training Center in Cranberry.

HOSA Future Health Professional State Leadership Conference HOSA Future Health Professional State Leadership Conference

Butler students Aeragwyn Winters and Ashley Fennell won the gold in Forensic Science at the Pennsylvania HOSA Future Health Professional State Leadership Conference.  Aeragwyn and Ashley will be competing at the HOSA Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference in Orlando the week of June 18th. 

SkillsUSA State Championship SkillsUSA State Championship

Three students from Butler Senior High School earned medals at this year's SkillsUSA State Championships. 

 

 

Best Buddies Eggstravaganza and Friendship Walk Best Buddies

The Best Buddies program had two big events in one weekend. First was the Eggstravaganza on Saturday followed by the Friendship Walk on Sunday. 

BMS FAB Choir BMS FAB Choir

BMS FAB choir members put on an outstanding show at the FAB Showcase!

Under the direction of Mrs. Ali Erevia, these students are 5th and 6th graders who rehearse one morning a week before school in addition to their regular chorus rehearsal. The theme this year was “Broadway Beat,” a collection of songs from classic and contemporary Broadway musicals.

Center Avenue Transition Fair Center Ave Transition Fair

Center Avenue Community School held its first annual Transition Fair on April 11, 2019.  The school partnered with eighteen different community agencies, service providers, employers, and post secondary institutions to help secondary students learn about available resources and opportunities for life after high school. 

Tornado Jazz Ensemble Visits Elementary Schools Jazz Ensemble

The Golden Tornado Jazz Ensemble recently took their show on the road! The Jazz Ensemble visited Center Township, Northwest and Connoquenessing elementary schools where they performed for the students.

BMS STEAM Lab BMS STEAM Lab

Butler Middle School students used the laser engraver to help make magnets promoting the BMS Fisheries Program Nursery during Mr. Sovek's Open STEAM Lab time. 

View more photos on Flickr>

Summit Rain Barrels Summit Rain Barrels -- Winners

Fourth grade students at Summit Elementary School designed two rain barrels as part of the Barrels by the Bay Three Rivers Project.

Emily Brittain "Literacy Night at the Movies" Read Box

Emily Brittain celebrated "Literacy Night at the Movies" on Thursday March 28th.

The special event included literacy games, a photo opportunity, and a chance to select a book from the
"Read Box" to take home. The Butler BookStop was at the event to supply all of the new and gently used books for the "Read Box." 

11th Grade Student Selected for Prestigious Summer Program Mikayla Tillery

Mikayla Tillery, an eleventh grade student at the Senior High School, was invited to participate in the Experiment’s Leadership Institute | India: Community Development & Public Health program this summer.

 

Oneida Reservoir Cleanup Oneida Reservoir Cleanup

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance partnered with several local groups to conduct a litter cleanup along the shores of the Oneida Reservoir. 

Tornado Jazz Ensemble and Tornado Big Band Performances Tornado Bands

The Tornado Jazz Ensemble and the Tornado Big Band performed in two incredible concerts in March -- The Big Band Dance and BC3's Jass Spring Concert. 

Music in Our Schools Concert Music in Our Schools

Six hundred singers performed at the "Music In Our Schools Month" concert on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Choirs in various ensembles from grades 5-12 performed, followed by the Slippery Rock University Concert choir. 

K'Nex STEM Design Challenge STEM Design Challenge

Several Butler Area School District teams participated in the MIU4 K’Nex STEM Design Challenge at the Intermediate High School. The BASD teams were from the Intermediate High School, Middle School, Center Township and Northwest. Teams from other school districts within MIU4 also participated in the event. 

Two of Butler teams won best design awards! Center Township won best design for grades 4-5 and the Intermediate High School won best design for grades 6-8. 

What's So Cool About Manufacturing Results! What's So Cool - Both Teams

Intermediate High School students participated in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video contest in March.

The 7th grade students created a video on Butler Technologies and 8th grade students created a video on Keystone Ridge Designs. Our 8th grade team placed first in the "Best Manufacturing Message" category and second in the "Viewer's Choice" category. Our 7th grade team placed second in the "Exceptional Videography" category. 

In addition, our 8th grade team will compete in the Statewide Video Contest, which consists of teams from across Pennsylvania, later this month. 

Congratulations to all of the students who participated! 

Read the official press release>

Growth Screening Program

The Pennsylvania school health regulations require that school nurses conduct height and weight measurements of students annually in an effort to determine a pattern of growth for each child. A Body Mass Index (BMI) for Age percentile was also calculated which is used as a guideline to help assess whether a person may be overweight or underweight.

Student Wins National Alliance on Mental Illness T-Shirt Design Contest Lynsey White

Photography and Graphic Design class ninth grader students participated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness T-Shirt Design Contest.

Computer Reach Donates Apple Computers Computer Reach Donation

We'd like to thank Computer Reach for donating 13 refurbished Apple computers to Butler Area School District. The computers are currently being used in our ESL and art classrooms. 

PMEA Region 1 Band Festival PMEA March 2019

Four students represented Butler at the PMEA Region 1 Band Festival in March. 

Anna Kaufman, Alyssa Hilliard, Hunter Karenbauer and Cade Weaver participated in the band.  Cade Weaver will be moving on the the All State Band in Pittsburgh.  

Congratulations to these students! 

100th Day Donations

To recognize the 100th day of school, the second grade students and teachers of Northwest Elementary School collected donations for the Butler County Humane Society.  Their goal was 100 items.  Within a short period of time, 390 items were collected!  Thanks to their generous donations, the dogs and cats have some new toys, bowls, treats, and food.  

Side by Side Orchestra Concert with Grove City College Side by Side concert

Members of Butler Area School District's orchestra were invited to play in a Side by Side concert with the Grove City College Orchestra in February.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Helps Prepare Students for Success Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Butler Area School District has partnered with Penn United Technologies to offer a unique Pre-Apprenticeship program to students in grades 10-12.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for high school students to participate in a program that is relevant to their post-secondary career path. The rigorous program is intended to help students develop and strengthen skills that are necessary to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

CEO in the Classroom CEO in the Classroom

Five corporate leaders from throughout the region visited Butler Senior High School on March 12 as part of the "CEO in the Classroom" program. Each of them shadowed a student for the day.

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Awards PJAS

Eighty-four Butler Area School District students in grades 7-12 presented science, engineering and math projects at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) held at Slippery Rock University in February. Fifty-one of those students received first awards and qualified to present at the State level of PJAS, which will be held May 19-21, 2019 at Penn State University. 

Bocce Teams Place 1st and 5th Bocce Team at SRU

Congratulations to our two Butler Bocce teams for placing 1st and 5th in their respective brackets at the Annual Unified Sports Bocce Tournament! 16 teams attended the competition at Slippery Rock University.

Creative Teaching Grants Summit Makerspace

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. recently awarded over $20,000 to support Creative Teaching Grants. According to the GTSF, these grants fund teachers who go the extra mile to incorporate creative and innovative projects in the classroom.

Read Across America / Dr. Seuss Week Center Township Reading Cafe

Butler Area School District elementary schools celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America week from February 25 – March 1. 

BMS STEM Competition STEM Competition

Students in Mr. Sovek's STEAM class recently participated in a STEM Competition at BMS! The teams had 40 minutes to complete a large-span, beam bridge using a K'Nex kit.

Kids Heart Challenge Kids Heart Challenge

February was American Heart Month and all Butler Area School District elementary schools, including the middle school, took part in the Kids Heart Challenge for the 12th year in a row! Learn more>