District News

Flexible Instructional Days Information! FIDs

We have created a "FIDS" page on our website to help keep everybody informed of what to expect for our upcoming Flexible Instructional Day on November 27. Click to visit that page>

Community Committee for School Organization Recommendation

Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, shared the recommendation of our Community Committee for School Organization at the School Board meeting on November 18.

The Community Committee for School Organization met four times before making a recommendation.

The report details Butler Area School District’s school organization process to date as well as a recommendation from the Community Committee for School Organization.

Click to view the report>

Ned Show's Kindness Adventure Ned Show

Students at McQuistion, Northwest and Summit had the opportunity to participate in the Ned Show’s Kindness Adventure Assembly. Using storytelling, music, interactive videos, illusions and more, the program took students on an international adventure to demonstrate how they can create a positive and caring school climate by showing kindness, respect and acceptance.

Our other elementary schools will have the opportunity to participate later in the school year.

BASD Educators Recognized by Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay

On Wednesday, November 6th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their
younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, held a special
ceremony and reception recognizing outstanding educators in the area, including several from Butler Area School District!

BMS iLab BMS iLab

BMS students Jaziah Godson, Dejamoura Griffin, Lucas Martin and Luke Monday participate in Mr. Sovek's iLab time. They helped make signs and medallions on the CNC machine and laser engraver for Summit Elementary School.

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Vote for Butler County AVTS in the Paint the Plow Contest paint the plow

Vote for Butler County AVTS in PennDOT's Paint the Plow contest! 

A new voting format has been introduced for the 2019 “Paint the Plow” program. Members of the public can vote for their favorite plows -- Butler County AVTS -- through the PennDOT website at www.penndot.gov/District10 by clicking on the “Paint the Plow” icon. From November 11 to 17, 2019, voters will be taken to a survey site where they can pick their favorite plow(s).

The IHS Presents: Haphazardly Ever After Haphazardly Ever After

The IHS Drama Club Presents...

Haphazardly Ever After
November 21, 2019
BIHS Auditorium
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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BASD Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Update for Nov. 27

Dear Butler Area School District Parents/Guardians: 

Butler Area School District has designated Wednesday, November 27 as a Flexible Instruction Day. Students will not report to school, but will have assignments to complete at home.

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) is a new initiative for schools launched by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will receive instructional materials from each of their normally scheduled classes for this day to take home. It is expected that all students complete the assigned learning activities and actively participate in the assigned activities. Students will submit work within 10 days (by December 9) to receive attendance credit for this day. Parents of secondary students (grades 7-12) will receive a Verification of Student Attendance form that will need to be signed and returned to designate that their child participated in the assigned student activities. Students with Special Needs will receive Flexible Instructional Day (FID) lessons designed in accordance to their needs as identified in their individualized education plans.

Vision To Learn Mobile Eye Clinic vision to learn logo

Vision To Learn is a non-profit organization that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in need. Vision To Learn will bring their mobile eye clinic to our schools and provide free eye exams to students within the next few weeks. In addition to the exam, students may also receive glasses. 

View the Vision to Learn letter to parents/guardians>

View the Vision to Learn flyer>

View the Vision to Learn consent form>

Veterans Day at the IHS Veterans Day at the IHS

The Intermediate High School had their annual Veterans presentation on Friday, November 8. We were honored to host speakers from the American Legion. In addition, the VFW presented a flag folding ceremony for 7th grade students.  A retired guard from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier spoke to 8th grade students.  And our very own Sgt Howard spoke to 9th grade students about his experiences in the military.  Thank you to everybody who joined us on Friday to help educate our students. And a special thank you to all those who have served or are serving our country. 

 

Iceland 2021: Parent Meeting Nov. 7 Meeting

We are going to Iceland -- Summer 2021!

Dear Parents & Guardians:

I am thrilled to share this travel opportunity for your student! Join us at the mandatory family meeting on November 7 at 6 pm at the Senior High School. 

School Nurse November Newsletter

We are in the full swing of the school year and unfortunately cold and flu season are fast approaching. In an effort to be proactive, our school nurses would like to share with you preventative measures to avoid getting the flu and to minimize the spread of the flu in our schools. Click to read their November Newsletter>

BASD Instructional Coaches Featured by Prof. Institute for Instructional Coaching Instructional Coaches

Our own amazing Instructional Coaches were recently featured by the Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching! Congratulations to Dave Andrews, Tanya Lewis, and Karen Robb!

https://www.tpiic.org/mentor-blogs/1712/

Unified Leadership Summit bocce

Members of the Senior High Unified Bocce Team -- Peyton Seibert, Kenny Clark, Ethan Horne and Paris Brown-- had the opportunity to attend the Unified Leadership Summit on October 22nd at Slippery Rock University.  This year's theme was "Empower Me."   Thirty eight schools in Western Pennsylvania attended this annual event, which is sponsored by Special Olympics Pennsylvania.  We are looking forward to the upcoming bocce season and to offering more inclusive opportunities within our school.

BASD Delay and Closing Procedures Delay and Closing Procedures

 

The winter season will be here before we know it. I’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.

Symphonic Spooktacular spooktacular

The first Symphonic Spooktacular was a lot of fun!

The event began with a "Haunted Hallway" where the children got to trick-or-treat through a decorated hallway. Next the Butler 9th Grade Orchestra performed some "spooky" favorites in the lobby followed by the Senior High Orchestra. The children were able to sit up close and enjoy the interactive concert experience. Following the performance, the children got to make a festive craft to take home.

It was a fun night of costumes, trick-or treat and music for all. Thank you to everybody who attended! 

Student Art on Display at UPMC Hospitals UPMC

Works of art created by Connoquenessing Elementary fourth grade students and Summit Elementary second grade students are on display at UPMC hospitals (Presby & Shadyside).

The Challenge Program, Inc. Kicks Off At Butler High School Challenge Program

Students at Butler High School were recently introduced to The Challenge Program, Inc. during a kick-off assembly at their school. The assembly theme was Future Influencers: #WhyNotMe. This fun assembly featuring a powerful video outlining how the Program works, reveals to students the positive outcomes to the important choices they make every day for career-readiness and success both in and beyond the classroom and how to earn cash incentives.

Thorn Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project Riparian Buffer

Students in Mr. Michael Doran's Honors Environmental Science and Mr. Ben Klugh's Academic Biology classes recently traveled to Thorn Creek in Penn Township, Butler County, to participate in a Riparian Buffer Restoration Project. 

Side By Side Orchestra Concert Orchestra

Members of the Senior High Orchestra performed Side By Side with the Westminster College Symphony Orchestra on October 17. Students performed Danse Macabre, Highlights from Harry Potter and Wicked.

BMS Girls' Run Club Run Club

BMS Girls' Run Club has 155 members this year! The BMS Run Club is a great opportunity for students to participate in physical fitness activities and community service activities while learning about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Through the Run Club, the students have tried Jazzercise and HIT max boot camp. They also participated in a lesson on healthy eating and even held a food drive for Butler Community Meals. Now they are training for the YMCA Turkey Trot Nov 2. 

Keep up the good work! View photos on Flickr>

Emily Brittain Fall Festival EB Fall Festival

More than 320 people attended Emily Brittain's Fun Fall Festival, which raised $2,300!

We'd like to thank everybody who supported the event, including our faculty, staff members, PTO, parents, students, Senior High National Honor Society students, and Kohl's Cares volunteers. 

View photos on Flickr>

Therapy Dogs Visit McQuistion Therapy Dogs

Ten therapy dogs from Butler Dog Training/Therapy Dogs International recently spent time reading with McQuistion students. A special thank you to these dogs and their owners for taking the time to visit McQuistion! 

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#1 Cochran Book donation Book Donation

Thank you to #1 Cochran Subaru for donating so many great books to Center Township Elementary School! The books will be placed in the Lending Library Book Room at Center Township where they will be an extremely valuable resource for teachers and students.

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2nd Annual Tuff Tornado Run Tuff Tornado Run

The 2nd Annual Tuff Tornado Run was a huge success!

More than 400 people came out to support The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. and enjoy a wonderful day. The weather was beautiful and the race was a lot of fun. Thank you to everybody who participated!

Thank you to the generous event sponsors. We appreciate their support! We’d also like to thank all of the individuals who volunteered their time to make this event a success.

November 27 -- Flexible Instructional Day

As you may recall, earlier this school year we submitted a Flexible Instructional Days (FID) application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We have been notified that our Flexible Instructional Day (FID) application has been approved. 

We are designating Wednesday, November 27 as a FIDs Day. Students will not report to school on Wednesday, November 27. However, they will have assignments to complete.

Community Committee for School Organization Participants Community Committee for School Organization

We are excited to announce the members of Butler Area School District’s Community Committee for School Organization. 

SHS Homecoming Prince & Princess! Homecoming Prince and Princess

Juniors Dustin Scott and Althea Fazzino were named the 2019 Tornado Prince and Princess at Butler High School’s homecoming on Friday, October 4. 

In addition to Dustin and Althea, the other members of Butler’s Homecoming Court included Paris Brown, Paige Holt, Kenna Jackson, Makenna Negley, Brody Allison, Dylan Eyth, Tyler Gillis and Charles Lowerre.

 

Symphonic Spooktacular! Symphonic Spooktacular!

Little ones do not want to miss this years first Symphonic Spooktacular! Children are encouraged to dress in costume for this fun family event. Our night begins with a "Haunted Hallway" where the children can trick-or-treat through our decorated hallway. At 7:00 pm, the Butler 9th Grade Orchestra will perform some "spooky" favorites in the lobby followed by the Senior High Orchestra. Little ones are encouraged to sit up close on the floor for this interactive concert experience. Following the performance, we have a small festive craft the kids can take home with them. A fun night of costumes, trick-or treat and music for all - we hope to see you there! Doors open at 6:00 pm. Suggested donation $5. All proceeds go to the Butler Orchestra. 

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Summit Makers Summit  Makers

The first grade students at Summit Elementary School are busy with Maker Projects this year!  Teachers Cindy Michelini and Julie Peles are integrating the maker movement into ELA class for the first grade students. 

This project started with a Big Book titled "Chuck's Truck." The story setting was a farm and the plot was how the farm animals packed into the truck, which (spoiler alert!) eventually broke on the way to town.

Emily Brittain and Senior High Golden Tornado Day GT Day

Emily Brittain students had a unique opportunity to partner with Senior High School students and learn what it means to be a Golden Tornado!

Senior High School students engaged Emily Brittain students in fun team building activities throughout the day. The activities included a pep assembly and school spirit games as well as a story and a craft.

Rock Orchestra Selected to Perform at State Conference Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra has been invited to perform at the 2020 PMEA State Conference in April!

To be selected, the group had to submit 3 recordings from the 2019 school year, which were evaluated by a panel of judges. The top groups in the state are selected to showcase their talents at the conference where they will perform in front of music educators from across the state of Pennsylvania. This year, the conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in the Poconos. 

Congratulations to the Butler Rock Orchestra! 

Parent Vote -- Community Committee for School Organization

We have received parent nominations for the Community Committee for School Organization. Now we would like parents to vote on the final members of Community Committee for School Organization. 

To vote, please complete the ballot for your child's school and return it to the office at their school by Friday, October 4, 2019.

Butler Spirit Week! spirit week

Butler Area School District Spirit Week will take place Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4. Click to view the flyer>

Community Committee for School Organization Community Committee for School Organization

We are looking for people who are interested in serving on the Community Committee for School Organization. If you would like to serve the committee, please complete this form that applies to you: 

The nomination forms will be open until Wednesday, September 25, 2019. 

Popsicles with the Principal at McQuistion Popsicles

McQuistion students hit a "bingo" on their PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Principal's 200 Club board. As a reward  our 4 Bs Golden Bookmark winners got to have popsicles with the principal, Dr. Morgan-Davis! 

Students who earn a Golden Bookmark for demonstrating one of the 4 "Bs"— Be kind and respectful, Be prepared, Be safe and in control, and Be a problem solver — select a popsicle stick with a number of the Principal’s 200 Club board. When we hit a Bingo, a variety of prize opportunities will be awarded. 

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School Calendar Adjustments

We have made adjustments to our school calendar as a result of our delayed start. 

Monday, November 11th has been designated as an Act 80/School Conference day. Students do not need to report to school on this day. Teachers will be able to use that time for parent-teacher conferences. They have also been given the flexibility to schedule parent-teacher conferences earlier in November. 

Wednesday, November 27 has been designated a regular school day for students and teachers. At this point, students and teachers should plan to report to school on that day. However, we are hoping to be able to use that day as a Flexible Instructional Day (FID). We have submitted a FIDs application on behalf of Butler Area School District and will know by early November if our Flexible Instructional Day application has been approved.  

PBIS at The Intermediate High School PBIS assembly

Intermediate High School students kicked off the PBIS Program (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) with a game show. 

 

The Gab Squad gab show

Emily Brittain students recently had the opportunity to participate in the GAB SQUAD show. 

“GAB SQUAD programs utilize original music, interactive comedy, and educational discussion to explore themes of tolerance, positive expression, bullying awareness, and above all, the use of creativity as an alternative to negative expression.” (https://gabsquad.com/about)

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PBIS at Summit Elementary Summit Superheroes

Summit Elementary students, faculty and staff are SOAR(ing) into a new school year. SOAR, which stands for Stay Safe, Ownership, Acceptance and Respect, is Summit's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) theme.

To kick off the new program, Summit faculty and staff wore superhero costumes at school while they worked together with the students to ensure everyone is familiar with the school-wide PBIS rules and expectations.

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Thank you! donation

Butler Senior High School wants to thank a generous anonymous donor who provided approximately 250 brand new shoes to the Butler Senior High Tornado Shelter. These shoes will go to students who are in need.  On behalf of everyone at the Senior High School, thank you for this generous donation! 

NexTier Bank Essay Contest Winners NexTier Bank Essay Contest Winners

Two Butler Area School District teachers earned top honors in the NexTier Bank “Sponsor A Teacher Essay Contest.”

Mrs. Victoria Malczak-Hooks, Butler Intermediate High School 7th grade English teacher, won first place. She received supplies for her classroom and $500.

In addition, Mrs. Cynthia Michelini, first grade teacher at Summit Township Elementary Teacher, won third place. She received supplies for her classroom and $100.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hooks and Mrs. Michelini!

Click to read their essays>

Butler Township Student Representatives Student Reps

Senior High School seniors Mikayla Tillery and Alex Kurnava have been chosen as this year’s student representatives for the Butler Township Board of Commissioners!

Mikayla and Alex were appointed on August 19, 2019. Their appointment will last throughout the 2019-2020 school year.