District News

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) School District Updates updates

We have created a website with important information during the COVID-19 school closure.

Click to view the COVID-19 section of our website>

 

An Open Letter to the Staff, Students, Parents and Community of the Butler Area School District

An Open Letter to the Staff, Students, Parents and Community of the Butler Area School District:

The on-going Covid-19 virus has tested everyone’s mettle and resiliency. The rapid-fire directives and decisions emanating from governmental agencies has produced an unbelievable amount of challenges for the staff, students and parents of the Butler District. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the sincere respect and deep appreciation we have for our dedicated and unselfish staff in meeting these difficult challenges.

All Special Education Meetings, Events, Activities, Athletics are Canceled or Postponed events canceled

All meetings, events, activities and athletics are canceled as long as our school district is closed. Currently, we are closed through Sunday, March 29. Thank you for your patience. 

Special Education/ IEP Meetings
All special education meetings, including IEP meetings, that were scheduled to take place during the closure have been postponed. More information for families of special education students can be found on our COVID-19 website. Click to access>

School Board Meetings
The School Board meetings that were scheduled for Monday, March 16 and Monday, March 23 have been canceled. 

PTO and other Parent or Student Meetings
All PTO meetings that were scheduled to take place during our school closure have been canceled. 

Every parent or student meeting that was scheduled to take place during our school closure will be postponed until a later date. 

Events and Activities
All school events and activities are canceled during the school closure. Some events may be rescheduled for a later date. We will share information as it becomes available. 

Athletics
All athletic practices, games and competitions are canceled until further notice. 

 

Vote for Butler in the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" Competition what's so cool about manufacturing

Two teams of students are participating in the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" competition this year. The contest is sponsored by Catalyst Connection. 

A team of 7th grade students collaborated with Keystone Ridge Design for their video. A team of 8th grade students collaborated with JSP for their video. 

Now it's up to the public to vote! The voting begins on March 16 and goes through March 20. Please vote for both of our teams as many times as possible. 

https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/pittsburgh-north/ 

(POSTPONED) Magic Gives Back -- Tickets Are Still Available Magic Gives Back

This event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. 

 

Jazz Ensemble Elementary Performance jazz band

The Tornado Jazz Ensemble recently performed for students at three elementary schools. The students at Emily Brittain, McQuistion and Summit enjoyed seeing some of the instruments first hand and hearing the older students perform.

View more photos on Flickr>

After School Meals and Homework Help

The Nutrition Group and Butler Area School District will be offering after school meals to school-age children in the community.  The program is free and open to all school-age children who were 18 years of age or younger at the start of the 2019-20 school year. 

 

Start Date: March 2, 2020

Where:  Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School

When:  Monday and Wednesday

Time: 3:45-4:30 p.m.

 

For more information, contact:

Food Service Directors

Helen Walker (724) 214-3223

Lisa Montebell (724) 214-3243

Bobbi Ritts (724) 214-3221

Spring Open House spring open house

Families are invited to join their children at their school for their Spring Open House events. 

 

(POSTPONED) Butler Middle School
March 26, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm

** The Middle School Spring Open House event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. **

Center Township Elementary School
May 6, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm

Connoquenessing Elementary School
April 30, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Emily Brittain Community Partnership & Demonstration School
May 7
6:00-7:15 pm

McQuistion Elementary School
May 5, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm

Northwest Elementary School
April 30, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Summit Elementary School
May 6, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Congratulations to the SHS Bocce Team boccee

Congratulations to the Butler High School Bocce team for their fifth and sixth place finishes at the Unified Sports Special Olympics Bocce tournament. This event was held at the Morrow Field House Arena at Slippery Rock University and included 17 teams from neighboring districts. Great job on a successful season and for representing the Butler Area School District so well at this competitive event!

A Message from the Butler County Superintendents

Parents/Guardians,

The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

While there are NO confirmed cases at the District level or in Pennsylvania regarding coronavirus, we are continuing to closely monitor updates and are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations in proactively planning should measures need to be put in place. All Butler County Superintendents/Executive Director and School Nurses are maintaining regular contact with Butler County leaders, Pennsylvania Department of Health officials, Butler Health System and other health care providers to discuss official updates, share information and, if needed, to coordinate any response. We are committed to collaborating in this effort and making the best possible decisions for our students, staff and families.

"Count Me In!" Poster Contest count me in

Butler County Commissioners and the Butler Eagle are sponsoring a poster contest for students in kindergarten through fourth grade encouraging county residents to participate in the U.S. Census. 

Six winning entries will be selected (one top prize and five runner-up awards). They will be recognized on April 1, Census Day, at the 10 a.m. county commissioners meeting. Participation awards will also be given.

Students can pick up a poster contest canvas at their elementary school starting on Wednesday, March 4. Entries can also be submitted on 8.5x11 inch or 11x17 inch paper. Projects may use any medium including crayons, chalk, markers and paint. The slogan "Count Me In!" must be included. 

Entries are due Tuesday, March 24 and will be judged on March 30 and 31 by county commissioners. Entries can be dropped off at the Butler Eagle (514 W. Wayne St.). For more information, contact Donna Sybert, Eagle associate managing editor, at 724-282-8000, ext. 243. 

100 Days at Northwest Benefits Humane Society 100 Days

Northwest students recently had fun celebrating the 100th day of school. 

For the second year in a row, teachers challenged the students to donate 100 or more items to the Butler County Humane Society. Our students collected and donated 607 items that were needed to help our furry friends at the shelter!

In addition, the Butler City Fire Department Union also helped us by donating $200 to shop for items used daily at the shelter! A local captain at the department even volunteered to help us shop! 

Finally, students had a fun visit from some of the pets at the shelter. 

Thank you to the Northwest students, families, faculty and staff for their generous contributions to this great cause. 

View photos on Flickr>

(POSTPONED) FAB Showcase FAB

This event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. 

Chef Day at Center Avenue chef day

Center Avenue students recently had the opportunity to learn from Executive Chef, Jamie Sola and Pastry Chef, Kim Jezak. 

Chef Jamie, the Executive Chef of Revival On Lincoln, showed the students knife skills, cooking techniques, and food preparation skills. 

Pastry Chef Kim taught the students how to correctly frost cakes, create decorations, and different piping techniques. 

This unique opportunity will help with the students' chapter 339 portfolio for graduation.    

View photos on Flickr>

Butler Senior Named President of the PA 4-H State Council Jillian Ranko

Butler Senior Jillian Ranko has been named the President of the Pennsylvania 4-H State Council!

Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and enhance their leadership skills during the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference from January 31 to February 2, at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.

Power Outage at Center Township

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Center Township Elementary School has lost partial power. Without full power in the building, we will be unable to provide lunch to our students and maintain heat throughout the day. 

Our plan is to transport all Center Township Elementary School students to the Intermediate High School via bus at 11:30 am. All students will have the opportunity to eat lunch at the Intermediate High School and participate in various activities throughout the day. 

At the conclusion of the day, we will dismiss bus students directly from the Intermediate High School.  Students who are already scheduled for parent pick up will be transported back to Center Township for dismissal.

Gifted students who were at Center Township today from other elementary schools are currently being sent back to their home schools. Center Township gifted students will be sent to the Intermediate High School with their regular class at 11:30 am. 

If you would like to pick your child up early from school, please try to arrive at Center Township before 11:30 am. If you cannot get there before 11:30 and want to pick your child up early, please go to the Intermediate High School. The Intermediate High School office number is 724-214-3400.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. 

 

Sincerely,
 

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

A Message from the Superintendent -- Feb. 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

The school year is in full swing -- and unfortunately so is cold and flu season. However, there are preventative measures you can take as a line of defense. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions to help people stay healthy this year: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Get plenty of rest. 
  • Eat healthy foods and drink a lot of healthy liquids (avoid sodas). 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that could be contaminated. 
  • Get your flu shot.
Bots IQ Team Tours Penn United Technologies BOts IQ team

Our Senior High School Bots IQ team recently had the opportunity to tour our industry advisor, Penn United Technologies.  Students were given a tour that included many different types of machinery, the engineering department, and the training facility. Our students were exposed to jobs from sorting materials to operating multiple machines at once to designing products in the engineering department. 

Penn United is working with our team to build their battling robot.  Preliminary competitions are coming up at Robert Morris University on March 6. Good luck to the team!

Kids Heart Challenge Jump Rope

Center Township students took part in the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) for the 13th year in a row. The students raised $800 this year for The American Heart Association! This special event was sponsored by our local Subway’s who donated a free chip coupon to every student and eight free 6 inch sub coupons to each class. Subway has many healthy options for both kids and adults making it a great choice for healthy fast food!

Emerson McGarrah set a new school record by jumping for 11 minutes and 10 seconds beating the previous record of 7 minutes. Congratulations to Emerson and all of the CT students who participated!

PMEA District 5 Band Festival PMEA District 5

Butler recently hosted the PMEA District 5 District Band festival.  Butler had 14 students participating in the festival.  The students auditioned and five will be moving on to the Region Band festival hosted at Moon High School.  Students who will be moving forward are Nate Gallagher, Cade Weaver, Juli Bish, Amaya Gayle, and Hunter Karenbauer.

Congratulations to all!

Help Us Send Students in Need to the Prom prom project

The prom is a special event for students where they make memories that last a lifetime. However, for some of our students, the cost of prom is simply too much.

The Butler Senior High School Random Acts of Kindness Club members would like to make sure their peers don't miss out on these memories simply because of the expense. Therefore, the club is planning to send two Butler seniors to the prom, all expenses paid.  Last year we were able to help several students to prom through the generous donations of various local businesses. 

Music in our Schools Month Choir Concert MIOSM Concert

The BASD Choral Department Presents: Music Changes Lives

The Music in our Schools Month Concert will feature BASD Choirs and the SRU Choir.

March 25, 2020
SHS Gym
7 pm

Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

Click to view the flyer>

Kids' Weekend Backpack Program -- Spaghetti Dinner Backpack Spaghetti Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at Tanglewood from 4-7 pm for a Spaghetti Dinner that benefits the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program. 

The meal includes pasta, meatballs, salad, cupcake and a beverage. You can dine in or take out! There is free parking at the Tanglewood Center (10 Austin Ave, Lyndora, PA 16045). 

  • Adults and children 13 & over -- $10
  • Children ages 4-12 -- $5
  • Children 3 and younger -- free

Bring a food item for the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program and get a free door prize ticket.

We hope to see you there. 

Senior High Named Best Buddies Chapter of the Month! best buddies chapter of the month

The Senior High School was named the Best Buddies Program's Chapter of the Month! Congratulations to all of the students and staff members who work hard to make this program a success for everyone involved. 

K-12 Comprehensive Guidance Plan

Dear Butler Area School District Parents and Guardians:

Butler Area School District has always maintained a commitment to supporting student development and growth. The School Counseling Department’s mission statement upholds this pledge to student success through academic, social, emotional, and career awareness by means of a collaborative approach with students, parents, educators, and the community. It is our continued goal to develop life-long learners who are productive citizens in this changing global society. To this end, the School Counseling program in the Butler Area School District continues to implement a comprehensive K-12 Guidance Plan to support college and career readiness for all students.

The Middle School Earns Title I Distinguished School Recognition Title I Recognition

Butler Middle School was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School. Each year the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. Butler Middle School was one of 94 schools that were recognized out of more than 2,000 title I schools in Pennsylvania. 

This award recognizes schools that were in the top 5% in achievement for the two most recent academic years or schools that were in the top 5% for growth in the two most recent academic years. In addition, this award recognizes schools that have made the greatest gains in achievement in the "all students group."

Butler Middle School was honored at the 2020 Title I Improving Schools' Performance Conference. Congratulation to our Middle School faculty, staff and students! 

 

Student Wins Logo Design Contest logo contest

Senior Billie Winters designed a logo for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her work was selected out of approximately 75 designs as the National Alliance on Mental Illness logo for their upcoming annual walk and awareness event.  She received a $25.00 Sheetz Gift Card, honorary admission to the walk as she will be recognized as the graphic designer, and a t-shirt. 

Thank you Jennifer McConnell, NAMI Butler County, PA for presenting the award and allowing Butler Senior High School students participation in the contest.  Congratulations Billie!

 

Helping Hands Club Helping Hands

A group of students started a new club at Butler Middle School called Helping Hands. They complete community service projects and help spread kindness around the school.

For their most recent project, the students made Valentine's Day cards and Get Well Soon cards for Kyree at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/02/12/kyree-beachem-valentines-day-cards/

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a healthy, happy Valentine's Day, Kyree!

ESP Drama Presents... Alice in Wonderland Alice Poster

ESP Drama Presents... Alice in Wonderland

February 27, 2020 
6:00 pm
IHS Auditorium

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

View the flyer>

School Make Up Day -- April 9

As you know, school was canceled due to inclement weather on Friday, February 7, 2020. This day will be made up as a traditional school day on Thursday, April 9. All students, faculty and staff should report to school on April 9. 

Should we have another school cancellation, the next scheduled make up day will be on Tuesday, April 14. 

BMS Best Buddies Donut party Best Buddies

Butler Middle School students recently had their first Best Buddies meeting. The students enjoyed a donut and asked each other “get to know you” questions. There are 65 members of the BMS Best Buddies Club with a total with 12 friendship matches.

View photos on Flickr>

(POSTPONED) Calling All 5 Year Olds -- It's Time to Register for Kindergarten! kindergarten registration

If your child will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2020, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Visit our Kindergarten Registration page for more information, including:

  • kindergarten registration dates, times and locations
  • a kindergarten registration timeline
  • kindergarten registration checklist and forms
  • contact information for each elementary school

Click to visit our kindergarten registration page>

Academic Games -- Equations Competition Equations
More than 40 students in grades 7-12 attend the Equations Academic Game competition at Slippery Rock University on Wednesday, January 29. 
 
To play Equations, students use their mathematical problem solving knowledge to create solutions to complicated goals created by their opponents. 
Congratulations to the American Legion Essay Contest Winners american legion

Every year the American Legion conducts an essay writing contest that is open to students grades 9-12. This year the prompt the students responded to was: "Does the US Military Receive the Respect They Deserve?"

Secondary Scheduling Open House scheduling open house

Scheduling Open House
Intermediate High School
Monday, March 2, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
For incoming grades 7–12 (Butler Intermediate High School and Butler Senior High School)

Shuttle service will be provided from the lower Senior High & administrative parking lots from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Click to view more information about scheduling>

The Nutrition Group -- Open Interviews on Feb. 6 Open Interviews

The Nutrition Group is holding open interviews for food service workers on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 12-4 pm at the Butler Senior High School Cafeteria. Part time daylight shifts on Monday-Friday are available. The rate is $9/hour. Call 724-214-3221 with any questions. 

Center Avenue Family Night family night

On January 14, Center Avenue Community School hosted a family night. Center Avenue families had the opportunity to engage in activities with their children and interact with various staff members. Thank you to everyone who attended!

View photos on Flickr>

 

Hometown High Q Hometown High Q

Butler’s Hometown High Q team will be on KDKA this weekend! Tune in (or set your DVRs) for the show, which will air on Saturday, January 25 at 11:00 am and again the following Saturday, February 1 at 11:30 am. 

Our team of Caitlin Rozell, Mikayla Bernhard, and Katie Knights did a wonderful job of representing Butler! Congratulations to the team!

Google Goggles Virtual Field Trip Virtual Field Trip

At Emily Brittain, 4th grade students in Mrs. Reges' class recently borrowed Google Goggles from our local Penn State Extension office. The students used the Google Goggles to take a virtual field trip to the United States monuments and tour the White House. This fun and unique learning experience was an extension of the 4th grade social studies curriculum. 

View more photos on Flickr>

Presidents Competition all students

Butler students put their knowledge to the test at the Presidents Competition at Slippery Rock University. This competition requires students to understand the history, politics, and events surrounding the presidents of the United States of America.

The 9-12 competition was on January 8th and the 7th and 8th graders competed on January 9.

At the 9-12 competition, Mason Grenci and Rachael Lutz were undefeated and are now qualified for the state level Tri Bowl competition!

At the 7th & 8th grade competition, Max Channells and David Krainbucher earned undefeated scores, while a team comprised of Max, David, Miles Lavery, Ardan Oniboni, and Alec Teff came in 2nd place.

Congratulations to all!

Butler Football Update -- Jan. 16, 2020

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

I am pleased to share that PIAA District X has approved Butler Area School District’s football program to be an associate member for the next two (2) years. This means that we will not be independent. I would like to thank District X for this opportunity for our student athletes. We look forward to being a part of the District X football community. I would also like to thank the WPIAL for their support as we rebuild our football program.

3-2-1 Competition 321 competition

Gifted students in grades 7-9 recently participated in the 3-2-1 National Academic Challenge in the Junior High division. This group of 54 students finished 1st in the state of Pennsylvania and 1st in the nation in their division. Congratulations to all!

BMS Best Buddies Kickoff slime

Butler Middle School is starting their own Best Buddies Chapter. Students had fun at a kickoff event where they got to make their own slime. The Best Buddies Program was originally started at the Senior High School. The goal of the program is to bring all students together and promote inclusion. 

Learn more about Best Buddies and register for the Annual Eggstravaganza>

 

Wrestling Team Volunteers at Katie's Kitchen Katie's Kitchen

The Butler Wrestling Team took a day off from practice in December to volunteer to feed the homeless and those in need at Katie's Kitchen at St. Mark's Church. 

"It was a great and humbling experience for these young men," said Coach Stoner.  "It was an event well worth the day off from practice." 

View more photos on Flickr>

Butler Area School District's Football Program

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

Butler Area School District has a very successful athletic program. Many of our teams make the playoffs every year.   

2016-2017 -- 16 varsity teams made the  playoffs
2017-2018 -- 18 varsity teams made the playoffs (broke our school record)
2018-2019 -- 15 varsity teams made the playoffs


Over that three year span, we have had 101 athletes go on to play a sport in college.
 
However, our football program has not thrived. The program has had 7 coaches in 21 years and has an extremely low participation rate. I have spent time looking at data related to the program, including analyzing the game stats, comparing youth football rosters to varsity rosters and reviewing participation rates in multiple sports. I have also assessed the funding of the football program as well as conducted an economic comparison of the other schools in our section. In addition, I have had informal discussions about our football program with many people. 

Butler SHS featured on Fishing University Fishing University

Butler Senior High School is featured on an episode of Fishing University that will debut this week! Internationally televised, thirty-three year old television show Fishing University, made Butler County home for a week to film episodes of America's original "how-to" fishing program. 

The competitive fishing show is packed with "how-to tips" and "tricks of the trade: making it popular among competitive amateur and professional anglers. Fishing University will not only feature Lake Arthur and Glade Run Lake, but also highlight local dining, activities and area attractions. It will also feature a one hour program at Butler Senior High School. 

The schedule is below. All times are EST. 

ODC = Outdoor Channel
SPM = Sportsman Channel
WFN = World Fishing Network

Monday, Dec. 30 on SPM at 10:00 am
Tuesday, Dec. 31 on SPM at 5:30 am
Wednesday, Jan. 1 on WFN at 3:30 am
Wednesday, Jan. 1 on WFN at 11:00 pm
Thursday, Jan. 2 on ODC at 6:00 am
Friday, Jan. 3 on WFN at 12:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 3 on WFN at 10:00 pm
Saturday, Jan. 4 on ODC at 9:00 am
Saturday, Jan. 4 on SPM at 11:00 am
Sunday, Jan. 5 on SPM at 4:00 am 

BMS Career Day BMS Career Day

Thirty Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School (BCAVTS) students came to the Middle School to talk about the 15 different programs offered at BCAVTS.  Students learned about entrepreneurship and all of the different trades.  Middle School students had the opportunity to interact with the Vo-Tech students and ask questions about each of their different programs. Thanks to the Vo-Tech students for visiting the Middle School!

Shop with a Cop Shop With A Cop

Forty-eight students had the opportunity to participate in “Shop with a Cop” at Walmart today. Officers from our local municipalities, the county and the state participated. Thank you to Walmart and our local police officers for making this special opportunity possible!

SHS Students Perform with PMEA District 5 SHS PMEA

Eleven students from the Butler Senior High School were selected to perform with the PMEA District 5 Honors Band.  The festival was held December 12th - December 14th at Westminster College.  The concert was December 14th at Orr Auditorium on the Westminster campus. 

BMS & IHS Community Activity community activity

Butler Middle School and Intermediate High School students in the Hearing Support program recently went downtown where they participated in community based learning. After lunch at Natili’s, they went shopping for laundry supplies to fill baskets that local churches will be distributing at community dinners.

View more photos on Flickr>

McQuistion Visits Sunnyview Center Sunnyview

Mrs. Carrie Persichini and her McQuistion Elementary students are continuing their partnership with neighboring Sunnyview Center by visiting and singing holiday music for the residents. They visited on the evenings of December 6 and 13.

The “Modern Band” ukuleles and keyboards with percussion instruments were special additions this year. The students are also learning “music as a second language” and jumping right in on some beginner chords and beats!

Watch the performance>

Butler Makes the College Board’s 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll AP Honor Roll

Butler Area School District is being honored by the College Board with placement on the 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 10th Annual Honor Roll, Butler Area School District had to increase the number of students participating in AP since 2017 while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

LinguiSHTIK Competition LinguiSHTIK competition

Yesterday, 33 students from grades 7 - 12 attended the LinguiSHTIK competition at Slippery Rock University.  LinguiSHTIK requires the students to use their grammar and vocabulary skills to create sentences that meet complex requirements.  Eight of our students earned undefeated scores, and two teams in the middle division placed among their peers. 

Max Channells, Lauren McKean, Deagan Moore, Ardan Oniboni, Evie Paserba, Allie Schnur, Miles Schaeffer, and Hunter Swidzinski earned undefeated scores, qualifying them to participate in the next round of competition in the spring.  Also, Mary Bohin, Lauren McKean, Evie Paserba, Brycen Seth, and Hunter Swidzinski's team won 2nd place, and the team of Ava Brewster, Max Channells, Ryan DeSantis, David Krainbucher, and Ardan Oniboni won 6th place.  

Butler Rock Orchestra Visits Elementary Schools Butler Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra recently visited Emily Brittain, Northwest and Summit. The students really enjoyed the music and the concert experience. View photos on Flickr>

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Eggstravaganza Eggstravaganza

Butler Senior High School's Best Buddies club is presenting its 2nd Annual Eggstravaganza Event. The event will be held on April 4th at the SHS/IHS campus.

Events

Easter Egg Dash (5K)
Bunny Hop (1-Mile Fun Run/Walk)
Easter Egg Hunt (Children 10 and Under)

 

Registration Dates and Deadlines

Early Bird Special Pricing: November 6th- February 15th
Discount Online Pricing: February 16th - March 28th
Registration will be available on the day of the event, no discounts will be applied.

 

Click for additional information>

Flexible Instructional Day Survey

Dear Butler Area School District Parents and Students:

As you know, Wednesday, November 27 was a Flexible Instructional Day (FID) for Butler Area School District. Since this was our first time implementing FIDS, we would like your feedback regarding the day. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey that applies to you.

Parents/Guardians: https://forms.gle/XhXAJTcAVHDeyhe46

Students: https://forms.gle/dQByvrTEXMCsTkEW8

For more information about Flexible Instructional Days, please visit: https://www.basdk12.org/Content/fid.

Thank you!

Make-A-Wish Party make a wish

Cael Lewis, a second grader at Center Township, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He was recently was granted a “wish” by Make-A-Wish!  Make-A-Wish volunteers, Cael’s teacher, and classmates surprised him with a send off party! 

IHS Career Day career day

Butler Intermediate High School students recently participated in Career Day. Tricia Pritchard, Adjunct Professor and Workforce Development Trainer at  Butler County Community College,  spoke to 9th grade students about career awareness and career decision making. Several Butler Senior High School students joined Ms. Pritchard in her presentation. The SHS students reflected on their experience at the Intermediate High School and offered words of wisdom to current 9th graders. Thank you to Ms. Pritchard for her impactful presentation!

Twenty speakers from a variety of careers visited the Intermediate High School to speak to 8th grade students about their careers. A special thanks to all of the presenters who took time out of their day to participate!

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Cart Bitty and Beau’s coffee cart

Sophia Cooper, 3rd grader at Northwest Elementary School and Bitty and Beau’s coffee cart owner, recently brought her cart to school. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee shop is a franchise run by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

IHS Student Earns 2nd Place in the NCW Poetry Contest Poster Contest

Eighth grader David Krainbucher received a second place in the NCW Poetry Contest in the 6-8th grade category! His science teacher is Mrs. Veronica Sankey.

Care Packages for the Troops Thank You! Care Packages for the Troops

Thank you to everyone who made our Care Packages for the Troops a huge success! Butler Middle School sent 328 care packages to our troops oversees! 

The Golden Tornado Marching Band NYC Trip Marching Band

The Golden Tornado Marching Band visited New York City in November. Highlights of their trip included seeing Frozen on Broadway, the National Geographic Encounter - Ocean Odyssey, Time Square, Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and a dinner cruise on the Hudson.

Despite the rain and cold, the band received a warm welcome at the Stamford Connecticut Parade.  You can see their performance by clicking on the link below at the 53 minute mark.

https://www.facebook.com/173258076089827/posts/2606366889445588?sfns=mo 

View more photos on Flickr>

Project Hang Tough Project Hang Tough

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. This year at the Intermediate High School participated in Project Hang Tough. The goal of Hang Tough is to fill stockings with items that can be gifted to cancer patients. The stockings are then handed out in local cancer institutions in December. Over the course of the last week, the Intermediate High School collected a total of 125 stocking (and also have 2 heaping rubbermaid containers full of items to finish stuffing more stockings). 

Center Avenue Thanksgiving Center Ave Thanksgiving

Center Avenue Community School students, parents, faculty and staff enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast! View photos on Flickr>

Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation Receives EITC Donations

Three local businesses have made generous contributions to the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit  (EITC) Program. Nextier Bank donated $20,000, First National Bank donated $5,000, and UPMC donated $1,000.

The donations will be used to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) education at Butler Area School District.

Please visit the Scholastic Foundation Website at https://www.goldentornadoscholasticfoundation.org/ to learn more about EITC and STEAM.

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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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>

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.