District News

Introducing Our New Principals

Butler Area School District is excited to introduce four new principals and two new assistant principals. 

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Revolutionary War Re-enactment Revolutionary War

Retired Butler Area School District teachers Ken and Luann Cherry visited Northwest Elementary School to teach second grade students about the Revolutionary War. Mr. and Mrs. Cherry have been doing re-enactments for 30 years. Their granddaughter, Penny Cherry, is a second grade student at Northwest. She has been participating in re-enactments since she was a baby. 

Thank you to the Cherry family for visiting Northwest!  

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High Note Music Festival at CMU Orchestra Competition

The Butler Senior High Orchestra, the Butler Chamber Orchestra and the Butler Rock Orchestra all participated in the High Note Music Festival at Carnegie Mellon University in June. All three groups received the highest rating of Superior as well as a trophy! 

Students Participate in State Latin Competition Latin Club

On Friday, May 24th, 69 Butler High School Latin students traveled to Penn State University to compete in the annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League (PAJCL) State Convention.  Butler took home the second place overall trophy, winning 60 awards in the academic, athletic, graphic and creative arts categories as well as winning the overall chapter spirit competition.

Save the Date for Kindergarten Screening

When you register your child for kindergarten during the summer, you will be asked to choose a screening appointment date and time on July 15, 16, 18 or 19.

School Re-Organization -- Share Your Feedback

Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, presented his recommendation for the future organization of our schools on Monday, June 10, 2019. His recommendation is based on numerous factors, including community feedback that was gathered at the School Organization Community Forums last fall. 

At this point, we are once again asking for community feedback. We hope you will take the time to review Dr. White's report and share your feedback by completing a short survey. 

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Community Leaders of Tomorrow Video Contest XTO Energy

Two Butler Senior High School students won prizes in the Community Leaders of Tomorrow video contest, which was sponsored by XTO Energy.

The contest allowed students to highlight local charity groups in their videos. The groups represented in the winning videos received generous donations from XTO Energy.

PJAS State Competition PJAS State Competition

Forty-four Butler Area students in grades 7-12 competed at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) State Competition at Penn State University.

Conno Spring Fling Conno Spring Fling

On Friday, May 24 the second graders at Connoquenessing Elementary celebrated with a Spring Fling. 

IHS Fisheries Science Program Water Day Water Day

On May 21, 2019, members of the Butler Intermediate High School Fisheries Science Program attended this year's Water Day activities at the Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project. 

Students Receive Good Citizenship Award Good Citizens

Two Summit Elementary Students recently received the Good Citizenship Award. This award is presented by the Pennsylvania State Senate. Congratulations to Hailey Frobe and Lily Graef! 

MSA Visit MSA Trip

Senior High School students enrolled in AP Physics recently had the opportunity to visit MSA. While on their site visit, the students met with CEO Nish Vartanian, toured the production facility and saw some of the testing procedures used on safety products.

A special thank you to Mr. Vartanian and everyone at MSA for making this experience possible! 

Rock Orchestra Tour Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra visited Summit Elementary, Center Avenue Community School and McQuistion Elementary on May 17. The Rock Orchestra put on a fantastic show for all of the students and staff at each school! 

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! 

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.

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.

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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. 

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. 

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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.

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! 

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