Every year the American Legion conducts an essay writing contest that is open to all students grades 7-12. The essay contest was conducted in November and a panel of teachers at the Intermediate served as judges. The winners receive a certificate as well as a monetary award from the American Legion.
Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. A total of 158 Title I schools, including Butler Middle School, were selected for this honor.
Congratulations to the Butler Middle School faculty, staff and students!
We want to let you know that the grade reporting tile on the Tyler Parent Portal will be temporarily unavailable while our teachers are inputting their final grades for the semester. The grade reporting tile will be disabled on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. We expect it to be available again on Thursday, January 31, 2019. In addition, digital grades and report cards will be distributed on January 31. Thank you for your patience!
I am at a loss for words regarding this morning’s tragedy. Anytime a student passes it is devastating and it impacts our entire school community. We have made and will continue to make extra counselors available for any students and staff members who are in need of grief support. I encourage anybody in need of grief support to visit our counselors or seek help in our community.
The Office of the Attorney General adopted the Safe2Say Something Program, which will be used by all school districts in Pennsylvania. Safe2Say is an anonymous reporting system that allows individuals (students, parents, teachers, staff, community members, etc.) to report anyone who may be showing signs they have the potential to carry out an act of violence at school.
Due to the power outages earlier this year, we submitted an emergency waiver request to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, at this time, we have not heard back from the state. Thus, it is necessary to schedule two make up days.
The make up dates will be:
The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation (GTSF) recently received two generous donations through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. NexTier Bank and Baglier Buick GMC Mazda each donated $5,000 to the GTSF in 2018. The funds will be used to support the district’s STEAM program.
Save the date for the Senior High School Best Buddies Program Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 13. The event includes the Easter Egg Dash (5K), Bunny Hop (1 Mi) and Easter Egg Hunt. Proceeds will benefit the Best Buddies Program. Click for more information> | Click to register>
Connoquenessing students participated in the BEAT assembly at the end of December. BEAT stands for Behavior, Effort, Attitude, Teamwork. Students who earned a BEAT buck and won the 10 in a row on the front whiteboard got to race the principal in the gym or eat lunch with a friend at a special table. View more photos on Flickr>
First grade students at Connoquenessing Elementary donated toys to Children & Youth Services in Butler.
Instead of doing a gift exchange, third grade students at Connoquenessing decided to collect donations for the Humane Society.
There's no place like home for the holidays. We had another surprise homecoming at Butler just before winter break. Welcome home Eric Mitchell! Thank you for your service to our country.
Sixty-three gifted students from Butler Intermediate High School participated in the 3-2-1 Competition and finished as the State Champions! They also had the highest score in the nation in their division.
The Challenge Program, Inc. distributed financial awards to the underclassmen at Butler Senior High School for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service during the 2017/2018 school year. The Program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel and introduce them to career opportunities in their own communities. XTO Energy was the partner of The Challenge Program, Inc. at Butler Senior High School last year.
Students Hunter Anderson, Jacob Fulmer, Copeland Gebhart, and Edwin Wilczynski participate in Mr. Sovek’s extra S.T.E.A.M. time. The students use the CNC machine to make signs for Mr. McCool and Mr. Takacs’s aquaponics lab.
Students in Miss Pernazza's social studies classes got their passports ready, packed their suitcases and boarded the plane for Holidays Around the World. Students traveled to Israel, Italy, England and Mexico to learn about each country's holiday traditions. View more photos on Flickr>
Sophomores Payton Cornetti, Paris Brown, Alison Altman, Kendall McLister, Sarah Fiorina, Sidney Duffy, and Sophia Lucas recently went "Caroling for a Cure."
Their goal was to raise $300, but they ended up raising over $1000 for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh!
Watch a video of the students caroling for a cure>
Congratulations to these students! And, thank you for your generous and kind contribution to our community.
Mr. Wolford has been working with the students in Mr. Armahizer's life skills class to create amazing lid signs and lid murals at Intermediate High School!
McQuistion chorus visited Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center twice in December to sing holiday music and visit with residents. This is the fifth year that McQuistion Elementary School has coordinated outreach to our neighbors at Sunnyview. Everyone looks forward to visiting Sunnyview -- both the residents and our students!
Butler Area School District is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.
Twenty-six Intermediate High School and Senior High School students attended the LinguiSHTIK competition at Slippery Rock University on Wednesday, December 5th. Four of the students earned Undefeated scores, and three of our teams placed second, third and fourth in their respective divisions. Congratulations to the students!
The Butler Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization recently competed with 17 other school districts and over 1,100 students in various academic competitions with a very successful result.
Butler students earned top recognition in several categories.
Students in Mrs. Neff's second grade class and Mrs. Covert's third grade class at Connoquenessing recently completed a Growth Mindset lesson. Using the story "Giraffes Can't Dance," students worked to reframe their own thinking. The students also completed an art project to go along with their growth mindsets.
The Butler Rock Orchestra recently completed their first Holiday Tour! The Rock Orchestra visited Emily Brittain Elementary, McQuistion Elementary and Center Township Elementary where they performed holiday hits from Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as some other holiday favorites.
We will be conducting an intruder drill at the Senior High School today (Wednesday, December 12, 2018). The purpose of this drill is to help our faculty, staff and students be prepared should we ever have an intruder in the building. The drill will also enable our School Security Officers to assess our process and procedures and make adjustments as necessary.
We wanted to make you aware of our planned drill in case you notice unusual activity at the SHS today.
The Bubba Show, Mr. Richard Bazzy at Shults Ford and family and friends at Summit Elementary School all worked together to ensure 28 Summit families have their Christmas wishes come true!
Butler Middle School successfully completed their 4th Annual Care Packages for the Troops project! This year they sent 190 boxes to soldiers overseas! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort! And, a special thank you to the American Legion Post 117 for paying for all of the postage.
View photos on Flickr>
Congratulations to the following students for representing the Butler Area School District in the PMEA music festivals.
Some iOS (Apple) users may have noticed a white screen or blank screen on the Tyler app. Tyler is aware of the problem and has fixed it by releasing a new version of the app in the Apple App Store. If you are experiencing an issue with your app, please try downloading the updated version.
Butler Senior High School students Noah Proctor, Jordan Ray and Sophia Lex will compete on KDKA’s Hometown High Q on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Good luck to the team!
The Drama Club presents “Young Sherlock” by Craig Sodaro.
December 7th 3pm and 7pm
Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Students, Kids are free
Presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service,Inc., Denver, Colorado.
It was a great day in Butler when Sergeant Major Fred Nichols surprised his family at school just two days before Thanksgiving. Sergeant Major Nichols had been deployed for a year with the National Guard and his family wasn't expecting him home for another two weeks.
The Butler Band had a great time performing in the 34th Annual Grand Illuminations Parade in Norfolk, VA. They were warmly welcomed by the crowds along the parade route as they performed. It was the first night parade with the new drum lights.
Ms. Schuster's 5th grade math class recently reviewed decimals by visiting the "Decimal Diner." Students were actively engaged while they added, subtracted, compared and rounded decimals. They also enjoyed a snack while they were taking food orders and practicing their math skills!
View more photos on Flickr>
The Intermediate High School hosted their Annual Career Day on November 20. This year, Career Day featured 20 guest speakers. Each presenter spoke to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students about their profession and career path.
UPDATE: Power has been restored at all of our schools! Butler Area School District will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow (Tuesday, November 20, 2018).
Due to the power outages and other complications, the School Organization Community Forum scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 4 pm at Northwest Elementary has been canceled.
Although the Butler Area School District is closed today (Monday, November 19), the winter sports tryouts/practices will go on today as scheduled, except for bowling. Click here to view the start time, date and location of your child's sport. If you have any questions, please contact the athletic office at 724-214-3232.
While I had hoped we would be able to have school tomorrow, we have run into a few additional complications this afternoon. At this point, we know we will not be able to open our schools tomorrow. Thus, all Butler Area School District public schools will be closed tomorrow (November 19, 2018). Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this unique situation.
On Wednesday, November 7th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, plan to hold a dinner and special ceremony recognizing outstanding educators in the area.
The nominees are:
Butler Middle School students recently had the opportunity to participate in the "It's My Life - Camfel Assembly. The event was sponsored by the school's PTO and BTSU.
At this time, we are still planning to dismiss all schools at their regular time. Please be aware that our buses may be delayed, as all drivers have been instructed to proceed with extra caution.
All after school and evening activities have been cancelled for this evening (Thursday, November 15, 2018). However, at this time, the band trip will still depart as scheduled late this evening.
With the winter season upon us, we’d like to remind you of our school delay and closing procedures.
I make the decision to delay or cancel school after I review the weather forecast and consult with our Transportation Department. When necessary, the district also consults with the municipalities and other resources within our community. Each decision regarding whether or not to delay or cancel school is made with student safety as the primary concern. I recognize that any delay or cancellation can create hardships for our families and do not take this decision lightly.
The BMS Run Club participated in the 2018 Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 3.
"All our Run Club girls who participated in the Turkey Trot finished strong," said Mrs. Rekich. "I'm so proud of all of them!"
Butler students, faculty and staff are honoring veterans for their service.
A very special thank you to all of those who are serving or have served our country.
View photos of these special activities on Flickr>
The Senior High School launched a brand new chapter in the Best Buddies program! The first event for the club, which includes 75 members, was a Match Party at the Butler Senior High School! Best Buddies is part of the Senior High School's initiative to promote inclusion among students with and without disabilities. View more photos on Flickr>
Center Avenue Community School students recently participated in a Red Ribbon Week slime assembly. Students who earned golden tickets Monday-Thursday of Red Ribbon Week were entered into a drawing to win a chance to slime a staff member.
Butler Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31. In addition, students "mixed it up at lunch" on October 23. View photos on Flickr>
Ms. Nancy Braun, the fourth grade teacher at Connoquenessing, invited several veterans to come to the school to speak to students.
Students in Mrs. Hundertmark's class at Center Township participated in a pumpkin math activity. The students weighed, measured and even helped to design their pumpkins. They also had to figure out whether pumpkins sink or float. It was a messy, but fun afternoon!
The 4th grade students in Mrs. Montag's science classes participated in Plant the Promise for Red Ribbon Week with Ms.Gall from Butler County Human Services: Drug and Alcohol Program. View more photos on Flickr>
We had our first School Organization Community Forum on Tuesday night. I would really like to thank everybody who took the time to be at this event. Your feedback is important as we move through this process. Several more School Organization Community Forums are planned for November.
Intermediate High School students in Ms. Snyder's Calcubot class have spent the past week creating themed mazes with obstacles to navigate using their robots.
Students in Mrs. Miller's first grade class at McQuistion Elementary School participated in White Cane Awareness Day in October.
Students from Center Avenue took a trip to Metrick's Harvest View Farm where they learned a lot about honeybees and pollination. They were also taught about different types of apples and how apple cider is made.
Congressman Mike Kelly recently spoke to students in first period Honors Government (11th), AP Comparative (10-12), AP US History (10-11), and Transitions (10-12).
During their recent food drive, Center Township students, families, faculty and staff collected 10,264 items, which will be used for the Kids’ Weekend Backpack Program. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
Hines Ward, former Pittsburgh Steeler, sent a message to the students at Center Avenue encouraging them to follow the three Bs -- Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.
Butler Middle School students recently participated in the BTSU Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. The winners will all have their artwork turned into a poster that will be displayed at the school.
Students in Mr. Andrews’ Fisheries Science class (also known as Trout in the Classroom) recently had a real world learning opportunity. The students formed “companies” and made a pitch to their “clients: on why they believe their company should be selected for funding of the riparian buffer project at Thorn Creek.
The Butler Middle School Run Club is a free club that is open to all 5th and 6th grade girls at the Middle School. The club meets two times each week throughout the fall to train for the Butler YMCA Turkey Trot on Nov 3rd. The Turkey Trot is a 5K race. Every girl who entered fished the race last year!
Seventh grade students recently participated in team building activities with our Starfish leaders and teachers.
The National Character Education Foundation and the Office of Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Ellis arranged for Mr. Jon Pritikin to speak to students at Connoquenessing and Summit Elementary Schools. The assembly was part of our district-wide bullying prevention initiative.
Students in 9th and 10th grade had the opportunity to visit Kawneer Cranberry for National Manufacturing Day. Their visit included a tour of the facility, activities and a round table discussion. Thank you to everyone at Kawneer Cranberry for making this day possible!
We have been notified that the Pennsylvania State Police are using all appropriate resources at their disposal to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania’s school students. As part of their efforts, state troopers may drive through school grounds or visit the main office at a school at any time during the school day. Their hope is that the enhanced presence in Pennsylvania schools will assist in keeping our students and staff safe.
The Middle School is proud to announce that it is an official PA Fish and Boat Commission fishery! In addition, BMS is going to be a part of the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program this year.
Butler Middle School participated in Penny Wars to help raise money for the Be Tuff Stand Up program, including t-shirts and prizes for students.
Academic teams “competed” against one another to raise the most money. Pennies and dollar bills counted toward the positive scores, while silver coins counted negatively towards the total. The competition was fierce!
Kindergarten students at Emily Brittain recently used their STEAM skills to construct boats that float. View more photos on Flickr>
Summit Elementary School recently received the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant to help support the school’s book room. Mrs. Cindy Michelini wrote the grant for the ELA Book Room two years in a row. Last year, the school received $2,500 and this year the school received $3,000.
Emily Brittain students recently had the opportunity to participate in the Officer Phil Program. This program provides various lessons on safety as well as character education.
Ms. Peters, Gifted Coordinator at the Senior High School, recently took a small group of students to BC3 for the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge orientation.
The students are creating their own business model that they will present on November 5. The students will be competing against other schools. Good luck!
Students in Mr. Waseleski's class at the Intermediate High School had a special throwback day during spirit week.
The Butler Senior High Choirs will present their fall choral concert on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. A variety of styles of choral music will be presented and the Senior High students will collaborate with Intermediate students for the combined finale.
We are developing our facility plan for the Butler Area School District. Many of our schools need capital improvements -- some more than others. Prior to investing money into all eleven schools, we have decided to solicit your input to determine if our community is satisfied with how we are currently organized.
Butler Area School District is holding a community meeting on October 23 from 4-6 pm at the IHS to learn about a new research study and receive community feedback on what parents, students and other community leaders believe are the essentials for a quality education.
Mrs. Tanya Wilkinson, Center Township physical education teacher, received a grant from the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation to implement The First Tee National School Program.
The State Police are conducting an active shooter training at Broad Street Elementary on Wednesday, Octobe r 3. You may notice increased police action in that area as a result of the training.
We had an outstanding turnout at the Butler Band Alumni Night! About 75 alums returned to Butler for the event! Thanks to everyone who joined us at the event. It was definitely a night to remember! View photos on Flickr>
Congratulations to Dennis Goodwine and Sydney Mylan. Dennis and Sydney were named the 2018 Homecoming Prince and Princess!
Butler Spirit Week was a lot of fun! Thanks to everybody who participated. View photos on Flickr>
The Center Avenue Community School's Back to School Picnic was a lot of fun! View more photos on Flickr>
Butler Middle School recently had an assembly to kick off their "Be Tuff Stand Up" program. Mrs. Wilson & Mrs. Mowrey has a presentation for the students, with some “words of wisdom” videos that featured a few 6th grade students.
Eighth grade students at the Intermediate High School recently participated in an engineering activity. Students had to design a whirligig to land with accuracy on a target and maintain the longest flight time.
Eighth grade geography students celebrated the International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21. The class discussed why certain nations experience high levels of peace, while others do not. They used the interactive map from Vision of Humanity to lead their discussions.
September 24-28 is Spirit Week at Butler. Each School has their own theme days.
Senior High School student Joe Atkinson has been appointed the Student Representative for the Butler Township Board of Commissioners!
The Butler Area School District community is invited to share their feedback regarding the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.
We received the results of the follow-up water quality testing that was done at the Intermediate High School.
First graders in Miss Erb's class at Summit Elementary School recently learned about hearing loss.
Center Township students have been learning how to SOAR!
The SOAR acronym reminds students to display behaviors that are Safe & In control, show Ownership, display a positive Attitude, and demonstrate Respect & Responsibility.
We have continued to test the water throughout all of our schools to ensure it is safe to use. We just received the results from our most recent round of testing. The results showed elevated levels of lead in three water fixtures – two at the Intermediate High School and one at the Harriger Educational Services Center. The results have been posted to our website. Click to view the results>
Due to the forecasted heat, Butler Area School District will dismiss school two hours early on Wednesday, September 5. This applies to all Butler Area School District schools. Lunch will be served at every school before dismissal. Butler Area School District students who typically attend third session vo-tech will be dismissed two hours early with the secondary schools.
Discover Costa Rica this summer! The 8 day adventure is planned for the end of June 2019. An informational parent meeting for students in grades 10-12 will be held on Thursday, Sept 20 at 7:00 pm in the Senior High School Library. We hope to see you there!
Third grade students in Mrs. Scheidt's class at Summit Elementary recently had the opportunity to participate in a fun STEAM activity.
It was a great first week at Butler Area School District! As I was walking the halls of our schools, I really enjoyed seeing the faces of students who were actively engaged in learning. However, I also saw the faces of students who were uncomfortably hot in some of our buildings -- especially in the afternoon.
The Kids' Weekend Backpack Program will continue to serve all K-4 schools in the Butler Area School District. Read the community letter> | Download the enrollment form>
Attention all Butler Band and Sequinette Alumni! This year’s Alumni Night is scheduled for Friday, September 28.
Butler Area School District launched Tyler, our new Student Information System, over the summer. We sincerely appreciate your patience as transition to Tyler. Click for more information regarding Tyler>
Welcome back students! We are so glad you are here!
Carrie Persichini, music teacher at Center Avenue Community School and McQuistion Elementary, won second prize in the Back to School with NextTier Bank Sponsor a Teacher Essay Contest.
The Butler Golden Tornado Marching Band Pie Festival is an annual event sponsored by the band as both a fundraiser and an introduction of the band's new show to the community. The Varsity Cheerleaders and Football team are introduced and the band performs its 2018 pregame and half-time show.
Kick Start Kindergarten is an event for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Wednesday, August 22 from 6-7:15 pm at your child's elementary school. View the flyer for more information>
The Nutrition Group, Butler Area School District's food service provider, is using a new online payment system. Parents will need to create a new account.
The Butler Area School District mobile app can be used to view news, alerts, the staff directory and other website information.
Students who are starting Algebra I at the Intermediate High School this year had the opportunity to participate in Algebra Camp for a week in August.
The Butler BookStop is coming and you’re invited! The Butler Area School District BookStop will make another run through the community on Friday, August 17, 2018. Meet us at one of the locations to pick out a free gently used book. Children can bring a book to trade or just pick out one for themselves.
View the flyer to a list of stop locations and times>
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Division of Food and Nutrition (DFN), has selected Emily Brittain Elementary School to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The Butler Area School District Policy has adopted a ''Random Drug Testing Policy" (Policy 227.1) that is intended to advance an alcohol and drug-free environment for Butler Area School District students and employees. This policy is in response to a crisis of drug use in our country and our community.
The Butler Area School District is excited to welcome two new elementary principals for the 2018-2019 school year!
The Butler Intermediate High School is one of 10 schools in the Maker Learning Leadership Cohort. According to an article posted on the Digital Promise website, "This regional effort convenes educators who are committed to maker learning and aims to amplify maker learning’s impact on student outcomes while making it more sustainable for schools and equitable for all students."
We have confirmed the dates for Orientation, Kick Start Kindergarten and Back to School Night (formerly known as Open House). Please mark your calendars!
Two Butler Senior High School students recently had the opportunity to travel abroad with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra.
The Butler Athletic Department is proud to present its 2017-2018 sports summary! We had a total of 17 varsity teams make the playoffs this school year, which set a new school record along with an enormous amount of individual success. Click to read more>
Welcome to the Butler Area School District's athletic program. We are pleased you made the decision to play for the Golden Tornado, and hope you have an enjoyable experience this season!
Visit the Athletic Department website for more information>
Or click to register>
The Butler BookStop made its first trip around the community on Monday, June 18. Two trucks loaded with books ventured out into the community making a total of 13 stops along the way.
It's not too late to register for kindergarten! If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, it's time to register for kindergarten.
And you’re invited! The Butler Area School District BookStop will make its first run through the community on Monday, June 18, 2018. Meet us at one of these locations to pick out a free gently used book. Children can bring a book to trade or just pick out one for themselves.
On June 6, 517 students graduated from Butler Area School District. The student speakers -- Lillian Ford and Camden Seybert -- provided inspiration to their peers before they all joined the ranks of Butler alumni.
Welcome to the new Butler Area School District website! The Butler Area School District.