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BASD Winter Weather Plan winter weather plan

In an effort to maximize in person instruction for our students, we will have traditional snow days this year. This means students will not have school, nor will they have to learn remotely. The days will be made up according to our calendar

If we have a particularly bad winter with more than a few snow days, it is possible that we will implement a flexible instructional day (FIDS). In that case, we will distribute devices and/or learning materials to students. More details will be shared if we get to the point where we have to implement a flexible instructional day.

Summit Students Give Thanks Give Thanks

Mrs. Reges's fourth grade class at Summit Elementary School recently completed a cooperative family project. Each student made a turkey feather together with their own family to display what they are thankful for. Then the class put their feathers together to make a turkey.

The students also completed a fun fall project where they got to learn about deciduous trees. The students found leaves around the school and at home, and then they used them to create a leaf animal.  

Great job, fourth grade! 

Broad Street Thanksgiving Floats floats

Mrs. Riederer’s first grade class at Broad Street Elementary School used the design process to create balloon floats. Then the scholars paraded their floats around the school -- just like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Broad Street Pays It Forward Pay It Forward

Broad Street Elementary School scholars and staff showed their appreciation for our community during their "Pay-It-Forward" week.  The scholars gave thanks for their lunch mentors, backpack volunteers, fire department, police department, VA hospital, and Butler Memorial Hospital throughout the week. Using the Design Process, the scholars created banners, Christmas cards, ornaments and placemats as gifts to show their appreciation. 

Great job, BSES scholars! And, thank you to all of the amazing people who work hard to support our community and our school! 

McQuistion Best Buddies McQuistion Best Buddies

McQuistion Elementary School students and staff participated in a Penny War to benefit McQuistion Best Buddies. The winning class was Mr. Bandura's room! As a reward, Mr. Bandura's students got to transform their teacher into a turkey! 

After the Penny War, the school held an exciting Best Buddy Event. Students made new friends while playing "pin the feather on the turkey," creating placemats that were given to Sunnyview, and socializing with friends while enjoying Eat n Park cookies.

Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent congratulations

Eleven recently seniors signed their National Letters of Intent. Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes! 

9th Grade Students Visit Fallingwater Fallingwater

Ms. Lindsey Walker had always hoped to take her 9th grade interior design class to Fallingwater.

When Dr. White offered all BASD teachers the chance to submit a “DREAM” proposal and win $500 to turn their dream into a reality, Ms. Walker jumped at the chance. Her proposal was selected and her dream became a reality!

Middle School Students Decorate Coffee Sleeves to Thank Health Care Workers BMS Thanks

The students at Butler Middle School decorated coffee sleeves for Butler Health System workers through the Be Tuff Stand Up program. 

Be Tuff Stand Up is part of Middle School's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program that engages students in a positive way in order to promote a sense of community within our school and community at large. BMS students created about 700 coffee sleeves that will be handed out through Cummings' Coffee Shop's hospital location.

NJHS Recognizes Children's Grief Awareness Day It's okay not to be okay

The officers of the National Junior Honor Society presented Shawn Sledzianowski, the school services coordinator for Highmark Caring Place - Warrendale Office, with a donation of just over $1000. Butler's National Junior Honor Society has been an active member of the Caring Team of Pittsburgh since 2005, and helps raise money and promotes awareness for Highmark's Caring Place and its mission. The donation was made in honor of Children's Grief Awareness Day was November 18, 2021.

BASD Technology Survey for Grades K-6 K-6 Technology Survey

The district has received a grant that will be used to purchase needed technology. Specifically, the grant will help provide devices for students who do not have access to their own device at home.

We are gathering information to determine who has access to a device (laptop, chromebook, iPad) and who does not have consistent access to technology.

Butler Orchestra Winter Concert orchestra concert

Butler Orchestra Winter Concert
December 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium

Featuring holiday favorites performed by:

  • 7th Grade Orchestra
  • 8th & 9th Grade Orchestra
  • Senior High Orchestra
  • Butler Rock Orchestra
Hometown High Q Hometown High Q

Our Hometown High Q team earned a close second place in their recent Hometown High Q competition. Congratulations to senior Rebekah Kalberer, junior Charles Simms and sophomore David Krainbucher!

IHS Tornado Connection -- Fall 2021 Tornado Connection -- Fall 2021

The Tornado Connection is the Intermediate High School's online newspaper for parents. The articles are written by 7th and 8th grade students in Ms. Minch's "Tornado Connection" enrichment class. 

Click to read the Fall 2021 issue of the Tornado Connection.

Northwest Students Recognize Veterans Day Veterans Day

Mrs. Bauer's second grade class at Northwest Elementary worked on a lap book project in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to all those who have served and are serving our country!

Broad Street Honors Veterans Broad Street on Veterans Day

Broad Street Elementary School students and staff honored Veterans and showed their appreciation for all those who have served our country. 

Happy Veterans Day from the IHS 7th Grade Chorus Veterans Day

The Butler Intermediate High School Chorus would like to thank all of our veterans. The group recorded a video performance to show their appreciation for our veterans.

"You sacrificed to serve our nation. You make us proud in many ways. Because of you, we have our freedom. And so we thank you. And we honor you. You are the heart and soul of America. And we are a grateful nation. Thank you." - The 7th Grade Chorus

Butler Intermediate Drama Club Presents... Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. Willy Wonka Jr.

Butler Intermediate Drama Club Presents... Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. 

Friday, November 19 at 3:15 and 7:00 pm

Tickets can be requested at a presale price of $3.00 for students and $5.00 for adults. Children 4 and under can attend for free. The Presale Google Form will be available to the general public through the district website on November 15 and 16. The presale Google Form is only available through November 16. After November 16, ALL tickets will be $5 and only available at the door.

Willy Wonka Presale Ticket Form  Please note: Presale tickets will be accepted on November 15 and 16. The link will only be available on 11/15 and 11/16. 

BMS Honors Veterans Day 2021 Veterans Day

Each year, Butler Middle School has an assembly honoring Veterans Day. Although the whole school cannot gather in the auditorium this year, that won't stop them from taking the time to recognize our local veterans and learn about the meaning of this important day. 

Vote for CJ Singleton for PA High School Athlete of the Week! CJ Singleton

Butler Boys Cross Country runner, CJ Singleton, has been nominated for MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Athlete of the Week Award! The winner of this award is decided by fan vote. Help CJ win by voting as many times as possible between now and noon on Monday, November 15. The two athletes with the most votes will earn awards. 

Click here to vote!  Good luck, CJ! 



Northwest Elementary Donates Stockings Stockings

The students and staff of Northwest Elementary School recently donated over 75 stuffed Christmas stockings to the The Hang Tough Stocking Program. This program gives local cancer patients receiving chemo/radiation treatments stockings filled with goodies that they can enjoy while receiving their treatment at local cancer centers and hospice units. Great job, Northwest! 

CT Kindergarten Character Balloons balloon parade

Center Township Elementary kindergarten students in Mrs. Zalenchak’s class read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. The book tells the story of Tony Sarg whose artistic genius and hard work led to the creation of the character balloons that are the trademark of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The students created their own character balloons styled after the ones they read about in the book and provided a parade throughout the school today for everyone to enjoy.

SHS Choir Performs for Veterans Veterans Luncheon

The Butler Senior High Choir performed a program for Veterans at the Veterans Day luncheon hosted by State Representative Mustello. Students sang patriotic songs, a set of music they have been learning in class, and many soloists performed their favorite selections while the Veterans were enjoying their lunch.

The event was received well by the attendees. A marine who was in attendance even awarded Dr. Helsel and the choir a challenge pin in appreciation of their performance.

Born to be Wild - Butler's All-School Play Born to be Wild

Butler's All-School Play
Born to be Wild
November 12&13, 2021
Butler Senior High Auditorium
Tickets -- $8.00 at the door

View the flyer

SHS Students Give Back to the Community volunteers

Butler High School Senior Peyton Pry helped organize a 5K Race through Preston Park on October 24th. On the day of the event, several Senior High School students volunteered their time to support the community. 

IHS Artwork on Display at UPMC UPMC Artwork

Intermediate High School art students in grades eight and nine have their work proudly on display in UPMC hospitals.

"I am so proud of my students for representing Butler Area School District so well!" said their art teacher, Mrs. Robin Grantz.

PA Dept. of Agriculture Awards Grant to BASD caps

The PA Department of Agriculture awarded Butler Area School District a Farm to School grant in the amount of $15,000 to strengthen childhood nutrition and agricultural education.

Therapy Dogs Visit Emily Brittain therapy dogs

Emily Brittain earned a reward thanks to their positive behavior! As part of the school's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative, Therapy Dogs International visited the school as a reward -- and fun learning opportunity -- for students.

Thank you to all of the dogs and their owners for visit Emily Brittain!

BMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week

Butler Middle School is celebrating Red Ribbon Week by learning about how to be safe, healthy, and drug free.  Our students will be taking the National Campaign Pledge and tying red ribbons to the fence outside of the school.

SHS Student Selected for PMEA Honors Choir Charles Simms

Congratulations to Senior High School student, Charles Simms, on being selected for the PMEA Honors Choir!

Several hundred choir students from four counties of Western Pennsylvania auditioned to be part of the PMEA Honors Choir festival, which will be held Westminster College on October 30 at 2 pm. Students had to place in the top twelve of their section to earn a spot in the 96-voice select choral ensemble.

Thank you Skip Hesidenz Band Donation

A special thank you to Skip Hesidenz who recently made a generous $1,500 donation to the Golden Tornado Marching Band.

"It's amazing how our community loves helping our kids," said Mr. Jeff Kroner, BASD Band Director. "Thank you to Skip for his kind donation. We are so appreciative of his support."

Pictured: Skip (right), Sam Zurzolo (center), and Jeff Kroner (left)

After School Dinner Program After School Dinner Program

The After School Dinner Program is open to any child age 18 and under. No registration is required. 

After School Dinner Program
Every Tuesday and Thursday
3:45-5:00 pm
Broad Street & Emily Brittain
Beginning October 26, 2021

For more information, please call:

  • Food service: 724-214-3223
  • Broad Street: 724-214-3630
  • Emily Brittain: 724-214-4200
JROTC Campus Clean Up JORTC

JROTC students spent time cleaning up the Intermediate High School campus this week. Thank you to these students for their help! View more photos.

Please Complete a Free/Reduced Meals Application free reduced meals

Did you know that much of the funding our school district receives from the state and federal level is based on the number of students in our district who are eligible for free/reduced meals? 

Prior to the pandemic, 50% of our families were eligible for free/reduced meals. This year, only 42% are on record as being eligible for free/reduced meals. 

Students Compete in the On-sets Competition at SRU On-Set Winners

Butler Intermediate and Senior High School gifted students recently competed in the On-sets competition at Slippery Rock University. 

In On-sets, students use Set Theory to examine spatial relationships.  A number of students won awards at the competition.

The Golden Tornado Marching Band Performs at Butler Memorial Hospital band

The Golden Tornado Marching Band visited Butler Memorial Hospital to perform for staff, patients and visitors. The band wanted to show their appreciation for our healthcare workers and bring joy to everyone at the hospital. The performance was very well received. 

View photos on Flickr

Congratulations PMEA District Orchestra Students! PMEA Congrats

The following students have been selected to represent Butler Senior High School at the 2022 PMEA District 2,3,5 Orchestra on January 13-14 at Sharon High School. Congratulations to these students! 

  • Arianna Angert, cello
  • Haley Baxter, viola
  • Meghan Bortmes, violin
  • Ashleigh Day, viola
  • Matt Davis, violin
  • Hayleigh Gorog, violin
  • Richie Grigorovich, violin
  • Carly Kriebel, violin
  • Alison Smith, cello
  • Maysen Stewart, violin
Help BASD Nurse Win the Lifechanger of the Year Award! michele harold

Michele Harold, McQuistion School Nurse and our BASD School Nurse Department Chair, has been nominated for the Lifechanger of the Year Award!

Now we need your support to help Michele win this award! Please visit her profile (linked below) and click the green "Support Michele" button! You can also help Michele by clicking the light blue "leave a comment" button and writing a supportive comment for Michele. Visit her profile

As always, thank you for your support! Congratulations, Michele!

2021 Homecoming Prince and princess homecoming

Juniors Tyce Snyder and Annabelle Turner were named the 2021 Tornado Prince and Princess at Butler High School’s Homecoming on Friday, October 8.

In addition to Tyce and Annabelle, the members of Butler’s Homecoming Court included Carlie Baker, Zoe Scott, Morgan Coughenour, Brynn Morton, Mark Collins, Reid McDonald, Nate Grossman, and Lance Slater.

Congratulations to all of these students!

IHS Starfish Leaders Volunteer in the Community starfish volunteers

The NT Concepts and The Outreach Program, along with four Intermediate High School Starfish leaders, packaged over 10,500 meals for people in Butler County. A third of those meals will be given to Butler's Backpack Program.  

Thanks to IHS students Julia Black, Amara Dicerbo, Gabby Snyder, and Madison Thornton for spending their Saturday packaging meals!

The ABCD's of Scientific Drawings ABCDs

Mrs. Kubiak introduced her STEAM students in grades 2-4 to the ABCD's of scientific drawings with a fun song. 

A: Accurate
B: Big
C: Colorful
D: Detailed


Starfish Leaders Organize 7th Grade Days starfish leaders

The Intermediate High School 8th grade Starfish leaders organized the school's annual 7th Grade Days event. Over the course of two days, the Starfish leaders hosted each 7th grade student, introduced them to the school's anti-bullying program and worked through a variety of team-building activities.

The Great Learning Conversation The Great Learning Conversation

Broad Street Elementary School and Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School collaborated with Kidsburgh, the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership at Slippery Rock University, and Butler Public Library to facilitate the Great Learning Conversation. 

BASD Senior Helps Coordinate Community Event Peyton Pry

Butler High School Senior Peyton Pry is helping to organize a 5K Race through Preston Park on October 24th.  Pry, a student representative on the Butler Township Board of Commissioners, is looking for student volunteers to help out with a handful of jobs the day of the race.  She is also hoping students sign up to participate in the race sponsored by the Friends of Preston Park Foundation.

Center Avenue's Minute to Win It Minute to Win It

The students of Center Avenue Community School recently challenged their staff members in various Minute to Win It games. Students worked for 2 weeks to earn entries based on their ability to show 3B Behavior (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible),

Broad Street's Super Soaked Celebration Vanessa

There is joy in every learning experience at Broad Street Elementary School! 

When Broad Street scholars achieve their AAA (Attendance, Attitude, Academics) Goals, the Butler City Bureau of Fire trucks come to super soak their principal, teachers and security guard!

Get the Butler Buzz on Butler's Best Buddies Butler Buzz

Get the Butler Buzz on Butler's Best Buddies!

Butler Buzz host, Tricia Pritchard, sits down with Olivia White, Senior High School student, to talk about a national program that builds one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Orchestra Spooktacular flyer

The Butler Music Department Proudly Presents...

Orchestra Spooktacular!
​​​​​​​Featuring the 9-12 Butler Orchestra

Thursday, October 28
Haunted Hallway Trick or Treat -- 6:30 pm
Orchestra starts at 7:00 pm
Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium

All are welcome! Come in costume! 

View the flyer

Tuff Tornado Run Success tuff tornado run

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s Tuff Tornado Run was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who supported the event! 

Center Township Summer Reading Celebration CT Reading Celebration

Center Township PTO and reading specialist joined forces to reward students for summer reading.

Center Township Elementary School students were given a Summer Reading Challenge by the reading specialists at the beginning of summer. The challenge was to see how many books they could read over summer break and record the titles in a reading log. The logs were collected at the beginning of this school year.

All students who participated in the summer reading challenge were rewarded today with an oobleck party hosted by the PTO and the reading specialist.

A Message from the Superintendent -- Sept. 30, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

We were made aware of a general threat to schools on September 30th that was posted online. Although the threat did not specifically identify Butler Area School District or any of our schools,  it appears that it may have been posted from somebody in our area. 

Important Transportation Information for MS, IHS & SHS transportation update

Dear BASD Families,

Due to the ongoing bus driver shortage, we are making permanent changes to some of our routes in order to maintain safe bus capacities. These changes will impact students at the Middle School, Intermediate High School and Senior High School. 

These changes will be effective beginning on Monday, October 4, 2021. Please login to your Tyler SIS account sometime after 12 PM on Friday, October 1 to confirm whether or not your child has new transportation information.

After School Program After School Program

Butler Area School District will offer an After School Program at Broad Street Elementary School and Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This program will be an opportunity for students to eat dinner and receive help with their homework. 

The After School Program begins on October 26 and will continue from 3:45-5:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday through the 2021-2022 school year. 

Growing A Green Future CAPS

We are excited to share that Butler Area School District’s “Growing a Green Future” project has been selected for a Remake Learning Moonshot Grant.

According to the Remake Learning Network, “Moonshot Grants support big, bold ideas in teaching and learning, ideas that address the challenges and the opportunities currently facing young people, educators, and caregivers.” 

BEA Sponsors Food Drive in Support of the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program food drive

Butler Education Association (BEA) is sponsoring a food drive at the Butler football game on Friday, October 1, 2021. Please bring a single serve non-perishable item to the football game to support the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program. 

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tuff Tornado Run! Tuff Tornado Run

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation's Tuff Tornado Run is almost here. Register by Wednesday, September 15 to receive a free t-shirt. 

The Tuff Tornado Run will take place on Saturday, October 2 from 1-4 pm at Alameda Park. Click for more information.

Ready Freddy Kindergarten Club Kindergarten Camp

The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a big event! To help students and parents prepare for the change, the Butler Area School District offered a Kindergarten Club over the summer.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- September 2, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

I hope that your children are having a great start to the school year.  Last week I was excited to see so much enthusiasm as our students returned to school.  Hopefully, that excitement and enthusiasm will carry us through some of the challenges we are facing.  

We all wanted a normal school year for this year, but right now, we are pretty far away from normal. My hope is this communication will provide you an update on a variety of items and our plans moving forward.

Golden Tornado Marching Band Photos band

The Golden Tornado Marching Band has had a busy few weeks as they kick of the 2021-2022 season!

View photos from their dress rehearsal, Pie Fest and first football game

Kids' Weekend Backpack Program donation list

We are excited to share the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program will continue to support BASD students during the 2021-2022 school year!

If you would like to help, donations may be dropped off in the lobby of any BASD K-4 elementary school. A list of suggested food items is included. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

Click to read the welcome letter and see a list of suggested donations.

One2One Device Protection Program device protection program

Butler Area School District is partnering with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident and loss protection for our district's one-to-one device program. Registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the full cost to repair or replace your child's district-issued device and limit your responsibility to per-occurrence deductible, should loss occur.

Pie Fest Rescheduled pie fest

Dear BASD Community, 

Pie Fest has been canceled for this evening and rescheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, August 26). All tickets that were purchased in advance will transfer to tomorrow evening. 

Thank you!

Summer Camp Success! Summer Camp

We had so much fun at BASD summer camp learning and growing with our students. The students participated in various learning activities, such as designing and making creature catchers. View photos on Flickr.

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 17, 2021 A Message from the Superintendent

This summer, we have received a substantial amount of change in the guidance and recommendations for the upcoming school year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The most recent recommendation is that all students and staff -- regardless of their vaccination status -- should wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Golden Tornado Marching Band Photo History full band 2018-2019

The Golden Tornado Marching Band has a long history at Butler. From local performances at the Art Bernardi Stadium to national and even international performances, the band has been entertaining crowds for nearly a century. We are excited to share photos of the Golden Tornado Marching Band taken over the last 90 years! We hope you enjoy this incredible piece of Butler's history. 

View the Golden Tornado Marching Band photo archive

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 5, 2021 a message from the superintendent

Our goal this fall is to operate on a normal schedule every day. Unfortunately, like many businesses and other organizations, we are being impacted by staffing shortages.  

There are two areas in particular that are in need of workers -- transportation and food service. 

Dr. White Receives Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award Dr. White

The Butler PM Rotary recently named Dr. Brian White an honorary Paul Harris Fellow. President Leslie Osche along with President Elect Tom Edwards presented Dr. White with his Honorary Paul Harris lanyard and pin at the 100+1 celebration event in July.

Broad Street & Emily Brittain Summer Fest summer fest

The Summer Fest event was a huge success! Nearly 250 families from Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School and Broad Street Elementary School attended the event.

Free Meals for BASD Students for the 2021-22 School Year BASD Food Service

We are pleased to inform you that Butler Area School District will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year.  This program is available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by USDA on April 20, 2021.

Back to School! back to school

Welcome back to school! Each year Butler Area School District releases this annual publication in August to share what's new for the upcoming school year and highlight some of the accomplishments from the prior year. Enjoy!

Save the Date! save the date

Save the date for Jump Start Kindergarten, Orientations, Back to School Nights, Soft Starts and more. Click "read more" below to see the full list of dates and times. Additional information will be shared at a later date. 

BASD High School Renewal High School Renewal

Thank you for all of your support of the students and families in our community over the last year and a half. From donating food, books and technology to providing resources and support for those, it has been truly remarkable to watch our community come together to help one another during an incredibly challenging time.

Senior High Best Buddies Wins National Chapter of the Year Best Buddies Chapter of the Year

Butler Senior High School’s Best Buddies Program was named the Overall Outstanding High School Chapter of the Year by the Best Buddies Organization. There were 21 chapters nominated for this honor and the Senior High was #1! Congratulations to all of the members of the Best Buddies Club at the Senior High School!

Community Shows Support for Broad Street Butler AM Rotary

After the reopening of Broad Street Elementary School (B.S.E.S.) was announced, it did not take long for the Butler community to come together to show their support for the school and its incredible scholars. 

Act 66 of 2021 pde logo

Parents interested in the Act 66 of 2021 – Student Grade Level Retainment Guidance can access information on the Department of Education’s website. Click for more information.

Broad Street Walkers Club Broad Street Walkers Club

Join the Broad Street Elementary School Walkers Club! 

Mom. Dad. Gram. Pap. 

Our Scholars
Our School
Our Trail

Call 725-214-3631 to say "YES" to the Walkers Club