District News

A Message from the Superintendent -- Move to Remote Learning for Secondary Students

As of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, we are moving to remote instruction at the secondary level (grades 7-12). This operating status will remain in effect until at least Friday, November 6, 2020.  As a reminder, Monday, November 2 is an in-service/ Act 80 day, so students do not have school.

College Board Recognition Program Scholars college board rec

Four Senior High School students -- Juliana Bish, Micah Fabrizzi, Katelyn Knights, and Emma Teff – all scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT! As a result, these students were eligible to apply for the College Board National Recognition Program last spring and were identified as College Board National Recognition Program Scholars this fall!

This program enables students to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top colleges and universities. Congratulations to Juliana, Micah, Katelyn and Emma!

Food Service for IHS and SHS Students (Nov. 3-6)

Our food service program will continue next week. Secondary families (grades 7-12) who are in need of meals may sign up to receive breakfast and lunch for free during this temporary remote learning period.

It was brought to our attention that some families were unable to access the registration link we sent earlier this morning. Please use this link to register:  https://forms.gle/Rnt3dRejKK3XBUfL8

We will distribute meals on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 between 11 am and 1 pm at Broad Street School and the Senior High School. Each registered student will receive 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches.  

BASD Health Alert -- October 27, 2020

One individual from our McQuistion Elementary School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been at school since last week. It was determined that they did not have any close contacts at school. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

BASD Health Alert -- October 27, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals who were determined to be close contacts in this case are adults. They have all been notified and are not present at our schools. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  

Elementary Pollinator Gardens pollinator gardens

For the 2020-2021 school year, Butler Area School District received a PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education grant to install pollinator gardens at the six K-4 elementary school buildings.

BASD Health Alert -- October 25, 2020

One individual from our Intermediate High School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  What we can share is that it was determined that this individual did not have any close contacts with other individuals at school. 

BASD Health Alert -- October 23, 2020

One individual from our school district community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Although we have not yet received official notification, we have consulted with the Pennsylvania Department Health. This individual interacts with people from multiple schools.  Due to privacy laws, we can not share additional information.  What we can share is that all individuals who are considered a close contact have already been notified.

School calendar Updates school calendar update

The Butler Area Board of School Directors adjusted the 2020-2021 school calendar at their meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020. This time is necessary for our teachers to manage our different Learning Pathways.

The update includes three additional Act 80 Days. The Act 80 dates are:

  • November 2, 2020
  • January 25, 2021
  • March 26, 2021
2020 Tornado Prince and Princess Prince and Princess

Juniors Charlie Kreinbucher and Aubree Tack were named the 2020 Tornado Prince and Princess at Butler Senior High School's homecoming on Friday, October 16.

In addition to Charlie and Aubree, the members of Butler's Homecoming Court included Marley Fish, Lauren Seybert, Olivia White, Casey Zurzolo, Tucker Christie, Christian DePolo, Jacob Jones, and Sage Vavro.

Congratulations to all of these students! 

Northwest Students SOAR! SOAR

Northwest students are SOARing again this year!  SOAR stands for Safety, Ownership, Attitude, Respect and Responsibility. Students earn their spot on the bingo board by "soaring." Congratulations to all of our bingo winners! 

General Richard Butler Chapter, NSDAR Donates Supplies to Emily Brittain EB Donation

The members of the General Richard Butler Chapter, NSDAR recently donated school supplies and masks to Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School. Their generous donation included markers, crayons, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, kleenex packs, disposable face masks, silicone mask cages for staff, and face shields for students.  

A special thank you to General Richard Butler Chapter, NSDAR for their donation to our school!

Kinsa's FLUency School Health Program for Grades K-6 Kinsa

This year Butler Area School District is partnering with the Kinsa’s FLUency School Health Program. The mission of the program is to prevent the spread of illness during cold and flu season at schools. Family participation in this program is voluntary and open to families with students in grades K-6. Participating families will receive a free award-winning Kinsa thermometer to take their child’s temperature each day. The program also provides an app that families may use to help detect and respond to spreading illness. It is free for families to participate.

Now Hiring!

The Butler Area School District is hiring for multiple positions:

  • Elementary Special Education Cyber Support Long-Term Substitute Teacher 
  • Instructional Practitioners
  • Part-time Paraprofessionals
  • Full-time custodians
  • Substitute School Nurse (RN Required)
  • Building Dedicated Substitutes
  • Cafeteria Monitors

If you are interested in joining the Butler Area School District team, please contact Human Resources: careers@butler.k12.pa.us. Visit our Employment page to learn more

The Nutrition Group is also hiring food service workers for Butler Area School District. Part time daylight shifts are available, so you can work while your kids are in school. Call 724-214-3221 for more information. View the flyer

School Nurse October Newsletter School Nurse

The goal of keeping everyone healthy involves us all! Click to read the latest from our school nurses

Butler Middle School Health Alert

Two individuals from our Middle School community self disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19 through a rapid test. Although we have not yet received official notification, we have consulted with the Pennsylvania Department Health.

The individuals reside in the same household and were voluntarily self-quarantining prior to the positive diagnosis. As a precaution, we have sanitized the areas of the school these individuals visited the last time they were at school. This is in addition to the cleaning procedures that are already in place on a daily basis. 

FAFSA Workshop for Families of Seniors flyer

Every year he Senior High School guidance department hosts a FAFSA completion workshop where families come to the building to meet with a group of professionals who will help them complete and file their FAFSA application. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this event in-person this year. However, Wendy Dunlap (PHEAA representative) is offering a free financial aid webinar for families.  I will be a Mrs. Sarah Beneigh will be a co-host to answer school-specific questions.  

FAFSA Workshop 
Date: October 20
Time: 6:00 pm
Event Password: 1234
Duration: 90 minutes

 

A Message from the Superintendent -- Oct. 7, 2020

Dear Butler Area School District Community: 

We recently provided parents/guardians with the opportunity to provide “start of the year” feedback. In addition, our faculty and staff have been assessing what is working well and what needs to be revised. As a result of this feedback, I have several updates, reminders and changes that I would like to share with you. 

First, thank you to everyone who submitted their feedback over the past few weeks. We are using the information that was collected to help ensure each of our Learning Pathways are as effective as possible for the remainder of the year. 

BMS Book Fair BMS Book Fair

BMS Library is hosting our online Scholastic Book Fair from October 12-25, 2020.  District families can shop our fair here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/butlermiddleschool3.  All book orders over $25 ship free to your home.  Thank you for supporting reading in our school!

A Special Visit for Cyber Learning Students 2nd grade guidance counselor

Miss Erb’s second grade cyber students recently had a special visitor! The guidance counselor, Mrs. Schnur, read a story to students about how to be a bucket filler. Then students shared how they can be bucket fillers in cyber school. Thank you for virtually stopping by the second grade cyber class, Mrs. Schnur! 
 

Congratulations Mrs. Eyth! Mrs. Eyth

Mrs. Angela Eyth, a 4th grade teacher at Summit Elementary, won 2nd place in the NexTier Bank's annual School Essay Contest. This year, the essay prompt was: "If you were a guset on Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood, what valuable lesson would you share with the audience."

Congratulations to Mrs. Eyth! 

Outdoor Learning at McQuistion outdoor classroom

Mrs. Persichini's students recently enjoyed fresh air and a beautiful day as they worked on their artwork outside! View photos on Flickr.

Teacher Selected for Summer Institute Summer Institute

Mrs. Linda Russell, Latin Teacher at the Senior High School, was awarded a fellowship from the National Gallery to participate in the 2020 National Gallery of Art's Summer Institute for Educators! Although she was not able to travel to Washington, DC for this experience, she still had the opportunity to learn virtually. 

The theme of the Summer Institute was "Art and Thinking"  and explored how works of art can support and encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills. 

Congratulations Mrs. Russell!

A Message from the BASD School Board

The Butler Area School District Board of Directors is proud to share that Dr. Brian White has accepted a five year contract with our district. The board took this action because leadership is imperative to the success of our school district for both today and tomorrow.

Dr. White’s leadership has moved our district forward in so many ways since he began as superintendent in August 2017. Upon his arrival at Butler, Dr. White immediately initiated a strategic planning process that was truly remarkable. One of his greatest talents as a leader is his ability to engage and empower the members of our community, including teachers, staff, parents, students, elected officials and residents. Through his belief that all stakeholders must have the opportunity to be involved in planning for the district’s future, he was able to engage several hundred people in the strategic planning process. 

Socially Distanced Gym Socially Distanced PE

Students in Mr. Takacs’ homeroom participated in socially distanced gym class with Mrs. Wilson. They played Rock, Paper, Scissors Victory Dance and and did jumping jack as a warm up.  

View photos.

 

BASD Athletic Update -- Sept. 16 Athletic Update

This week, a federal judge ruled that Governor Wolf’s limits on congregant group sizes are unconstitutional. As a result of this ruling, we are now able to allow our band and cheerleaders to perform at the football game on Friday evening. In addition, each football player, cheerleader and member of the band will receive two event spectator tickets for their family members or friends. However, we will not be selling or distributing general admission or student tickets.

Kindergarten Fun structured play

Structured play time looks a lot different in kindergarten this year! Students in Mrs. Kriley’s class chose an individual play bag to use at their desk. Play bags contain small world items, Play-Doh, or loose parts like blocks, Magna-Tiles, and Legos. 

*Play bags are quarantined and/or sanitized before another student may select it to play with.

Rocky Bleier Signs Mr. Campbell's Painting for a Great Cause Rocky and Erich

Mr. Erich Campbell painted a picture of Rocky Bleier over the summer for a great cause! Mr. Bleier autographed the painting and it is up for auction. The money raised will go toward Family and Teen Outreach.

View more photos on Flickr.

Back to School Photos First Day of School

We the school year is off to a good start for everyone! View photos from the first day of school

A Message from the Superintendent -- Sept. 2, 2020

We hope the school year is off to a great start for everyone. It has been so great to have students back in our buildings! We have a couple of updates that we want to share with you. 

BASD Cyber Learning Program Orientation

Thank you to everyone who attended our Cyber Learning Program orientation in person or attended a learning material pick up this week. If you have already received your child's learning materials, you may disregard this email.

We realize some families could not make it to the orientation or to the pick up times we offered. Therefore, we are offering one more opportunity for elementary parents to pick up their child's materials for the Cyber Learning Program prior to the first day of school.

2020-2021 Parking Pass Application parking pass

UPDATE: Students who purchased a parking pass last year will receive a discount on their parking pass for this year.

If you purchased a parking pass (full year or half year) for the 2019-2020 school year, you will receive a discount on your parking pass for the 2020-2021 school year. In this case, your parking pass will cost $70 for the 2020-2021 school year. 

If you brought your check to school already, you can bring an updated check that reflects the new amount on the first day of school. At that time, we will return your original check to you. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Cyber Learning Program -- Elementary Registration Deadline

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to designate your child’s Learning Pathway in order for it to be in effect on the first day of school is today (Wednesday, August 19, 2020). We will temporarily pause all new enrollments and change requests from August 20-September 4. After September 4, you may change your child’s Learning Pathway. 

Visit our website for more information about our Learning Pathways as well as the registration links and change request links: https://www.basdk12.org/news/660

Cyber Learning Program -- Registration Deadline Extended for Secondary

In an attempt to offer additional courses for secondary students (grades 7-12) who are enrolled in our Online/Cyber School Model or our Hybrid School Model through the district’s Cyber Learning Program, we will be adding live streaming for some courses that are not being offered  asynchronously through Edgenuity or Google Classroom.

As a result of this update, we are extending the enrollment deadline to Friday, August 21. We will then temporarily pause our Cyber Learning Program enrollment for secondary students (grades 7-12) from August 22-September 11. The enrollment registration date for elementary (grades K-6) is still today (Wednesday, August 19). 

BASD Soft Opening Vo-Tech Transportation

Dear Parents/Guardians of VoTech Students:

If your child is a BASD student who attends Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School (BCAVTS) and requires transportation to/from VoTech during the "soft opening" week (09/01/2020 - 09/04/2020), please submit your request via the form linked below by Monday, August 24.

Soft Opening Vo-Tech Transportation Request: https://forms.gle/9gMK2ajd3nut5xp39

If you have any questions regarding BCAVTS transportation for your student, please contact our Transportation Department at 724-287-8723 or transportation@butler.k12.pa.us. 

Thank you!

A Message from the Superintendent -- August 18, 2020

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued additional guidance on when face coverings should be worn in our schools. Specifically, they are now requiring students to wear face coverings all day with very limited opportunities to remove them. According to the most recent guidance, students will NOT be able to remove their face covering even when they are seated 6 feet apart, unless they are taking a designated face covering break. 

PDE’s guidance now states:

Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:

  • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or

  • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or

  • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.

Tyler Update for BASD Elementary Families

As the district continues with preparations for the start of the new school year, we are updating Tyler, our Student Information System, so our technology applications can be ready for the beginning of the school year.

This week, you may have noticed a message in Tyler with information regarding your child’s teacher. If we begin the year in the “Enhanced Green” phase as expected, your child’s teacher(s) may change as we implement social distancing in our classrooms.

Learning Pathways -- Important Update

As we continue to prepare for the first day of school, we want to ensure that families have as much information as possible. You can view our Back to School plans here: www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766

However, within our back to school plans, there are important details about our Learning Pathways. We want to make sure we highlight that information so families are prepared to choose a Learning Pathway that best meets the individual needs of their family.   

If you intend to enroll your child in the Online/Cyber School Model, Secondary Hybrid School Model or Secondary Flexible Traditional School Model, please submit your child’s registration by the end of the night on August 19th in order for their assignment to be effective on the first day of school.  After August 19, we will be taking a Temporary Registration Pause, which is described below, to ensure we can accurately plan for the students first day of school.

BASD "Soft Opening" for the IHS and SHS

We modified our school calendar at the School Board meeting on Monday, August 10. This change will only impact our secondary students at the Intermediate High School and Senior High School. All of our K-4 elementary schools, our Middle School and Center Avenue Community School will still begin the year as planned on September 1, 2020. 

BASD: Fall 2020 Reopening Plans reopening plans

Dear Butler Area School District Community:

I hope your families are safe and well. As we continue to prepare for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, I want to provide our school community with an update. Our priorities for the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Stay safe. We will do all that we can to keep everyone in our school community safe.
  • Reopen our schools. Unless the Governor issues a mandatory closure, we intend to open our schools.
  • Provide options. This situation is constantly evolving as are the individual needs of our students. Our goal is to provide our families with several options as well as the flexibility to move between the learning options as needed.
  • Support our students. We will continue to strive to support our students academically, socially and emotionally.

To meet these priorities, we have found it necessary to revise our initial plans to put additional strategies and options in place to keep students and staff safe while meeting the needs of our students. Our initial plan had three planned strategies based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Red, Yellow and Green designation. We have added another level, which we are calling "Enhanced Green" in our reopening plans. 

Click to read our Fall 2020 reopening plans>

You can find all of this information on our website. https://www.basdk12.org/Content2/1766

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. 

Sincerely, 

Brian 

A Message from the Superintendent -- July 23, 2020

We know you have many questions about the reopening of our schools on September 1, 2020. We are currently developing plans to provide all students with a learning environment that is effective, as familiar as possible, and aligned to all guidelines/mandates for the safe reopening of schools. 

My goal is to share the details of our plan the first week of August. That will enable us to incorporate all of the most recent guidance and mandates from the state and hopefully still give our families time to process all of the new policies and procedures for the upcoming school year. 

With that said, there are a few things we know right now. 

Students with IEPs and the 2020-21 School Year -- What Families Need to Know Students with IEPs

Students with IEPs and the 2020-2021 school year -- what families need to know! Carole Clancy, Director, Bureau of Special Education, PA Department of Education will provide an overview for families of key components of the guidance being provided to school. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm.

Click for more information>

Click to register>

Click to submit your questions> 

BASD Cyber Learning Program -- Register Today! desk

A few months ago we asked for your input on which pathway would be best for your child. As we continue to plan for the upcoming year, we are asking families who would like to enroll their students in the Cyber Learning Program or Hybrid Learning Program to officially register.

Visit our website for more information, including upcoming dates and registration: www.basdk12.org/Content2/clp.

BASD Athletic Update -- June 26 Athletic Update

Hello parents/guardians of student athletes.

I wanted to reach out and provide guidance on registering for fall sports and participating in summer open gyms.  We are taking healthy and safety precautions as a result of COVID-19 that will impact how our athletic program traditionally operates.