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District News

Calling All Five Year Olds! K Registration

If your child will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year!

Side by Side Orchestra Concert with Grove City College Side by Side concert

Members of Butler Area School District's orchestra were invited to play in a Side by Side concert with the Grove City College Orchestra in February.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Helps Prepare Students for Success Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Butler Area School District has partnered with Penn United Technologies to offer a unique Pre-Apprenticeship program to students in grades 10-12.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for high school students to participate in a program that is relevant to their post-secondary career path. The rigorous program is intended to help students develop and strengthen skills that are necessary to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

CEO in the Classroom CEO in the Classroom

Five corporate leaders from throughout the region visited Butler Senior High School on March 12 as part of the "CEO in the Classroom" program. Each of them shadowed a student for the day.

Technical Difficulties with SchoolCafe

Unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulties with the company that supports “SchoolCafe” today. Some students were unable to log in to the school lunch system, while others had inaccurate information in their account. Despite the difficulty, all students were offered food. 

"What's So Cool About Manufacturing" -- Vote March 18-22 8th grade team

Intermediate High School students are participating in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video contest.

The 7th grade students created a video on Butler Technologies and 8th grade students created a video on Keystone Ridge Designs. Their videos have been submitted. Now we need your help!

The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite video between from March 18-22.

Visit https://www.whatssocool.org/previous-contests/pittsburgh-north/ to vote starting on Monday, March 18. Please vote early and vote often! There is no limit to how many times you can vote.

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Awards PJAS

Eighty-four Butler Area School District students in grades 7-12 presented science, engineering and math projects at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) held at Slippery Rock University in February. Fifty-one of those students received first awards and qualified to present at the State level of PJAS, which will be held May 19-21, 2019 at Penn State University. 

Bocce Teams Place 1st and 5th Bocce Team at SRU

Congratulations to our two Butler Bocce teams for placing 1st and 5th in their respective brackets at the Annual Unified Sports Bocce Tournament! 16 teams attended the competition at Slippery Rock University.

Creative Teaching Grants Summit Makerspace

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. recently awarded over $20,000 to support Creative Teaching Grants. According to the GTSF, these grants fund teachers who go the extra mile to incorporate creative and innovative projects in the classroom.

Read Across America / Dr. Seuss Week Center Township Reading Cafe

Butler Area School District elementary schools celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America week from February 25 – March 1. 

BMS STEM Competition STEM Competition

Students in Mr. Sovek's STEAM class recently participated in a STEM Competition at BMS! The teams had 40 minutes to complete a large-span, beam bridge using a K'Nex kit.

Kids Heart Challenge Kids Heart Challenge

February was American Heart Month and all Butler Area School District elementary schools, including the middle school, took part in the Kids Heart Challenge for the 12th year in a row! Learn more>

Leader Dog Ambassador Visits McQuistion Adam and Issac

Third grade students at McQuistion Elementary School recently got to meet some special visitors.

Adam Fleeger, a Leader Dog Ambassador, and his guide dog, Issac, came to visit the students. Adam is visually impaired and Issac helps him be as independent as possible in the community.  

A Message from the Superintendent -- Feb. 27

I’m sure many of you are wondering how the school cancelation on Wednesday, Feb. 20 will impact our school calendar. Our plan is to make up the day at the end of the year. This means that Thursday, June 6 will now be the last day for students.

Community Kindness Community Kindness at Cummings Coffee and Candy

Butler Middle School students are spreading kindness throughout the community -- one coffee cup at a time. 

The students wrote inspirational messages on coffee sleeves for Cummings Candy & Coffee shop.  Cummings Coffee & Candy donated all of the coffee sleeves. They are using them at their Main Street and Evans City Road locations beginning this week (February 18th).

Thanks to Cummings Coffee & Candy for making this project possible.  

 

Mock Trial Team Earns First at County Tournament Mock Trial

One of Butler's Mock Trial Teams recently earned first place at the county level Mock Trial Tournament! 

School Organization Community Forum Executive Summary School Organization Community Forum

Dr. White presented an Executive Summary of the School Organization Community Forums that were helpd this fall at the February 11, 2019 school board meeting.

Students Perform at PMEA District Orchestra Concert PMEA DIstrict Orchestra January 2019

Eight Senior High School students performed in the PMEA District 5 Orchestra Concert in January.  

Students Perform at PMEA Band Festival PMEA Band Jan 2019

Ten Butler Senior High School students performed in the PMEA District 5 Band Festival at Beaver High School in January. 

Friendship Bracelets Friendship Bracelets

Several Senior High School students visited the Middle School to spend time with BMS students. During their afternoon visit, the students talked with one another, made friendship bracelets, and shared a snack. 

"It was a lot of fun and a positive mentoring activity," said Mrs. Rekich, who organized the event. 

A Letter to Our Community Brian White Editorial

Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, wrote a letter to our community that was published in the Butler Eagle on January 20, 2019. 

Academic Games Competition Academic Games

Students in 9th - 12th grade recently competed at the Academic Games President's Competition!  All of the students did an excellent job including Jacob Pomykata who went undefeated! Congratulations to all!

Literacy Lunch and Learn McQuistion Literacy Lunch and Learn

McQuistion Elementary School hosted a Literacy Lunch and Learn on January 17th for parents and guardians of all kindergarten and 1st grade students.

IHS Students Represent at PMEA Chorus Concert PMEA District Chorus Concert

Several Intermediate High School students represented Butler Area School District at the PMEA Junior High District Chorus Concert at Grove City High School on January 16.  

American Legion Essay Contest Winners American Legion Essay Contest

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.

BMS Honored as a Top Performing Title I School BMS Title I Recognition

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!

Make Up Days

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:

  • Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation Receives Two Generous Donations

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.

Butler Best Buddies Eggstravaganza Best Buddies Eggstravaganza

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>

Conno BEAT Assembly BEAT Assembly

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>