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Butler Vo-Tech Paint the Plow

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 10 invites the public to vote on nine plows decorated by high school students in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson Counties as part of the annual Paint the Plow program.

You can vote for Butler Area Vocational-Technical School's entry between December 5 and December 11! Click here to vote.

Paint the Plow is a statewide outreach aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering appreciation for high school art programs and student creativity.

Earlier this year, PennDOT invited students to paint plow blades based on the statewide theme "Put Down the Device in Snow and Ice." The theme was chosen to draw attention to the need for motorists to give driving their full attention and eliminate distractions, like cell phones, especially during winter weather events.

Students from Leechburg Area High School, Knoch High School, Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School, Keystone Jr.-Sr. High School, Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, United High School, Penns Manor Area High School, Jefferson County DuBois AVTS and Brookville High School participated.

After a two-year hiatus, members of the public are once again invited to vote for their favorite plow. This year, voting will be done through the PennDOT website at https://forms.office.com/g/z3339PYNPk. Voters should click on the Paint the Plow icon which will redirect them to a survey site where they can pick their favorite plow.

The plow photo that receives the most votes between December 5, 2022 and December 11, 2022 will be deemed the "Fan Favorite."

PennDOT will post the pictures on statewide and regional Facebook and Twitter accounts, however responses on social media will not count toward the voting totals.

During the winter weather season, the blades will be used to maintain area roadways.

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Graphic that says: BASD Winter Weather Plan

Dear BASD Families:

The winter season is just about here. I’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.

Delay/Closing 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  move to remote learning. 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.

If we have to delay, all BASD schools will operate on our two hour delay schedule.

Delay/Closing Communication

If a school delay or closing is necessary, families can get the information from a variety of sources.  

We recommend that families use our website (www.basdk12.org) as their primary source of information. This is the first place the information is posted. Our website (www.basdk12.org) gives us the flexibility and space to share all necessary information. 

Please do not rely solely on the media (KDKA, WTAE, WPXI). There have been occasions beyond our control where we have not been able to report accurate or timely delay/closing information via media. We will not be able to include detailed instructions via these sources. Thus, they should only be used as a secondary source.

Update Your Contact Information

We also recommend that you take a moment to make sure your contact information is up-to-date and your communication preferences are set in the Tyler Parent Portal. We will contact parents/guardians via phone, text and email. 

Please remember changes may not take effect immediately, so be sure to update your information as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience this winter!

Sincerely,  

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

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  • Butler Area School District
Thanksgiving Dinner

The Senior High School donated a record breaking 16 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. In addition to a turkey, families received everything they need to make all the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible, including our school police officers who delivered some of the meals to families.

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Summit and Senior High Students
It's always great to see our students working together and learning from one another -- especially when students can build relationships with their peers at another school.
 
Summit teachers Mrs. Angela Eyth and Mrs. Julie Reges partnered with Senior High School teacher Mrs. Britta Manges to create fusion between fourth grade students and students in the SHS Photography and Graphic Design course. 
 
The partnership began as an idea to get SHS students more exposure in writing, photo taking, layout and design while allowing them to communicate by means of different digital applications through each classroom teacher.
 
After several weeks of working together from afar, 24 Senior High School students traveled to Summit Elementary to meet their "digital pen pals."  While sitting on the outside classroom lawn and tables, students talked and ate lunch while enjoying the unexpected early November sunshine. 
 
Following lunch, the fourth grade students grabbed their ipads and showed the Senior High School students all that there was to see in the outdoor agricultural space. SHS Photography students offered pointers and suggestions to improve their photographs.
 
A highlight for the students was finding a very large praying mantis. Senior High students patiently showed the younger students how to handle the insect properly and set up interesting shots of a creature in its habitat. 
 
After shooting the photographs outside, students came inside to the classroom and began designing using the photos that they shot. The fourth grade students' assignment was to create something that encapsulated the day using the photos and type sentences detailing the scene. The high school students were there to act as guides on how to best layout the pages, to offer suggestions by way of what to write and to assist with editing the text. 
 

Despite the age gap, the teachers noted how well the students were collaborating as the classrooms had a notable hum of productivity. 

 
"I found it amazing that the high school students were engaged with their student partner(s) the entire time," said Mrs. Manges. "I also found it amazing the level of patience and understanding between the two groups, and, of course, the connection between students was remarkable.".
 
By incorporating the study of various agricultural aspects into photography and graphic design, and providing an opportunity for students to work together, this project proved to be a valuable lesson for all.
 
  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
  • Summit Elementary School
Winter Concerts December 2022

The winter concerts are just around the corner. Don't miss an opportunity to hear our talented students perform!

 

December 6
7th and 8th grade bands and the Tornado Big Band Holiday Show at 7 pm at the IHS Auditorium

December 8
Orchestra Winter Concert at 7 pm at the IHS Auditorium

December 10
Winter Wonderland Extravaganza featuring The Tornado Varsity Voices at the IHS Auditorium

The Winter Wonderland Extravaganza is from 2-4pm on Saturday, December 10. From 2-3pm guests can walk through the hallway of lights and decorations, then enter the "Reindeer Games" area with activities and games for kids of all ages. From 3-4, we'll have the concert featuring the 6th grade chorus and the Tornado Varsity Voices. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated!

December 14
SHS Winter Chorus Concert at 7:30 pm at the IHS Auditorium

December 14
IHS Winter Chorus Concert at 6:00 pm at the IHS Auditorium

December 15
6th Grade Chorus @ 6:30 pm at the IHS Auditorium

  • Butler Area School District
  • Intermediate High School
  • Senior High School
Distinguished Alumni

Each year during American Education Week, senior class officers begin the process of selecting a graduate from Butler High School to receive the Distinguished Graduate Award.

Do you know a past graduate who has achieved something outstanding in their chosen profession or has made contributions to the community, state, or nation? You may obtain a nomination form from the Senior High website (under Quick Links) or at any school office. Click to complete the form.

The deadline to submit your nomination for this distinguished award is April 1, 2023. The recipient is announced each year at commencement.

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
CAPS in People Magazine
Our faculty, staff, students, parents and community members have been working hard to build and grow CAPS (Community Agricultural Partnership at Summit). What they’ve accomplished so far is tremendous – and people are starting to notice. Literally. I’m excited to share that CAPS is featured in People Magazine today! Pick up a copy of the Oct 24 issue today to read about how our students and staff at Summit Elementary are “Growing a Green Future.”
 
 
Thank you to Chad Broman, Dave Andrews and Angie Eyth for telling our story on the national stage! Great job, Summit!
  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Summit Elementary School
CAPS in People Magazine
BASD elementary students learned about White Cane Day, which was was established in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson in an effort to raise awareness of people who carry a white cane.
 
Mrs. Osborne's 5th grade students at Broad Street learned about visual impairments with their friend, Adalyn!
 
McQuistion students learned about how the white cane helps those with visual impairments "be safe and in control," which is one of the schools 4 Bs!
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Tuff Tornado Run

The 2022 Tuff Tornado Run was a success! A little rain didn't stop our participants -- especially the children -- from enjoying the "Tuff" experience! The event raised about to $15,000 that will go toward supporting the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program, Creative Teaching Grants, technology and more.

Congratulations to Amber Blose on winning the 50/50 raffle. Amber won $1,705! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event. We'd also like to extend a very special thank you to our Foundation Board members and everyone who volunteered to help make the event a success as well as the many businesses, organizations and individuals who sponsored the event. We couldn't do it without you!

Learn more about The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.

  • All BASD Schools
  • Butler Area School District
school Based Behavior Health logo

Butler Area School District students and staff have been working hard to display positive behavior in school and their efforts show!

This year, many of our schools have been recognized for implementing School-Wide (SW PBIS) or Program-Wide (PW PBIS) Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports with fidelity at the Tier 1, 2 and/or 3 level during the 2021-2022 school year. 

“Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is an evidence-based, cost-effective, systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports eliminates barriers to learning, creates and maintains a safe and effective learning environment in schools, and ensures that all students have the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports helps schools teach students expected behaviors and social skills, creates student behavioral health and academic support systems, and applies data-based decision-making to discipline, academics, and social/emotional learning. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports uses the three-tiered approach of universal interventions (for all students and settings), secondary interventions (for students who are at-risk), and tertiary interventions (for individual students needing specialized assistance).” (papbs.org) 

  • Center Avenue Community School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tiers 1, 2 & 3.
  • Center Township Elementary School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tiers 1 & 2. 
  • Summit Elementary School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tiers 1 & 2. 
  • Connoquenessing Elementary School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tier 1. 
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tier 1. 
  • McQuistion Elementary School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tier 1.
  • Northwest Elementary School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tier 1. 
  • Intermediate High School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tier 1. 
  • Senior High School successfully implemented SW PBIS with fidelity at Tier 1. 

Congratulations to our students and staff! Great work!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Center Avenue Community School
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Connoquenessing Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • Intermediate High School
  • McQuistion Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Senior High School
  • Summit Elementary School
BASD Prince and Princess

Juniors Nicanor “Jun Jun” Andrada, Jr. and Meghan Reay were crowned the 2022 Tornado Prince and Princess at Butler High School’s homecoming on Friday, September 30.

Other members of Butler’s homecoming court included Zeta Achezinski, Ava Brewster, Grace Nichols, Sarah Szebalskie, Riley Chapla, Noah Collins, Coleton Welter and Legend Wilkinson-Icenhower.

Congratulations to all of these students!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Tuff Tornado Run

Dear BASD Families, 

We are very fortunate to have the support of The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. in our school community. The Foundation directly gives back to our Butler Area School District students and schools through their programs. 

Did you know they awarded more than $122,000 in scholarships to BASD students in 2022? In addition to awarding eighteen $2,000 scholarships, the Foundation facilitates more than 40 scholarships backed by private donors. 

In addition to supporting scholarships, the Foundation awards up to $30,000 for educational Creative Teaching Grants each year. These grants support creative and innovative projects that promote excellence in teaching and learning in BASD classrooms. 

The Foundation has been instrumental in creating the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Room at the Senior High School. Students in multiple classes utilize the room’s innovative technology such as laser engravers and a 3D printer. The hope is to expand the program and establish a similar room at the Intermediate High School.

Not only is the Foundation supporting educational initiatives across the district, they are also committed to fighting hunger by supplying weekend food for students in need. Each student who participates in the program discreetly receives a plastic bag every Friday that is packed with child-friendly, single-serving snacks and easily prepared meals in their backpack. 

All of this and more is made possible through the generous support of our incredible community. You can support the Foundation through a monetary donation, volunteerism and attending their events, such as the upcoming Tuff Tornado Run. 

Show your support while having a blast at the Tuff Tornado Run!

The Tuff Tornado Run is a fun family friendly event that will take place this Saturday, October 1 from 1-4 pm at Alameda Park. All levels of runners, walkers and teams are welcome to participate. Come join us for an afternoon of fun and fitness while supporting the Foundation’s causes – and prepare to get dirty as you make your way towards the finish line to the mud pit. There will be food trucks, a DJ and plenty of fun activities.

It’s not too late to register! Visit the Foundation’s website for more information and the link to register.

Thank you for your support of our students and schools!

Sincerely,


Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

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  • Butler Area School District
Jane and Jack Arthurs

Jack and Jane Arthurs generously left a gift of $100,000 to The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. Their gift will be used to further the mission of the Foundation, including supporting need based scholarships for students. 

Jack and Jane Arthurs were incredibly involved in the community throughout their lives. They were both especially passionate about helping children. Although Mrs. Arthurs passed away in 2015 and Mr. Arthurs passed in 2020, their legacy continues today. 

“My aunt and uncle never went to college. They really wanted to make sure that kids in need received help to go to college or a trade school,” said Pat Green, Mr. & Mrs. Arthurs’ niece. “They were passionate about being able to provide an educational opportunity for children who may not otherwise be able to afford it.”

“The Arthurs generously made five major gifts, including the gift to The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.. Helping and supporting children was the common theme,” said Mr. Dick Musko, who was a close friend of the couple for 45 years and currently serves as a board member for The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.

“Their goal was that whatever they had left would be used to support different charities,” said Mrs. Green. “Anything to do with kids was important to them.”

“We are incredibly grateful that Jack and Jane Arthurs felt compelled to support our Butler Area School District students and schools,” said Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District. “The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. is able to do incredible work throughout our school community thanks to the support of generous donors, such as Jack and Jane Arthurs, as well as the work of many dedicated volunteers.”

In addition to their desire to support education, the Arthurs were supporters of St. Jude's and The Shriners Children's Hospital in Erie, PA.

Mr. Arthurs proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy, and was later a representative of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In addition, he served on many local charities and organizations, and was previously on the board at Slippery Rock University. 

Mrs. Arthurs was also involved in the community as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a board member of the Music and Arts Festival, and a member and historian for the Carlisle Newcomer’s Club. 

“Their gift to The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. will have a major impact. It will make a difference.” said Mr. Musko. “I hope their generosity will inspire others to do something similar.” 

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the Butler Area School District through programs like Creative Teaching Grants, The Kids' Weekend Backpack Program, funding scholarships for graduates, and by raising the profile of public education in the Butler community. This gift will be used to further support the Foundation’s mission.
 

  • All BASD Schools
  • Butler Area School District
2022 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2022 Butler Senior High School Homecoming Court!

Pictured front row, left to right:
Grace Nichols, Meghan Reay, Sarah Szebalskie, Zeta Achezinski and Ava Brewster

Pictured back row, left to right:
Riley Chapla, Noah Collins, Coleton Welter, Nicanor "Jun Jun" Andrada and Legend Wilkinson.

The Butler High School homecoming princess and prince will be crowned before the football game on September 30 at 7:00 p.m.

The homecoming court is, front row, left to right, Grace Nichols, Meghan Reay, Sarah Szebalskie, Zeta Achezinski and Ava Brewster; back row, left to right, Riley Chapla, Noah Collins, Coleton Welter, Nicanor "Jun Jun" Andrada and Legend Wilkinson.

The homecoming dance will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on October 1 at the high school.  

  • Senior High School
A Message from the Superintendent

Dear BASD Families: 

I hope the school year is off to a good start for you and your family. I am grateful for everyone’s efforts and patience as we begin the new school year. As we start the new school year I wanted to share some information and updates with you.

 

Attendance

One of our goals for the school year is to improve student attendance. Unfortunately, with everything that has occurred over the past few years, student attendance decreased. Many students had legitimate reasons to be absent. However, in some cases, attendance at school became casual.

Students may not believe it, but they thrive with consistent expectations and routines. I am asking you to make being present for school on a daily basis an expectation in your home.   Research consistently shows that students who miss 10% or more of a school year do not achieve their full potential.

To put that into perspective, if a student misses 2 days each month, they will exceed being absent 10% or more by the end of the school year. 

Let’s start off strong. I'd like to share a handout that provides even more information on the importance of attendance. Click to view the attendance handout.

If your child or your family needs additional attendance support, please contact your child’s counselor or principal.

 

Join Our Team

We are so fortunate to have an incredible faculty and staff at Butler Area School District. However, we are still short handed in a variety of employee and contracted position categories. If you are seeking employment – or know somebody who is – we have numerous opportunities available. We encourage you to apply!

Please call Valley Lines if you are interested in being a bus driver or a bus monitor at 724-287-0003. We are experiencing critical shortages in bus drivers that may impact our ability to operate in a normal manner. Please encourage folks to consider becoming a bus driver.

Please call Aramark at 724-214-3223 if you are interested in working in food service.

Please call 724-214-3108 if you are interested in working as a paraprofessional.

Please call ESS at 724-996-3247 if you are interested in working as a substitute teacher. A Bachelor’s degree (in any area) is required.

For more information, visit www.basdk12.org/employment

 

Free Breakfast for All Students

We have been informed that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will provide funding to schools that participate in the School Breakfast Program to provide free breakfast for all enrolled students for the 2022-2023 school year, beginning on October 1, 2022.

Therefore, Butler Area School District will provide free breakfast for all students in grades K-12. Please note this only applies to the breakfast meal. There will still be a cost for the lunch meal unless students are eligible for free/reduced meals or attend one of our CEP schools (Broad Street, Emily Brittain and McQuistion).

If you have any questions about the free breakfast program for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact Helen Walker at helen.walker@basdk12.org

 

I’m looking forward to a great school year and hope you are too!
 

Sincerely,

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District 

 

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  • Butler Area School District
SHS Spirit Week

Spirit Week is Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30. 

Monday 9/26 - Monochrome Monday
Wear all one color of your choosing.

Tuesday 9/27 - College Shirt Day
Wear a shirt from your favorite college or university.

Wednesday 9/28 - Zoom Day
Wear business attire on top and sweats on the bottom.

Thursday 9/29 - Throwback Thursday
Wear attire from your favorite decade.

Friday 9/30 - Butler Pride Day
Wear your Butler spirit gear!

 
If you have questions, please email susan.custer@basdk12.org or jennifer.gassert@basdk12.org
  • Senior High School
new website

Welcome to our new website! Here is a quick guide to finding some of the most frequently visited pages.

The link to our main page is still www.basdk12.org.

Schools

The drop down to select another school is in the top right corner.

  • Click here to visit www.basdk12.org.
  • Click "Schools" in the top right corner OR in the main navigation bar. Both are circled in yellow on the screen shot below.
  • Select your child's school.
new website -- schools

 

Calendars

When we conducted our communication audit, upcoming events was the most requested thing our community looks for on the website. In addition to our interactive events calendar, we also have the one page calendar overview, the elementary day 1-5 calendar and an athletics calendar.

  • Click here to visit www.basdk12.org.
  • Click on "Calendar" at the top right of the page. This is circled in yellow on the screen shot below.
  • Select which calendar you would like to view.
new website --schools

 

The Icon Menu

Some of our most frequently visited pages are lined in the icon menu. This includes the directory, Tyler, lunch menus, school & community flyers and new student registration.

  • Click here to visit www.basdk12.org.
  • Click on the icon below the image that represents where you'd like to go.

Directory -- This is where you can search for a staff member's email address by their name. Please note, we're making adjustments to our directory that should be live soon.

Tyler -- This is our Student Information System and your link to your child's schedule, grades, attendance and more.

Menus -- This links to our lunch menus.

Flyers -- This page includes school and community flyers. You'll find information about upcoming events, registration for community athletics, community resources and more. This page is updated often.

Registration -- This is a link for new student registration. Kindergarten registration information will be linked here when it's time for new students to enroll in kindergarten.

 

new website -- icons

 

 

Employment

We're hiring! Visit our Employment page for our current job opportunities.

new website -- employment

 

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  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Center Avenue Community School
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Connoquenessing Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • Intermediate High School
  • McQuistion Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Senior High School
  • Summit Elementary School
First page of the PDF file: BacktoSchool2022_Book
  • Updates

Dear Butler Area School District Community,

I hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

I am excited to share our annual Welcome Back publication with you. You can click here to view it on our website.

Our campuses are already coming alive with practices, rehearsals, meetings, and new students and families visiting to register. There is an energy and excitement to the start of the school year that is hard to describe. For each of our students, it is an opportunity for a fresh start, an opportunity to learn new things and an opportunity to build relationships.

Relationships are really important for our students to learn, grow and thrive. Research shows us that students who develop relationships and feel connected to school are typically more successful. It’s not just important for our students to have positive relationships, it’s important for us as adults to model positive relationships. Therefore, I encourage all of us – students, employees, families and community members – to deliberately engage with each other for the betterment of all of our students.

We have been working diligently to implement our new school organization structure.  More information on that and the progress of our construction can be found in the Welcome Back publication. Like any change, we will face some challenges as we start the school year. I apologize upfront for any inconveniences you experience and thank you for being patient with us.

As we head into a new school year, we remain committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students to learn and grow. Since many staff members changed building assignments as a result of the new school organization, all staff will participate in safety training during our opening professional development days. We also anticipate having safety drills with our students in the school year.

We have many exciting things to look forward to in the 2022-2023 school year. I appreciate all of the volunteers who have helped and who are helping make so many things possible for our students. The engagement that our families, community members and employees have demonstrated is truly unique and something to be celebrated.  

Schools exist to serve students. If you have information or insights regarding your child that will help us serve children more effectively, I encourage you to share it with your building principal, teacher or school counselor. We want you and your student(s) to have a great school year.

I am excited for the upcoming year! I look forward to seeing all of the amazing things our students do. Thank you for all that you do to support our students and our schools. And, most importantly, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life!

Sincerely,


Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

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  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Connoquenessing Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • Intermediate High School
  • McQuistion Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Senior High School
  • Summit Elementary School
Vo-Tech Soft Start Transportation

Please use this form if you require district transportation for your specific session of Vo-Tech from Thursday, August 25th through Wednesday September 7th.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER is Friday, August 19th at 3pm.  On the form you will fill out your name, grade, and contact information along with your scheduled session. If your need for transportation is only for some of these days, please email transportation@basdk12.org with the details of your request.

Please also remember that Vo-Tech begins on Thursday, August 25th.  Transportation will be available, but if you are driving to Vo-Tech you may park in the Lower Lot.  Lower Lot parking for Vo-Tech students will be available from Thursday, August 25th through Friday, September 2nd.  On Tuesday, September 6th parking will only be available for those students that purchased a parking pass. 

  • Senior High School
Tanya Lewis

Dear Center Township Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter to introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal at Center Township Elementary. I am very humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join your school family in this role! 

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 15 years in the Butler School District. During this time I have worked with students ranging in age from kindergarten to twelfth grade with the majority of my time in the elementary setting. I hold a degree in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Master’s in Reading, Reading Specialist Certification, and Principal Certification. I had the honor of being a classroom teacher at Oakland Township Elementary and Center Township Elementary. In addition to being a classroom teacher, I also had the opportunity to serve both teachers and students as an Instructional Literacy Coach in the district. I live in Butler with my husband and our two children. We are proud to call the Center Township community our home! 

I view education and learning as a life-long process and look forward to continuing to learn more about the students and families in our school community. I believe that our students are the very reason we each walk through the doors every day and are the center of every school-related decision. I am excited and eager to unite my experiences and skills as an educational leader, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to education with the Center Township village. I look forward to building a partnership in education with you, Mrs. Cherry, the staff, and community to ensure your child’s love of learning, growth, and success.

Please know that my door is always open to you. I sincerely welcome your conversation and input during this year. They say it takes a village to raise a child – and I’m so honored to be a part of that at Center Township Elementary.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Tanya Lewis
tanya.lewis@basdk12.org

  • Center Township Elementary School
BASD Transportation Forms

Dear BASD Families

With the upcoming school year quickly approaching, we would like to remind those families who submit child care and custody forms to the transportation office to do so as soon as possible.

Child Care Form

Custody Form

In order to guarantee transportation to a location other than your child's primary residence for the start of school, these forms must be received in our office by August 5, 2022. If your child will only ride the bus between their primary residence and school, you do NOT need to complete these forms.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at transportation@basdk12.org.

Thank you,

Tabitha Scutt
BASD Transportation Supervisor

Free & Reduced Meals

We encourage all families to apply for free/reduced meal status, as your student(s) will be eligible for other school and community benefits based on their status. Several school programs are available at a free or reduced rate based on your family’s meal status. This includes AP tests, athletic programs and summer school, just to name a few. In addition, the P-EBT card is based on your family’s free/reduced meal status.

 
Please note: If your child attends Broad Street Elementary, Emily Brittain Elementary, McQuistion Elementary or Center Avenue Community School, you do not need to complete an application for that child. Those four schools are Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). As such, meals are automatically free for all children who attend those four schools. If you have another child who attends a different school (the IHS or SHS for example) then you should still fill out an application in order for that child to receive free/reduced meals.
 
Visit our website to complete your family’s application as soon as possible. You will also receive a paper copy of the application along with your lunch balances and PIN numbers in the mail.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Helen Walker at helen.walker@basdk12.org or 724-214-3223.
 
Sincerely,
 
Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District
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BASD Parking Permit

The 2022-2023 Parking Permits will go on sale as follows:

  • Monday, August 8th - 8am to 2pm
  • Tuesday, August 9th - 8am to 2pm
  • Thursday, August 11th - 8am to 2pm

You must enter through Door 22 at the Main Entrance. Permits will be on a first come first serve basis.

Read the following to prepare for your purchase.

 

SENIOR HIGH PARKING PERMIT

  • All vehicles must be pre-registered on the Google Form titled Student Parking Pass Application: Car Information.  This form is also located on the Senior High webpage.  
  • Fill out one form for each car you will/may be driving on to campus this year.  
  • Both the student and a parent/guardian MUST electronically sign for the first car you register.
  • Students may not purchase a parking permit until they are a licensed driver.

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Once pre-registered you will need:

  • A copy of your driver’s license.
  • Copies of insurance cards and registration cards for each car you are registering.
  • $100.00 for a full year - $50.00 for second semester only. We accept cash or check (make payable to BASD).

 

Bring the above items to the Senior High to receive your parking tag.

Back to School

Summer is still in full swing, but if you are looking ahead to the first day of school, here are a few things you can do now to be prepared!

 

First Day of School

The first day of school for students is on Tuesday, September 6. However, the Intermediate High School and Senior High School will have a soft start this year.

Elementary Schools (Grades K-5)

  • All students in grades K-5 will start on Tuesday, September 6.

Intermediate High School Soft Start

  • Grade 6: Sept. 7 - full day (No school on 9/6)

  • Grade 7: Sept. 7 - full day (No school on 9/6)

  • Grade 8: Sept. 6 - half day from 7:30-11 am (No school on 9/7)

Senior High School Soft Start

  • Grade 9: Sept. 7 - full day (No school on 9/6)

  • Grade 10: Sept. 7 - full day (No school on 9/6, except Vo-Tech students)

  • Grade 11: Sept. 6 - half day from 7:37-11 am with Vo-Tech dismissal at 12 pm (No school on 9/7, except Vo-Tech students)

  • Grade 12: Sept. 6 - half day from 7:37 -11 am with Vo-Tech dismissal at 12 pm (No school on 9/7, except Vo-Tech students)

  • Vo-Tech students should report to Vo-Tech on September 6 & 7

Center Avenue Community School

  • All Center Avenue students will start on Tuesday, September 6.

 

Orientation

  • 6th Grade Orientation will take place on August 23rd from 9-11 am at the Intermediate High School.
  • 7th Grade Orientation will take place on August 24th from 9-11 am at the Intermediate High School.
  • The IHS and SHS soft start will serve as an orientation for the other secondary grade levels. That is when students will have a chance to explore the building and walk their schedule, receive their devices, eat in the cafeteria and more.

 

Back to School Night

  • Elementary (Grades 1-5): September 1 from 6:00-7:00 pm at your child's elementary school.
  • Intermediate High School (Grades 6-8): September 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the IHS.
  • Senior High School (Grades 9-12): September 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the SHS.
  • Center Avenue Community School (Grades K-12): Family Fun Night -- September 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Center Avenue

 

Jump Start Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten only: September 1 from 4:30-5:30 pm at your child's elementary school.

 

Elementary Supply List

The Butler Area School District 2022-2023 school supply list for grades K-5 can be found here. If you would like to print a PDF to take shopping with you, click here.

 

Teacher Assignments & Schedules

Teacher assignments will be mailed to elementary students (K-5) later in August. Secondary (6-12) schedules will be available in our Student Information System later in August. Thanks for your patience!

 

Free/Reduced Meals

Federal funding for student meals at school is no longer available. Students who would like to eat breakfast and/or lunch at school will resume purchasing their meals for the 2022-2023 school year, unless they qualify for free/reduced meals. Read more and apply today!
 
 

Transportation

With the upcoming school year quickly approaching, we would like to remind those families who submit child care and custody forms to the transportation office to do so as soon as possible. Click for more information and copies of the forms.

Transportation information including bus number, stop location and time will be mailed to families in late August. It will also be available in our Student Information System.

 

Senior High Parking Permits

The 2022-2023 Parking Permits will go on sale as follows:

  • Monday, August 8th - 8am to 2pm
  • Tuesday, August 9th - 8am to 2pm
  • Thursday, August 11th - 8am to 2pm

You must enter through Door 22 at the Main Entrance. Permits will be on a first come first serve basis. Read more information to prepare for your purchase.

 

Athletics

If you are interested in registering for BASD athletics, visit our athletic website.

Athletic Website

Fall Sports Registration Information

 

Health Forms

Physical Exam

Pennsylvania Public School Code, Section 14-1402(e), requires physical examinations for students upon original entry into school (kindergarten or new first grader), sixth and eleventh grades. Read more.

Dental Exam

Pennsylvania Public School Code, Section 14-1403(a), requires dental examinations for students upon original entry into school (kindergarten or new first grader), third and seventh grades. Read more.

Health Forms

You can find copies of all health and wellness forms on our website. Click here to visit our health services page.

** If you are using a desktop or laptop, forms are located on the right. Look for "Forms" and then expand the menu (three horizontal lines). If you are using a mobile device or tablet, scroll down until you see "Forms" and then expand the menu (three horizontal lines).

 

Employment

If you are looking for a job that aligns well to your child's schedule, check out our open positions.

Food service positions are available through Aramark Student Nutrition.

New Student Enrollment

If you have not registered your child for kindergarten, please do so asap!! Click here for more information.

If your family is new to the district -- welcome! Visit our enrollment page for more information on how to register your children for school. Click for more information.

K-5 Supply List

The Butler Area School District 2022-2023 school supply list for grades K-5 can be found below. If you would like to print a PDF to take shopping with you, click here.

Kindergarten 

 

Crayons 24 pack (1)

Glue sticks (2+)

Sharpened pencils (5+)

Safety scissors (1 pair)

Pencil box (1)

Dry erase markers (not red) (1+)

Headphones/earbuds for iPAD use (1 pair)

 
  • Art shirt, labeled with name

  • Spare change of clothes, labeled with name

  • Backpack big enough for the folders to fit in (not preschool sized)

  • Spill proof water bottle

 

 

Grade 1

 

Crayons -- 24 pack (1)

Sharpened pencils (5+)

Glue Sticks (2+)

Plastic pencil box

Scissors (1 pair)

Dry erase markers (2+)

Headphones (Stored in a Ziploc Bag)

Erasers (2+)

Markers -- 10 pack (1)

Plastic folder (no prongs)

 

 

Grade 2

 

Pencils (5+)

24 pack of crayons (1)

Simple pencil box (1)

Highlighter (1)

Pencil sharpener (1)

Headphones or earbuds (1)

Pink or white pencil eraser (not pencil top erasers) (1)

Dry erase markers (2)

Glue sticks (1 large or 2 small)

Scissors (1 pair)

 

 

 

Grade 3

 

Sharpened Pencils (5+)

24 count crayons (1)

Highlighters (1+)

Dry erase markers (1+)

Glue bottle (1+) or Glue Sticks (2+)

12 count colored pencils (1)

Pencil box / pouch (1 for binder)

Scissors (1 pair)

1.5” binder with pocket in front (1)

Single subject notebooks (3)

Heavy duty folders, preferably plastic (3)

Small pencil sharpener (1)

Earbuds/headphones (1)

Reusable Water Bottle (1)

 

 

Grade 4

 

Pencil pouch/pencil box (1)

Highlighters (2+)

Sharpened pencils (5+)

Small pencil sharpener (1)

Dry erase markers (2+)

Scissors (1 pair)

Crayons (24 pack) and/or 

Thin Markers (10 pack) 

Ruler (1)

3-ring binder -- 1”, 1 ½”, or 2” (1)

Spiral-bound notebooks (2)

Folders that can be hole-punched (or that have holes for a 3-ring binder) (3)

earbuds/headphones (1)

 

 

Grade 5

 

Personal hand sanitizer/tissues 

Colored pencils

Sharpened pencils

Scissors (blunt tip)

Pencil box 

Dry erase markers

Headphones/earbuds

Glue sticks

Highlighters

Small pencil sharpener

Erasers

Spiral bound notebook

Pocket folder for take home papers

Expandable file folder

 

 

  • Labeling things with your child’s name is extremely helpful.

  • Water Bottles are suggested for every student.

 

Now Hiring Food Service Workers
Now Hiring Food Service Workers

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Now Hiring:

  • Food service workers
  • Food service worker leads
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Apply through Aramark, BASD's Food Service Provider. Click to apply. Search for zip code 16001 to find Butler Area School District's job openings.

  • Butler Area School District
AMessagefromtheBASDSuperintendent

Dear BASD Community:

The school building at 225 East North street has been serving the Butler community as an educational facility for over 100 years. Most recently, it has been known as the Butler Area Middle School. Previously it was known as Butler Junior High School and prior to that as Butler High School.

Due to decreasing enrollments and significant cost estimates to renovate the building, the school district has made the decision in alignment with the Community Committee of School Organization to close Butler Area Middle School and cease to use the school building at 225 East North street as a public school.

The same committee as well as numerous community members have asked us to please find a viable use for the building. Our greatest fear would be that the building becomes dilapidated and falls into disrepair like the Pullman building on Hansen Avenue.

Therefore, we have spent considerable time looking into options that are realistic, viable and are not a financial burden to the school district or the community. I am happy to share that, at this time, we have an option that meets those criteria.

We believe that creating a multi-use facility that has dedicated space for workforce training, small business support, manufacturing prototyping and lease space for business and services could be a transformative option for the building and the community.

The school district, in collaboration with Butler County, has developed a relationship with Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation (PGC), a nonprofit organization that specializes in this type of development. PGC, founded in 1998 and dedicated to economic development of our region, is the developer, owner and manager of the former Connelley Trade School, now known as the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) located in Pittsburgh. The Connelley Trade School, a 200,000 square foot complex, was built in 1930 and served Pittsburgh Public Schools for many years before going into disuse with the decline of the steel industry.  Pittsburgh Gateways purchased the building and transformed it into a LEED Platinum center of excellence.  The EIC is often labeled as “Pittsburgh Power House” as a model of both high efficiency operations and the annually recurring production of hundreds of corporate-led, full time sustainable wage careers.  The EIC is an ecosystem of diverse tenants: energy sector corporations; research laboratories; leading academic institutions; and a variety of workforce development organizations in energy, construction trades, healthcare and the arts. PGC also manages other Pittsburgh and regionally-based economic development projects such as the August Wilson House, Clemente Museum and the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown amongst others.

A project like this, modeled after PGC’s Energy Innovation Center, is only viable by engaging investors and utilizing tax credits that are available from the state and federal government.  That is how upgrades and renovations to the building will be possible without the use of local tax dollars.

The Pennsylvania School Code (laws) permits a school district to transfer the ownership of unneeded school buildings to a not-for-profit organization. The district may reserve the right to reclaim the building should the nonprofit organization wish to sell the building. 

Pittsburgh Gateways has submitted an Expression of Interest and supplemental information. In addition, we have collectively opened negotiations on a Letter of Intent for the school district to transfer ownership of the building to Pittsburgh Gateways for a nominal amount.

Both parties have agreed to a due diligence period of nine (9) months. Then, if PGC’s review during the due diligence period is favorable, the school district’s intent is to transfer the ownership of the school building at 225 East North Street, Butler PA to Pittsburgh Gateways.

If you, a business or an organization, is interested in collaborating with Pittsburgh Gateways, please contact Don Evans at devans@pghgateways.org.

If you have information that you would like the school district to consider during the due diligence period, please email publicfeedback@basdk12.org.

This fall, we will be hosting an open house for community members to tour the building one more time prior to potentially converting its use.  We will post the date of the open house on the school district website. Pittsburgh Gateways will also be present to speak with any community members who are interested in learning more.

We are pleased that the Butler Area Middle School, which served the school district well for many years, will continue to be a resource and asset for the Butler community.

Sincerely, 

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District