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2023 Commencement Ceremony Livestream

The Butler Class of 2023's Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube. In addition, the event will be live on Armstrong Channel 204. 

Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony
June 9 at 6:30 pm

View the Commencement Livestream on YouTube

The plan is to have the 2023 Commencement Ceremony at the stadium, and guests do not need a ticket to attend. However, we always issue tickets to students mid-May in case weather forces us to move the program to the gymnasium, and guests would need a ticket to attend. 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Last Day of School

Dear BASD Families, 

All Butler Area School District students will have an early dismissal on the last day of school (Friday, June 9). 

The Senior High School and the Intermediate High School will dismiss at 11:15 am on June 9th. 

All K-5 elementary schools and Center Avenue will dismiss at noon on June 9th. 

Please note lunch will not be served on this day. However, breakfast will be available for students. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer! 

  • All BASD Schools
  • Butler Area School District
Butler Buzz

The Butler Buzz recently featured Julie Hopp, BASD's Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development. Ms. Hopp sat down with Tricia Pritchard to share the latest updates from our elementary schools. Watch the episode to learn more about how each of our elementary schools has its own unique focus -- and how community members can get involved!

Click to watch the episode

  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Connoquenessing Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • McQuistion Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Summit Elementary School
Science Berkley Creek Labs Visit

The comprehensive science classes along with the biology classes recently wrapped up a unit on heredity and genetics.

Colin Zedrick, owner of Berkley Creek Labs and Pet Retreat, spoke to the students about heredity in dogs such as coat color, conformation, and common genetic diseases. Mr. Zedrick used examples from his breeding program, and even figured probabilities based on student questions. He was also able to talk to the students about his career path and his responsibilities as a business owner.

Mr. Zedrick's dog Milo, who is a therapy dog, also tagged along and stole the show!

The compression science classes are co-taught by Mr. Bob Wick and Mrs. Kara Sroka. The biology classes are co-taught by Ms. Anna Kasicky and Ms. Alyssa Slagle.

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
EITC Donation from NexTier Bank

NexTier Bank recently made a donation $25,000 to The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. via Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. 

Carol Achezinski, NexTier Bank’s Senior Vice President, Treasury Management, visited the Butler Area School District central office to deliver the check. 

Thank you to NexTier Bank for their generous support of our students and our schools! 

  • All BASD Schools
  • Butler Area School District
CAPS Award

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) has selected the Community Agricultural Partnership at Summit (CAPS) as the recipient of its 2023 Partnership in Agricultural Literacy (PAL) Award.

CAPS was selected for its innovative effort to use an agricultural focus to expand student learning and meet the needs of the whole child. CAPS is committed to cultivating lifelong learners and informed citizens with respect and appreciation for conservation, agriculture, and the outdoor environment.

The Foundation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau celebrated CAPS on May 25 in the school’s outdoor classroom. View photos from the May 25th event

 “Summit (CAPS) has created an environment of agricultural literacy by providing opportunities for students and occasionally their families to be immersed in agriculture throughout the year by incorporating it into the students’ learning throughout the day,” said Chris Hoffman, foundation chairman. Hoffman is a Juniata County hog farmer and president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

With the support of community partners, the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, and many others including the county 4-H Extension Educator, Audubon Society, conservation district members, CAPS is working to use agricultural concepts as a pathway to learning. Donated resources, educational presentations, and unique hands-on experiences such as the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab have helped provide the means for students, teachers, staff, and families to immerse themselves in a world of agriculture, both during the school day and at home.

In order to accomplish this goal, CAPS has taken an aggressive approach to curriculum development and professional learning, offering staff an opportunity to participate in the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation’s Educator’s Ag Institute, both virtually and in person. In addition, building staff have been working to design lessons for their classrooms centered around National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes, utilizing resources and materials made available from NAITCO. These resources have been piloted at the Summit building and will be shared with the other six elementary buildings in the Butler Area School District to ensure all students are introduced to vital agricultural concepts. Grade-level teachers have worked together to develop ag kits for use within the established curriculum, allowing for an agricultural overlay for classroom instruction.

“CAPS is committed to cultivating lifelong learners by providing engaging lessons for students in all content areas. Students are excelling academically and achieving social emotional growth while also developing respect and appreciation for conservations, agriculture and the outdoor environment through the different agricultural components we have available on our campus.” said Chad Broman, the school’s principal.

“This has truly been a partnership, as CAPS has worked with a wide range of community groups, foundations, and others to expand agricultural literacy access. These dedicated individuals have built a program that, with the right leadership and commitment, could be replicated at other schools,” said Charlene Shupp Espenshade, executive director of Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.

They will be honored at the 2023 NAITCO Conference “Beyond the Beaches” taking place June 26-29 in Orlando, Florida.

 

About PA Friends of Agriculture Foundation
Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation is a charitable organization supported by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The Foundation has been educating the public and promoting agriculture, the largest of the Commonwealth’s industries since its inception in 1986. To learn more about foundation programs, go to www.pfbfriends.com.

 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Summit Elementary School
Action Plan Interviews

The Senior High School had their annual 11th grade Career Action plan interviews in May. About 400 students participated. 

A variety of professions were represented, including attorneys, game commission, state police, taxidermist, doctors, engineers, nurses, anesthesiologists, music educator, therapists, welders, contractors and more! 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and expertise to our students. In addition, thank you to the new Dunkin on Route 8 for graciously donating donuts and coffee each morning. 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Starfish Leaders at Camp Guyasuta

Intermediate High School Starfish leaders earned a field trip to Camp Guyasuta for team building and a high ropes experience as a reward for their work serving their school community this year!

The Starfish leaders completed 27 service activities throughout the school year.

Great work, Starfish leaders!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Intermediate High School
Senior High Announcements

Commencement Rehearsals

Commencement rehearsals will take place on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 from 8:00 - 10:00 am. 

 

Chromebook Collection Dates

  • 11th & 12th Graders - Tues. June 6
  • 9th & 10th Graders - Wed. June 7

 

Financial Obligations 

All financial obligations must be paid in order to receive a diploma. Payments can be made in the SHS Office (7:30 am - 3:00 pm) by cash or checks payable to:  Butler Area School District.

  • Senior High School
Community Development Corporation Student Advisory Board Graphic

The Community Development Corporation Student Advisory Board was created with the intent to bridge the gap between Butler County students and Butler County businesses.

Student representatives toured four facilities this year. About 15 students were able to patriciate, including 5 from Butler Area School District.

Thank you to Butler Technologies, Inc., CID Associates, Inc., Coherent Corp., and IDL Worldwide for welcoming students to their facilities.

View a video to learn more.

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Hometown HighQ Winners

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Butler's very own KDKA Hometown HighQ team won the championships! Congratulations to Charles Simms, David Krainbucher, Max Channells!

KDKA HighQ is sponsored by GBU Life. They generously award $4,000 to the winning team! In addition to the grand prize money, the students will have the opportunity to tour the KDKA studio.

Tune in to KDKA on June 3 at 11 am to watch the semifinals. We don’t have an official air date for the championship yet, so stay tuned!

View more photos

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Prom King and Queen

Miliannette Muniz was crowned queen and Ethan Babay was crowned king at the Butler Senior High School prom.

Miliannette is the daughter of Vimarie Irigoyen of Butler.

Ethan is the son of Andrew and Nina Babay of Butler.

The prom was held on Friday, May 12 at Butler County Community College. The theme was "A Night at Gatsby's."

 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
High School Head Start

Senior Owen Maharg and junior Kylee Bernhard organized and planned a great event for current Intermediate High School students. The event -- which was called High School Head Start -- was an opportunity for IHS students and families to learn more about the Senior High School. 

Senior High School students attended the event to represent their clubs, activities and organizations. The Rock Orchestra and Drum Line also gave great performances. 

The goal is for the Head Start program to be a yearly event that provides the current Intermediate High School students with information on the different organizations that the Senior High School has to offer.

"We want to get students connected to an organization they can take pride in as early as possible," explained Owen.

Thank you to Kylee and Owen for their work on this project!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Intermediate High School
  • Senior High School
Academic Games Orlando

Butler Area School District students recently competed in Academic Games Leagues of America National Tournament in Orlando, Florida!

Andrew Benjamin, Easton Floris and Blake Giocondo qualified for the national tournament and traveled to Orlando to compete. Andrew is in 7th grade at the Intermediate High School, Easton is in 6th grade at the Intermediate High School and Blake is in 5th grade at Northwest Elementary School.

Prior to traveling to Orlando, students competed regionally against teams within the Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4 at Slippery Rock University. Next, they competed in a state level competition at Grove City College. Their performance in the local and state level competitions qualified them for nationals.

In addition to, Andrew, Easton and Blake, Max Channells, David Krainbucher and Simon Miller qualified for nationals, but were unable to attend. Max and David are juniors at the Senior High School and Simon is in 6th grade at the Intermediate High School.

Academic Games Leagues of America is "dedicated to developing 'Thinking Kids' of character, integrity, and excellence." The games challenge students to use higher order thinking skills in the subjects of mathematics, language arts, and social studies.

Congratulations to these students on their outstanding accomplishments!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Intermediate High School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Senior High School
Emily Rogers

Senior High School student Emily Rogers was one of three finalists for the Challenge Program's Student of the Year!

Emily was one of more than 500 students who applied for the Student of the Year award. The applicants were then narrowed down to ten. At that point, each of the 10 students went through an interview process. Emily was one of the top three finalists! 

As a finalist, Emily was invited to "The Crystal Owl Gala" where the three finalists were honored, and the winner was announced. In addition, Emily's parents, along with Senior High teacher Mr. Jon McKay and Senior High counselor Mrs. Alecia Mowrey, attended the gala. The group enjoyed a limo ride to the Omni William Penn Hotel for the gala. 

Although Emily was not the grand prize winner, she did receive a $2,000 reward. 

Thank you to Deep Well Services who served as the business partner for the Senior High. We sincerely appreciate their generous support. 

Congratulations to Emily on this incredible accomplishment! 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Butler Prom Court 2023

Butler Senior High School will crown its prom king and queen on May 12 at Butler County Community College. The theme of this year’s prom is “A Night at Gatsby’s.” 

Members of the prom court are:

(Back Row, Left to Right): Ethan Babay, Luke Benkart, Mark Collins, Martin Imhof, Owen Maharg, Derek McLafferty, Jun “Jake” Zheng, Conner McTighe, Ryan McLister and Lance Slater

(Front Row, Left to Right): Carlie Baker, Carson Boden, Savannah Briggs, Jenna Capriotti, Tajah-Rae Edwards, Maisy Gibson, Ruby Link, Miliannette Muniz, Anna Munko and Annabelle Turner

Congratulations to the 2023 Prom Court! 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Hometown HighQ

The Senior High KDKA Hometown HighQ trivia team won their semifinal round! The team consists of Charles Simms, David Krainbucher, and Max Channells. This was their third round of winning, so they are now in the top three of 81 original teams.

We don’t have an air date for round three yet, but you can catch their second round this Saturday, April 29 at 11 am on KDKA.

Congratulations to Charles, David and Max!  And thank you to Mrs. Peters for serving as the team's sponsor!

 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
PMEA Orchestra Success

Butler Area School District was represented by three outstanding musicians at PMEA All-State Orchestra.

Senior Ashleigh Day (viola) and sophomore Liza Wick (violin) performed in the PMEA All-State Orchestra, which was made up of the top musicians across Pennsylvania. Their incredible performance closed with a passionate performance of movement IV of the “Titan” Symphony by Mahler.

Senior Maysen Stewart (violin) was one of 16 high school seniors selected to participate in the PMEA Honors Symposium where she attended various sessions and workshops to prepare her for working in the field of music education.

In addition, Maysen received one of the PMEA District 5 Student Music Education Scholarships! Three scholarships are given out each year to students who will be pursuing a degree in Music Education. Maysen has been a participant of PMEA District Orchestra, District Chorus, and Region Chorus.

Maysen is a member of the Butler rock orchestra and chamber orchestra. She also participates in the theatre program at the high school. Maysen plans to attend Westminster College for music education and hopes to be an elementary music teacher.

Congratulations to all of these students on their outstanding achievements!
Kennywood District Day

Butler Area School District's Kennywood Day is June 17, 2023

View the flyer.

Purchase instructions to visit Kennywood on June 17th for $35.99.

  1. Go to www.kennywood.com/schools.
  2. Click the 'Buy Now' button to advance to the next screen.
  3. Enter your '2023 School Ticket' ticket quantity.
  4. Enter Promo Code butler in the 'Promotional Code' box, then click 'Apply.'
  5. Click 'Continue' to advance to the ticket calendar. Select your district day (June 17) to apply the discount offer and then click 'Continue.'
  6. Select (again) your district date (June 17), then click 'Continue.'
  7. Click 'Continue' to advance and complete the remaining steps to purchase your tickets!

Purchase instructions to visit any date through June 30th for $38.99.

  1. Go to www.kennywood.com/schools.
  2. Click the 'Buy Now' button to advance to the next screen.
  3. Enter your '2023 School Ticket' ticket quantity.
  4. Enter Promo Code butlerflex in the 'Promotional Code' box, then click 'Apply.'
  5. Click 'Continue' to advance to the ticket calendar. Select any visit date through June 30th to apply the discount offer and then click 'Continue.'
  6. Select (again) your visit date, then click 'Continue.'
  7. Click 'Continue' to advance and complete the remaining steps to purchase your tickets!
  • All BASD Schools
Unifed Sports Track and Field

Butler Area School District's Unified Sports Track and Field team is off to a great start! The team placed second at their first meet on April 12. They will have a home meet on April 25th at 3:45 pm Come out to support the team! 

View more photos.

Elementary Student Climbs Rock Wall

Northwest, Emily Brittain and Center Township Elementary Schools recently installed traverse rock walls in their gyms. Northwest Elementary and Emily Brittain Elementary both received a Golden Tornado Creative Teaching grants that enabled the schools to install a rock climbing wall in their gyms. At Center Township Elementary, the wall was purchased through a SOAR and PTO fundraiser.

The traverse rock walls enable students to build confidence in their skill sets of grip strength, forearm strength, back/core and even leg strength.  In a world where people – children and adults – often spend significant time sitting at a desk with their backs in a rounded position, the use of a traverse wall helps build back strength and pull strength that caters to a more balanced posture.  

“Our newly installed traverse rock walls encourage students to take healthy risks by challenging their grip strength and upper body strength, which aids in better posture and overall stature,” said Julie Saeler, PE teacher at Northwest. “Daily life does not ask much of our upper bodies and the rock wall certainly provides a safe healthy challenge.”

Mrs. Saeler wrote the Creative Teaching Grant for Northwest because she was looking for a new age alternative to traditional cargo nets and rope climbs. The traverse rock wall enables teachers to challenge their students in a variety of ways. The color-coded grips can be placed in a pattern that challenges students on a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level; or can be placed for height differences spanning kindergarten through fifth grade students.

For example, teachers can challenge students to stick to one color grip for their hand and foot holds or challenge them to traverse the whole wall without stepping down.

“Through practice in physical education class, students will be more likely to choose activities on the playground and beyond that challenge their hang/grip/and pull strengths; all reinforcing strength in the weaker areas of our bodies due to modern activities of daily living,” explained Mrs. Saeler.

Many students start off intimidated by the wall. They don’t immediately trust their body/ability to hold themselves on the wall. In just a few short classes, it’s thrilling to see students begin to try the wall, realize they can hold their body weight, and quickly progress to a timed wall hold and then a length wall walk (building up how much length they can cover before stepping down).  

More advanced students find challenges in sticking to the harder color patterns that require their mind to focus, implement problem solving skills, and physically push their mobility and strength limits.  

Thank you to The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. and the Center Township PTO for their support!


View more photos.

 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
JROTC Raider Platoon
Butler's JROTC Raider team won first place in a league competition that was recently held at Slippery Rock University. In addition, senior cadet Matthew Davis, took home the Iron Man award for top individual score on the Physical Fitness test.
 
The Raider team's accomplishment caps off a successful year that saw their Drill Team take third place, and the Marksmanship team take second place in league play.
 
Congratulations to the Raider team!
  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Manufacturing Day

The Manufacturer & Business Association, along with partners the Butler County Chamber of Commerce and the Butler Manufacturing Consortium, hosted the first Butler Manufacturing Day at the Intermediate High School. It was a great opportunity for students to meet local industry professionals and learn more about careers in manufacturing. Representatives from 17 companies participated in this event. Read more in the Butler Eagle.

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES

  • Penn United Technologies Inc.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
  • Oberg Industries, LLC
  • CID Associates, Inc.
  • United Plate Glass Company, Inc.
  • Butler Technologies Inc.
  • Channellock Inc.
  • Bayer
  • IDL
  • NEFF Automation
  • Penna Flame Industries
  • MSA The Safety Company
  • Coherent Corp.
  • Magee Plastics Company
  • Du-Co Ceramics Company
  • J. V. Manufacturing Company, Inc
  • Berner International Corporation

 

Thank you to everyone who participated for representing our district so well.

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
pmea regional mand march 2023

PMEA Regional Band

Butler Area School District hosted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Regional Band in March. The regional group consisted of 137 musicians from 55 school districts. Five Butler student musicians auditioned and were selected to participate. Congratulations to Colin Dorcy, Braden Mitchell, James Thomas, Jonah Mechling, and Nate Grossman! And thank you to Mr. Jeff Kroner and Mr. Todd Karenbauer for hosting this event at Butler Intermediate High School.

PMEA All-State Band

Pmea all-state band march 2023

Students also auditioned at PMEA Regionals to move on to All-State Band/Wind Ensemble. Braden Mitchell and Nate Grossman achieved this high honor of earning a place in the PMEA All-State music ensemble.

The student musicians who qualify will perform at the annual PMEA All-State Festival at the Kalahari Resort in The Poconos, Pennsylvania April 19-22, 2023. Nationally recognized conductors at the convention direct the groups who rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. Learn more about the event and the guest conductors at: https://www.pmea.net/pmeaall-stateinformation/

Congratulations to Braden and Nate on this well-deserved honor!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Grable Visit

The Grable Foundation Board of Trustees and Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Education, Dr. Jeff Fuller, as well as Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Dr. Carrie Rowe recently visited Butler Area School District.

The Grable Foundation has supported numerous projects throughout our district over the years, including providing significant grant funding for our work at Summit Elementary and Broad Street Elementary. The purpose of their visit was see the agriculture programming at Summit and the fresh market at Broad Street Elementary.

Students at both Summit and Broad Street lead our visitors on tours of their building to highlight all of the great things that are happening at school. Thank you to our student tour guides for representing our district so well. And, thank you to all of the faculty and staff who helped make this visit a success!

View more photos.

  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Summit Elementary School
Ashleigh Day and Liza Wick PMEA

Butler Area School District students Ashleigh Day and Liza Wick reached the highest level a high school musician can achieve by earning a place in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival music ensembles. Ashleigh is a senior who plays the viola and Liza is a sophomore who plays the violin. Both students have been members of the Butler orchestra program since 5th grade. They are currently members of the Butler Rock Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the state audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank the highest advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA Regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA Region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles.

The student musicians who qualify will perform at the annual PMEA All-State Festival at the Kalahari Resort in The Poconos, Pennsylvania April 19-22, 2023. Nationally recognized conductors at the convention direct the groups who rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. Learn more about the event and the guest conductors at: https://www.pmea.net/pmeaall-stateinformation/

Congratulations to Ashleigh and Liza on this well-deserved honor!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Hometown HighQ Team
Our Butler trivia students, Senior Captain Charles Simms, Junior Maxwell Channells, and Junior David Krainbucher just WON their second round of KDKA Hometown High Q, with a perfect round!
 
Air date: 4/29 at 11 am on KDKA.
Need for Reeds

Inspired Hearts and Hands recently brought a fun musical program to Broad Street's after school program!

Four musicians from the Senior High School are part of a saxophone quartet called Need for Reeds, which was started by Jonah Mechling. The quartet played a variety of kid friendly songs for the elementary scholars and then answered quite a few of their questions. They also encouraged the scholars to try out an instrument in Butler as they move on to the older grades.

The four musicians in Need for Reed are:
- Jonah Mechling on soprano and alto sax
- Collin Dorcy on alto sax
- Alexa Geibel on tenor sax
- Braden Mitchell on bari sax
 
Need for Reeds has 90+ songs in their music library. If you'd like to learn more, you can contact Jonah via email (mechlingjonah@gmail.com). 
 
Thank you to Jonah, Collin, Alexa and Braden for taking the time to visit Broad Street. And thank you to Inspired Hearts and Hands for making this event possible. The students truly enjoyed the experience!
  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
PMEA District Jazz Festival
Eight students participated in the PMEA District Jazz Festival at Slippery Rock University on February 17-18.
 
Congratulations to Drake Burke, Colin Dorcy, Ryan Eckert, Alexa Geibel, Nathaniel Grossman, Jonah Mechling, Braden Mitchell, and Ty Young.
  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
PMEA Congrats
Several students recently represented Butler at the PMEA District 5 Band at Slippery Rock University. Congratulations to:
 
Colin Dorcy, Alto Saxophone
Nathaniel Grossman, Euphonium
Jonah Mechling, Tenor Saxophone
Braden Mitchell, Baritone Saxophone
Emilie Neff, Flute
James Thomas, French Horn
 
In addition, Nathaniel Grossman, Braden Mitchell and James Thomas will continue to the PMEA Region Band level!
 
Great job!
  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Butler Yearbook

If you would like to purchase a Butler yearbook online, please visit http://ybpay.lifetouch.com. You can search for "Butler Senior High School" or use code 14323623. 

Prices for a yearbook are as follows: (For just a yearbook-other options are available at additional costs):  

  • $65 until 2/28
  • $70 until 4/30
  • $75 until 5/31
  • $80 until 6/30

Please note these prices are for the yearbook only. There are other options available for an additional cost. If you would like to order a yearbook, please do so by June 30. There will not be any additional sales beyond that date. 

  • Senior High School
It's time to register for kindergarten!

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about kindergarten enrollment for the 2023–2024 school year. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023, it is time to contact your neighborhood school. If you know a kindergarten-aged child in your neighborhood, please share this information with their parents.

Visit our Kindergarten Registration page for more information.

Step 1: Calling All Five Year Olds!

It's important to let us know your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall as soon as possible. You can do that by completing the form online.

Important information as well as Invitations to kindergarten transition events will be emailed to everyone who completes this form. Please fill it out as soon as possible to ensure you stay up-to-date and have all of the information you need to help your child successfully transition to kindergarten in the fall.


Questions?
School contact information is listed to the right on this page (or below if you are on a mobile device). If you are not sure which school your child would attend, call 724-287-8723.

Thank you for your help! We look forward to seeing your family soon!

Step 2: Complete the Enrollment Packet

Click to download the 2023-2024 enrollment packet If you don't have access to a printer, you can pick up a packet at the District Administration Building (110 Campus Lane, Butler, PA 16001) or any of our K-4 elementary schools.

Once you have completed your child's kindergarten enrollment packet, there are several options for submitting the information. You can submit your child’s paperwork in one of three ways. 

  1. Drop it off at your child's school.
  2. Mail it to your child's school.
  3. Email it to the main office of your child's school.

You only have to do one of the three options. More details about each one is included below. 

 

Visit our Kindergarten Registration page for more information.

  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Connoquenessing Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • McQuistion Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Summit Elementary School
Shop With A Cop

Forty students from Broad Street, Emily Brittain, McQuistion and Northwest Elementary Schools were invited to participate in “Shop with a Cop” this December. The students met with about 50 local area police officers at Walmart where they had the chance to purchase items for Christmas.

Thank you to Butler Township Police, the Sheriff's office Office, Butler City Police, PA State Police and BASD School Police for making this incredible experience possible!

View photos on Flickr.

  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
  • McQuistion Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
Butler Rock Orchestra

Rock Orchestra went on their Winter Tour today to Emily Britain, Broad Street and Center Township Elementary. Congrats to our musicians on THREE fantastic performances! May your music inspire the next generation of Butler Orchestra!

View more photos on Flickr.

 
  • Broad Street Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District
  • Center Township Elementary School
  • Emily Brittain Elementary School
Winter Wonderland Extravaganza

On Saturday, December 10, the Tornado Varsity Voices hosted their first ever Winter Wonderland Extravaganza event at the Intermediate High School, complete with Reindeer Games, face painting, cupcake decorating stations, and a special visit from Santa himself!

Following the Extravaganza, the Tornado Varsity Voices performed their Winter Choir Concert, which featured the 6th Grade Chorus. Repertoire included the Pentatonix arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, a fun version of Deck the Halls in 7/8, and our a capella take on the hit song Up the Ladder to the Roof. The audience joined us in caroling to end the concert.

Directors Bryan Helsel and Ali Erevia could not have been more pleased with how it all came together, and are already looking forward to next year's event! After all, the best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
Hometown High Q
The Butler trivia team won their first round of Hometown High Q! Congratulations to Charles Simms, David Krainbucher, and Maxwell Channells!
 
Catch their episode of Hometown High Q on January 14 at 11 am on KDKA.
  • Butler Area School District
  • Senior High School
CAPS students outside in the garden

The Community Agricultural Program at Summit (CAPS) will soon add a new greenhouse to the school grounds. The greenhouse will enable students at Summit Elementary to grow fresh produce year round, which will then be made available at Broad Street Elementary School.  

The addition of the greenhouse and growth of the CAPS program is possible thanks to the generous support of many people and organizations. 

Butler Area School District was the recipient of a “Moonshot” grant, which is funded by The Grable Foundation. The grant focuses on helping students at Summit and Broad Street develop skills that are needed throughout our region – entrepreneurship, environmental science, agriculture and community involvement. 

The Hays Excavating team prepped the site for the greenhouse and the possibility of future expansion. The company offered their time as well as the use of their equipment and supplies at a significantly discounted rate. Bauer Excavating also contributed the use of their forklift and helped prepare the site of the playground area. In addition, M&M Lime donated several loads of stone for the greenhouse installation.

Keystone Ridge Designs donated furnishings for the outdoor classroom at Summit while Heasley’s Nursery donated many plants and trees that have been planted on the school grounds. 

Seneca Resources also made a generous donation to the project that is being used to help grow and expand Summit’s herb garden. 

We’d also like to thank the members of our CAPS Advisory Board for all of their help and guidance. In addition, we’d like to thank the faculty, staff, students and families at Summit who have worked hard during the school year – and over the summer – to make this program a successful learning opportunity for students. 

Thank you to our school community for embracing the CAPS program! 

  • Butler Area School District
  • Summit Elementary School
PMEA Band Festival
The PMEA Honors Band Festival took place in December. Seven student musicians represented Butler Area School District.
 
Congratulations to Nathaniel Grossman, James Thomas, Ty Young, Colin Dorcy, Emily Cornish, Jonah Mechling, and Braden Mitchell!
  • 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
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!
  • Butler Area School District
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 

 

  • All BASD Schools
  • 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

 

  • All BASD Schools
  • 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

Join Butler Area School District's food service team!

Now Hiring:

  • Food service workers
  • Food service worker leads
  • Food service manager

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