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End of the school year information

Dear BASD Families, 

As we approach the end of the school year, we want to remind you that the last day of school will be on June 7, 2024. Please note this is a half day for all students. 

  • The Senior High School and Intermediate High School will be dismissed at 11:15 am.
  • The K-5 elementary schools will be dismissed at 12:00 pm.
  • Center Avenue Community School will be dismissed at 12:00 pm.
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Little Free Library

Members of Boy Scout Troop 6 came together to finish the Eagle Scout project Aiden Lutz began before he passed away. Aiden was a 10th grade student at the Senior High School.

On Monday, May 20, the Scouts of Troup 6 dedicated one of two Little Free Library's at Northwest Elementary School in Aiden's honor. The Little Free Library was placed at Northwest Elementary, as that is where Aiden's mother is a teacher. The second Little Free Library was placed at McQuistion Elementary, which is the school Aiden attended. 

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volunteer and career awareness support

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community that is committed to supporting our students and our schools. 

There are many ways to get involved throughout the year. Please complete the form linked below to let us know if you are interested in volunteering or helping our students learn about a career. If you are willing to do both, please submit this form twice -- once for volunteering and once for career awareness support.

Click here to complete the BASD Volunteer and Career Awareness Support Survey.

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career action plan interviews

The Senior High School held the annual Career Action Plan interviews. More than 70 professionals generously gave their time and shared their expertise with students. Lawyers, welders, insurance agent, author, detectives, engineers, CEOs, nurses, doctors, veterinarians, electricians, etc were all present for the event. Many of the career professionals are Butler alumni! 

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chromebook info

Summer is just around the corner! This year, Senior High School students who are currently in grade 9-11 and plan to return to the Senior High School for the 2024-2025 school year will keep their Chromebooks and power adapters over the summer. Below is a list of tips to help your student with managing their Chromebook over the summer.

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Latin Students at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Butler Senior High School Latin students recently visited the Cleveland Museum of Art. The students had a unique opportunity to attend the recently opened Africa & Byzantium Exhibition, which included more than 160 works of secular and sacred art including frescoes, mosaics, luxury goods, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts from collections in Africa, Europe, and North America. 

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career fair

More than 70 organizations recently took part in the Butler Career Fair, representing a diverse range of career sectors, including armed forces, automotive, banking, communication, construction, cosmetology, finance, healthcare, law enforcement, manufacturing, oil and gas, parks and recreation, and public works. The event aimed to equip students with valuable information about potential career paths in their respective fields.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Unified Track

Butler Area School District hosted a Unified Track meet in April. The participating schools included Fox Chapel School District and Armstrong School District.

Fox Chapel won the meet with Butler coming in second place. All of the student athletes did a great job. Congratulations to all participants! 

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A Message from the SUperintendent

We are very excited to share that Butler Area School District has been awarded a $1,382,353 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education! At the April 8th school board meeting, I shared with the BASD Board of School Directors that these funds are through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), which was signed into law on June 25, 2022. Through this legislation, Congress authorized $1 billion in funding to provide students with safer and healthier learning environments.  

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PMEA All-State

Rylee Colteryahn (Viola), Angelena Neff (Voice), Jonah Mechling (Future Educator Symposium), Mara Szurek (Voice), James Thomas (French Horn), and Ty Young (Percussion), have 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. 

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FAB Showcase 2024

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc.'s 21st annual Fine Arts & Beyond (FAB) Showcase was a great success. The student artwork was incredible and the student musical performances were outstanding. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!

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Butler Grad Visits Gifted Program

Mr. Chad Meier, 2019 Butler graduate, recently visited the Senior High School to talk to students in the gifted program about his experiences at Butler, his college experiences at MIT (class of 2023) and his career as a mechanical engineer working at MSA Safety in Cranberry Township. 

Students listened to Mr. Meier's experiences and were able to ask questions. It's wonderful to see our Butler graduates doing great things and giving back to our current students!  

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KMO Comp

Gifted students from both the Senior High School and Intermediate High School recently participated in their grade level's Knowledge Master Open competition. 

The Knowledge Master Open is a computer-based worldwide competition where teams of students work together to earn points by answering questions quickly and accurately. The questions cover knowledge in fifteen different subject areas. 

Both the IHS and SHS groups came in first place in the world in their divisions! Congratulations to all! 

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Josh Croup

Butler graduate Josh Croup (2014) recently returned to the Senior High School to visit with Television Production II students. 

Mr. Croup discussed ways to properly cover breaking news stories, explained how the television news landscape is changing, and shared insight into what a 'typical' day in the business looks like. Basically, expect the unexpected, and be ready to adapt!

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Polar Plunge

The Butler Senior High School's Unified Sports teams recently participated in the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. The students raised a total of $3,695 for Special Olympics.

Great job, everyone!

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PMEA District 5 Jazz Festival

Butler students recently represented our district at the PMEA District 5 Jazz Festival, which was held at Slippery Rock University.

Students were placed in one of three jazz bands based on their auditions. Participants included Tyler Merten, Jonah Mechling, Drake Burke, Ty Young, Micah Bish, Skylar Miller, Colin Dorcy, Ryan Eckert, Cade Karns, and Halle Karns.

Congratulations to all!

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thank you

Keystone Ridge generously donated new branded trash receptacles to the Senior High School. 

Juniors Owen Gaiser and Zachary Slear both work at Keystone Ridge and had the opportunity to contribute to the manufacturing of the trash receptacles. 

Thank you to Keystone Ridge for their generous donation. 

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Student Leadership Retreat

About 100 juniors at Butler Area Senior High School spent a day brainstorming aspects of their own "dream school" at a Leadership retreat. After brainstorming about their dream school, the students worked together to come up with ten initiatives. As we move forward, our student leaders -- as well as other students -- will play a significant role in implementing our new student drive initiatives. 

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Propaganda Teams from the SHS and IHS

Forty-three gifted students from the Intermediate and Senior High Schools recently participated in the Propaganda competition. In Propaganda, students use critical thinking skills to recognize techniques of persuasion that are often used by advertisers, politicians, editorial writers, and in everyday conversations.

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Three Rivers Youth Summit

Senior High School student members of the Unified Sports program attended the Three Rivers Region Youth Summit.

The students came together to begin collaborating and planning for Whole School Engagements and club activities that provide inclusive opportunities for their school communities. They also participated and multiple fun activities. 

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2023 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to Butler's 2023 Tornado Homecoming Court!

Front row (left to right): Emmanuela Prifti, Kaitlyn McGuire, Lauren Bayer, Chloe Klein and Lily Vicari
Back row (left to right): Jathan Lunsford, Zachary Slear, Leland Anderson, Hayden Kroll and Evan Reinsel

The prince and princess will be crowned before the football game on October 6. The crowning will take place at approximately 6:40 pm and kickoff for the game against Westinghouse High School will be at 7:00 pm. 

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BASD update

The Butler Area School District will be transitioning from Tyler to a new Student Information System at the start of the 2023-2024 school year. The new system is Infinite Campus, which will contain similar information, including contact information, student schedules, grades, attendance information and much more.  More specifically, the system will be utilized to communicate the 2023-2024 teachers for elementary students and schedules for secondary students.

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Patricia Powers Thomson

The Butler Class of 2023 proudly announces their choice for the 43rd annual Butler Senior High School Distinguished Graduate Award is Patricia Powers Thomson, a member of the Butler High School Class of 1983.  

Patricia Powers Thomson is a successful public sector entrepreneur and leader. She founded and served as the first dean of The School of Public Service at the University of Juba in South Sudan, one of the world’s newest and least developed countries. She also created The Leadership Crucible in South Sudan, where she directed a program to develop young women leaders. Prior to her work in South Sudan, she was part of the team that established the Department of Homeland Security, and she played an instrumental role in creating the Corporation for National and Community Service and its flagship program, AmeriCorps.

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