February 2019
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2019 could be a big year for Huston Middle School music teacher Brian Querry and his students. Mr. Querry is a semifinalist for the 2019 Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum — the same group that also hosts the renowned Grammy Awards!

New Look for Computer Programming Courses

In today’s world, computer science and coding are basic skills that all students will need as they continue their education or enter into the workforce, much like reading and writing. To prepare students for a fast-paced, technology-driven future, Burrell School District has recently started integrating CodeHS computer programming software into classrooms.

Two Stand-Out BSD Graduates Ready to Start the Next Chapter

As summer winds down and we head into a new school year here at BSD, our recently-graduated class of 2018 is moving onwards and upwards toward their next chapter in life.

This class has shown that through hard work, dedication, and determination, anything can be accomplished. Class of 2018 graduates Corey Christie and Maddie Miller are two excellent examples of just how far a great work ethic and having clear goals can take you.

2018 Success in Athletics!

Burrell Bucs knocked it out of the park this past 2017-2018 school year, with four section champions for team sports and several individual placements from our students. In fact, the wrestling team was WPIAL Champion for the 12th straight year! Other section champs included boys basketball, girls track, and baseball.

We’d also like to highlight and congratulate the many students who placed individually in their sport.

Anthony Litterio

Lots of hard work, dedication, and practice have certainly paid off for two Burrell High School students, Anthony Litterio and Lucas Ciesielski, who traveled to Lancaster, PA to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Chorus and Jazz Ensemble.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

If you’re familiar with the popular book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, you’ll understand just how big of an impact these habits can have on nearly all aspects of a teen’s life as he or she grows and matures.

BSD Takes Advantage of Pennsylvania’s Unique Student Assistance Program

With the help of Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. liaison Gina Miller, Burrell School District and its students are able to take advantage of the state’s unique, integrated Student Assistance Program (SAP). The program, designed to help educators identify issues dealing with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and mental health issues, is a four-phase process aimed at helping students overcome barriers to school attendance and learning.

The Burrell Education Foundation has new, exciting events planned for this upcoming school year, including a visit from the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in April that you won’t want to miss.

The Intensive Support Classroom Promotes Independence for Special Needs Students

Burrell School District continues to search for new and innovative ways to enrich the education of special needs students throughout its schools. In Huston Middle School, sixth and seventh-grade special education students now have a new Intensive Support classroom designed to provide an effective learning environment that can serve as both a supplemental tool and a full-time learning center.

This past November, Board members Gretchen Beveridge and Pamela Key were pleased to accept the Pennsylvania Arts and Education Network’s School Leadership Award in recognition of the District’s efforts to include the arts in everyday curriculum.

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