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BSD’s Meghan Nese Earns Prestigious Award

When students, faculty and administrators gathered for an assembly on Jan. 14 in the high school gymnasium, ninth-grade English teacher Meghan Nese wasn’t entirely certain why they were there. Noting the presence of Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of Education, school board members and even Lower Burrell Mayor Donald Kinosz, Nese suspected only that the school was about to be recognized for excellence.

“I thought we were getting some kind of grant,” she says.

3-D Modeling Debuts at BHS

Great ideas are taking shape in Ron Zanella’s Engineering courses, thanks to the recent addition of two new 3-D printers acquired as a result of a $6,000 EITC grant.

The new 3-D modeling technology interfaces with the school’s CADD software, Autodesk Inventor, to produce actual small scale 3-D models from ABS plastic materials, the same plastic used in the construction of LEGOS.  “I wanted my Engineering classes to be able to actually begin creating the things that they were drawing,” says Mr. Zanella.  “This is what the engineering and manufacturing industries are turning towards, and now Burrell students can experience it as part of their high school curriculum.”

Volunteer Profile: Father Meletios Zafaran

Many of the enrichment opportunities and extracurricular programs at Burrell would not be possible without an actively engaged network of caring parents and community volunteers.  Father Meletios Zafaran is a shining example of how district volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and talents to expand learning opportunities at Burrell.

Senior Portfolios Go Digital

On May 28th and 29th, Burrell seniors presented their portfolios to family, friends, and the community just as their predecessors have done for the past several years, with one very notable difference – there wasn’t a binder in the bunch.

The Class of 2013 was the first group of Burrell seniors to present a totally digital portfolio as their graduation requirement.  All future portfolios in the Burrell School District will be digital as well.

Burrell Introduces “Pathways to Success” program

If the spiraling cost of higher education and record levels of student loan debt aren’t enough to concern today’s high school students and their parents, here are some other facts to consider: The most popular major for college freshmen is “Undeclared.” Nearly 40 percent of college freshman do not complete their FIRST year, and half of college grads take 6 years to complete a 4-year degree.

Student Spotlight: Dakota DesLauriers

His grandfather, Edward “Frenchy” DesLauriers, started the wrestling program at Burrell High School in the late 1970s. Dakota’s father Shawn and uncles Ryan and Joel DesLauriers (Burrell’s first state champion) were all accomplished wrestlers, and encouraged him to begin his career at six years old.

Burrell HS Students Benefit from PSAT

Taking the SAT college admission test has long been a rite of passage for students as they wind down their high school careers and look toward post-secondary education. Burrell School District is taking steps to make sure that its students are prepared for that rite, and the coursework they will face in college.

Burrell Senior Named WPIAL Athlete of the Week

Cole Bush is number 40 for the Burrell Bucs, but he was number one among the region’s high school athletes recently.

The running back/linebacker was named WTAE-TV’s athlete of the week, and was featured during the sports segment of the September 6 newscast. Selecting Cole as WPIAL Athlete of the Week was a no-brainer for WTAE sports anchor John Meyer. “Burrell has a long tradition of great football, and great athletics in general,” he said. “When I looked at all of the stats from last week’s games, Cole was second in rushing.”

Congratulations to Burrell’s Class of 2012

Valedictorian Dana Sharick (pictured right) and salutatorian Maggie Okobi among commencement speakers

Burrell’s Class of 2012 saw a significant portion of their lives flash before their eyes on June 7. Before entering the Burrell High School auditorium for commencement exercises, the students walked through a column of the elementary, middle school, and high school educators and board members who shaped their educational experience in the Burrell School District.

Best In Class 2012: Maddie Pattock & Tyler Reynolds

Senior Class Continues to Exhibit Academic Success

If Burrell School District’s STEM education initiatives prove to be successful – there will many more students like Maddie Pattock and Tyler Reynolds in the future.

Both Maddie and Tyler are interested in pursuing a postsecondary path in the engineering field, and coincidentally, they are both headed to Penn State this fall to begin their studies. “I am definitely a math and science person,” says Maddie, who will enroll in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State Main Campus next year.

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