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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.

The Burrell Education Foundation Has New Director, but Continues Same Mission

Huston Middle School Principal Mr. Brian Ferra has recently been named the new Director of the Burrell Education Foundation, but the non-profit organization plans to continue full speed ahead on its current initiatives.

Last year, the brand-new Makerspace library made its debut at the high school and really hit it out of the park. In fact, students and teachers had such positive responses to the creative learning space that similar rooms are now available at the middle and elementary schools.

Most parents are probably now familiar with fidget spinners, the popular toy that was first designed to help kids and adults alike who struggle with autism spectrum disorder. The new sensory therapy room at Bon Air Elementary can provide similar sensory relief to students, but on a much larger scale.

Stewart Students Have a New Outdoor Garden to Call Their Own

Driving past Stewart Elementary, you can’t miss the new schoolyard garden out front, which has been cared for by Student Council since the start of the school year and funded by the Arconic Foundation through a STEM grant.

The garden isn’t just there for good looks, although it certainly does come with that added benefit. The area will be used as an outdoor learning area for teachers and students, in whatever way they see fit.

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