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HMS Students Attend Statewide Conference

A new unit in the multimedia arts classes at Huston Middle School was a big hit at the recent Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) held in Hershey, PA.

Four middle school students–Abigail Kelley, Chelsea Kristof, Sarah Usko, and Megan Zenglik– accompanied music teacher Mr. Brian Querry to the annual PETE&C in February to present their exciting new projects in the Student Showcase portion of the conference and to share information about their multimedia class.

Team Huston! Celebrates Personal Growth and Student Accomplishment

Students in Huston Middle School are not only working towards academic success during the school day, but are also focused on discovering ways to grow as well-rounded, kind and caring individuals.

Team Huston!, a positive behavior intervention and support plan (PBIS), was piloted by eighth-graders last year and was such a success that it is now a school-wide initiative embraced by all Huston Middle School students and teachers.

Tradition of Excellence Continues

As educators and coaches here at Burrell, we take great pride in the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of our talented students. Continuing a tradition of excellence in diverse areas, we are pleased to be able to share with parents and the community the accomplishments of our students.


BHS Senior Earns Eastern Choral Honor

BSD Introduces Innovative Approach to Learning

As K-12 education evolves, the Burrell School District continues to embrace innovative approaches to learning, from a state-of-the-art adventure simulation lab at Stewart Elementary and robots at Huston Middle School to game-based learning in the high school.

Even gym class is different than it was 20 years ago.

STEM Skills at Work at HMS

Huston Middle School science teacher Shaun Reddick is teaching a new class this year – one that will challenge students to search for answers without relying on Google.

Creative Design I is an engineering class that’s being offered as an elective for sixth- and eighth-graders. Reddick says the course is important at a time when so much information is at our fingertips.

Autumn Godot took a new approach to teaching an 1843 Charles Dickens classic this year.  “I’d talked to the students about how Dickens used to do dramatic readings of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ” said Godot, an English teacher at Huston Middle School. “We decided to do a 21st century dramatic reading.”

The result?

A unique classroom project called Robot Readers Theater.

The Hummingbird Project

Some of the greatest minds in the robotics reside only about 25 miles away from Burrell at Carnegie Mellon University.  So when the opportunity arose for Huston Middle School to send a contingent of educators to CMU for a robotics technology conference, the school naturally summoned some of its best and brightest teachers.  But, surprisingly, they were all from the English and History departments!

COMETS Program Connects HMS Girls to Science

It’s fairly rare to witness a comet in the night sky.  And to a certain degree, the same can be said for females in many STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) careers.

A 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicates that only one of every seven engineers is female.  Just 27 percent of jobs in the computer science industry today are held by women.  Theories abound as to why females are underrepresented in STEM careers, but one thing is certain – there is both a need and opportunity for improvement.  And that’s just what a new program sponsored by Penn State New Kensington aims to address.

Got Google? HMS Upgrades Technology With Grant

A good teacher will work to make the most of the resources he or she has. A great teacher will work to create additional resources. Burrell School District is fortunate to have great teachers like Shaun Reddick.

Working with assistant principal Ken Pruitt, Mr. Reddick recently spearheaded an online fundraising campaign on that resulted in the purchase of 25 new Google Chromebooks for his Huston Middle School science classroom.

Differentiated Instruction Works at HMS

One cluster of students is building electric circuits. At another table, a group reads text while others complete worksheets. Another small group is huddled around the teacher, reporting on their progress in the current lesson. The activity in the Huston Middle School science classrooms may look chaotic on the surface, but in reality, it is a well-planned teaching method designed to address the individual needs of students through differentiated instruction.

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