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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.

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.

Fresh Faces with Great Vision at BSD

Students and teachers will see some fresh new faces in the halls this year! We would like to give a warm welcome to four new faculty members within the Burrell School District this upcoming school year.

The District is pleased to welcome Drake D’Angelo as the new Athletic Director, Carla Roland as the new High School Assistant Principal/Safe Schools Administrator, Andrew Twidwell as the new Health and Physical Education/Technology Education teacher at Huston Middle School, and Ashley Shields as the new Intensive Support teacher at the middle school.

Familiar Faces… New Roles

As students and teachers gear up for another great school year, there will be a few familiar faces taking on some exciting new roles within the District.

Dr. Greg Egnor, former Stewart Elementary Principal and K-12 Special Education Director, will now be serving as the Director of Student Services. In this new role, Dr. Egnor hopes that he will have the ability to devote more time and attention to individualized student services. Most notably, Dr. Egnor would like to place a large focus on offering internal job coaching, workforce training, and work study programs to better prepare students who plan to enter the workforce after high school.

Opportunities Grow for BSD Students and Grads

While most look at the young people arriving at Burrell High School each day as students, Westmoreland County businesses see them a bit differently.

As potential employees.

And a coalition of educators, business leaders, and community advocates has decided it’s time to bridge the gap between those two realities.

District’s Tuition Student Program Poised for Success

Since opening its doors to tuition students in 2012, the Burrell School District has seen a positive impact on the community, as well as families living in surrounding areas.

Although census data for the area hasn’t drastically changed in recent years, more and more growing families are struggling to find homes within the district that can comfortably accommodate them. Because of this, there has been an increasing interest in and need for a tuition student program that would allow students of these families to remain in the same school without placing a burden on parents to find housing within the district.

BSD’s Phys Ed Curriculum Is Up and Moving

The physical education curriculum throughout the district is getting a makeover of sorts, and, interestingly enough, these changes aren’t just limited to health and PE classes. Starting this year, teachers have begun to implement changes in their curriculum that not only make PE classes much more dynamic, but that also incorporate movement into more traditional, lecture-based courses.

Keynote Speaker Inspires BSD Faculty to Push Students Toward Success

To kick off a successful school year, Dr. John Hodge, president and co-founder of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center, addressed Burrell School District faculty as the opening-of-the-year keynote speaker on August 23.

A professional speaker and expert in helping schools create and sustain academic excellence, Dr. Hodge shared a powerful personal story to demonstrate that teachers have the unique ability to meet students where they’re at and to instill a passion to succeed within them.

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