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BSD Students are ‘Career Ready’

After graduating from high school, students go on to pursue many different avenues. While some may choose to earn four-year or advanced degree, others will receive post-secondary training for a trade, and some will enter into the workforce. So rather than ensuring that every student is “college ready” upon graduation, schools across the state are adopting a new set of measures to make sure all students are “career ready.”

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.

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.

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