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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.

BSD Report Cards Get Makeover

Out with the Old, In with the New: Burrell Primary and Secondary Report Cards Are Getting a Makeover

Burrell primary and secondary students will no longer be receiving traditional report cards, and that’s a big step in the right direction, according to Dr. Gregory Egnor, Director of Special Education/LEA. “Schools that aren’t making the transition toward standards-based report cards are behind the times,” says Egnor.

Onward & Upward with SKYWARD, BSD’s New Online Communications Tool for Parents

Parents in the Burrell School District have a new online communication tool at their disposal this year. It’s called “Skyward,” and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew Conner is impressed, to say the least.

“It’s slick. We’re excited about it,” Conner says.

So what is it, exactly? Conner describes the online portal – which can be accessed through a mobile app – as a “one-stop shop” for parents.

New Faces of Talented Educators Join BSD Faculty

There are some new faces around the Burrell School District this school year, with teachers joining the staffs at both the high school and Huston Middle School. Superintendent Dr. Shannon Wagner says the district uses the hiring process to identify teachers who raise curiosity, introduce new knowledge and encourage students to develop their own ideas.

“These candidates stood out from the rest,” Wagner says of the new hires. “I look forward to seeing the awesome work they will do with our children.”

Revolution, Creativity & Reinventing Education

A Message from Dr. Shannon Wagner, Superintendent, Burrell School District

 

New ideas and innovation are what drive the world forward, and education is the engine that powers performance and relentless progress. Today, we are experiencing technological revolutions that will change the world tomorrow – with some of them taking place in our own backyard, like the 3D printing research & development initiatives at Alcoa. Other smaller scale, but equally significant, revolutions are happening right here in the Burrell School District.

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