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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.

High School Seniors Equipped with Skills for Success in Future Endeavors

The start of summer means sunshine, swimming and vacations, but it’s also the time when recently-graduated seniors start to plan for the next steps along their academic and career paths.

Thanks to all of their hard work and dedication, BSD’s graduating class of 2017 is poised for success. In particular, three students have shown just how important a solid academic and athletic foundation is as they look forward to the next step in their path to success.

HMS Students Participate in ‘Day of Caring’

Last month, Huston Middle School students gave a whole new meaning to spring cleaning. Together with teachers and staff, middle school students participated in a “Day of Caring” by cleaning and sprucing up the school grounds of Bon Air Elementary, Huston Middle School, and Burrell 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.

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.

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.

Makerspace Library Making Hands-On Learning a Hit

High school students are embracing a creative take on learning, thanks to the new Makerspace library now available to all students and teachers in the building.

Makerspace is an interactive workshop to which all high school classrooms have access, much like a regular library. Whenever they see fit, teachers can sign out a class period for their students to visit the Makerspace library as a supplement to traditional lessons in a classroom setting.

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.

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