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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.

The Intensive Support Classroom Promotes Independence for Special Needs Students

Burrell School District continues to search for new and innovative ways to enrich the education of special needs students throughout its schools. In Huston Middle School, sixth and seventh-grade special education students now have a new Intensive Support classroom designed to provide an effective learning environment that can serve as both a supplemental tool and a full-time learning center.

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.

Last year, the brand-new Makerspace library made its debut at the high school and really hit it out of the park. In fact, students and teachers had such positive responses to the creative learning space that similar rooms are now available at the middle and elementary schools.

Most parents are probably now familiar with fidget spinners, the popular toy that was first designed to help kids and adults alike who struggle with autism spectrum disorder. The new sensory therapy room at Bon Air Elementary can provide similar sensory relief to students, but on a much larger scale.

Stewart Students Have a New Outdoor Garden to Call Their Own

Driving past Stewart Elementary, you can’t miss the new schoolyard garden out front, which has been cared for by Student Council since the start of the school year and funded by the Arconic Foundation through a STEM grant.

The garden isn’t just there for good looks, although it certainly does come with that added benefit. The area will be used as an outdoor learning area for teachers and students, in whatever way they see fit.

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.

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