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BSD Choral Director Reflects on Challenging Final Year

Ms. CorsiFrancine Corsi, choral director at Burrell School District, never imagined that after her 38 ½-year career, her final lesson in the classroom would come so suddenly.

“It’s sad,” said Corsi. “I never thought that March 13th would be the last day I would see everyone.”

While Corsi had planned to retire this year, the school shutdown limited her chances to say goodbye to students and faculty.

Burrell Seniors Excel During a Challenging Year

Tanner SThis year has been difficult for the Burrell High School class of 2020, but Principal Dr. John C. Boylan believes the seniors handled the challenging situation with ease.

“Life throws you curveballs, and the class of 2020 exhibited patience and gratitude,” said Dr. Boylan. “The class always modeled positive leadership for our underclassmen [and they] got a head start on the challenges of everyday life.”

In particular, three seniors – Emma Kobelenske, Jacob Strenkowski, and Tanner Spohn – all achieved great things.

 

 

Remote Learning During Coronavirus: How Burrell Is Changing Course

Remote LearningBecause of COVID-19, students at Burrell School District haven’t been to school since March 13.  Amidst the chaos, the district worked hard to create a remote learning program that was implemented on March 30.

 

Students and teachers now log into Google Classroom for lessons, which are either pre-recorded or live sessions. The school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and teachers are available for questions through chat or email. While students still have assignments, they don’t need to be done in real-time like a typical school day.

Putting Life Skills' Students to Work

Taking orderStaff at Burrell Middle and High Schools have access to an exclusive coffee shop every Friday. But this is no ordinary café. This one is run by students with special needs.

A Message from Dr. Wagner

Education CollageThe calendar may read 2020, but in many ways, the Burrell School District is already focused on 2030. As educators, we have an obligation to prepare students not just for the world we are living in, but the world that awaits.

 

Non-Traditional Teacher Helps Students Expand Rocketry Skills

HMS rocketryBy day, Rodney Schafer works in maintenance at Burrell School District. But as soon as the school day ends, he sheds his maintenance moniker and steps into the role of rocketry instructor, a title he’s held at the district for 16 years.

New Chromebooks Transform the Classroom

students with laptopAlong with all the usual excitement of a new school year, students at Stewart Elementary and Huston Middle Schools had an additional change to be excited about — new Chromebooks.

Students in grades 4 to 6 received the Chromebooks on the first day of the school year, and they’ve been using them in the classroom ever since.

Students Enjoy Nutritious Breakfasts and Lunches Thanks to Food Service Initiatives

BSD Healthy Lunch As the Food Service Director for Burrell School District, Andrew Klipple is using his previous experience as a chef to provide healthier and tastier options for students throughout the district.

One of his biggest challenges is following the guidelines set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which restricts the use of sodium, mandates increases in whole grain, and governs how many calories, vegetables, fruits, and protein each grade should have per meal.

Burrell Students Engage in Stop the Bleed Training

Stop the Bleed BSDOn October 7 and 8, Burrell High School students were among the first students in Westmoreland County to get training on how to stop life-threatening bleeding.

The training was a part of the Stop the Bleed campaign, a national effort led by the American College of Surgeons Committee that teaches people how to treat wounds that occur in everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.

Burrell Partners With WCCC to Provide College Credits for Students

BSD/WCCC Articulation agreementBeginning this year, Burrell High School students will have the chance to get a head start on their college career.

The school has partnered with Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) to offer 18 courses that will transfer to college credits if the student passes with a C or higher. Classes are available in a wide variety of subjects, including computer information technology, web design, language arts, and more. Two AP classes also qualify for the program, meaning students can earn dual college credit.

New Safety Initiatives Help Students and Staff Know How to React

choose loveSocial-emotional learning (SEL) is an important new methodology backed by 30 years of research that reduces anxiety and aggression in students while also increasing focus and attendance. When educators are well-versed in SEL, this creates a loving and safe environment in the classroom to foster students' abilities to learn.

Three New Faculty Members Excited to Join Burrell

For the 2019-2020 school year, Burrell School District is proud to welcome three new faculty members to the team: Michael Fantuzzo, Kelly Keibler, and Frank Nesko.

Music Award iconMichael Fantuzzo — Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach

Fantuzzo graduated from Burrell High School in 2004, so he’s no stranger to the district. Currently, he works as an occupational therapist in geriatric rehab at Fox Rehabilitation.

In his role as Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach, he will oversee players 7th grade and up as well as the Biddy Ball program in elementary school.

Burrell STEM Team Partners With Local Manufacturing Firms

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To help his middle and high school STEM teams get more career experience, Huston Middle School science teacher Shaun Reddick decided to think outside of the box.

About 10 years ago, he got in contact with Catalyst Connections, a local consulting and training services firm. They were starting a project that paired schools with manufacturing companies to give kids a taste of what it's like to work in the field.

Burrell Sets Standard for K-12 Music Education

Music Award iconFor the third year, Burrell School District has won prestigious recognition for its exemplary music education program, which is offered to students at every level.