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Two Burrell Educators Start New Leadership Roles This Fall

Travis WelchTwo Burrell School District educators will serve the system in leadership roles this fall.

Former Charles A. Huston Middle School Assistant Principal Autumn Turk will serve as the district's Director of Curriculum and Development. Travis Welch, a former social studies teacher, leaves his position as dean of students at the middle school to serve as assistant principal. 

Burrell Sixth-Grade Social Studies Teacher Finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

A Peters-RobertsThe nominations are in, and Burrell School District's Ashlee Peters-Roberts is a finalist for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

The 33-year-old 6th-grade Social Studies teacher at Charles A. Huston Middle School is among 12 finalists who will be honored this fall in Harrisburg when the winner of Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year will be announced.

Burrell School Leaders Work to Improve Family Engagement

Hands shakingBurrell School District leaders are working to build trust and strengthen relationships among families, students, teachers, administrators, and the community. 

Burrell School District Celebrates a Year of Successes

Best Music IconBurrell School District students ended the year with many success stories to celebrate in all areas, including academics and sports.

 

Burrell Educators Training Pets to Serve as Therapy Dogs for Students

Pounds & AtticusA Burrell guidance counselor's success with using her goldendoodle as a therapy dog has inspired other educators in the district to train their pets as therapy dogs.

Burrell Students Join School Board Members to Discuss Important Issues

School boardSeveral Burrell High School juniors and seniors are joining district school board members to discuss important issues, offering students an opportunity to influence board decisions that impact them. The four students began joining school board members at the beginning of the academic year for the agenda meetings to discuss issues before members act on them during regular meetings.

How Professional Learning Communities and Personalized Learning Can Change the Education Culture

CoachingAs students adjust to the hardships caused by the global pandemic, Burrell School District leaders are focused on providing the support needed to ensure that students do not fall behind the learning curve.

District's Mental Health Service Strategy Serves 'The Whole Child'

Mental Health picA Burrell School District program that focuses on the social, behavioral, and emotional needs of students goes beyond the basics to provide support.

 

BSD Welcomes New District Staff and Other Faculty Promotions

MakaraBurrell District schools welcomed new educators and promoted others to new positions this academic year as students returned to the classroom. 

District hires two instructors to help students and teachers with online learning

LChristieTwo new instructors will help students and teachers with remote learning, serving students in the Burrell eAcademy virtual program and those students in quarantine after exposure to others who test positive for COVID-19.

Morgan Rockwell and Lori Christie began work with the virtual learning program this fall in the Burrell School District. Rockwell works with students in sixth to 12th grade, while Christie serves students in kindergarten to fifth grade.

Rocketry Instructor Honored on Team That Earned First Place National Title

RocketryRodney Schafer practices what he teaches, so well in fact that the Burrell School District rocketry instructor received national attention for his skills.

How Students, Parents, and Teachers Are Facing COVID-19

Covid successThe 2020-2021 school year has been challenging for everyone, including students, parents, and teachers.

“The most challenging part of the year for me has been trying to focus when I go virtual for the day,” said John Lindgren, senior at Burrell High School. “It's just very difficult to go to class after class while sitting in the same spot all day.”

Burrell Stays the Course With COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID safety

Burrell School District hasn’t changed much from its original Health and Safety Plan at the beginning of the year and that’s because it’s working.

“The mitigation efforts that we put into place are serving us very well,” said Angela Dastolfo, RN, BSN, NCSN, MS, Coordinator of Health Services.

Burrell Named an Outstanding Visual Arts Community

Outstanding Award stickerBurrell School District takes art education seriously, and it shows. The district has recently been named as an Outstanding Visual Arts Community by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). Only 27 districts across the state received this prestigious recognition.

Burrell Welcomes New Resource Officer Robert Acquaviva

Rob SROThis year, Burrell School District has a new resource officer on campus — patrolman Robert Acquaviva from the Lower Burrell Police Department.

Acquaviva is filling the role vacated by John Marhefka, who left last year to become the chief of police for Lower Burrell.

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.