Butler Museum and Winter Sports Awards…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

Families interested in local history are encouraged to come to the Butler Museum Rededication this Sunday, April 17 from 12:00-5:00. Along with tours of the museum, there will be classic and military vehicles, Butler Fire Department trucks, representatives from the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation and, for the younger children, Operation Life Saver presentations by the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad at 2:00pm and 3:00pm. The award-winning Richard Butler Band will perform for the flag ceremony along with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts presenting the colors. Refreshments will be provided as well.

Belated congratulations to our winter athletes for their individual awards:

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference – All Conference 2015-2016

Boys Basketball:

  • 1st Team – Danny Polons
  • Honorable Mention – Tommy LaChance

Girls Basketball:

  • 2nd Team – Sofia Martini
  • Honorable Mention – Taylor Russnak

Bowling:

  • Honorable Mention – Jerry Behnke and Madison Affinito

Fencing:

  • 2nd Team Foil – Thomas Vida
  • Honorable Mention Damian Murphy and Guiliana Ferrara

Wrestling:

  • 1st Team – Ben Bariso, Garrett O’Shea, and Dan Castiglia
  • 2nd Team – Wayde Kenney
  • Honorable Mention – Marc Anthony Federici

 

Sincerely,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

The Arts @ BHS…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

Congratulations to the Butler High School Drama Department for being nominated for two awards at the Montclair State University Foxy Theatre Awards Competition. Our fall productions, When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet and Who Doth Inhabit the Primary Position were nominated in two categories: Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design as well as Outstanding Production of a Classical Play. Though this is the first time BHS has ever participated in this statewide competition, it is the result of years of hard work by our faculty and students. Please join me in saluting the cast and crew. Break a leg!

 

Sincerely,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Budget, Bussing, and Calendar Changes…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

At the Board of Education meeting last Thursday, the Board unanimously approved the Tentative 2016-2017 District Budget. The budget will now be submitted to the Executive County Superintendent for approval. Once approval is received, we will advertise this budget in the local newspaper and hold a Public Hearing on the Budget on Monday, April 25 at 7:30pm in the BHS Library/Media Center. Despite rising fixed costs, this budget is very efficient and holds the tax levy increase to only 2.82%, the lowest in years.

One program that was not included in the budget was courtesy bussing for students living east of Route 23. Students living east of Route 23 will only be bussed to school if they live more than 2.0 miles from Aaron Decker School or Richard Butler School or more than 2.5 miles from Butler High School. Students living west of Route 23 will continue to receive bussing services due to the hazardous nature of having to cross a state highway. Please note, these changes will begin in September 2016 and will not affect bussing services this school year.

To help accommodate parents, the YMCA will be offering “Before Care” at Aaron Decker School beginning in September. Before Care hours will begin at approximately 6:45am; After Care hours will remain the same. The YMCA will have additional information (registration forms, prices, etc.) available to parents shortly.

Last year, the Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 district calendar with 5 “emergency closing/snow days”. Since we have only used one of these days, the 2015-2016 district calendar has been amended as follows:

  • Friday, May 27 – Closed
  • Tuesday, May 31 – Closed
  • Tuesday, June 21 – Last day of classes for students/early dismissal
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Schools closed for students; staff professional development day
  • Thursday, June 23 – Closed
  • Friday, June 24 – Closed

Richard Butler School graduation will be held on Monday, June 20 at 7:00pm. Butler High School Graduation will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00pm. Please note, the Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for Monday, June 20 has been cancelled. In the event that one extra “emergency closing day” is used between now and the last day of school, that day will have to be added back to the calendar.

Lastly, the 2016-2017 district calendar was approved and has been posted on our website. The first day for staff is Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and the first day for students is Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

If you have any questions about these matters, please do not hesitate to contact me as school.

 
Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

The BHS Marching Bulldogs…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

Earlier this school year, Dr. Nishimura was hired as new instrumental music teacher at BHS. Below is an email exchange – as we discuss the future of the music program at BHS.

Dr. Anemone: Can you share any information with me about your background?

Dr. Nishimura: I am actually from Victoria Canada and received my Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria.  The musical path lead me to earn graduate degrees in music performance from the Hartt School of Music and Rutgers University. During the course of attaining these degrees, I studied with some of the most prominent pedagogues and performers in music.  As an active performer I have been a member of the Ceremonial Guard Band of Canada, 5 Field Regiment Army Band, an associate member of the Chicago CIVIC orchestra, Artimus Chamber Ensemble, and is currently a member of the Traumgerei Clarinet Quartet, mentor for the Sussex County Youth Orchestra, and a regular freelance clarinetist in the New Jersey/ New York Area.  I have performed in some of New York’s finest venues such as Symphony Space and the Shubert Theater where I performed Broadway’s favorites, Brigadoon and Camelot.  I have been a clarinet instructor at the University of Victoria, Victoria Conservatory of Music, and the Wyoming Seminary College summer music program, Performing Arts Institute. I have worked intensely with the Rutgers University Marching band, North Warren Marching and before Butler High School I was the band director at Pope John High School in Sparta. I currently reside in Branchville, New Jersey with my lovely wife and our dog and we are expecting out first child in August! 

Dr. Anemone: What types of bands do we have at BHS?

Dr. Nishimura: Presently, we have a Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and I am excited to bring back our BHS Bulldog Marching Band.

Dr. Anemone: What are your long-term goals for the music program at BHS?

Dr. Nishimura: I would like to grow the Concert and Jazz Band so we can attend and compete in local festivals.  For Marching band I plan to put on a show at every home football game and play in the stands at every away football game. My long-term plan is to have a 70+ member Marching Band,Color Guard, and Front Ensemble that competes in one of the elite marching band divisions here in New Jersey. 

Dr. Anemone: So, who can join the BHS Marching Band and Color Guard?

Dr. Nishimura: The short answer is anyone! I expect to begin practice in August along with our athletic teams. Our summer practices promise to be fun but challenging. Now is the time for students to join because they really don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity.  For any interested students please they should visit my teacher page and sign up online. My contact information is also available if anyone have any questions or concerns. https://sites.google.com/a/butlerboe.org/bhs-instrumental-music/

 

  

World Language @ BHS…

** the following is being sent home to all grade 8 families at RBS and WTB **

 

March 3, 2016

Dear Butler and Bloomingdale Schools Community,

Last month, I announced that the Italian I classes would not be offered at Butler High School for incoming freshmen for the 2016-2017 school year. I am happy to report that after careful deliberation, Italian I will be offered at BHS for the 2016-2017 school year.

If you would like to register your child for Italian I for the 2016-2017 school year, please fill out the form below and return it to your guidance counselor or principal.

Lastly, please note that this program is only being reinstated for one school year; budgetary considerations may necessitate additional actions being taken in the future.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

Please enroll my child in the Italian I class at Butler High School for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

STUDENT NAME_____________________________________

 

SCHOOL (circle one)                        RBS                              WTB

 

PARENT SIGNATURE________________________________

DATE____________________

DUE DATE: March 18, 2016

RBS Music…

Dear Butler Schools Community,

Four Sixth Grade students from RBS were nominated to participate in the North Jersey School Music Association’s Elementary Honor Band Festival.  Forty directors submitted 273 students to be considered for participation. Due to space limitations and instrumentation balance, they accepted 177 students with 29 alternates. The students accepted were chosen by a committee based on the musical comments provided on the recommendation forms. The students that were accepted are:

Evan Casaleggio – French Horn
Rebecca Cortes – Clarinet
Billy Drada – Bari Saxophone
Cadence Huber – Clarinet

They will attend a full day practice and perform with students of similar ability levels at South Orange Middle School on May 7, 2016. Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mrs. Lowndes, and best of luck at the performance.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

DECA States…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

The DECA State Championships were held last week in Cherry Hill; BHS students did phenomenally well and will move on to the DECA Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.

Congratulations to:

Sofia Martini – First Place Overall
Aleks Apkarian and Taylor Russnak – Second Place Overall in 2 events
Caitlin Monahan and Sammy Flinn – Second Place Overall
Wayde Kenny, Jerry Behnke, Breanna Federici, Kelsey Smits, and Thomas Vida – DECA State Finalists

 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

State of the District…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

Last night, at the Board of Education meeting, I presented the Board and the community with a mid-year update on our progress towards district goals. This presentation can also serve as a State of the District and includes assessment data as well as curriculum highlights, technology innovations, co-curricular participation and more. It has been posted on our website and can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

BHS Visits the Fed and NYSE…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

On February 9, the Butler High School Economics 101 Class had the opportunity to travel to Manhattan for visits to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Gold Vault, and the New York Stock Exchange. The students in Mrs. Tighe’s Economics 101 Class, set out to first visit the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on a guided tour with a “Fed” Specialist. The New York “Fed” is part of the Federal Reserve System and participates in setting monetary policy, promoting financial stability and economic growth in the nation. The students were then guided to the “Fed’s” Gold Vault which is located 80 feet below street level in the New York Fed building. The Gold Vault is a highly-secured facility used to store gold bars for the U.S. Government; foreign governments, central banks, and international organizations. The students were able to see the gold bars first hand inside the Vault. Upon leaving the Fed, the class walked to 11 Wall Street for an exclusive tour on the New York Stock Exchange. While at the Exchange, students were guided through the trading floor by an Exchange Specialist and had the opportunity to speak and engage with various NYSE traders including NYSE Institutional Sales Trader and CNBC Market Analyst, Steve Grasso. The field trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

BHS’ Student-Athletes…

Dear Butler Public Schools Community,

 

Congratulations to Casey Horner! Casey, a senior at BHS, was recently selected as the recipient of the National Girls and Women in Sports Award. Only one student-athlete from each school is selected every year. The theme of this year’s event was “Leading the Way”. The program was co-sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and The Star-Ledger and included a statewide awards luncheon.

 

The BHS Wrestling Team accomplished three things on Monday, February 8 that no other team in school history had done before:

  • Earn a home match in the prestigious NJSIAA State Sectional Team Wrestling Tournament!
  • Win a match in the NJSIAA State Sectional Team Wrestling Tournament!
  • Win 17 matches in a season!

 

Lastly, at the NJSIAA State Sectional Championships on Sunday, February 14th, Mike Ashbrook won the boys High Jump and placed 3rd in the 55 meter hurdles. He now moves on to the Group I championships this Friday, February 19th.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools