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Brookville Jr./Sr. High Students Compete in Propaganda Competition

1 day ago

Eleven students traveled to Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 in Clarion on Thursday, January 16, 2020 to compete in the annual Propaganda competition. All students performed well and represented Brookville Area School District in the best possible way.

BAHS students participated in the IU6 propaganda competition.

Junior Division (7th/8th grade) - Adam Bogush earned the second-highest score overall.

Middle Division (9th/10th grade) - Calvin Doolittle earned the highest score in the division and Emma Kimmel earned 2nd place. The team of Doolittle, Kimmel, Nick Shaffer and Jonas Parson also earned a first place finish.

Senior Division (11th/12th grade) - Shawn Foster earned second highest division score and the team of Foster, Aaron Park and Donavan Hoffman earned a second place finish.

BAHS students participated in the IU6 propaganda competition.


BAHS students participated in the IU6 propaganda competition.


January is School Director Recognition Month

8 days ago

Nine out of every 10 students in the United States attend public schools. Therefore, access to high-quality public education is crucial not only for our children’s success, but for the strength of our society. It takes a team of dedicated people – teachers, administrators, staff, parents and other community members – to provide that education.

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The nine members of our local school board are a key part of this team, making informed decisions that shape our public schools. January is designated School Director Recognition Month – a time for us to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work boards do on behalf of our students, schools, and families.

Camp Exploration - June 15-19, 2020

19 days ago

A Pathway to Careers in Healthcare and Social Assistance

Camp Dates: June 15th-19th, 2020

Location: BC3 Campus Brockway, PA

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Send completed application form to:

Workforce Solutions for North Central PA
Attn: Camp Exploration
425 Old Kersey Road
Kersey, PA  15846

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

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Program Information: The camp is designed for student currently entering 8th through 12th grades who are interested in learning about opportunities in various careers in healthcare and social assistance.  

Students MUST reside in one of the following counties:  Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter.  Transportation assistance is available.  

Students will meet and talk to practicing healthcare and social assistance professionals, engage in health career activities, become CPR certified, learn to monitor vital signs, engage in hands on medical procedures, learn basic medical terminology, and receive training in leadership skills.  The program brings 20 students together to learn about health careers. 

Application Information:

There is no cost to participate in this program however seats are limited.  All information provided in the application is taken into account and is kept confidential.

Click HERE for a Camp Exploration application.

6th Graders Visit Jefferson Manor

29 days ago

On Friday December 20th, the 6th grade class made their annual trip to Jefferson Manor. Each classroom adopted a resident. Each teacher was given a wish list of items that resident needed or wanted. The students collected money and purchased items on the wish list. The students then wrapped the presents and presented them to their resident. After the residents opened their gifts, the 6th graders with help from Mr. King and Mrs. Grabigel went around and sang Christmas carols to all of the residents.

6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.
6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.


6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.


6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.


6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.


6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.


6th graders visiting residents at Jefferson Manor.


Property Tax Relief - Homestead and Farmstead Exclusions

about 1 month ago

The Taxpayer Relief Act provides for property tax reduction allocations to be distributed by the Commonwealth to each school district. Property tax reduction is then provided to homeowners through homestead and farmstead exclusion(s). School districts are required to notify homeowners by December 31 of each year if their property is not already approved for this tax reduction. Applications for 2020 will be mailed out soon. Please note, if you own multiple properties, you will receive applications for each property that is not already approved. A property owner can only have one PRIMARY residence receive the homestead exclusion. A primary residence is where you intend to reside permanently until you move to another home.You may not claim multiple properties as your primary residence.

Tax reduction varies from year to year based on the Commonwealth’s distribution of funds and the number of homestead/farmstead properties that are approved. In recent years, approved homesteads in the Brookville Area School District have each received an annual tax reduction of approximately $200. If you had been approved for the 2019 Fall School Real Estate Taxes, you would have noticed a homestead credit listed on your tax bill and, if applicable, an additional farmstead credit up to the same amount. In order to be considered a farmstead, the property needs to be the primary residence of the owner, be at least ten contiguous acres in area, and include buildings or structures that are used for the purpose of commercial agricultural production.

If you receive a 2020 Application for Homestead and Farmstead Exclusions that lists your PRIMARY residence, please read the instructions carefully. If you believe you qualify for the homestead or farmstead exclusion(s), you need to return a completed form to the Jefferson County Assessment Office by March 1, 2020.

If you have been previously approved for a homestead or farmstead property tax reduction and the property no longer qualifies for the homestead or farmstead exclusion(s), you must notify the assessor at 849-1526 within 45 days of the change. Any person who files an application that contains false information, or who does not notify the assessor of a change in use which no longer qualifies as homestead or farmstead property, will be required to pay the taxes due, plus interest and penalties, and pay any applicable fines.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to call the business office at Brookville Area School District at 814-849-1103.

Brookville Raiders Show Class and Success

about 1 month ago

Brookville’s newly established DECA program showed great promise at the regional competition at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  DECA is a business and entrepreneurial club for high school students who compete in various categories based on their career and professional interests.  The competition includes a 100 question written exam, along with professional scenarios that students must navigate and execute in front of corporate judges.  Comprising Pennsylvania DECA’s District I competitors are Brookville, DuBois, St Marys, Warren, McDowell, Smethport, Bradford, and Ridgway.  

Top awards for Brookville’s DECA included:

1st Place in Principles of Business Management and Administration - Laura McMillen

1st Place in Principles of Marketing - Bay Harper

1st Place in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism - Colby George

1st Place in Entrepreneurship - Taylor Reitz

1st Place in Retail and Merchandising - Regan Ganoe

2nd Place in Accounting Applications - Amanda Wolfe

2nd Place in Food Marketing - Luc Doolittle

2nd Place in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making - Ian Thrush and Kyle McBeth

2nd Place in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making - Aaron Park and David Cable

3rd Place in Human Resources Management - Rylee Stancliffe.

These students will advance to the state competition at the Hershey Lodge and Conference Center on February 19th, 20th, and 21st.  If you are interested in being a financial supporter of the Brookville DECA program, please contact Kyle Gordon or Melinda Burton at the Brookville Area Jr/Sr High School.

Brookville High School and Hickory Grove Elementary Students Compete in Edge of Extinction Competition

about 1 month ago

Brookville Area High School and Hickory Grove Elementary students attended the Edge of Extinction Competition on Clarion University’s campus on Thursday, December 5th.  Edge of Extinction is a card game involving biodiversity and Pennsylvania ecosystems that was created by two sisters who are local to the Clarion area.  Our ambitious Brookville teams were focused and consistent in their play throughout the morning.  Shawn Foster, Abby Keth, Alayna Haight, and Calvin Doolittle earned third place in the senior high division. Sixth graders Luke Burton, Riley Phillips, Sam Krug, and Sorren Morelli took home a third place trophy in the 5th & 6th grade division. Luke Burton had a fantastic day of play, earning individual awards for being undefeated and 2nd place for highest individual score. Overall, the day was a success and the students represented their district well.

Hickory Grove 6th Graders Participate in Fall Festival War Day

about 1 month ago


In Social Studies class, 6th grade students have been learning about some of the wars that the United States has been involved in throughout our history. On Wednesday November 27th, students participated in a fall festival celebrating each of the wars that they have learned about. Each of the 5 classrooms focused on one of the wars. 

Students participate in War Day activities.

In Mrs. Bish’s room students played a trench warfare game and focused on the important role trenches played in WWI. Mr. MacBeth’s room focused on history’s first dual between ironclad warships in WWII. Students played a game symbolizing the famous battle between the Monitor and Merrimack. In Mrs. Haines room students played a review game about the Cold War and reviewed what happened during those 45 years of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. Mrs. Watson’s room went back in time as students analyzed song lyrics from music during the Vietnam War with the help from Miss Bickerstaff. Students also created a timeline of important events from the war. Mr. Irwin’s room focused on “The Forgotten War” where the United States came to the aid of South Korea in the Korean War.

Students participate in War Day activities.


Students participate in War Day activities.


Students participate in War Day activities.


Students participate in War Day activities.


Brookville Students Participate in Inaugural WWI Day

about 1 month ago

Brookville Area High School's Mr. Aaron Kalkbrenner recently helped to organize the high school's first World War I (WWI) Day.  WWI Day is a cross-curricular event that exposes students to the many different aspects of the war and the era to which it took place.  Over 100 students participated in the learning experience and were divided into groups of 4-6.  Each group was responsible for creating their own "footlockers" to hold their project materials from the day. 

Students take strategic positions within their trenches, as they prepare to throw plastic balls across "no-man's land."

Each 10th grade teacher offered a different learning perspective, based on their expertise.  Mr. Painter's Algebra class focused on code-breaking.  Mr. Ramolts Speech and Media course learned about propaganda.  Ms. Bernat's English class explored the unique poetry from the time period.  Ms. Weaver's Family and Consumer Science students experienced "food from the trenches," and Mr. Murdock's Chemistry class learned about chemical warfare and gas masks.  The epic learning event concluded with a simulation of trench warfare in the high school gymnasium.

Hickory Grove Students Participate in IU6 Chess Tournament

2 months ago

Hickory Grove students showed up to play and had a strong presence at the Chess Tournament on Tuesday, November 12th at the IU6.  They were eager to play and persisted to bring home the 2nd and 3rd place trophies in both divisions.  In the third and fourth grade division, fourth graders Andrew Bazylak, Mia Cieleski, Atticus Reynolds, and Jordan Sarvey placed 2nd  in the tournament while fourth graders Olivia Cieleski, Gabe Hollis, Emily Lindemuth, and Brett McGee brought home a 3rd place trophy.

Chess tournament participants

In the fifth and sixth grade division, sixth graders Luke Burton, Sam Krug, Riley Phillips, and fifth grader Owen May were energized and worked hard to place 2nd.  Likewise, sixth graders Sorren Morreli, Sergio, Sotillo, Ethan Taylor, Aaron Turner were focused throughout the tournament which resulted in a 3rd place trophy for the team.

Additionally, Brookville had several undefeated players including Mia Cieleski, Gabe Hollis, Jordan Sarvey, Owen May, Sergio Sotillo. Congratulations to all participants for a job well done! Their hard work and preparation paid off!

Chess tournament participants.


Chess tournament participants.


Chess tournament participants.


Chess tournament participants.


Chess tournament participants.


               

Veterans Day 2019

2 months ago

To all those who have served, and those who continue to serve… Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of World War I. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ended about seven months before that when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, was largely considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and dubbed Armistice Day.

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But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.  

People sometimes confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Veterans Day, however, honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank all living veterans for their tremendous sacrifices.

This Monday, we will be honoring Veterans Day with students in grades 3 through 12. Because our assemblies are being planned in conjunction with the VFW and the American Legion, these activities may include prayer led by community members. If you would like your child to participate in an alternative activity on Monday, please call the school office by the end of the day Friday. Thank you – and thanks to all our Veterans.

2019-2020 School Closing/Delay Information

2 months ago


Brookville Area School District utilizes a number of resources to inform the public of school closings and delays.  The following is a list of those resources.

NOTE: Due to the potential for technical difficulties on any given day, it's important to not rely on a single source for school closing/delay information.

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  • School Messenger - The district's mass notification system used to send automated phone calls, text messages, and emails to GUARDIANS and district staff.  More information about the School Messenger system can be found HERE .
  • BASD Website - www.basd.us
  • BASD Facebook Account - Facebook.com/BrookvilleSD
  • BASD Twitter Account - Twitter.com/BrookvilleSD
  • Electronic Sign - Located at the main drive entrance to Brookville Jr/Sr High School on Jenks St.
  • Television Stations
    • WTAJ
    • WJAC/WWCP/WATM
    • WTAE
    • KDKA
    • WPSX
  • Radio Stations
    • WPSU
    • Mega Rock/WMKX
    • WPXZ/KOOL 103.3
    • Sunny 106.5
    • Q102/Bigfoot Country
  • Other

PA Teacher of the Year Program

3 months ago


The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Program is currently accepting nominations, and anyone can nominate a teacher. A dozen teachers across the state will be named finalists, and one will be chosen to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

The program highlights the techniques of teachers and honors their hard work. And since Brookville has such talented and dedicated teachers, we are overdue for a finalist! We should have a finalist in each of our four schools!

Graphic of teacher helping student.

So please consider nominating a teacher – whether you are a colleague, a parent, a neighbor, or a community member. Nominations are due by December 15. For more details, and the brief nomination form, please visit http://nnstoy.org/chapter/pennsylvania/ .

2019 BAHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

3 months ago

Brookville Elementary Students Participate in Academic Challenge

3 months ago


Brookville 4th and 6th graders came focused and energized for the first Academic Challenge on Wednesday, October 16th.  The 6th graders placed first in the Gold Bracket with a total of 685 points scored.  The team consisted of Sam Krug, Sorren Morelli, Riley Phillips, Sergio Sotillo, and Aaron Turner.  The boys worked collaboratively to earn points in multiple bonus rounds and Sorren placed first for the most individual points in the tournament with a whopping 195 points. 

Mia Cieleski, Olivia Cieleski, Atticus Reynolds, and Jordan Sarvey worked equally as hard in the Silver Bracket and earned third place overall with 270 points. Congratulations to all the students for their efforts and achievements!

A special thanks to Mrs. Burton who worked tirelessly to organize the event, Mrs. Drake for supporting our students and assisting with scorekeeping, and Mrs. Brown who volunteered her time to moderate one of the rooms during the event.  Thanks to all the teachers for their continued support! 

Keeping Bus Riders Safe

3 months ago


Every day in America, 25 million children board school buses. More than a thousand of those bus riders are Brookville Raiders. As we mark National School Bus Safety Week, we appreciate the efforts of our bus operators and contractors.

Statistics show that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when riding a bus than they would be if traveling by car. Our drivers have extensive training, including behind the wheel, as well as all their clearances.

School Bus Safety Week graphic.

School Bus Safety Week is also a good time to remind drivers to slow down when approaching the big yellow bus. Yellow lights indicate that a bus is preparing to stop; red lights mean that the bus is stopped and students are loading or departing.

It is illegal to pass a bus with flashing red lights. Passing a stopped bus results in steep fines and penalties: Pennsylvania drivers face up to a $250 fine and a mandatory 60 day suspension for the first offense. When in doubt, stop. Help us keep our kids safe!

2020 Census - Easy, Safe & Important!

3 months ago


Once every decade, our federal government conducts a census of the entire population. Many believe it is simply a head count, but it is so much more! The data derived becomes the basis for the distribution of more than $675 billion in funds for the betterment of our society. Our founding fathers believed the census to be such a vital tool that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.

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IT IS EASY – For the first time ever, the Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone; or you can still complete the census by mail, if you prefer.

IT IS SAFE – Your responses are protected by strict federal law. The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card numbers, money, or anything on behalf of political parties. Additionally, the Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity system in place to encrypt and protect data.

IT IS IMPORTANT - Census data determines spending for key programs in our county such as housing, health care, education, and transportation. It helps analyze how communities have changed over time. It determines whether U.S. congressional seats need reapportioned as well as whether states have the correct number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As Americans, we receive many benefits from our federal government; we in turn have a few corresponding duties – to serve on juries, to pay taxes, and to participate in the census. This country was built on a spirit of service and sacrifice, of privileges and duties.

Starting in March of 2020, you can fulfill your census duty online, by phone, or by mail. For more information visit: 2020census.gov.

Fire Prevention Week - Protect & Educate Your Kids

3 months ago


A home fire is a devastating event that no one expects to happen - yet residential fires are the leading cause of fire deaths and injuries.

Children, especially children under five, are most at risk. Taking sensible precautions and teaching your child or children how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid heartbreak and loss.


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As we mark National Fire Prevention Week, we ask families to join us in educating children, especially those in the early years, about these lifesaving strategies.

· Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test your alarms with your children so they know and recognize the sound.

· Develop and practice a family escape plan, with two escape routes, and designate a common meeting area.

· Emphasize “get out, stay out” even if other family members, pets, or prized possessions are left inside.

· Before opening a door, touch it; if it is cool, open the door and leave the area. If the door is hot to the touch, use an alternate escape route.

· The cleanest air will be within one to two feet of the floor; drop to the floor and make your way to the nearest exit.

Free FAFSA Completion Night Planned

3 months ago


BAHS is offering a "Free FAFSA Completion Night" hosted by a PHEAA representative on November 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the High School Library. A financial aid expert from the state will be on-hand to help you file your student's financial aid paperwork for college. This is only for the families of SENIORS.

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Students and parents both ABSOLUTELY need to have their FSA ID prior to this meeting. Go to this site to obtain the ID:  https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm .

Families will also need to following information for student AND parents:
* Social Security Number;
* Driver's License Number;
* W-2 Forms;
* Records of untaxed income received;
* 2018 Federal Income Tax Return
* Current Bank Statement

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED!!!

Call 849-8372 (ext. 2806) to register. (Leave a message if you get the recording.) Or email Mr. Doolittle at rdoolittle@basd.us.

BASD Seeks to Expand Pool of Substitute Teachers

3 months ago


BASD wishes to expand our pool of enthusiastic people who would like to work as substitute teachers. Did you know that anyone with a Bachelor's degree, regardless of the major, can apply to be a substitute teacher? The District can obtain an emergency permit through the PA Department of Education, which is valid for one school year. Additionally, districts can request a re-issuance of emergency permits for day-to-day substitutes on a yearly basis. Requirements include the following:

  • Proof of Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Background clearances
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien status (green card)

If you are interested, please contact us for more information on the processes and procedures; we can help you. Please contact Judi Anthony at 814-849-8372, Ext. 1119, or by email to: janthony@basd.us.

Fourth Graders "Adopt a Pet"

4 months ago


To promote reading for fun, over 80 fourth grade students have adopted a pet. Thanks to an anonymous friend, the kids had to choose from over a 100 beanie baby animals. They went through the process with Mrs. Afton, receiving an adoption certificate and pet of their choice. The students are responsible for caring for their pets by 'feeding them with reading'. Each student is encouraged to read to their pet for 20 minutes a night. They have record sheets to help keep track of their time spend with their adoptive pet. Students will have an opportunity to earn items (collars, leashes, bows, name tags) for their pet. We will be keeping track of how well the pets are taken care of in fourth grade. Fourth graders now have an adopted pet to share their love of reading. 

Fourth graders with their "pets".

PA Youth Survey Information

4 months ago


The Pennsylvania Youth Survey will be conducted for students in 6th grade on Oct. 8th and for students in grades 8, 10, and 12 on Oct. 9th during Social Studies Classes.   Parent information and passive consent letters were sent home and posted on the website.   Information gained from participating in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) allows schools, districts, and communities to receive detailed reports (as described above), and also provide the community with a wealth of data to be used for grant writing, program and school safety planning, as well as targeting interventions to meet a school’s and community’s specific needs. The survey provides information that can be used to identify the incidence of various problem behaviors. Additionally, by tracking data over multiple PAYS administrations, prevention planners can assess the impact of programs and services over time. Results of the survey are used to determine the need for prevention services and services to support their work toward achieving academic and personal goals.

Hickory Grove Students Compete in Scrabble Tournament

4 months ago

Hickory Grove Elementary students in grades 3rd- 6th represented their district tremendously at the Scrabble Tournament held at the IU6 on September 25th.  The team returned home with excellent results!

The ambitious team of fourth graders including Andrew Bazylak, Mia Cieleski, Olivia Cieleski, and Brett McGee earned 3rd place in the third and fourth grade division.

Scrabble tournament participants.

Our determined fifth and sixth grade division brought home a 1st and 3rd place trophy.  The team of 6th graders Luke Burton, Sam Krug, Riley Phillips, and Aaron Turner placed 1st.  The 3rd place team consisted of sixth graders Leah Barnacastle, Sorren Morreli, Sergio Sotillo , and fourth grader Atticus Reynolds.

Furthermore, several students earned individual awards! Leah Barnacastle placed 2nd in overall High Points scored in the tournament.  Sixth graders Riley Phillips, Ethan Taylor, and Aaron Turner received awards for being undefeated throughout the entire tournament.

Congratulations to all the participants for their effort, focus, and good sportsmanship at the tournament. We are Raider Proud!







2019 Homecoming Court Announced

4 months ago

Front Row (L-R): Parker Fleming, David Cable, Cameron Hooven, Luc Doolittle, Aaron Park, Ian Thrush, and Bryce Baughman

Back Row (L-R): Emily McAninch, Lauren Hergert, Megan Mealy, Brooke Ganoe, Emily Kramer, Danielle Maring, and Marcy Schindler

Homecoming is Friday, October 4th as the Raiders host St. Marys at 7:00 PM.

Host Families Wanted

4 months ago

Brookville Area School District does not have a foreign exchange student this fall, so districtleaders are encouraging local families to consider hosting an international student.

“It’s a great way to add some diversity to our schools and community,” said SuperintendentErich May. Dr. May added, “Exchange students add something special to our schools, but theyalso create a great experience for host families.”

Study abroad programs bring people together, increase cultural understanding, and promote afriendlier world. Families who would consider hosting an exchange student can work withvarious agencies, including the Pan Atlantic Foundation.

In fact, Pan Atlantic has a representative right here in Jefferson County. Mrs. Beth Weiland, ofCorsica, is currently hosting a student from Thailand. She would be happy to answer questionsfor potential host families, and she can be reached at bethderek@windstream.net.

Pan Atlantic does offer full year placements, but they are currently looking to place students forthe second semester, starting in January. This five month commitment includes room andboard, but natural families send spending cash, and the agency provides health insurance forstudents. Host families just need to set an extra place at the table.

Pan Atlantic students all speak English, although improving their skill with the language is oneof the goals of the program. Students from Korea, Spain, Italy and Germany are looking forhomes for January. For more info, call Mrs. Weiland or visit www.iwanttohost.org.

Brookville Area Schools to Support Walk to School Day and Bullying Prevention Month on October 2, 2019

4 months ago


Brookville Area School District will join schools nationwide to increase awareness of the need to promote healthy living and stop bullying among our nation’s young people. The walk to school event is being held in conjunction with International Walk to School Day and National Bullying Prevention Month both of which occur during October.

Hickory Grove Elementary students and Northside kindergarten students will be walking to school and wearing orange on Wednesday, October 2.  They will be joined by parents, teachers, and community members on their walk to Hickory Grove Elementary School and Northside Elementary School.

The starting point for this year’s walk will be the Brookville YMCA. Hickory Grove participants are asked to arrive by 7:30 AM.  Hickory Grove walkers will depart from the YMCA at 7:45 AM.  Northside kindergarten participants are asked to arrive by 7:55 AM.  They will depart at 8:10 AM to walk to Northside. Teachers from Hickory Grove and Northside will be leading the walk and will be stationed at various places along the route.  The RMA Library and the United Methodist Church are the other stations where teachers will lead students to Hickory Grove or Northside.  

Parents and community members are encouraged to walk with students, wear orange, display signs, and cheer on students from the 7:30 to 8:30 time period. 

The event is being organized by Brookville Area Education Association, Brookville Area School District, Brookville YMCA, and the RMA Library.  The Brookville police and fire departments will also provide protection for the walkers. 

For additional local information, please contact Cortney McQuown or Kristen Drake at 814-849-8372 or Tina Householder at 814-849-7355.

Motorcycle vs. Bus Accident - 9/10/2019

4 months ago

School bus #9 was hit from behind by a motorcycle this morning before school. The bus was stopped at a bus stop in front of the Firemen's Club on East Main Street in Brookville. No one on the bus was injured, and we believe the motorcyclist sustained only minor injuries. District administrators and emergency responders were on scene, and we are grateful for the quick response of emergency personnel. Students were transported by another bus to Hickory Grove where, out of an abundance of caution, all were seen by district nurses before returning to class at Hickory Grove, Northside and Pinecreek.

Erich May, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Four Alumni to be inducted into 2019 Brookville Area High School Hall of Fame

4 months ago

James A. Calder, Kate E. Hynes, Tina Nabatchi, Ph.D. and Nathan T. Smith have been selected for induction into the BAHS Hall of Fame Class of 2019 by the school’s Hall of Fame Review and Selection Committee.

The four join the innagural 2018 class of Robert Himes III and the late Al “Bud” Lefevre.

All six will be formally inducted at a public reception and awards ceremony on Fri., Oct. 4 at 5 pm in the high school auditorium prior to the Brookville Raiders homecoming football game vs. St. Marys. The event is being sponsored by Brookville Equipment, DeMans and Laurel Eye Clinic. 

Members of the new 2019 Class and their families will also be introduced during halftime of the game.

Calder, of Gettysburg, was valedictorian of Brookville’s 1980 graduating class, and a 1984 summa cum laude graduate of Penn State with a BS in Accounting. He has achieved substantial career success and recognition as a Chief Financial Officer, financial consultant and a private investor.

He is currently a partner with Stone Circle Holdings LLC, a privately held real estate investment firm in the Washington, DC metro area. He has also consulted with several companies regarding corporate finance matters. He served nine years as CFO of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., based in Madison, WI, and seven years as CFO of Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Inc. in Arlington, VA. Calder previously worked as a Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller for ICF Kaiser International, Inc. in Fairfax, VA and as an Audit Senior Manager for Deloitte LLP in Washington, DC.

Calder is a member of Penn State’s Startup Leadership Network, a group created to match Penn State’s startups with industry-specific management talent, guidance and expertise. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Happy Valley LaunchBox, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. Jim has been recognized for his numerous gifts to the PSU Libraries and is an investor in the Nittany Lion Fund, a Penn State student-managed investment fund.

He founded and administers the Thomas W. Hetrick Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund established as a memorial to his late 1980 classmate. Since 1996, the fund has awarded scholarship monies each year to Brookville High School seniors. He also works for the United Way’s volunteer income tax assistance team to prepare for free federal, state and local tax returns for families and individuals.

Hynes, of York, is a 2005 BAHS grad, and a 2010 magna cum laude graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Business  Administration. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2013 from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State, where she served as the Senior Editor of the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs. Hynes is currently an associate attorney at the Stock & Leader Law Firm in York, focusing on commercial business transactions, commercial finance, mergers and acquisition, and intellectual property.

She was an NCAA Division 1 All-American in Diving at Drexel in both 2008 and 2009, and was ranked #9 in the country. She received the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) Silver Star for 2010, which honored 25 of the most influential athletes in the previous 25 years. Other Silver Star recipients included Olympians, national champions and professional athletes such as baseball’s Justin Verlander and basketball’s David Robinson. 

Hynes was also the CAA Women’s Diver of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 setting conference records in both 1 and 3 meter diving, and completed her career undefeated in dual meets.

She was an ESPN Magazine Academic All-American in 2009, the Philadelphia Inquirer Women’s Academic Athlete of the Year in 2008, was awarded the Drexel University Mascoli Scholar-Athlete Award in 2006 and received the Drexel award for having the highest cumulative average in Business Administration in 2006.

While at Brookville, Hynes won three gold medals as the PIAA Pennsylvania Class AA State Diving Champion in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and a bronze medal as the third place finisher in 2002. She holds all PIAA District 9 diving records with four straight district titles, and was the Courier Express Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

She volunteers with several York organizations, serving as a board member and executive committee member of the United Way of York County and board member of the York County Business Improvement District Authority. She was formerly the president of York’s YWCA Junior Board and a board member of Downtown, Inc.

Nabatchi, currently of Syracuse, NY, is a 1991 BAHS grad. She received her BA in Political Science from American University in 1994, her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Vermont in 1999, and her Ph.D. in Public Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2007.

Since 2007, she has been an Assistant, then Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and a Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is currently a full professor and the holder of the Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Chair in Public Administration. Nabatchi is also Co-Director of the Collaborative Governance Initiative and a Faculty Research Associate at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).

Nabatchi’s research focuses on citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution and challenges in public administration. She has over 80 publications, including three books, numerous book chapters, and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles.

She travels to numerous domestic and international locations to present at conferences and consult or train government leaders on collaboration, conflict resolution or important issues. Her primary missions are to improve governance, advance democracy, and make the world a better place through scholarship and teaching.

Prior to joining the Maxwell School at Syracuse, Nabatchi was the Research Coordinator for the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, analysis and publication of various research projects.

In addition to being a Maxwell Scholar at Syracuse from 2015-2018, she was elected a Fellow in the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2016; received the 2016 North America and International Research Project of the Year Awards from the International Association of Public Participation for her work in “Using Deliberative Methods to Understand Patient Roles In Reducing Diagnostic Errors;” the 2013 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research at Syracuse University; and the 2012 and 2018 Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award and Professorship at Syracuse.

Smith, from Pittsburgh, is a 1997 BAHS grad. He earned his BS in Political Science in 2001 at Allegheny College and his Masters in Business Administration in 2005 at Clarion University.

He is currently a financial representative with USI Insurance Services in Pittsburgh.

Smith has had a decorated career as an amateur golfer. He has won 48 amateur tournaments placing him fifth on the all-time amateur win list,  which includes being a six-time United States Golf Association champion, winning the USGA’s National Mid-Am Tournament an unprecedented four times, and won the innagural US Amateur Four Ball Tournament with Todd White in 2015 along with the 2009 USGA State Team Championship representing PA against all other states. Other wins include the 2011 Sunnehanna Amateur, the Pennsylvania Amateur in 2002 and 2009 and the Pennsylvania Match Play championship a record six times.

He has had the honor of qualifying to play in five major championships, including four times at The Masters, golf’s most prestigious tournament, in Augusta, GA in 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2013, and the US Open in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills, NY.  He has also played on three consecutive USA Walker Cup teams in 2009, 2011 and 2013, which represents the country’s best amateur golfers against the best amateur golfers of Europe. Teammates have included the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. The United States was victorious in 2009 and 2013. Smith had the clinching winning match in 2013 hosted at the National Golf Links in Southampton, NY.

Smith was a Division III All-American at Allegheny College each of his four years there from 1998 to 2001.

He was also Pennsylvania’s Golfer of the Year a record six times, and captured the PIAA gold medal in 1994 which includes all schools Single A through Quad A. Smith was also District 9 Medalist three times in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

For more information on the BAHS Hall of Fame, Contact John Pozza, HOF Coordinator, at 814-648-3739 or at jpozza@comcast.net.

James A. Calder


Kate E. Hynes


Tina Nabatchi, Ph.D.


Nathan T. Smith


2019-2020 Occupational Assessment Tax Information

6 months ago

Occupational taxes are being collected by Berkheimer for the Brookville Area School District.  The tax is levied at three levels ($50 for laborers, $85 for skilled labor, and $105 for professional/managerial).  There are example occupations for each level listed on the reverse side of the CHANGE form that is included with your tax bill.  If you need to adjust your assessment to another level, fill out the CHANGE form listing your adjusted occupation and mail the following three items to HAB-MISC, PO Box 25144, Lehigh Valley, PA  18002:

   1) the signed CHANGE form certifying your assessment adjustment,

   2) the stub from your original bill noting your revised amount, and

   3) your payment of the adjusted amount due to Berkheimer. 

A copy of the CHANGE form is available by clicking HERE.

If you receive a bill and as of July 1, 2019, you were retired, unemployed, a homemaker, active US military, clergy, full-time student or have moved out of Brookville Area School District, you may be EXEMPT from the tax. If you fall into one of these categories, you need to apply for an EXEMPTION by completing the EXEMPTION form and returning it to the school district by October 31, 2019.  The EXEMPTION form is available online by clicking HEREThe form is also available at the District’s Administrative Office located at 104 Jenks St., Brookville (open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.), or by calling 814-849-8372, ext 1108. 

If you have any questions regarding occupational taxes, please call the Brookville Area School District Business Office at 814-849-8372, ext 1108.

PATHS Box Tops for Education Program - Final Results

9 months ago


Our Box Tops results are in for the year.  For the 2018-2019 school year we collected over 18,000 Box Tops!!  We had some very close races for 2nd and 3rd grade.  The final results are below.  The winning classroom will receive a pizza party in May which will be coordinated at a later date.  Thanks to all who participated and star saving now for next year!

2018-2019 Box Tops Winners

Kindergarten - Esposito

1st Grade - Clinger

2nd Grade - Palmer (Nosker was behind by only 6 Box Tops!)

3rd Grade - Morres (Shriver was behind by only 28 Box Tops!)

4th Grade - Iraca

5th Gade - Hays

6th Grade - McBeth


Brookville P.A.T.H.S. (Parents and Teachers Helping Students) is once again participating in the Box Tops for Education Program.  The program is an easy way for community members to donate to schools without having to spend extra money. 

Box Tops for Education is a program started by General Mills. The program helps communities provide kids the tools needed for success by generating funds back to the school.  Schools can use the funds for what they need most.  There are hundreds of participating products in food and non-food categories that carry Box Tops on their packages.  Each Box Tops clip is worth 10 cents.  Each month, P.A.T.H.S. collects and counts the Box Tops that have been sent into the school.  Those Box Tops are then submitted to General Mills.

When families and schools work together to collect Box Tops and send them in, the money adds up fast!  P.A.T.H.S. receives a check twice a year from General Mills.  These funds are used for Brookville School District Programs and events. 

It’s simple. Buy the products; clip the Box Tops; send the Box Tops to school and earn cash.  In addition to sending the Box Tops into the school, P.A.T.H.S. has placed collection containers at some of our local businesses.  Collection containers can be found at The Brookville YMCA, The Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library, and Mike’s Comet. 

Please direct any questions regarding the Box Tops Program to P.A.T.H.S. or by visiting

www.btfe.com .

BASD Updates Public on School Safety Measures

about 1 year ago

March 12, 2018

The Brookville Area School District administration and board of directors works diligently to make our schools safe for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Over the past several years, the district has implemented and/or has made changes to a number of policies, procedures and systems all intended to enhance safety.  A security committee comprised of administrators, board members and local emergency personnel meets regularly to discuss and develop emergency procedures.   Working collaboratively, that committee has developed the district’s emergency operations plan and continues its work developing plans for specific types of emergencies, including reunification plans if an evacuation needs to occur.

Emergency procedure guides are located in each classroom and are also made available to district staff, bus drivers, and emergency personnel through a mobile app.

A variety of drills are held in all schools throughout the year including fire drills, lockdown drills, severe weather drills, and bus evacuation drills.

Local police officers regularly visit our buildings during the school day and are present at the majority of school events.

The district has surveillance camera systems installed at each building and the district’s telephone system automatically alerts a number of school district staff when a 911 call is made from any district telephone.

Emergency notification statements are pre-loaded in the district’s mass notification system, SchoolMessenger, that will allow administrators to quickly send information to guardians and staff in the event of a large scale emergency at any of our buildings.

And recently, the district has implemented a new visitor management system at each school that allows us to more closely track non-students and non-staff that are in the buildings during the school day.

These are just some examples of the things the district has done to improve safety and we are continually evaluating and making adjustments as necessary.

BASD Updates for Visitor Management & Student Drop-Off Times

about 1 year ago


The Brookville Area School District was recently awarded a Safe Schools Grant.  A portion of the funds from the grant have been used to purchase and implement a new visitor management system at each of our schools.  Beginning Monday, March 5, 2018, anyone visiting our schools during school hours must sign in a the main office of the school they are visiting.  Visitors will be asked to present their driver's license or other identification card to a BASD staff member at the office.  The ID card will be scanned into the system and a badge will be printed for the visitor.  Prior to exiting the building, all visitors must return to the main office, return their visitor badge, and sign out with school staff.

Hall Pass Logo

Additionally, when arriving at our schools and requesting entrance to the building, visitors should expect to be asked for their name and reason for their visit prior to being granted entry to the office.  Buzzers are located at the main entrances to all school buildings and will be used by office personnel to communicate with visitors prior to granting them entry to the building.

Finally, students may be dropped off beginning at 7:00 AM for the high school, 8:00 AM for Hickory Grove, and 8:20 AM for Pinecreek and Northside.  Parents should not drop off their children at the schools prior to those times each day.

We understand that these changes may result in some inconveniences for our families and visitors during school hours.  However, the safety of our students and staff is our greatest concern and these measures are being implemented to build upon other safeguards that are already in place.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to make improvements to our schools.

My Alerts Available for HG & HS Guardians

over 2 years ago

Use the My Alerts option to access and change settings for the types of email alerts you would like to receive for your student.

To display this page, move your pointer over your user name in the Home Access Center banner, then select My Alerts.

Subscribe to HAC Alerts

The My Alerts page includes checkboxes for the following types of alerts. If you are a guardian who can access multiple students in HAC, a separate set of boxes displays for each student. Checking a box enables the type of alert indicated.

       ·     Course Average - Allows email alerts to be sent on your student's course averages. To limit the alerts to averages outside a range, enter the bottom of the range in the below field - for example, 75 for averages less than 75 - and the top of the range in the above field - for example, 89 for averages of 90 or greater. Enter whole numbers; decimals are not allowed. To enable alerts for all averages regardless of their level, leave the two fields blank.

       ·     Classwork - Allows email alerts to be sent on averages for class assignments. To limit the alerts to averages outside a range, enter the bottom of the range in the below field - for example, 75 for averages less than 75 - and the top of the range in the above field - for example, 89 for averages of 90 or greater. Enter whole numbers; decimals are not allowed. To display averages for all assignments regardless of their level, leave the two fields blank.

Note: When you leave the My Alerts page, all of your entries are saved automatically.

BASD Food Service Offers Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals

over 2 years ago

The Brookville Area School District has made it faster and easier for parents to apply for free and reduced meals.

This free service enables families to receive program benefits faster than using the paper application.  Your application is electronically submitted directly to the child nutrition office for processing.
* Submit an application in minutes
* Easy-to-follow steps
* Faster processing
* Safe and secure

To get started visit www.schoolcafe.com .

Please visit the Brookville Area School District Food Service web page for more information.

Paper applications are available at the school offices, cafeterias or by calling the Food Service Department.

Rebecca Kammerdeiner
Food Service Director
(814) 849-1138

BASD Adjusts Security Policies Following PSP Recommendations

over 2 years ago

The Brookville Area School District received a good report from the State Police who recently reviewed the District’s security policies.  The State Police congratulated the District on its emergency policies, which have a chain-of-command that is three levels deep.  Also, the State Police were impressed that so many teachers had received training in passive restraint and with the District’s lockdown and active shooter plans.  

The State Police recommended two changes to improve the security of the District’s property. The two highest priorities were eliminating parking spaces next to buildings and securing the property from any outsiders while school is in session.  Because of concerns for emergency vehicles accessing the building and the potential of a parked car with dangerous devices next to the building, the State Police recommend all parking space be reallocated away from the building walls.  Over the summer, the budgeted repaving project for the high school will result in new parking lines and the elimination of spaces abutting the building.  There will still be sufficient parking for all teachers and staff. 

The District will also be enacting new policies that permit only those persons with reasons related to school business or their student to be on District campus grounds while school is in session.  “We were hesitant about implementing this policy because a number of community members walk the track and parking lot at our Hickory Grove and High School campus,” Said Principal Ruthanne Barbazzeni.  “But we have to take seriously the safety of our students and the recommendations of the State Police.”  The BASD School Board approved this policy and directed new signs to be placed around the campus perimeters that remind community members to return to walk or enjoy the playground when school is not in session. 

“We have to consider first the safety of our students, but we want the community to have access to the track and playground whenever possible,” stated board member Don Gill.  To accommodate state safety guidelines and to continue welcoming the community, the amended school policy states the grounds are inaccessible only when school is in session, from 7am-4pm during the academic year.  On weekends, in the summer, on snow days, and when flex days permit earlier use of the grounds, the public is welcome on school grounds to use the playground, basketball courts, and track.