Counseling Services this Weekend

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One of our high school students was involved in a crisis off campus this morning. In the wake of this incident, we are offering additional supports and services to students and staff and anyone else who has been impacted. We will have counselors and clergy at Brookville Area High School tomorrow morning, May 21, from 9:00 to 11:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, May 22, from 2:00 to 4:00. If you come by this weekend, use the front doors at the high school. In addition, we will have a counselor available on the phone during those same hours, Saturday from 9 to 11 and Sunday from 2 to 4. She can be reached at (814) 249-2996. Of course, students who need to process on Monday can come down to the office anytime Monday. Finally, please keep this student and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

BASD Hosting Free Summer Fun Camps for Hickory Grove Students

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The Brookville Area School District is hosting Summer Fun camps this August with our community partners: Jefferson County Emergency Services, CREATE Brookville, and the PSU Extension/4-H Club. These camps are each a week long, Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Students may choose one, two, or all three camps to attend. Camps are free and open to all current Hickory Grove students. Registration is limited, so be sure to get your forms in by May 25th to the Hickory Grove office, att: Jess Weible. Have a safe and fun summer, everyone!

summer fun graphic

Download the registration form HERE .


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2022 Chromebook & Chrome Tablet Collection Schedule

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District owned Chromebooks and Chrome Tablets issued to students for the 2021-2022 will be collected from Friday, May 13th through Thursday, May 26th.  

Collection for in-person learners will take place during the school day and on specific days by grade level.  Collection for cyber/Brightspace learners will take place on Thursday, May 26th.

Before collection day be sure to remove all personal items and papers from the device carry case.

On collection day be sure to bring the device, charger and carry case.  Missing/damaged items will be billed according to BASD's Computer Device Handbook guidelines.

The schedule for device collection is below.


Clipart of girl with laptop

Chrome Device Collection Schedule

Brookville Cyber Students & Remote Learners on Brightspace
Thursday, May 26th
11:00am - 5:00pm
High School Auxiliary Gym (use entrance at student parking lot)

Kindergarten
Friday, May 13th

1st Grade
Monday, May 16th

2nd Grade
Monday, May 16th

3rd Grade
Tuesday, May 17th

4th Grade
Tuesday, May 17th

5th Grade
Wednesday, May 18th

6th Grade
Wednesday, May 18th

7th Grade
Thursday, May 19th

8th Grade*
Monday, May 23rd

9th Grade
Tuesday, May 24th

10th Grade
Tuesday, May 24th

11th Grade*
Monday, May 23rd

12th Grade*  **
Thursday, May 19th


* Devices of students taking Keystone exams will be collected on Tuesday, May 24th.

** All seniors must return their Chromebooks even if they intend to purchase it. BASD staff will contact seniors purchasing their devices when they are ready to be picked up over the summer.


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SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY

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National School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 6. Our Lunch Heroes prepare healthy meals, adhere to strict nutritional standards, navigate student food allergies, and offer service with a smile. This year they have also navigated supply chain issues and intermittent staff shortages. 

The BASD Food Service Department is a small but mighty crew. With a staff of 15 shared among 4 locations, our ladies really do have food-savvy superpowers, having served 190,318 breakfasts and 122,060 lunches. Their grocery list included 2 tons of lettuce, 21 tons of chicken, 10 tons of spaghetti sauce and 2 tons of spaghetti. Among the favorites were 19,000 PB&J sandwiches and 48,000 slices of pizza. 

Please take time to thank our dedicated ladies who not only know their way around the kitchen but who know and love every one of our Brookville students!

School lunch hero day graphic.

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

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May 2 - 6 is Teacher Appreciation Week – a time when communities thank and recognize our dedicated educators. This is a time to honor teachers and share our appreciation for the lasting contributions they make in the lives of children. Teachers are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated, and understanding. They invest themselves in children - our next generation of leaders. Please take some time this week to thank the teachers of Brookville Area School District. Help us celebrate them and the very important work that they do on behalf of our children.

Teacher Appreciation Week graphic

BASD Music Department Announces Spring Concerts

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The Brookville Area School District Music Department is proud to announce their 2022 Spring Concerts schedule:

High School Bands Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Junior High Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Band

High School Orchestras Spring Concert
Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Junior High Orchestra and String Orchestra

High School Choirs Spring Concert
Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Junior High Choir, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir

Elementary Spring Concert
Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Elementary Band, Elementary Choir, and Elementary Orchestra

All concerts will be held in the Brookville Area High School Auditorium and are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us!

ALS ONE 2022 BOSTON MARATHON

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John Kutz of Sarasota, FL, brother of beloved Brookville Area High School teacher and coach, Bill Kutz (pictured), is running the Boston Marathon next week in memory of Bill. John joined the ALS team with sorrow in his heart to work toward an end to ALS - the disease that tragically took Bill at far too young an age. Two years ago during the pandemic, Bill lost his battle with ALS, and this marathon is John’s personal celebration of the love and memory of his brother.

At Brookville Area High School, Bill was a beloved teacher and a cherished football, basketball, and track coach. In 2013, Bill retired to enjoy a beautiful life, only to be diagnosed just a couple years later with ALS - yet he faced that devastating news and journey with the same inner strength and positivity that Coach Kutz demonstrated his entire life.

Photo of Mr. Bill Kutz

To date, John has raised almost $15,000 for ALS ONE whose motto is “we run to make ALS done.” The marathon is next Monday, April 18. To support John’s efforts or to learn more, please visit: https://www.givengain.com/ap/john-kutz-raising-funds-for-als-one/

Grateful for our Paraprofessionals

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Our aides are the salt of the earth. Please join us in thanking them on this Paraprofessional Appreciation Day. Our paras work hard to help students and teachers, in classrooms and cafeterias, with academics and behavior.

With our aides – as with all of our employees – we are blessed with the best. Please take a few minutes today to let them know how much we appreciate their hard work, persistence and kindness. We would be lost without them!

Please spread the word about vacancies in our district, including several paraprofessional positions. There are more good people out there, like our current aides, who might like to work in our classrooms.

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Brookville All State Music Students

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STUDENTS FROM BROOKVILLE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL-STATE HONORS MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Students from Brookville Area School District reached the highest level a high school musician can achieve by earning places in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival music ensembles.

Brookville all state music students.

Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the state audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank the highest advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA Regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA Region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles. 

“We commend the student musicians that are part of the 2022 PMEA All-State Festival,” commented PMEA President and retired music educator Phil Stattel. “We know the past two years have been challenging for all students and for these students to work through the challenges to perform at the highest level is to be celebrated.” 

Students from Brookville Area School District include: senior euphonium player Joe Deibler in the All-State Wind Ensemble, senior flute player Shayla Hines in the All-State Concert Band, and junior soprano Kayla Gaston in the All-State Choir. 

“I am so proud of Joe, Shayla, and Kayla,” says high school band director Kyle Grabigel, “All three of them put in a lot of hard work throughout the audition process, and I’m thrilled that their commitment to music making paid off! The All-State Festival will be an amazing experience for all of them.” 

"Kayla is an exceptional vocalist!", says high school choir director Meagan Shaw, "Kayla's hours of hard work and dedication have certainly help her achieve such rewarding accomplishments! I congratulate Shayla and Joe as well.  We are fortunate to have such talented students at Brookville!"  

The student musicians who qualify will perform at the annual PMEA All-State Festival at the Kalahari Resort in The Poconos, Pennsylvania April 8-9, 2022. Nationally recognized conductors at the convention direct the groups who rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. Learn more about the event and the guest conductors at: https://www.pmea.net/pmeaall-stateinformation/


About PMEA
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME. For more information about PMEA visit www.pmea.net, call 610-562-9757 or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.

BASD receives donation from Staples' Give Back Program

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Thank You Staples of DuBois

As part of their Give Back Program, Staples of DuBois gave customers the opportunity to donate school supplies to a district of their choice. Thanks to the customers who selected Brookville as their designated district, our elementary classes will have extra supplies from these “Show Students You Care” packages. BASD also thanks Staples General Manager Kristy as well the employees pictured in the photo - Alan and Dorothy – for their support. 

Staples employees holding supplies kits.
Staples supplies kit


Staples supplies kits


Rex Slaughter Memorial Bench

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Students in Mr. Jake Lewis' shop class at Brookville Jr./Sr. High School recently completed construction of a bench dedicated to the memory of Mr. Rex Slaughter, an aide for the district who passed away recently.  The students transported the bench to Hickory Grove where it will remain.  Hickory Grove principal, Mr. Andy Collins, wishes to recognize the hard work of Mr. Lewis and his students and their kind gesture was very much appreciated.

Rex Slaughter memorial bench.
Inscription on memorial bench.


Memorial bench located at Hickory Grove.


Brookville robotics teams capture titles

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The Brookville robotics teams were the Tournament Champions in the last two competitions that they have attended. On January 15th, the team consisting of John McHenry, Connor Rupp, and Hunter Rupp placed first in the VEX Robotics Competition tournament in Dubois Qualifier and became the first Tournament Champions in Brookville history. This past Saturday, an alliance made of two Brookville teams became Tournament Champions in Cranberry. One team consisting of Ben Clowes, Jonas Parson, and Kaden Miller and a second team consisting of Calvin Doolittle, Coyha Brown, and Kaden Myers both placed first in the Cranberry VEX Robotics Competition Qualifier.  All tournament champions are now guaranteed a spot in the State level competition in March.

Brookville robotics team
Two robotics team members competing in tournament


Robotics team members participating in tournament


Hickory Grove holds schoolwide spelling bee

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The schoolwide spelling bee at Hickory Grove was held on January 21st.  42 students in grades 3 through 6 participated in the event.

This year's champion is sixth grader Brylee Stewart.  The runner up is sixth grader Olivia Cieleski and the third place finisher is fifth grader Emma Slagle.  Stewart and Cieleski qualified to participate in the regional spelling bee to be held on January 31st in Oil City.

Brylee Stewart also qualified to participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee on March 12, 2022 at Robert Morris University.

Congratulations to the winners and to all participants!

Hickory Grove spelling bee winners

Wellness Wednesdays

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Wellness Wednesday is a wellness program that began in 2019 after the annual Walk to School day in October of that year.   Staff and students enjoyed the walking to school so much from this national program, along with our own message of “Step Forward and Lend a Hand to Stop Bullying”, that they wanted to keep it going.  

HG students with ne principal Mr. Collins

Wellness Wednesday takes place at the track every Wednesday for 30 minutes prior to the start of school.   Students and staff meet at the track, check in for attendance, then they run and/or walk laps around the track.  Students are expected to keep track of their laps and report how many laps they ran and/or walked prior to heading to school.   Students receive a bead for every four laps/each mile that they walk or run.  After they receive 10 beads or have achieved 10 miles, they turn their beads in and receive a foot charm and a 10 mile charm.   For every 10 miles, they build up their foot charms and mile marker charms.  

As of January 5, 2022, we have 50 students and 6 staff that are signed up to participate.   For this current school year, between October 13, 2021 & January 5, 2022, our students and staff report walking or running 4,474 laps which equals to be an impressive 1,118.5 miles!  These students have many more miles to go until the end of the school year!  

When talking with our Wellness Wednesday Crew students, we hear, “Wednesday is my favorite day of the week.”, “I can’t wait for Wellness Wednesday.”, “My teachers are thankful I come to this program.”  

The staff that participate often share: “I love to see the energy at the track on Wellness Wednesday.”   “Look at the kids who may not usually interact, walking and talking together.”    “Watch how they encourage each other.”  “I enjoy seeing the students in a different atmosphere.”

This program meets in nearly all kinds of weather.  We encourage students to dress for the weather, as we are promoting being outside, being active and enjoying all types of weather!!    In extreme cold, pouring rain or ice, we will meet in the gym at Hickory Grove and participate in some sort of physical activity to include walking laps around the hallway of Hickory Grove.  

This program started in 2019 with 21 students/staff, 2020 with 47 students/staff, 2021 with 56 students/staff.  

Student participating in Wellness Wednesday


Students participating in Wellness Wednesday


Students participating in Wellness Wednesday


Students participating in Wellness Wednesday


Remembering Rex Slaughter

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In 1968, in his last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr. preached about humility and service.

Dr. King said, “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness … it means that everybody can be great because everybody can serve … You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.”

Pastor Rex Slaughter had that heart and was that servant. An instructional aide at Hickory Grove Elementary, Mr. Slaughter passed away on Sunday, January 16.

Rex Slaughter

“He loved the kids,” said Mrs. Jackie Carrier, who had worked with Rex in her classroom at Pinecreek Elementary. “He was like a grandpa to them. He was strict with them, and he kept them focused, but he was a gentle soul with a great sense of humor.”

A school district employee since 2008, Rex had previously worked at the Jefferson County Jail, the Community Mental Health Center, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, and the Department of Parks and Rec in the City of Columbus, Ohio.

Pastor Slaughter had a bachelor’s in social studies education from Ohio State University and a doctorate of divinity from Grace Apostolic College. He was active in the Masons and was pastor of the Apostolic Gospel Church on Ramsaytown Road since 1996.

Mrs. Kristen Drake, school counselor at Hickory Grove, remembered his kindness, his humility, and his voice. “He loved to sing, and he loved hymns, and the kids enjoyed his singing. The students and the staff – all of us have meaningful memories of Rex.”

Pastor Slaughter is survived by his wife Patti Slaughter. Friends will be received from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, January 20, at Peterson Funeral Home in Brookville and a funeral service will be held at 1:00 on Friday, January 21, also at Peterson Funeral Home.

5th Graders begin D.A.R.E. Program

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Fifth grade started the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program this month. Students participated in the first lesson of the D.A.R.E. Unit, presented by Brookville Borough Police Chief Vince Markle. They learned about rules, decision making and responsibility. Weekly lessons will be presented through March. Students will then write a reflective essay on what they have learned and take a pledge to be drug free. Upon completion, students will graduate and receive t-shirts and D.A.R.E. Course completion certificates.

DARE program booklet
Chief Markle addresses students during a DARE presentation


Chief Markle addresses students during a DARE presentation


Free At-Home COVID Test Kits Available for Order

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Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com.  Here's what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting late January
For more information and to place your order please visit https://www.covidtests.gov/ .

Brookville DECA Club members earn honors at District One competition

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Members of the Brookville High School DECA Club traveled to Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday, December 8th to participate in the District One competition.  According to their website, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Senior members of DECA Club

The following 1st and 2nd place winners from Brookville have all earned the opportunity to participate in the state competition in February:

1st Place Winners
Kat Kelly - Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Danny Lauer - Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Sadie Shofestall - Personal Financial Literacy
Bay Harper - Business Services Marketing
Maddy Golier - Human Resources Management
Abby Keth - Principles of Marketing
Cora Parson - Principles of Hospitality

2nd Place Winners
Lindsey Clinger and Kerrigan Swartz - Business Law & Ethics (team event)
Violet Harper - Principles of Managements
Tory McKinney - Principles of Finance
Nicholas Leathem - Automotive Services Marketing

District One DECA competition place winners

2021-2022 School Closing/Delay Information

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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.

cold weather campus picture

  • 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 SchoolMessenger system can be found HERE.

  • BASD Website - www.basd.us

  • BASD Facebook - Facebook.com/BrookvilleSD

  • BASD Twitter - 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

  • Radio Stations
    • Mega Rock/WMKX
    • WPXZ/KOOL 103.3
    • Sunny 106.5
    • Q102/Bigfoot Country

  • Other

4th & 6th Grade Happenings at Hickory Grove

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4th Graders become Newspaper Reporters

Fourth grade students recently turned into newspaper reporters to let the world know of events that happened in the novel James & the Giant Peach.  The students had to create a newspaper front page to announce the deaths of Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.  The students wrote a summary of the event using the information in the book.  They then added headlines, pictures, and newspaper “extras” to complete the page.  Students had the option to create their newspaper page digitally or paper and pencil.

4th grade student reporters show off their work.

Adopt-a-Pet Costume Contest

Fourth grade students who are part of the “Adopt-a-Pet” reading program recently participated in a Costume Contest and Parade to celebrate reading.  Students created costumes for their Adopt-a-Pets at home and brought them to school for a special time of reading.  The 4th grade students then paraded their pets through 3rd and 4th grade before an awards ceremony.  All 4th grade students voted for their favorite pet and awards were given for the top vote getters and teacher’s choice awards.  The students’ creativity was definitely seen and they’ve been reading!  During the month of October, students logged thousands of minutes of reading.

4th grade student shows off her costumed stuffed animal

6th Graders learn about Veterans Day

In 6th grade Social Studies, students spent the week learning about Veterans Day. In preparation for the parade, students participated in a poster competition. Posters were created honoring veterans and each homeroom teacher selected a winner based on creativity. Posters were then displayed in the 6th grade hallway (pictures attached). Winners received a pizza party from Mrs. Bish. The winners were: Avery Thrush, Izzy Schrecengost, Addison Delp, Dicen Bish, Anna Efremenko and Kohl McKee. (picture attached). Students also created a banner of names of veterans they know which was also displayed in the 6th grade hallway (picture attached). The week finished off with a parade of veterans honoring our local heroes. The district and community together were able to honor around 70 local veterans.

Veterans Day posters.


Veterans Day posters.


BASD earns honors at recent gifted reading competition

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Two teams from BASD recently competed in the annual gifted consortium reading competition. The event was sponsored and hosted by Clarion University. The senior high team earned 2nd place overall against nine teams. The junior high team earned 1st place against four teams.

Congratulations to these students and gifted support teacher, Mrs. Melinda Burton!

Senior high reading competition team
Junior high reading competition team

BASD & PATHS welcome author Diana Perry

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The Brookville Elementary schools and P.A.T.H.S. organization welcomed author Diana Perry on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20th & 21st. Ms. Perry dazzled the students with her science of weather assembly. Students participated in multiple science experiments including: making a real cloud, magnetizing tissue papers, using centrifugal force to make water flow upside down against gravity, using centripetal force to make a marble stay in an upside-down glass, creating a vacuum, making water rise up inside a tube, and creating a high-exploding volcano. Students were also able to purchase three of her bestselling science and easy reader books to take home and enjoy.

Photo from author Diana Perry assembly
Photo from author Diana Perry assembly


Photo from author Diana Perry assembly


Photo from author Diana Perry assembly


Parent/Student Surveys from PDE Bureau of Special Education

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ATTENTION - Parents/Guardians of Students with disabilities/individualized education plans (IEPs) ONLY.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE), monitors all school districts and charter schools in the state at least once every six years to ensure that they are complying with federal and state regulations for special education. Your school district/charter school will be monitored this year. As part of this monitoring, the BSE is seeking parent opinions about the special education services being provided. In addition to surveying parents, we are also interested in hearing directly from students about their educational experience. If your child is 14 years of age or older, we invite them to complete a student survey. Although parents and students 14 years of age or older are not required to participate in the survey, the BSE encourages them to do so.

Training Opportunity: Transition Tuesdays - Engaging Families in Transition Planning

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity:

Transition Tuesdays - Engaging Families in Transition Planning

This series will provide families, students, and educators with information and insights to enhance family members’ participation within the transition process of the IEP. Interviews with families and students, sharing their experiences with transition planning, will be used to guide discussions and learning. Participants will experience how to be active members in transition planning - before the IEP, during the IEP, and after the IEP.

Before the IEP
October 26, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
An IEP meeting to discuss the transition process can be overwhelming. Doing some work to prepare for the meeting can make the IEP meeting more productive. What questions should you be ready to answer? What information can you share about your student? During this session, the presenters will discuss how to effectively prepare for the IEP meeting. They will share resources to assist families, students, and educators prepare for the IEP meeting.
Presenters:
Diane Perry, Family Resource Specialist, PEAL Center
Khaleya Spence, Youth Training and Leadership Coordinator, PEAL Center

During the IEP
January 25, 2022
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
How can families be active members during the IEP meeting? It takes some preparation, but all families, along with their students, should be ready to share their future goals and offer plans for accomplishing these goals. Together, the IEP team can develop IEPs that address the students’ post-secondary goals. During this session, the presenter will provide an overview of how families can engage during the IEP meeting to create meaningful plans for students.
Presenter:
Lisbeth Little, HUNE

After the IEP
April 26, 2022
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
What should families and students do after the IEP meeting? What happens if the students need less or more assistance in meeting their goals? When will families receive reports on the students? During this session, the presenters will discuss strategies and share resources for staying in contact with families after the IEP meeting.
Presenter:
Erin Campion, PaTTAN Pittsburgh
Jennifer Craig, PaTTAN Pittsburgh

TARGET AUDIENCE
Families with a student with an IEP, Students with IEPs, Educators, Related Service Providers, Administrators

REGISTRATION
Please register online by visiting the PaTTAN website at www.pattan.net.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar, including the Zoom link.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For questions regarding registration, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh – Paula Quinn, pquinn@pattanpgh.net, 412-826-6880

For questions regarding content, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh – Jennifer Craig, jcraig@pattanpgh.net, 412-826-6864

Second Graders learn about engineering by building Spider Bridges

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Second graders at Pinecreek Elementary tested their engineering skills by building a Spider Bridge. The bridge requirements were suspension with piers, sturdiness, and safety for the spiders so they didn't fall off. 

Second graders with their spider bridge
Second graders building their spider bridge.


A nearly complete spider bridge with their second grade engineers.


A second grade team after building their spider bridge.


Fifth Graders use Chromebooks and Ozobots to learn about European Explorers

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Fifth grade students have been learning about early European explorers.  Students used their Chromebooks to research a route of an explorer discussed in class.  After practicing coding Ozobots, they worked in groups to plot the explorer's route and code the Ozobot to follow it.  Some codes included a 'tornado' for rough seas, 'fast' for gusty winds, 'slow' for windless days, and even 'three second pause' for kicking off mutineers.

Fifth grade students working with their Ozobot.
An Ozobot follows an Explorer's route as researched by fifth graders.

An Ozobot follows an Explorer's route as researched by fifth graders.

Fifth grade students research European explorers and code their Ozobot to follow the route.

Fifth grade students research European explorers and code their Ozobot to follow the route.

BAHS Anatomy Students Work on Histology Projects

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Mrs. Michelle Adam's Anatomy students began their histology projects today.  For the project, students worked with a classmate to trace an outline of their body.  Then, as they progress through the histology unit, they have to map each type of tissue on their life-size visual aid - including the name, specific location and function of the tissue.  

Anatomy student working on histology project

Mrs. Adams notes that it is one of her favorite activities for the students because it requires students to identify where these tissues are in their own bodies.   "It also forces them to recognize where their organs are located and makes them think of the functions of their body parts on a tissue level.  I also really enjoy the expression of their artistic abilities..." said Adams.

Hickory Grove Students Active During First Month of School

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5th Grade students used math expressions to describe facts about themselves to get to know each other.  After the student created their expressions other students  had to solve  the math problems to “figure out” who each poster described.

5th grade math project


In Social Studies class 6th grade students took virtual field trips to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and the Flight 93 Memorial after learning about the events of 9/11/2001.

6th grade virtual field trip


HickoryGrove Students celebrated "Dot Day" on September 15th. International Dot Day is celebrated to build students' courage to express themselves and celebrate their own creativity and self-expression. Students read the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and then were encouraged to leave their mark.

Students in front of Dot Day display

Remembering Brooke Emery

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Brooke Emery memorial

The Raider Nation lost a truly special alum when Brooke Emery passed away last Friday, September 3, 2021. A 2020 graduate of Brookville Area High School, Brooke was a great athlete and a great person.

“She was a ray of sunshine,” said one of her coaches, Doug Roseman. “She was always smiling. It could be the coldest, wettest, most miserable practice ever, and she was guaranteed to say or do something to make you smile. She was always upbeat, and her attitude rubbed off on the rest of us.”

Coach Roseman continued, “She was one of the most dedicated athletes I ever coached. She was not the fastest runner, but she was a state medalist hurdler because she refined the hurdles to a point that few others ever attain. She would go over the hurdles again and again eliminating any little nuance of inefficiency until she got to the point that there was nothing left to improve. She led by example. She showed the other girls how you become an elite athlete. She shared her knowledge with the younger girls and helped them become better runners.”

Brooke had an attitude of gratitude and the spirit to persevere. Coach Dana MacBeth recalled, “The 2020 season, of course, never happened. We all kept the hope that it would, even a meet or two, so when we were all told that it was over, everyone was sort of stunned. I recall messaging Brooke, and through tears, telling her how sorry I was, while trying to maintain some sense of positivity. In typical Brooke fashion, she said, ‘Coach, I appreciate your time with me. I appreciate your commitment, but I am going to rise above this.’ And rise above she did. Brooke attended Shippensburg University that fall and, as a freshman, placed fifth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference meet. I can hear her now, saying, ‘Told you so, coach.’”

Dan Murdock also coached Brooke. He remembered, “Brooke moved to Brookville in the late fall of 2017 as a tenth grader. Back then, she was Brooke Quairiere. With a last name like that, she went by ‘Brooke from Brookville’ that winter when I took her with us to some indoor track meets with a few other track kids. It was easier to say, easier to spell, and provided her a new identity. It didn't take her long to make friends with many students from different circles. That was just the beginning. After that year, it seemed like she had always lived in Brookville.”

“I'm sure many people can still hear her voice. I know I can,” said Coach Murdock. “It was common for her to stop by my classroom after eighth period and say, ‘What are we doing today?’ My reply would be ‘Dress warm,’ meaning we were going outside. ‘So much for indoor track being, ya know, indoors! Pfffftt!’  If you knew Brooke, you heard some sort of sassy response like that and knew it wasn't meant as disrespect. She was meant to be ‘Brooke from Brookville.’”

Coach Ryan Young also has many fond memories of Brooke: “My favorite thing about Brooke was her passion in life. I can think of several instances, where during mid-conversation, I could see the emotion on her face. Most recently, this past June, I ran into her in Walmart. I told her a story about my father who was very sick at the time. It was a ten-minute conversation about the situation, and I was emotionally charged. Brooke could feel my pain, and it transferred onto her face – there’s a saying people ‘wear their heart on their sleeve.’”

Coach Young added, “Brooke was an ‘all in’ type of person; she gave you everything she had to give at that moment in life. The passion she presented in all aspects of her life – track, school, interaction with friends – was so evident at all times. She left a permanent mark in my memory and will always be remembered as a focused, genuine and passionate young lady.”

Brooke enjoyed everything from baking to hunting, and as teacher Stephen Jaworski recalls, she was a talented artist too. She had earned a track and field scholarship and was pursuing an exercise science degree at Ship.

As Coach Roseman said, “Each and every one of us are better people for having known Brooke Emery. She will be in our hearts forever.”

RAIDER TIME - an After School Program for K-6 students

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Raider Time is our new after school program for students in grades K-6 to educate, empower, inspire, and enjoy! We will work with students to build academic and social-emotional competence while promoting strong connections and a sense of community. There is no charge for the program, but there are rules and standards that must be followed for the benefit of all students and staff involved. 

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Please reach out to the coordinator directly if you have any questions or would like to enroll your child.

Parents/Guardians: You must read the program information sheet prior to enrolling your child/children in this program.  This was sent to you in a SchoolMessenger using the email address you provided to the district.  It is also available HERE.



Please complete a new form for EACH child you are enrolling in the program.

Jessica Weible
Afterschool Program Coordinator

Three Alumni Selected to 2021 Brookville Area High School Hall of Fame Class

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Three alumni have been selected to the 2021 class of the Brookville Area High School Hall of Fame at the HOF Selection Committee‘s annual meeting on Tues., Aug. 10.

The class includes Dick Bowley, a 1969 BAHS graduate, of Peachtree City, GA; Robert Pence, a 1956 graduate, of Littleton, CO; and Dr. Uma Chapa-Perni, a 1990 graduate, of Pepper Pike, OH. 

The 2021 class selections were announced by John Pozza, Brookville area school director and chairperson of the school’s ad hoc Hall of Fame committee. 

The three will be inducted alongside the 2020 Hall of Fame class of Ret. Air Force Col. James Harding, a 1952 graduate, of Huntingdon, TN; the late William Kutz, a 1972 graduate, formerly of Brookville; the late Dr. Karl Nolph, a 1955 graduate, formerly of Columbia, MO; and David Taylor, a 1966 graduate, of Brookville. 

A public induction ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes will be held as part of Brookville’s homecoming festivities on Thurs., Sept. 30 at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.


Dick Bowley

Bowley spent many years as an executive with Thomas West Book Publishing, a Thomson Reuters Company. He later started his own company in 2012 called Fanning Flames, where he continued as a sales, leadership and life coach. Since 2015, he has also served as the director of senior adults and pastoral care at the First Baptist Church in Peachtree City. Bowley is also on the School of Nursing Advisory Board at Clayton State University, where he teaches servant leadership and quality of care to senior nursing students and provides feedback to the nursing school faculty.

Dick Bowley

He has also authored a book, Power of Prayer, telling the story of his year-long, life-threatening ordeal with leukemia in 2008.

Bowley was an all-conference football and basketball athlete at Brookville, and accepted a Division 1 football scholarship to Georgia Tech University in Atlanta where he played from 1971 to 1973 as the team’s punter.  He also played in both the 1973 Peach Bowl and 1971 Liberty Bowl. 

He is a 1974 graduate of Georgia Tech in behavioral management.


Robert Pence

Pence is a US Army veteran and retired 30-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was first assigned to New Orleans where he investigated the Ku Klux Klan. In 1969 he demonstrated a facility for languages and was sent from New Orleans to a special school in California to learn Chinese Cantonese. He was then assigned to the FBI’s New York field office to investigate suspected espionage activities by the Peoples Republic of China. He later was promoted and became a special agent with the FBI, in charge of the Charlotte, NC office and eventually the Denver, CO office before retiring in 1992. He continues to consult in the US and internationally as an expert in security and law enforcement.

Robert Pence

Pence, who was valedictorian of the 1956 Brookville Area senior class, authored a book, My Non-Political FBI, from Hoover to a Violent America, by Fulcrum Publishing.

He is a 1960 graduate of Dickinson College of Carlisle in political science and its ROTC program.


Uma Chapa-Perni

Dr. Chapa-Perni is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Cleveland, OH and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field - with more experience in obstetric care than other specialists in her area. 

A member of the surgical team at The Cleveland Clinic, she helped perform the first two successful uterus transplants in the U.S. that resulted in the successful births of two healthy babies. 

Chapa-Perni authored a published study at the University of Michigan to support a causal interpretation of the observed inverse association between smoking during pregnancy and the risk of toxemia.

Dr. Uma Chapa-Perni

She earned her bachelors degree from Penn State University in 1992, her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1996, and a masters degree in public health from the University of Michigan in 2011. 

Chapa-Perni has dedicated her life to women and families through preconception counseling to help mothers deliver healthy babies, and through her research and expertise in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine, when these same mothers were previously unable to become pregnant.

BASD Participating in Seamless Summer Option in 21-22 School Year

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July 27, 2021 

Dear Parent or Guardian: 

We are pleased to inform you that Brookville Area School District will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year.  This program is available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by USDA on April 20, 2021. 

All enrolled students of Brookville Area School District are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household. 

No further action is required of you.  Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without paying a fee or submitting an application. 

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact me at (814) 849-1138. 

Sincerely,

Rebecca M. Kammerdeiner
Food Service Director


The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals.  We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at,  https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) E-mail: program.intake@usda.gov. 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

ATTENTION: If you speak Spanish, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Contact your child’s school.

ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Comuníquese con la escuela de su niño.

Occupational Assessment Tax Information

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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, 2021, 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.  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 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.

BASD Seeks to Expand Pool of Substitute Teachers

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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.

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Board Evaluates Superintendent

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June 23, 2021

The Brookville Area School Board conducted its formal evaluation of Superintendent Erich May on June 21, 2021. The board used an evaluation rubric provided by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. 

Dr. May was rated proficient or distinguished in all six of the Objective Performance Standards: Student Growth and Achievement, Organizational Leadership, District Operations and Financial Management, Communication and Community Relations, Human Resource Management, and Professionalism.

Dr. Erich May

Dr. May received high marks for "demonstrating sound judgment when communicating with the public" and “maintaining a regular presence in district buildings and at district events.” 

As part of its annual evaluation, the board also monitored the status of the goals set by the superintendent the previous summer. Dr. May achieved all of his annual goals: completing Title IX training and assuming the role of Title IX Coordinator, assuming leadership of the teacher induction program, reporting on learning loss that occurred during the pandemic and addressing adjustments to fill known gaps, and analyzing staffing levels and making recommendations on the feasibility of reducing the workforce.

U.S. Selective Service Information

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I'm writing to provide information on the U.S. Selective Service System and answer any questions you and your students might have regarding registration requirements.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance with informing your 17/18-year old students the requirement to register and encouraging them to register with the U.S. SSS as soon as possible.  Please feel free to refer to our agency's website for more information:  http://www.sss.gov.

I'm based in the Pittsburgh area and I would be happy to answer any questions regarding registration requirements as needed.  My contact information is in the signature block below.

Thank you for supporting our nation's defense.  

Joe Miller
 
Joseph C. Miller
Major, U.S. Air Force
Detachment PA 1-13
U.S. Selective Service System 
PHONE: 412-952-3642
EMAIL: joseph.miller@sss.gov

Property Tax Relief - Homestead and Farmstead Exclusions

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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.

Host Families Wanted

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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.

My Alerts Available for HG & HS Guardians

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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

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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