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.

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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 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

2021 BASD Music Department Winter Concerts

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The Brookville Area School District is proud to announce their 2021 Winter Concerts schedule.

All concerts will be held in the Brookville Area High School auditorium and will feature a variety of seasonal and secular selections.  All performances are free and open to the public.  Concert goers are subject to any masking requirements that may be in place at the time of the performances.

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Senior High Winter Concert

Tuesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Concert Band with prelude music from the Brass Ensamble.


Junior High Winter Concert
Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Junior High Band, Junior High Choir, and Junior High Orchestra


Elementary Winter Concert
Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 PM
Featuring the Elementary Band, Elementary Choir, and Elementary Orchestra

FAFSA Completion Night December 2nd

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On December 2nd from 5:30 PM -- 7:00 PM, BASD will be having a free "FAFSA Completion Night" in the High School Library.  If you have your sights set on college or trade school but haven't filed the FAFSA yet, it would be a great idea to come to this event.  The experts onhand can really simplify the application process.

It is VERY important that both you (as the student) and at least one parent have your FSA ID Number prior to coming.  In addition, the following information/documents/links are VERY important.

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  • Sign up for an FSA ID Number.  This needs to be done before you file the FAFSA, and you will need one for the student and one for a parent;
  • You and your family will want to gather some information:  your Social Security Number; Driver's License Number; W-2 Forms, record of untaxed income (if applicable -- child support, workmen's compensation); Federal Tax Returns; current checking & savings statements; records of stocks and bonds, 529 Plan, other investments; a personal email address (NOT school email).  
  • When you are ready to start the filing process, go to this FAFSA link to begin.  

Please let Mr. Doolittle know if you and your family plan to attend this event.  rdoolittle@basd.us

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

2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Information

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania

Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

•       Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

•       The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported.

•       The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link:

https://www.episcenter.psu.edu/index.php/paysquestion. For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.pays.pa.gov then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to Ruthanne Barbazzeni in writing.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Ruthanne Barbazzeni at 814 849 1105.

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.”

9/11 - We Must Not Forget

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We Must Not Forget

On September, 11, 2001, 343 New York City firefighters perished. In addition to those 343 firefighters, 37 police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey PD, 23 NYPD officers, and 8 EMTs and paramedics from private EMS services also died. In the 20 years since, several hundred more first responders have died due to 9/11 related illnesses. It's been 20 years, but people are still dying today as a result of those terrorist attacks.

Soldiers and civilians – and courageous passengers – were also lost that day. Nearly 3,000 men, women and children perished at the World Trade Center, Shanksville, and the Pentagon. In the years since, our armed forces showed great commitment and bravery and sustained considerable losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 7,000 soldiers and 8,000 contractors were killed overseas; ten times as many were wounded.

It’s been 20 years, but we must not forget.

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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.

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.

Vaccines Available to All Adults and Some Students

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All Pennsylvanians 16 and older are now eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine, although only the Pfizer vaccine can be administered to teenagers who are 16 or 17. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine are both approved for everyone 18 and over.

Starting April 19, Means-Lauf SuperDrug will be holding vaccination clinics at Plyler’s Restaurant. Means-Lauf clinics are for individuals 18 and over. Appointments can be made at https://meanslauf.com/covid-vaccine/ or by calling the pharmacy at (814) 849-7504.

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Penn Highlands Healthcare is offering a mega clinic on Saturday, April 24, at DuBois Central Catholic that is open to all individuals 16 years of age and older.  You may schedule an appointment via the online scheduler at https://www.phhealthcare.org/about/covid-19-vaccines-at-penn-highlands?fbclid=lwAR0o9lQkgVnLFHSxqXMl07GrSG-ZeQiwo_SQJAxWTiS5BVnyxzNL4j9kiqw or by calling (814) 503-4735.

Health officials and school administrators are urging everyone to get vaccinated, especially now that clusters of cases are being seen across the county and a new variant, B.1.1.7, seems to be more contagious than earlier strains of COVID.

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