Mindful Parenting and Yoga for Children – Creating Connection Without Technology 1/10/18 – 6:PM-8:PM at Aaron Decker School

How we connect, listen, and respond to our children influences their learning, behavior and attention. Yet, the stress we encounter often interferes with our ability to communicate and our children’s ability to listen. We have all become overly dependent on technology. It keeps us informed about the world outside our home, however it dis-tracts us from the relationships within our home. Come explore how mindful practices can develop your own sense of inner peace and calm. Learn tools to build family connection and mutual understanding. Come and experience easy to implement, mindful techniques you can use anywhere and anytime. Simultaneously, we will be offer-ing mindful yoga classes for your children. Come together, or come on your own.

BHS Auditorium Renovation Nov 2017

BHS Auditorium 11-2017 Kickoff

To the Butler community,

On November 6, 2017 we had our kick off meeting for the Auditorium Renovations Project. The project construction is expected to last the majority of the 2017-2018 school year. We have been busy planning and are excited at the prospects of a newly renovated auditorium.  The project includes the removal of the old plaster ceiling above the ceiling tile grids and a new drop ceiling to be installed. There will be new stage light rigging, aisle lighting and stage curtains. There will be new flooring, new acoustical panels and new seating.  There is a sample chair on display at the high school. We are looking for students, families, alumni, businesses, local organizations, and community members to be a part of the project by donating a new auditorium chair. For more information click on the BHS Auditorium Legacy Project link on our website.  Check back on our website for more updates as we progress through the project.

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Barbara Murphy
Business Administrator

Child Assault Prevention Workshop

NJ CAP—Child Assault Prevention 

Date:                           Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time:                          7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:                     Aaron Decker School Library, 98 Decker Road, Butler


Program Description:

This workshop includes an overview of assault, information on identification of abused persons, active listening guidelines for dealing with a child in crisis, community resources and referrals for reporting abuse, and legal rights and responsibilities of staff members who report abuse or neglect.  The training emphasizes communication skills for discussing assault with children and effective responses for handling a child in crisis. Parents will be given a detailed description of the classroom workshop that will be implemented this fall.


Presented by NJCAP


Raising Resilient Children Parent Workshop

Program Description:

This workshop will provide the tools and parenting strategies for helping your child and how to take an active role in your child’s success. The session                                          will provide a discussion and Q&A session for parents focused toward uncovering the signs and symptoms of stress and/or mental health issues in children. Parents will learn ways to engage their children in honest conversations early to establish a pattern of effective communication to promote content-ment and uncover issues that may be affecting children’s emotional well-being.

Presented by Mary Vineis/NewBridge Services

Mary is the Director of Community Response and Education for NewBridge Services and is a Certified Instructor for Mental Health First Aid along with Question, Persuade, Refer. Mary has facilitated many education workshops in the county for youth, educators and adults on wellness and intervention services. As the Morris

District Mental Health Awareness Committee

Butler Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Mario Cardinale, hosted the District Mental Health Awareness Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 12th. The district extends its thanks to the parents, administrators, local clergy, and community members who came out to provide input and support the initiative. Tentatively the next meeting date will be Tuesday, December 5 at 7 PM in the BHS library. Any community member who is interested in joining this committee should contact Mr. Cardinale at mcardinale@butlerboe.org.

Teaching and Learning

In preparation for the new school year, many teachers, supervisors, and administrators attended a full day summer workshop facilitated by Dr. Pamela Rosa of the Danielson Group LLC. The workshop provided attendees with an advanced perspective on the Danielson Framework for Teaching which included practices of formative assessment in instruction. The Butler Public School District adopted the framework several years ago as their instrument for faculty observation and evaluation.

Data Initiative

As a part of the school district’s ongoing initiative to drive instruction through the use of data, our district supervisory team attended a two day advanced workshop on Using Data to Move and Improve Instruction. The workshop, hosted by regional data expert Dr. Tracey Severns, provided opportunity for attendees to examine PARCC test and local assessment results and employ practices to improve instruction. Featured in this photo are Ms. Evelyn Horner, BSD Supervisor of Technology; Dr. Tracey Severns; Ms. Eve Kingsbury, District Supervisor of Humanities; and Ms. Margaret Lynch, District Supervisor of Math, Science and Business.

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