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Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

Happy September! We are thrilled to have been able to welcome all of our students back to our classrooms on a full day, traditional schedule. I have had the opportunity to visit all of the classrooms and welcome many of our students back. Overall, it is so wonderful to see such happy faces, to hear our hallways alive with laughter and talking, to visit classrooms and see wonderful teaching - it has been a great two weeks!


As we continue throughout the school year, we look forward to our continued partnership and collaboration - together, we will be able to keep our students in our classrooms and within our facilities to the fullest extent possible. As we have done in the past, we ask that if your child is not feeling well, that you allow them to stay home and recover. We have worked with Atlantic Health, CityMD, and the NJDOE to find options for testing within our community. Once solidified, we will share these options and information out with our entire learning community.


As a district, we remain committed to working to give our students and their families all of the programs and experiences we have traditionally had, albeit modified at times to make sure that all are well. As we plan these events/experiences, we thank you for your understanding and collaboration. In the end, while mandates are currently being made beyond the control of the district, the manner in which we navigate these mandates and orders with a student and staff focus will allow us to maintain all that makes Butler special.


Be Well


Dr. J.

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NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOLS

Aaron Decker Elementary School. - Mr. J. Manco, Principal

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, we welcomed back our entire staff and students for the 2021/2022 school year. A big thank you goes out to the following people for all the work they did in preparing Aaron Decker School for this upcoming school year and for making the first day of school a success
  • Administrative Assistants

  • Custodians/Maintenance

  • Teaching Staff/Paraprofessionals

  • District Technology Department

  • We would like to welcome the following new staff members to the Aaron Decker Family:

    • Mrs. Marissa Mandelbaum - MD Classroom Teacher

    • Ms. Nicole Franks - Speech/Language Specialist

    • Mrs. Reudebeth Colaku - Full Time ELL Teacher

    • Mrs. Tracy Kennedy - Paraprofessional

    • Mrs. Tracey Hopper - Paraprofessional

    • Mrs. Desiree Ventrella - Paraprofessional


  • Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 6:30 pm. More information will follow in the next week.


  • ADS is preparing all classes (Grades 1-4) to participate in the Star 360 baseline assessment for both reading and math. This baseline assessment will help teachers assess individual students strengths and weaknesses in both areas at the start of the school year. Grade 4 students will participate in the “Start Strong” state test in early October . This will be a one day assessment (Math/ELA) that has been created in response to the disruption in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expressly designed to inform instruction by providing educators—as well as parents and guardians—with an early indication of the level of support students may need as they enter a new school year



  • We are excited to announce that we have now have our own ADS Twitter account: @ADS_Bulldogs


Also, please continue to follow Ms. Placko and our District Twitter Account:


ADS School Counselor: @ADS_Counselor


Butler Public Schools: @butlerpublic

Richard Butler Middle School. - Mrs. M. Papa, Principal

Welcome back, RBS Bulldogs! We are so very excited to see all of our students back in the building for what is going to be an outstanding year! We must thank all of our staff for helping to prepare RBS for our students: teachers, counselors, CST, custodians, maintenance, and our main office administrative assistant, Mrs. Knox.


This has been an exciting week as we have already been delivering our Advisory Program during homerooms. Students have been building connections with their teachers and each other, along with learning about some of the school-wide expectations. You may have heard that lockers posed a bit of difficulty, but our students have been doing a wonderful job adjusting!


Additionally, we met with each class to play the Birthday Lineup Challenge. Congratulations to our 7th graders as they were the winning grade. We’d like to extend our appreciation to the RBS PTA for supplying ice pops for the winners! After the challenge, we discussed RBS PRIDE: Prepared, Respectful, Inclusive, Determined, & Empathetic. We will continue working with our school community to reinforce these values as we define what it means to be an RBS Bulldog. We have high hopes for our students this year, and we know they will rise to the challenge!


While our RBS teachers have been prioritizing establishing relationships and building classroom communities, they have also been diving right into instruction as they assess our students and move forward with the district’s curricula. We have inspiring and engaging lessons going on in all classes. We are excited for you to see what our students are able to achieve this year, and we have an exemplary staff to support them in reaching their goals!


We are extremely pleased with the arrival of our students this first week. Most students have been getting here on time and ready for homeroom at 7:55am, so thank you to our families! This is just a reminder that we will contact you if tardiness becomes a pattern. As the week has progressed, we are getting more efficient with dismissal. Thank you to our families for following the procedure of coming around Maby Lane to Pearl Place to pick up your children. As a reminder for dismissal time, please do not drive into the parking lot or come into the RBS building unless you have an appointment.


Back to School Night is right around the corner on September 22 at 6:30pm, and we are looking forward to seeing you. Follow us on Twitter at @RBS_Bulldogs, Facebook at Richard Butler Middle School, and Instagram at @RBS_Bulldogs for news, announcements, and celebrations. Please feel free to reach out to me at (973) 492-2079 or mpapa@butlerboe.org. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Thank you for your continued support!



Butler High School - Mr. R. Fitzgerald, Principal

  • On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, we welcomed back our entire staff and students for the 2021/2022 school year. A big thank you goes out to the following people for all the work they did in preparing Butler High School for this upcoming school year and for making the first day of school a success.

  • Administrative Assistants

  • Custodians/Maintenance

  • Teaching Staff/Paraprofessionals

  • District Technology Department



  • We would like to welcome the following new staff members to the BHS Family:

    • Mrs.Amanda Gurka - Mathematics Teacher

    • Mrs. Stephanie Breur - Special Education Teacher

    • Mrs. Lauren McQueeney - ESL Teacher

    • Mr. George Johnston - American Sign Language Teacher

    • Mr. Joseph Moran - Media Specialist Aide

    • Mrs. Fran Findura - Paraprofessional

    • Ms. Alexis Horowitz - Paraprofessional

    • Mrs. Candice William - Paraprofessional

    • Mrs. Aimee Ellerbrook - Paraprofessional



  • We had a great Back to School Night will ton Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 6:30 pm. . Thank you to everyone who came and participated.


  • BHS will participate in the “Start Strong” Assessment in early October. Students will be tested in ELA/Math and Science. Start Strong has been created in response to the disruption in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expressly designed to inform instruction by providing educators—as well as parents and guardians—with an early indication of the level of support students may need as they enter a new school year Specific dates and information will shared soon


  • It was great to open up the football season at home on 9/3/2021 with a big victory over Lodi. In addition our boys soccer and field hockey teams posted victories.


  • On 9/10/21, we will celebrate Patriot’s Day by wearing Red, White and Blue and we encouraging the community to commit an act of kindness, service over the weekend to honor the 20th anniversary of 9-11-01


  • Our new schedule is in full gear now with students enjoying having lunch at our outside courtyard which seats approx. 100 students.


  • We had 13 AP scholars this year based on our 2021 AP Test results


  • Congratulations to JP Mirabella on completing his Eagle Scout Project at Butler High School, restoring the Drama area. JP organized the entire area, installed shelving and painted both rooms. He even donated money to the Drama program as a gift of his appreciation.