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Principal's Message

Josh Belcher

Josh Belcher
Asst. Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer, Director of Pupil Personnel


Parents and students of North Butler Elementary,


I am excited to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year at North Butler Elementary.  At North Butler Elementary our purpose is to successfully bring ALL students into the 21st century by fostering each student’s educational, social, and physical well-being.  Our staff is committed to the whole child, and we strive each and every day to bring knowledge and life skills to all. Providing our  children with a strong intellect, nurturing atmosphere and a winning attitude is imperative to us.


I would like to welcome several new  staff members to North Butler. First I would like to welcome our new school guidance counselor Mrs. Tracy Derque.   She comes to us from Grayson County Schools where he she excelled as a teacher. I am excited about the care, knowledge and commitment she will bring our children at NBES.  She stood out in a strong pool of applicants for the position. Our past counselor Mrs. Myra Swift was promoted to the District Special Education Director. I know she will do a tremendous job in that role!   Please encourage your students to utilize Mrs. Tracy’s services when they are feeling sad, depressed, anxious or just needing someone to talk to. She will also be there to oversee and help students with disabilities reach their fullest potential.  


I would also like to welcome two new classroom teachers to the school.  We are excited to add hometown girls Kristen Parks and Hallie Waddle to our staff.  These two will bring knowledge and love to our students at the highest level possible.  Kristen will bring three years successful teaching experience to our 4th grade students.  Hallie will be enjoying her first year of teaching with our beloved 1st grade students. We have no doubt that these two ladies will bring a great deal to our school for many years to come!


We have added a second preschool room to our building. We recently hired Ms. Tristen Michael to that position. Tristen comes to us from Green County and excited to become a Butler Countian as she has already purchased a home here in the county.  Tristen has two years of preschool teaching experience and is a second generation preschool educator. We look forward to the work she will do with our youngest of kids!


I have two more hires to complete this summer. I will be adding another special education  teacher and be naming an assistant principal in the coming weeks. These two positions will be additions to the school.  


As always I truly want North Butler Elementary to be part of the community. I desire great pride, involvement and connection between our school and the community.  I want you to be involved at the highest level possible. If you have time and energy please share it with us. Our hope for a better tomorrow lies within the kids that walk the halls of our building. Together we can give them  the resources, care and skills to make a positive impact on our society. Your help only increases the impact that we can make on the students lives.


Parents Involvement:

A parent’s involvement in a child’s education is very indicative of the student’s success both academically and socially.  To maximize your child’s academic and social development here are some great practices:


  • Ensure your child is present at school; attendance is vital to a student’s success.   More than 3 unexcused absences/tardies are considered truant by the district/state. (more info located in parent handbook).

  • Attend conferences, parent nights, and events. We have many events we encourage you to attend.

  • Monitor your child’s homework.

  •  Expect positive behavior at school, support school with behavior consequences.

  •  Read daily with your child.

  •  Encourage them to show leadership at the school.


Involvement in Extra-curriculars 

I would like to take one moment to notify you of one change that may impact our clubs and athletes this school year.  Beginning 2019-20 school year the following grading and attendance policies will be in place:


Students who have a current grade of  (F) in any subject, or has more than 3 UNEXCUSED absences are NOT allowed to participate in any clubs, sports and extra-curriculars provided by North Butler Elementary School. Any student receiving In School or Out of School Detention is also ineligible for any club, sport or extracurricular activity for a period of 5 school days.

*Students with more than 3 unexcused absences are deemed ineligible till approved excuses are turned in to the principal. If the absences are to remain unexcused the student must demonstrate improved attendance to become eligible  (principal deems the attendance to be improved, and permits eligibility for extracurriculars to the student. At that point the student becomes ineligible at the next unexcused absence recorded and the principal will use discretion to determine eligibility)

This includes but is not limited to:  Archery, Band, Chorus, Academic Team, Cheer, and all sports or clubs paid for by Butler County Schools.


Upcoming events that you should know about:


FRYSC Back to School Bash - Tuesday,  July 30th

City Pool 5:00


Back to School Night - Monday, August 5th 

PK - 5:00 (Meet in Cafeteria)

Kindergarten - 1st Grades 5:30 (Meet in Gym)

2nd and 3rd Grades- 6:00 (Meet in Gym)

4th and 5th Grades- 6:30 (Meet in Gym)


First Day of School - Wednesday, August 7th 

Cub Rally 7:50

School Begins 8:00

Dismissal 2:50


Thank you to our wonderful Custodians!

I hope as you visit the school in the coming weeks you can appreciate the tremendous work that our custodians Jennifer and Robbie have completed this summer.  They have worked very hard and the floors, walls, and other facilities are standing tall and ready to embrace nearly 440 talented and precious children come August 7th.  I am very proud to have such great custodians at NBES, they are truly the best you could ever ask for.


I want to please encourage you to continue being active in your child’s education.  Developing a strong positive relationship between the home and school is very beneficial to a child’s education.  I encourage family members to support the school in decisions that our professionals make and desire your input in the process; we want what is best for every child.  Please read the weekly newsletters from your child's teacher, look at student work in Friday folders, and feel free to participate in Parent-Teacher Organization work.  Keep up with weekly events and news with us on the school webpage, Facebook, or Twitter. We will also send out One Call reminders for important events or scheduling changes. Each parent will be automatically enrolled into our One Call system by the contact number the school has on file for your child. Please feel free to contact me if you have concerns, ideas or support.  I can be reached via email at , 270-526-8936 or 270-999-1510. I look forward to an exciting and productive year with each of you!



Take Care,



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