District News

2017-18 Elementary Supply List

Please click on the link below for a printable version of the elementary supply list for 2017-18.

2017-18 Elementary Supply List

2017-18 District Calendar

Please click on the link below for a printable version of the 2017-18 district calendar.

2017-18 District Calendar

New Staff for 2017-2018

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2017-2018 School Year with a breakfast and orientation on Wednesday, August 23.   

Front Row:  Kristina Quigney - EL Special Education Aide (MD room), Sarah Loxley - EL Special Education Aide, Britney Bolinger - EL Special Education Aide

Middle Row: Pam Todd - Cafeteria, Sharon Holsapple - Cafeteria, Kerri Burns - Preschool Aide, Chey Kramer - Title I Tutor

Back Row:  Kathy Kuhbander - HS Language Arts, Amanda Denlinger - Cafeteria, Lauryn Timmerman - EL Special Education Aide

*Not Pictured - Jason Schondelmyer - EL Physical Education, Amy Byers - Speech Pathologist


2017-2018 Butler Middle School Student Supply List

CLICK HERE for the Butler Middle School supply list for the 2017-2018 school year.

New Progress Book Parent Access URL

Progress Book's Parent Access Module allows parents to check grades of students in the Progress Book gradebook software.  The URL for the Progress Book Parent Access has changed as of June 23, 2017.  Please update any shortcuts or bookmarks that you may have.

New URL - https://pa.metasolutions.net/district

You will then need to choose Arcanum as your school district.

2017-18 High School Supply List

The 2017-18 High School supply list is available using the link below:

2017-18 HS Supply List



Upcoming Butler Middle School Dates and 1:1 Chromebook Information

Important dates, 1:1 Chromebook information and more!

Arcanum-Butler Schools Announce Opening Information

The first day of school for students in the Arcanum-Butler Local School District is Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  This will be a regular day of school, with all grade levels attending regular sessions.  The school day for grades 5-12 is 7:35 a.m.–2:30 p.m. with breakfast available beginning at 7:20 a.m.  Grades K-4 will attend 8:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with breakfast available starting at 8:30 a.m.  MVCTC juniors begin school on August 17 and MVCTC seniors begin on August 18.  The MVCTC bus will depart from the north parking lot at 7:20 a.m.

Arcanum-Butler Cafeteria Prepares for the New Year
Eley Receives Diploma

At the August Board of Education Meeting, Mr. Howard Glen Eley, WWII Veteran, was awarded his HS Diploma. Congratulations on behalf of the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools Board of Education and Administration and thank you for your service!

Transportation Procedural Changes for 2017-2018 School Year

In an effort to improve the safety and efficiency for student bus transportation, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will be implementing new procedures for the 2017-2018 school year.  The change in procedures is meant to address an increasing issue of requests for daily bus changes and an increasing number of phone calls to our bus drivers or to our offices for non-emergency changes.

To view the letter sent home with grade cards click here:  Parent Transportation Letter

To view the procedural changes and print off a copy of the Transportation Change Request Form, visit the Transportation page on the website or click here:  Busing Procedures          Change Request Form



Summer Office Hours

Summer Office Hours:

Elementary, Middle and High School Offices

          June 5 - June 15
          7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Board of Education

          Open all summer (closed July 3 & 4)
          8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through June 23
          8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. after June 24

*All registrations and new enrollments may be completed through the Board of Education Office

Freshmen/New Student Orientation

Arcanum High School will host the annual Freshman/New Student and Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the Cafetorium. All students new to Arcanum High School in grades 9 through 12 and their parents are encouraged to attend this special program. The program will provide information on school procedures, academics, student schedules and activities. Students and parents may tour the building, find lockers and classrooms, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of school staff.

2017 Alumni Homecoming a Success

Approximately 200 total alumni, present and former school staff, friends and family turned out for the 2017 Homecoming Event that recognized the classes of 1992, 1967 and 2017!  Thank you to the Alumni Committee and Katrina (Smith) Unger Class of '92 for all of your hard work to make the evening a success.  Also, thank you to the AHS Jazz Band for performing. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Recipients -Franchesca Hackworth, Brittany Kinney, McKenzie Sharritts, Kalista Harleman, Shelby Horzsa

Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees - Sandy Finkbine, Dr. Jeremy Mills

Classified Positions Available for 2017-2018

Click the "Employment" tab for full and part-time positions available for the 2017-2018 school year.


Boys Youth Basketball Summer Information

Arcanum Boys Basketball is proud to once again host the Future Stars Summer Skills Camp the week of June 19th.  The camp is for all boys going into grades 4-6.  Please CLICK HERE for the informational flyer. 

Arcanum Boys Basketball is also excited to introduce the inagural year for the Arcanum Dribble Club.  The Arcanum Dribble Club is for boys going into grades 1-6 who are serious about improving their ball handling fundamentals.  Please CLICK HERE for more information about being a part of the Arcanum Dribble Club. 

Early Release Reminder

Students will be dismissed 1 hour early on the last day of school - Wednesday, May 31.



District Insight Newsletter Available

The spring edition of the District Insight Newsletter is now available!

Click here to view!

Spring 2017 Edition

Pechie Chosen to Lead Arcanum Elementary

The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board appointed Mrs. Joni Pechie as the new principal for Arcanum Elementary School at a special Board meeting held on March 20, 2017.  Mrs. Pechie will assume her new duties in the school district in August for the 2017-18 school year. 


Tegtmeyer is Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to the Arcanum-Butler Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Erin Tegtmeyer!

Schondelmyer Returns to Arcanum HS Football Program

The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board appointed Mr. Jason Schondelmyer as the new Head Football Coach at the regular Board meeting held on March 9, 2017. 

Kindergarten & Preschool Registration Announcement
Arcanum Elementary kindergarten screening will take place on April 6 and April 7 with registration occurring on April 12 and 13.  
A parent meeting will be held on March 21 @ 7 pm for those interested enrolling preschool students in the Arcanum Early Learning Center.  Preschool registration will take place on April 11 @ 6:30 pm in the Field House. 
Parents considering open enrollment can view policy JECBB - Admission of Interdistrict Transfer Students on the district's web page under the Board of Education tab for important guidelines.
2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojan Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievement, actions and contributions within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students.  The Arcanum Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to recognize the following inductees for 2017.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Inductee:  Dr. Jeremy Mills

The 2017 Honorary Trojan Inductee:  Mrs. Sandy Finkbine

Click here for the press release.


Serve Arcanum 2017

As we transition to 2017, Arcanum High School looks forward to celebrating our fifth annual Serve Arcanum on Friday, May 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. The students of Arcanum High School (assisted by teachers and community members) will go out into the community and serve our citizens through a variety of service projects. This is the fifth year for this outstanding project that helps the citizens of our community. We are soliciting opportunities for our students to assist you, your organization, or your business, with projects that we could help you complete. A few examples of projects that we would be welcome to complete would be lawn care, painting, cleaning, and organization. You provide the job and supplies and we will provide the manpower.

If you are interested in us helping you, please fill out the request form on the attached brochure and mail it to the high school or email High School Principal Jason Stephan at jason_stephan@darke.k12.oh.us.

Over the last four years, Arcanum High School students have completed over 170 different projects to help the people of our school district. Please let us help out again this year to make our town an even better place!

CLICK HERE for Brochure!

Alumni Homecoming Event Scheduled

Consider joining fellow AHS Alumni for this year's Homecoming Event.  Mark your calendars for April 22!  Click here for the invitation.

2016-2017 Mid-Year Update

The recent end of the first semester marks a great time to celebrate our district’s successes, reflect on where we have been and where we are headed, and update our plan to continue our “Growth Mindset” for the remainder of the school year.  I want to take this opportunity to thank the students, parents, families, Board of Education members and the entire Arcanum-Butler staff for an outstanding first semester and for supporting Arcanum-Butler Schools!


Please take a few minutes to read about our success and plans for the second semester by clicking the link here.


John N. Stephens



Blizzard Bags Will Be Used If Needed

Dear Parent/Guardians:



For the 2016-2017 school year, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will continue to use calamity days in the event of school cancellations.  If the district uses all five (5) calamity days, blizzard bags will again be used.  Once all three (3) blizzard bag days are used, the district will utilize make-up days as noted on the district calendar. 

PBIS For Families - What is PBIS?

PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports:

The Arcanum-Butler Local School has been utilizing aspects of PBIS for a number of years, but it has just been in recent years that the PBIS plan has become a district-wide initiative.  So what is PBIS?

Read on to learn more...

Calendar Reminders

Monday, February 20:  No school in observance of President's Day

Wednesday, March 1:  Two-hour early dismissal for teacher professional development


Class of 2021 Scheduling Meeting

Soon, 8th grade students will begin scheduling for their freshman year of high school. To assist in this process, we would like to invite the parents of each eighth grader to an informational meeting about scheduling on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 pm in the cafe. This meeting will detail important information about scheduling as well as answer any questions that you might have. The staff and administration of Arcanum-Butler Local schools want to give our incoming freshman the best chance they can to succeed. Please take advantage of this opportunity and attend this meeting on Thursday, February 16 in the cafe.

Nominations Being Accepted for Distinguished Alumni & Honorary HOF

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and the Alumni Association will again be honoring our Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojans to recognize and honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievements, actions and contributions within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students.  The Alumni Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Arcanum Alumni Homecoming set for April 22, 2017.  Nomination Forms are available in the alumni section of the website or can be picked up in the Board of Education office. Completed forms are due by February 1.

January is School Board Recognition Month

COLUMBUS — The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2017 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society.  School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s more than 700 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children.


On Saturday, January 21, 2017, three new members will be inducted into the Arcanum Athletic Hall of Fame.  Brenda (Denlinger) Doehrel, Class of 2006, Rex Karns, Class of 1956, and Brooke (Strayer) Hoying, Class of 2006, are this year’s honorees.

Click here for the press release

School Calendar Reminders

No School - Monday, January 16

2-Hour Early Release - Friday, January 20

Middle School Honored by State

Congratulations to Butler Middle School who recently won the “Momentum Award” as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education! The award is given to schools that have exceeded expectations for student growth, earing straight A’s on all value added testing measures. Butler MS was the only Darke County School to receive the award and 1 of less than 200 in the state. Congratulations on a job well done! Here’s the link to see the other schools: https://education.ohio.gov/…/Awards-and-Reco…/Momentum-Award

Early Release Reminder

Arcanum-Buter Local Schools will release students 2 hours early on Wednesday, December 21.

Have a great break!


Elementary and Middle Spelling Champs Crowned

Congratulations to Brooklyn Merriman and Aiden Psczulkoski!  Brooklyn won first place in the elementary spelling bee and Aiden won first place in the middle school spelling bee.  Both will represent Arcanum-Butler at the county bee this January!

The following students placed in the top three for each building. 

Elem - Brooklyn Merriman, Elizabeth Parks and Aidan McCombs

Middle - Aiden Psczulkoski, Charlie Rippee and Zeke Wright

Arcanum-Butler to Host Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon

Attention Senior Citizens of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District!

On Tuesday, December 6, at 1:30 p.m. we will be having our annual Christmas Luncheon for our senior citizens. Senior citizens of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will enjoy a nice lunch and some great entertainment from the students of the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools! This free lunch will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the cafetorium. Please RSVP by calling 692-5174 Ext. 1337 by December 2.

Please click HERE to view the flyer! Please share the flyer with family, friends, and neighbors!

No School Reminder

The last day of school before Thanksgiving Break is Tuesday, November 22.  See everyone back on November 28.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

2016 Fall District Insight Newsletter

The fall edition of the District Insight newsletter is now available!  Look for a copy in October 29-30 Early Bird or view a copy online by clicking on the Superintendent's Page.

No School Reminder

There will be No School on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Arcanum to Host Social Media/Digital Footprint Presentation

On Thursday, November 10 at 7:00pm, we would like to invite parents of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District, as well as parents from other school districts, to attend a presentation on social media safety. This program will be led by Darke County Detective David Hawes and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Margaret Hayes. The event will focus on areas of concern for youth in regards to social media and their digital footprint. Please plan on attending this important event on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 pm in the cafetorium.

Butler Middle School Service Club Members Plan Leaf Raking Day

The Butler Middle School Service Club will be raking leaves in town on Friday, November 4th. If you or someone you know would be interested in some help from the Service Club, please contact Mr. Bixler.

Email: marcus_bixler@arcanum-butler.k12.oh.us
Phone: (937) 692- 5174

NHS Trick or Treat Canned Food Drive

Next week is our annual food drive sponsored by the Arcanum National Honor Society at AHS! This year we are fortunate to have the middle school teaming up with us to help more people in Arcanum. This year our goal is to collect 5000 items between the MS and HS. The building that brings in the most items will get to throw a pie at their principal! During the school week, students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable items to school. 
Friday at the final home football game of the year, fans can bring money to donate or a canned food item and get one dollar off admission to the game! 
On Sunday during Trick or Treat, AHS students will be canvassing the community to collect items donated by the Arcanum community. If you would like to help but will not be home during the Trick or Treat event, please leave your items on your front porch or drop them off at the high school. Please help us feed those in need in Arcanum!

Please share this information with our Arcanum community so that we can make a tremendous difference to citizens!

ODE Releases Report Cards for Schools – Increases Expectations

The Ohio Department of Education recently released report cards for Ohio's School Districts reflecting increased expectations based on a new set of assessments.   The report card is intended to give you a picture of how our district and buildings are performing using letter grades A-F to grade various measures under six broad categories:  Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success.

No School Reminder

Per the district calendar, there is no school on Monday, October 10, 2016 for scheduled teacher professional development.

Thank you!

Arcanum Police Department and Arcanum-Butler Local School District Announce New School Resource Officer (SRO)

The Arcanum Police Department and Arcanum-Butler Local School District recently partnered to provide full-time school resource officer to further ensure the safety of the students, staff and visitors to the school.  We are pleased to announce Officer Jeramy Hyden as the new Arcanum-Butler Resource Officer.  Officer Hyden is a graduate of Troy High and received his Ohio Peace Officer Academy Certificate from Edison Community College as well as earning his Associate of Business in Computer Information Technology, Computer Security and Forensics.  He has been a member of the Arcanum Police Department since March of 2015 and has served as a law enforcement officer for nine years, both as a Deputy Sheriff and Patrolman.  Officer Hyden has displayed a strong desire to work with the youth in a school setting and is excited about the opportunity to serve the Arcanum-Butler School Community.

Arcanum-Butler Welcomes New Staff Members

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2016-2017 School Year with a breakfast and orientation on Wednesday, August 24.   

Front Row:  Emilie Rice - EL Special Ed Aide, Heather Marsh - MS/HS Band Director, Brenda Burns - AELC Aide

Back Row: Officer Jeramy Hyden - School Resource Officer, Christen Cyphers - HS Language Arts, Brian Pohlman - MS/HS Agricultural Education

District Continuous Improvement Plan Updated

The Arcanum-Butler Local School District Leadership Team recently met to review and update the district's continuous improvement plan or CIP for the 2016-17 school year.  To view the plan, click on the link on the left side of the home page of the website titled "Continuous Improvement Plan".

Early Dismissal Reminder

Arcanum-Butler Schools will dismiss two hours early on Wednesday, September 28th for the purpose of teacher professional development.

MS/HS @ 12:30
EL @ 1:30

AM Preschool Scheduled Times 8:45-10:45
PM Preschool Scheduled Times 11:15-1:15
* PM kids are invited to bring a light lunch

Scoliosis Screening

Scoliosis screenings are coming:
Middle School students will be screened during their picture day by a nurse from Children's Hospital.

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