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David W. Butler
High School
1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Courier #: 361
P: 980-343-6300  |  F: 980-343-6315 
Principal: John LeGrand
LC: Southeast
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Absences - When your child is going to be absent or is sick, please send a note to your child's teacher upon their return. You can also report the absence via email. Use the "Report an Absence" tab on the left side navigation links.

Academic Internship Application - Students interested in academic internships should contact Ms. Michaela Boeche in the Career Center.

Academy of Health Sciences (AOHS) - For more information about the academy contact Academy Coodinator Mary Heston or visit the academy website (opens in new tab).

Accuplacer - Please contact School Counseling Services for information about the Accuplacer, the required placement test for CPCC.

ACT Registration - Pick up registration materials from your school counselor or register online (opens in new tab).
The Butler High School code is 342-531.

Advanced Placement (AP) Information
AP Interest Night Presentation.pdf (opens in new window)
Am I Ready for an AP Course.pdf (opens in new window)
AP Courses at Butler High School.pdf (opens in new window)

Alumni - Did you graduate from Butler? Check out an Alumni/Reunion website (opens in new tab).

Attendance Policy

  • Students must have 10 or fewer absences per class
  • Semester-long classes must have 10 or fewer for the semester.
  • A/B Day classes – 10 or fewer for the year (class meets every other day).
  • Students with more than 10 absences must attend recovery sessions in order to pass class regardless of final grade.

Cafeteria - All parents/students are reminded that students are not able to charge their lunch in the cafeteria. Please visit Child Nutrition Services website (opens in new tab) for more information.

Child Nutrition/Free and Reduced Lunch - online application (opens in new tab) or contact the school for a paper application. School breakfast and lunch menus are available through the Child Nutrition Services page of the CMS website. Information about the online payment program Pay Pams is also posted there. 

Bullying Resources
Bullying Report Form (10-1-15).pdf (opens in new window)

Bullying What Is and What Is Not Bullying.pdf (opens in new window)
For additional information contact Mr. Terry Stoughton, the Bullying Prevention Coordinator at Butler.

Bus Information - Please call CMS Transportation (opens in new tab) 980.343.6439 to address problems or ask questions. 

Butler Crime Stopper - Butler Crime Stopper website (opens in new tab) - Butler's crime prevention tool - Be a campus crime stopper! Log on to the Campus Crime Stoppers website to report crime happening at Butler. You may remain anonymous. If your report leads to an arrest, disciplinary action, or found property, you can receive a cash reward. Website information is posted in every classroom and located on the bulletin boards in the main building. You can also contact any teacher, administrator, or school resource officer to report crime. At Butler Michelle Archer is the School Resource Officer.

Cap & Gown Contact - Herff Jones/Graduation Specialities, Inc. - Keith Guercio's Office (opens in new tab) 
7316 Wallace Road, Suite D - Charlotte, NC 28212 - 704.531.0015 - 704.531.0040 fax 
Car Pool Line Safety Concerns - Under no circumstances should a student be dropped off and expected to walk across Highway 51 in front of Butler High School instead of going through the car pool line. Vehicles making illegal U-turns will result in a traffic violation. All traffic should follow the traffic pattern of entering the school in two separate lines and exiting the same traffic pattern.  For the safety of all our students and other drivers this morning drop-off procedure will be enforced.

Cellphone/Headphone Policy

  • Allowed before/after school and during lunch.
  • Cell phones/head phones are not allowed during class change (hallways) or in the classroom. Use during instructional time or class change will result in confiscation of phone by staff member.
  • Failure to comply with this request will result in removal from class and suspension.

CMS High School Course Planning Guide for 2017-18
2017 HS Planning Guide.pdf (opens in new window)

CMS ID Number - Know your CMS ID number - Encourage your student to memorize his/her CMS ID number. Students use it daily and the front office/student services staff use this to enter tardies and early dismissals into our attendance program. Helpful hint for parents: store student ID number in your cell phone for your convenience.

​CMS Code of Student Conduct: Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Character Development Handbook
2016 - 2017 Code of Student Conduct (English).pdf (opens in new window)

College Acceptances/Scholarships - Seniors should bring a copy of their college acceptance letters to
School Counseling Services. Seniors should also bring a copy of scholarships (college, special programs,
churches, community organizations, etc.) to School Counseling Services even if you are not accepting the offers.

Colleges (South Carolina) - Colleges and universities which are a part of the South Carolina state system will
be requiring one unit of an art-related class beginning with the college freshman class of 2012. If your child
is planning to apply to a South Carolina state college or university and has not taken an art, theatre, or music-
related class, please have the student speak with his or her counselor.

College Visits - Juniors and seniors who are interested in taking a college visit during the school week are asked to fill out a “Form to Request Absence for College Visit,” five days prior of the visit for the principal’s approval. Once the visit is complete, bring letterhead from the college visited stating the date of the visit and the students name. The forms can be picked up and turned back in to the Main Office.

Course Selection 2018-19
2018-2019 HS Planning Guide.pdf (opens in new window)

Dress Code - A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health and acceptable standards of social con-duct, and are not disruptive to the educational environment.

  • NO gang articles of clothing
  • NO ripped or frayed jeans that expose the bare skin (leggings or material should cover open areas)
  • NO hats, scarfs, bonnets, toboggans, bandannas, boddies, hair rollers, combs, sunglasses or any head gear that disguises personal appearance
  • NO underwear or undergarments may show at any point standing or sitting
  • NO clothing that exposes undergarments or can be seen through
  • NO sagging of pants or shorts
  • NO shirts or shorts that are shorter than fingertip length (this includes athletic shorts)
  • NO tank tops, racer back tank tops, see through or low cut tops
  • NO crop tops or wife beaters
  • NO pajama tops or bottoms, slippers, blankets or pillows
  • NO inappropriate images related to drugs, alcohol, tobacco or explicit content
  • ALL tops should abide by the "3 Finger Rule"

It is our goal to make sure our school is safe and our learning environment is distraction free. Any item of clothing deemed by school administration to cause a disruption and or pose a safety hazard for our students will be prohibited.

Dropoff Information - Due to security issues, students are not allowed to be dropped off at school before 6:45am. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to school in the mornings. Class begins prompty at 7:15am.

Early Dismissal - Please make every effort to schedule appointments after 2:15pm. It is critical your child is in class. And missing a block, or even part of it, makes it difficult for your student to keep on track. Early Dismissal Notes are due to School Counseling Services by 7:15 am. Be sure to include your students ID number on the note. Phone calls are not accepted for early dismissals. Parents are always welcome to come directly into the school to request early dismissal for their student. Parents must show a valid ID.

English Classroom Libraries - A list of titles available in classroom libraries in our English Department to support student self-selection of reading materials.English Classroom Library Titles.pdf (opens in new window)

Governor's School - Governor's School (opens in new tab) is a highly selective five-week summer residential program for juniors who are academically/intellectually gifted. Exceptions are made to allow sophomores to be nominated in specific performing/visual arts areas only. Areas of concentraion within Governor's School include Art, Choral Music, Dance, Drama, English, French, Spanish, Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Studies. The cost of the program is typically $500. The cost for this year has not been announced. Scholarship applications are available. Students may be nominated by a teacher or they are permitted to self-nominate. Nominated students must complete a screening process to determine initial eligiblity. They must then be chosen by a CMS selection committee and then by the Governor's School in order to be eligible to attend the program. The typical student that is selected to attend Governor's School has top grades and standardized test scores. Contact School Counseling Services for more information.

Harris Teeter - Together in Education Program - Relink your Harris Teeter VIC card each year. Butler's number is 1243. When Together in Education customers purchase select Harris Teeter brand products using their VIC card, Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of those pruchase dollars to schools or organizations of the customer's choice. Simply give the cashier your VIC card and Butler's number during check out.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App
Here Comes the Bus, a mobile app and website that will allow you to track your student's bus real-time location and receive alerts to help you get to the bus stop on time, was released on Wednesday, November 8th. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and works on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here Comes the Bus is FREE, and you can download the app through Apple or Google Play stores. To use the app, you will need the district's code which is 73877. You will also need the student ID number for each student that you want to register. You can find more information about the app at Technical support is available through the Here Comes the Bus app after download. If you have questions about Here Comes the Bus, please reach out to CMS Transportation at 980-343-6715.

ID Badges - Students who are new to Butler and/or CMS may have an ID badge made free of charge. Students who need a second replacement ID Badge should bring $1 to the Media Center. Both original and replacement badges will be made  in the Media Center before school (6:50 - 7:10 am), after school (2:15 - 2:30 pm) or at the beginning of each of the four lunches daily. Students should wear ID badges at all times while on campus. The badge must be visible by staff.

Lunch - Bringing lunch to your student - Parents you are most welcome to bring lunch to your student(s). For security purposes, you MUST bring the lunch to the Main (front) Office. Waiting at any door to pass a lunch to your student(s) is not allowed. Also, if you have given someone else permission to bring lunch for your student you need to call ahead to infrom the front office. Because many of our students have food allergies, we need to know clearly from you that you permit your child to have this lunch. Again, the lunch must be brought to the office. Students MAY NOT order out, nor can we accept outside food deliveries for them. We must turn them away.

Medications at School - Please visit the website for Butler's school nurse. Use the "School Nurse" tab on the left side navigation bar.

Military Scholarships & Careers - Want to learn more about military scholarships and careers? Stop by and see a recruiter during lunch. Tables are posted outside the Cafeteria.

North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics - North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (opens in new tab) is a residential school for academically gifted students who particulary excel in the areas of math and science. Students who are accepted will transfer to the school for their junior and senior years and graduate from the school. Applicants are required to take the SAT I. Contact School Counseling Services for more information.
Page Program - Page Program (opens in new tab) - North Carolina House of Representatives Page Program affords youth from across the Senate an opportunity to see firsthand how laws are made by participating in the legislative process.  Young people between the ages of 15 and 18 (or currently in the ninth grade) and in good academic standing at their schools can help in the Representatives’ offices, in committee meetings, and during daily Sessions for one week while the General Assembly is in session. Please see a School Counselor for additional information. 

Parking Pass Procedure - Visit the Parking Information tab on the left side text navigation.

PowerSchool Parent Portal - PowerSchool Parent Portal (opens in new tab)

Recovery - All absences above 10 must be recovered in an after-school program that operates virtually all year. Students who do not recover absences above 10 will receive an F for the course. We will NOT offer generic recovery days at the end of each semester, so it is very important to complete recovery in a timely manner.

SAT Registration & Test Dates - Pick up registration materials from you school counselor or register online at the Collge Board website (opens in new tab) Butler High School code is 342-531.

Social Media for Butler - Feel free to like and/or follow school events and happenings with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Like us on Facebook -
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 Follow us on Instagram - Butler_high_school

Student Drop Off

  • Tardy students entering the front building prior to 7:30 a.m. will be given a referral form to enter class. Their passes will be stamped with the words "late car rider" on them. If a student arrives after 7:30 a.m. they must sign in with the front office.
  • There is a one-minute warning bell to alert students of the remaining time they have to report to class.
  • Once the tardy bell sounds teachers are expected to shut and lock their doors. Students who are not in class will receive an automatic ASD the following day and a pass to class by the Hall Monitors.

Student Parking/Gates

  • The parking gate is locked daily at 7:20 a.m.
  • Gates remained locked throughout the day and will be opened for students with pre-arranged early release passes.
  • Students who arrive between 7:15-7:30 a.m. must go to their hallway and locate the Hall Monitor for a referral.
  • Parking privileges may be revoked at a student's 6th tardy

Tardy Policy

  • 1st Tardy = After School Detention (ASD) and parent notified
  • 2nd Tardy = ASD and parent notified
  • 3rd Tardy = ASD, parent notified, with documented contact by administrator and administrative referral; 1/2 day In School Detention (ISD)
  • 4th Tardy = ASD, parent notified, with documented contact by administrator and administrative referral; full day in IDS
  • 5th Tardy = Progressive consequences and counselor-based interventions.

Transcripts - Current students may request transcripts through Naviance using the navigation links on the left side.

Visitor Policy - All visitors coming onto the Butler campus will check-in at the Ident-a-Kid computer. The information required from the visitor is: name, reason visiting, and destination. All visitors will return to the computer to check out. A visual "Visitor's Pass" will be obtained from the secretary and required for security purposes.

Yearbook - Yearbook website (opens in new tab)

Yearbook Application 2018-19.pdf(opens in new window)

Board of Education Superintendent Calendars/Schedules School Safety