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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 from school, please report the absence via email.  Use the "Report an Absence" tab on the left side of Butler's webpage.  Or, you can send a note with your child the following day upon return to the Front Office.

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 Coordinator Mary Heston by using the email address under Faculty & Staff on the left side navigation links and under Support Staff.

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 our 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 a crime. 

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 carpool 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.
  • Students are permitted to look at their cell phones during class changes to check the time, text messages, etc.  However, for safety and communication purposes, students are not allowed to use headphones, talk on the cell phone or play music during class change.   
  • Use during instructional time or class change will result in confiscation of the phone by a staff member.
  • Failure to comply with this request will result in removal from class and suspension.

CMS High School Course Planning Guide

2018-2019 High School 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
2018-19 CMS Code of Student Conduct (English) (opens in new window)
2018-19 CMS Code of Student Conduct (Spanish) (opens in new window)

College Acceptances/Scholarships - Seniors should bring a copy of their college acceptance letters to
Student 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 require 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 a 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 student's name. The forms can be picked up and turned back into the Front Office.

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

Deliveries - Students are not permitted to receive deliveries of flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, etc. while at school.  They are not permitted to have these items in the classroom.  Also, we cannot accept food deliveries for the classroom (e.g., cupcakes, pizza, cookies) due to student allergy concerns. 

Dress Code Dress Code 2018-2019.pdf

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

Early Dismissal - Please make every effort to schedule appointments after 2:15 pm. It is critical your child is in class. Missing a block, or even part of it, makes it difficult for your student to keep on track.  If you are picking your child up, there is no need to send a note.  Simply come into the Front Office with your Driver's License.  

If your child drives to school, Early Dismissal Notes are due to the Front Office by 7:15 am.  Phone calls are not accepted for early dismissals. 

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 concentration 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 eligibility. 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 purchase 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, allows you to track your student's bus in real-time and receive alerts to help you get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus uses 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 our district 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 - Only parents are allowed to drop off lunches for their children.  Siblings, family members, and friends are NOT permitted to drop off lunch.  Also, deliveries of food from outside vendors are not permitted, even if ordered by a parent.

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 particularly 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 your counselor 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 - (see "Parent Technology Assistance" tab on the left side navigation links)

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 - 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 -
 Follow us on Twitter - @butlerbulldawgs
 Follow us on Instagram - Butler_high_school

Tardy Policy

  • Tardy students entering the front building before 7:30 a.m. will be given a pass 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 at 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 to serve 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

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 our Lobby Guard 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 Badge" will be worn for security purposes.

Board of Education Superintendent Calendars/Schedules School Safety