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NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Teacher Professional Development Day
District Announcements
Teachers Participate in Professional Development
Mallory and Long Lane Elementary teachers engaged in professional development on several instructional topics during the district PD day.  In the morning, Mrs. Leisa Hicks presented Reader's and Writer's Workshop which is an instructional strategy for student literacy.  Mrs. Johnson, principal presented science inquiry. In the afternoon, Mrs. Johnson presented Smarter Instruction for Smarter Balanced English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy. She shared instructional strategies to prepare students for the new Smarter Balanced Missouri Assessment which students will take in the spring.

Middle school and high school teachers participated in Systems Thinking presented by Dr. Suzy Cutbirth, Southwest Regional Professional Development Center and Mrs. Mabary, HS principal based on Peter Senge's book The Fifth Discipline.  Teachers applied systems thinking to the new concepts in Missouri education including Student Growth Model, Collaborative Work, Teacher Evaluation Model, Missouri School Improvement Program 5, Missouri Assessment Program, and Missouri Learning Standards.  In the afternoon, HS and MS teachers had the opportunity to work in vertical teams within their content teams. For example, math teachers grades 7-12 worked together to determine their scope and sequence of Missouri Learning Standards, as well as align their curriculum to the ACT Standards. Missouri juniors will begin taking the ACT this spring as a measure of college and career readiness.
Red Ribbon Door Decorating Contest
For Red Ribbon week, teachers had a door decorating contest.


There is no school Friday, October 31 for professional development for teachers. Have a spooktacular day!
HS Bullying Assembly
On Wednesday, our HS students were blessed to hear author and motivational speaker Tom Krause give a presentation on bullying and self worth. "You Matter." We have a great student body at Buffalo HS. They were so respectful and receptive. Lives were touched today.
1st quarter honor roll
   Please click HERE to view the 1st quarter honor roll for BPMS.  
Lights On
The 21st Century Community Learning Grant will participate in the “Lights on Afterschool Alliance” by holding an open house at Buffalo Prairie Middle School Tuesday, October 28 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the school’s Library.  The “Lights On” campaign is a national event celebrating afterschool programs their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities.  21st Century Community Learning Grant partners with the Dallas County YMCA Prime Time, Dallas County Health Department and Dallas County Sheriff’s department to provide quality afterschool programs and classes to enrich and enhance student learning in English, Math, and Science.
The open house will feature a short discussion on current and future programming and a walking tour of some of the classrooms where the afterschool programs are taking place. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited. 
Long Lane Carnival
On Saturday, November 1st, Long Lane Elementary will be hosting their annual Carnival. The Carnival will take place from 5-8p.m. at Long Lane Elementary. Coronation will be at 8:00 and will be followed by the raffle drawings and an auction.
Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 dollar from any student to earn points for the student's class candidates until 11a.m. Saturday, November 1st. Tickets can also be purchased at the carnival but no points will be earned. Some of the raffle prizes include a large Broyhill mirror, propane for standing fireplace, gift certificate, BBQ grill, and a quilt. 
The Long Lane PTO will be accepting baked goods from 1-4p.m. Friday and 8-9a.m. Saturday. They are also accepting general merchandise during the school day Wednesday, Thursday, and until 11a.m. Friday. They are not accepting any clothing or box TVs. The general merchandise needs to be gently used, clean and in working condition. There will also be a silent auction and items for sale in each classroom. The proceeds from the classroom sales and silent auction will go to that classroom for supplies.
Food will also be available for purchase including chili and hot dogs.
Fall Athletic Banquet
The Fall Athletic Banquet will be held on November 13th at 6:00p.m in the Buffalo High School Field House. At the banquet Girl's Golf, Football, Volleyball, Softball, and Cross Country athletes will be honored.    
Buffalo High Band
The Buffalo High School band went to competition at Reed's Spring on Saturday, October 18th, and excelled! The band placed 4th in Preliminaries, which sent them to Finals. In Finals, the Color Guard came in 2nd, the Drum Majors came in 2nd, and the Drum Line came in 3rd.  The band came in 5th overall! Way to go!
Safety Presentation
On Tuesday, October 21st, students of Buffalo High School will attend an Internet Safety presentation. Students can expect to learn how to effectively and safely navigate the web with instruction from Mr. Tom Durkin. The presentation will be in the Shewmaker Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. 
BHS Band Fundraiser
The Buffalo High School band is trying to raise money for a new trailer to haul their equipment to competitions.  The band boosters are doing a fundraiser by collecting unwanted clothes.  They have lots of money to raise and would love to have any help.  All you have to do is clean out your closet! Click here to get more information
FFA Blood Drive
The FFA blood drive was held in the High School Field House on October 9th. Students were allowed to donate their time and blood to save three lives! 71 students attempted to donate and 51 were able to give their blood. Way to go Bison! 
Buffalo High Goes Facebook Official
A new Facebook page has been created for Buffalo High School. The Buffalo High School Facebook page is designed to give up-to-date information about all of the positive things happening with our students and staff. Head on over to https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloHighSchool and "like" the page to stay in the loop!
BHS Speech Team Competes at Niangua
Your Buffalo High School Speech Team swept up at Niangua on Saturday, October 11th. Danielle Jenks took 2nd in Humorous Interpretation and Trenton Wells took 5th. Erin Hicks took 1st in Dramatic Interpretation, Paige Garrett took 3rd, and Natalie Smoot took 4th place. Paige Garrett took 3rd in Poetry and Natalie Smoot took 5th. Velvet Clay took 1st in Storytelling. Michael Jenks took 1st in Radio and Emily Richardson took 5th. Stephanie Orrell and Velvet Clay took 1st in Duet and Hannah Rumfelt and Mariah Ruble took 6th. In Original Oratory the Bison took 4 entries and took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. Sky Sherman took 1st, Natalie Smoot took 2nd, Hannah Rumfelt took 3rd, and Mariah Ruble took 4th.  During rounds they took 6 1st and 5 2nd places. The Buffalo Speach Team swept up first place with 265 points, 2nd place went to Hillcrest with 85 points, and 3rd place went to Mansfield with 70 points.
BPMS 20 year Anniversary t-shirts
BPMS is selling their building t-shirts to students, parents, staff, and community members.  If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, you may contact the school or fill out the order form by clicking  HERE and then printing it and bringing it to the MS office.  
DCTC students participate in Youth and Education Service Program
The Dallas County Technical Center’s Automotive Technology & Collision Repair Technology programs’ students participated in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Youth & Education Service (YES) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Army.  This program shows students how S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) is applied to real world situations, including NHRA Drag Racing.  Students were given full pit passes as well as tickets to attend the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park after completing team building exercises and listening to race car driver Antron Brown (who went on to win the race!) speak about having passion for your career, keeping a positive attitude, and how he uses STEM every day in racing. This is the 26th year for the program, which reaches nearly 30,000 students, but DCTC’s first year attending.
DCTC Health Sciences attend Fall Leadership Workshop
On September 24, 2014 the Health Sciences II took a group of students to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks for their annual Fall Leadership Workshop. The students were able to visit and brain storm with peers from other schools about how to have a successful blood drive. The students from DCTC are very excited about the blood drive which is planned for January 22, 2015.  DCTC is planning on employing several ideas gleaned  from the blood drive workshop and are planning to have the most successful blood drive yet.
DCTC Students Receive Emergency Training
On October 1 a group of volunteer fire fighters from the Louisburg fire department led by  Chris Dye an EMT and Paramedic came to teach some Emergency Procedures including how to assess a scene for safety, how to control hemorrhaging,  splint an arm or leg, and how to correctly place a c spine collar and place a patient on a backboard among other things. The students had a lot of fun and practiced many hands on skills.
Great American Shakeout

October 16, 2014 Dallas County R-1 Students will participate in the "Central U.S. Great American Shakeout". This event will teach students what to do before, during, and after a major earthquake. All community members are encouraged to participate. To learn more visit http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/faq/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Rjyt7XAZrA
September students of the month
 Congrats to the 8 September students of the month:  Kyla Gillispie, Brooke Jacobs, Jordan Shelly, Jimmy Jenkins, Alex Richardson, Keaton Rackley, Clayton Faulkner, Aaron Henschel
DCR1 Needs Community Input
The Dallas County School District is revising its school improvement plan formally called Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Each public school in Missouri is required to have a current improvement plan. This plan drives the decision making of the district as we strive to meet the goals set in the plan. Plans are written for five year periods. The last improvement plan was 2009-2014.  The district would like to gather input from the community about needed improvements in the district.  The district will hold a community meeting this week, Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Prairie Middle School.  A survey has also been developed and will be distributed in a variety of ways. Residents of Buffalo will receive a survey with their city water bill next week.  Residents can complete the paper survey and return it with their water bill or drop it off at any school office, as well as the district office.  Residents can also complete the survey electronically below.  The survey will also be pushed out via email to parents who have an email address on file with the school. Other notices to access the survey on the school website will be sent via district Facebook page, Dallas County R-I Schools and district Twitter, @BisonPrideR1.  Surveys need to be completed by October 21.

School Improvement Survey
Kindergarteners of America
Mrs. Derrick's Kindergarten class learned about American symbols the week of September 15-19th. They discussed symbols such as the Statute of Liberty, The American Flag, The Bald Eagle and what they represented. To close the lesson as a class project they made an American Flag. Each student colored two different sections of the flag and it was put together like a puzzle. They are all very proud of their project.
DCR1 Adopts Resolution Opposing Amendment 3
Dallas County R-1, MO - The Dallas County R-1 Board of Education has passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot, which would take away local control of our schools.

David Beltz of Dallas County R-1 had this to say about the board's resolution to oppose the amendment:

"Amendment 2 will take away local control of our schools, and we are fundamentally opposed to that. The fact is Amendment 3 would implement unfunded, state-mandated standardized tests that could cost upwards of $1 billion, which school districts and taxpayers would be forced to pay. Additionally, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy.

We believe that this amendment will have many unintended consequences for our school district. We know our schools and our students best, and it's important that our community maintain control of the schools in our district."

Resolution of Amendment 3
Dallas County R-1 Board of Education

WHEREAS, Amendment 3 on the November ballot is a state mandate that shifts local control for educational decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators and school boards; and

WHEREAS, Amendment 3 is a poorly drafted and deeply flawed proposal that has many unintended consequences for teachers, administrators and school boards; and 

WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy; and 

WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would force taxpayers to pay for additional standardized tests at a time when our public schools remain significantly underfunded by the state; and

WHEREAS, Amendment 3 significantly changes teacher evaluations away from a tool to improve teacher performance;  

Therefore be it RESOLVED, the Dallas Co R-1 Board of Education on this 15th day of September, hereby opposes Amendment 3 on the November ballot. 

David Beltz
Buffalo Prairie Facebook page
  Buffalo Prairie Middle School recently added a facebook page.  We ask you to join our page to see updates and some exciting activities and pictures of our students.  
Respiratory Illnesses Due to Enterovirus in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a health alert concerning respiratory illnesses due to Enterovirus.  Follow this link to read the health alert.
FBLA Participates in STL Cardinals Career Day
Buffalo FBLA students attended the STL Cardinals Career Day on September 3rd, 2014. They attended a panel discussion with the Cardinals Assistant GM, Cardinals front office staff, and news media where they learned about the sports management, entertainment, and media industries. Then, they visited a college fair on the mezzanine where they received information about the variety of career paths in the sports industry. Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing encouraged students to do what they are passionate about because "there are pathways that you may not think about." He gave the example of closed captioning that is an essential part of sports media. FBLA is sponsored by Mrs. Ingram and Mrs. DeMuri.

Senior, Amber Austin Recognized as Top Player
Amber Austin, senior at Buffalo HS, was recognized on Ozarks Sports Zone website as an area top softball player.   Click this link to see the story.
Box tops for education
 We are asking all parents to save and collect the box tops from your food products and bring them into your child's teacher.  Box tops are collected to help pay for items to further education.  
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