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NO SCHOOL Friday, March 13 for Teacher PD.  School will be in session March 16-20.
 
District Announcements
BHS Girls Game Rescheduled

The BHS girls basketball district championship game scheduled at Strafford today has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

Special Board of Education Meeting Scheduled
The DCR1 Board of Education will meet in special session, Monday evening, March 2 at 8 p.m. at Long Lane Elementary School. AGENDA
Lady Bison District Championship Game
Game time for the Lady Bison in the Class 3, District 11, championship game has been moved to 1 p.m.  Saturday, February 28. They will take on Strafford, at Strafford. Support the LADY BISON!
Read the Most From Coast to Coast
 BPMS students will be participating in the Read the Most From Coast to Coast on Friday.  
End of 3rd Quarter Adjusted
The last day of 3rd quarter has been moved to March 19. It was originally scheduled for March 12 but due to last week's snow days, it has been adjusted.
FFA Pulled Pork Lunch
Buffalo High School Future Farmers of America's annual pulled pork lunch is this Friday, February 27, in the Buffalo High School Ag Building. The meal includes a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, dill pickle, chips and cookies. The cost of the meal is $9 and the Buffalo High FFA members will even deliver! Contact Mr. Phillips at the Buffalo High School for questions or to place an order at 417-848-1490 or email cody.phillips@bisonpride.org.
Archery Success
Coltin Metcalf scored a perfect 50 at 10 meters at a recent archery practice. Coltin is a 5th grade student at Buffalo Prairie Middle School. Way to go Coltin! 
District Tournaments
Tomorrow Saturday, February 28, the Buffalo Lady Bison basketball team will be competing for a district championship. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Strafford High School. To view the full bracket for the district tournament click here.
Bison Courtwarming
On Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, Buffalo High School held their annual Courtwarming festivities. The Buffalo High basketball teams faced Springfield Catholic in two tough battles. The Lady Bison defeated the Fighting Irish and the Bison lost to the visiting team. Gino Gallo and Taylor Stanton were elected Courtwarming King and Queen. The Courtwarming Dance scheduled for February 21 was postponed due to inclement weather and the date of the dance is TBD.
After a Suicide: Helping Students Cope
It is with great sadness that we have lost a student at Buffalo High School who died at his home.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.  The cause of death was suicide. We want to take the opportunity to remind our community that suicide is a very complicated act. Some information is included that may be helpful to you in discussing suicide with your child. Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today, as well as days and weeks to come. Please contact the school office is you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. 
Please access this link for information on After Suicide: Helping Students Cope

Helpful Resources:
School counselors in all buildings are a great resource 345-2222
Dallas County Health Department, access to trained counselors 345-2332
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
1-800-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
1-877-542-SAFE  (Safe2Tell encourages students to voice their concerns and take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe.)
National Suicide Prevention Life Line website www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org




 
BHS Speech
Saturday, February 7th, the BHS speech team traveled to El Dorado Springs to compete.
Even though 8 of the 17 schools competed and made points both Friday and Saturday they were able to sweep up 5th place.
In Extemp all three advanced to semi-finals:  Michael Jenks, Brady Deckard, and Emily Richardson.
In Original Oratory two advanced to semis and finals:
                Nat Smoot took 3rd place overall
                Paige Garrett took 5th place overall
In Radio Speaking Trenton Wells advanced to semi-finals.
In Storytelling Alexis Campbell advanced to semis and finals and took 2nd place overall.
In Humorous Interpretation Danielle Jenks advanced to semifinals.
In Dramatic Interpretation Nat Smooth advanced to semis and finals and took 2nd place overall.
In Duet Improv Sky Sherman and Danielle Jenks advanced to semi-finals.
Thanks for continuing to support your BHS speech team.
The Buffalo Speechies will be traveling to Hillcrest this Saturday to do what they love on Valentine’s Day – compete.
Thundering Herd Tournament Champs
Saturday, January 31st, Buffalo High School hosted their own Thundering Herd Wrestling Tournament. The tournament was held in the Buffalo High Field House. The Bison wrestling team placed first overall and individual medalists are listed below:
120: Cody Gruber 2nd
126: Trenton Houston 1st
132: Marcus Autrey 1st
138: Justin Ruble 2nd
145: Blake Williamson 3rd
152: Austin Reid 4th
160: Colten Kenady 2nd
170: Ty Skarin 1st
195: Thomas Heipke 2nd
220: Shane Sisco 1st
285: Noah Mayton 4th

​Way to go Bison!
Math Contest
Congratulations to the BPMS and Long Lane students who recently competed in the 16th Annual, Southwest Baptist University MATH contest.  This was a preliminary contest to get students ready for the state contest in the spring.  The MATH Team consists of students from Day and After School Math Clubs and are sponsored by Patsy Viets and Debbie Wallace. View winners and pictures.
Influenza
The district health services department would like to share some information with you. Attached is a Flu Fact Sheet from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. As we are in the flu season, watch for flu symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, may have vomiting and diarrhea, and feeling very tired. A person with the flu is contagious from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days after becoming sick.  The flu is spread mostly from person to person through coughs and sneezes of people who are sick; or by touching surfaces with the flu virus on it and then touching eyes, mouth or nose. To prevent the spread of viruses, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
School Attendance: Do not send you child to school if he/she is sick. Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without having taken fever-reducing medication.
If you child gets flu-like symptoms, consult your doctor as needed, and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks plenty of fluids. Children with chronic health conditions (like asthma or diabetes) may be more susceptible to the flu.
 
February Mallory Memo
Click the picture to see the February 2015 edition of the Mallory Memo!   
Buffalo Youth Wrestling Club
This weekend the Buffalo Youth Wrestling Club traveled to MSU to compete in the Eagles Lair wrestling tournament.  It was a day of triumph as our hometown heroes place highly in the tournament.  Keyonia Morton won first place achieving the first female from D.A. Mallory Elementary to win a wrestling tournament. Tristan Mueller won first place as well becoming the first male of the year from Long Lane Elementary to win a tournament this year. Blake Daher, Ashton Vogler, and Tanner Mueller won first place as well bringing gold back to Buffalo Prairie Middle School. Levi Kenady, Silas Mabary, and  Nikko Pettis  brought second place finishes back home. Daniel Mabary, Adam Mabary, Roxlyn Taylor, Dominic Famiano, and Brett Bilyeu brought home third place finishes. With this many victories on the mat this USA Wrestling season should be a stand out year for our Bison Wrestlers.
 
Keyonia getting her hand raised in victory
Keyonia gets her hand raised in victory.
Classroom
Mrs. Barnhouse's 4th grade classroom has begun using a new way to practice their arithmetic skills. They use dry erase markers on desktops which work wonderfully as a dry erase board. The students love this simple, different way of learning. Who knew? Kleenex will wipe it off.
Austin Signs to Play Softball
Buffalo High Senior Amber Austin signed to play college softball at North Central Missouri College, Trenton, MO on Friday, January 16th. Austin has been a four year starter at 1st base for the Bison softball program. Congratulations Amber!
Scholar Bowl Competes
Scholar Bowl traveled to Webb City last night to participate in their Varsity Only Scholar Bowl team.  The team played three preliminary rounds and won all three.  They then played Branson for first place and were neck and neck through first quarter.  They were unable to keep up but finished in second place out of the sixteen teams that participated.  The varsity team members were Grace Darrow – captain, Elise Quisenberry, John Morrison, Ethan Lynch, and Philip Canole.
 
Karen Kjar Parent Resource Cabin
Parents of elementary students are encouraged to check out the Resource Cabin located in front of D.A. Mallory Elementary.  Parent workshops will be offered on Monday evenings at 6:00, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at both 10:00 and 11:15 a.m.  Workshops will focus on Establishing Home Study Habits, The School and Home Connection, Building Reading Skills, Building Math Skills and Using Technology.  Call Cheryl Knox at 417.345.2350 (1069) if you have additional questions.
Box Tops
This year Mallory Elementary has earned about $1,200.00 just by collecting and turning in Box Tops. Much more can be earned by turning in Box Tops that are on hundreds of products! Click to learn more about the Box Tops Project and ways that Mallory Elementary can benefit.
BPMS Second Quarter Honor Roll
To view the second quarter honor roll, please click HERE!  
BPMS Boys Basketball
School Improvement Survey Results
Thank you to the 792 community members, parents, students, and staff who completed the school improvement survey. We also received many valuable comments.  Use the links below to view the results of the survey.  The steering committee will meet one more time November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school to complete the new School Improvement Plan. The new plan will be presented for approval by the DCR1 Board of Education at the December 15 meeting.

Survey Results     Survey Comments
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!
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.  
School Calendar 2014-2015
The school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available.  You can download a copy by clicking here.  School will be in session January 19 as a snow day, make-up day.
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