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School is in session Tuesday, November 18 at DCR1
District Announcements
Mallory Teachers Develop Assessments
During their LSW (Late Start Wednesday), Mallory teachers collaborated about student assessments. Kindergarten teachers utilize a software program called ESGI. It organizes their learning objectives, generates progress reports for parents, generates and presents assessments, and tracks student progress.  The teachers were developing the student assessments. First grade teachers were developing assessments for learner objectives, also. They want to ensure the assessment measures the students' knowledge and not their ability to answer the question electronically.  State assessments (MAP) will all be electronic this spring. Students will be completing them online.
All district band competition
Congrats to our 7/8th band students for doing so well at the all-district band competition in Marshfield.     Makenzie Jasper 1st chair clarinet; Grace Canole 9th chair clarinet; Leann Weisbeck 2nd chair trumpet; Yolanda Rodreguiez 1st chair Bass Clarinet.   Dirk Arnold 7th chair trombone, Madison Robertson 7th chair French Horn and Courtney Presley 19 chair clarinet!
Brownfield's Technology

Kylie Brownfield teaches ELA at the high school. Mrs. Brownfield is very excited about integrating technology in her classroom and has implemented Google Classroom into her curriculum. Here are some the innovations Mrs. Brownfield has implemented so far this year:

Google Classroom - Creating an online environment, like blackboard. Teachers can leave feedback and grade assignments through this avenue.
Google Drive - Students are typing using a word processor. They are becoming familiar with the tools to use to format their papers.
Timer - An online timer is used to give students a visual display of how much time they have remaining on an assignment.
YouTube - Mrs. Brownfield uploads videos with information relevant to assignments. 
BPMS Veteran's Day Celebration.
On November 11, BPMS students led the celebration of our local heroes by hosting an assembly for the local veterans.  
November Board of Education Meeting
The Dallas County R-I School Board of Education will meet Monday, November 17 for its regular monthly meeting at Mallory Elementary School. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The board will be available at 6 p.m. for community dialogue. Click HERE to see the agenda.
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
FFA National Convention

This past week Buffalo FFA members and officers traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the 87th National FFA Convention and Exposition. The students left the morning of October 29th and returned the evening of November 1st. Attending students were Hannah Rumfelt, Becca Simon, Morgan Wall, John Stobb, Spencer Ashworth, Rylee Deckard, Logan Reeves, Kyle Klapp, Lauren Stewart, Jaime Slack, Kaden Hendricks, Katelin Truster, Emily Potter, and Sharon Daves. Many activities were planned for the attending students with some of the highlights being the Justin Moore and Easton Corbin concert, the career show, touring the KESMARC Equine Rehab Center, watching races at the Churchill Downs, and the Convention Sessions where the American Degree recipients were presented with their awards. Heather Deckard and Brittany Eagleburger, graduates of Buffalo High two years ago, were awarded with their American Degrees during those sessions. The American Degree is the highest degree an individual can obtain in FFA.

Veteran's Assembly
Buffalo High School Student Council will be hosting their annual Veteran's Day Assembly November 11th, 2014. The Council invites all who have served or who are currently serving in any branch of the military to join them on Tuesday morning for a Veteran's Breakfast beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the BHS Cafeteria followed by the Assembly which will start at 9:15 in the BHS Field House. Buffalo High would love to have you there to show you their gratitude! 
Basketball Program
Dallas County R-1 Schools are offering a basketball program for students in 2nd through 6th grade. The focus of the program will be on learning the FUNdamentals of basketball. This is an instructional league that will not only include shaping the skills of all students, but also emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship.  This program will begin November 11th and continue through December 18th. Practices and games will be held in the Buffalo High School FEMA gym. To register click here, fill out the form, and return it to your child's school by November 7th.
Students Attend Transition Summit
Dallas County R-1 had 16 middle school and high school transition students attend the 6th Annual Transition Summit in Jefferson City last week. The students had the opportunity to learn about Self-Determination, Career-Preparation, Bullying, Independent Living, and an employer's perspective on how to get a job. Lauren Zeliff, the keynote speaker, spoke to the students about self-determination, leadership, and self-advocacy. The students had an enjoyable time, many won great door prizes, and most importantly they were able to learn life skills to help them in the future.
FBLA "Adopts a Grandparent"
Thursday, October 30th the Buffalo HS FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Chapter started their "Adopt a Grandparent" Community Service Project. They visited Buffalo Prairie Nursing Home and each student was given a "grandparent." They introduced themselves, and gave them a Halloween card and candy. Then, students spent time visiting with their "grandparents." The FBLA students will continue to visit their adopted grandparents throughout the year at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's, Easter, and in May as a "goodbye" time. Several students were nervous, but said afterward how much they really enjoyed visiting with their grandparent! 
Long Lane Carnival
The Long Lane Carnival was held on Saturday, November 1st at Long Lane Elementary and it was a blast! The Carnival Court was headed by king and queen, Alex Hill and Ebbiney Freeman. Other members of the court included Brett Schwanke, Cheyenne Yates, Cole Atterberry, Ryleigh Glor, Riley McCleary, Patience Mason, Chelsey Evans and Jacob VanDruff. The money raised by the carnival will be used to aid teachers in their quest for classroom supplies. Thanks go to all who showed their support!
Cross Country Ends Season Well
The Bison's Cross Country season is over for all the runners except junior Shelby Jackson who qualified for the State Meet being held this Saturday, November 8th. Shelby placed 5th overall and established a new personal best! Close to all of the Bison runners posted their personal best times and with no seniors on the roster, the future is looking bright for Bison Cross Country! 
HS Speech Does It Again
November 1st the BHS Speech Team traveled to School of the Osage to participate in a speech tournament and they swept up again!
11 members placed first in rounds.
8 BHS Speechies advanced to finals.
  • In Extemp Michael Jenks took 1st place.
  • In Original Oratory Nat Smoot placed 2nd.
  • Alexis Campbell took 2nd place and Danielle Jenks placed 3rd in Storytelling.
  • In Humorous Interpretation Danielle Jenks took 5th place.
  • Dramatic Interpretation was won by Erin Hicks.
  • In Duet Acting Velvet Clay and Stephanie Orrell took 1st place.
As a team the BHS Speechies finished in 2nd place.
Statistically speaking the Bison should have only been able to take 5th place so this was a great victory!
Thank you for supporting the Buffalo High Speech Team. 
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.


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.
Some students from DCTC who participate in Skills USA spent their time on October 25th serving the community at Park-tacular. The members administered some games for children and took free photos of children. The students worked hard all day preparing their photo booth and game area. Mrs. Loges, Mr. Mankey and Mr. Kramer sponsor Skills USA.
1st quarter honor roll
   Please click HERE to view the 1st quarter honor roll for BPMS.  
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.
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!
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!
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
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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