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**Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ** No School October 24**
District Announcements
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!
This Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24, the Dallas County R-1 School District will have no school. This recess from school marks the end of first quarter. On Thursday, October 23, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To meet with your child's teacher at Buffalo Prairie Middle School, Mallory Elementary, or Long Lane Elementary an appointment will need to be scheduled. Contact your student's teacher or building office to schedule. Buffalo High School and the Dallas County Technical Center will be open to all parents, there is no need to schedule an appointment. Remember: there will be no after school activities.
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.
After School Programming Begins October 13
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers after school programming begins Monday, October 13 at HS and MS. The after school buses will be available leaving town at 6:15 p.m. For more information see the special tab on the left side of our web page titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
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.
Grandparent's Night
D.A. Mallory Elementary & Long Lane Elementary hosted their first Title 1 family night Tuesday. It was our grandparent’s night with a theme of “Mr. Potato Head Night”. This is usually our biggest family night with grandparents attending with their grandchild. Families participated in math and reading activities throughout the building and had their picture taken with “Mr. Potato Head” props such as a mustache or eye glasses. The kitchen served a baked potato with toppings to put on it, such as sour cream, chives, onions, and cheese. We had approximately 880 in attendance at Mallory and 149 at Long Lane. Owen Phillips won our grand prize drawing and Abby Macella won the survey prize at Mallory. Chelsey Evans won our grand prize drawing and Rebecca Vandruff won the survey prize at Long Lane.  One student from each class at both elementary buildings won a class prize. 

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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