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**Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ** No School October 24**
 
District Announcements
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.á The district would like to gather input from the community about needed improvements in the district.á The district will hold a community meeting this week, Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Prairie Middle School. áA 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.á 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.á Residents can also complete the survey electronically below.á 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.

School Improvement Survey
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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 Beltzáof 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, andáwe 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 unintendedáconsequences for teachers, administrators and school boards; andá

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

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;áá

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.á

David Beltz
BOARD PRESIDENT
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.

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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.áá Click this link to see the story.
Freshman Participate In Orientation
The freshman students participated in Freshman Orientation this morning, August 5.á The mentors and counselors provided several activities to help them become acclimated to high school.á They heard information on policies and procedures including dress code, cell phones, and attendance. The mentors gave guided tours of the high school and students participated in an activities recruitment fair.á This gave them opportunity to learn about sports and clubs they could participate in during high school. Research shows students are more successful in high school when they participate in activities. Thank you to the food service ladies who provided an ice cream treat and the office ladies who provided BHS lanyards. Finally, freshman received a copy of their schedule and locker assignment. They will be ready for the first day of classes August 14.
High School Assistant Principal
Dallas County Schools welcomes Mr. Jeremie Akins to the high school assistant principal position.  Mr. Akins has been the middle school principal at Houston, Missouri for the past two years.  He has taught and coached 11 years, including one year at Buffalo High School in 2005-06. Mr. Akins is a graduate of Skyline High School in Urbana.  He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education at Southwest Baptist University, his Masters degree at Missouri State University, and his Specialist degree at SBU. He is currently working toward his Doctorate degree at Southwest Baptist University in Educational Leadership.
Transportation Handbook - 2014-2015
  The 2014-2015 transportation handbook has been released.  The transportation handbook can be found on each buildings' handbooks, but you can also access the handbook by clicking HERE
High School Choir
Congratulations to the Buffalo High School Choir that competed at State Contest on Saturday, April 5th. Vocal music history was made for BHS: it was the first time that BHS was represented with all four competing choirs. The first ever Men's Choir received perfect "1" ratings from all the judges. Women's Choir received a "1" overall, Mixed Chorus received a "2" overall with a "1" in sightreading, and Chamber Choir also received all "1" ratings. The students have been working extremely hard all year long and their dedication certainly paid off. Go singing Bison!
Youth Sports Brain Injury Report
MSHSAA has released the first annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report regarding the impact of student athlete concussions and head injuries and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries on the MSHSAA website.  This report is located by going to www.mshsaa.org and then going to the SPORTS MEDICINE TAB.
 
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