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**Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ** No School October 24**
 
District Announcements
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."
Sample 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
CARE Mobile-September 25
The Dallas County School District is partnering with the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals CARE Mobile program to provide pediatric service. The CARE Mobile will be at Mallory Elementary September 25, 2014. Appointment scheduling will begin at 9 a.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Teresa Coltrin 417-345-2222, Ext. 2035.á Click here to view the flyer
Give Your Input!
The Dallas County R1 School District needs community input! áPlease join us for a community meeting on September 25 @ 7:00 pm in the cafeteria at BPMS. áThe purpose of this meeting will be to gather valuable information from interested community members regarding identification of areas of improvement for our school district. áAreas of improvement will then be prioritized into a five year action plan to guide our district progress for the future. áAreas of focus will include the following: á(1) Student Performance; (2) Highly Qualified Staff; (3) Facilities, Instructional Programs, Support; (4)Parent and Community Involvement; and (5) Governance. áPlease come and share your ideas about how our school district can be improved.á See the 2009-2014 CSIP plan.
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Homecoming
September 19th Homecoming Festivities will be held at Buffalo High. The Bison football team will take on Central beginning at 7:00 p.m. with crowning of the queen preceding the game at 6:30 p.m. A dance will be held in the Buffalo High School Cafeteria starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 12 a.m. following the game. Dance Tickets canábe purchased this week at lunch. Single tickets areáfour dollars and couple tickets are six dollars.áPrior to these events students can show their Bison Pride by participating in Spirit Days. The Spirit Day themes are as follows: September 15th - Magic Monday, September 16th - Star Trek/Star Wars Tuesday, September 17th - 80s Workout Wednesday, September 18th - Fake-An-Injury Thursday, and finally Class Colors Friday (freshmen, white; sophomores, red; juniors, red, black & white; seniors, black).
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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