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NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Teacher Professional Development Day
 
District Announcements
NO SCHOOL
There is no school Friday, October 31 for professional development for teachers. Have a spooktacular day!
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.
Fall Athletic Banquet
The Fall Athletic Banquet will be held on November 13th at 6:00p.m in the Buffalo High School Field House. At the banquet Girl's Golf, Football, Volleyball, Softball, and Cross Country athletes will be honored. á á
Buffalo High Band
The Buffalo High School band went to competition at Reed's Spring on Saturday, October 18th, and excelled!áThe band placedá4th 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.á The band came in 5th overall! Way to go!
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 ShewmakeráCenter beginning at 9:30 a.m.á
BHS Band Fundraiser
The Buffalo High School band is trying to raise money for a new trailer to haul their equipment to competitions.á The band boosters are doing a fundraiser by collecting unwanted clothes. áThey have lots of money to raise and would love to have any help.á 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!á
Buffalo High Goes Facebook Official
A new Facebook page has been created for Buffalo High School.áTheáBuffalo 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 toáhttps://www.facebook.com/BuffaloHighSchooláand "like" the page to stay in the loop!
BHS Speech Team Competes at Niangua
Your Buffalo High School Speech Team swept up at Nianguaáon Saturday, October 11th.áDanielle Jenks took 2nd in Humorous Interpretation and Trenton Wells took 5th.áErin Hicks took 1st in Dramatic Interpretation, Paige Garrett took 3rd, and Natalie Smoot took 4th place.áPaige Garrett took 3rd in Poetry and Natalie Smoot took 5th.áVelvet Clay took 1st in Storytelling.áMichael Jenks took 1st in Radio and Emily Richardson took 5th.áStephanie Orrell and Velvet Clay took 1st in Duet and Hannah Rumfelt and Mariah Ruble took 6th.áIn Original Oratory the Bison took 4 entries and took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place.áSky Sherman took 1st, Natalie Smoot took 2nd, Hannah Rumfelt took 3rd, and Mariah Rubleátook 4th.á During rounds they took 6 1st and 5 2nd places.áThe 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.
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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 afteráa major earthquake. All community members are encouraged to participate. To learn more visitáhttp://www.shakeout.org/centralus/faq/áoráhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Rjyt7XAZrA
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.á Surveys need to be completed by October 21.

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.
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.
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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