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**Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ** No School October 24**
Upcoming Events
 
District Announcements
Grade Cards Come Home Today
High School students received their grade cards on Friday.  Please look for those to come home after school with your HS student.
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
Financial Aid Workshop for Seniors
Attention senior students and parents:
There will be a Federal Aid Workshop on Thursday, October 23, 2014. All seniors along with their parents who are planning on attending college should come. There will be an instructional period on the FAFSA, and instruction on how to apply for a PIN number and begin the scholarship process. Handouts will be provided. 
Please call Mrs. Cantrell or Mrs. Hicks at 345-2223 or email us at lisa.cantrell@bisonpride.org, or loribeth.hicks@bisonpride.org    If you call and there is no answer, please leave a message with your name, your student’s name and the time you plan on attending.  Workshops will begin every hour during parent teacher conferences.  If you are unable to attend during this time, please call for another appointment.
For available times and other information please click here.
Student Council Promotes Safe Driving Commitment
Buffalo High School Student Council in conjunction with State Farm Insurance is competing against other schools in our geographical area for a chance to win a lot of money for our school.  
 
All you have to do is go to the following website www.celebratemydrive.com and click on the link "Make Your Safe Driving Commitment."  After clicking the link you will be required to enter your email address and date of birth and answer two questions.  This will confirm your pledge to their campaign of safe driving.
 
You are able to vote only once per day per email address, so your continued help in our pursuit of the Grand Prize for our school is greatly appreciated.  
 
Thanks Again,
Scott Miller and Buffalo High School Student Council
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.
 
October BOE Meeting Scheduled
The October BOE meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Long Lane Elementary School. The community is welcome to have dialog with the BOE beginning at 6 p.m. AGENDA
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
The Cox CARE Mobile is returning to Mallory Elementary October 20, 2014
The Dallas County School District is partnering with the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Cox CARE Mobile program to provide pediatric service. The Cox CARE Mobile offers FREE basic health services for children from age 2 months through the age of 18 by a nurse pratitioner partnering iwth local physicans. The mission of the CARE Mobile parogram is to p-rovide access to health care for childr who have no insurance, do not have a primary care primary care physician or whose parents cannot afford to pay for necessary services.
The CARE Mobile will be at Mallory Elementary October 20, 2014. Appointment scheduling will begin at 9:30 a.m. Choices of appointment times are not available.  Appointments are necessary to insure the return of services offereed. The Cox CARE Mobile will remain at Mallory Elementary on the scheduled day as long as patients are being seen.
To schedule an appointment, contact Teresa Coltrin 417-345-2222, Ext. 2035. 
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
 
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
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.

 
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.
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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