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**Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ** No School October 24**
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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. 

Grandparent's Breakfast
 We want to thank the grandparents of our 5/6th grade students.  We had over 100 grandparents show up today for donuts, muffins, and drinks.  We even ran out of food, which we apologize for that.  Next Friday, we are looking forward to seeing our grandparents of the 7/8th graders.  
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."
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 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
Grandparents Family Night
Grandparents Family Night was held September 16th at Long Lane Elementary. 
These are the Grandparents Family Night Winners.
Back Row is Hayden Chapmen (K), Jacob Burns (3rd), Ella Huntley (2nd), Audrey Peterson (4th),
Front row is Chelsey Evans (K), Gracie Argueta (1st), Rebecca VanDruff (1st)
The students won prizes when they were entered into a drawing for attending, as well as completing a survey.
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.  Click here to view the flyer
Earth Worm vs. Gummy Worm
First Grade students worked on an exciting science experiment today. They compared earth worms to gummy worms. They measured each using paperclips. This was not easy to do with a live worm that wants to leave the table. They then wrote about what each type of worm did when it was touched. Students had to decide if each type of worm was living or non-living and explain their choice.

Zombie Run
The youth wrestling program is sponsoring a Zombie Run to raise funds for the program.  The Bison Zombie Run is Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the DCR1 cross country course north of Buffalo on Hwy 65 behind the Shriner Building.  Entry fee is $15/person. See the FLYER and download the entry form. Forms can be mailed to D.A. Mallory Elementary, Attn. Shellie Fink, 315 W. Hickory, Buffalo, MO  65622 See you there in your best zombie costume.
Spirit Week
 Next week, BPMS students will participate in Spirit week to coincide with the HS homecoming events.  The themes for each day are below:
Monday - Farmer Day
Tuesday - Super Hero Day
Wednesday - Star Trek/Star Wars Day
Thursday - 80's Rock Day
Friday - School Colors Day
Give Your Input!
The Dallas County R1 School District needs community input!  Please join us for a community meeting on September 25 @ 7:00 pm in the cafeteria at BPMS.  The purpose of this meeting will be to gather valuable information from interested community members regarding identification of areas of improvement for our school district.  Areas of improvement will then be prioritized into a five year action plan to guide our district progress for the future.  Areas of focus will include the following:  (1) Student Performance; (2) Highly Qualified Staff; (3) Facilities, Instructional Programs, Support; (4)Parent and Community Involvement; and (5) Governance.  Please come and share your ideas about how our school district can be improved.  See the 2009-2014 CSIP plan.
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.  
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 can be purchased this week at lunch. Single tickets are four dollars and couple tickets are six dollars. Prior 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).
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.

Grandparent's Day
   On September 19 and 26, BPMS will host their annual grandparent breakfast for the grandparents of our students.  On September 19, grandparents of the 5/6th grade students are asked to come in and on September 26, the grandparents of the 7/8th graders are asked to come in.  The time is from 7:30-8:30.  Grandparents will have an oportunity to visit their grandchild's classroom that morning.  
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.  
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
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