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

School Improvement Survey
4th Grade Reports
Mrs. Barnhouse's 4th Graders at Long Lane Elementary have been working hard creating reports. Every student has done a WONDERFUL job and has been extremely neat! If you see a 4th grader be sure and tell them how good their reports have turned out! These two girls even asked to stay in at recess to work on them!

Kindergarteners of America
Mrs. Derrick's Kindergarten class learned about American symbols the week of September 15-19th. They discussed symbols such as the Statute of Liberty, The American Flag, The Bald Eagle and what they represented. To close the lesson as a class project they made an American Flag. Each student colored two different sections of the flag and it was put together like a puzzle. They are all very proud of their project.
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. 

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
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.
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.
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.  
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.

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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