Just announced, BHS members have received the Outstanding Overall Performance Award for The Phantom of the Operamusical that was performed at BHS in November, 2013.This award means our BHS cast will be performing a three to four minute medley from Phantom at the SpotLight Showcase on the Orpheum stage! Read on for additional information.
Community Phone Survey to Help Revise Strategic Plan
Over the next few weeks, residents in Buffalo, Hanover and Montrose may receive a phone call (on a landline or cell phone) regarding a BHM School District survey. The feedback from this random-sample, community phone survey will help the school board and district leaders revise the district-wide strategic plan. The district contracted with a Minneapolis-based research firm, The Morris Leatherman Company, to conduct the survey. It's a comprehensive community survey and participants can expect it to average 15-20 minutes in length. If you receive a call, please take the time to participate in the survey, as your input is very valuable to shaping the future of the district.
District Teachers Recognized for their Outstanding Leadership
Congratulations to this year's LEEA (Leadership in Educational Excellence Award) winners: Pam Ramsey--Tatanka Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher; Jessa Rakotz--Buffalo Community Middle School Special Education Teacher; Jenny Doimer--Montreose Elementary Special Education Teacher; Marcia Bauman--Buffalo High School Math Teacher; and Jenina Rothstein--Instructional Specialist. The awards are presented by Resource Training and Solutions in late October. Pictured with the recipients is Executive Director of Resource Training and Solutions Rob Cavanna and BHM Superintendent Scott Thielman.
Each year, school districts are required by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to submit an Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement of the previous year's instruction and assessment. The annual report is filled with charts illustrating how students have performed on district and state tests. The report also highlights the curriculum areas that have been reviewed and the improvements that have been made to the classroom instruction.
This year's report includes information regarding: school board goals relating to student achievement; tests administered in BHM Schools; the district's testing schedule for 2013-14; GRAD (Graduation Required Assessments for Diploma) results; MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) results; MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) results; grade 10 PLAN results and grade 11-12 ACT Results, and District/Community Teaching & Learning Council members.
Bring your clean, gently-used and playable instruments to Buffalo Community Middle School for the Play It Forward program. Schools are in need of any classroom instruments: woodwinds, brass, strings, snare drums, acoustic guitars, recorders, hand drums, etc. We'll put them in the hands of kids at schools throughout Minnesota. The instrument drive runs through November 2013, but BCMS will accept your donations any time throughout the year.
Hanover Recognized Nationally as a Blue Ribbon School
On Tuesday, November 19 Hanover Elementary Principal Jeff Olson and 4th Grade Teacher Jenny Boldt accepted the Blue Ribbon Award in Washington, DC. U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to the room of educators before Aba Kumi, the Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, congratulated recipients on their award (pictured center). The awards luncheon topped off the two-day event where award recipients also attended break-out sessions and heard from key note speakers including the national superintendent and teacher of the year. (View a clip of the presentation.)
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