This issue of the Insider includes: Retiring Staff, Summer Hunger, Changing Bodies, Changing Clocks, Special Education Provides Critical Services Year Round, Special and Regular Education Students Make Connections, Make Summer Count with BHM Community Educations, Summer Constructions Projects, Proud Of and upcoming graduation information.
The sun was shining as construction began at Hanover Elementary on Monday, May 4th. The project was approved as part of the bond referendum held last fall. A new secure entry will be built alongside of the current entry area and will include a visitor check-in area, the principal's office and secretary space along with a new health office. The current main office area will be remodeled into a kindergarten classroom.
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has announced that Minnesota will temporarily suspend administration of the Science MCAs for the remainder Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14. Pearson’s system is currently experiencing a “distributed denial of service attack,” which means that the system is being intentionally disrupted by an outside source. BHM and other districts reported students experiencing serious delays with Pearson’s system.The attack is similar to what occurred on April 21, but Pearson reports that this is a larger and more sophisticated attack.“It is simply unacceptable and unfair to subject students and teachers to this kind of uncertainty in a high-stakes testing environment,” said Cassellius. "After the April 21 suspension, Pearson added additional security measures to prevent this type of disruption. Given the need to suspend testing today, I have questions about Pearson’s ability to follow through on their assurances."
Most BHM schools have completed MCA testing, except for Science at the larger schools. The attached calendar will be updated after testing resumes. We're doing our best to keep parents aware of when their students are scheduled to be tested in reading, math and science. Please note that students in Grades 2-5 will begin Performance Series testing the week of May 4 and is not included on the attached calendar.
The BHS Theatre department earned a 'Starred Performance" while at the One-Act Play State Festival, with their amazing performance of, Goldstar, Ohio! They are the State One-Act Champions! Read on for additional information.
The district is currently researching changing school start times. Read more about the research and findings that the BHM School Start Times Task Force used to help make a recommendation to the school board. You can also find more information about the research used on the Teaching and Learning website.
In accordance with 2013 Minnesota statutes, section 120B.11, the BHM School Board at their December 8th meeting adopted a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce. The Local World's Best Workforce Plan is intended to serve as a foundational document aligning all educational initiatives serving students from pre-kindergarten through high school. BHM's World's Best Workforce Plan will serve as a blueprint that demonstrates how current district initiatives and plans work together in a concerted effort to create a quality workforce equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century. For a copy of the full report click on "download" below.
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools (BHM) has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 15. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2014.
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BHM Schools food service department maintains an Angel Account funded by donations. The Angel Account is used to cover temporary shortfalls in student meal account funds. Find out how you can make a donation today.