Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, only "smart snacks" will be sold in schools during the school day (from midnight to 30 minutes past the end of the school day). This change will affect vending machines, school stores, and breakfast and lunch à la carte items (some changes will be seen at the middle school, but the majority will be at the high school). Read more and view "Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools" and "Smart Snacks in School" charts.
At this point, students will still NOT have to make up any days/time missed so far from school. We realize there could be more weather related delays or cancellations to school that could affect future decisions. The school board and district administration will continue to monitor the number of student days and will make decisions as the situation presents itself. If more school is cancelled and a decision is made to make up the time, parents will be notified as soon as possible. This has been an unseasonably harsh winter, and we appreciate the parent support even though the decisions that have been made have impacted family schedules.
The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District (BHM) is pleased to announce that Northwinds Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Discovery Elementary and Tatanka Elementary have been invited to participate in the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) program for the 2014-2015 school year. MRC is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of 3rd grade. MRC tutors work one-on-one with K-3rd grade students who are just below proficiency in reading. Tatanka has a half-time tutor position open this fall, and Northwinds and Parkside will each have one full-time tutor position available. Beginning in August, recruited members will receive training and serve for 11 months. In exchange for their service, members will receive a modest living allowance and may be eligible for an education award to use towards college tuition or to pay back federal student loans. Find out how to apply to be a tutor.
Buffalo-Hanover-Monstrose Schools (BHM) will offer two FREE kindergarten options beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Parents will now be provided a FREE all-day, every day kindergarten (ADEDK) program or they can choose to participate in the half-day program. Parents will make that decision during kindergarten registration.
District Enabling Text Messaging Alerts for Parents
Text message alerts are coming soon! An email was sent today to district parents (who have an email on file with the school) about a new text messaging feature that is being enabled to allow the school and district to reach parents via text messaging (in addition to phone and email). Parents can expect to get a text message sometime this week (February 3-7) on their cell phone saying they will now receive text messaging alerts when the school or district sends out a message (and enables the texting feature). Parents only need to respond to the text if they want to OPT OUT of the texting feature.
The district is notifying parents here and on Facebook in case they don't have an email on file. If a parent wants to receive text messages, but does not have a cell phone on file, contact your child's school to have it entered.
The Buffalo High School Arts Magnet program was featured in the "What's Cool in School" segment. Kim Insley and her crew were at BHS to record the segment last Thursday, January 2. Check out the video.
Just before winter break, Montrose Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Angie Kath and Buffalo High School Business and Computer Technology Teacher Brenda Diekman who were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on December 17. They were among 91 teachers from 48 districts honored.
BHM School Nurses are encouraging those who haven't to get vaccinated for influenza. This is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 8-14. During this week, they are reminding people that it's not too late to get your flu shot or nasal spray. The height of flu season isn't until January and February. Read more...
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.
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.