There are still questions and rumors ciculating about whether the district will have students make up the last snow day, from February 21. At this point, students will still NOT have to make up any days missed so far. 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.
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.
BHS Technology Presentation for Parents and Community
To help answer this question, "What are Kids doing wth Technology and What do Parents Need to Know?", Buffalo High School (BHS) is providing a FREE seminar, open to all parents and the public, on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the BHS Performing Arts Center. BHS Assistant Principal Brandon Prell and Buffalo Police School Resource Officers Josh Erickson and Mark Brown will be presenting on how students use technology and the information and strategies parents should have to promote good digital citizenship with their child(ren).
Technology is continuously changing and it can be a powerful influence in both positive and negative ways. Parents will be encouraged to have two-way discussions with their child(ren) to show how they value the appropriate use of technology, and to allow their child(ren) to honestly share how they are using technology and what they are doing online.
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.
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.