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.
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.)
The district is Proud Of Buffalo High School Senior Aaron Hamann who was named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Hamann is one of 16,000 students across the country who were named as a Semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors will have a chance earn one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million total that will be offered next spring. To be considered for an award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship award, earning the Merit Scholar title.
The district would like to recognize Sharon Uttke–Discovery Elementary Principal/School Secretary, Mary Harvala-ECFE, Christie Mastey–Buffalo High School Special Education ESP and Randy Paumen–Northwinds Elementary Head Engineer and who were selected by the district to receive the Outstanding Educational Support Staff Award presented by Resource Training and Solutions. They were honored at a dinner on September 25, 2013 in St. Cloud and presented with their awards. Thank you for "Making a Difference!"
Have a gently used backpack laying around the house? Donate it to the district's wRight Choice Backpack Buddies Program. AVID students at Buffalo High School are collecting new and used backpacks for the program September 23-27. You can drop off the backpack at any school office in the district. Backpack Buddies will fill these backpacks with food and distribute them to students in need in our district. Please donate, because hunger doesn't take a break on the weekends.
Along with the new school year, the district welcomes the new teachers for the 2013-14. These teachers replace those who have retired or moved from the district. (Photo provided by Rob LaPlante, Wright County Journal-Press)