Let's get movin' Buffalo! Join the community this Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the second annual Open Streets event in downtown Buffalo. Streets will be blocked off for the big event. Ride your bike, walk, run, roller blade, (drive).....just get on down to the event. There will be lots of fun activites to get you moving! Click on the story to see a list of activities and the event sponsors....
Wright County and Love INC Facilitating School Supply Collection Programs
It seems like school just got out for summer, but many people are already planning for students coming back to school in the fall! Wright County has "Project Pencils" and Love INC-Big Woods is working with the Buffalo Food Shelf to collect school supplies for students in need. Here is what you need to know about the two different programs:
Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal Kris Thompson has been named the Central Division Assistant Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Colleagues from the division nominate candidates. Thompson worked at BHS for 14 years as a physical education teacher, before leaving to gain administrative experience at Becker High School for two years. She returned to BHS in 2009 and has been in her current position as assistant principal for the last five years.
Sydney Mischke and Jordan McGinty, Buffalo Community Middle School 7th grade girls, are both part of the Quest program for highly gifted students. As a part of their Quest Social Studies class, they completed a history project that was a part of a National History Day competition.
School Board Acting Clerk/Treasurer Dean Perry announced that he is resigning from the board effective June 30, 2014. He noted that it's been a challenge for him to make the commitment that is necessary to be on the board. Perry said that he is going to miss working with the board but will continue to stay as involved as possible. Superintendent Scott Thielman and the board thanked Perry for his years of service, noting that his leadership will be missed.
The school board is accepting letters of interest and will interview potential candidates for the open seat. The appointment to fill the vacancy will be effective through December 31, 2015 and the seat would be up for election in November 2015. Letters of intereste can be sent to: BHM Board of Education, c/o Anita Underberg, 214 - 1st Ave NE, Buffalo, MN 55313 or emailed to email@example.com. The deadline for letters is Friday, July 11, 2014 by 4 p.m. Questions may be directed to Anita Underberg, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education, by email or by calling 763-682-8706.
Interviews will take place once the letters have been reviewed. The new board member will be appointed at a special school board meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014.
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.
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Discovery Elementary Grades 1-2 Teacher Rissa Schrick was honored on Monday, April 21, 2014 by KS95 as their Teacher of the Week. Schrick, who has taught at Discovery for the last nine years, was nominated for the award by a parent of one of her current students. The letter of nomination highlighted Schrick's ability to communicate with the students, provide one-on-one attention, how admired she is and how the students want to do their best to make her proud. Students in her class say she is funny, nice, super kind, makes things fun and interesting, creative, hilarious and brightens your day when you are sad.
Each week during the school year, Minneapolis based radio station KS95 FM honors a Teacher of the Week. KS95's Ryan and Shannon interview the winning teacher on their morning show and one of the radio personalities visits the classroom to present a plaque to the teacher and the class. The winning teacher is also invited to a dinner (this year at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America) on May 29 where one teacher's name will be randomly drawn to win $1,000 cash for him/herself and $1,000 for their school. Out of the hundreds of nominations they receive, only 35 are selected and recognized for the honor. Schrick is the 27th teacher to be recognized.
Radio personality Shannon came to Schrick class to present the award, talk to the students about their teacher, field questions about working at a radio station and passed out treats for the kids.
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.
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.