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HS Yearbook
Capture your 2014-2015 year memories by purchasing a BHS YEARBOOK! Time is running out!
Senior/Graduation Ads:
  • Payment and pictures must be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2015 order form 
​If​ you have any questions, contacts Mrs. Ingram at (417)345-2223 ext. 3156 or at shaundra.ingram@bisonpride.us

3rd quarter honor roll
 Please click HERE to view the 3rd quarter honor roll.  
District Champs

The Buffalo Lady Bison were Class 3 District 11 Champions this year. 
School District Levy vs. Bond
Do you know the difference in a school tax operational levy and a school bond (debt service) levy? What can a school do with operating levy funds vs. debt service levy funds? You can read the difference in the two, as well as see why the DCR1 Board of Education chose an operating levy for April 7, in this NEWSLETTER.
HS Immunization Clinic Scheduled for April 17
The Dallas County Health Department will be offering an immunization clinic at Buffalo High School on Friday, April 17.  HPV and Meningococcal vaccines will be available free of charge.  HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine can prevent several types of cancer in both females and males.  Meningococcal vaccine can prevent 4 types of meningococcal disease (Meningitis).  These vaccines are not required for school attendance, but are highly recommended for adolescents.  Many colleges/universities require Meningococcal vaccine for enrollment.

If you would like your child to receive one or both of these vaccines at the clinic during school, please have your child pick up a consent form from the high school nurse, or call 345-5628 to speak with the nurse.  A parent/guardian signed consent form will be required for your child to receive these important vaccines.
DCR1 Audit Report FY14
Each July, DCR1 is audited by an outside company.  School districts are required to be audited at least every two years but most districts have one conducted each year, as DCR1 does. The most recent audit report for FY14 has been added to our district website under the Board of Education tab. The file can be accessed at the bottom of the page.  A copy is also available at the Dallas County Library. Past annual audits are available upon request. Contact Mrs. Robin Ritchie, 417-345-2222. You can also access the document with this LINK.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about combined enrollment numbers for Mallory and Long Lane Elementary Schools?  Staff numbers in the elementary schools? Trailers at Mallory? Class sizes?  Number of classrooms at Mallory?  Technology upgrades?  Click on this link to access answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Lady Bison on the Ozone Sports
Click this link to view the interview with the Lady Bison on the Ozone Sports. Go Bison!
Summer School classes
  Please click HERE to see the BPMS summer school brochure.  
Lady Bison Sendoff
Special thanks to the community for an amazing sendoff for the Lady Bison. Go Bison!
Lady Bison defeat St. James
On Saturday, March 7, the Lady Bison basketball team competed in Quarterfinals of the State Tournament at Drury University. They took on St. James and defeated them by a score of 66-53. This victory advanced the Lady Bison into the Final Four and they will play Thursday, March 12, at 6:40 in the Hearnes Center on the campus of Missouri University in Columbia, MO. Way to go Lady Bison!
Coach of the Year and All Stars Selected
Congratulations to Taylor Faulkner and Morgan Henderson being recognized as KJEL radio All-Stars.  KJEL radio recognizes a number of  area outstanding male and female basketball athletes each year.  They were honored March 9th with a banquet for players and their families, as well as their coaches. Another congratulations to Coach Stokes, as he was selected as the KJEL Coach of the Year.

KJEL broadcasts many area basketball games. They will be broadcasting the girls state tournament games this week. KJEL is located at 103.7 fm. Go Bison!
Early Release for State Basketball Tournament
Due to the State Basketball Tournament, school will be released at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, March 12 in all Dallas County Schools. Students are out of school Friday for teacher professional development. The teacher PD will be rescheduled at the end of the school year. Go Bison!
Adjusted School Calendar
Our adjusted, last day of school is now Friday, May 22. We will also be in session May 16-20, which was originally scheduled as Spring Break but will be used for snow make up days. Teachers will work Tuesday, May 26.
End of 3rd Quarter Adjusted
The last day of 3rd quarter has been moved to March 19. It was originally scheduled for March 12 but due to last week's snow days, it has been adjusted.
Bison Courtwarming
On Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, Buffalo High School held their annual Courtwarming festivities. The Buffalo High basketball teams faced Springfield Catholic in two tough battles. The Lady Bison defeated the Fighting Irish and the Bison lost to the visiting team. Gino Gallo and Taylor Stanton were elected Courtwarming King and Queen. The Courtwarming Dance scheduled for February 21 was postponed due to inclement weather and the date of the dance is TBD.
After a Suicide: Helping Students Cope
It is with great sadness that we have lost a student at Buffalo High School who died at his home.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.  The cause of death was suicide. We want to take the opportunity to remind our community that suicide is a very complicated act. Some information is included that may be helpful to you in discussing suicide with your child. Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today, as well as days and weeks to come. Please contact the school office is you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. 
Please access this link for information on After Suicide: Helping Students Cope

Helpful Resources:
School counselors in all buildings are a great resource 345-2222
Dallas County Health Department, access to trained counselors 345-2332
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
1-800-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
1-877-542-SAFE  (Safe2Tell encourages students to voice their concerns and take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe.)
National Suicide Prevention Life Line website www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

BHS Speech
Saturday, February 7th, the BHS speech team traveled to El Dorado Springs to compete.
Even though 8 of the 17 schools competed and made points both Friday and Saturday they were able to sweep up 5th place.
In Extemp all three advanced to semi-finals:  Michael Jenks, Brady Deckard, and Emily Richardson.
In Original Oratory two advanced to semis and finals:
                Nat Smoot took 3rd place overall
                Paige Garrett took 5th place overall
In Radio Speaking Trenton Wells advanced to semi-finals.
In Storytelling Alexis Campbell advanced to semis and finals and took 2nd place overall.
In Humorous Interpretation Danielle Jenks advanced to semifinals.
In Dramatic Interpretation Nat Smooth advanced to semis and finals and took 2nd place overall.
In Duet Improv Sky Sherman and Danielle Jenks advanced to semi-finals.
Thanks for continuing to support your BHS speech team.
The Buffalo Speechies will be traveling to Hillcrest this Saturday to do what they love on Valentine’s Day – compete.
Thundering Herd Tournament Champs
Saturday, January 31st, Buffalo High School hosted their own Thundering Herd Wrestling Tournament. The tournament was held in the Buffalo High Field House. The Bison wrestling team placed first overall and individual medalists are listed below:
120: Cody Gruber 2nd
126: Trenton Houston 1st
132: Marcus Autrey 1st
138: Justin Ruble 2nd
145: Blake Williamson 3rd
152: Austin Reid 4th
160: Colten Kenady 2nd
170: Ty Skarin 1st
195: Thomas Heipke 2nd
220: Shane Sisco 1st
285: Noah Mayton 4th

​Way to go Bison!
Math Contest
Congratulations to the BPMS and Long Lane students who recently competed in the 16th Annual, Southwest Baptist University MATH contest.  This was a preliminary contest to get students ready for the state contest in the spring.  The MATH Team consists of students from Day and After School Math Clubs and are sponsored by Patsy Viets and Debbie Wallace. View winners and pictures.
The district health services department would like to share some information with you. Attached is a Flu Fact Sheet from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. As we are in the flu season, watch for flu symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, may have vomiting and diarrhea, and feeling very tired. A person with the flu is contagious from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days after becoming sick.  The flu is spread mostly from person to person through coughs and sneezes of people who are sick; or by touching surfaces with the flu virus on it and then touching eyes, mouth or nose. To prevent the spread of viruses, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
School Attendance: Do not send you child to school if he/she is sick. Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without having taken fever-reducing medication.
If you child gets flu-like symptoms, consult your doctor as needed, and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks plenty of fluids. Children with chronic health conditions (like asthma or diabetes) may be more susceptible to the flu.
Austin Signs to Play Softball
Buffalo High Senior Amber Austin signed to play college softball at North Central Missouri College, Trenton, MO on Friday, January 16th. Austin has been a four year starter at 1st base for the Bison softball program. Congratulations Amber!
Karen Kjar Parent Resource Cabin
Parents of elementary students are encouraged to check out the Resource Cabin located in front of D.A. Mallory Elementary.  Parent workshops will be offered on Monday evenings at 6:00, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at both 10:00 and 11:15 a.m.  Workshops will focus on Establishing Home Study Habits, The School and Home Connection, Building Reading Skills, Building Math Skills and Using Technology.  Call Cheryl Knox at 417.345.2350 (1069) if you have additional questions.
Box Tops
This year Mallory Elementary has earned about $1,200.00 just by collecting and turning in Box Tops. Much more can be earned by turning in Box Tops that are on hundreds of products! Click to learn more about the Box Tops Project and ways that Mallory Elementary can benefit.
School Improvement Survey Results
Thank you to the 792 community members, parents, students, and staff who completed the school improvement survey. We also received many valuable comments.  Use the links below to view the results of the survey.  The steering committee will meet one more time November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school to complete the new School Improvement Plan. The new plan will be presented for approval by the DCR1 Board of Education at the December 15 meeting.

Survey Results     Survey Comments
Buffalo High Goes Facebook Official
A new Facebook page has been created for Buffalo High School. The Buffalo High School Facebook page is designed to give up-to-date information about all of the positive things happening with our students and staff. Head on over to https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloHighSchool and "like" the page to stay in the loop!
Buffalo Prairie Facebook page
  Buffalo Prairie Middle School recently added a facebook page.  We ask you to join our page to see updates and some exciting activities and pictures of our students.  
School Calendar 2014-2015
The school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available.  You can download a copy by clicking here.  School will be in session January 19 as a snow day, make-up day.
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