Kylie Brownfield teaches ELA at the high school. Mrs. Brownfield is very excited about integrating technology in her classroom and has implemented Google Classroom into her curriculum. Here are some the innovations Mrs. Brownfield has implemented so far this year:
Google Classroom - Creating an online environment, like blackboard. Teachers can leave feedback and grade assignments through this avenue.
Google Drive - Students are typing using a word processor. They are becoming familiar with the tools to use to format their papers.
Timer - An online timer is used to give students a visual display of how much time they have remaining on an assignment.
YouTube - Mrs. Brownfield uploads videos with information relevant to assignments.
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This past week Buffalo FFA members and officers traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the 87th National FFA Convention and Exposition. The students left the morning of October 29th and returned the evening of November 1st. Attending students were Hannah Rumfelt, Becca Simon, Morgan Wall, John Stobb, Spencer Ashworth, Rylee Deckard, Logan Reeves, Kyle Klapp, Lauren Stewart, Jaime Slack, Kaden Hendricks, Katelin Truster, Emily Potter, and Sharon Daves. Many activities were planned for the attending students with some of the highlights being the Justin Moore and Easton Corbin concert, the career show, touring the KESMARC Equine Rehab Center, watching races at the Churchill Downs, and the Convention Sessions where the American Degree recipients were presented with their awards. Heather Deckard and Brittany Eagleburger, graduates of Buffalo High two years ago, were awarded with their American Degrees during those sessions. The American Degree is the highest degree an individual can obtain in FFA.
11 members placed first in rounds.
8 BHS Speechies advanced to finals.
- In Extemp Michael Jenks took 1st place.
- In Original Oratory Nat Smoot placed 2nd.
- Alexis Campbell took 2nd place and Danielle Jenks placed 3rd in Storytelling.
- In Humorous Interpretation Danielle Jenks took 5th place.
- Dramatic Interpretation was won by Erin Hicks.
- In Duet Acting Velvet Clay and Stephanie Orrell took 1st place.
Statistically speaking the Bison should have only been able to take 5th place so this was a great victory!
Thank you for supporting the Buffalo High Speech Team.
Middle school and high school teachers participated in Systems Thinking presented by Dr. Suzy Cutbirth, Southwest Regional Professional Development Center and Mrs. Mabary, HS principal based on Peter Senge's book The Fifth Discipline. Teachers applied systems thinking to the new concepts in Missouri education including Student Growth Model, Collaborative Work, Teacher Evaluation Model, Missouri School Improvement Program 5, Missouri Assessment Program, and Missouri Learning Standards. In the afternoon, HS and MS teachers had the opportunity to work in vertical teams within their content teams. For example, math teachers grades 7-12 worked together to determine their scope and sequence of Missouri Learning Standards, as well as align their curriculum to the ACT Standards. Missouri juniors will begin taking the ACT this spring as a measure of college and career readiness.
Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 dollar from any student to earn points for the student's class candidates until 11a.m. Saturday, November 1st. Tickets can also be purchased at the carnival but no points will be earned. Some of the raffle prizes include a large Broyhill mirror, propane for standing fireplace, gift certificate, BBQ grill, and a quilt.
The Long Lane PTO will be accepting baked goods from 1-4p.m. Friday and 8-9a.m. Saturday. They are also accepting general merchandise during the school day Wednesday, Thursday, and until 11a.m. Friday. They are not accepting any clothing or box TVs. The general merchandise needs to be gently used, clean and in working condition. There will also be a silent auction and items for sale in each classroom. The proceeds from the classroom sales and silent auction will go to that classroom for supplies.
Food will also be available for purchase including chili and hot dogs.
October 16, 2014 Dallas County R-1 Students will participate in the "Central U.S. Great American Shakeout". This event will teach students what to do before, during, and after a major earthquake. All community members are encouraged to participate. To learn more visit http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/faq/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Rjyt7XAZrA
David Beltz of Dallas County R-1 had this to say about the board's resolution to oppose the amendment:
"Amendment 2 will take away local control of our schools, and we are fundamentally opposed to that. The fact is Amendment 3 would implement unfunded, state-mandated standardized tests that could cost upwards of $1 billion, which school districts and taxpayers would be forced to pay. Additionally, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy.
We believe that this amendment will have many unintended consequences for our school district. We know our schools and our students best, and it's important that our community maintain control of the schools in our district."
Resolution of Amendment 3
Dallas County R-1 Board of Education
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 on the November ballot is a state mandate that shifts local control for educational decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators and school boards; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 is a poorly drafted and deeply flawed proposal that has many unintended consequences for teachers, administrators and school boards; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would force taxpayers to pay for additional standardized tests at a time when our public schools remain significantly underfunded by the state; and
WHEREAS, Amendment 3 significantly changes teacher evaluations away from a tool to improve teacher performance;
Therefore be it RESOLVED, the Dallas Co R-1 Board of Education on this 15th day of September, hereby opposes Amendment 3 on the November ballot.