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Congratulations Bison Wrestlers on the COC Small Championship!
 
District Announcements
Bison Archery Team Earn Medals
Last weekend the Bison Archery Team traveled to Skyline for a tournament. We had several shootersmedal in the tournament. In the Elementary Boys Division (4th-5th grades) Stephen Cox earned 1st place with a score of 227 and Mason Beesley earned 3rd place with a score of 209. In the Middle School Boys Division (6th-8th grades) Ethan Casteel earned 3rd place with a score of 272. In the High School Girls Division Dominique Wong earned 3rd place with a score of 276 and in the High School Boys Division Dalton Beaman earned 3rd Place with a score of 275. Currently Dominique Wong, Dalton Beaman and Ethan Casteel have all qualified for the state archery tournament in March.
Great Job Math Team!
Congratulations to the BPMS Math Team after their outstanding work at SBU's Math Contest. 5th Graders Joseph Horinek and Kristina Evans are advancing to regional competition in March. Other team members are Colby Wise, Dominick Famiano, and Michael Turner. 
8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament Champions
The 8th grade boys beat the Skyline Tigers 48-43 to win the Buffalo Basketball tournament on Saturday, January 23rd. They will play in the COC Tournament Championship Saturday at Catholic High School. Congratulations players and coaches!
7th Grade Boys Buffalo Tournament Champions
The 7th grade boys beat the Bolivar Liberators 41-38 to win the Buffalo Basketball tournament on Saturday, January 23rd. They will play in the Championship game of the COC Tournament at 12:30 PM at the Middle School on Saturday, January 30th. Congratulations players and coaches! 
Peace Corps Volunteer
This is the first correspondence that the BPMS 7th grade ELA classes received from their Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia. They wrote John "Where I'm From" poems to send snail mail or via a shared google doc.
 

Ms. Reeves 7th Grade Classes,

A Salamaleekum! Hono Mbad Don! (How are you all) Mbaar Jam Tan Woni Ton! (Hope all is at peace there).  My name is John Leos and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in the Education Sector of Peace Corps The Gambia.  A little bit about myself, I was born in Dallas, TX.  I am 24 years old.  I went to school at Oklahoma State Univsersity, where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, and I've been working in arts education for the past five years.  Now I am working as a Primary Teacher Trainer in The Gambia!
 

I'm sure you all know all about The Gambia and it's Smiling Coast right?.....Well neither did I until I learned about my posting last December!  The Gambia is the smallest country in West Africa, and it's surrounded on all borders by the country Senegal.  Formally a British slave trade colony, The Gambia follows the river Gambia from the Atlantic Coast inland.  The Gambia is home to a variety of ethnic groups and tribes, and many languages are spoken here, including Mandinka, Jola, Wolof, Serer, Serehule, Manjago, Pulaar (the language I am studying!) and English!  Here, I live in a village populated by the Fulah tribe called Yallal Tankonjala.  It's located in the North Bank Region of the country and is about 9 km west from the larger town of Farafennni.  Because American names are difficult to pronounce for Gambians, here I am known by the Fulah name Gallo Bah (Gallo means man who owns many cows).  

I arrived in The Gambia on June 1st, and after 2 months of language, culture, and technical training, I swore in as an official Peace Corps Volunteer on August 12th.  I am still learning about this country every day, and I look forward to exploring this fascinating culture with you throughout the year!

I look forward to hearing from you all! Hi Gongal! (Until next time!)

 

-John "Gallo" Leos

 

Where I’m From

I am from a pot of fresh attaya.

 

I am from a hand plow and  4 meters of Senegalese fabric.

 

I am from mud and corregate

and

a bantaba under a mango tree.

 

I am from

a tall field of millet crop

whose much too tall and plentiful to count.

 

I am from

a razor that shaved my first hair and my only school book

and from Bahand and Jallow.

 

I am from

a Ramadan fastand a Tobaski feast

and from a naming ceremony.

 

I am from the giving of kola nuts.

 

I am from ASalamaleekum.

 

I am from Musa Bahand Fatoumata Bah,

from Domada and Fularre,

from the moment when my grandfather shot a hyena in the bush,

and the time my brother got the burn on his head.

 

I am from my first pair of real shoes.

 

I am from these moments and memories.

I am from the river The Gambia and I am from a pot of fresh attaya.

                            By - John “Gallo” Leos


 
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