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**Parent-Teacher Conferences October 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ** No School October 24**
 
District Announcements
NO SCHOOL
This Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24, the Dallas County R-1 School District will have no school. This recess from school marks the end of first quarter. On Thursday, October 23,áParent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.áTo meet with your child's teacher at Buffalo Prairie Middle School, Mallory Elementary, or Long Lane Elementary an appointment will need to be scheduled. Contact your student's teacher or building office to schedule. Buffalo High School and the Dallas County Technical Center will be open to all parents, there is no need to schedule an appointment. Remember: there will be no after school activities.
BPMS 20 year Anniversary t-shirts
BPMS is selling their building t-shirts to students, parents, staff, and community members. áIf you would like to purchase a t-shirt, you may contact the school or fill out the order form by clicking áHEREáand then printing it and bringing it to the MS office. á
The Big Dig
This week Mr. Drybread and Mr. Zanzie'sásocial studies and science classes applied knowledge they learned in history, math, and science by participating in an Archeological Dig.á
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Great American Shakeout

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 afteráa major earthquake. All community members are encouraged to participate. To learn more visitáhttp://www.shakeout.org/centralus/faq/áoráhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Rjyt7XAZrA
September students of the month
áCongrats to the 8 Septemberástudents of the month: áKyla Gillispie, Brooke Jacobs, Jordan Shelly, Jimmy Jenkins, Alex Richardson, Keaton Rackley, Clayton Faulkner, Aaron Henschel
Character Education
The Character Education word for October is Responsible. Being responsible is to take care of one's self and others. A responsible student carries out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly.
October newsletter and calendar

To access the October parent newsletter, please click HERE.
To access the October calendar, please click HERE
DCR1 Needs Community Input
The Dallas County School District is revising its school improvement plan formally called Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Each public school in Missouri is required to have a current improvement plan. This plan drives the decision making of the district as we strive to meet the goals set in the plan. Plans are written for five year periods. The last improvement plan was 2009-2014.á The district would like to gather input from the community about needed improvements in the district.á The district will hold a community meeting this week, Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Prairie Middle School. áA survey has also been developed and will be distributed in a variety of ways. Residents of Buffalo will receive a survey with their city water bill next week.á Residents can complete the paper survey and return it with their water bill or drop it off at any school office, as well as the district office.á Residents can also complete the survey electronically below.á The survey will also be pushed out via email to parents who have an email address on file with the school. Other notices to access the survey on the school website will be sent via district Facebook page, Dallas County R-I Schools and district Twitter, @BisonPrideR1.á Surveys need to be completed by October 21.

School Improvement Survey
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DCR1 Adopts Resolution Opposing Amendment 3
Dallas County R-1, MO - The Dallas County R-1 Board of Education has passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot, which would take away local control of our schools.

David Beltzáof 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, andáwe 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 unintendedáconsequences for teachers, administrators and school boards; andá

WHEREAS, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy; andá

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;áá

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.á

David Beltz
BOARD PRESIDENT
Buffalo VB Tournament
áClick HERE to view the 7/8th grade Buffalo VB Tournament on October 11. á
Buffalo Prairie Facebook page
á Buffalo Prairie Middle School recently added a facebook page. áWe ask you to join our page to see updates and some exciting activities and pictures of our students. á
Box tops for education
áWe are asking all parents to save and collect the box tops from your food products and bring them into your child's teacher. áBox tops are collected to help pay for items to further education. á
Fall schedule
  The fall sports schedule can be accessed by clicking HERE
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