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Thanksgiving Vacation November 25-27
District Announcements
Band Winter Concert
Buffalo Prairie Middle School invites you to the Winter Band Concert held at the High School Field House on Friday, December 11th, at 7:00 p.m. This event includes both Middle School and High School and should last approximately one and a half hours. 
Students of the Month
Congratulations to the students of the month!
Back Row- Mercedes Horinek, Colton Hogue, Makayla Casteel, Brett Bilyeu
Front Row- Kelsey Clemmons, Charlie Milledge, Raegan Carter, Aidan Climer
Patriots Pen Winners
The BPMS Student Council, sponsored by Mrs. Jacque Rice and Mr. Colby Wimberly, promoted an essay contest focusing on the prompt “What Does Freedom Mean to Me.”  Hannah Long, Mrs. Kim Huff’s 8th grade student, and Carlie Ronzano, Mrs. Lisa Reeves’ 7th grade student, were the winners.  These students had the privilege of reading their writing at the Veterans Day assembly held at BHS on November 11 and were also the recipients of gift cards, courtesy of the student council.  Congratulations, Hannah and Carlie!
BPMS Football Finishes a Great Season
Congratulations to a wonderful coaching staff on an awesome season. 8th grade was undefeated for the second straight year and 7th grade went 5-1. Also, a huge thanks to Coach Harmon on his coaching career at BPMS. He coached 16 seasons, all with our 7th and 8th graders in Buffalo. 
CARE Mobile Returns To Buffalo
The CARE Mobile will return to Buffalo, December 14, 2015 at Mallory Elementary.
The Dallas County School District is partnering with The Children's Miracle Network Hospital CARE Mobile program to provide a pediatric service. The Cox CARE Mobile offers FREE basic health services for children from age 2 months through age 18 by a nurse practitioner partnering with local physicians.  The mission of the Cox CARE Mobile program is to provide access to health care for children who have no insurance, do not have a primary care physician or whose parents cannot afford to pay for necessary services.
Appointment scheduling will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Choices of appointment times are not available. The Cox CARE Mobile may choose to opt out of visiting, on any scheduled day, if fewer than five children are signed up. Therefore, appointments are necessary to insure availability of the service.
To schedule an appointment and obtain patient forms, contact Teresa Coltrin at 417-345-2222 ext. 2035 any day school is in session.
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


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

BPMS is Focused on Improving Literacy
Buffalo Prairie Middle School will be focusing on improving literacy this school year. One of the ways we are doing this is through Response to Intervention time. Students who are struggling will get targeted interventions during Bison Time. 
BPMS Plans Washington DC/New York Trip

BPMS is partnering with EF Tours to offer a 5-day trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City in July of 2016.  Departure could occur as early as July 7 or as late as July 11 depending on the tour size and will be confirmed within 30 days of leaving from the Springfield airport.  This is an all inclusive trip - hotel, airfare, ground transportation, tips/gratuities, meals, admission prices to events/museums, a 24-hour tour director and a private hotel security guard.  An orientation meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, at the middle school in room 202.  Contact Lisa Reeves (lisa.reeves@bisonpride.org) to reserve your spot!

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