BHM News from 2013

Toys for Tots
Monday Dec 16, 13

BHS 2013 Toys for Tots Drive Results

STMA Wins the Traveling Trophy

BHS Total = 400    vs.     STMA Total =

Our competition with STMA began in 2008 and has continued each year.  During our competition the school that collected the most toys would claim the traveling trophy.  In previous years, as an added bonus, BHS had an in-house competition between all four grades.  This year, BHS National Honor Society decided not to have the in-house competition, but instead collect toys as a school, working together.     Read on for additional information.

National Influenza Vaccination Week
Monday Dec 9, 13

National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 8-14, 2013

BHM School Nurses are encouraging those who haven't to get vaccinated for influenza. This is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 8-14. During this week, they are reminding people that it's not too late to get your flu shot or nasal spray. The height of flu season isn't until January and February. Read more...

SpotLight Musical Theatre Program
Thursday Dec 5, 13

BHS Theatre Department Receives Spotlight Awards

Phantom of the Opera

Just announced, BHS members have received the Outstanding Overall Performance Award for The Phantom of the Opera musical that was performed at BHS in November, 2013.  This award means our BHS cast will be performing a three to four minute medley from Phantom at the SpotLight Showcase on the Orpheum stage!     Read on for additional information.

2013 Leadership in Educational Excellence Award
Tuesday Dec 3, 13

2013 Leadership in Educational Excellence Award

District Teachers Recognized for their Outstanding Leadership

Congratulations to this year's LEEA (Leadership in Educational Excellence Award) winners: Pam Ramsey--Tatanka Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher; Jessa Rakotz--Buffalo Community Middle School Special Education Teacher; Jenny Doimer--Montreose Elementary Special Education Teacher; Marcia Bauman--Buffalo High School Math Teacher; and Jenina Rothstein--Instructional Specialist. The awards are presented by Resource Training and Solutions in late October. Pictured with the recipients is Executive Director of Resource Training and Solutions Rob Cavanna and BHM Superintendent Scott Thielman.

Community Phone Survey to Help Revise Strategic Plan
Tuesday Dec 3, 13

Calling BHM Residents

Community Phone Survey to Help Revise Strategic Plan

Over the next few weeks, residents in Buffalo, Hanover and Montrose may receive a phone call (on a landline or cell phone) regarding a BHM School District survey. The feedback from this random-sample, community phone survey will help the school board and district leaders revise the district-wide strategic plan. The district contracted with a Minneapolis-based research firm, The Morris Leatherman Company, to conduct the survey. It's a comprehensive community survey and participants can expect it to average 15-20 minutes in length. If you receive a call, please take the time to participate in the survey, as your input is very valuable to shaping the future of the district.

Donate Your Gently Used Instruments at BCMS
Wednesday Nov 20, 13

Play it Forward

Donate Your Gently Used Instruments at BCMS

Bring your clean, gently-used and playable instruments to Buffalo Community Middle School for the Play It Forward program. Schools are in need of any classroom instruments: woodwinds, brass, strings, snare drums, acoustic guitars, recorders, hand drums, etc. We'll put them in the hands of kids at schools throughout Minnesota. The instrument drive runs through November 2013, but BCMS will accept your donations any time throughout the year.

Hanover Recognized Nationally as a Blue Ribbon School
Wednesday Nov 20, 13

Hanover Elementary Goes to Washington, DC

Hanover Recognized Nationally as a Blue Ribbon School

On Tuesday, November 19 Hanover Elementary Principal Jeff Olson and 4th Grade Teacher Jenny Boldt accepted the Blue Ribbon Award in Washington, DC. U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to the room of educators before Aba Kumi, the Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, congratulated recipients on their award (pictured center). The awards luncheon topped off the two-day event where award recipients also attended break-out sessions and heard from key note speakers including the national superintendent and teacher of the year. (View a clip of the presentation.)

Tuesday Nov 19, 13

Thanksgiving Break

No School November 27-29, 2013

BHM Thanksgiving Break is November 27-29 and classes will not be in session.  The BHS office will be closed during the break so that our employees may spend time with their families.

Scholarships
Thursday Nov 14, 13

BHS Seniors Officially Sign to D1 Schools

Full Scholarships

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, three BHS senior girls officially signed with three different Division 1 Colleges.  These signings were all full ride scholarships!  Congratulations ladies!     Read on for additional information.

Play It Forward
Wednesday Nov 13, 13

Play It Forward

Bring your clean, gently-used and playable instruments to Play It Forward sites across the state. Schools are in need of any classroom instruments: woodwinds, brass, strings, snare drums, acoustic guitars, recorders, hand drums, etc

School Board Election Results
Wednesday Nov 6, 13

School Board Election Results

All three candidates, Ken Ogden, Dean Perry and Jeff Trout were successful in winning a seat on the school board for the next four years. Here is how the votes came out...

Give to the Max Day November 14, 2013
Thursday Oct 17, 13

Give to the Max Day November 14, 2013

giveMN.org

Join others around the district on Thursday, November 14, and Give to the Max for BHM SchoolsRead more...

National Merit Semifinalist
Friday Sep 27, 13

National Merit Semifinalist

The district is Proud Of Buffalo High School Senior Aaron Hamann who was named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Hamann is one of 16,000 students across the country who were named as a Semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors will have a chance earn one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million total that will be offered next spring. To be considered for an award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship award, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Outstanding Educational Support Staff
Friday Sep 27, 13

Outstanding Educational Support Staff

The district  would like to recognize Sharon Uttke–Discovery Elementary Principal/School Secretary, Mary Harvala-ECFE, Christie Mastey–Buffalo High School Special Education ESP and Randy Paumen–Northwinds Elementary Head Engineer and who were selected by the district to receive the Outstanding Educational Support Staff Award presented by Resource Training and Solutions. They were honored at a dinner on September 25, 2013 in St. Cloud and presented with their awards. Thank you for "Making a Difference!"

AVID Backpack Collection
Friday Sep 20, 13

AVID Backpack Collection

Donate One September 23-27

Have a gently used backpack laying around the house? Donate it to the district's wRight Choice Backpack Buddies Program. AVID students at Buffalo High School are collecting new and used backpacks for the program September 23-27. You can drop off the backpack at any school office in the district. Backpack Buddies will fill these backpacks with food and distribute them to students in need in our district. Please donate, because hunger doesn't take a break on the weekends.

Thursday Sep 19, 13

wRight Choice Protocol

The Protocol includes a generic breakdown of what to expect during a day at wRight Choice as well as information for those arriving to wRight Choice on their own.     Read on for additional information.

Backpack
Thursday Sep 19, 13

Backpack Drive at BHS

September 23-27, 2013

The week of September 23-27, 2013, the BHS AVID students are collecting gently used and new backpacks for the wRight Choice Backpack Buddies program. This program supplies nutritious meals and snacks for BHM food-insecure children over weekends or extended breaks, free of charge.  Backpacks will be collected at BHS just outside the front office.

Thursday Sep 19, 13

wRight Choice Promo Videos

This short video presentation tells what the wRight Choice program is all about from a variety of perspectives (including administration, teacher and student view points).

Wednesday Sep 4, 13

Background Check Form with Instructions, Volunteer Confidentiality Form and Volunteer Guidelines Handbook

Volunteers, employees, substitute teachers, coaches, and student teachers at Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools must complete a Criminal Background Authorization Form before their first day of employment/volunteering in the district.

2013-14 New Teachers
Wednesday Sep 4, 13

New School Year, New Teachers

Along with the new school year, the district welcomes the new teachers for the 2013-14. These teachers replace those who have retired or moved from the district. (Photo provided by Rob LaPlante, Wright County Journal-Press)

Friday Aug 30, 13

Over $1.158 Million in Revenue for the District Beginning in 2015

Board Approved Referendum Authority

The 2013 Legislature has now authorized school boards the ability to convert up to $300 per adjusted pupil unit (APU) of voter approved referendum authority to board approved authority for fiscal 2015 and beyond. This authority can be applicable for up to five years and would begin with taxes payable in calendar 2014.

School Board Approves John Heltunen as the New Director of Buildings and Grounds
Wednesday Aug 14, 13

School Board Approves John Heltunen as the New Director of Buildings and Grounds

School is just a couple weeks away from starting and John Heltunen has just been named the new BHM Buildings and Grounds Director. The school board approved his appointment at their Monday, August 12 board meeting. He replaces Eric Hamilton, who has worked in the district for the past 15 years, who took a buildings and grounds director position in the Edina Public Schools. Hamilton will continue to oversee summer projects as they come to an end to help with the transition. Heltunen starts in BHM Schools on Thursday, August 29.

Community Education Coaches Gear Up for Another School Year
Friday Aug 9, 13

Competing for Fun

Community Education Coaches Gear Up for Another School Year

Community Education has been providing athletic opportunities for elementary and middle school age children for over 20 years. Each season, boys and girls have the chance to participate in a sport, learn the fundamentals of what it means to play as a part of a team, and most importantly, have fun doing it.

Back to School Supply Lists
Friday Jul 26, 13

Back to School Supply Lists

The start of school will be here before you know it. Get a jump on your back to school shopping with your child's school supply list. We've compiled the lists from the schools in one place.