BHM News from 2017

Wednesday Dec 20, 17

Food Service Meal Account Changes

On December 27, 2017, BHM Schools Food Service Department will switch from PayPams to Campus Online Payments through the Parent Portal ( Other changes to meal accounts will also go into effect. Read the article for more information.

Scholastic Book Fair
Friday Nov 17, 17

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair or order online, and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits!

Vote Results Button
Wednesday Nov 8, 17

BHM School Board Election Results

Two Incumbents Reelected, One New Member Joins the Board

The results are in and two incumbents, Ken Odgen and Bob Sansevere, will return to the school board to serve a four year term. Candidate Amanda Reineck won by 13 votes over incumbent Stan Vander Kooi. Click on the story for all the details of the election results.

Happy Thanksgiving
Tuesday Oct 31, 17

5th Graders collecting donations for the Buffalo Food Shelf

Mr. Carlson's 5th Grade Class is collecting food items (boxes of jello, canned fruit cocktail, and bags of mini-marshmallows) for the Buffalo Food Shelf from October 30 - November 9. Click here for more information. 

photo of students outside
Tuesday Oct 24, 17

Winter Recess

Winter is in the air! Students should come to school dressed for outdoor recess. Once snow falls, this includes a jacket, snow pants, boots, mittens or gloves and a hat or hood.

Students go outdoors for recess unless the temperature and/or wind chill are below 0 degrees.

2017 Outstanding Educational Professional Support Staff Award Winners
Wednesday Oct 18, 17

2017 Outstanding Educational Professional Support Staff

Congratulations to this year's Resource Training and Solutions Outstanding Educational Support Staff Award Winners! They are pictured, left to right, with Superintendent Scott Thielman: Sheila Johnson, Community Education Adult Enrichment, Adults with Disabilities, Aquatics and Facilities Use Coordinator; Becky Braith, ESP at Montrose Elementary School of Innovation; Shelley Fadden, ESP at Discovery Elementary; and (not pictured) Tami Johnson, former Secretary to the Director of Finance and Operations.

These four individuals will be recognized for their hard work and dedication at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

Ms. Deb Volkenant
Wednesday Oct 11, 17

Deb Volkenant selected to attend event sponsored by the MN Historical Society

The MN Historical Society selected and sponsored 20 teachers to attend a weekend Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Williamsburg, VA. Deb Volkenant, 5th Grade teacher at NES applied and was selected to attend the Institute Oct 7-8th.

Deb attended The My Life, My Work, My Home workshop. Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum and open to the public. The city has been restored to look as it did in the 1700's.

Prominent figures from history such as Thomas Jefferson, Martha Washington and James Madison were seen, as well as shop owners, townspeople and the like.

District 5th grade social studies curriculum covers life in Colonial Williamsburg. Deb is looking forward to using what she learned in Williamsburg and bringing it alive in her classroom.

Congratulations to Deb for being selected to attend the institute and for her commitment to life long learning.


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Monday Oct 9, 17

Emergency TEST Message

Postponed to Tuesday, October 31

Because of some issues that we ran into with the Emergency TEST Message on Thursday, October 12, we will TEST the system again on Tuesday, October 31 (it was rescheduled for today, October 27, but because of the weather we didn't want to create any confusion). This message will go out once again to all parents, guardians and staff in the district from our parent/staff notification system.

You should get a call on your cell phone, home phone, work phone, an email and a text to the numbers you have on file with the district. Remember, if you press 0 at the end of your call to confirm it, it will cancel any other phone calls and text message to the numbers associated with your name. Also know that email messages go out first followed by phone and text. If you get an email message and haven't received a phone call or text, please wait a little while before you contact your child's school; calls and texts take longer to get out. If your contact information has changed, please update it in the Parent Portal or contact you child's school. Remember this is ONLY a TEST and NO action will likely be necessary.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we appreciate your help with this important process to make sure our system is operating effectively in emergency situations.

Monday Oct 9, 17

HES Book Fair

Visit Hanover's Scholastic Book Fair Tuesday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 17 in the HES Media Center during school hours and during conferences on October 12, 16 and 17.
You can also visit the Book Fair online at thru October 18.
Thank you for your support!

Sumo Wrestlers
Friday Sep 29, 17

NES Fall Fundraiser

It's time for our Fall Fundraiser. 100% of the donations collected will benefit the entire Northwinds school community and are tax deductible! This year we have only 1 week to fundraise (compared to two weeks last year). Students need to bring in their donation envelope NO LATER than Monday, October 9th. There will be incentive prizes each day of the collection. If we meet our school wide goal of $20,000, Mrs. G will sumo wrestle!

Tuesday Sep 19, 17

School Pictures

School picture day is Friday, September 22. You can order prints at Picture day ID is MI217124Y0.

Friday Sep 8, 17

Tatanka Picture Day Information

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and Retake Day October 17, 2017
2017-18 New Teachers
Tuesday Sep 5, 17

New Teachers Start the New School Year

BHM Schools welcomes EVERYONE back to school! The year is off to a great start with first day enrollment numbers coming in higher than projected. There are new faces all over the district from administration, to staff, to new students to new teachers. Over the summer the district hired over 70 new employees which includes 35 new teachers (pictured here). They all participated in New Teacher Week the week of August 21-25. Please help us wecome them into their respective schools and into the district!

Nick Guida Photo
Thursday Aug 17, 17

Nick Guida Rounds Out the BHS Assistant Principal Team

During a special school board meeting prior to the board workshop on Monday, August 14, the board approved the appointment of Nick Guida as a Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal. Guida replaces Katie Gohl who accepted an assistant principal position at Buffalo Community Middle School.

Barbara Eckberg Photo
Thursday Aug 17, 17

New Leadership in BHM Early Childhood Family Education

District Welcomes Barbara Eckberg

The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District Community Education program has recently hired Barbara Eckberg as the new Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Coordinator. Eckberg replaces Devonna Tierney who was in the position for the last 32 years.

101 road sign
Wednesday Jul 19, 17

Middle School 101

The transition from elementary to middle school is often an exciting yet nerve-racking time for students. At Buffalo Community Middle School, we want all 6th graders to feel prepared for middle school.

Reward School Logo
Wednesday Jul 5, 17

Montrose Elementary Named a Reward School

Montrose Elementary School (MES) has a lot to celebrate this year-the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) named Montrose Elementary a 2015-16 Reward School for having demonstrated exceptional student outcomes and success in closing achievement gaps.

Brad Koltes Photo
Tuesday Jun 27, 17

Brad Koltes Moves Up as the New Hanover Elementary Principal

On Monday, June 26, the board approved the appointment of Brad Koltes as the new Hanover Elementary Principal. Koltes has been the Buffalo High School Assistant Principal since 2014. He will replace Jeff Olson who is retiring after 23 years of service to the district.

sold home for sale
Tuesday Jun 20, 17

Moving this summer?

If you plan to move or transfer schools this summer, please contact the office at 763.682.8207 or email as soon as possible. Thank you!

Tuesday Jun 20, 17

Summer Hours

BCMS summer hours are typically Monday thru Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you need to visit the school outside of these hours, please call 763.682.8200 to schedule a time.

Monday Jun 12, 17

2016-2017 School Year Information available until June 26th on Parent Portal

Student data for the 2016-2017 school year will be available on the portal through June 26th.

grad with arms reaching up
Tuesday Jun 6, 17

Graduation Week in BHM Schools

Celebrate the accomplishments this week of our BHM Schools graduates. Graduation ceremonies include Adult Basic Education, PRIDE Transitions, Phoenix Learning Center and Buffalo High School. Click for more details.

2017 BHM Retirees
Tuesday Jun 6, 17

Retirees Allow Students to Dream, Believe and Achieve

This year, 21 individuals, from all areas of the district, have already or will retire from BHM Schools. Combined, they have provided over 541 years of service to the district. Congratulations to all of our retirees and best of luck. Click to read more about them.

Friday May 26, 17

BOGO Book Fair

The HES Media Center is hosting their annual Scholastic BOGO (buy one, get one free) Book Fair from May 26-June 2 in the lunchroom gym. It will be open during the evening at our school picnic on June 1.

Evan Ronken Photo
Monday May 1, 17

Evan Ronken to Serve as Next Director of Human Resources

Evan Ronken is the new Director of Human Resources for BHM Schools. This is a replacement for Moreen Orr who retired from the district after 15 years of service.