It takes a wide variety of skills and services to keep a school system running smoothly, and four Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose support staff members were recently honored as standout contributors to the school district’s mission.
Bethany Bienias (special education support professional at Hanover Elementary), Ryan Lindenfelser (district technology coordinator), Katie Lohse (nutrition services manager at Montrose Elementary School of Innovation) and Dean Milner (educational support paraprofessional at Buffalo Community Middle School) each received Educational Support Staff Awards during a ceremony at Resource Training & Solutions in St. Cloud on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Tom Bauman never sought attention for his military service, so when he was asked to be the keynote speaker at Buffalo High School’s Veterans Day Program this year his initial impulse was to decline.
Though Bauman had been the school’s activities director from 2003 through his retirement in 2021, and even though he served 21 years in the Army National Guard from 1986 through 2007, finishing with the rank of sergeant first class, he felt like the honor should go to someone else.
“At first I was thinking, ‘No, you’ve got to get someone with merit, somebody more heroic, someone who has done bigger and better things,’” Bauman said.
At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, the district will send out a district-wide emergency test message from our parent notification system. Depending on your contact preferences recorded in our student information system, you will receive a call, email and text message. If you wish to adjust your preferences before or after the test, log into Parent Portal and from the User Menu select Settings, then Contact Preferences.
We are conducting this test to ensure effective communication with our families, and so that important messages regarding cancellations or delays are not missed in the upcoming winter months.
Fewer than 1% of high school seniors nationwide have become National Merit Scholarship semifinalists this year, but one of those standout students hails from Buffalo High School.
Yiqian “Lexi” Zheng is among roughly 16,000 semifinalists who qualified for the distinction through exceptional performance on the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1.3 million students from 21,000 schools took the test.