Tomorrow, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, and honor the 25 million Americans, living Americans, who have served in our Armed Forces.
Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor our veterans for their love of country and the sacrifices that our service members and their families have made in order to keep America safe. Their bravery, their resourcefulness, and their patriotism mark them as our nation’s finest citizens. We as a nation have honored the ideals and values veterans stood for and defended, and I am extremely proud of the way our middle school has continued this very important tradition.
Please remember to accompany your veteran to our program at the BGMS gymnasium tomorrow for lunch. I you have not already registered, just call the BGMS office ASAP to let them know you will be coming. We will start serving our veterans and their guests at 11:15 a.m. with a wonderful program to follow! You will also enjoy the Patriot Pen essays written and presented by our students, along with other elements of this program that is all student led. Help us in making sure all of our local veterans are able to be honored during this very important program. All of our schools are doing some sort of showcase, including everything from a wall of honor at Frankford Elementary to lessons in our classrooms.
Thank you to our Veterans in our community and our staff member Veterans as well! We will never be able to repay the sacrifices you have made for all of us.
Today, October 3, is go blue against bullying day. Since we aren’t in school today, please join our staff in wearing blue (jeans, shirts, shorts, sweats) to stamp out bullying as we kick off anti bullying month.
It's back to school time! Just a few reminders for parents: Background checks are required for parents/guardians to attend field trips or volunteer in school activities. The forms are available online with student registration information and are due no later than October 1. Online registration is open for currently enrolled students. Please complete these forms by Wednesday, August 17.
Message from OOPA:
Meals WILL NOT be free for the 2022/23 school year. This is very important information. The districts will be encouraging all to fill out the free/reduced applications as the school year begins. We encourage all parents to apply for free/reduced meals as their children start out the school year. Not only does this help out families, there are so many grant opportunities that the school district can receive due to the application approval. We encourage all parents to do the research and be proactive. We want to first and foremost feed our kids! They are our future! There are so many benefits to eating school lunch and as always, I am proud of our dedicated staff who are wanting to Make Their Day! I have attached some pictures with the income eligibility and some answers on the difficulty we are seeing with supply chain issues across the board. Below is the link to USDA with the commonly asked questions from parents.
School starts two weeks from Monday, and we are busy getting ready to welcome our Bobcats back to another year of learning. Our summer school attendance hit record numbers this summer and we are excited to see so many students continuing their learning over the break. We are having great movement on all of our summer construction projects in our district, all while our custodians and facility staff are working very hard to prepare our buildings for students to arrive on August 22nd and teachers to return on the 15th.
Workers are finishing the floors in all of the HS and MS gym entrance bathrooms this week, and will set appliances and partitions next week. New BGHS bleachers were installed with improved safety and functionality and MS and HS gym floors have been sealed and ready to go for another year. BGE HVAC work is complete replacing 25 year old units, and new roofing at the elementary and middle school is finished. The BGHS auditorium and entry roofs are complete, and workers are continuing progress on the BGHS North and South wing roofing over the next few weeks. Staff are working on our alarm system and the installation of the new speakers to augment our coverage zones on the BG campus and the Frankford FEMA shelter is coming along with plumbing all roughed in and walls starting to be constructed. The additional road at Frankford is complete, and we plan to pave that road in the coming year. (As a reminder, we are shooting for a winter break completion timeline on this new facility and will house art and music classes and is large enough to hold the entire student body in case of emergency.) The BGHS road should be ready for paving next week and the area in front of the field house before our first football game. The field house roof and the staff daycare roof and fencing are complete and the drain/concrete repair in the BGHS courtyard done. The benefits for this road are that it improves traffic flow and improves safety by directing traffic away from where students are walking on the sidewalk as student drivers arrive and dismiss, fixing the erosion on the back on the baseball/softball stadiums and correcting storm drainage issues, all while responding to overwhelming feedback on our surveys and focus group meetings from 2017 asking us to create a better, more accessible entrance to the high school, and helps to facilitate a possible future phase of an early childhood center and storm shelter with road access to where it would be placed. This idea along with the creation of an expanded MS/HS library and storm shelter and finalizing our roof needs at Frankford and the BGHS gym and kitchen and playground upgrades at BGE and Frankford are all items our board is considering in coming phases and will be looking for more input related to these ideas.
Our board is working hard to continue to take care of our facilities and provide safe and secure learning environments all while creating opportunities for our students to meet their potential. They will continue this work at the August 9 work session planning for our future and additional stakeholder feedback opportunities. In the past four years, we have maintained a balanced budget each year, improved student performance, added additional programs for our students and lowered teacher attrition. In the last three years alone, teacher attrition has gone from 11% to 8% to 3.5% and is far below state and national averages of 8% and 11% all while maintaining five days a week and consistent learning environments for our students and families. Our state highway patrol bus inspections assessment rates have gone from 56.5% in 2016 to 65.2% in 2018 to 72% in 2020 to 84% in 2022 as we have been working to gradually modernize our fleet. (We have four more new buses that have been on order for half of a year and are due to arrive this Fall.) Our preschool and staff daycare have doubled in size in recent years, and 100% of our seniors that started last school year graduated on time last May as we have worked to increase our graduation rate over the past few years. We are very thankful to our Bowling Green family and all of those who work to support our students and look forward to input along the way to more continuous improvement from our community this school year. It is a GREAT day to be a Bobcat! We look forward to seeing our Bobcats on the 22nd!
See pictures of our construction projects progress here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ArcG
Matthew L. Frederickson, PhD
Bowling Green R-1 School District
700 West Adams Street
Bowling Green, MO 63334
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BOWLING GREEN NIGHT AT THE CARDINALS!
The choir students from our Bowling Green R-1 District schools will be performing at the Cardinals game the evening of August 26th. Tickets are available for purchase to sit with the BG Family until August 11 for $20. Please make plans to get yours and support our Bobcat Singers! #BGBOBCATPRIDE
Making progress on the new FEMA storm safe building at Frankford Elementary! The students are excited and they enjoy watching the construction process!
Tomorrow is Frankford Elementary's BOGO (Buy One Get One) Book Fair! It will be tomorrow ONLY so be sure to send money tomorrow with your student!
Parent Club meeting Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:30 in the Library. Hope to see you there!!
Kindergarten screenings for the 2022-2023 school year will be held May 24th. Please read the flyer for more information about scheduling your soon-to-be-kindergartener for the screening.
Our Spring Title Night is just 2 days away! Come join us for a fun night and go home with a newly adopted stuffed puppy!!
It’s hard to believe we are starting the fourth quarter already! That means Summer School is right around the corner! There will be a couple changes to summer school for Frankford Elementary this year. Due to the construction that will be taking place, FE students will be attending summer school at BGE. Another change this year is the addition of transportation services for all students within the BG R-1 District! Bus routes and times will be determined after the April 13th enrollment deadline. We are also embarking on the Summer Journey program this year. This program is geared toward each grade level for academics and enrichment opportunities for incoming K-5 students.Packets are going home today with more information. You can sign your child up for Summer Journey by using this link: https://forms.gle/KfMJ7f6uHW84TMwD9
. A video about the summer program can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://catapultmissouri.com/
We look forward to seeing you at summer school and can’t wait to share this exciting experience with our students!!
At our February 24th Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved our 2022-2023 school calendar. After several months working with our calendar committee, we have developed a calendar that honors many requests and follows expectations by our Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and State Statute. Below is a summary of important dates for your planning purposes.
August 1-12 New Teacher In-service Days
August 15-19-Inservice Days
August 22-First day of student attendance
September 5th Labor Day/No School
September 12-PD/PLC Day
September 23-Full Day/Homecoming
PD/PLC Day-October 3
October 21 - End of First Quarter
October 27-Parent Teacher conferences/ 1 p.m.-7p.m. (No School)
October 28 - No School
November 7- PD/PLC Day
November 23rd-25th- No School
December 22nd-End of Semester
December 23rd-January 5th Winter Break
January 6th-Teacher Record Day
January 9th - Beginning of Second Semester
January 16th- No School- MLK day
February 6th-PD/PLC Day
February 20th- No School- Presidents day
March 6th-PD/PLC Day
March 16th-End of Third Quarter
March 17th-20th Spring Break
April 7th-10th Spring Holiday
April 17th-PD/PLC Day
May 19th- Graduation- 7 p.m.
May 19th-Half day/Last Day of Students/Teacher Records Afternoon
Matt Frederickson, PhD
The Bright Futures VIP Dance is still ON for tomorrow, 2pm-4pm at BGHS Auditorium. What a great way for students to spend some time with someone special to them!
Tomorrow is "Twosday" 2-22-22! Join in the fun!
Wear a tie, a tutu, a tiara, something tie-dye, or find a friend and dress like twins!
This is a week for us to show appreciation to our counselors and social worker. Please help us in thanking them for all they do for our students every day, especially through this time of unique needs our students have. We have a tremendous student services team! #bgbobcatpride
As most of you know, construction on the new Tornado Safe Room at Frankford will begin soon. Over Christmas break, they will be doing utility work that involves the playground. We know some children use the playground when school is not in session and are glad they have a safe place to play. However, due to the utility work over break, the playground at Frankford Elementary will be closed to the public. We appreciate your cooperation as we begin this process.
Frankford Elementary held the ground breaking ceremony for the new FEMA Tornado Safe room that will provide additional classroom space and will be available for the community in the event of a tornado or severe storm threat. We were also presented with banners and a plaque for our US News Best Elementary School recognition we received this fall! #bgbobcatpride
Reminder - tomorrow is an All School PJ Day for students and staff!!! Looking forward to a comfy day for everyone!