New teachers, staff, programs and facility improvements

Buffalo High School will welcome five new teachers, an administrative assistant, counselor, implement Link Crew (new freshman transition program) and will finish the BHS track project.

New teachers include the following: Derek Cook — English language arts, drama and theater teacher, and assistant baseball; Logan Beach — social studies teacher, assistant football coach at Buffalo Prairie Middle School and assistant baseball coach at BPMS; Brett Stump — art and Art Club; Joey Stokes — ag teacher and FFA co-adviser; Phoebe Powers has moved over to BHS from BPMS — SPED teacher; Sonya Austin — administrative assistant, attendance secretary and registrar; and Alana Shockley, counselor for students L-Z, dual credit, scholarships, peer mediation and student scheduling.

All incoming BHS freshmen (class of 2023) will be part of the new Link Crew freshman transition program that will link freshmen with successful upperclassmen student Link Crew leaders to train all the incoming freshmen in team building, cooperative skill development, discussion skills and the essentials skills to be successful in high school.

The track construction project is coming along and should be completed by the start of the 2019 school year (Progress as Promised!). We are very thankful our school board, superintendent and community have committed to build a new Dallas County Technical Center, which will include agriculture classrooms and shop spaces attached to Buffalo High School.  The new track project, DCTC and ag projects will help ensure all the students have the facilities and educational opportunities they need to help prepare them to be successful at BHS in their future lives and career paths.

Freshman orientation, open house

Buffalo High School would like to invite the class of 2023 to freshman orientation from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the field house (parents will drop off their freshmen and do not need to return until 11:45 a.m. for a parent meeting). More information will come soon to all freshmen.

Open house will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Emma Sherrell (HS counselor), who is the Link Crew coordinator, will send out information to the incoming freshmen and upperclassmen Link Crew leaders who will be trained this summer. The students will participate in many fun activities to help them learn team building, cooperative skill development, discussion skills and the essentials skills to be successful in high school. The Link Crew leaders will help their freshman groups get an insider’s view of the rules and procedures at BHS, such as CANVAS, 1:1 Chromebook procedures, and persistence to graduation, time management, attendance policy, dress code, handbook, Bison Time, Bison University and more.

Sponsors and coaches will be available to share information about the activities available to high school students. Research indicates students who participate in activities are more successful in high school. Administration will meet with freshman parents for a short parent meeting at 11:45 a.m. in the Shewmaker Auditorium, and then parents will meet back up with their child at 12:30 p.m. All freshmen need to plan to attend from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13, and the school looks forward to kicking off a great school year.

BHS back-to-school activities

• Aug. 3-11: Athletic dead week (no contact).

• Aug.  8 and 9: Link Crew student leader training, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in HS cafeteria.

• Aug. 12: First day of fall practice, 7 to 11 a.m., athletes need a completed physical (are good for two years now from date completed) and insurance.

• Aug. 12: All fall athletes luncheon, team building and meeting with Duke psychology and sport ethics professor Gregory A. Dale, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Aug. 12: All athletes and athlete parents meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. with Duke psychology and sport ethics professor Gregory A. Dale, Citizens Memorial Hospital trainers and fall coaches.

Aug. 20: Open house, 6 to 8 p.m. in the HS cafeteria.

• Aug. 21: School offices closed.

• Aug. 22: First day of school, and Back to School Bash, 6:30 p.m. at the football field and track.

Aug. 23: Football jamboree, 7 p.m. at Warsaw.

• Aug. 26: Volleyball jamboree, 6 p.m. at Osage.

Aug. 27: Softball jamboree, 4:30 p.m. at Weaubleau.

Sept. 13: Football vs. El Dorado Springs, 7 p.m. at home.

• Sept. 16: Sophomore class ring information day, 8:15 a.m., and senior class officers at 9 a.m.

• Sept. 24: Sophomore class ring orders, 11 a.m. to noon during lunch shifts.

Be sure to visit the BHS calendar at and follow the Buffalo High School Facebook page (, Instagram (@bhsbison) and Twitter (@BisonNation1) for activities, updates and athletic events.

Reminder to all parents that all the back-to-school registration will be done online again this year at

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