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Remote Learning Day #2

posted Feb 15, 2021, 1:03 PM by Reese St. Clair   [ updated Feb 17, 2021, 2:04 PM ]

Bowling Green R-1 Families,

I am writing to let you know that students will not be in person tomorrow, Thursday, February 18th due to inclement weather and unsafe road conditions.  We will continue our Alternative Methods of Instruction process for tomorrow.  If students have trouble accessing content, buildings and teachers will work with students to ensure they do not miss the opportunity to turn in assigned materials for attendance.  Be sure to watch for communications regarding after school activities from sponsors.  All district offices will be closed, except for essential employees notified by their supervisor.

Also, I would like you to have access to our 2021-2022 calendar that was board approved last night for your planning purposes.  Notable adjustments include removing our six Professional Learning Community half days and turning those into three PLC full days for staff collaboration.  You can access the board approved calendar here: 2021-2022 Calendar 

We hope we will have at least one day in person this week.  Until then, be safe, and we will see you soon.

Matt Frederickson, PhD


School Board Meeting Tuesday Feb 16th Via Zoom

posted Feb 8, 2021, 6:15 PM by Reese St. Clair   [ updated Feb 16, 2021, 8:47 AM ]

There will be a public school board meeting Tuesday Feb 16th @6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact Dr. Matt Frederickson for the meeting link (mfrederickson@bgschools.k12.mo.us) Follow the link below to view the meeting agenda.

- Special Board Meeting Notice -

posted Jan 29, 2021, 8:04 AM by Reese St. Clair

There will be a special board meeting in the central office building Thursday Feb 4th @ 6:30p.m. for the purposes of going into closed session for personnel. 

Snow Day #1 of 20-21

posted Jan 27, 2021, 6:58 PM by Jordan Watts   [ updated Jan 27, 2021, 6:59 PM ]

Bowling Green R-1 Families and Staff  

I am writing to let you know that school is cancelled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 28.  This is due to refreeze on some of our  back roads where morning travel could be dangerous. 

We will still plan to have afterschool activities.  All district offices will also be closed tomorrow. 

Please be safe, and we will see you on Friday. 


Matt Frederickson, PhD 


- School Board Meeting Tuesday, January 19th -

posted Jan 15, 2021, 7:35 AM by Reese St. Clair

There will be a public School Board meeting Tuesday, January 19th @ 6:30 P.M. in the Frankford Elementary gym. Follow the link below to view the meeting agenda.

- Bowling Green R-1 School District Holiday Greeting Card Contest Winner Chosen! -

posted Dec 11, 2020, 8:55 AM by Jordan Watts   [ updated Dec 11, 2020, 9:05 AM ]

The artwork of Bowling Green Elementary fourth-grade student Daymon Jennings will be featured in the Bowling Green R-1 School District Holiday Greeting Card from Superintendent Dr. Matt Frederickson 

Daymon’s artwork was selected from about 30 entries within the grades 4-5 art class taught by Lisa Shimp, art teacher.  Daymon is a student in Mrs. Blankenship’s           4th grade class and was notified today that his artwork      was selected.


Additionally, Bailey Graves, a Bowling Green High School 11th grade student, designed an ornament in her metals class that has also been selected as the Holiday memento to be given to each district staff member this year.  The design intertwines the year 2020 with themes of a mask and toilet paper.  Bailey is the student of her father, BGHS AG teacher Matt Graves.


posted Dec 4, 2020, 11:20 AM by Jordan Watts   [ updated Dec 4, 2020, 11:21 AM ]

The Bowling Green R-I School District encourages qualified persons 
interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a 
candidate in the April 6, 2021 election. There are two positions available 
with three-year terms. Interested persons may file at the superintendent's 
office located at 700 W. Adams St., Bowling Green, MO 63334. For more 
information, contact the superintendent's office at 573-324-5441. Filing 
will begin on December 15, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Filing will end on January 
19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. and will continue during the district's regular 
business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Candidates may obtain the official candidate filing packet of forms and 
instructions in advance from the superintendent's office. 
Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that 
the school district's central office is closed due to inclement weather or 
health-related reasons. Filing will also not occur on the following holidays 
and breaks when the school district is not in session: Christmas Break, 
after 12:30 p.m. on December 22, 2020 through January 4, 2021 and 
January 18th, 2021. The names of the qualified candidates will be placed 
on the ballot in order of filing. 
Candidates must wear a mask and observe district infection control rules 
in force at the time of filing. 

- Update to recent guidance and Seasonal Reminders -

posted Nov 20, 2020, 3:11 PM by Reese St. Clair

BGR-1 Families and Staff,

As the temperature starts to fall and winter approaches, we want to remind parents how they can stay informed when inclement weather affects school.  School closings, or early school dismissal, will be announced on the district website and sign as soon as the decision is made.  In addition, we will send emails and autodial phone calls and text messages to BGR-1 families.  Our community will also find accurate information about school closings on the following television stations:  WGEM, KTVI (Ch.2), and KSDK (Ch. 5), both TV and online, on the Townsquare Media Quincy/Hannibal KHMO‐AM/KICK‐FM/KRRY‐FM/WLIQ‐AM and KJFM (Eagle 102) radio stations and websites, The Bowling Green Times and Peoples' Tribune online broadcasts, and on our District Facebook page.

When we experience inclement weather conditions, safety is the most important consideration. Parents can help their students and the district prepare. Make plans ahead of time and communicate them with your children so they understand what to expect during an early school dismissal due to inclement weather. Understand that school closings are for the safety of children throughout the district. While the condition of your neighborhood streets may be fine, other areas of the district may be experiencing harsher weather. Please review the information you have listed as emergency contacts and make sure that the numbers are updated in our Student Information System by contacting your building office.

Obviously, we are seeing schools closing through the COVID-19 pandemic at different times, and while our focus is to keep students in school safely, sometimes either teacher coverage issues or guidance from the Health Department from an uptick in cases might cause a building or district to close for a time.  We have an alternative method of instruction plan for this, and it has been approved by our state education department.  Any notification about this type of closing would happen in the same fashion as above.


Additionally, we received word yesterday that our state education department and the state health department collaborated and updated their guidance from a week ago regarding the new mask procedures.  Their updated guidance from yesterday states that even though we are not needing to keep people from coming to school if they were a close contact while wearing a mask in a school with a mask plan, we do have to keep them from participating in after school activities and other activities.  So, basically, they are still quarantined, but can come to school.  Obviously, it is frustrating when we get guidance and then it changes a week later.  However, it is what we are required to implement.  We know that our families understand the great sacrifice our teachers and administrators have been making this year.  We all have had to adjust and be flexible when we are directed to an adjusted approach.  It is important through this time to remember that kindness and cooperation go a long way remembering we are all dealing with challenging times.  Our focus is on keeping students and staff safe and in school, and the only way this happens is when we treat others with the same thoughtfulness, cooperation and kindness we would hope for in any situation.

Lastly, rapidly rising coronavirus cases in our community and upcoming holiday travel plans could be the perfect storm to trigger COVID-19 spikes among students and teachers.  We are counting on people to make good decisions to keep ourselves and each other safe.  We do have staff and students who are medically fragile, and it is important to be cautious.  Please remember our mitigation strategies we have sent earlier and help us to keep students flourishing in our learning environment.

Thank you, enjoy Thanksgiving Break, and be well.

Matt Frederickson, PhD


Bowling Green R-1 School District

- Updates to Missouri School Reopening and Operating Guidance -

posted Nov 13, 2020, 11:51 AM by Reese St. Clair

On Thursday, Governor Parson, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced a change to the Missouri School Reopening and Operating Guidance, loosening the quarantine rules for students and staff if the school has and enforces a mask mandate. Currently, the BGR-1 policies at our middle and high school allow for us to participate in this update.


If a school district mandates that everyone wears masks, and if both the person who tests positive for the virus and their close contacts are wearing masks appropriately during the contact, the close contacts are not required to quarantine. Close contacts must wear masks at all times, self-monitor for symptoms and should quarantine immediately if they develop signs of illness. The person who tests positive is still required to isolate at home.


We firmly hope this new guidance encourages mask wearing in schools in other areas of Missouri that haven’t documented cases of in-school transmission of COVID-19. While some counties, including St. Louis County, have decided not to accept the updates from the state level at this time, we in Pike County have.  After a zoom meeting today with our county health department and Pike County area superintendents, since BGMS and BGHS have had a masking procedure in place, we have been given the green light to implement these updated procedures.


While we hope these updated guidelines limit the number of students quarantined, this only works if students are wearing their mask correctly when they cannot distance from other students in the classroom, in the hallways during passing periods, or on a school bus.  Please make sure to visit with your students about proper mask wearing, keeping it over the nose AND mouth.  If we have updates to our procedures at our two elementary schools, we will send updated guidance in the coming days directly from the schools.  Additionally, please keep your eyes peeled for ongoing adjustments that may be needed for winter sports communicated by Coach Chance.


As you may have seen, our community (really the entire state) is experiencing a bit of an uptick in COVID cases, which is not unexpected this time of year.  This is a good time to remind ourselves to stay diligent in our mitigation strategies and look for opportunity to remind students of the importance of social distancing and active hygiene activities.  Our intension is to stay here and stay open, so our students can thrive.  While we have seen more students returning to the classroom at the end of first quarter, I anticipate even more returning to school for second semester.  We will ask families who are currently learning remotely to send applications for second semester if they are wanting to stay remote for next semester very soon.  However, the team decision has the benefit of knowing how well a student performed first semester if they were remote as a piece of data to assist in consideration of the application.  Be looking for communications from the buildings regarding these applications.


Lastly, I have been working on updating our district and individual school information on Niche.com.  Some of you may be aware that when families are exploring places to live, they often look to the internet for information. Our district information is located here: https://www.niche.com/k12/d/bowling-green-r-i-school-district-mo/ and our school pages are linked within.  Much of our school rankings come from testimonials or online reviews.  If you don’t mind, please take a look at the district one and building specific to where your own students attend and consider adding reviews.  We have such a great gem here with great teachers and coaches and program, and the more that know about it, the better! 


Thanks for your help with this.


Have a restful weekend, and be well.


Matthew L. Frederickson, PhD

- Public School Board Meeting Tuesday November 17th -

posted Nov 12, 2020, 7:02 AM by Reese St. Clair

There will be a public School Board meeting Tuesday November 17th @6:30 P.M. in the High School Auditorium. You are welcome to join us in person and a Zoom option is also available. Please contact Dr. Matt Frederickson for the meeting link. (mfrederickson@bgschools.k12.mo.us)

Follow the link below to view the meeting agenda:

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