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
Our BGR-1 teachers are selfless, dedicated, and caring individuals who devote themselves to the well-being and progress of our students. During this Tuesday, May 3 on National Teacher Appreciation Day, and throughout National Teacher Appreciation Week, we honor educators who touch the lives of students across America and who are essential to building the future of our community. Thank you, teachers!
"The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced today the school districts and individual school buildings that earned the 2022 Missouri Purple Star designation — the first ever for the State of Missouri. This designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military."
As a person who grew up in a military home and who raised children in a military home, this is of particular importance to me. Within the Bowling Green R-1 School District, we have students whose parents serve in the active duty military and the National Guard and reserves.
2022 Purple Star School Districts:
• Bowling Green R-I School District
• Miller R-II Schools
• Plato R-V
• Waynesville R-VI School District
Administrative Professionals Week (APW) is celebrated annually during the last full week in April and the Wednesday is designated “Administrative Professionals Day”. Jayne, Connie, Kelly, Ann, Tina, Melissa, Ellen, Jill, Sasha, and Peggy, we are thankful for you! #bgbobcatpride
As a reminder, five Bowling Green R-1 citizens have filed their candidacy for two positions on the BGR-1 Board of Education. The positions are for three-year terms, and Election Day is April 5, 2022 (tomorrow).
As part of their filing process, the candidates were asked to provide their own biographical information so that voters in the district may learn more about them. This information about each of the five candidates has been published for the last several weeks on our district webpages, in order of filing as their names will appear on the ballot:
Also, our Community Teachers Association facilitated a Meet the Candidate Night last month, where candidates were able to respond to questions and share about their vision for the BGR-1 School District. To access a recorded version of this event, navigate to: https://fb.watch/cb6WZDbM3n/
We hope that our community members come out and vote tomorrow, and we thank you for our support of our school district and our students!
Starting March 1, masking on our buses will be optional due to updates in the CDC policy posted on February 25th. Effective February 25th, the CDC does not require wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. We appreciate the support and cooperation of our families as we have navigated the pandemic the last two years with a focus on keeping students safe and in school. We appreciate your continued support as we monitor and make adjustments to our mitigation strategies now that cases are much lower in our community. Have a great week!
Matt Frederickson, PhD
School will be held remotely, tomorrow, Friday, February 25 following our Alternative Methods of Instruction Plan (AMI) due to refreeze and slick road conditions. Students will need to make sure to turn in any assignments based on teacher directions to be counted as present for the AMI day.
Be safe, and we hope to see you back on Tuesday, since Monday is a staff development day.
Matt Frederickson, PhD
BGR-1 Families and Staff
Students will be dismissed early today, Thursday, February 24th at 1:11 p.m. due to inclement weather. This will give road departments time to complete their work treating roads and for students to have lunch. After school activities are also cancelled. The Board meeting will go on as planned.
Stay safe, and we hope to see you tomorrow!
Matt Frederickson, PhD
School will be cancelled again tomorrow, Friday, February 18th, due to unfavorable road conditions. This is the last built in snow day, so any future days cancelled due to inclement weather will be facilitated through our Alternative Methods of Instruction Plan.
School is cancelled tomorrow, Thursday, February 17 due to the threat of inclement weather. Please look for updated communication regarding after school activities tomorrow. Please stay safe and warm and we will see you soon!
Matt Frederickson, PhD
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
BGR-1 Families: School is canceled for tomorrow, Friday, February 4 due to inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm and we hope to see you on Monday morning!
I'm writing to let you know that school is closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd, due to inclement weather. All activities are also canceled. Stay safe and warm!
School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2nd due to the threat of inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm out there!
Matt Frederickson, PhD
The Bowling Green FFA officers met at Hardee's at 5:20am this morning to eat breakfast and were at the AG building before 6am to start unloading our fruit delivery truck. Officers and members in class that paid their dues are busy getting ready for delivery! #bgbobcatpride
NOTICE OF FILING FOR TWO BOARD OF EDUCATION DIRECTORSHIPS
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 5, 2022 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 7, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. Filing will end on December 28, 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: December 24 and December 27. The names of the qualified candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of filing.