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Superintendent's Newsletter for January 2018
Superintendent's Newsletter for January 2018
Dave Mahon
Thursday, February 01 2018

Greetings to all Bowman County Bulldogs.  Believe it or not our second semester is up and rolling as we sprint through this outstanding school year!  We are having a rather mild winter for the great state of North Dakota as compared to last year.  As always, we all could use a little bit more precipitation, but as the ole Chinese proverb has stated, be careful what you wish for, as you know out of nowhere an old North Dakota blizzard could be right around the corner.  All of our winter activities are in full swing with Speech and Science Olympiad joining our wrestling, girls, and boys basketball programs.  Our music department has been very active also as well as our FFA, two of our most successful programs.  Incredibly busy time of year for our students, staff and families throughout our community, busy but also incredibly exciting also.

In both our Rhame and Bowman Elementary schools, these students have made the effort to “pay it forward” by bringing loose change to school.  The collected change was donated to the Giving Tree, located in Bowman.  This group helps community members in need throughout the year.  Between the 2 elementary schools the students raised over $750.00 for this fund.  The 4th graders need an additional pat of the back for originating this idea.  As I have said many times in the past, our Bowman County Students are the very best in the whole state!

There is a rumor going around that the school district is considering a facility expansion by possibly building a practice/elementary gymnasium connected to the current elementary school in Bowman.  If this is all that was said about this idea then it would be very accurate with the key term being here, “considering.”  As with any decision of this magnitude, the school leadership team of the school administration and the school board will examine all aspects of embarking on a facility expansion such as this.  At our January School Board meeting, we had an extensive discussion of this possible building expansion.  As of this moment, we are in the “idea” phase of this project.  I am busy gathering information for our school board to allow each of them to make an informed decision on whether or not we will pursue this idea any further.  Therefore, in summary, yes, building a new practice/elementary gymnasium is currently in the “idea phase,” and further examination and discussion will occur before we proceed any further with this project. 

I would like to ask all of you to please take some time and check out our new school web page at http://www.bowman.k12.nd.us and keep up on all of the wide variety of activities that we have going on at our school district.  The school board any I have set a school district goal to increase the public’s access to our school district information and transparency between the school district and the communities of Rhame and Bowman. This was the primary reasoning for the upgrade of our school webpage and creating our new smartphone APP.  *(The smartphone app is easily downloaded either at the Google Play Store if you have an Android phone and if you have an Apple phone you can download it at the Apple App Store, just search for it under “Bowman County School).  

I often mention various groups of students that bring out “Bulldog Pride” in our school district; you would be able to view their pictures on our new webpage as it is ever changing.  The opening page of the website has what we more commonly call the “gallery” which features a wide array of pictures of our students and their accomplishments.  When you click on the “MENU” button, the website will take you to the main menu page.  Here is where you can navigate to a plethora of school information.  For example if you wanted to know what each school is serving for breakfast and lunch on a particular day, all you would have to do is click on the “Menus” button and instantaneously you are directed to another page with all of the meal menus for that week and month if you so choose.  Another example would be for example if you want to contact one of our staff via e-mail, it would be as easy as clicking on the “Staff” button and then locating the school district staff, you want to contact.  Once you have found the staff you wish to contact, all you have to do is click on their e-mail address under their picture and with the help of your selected e-mail provider, you can easily send an e-mail to that staff.  Additionally on our school webpage, we have a detailed “School Calendar,” several school district documents you can download and many other specialized pages of the many different schools in our school district and several webpages focusing on a bunch of our activities. 

The access to school district information is only limited by the amount of time and the amount of curiosity each individual may have.  We are very proud of our new webpage. I hope that all of you will take some time and check it out.  We have amazing things going on in both our Rhame and Bowman school buildings every day, and we are very proud to make our communities aware of the outstanding accomplishments of these students and staff.

Many exciting things are going on each day in Bowman County Schools.  Nothing stays the same; change is the only thing that is continually occurring throughout all of our lives.  Last Monday night Hettinger-Scranton Girls basketball came over and played our girls basketball team and Solberg Gymnasium was just packed.  I was fortunate enough to watch the game with John Pretzer, Superintendent of Schools for Scranton.  We were blessed with a very exciting contest.  Mr. Pretzer and I both agreed that we both have a great deal to be thankful for, especially when it comes to working with kids.  Honestly, the outcome of the game didn’t matter to either of us, *(although I would be remiss if I weren’t completely honest and forget to mention that I was very pleased with the outcome), we were blessed to see tremendous competition and sportsmanship displayed throughout the contest by all involved from both school districts and communities.  This rivalry when displayed with exemplary sportsmanship is an exceptional lesson for all of our students.  Always remember if you have questions or concerns to contact me at the school.  May all of you have a warm and wonderful season of winter and pray that all of us remain safe and sound.  GO BULLDOGS!