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Notes from the Superintendent

Dear Patrons,

School is off and running. We have completed the first month of school and things are going well.

The State Assessment Test for grades 3-8 and 11 in math and reading will be taken in the spring of 2017. This test is used in determining a school districts Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Grades 4,8, and 11 are required to take a science portion. The science test is taken during the October 17th to November 4th testing window.

I would also like to remind everyone to take advantage of PowerSchool. This feature allows you to check on items regarding your children’s grades, attendance, and lunch accounts. If you are new to the district or have simply forgotten how to sign on, please go to the school website and click on PowerSchool, which is located at the top of the page.

Last spring, the Title I review committee met. This committee consists of three Title I teachers and myself. This meeting is held annually. The committee discusses how the Title I allocations for the next school year will be spent. You may obtain a copy of these minutes by contacting the school. I would like to remind parents of the “Parents Right-to-Know Clause”. This clause mandates school districts to keep an up-to-date list of both teachers and paraprofessionals. This list shows their position, degree, and whether or not they are highly qualified. All of the Bottineau Public school staff meet the state qualifications. This information can be obtained by contacting the high school office at 228-2266.

The key fob system for entering the buildings will be used again this year. The doors will be locked during the school day. All visitors coming to the school during the day will be asked to use the buzzers at door 13 or door 14 to enter the Jr/Sr High school (south end of the building)

and Door 4 to enter the Middle School (north side of the building). All visitors are asked to report to the office when entering the building.

In the past, the school has been requested to make special drop offs for such activities as birthday parties or organization events. This will not be able to be accommodated this year. Our buses are very full when leaving after school. We just don’t have the room to accommodate adding more students to a bus after school. Also, the district has designated in- town stops for both picking up and dropping off students. These stops can be accessed on our school website ( Click on the Parent/Student links tab on the home page. Next click on the Bus Pickup/Drop Off points in town.

The district will have a presentation on Wednesday, October 5th for the 7-12 students during the day and parent/patrons during the evening. The topics include fentanyl, adderall, heroine, pain pills, methamphetamine and other drugs being seen across the state of North Dakota. The speakers include Dan Heibreder, parole officer, Don Olson, an addiction counselor, BCI/Sheriff’s Department, and Rob Sanderson, parole officer here in Bottineau. The evening session will begin at 7:00 pm in the James Holwell Auditorium. The presenters are requesting the evening session be for adults only. They will be going into more detail on what to look for or who to contact with concerns or questions. I encourage people to attend, I believe it will be a very interesting and informative evening.