BCMS Bison E-News

The 2017-18 School Year has begun!

Our new school year is upon us and has been one of the best starts we have ever had! At BUFFALO COMMUNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL, doing what's best for kids is not a slogan; it's what drives every decision we make. By getting to know students personally and demonstrating how information and learning are relevant to their lives!
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BCMS Picture ReTake Day - Friday, October 6th

This year's picture retake day at BCMS will take place on Friday, October 6. Please see the attached form for more details. To place an online order or view what is available, follow this link.

Parents will also have up to 48 hours after picture day to complete their online order.

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Test of the Emergency Message System

The district will be sending out an emergency test message in early October (before Fall Break) to make sure the parent notification system for emergency messages is working properly and that everyone's contact information is up-to-date. If any of your contact information has changed (address, phone, email), please update it using the Parent Portal or contact your child's school.

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BCMS Fall Conferences

Hi Parents,

Our fall conferences sign-up website is now accepting appointments. Fall conferences will take place the evenings of November 16th and 20th from 4-8 pm. Please click on the link below to get started.


Once on the site, please find the purple grade level tabs above the bison logo and click on the grade level of your student. There you will find your child's team and teachers listed in three different groups. Follow the on-screen directions from there and scroll down to the appointment slots. Click on the appointment time that works for you, submit and sign up and you should be ready to go! Please let Tonia Poncius know if you have any questions on signing up at 763-682-8249 or tponcius@bhmschools.org.

Counseling Corner: Supporting students on their Middle School journey.

How can a School Counselor help my child?

The BCMS Counseling Team would like to inform parents of the services and resources they offer to students and their families. Counselors help students through personal counseling, group counseling, academic planning, goal setting and assistance accessing community and mental health resources. Counselors practice a solution focused and problem solving approach.

If you have a concern about how your child is performing in school, how they are functioning personally or socially, or you’re just wondering if your pre-teen/ teenage child’s behavior is developmentally appropriate, please contact your child’s grade level Counselor.

The Student Services google page explains all of the different ways that we assist and advocate for students and links to community resources. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel there is something we can do to help your child.

BCMS - Student Services Website

Student Services Google Page

Dave Holler - 6th Grade



Ashley Kamphenkel - 7th Grade



Penny Thalacker - 8th Grade



Looking for ways to connect with your middle school student!?

*Have your student show you their grades - your student is really excited about that good grade they received in that class

*Attend school events - Even though your student might not admit it, they want you to be involved and interested their schoolwork.

*Go for a walk together - Do an internet search for “middle school conversation starters.” You’ll be amazed at what you can find out about your kid during a short walk together!

*Create Memories - Pick their favorite meal and make it together.

*Set aside time - When you a riding in the car with your child make that a positive time to talk about his/her day

* Be available - Let your student know you are there to listen, you don’t need to solve the problem.

Upcoming Events at BCMS:

  • Fall Break - Oct. 18th - 20th
  • Fall Conferences Nov. 16th & 21st from 4-8pm - Click link to sign up