All Things Bally

Published: June 15, 2020

New to Bally! Let's make a date.

If you are new to Bally (incoming 6th or transferring 7th or 8th), please click THIS LINK to sign up for an online session July 7th. We'll answer all of your questions about coming to your new school.

Summer Reading

Please check out our summer reading site. All students have two books to read this summer.


Back to School for 20-21

Today the Lt. Governor spoke about returning to school for 2020-2021. There is still much work to be done to fully develop a reopening plan for Boone County.

There are five best practices we must consider as we approach reopening of schools during the fall of 2020.

  • Wearing masks
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Temperature checks
  • Contact tracing
  • Sanitizing hands

With these safety expectations in consideration, our district will now begin the task of creating our district return-to-school plan for buses, morning arrival, classes, class changes, restroom use, cleaning, PE classes, lunch times, dismissal, sports, clubs, and on and on.

Here's what we've been told thus far:

1. We plan to return to schooling in August.

2. Student and employee safety is a top priority in reopening.

Parent Survey: Back to School for 20-21

The district will not finalize their return to school plan without your input. Please take time to express your opinions, thoughts, concerns using the survey that will be sent to the emails you have on file in the district database. The survey is expected to be sent Tuesday or Wednesday. From your information and information from our staff, return plans will be made.

6th Grade Student Orientation(ish)


Small group guided building tours and info sessions. TBD


We Are Bally Day--TBD, but before school starts.

6th Grade Parent Chats

We're setting up parent-only chats for our incoming 6th grade parents and our admin team. Sign up for a session that matches your description here: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Dance Team

CLICK HERE to provide information to the Bally Dance Team coach if your child would like to try out for dance team.

Cooper Cross Country

Want to run cross country for Cooper?

Any future Cooper student interested in running cross country can sign up online here:

You must be at least a 7th grader this school year.

Any questions contact Eric Van Laningham or Diane Fritz

20.21 School Supplies

Our school supply list is published and you can absolutely start shopping. If I had a kid in school I might hold off a bit, though, to see what the back to school transition looks like.


We are not selling supply kits. We sold just a handful last year and the return on investment was too low to continue.

Communication Portal for 2020-2021

We have our parents to thank for our staff's diligent vetting of tools that would better support our parents, students, and staff with communication to school from home and vice versa.

Over the past two years, we've allowed our staff to be rather autonomous with communication methods with parents. NTI helped us see very clearly that this is too much in normal times and CERTAINLY too much when we are in an emergency situation.

Beginning with the 20-21 school year, Ballyshannon will use Bloomz as our communication portal. Bloomz is available for login on a website and as an app. Bloomz allows for:

  • Teachers to communicate with full classes
  • Teachers to communicate with small groups within classes
  • Teachers to communicate one on one with parents
  • Parent, teacher, student logins
  • Administration to communicate with population at large, individual parents, small groups
  • Our athletic director to communicate with teams and athletes at large
  • Our coaches to communicate with teams
  • Our PTSO to communicate with families
  • Volunteer signups
  • Requests for donations
  • Behavior reporting to parents (in lieu of Kickboard or Behavior Flip)
  • Bus delays/double run announcements

What excites us about most is that we can cut down on emails, texts, Reminds, and paper notes coming to you from every direction you can imagine. We will funnel EVERYTHING except grades, attendance, and missing assignment reports through Bloomz. It will take us a bit to get used to and you as well, but in the long run we do believe that this will be a much better service to you as parents than anything we've done previously.

Bally's contract is not final yet so if you go looking for our school on Bloomz, you won't find us. We'll let you know when we're ready to roll.