Liberator Digest 1.8.16

The bi-monthly newsletter for employees of Bolivar Schools.

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Bolivar students participate in National Hour of Code

Students at the BHS and BPS participated in the National Hour of Code December 7 – 13.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, 2015, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round.

The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. The measure of success of this campaign is not in how much CS students learn - the success is reflected in broad participation across gender and ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and the resulting increase in enrollment and participation we see in CS courses at all grade levels. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour - to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in a whole course (or even a college major) as a result.

Besides the students, another "learner" is the educator who gains the confidence after one hour that they can teach computer science even though they may not have a college degree as a computer scientist. Tens of thousands of teachers decide to pursue computer science further, either attending PD or offering follow-on online courses, or both. And this applies to school administrators too, who realize that computer science is something their students want and their teachers are capable of.

Above all, what all participants can learn in an hour is that we can do this.

Around the hall of BMS

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This semester is going to be legendary! We are off to a great start at BMS and are excited for all of the learning opportunities for kids to come.
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Girls basketball is in the last third of their season and playing hard!
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Vocal Music/Encore department gets students moving and learning in and out of the classroom. Ms. Cole has her display case set up to promote involvement and excitement for vocal music!

Little libs Working on gross, fine motor skills on a rainy day

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HR Bits and Tips

DIY: Bolivar Schools HR Webpage

Sometimes when you have a question or need information, you like to make a phone call or send an email. Other times, you would rather obtain the information on your own. Well now you can.

Go to: > Click on District > Human Resources

Here you will find important information for district employees as well as the public. You can find benefit summaries and insurance rates, employee calendars, FMLA information, important forms, timeclock procedures, etc. You will also find employment opportunities, job descriptions, salary schedules, and substitute information. When you get a chance, take a look at the website and see what you can find. This webpage was created for your convenience!


Krystal Allen ext. 2151,

Kelly Holt ext. 2111,

BHS Dream Team to take plunge for Special Olympics

A team from Bolivar High School will participate in the Polar Plunge in Springfield on Saturday, Jan. 30. The first ever plunge will benefit the Special Olympics Missouri.

The BHS team consists of members of the Character Council, Student Council, FCCLA, Ounce of Prevention and DECCA as well as some faculty and staff.

“Each person that goes to the plunge must have a minimum of $75 raised to be able to plunge,” Debbie Caufield said. ”We are hoping that our team fund raising and team donations will cover the $75 for most of our plungers. We will also be selling polar bear cut outs for $1 each at some of the home basketball games and these will be displayed in the high school commons.”

The event will take place at the Ski Shack Cable Park, 5539 S. Campbell in Springfield. Participants will wear costumes and swimwear as they take a dip in the winter lake. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the plunge at 2 p.m.

For more information on joining the team or making a donation, please contact Debbie Caufield at BHS or by visiting the team's webpage at

SchoolReach used for closing information

Winter weather is here. With the first chance of snow this season in the forecast, the District will alert staff members of any cancellations via a School Reach phone call. If you have changed your phone number recently, please email Katie Duncan with the updated contact information.

Passwords to reset soon

The new password policy is that passwords change every 60 days. Current passwords will expire soon. You can change your password anytime by pressing CTRL ALT DEL at the login screen and change your password.

Next week, your password will automatically expire and you will be required to change your password. You cannot reuse the same password, however you can use an older password you have used in the past.

For more information on password changes, please contact the tech department.

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