Liberator Digest 5.6.16

The bi-monthly newsletter for employees of Bolivar Schools.

Exit meeting for retirees and resignees is May 18

There will be a mandatory exit meeting for anyone leaving the district at the end of the school year on Wednesday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office Board Room. We will discuss final payroll, COBRA and benefits, and more. We will also have a Q&A at the end for any questions you may have. To RSVP or for any questions, please contact Krystal Allen at

Assessment season is here - Enjoy some encouraging words from the Club kiddos at BIS

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Did you receive your opt-in text?

Bolivar Schools is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use now for phone calls and emails. SchoolMessenger purchased SchoolReach last year and over spring break the district moved to SchoolMessenger.

To remain compliant with FCC and TCPA guidelines, School Messenger requires individuals to "opt-in" for text messages alerts from School Messenger.

Within the last two weeks, staff members should have receive a text message from the SchoolMessenger system and recipients can easily opt-in by simply sending “Y” (or “Yes”), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number (67587). Once you reply, you will receive a message like the one pictured above.

Please contact Katie Duncan if you did not receive an opt-in text.

If you would prefer to still receive phone calls on your home phone as well as text alerts on your cell, please let Katie know.

Text alerts are currently only available to staff members. The new service will be extended to student families in the 16-17 school year.

Please contact Katie Duncan if you have additional questions.

Those adorable Little Libs

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Above, the Little Liberators' crew take a break from their hard work on Mother's Day projects. Playing in shaving cream is so much fun!!
Below, finally got a shot of all the youngest Little Libs sitting still - which doesn't last long! They are enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Baby Liam Johns is missing from the picture as he was peacefully sleeping and we didn't want to wake a sleeping baby!
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Thank you to all who participated in and volunteered for the Care2Color Dash4Kids!!!

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Wild times at Wild Animal Safari for BPS first-grade students

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Grandma Hale honored in Jefferson City

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder on Wednesday honored 34 winners of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award, including BIS' own Grandma Hale.

Lt. Governor Kinder presented the awards Wednesday (May 4) at a ceremony in the House Lounge of the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. The ceremony followed a luncheon for the winners and their guests outside Kinder’s office in the Capitol.

As the official Senior Advocate for Missouri, Kinder instituted the awards in 2005 to recognize and celebrate the contributions seniors make in their communities through volunteerism. Since then, more than 300 seniors have won the award.

Hale has volunteered for the past 19 years at Bolivar Intermediate School, helping fourth-grade students with their coursework while sharing her wealth of life experiences. She was nominated by Verna Walker and Vicki Newcomb, teachers at the school.

“In an age where extended families are becoming increasingly rare, Eugenia is that link to a past generation,” the nomination said. “Not only does Eugenia share her personal stories, she also shares her love of tatting, an almost lost art, and teaches this skill to students in Mrs. Newcomb’s class.”

Her nomination included 17 handwritten letters from fourth-graders to Lt. Governor Kinder asking that he choose “Grandma Hale” for the award.

Also, Bolivar Intermediate School Principal Julie Routh wrote in support of the nomination.

“Grandma Hale truly exemplifies the Bolivar R-1 motto of ‘Learning for Life,’” Routh said. “While she learns from our students today, she shares stories of her childhood, which is vastly different from childhoods of today.”

Lt. Governor Kinder presented all the winners with an official declaration and a Senior Service Award lapel pin at the awards ceremony.

“Although each of these volunteers has a different record of service, they all have one thing in common,” Kinder said. “Each of you has had a positive impact, and your unselfishness has touched countless people in your communities.

“You have embodied the spirit of the ‘good and faithful servant’ taught by our Lord in the parable of the talents – using your energy and talents and devotion to make a difference in your communities. This award is one small way our state can join them in saying, ‘thank you!’”

Students and families celebrate another successful year at BPS with Celebration of Success May 5

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Around the halls of BMS

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Mr. Massey shares his experience with Google Classroom with the BMS staff during a recent late start Wednesday.
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BMS students learn how to create stop action videos with digital publishing with Mr. Massey.
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Students enjoy playing the piano during Piano Lab with Ms. Cole.
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Students in science class work together to create paper "kites" to demonstrate lift.
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Mrs. Havens and Mrs. Gerke share with fellow staff members how to promote love of reading and student choice.

Youth Volleyball Camp is May 14

BHS Volleyball will host at Youth Volleyball Camp on May 14, 2016 at BHS Main Gym. The camp is open to students in Grades 3rd-8th (2016-17 grade).

See registration form for times and costs.

Contact Coach Krystal Allen for questions

Click Here to view the registration form.

Current Job Openings at Bolivar R-1

  • Paraprofessional at BHS
  • High School English
  • Elementary Teacher (3-5)
Extra Duty Positions available:
  • Head HS Wrestling
  • Assistant HS Football (2)
  • MS Volleyball
  • MS Boys Basketball
  • Assistant HS Boys Tennis
  • MS Softball
Contact Todd Schrader at if you are interested in a coaching position.
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Save the date for Back to School Extravaganza

Bolivar United Methodist Church and Countryside Assembly is once again sponsoring the Back to School Extravaganza from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 6 at Bolivar United Methodist Church. This community event is open to an student (accompanied by an adult) who attends a Polk County School. During the event, students will recieve free school supplies, back to school information, haircuts, comb and hygene kits and more. Please spread the word!


Saturday, August 6th…..8:30 A.M. – 12:30

Free… haircut, comb and hygiene kits

Free… Tour the Miles for Smiles dental van

Free… backpack with back to school information

Free… school supplies for school aged children

Free...Hotdogs, games, entertainment and much more

Location: Bolivar United Methodist Church, 105 East Division, Bolivar, Missouri

Students must be accompanied by an adult and attend a Polk County School

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