BPSF Newsletter for January

To dreams coming true…

By Tamara Uselman, Superintendent

This article is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Talent comes in many forms and from many backgrounds. Meet Neil, a member of the BHS Concert Choir and New Generation Jazz Choir. Neil came to Bismarck with his parents when he was in 8th grade from the Philippines. He began at Wachter Middle School, speaking no English. Fast forward to this fall when Neil asked to sing the Anthem this year and practiced several times. Neil’s dream to sing came true at the Sanford Athletic Complex for a BHS soccer game. His other dream – become an American – well, you can hear it in his voice.

Neil is a testament to the EL program in Bismarck and a testament to public education and public educators. Thanks for what you do for all students!

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Joe Kalvoda, SCHS principal, was chosen to present at the National Alternative Education Association national conference in Dallas, TX in March.

The presentation is titled Reinventing Your Alternative High School and Kalvoda will talk about the five initiatives SCHS staff implemented to change the way they serve students: positive attendance and proficiency-based education, flexible schedule and student choice, trauma-informed school staff who have the supports they need for students, positive relationships with community members, and an advisor/advisee program.

Jacy Walker, a choir teacher at Simle Middle School and Legacy High School, has been selected as the 2018 North Dakota American Choral Directors Association (NDACDA) New Choral Director of the Year.

The award goes to music teachers who have taught five years or less. She was nominated by several of her colleagues in Bismarck Public Schools. She will receive this prestigious award at two concerts during the NDACDA annual conference February 2-3 in Fargo.