There was a great deal to cheer about in the Bison School District over the past year.
Last spring the 12-member high school boys track team took home the Class B State Championship, as well as the Region Eight championship.
“Those boys had an amazing season!” Superintendent Marilyn Azevedo said.
In the fall, the Cardinal football team earned a 6-2 record and for the second year qualified for the playoffs.
“Our students represented us well and displayed excellent sportsmanship,” Azevedo said. “We will be sadly saying our goodbye to our five seniors who were a major factor in our winning season.”
Bison’s volleyball team reached the District Championship game in the fall after posting a 21-4 record. The team was led by their seven seniors and Head Coach Kalin Chapman.
“This year’s group of senior volleyball girls were lucky enough to have had Coach Chapman from seventh grade through senior year,” Bison School Board Member Marcie Brownlee-Kari said, adding that Chapman has been a great influence on not only her players, but all students in the district.
“Consistent training, coaching – mental and physical – and mentoring made a huge difference in lives of those senior girls.”
Bison’s Oral Interp team also had a wonderful year, representing the school district well at the State Oral Interp Festival in Harrisburg. Students Veronica Voller and Katherine Kvale competed in Duet, and Sarah Hatle competed in Story Telling.
Elementary students in the district had the opportunity to participate in a scheduled Art class exposing them to another exciting hands on curriculum area. This is the second year of the Cardinal Character program for the elementary school.
“It is a school wide effort to foster good character and decision making skills focusing on citizenship, respect, caring, fairness, responsibility, and trustworthiness,” Azevedo said.
Each year the school participates in a Artist in Residency program and Dakota Players performance residency; this year the district added the Author in residency program to allow students the opportunity to work with a professional writer.
“These are positive learning experiences that our students truly enjoy!” Azevdeo said.
Finally, the school district completed its second year of their mentoring program for all teachers in their first three years in our district.
“It helps them with their day to day challenges and to foster teacher growth in our small community,” Azevedo said.