Bakersfield


Valedictorian Hailee Collins. Photos by Amy Ingalsbe.
Bakersfield’s 2021 commencement exercises were held Friday, May 21, at the school.    Commencement address by Heather Smith Bakersfield first grade teacher Heather Smith gave this year’s commencement address.  Smith congratulated the class and said she knew that this particular class has chosen to...

Mrs. Anstine
Bakersfield School District is gaining two new teachers for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.  Sherry Anstine has been hired as the new special education director and elementary special education teacher, and Jordan Grigg has been hired as the new high school agriculture teacher. Kirsten Jarvis is...
Bakersfield High School’s graduating seniors were awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and other awards during the school’s 2020 graduation events. BHS counselor Trudy Summers announced that the following seniors earned these scholarships: Brandy Belt: Class of 1962 $500, Jake Lashley $500...
Bakersfield school officials are currently gauging interest in having a summer school session in July for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. The proposed summer school session will run from Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 31.  Superintendent Amy Britt says so far, the school...

About 50 area students attended the 2020 prom hosted by Shield Solutions Saturday night, including, from left: Clayton Turnbull of Dora, Courtney Woodley, who is homeschooled, Gavin Martin of Dora, Alyssa Woodley and Michael Woodley, who are homeschooled, and Patience Naegele of Gainesville.
Several area high school juniors and seniors got to have their 2020 prom after all.  When the COVID-19 pandemic ended the 2019-2020 school year abruptly several weeks before the scheduled last day of the school year, many of the special events planned for this year’s graduating  seniors, including...

Bakersfield High School held its high school graduation in the Jerry Taylor Gymnasium Friday, May 22. This screenshot was taken from a video that may be viewed on the Ozark County Times Facebook page.
The 2020 senior class graduated from Bakersfield High School Friday, May 22, in the Jerry Taylor Gymnasium. Loosely abiding by COVID-19 pandemic social-distancing guidelines, a limited number of family members gathered to celebrate a challenging finish of high school careers cut short by the...

Bakersfield preschool teacher Jody Bonds, above, and Lisa Bean, Bakersfield kindergarten teacher, below, are two of the many Bakersfield educators who have posted virtual storybook sessions on the “Bakersfield Elementary Story Time” Facebook page.
The Bakersfield Elementary Story Time Facebook page is filled with Bakersfield teachers and other school employees reading stories to students through video. The group was created about a month ago as a way for Bakersfield students to find videos from all their teachers in one place. The educators...

Gainesville photographer Karla Smith, whose school sports photos published in the Times and on Facebook have thrilled area families for many years, is using her talents to create graduation portraits for Gainesville High School’s 50 seniors – her gift to these students whose activities she’s recorded for years. Above: Ashley Poe blows a cloud of confetti toward the camera.
Editor’s note: We hope to have updates about graduation events planned by Dora and Lutie high schools in next week’s Times.    The COVID-19 pandemic may have turned the world upside-down for the class of 2020, but despite the abrupt, unexpected and unplanned end of in-person classes through the...
Bakersfield School art teacher Lauren Sanders recently designed a new playground swing especially for kindergartner Avey Fyffe, who is confined to a wheelchair. The swing was built by Bakersfield maintenance staff members Rick Bales, left, and Jason Marsh. “I always knew Bakersfield was a special...

Bakersfield School Bakersfield School principal Doyne Byrd, right, and secretary Jennifer Bridges prepare instructional review packets for student pick-up Tuesday morning. Bakers-field is providing the work packets and meals that can picked up or delivered via bus routes. Super-intendent Amy Britt said meals will be provided to students until school is back in session.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozark County schools extended last week’s spring break or adjusted their schedules just in time for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s statewide social distancing order, which closed Missouri schools until at least April 6. The order was issued Saturday during the...

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