Save $16! Order your 2018 yearbook before October 19


You can save over 20% on your 2018 Tatanka Yearbook!

Order by October 19 to get  the best price on your yearbook.


Last year, we sold out of yearbooks. Don’t miss your chance to own one this year. If you order now, you can save $10 on the cost of the yearbook and get a FREE 24-page Spring Supplement with your order.

If you have questions, please email

Class of 2017 Senior Picture information

Senior pictures are due on Friday, October 7, 2016.

If you or your photographer wants to send in the pictures via email, please send them to If you do not get a confirmation email within one school day, please check the email address carefully and then call 763-682-8162.

Photos are accepted via email, on disc, or as photographs.

Please see the information below for more details.

Can’t find your question here? Contact Ryan McCallum at

Q. When are senior pictures due?
A. Senior pictures must be at the school by Friday, October 7, 2016.

Q. How do I get my pictures to you?
A. We prefer that you have your photographer mail us your portrait; however, you can either bring your pictures to the front office by Friday, October 7, 2016, or send it to the address below.

Tatanka Yearbook
C/o Buffalo High School
877 Bison Blvd
Buffalo MN 55313

Q. Can I email you a portrait or send it in on CD?
A. Digital portraits look great in the yearbook. Please make sure that images that are above 5 megapixel and saved at 300 dpi or higher. Images from digital SLR cameras look best. Photos may be emailed to or submitted on a disc to the address listed above.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within one school day, please call 763.682.8162 to address any issues with sending the picture.

Q. What are the specifications for senior pictures?
A. We have specific requirements for our pictures in order to maintain a consistent and quality yearbook. These specifications are in place to make sure that all seniors look good. Any picture that does not meet these requirements can be rejected by the staff. You will be contacted in this situation. Our specifications are as follows:

  • The picture should be wallet sized or larger
  • The head size should be approximately 1 and 1/4 inch from the top of the head to the chin on a wallet-sized picture.
  • All pictures will be in color. Do not send black and white, sepia, or brown town pictures.
  • No props can be used — including sports equipment, pets, cars, etc.
  • To look your very best, no hands should be obscuring your face.
  • Use a plain background — please no flags or heavy foliage. Make sure backgrounds don’t obscure faces.
  • No hats, bandanas, etc.

Q. Where would you recommend students go for their pictures?
A. Check out our list of recommended photographers. These places have a history of taking good-looking pictures that meet our standards and are delivered on time.

Q. Can I use a “Lifetouch” photo (regular school photo taken on picture day)?
A. YES! Lifetouch photos have been used with great results in the past. However, student must sign a sheet consenting to its use before we include it in the yearbook. A yearbook representative will be in contact with you or your child about this. We do not automatically receive or print Lifetouch prints for seniors who do not submit senior photos. Be sure to order at least one picture if you wish to submit one.

Q. Can I (or a friend) take a photo for someone else using my own equipment?
A. Yes. As long as the photo meets the above requirements, we will run it. Be sure to email these photos instead of printing them on home printers. We’ve had pictures taken with regular 35mm cameras and digital SLRs that look great… even next to professional portraits. However, please be advised that pictures taken this way are often rejected for not meeting the quality standards above. Professional portraits usually meet our standards. It’s best to take several different shots and submit multiple pictures in order to have your photo accepted.

Q. What are some low-cost or quick options for portraits?
A. Portrait studios such as Sears and Wal-Mart, while they may not offer the variety of poses or personalization of professional portrait studios, can take low-cost pictures that have a quick turnaround if you are still waiting for your photos, planning on taking portraits at the end of the year, or are not planning on getting a package from a local professional photographer. Yearbook photographers can do limited portrait sessions with students. Email for more information about this option.

Q. Why do you have so many standards?
A. The Tatanka has high standards for senior pictures for multiple reasons. The first reason is that we want you to look good. Over the past few years, we’ve seen and worked with thousands of senior portraits, and we know what works and what doesn’t once your pictures are cropped and placed in the book next to other pictures. Other yearbooks with loose standards often end up embarrassing students by allowing certain photos to run. The second reason is that the Tatanka is a nationally-recognized standard of excellence in yearbooks, and we want to keep it that way by printing a beautiful senior section with portraits that look good. These standards are made with your benefit in mind. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Q. When will we be getting Baby Ad information?
A. FULL COLOR Baby ads can be purchased for $35 and will be due on Friday, November 13, 2015. Information about Baby Ads will be sent to you on the Senior Picture deadline day. Check here later for more information.

Senior pictures are due Friday, October 7, 2016

Senior Photo Specifications for the 205 Yearbook

• All photos must be in full color – No black and white.
• Head and shoulder shots only – no hands showing on face. If hands are showing on your face, you picture may be rejected. This is to prevent you from looking awkward in a row of photographs.
• Plain background – a dark background is preferred.
• No props! – No pictures with sports accessories, cars, pets, or any other props will be accepted; this includes background “shades”, foliage, sparkles, etc.
• Head size – 1 ¼ inch (on a wallet-size picture) from top of the head to the bottom of the chin.
• No Hats, bandanas, etc – Male or female
• Digital photos – You are very welcome to submit a digital photograph on a CD or via email. Please email photos to If you email a photo, include your phone number in the email and expect a confirmation phone call or a reply to your email within 48 hours of emailing the photograph. CDs can be sent to the address below or dropped off at the front office.
Send Pictures to:

Tatanka Yearbook
C/O Buffalo High School
877 Bison Blvd
Buffalo MN 55313

or email digital photos to

Yearbook named Best in Minnesota as BHS Publications sweep State awards


All three BHS publications won All-State Gold awards.

The Buffalo High School yearbook, newspaper, and news web site all received All-State Gold Awards from the Minnesota High School Press Association at the State convention on October 8. All-State Gold is the highest honor a publication can earn from the MHSPA.

The yearbook was named Best-in-Show, making it the top yearbook in Minnesota. The Hoofprint newspaper and each took Second Place Best-in-Show honors. This was the best showing for BHS publications at the convention.
Several individual students won awards at the convention.
Ben Leipholtz won five state awards. He won First Place and honorable mention for best newspaper feature photo, Third Place for page one newspaper design, Second Place for website multimedia package, and First Place for Best Yearbook Feature Photo.
Jessi McMullen won honorable mention for editorial writing.
Erika Voeller won honorable mention for newspaper single page design.
Helaina von Bank won honorable mention for yearbook academic copy.
Brianna Christian won honorable mention for yearbook feature photo.
Nick Engfer won first place for yearbook sports photo.
Hannah Lindborg won first place for yearbook page deisgn.
Hope Mueller and Emily DeVore won first place for Yearbook Theme Concept.
The Hoofprint,, and Tatanka Yearbook are advised by Ryan McCallum

You’ll love your yearbook

summermeetingFor the first time, when you order your BHS yearbook, you’ll save $17 AND get the full year included in your order. If you order your book now, you’ll get it for the lowest possible price, AND you’ll get a 24-page Spring Supplement for no additional charge. Order before October 16, when the price increases and a Spring Supplement will no longer be included.

Yearbook writers, photographers, and editors have been hard at work all summer, planning and developing the most complete, colorful, and inclusive yearbook that BHS has ever created. We’ve already taken first place at our summer workshop and we haven’t quit working since then. We know you’ll love your yearbook. It’s built to hold your memories for a lifetime, and now you can capture the entire school year for no additional cost.

First Place


The 2014 Tatanka Yearbook staff took first place at Balfour Publishing’s Summer Yearbook workshop on June 20. Students from BHS took first place in writing, photography, photo editing, layout design, and overall theme presentation.

The students spent four days at the camp, held at St. John’s University in Collegeville. While preparing an outline of the 2014 yearbook that included all major components of the book, they also learned about writing, design, editing, photography, digital tools, legal issues, and managing deadlines. The student editors created the book from scratch, designing their own cover and every spread inside the book without the aid of templates or professional designers.

The next step for the group will be putting their plan into action. They’ve already begun covering the school for the 2014 book and will continue to meet throughout the summer.


Thanks for a great year!


Thank you for making the 2012-13 school year incredible.

I’m already looking forward to next school year. Next year’s yearbook will be the most affordable it has been in years. I’ve got a head start on Quest English 8, with the curriculum posted for the whole year.The Publications Writing class will be in a computer lab for the whole year. Quest English 9 is the first attempt at looping a group of students from middle school to high school with their teacher. There’s a lot to be excited for. is undergoing an upgrade currently. Check out yearbook information below and stay tuned for more information on ordering your yearbook.


Bring It!

Get ready to turn your technology into powerful learning and creation experiences. Your class is mobile device friendly. That means you’re encouraged to bring the following technologies to class;

  • Smartphones,
  • Laptops and Netbooks,
  • iPods and iPads,
  • Android devices and tablets, and
  • Kindles, Nooks, and eReaders.

You’ll be able to access coursework, readings, calendars, and assignments from your device. We’ll also find ways to put them to use in the creation of multimedia projects, research, writing, and reporting. From blogging and photography to reading and responding, we’ll find ways for you to get the most out of your technology. You may also find it helpful to use your own devices to keep yourself organized and connected during the school year.

Whenever possible, readings in this class will be available in PDF format, which can be read by any device. Longer readings may also be available in ePub and Mobi format, depending on copyright considerations. Choice reading is a big part of this class, and students often say that they feel better having their books with them on their personal devices instead of print format. The Buffalo Public Library has an eBook lending library that can be used on any mobile device.

We will practice responsible and respectful use of technology in the class, focusing on using technology appropriately and always keeping the focus on learning and creating, not the tools themselves.

Students are not and will never be required to bring a personal digital device to class. While students may want to use their devices in group situations, students will not be asked to share a personal device with another student. All devices will be in possession of students and the classroom will always be locked when devices may be left in the classroom. A limited number of charging cables will be available in the classroom.

Learn more about BHM Schools’ Bring it campaign or feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Join The Hoofprint!

Wanted: Remarkable People.

Hey! The Hoofprint needs you and your talents. Apply using the form below before May 7 to become a part of the most amazing group of people in the school.

We’re looking for people who are in to;

  • Writing
  • Print Design
  • Photography
  • Web Design
  • Copy editing
  • Organization
  • And more
Have questions? Contact Mr. McCallum as soon as possible.
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Yearbook, Newspaper, and Website take top honors at MHSPA convention

The Hoofprint newspaper continued to develop a tradition of excellence to match the Tatanka yearbook’s with its third consecutive All-State Gold award at the Minnesota High School Press Association convention held October 12 at the University of Minnesota. In addition to the Hoofprint’s award, took first in Website General Exellence and All-State Gold for the second consecutive year. The Tatanka Yearbook had an impressive showing, as well. In addition to taking All-State Silver and winning first in teme concept and design, our students won more individual awards than any other school at the convention.

Individual awards are listed below. – All State Gold and First Place in General Excellence

The Hoofprint – All State Gold

Tatanka yearbook – Second Place Best in Show and All State Silver


Matt Blizel – First Place Multimedia Package

Yearbook Awards:

Nina Downer & Sarah Oliver – First Place for Yearbook Sports Copy

Nick Weeks – Third Place for Yearbook Sports Copy

Minnie Ostvig – Third Place for Theme Copy

Emily Anderson – Third Place for Academic Copy

Abby Rausch – Second Place for Yearbook Feature Copy

Joel Morehouse – First Place for Yearbook Feature Photo

Dan Hanson – Second Place for Yearbook Feature Photo

Dan Hanson – Second Place for Yearbook Sports Photo

Monica Shoberg – Second Place for Yearbook Spread Design

Newspaper Awards:

Maggie O’Donell – Second Place for Newspaper Sports Photo

Beth Leipholtz – First place for Newspaper Sports Story

Joel Morehouse – Honorable Mention and Third Place for Page One Design

Nate Spanier – Second Place for Newspaper News Story

Joel Morehouse – First Place for Newspaper Feature Photo

Dan Hanson -Honorable Mention for Newspaper Feature Photo