Letter from the Principal:
Hello Benson Community:
We will have Back-to-School Night on Tuesday. An informational session will be held for freshmen parents in the auditorium from 6:00-6:30. From 6:30-8:00 p.m. teachers will be available in their classrooms to meet and greet parents. Teachers may have handouts for parents to pick up explaining course expectations and grading policies, etc. Teachers would like to meet as many parents as possible so please keep conversations brief. If you need to have a longer conversation with a teacher, make an appointment, e-mail or call. Conferences will be in November.
The third week of every month we have two late starts. On Wednesday and Thursday of that week, staff participates in professional development in the morning and classes begin at 10:15. On Thursday, teachers are available in the room for “advisory” to assist students. See weekly schedule below.
Hope to see you on Tuesday.
Here is a schedule and list of activities for Back-to-School Night:
6-6:30 Freshmen parents in the auditorium
6:30-8:00 Pick up schedules in the center hall and visit teachers in classrooms
Clubs and activities information in the cafeteria
Refreshments in the cafeteria
EdBox information and login information in the library
Schedule This Week
· Wednesday Late Start Classes begin at 10:15 Equity training for staff
· Thursday Late Start Classes begin at 10:15 Professional Development for staff. Advisory begins at 9:00-teachers are available in their rooms to help students.
· Friday Last day students can drop a class
The forecast is for a very hot week. Please remind students about the dress code.
· Skirts and dresses can be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.
· Shorts must have a minimum 4” inseam.
· Undergarments cannot be visible.
· Strapless tops are not allowed.
Detailed information about the dress code can be found in the student planner. We have a limited amount of clothing to loan to students who are dressed inappropriately for school. Parents may be called and students sent home if clothing does not meet dress code guidelines.
All students can get breakfast free of charge. Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:30. Those students who have late arrival can get breakfast in the cafeteria from 9:30-9:45.
Free and reduced lunch applications have to be filled out every year. The forms are available in the main office.
Picture Retakes September 24 During Lunch in the Auditorium
(this is a change from the original date that was communicated)
Back to School Night September 18 6:00-8:00 Auditorium
(Freshmen parents meet in the auditorium at 6:00, all others arrive at 6:30)
PTSA September 25 7:00 Library Classroom
Site Council Minutes
BENSON POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL
Meeting: September 11, 2012
Teachers: Rich Weber, Matt Pellico, Sally Niedermeyer, Steve Curley
Parents: Lisa Wilcke
Students: Sabrina Mohammed
Alumni/Community: Dale Bajema
Administrators: Carol Campbell, Jeandré Carbone, Barry Phillips
Classified: Miranda Ryan (Career Coordinator)
Introduction: Members introduced themselves including name, association to Benson (parent, teacher, etc.).
Goals for this year: Review and establish Site Council By-Laws, review and monitor the School Improvement Plan, create a 5-year plan for Benson, examine curricular offerings and make recommendations based on current enrollment, review current schedule and problem solve issues such as study halls and open periods.
Participate in High School Re-design review
Share successes with community
Bring visitors to building
Contact/visit other high schools with long range plans in place-Aviation High School in Seattle
Re-institute Tech Time for all freshmen
Add more computer access for students
Achievement data: Will be shared at next meeting
Back-to-School Night: September 18th 6-8:00 p.m.
We discussed the format that was used last year and all agreed that the bell schedule was too hectic and parents who could not come at the beginning were unable to see some teachers.
We came up with a plan that includes a meeting for freshmen parents from 6-6:30 followed by an open house for all parents. Clubs and activities will have information in the cafeteria, edbox information will be in the library and the counseling and career center will be open. Teachers will be in their classrooms to hand out information and meet parents.
We will also include information about and opportunities to sign up for PTSA, Booster Club and Site Council
Time for meetings: We changed the time to 4:30 to accommodate parents last
year. Should we change back to 3:30 so more teachers and students might attend? Suggestions?
There was agreement to change the next meeting to 4:00 to get more students to attend.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday October 9, 2012 in the Library Classroom. Time: 4:00 p.m.
We would like to explore the possibility to creating a Benson High School Booster Club. If you are interested in working on getting the club up and running please sign up at Back-to-School Night, call 503-916-5100 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the website for the Pacific Education Group. http://www.pacificeducationalgroup.com/
PEG provides equity training for all PPS staff.