Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page. You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.
November 24th 2014
A Message from Principal Wilson
Dear Benson Parents/Guardians,
I hope that everyone has a joyous and safe Thanksgiving Holiday and please remember that this is a short week and that we’ll be back at it with a full week of school starting Monday December 1st.
Happy Thanksgiving Holiday
A Message from Teaghan Phillips: LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member
LÁMP:ARA Documentary Showing
DEC Precious Knowledge Documentary Showing
18 3:15pm – 5:30pm
Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) is showing the TV-PG documentary Precious Knowledge on December 18th at Benson in the Old Band Room. The documentary will start after school at 3:15pm and end by 4:30pm. Following the showing LÁMP:ARA will facilitate a student led discussion about the film until 5:30pm.
Precious Knowledge portrays one of the final years of the highly successful but controversial Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School, exploring the joint student/teacher fight to preserve their Mexican American Studies (MAS) program.
If you would prefer your child not to watch this movie, please have your student pick up a permission form from Benson’s LÁMP:ARA room 122, sign it, and return it to LÁMP:ARA by December 11th. If you do not sign and return this form your child will be allowed to watch the movie with the rest of their classmates.
Please see the attached links to the film website and a PBS review of the documentary for more information about Precious Knowledge.
Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding Precious Knowledge or LÁMP:ARA.
LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member
Benson High School
503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)
Kudos to Tim Hryciw and Kayla Stolte: Benson’s TechAlgebra Teachers
Tim and Kayla of the Benson TechAlgebra class will be printing and delivering 150 Holiday stocking to the KGW great toy drive. Each with a toothbrush toothpaste and a small toy. A great deed by our Benson students and teachers. Thank you for your efforts Tim, Kayla and the Benson TechAlgebra class.
A Message from the Fit2Live&Learn Teachers here at Benson
Parents, this is a reminder that the freshman Health Fair will be happening on December 17th during 2nd (8:15am-9:48am), 4th (9:53am-11:26am), and 6th (12:04pm-1:37pm) periods in the main gym. Come join us, view and participate in the student work, and have some fun.
A Message from Janae Jamison: Benson’s Rose Festival Coordinator
Parents let your students know that if they are interested in participating in Rose Festival that there will be a MANDATORY Rose Festival meeting scheduled for Friday, December 12th during lunch in Room 236. Please be prompt. In addition to the meeting, Ms. Jamison will need each student to check in with her no later than Friday, December 5th.
Benson’s Winter Formal
Parents Benson’s Winter Formal is Saturday, December 13th in the Benson Cafeteria from 7-10pm. The Theme is “Frozen in Time”. Your students may purchase their tickets in the bookkeeper’s office during lunch through December 12th. Ticket prices are $12 (single) and $20 (couple) . The price at the door will be $15 each. If any parents would like to volunteer to help chaperone this event please contact Ms. Murchison here at Benson.
A Message From Our Curriculum Vice Principal Jeandre Carbone: New English Teacher/Classes
We are pleased to announce that Benson, along with other Portland high schools, recently received new funding for the purpose of hiring additional teachers. Benson has been able to hire a new English teacher, Celeste Karzon, which will allow us to reduce class sizes so that students are able to receive more individualized attention and increased service. The new classes started on the first day of the second quarter, Wednesday, November 12th.
Unfortunately, offering additional course sections requires changes to some students’ schedules. We have worked hard to minimize those schedule changes by keeping students with the same teachers as much as possible. Nevertheless, some students will experience the discomfort that comes along with change. We feel confident that in the long run, the benefit of smaller classes and more individualized service in the area of reading and writing will be well worth the initial discomfort.
Benson Polytechnic High School
There will be no regular Thursday schedule because of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to the Benson Community
A Message from Linda McLellan: Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Teacher
Parents/Guardians please see the attached item which will list the STUDENTS OF THE QUARTER in the Fit2Live&Learn class. These students have the highest class percentage for the 1st quarter. Congratulations to these fine students.
An Important Message from our Counselor Amy Henry Regarding Seniors
Important Senior Information: Financial Aid Night
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm, Benson Band Room (translator available for Spanish)
Scholarship Workshops: Lots of help for applying for scholarships!
Literary Arts Scholarship Workshop: Saturday, November 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Literary Arts Office
925 SW Washington St. (Downtown)
PCC Future Connect Scholarship Workshop: Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 pm, Benson Counseling Center
(great opportunity for any student planning on attending PCC)
Winter Break Scholarship Workshop: Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 10:00 am, Benson Counseling Center
(this is open to any student who needs help with writing scholarships; great opportunity for students applying to the Gates Scholarship which is due right after winter break)
If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, you need to see your counselor before Thanksgiving break.
A Message from Christin Chambless (Benson’s PTSA President)
Hello Benson families
We have a great opportunity for you to get fresh milk, dairy products, bread and coffee delivered right to your door. The Milkman is Back was recently featured on the 11 o’clock news. It was really neat to see how this program works. Many other schools in the PPS district are also participating in this same program.
We are working with Local Farmers Delivery to raise money for Benson High School. They are offering free home delivery of milk, bread, eggs, juice, coffee, and more. There is no contract, no delivery charge, and the products are fresher than what you can buy in the grocery store. It’s all about local products, local schools, and creating jobs in the local community. If you decide to try the free service, Local Farmers Delivery will donate $25 in your name to help pay for teacher’s supplies, and other programs at BHS. Just click the link below and fill out the simple form with your contact info. Someone from Local Farmers Delivery will be in touch to answer any questions you might have, and help set up your first delivery.
If you order 3 items, shipping is free. It might be cool to check it out and see if this is an option for your family and help to raise some funds for Benson High School PTSA.
Here is the link to the electronic referral form: https://localfarmersdelivery.wufoo.com/forms/local-farmers-delivery/
BHS PTSA President
A Message from Benson’s Key Club President Victoria Bui
Every nine minutes, a baby dies from maternal neonatal tetanus (MNT). This is a deadly disease, but the thing is: it’s highly preventable. 53 countries suffer from MNT, however, with the help of Key Clubbers across the nation, UNICEF and The Key Club teamed up and eliminated MNT from 34 countries in the past four years! It’s the Key Club’s goal to fully end MNT by 2015.
Benson’s Key Club has contributed to this goal by doing a service project called, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.” Through this service project, our Key Clubbers “trick-or-treated” for donations towards getting rid of maternal neonatal tetanus. $1.80 pays for 3 doses of MNT vaccination–$1.80 to save a life. This service project helped raise $214.26! That saved 120 babies’ lives.
Benson Key Club President 2014-15
New 2014-15 Bell Schedule
Parents I’ve attached the new district wide high school bell schedule. Please open the attachment and review the new bell schedule carefully with your Benson High student(s).
A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books
As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club. This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state. Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature. We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students. Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial. Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.
For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at email@example.com.
Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Library Media Specialist
Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)
Benson HS (Wed am, Th, Fri)
A Message From Our Counselors
Parents there has been a change in our Counseling Center. Benson now has three full-time counselors! There has been some shuffling of the counselors’ student case loads, but now students will be able to remain with their counselor all four years. Students will be assigned to counselors by last name:
Students A – G will have Amy Henry firstname.lastname@example.org
Students H – O will have Peg Schoettle email@example.com
Students P – Z will have Steve Wren firstname.lastname@example.org
The counselors will work together closely to make sure all students continue to receive the support they need to be successful.
Benson High School Counselor
More news from our Counselors
Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.
Benson Counseling Team
A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s Yearbook Advisor)
Senior Baby Ads
Isn’t it amazing how far the class of 2015 has come? Show your appreciation for your future grad’s accomplishments through a baby ad in the 2015 Benson Yearbook. Reasonable rates for anywhere from a full page to 1/8th of a page. E-mail Dave Mylet at email@example.com with inquiries and orders.
Full page $100
1/2 page $50
1/4 page $35
1/8 page $20
One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance. Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time. We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class. You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis or has an inordinate amount of tardies.
Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class. Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.
A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)
Parents of Seniors:
The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes. E-mail pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.
The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).
Dress Code Reminder
Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable. No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing. No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains. Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length. Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.
Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos
This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.
Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.
Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.
LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.
While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.
Teaghan Phillips | AmeriCorps Member
LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos
Benson High School
Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)
Free Math Tutoring will be available in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)
Benson Robotics Club
Parents, is your child interested in building robots? Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years! Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!
If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson
New and existing clubs! You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.
Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.
Parents: Programs For Your Seniors
The Ace Mentor Program- the program gives your Senior an opportunity to work with professionals in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering fields.
Applications are due in the College Career Center by November 25th
Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested.
Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the two Counselors (Mr. Wren or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.
The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter
Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.
Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website. Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.
Nancy Marshall, Executive Director
More Scholarship Opportunities:
- AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
- Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
- Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
- Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015
PPS Bond Development Committee Recommends Benson High School for the 2016 Bond Measure
Benson Polytechnic High School is one of the three high schools recommended for the planned 2016 bond. The PPS Bond Development Committee (BDC) delivered its recommendations for the high schools to be included in the planned 2016 & 2020 school improvement bonds.
The committee, made up of 21 volunteers from across Portland, provided its recommendations to Superintendent Carole Smith in a memo after meeting five times during the past six months.
In its memo, dated Oct. 8, the BDC recommended:
Continue the plan of re-building/modernizing high schools first, and include three high schools in each of the next two bonds.
Complete master planning for three high schools prior to Fall 2016 in preparation for a potential November 2016 ballot measure. In order to complete this master planning with full community participation, dedicate $1.5 million in 2012 school building improvement bond funds for master planning of three high schools.
The three high schools identified for 2016 consideration are Benson Polytechnic, Lincoln, and Madison. The three high schools identified for 2020 consideration are Cleveland, Jefferson Middle College, and Wilson.
“We are at the beginning of a 30-year program to re-build all of Portland Public Schools facilities, most of which are 60 years or older. We have been able to begin this historic effort thanks to the overwhelming support of Portland voters in 2012,” said PPS Superintendent Carole Smith. “I want to thank the volunteer members of the PPS Bond Development Committee for their service and for their thoughtful recommendations for the potential 2016 and 2020 school improvement bonds.”
In making the recommendations, the committee noted that an August survey of Portland voters by DHM Research gave PPS high marks for its management of the current school improvement bond.
“The committee was pleased to learn from the DHM survey that awareness of the bond is relatively high and that of the approximately 50% who are aware of the bond, PPS receives very high ratings for its implementation and management of the bond thus far. We strongly believe in the PPS plan to modernize and replace its entire infrastructure of school buildings by 2042,” wrote the committee.
The BDC informed Supt. Smith that it used three criteria for selecting the three high schools to be recommended for the 2016 bond.
“The committee was dedicated to making a high school recommendation based on clear criteria. The committee spent two full meetings considering different criteria and looking at how they would impact our recommendation. The committee also considered the results of a survey conducted by DHM Research which asked Portland residents to consider and rate criteria for prioritizing high schools for the 2016 bond (survey results and analysis attached),” wrote the committee.
The committee decided to prioritize the following criteria for developing its recommendations:
Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students
The committee also concluded that each of the next two bonds should have two neighborhood high schools and one focus option high school.
The committee made special note of its decision to recommend Jefferson Middle College for the 2020 bond, despite rating high on two of the three criteria.
“The committee felt that it would be imprudent for Jefferson to go quickly into a master planning process when it is just now gaining momentum that could lead to much different & greater facility needs in the future,” wrote the committee. “It is the committee’s view that those needs…will allow for a much more successful master planning process at that time.”
The superintendent and the Office of School Modernization are expected to deliver their final official recommendations for PPS Board consideration and action in November, 2014. If approved, the high schools for the 2016 bond will be put on a timeline to complete master planning prior to voter consideration of the 2016 bond. Grant High School is scheduled to begin master planning as part of the voter approved 2012 bond in 2015.
Have a Great Week!
Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal
Benson Polytechnic High School