Jun 152014
 

Parents/Guardians:

This will be my last newsletter for about a month or so as we transition into the summer.  I have enjoyed my first year at the helm of Benson Tech and look forward to taking some time off to be with my family and regenerate for the 2014-15 school year.  If there are important events that arise during the summer I’ll be sure to send out a message to all the Benson Parents/Guardians that are on my list serve to make sure that you are up to date with major events that may be occurring during the summer regarding Benson Tech.  I can tell you that we will be having a Benson Alumni Picnic on August 16th here at Benson out on the front lawn from 12pm to 4pm.  Please be sure to save this date as more information will be coming regarding this event later in the summer.

Principal Wilson

 

Benson Booster’s Club Being Formed:

Parents of Benson athletes and other Benson supporters: your help is really needed.  A few volunteers are meeting in June and through the summer to form a new Benson Boosters Club to encourage and support each and every athletic team at Benson.  The Club’s activities will start in earnest this fall.  This summer we are looking to parents and others to help organize the Club, recruit other members and to plan future fund raising efforts.  Interested?  Willing?  Contact Dale Bajema dalebajema@comcast.net . In addition to strengthening Benson’s teams in the coming year the Club will help assure the future of Benson’s athletic program.

 

 

 

Athletics:

Benson will be having a new Athletic Director.  Sanjay Bedi from Parkrose will be Benson’s new AD as Ms. Draper is heading to back into the classroom for the 2014-15 school year.  Please give a warm welcome to Mr. Bedi when you see him in the school this upcoming school year.

 

 

 

 

Parents if haven’t had a chance to see the Senior End of the Year Video that was done by our own Digital Media Production Class I would encourage you to go to Benson’s website at www.bensonhs.net and click on the scroll for the End of The Year Video.  The kids did a fantastic job on the video and it really showcases the Tech Pride as demonstrated by our students and staff. 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the students who will make up the Benson Polytechnic Student Government for the 2014-15 School Year.

 

Student Body

President:           Bryan Hernandez

VP:                         Katie Darke

Treasurer:           Amy Nguyen

Secretary:           Duyen Do

 

Senior Class

President:           Jonaly Nabehet

VP:                         Breanna Le

Treasurer:           Michelle Taphom

Secretary:           Mary Nguyen

 

Junior Class

President:           Victoria Bui

VP:                         Maya Brown

Treasurer:           Yessica Martinez

Secretary:           Ngan Tran Nguyen

 

Sophomore Class

President:           Leslie Tran

VP:                         Ruen Morrison

Treasurer:           Kim Le

Secretary:           Dennis Dihn

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Attention Sophomores and Juniors – Are you looking for a summer job?

Check out a custodial position with Portland Public Schools.  There are 20 available and the pay is $9.10/hour.

 

Looking for summer workers 16 and older.  Duties: Cleaning, Painting & maintenance work. Pay: 10/hour.  If  you are interested please contact Oregon Carbide Saw  at 1713 SE 7th  Ave. 503-235-8559.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

Jun 082014
 

Parents/Guardians

Please note that we have been instructed by the district to inform students/parents that the official school day does not end after students have completed their finals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.  Our school day for students officially ends at 3:15pm so unless a student is participating in the “make-up final” we are still obligated to keep the students here in the building until our regular scheduled release time of 3:15pm.

With that being said students will have the option on Wednesday June 11th and Thursday June 12th from 1:45pm-3:15pm of either participating in their make-up final, or participating in scheduled activities that will be in place here at the school.  On Friday June 13th after the 8th period final and lunch students will have the option from 12:10pm-3:15pm of either participating in their make-up final(s) (if needed), cleaning out their lockers, or participating in scheduled activities here at the school.

 

Please be advised that if students want to leave school early after their last final that he/she will need to have an excused note in the office from their parents/guardians excusing them from school before the end of the official school day which is 3:15pm.

 

 

Finals Schedule: Wednesday June 11th

Period 1 Final (8:15am-9:45am)

Period 3 Final (9:50am-11:20am)

Lunch (11:25am-12:05pm)

Period 5 Final (12:10pm-1:40pm)

Make-Up Final or Scheduled Activity (1:45pm-3:15pm)

 

Finals Schedule: Thursday June 12th

Period 2 Final (8:15am-9:45am)

Period 4 Final (9:50am-11:20am)

Lunch (11:25am-12:05pm)

Period 6 Final (12:10pm-1:40pm)

Make-Up Final or Scheduled Activity (1:45pm-3:15pm)

 

Finals Schedule: Friday June 13th

Period 7 Final (8:15am-9:45am)

Period 8 Final (9:50am-11:20am)

Lunch (11:25am-12:05pm)

Make-Up Final(s) or Scheduled Activity/Locker Clean Out (12:10pm-3:15pm)

 

-Benson Admin Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians

I need to know if there are 4 to 5 Parents/Guardians out there who would be willing to give their perspective to the District regarding PPS College and Career Efforts. These focus groups will target how well as a district-wide system the District provides access to College and Career options.  The District wants to ask high school parents what is, or has been their experience.  The District will have representatives from all the high schools.

The Focus group dates have been set for: June 4th, 5th , 10th and 12th all at different locations and the District would make contact with you and set up the preparations for the focus group.  The District wants to learn how to better serve the families, assess what’s not working, and what is going well, ultimately to create an equitable system in all high schools.

The District will provide dinner and childcare.  The focus group meeting would be from 6:00 to 7:30, in multiple locations.

 

Please make contact with me if you’re interested in being a part of this important dialogue.

 

Thank You

-Principal Wilson

 

Parents if haven’t had a chance to see the Senior End of the Year Video that was done by our own Digital Media Production Class I would encourage you to go to Benson’s website at www.bensonhs.net and click on the scroll for the End of The Year Video.  The kids did a fantastic job on the video and it really showcases the Tech Pride as demonstrated by our students and staff. 

 

Important Information Concerning You Seniors

GRADUATION DETAILS

Location – Memorial Coliseum

Graduation Practice – Monday, June 9th, 12 noon.  Mandatory!

Graduation Ceremony

Arrive by 4:30 PM – Ceremony at 5:30 PM

Dress appropriately

Don’t bring a bag or other belongings.

 

 

Important Message for Parents:

Parents please note that we will not be issuing anymore ID cards for the remainder of the school year.  If your child loses their ID card they will need to purchase their own bus pass/tickets for the remainder of the year.

-Benson Admin 

 

 

Congratulations to the students who will make up the Benson Polytechnic Student Government for the 2014-15 School Year.

 

Student Body

President:           Bryan Hernandez

VP:                         Katie Darke

Treasurer:           Amy Nguyen

Secretary:           Duyen Do

 

Senior Class

President:           Jonaly Nabehet

VP:                         Breanna Le

Treasurer:           Michelle Taphom

Secretary:           Mary Nguyen

 

Junior Class

President:           Victoria Bui

VP:                         Maya Brown

Treasurer:           Yessica Martinez

Secretary:           Ngan Tran Nguyen

 

Sophomore Class

President:           Leslie Tran

VP:                         Ruen Morrison

Treasurer:           Kim Le

Secretary:           Dennis Dihn

 

 

 

 

 

Benson Booster’s Club Being Formed:

Parents of Benson athletes and other Benson supporters: your help is really needed.  A few volunteers are meeting in June and through the summer to form a new Benson Boosters Club to encourage and support each and every athletic team at Benson.  The Club’s activities will start in earnest this fall.  This summer we are looking to parents and others to help organize the Club, recruit other members and to plan future fund raising efforts.  Interested?  Willing?  Contact Dale Bajema dalebajema@comcast.net . In addition to strengthening Benson’s teams in the coming year the Club will help assure the future of Benson’s athletic program.

 

Athletics:

There will be a Cross Country meeting June 9th at Lents Park at 5:30 for anyone wanting to join the team.

Coach Clark

 

Congratulations to Grace Buxman, Talia Perez and Anna Kalamafoni for winning the Women’s State Rugby Championship.  If any girls are interested in playing Rugby next year, please see Anna Kalamafoni for details.

 

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days.  School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

 

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

Students:

Do you need to make up a credit?  Then PPS Summer Scholars is for you!  You must pre-register with your counselor between May 28th – June 17th .  Counselors are available before school, during lunch and after school for pre-registration.

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Attention Sophomores and Juniors – Are you looking for a summer job?

Check out a custodial position with Portland Public Schools.  There are 20 available and the pay is $9.10/hour.

 

Looking for summer workers 16 and older.  Duties: Cleaning, Painting & maintenance work. Pay: 10/hour.  If  you are interested please contact Oregon Carbide Saw  at 1713 SE 7th  Ave. 503-235-8559.

 

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan in the College and Career Counseling Center for more details.

 

 

Employment Opportunities:

Information for all jobs can be found in the Career Center.

Summer Internship for Young Health Professionals:

This internship provides students with the opportunity to:

Learn more about Portland’s healthcare safety net and the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Visit clinics and talk to health care professionals about their work. Gain professional experience in an office setting, Learn about HIPAA (complete a required training) and Cover Oregon enrollment. Become familiar with health literacy principles and have a chance to practice using them.  Make connections and build resume volunteer experience.  Students should send a resume and brief cover letter detailing their interests and experience to Genevieve Ellis, CCHC Program Manager, at genevieve.ellis@coalition-clinics.org.

Application deadline:  June 9, 2014

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

 

Jun 012014
 

Parents/Guardians

I need to know if there are 4 to 5 Parents/Guardians out there who would be willing to give their perspective to the District regarding PPS College and Career Efforts. These focus groups will target how well as a district-wide system the district provides access to College and Career options.  The District wants to ask high school parents what is, or has been their experience.  The District will have representatives from all the high schools.

The Focus group dates have been set for: June 4th, 5th , 10th and 12th all at different locations and the District would make contact with you and set up the preparations for the focus group.  The District wants to learn how to better serve the families, assess what’s not working, and what is going well, ultimately to create an equitable system in all high schools.

The District will provide dinner and childcare.  The focus group meeting would be from 6:00 to 7:30, in multiple locations.

Please make contact with me if you’re interested in being a part of this important dialogue.

 

Thank You

-Principal Wilson

 

Parents if haven’t had a chance to see the Senior End of the Year Video that was done by our own Digital Media Production Class I would encourage you to go to Benson’s website at www.bensonhs.net and click on the scroll for the End of The Year Video.  The kids did a fantastic job on the video and it really showcases the Tech Pride as demonstrated by our students and staff.

 

Important Information Concerning You Seniors

GRADUATION DETAILS

Location – Memorial Coliseum

Graduation Practice – Monday, June 9th, 12 noon.  Mandatory!

Graduation Ceremony

Arrive by 4:30 PM – Ceremony at 5:30 PM

Dress appropriately

Don’t bring a bag or other belongings.

 

 

LOCKER CLEAN OUT DEADLINE

Senior Lockers must be cleaned out and emptied by 3:30 PM Wednesday June 4th, 2014.

Any items left in the lockers will be given away to charity or thrown into the garbage.

REMEMBER: Return all library/school books to the library to avoid fees and fines.

 

GRADUATION CLEARING PROCESS AND TICKETS

Senior Final Exams – Monday, June 2nd and Tuesday, June 3rd

Senior Barbecue Wednesday, June 4th, 12:30 pm

Pick up your clearing card at 1PM outside the counseling office

1PM – 3:30 PM – Graduation Clearing Process + Tickets

You may finish checking out with the bookkeeper on Thursday, June 5

 

 

Important Message for Parents:

Parents please note that we will not be issuing anymore ID cards for the remainder of the school year.  If your child loses their ID card they will need to purchase their own bus pass/tickets for the remainder of the year.

-Benson Admin 

 

 

Congratulations to the students who will make up the Benson Polytechnic Student Government for the 2014-15 School Year.

 

Student Body

President:           Bryan Hernandez

VP:                         Katie Darke

Treasurer:           Amy Nguyen

Secretary:           Duyen Do

 

Senior Class

President:           Jonaly Nabehet

VP:                         Breanna Le

Treasurer:           Michelle Taphom

Secretary:           Mary Nguyen

 

Junior Class

President:           Victoria Bui

VP:                         Maya Brown

Treasurer:           Yessica Martinez

Secretary:           Ngan Tran Nguyen

 

Sophomore Class

President:           Leslie Tran

VP:                         Ruen Morrison

Treasurer:           Kim Le

Secretary:           Dennis Dihn

 

 

 

 

 

Benson Booster’s Club Being Formed:

Parents of Benson athletes and other Benson supporters: your help is really needed.  A few volunteers are meeting in June and through the summer to form a new Benson Boosters Club to encourage and support each and every athletic team at Benson.  The Club’s activities will start in earnest this fall.  This summer we are looking to parents and others to help organize the Club, recruit other members and to plan future fund raising efforts.  Interested?  Willing?  Contact Dale Bajema dalebajema@comcast.net . In addition to strengthening Benson’s teams in the coming year the Club will help assure the future of Benson’s athletic program.

 

Athletics:

The Benson Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be happening on Thursday June 5th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Old Gym.  Please come by and support Benson’s Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014.

 

There will be a cross country meeting June 9th at Lents Park at 5:30 for anyone wanting to join the team.

Coach Clark

 

Congratulations to Grace Buxman, Talia Perez and Anna Kalamafoni for winning the Women’s State Rugby Championship.  If any girls are interested in playing Rugby next year, please see Anna Kalamafoni for details.

 

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

 

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

Students:

Do you need to make up a credit?  Then PPS Summer Scholars is for you!  You must pre-register with your counselor between May 28th – June 17th .  Counselors are available before school, during lunch and after school for pre-registration.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details.

 

 

Employment Opportunities:

Information for all jobs can be found in the Career Center.

Summer Internship for Young Health Professionals:

This internship provides students with the opportunity to:

Learn more about Portland’s healthcare safety net and the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Visit clinics and talk to health care professionals about their work. Gain professional experience in an office setting, Learn about HIPAA (complete a required training) and Cover Oregon enrollment. Become familiar with health literacy principles and have a chance to practice using them.  Make connections and build resume volunteer experience.  Students should send a resume and brief cover letter detailing their interests and experience to Genevieve Ellis, CCHC Program Manager, at genevieve.ellis@coalition-clinics.org.

Application deadline:  June 9, 2014

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

May 262014
 

Parents/Guardians:

Congratulations to Daniel Soriano-Valencia for being recognized at the Si Se Puede event at the BESC on May 20th.  Daniel was nominated by Benson staff member Brian Stauffer.

Si Se Puede recognizes PPS Latino students for their academic success and community achievement throughout their high school career.  Well done Daniel

-Benson Admin

 

Congratulations to Helen Dressa and Cameron Retherford who were honored at the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators Awards Event on Thursday May 22nd.  Helen won the Brazzil Pierce Memorial Scholarship from OABSE that she’ll be able to use to help pay for her college tuition.  Congratulations to both Helen and Cameron for being recognized as high academic achievers from Benson Tech.

-Benson Admin

 

Congratulations to Cameron Retheford for setting a State Meet Record in the Triple Jump this past weekend in the OSAA Track and Field Championships.  Cameron jumped  47-4 in the Triple Jump to set the record.

-Benson Admin

 

 

Congratulations to the Counseling and Career Center for officially being approved for the $10,000 Nike School Innovation Fund Grant.  The Counseling and Career Center team plans to use the money to upgrade the Counseling and Career Center for the upcoming school year.  Well Done Team!!

-Principal Wilson

 

 

I would like to personally acknowledge and “Thank” the following students for participating in a Round Table discussion with Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden.  The following students we incredible in welcoming Dr. Golden this past Friday as they discussed the importance of CTE classes and how this component makes Benson such a diverse and unique school for all who attend Benson Polytechnic High.

 

 

1.            Elizabeth Ma

2.            Jesse Soria

3.            Jonaly Nabehet

4.            Edgar Sanchez

5.            Tiffany Assenberg

6.            Jocelyn Anicua-Apolonio

7.            Tabea Gerken

8.            Tihanne Mar-Shall

9.            Valentin Sainz-Lopez

10.          Austin Simonsen

11.          Belinda Sabang

12.          Daniel Soriano-Valencia

13.          Michaek Ivezic

 

-Principal Wilson

 

GRADUATION DETAILS

Location – Memorial Coliseum

Graduation Practice – Monday, June 9th, 12 noon.  Mandatory!

Graduation Ceremony

Arrive by 4:30 PM – Ceremony at 5:30 PM

Dress appropriately

Don’t bring a bag or other belongings.

 

Benson Booster’s Club Being Formed:

Parents of Benson athletes and other Benson supporters: your help is really needed.  A few volunteers are meeting in June and through the summer to form a new Benson Boosters Club to encourage and support each and every athletic team at Benson.  The Club’s activities will start in earnest this fall.  This summer we are looking to parents and others to help organize the Club, recruit other members and to plan future fund raising efforts.  Interested?  Willing?  Contact Dale Bajema dalebajema@comcast.net . In addition to strengthening Benson’s teams in the coming year the Club will help assure the future of Benson’s athletic program.

 

Athletics:

There will be a cross country meeting June 9th at Lents Park at 5:30 for anyone wanting to join the team.

Coach Clark

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

 

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

Students:

Do you need to make up a credit?  Then PPS Summer Scholars is for you!  You must pre-register with your counselor between May 21st-June 17.  Counselors are available before school, during lunch and after school for pre-registration.  PPS Summer Scholars will be starting soon.

 

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details.

 

 

Employment Opportunities:

Information for all jobs can be found in the Career Center.

Summer Internship for Young Health Professionals:

This internship provides students with the opportunity to:

Learn more about Portland’s healthcare safety net and the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Visit clinics and talk to health care professionals about their work. Gain professional experience in an office setting, Learn about HIPAA (complete a required training) and Cover Oregon enrollment. Become familiar with health literacy principles and have a chance to practice using them.  Make connections and build resume volunteer experience.  Students should send a resume and brief cover letter detailing their interests and experience to Genevieve Ellis, CCHC Program Manager, at genevieve.ellis@coalition-clinics.org.

Application deadline:  June 9, 2014

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

May 182014
 

A Message from Site Council and Principal Wilson

Community Athletic Meeting Regarding the Future of Athletics at Benson:

Benson Supporters, please join us for “Pizza and Dialogue” on May 21st at 7:00 P.M. as Benson’s Site Council is hosting a Community Athletic Forum in conjunction with PPS Representatives regarding the future of Athletics here at Benson Tech for the 2015-16 sports season and beyond.  Athletics here at Benson are secure for the 2014-15 school year but noting is a given for the 2015-16 school year and beyond.  The Benson Site Council needs your support as we invite Parents, Students, Teachers, Coaches, Benson Staff and anyone else that has an invested involvement in Benson Tech.

This will be a chance for you to get answers to questions that Site Council has prepared for District Representatives and you as a supporter of Benson Tech will be able to ask questions as well.  The Benson Site Council is in the process of updating its Five Year Plan for the school to hopefully include a section of planned growth of its sports programs here at Benson and wants/needs your input.   It is important that we have as many supporters of Benson Tech attend this important meeting.  This is the time to voice concerns for the 2015-16 school year and beyond regarding athletics.  As noted Pizza will be served and we will begin promptly at 7pm this coming Wednesday in the Auditorium.

Please pass this information on to anyone else you think would be interested.

Thank you,

Lisa Wilcke for the Benson Site Council & Curtis Wilson Jr. Principal of Benson Tech

 

 

2-Hour Late Opening Wednesday and Thursday

Parents/Guardians please note that on Wednesday May 21st Benson will be having its monthly 2-Hour Late Opening with classes starting at 10am on Wednesday.  On Thursday May 22nd students have the option of taking advantage of the Monthly Advisory Session with teachers from 8:15am-10:00am.  This Advisory Session is a very important time that students can make contact with their teachers regarding class issues, grades or be able to catch up on work from their classes.  Please be sure to have your students take advantage of this opportunity this coming Thursday.

 

Senior Awards Assembly

Parents on Friday May 23rd from 10:55am-11:55am Benson will be having its Senior Awards Assembly in the Auditorium.  This is the time to come and see Senior Students being recogonized by their teachers in the CTE Majors and Academic Courses for their outstanding work from this past school year.  We hope to see you this coming Friday.

Principal Wilson

 

 

Parents/Guardians Please Remind Your Seniors of This Upcoming Important Meeting    

A Mandatory Senior meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20th 9:15 in the Auditorium.  If you do not have a 2nd period class, please make arrangements to be here early that day.  Otherwise, students with a 2nd period class will be escorted to the Auditorium at that time for the Senior Meeting.

Ms. Carbone

 

A Message from Moses Davis: (Math/Computer Tech Teacher)

During the month of April and part of May the students of Introduction to Computer Engineering spent 20 hours (4 hours a week) breaking down, inspecting and building computers at the non-profit Free Geek.

The students built their own computer which they got to keep and also built 15 computers for the class to use.

They did a great job!!!!

Moses W. Davis

 

A Message from Brian Stauffer: (Community Bilingual Agent for Benson)

These students were recognized from Benson with an Honorable Mention Nomination in the Si Se Puede Latino Student Recognition Event.

Cynthia Aguilar-Arizmendi (10)

Valentin Sainz-Lopez (12)

Alfonso Perez-Cruz (12)

Yessica Martinez Mulet (10)

Lupe Urbano (10)

Bryan Hernandez (11)

Irving Gomez-Cruz (11)

Vanessa Aldaz (11)

Emily Pineda (10)

Hector Najera-Hernandez (11)

 

Daniel Soriano-Valencia was chosen to represent Benson in this Latino Student Recognition Event.

Congratulations to Daniel on this accomplishment.

 

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Portland Public Schools will celebrate the accomplishments of our Latino students with our third ¡Sí Se Puede! (“Yes, we can!”) Event to be held at the Blanchard Education Service Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

¡Sí Se Puede! is an opportunity for students to celebrate and inspire each other, build relationships outside their schools and share the rich diversity of their talents and experiences with the greater Portland community.

Each year, teams of teachers, counselors and administrators at all our PPS high schools embrace the chance to promote their Latino students who exemplify:

-Contribution to family, community and school

-Creative accomplishment

-Academic achievement

-Commitment to growth after high school

 

This year we are pleased to add 8th graders to our list of honored students.  All 18 honored students will receive special recognition, a professional photo portrait and will be highlighted in a special commercial to be aired on KUNP/Univision and PPS Channel 28.

The May 20 celebration for our students and their families will feature music, children’s activities and food.  Honorees will be asked to invite a teacher, administrator or member of the community who has made a difference in their lives to share in the festivities.

The true highlight of the evening will be when our honored students take center stage to display their creativity, speak their truth and/or share their vision of the future.

In the spirit of community, we welcome everyone at PPS to be an active part of the ¡Sí Se Puede! Event.  Please join us on the evening of the event to catch your first glance at Oregon’s future leaders in business, science, politics and culture.

To ask about opportunities to connect your school or department with any of our Latino students or families, or how you can support or participate in the ¡Sí Se Puede! Event, please contact:

Veronica Bañuelos vbanuelo@pps.net. (503-916-3047) or

Francisco Garcia fgarcia@pps.net (503-916-3097)

 

-Benson Admin Team

 

 

A Message from David Champion (Norse Hall/Benson Supporter)

As most of you know, we are having our annual Syttende Mai (May 17th) celebration at Norse Hall on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, highlighted by a parade, starting in front of Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, at 3:00 p.m.  It will first head north on NE 11th Avenue, right on NE Davis, then left on 12th Avenue to Lloyd Center, wrap around Holladay Park, and then return to Norse Hall, altogether around 1.5 miles.  Since 2006, Benson has participated in the May 17th parade, usually the groups we support.  Last year, the Benson Robotics Club, SkillsUSA, and cheerleaders walked in the parade, and, in the past, the Benson PTSA carried its banner in the parade.  Last year, the parade included a band, school groups, two Viking ships, a police escort and over 450 people.  It was also covered by KATU.

This year, we expect more people and more local media coverage, partly because this year, May 17th falls on a Saturday and partly because it will be a bicentennial celebration (May 17th is Norway’s Constitution Day-the constitution was ratified on May 17th, 1814).  We’re inviting all members of the Benson community to participate in this year’s parade, in short making the parade a sea of blue-and-orange.  So, the more people from Benson wearing Benson shirts along with more banners, the better.

 

Update:

Benson was well-represented at the May 17th parade, starting at Norse Hall on Saturday, May 17th, 2014.  The cheerleaders did a very good of providing school spirit and the Benson Robotics displays were very popular with the young kids.  Mr. Pellico fired up a tractor and trailer, which after decorated with orange and blue streamers made for the perfect Benson float.

The Benson Robotics Club did a very good job of entertaining the kids with their robots.  Two elementary school kids, one who goes to Irvington and the other to Buckman, said they wanted to go to Benson when they got older so they could join the robotics club!  Three of the cheerleaders, Crystal, Jacob and Arianna, also helped serve in the dining room.  Several people present commented that they were all very helpful, polite and friendly, so they represented very well, indeed.  Mr. Pellico’s idea of bringing a tractor and trailer, which the kids decorated, thereby making a Benson float, worked very well! 

Several people cheered when the Benson float passed. 

 

Thanks,

David

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

This Week In Athletics

Track & Field:

Thursday May 22nd thru Saturday May 24th

State Track and Field Finals in Eugene

Time: TBD    

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

Students:

Do you need to make up a credit?  Then PPS Summer Scholars is for you!  You must pre-register with your counselor between May 21st-June 17.  Counselors are available before school, during lunch and after school for pre-registration.  PPS Summer Scholars will be starting soon.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

May 112014
 

A Message From Principal Wilson; Parents/Guardians,

For all of her hard work and dedication to Benson High School I would like to publically recognize and acknowledge Ms. Roi San Anderson who is the foundation and glue that keeps Benson moving in the right direction.  Thank You Roi San for your support to the Benson Family & Community.

 

I would personally like to Thank the Benson PTSA for providing “Treats and Snacks” for the Benson Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week last week.  I was thoroughly impressed by the effort that was put forth by our PTSA in acknowledging the hard work that our staff endures in educating and preparing our kids for life after high school.  Great job PTSA!!

-Principal Wilson

 

Site Council meeting will be held on Wednesday May 14th from 4pm-5:30pm in the Library Conference Room.  Please come by and support Benson as we look at the infrastructure of Benson High.

 

PTSA will be meeting on Wednesday May 14th from 6pm-7pm in the Library Conference Room.

 

A Message from Luke Hotchkiss and Rich Weber (Benson Construction)

Darian Romero wins the Gathering of the Guilds!

May 2-4 at the Oregon Convention Center hosted the ‘Gathering of the Guilds’ a woodworking show that included a prestigious high school woodworking completion.  There were approximately 75-100 different students projects entered from around the state of Oregon.  Darian won the top prize ‘Best of Show’ for his humidors that were also on display at Tech Show.  Along with the ribbon he won approximately $200 in prizes and gift cards.  Darian showed great determination, skill and dedication to finish these projects, and represented Benson well!

 

A Message from Neeley Wells (Site Council)

Jefferson Cluster Feeder PTAs Community Roundtable!

Tuesday, May 13 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Jefferson high School Cafeteria

5210 N. Kerby

There will be a community roundtable to talk about the upcoming district-wide boundary review.  Each feeder school will have the opportunity to share successes and challenges, especially as they relate to enrollment, boundaries, and transfers. Since Benson doesn’t have any feeder cluster, but is a part of the District, this could be a great opportunity to gain knowledge about the upcoming boundary review.  PPS officials, including Superintendent Carole Smith, will be there to listen and gather feedback.  At the end of the agenda, there will be a brief Q & A, if there are questions for PPS.

Childcare and snacks provided by PPS!

 

A Message from Brian Stauffer: (Community Bilingual Agent for Benson)

These students were recognized from Benson with an Honorable Mention Nomination in the Si Se Puede Latino Student Recognition Event.

Cynthia Aguilar-Arizmendi (10)

Valentin Sainz-Lopez (12)

Alfonso Perez-Cruz (12)

Yessica Martinez Mulet (10)

Lupe Urbano (10)

Bryan Hernandez (11)

Irving Gomez-Cruz (11)

Vanessa Aldaz (11)

Emily Pineda (10)

Hector Najera-Hernandez (11)

 

Daniel Soriano-Valencia was chosen to represent Benson in this Latino Student Recognition event.

Congratulations to Daniel on this accomplishment.

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Portland Public Schools will celebrate the accomplishments of our Latino students with our third ¡Sí Se Puede! (“Yes, we can!”) Event to be held at the Blanchard Education Service Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

¡Sí Se Puede! is an opportunity for students to celebrate and inspire each other, build relationships outside their schools and share the rich diversity of their talents and experiences with the greater Portland community.

Each year, teams of teachers, counselors and administrators at all our PPS high schools embrace the chance to promote their Latino students who exemplify:

-Contribution to family, community and school

-Creative accomplishment

-Academic achievement

-Commitment to growth after high school

 

This year we are pleased to add 8th graders to our list of honored students.  All 18 honored students will receive special recognition, a professional photo portrait and will be highlighted in a special commercial to be aired on KUNP/Univision and PPS Channel 28.

The May 20 celebration for our students and their families will feature music, children’s activities and food.  Honorees will be asked to invite a teacher, administrator or member of the community who has made a difference in their lives to share in the festivities.

The true highlight of the evening will be when our honored students take center stage to display their creativity, speak their truth and/or share their vision of the future.

In the spirit of community, we welcome everyone at PPS to be an active part of the ¡Sí Se Puede! Event.  Please join us on the evening of the event to catch your first glance at Oregon’s future leaders in business, science, politics and culture.

To ask about opportunities to connect your school or department with any of our Latino students or families, or how you can support or participate in the ¡Sí Se Puede! Event, please contact:

Veronica Bañuelos vbanuelo@pps.net. (503-916-3047) or

Francisco Garcia fgarcia@pps.net (503-916-3097)

-Benson Admin Team

 

A Message from David Champion (Norse Hall/Benson Supporter)

As most of you know, we are having our annual Syttende Mai (May 17th) celebration at Norse Hall on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, highlighted by a parade, starting in front of Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, at 3:00 p.m.  It will first head north on NE 11th Avenue, right on NE Davis, then left on 12th Avenue to Lloyd Center, wrap around Holladay Park, and then return to Norse Hall, altogether around 1.5 miles.  Since 2006, Benson has participated in the May 17th parade, usually the groups we support.  Last year, the Benson Robotics Club, SkillsUSA, and cheerleaders walked in the parade, and, in the past, the Benson PTSA carried its banner in the parade.  Last year, the parade included a band, school groups, two Viking ships, a police escort and over 450 people.  It was also covered by KATU.

This year, we expect more people and more local media coverage, partly because this year, May 17th falls on a Saturday and partly because it will be a bicentennial celebration (May 17th is Norway’s Constitution Day-the constitution was ratified on May 17th, 1814).  We’re inviting all members of the Benson community to participate in this year’s parade, in short making the parade a sea of blue-and-orange.  So, the more people from Benson wearing Benson shirts along with more banners, the better.

Thanks,

David

 

A Message from Matt Pellico (Benson Science & Robotics Club)

On Saturday May 3rd, Five Benson students competed in the 2014 Portland State University Innovation Challenge.  The theme of this year’s challenge was “Technology for the Older Generations”.

The student team of Bronson Kim, Rose Adrian, Theo Nguyen, Devon Straub, and Chris Halverson met at least one day each week for the last 4 months inventing a technology and preparing a presentation.  Portland State University matched them up with three outstanding graduate student mentors.  They researched, and then invented a theoretical medical computer they termed the “Medi-box”.  The Medi-box collects and records health data wirelessly from a variety of non-invasive user friendly sensors.  A sensor could be a wrist watch you wear that constantly measures your pulse over the course of a day.  Or it could be pillow that tracks your sleep patterns and temperature.  The sensors themselves would be open source, to encourage research and development of many new sensors.  Information from the Medi-box would be up-loaded directly to a physician, and any critical information would receive a higher priority.  For the presentation they put together a poster display, a PowerPoint program, and a 3-D model of the Medi-box.

The five students presented their results to an elite panel of judges for over 10 minutes.  Then they fielded audience questions for another 15 minutes.  Clearly Benson’s presentation was among the best of the eight schools competing.  In the awards ceremony Benson earned the “Best Team Venture” award and its accompanying banner.  The judges later revealed that the Benson team was second in several other categories and came close to earning multiple awards.  Additionally each of the five students earned a $1,000 scholarship to PSU, should they choose to attend.

Congratulations to Bronson, Rose, Theo, Devon and Chris

-Benson Admin Team

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

This Week In Athletics:

Monday May 12th

4:30 BB (V) @ Parkrose

4:30 BB (JV) vs Grant @ Irving

4:00 SB vs Madison @ BHS

1:00 MTN PIL Tourney @ Gabriel

 

Tuesday May 13th  

3:00 MTN vs PIL Champs @ Gabriel

3:00 WTN vs PIL Champs @ Gabriel

 

Wednesday May 14th

3:45 TR Varsity Prelims @ Marshall

4:30 BB (V) vs Grant @ Sckavone

4:30 BB (JV) vs Lincoln @ Pendleton Park

 

Thursday May 15th

3:45 TR (V) vs District Finals @ Marshall

4:00 SB  vs Franklin @ Clinton

 

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

 

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

May 042014
 

A Message From Principal Wilson; Parents/Guardians,

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

 

 

Latino Community Resources Fair! 

Benson M.E.Ch.A. is hosting a community resources fair Thursday, May 8th, from 6-8pm in the Band Room.  Representatives from various community organizations will set up booths and offer resources and information about their services in support of the Latino community of Portland.  Topics include: immigration, driver’s cards, school support, scholarships and the Oregon Tuition Equity Act, Latino student  groups, etc.  Benson M.E.Ch.A. members will be there selling dulces, papas fritas, and jugos!  Bring your family and build community with us!

Brian Stauffer

 

 

A Message from Cathy Skach (SkillsUSA Coach)

SkillsUSA State Skill Competitions were held April 25th and 26th. 15 Benson students competed in various contests, earning the following:

o             Allison Plager / Web Design / GOLD

o             Zach Schroeder / Web Design / GOLD

o             Jakkhuma Srichandra / Web Design / SILVER

o             Hung Le / Web Design / SILVER

o             Caleb Martin-Long / Photography / GOLD

o             Matthew Nguyen / State T-shirt Design / 4th Place

o             Matthew Nguyen / State Pin Design / 5th Place

o             Kristine Hayes / Digital Cinema Production / BRONZE

o             Keala Cottrell / Television Video Production / BRONZE

o             Eric Boden / Television Video Production / BRONZE

o             Parker Himelfarb / Sheet Metal / SILVER

o             Thomas Wallberg / Sheet Metal / 4th Place

o             Jose Bastida / Precision machining / SILVER

o             Simon Chau / Precision machining / BRONZE

o             Kurt Wilke / Automotive Service / BRONZE

Congratulations to all our winners.

Ms. Skach

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (F2Live and Learn Teacher)

Congratulations… (Highest Achievement)

Students of the Quarter (3rd) in Fit2Live&Learn

 

1/2

Peter Callahan    Kayla Leyva

Erin Camillo    Italia Vanbroeckel

Madeline Winegar    Elaina Thomas

Ruin Morrison

 

3/4

Jamal Abdullah    Kathy Nguyen

Camilo Martinez    Eli Schumont

Matthew Dressa    Debralyn Baker

 

5/6

James Bochsler    Neema Doti

Corey Miller        Merrick Hutchinson

Claudia McGinnis    Forest Gulbranson

Congratulations to all of the achievement winners.

Ms. McLellan

 

 

A Message from Barth Clooten (Manufacturing Teacher)

Manufacturing students went to Salem on Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26.  The students competed at the state of Oregon Skills USA skills events.

Benson Manufacturing students competed against their peers from all over the State of Oregon.

The Benson students competed in the Sheet Metal and Precision Machine events.

 

Precision Machine

2nd Place went to Jose Bastida De Jesus.

3rd Place went to Simon Chau.

 

Sheet Metal

2nd Place went to Parker Himelfarb.

4th Place went to Thomas Wallberg.

Great Job!

Mr. Clooten

 

A Message from Mr. Trinh (Math Teacher)

My Pre-Calculus students created some Math Art using their knowledge of math parametric function learned in class.

I have collected those and uploaded them to the Internet and have the link from my Benson webpage

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/benson/266.htm

These pics can be downloaded and saved as a screen saver .

Hung Trinh

 

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

Parents/Guardians

Attached to this email is an important message with information regarding safety when selecting transportation services during prom season.  Additional information can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/LegalLimo or by calling Frank Dufay at 503-865-2487.

 

 

Parents; Clearance for the Prom

Parents please help remind your Seniors that Prom is quickly approaching (May 10th).  Ticket sales start on April 28th, and Guest forms will be available on the 21st (Monday).  But before your student can buy a ticket he/she must be cleared in the bookkeeper’s office.  Please remind your Senior to go and check with the bookkeeper to see if they are cleared.

-Benson Administration

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

 

 

A Message from Jeandre Carbone (Benson Vice Principal): Additional Math Tutoring for Juniors

Benson is providing additional math tutoring for juniors preparing to retake the OAKS math test.  Details follow:

Teacher: Ms. Leech

Location: Room 226

Times: 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesdays – Beginning March 19th

Period 4 -Beginning March 20th

-Ms. Carbone

 

This Week In Athletics:

Monday May 5th

4:30 BB (V) @ Roosevelt

4:30 BB (JV) vs Madison@ Glenhaven

4:00 SB vs Wilson @ BHS

1:00 WTN vs PIL Tourney @ Gabriel

 

Tuesday May 6th

4:30 BB (JV) vs Lincoln @ Gabriel

4:00 SB vs Lincoln @ BHS

1:00 MTN vs PIL Tourney @ Gabriel

3:45 TR (JV) District Prelims @ Marshall

Wednesday May 7th

4:00 TR @ Cleveland

4:30 BB (V) @ Roosevelt

4:30 BB (JV) vs Wilson @ Pendleton Pk

1:00 WTN vs PIL Tourney @ Gabriel

1:00 GLF @ Red Tail

 

Thursday May 8th

3:45 TR (JV) vs District Finals @ Marshall

1:00 MTN  vs PIL Tourney @ Gabriel

 

Friday May 9th

3:45 TR (JV) vs District Finals @ Marshall

1:00 MTN  vs PIL Tourney @ Gabriel

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

 

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

 

 

The EAGLE:  (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment)

This program is a paid internship that encompasses all phases of the golf course operation.  Only sophomores are eligible to apply for this two-year program.  You do not need to know how to play golf.

Come to the Career Center to pick up an application.

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

Apr 272014
 

A Message From Principal Wilson: Parents/Guardians,

 

Parents Please Talk To Your Underclassmen About This Opportunity:

Attention Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors!  Are you interested in becoming a part of Student Government next year?  An informational meeting will be held on May 2nd during lunch in the Auditorium.  This meeting is mandatory for everyone wanting to run for Class Officer or Student Body Officer.  Election packets will be distributed during this time.

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather 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.  Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

 

A Message from Ilsa Bruer: (Language Arts Teacher) in regards to the Poetry Slam Event:

Parents/Guardians:

On Friday, March 21st ten (10) students also performed their original poetry in Benson’s poetry slam.  Each student did a great job demonstrating poise, courage and creativity in their performance and they all should be commended.  Ms. Bruer would like to congratulate the following students: Claudia McGinnis, Neema Doti, Zarah Boling, Theo Nguyen, Devon Straub, Kahlea Casanova-Fish, Aaron White, Deazhane Carter, Warren Yoakum, and Alexis Whitney!

Our three finalists, Warren Yoakum, Aaron White and Alexis Whitney will represent Benson at the Verselandia Poetry Slam on Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Gerding Theater.

For more information check out http://verselandia.wordpress.com/

 

Thank You

Ms. Bruer

 

 

Parents/Guardians

Attached to this email is an important message with information regarding safety when selecting transportation services during prom season.  Additional information can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/LegalLimo or by calling Frank Dufay at 503-865-2487.

 

 

Parents; Clearance for the Prom

Parents please help remind your Seniors that Prom is quickly approaching (May 10th).  Ticket sales start on April 28th, and Guest forms will be available on the 21st (Monday).  But before your student can buy a ticket he/she must be cleared in the bookkeeper’s office.  Please remind your Senior to go and check with the bookkeeper to see if they are cleared.

-Benson Administration

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

A Message from Jeandre Carbone (Benson Vice Principal): Additional Math Tutoring for Juniors

Benson is providing additional math tutoring for juniors preparing to retake the OAKS math test.  Details follow:

Teacher: Ms. Leech

Location: Room 226

Times: 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesdays – Beginning March 19th

Period 4 -Beginning March 20th

 

-Ms. Carbone

 

This Week In Athletics:

Monday April 28th

4:30 BB (V) @ Madison

4:30 BB (JV) vs Grant@ Irving Park

4:00 SB vs Franklin @ BHS

4:15 WTN @ Madison

3:00 GLF @ Rose City

 

Tuesday April 29th

4:30 BB (JV) vs Cleveland @ Sckavone

 

Wednesday April 30th

4:00 TR @ Madison

4:30 BB (V) @ Madison

 

Thursday May 1st

4:15 WTN (JV) vs District Doubles

4:15 MTN  (JV) vs District Doubles

4:00 SB vs Cleveland @ BHS

Friday May 2nd

4:30 BB (V) vs Madison @ BHS

4:30 BB (JV) @ Wilson

4:00 TR  Nike Relay @ Jesuit

4:15 WTN (JV) vs District Doubles

4:15 MTN  (JV) vs District Doubles

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (College & Career Coordinator)

 

Coming to Benson:

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

 

Scholarships:

 

 

Please make sure to contact your counselor if you’re interested in either one of these scholarships. 

 

SAT Prep Sessions:

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

 

Clackamas Community College-April 30 at 10:00 in the Career Center.

 

The EAGLE:  (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment)

This program is a paid internship that encompasses all phases of the golf course operation.  Only sophomores are eligible to apply for this two-year program.  You do not need to know how to play golf.

Come to the Career Center to pick up an application.

 

 

Instant Admit Days:

 

Internships:

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

 

Contest Opportunities To Discuss With Your Kids:

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

Apr 132014
 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please note that with only 2 months of school left on the academic calendar that it’s imperative that students are focused and on track to finishing out the school year on a positive note.  If you have any concerns regarding your students classes or other concerning issues related to your students please be sure to make contact with your child’s teachers or contact your student’s counselor here at Benson.  This past Thursday, April 10th was the end of the 3rd Grading Quarter and parents/guardians should be getting progress reports on their kids sometime this week.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather 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.  Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Benson Clean Up Day (Parents We Need Your Support)

Mark your calendars!  Benson Clean-up day is on Saturday, April 19th from 9am-1pm.   We need as many volunteers as we can to help us weed, clean, prune and beautify the grounds of Benson.  Parents and Community please come out on Saturday and show your Tech Pride and help beautify our school grounds.

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

 

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

 

A Message from Ilsa Bruer: (Language Arts Teacher) in regards to the Poetry Slam Event:

Parents/Guardians:

On Friday, March 21st ten (10) students also performed their original poetry in Benson’s poetry slam.  Each student did a great job demonstrating poise, courage and creativity in their performance and they all should be commended.  Ms. Bruer would like to congratulate the following students: Claudia McGinnis, Neema Doti, Zarah Boling, Theo Nguyen, Devon Straub, Kahlea Casanova-Fish, Aaron White, Deazhane Carter, Warren Yoakum, and Alexis Whitney!

Our three finalists, Warren Yoakum, Aaron White and Alexis Whitney will represent Benson at the Verselandia Poetry Slam on Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Gerding Theater.

For more information check out http://verselandia.wordpress.com/

 

Thank You

Ms. Bruer

 

 

Parents/Guardians

Attached to this email is an important message with information regarding safety when selecting transportation services during prom season.  Additional information can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/LegalLimo or by calling Frank Dufay at 503-865-2487.

 

Parents; Clearance for the Prom

Parents please help remind your Seniors that Prom is slowly approaching (May 10th).  Ticket sales start on April 28th, and Guest forms will be available on the 21st.  But before your student can buy a ticket he/she must be cleared in the bookkeeper’s office.  Please remind your Senior to go and check with the bookkeeper to see if they are cleared.

-Benson Administration

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

Site Council

Parents: Site Council will be meeting on Wednesday April 16th from 4pm-5:30pm in the Library Conference Room (located in the Library) if you would like to be a part of this important meeting.

 

PTSA

Parents: PTSA will be meeting on Wednesday April 16th from 6pm-7:30pm in the Library Conference Room (located in the Library) if you would like to join this meeting.

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

 

A Message from Barry Philips (Vice Principal)—Parents We Need Volunteers!!

Hello Parents and Guardians of Benson Students,

The Freshman class  is going on a fieldtrip to OMSI on Wednesday April 23rd 2014 for the ACT Testing Day Freshman Activities 8:00am – 12:30pm.

OMSI requires a 1:10 staff/volunteer to student ratio in order to attend.  Benson needs 10 parent volunteers to be able to take the freshman to OMSI.  If you are available to volunteer 04/23/14 from 8am-12:30pm please call or email Mr. Phillips ASAP at 503-916-5100, extension 77104 or email bphillips @pps.net    **Because you will not be left alone with students you do not require a security clearance for this event.

 

The Freshman Activity is a trip to OMSI. Two attractions (there are others) our students will focus on and enjoy are Tony Hawk Rad Science and What I Eat (see descriptions below).

Extreme Sports. Extreme Science.

In this cool new exhibit, world-renowned skateboard legend Tony Hawk demonstrates how physics principles like gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance make radical tricks possible in sports like skateboarding, BMX and snowboarding (teacher packet coming soon). In addition to his impressive athletic achievements, Hawk’s name is synonymous with top selling boarding products, mainstream clothing, video games and impressive charitable activities including the development of public skate parks in low-income communities. He understands how physics make his sport possible and makes these challenging science concepts relevant, accessible and engaging for young visitors.

 

What I Eat

Ever wondered what a boy in Bangladesh eats for lunch? How about a sumo wrestler in Japan or a camel herder in Egypt?

Based on Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel’s wildly popular book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, OMSI’s new photography exhibit invites you to explore what the food we eat says about how we live and who we are (teacher packet attached).

The exhibit features portraits of 20 people from around the world and the food they eat in the course of a day – right down to serving size and caloric value. Ranging from 800 to 8400 calories, fresh ingredients to processed staples, rich and hearty to lean and light, the differences in a single day’s worth of food provide a glimpse into the way people (live and eat) all over the globe.

B. Phillips

Vice Principal

 

A Message from Dave DeMaris (Math Teacher)

This past week Chris Fischborn of Z-Tech Engineering, a Professional Surveyor working with a Program called TrigStar visited with Advanced Algebra, and Pre-Calculus students.  He introduced the students to surveying as a career.  He included a brief history of surveying in the US and on the football field and he also demonstrated how Mathematics is used every day…particularly trigonometry.  At the conclusion of his visit a test was given where prizes of $50, $30, and $20 was awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place on the test finishers.

Winners of the contest were:  1. Harry Herzberg  2. Rose Adrian   3. Zachary Schroeder

Harry will go on to represent Benson in a regional competition in May.

Congratulations to these students and thanks to Mr. Fischborn for visiting Benson Tech.

 

A Message from Sally Niedermeyer (Health Occupations Teacher)

Health Occupations had 18 Health Science students who competed at the Oregon HOSA Spring Leadership Conference this past week.  Sophomore, Evangeline Matley, was elected as president elect and will be a HOSA state officer for the next two years.  Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Benson students attending placed in the top 3 of their events and earned medals!  Benson Tech had a new school record with senior, Phuong Uyen Nguyen, receiving 11 medals.  Also senior Kien Tran was the top scorer in the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Issues Exam, a particularly difficult written test on current health issues.  Many of the students qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference in June to be held in Orlando, Florida.  Congratulations students and Go Tech!!

 

A Message from Matt Pellico and John DeLacy from the Robotics Club:  Trip to West Super-Regional FTC Championship in Sacramento Calif.

At the Oregon FTC State Robotics Championship, which was held at Benson High School on March 2, Benson High School Team 267, EMP, won a slot in the Western Super-Regional Championship in Sacramento, California.  From that moment, we held several fundraisers and made pleas for financial help from sponsors and alumni.  Overall we raised enough money to send eight students and two adults to Sacramento for four days.  The five Benson students who participated as Team 267 are Gavin Beck, Mitchell Angulo, Trevor McClung, Harry Herzberg and Zachary Schroeder.

Furthermore, three students from the other Benson teams signed up as volunteers at the tournament, so they went with us.  They were Rose Adrian, Bronson Kim and Keala Cottrell.  They helped with the Audio/Visual work during the three days of the tournament.  On Wednesday morning, March 19, we left Benson and arrived in Sacramento about 9PM.

Thursday, the first day of the tournament, was spent setting up and decorating our pit area and getting our robot inspected.  Team and pit judging also took place on Thursday.  Three practice fields were available for the team to perfect their programs and practice driving.

Friday morning was the start of the qualifying matches.  Team 267 took part in seven matches on Thursday.  We were in the winning alliance on two of them.  The robot had some mechanical and software problems that affected a couple of the losing matches, but we also had the bad luck to have one match in which the Field Control System failed completely to connect to our robot.  And in another match, the alliance partner’s robot failed to operate.

On Saturday morning, Team 267 had their eighth and last qualifying match.  We were allied with E = MC Squirred, an old friend from Beaverton, and our alliance won handily.  It was a very good end to the qualifying portion of the tournament.

Unfortunately, Team 267 did not get on an alliance for the final rounds, but the students felt very good at the way their robot operated and the team conducted itself amid some real difficulties.  Since this robotics program is designed to expose students to the real world of engineering, where unpredictable and negative things can happen, I feel the Benson students came through very well.  They were not discouraged and came away with unforgettable experiences and ideas, and some new friends.

Every student had a lot of fun, made many new friends and learned invaluable lessons in life and engineering.

We stayed on for the final rounds and awards ceremonies and rooted for the four or five Oregon teams who made it into the finals.

We returned to Benson on Sunday, exhausted but happy.

John DeLacy

Matt Pellico

 

A Message from Amy Henry & Steve Wren  (School Counselors)

For the next two weeks, the Benson Counseling Department will be forecasting students for the 2014-15 school year (see schedule below).  In addition, we will be talking about other topics such as credit recovery, post high school planning, etc. We will be sending home the following information with your student:

1) Letter from the school district stating the benefits of taking eight classes

2) Student’s transcript

3) A form the student has filled out which lists their career goal, their forecasted classes for next year and a credit recovery plan (if needed).

 

Please review the information with your student. If you have any questions, we can be reached at Amy Henry, amyhenry@pps.net (working with last names A-L) and Steve Wren, swren@pps.net.Benson (working with last names M-Z).

 

Forecasting Schedule:

Current Juniors (Class of 2015):                           April 4-10 in US History/AP US History Classes (Done)

Current  Freshmen (Class of 2017):                   April 14-17 in Biology Classes

Current  Sophomores (Class of 2016):              April 18-22 in Modern World History Classes

 

Amy & Steve

 

 

A Message from Steve Naganuma (KBPS Radio)

Parents/Guardians,

KGW-TV did a Flashback news story on KBPS Radio.  Here is the link to the video.

http://www.kgw.com/thesquare/Flashback-Monday-Benson-Highs-KBPS-AM-253304811.html

 

Steve Naganuma

 

A Message from Jeandre Carbone (Benson Vice Principal): Additional Math Tutoring for Juniors

Benson is providing additional math tutoring for juniors preparing to retake the OAKS math test.  Details follow:

Teacher: Ms. Leech

Location: Room 226

Times: 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesdays – Beginning March 19th

Period 4 -Beginning March 20th

-Ms. Carbone

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

Juniors:  Now is the time to start studying for the ACT test.  Come to the College and Career Center for help.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

The 22nd Annual Asian American Youth Leadership Conference is Friday, May 22.  If you have students who are interested in attending, please have you child pick up a student information packet in the counseling office.  Permission slip and payment is due to Ms. Henry by Friday, April 18th.

Ms. Henry

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (College & Career Coordinator)

 

Coming to Benson:

 

Upcoming Career Days:

Port of Portland Career Day: If you have ever flown out of Portland International Airport, worn clothes from Columbia Sportswear or perhaps even purchased something from Fred Meyer, the Port helped bring those experiences to life! From communications to problem solving, this career day will put your skills to the test in an emergency simulation exercise and a tour of the airfield. Discover why the Port of Portland is crucial to our region. The Port has already impacted your life, now it is your turn to make an impact. Come see what the Port can offer you!  Featured careers include: media relations, wildlife management, fire/police, retail management, dredge operations, engineering, environmental, airfield operations and communications center dispatch and TSA just to name a few.

 

 

Scholarships:

 

 

 

Please make sure to contact your counselor if you’re interested in either one of these scholarships. 

 

SAT Prep Sessions:

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

Portland Community College and Intel are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Hermana’s Conference for Latina girls, grades 9 – 10 to be held on Friday, April 25th from 8am to 2pm at the PCC Rock Creek Campus.  Conference Mission: To increase the number of underrepresented female students choosing to go to college by inspiring them to pursue an engineering and science education and envision future careers in a technical field.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  See your counselor for more information.

 

New Opportunities for Benson Students

Chick Tech- is a free year long program that introduces 100 high school girls to technology and local tech community.  The program provides a fun, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, give them positive role models, create connections with other young women from the Portland metro area, and create a positive association with technology creation.

Must be a sophomore or Junior to apply.

 

The EAGLE:  (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment)

This program is a paid internship that encompasses all phases of the golf course operation.  Only sophomores are eligible to apply for this two-year program.  You do not need to know how to play golf.

Come to the Career Center to pick up an application.

 

 

Instant Admit Days:

 

 

Internships:

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

Apr 062014
 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please note that with only a little over 2 months of school left on the academic calendar that it’s imperative that students are focused and on track to finishing out the school year on a positive note.  If you have any concerns regarding your students classes or other concerning issues related to your students please be sure to make contact with your child’s teachers or contact your student’s counselor here at Benson.  This coming Thursday, April 10th will be the end of the 3rd Grading Quarter and parents/guardians should be getting progress reports on their kids early the following week.

 

Friday April 11th Teacher Planning Day:

Parents/Guardians please note that this coming Friday April 11th is a Teacher Planning Day and therefore there will not be school for students on this day.

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

 

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

A Message from Christin Chambless (PTSA President)

Parents/Guardians

I just wanted to put out a reminder that the Benson Clean up day is fast approaching.

It is on Saturday, April 19th from 9am-1pm.

We will be coordinating our efforts with those of the Kerns neighborhood society, Benson Alumni, PTSA and Site Council.

We are looking for parent and student volunteers for the day.

We need as many volunteers as we can get to help us weed, clean, prune and beautify the grounds of Benson.

We also need people to bring gardening supplies that they can use on that day.

Gloves, rakes, shovels, pruners, power washers, brooms, etc.

The Benson PTSA would like to “Thank” everyone for their help and cooperation in this manner.

Christin Knight Chambless

BHS PTSA President

 

 

A Message from Ilsa Bruer: (Language Arts Teacher) in regards to the Poetry Slam Event:

Parents/Guardians:

On Friday, April 4th, Ms. Bruer’s tenth grade students had the opportunity to meet best-selling, Dominican author, Julia Alvarez.  Students are currently reading her historical novel In the Time of the Butterflies and enjoyed the chance to engage in a question and answer session with the author.

 

On Friday, March 21st ten (10) students also performed their original poetry in Benson’s poetry slam.  Each student did a great job demonstrating poise, courage and creativity in their performance and they all should be commended.  Ms. Bruer would like to congratulate the following students: Claudia McGinnis, Neema Doti, Zarah Boling, Theo Nguyen, Devon Straub, Kahlea Casanova-Fish, Aaron White, Deazhane Carter, Warren Yoakum, and Alexis Whitney!

 

Our three finalists, Warren Yoakum, Aaron White and Alexis Whitney will represent Benson at the Verselandia Poetry Slam on Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Gerding Theater.  For more information check out http://verselandia.wordpress.com/

 

Thank You

Ms. Bruer

 

 

Parents/Guardians

Attached to this email is an important message with information regarding safety when selecting transportation services during prom season.  Additional information can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/LegalLimo or by calling Frank Dufay at 503-865-2487.

 

Parents; Clearance for the Prom

Parents please help remind your Seniors that Prom is slowly approaching (May 10th).  Ticket sales start on April 28th, and Guest forms will be available on the 21st.  But before your student can buy a ticket he/she must be cleared in the bookkeeper’s office.  Please remind your Senior to go and check with the bookkeeper to see if they are cleared.

-Benson Administration

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

 

-Benson Administration

 

 

 

A Message from Barth Clooten (Manufacturing Teacher)

The American Foundry Society had its annual casting competition and Benson students took the Top 3 spots in the competition.

Jose Bastida too 1st Place

Thomas Wallberg took 2nd Place

Mike Ivezic took 3rd Place.

 

Congratulations to our Top 3 finishers in this event.

 

Benson Manufacturing did an awesome job.

 

B. Clooten

 

 

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

 

A Message from Joe Rozewski (Art Teacher)

Benson is proud to announce the offering of a new sculpture class for next fall.  The class is centered around ceramics technology and fine art skill building.  Students will enjoy the practice of pottery on the wheel, low and high fire clay techniques, hand building and plaster mold work. The course also touches on Art History and raw material chemistry in the field of ceramics.

 

We will also be offering an Intermediate/Advanced Art class for our more industrious young artists.  This class will be great for juniors and seniors, designed to build on skills learned in Benson’s introductory level art class.  Students will have the opportunity to enter competitions, show in galleries and hopefully sell some of their art on our Etsy account.  The philosophy of art making and art history component of this class enriches the experience.

 

Joe Rozewski

 

 

A Message from Barry Philips (Vice Principal)—Parents We Need Volunteers!!

Hello Parents and Guardians of Benson Students,

The Freshman class  is going on a fieldtrip to OMSI on Wednesday April 23rd 2014 for the ACT Testing Day Freshman Activities 8:00am – 12:30pm.

 

OMSI requires a 1:10 staff/volunteer to student ratio in order to attend.  Benson needs 10 parent volunteers to be able to take the freshman to OMSI.  If you are available to volunteer 04/23/14 from 8am-12:30pm please call or email Mr. Phillips ASAP at 503-916-5100, extension 77104 or email bphillips @pps.net    **Because you will not be left alone with students you do not require a security clearance for this event.

 

 

The Freshman Activity is a trip to OMSI. Two attractions (there are others) our students will focus on and enjoy are Tony Hawk Rad Science and What I Eat (see descriptions below).

Extreme Sports. Extreme Science.

In this cool new exhibit, world-renowned skateboard legend Tony Hawk demonstrates how physics principles like gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance make radical tricks possible in sports like skateboarding, BMX and snowboarding (teacher packet coming soon). In addition to his impressive athletic achievements, Hawk’s name is synonymous with top selling boarding products, mainstream clothing, video games and impressive charitable activities including the development of public skate parks in low-income communities. He understands how physics make his sport possible and makes these challenging science concepts relevant, accessible and engaging for young visitors.

 

What I Eat

Ever wondered what a boy in Bangladesh eats for lunch? How about a sumo wrestler in Japan or a camel herder in Egypt?

Based on Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel’s wildly popular book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, OMSI’s new photography exhibit invites you to explore what the food we eat says about how we live and who we are (teacher packet attached).

The exhibit features portraits of 20 people from around the world and the food they eat in the course of a day – right down to serving size and caloric value. Ranging from 800 to 8400 calories, fresh ingredients to processed staples, rich and hearty to lean and light, the differences in a single day’s worth of food provide a glimpse into the way people (live and eat) all over the globe.

 

B. Phillips

Vice Principal

 

 

A Message from Amy Henry & Steve Wren  (School Counselors)

For the next three weeks, the Benson Counseling Department will be forecasting students for the 2014-15 school year (see schedule below).  In addition, we will be talking about other topics such as credit recovery, post high school planning, etc. We will be sending home the following information with your student:

1) Letter from the school district stating the benefits of taking eight classes

2) Student’s transcript

3) A form the student has filled out which lists their career goal, their forecasted classes for next year and a credit recovery plan (if needed).

 

Please review the information with your student. If you have any questions, we can be reached at Amy Henry, amyhenry@pps.net (working with last names A-L) and Steve Wren, swren@pps.net.Benson (working with last names M-Z).

 

Forecasting Schedule:

Current Juniors (Class of 2015):                           April 4-10 in US History/AP US History Classes

Current  Freshmen (Class of 2017):                   April 14-17 in Biology Classes

Current  Sophomores (Class of 2016):              April 18-22 in Modern World History Classes

 

Amy & Steve

 

 

 

A Message from Steve Naganuma (KBPS Radio)

Parents/Guardians,

KGW-TV did a Flashback news story on KBPS Radio.  Here is the link to the video.

http://www.kgw.com/thesquare/Flashback-Monday-Benson-Highs-KBPS-AM-253304811.html

 

Steve Naganuma

 

 

 

A Message from Jeandre Carbone (Benson Vice Principal): Additional Math Tutoring for Juniors

Benson is providing additional math tutoring for juniors preparing to retake the OAKS math test.  Details follow:

Teacher: Ms. Leech

Location: Room 226

Times: 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesdays – Beginning March 19th

Period 4 -Beginning March 20th

 

-Ms. Carbone

 

 

 

Athletic Events For The Week

Monday

4:30 BB (V) vs Wilson @ Sckavone

4:30 BB (JV) vs Madison@ Glenhaven

4:00 SB vs Cleveland @ BHS

4:15 MTN vs Hood River @ BHS

4:15 WTN vs Hood River @ BHS

 

Tuesday

4:15 MTN vs Franklin @ BHS

4:15 WTN @ Franklin 

4:30 BB (JV) vs Lincoln @ Sckavone

 

Wednesday

4:30 BB (V) @ Wilson

4:00 SB vs Wilson @ BHS

3:30 TR @ Wilson

3:00 GLF @ Red Tail

 

Thursday

4:15 MTN vs Cleveland  @ BHS

4:15 WTN @ Cleveland 

3:45 SB vs Roosevelt @ Delta 

 

Friday

4:30 BB (V) vs Wilson@ BHS

4:00 TR @ Arcadia Invite

 

Saturday

9:00 TR @ Arcadia Invite

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

 

Juniors:  Now is the time to start studying for the ACT test.  Come to the College and Career Center for help.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (College & Career Coordinator)

 

Coming to Benson:

 

Upcoming Career Days:

Port of Portland Career Day: If you have ever flown out of Portland International Airport, worn clothes from Columbia Sportswear or perhaps even purchased something from Fred Meyer, the Port helped bring those experiences to life! From communications to problem solving, this career day will put your skills to the test in an emergency simulation exercise and a tour of the airfield. Discover why the Port of Portland is crucial to our region. The Port has already impacted your life, now it is your turn to make an impact. Come see what the Port can offer you!  Featured careers include: media relations, wildlife management, fire/police, retail management, dredge operations, engineering, environmental, airfield operations and communications center dispatch and TSA just to name a few.

 

 

Scholarships:

 

 

 

Please make sure to contact your counselor if you’re interested in either one of these scholarships. 

 

SAT Prep Sessions:

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

All visits will be held in the Counseling Center.  You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.   

Portland Community College and Intel are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Hermana’s Conference for Latina girls, grades 9 – 10 to be held on Friday, April 25th from 8am to 2pm at the PCC Rock Creek Campus.  Conference Mission: To increase the number of underrepresented female students choosing to go to college by inspiring them to pursue an engineering and science education and envision future careers in a technical field.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  See your counselor for more information.

 

New Opportunities for Benson Students

Chick Tech- is a free year long program that introduces 100 high school girls to technology and local tech community.  The program provides a fun, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, give them positive role models, create connections with other young women from the Portland metro area, and create a positive association with technology creation.

Must be a sophomore or Junior to apply.

 

 

 

The EAGLE:  (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment)

This program is a paid internship that encompasses all phases of the golf course operation.  Only sophomores are eligible to apply for this two-year program.  You do not need to know how to play golf.

Come to the Career Center to pick up an application.

 

 

Instant Admit Days:

 

Internships:

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

 

Contest Opportunities To Discuss With Your Kids:

 

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

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