Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page. You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride handle via Twitter.
A Message From Principal Wilson:
- Early Dismissal Day
Wednesday October 7th will be Benson’s first Early Dismissal Day for Staff Professional Development. All the PPS High School’s participate in four (4) Early Dismissal days during this school year in which students will be released from school at 1:15pm. The Benson Staff will be doing it’s Equity Professional Development from 1:15pm-3:15pm during this time. The four (4) Early Dismissal Days for students for the 2015-16 school year will be on Wednesday Oct. 7th, Wednesday January 13th, Wednesday February 17th and Wednesday March 16th.
- Inservice Day
Please note that on Friday October 9th will be the State Wide Inservice Day for teachers and staff in which there will be no school for staff or students. Please be sure to plan accordingly.
- A Message from Barry Philips (Vice Principal)—Parents, We Need Walking Field Trip Volunteers!!
Hello Parents and Guardians of Benson Students,
The Freshman class is going on a Nature Walk Educational fieldtrip on Wednesday Oct. 14th, 2015 during the PSAT sophomore Testing Day. The Freshman fieldtrip is from 8:00am – 12:00 noon.
Benson needs 10 parent volunteers who are able to help teachers supervise and walk (walking approximately 2.5 hours) with our freshman students. If you are available to volunteer for a walking fieldtrip 10/14/15 from 8am-1:00pm email Mr. Phillips ASAP at email@example.com
**Because you will not be left alone with students you do not require a security clearance for this event.
I hope you can join us.
Barry Phillips, Vice Principal
Benson Polytechnic H.S.
Ph. 503-916-5100, extension 77104
If you are the Parent/Guardian of a Freshman Benson Student:
Attention All Freshmen Parents: Please remember to ask your freshman student about their field trip permission forms that they received in their PE/Health Class. Parents/Guardians need to read, sign and have their freshman students return their field trip permission forms to their respective PE/Health teacher before Monday Oct. 12th. If their form is not returned then that specific freshman student will not be allowed to attend the Nature Walking Educational field trip with their peers Oct. 14th.
- Back to School Night
Thank you to all the Parents and Guardians that came to Benson’s Back to School Night last week. It was awesome to see so many engaged parents and teachers communicating with each other regarding student success here at Benson Tech.
- Parents It’s Time to Start Thinking About Parent Teacher Conferences:
Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Wednesday October 21st and Thursday October 22nd. Please see schedule below.
8:15am-11:15am (Parent Conferences)
1:00pm-3:00pm (Parent Conferences)
5:00pm-8:00pm (Parent Conferences)
Please note that this will be the schedule for both Wednesday Oct. 21st and Thursday Oct. 22nd. Teachers will be located in the main gym for conferences. Please plan accordingly and we look forward to seeing everyone over these two days.
A Message from the Benson Counseling Department
Sophomores and Juniors: The PSAT will be offered at Benson on Weds. Oct. 14th. The PSAT/NMSQT is a great way to preview and practice for the SAT (college entrance exam for four-year universities). The PSAT tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level. When you get your test results, you can connect your College Board and Khan Academy®accounts to get free personalized SAT study recommendations. For more information, go to www.collegeboard.org.
All sophomores will be required to take the test and there will be no charge. If you are a junior and you are planning on taking the SAT senior year, we are strongly encouraging you to take the PSAT test again. Besides the benefits already mentioned, the format for the SAT has changed and the PSAT given this year will reflect this change. The cost for juniors will be $15. Checks can be made out to Benson High School and turned in to the bookkeeper.
Benson Counseling Department
- A Message from Portland Public Schools: Smarter Balanced Results Are In
The Oregon Department of Education has released results from the Smarter Balanced Assessments that students in grades 3-8 and 11 took last spring, replacing the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in math and English language arts.
Each student will receive his or her results in the mail in October.
Meanwhile to learn more about the results and what they mean, please visit the PPS Common Core/Smarter Balanced web page to find a Family Advisory “Smarter Balanced: Test results” in our supported languages: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum/7650.htm
To read an overview of the results statewide and for PPS: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/news/10963.htm
Portland Public Schools
- PPS is shifting family, student and staff communication to a new tool that gives schools the ability to send texts about emergencies, closures, delays and other important news. To receive text notifications, you must opt in to the service. You opt in by texting YES to 68453. Parents and students should confirm their cell numbers are listed in the student information system. Staff should confirm their cell numbers are the “primary” number in the PeopleSoft system. For more info about texting, go to www.pps.net and click on the “Mobile First” button.
- Benson Tech Wellness Center Survey – Please complete this very brief parent survey to tell us about your wants and needs for the new Wellness Center opening in 2016.
Benson Tech SBHC
- Parents/Guardians please note that if you would like to still see our 2015-16 Bell Schedule or to view our 2015-16 School Calendar you can access both items on our webpage at www.bensonhs.net
- Benson’s Homecoming Game will be on Monday October 4th starting at 3:30pm against Cleveland High School. Please come out and support the Benson Football team as they battle against the Warriors.
- This year in conjunction with PPS, all the PIL High Schools will now have the ability to have two (2) flex days a week depending on our weekly schedule.
Tutorial for this Week:
There are no Tutorials Scheduled for this week
A Message from Sally Niedermeyer (Benson’s Health Science Instructor)
Benson students have the opportunity to join Grant and Cleveland’s Ski Team this winter. Informational meeting on 10/13/15 with head coach Randy Hewitt. For more information contact Mrs Niedermeyer, assistant race coach.
Sally Niedermeyer, RN/BSN
Benson High School Health Science Instructor
546 NE 12 Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
A Message from Peg Schoettle (Benson Counselor)
Attention Seniors: If you are planning to apply to one or more Private Colleges, you must attend a session in the Counseling Center to learn about the Common Application and letters of recommendation. Please join us Wednesday or Thursday (Oct 7 and during lunch in the College and Career Center. The Counselors will be available to help you navigate the Private College application process.
Benson High School Counselor
A Message from Adam Kennybrew (Benson’s College & AVID Coordinator)
Attention Senior Class:
I have great news for you. Oregon State University will be hosting their application workshop on Monday, October 26th from 10:00-11:30am at Benson’s Counseling Center. I strongly urge all students who are interested in applying to OSU attend this workshop. You will excused from your 2nd period class. Please come sign up with Mr. Kennybrew, your college counselor asap so that we can get an accurate number of students who will be attending and so you can get a reminder slip as the date gets closer.
College and AVID Coordinator
A Message from Tammy Hite/Benson Alumni Association
BENSON YEARBOOKS FOR SALE! Recently we had to clean out a few storage areas around the school and discovered A LOT of yearbooks. The majority of the books are from 1970 to 2014 with few books from the 50′s and 60′s. Most are brand new, but some of the older books have a bit of wear and some writing in them. If you are interested in purchasing one, please go to the Benson Alumni website to see what books are available and prices. Proceeds from the sale go towards the Benson Centennial Celebrations happening during the 2016-2017 school year. Please allow up to 4-weeks for delivery.
Architecture and Drafting Teacher
Benson Polytechnic High School
546 NE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
All visits will be held in the Counseling Center. You must sign up in the Counseling Center for these visits.
Text: @u2college to 81010 to get updates about college visits.
10/5 Oregon State University 10:00
10/19 George Fox University 12:00
10/20 Champlain University 12:30
10/28 Pacific University 9:50
Adam Kennybrew (Benson’s College Coordinator)
CAREER DAYS/UPCOMING EVENTS:
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Session begins 10/7: This is for students interested in learning about business and business planning.
ZGF-Architecture Career Day-10/8/15: Students will get to visit ZGF to hear from architects and other industry professionals.
Disaster Academy 10/15: Students will work with community experts and be trained for emergency response.
Elemental Technologies Career Day 10/15: This Company makes software that allows videos to be broadcast online. Clients include ESPN, Comcast, HBO, the BBC and many others
Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)
A Message from Tony Peters (Benson’s Attendance Monitor)
When Your Student is Absent or Late
When a student is absent from a class period, an Auto-Dialer will call a designated phone number associated with the student to inform parents/guardians of the absence.
In previous years, after listening to the Auto-Dialer message, parent/guardians were able to push a button to leave a recorded message for the Attendance Monitor. This is no longer possible. However, voicemail messages MAY BE LEFT for the Attendance Monitor, at any time, by calling Benson High School at (503) 916-5100 and then pressing Option 3 for Attendance. This is what the new Auto-Dialer system directs parent/guardians to do, in order to excuse or comment on their student’s absence from class.
LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY DISMISSAL STUDENTS
Students who have been scheduled for late arrival or early dismissal must:
1. Obtain a late arrival or early dismissal pass card from the Counseling secretary Melanie Grasle.
2. Carry their late arrival/early dismissal pass card with them at all times, and present it upon request from any staff member.
3. Arrive or leave the building and school grounds at the time stated on their schedule for their late arrival or early dismissal, unless they receive permission to be on campus for a specific reason.
When the school is on a special bell schedule. Students with late arrival or early dismissal are expected to remain in class until the end of the class period. Students who work will need to make arrangements to report to work at a different time on those days so as not to miss class time.
Dress Code Reminder
Dress Code Reminder: Please me mindful that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable. No sunglasses, du-rags, 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.
Parents please note that the Cafeteria will no longer be providing cash back/change when students buy their lunch. Students must have exact change. If students do not have exact change the change will be applied to their account.
This Week In Athletics
3:30 FTBL vs Cleveland @ BHS
5:00 VB (JV) @ Cleveland
5:00 VB (JV2) @ Cleveland
6:30 VB (V) @ Cleveland
Tuesday: No Athletics
5:00 VB (JV) @ Jefferson
5:00 VB (JV2) @ Lincoln
4:00 VB (V) vs Jeff/Lincoln @ BHS
4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Lincoln @ Delta
4:00 MSOC (V) vs Lincoln @ Delta
7:00 WSOC @ Lincoln
Thursday: No Athletics
Friday: No School
TBA XC @ George Fox Classic /9:00am
8:00am VB (JV) @ Canby Tournament
Make It a Great Week!
Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal
Benson Polytechnic High School