Oct 262014
 

October 27th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

A Message from Benson’s PTSA

Dear Benson Parents

The PTSA would like to ask for your help during the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences.  On Wednesday, October 29th we are providing dinner for the teachers.  They teach all day on Wednesday and then lead conferences from 5-8pm.  As a fellow teacher I know most of them will not have time to go home to eat between these two events.  If you are interested/capable of helping us out here is what we are asking you to do.  Bring in a dinner item, either homemade or store bought to the staff lounge before 2pm on Wednesday.  Stop in at the office to have Roisan check you in to the school and help you bring your item to the staff room.  This room is locked, so you will need her to open the door for you.

 

Here are some ideas:

Pizza, subs or sandwich tray, chips and crackers, veggie tray, fruit tray, salad, side dish, soup, bread, biscuits, chili, casseroles, fried chicken, pasta, meatballs,  cookies, pie, brownies, drinks, etc.

 

If you bring your item in a crock pot or casserole dish please label with your name and telephone number or email so I can get them back to you after they have been cleaned.

 

Thank you

Christin Chambless

BHS PTSA President

 

 

 

 

PPS Bond Development Committee Recommends Benson High School for the 2016 Bond Measure

Parents/Guardians,

Benson Polytechnic High School is one of the three high schools recommended for the planned 2016 bond.  The PPS Bond Development Committee (BDC) delivered its recommendations for the high schools to be included in the planned 2016 & 2020 school improvement bonds.

 

The committee, made up of 21 volunteers from across Portland, provided its recommendations to Superintendent Carole Smith in a memo after meeting five times during the past six months.

 

In its memo, dated Oct. 8, the BDC recommended:

 

Continue the plan of re-building/modernizing high schools first, and include three high schools in each of the next two bonds.

Complete master planning for three high schools prior to Fall 2016 in preparation for a potential November 2016 ballot measure.  In order to complete this master planning with full community participation, dedicate $1.5 million in 2012 school building improvement bond funds for master planning of three high schools.

The three high schools identified for 2016 consideration are Benson Polytechnic, Lincoln, and Madison. The three high schools identified for 2020 consideration are Cleveland, Jefferson Middle College, and Wilson.

“We are at the beginning of a 30-year program to re-build all of Portland Public Schools facilities, most of which are 60 years or older.  We have been able to begin this historic effort thanks to the overwhelming support of Portland voters in 2012,” said PPS Superintendent Carole Smith. “I want to thank the volunteer members of the PPS Bond Development Committee for their service and for their thoughtful recommendations for the potential 2016 and 2020 school improvement bonds.”

 

In making the recommendations, the committee noted that an August survey of Portland voters by DHM Research gave PPS high marks for its management of the current school improvement bond.

 

“The committee was pleased to learn from the DHM survey that awareness of the bond is relatively high and that of the approximately 50% who are aware of the bond, PPS receives very high ratings for its implementation and management of the bond thus far. We strongly believe in the PPS plan to modernize and replace its entire infrastructure of school buildings by 2042,” wrote the committee.

 

The BDC informed Supt. Smith that it used three criteria for selecting the three high schools to be recommended for the 2016 bond.

 

“The committee was dedicated to making a high school recommendation based on clear criteria. The committee spent two full meetings considering different criteria and looking at how they would impact our recommendation. The committee also considered the results of a survey conducted by DHM Research which asked Portland residents to consider and rate criteria for prioritizing high schools for the 2016 bond (survey results and analysis attached),” wrote the committee.

 

The committee decided to prioritize the following criteria for developing its recommendations:

 

Facility condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

The committee also concluded that each of the next two bonds should have two neighborhood high schools and one focus option high school.

 

The committee made special note of its decision to recommend Jefferson Middle College for the 2020 bond, despite rating high on two of the three criteria.

 

“The committee felt that it would be imprudent for Jefferson to go quickly into a master planning process when it is just now gaining momentum that could lead to much different & greater facility needs in the future,” wrote the committee. “It is the committee’s view that those needs…will allow for a much more successful master planning process at that time.”

 

The superintendent and the Office of School Modernization are expected to deliver their final official recommendations for PPS Board consideration and action in November, 2014.  If approved, the high schools for the 2016 bond will be put on a timeline to complete master planning prior to voter consideration of the 2016 bond.  Grant High School is scheduled to begin master planning as part of the voter approved 2012 bond in 2015.

 

No Tutorial This Coming Thursday Because of Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Benson’s Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents please note that Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Wednesday October 29th and Thursday October30th.

There will be no school for students on Thursday October 30th and Friday October 31st. 

 

The time-frame for the Conferences are listed below.

Wednesday October 29th

5pm-8pm in the New Gym

 

Thursday October 30th (No School for Students)

8:15am-11:15am in the New Gym

1:00pm-3:00-pm in the New Gym

5:00pm-8:00pm in the New Gym

 

Friday October 31st

No School for Staff/Students

 

Parents/Guardians:

Here is some support information regarding Parent Teacher Conferences:

At the link below are Tips for Parent/Teacher Conferences in all supported languages.

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/school-family-partnerships/9210.htm

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

Parents I’ve attached the new district wide high school bell schedule.  Please open the attachment and review the new bell schedule carefully with your Benson High student(s).

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

Parents there has been a change in our Counseling Center.  Benson now has three full-time counselors!  There has been some shuffling of the counselors’ student case loads, but now students will be able to remain with their counselor all four years.  Students will be assigned to counselors by last name:

 

Students A – G will have Amy Henry         amyhenry@pps.net

Students H – O will have Peg Schoettle   pschoettle@pps.net

Students P – Z will have Steve Wren         swren@pps.net

 

The counselors will work together closely to make sure all students continue to receive the support they need to be successful.

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

Fall Blood Drive:

SAVE LIVES, DONATE BLOOD!  The fall blood drive is scheduled for Monday, October 27th.  Red Cross Club members are recruiting blood donors during lunch in the front hall this week.  Parents please note that students must be 16 and have a singed parental consent, or be 17 and older.  If your student will be donating blood please help them have the best possible experience by eating a big breakfast and drinking plenty of water on the day of donation.  Thank you for your life saving support!

 

Sara Callies

Anatomy/AP Biology Teacher

Instructional Specialist

Benson Polytechnic HS

503-916-5100 x 77197 / 77140

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Teacher)

Congratulations to the following FRESHMEN voted by their peers to represent their class as

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

 

Alana Graves; Simon Criswell; Camille Franklin; Joseph Justice; Kainow Kaio; Chyna Mathews; Brylie Jenkins;  Julian Scherer;  Chantall Lewis; Sylvia Horvath; Jose Cruz-Flores;

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s Yearbook Advisor)

Senior Baby Ads

Isn’t it amazing how far the class of 2015 has come?  Show your appreciation for your future grad’s accomplishments through a baby ad in the 2015 Benson Yearbook. Reasonable rates for anywhere from a full page to 1/8th of a page.  E-mail Dave Mylet at dmylet@pps.net with inquiries and orders.

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday Oct. 27th

5:00 WSOC (JV) @ Madison /3:45

 

Tuesday Oct. 28th

4:15 WSOC (JV) @ Jefferson

 

Wednesday Oct. 29th

No Sports

 

Thursday Oct. 30th

4:00 FTBL (JV) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

 

Friday Oct. 31st

No Sports

 

 

 

Parents An Important Message For Our Junior & Senior Girls Who May Be Thinking About Rose Festival

Attention All Junior & Senior Girls!  Rose Festival time is here.  Are you thinking about going out for Rose Festival this year?  If so, you should plan on attending an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 5th during lunch in room 236.  Ms. Jamison will go over the process and answer any questions you might have.

Ms. Jamison

Benson’s Rose Festival Coordinator

 

 

Parents An Important Message From Jostens

Jostens will be here on Monday November 17th to deliver rings and collect Graduation orders.  They will be in center hall during lunch working with your Senior students.

 

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

Benson’s College Application Week will be taking place during the first two weeks of November.  We would love to have the help of volunteers in assisting students with college applications.

Our goal during this event is to help every senior apply to at least one college.  The “week” will take place Thurs-Fri, November 6-7 and Wed-Fri, November 12-14.  Shifts are just 1 1/2 – 2 hours long.

No experience is necessary.  Students will be prepped ahead of time, and staff will be on hand to direct volunteers.

If you are interested in helping, you can sign up using VolunteerSpot.  It is really simple.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:http://vols.pt/PnWz9o

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please email me at kreid@pps.net.

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

A Message from the District:

ANNUAL REPORT TO MILITARY RECRUITERS

PPS must annually report contact information to military recruiters for all 11th and 12th graders unless either the parent or student informs us that they wish to “opt out”.  Opt outs are submitted on the Student Registration Form or a Student Opt-out Form.  Please review the following process to prepare for this year’s report on November 3.

 

Military Recruitment Contact Lists

We will be producing the military recruitment contact lists as required by the No Child Left Behind Act on November 3, for all 11th and 12th grade students unless indicated in Synergy as “Yes” to the field “Exclude from Military Recruitment” on the Student screen > Additional Tab.

 

Step 1 – Registration/Verification Form Updates

Please make sure all “opt-outs” marked in the Permissions/Authorizations section on your school’s Student Registration/Verification form are entered into Synergy for your 11th and 12th graders by October 31.

 

Step 2 – Student Opt Out Forms

Students, as well as parents, must be given the opportunity to opt-out.  Please communicate the following information to your students: “The No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts to provide the name and address of all junior and senior students to military recruiters, unless the parent or student informs the school district that they do not want that information provided to the military recruiters.  Students can make their own decision that they do not want their name and address provided to military recruiters.  If you are a junior or senior and do not want your name and address released to the military, please inform the school office no later than Tuesday, October 31.”

 

Kris Largé, Application Support Supervisor

x63135 klarge@pps.net

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis or has an inordinate amount of tardies.

Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs, or has the potential to perform, at or above the 97th percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement.  In addition, multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom achievement, etc.  No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.

Each year, Benson conducts a process in order to identify and assess students for the TAG program.  The first step in the TAG identification process is for parents or teachers to complete an Identification Process Form (IDPF) and submit the form to Vice Principal Jeandré Carbone.  IDPF forms are available in the Vice Principal’s office, or can be sent electronically by e-mailing Jeandré Carbone at jcarbone@pps.net .  The deadline for submitting the IDPF is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.

 

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

The next Parent TAG meeting will be during parent conferences, on October 29th, at 6PM, in room 125.

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)

Parents of Seniors:

The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes.  E-mail pictures to bensonyearbook2015@gmail.com or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.

The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45am-8:10am.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting Monday October 13th.

 

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

 

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

 

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

 

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

Free Math Tutoring in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)

 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

 

If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson

Student Clubs:

New and existing clubs!  You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.

Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College Announcements for your Seniors.

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Parents: Programs For Your Seniors

The Ace Mentor Program- the program gives your Senior an opportunity to work with professionals in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering fields.

Applications are due in the College Career Center by November 25th

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

  • Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth
  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

10/28                Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Oct 192014
 

October 20th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

PPS Bond Development Committee Recommends Benson High School for the 2016 Bond Measure

Parents/Guardians,

Benson Polytechnic High School is one of the three high schools recommended for the planned 2016 bond.  The PPS Bond Development Committee (BDC) delivered its recommendations for the high schools to be included in the planned 2016 & 2020 school improvement bonds.

The committee, made up of 21 volunteers from across Portland, provided its recommendations to Superintendent Carole Smith in a memo after meeting five times during the past six months.

In its memo, dated Oct. 8, the BDC recommended:

Continue the plan of re-building/modernizing high schools first, and include three high schools in each of the next two bonds.

Complete master planning for three high schools prior to Fall 2016 in preparation for a potential November 2016 ballot measure.  In order to complete this master planning with full community participation, dedicate $1.5 million in 2012 school building improvement bond funds for master planning of three high schools.

The three high schools identified for 2016 consideration are Benson Polytechnic, Lincoln, and Madison. The three high schools identified for 2020 consideration are Cleveland, Jefferson Middle College, and Wilson.

“We are at the beginning of a 30-year program to re-build all of Portland Public Schools facilities, most of which are 60 years or older.  We have been able to begin this historic effort thanks to the overwhelming support of Portland voters in 2012,” said PPS Superintendent Carole Smith. “I want to thank the volunteer members of the PPS Bond Development Committee for their service and for their thoughtful recommendations for the potential 2016 and 2020 school improvement bonds.”

In making the recommendations, the committee noted that an August survey of Portland voters by DHM Research gave PPS high marks for its management of the current school improvement bond.

“The committee was pleased to learn from the DHM survey that awareness of the bond is relatively high and that of the approximately 50% who are aware of the bond, PPS receives very high ratings for its implementation and management of the bond thus far. We strongly believe in the PPS plan to modernize and replace its entire infrastructure of school buildings by 2042,” wrote the committee.

The BDC informed Supt. Smith that it used three criteria for selecting the three high schools to be recommended for the 2016 bond.

“The committee was dedicated to making a high school recommendation based on clear criteria. The committee spent two full meetings considering different criteria and looking at how they would impact our recommendation. The committee also considered the results of a survey conducted by DHM Research which asked Portland residents to consider and rate criteria for prioritizing high schools for the 2016 bond (survey results and analysis attached),” wrote the committee.

The committee decided to prioritize the following criteria for developing its recommendations:

Facility condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

The committee also concluded that each of the next two bonds should have two neighborhood high schools and one focus option high school.

The committee made special note of its decision to recommend Jefferson Middle College for the 2020 bond, despite rating high on two of the three criteria.

“The committee felt that it would be imprudent for Jefferson to go quickly into a master planning process when it is just now gaining momentum that could lead to much different & greater facility needs in the future,” wrote the committee. “It is the committee’s view that those needs…will allow for a much more successful master planning process at that time.”

The superintendent and the Office of School Modernization are expected to deliver their final official recommendations for PPS Board consideration and action in November, 2014.  If approved, the high schools for the 2016 bond will be put on a timeline to complete master planning prior to voter consideration of the 2016 bond.  Grant High School is scheduled to begin master planning as part of the voter approved 2012 bond in 2015.

 

 

There will be no special events happening this coming Thursday so Tutorial will be happening at its regular time. 

Period 1     8:15-9:37

Period 3     9:42-11:04

Lunch         11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:26

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

Parents I’ve attached the new district wide high school bell schedule.  Please open the attachment and review the new bell schedule carefully with your Benson High student(s).

 

 

Benson’s Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents please note that Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Wednesday October 29th and Thursday October30th.  There will be no school for students on Friday October 31st.

The time-frame for the Conferences are listed below.

 

Wednesday October 29th

5pm-8pm in the New Gym

 

Thursday October 30th

8:15am-11:15am in the New Gym

1:00pm-3:00-pm in the New Gym

5:00pm-8:00pm in the New Gym

 

Friday October 31st

No School for Staff/Students

 

 

Parents/Guardians:

Here is some support information regarding Parent Teacher Conferences:

At the link below are Tips for Parent/Teacher Conferences in all supported languages.

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/school-family-partnerships/9210.htm

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

Parents there has been a change in our Counseling Center.  Benson now has three full-time counselors!  There has been some shuffling of the counselors’ student case loads, but now students will be able to remain with their counselor all four years.  Students will be assigned to counselors by last name:

 

Students A – G will have Amy Henry         amyhenry@pps.net

Students H – O will have Peg Schoettle   pschoettle@pps.net

Students P – Z will have Steve Wren         swren@pps.net

 

The counselors will work together closely to make sure all students continue to receive the support they need to be successful.

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

A Message from Counselor Amy Henry

College for Juniors:

Juniors: It is not too early to start planning for college.

Come to an information session to learn about:

*Activities to do each month to prepare for college

*College Entrance Testing

*Research Colleges

*Resources in the Benson CCC

 

Benson Tech College and Career Center

Thursday, October 23

2:30 – 3:15 pm

 

Fall Blood Drive:

SAVE LIVES, DONATE BLOOD!  The fall blood drive is scheduled for Monday, October 27th.  Red Cross Club members are recruiting blood donors during lunch in the front hall this week.  Students must be 16 and have a singed parental consent, or be 17 and older.  If your student will be donating blood please help them have the best possible experience by eating a big breakfast and drinking plenty of water on the day of donation.  Thank you for your life saving support!

 

Sara Callies

Anatomy/AP Biology Teacher

Instructional Specialist

Benson Polytechnic HS

503-916-5100 x 77197 / 77140

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Teacher)

Congratulations to the following FRESHMEN voted by their peers to represent their class as

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

 

Alana Graves; Simon Criswell; Camille Franklin; Joseph Justice; Kainow Kaio; Chyna Mathews; Brylie Jenkins;  Julian Scherer;  Chantall Lewis; Sylvia Horvath; Jose Cruz-Flores;

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s Yearbook Advisor)

Senior Baby Ads

Isn’t it amazing how far the class of 2015 has come?  Show your appreciation for your future grad’s accomplishments through a baby ad in the 2015 Benson Yearbook. Reasonable rates for anywhere from a full page to 1/8th of a page.  E-mail Dave Mylet at dmylet@pps.net with inquiries and orders.

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

Benson’s College Application Week will be taking place during the first two weeks of November.  We would love to have the help of volunteers in assisting students with college applications.

Our goal during this event is to help every senior apply to at least one college.  The “week” will take place Thurs-Fri, November 6-7 and Wed-Fri, November 12-14.  Shifts are just 1 1/2 – 2 hours long.

No experience is necessary.  Students will be prepped ahead of time, and staff will be on hand to direct volunteers.

If you are interested in helping, you can sign up using VolunteerSpot.  It is really simple.

 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:http://vols.pt/PnWz9o

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please email me at kreid@pps.net.

 

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

Benson PTSA Meeting

Tuesday Oct. 21st starting at 7pm in the Benson Band Room (Room 125).  All interested parties are welcome to come out and support Benson’s PTSA Committee.

 

 

A Message from the District:

ANNUAL REPORT TO MILITARY RECRUITERS

PPS must annually report contact information to military recruiters for all 11th and 12th graders unless either the parent or student informs us that they wish to “opt out”.  Opt outs are submitted on the Student Registration Form or a Student Opt-out Form.  Please review the following process to prepare for this year’s report on November 3.

 

Military Recruitment Contact Lists

We will be producing the military recruitment contact lists as required by the No Child Left Behind Act on November 3, for all 11th and 12th grade students unless indicated in Synergy as “Yes” to the field “Exclude from Military Recruitment” on the Student screen > Additional Tab.

 

Step 1 – Registration/Verification Form Updates

Please make sure all “opt-outs” marked in the Permissions/Authorizations section on your school’s Student Registration/Verification form are entered into Synergy for your 11th and 12th graders by October 31.

 

Step 2 – Student Opt Out Forms

Students, as well as parents, must be given the opportunity to opt-out.  Please communicate the following information to your students: “The No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts to provide the name and address of all junior and senior students to military recruiters, unless the parent or student informs the school district that they do not want that information provided to the military recruiters.  Students can make their own decision that they do not want their name and address provided to military recruiters.  If you are a junior or senior and do not want your name and address released to the military, please inform the school office no later than Tuesday, October 31.”

 

Kris Largé, Application Support Supervisor

x63135 klarge@pps.net

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis or has an inordinate amount of tardies.

Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

This Week In Athletics

Tuesday

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) vs Cleveland @ BHS

6:30 VB (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

4:15 MSOC (JV) vs Lincoln @ Delta

4:15 MSOC (V) vs Lincoln @ Lincoln

6:00 WSOC (V) vs Lincoln @ BHS

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Jefferson

 

Wednesday

3:00 XC District Meet @ Clinton

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Madison

7:00 MSOC (V) @ Madison

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Madison @

4:30 FTB (JV) vs Lincoln @ BHS

 

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) @ Cleveland

6:00 WSOC (V) vs Madison @ BHS

 

Congratulations goes out to our own Leon McKenzie, Benson’s Hall of Fame Coach/Athlete and now newly inductee PIL Hall of Famer who was just inducted in to the PIL Hall of Fame on Sunday October 19th.  Congratulations Leon!!

Benson Administrative Team

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs, or has the potential to perform, at or above the 97th percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement.  In addition, multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom achievement, etc.  No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.

Each year, Benson conducts a process in order to identify and assess students for the TAG program.  The first step in the TAG identification process is for parents or teachers to complete an Identification Process Form (IDPF) and submit the form to Vice Principal Jeandré Carbone.  IDPF forms are available in the Vice Principal’s office, or can be sent electronically by e-mailing Jeandré Carbone at jcarbone@pps.net .  The deadline for submitting the IDPF is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.

 

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

The next Parent TAG meeting will be during parent conferences, on October 29th, at 6PM, in room 125.

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)

Parents of Seniors:

The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes.  E-mail pictures to bensonyearbook2015@gmail.com or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.

The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45am-8:10am.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting Monday October 13th.

 

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

 

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

 

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

 

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

Free Math Tutoring in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

 

If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson

Student Clubs:

New and existing clubs!  You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.

Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College Announcements for your Seniors.

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

  • WTS Scholarship: WTS, Women’s Transportation Seminar, is an international organization promoting and supporting women in the field of transportation. They are awarding 5 scholarships to women pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in transportation or a related field. Please see flyer posted in the Career Center for more details on the scholarship.

Applications and further information can be found on their website at http://www.wtsinternational.org/portland//scholarships/applications/. Deadline October 22, 2014

  • Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd
  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th
  • Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th
  • Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth
  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

On Monday, October 20th, at 7:00pm, Dartmouth will be in town to give you an opportunity to see what they have to offer and to answer any questions you might have. 

The informational meeting will be held at Ecotrust 721 NW 9th Ave.

 

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Oct 122014
 

October 13th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

 

There will be no special events happening this coming Thursday so Tutorial will be happening at its regular time. 

Period 1     8:15-9:37

Period 3     9:42-11:04

Lunch         11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:26

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

 

Benson’s Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents please note that Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Wednesday October 29th and Thursday October30th.  There will be no school for students on Friday October 31st.

The time-frame for the Conferences are listed below.

 

Wednesday October 29th

5pm-8pm in the New Gym

 

Thursday October 30th

8:15am-11:15am in the New Gym

1:00pm-3:00-pm in the New Gym

5:00pm-8:00pm in the New Gym

 

Friday October 31st

No School for Staff/Students

 

 

PSAT for Sophomores

Parents please remind your Sophomore students that the PSAT’s will be happening this coming Wednesday morning and that Sophomore students need to have plenty of rest the night before and a good hearty breakfast the morning of the PSAT.

 

 

PSAT for Juniors

Parents a message for your Junior Students:

The State of Oregon is offering Juniors a chance to retake the PSAT on October 15th.  The deadline has now passed for Juniors to sign up and retake the PSAT.  If your Junior student has signed up and paid their $14 fee for this test please note that your students testing room will be posted in the main hallway on Monday, October 13th.

 

 

 

Student Progress Reports have been mailed out to parents.  Please be on the lookout for your child’s progress regarding their first 5-weeks of school.   

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

Parents there has been a change in our Counseling Center.  Benson now has three full-time counselors!  There has been some shuffling of the counselors’ student case loads, but now students will be able to remain with their counselor all four years.  Students will be assigned to counselors by last name:

 

Students A – G will have Amy Henry         amyhenry@pps.net

Students H – O will have Peg Schoettle   pschoettle@pps.net

Students P – Z will have Steve Wren         swren@pps.net

 

The counselors will work together closely to make sure all students continue to receive the support they need to be successful.

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message from Sara Callies: Science Teacher and Instructional Specialist

Red Cross Club Sponsors Earthquake Preparedness Activity:

Are you ready for an earthquake?  We are overdue for a big earthquake in Oregon so you need to be!  Next Thursday, October 16th is the National Great Shakeout, a day of earthquake preparedness and awareness.  At 10:16 am on 10/16 our building will be participating in an earthquake practice drill (NO evacuation, just drop, cover and hold).  Starting Monday, Red Cross club members will be visiting classrooms doing presentations where teachers requested them.  They will also be putting up posters and setting up a table in the front hall at lunch raising awareness around earthquake preparedness.  Please talk with your family about emergency preparedness so that we all have our plan in place in case of a big earthquake.

 

 

Fall Blood Drive:

SAVE LIVES, DONATE BLOOD!  The fall blood drive is scheduled for Monday, October 27th.  Red Cross Club members are recruiting blood donors during lunch in the front hall this week.  Students must be 16 and have a singed parental consent, or be 17 and older.  If your student will be donating blood please help them have the best possible experience by eating a big breakfast and drinking plenty of water on the day of donation.  Thank you for your life saving support!

 

Sara Callies

Anatomy/AP Biology Teacher

Instructional Specialist

Benson Polytechnic HS

503-916-5100 x 77197 / 77140

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

Benson’s College Application Week will be taking place during the first two weeks of November.  We would love to have the help of volunteers in assisting students with college applications.

 

Our goal during this event is to help every senior apply to at least one college.  The “week” will take place Thurs-Fri, November 6-7 and Wed-Fri, November 12-14.  Shifts are just 1 1/2 – 2 hours long.

No experience is necessary.  Students will be prepped ahead of time, and staff will be on hand to direct volunteers.

 

If you are interested in helping, you can sign up using VolunteerSpot.  It is really simple.

 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:http://vols.pt/PnWz9o

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

 

If you have questions or would like additional information, please email me at kreid@pps.net.

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

Picture Re-Take Day

Parents Tuesday, October 14th is Picture Re-Take Day.  If your student would like to have their picture re-taken or they have decided to purchase pictures then they will need to show up in the Auditorium during lunch.  Students WILL NOT be taking student ID’s during this time.  Picture packets are available in the VP office.  Students must pay at the time of their picture.  If students are doing re-takes, please return your packet and they will issue the same packet again.  If students have questions, please see Roi San in the Main Office.

 

 

Benson Alumni Meeting

Monday Oct. 13th starting at 5:30pm in the Library Conference Room.  Please come and show your support for the Alumni Committee.

 

Benson Site Council Meeting

Wednesday Oct. 15th starting at 4pm in the Library Conference Room.  If interested please come out and show support for the Site Council Team.

 

Benson PTSA Meeting

Tuesday Oct. 21st starting at 7pm in the Benson Band Room (Room 125).  All interested parties are welcome to come out and support Benson’s PTSA Committee.

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

Parents please be sure to view our new 2014-15 bell schedule which is located on our web page on the “Bells” link.

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis or has an inordinate amount of tardies.

Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

 

This Week In Athletics

 

Tuesday

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) vs Madison @ BHS

6:30 VB (V) vs Madison @ BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Franklin @ Delta

6:00 MSOC (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

4:15 WSOC (JV&V) vs Franklin @ Clinton

 

Wednesday

4:00 XC @ Lents Park

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Cleveland @ Delta

4:15 WSOC (JV) vs Cleveland @ Woodstock

4:15 WSOC (V) @ Cleveland

4:30 FTB (JV) @ Roosevelt

5:00 VB (JV&JV2) @ Franklin

4:00 VB (V) @ Franklin

7:00 FTBL (V) @ Wilson

 

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) vs Roosevelt @ Marshall

5:00 MSOC (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs, or has the potential to perform, at or above the 97th percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement.  In addition, multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom achievement, etc.  No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.

Each year, Benson conducts a process in order to identify and assess students for the TAG program.  The first step in the TAG identification process is for parents or teachers to complete an Identification Process Form (IDPF) and submit the form to Vice Principal Jeandré Carbone.  IDPF forms are available in the Vice Principal’s office, or can be sent electronically by e-mailing Jeandré Carbone at jcarbone@pps.net .  The deadline for submitting the IDPF is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

The next Parent TAG meeting will be during parent conferences, on October 29th, at 6PM, in room 125.

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

A Message from Susan Pfohman (Benson’s Math Teacher)

The 7th Annual NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference on Oct 18 at Madison HS.  Teacher presenters from all over the region will demo classroom work that either relates to issues of social justice in its content and/or equitable instruction.

 

This will be my 4th year as a presenter.  My area of interest is incorporating mathematics into LA and SS classrooms as topics permit and incorporating writing into mathematics to improve learning.

 

This year my session will be looking at desegregation trends now that we are 60 years out from Brown vs. Board of Education.  One of my goals in the lesson design was to offer some data analysis for LA colleagues who teach Warriors Don’t Cry.

 

Students, parents, teachers and administrators are welcome to register and attend the conference.

 

Please email Ms. Pfohman for further details at spfohman@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)

Parents of Seniors:

The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes.  E-mail pictures to bensonyearbook2015@gmail.com or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.

The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45am-8:10am.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting Monday October 13th.

 

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

 

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

 

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

 

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

The high school honeymoon period is coming to a close and students are

realizing that grades really matter now.  Please take a moment to view your

child’s daily planner which shows homework responsibilities for each class, each

day.  Synergy is also a perfect resource for you to check their grades; missing

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

Free Math Tutoring in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)

 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

 

If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson

Student Clubs:

New and existing clubs!  You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.

Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College Announcements for your Seniors.

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

  • Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th
  • WTS Scholarship: WTS, Women’s Transportation Seminar, is an international organization promoting and supporting women in the field of transportation. They are awarding 5 scholarships to women pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in transportation or a related field. Please see flyer posted in the Career Center for more details on the scholarship.
  • Applications and further information can be found on their website at http://www.wtsinternational.org/portland//scholarships/applications/. Deadline October 22, 2014
  • Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd
  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th
  • Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th
  • Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth
  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

10/9                  Act Six Info Session                 2:40

10/9                  Military Visit                           2:40

10/16               OSU                                          2:40

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Oct 052014
 

October 6th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Spirit Week/Homecoming Week

Parents/Guardians I’d like to “Thank” all the participants that came out to cheer on the Techmen Friday afternoon for our Homecoming Game.  Even though the Techsters did not get the victory the team still played hard and represented Benson with class and dignity.

 

A huge “Thanks” also goes out to all that participated in helping put on our Homecoming Event.  Booster, PTSA, Alumni, Student Leadership, Administration, Students and Staff kudos to all of you in your efforts to make our homecoming a special event.

 

 

There will be no special events happening this coming Thursday so Tutorial will be happening at its regular time. 

Period 1     8:15-9:37

Period 3     9:42-11:04

Lunch         11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:26

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

In-Service Day: Friday October 10th 2014 (No School for Benson Students)

Parents please be aware that the State Wide In-Service Day for Teachers will be happening on Friday Oct. 10th and thus school will not be in session on Friday.

 

 

PSAT for Juniors

Parents a message for your Junior Students:

The State of Oregon is offering Juniors a chance to retake the PSAT on October 15th.  Juniors interested in taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15th must pay $14 to the bookkeeper by the end of the day, Thursday, October 9th. Your testing room will be posted in the main hallway by Monday, October 13th.

 

 

 

Student Progress Reports will be coming out this week.  Parents please be sure to look for them in the mail. 

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule:

Parents Please Be Sure To Review Our New Bell Schedule Located On Our Webpage For This Current School Year!!

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis or has an inordinate amount of tardies.

Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

A Visit from Mayor Charlie Hales

On Friday the Mayor stopped by Benson Tech to say a few kinds words to the students in Manufacturing and Construction that we participating in the Manufacturing Day events.  Students from Benson Tech were able to tour other business facilities such as Gunderson, Nabisco, Ebsco and Daimler as part of the districts collaboration with manufacturing companies throughout Portland.

 

 

A Message from Barth Clooten: Benson’s Manufacturing Teacher

Benson Manufacturing participates in the Manufacturing October 3rd 2014 day event was in full strength.  Fifty manufacturing students participated in activities which included the Mayor Charlie Hales visiting and speaking at the Benson Bubbler, Benson Manufacturing students visiting Gunderson/Greenbrier, Nabisco, and Daimler.

Students toured plant production facilities, informed by HR directors of the many career opportunities at the individual locations, and received water bottles, safety glasses, and Nabisco crackers and cookies.  Many students will complete their Oregon Department of Education graduation requirement for a Career Related Learning Experience.

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs, or has the potential to perform, at or above the 97th percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement.  In addition, multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom achievement, etc.  No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.

Each year, Benson conducts a process in order to identify and assess students for the TAG program.  The first step in the TAG identification process is for parents or teachers to complete an Identification Process Form (IDPF) and submit the form to Vice Principal Jeandré Carbone.  IDPF forms are available in the Vice Principal’s office, or can be sent electronically by e-mailing Jeandré Carbone at jcarbone@pps.net .  The deadline for submitting the IDPF is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.

 

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

The next Parent TAG meeting will be during parent conferences, on October 29th, at 6PM, in room 125.

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

Jostens/Graduation

A Message to Parents of Seniors:

The time has come to order your senior graduation materials and announcements. The representative from Jostens will be here on Monday, October 6th during Lunch in Center hall.  Placing your order now will insure delivery with the rest of your class.  Be sure to bring your $80.00 down payment.  Extra graduation packets are available in the VP office.  Class ring orders will also be taken at this time.

 

 

A Message from Susan Pfohman (Benson’s Math Teacher)

The 7th Annual NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference on Oct 18 at Madison HS.  Teacher presenters from all over the region will demo classroom work that either relates to issues of social justice in its content and/or equitable instruction.

 

This will be my 4th year as a presenter.  My area of interest is incorporating mathematics into LA and SS classrooms as topics permit and incorporating writing into mathematics to improve learning.

 

This year my session will be looking at desegregation trends now that we are 60 years out from Brown vs. Board of Education.  One of my goals in the lesson design was to offer some data analysis for LA colleagues who teach Warriors Don’t Cry.

 

Students, parents, teachers and administrators are welcome to register and attend the conference.

 

Please email Ms. Pfohman for further details at spfohman@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)

Parents of Seniors:

The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes.  E-mail pictures to bensonyearbook2015@gmail.com or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.

The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting October 13th.

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

 

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

 

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

 

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

The high school honeymoon period is coming to a close and students are

realizing that grades really matter now.  Please take a moment to view your

child’s daily planner which shows homework responsibilities for each class, each

day.  Synergy is also a perfect resource for you to check their grades; missing

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

 

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors

Benson students and families have been invited to attend Lincoln High School’s College Planning Night.

This is a great opportunity to get valuable information about the college application process. It is highly recommended particularly for families or students who are juniors and seniors interested in applying to college.  The evening will consist of a keynote speaker in the Lincoln Gym and a choice of two breakout sessions.

The date, time and place are:

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:15-8:20 p.m.

Lincoln High School

1600 S.W. Salmon St.

 

Breakout sessions will include:

De-Mystifying College Admissions – Marie Morris of Beyond 18 and Lisa Wendland of Lisa Wendland College Planning

Financial Aid Mythbusters – Marie Morris of Beyond 18 and Lisa Wendland of Lisa Wendland College Planning

 

Writing a Dynamic College Essay – Eric Delehoy of Delehoy College Counseling

Sports after High School and an NCAA Quick Reference Guide – Marci McGillivray, Associate Director of OSAA

___________________________________________________________

Thank you!!

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

Free Math Tutoring in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

 

If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson

Student Clubs:

New and existing clubs!  You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.

Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College Announcements for your Seniors.

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

 

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College            10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 282014
 

 

September 29th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Back To School Night: Thank You

I’d like to thank all the parents/guardians and family members that were able to make it to our Back to School night last week.  I hope that parents/guardians were able to take in all the good things that Benson has to offer and meet with your student’s classroom instructors.  Please note that we will be sending out information regarding Parent Conferences that will be happening later during the month of October.

 

Spirit Week/Homecoming Week

Parents/Guardians please be aware that this week is our Homecoming Week and we hope you can come and cheer on the Techmen Football team as we take on the Franklin Quakers.  The football game will start at 4:30pm on our own Buckman Field followed by the Homecoming Dance which will go from 8pm-11pm in the old gym.  Please remind your students that the Homecoming Dance is for Benson students ONLY.  No guests allowed.

We hope to see all supporters of Benson here at the Homecoming Game at 4:30pm on Buckman Field.

 

Spirit Week @ Benson

Monday—Superhero Day

Tuesday—Twinzies Day

Wednesday—Pink Wednesday

Thursday—Class Colors Day

Friday—Class Theme Day   

 

 

 

 

 

Homecoming Pep Assembly Will Be Happening This Week on Thursday (No Tutorial)

Parents please note that we will be having our Homecoming Pep Assembly on Thursday.  The Thursday schedule is listed below.

Please note that Tutorial will not be happening this Thursday.

8:15 – 9:37 – Per 1

9:42 – 11:04 – Per 3

11:09 – 11:51 – Pep Assembly

11:51 – 12:21 – Lunch

12: 26 – 1:48 – Per 5

1:53 – 3:15 – Period 7

 

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

Parents please be sure to look on our website for the new bell schedule for the 2014-15 school year.

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis or has an inordinate amount of tardies.

Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs, or has the potential to perform, at or above the 97th percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement.  In addition, multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom achievement, etc.  No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.

Each year, Benson conducts a process in order to identify and assess students for the TAG program.  The first step in the TAG identification process is for parents or teachers to complete an Identification Process Form (IDPF) and submit the form to Vice Principal Jeandré Carbone.  IDPF forms are available in the Vice Principal’s office, or can be sent electronically by e-mailing Jeandré Carbone at jcarbone@pps.net .  The deadline for submitting the IDPF is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

The next Parent TAG meeting will be during parent conferences, on October 29th, at 6PM, in room 125.

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

A Message from Susan Pfohman (Benson’s Math Teacher)

The 7th Annual NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference is on Oct 18th at Madison HS.  Teacher presenters from all over the region will demo classroom work that either relates to issues of social justice in its content and/or equitable instruction.

This will be my 4th year as a presenter.  My area of interest is incorporating mathematics into LA and SS classrooms as topics permit and incorporating writing into mathematics to improve learning.

This year my session will be looking at desegregation trends now that we are 60 years out from Brown vs. Board of Education.  One of my goals in the lesson design was to offer some data analysis for LA colleagues who teach Warriors Don’t Cry.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators are welcome to register and attend the conference.

Please email Ms. Pfohman for further details at spfohman@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)

Parents of Seniors:

The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes.  E-mail pictures to bensonyearbook2015@gmail.com or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.

The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting October 13th.

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

 

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

 

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

 

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

 

Thanks

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

The high school honeymoon period is coming to a close and students are

realizing that grades really matter now.  Please take a moment to view your

child’s daily planner which shows homework responsibilities for each class, each

day.  Synergy is also a perfect resource for you to check their grades; missing

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

No Sports

 

Tuesday

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) vs Jefferson @ BHS

6:30 VB (V) vs Jefferson @ BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Roosevelt @ Delta

6:00 MSOC (V) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

4:15 WSOC (JV) vs Roosevelt @ Columbia Park

4:15 WSOC (V) @ Roosevelt

 

Wednesday

4:00 XC @ Lents Park

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC (JV&V) vs Wilson @ Delta

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Wilson @ Gabriel

7:00 WSOC (V) @ Wilson

4:30 FTB (JV) @ Franklin

5:00 VB (JV) @ Benson

5:00 VB (JV2) @ Lincoln

6:30 VB (V) @ Wilson

 

Friday

4:30 FTB (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

 

Saturday

8:00 VB (V) @ Westview Tourney 

TBA XC @ Harrier Classis-Bryant Park

 

 

 

A Message from our Counselors

Need to make up credits?  Wanting to graduate on time?  Night school pre-registration has begun.  Please be sure to see Mr. Wren on Ms. Henry for registration questions.

 

Benson students and families have been invited to attend Lincoln High School’s College Planning Night.

This is a great opportunity to get valuable information about the college application process.  It is highly recommended particularly for families or students who are juniors and seniors interested in applying to college.  The evening will consist of a keynote speaker in the Lincoln Gym and a choice of two breakout sessions.

The date, time and place are:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:15-8:20 p.m.

Lincoln High School

1600 S.W. Salmon St.

 

Breakout sessions will include:

De-Mystifying College Admissions – Marie Morris of Beyond 18 and Lisa Wendland of Lisa Wendland College Planning

Financial Aid Mythbusters – Marie Morris of Beyond 18 and Lisa Wendland of Lisa Wendland College Planning

 

Writing a Dynamic College Essay – Eric Delehoy of Delehoy College Counseling

Sports after High School and an NCAA Quick Reference Guide – Marci McGillivray, Associate Director of OSAA

___________________________________________________________

Thank you!!

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

Free Math Tutoring starts Thursday September 25th in the Career Center during Tutorial (2:33-3:15) 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson

Student clubs:

New and existing clubs!  You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.

Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.

 

 

Programs

Ace Mentor Program-This program gives you an opportunity to work with professionals in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering fields.

Applications are due by November 25th.

Please see Miranda Ryan in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

Portland Fire Explorer Program

Go to www.portlandorefon.gov/fire/  for more information.

Information session happened on September 27

Application deadline October 4th

Please see Miranda Ryan in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College announcements for your Seniors.

Washington University in St. Louis.  Session information Sunday October 5th from 2-3pm at  Portland Marriott City Center (520 SW Broadway)

 

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

Hit the Books Scholarship $500  Deadline: September 30th.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 212014
 

September 22nd 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Back to School Night: Tuesday Sept. 23rd 6:00pm-7:30pm (Benson Auditorium)

Parents please note that Back to School Night will take place Tuesday Sept. 23rd starting at 6pm in the Auditorium and that at 6:30pm parents will be able to go and visit their students classes and be able to listen to some of the good things that are going on with their student’s teachers and instructors in regards to their subject matter.  Please remember that this time is not considered Parent Conferences as this will take place later in the fall.  Back to School Night is a time to visit the school informally and to also visit some of your child’s classes and be able take in all the good things that Benson is gearing up for this upcoming school year.

 

 

 

A Message from Ro Prideaux (Benson’s Bilingual Community Agent (Española)

NOCHE DE REGRESO A CLASES

Benson presenta nuestra Noche de regreso a clases el 23 de Septiembre del 2014 de 6PM a 7:30PM en el auditorio de Benson.

Comenzaremos sin demora a las 6PM y de ahí tendrá la oportunidad de visitar las/los maestras/os en sus salas, repasar el temario de los cursos, y obtener más información sobre cada clase.

*Habrá una reunion adicional para m/padres de habla hispana en la sala 122.

¡Esperamos verle allá!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Benson will be hosting our Back To School Night on September 23rd, 2014 from 6PM to 7:30PM in the Benson Auditorium.

We will be starting promptly at 6PM where you will then have an opportunity to visit teachers in their classrooms, review their course syllabus, and get more information about each class.

*There will be an additional meeting for Spanish-speaking parents in room 122.

We hope to see you here!

 

Ro Prideaux

Bilingual Community Agent (Español)

Benson High School

Tel. 503-916-5100 (ext. 77103)

 

Tutorial Will Be Happening This Week

Parents please note that we will be having our regularly scheduled tutorial this coming Thursday where we will encourage all students to go and seek out any of their teachers for extra help during the time frame from 2:33-3:15pm.  Please encourage your kids to visit with their teachers during this time for any extra help in regards to their classes.

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

Parents I’ve attached the new district wide high school bell schedule.  Please open the attachment and review the new bell schedule carefully with your Benson High students.

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student is marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending classes on a regular basis.

Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

Portland Public Schools is dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students across the district. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to students of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, to provide informational training to educators, and to provide consistent challenge for all students.

According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs, or has the potential to perform, at or above the 97th percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement.  In addition, multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom achievement, etc.  No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.

Each year, Benson conducts a process in order to identify and assess students for the TAG program.  The first step in the TAG identification process is for parents or teachers to complete an Identification Process Form (IDPF) and submit the form to Vice Principal Jeandré Carbone.  IDPF forms are available in the Vice Principal’s office, or can be sent electronically by e-mailing Jeandré Carbone at jcarbone@pps.net .  The deadline for submitting the IDPF is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

Benson will hold two parent TAG informational meetings.  The first will be on Back-to-School night, September 23rd, at 7PM, in room 125.  The second will be during parent conferences, on October 29th, at 6PM, in room 125.

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

 

A Message from Dave Mylet (Benson’s English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor)

Parents of Seniors:

The Benson yearbook is now accepting Senior Portraits and Senior Quotes.  E-mail pictures to bensonyearbook2015@gmail.com or drop a clearly labeled photo CD in Mr. Mylet’s box.

The deadline for submissions is Winter Break (December 19).

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting October 13th.

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

 

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

 

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

 

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

Another Message from Teaghan Phillips/AmeriCorps Member/LÁMP:ARA Coordinator

¡Noche de regreso a clases!

Reunión de m/padres Latin@s en la sala 122

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

“Back to School Night” en Benson High School

Martes 23 de Septiembre 6-8pm

546 NE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

 

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

The high school honeymoon period is coming to a close and students are

realizing that grades really matter now.  Please take a moment to view your

child’s daily planner which shows homework responsibilities for each class, each

day.  Synergy is also a perfect resource for you to check their grades; missing

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

 

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

4:00 WSOC vs Reynolds @ Delta

 

Tuesday

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) vs Lincoln @ BHS

6:30 VB (V) vs Lincoln @BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Dallas @ Delta

6:00 MSOC (V) vs Dallas @ BHS

 

Wednesday

4:00 XC Relay Meet @ Pier Park

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC (V) vs The Dalles Wahtonka@ Delta

4:00 WSOC(V) @ The Dalles Wahtonka

4:30 FTB (JV) vs Jefferson @ BHS

 

 

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) vs Jefferson @ Roosevelt

 

 

Saturday

8:00 VB (V) @ Westview Tourney

 

 

A Message from the Counselors

Need to make up credits?  Wanting to graduate on time?  Night school pre-registration has begun.  Please be sure to see Mr. Wren on Ms. Henry for registration questions.

 

Free Math Tutoring starts Thursday September 25th in the Career Center during Tutorial (2:33-3:15) 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

If your students are interested in forming/joining a club here at Benson

Student clubs:

New and existing clubs!  You need to fill out a club form for all new and existing clubs so that we can make sure we have the correct information on file about your advisor, who the student leaders are, when & where you meet and the purpose of your club.

Please have your students see Mrs. Murchison (Spanish Teacher) if they have any questions regarding clubs here at Benson.

 

 

Jostens Information

Jostens will be at Benson on Wednesday, September 24th during lunch in the Main hallway to take class ring orders for your students.  Down payment is $50.00.

Extra ring packets are available in the VP Office

 

 

Programs

Ace Mentor Program-This program gives you an opportunity to work with professionals in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering fields.

Applications are due by November 25th.

Please see Miranda Ryan in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

Portland Fire Explorer Program

Go to www.portlandorefon.gov/fire/  for more information.

Information session on September 27

Application deadline October 4th

Please see Miranda Ryan in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College announcements for your Seniors.

Washington University in St. Louis.  Session information Sunday October 5th from 2-3pm at  Portland Marriott City Center (520 SW Broadway)

 

Quest Bridge:

The National College Match:  Connects outstanding seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to 35 of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

Apply online at www.questbridge.org  Due on September 26th.

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

Hit the Books Scholarship $500  Deadline: September 30th.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

9/23                       Act Six                                   10:40

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 142014
 

September 14th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Parents/Guardians

If you get a chance to visit the school please stop by the courtyard to see all the good work that Mr. Ryan (Social Studies Teacher) and his student helpers from last school year have done in order to beautify the grounds of the courtyard.  With the work and effort done from last school year the courtyard is now a great place where students and staff can come and socialize with one another throughout the school year.

 

No Tutorial This Week

Parents/Guardians please note that there will be no Tutorial this coming Thursday September 18th.  Instead, Period 3 will be extended by 42 minutes to accommodate grade level orientation assemblies.  Students will be attending these grade level assemblies with their teachers on Thursday.

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student are marked absent from a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending regularly.  Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that started Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting October 13th.

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

This year, Benson Polytechnic High School is excited to announce the development of a new Latin@ mentor program. Pairing Latin@ College Coaches with Freshman and Sophomore Benson Latin@ high school students, LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) provides students academic, professional, and personal support. Through personalized mentorship, academic support, professional guidance, college preparation, and leadership trainings, the program aims to support participants in achieving their college/career goals and full potential as students at Benson High School.

Benson has Latin@ parents to thank for this new academic and professional resource.

Last year, Latin@ parents attended group meetings with Benson Staff to express how they felt Benson could best support their students. Latin@ parents felt that their children needed the following: a mentor program, more academic supports—tutoring, support classes during the day—and parent community meetings. In response to this expressed need, LÁMP:ARA was developed.

LÁMP:ARA aims to improve the academic and professional success, retention rates, and graduation rates of active program participants while fostering in students core civic and leadership proficiencies that will serve them personally and professionally.

While LÁMP:ARA focuses on offering services to a limited group of Latin@s, others are always welcome to visit room 122 to ask about college and career resources or to sign up for particular Days of Service.

Thanks

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

LAMP:ARA | Latin@s Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

PE/Health

FIT2LIVE&LEARN is off and running… literally.  Freshmen are already noticing that their new PE/Health class is different than the PE/Health classes they took in middle school.  It has been a GREAT start of the school year.  Please expect to see your students PE clothes on the weekends for laundering.  If you want to see if your child has homework in any class, please ask to see his/her required PE/Health planner.  It is listed daily.  All teacher contact information; school rules/guidelines and other important information will be listed in the students planner.

 

Keep up the great work!  GO TECH!

 

Linda McLellan

 

 

Site Council Meeting

Benson’s Site Council will be having their first meeting on Wednesday September 17th from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Benson Library.  I encourage parents to get involved with Site Council and have a voice in the vision of Benson Polytechnic High School.

 

PTSA Meeting

Benson’s PTSA will be having their first meeting on Tuesday Sept. 16th from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Benson Library.  If any parents or students are interested in being a champion for Benson Tech then the PTSA is the group for you and we welcome you to join us for our monthly meetings.

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) vs Franklin @ BHS

6:30 VB (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) @ Barlow

6:00 MSOC (V) @ Barlow

 

Tuesday

No Sports Today

Wednesday

4:00 XC @ Gabriel Park

4:00 WSOC @ Redmond

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC vs Hermiston @ Delta

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) @ Cleveland

6:30 VB (V) @ Cleveland

4:30 FTB (JV) @ Grant

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) vs Grant @ Marshall

 

Saturday 

8:00 VB (V) @ Century Tourney

TBA XC @ Northwest Classis Lane Com College

 

A Message from the Counselors

Need to make up credits?  Wanting to graduate on time?  Night school pre-registration has begun.  Please be sure to see Mr. Wren on Ms. Henry for registration questions.

 

Last day to add/drop classes without penalty is Friday, September 19.

 

Free Math Tutoring starts September 25th in the Career Center on Thursdays during Tutorial (2:33-3:15). 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College announcements for your Seniors.

Washington University in St. Louis.  Session information Sunday October 5th from 2-3pm at  Portland Marriott City Center (520 SW Broadway)

 

Quest Bridge:

The National College Match:  Connects outstanding seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to 35 of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

Apply online at www.questbridge.org  Due on September 26th.

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

AXA Achievement Scholarship in Association with US News and World Report.  Begins September 8th.

Beat the Odds. Deadline: September 15th.

Hit the Books Scholarship $500  Deadline: September 30th.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

9/23                       Act Six                                   10:40

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 072014
 

Parents/Guardians

 

I’ve inserted my weekly newsletter to this email.  To get the full spectrum of my newsletter/blog and to read past newsletter’s you can go to www.bensonhs.net and that will take you to the Benson Web Page where you can find all the good things that are happening here at Benson Polytechnic High School.  Please note that there are some things that are still listed on the newsletter from last year and we are in the process of removing and updating those items.

 

September 7th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Parents/Guardians

It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome all faculty, students and staff back for the 2014-15 school year.  I am excited to be starting my 2nd year as Benson’s Principal and I want to officially introduce my Admin team which allows me the opportunity to work and serve your kids in a successful manner.  Mr. Barry Phillips and Ms. Jeandre Carbone are my two Vice Principals and Ms. Roi San Anderson is my Head Secretary here at Benson Tech.  These three individuals are the backbone behind my operations here at Benson and we’re all excited to welcome everyone back for the 2014-15 school year.  Also please note that our Head Custodian Mr. Eric Brown and his team works non-stop in keeping the building in great shape throughout the school year.

If you get a chance to visit the school please stop by the courtyard to see all the good work that Mr. Ryan (Social Studies Teacher) and his student helpers from last school year have done in order to beautify the grounds of the courtyard.  With the work and effort done from last school year the courtyard is now a great place where students and staff can come and socialize with one another throughout the school year.

 

No Tutorial This Week

Parents/Guardians please note that there will be no Tutorial this coming Thursday September 11th.  Instead, Period 3 will be extended by 42 minutes to accommodate grade level orientation assemblies.  Students will be attending these grade level assemblies with their teachers on Thursday.

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

Parents please be sure to review our new high school district wide bell schedule.  The new bell scheduel will be updated to our webpage shortly.

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

One of the main reasons students struggle in school is poor attendance.  Please help ensure students attend every day and arrive to school on time.  We have an automated phone system that calls parents when a student has missed a class.  You may also receive a call from teachers and/or administrators when a student is not attending regularly.  Benson has implemented a new tardy policy that starts Monday September 8th in that if a student is late to class then he/she will need to go to the main office to get an admittance slip in order to get into class.  Our goal is to get students focused on arriving to school and to class in a timely fashion so that classroom instruction can be maximize to its fullest potential and this can only happen if students are arriving to school on a daily basis and are also arriving to their classes on time.

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents please me mindful and remind your students that as the late summer/early fall weather is still warm outside that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or holes and tears in clothing.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.  Dresses and skirts, with arms at your side; need to be at the end of your fingertips in length.  Skorts and shorts need to have a 4 inch inseam.

 

 

Breakfast

All students can get breakfast free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15.  Please encourage your students to arrive to school on time in order to receive breakfast.

Also students who were receiving free or reduced–price meal benefits at the end of last year must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2014-15 school year.

Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting October 13th.

 

 

PE/Health

FIT2LIVE&LEARN is off and running… literally.  Freshmen are already noticing that their new PE/Health class is different than the PE/Health classes they took in middle school.  It has been a GREAT start of the school year.  Please expect to see your students PE clothes on the weekends for laundering.  If you want to see if your child has homework in any class, please ask to see his/her required PE/Health planner.  It is listed daily.  All teacher contact information; school rules/guidelines and other important information will be listed in the students planner.

Keep up the great work!  GO TECH!

Linda McLellan

 

 

Benson Alumni Meeting

All parents, Alumni and supporters of Benson Tech are invited to the first Benson Tech Alumni Meeting of the year which is scheduled for Monday September 8th from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Library Conference Room here at Benson.

 

 

Benson Booster Club Meeting

Benson’s newly formed Booster Club will be having its first meeting of the year on Wednesday September 10th from 7pm-8pm here at Benson Tech in room 125.  Please come and help support Benson Athletics by becoming a Booster Club member.

 

 

Site Council Meeting

Benson’s Site Council will be having their first meeting on Wednesday September 17th from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Benson Library.  I encourage parents to get involved with Site Council and have a voice in the vision of Benson Polytechnic High School.

 

PTSA Meeting

Benson’s PTSA will be having their first meeting on Tuesday Sept. 16th from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Benson Library.  If any parents or students are interested in being a champion for Benson Tech then the PTSA is the group for you and we welcome you to join us for our monthly meetings.

 

 

A Message from our New Athletic Director Sanjy Bedi

Parents/Guardians

It is my goal this year to always recognize and celebrate those athletes that demonstrate academic success in the classroom, and those that demonstrate good character both on the field and in the classroom and hallways.

I have posted a list outside my door of students who are doing well with their academics.  Thank your students for what they do and continue to encourage them to work hard in the classroom.  Please note that these grades are counted from last semester and current grades will be available at the end of this semester.

Thanks,

Sanjay

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Tuesday

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) vs Grant @ BHS

6:30 VB (V) vs Grant @ BHS

5:00 MSOC @ St Helens

4:00 WSOC vs McKay @ Delta

6:00 WSOC vs McKay @ BHS

Wednesday

4:00 XC vs PIL Preview @ Clinton Park

 

Thursday

5:00 MSOC vs Hermiston @ Delta

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) @ Wilson

6:30 VB (V) @ Wilson

4:00 FTB (JV) vs Scappoose @ BHS

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) @ Scappoose

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Parkrose @ Delta

6:00 WSOC (V) vs Parkrose @ BHS

 

Saturday 

8:00 VB (V) @ Aloha Tourney

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors

Need to make up credits?  Wanting to graduate on time?  Night school pre-registration has begun.  Please be sure to see Mr. Wren on Ms. Henry for registration questions.

 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

Parents, is your child interested in building robots?  Benson has been home to a robotics club for almost 9 years!  Please have your kids come to room E-127 after school on Fridays and build robots with the robotics club!

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians: Here are some College announcements for your Seniors.

Washington University in St. Louis.  Session information Sunday October 5th from 2-3pm at  Portland Marriott City Center (520 SW Broadway)

 

Quest Bridge:

The National College Match:  Connects outstanding seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to 35 of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

Apply online at www.questbridge.org  Due on September 26th.

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested. 

Please see Ms. Ryan in the Career Center for further details.

 

AXA Achievement Scholarship in Association with US News and World Report.  Begins September 8th.

Beat the Odds. Deadline: September 15th.

Hit the Books Scholarship $500  Deadline: September 30th.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

College Visits: Parents please encourage your Senior to attend this visitation in they are interested in attend one of these colleges.

 

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

 

9/23                       Act Six                                   10:40

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

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    

 

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