Mar 082015
 

March 9th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • The State Robotics Championships were once again held here at Benson on Saturday and Sunday to a packed house of enthusiastic kids and adults.  It’s always a marvel to see just how innovative students can be when given the opportunity the shine. 

 

  • The 2014-15 Students Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook will be coming home soon with your student.  Please be sure to read the announcement from PPS regarding the new handbook.  The District’s message is attached to this email. 

 

  • This coming Thursday March 12th Benson we will be on a morning assembly schedule for Benson’s Rose Festival announcement.  

 

  • The 2014-15 Bell Schedule.  Parents I’ve attached the district wide high school bell schedule for this school year.  Please open the attachment and review the bell schedule carefully with your Benson High student(s).

 

 

Thursday’s Rose Festival Morning Assembly Schedule

Period 1                       8:15-9:37

 

Period 3                       9:42-11:04

 

Assembly                    11:09-11:51 (Auditorium)

 

Lunch                            11:51-12:21

 

Period 5                       12:26-1:48

 

Period 7                       1:53-3:15

 

 

 

Latino Family Conference:

The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference – Juntos! Para una major educación – on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children’s academic success.

What: Juntos! Para una mejor educación, the 5th Annual Latino Family Conference, a series of workshops, networking, community-building and celebration. Workshops in Spanish include:

•             The Importance of Bilingualism

•             Academic Support for Students

•             Literacy for Academic Success

•             Advocacy for Students

•             Discipline – Rights and Responsibilities

 

When: Saturday, March 14, 8 am to 3 pm

 

Where: George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.

 

Details: Breakfast, lunch and child care provided.

 

Register: Registration is the day of the event, starting at 8 am. The conference is free.

 

Sponsors: Portland Public Schools and Hacienda CDC

 

More Information: Yolanda Morales, Office of Dual Language Immersion, 503-998-5617.

 

View and share posters: English ; Spanish

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding Benson Parents as a focus group:

PPS would like to request the assistance in identifying 10 Benson parents to participate in a focus group.  The PPS College and Career department would like to get the input of parents on the new “Notice of Progress towards Graduation form” (see attachment).  This form will alert parents and students as to the students’ progress towards graduation.  Parent input would be invaluable in the use of this tool.

PPS plan is to bring together parents from Benson and Alliance to expedite the information gathering process as the College and Career Center would like to start using this document in March.

 

If interested in being a part of this focus group please send me (Principal Wilson) your name and email address and I’ll get you set up with district officials.

 

 

PPS will be holding this focus group on:

March 10th and March 12th

PPS District Office

501 N. Dixon

Portland, Oregon 97227

 

6:00 to 7:30 pm

Dinner provided

Childcare if needed

 

PPS/Principal Wilson

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Counseling Department:

Parents of Juniors: We have an excellent opportunities for juniors:

 

1)      Practice ACT test: The ACT test will be given free at Benson on April 28th.  However, we wanted to give juniors the opportunity to take a “practice” test on Weds. March 25 at 8:00 am (during Spring Break).  Juniors need to register for the practice test through Naviance.  If your student doesn’t know their Naviance code, they can get the code from the Benson College and Career Center.

 

ACT scores can be extremely important in the college admission process, helping students to receive scholarships, etc.  Practice can help increase scores and relieve test anxiety. More information can be found on the ACT website at: http://www.act.org.

 

Benson Counselors

 

 

 

A Message from Elaine Ferrell-Burns (Library Media Specialist)

2nd Annual Poetry Slam

Friday, March 20th, 11:26am-11:59am in the Library.  Come and listen to students show off their creative writing talents while sharing their work for friends, peers, and family. 

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

Currently reading…

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr and The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin and Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors regarding forecasting:

Beginning in April, the Benson Counseling team will begin forecasting for next year’s classes. The Counselors will be presenting information in classrooms and then follow up with individual meetings with students.  This is a time for students to choose classes and review academic progress with their counselor.  Students will be given forecasting materials to bring home and review with their guardian. The schedule is as follows:

April 13-17 – Junior Class

April 20-24 – Freshman Class

April 30 – Sophomore Major Fair

May 4-8 – Sophomore Class

 

 

 

 

A Message from Steve Naganuma (Benson Radio)

“Now through Spring Break, KBPS Radio Majors are interviewing Rose Festival Princesses.

 

The interviews air each weekday at 5:00PM on AM-1450 and are available on the KBPS web site at this link:

 

http://kbps.am/208.htm

 

St Mary’s, Madison and Lincoln interviews are currently on the KBPS web site.

 

Central Catholic, Parkrose, David Douglas, Jefferson, Benson, Wilson, Cleveland, Roosevelt, Metro East/West, Grant and Franklin will be added after their selection.”

 

Steve Naganuma

 

 

 

A Message from Christin Chambless (Benson’s PTSA President)

Dear Benson High School senior parents and students,

Benson High School PTSA is planning on hosting its Graduation Party on June 8, 2015.  The PTSA is sponsoring a “Safe and Sober Grad Night Party” for the 183 students in the Graduating Class of 2015. This traditional all night event provides a safe and sober environment where the students can celebrate on graduation night. The prevention of alcohol and drug related tragedies on this special night benefit the entire community as a whole.

 

This event has not occurred in the past couple years but we are determined to bring this tradition back to Benson High School.  Our plan is to pick up the graduates and bus them to the event at 10pm on June 8th and return them to Benson around 6am June 9th.  The students will be provided with food, drinks and entertainment all evening.

 

We are trying to limit the cost to families by fundraising.  We have partnered with Local Farmer’s Direct, who has offered to donate $25 for every household that tries their delivery service of fresh local products.  So far we have raised $550.  The cost to put on this event would require us to charge the students $50-$60 per student.  If we are successful in our fundraising attempts the cost to seniors will be reduced to $25-$30 per student.  We are hoping to get 100 Benson families to support our fundraiser.

 

Thank you for helping us bring Grad Night 2015 back to Benson High school students!

 

The Informational Flyer is attached to this newsletter!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

 

A Message from Luke Hotchkiss (Benson’s Construction and TechGeo Teacher)

The Tech Geo class has completed an octagonal picnic table which will be placed in the inner courtyard at Benson and a mobile ‘chicken tractor’ which is for sale for $500.  See attached photos.  The picnic table project was led by freshman Simon Criswell.  The chicken tractor has three nesting boxes, three roosting bars, an enclosed feeder and watering system that can be fill from the outside, and a ramp that raises and lowers.  It allows someone to keep up to 8 chickens safe from predators while still allowing them access to the ground.  The tractor has wheels and a handle so that it can be moved to different parts of the yard.  If you are interested in purchasing the coop please contact Luke Hotchkiss at 503-680-5286.  The funds will cover the cost of construction and go straight back into the program to cover future projects.

 

 

A Message from Steve Curley (Testing Coordinator) Regarding Smarter Balanced Testing

 

“Starting in May, Benson will be testing all 11th graders using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment.  We will give 11th graders an opportunity to practice prior to testing in order to get used to the new interface.  The Smarter Balanced is replacing the OAKS tests that we have all become accustomed to.

 

The following link has a lot of information about the tests including practice tests.

 

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/

 

Look for more updates on testing in the coming weeks.”

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

Ever wanted to know how the district spends its money?

Please read the attached flyer for specific information regarding budget sessions.  The flyers are in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Town Halls with Carole Smith and the board will be happening in March and April.  Every cluster has at least one event.

Erin Barnett

PPS

 

 

 

The Wilson High School PTA is reaching out to the other PPS High School’s:

On March 9, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Wilson High school will be hosting a district wide parent training for parents of students with IEPs who will also soon be transitioning out of high school. The training will be run by FACT (Family and Community Together) Oregon, and registrants will register directly with FACT Oregon.  Questions should also be directed to them.

 

Please find the attached flyers.  On the flyer, it asks parents to register.  From the registration information, FACT assembles numbers and contacts which they then use to remind parents about the training.

 

FACT will

•             Provide interpretation for all languages if requested at registration

•             Provide materials for the training if needed in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese

•             Provide this training for free to families and any professionals that attend

 

Wilson will

• Provide the site

• Provide presentation technology

• Provide light refreshments

 

Thank you very much.

 

Carter Latendresse

Wilson High School PTA Parent Education Night Chair

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – March 20th.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

•             Apprentice Painting Positions open in May for student 18 years and older

•             Youth Conservation Crew-Work outdoors from June-August making  $9.25/hr.

 

Scholarships:

•             Abby’s Closet for $1000 Due 3/28

•             EXXonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship 5,000 due April 8th

•             Oregon State Elks Association Vocational Grant for any student pursuing a vocational/technical program.  Application is due April 1st.

 

Programs:

•             Build-it-Camp:  Do you like working with your hands?  Are you interested in good paying jobs? Sign up for the Spring Break Build –it-Camp!  Applications are due Feb 27th.

•             PACE Mentorship program: PACE is a FREE after-school mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters and electricians to learn about good paying jobs in the trades.   Applications are due March 6th.

•             The Eagle Program is a unique internship for Sophomore students working on the golf course.  You do not need to know anything about golf to apply.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to compete for the Evans Foundation Scholarship their Senior year. Applications are due April 10th.

 

Pre-College Programs:

Reed College: The Young Scholars Program allows selected high school senior to enroll in one Reed undergraduate class for the academic year.  Juniors should apply by April 1st.

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

A Message from Peg Schoettle (Benson’s Counselor for Students H-O)

Parents of Seniors – Portland Community College Cascade Campus is offering support if you are struggling to complete the FAFSA.  They are offering help on a drop-in basis every Friday from 9am to 1pm  in the  Orientation Center of the Student Services Building, Rm. 201.

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

April 7th Mural Unveiling

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

 

 

FAFSA Support at PCC:

Additional resources for parents and students with questions regarding FAFSA -

•             Intro the FAFSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nKXXKn6jL8

•             Filling out the 2015-16 FAFSA (short version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZWniQo9gkw

•             Filling out the FAFSA (long version, 90 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkwxr-FFIzA

•             Common FAFSA mistakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlARWTi3Y5E

•             Determining your dependency status: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus

•             I have DACA and I can fill out the FAFSA? Say What!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI0IepZOEL4

•             After the FAFSA: What Happens Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxorQ9s_pY

 

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

Free Slam Poetry Workshop and Public Open Mic: Literary Arts is hosting yet another slam poetry workshop and open mic at their event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. Each workshop will be followed by an open mic sessions for both youth and adults. Ask your Librarian, Mrs. EFB, or your English Teacher. When: Saturday, February 28th Where: 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR Who: Students wanting to share their own or listen to original poetry What: Led by Turiya Autry, Author of Roots, Reality, and Ryhme. www.turiyaautry.com. Youth Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Open Mic: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

This foundation will award at least two $ 500 scholarships to a graduating Oregon high school senior in the

Class of 2015. The amount of the scholarship is a one-time grant. The final selection of a recipient will

be based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, personal accomplishments and community service.

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Mar 012015
 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

 

March 2nd 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

 

  • Attached to this email is a letter that I sent out to the Benson staff regarding Benson’s 4-year graduation rates.  Please open and read the attachment as the news is good regarding Benson and our 4-year graduation rates. 

 

  • The 2014-15 Students Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook will be coming home soon with your student.  Please be sure to read the announcement from PPS regarding the new handbook.  The District’s message is attached to this email. 

 

  • This coming Thursday March 5th Benson we will be on a morning assembly schedule for our Spring Sports.  

 

  • The 2014-15 Bell Schedule.  Parents I’ve attached the district wide high school bell schedule for this school year.  Please open the attachment and review the bell schedule carefully with your Benson High student(s).

 

 

Thursday’s Spring Sports Assembly Schedule

Period 1                       8:15-9:37

 

Period 3                       9:42-11:04

 

Assembly                    11:09-11:51

 

Lunch                            11:51-12:21

 

Period 5                       12:26-1:48

 

Period 7                       1:53-3:15

 

 

 

A Message from Minna Jayaswal (Student Representative on the PPS School Board)

The Superintendent’s Advisory Council is hosting a forum in which we invite all students to testify to Superintendent Carole Smith and PPS board members about what they would like to see in the budget for next year, and/or the schedule. We would love to hear students’ from across the district.  All students are encouraged to attend on March 5th, 4-6pm at the Benson High School Library.

 

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Minna Jayaswal

Student Representative on PPS School Board

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding Benson Parents as a focus group:

PPS would like to request the assistance in identifying 10 Benson parents to participate in a focus group.  The PPS College and Career department would like to get the input of parents on the new “Notice of Progress towards Graduation form” (see attachment).  This form will alert parents and students as to the students’ progress towards graduation.  Parent input would be invaluable in the use of this tool.

PPS plan is to bring together parents from Benson and Alliance to expedite the information gathering process as the College and Career Center would like to start using this document in March.

 

If interested in being a part of this focus group please send me (Principal Wilson) your name and email address and I’ll get you set up with district officials.

 

 

PPS will be holding this focus group on:

March 10th and March 12th

PPS District Office

501 N. Dixon

Portland, Oregon 97227

 

6:00 to 7:30 pm

Dinner provided

Childcare if needed

 

PPS/Principal Wilson

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Counseling Department:

Parents of Juniors: We have two excellent opportunities for juniors:

 

1)Beyond Benson: A program which matches Benson Tech juniors with a community mentor who will help students with post high school preparation from Spring of their junior year through the end of their senior year.  Some of the topics that will be covered are: College Research, College Applications, Financial Aid Information, Scholarship Assistance and Trades/Apprenticeships.

 

You can pick up an application in counseling. The due date is Friday, March 6.

 

2)Practice ACT test: The ACT test will be given free at Benson on April 28th.  However, we wanted to give juniors the opportunity to take a “practice” test on Weds. March 25 at 8:00 am (during Spring Break).  Juniors need to register for the practice test through Naviance.  If your student doesn’t know their Naviance code, they can get the code from the Benson College and Career Center.

 

ACT scores can be extremely important in the college admission process, helping students to receive scholarships, etc.  Practice can help increase scores and relieve test anxiety. More information can be found on the ACT website at: http://www.act.org.

 

Benson Counselors

 

 

 

 

A Message from Marena Lear (Benson’s Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary)

Junta de padres Latinos en Benson

Queremos invitar a las familias latinas de Benson otra vez a asistir a una junta el martes, día 3 de marzo, de 5:30 a 7:00pm. Siguiendo nuestra conversación del mes pasado, vamos a discutir cómo encontrar becas y ayuda financiera para su estudiante, y opciones de carreras y programas de estudio. Vamos a tener un orador invitado, Roberto Suarez, un consejero bilingüe. Se ofrece comida gratis. ¡Vengan a compartir sus ideas!

 

Benson Latino Parent Meeting

We’d like to invite the Benson Latino families to again attend a meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Following the previous month’s discussion, we will discuss how to find scholarships and financial aid for your student, and career and study program options. There will be a guest speaker named Roberto Suarez, a bilingual high school counselor. We will offer free food.

Come and share your ideas!

 

 

A Message from Elaine Ferrell-Burns (Library Media Specialist)

2nd Annual Poetry Slam

Friday, March 20th, 2:15-3:15, Auditorium Listen to students show off their creative writing talents while sharing their work for friends, peers, and family.

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

Currently reading…

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr and The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin and Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians

This is a friendly reminder to all high school seniors that the application deadline for the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship is Monday, March 2, 2015.  Applications must be received by 5pm, and are not accepted online. They may be dropped off at our headquarters:

 

1355 NW 13th Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

 

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.

Best Regards,

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

 

 

A Message from Christin Chambless (Benson’s PTSA President)

Dear Benson High School senior parents and students,

Benson High School PTSA is planning on hosting its Graduation Party on June 8, 2015.  The PTSA is sponsoring a “Safe and Sober Grad Night Party” for the 183 students in the Graduating Class of 2015. This traditional all night event provides a safe and sober environment where the students can celebrate on graduation night. The prevention of alcohol and drug related tragedies on this special night benefit the entire community as a whole.

 

This event has not occurred in the past couple years but we are determined to bring this tradition back to Benson High School.  Our plan is to pick up the graduates and bus them to the event at 10pm on June 8th and return them to Benson around 6am June 9th.  The students will be provided with food, drinks and entertainment all evening.

 

We are trying to limit the cost to families by fundraising.  We have partnered with Local Farmer’s Direct, who has offered to donate $25 for every household that tries their delivery service of fresh local products.  So far we have raised $550.  The cost to put on this event would require us to charge the students $50-$60 per student.  If we are successful in our fundraising attempts the cost to seniors will be reduced to $25-$30 per student.  We are hoping to get 100 Benson families to support our fundraiser.

 

Thank you for helping us bring Grad Night 2015 back to Benson High school students!

 

The Informational Flyer is attached to this newsletter!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

 

A Message from Luke Hotchkiss (Benson’s Construction and TechGeo Teacher)

The Tech Geo class has completed an octagonal picnic table which will be placed in the inner courtyard at Benson and a mobile ‘chicken tractor’ which is for sale for $500.  See attached photos.  The picnic table project was led by freshman Simon Criswell.  The chicken tractor has three nesting boxes, three roosting bars, an enclosed feeder and watering system that can be fill from the outside, and a ramp that raises and lowers.  It allows someone to keep up to 8 chickens safe from predators while still allowing them access to the ground.  The tractor has wheels and a handle so that it can be moved to different parts of the yard.  If you are interested in purchasing the coop please contact Luke Hotchkiss at 503-680-5286.  The funds will cover the cost of construction and go straight back into the program to cover future projects.

 

 

This Week In Athletics: (No Athletics This Week)

 

 

A Message from Steve Curley (Testing Coordinator) Regarding Smarter Balanced Testing

 

“Starting in May, Benson will be testing all 11th graders using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment.  We will give 11th graders an opportunity to practice prior to testing in order to get used to the new interface.  The Smarter Balanced is replacing the OAKS tests that we have all become accustomed to.

 

The following link has a lot of information about the tests including practice tests.

 

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/

 

Look for more updates on testing in the coming weeks.”

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

Ever wanted to know how the district spends its money?

Please read the attached flyer for specific information regarding budget sessions.  The flyers are in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Town Halls with Carole Smith and the board will be happening in March and April.  Every cluster has at least one event.

Erin Barnett

PPS

 

 

 

The Wilson High School PTA is reaching out to the other PPS High School’s:

On March 9, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Wilson High school will be hosting a district wide parent training for parents of students with IEPs who will also soon be transitioning out of high school. The training will be run by FACT (Family and Community Together) Oregon, and registrants will register directly with FACT Oregon.  Questions should also be directed to them.

 

Please find the attached flyers.  On the flyer, it asks parents to register.  From the registration information, FACT assembles numbers and contacts which they then use to remind parents about the training.

 

FACT will

•             Provide interpretation for all languages if requested at registration

•             Provide materials for the training if needed in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese

•             Provide this training for free to families and any professionals that attend

 

Wilson will

• Provide the site

• Provide presentation technology

• Provide light refreshments

 

Thank you very much.

 

Carter Latendresse

Wilson High School PTA Parent Education Night Chair

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding the confirmed case of measles in Lane County.

Parents,

As you know, we have a single confirmed case of measles in Oregon (in Lane County) that has generated significant attention.  This is a good opportunity to remind parents to make sure that your children’s immunizations records are current and also a reminder to parents of our protocols when a child is confirmed to have measles or another such communicable illness.

 

Here is the Student Services/Health Services web page: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/7830.htm

In the yellow box is the Measles Family Advisory in English.  Next week we will post the advisory in all supported languages as soon as translations are done.

 

PPS

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – March 6th.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

•             Apprentice Painting Positions open in May for student 18 years and older

•             Youth Conservation Crew-Work outdoors from June-August making  $9.25/hr.

 

Scholarships:

•             Abby’s Closet for $1000 Due 3/28

•             EXXonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship 5,000 due April 8th

•             Oregon State Elks Association Vocational Grant for any student pursuing a vocational/technical program.  Application is due April 1st.

 

Programs:

•             Build-it-Camp:  Do you like working with your hands?  Are you interested in good paying jobs? Sign up for the Spring Break Build –it-Camp!  Applications are due Feb 27th.

•             PACE Mentorship program: PACE is a FREE after-school mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters and electricians to learn about good paying jobs in the trades.   Applications are due March 6th.

•             The Eagle Program is a unique internship for Sophomore students working on the golf course.  You do not need to know anything about golf to apply.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to compete for the Evans Foundation Scholarship their Senior year. Applications are due April 10th.

 

Pre-College Programs:

Reed College: The Young Scholars Program allows selected high school senior to enroll in one Reed undergraduate class for the academic year.  Juniors should apply by April 1st.

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

A Message from Peg Schoettle (Benson’s Counselor for Students H-O)

Parents of Seniors – Portland Community College Cascade Campus is offering support if you are struggling to complete the FAFSA.  They are offering help on a drop-in basis every Friday from 9am to 1pm  in the  Orientation Center of the Student Services Building, Rm. 201.

 

 

 

 

Latino Family Conference:

The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference – Juntos! Para una major educación – on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children’s academic success.

What: Juntos! Para una mejor educación, the 5th Annual Latino Family Conference, a series of workshops, networking, community-building and celebration. Workshops in Spanish include:

•             The Importance of Bilingualism

•             Academic Support for Students

•             Literacy for Academic Success

•             Advocacy for Students

•             Discipline – Rights and Responsibilities

 

When: Saturday, March 14, 8 am to 3 pm

 

Where: George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.

 

Details: Breakfast, lunch and child care provided.

 

Register: Registration is the day of the event, starting at 8 am. The conference is free.

 

Sponsors: Portland Public Schools and Hacienda CDC

 

More Information: Yolanda Morales, Office of Dual Language Immersion, 503-998-5617.

 

View and share posters: English ; Spanish

 

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

March 5th – Unveiling ceremony 6pm

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

 

 

FAFSA Support at PCC:

Additional resources for parents and students with questions regarding FAFSA -

•             Intro the FAFSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nKXXKn6jL8

•             Filling out the 2015-16 FAFSA (short version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZWniQo9gkw

•             Filling out the FAFSA (long version, 90 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkwxr-FFIzA

•             Common FAFSA mistakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlARWTi3Y5E

•             Determining your dependency status: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus

•             I have DACA and I can fill out the FAFSA? Say What!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI0IepZOEL4

•             After the FAFSA: What Happens Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxorQ9s_pY

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

Free Slam Poetry Workshop and Public Open Mic: Literary Arts is hosting yet another slam poetry workshop and open mic at their event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. Each workshop will be followed by an open mic sessions for both youth and adults. Ask your Librarian, Mrs. EFB, or your English Teacher. When: Saturday, February 28th Where: 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR Who: Students wanting to share their own or listen to original poetry What: Led by Turiya Autry, Author of Roots, Reality, and Ryhme. www.turiyaautry.com. Youth Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Open Mic: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

This foundation will award at least two $ 500 scholarships to a graduating Oregon high school senior in the

Class of 2015. The amount of the scholarship is a one-time grant. The final selection of a recipient will

be based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, personal accomplishments and community service.

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

 

Trail Blazers Scholarship

The Trail Blazers and Wesley Matthews are introducing a brand new college scholarship program sponsored by Wells Fargo. High school seniors with a 3.00 GPA in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, are eligible to apply for a $5,000 college scholarship towards a 4-year, 2-year, or trade school education.  Six high school seniors will be awarded.

Applications are now being accepted at http://trailblazers.com/scholarship and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. Winners will be honored at a Blazers game this spring. For additional information, please contact Annie Klug, Sr. Social Responsibility Program Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, 503-797-9747.

 

 

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Feb 222015
 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

 

February 23rd 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • Please note that there will be an informational meeting regarding Benson Football for the 2015-16 school year.  Principal Wilson along with District officials will be presenting this information on Monday Feb. 23rd at 5:30pm in the Benson Auditorium.

 

  • Attached to this email is a letter that I sent out to the Benson staff regarding Benson’s 4-year graduation rates.  Please open and read the attachment as the news is good regarding Benson and our 4-year graduation rates. 

 

  • The 2014-15 Students Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook will be coming home soon with your student.  Please be sure to read the announcement from PPS regarding the new handbook.  The District’s message is attached to this email. 

 

  • This coming Thursday February 26th Benson we will be on a regular Thursday schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day. 

 

  • The 2014-15 Bell Schedule.  Parents I’ve attached the district wide high school bell schedule for this school year.  Please open the attachment and review the bell schedule carefully with your Benson High student(s)

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

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    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

A Message from Luke Hotchkiss (Benson’s Construction and TechGeo Teacher)

The Tech Geo class has completed an octagonal picnic table which will be placed in the inner courtyard at Benson and a mobile ‘chicken tractor’ which is for sale for $500.  See attached photos.  The picnic table project was led by freshman Simon Criswell.  The chicken tractor has three nesting boxes, three roosting bars, an enclosed feeder and watering system that can be fill from the outside, and a ramp that raises and lowers.  It allows someone to keep up to 8 chickens safe from predators while still allowing them access to the ground.  The tractor has wheels and a handle so that it can be moved to different parts of the yard.  If you are interested in purchasing the coop please contact Luke Hotchkiss at 503-680-5286.  The funds will cover the cost of construction and go straight back into the program to cover future projects.

 

 

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Tuesday

4:00 MBX (FR) vs Jefferson @ BHS

5:45 MBX (JV) vs Jefferson @ BHS

7:30 MBX (V) vs Jefferson @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) @ Jefferson

7:30 WBX (V) @ Jefferson

 

 

A Message from Steve Curley (Testing Coordinator) Regarding Smarter Balanced Testing

 

“Starting in May, Benson will be testing all 11th graders using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment.  We will give 11th graders an opportunity to practice prior to testing in order to get used to the new interface.  The Smarter Balanced is replacing the OAKS tests that we have all become accustomed to.

 

The following link has a lot of information about the tests including practice tests.

 

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/

 

Look for more updates on testing in the coming weeks.”

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

Ever wanted to know how the district spends its money?

The district will be having two workshops at which parents can learn how the district is funded and how the money the district receives from the start of the school year is spent on our schools – Feb. 23 and Feb. 26; the Feb. 26 event is in Spanish.  Please read the attached flyer for specific information regarding these budget sessions.  The flyers are in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Town Halls with Carole Smith and the board will follow in March and April.  Every cluster has at least one event.

Erin Barnett

PPS

 

 

 

The Wilson High School PTA is reaching out to the other PPS High School’s:

On March 9, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Wilson High school will be hosting a district wide parent training for parents of students with IEPs who will also soon be transitioning out of high school. The training will be run by FACT (Family and Community Together) Oregon, and registrants will register directly with FACT Oregon.  Questions should also be directed to them.

 

Please find the attached flyers.  On the flyer, it asks parents to register.  From the registration information, FACT assembles numbers and contacts which they then use to remind parents about the training.

 

FACT will

•             Provide interpretation for all languages if requested at registration

•             Provide materials for the training if needed in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese

•             Provide this training for free to families and any professionals that attend

 

Wilson will

• Provide the site

• Provide presentation technology

• Provide light refreshments

 

Thank you very much.

 

Carter Latendresse

Wilson High School PTA Parent Education Night Chair

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding the confirmed case of measles in Lane County.

Parents,

As you know, we have a single confirmed case of measles in Oregon (in Lane County) that has generated significant attention.  This is a good opportunity to remind parents to make sure that your children’s immunizations records are current and also a reminder to parents of our protocols when a child is confirmed to have measles or another such communicable illness.

 

Here is the Student Services/Health Services web page: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/7830.htm

In the yellow box is the Measles Family Advisory in English.  Next week we will post the advisory in all supported languages as soon as translations are done.

 

PPS

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding Benson Parents as a focus group:

PPS would like to request the assistance in identifying 10 Benson parents to participate in a focus group.  The PPS College and Career department would like to get the input of parents on the new “Notice of Progress towards Graduation form” (see attachment).  This form will alert parents and students as to the students’ progress towards graduation.  Parent input would be invaluable in the use of this tool.

PPS plan is to bring together parents from Benson and Alliance to expedite the information gathering process as the College and Career Center would like to start using this document in March.

 

If interested in being a part of this focus group please send me (Principal Wilson) your name and email address and I’ll get you set up with district officials.

 

 

PPS will be holding this focus group on:

Thursday, February 26th

PPS District Office

501 N. Dixon

Portland, Oregon 97227

 

6:00 to 7:30 pm

Dinner provided

Childcare if needed

 

PPS/Principal Wilson

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians of Spring Sports Students/Athletes:

 

If your child is in need of a sports physical for the upcoming Spring Sports season, we will have 2 Providence Health & Services Physicians here at Benson in the Nurses Office on 2/25 from 4-5:30pm.

 

All you need to do is come with your students sports paperwork filled out and be present for us to conduct your child’s physical.

 

Any questions please feel free to contact Lisa White, President of Benson Booster Club at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – March 6th.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

•             Apprentice Painting Positions open in May for student 18 years and older

•             Youth Conservation Crew-Work outdoors from June-August making  $9.25/hr.

 

Scholarships:

•             Abby’s Closet for $1000 Due 3/28

•             EXXonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship 5,000 due April 8th

•             Oregon State Elks Association Vocational Grant for any student pursuing a vocational/technical program.  Application is due April 1st.

 

Programs:

•             Build-it-Camp:  Do you like working with your hands?  Are you interested in good paying jobs? Sign up for the Spring Break Build –it-Camp!  Applications are due Feb 27th.

•             PACE Mentorship program: PACE is a FREE after-school mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters and electricians to learn about good paying jobs in the trades.   Applications are due March 6th.

•             The Eagle Program is a unique internship for Sophomore students working on the golf course.  You do not need to know anything about golf to apply.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to compete for the Evans Foundation Scholarship their Senior year. Applications are due April 10th.

 

Pre-College Programs:

Reed College: The Young Scholars Program allows selected high school senior to enroll in one Reed undergraduate class for the academic year.  Juniors should apply by April 1st.

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

A Message from Peg Schoettle (Benson’s Counselor for Students H-O)

Parents of Seniors – Portland Community College Cascade Campus is offering support if you are struggling to complete the FAFSA.  They are offering help on a drop-in basis every Friday from 9am to 1pm  in the  Orientation Center of the Student Services Building, Rm. 201.

 

 

 

 

Latino Family Conference:

The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference – Juntos! Para una major educación – on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children’s academic success.

What: Juntos! Para una mejor educación, the 5th Annual Latino Family Conference, a series of workshops, networking, community-building and celebration. Workshops in Spanish include:

•             The Importance of Bilingualism

•             Academic Support for Students

•             Literacy for Academic Success

•             Advocacy for Students

•             Discipline – Rights and Responsibilities

 

When: Saturday, March 14, 8 am to 3 pm

 

Where: George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.

 

Details: Breakfast, lunch and child care provided.

 

Register: Registration is the day of the event, starting at 8 am. The conference is free.

 

Sponsors: Portland Public Schools and Hacienda CDC

 

More Information: Yolanda Morales, Office of Dual Language Immersion, 503-998-5617.

 

View and share posters: English ; Spanish

 

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

March 5th – Unveiling ceremony 6pm

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

 

 

FAFSA Support at PCC:

Additional resources for parents and students with questions regarding FAFSA -

•             Intro the FAFSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nKXXKn6jL8

•             Filling out the 2015-16 FAFSA (short version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZWniQo9gkw

•             Filling out the FAFSA (long version, 90 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkwxr-FFIzA

•             Common FAFSA mistakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlARWTi3Y5E

•             Determining your dependency status: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus

•             I have DACA and I can fill out the FAFSA? Say What!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI0IepZOEL4

•             After the FAFSA: What Happens Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxorQ9s_pY

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

Free Slam Poetry Workshop and Public Open Mic: Literary Arts is hosting yet another slam poetry workshop and open mic at their event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. Each workshop will be followed by an open mic sessions for both youth and adults. Ask your Librarian, Mrs. EFB, or your English Teacher. When: Saturday, February 28th Where: 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR Who: Students wanting to share their own or listen to original poetry What: Led by Turiya Autry, Author of Roots, Reality, and Ryhme. www.turiyaautry.com. Youth Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Open Mic: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

This foundation will award at least two $ 500 scholarships to a graduating Oregon high school senior in the

Class of 2015. The amount of the scholarship is a one-time grant. The final selection of a recipient will

be based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, personal accomplishments and community service.

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

 

Trail Blazers Scholarship

The Trail Blazers and Wesley Matthews are introducing a brand new college scholarship program sponsored by Wells Fargo. High school seniors with a 3.00 GPA in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, are eligible to apply for a $5,000 college scholarship towards a 4-year, 2-year, or trade school education.  Six high school seniors will be awarded.

Applications are now being accepted at http://trailblazers.com/scholarship and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. Winners will be honored at a Blazers game this spring. For additional information, please contact Annie Klug, Sr. Social Responsibility Program Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, 503-797-9747.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Feb 162015
 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

 

February 17th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • I was completely amazed at the grand spectacle of Benson’s 95th annual Tech Show.  With all the exhibits, student participation, surprised guests, teacher excitement and overall electricity that was in the air on Thursday and Friday night the 95th Tech Show was a sight to behold.  Thank you to all that made this event a huge success for Benson Tech and we look forward to the 96th annual Tech Show next year. 

 

  • Parents please note that there will be no 2- Hour Late Opening this coming Wednesday February 18th.  All classes will be on a regular B day schedule with school starting at 8:15am.

 

  • Attached to this email is a letter that I sent out to the Benson staff regarding Benson’s 4-year graduation rates.  Please open and read the attachment as the news is good regarding Benson and our 4-year graduation rates. 

 

  • The 2014-15 Students Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook will be coming home soon with your student.  Please be sure to read the announcement from PPS regarding the new handbook.  The District’s message is attached to this email. 

 

  • This coming Thursday February 19th Benson we will be on a regular Thursday schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day. 

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

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    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

A Message from Steve Curley (Testing Coordinator) Regarding Smarter Balanced Testing

 

“Starting in May, Benson will be testing all 11th graders using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment.  We will give 11th graders an opportunity to practice prior to testing in order to get used to the new interface.  The Smarter Balanced is replacing the OAKS tests that we have all become accustomed to.

 

The following link has a lot of information about the tests including practice tests.

 

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/

 

Look for more updates on testing in the coming weeks.”

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

Ever wanted to know how the district spends its money?

The district will be having two workshops at which parents can learn how the district is funded and how the money the district receives from the start is spent on our schools – Feb. 23 and Feb. 26; the Feb. 26 event is in Spanish.  Please read the attached flyer for specific information regarding these budget sessions.  The flyers are in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Town Halls with Carole Smith and the board follow in March and April.  Every cluster has at least one event.

Erin Barnett

PPS

 

 

 

The Wilson High School PTA is reaching out to the other PPS High School’s:

On March 9, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Wilson High school will be hosting a district wide parent training for parents of students with IEPs who will also soon be transitioning out of high school. The training will be run by FACT (Family and Community Together) Oregon, and registrants will register directly with FACT Oregon.  Questions should also be directed to them.

 

Please find the attached flyers.  On the flyer, it asks parents to register.  From the registration information, FACT assembles numbers and contacts which they then use to remind parents about the training.

 

FACT will

•             Provide interpretation for all languages if requested at registration

•             Provide materials for the training if needed in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese

•             Provide this training for free to families and any professionals that attend

 

Wilson will

• Provide the site

• Provide presentation technology

• Provide light refreshments

 

Thank you very much.

 

Carter Latendresse

Wilson High School PTA Parent Education Night Chair

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding the confirmed case of measles in Lane County.

Parents,

As you know, we have a single confirmed case of measles in Oregon (in Lane County) that has generated significant attention.  This is a good opportunity to remind parents to make sure that your children’s immunizations records are current and also a reminder to parents of our protocols when a child is confirmed to have measles or another such communicable illness.

 

Here is the Student Services/Health Services web page: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/7830.htm

In the yellow box is the Measles Family Advisory in English.  Next week we will post the advisory in all supported languages as soon as translations are done.

 

PPS

 

 

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

Parents/Guardians if you know of any future Techsters interested in attending Benson in 2015-16 please be sure to pass along these important dates.

 

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson Tech via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  You’ll be able to go the Benson’s Web page (www.bensonhs.net) and fill out the Benson application and the District’s web page (www.pps.k12.or.us) and fill out the District’s application beginning February 4th.

 

Benson Administration

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding Benson Parents as a focus group:

PPS would like to request the assistance in identifying 10 Benson parents to participate in a focus group.  The PPS College and Career department would like to get the input of parents on the new “Notice of Progress towards Graduation form” (see attachment).  This form will alert parents and students as to the students’ progress towards graduation.  Parent input would be invaluable in the use of this tool.

PPS plan is to bring together parents from Benson and Alliance to expedite the information gathering process as the College and Career Center would like to start using this document in March.

 

If interested in being a part of this focus group please send me (Principal Wilson) your name and email address and I’ll get you set up with district officials.

 

 

PPS will be holding this focus group on:

Thursday, February 26th

PPS District Office

501 N. Dixon

Portland, Oregon 97227

 

6:00 to 7:30 pm

Dinner provided

Childcare if needed

 

PPS/Principal Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Joe Rozewski (Benson’s Art Foundation Teacher)

Benson art students once again won awards at the Portland Scholastic Art Awards.  Fawn Quxiote won a Silver Key for his Ceramic tea pot, plus Honorable Mentions for both his paintings.  Naomi Likayi won an Honorable Mention for her large self-portrait painting as well.  ”Congrats” to both young artists as this year was unusually competitive with over 4000 pieces entered.  As the Art Department grows we are gaining more local and national attention for the school.  Last week Naomi sold over $100 worth of original art works at a local gallery called the “ChapterFour”, check it out and buy some student art there.  Located in the very trendy N. Mississippi street scene.  We will be selling more Benson student art professionally throughout the year and in years to come as we grow and expand to connect to the larger art community.

Joe R.

 

 

A Message from Sally Niedermeyer (Benson’s Health Occupations Instructor)

Parents please bring food donations for the Oregon Food Bank (leave in main office or in room 238) or please participate in the HOSA Hunger Banquet on February 19th.  Parents can sign up during Tech Show in 238.

Sally Niedermeyer, RN/BSN

Benson High School Health Science Instructor

 

 

A Message from Benson’s School Nurse Laurel Merz

Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday February 18th.  If your student is not up to date on their immunizations you should have received a letter from the Multnomah County Health Department.  If you have received a letter your student needs to be in compliance and present proof of vaccination or medical exemption on or by the date listed above.  Please see the following attachment for information on low cost/ free vaccination clinics offered through the Multnomah County Health Department in the days leading up to exemption.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to call Laurel Merz, School Health Nurse at ext 77109.

 

Thank You

Nurse Merz

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Booster Club President Lisa White:

Parents/Guardians-We are in need of VOLUNTEERS!   If you have a couple of hours to give, we would love your support!

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1.  Basketball Ticket Sales
  2.  Wrestling Ticket Sales
  3.  Grad Night Party (Put on by the PTSA)
  4.  Game Clock
  5.  Announcing at Varsity Basketball Games
  6.  And other events here at Benson

 

If you are interested please reach out to Lisa White at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians of Spring Sports Students/Athletes:

 

If your child is in need of a sports physical for the upcoming Spring Sports season, we will have 2 Providence Health & Services Physicians here at Benson in the Nurses Office on 2/25 from 4-5:30pm.

 

All you need to do is come with your students sports paperwork filled out and be present for us to conduct your child’s physical.

 

Any questions please feel free to contact Lisa White, President of Benson Booster Club at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

•             Apprentice Painting Positions open in May for student 18 years and older

•             Youth Conservation Crew-Work outdoors from June-August making  $9.25/hr.

 

Scholarships:

•             Abby’s Closet for $1000 Due 3/28

•             EXXonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship 5,000 due April 8th

•             Oregon State Elks Association Vocational Grant for any student pursuing a vocational/technical program.  Application is due April 1st.

 

Programs:

•             Build-it-Camp:  Do you like working with your hands?  Are you interested in good paying jobs? Sign up for the Spring Break Build –it-Camp!  Applications are due Feb 27th.

•             PACE Mentorship program: PACE is a FREE after-school mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters and electricians to learn about good paying jobs in the trades.   Applications are due March 6th.

•             The Eagle Program is a unique internship for Sophomore students working on the golf course.  You do not need to know anything about golf to apply.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to compete for the Evans Foundation Scholarship their Senior year. Applications are due April 10th.

 

Pre-College Programs:

Reed College: The Young Scholars Program allows selected high school senior to enroll in one Reed undergraduate class for the academic year.  Juniors should apply by April 1st.

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

A Message from Peg Schoettle (Benson’s Counselor for Students H-O)

Parents of Seniors – Portland Community College Cascade Campus is offering support if you are struggling to complete the FAFSA.  They are offering help on a drop-in basis every Friday from 9am to 1pm  in the  Orientation Center of the Student Services Building, Rm. 201.

 

 

 

More from Linda McLellan (Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Instructor)

Congratulations to the following Freshmen Fit2Live&Learn ‘Students of the Quarter’ for their outstanding academic achievement.

Tran, Moses                                       Deboer Greta                    Millhauser, Soren

Hussein, Abdi                                    Farmer, Devlin                  Tus, Zalinda

Benesh, Camden                             Kim, Kent                            Nguyen, Echo

Louie, Yvette                                     Tran, Johnathon                               Bell, Marqurite

Kainoa, Kai                                          Julian Scherer

Correa, Emilio                                    Vo, Regan

Simon Criswell                                   Michael Morgan

Lisa Lau                                                 Melissa Pham

 

Congratulations to a very successful first semester for the freshmen in Fit2Live&Learn.

 

OLD SCHOOL PE: Roll out the ball; game oriented; teacher directed; winners/losers; eliminate less skilled; competitive; waiting for turns; traditional sports; recess.

NEW SCHOOL – FIT2LIVE&LEARN

P: Planned & purposeful

H: Health related

Y: Youth centered

S: Success oriented & solution based

I: Inclusive & integrated

C: Cooperative & collaborative

A: All active

L: Lifetime Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Latino Family Conference:

The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference – Juntos! Para una major educación – on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children’s academic success.

What: Juntos! Para una mejor educación, the 5th Annual Latino Family Conference, a series of workshops, networking, community-building and celebration. Workshops in Spanish include:

•             The Importance of Bilingualism

•             Academic Support for Students

•             Literacy for Academic Success

•             Advocacy for Students

•             Discipline – Rights and Responsibilities

 

When: Saturday, March 14, 8 am to 3 pm

 

Where: George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.

 

Details: Breakfast, lunch and child care provided.

 

Register: Registration is the day of the event, starting at 8 am. The conference is free.

 

Sponsors: Portland Public Schools and Hacienda CDC

 

More Information: Yolanda Morales, Office of Dual Language Immersion, 503-998-5617.

 

View and share posters: English ; Spanish

 

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

March 5th – Unveiling ceremony 6pm

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

 

Tuesday

4:00 MBX (FR) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

5:45 MBX (JV) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

7:30 MBX (V) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) @ Roosevelt

7:30 WBX (V) @ Roosevelt

 

Thursday

4:00 MBX (JV) vs Madison @ BHS

5:45 MBX (FR) vs Madison @ BHS

7:30 MBX (V) @ Madison

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Madison @ BHS

4:00 WBX (JV) @ Madison

5:45 WBX (V) @ Madison

 

Friday

4:15 MBX (FR) vs Wilson @ BHS

5:00 MBX (JV) @ Wilson

8:00 MBX (V) @ Wilson

4:15 WBX (JV2) vs Wilson @ BHS

3:45 WBX (JV) @ Wilson

6:30 WBX (V) @ Wilson

 

Wrestling Districts @ Marshall

 

 

Saturday

Wrestling Districts @ Marshall

 

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Students will visit the shelter for the morning and talk to a variety of professionals in the animal-welfare industry. They’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter and get a chance to ask about the different skills, training and education required to work in this field. Slots are limited and go fast!  Register by:  January 15th

 

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

 

 

FAFSA Support at PCC:

Additional resources for parents and students with questions regarding FAFSA -

•             Intro the FAFSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nKXXKn6jL8

•             Filling out the 2015-16 FAFSA (short version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZWniQo9gkw

•             Filling out the FAFSA (long version, 90 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkwxr-FFIzA

•             Common FAFSA mistakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlARWTi3Y5E

•             Determining your dependency status: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus

•             I have DACA and I can fill out the FAFSA? Say What!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI0IepZOEL4

•             After the FAFSA: What Happens Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxorQ9s_pY

 

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

Free Slam Poetry Workshop and Public Open Mic: Literary Arts is hosting yet another slam poetry workshop and open mic at their event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. Each workshop will be followed by an open mic sessions for both youth and adults. Ask your Librarian, Mrs. EFB, or your English Teacher. When: Saturday, February 28th Where: 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR Who: Students wanting to share their own or listen to original poetry What: Led by Turiya Autry, Author of Roots, Reality, and Ryhme. www.turiyaautry.com. Youth Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Open Mic: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

CAREER DAYS:

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Microsoft Career Day February 20th

See the Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan for more information.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

This foundation will award at least two $ 500 scholarships to a graduating Oregon high school senior in the

Class of 2015. The amount of the scholarship is a one-time grant. The final selection of a recipient will

be based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, personal accomplishments and community service.

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

 

Trail Blazers Scholarship

The Trail Blazers and Wesley Matthews are introducing a brand new college scholarship program sponsored by Wells Fargo. High school seniors with a 3.00 GPA in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, are eligible to apply for a $5,000 college scholarship towards a 4-year, 2-year, or trade school education.  Six high school seniors will be awarded.

Applications are now being accepted at http://trailblazers.com/scholarship and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. Winners will be honored at a Blazers game this spring. For additional information, please contact Annie Klug, Sr. Social Responsibility Program Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, 503-797-9747.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Feb 082015
 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

If you are utilizing this webpage and would like to read any of the attachemets that are listed with this Newsletter for this week please send me a correspondence at cwilson@pps.net and I will send you a copy of this newsletter via email with all of the attachemnts. 

 

 

 

 

February 9th 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

  • Attached to this email is a letter that I sent out to the Benson staff regarding Benson’s 4-year graduation rates.  Please open and read the attachment as the news is good regarding Benson and our 4-year graduation rates. 

 

  • The 2014-15 Students Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook will be coming home soon with your student.  Please be sure to read the announcement from PPS regarding the new handbook.  The District’s message is attached to this email.

 

  • This coming Thursday February 12th Benson we will be on a regular Thursday schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day. 

 

  • Parents/Guardians please note that because of Tech Show set-up/preparations there will be no school for students this coming Friday February 13th.

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

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    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding the confirmed case of measles in Lane County.

Parents,

As you know, we have a single confirmed case of measles in Oregon (in Lane County) that has generated significant attention.  This is a good opportunity to remind parents to make sure that your children’s immunizations records are current and also a reminder to parents of our protocols when a child is confirmed to have measles or another such communicable illness.

 

Here is the Student Services/Health Services web page: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/7830.htm

In the yellow box is the Measles Family Advisory in English.  Next week we will post the advisory in all supported languages as soon as translations are done.

 

PPS

 

 

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

Parents/Guardians if you know of any future Techsters interested in attending Benson in 2015-16 please be sure to pass along these important dates.

 

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson Tech via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  You’ll be able to go the Benson’s Web page (www.bensonhs.net) and fill out the Benson application and the District’s web page (www.pps.k12.or.us) and fill out the District’s application beginning February 4th.

 

Benson Tech Show: (Please see attached flyer)

Come and see all that Benson Tech has to offer at the 95th annual Benson Tech Show.  Tech Show dates will run Thursday and Friday February 12th -13th from 6pm-9pm here at Benson Tech.  These two nights will give interested parties a chance to see all the CTE classes that Benson has to offer and visit with Academic teachers as well.

 

Benson Administration

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from PPS regarding Benson Parents as a focus group:

PPS would like to request the assistance in identifying 10 Benson parents to participate in a focus group.  The PPS College and Career department would like to get the input of parents on the new “Notice of Progress towards Graduation form” (see attachment).  This form will alert parents and students as to the students’ progress towards graduation.  Parent input would be invaluable in the use of this tool.

PPS plan is to bring together parents from Benson and Alliance to expedite the information gathering process as the College and Career Center would like to start using this document in March.

 

If interested in being a part of this focus group please send me (Principal Wilson) your name and email address and I’ll get you set up with district officials.

 

 

PPS will be holding this focus group on:

Thursday, February 26th

PPS District Office

501 N. Dixon

Portland, Oregon 97227

 

6:00 to 7:30 pm

Dinner provided

Childcare if needed

 

PPS/Principal Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Benson PTSA President Christin Chambless

Parents/Guardians

Attached is our flyer for the Local Farmer’s Delivery fundraiser.  Local Farmer’s Delivery will be on hand Thursday and Friday evening to help sign up our parents for our fundraiser.  The fundraiser is for the Senior All-Nigh Grad Party.  Please help support our Seniors for this fun-filled event on their graduation night.

 

Thank you

 

Christin Chambless

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Joe Rozewski (Benson’s Art Foundation Teacher)

Benson art students once again won awards at the Portland Scholastic Art Awards.  Fawn Quxiote won a Silver Key for his Ceramic tea pot, plus Honorable Mentions for both his paintings.  Naomi Likayi won an Honorable Mention for her large self-portrait painting as well.  ”Congrats” to both young artists as this year was unusually competitive with over 4000 pieces entered.  As the Art Department grows we are gaining more local and national attention for the school.  Last week Naomi sold over $100 worth of original art works at a local gallery called the “ChapterFour”, check it out and buy some student art there.  Located in the very trendy N. Mississippi street scene.  We will be selling more Benson student art professionally throughout the year and in years to come as we grow and expand to connect to the larger art community.

 

Joe R.

 

 

A Message from Sally Niedermeyer (Benson’s Health Occupations Instructor)

Parents please bring food donations for the Oregon Food Bank (leave in main office or in room 238) or please participate in the HOSA Hunger Banquet on February 19th.  Parents can sign up during Tech Show in 238.

Sally Niedermeyer, RN/BSN

Benson High School Health Science Instructor

 

 

A Message from Benson’s School Nurse Laurel Merz

Immunization Exclusion Day is February 18th.  If your student is not up to date on their immunizations you should have received a letter from the Multnomah County Health Department.  If you have received a letter your student needs to be in compliance and present proof of vaccination or medical exemption on or by the date listed above.  Please see the following attachment for information on low cost/ free vaccination clinics offered through the Multnomah County Health Department in the days leading up to exemption.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to call Laurel Merz, School Health Nurse at ext 77109.

 

Thank You

Nurse Merz

 

 

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

Mrs. Pfohman and Mr. Hryciw cut and sanded 56 plywood circles for pre-calculus students to study the relationship between the radius of any circle and the radian measure of an angle.  The relationship between degrees and radians is explored with a hands-on activity rather than simply giving students a conversion factor.  The activity was developed by Mrs. Pfohman and her teacher candidate from PSU, Joanne Musa.  Come to the library during Tech Show to try the activity yourself.

 

Ms. Pfohman

 

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Booster Club President Lisa White:

Parents/Guardians-We are in need of VOLUNTEERS!   If you have a couple of hours to give, we would love your support!

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1.  Basketball Ticket Sales
  2.  Wrestling Ticket Sales
  3.  Grad Night Party (Put on by the PTSA)
  4.  Game Clock
  5.  Announcing at Varsity Basketball Games
  6.  And other events here at Benson

 

If you are interested please reach out to Lisa White at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians of Spring Sports Students/Athletes:

 

If your child is in need of a sports physical for the upcoming Spring Sports season, we will have 2 Providence Health & Services Physicians here at Benson in the Nurses Office on 2/25 from 4-5:30pm.

 

All you need to do is come with your students sports paperwork filled out and be present for us to conduct your child’s physical.

 

Any questions please feel free to contact Lisa White, President of Benson Booster Club at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

•             Apprentice Painting Positions open in May for student 18 years and older

•             Youth Conservation Crew-Work outdoors from June-August making  $9.25/hr.

 

Scholarships:

•             Abby’s Closet for $1000 Due 3/28

•             EXXonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship 5,000 due April 8th

•             Oregon State Elks Association Vocational Grant for any student pursuing a vocational/technical program.  Application is due April 1st.

 

Programs:

•             Build-it-Camp:  Do you like working with your hands?  Are you interested in good paying jobs? Sign up for the Spring Break Build –it-Camp!  Applications are due Feb 27th.

•             PACE Mentorship program: PACE is a FREE after-school mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters and electricians to learn about good paying jobs in the trades.   Applications are due March 6th.

•             The Eagle Program is a unique internship for Sophomore students working on the golf course.  You do not need to know anything about golf to apply.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to compete for the Evans Foundation Scholarship their Senior year. Applications are due April 10th.

 

Pre-College Programs:

Reed College: The Young Scholars Program allows selected high school senior to enroll in one Reed undergraduate class for the academic year.  Juniors should apply by April 1st.

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Amy Henry (Benson’s Counselor for Students A-G)

Second Semester Night School Pre-Registration started on Monday, Jan. 12th. This is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class.  The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.  Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered.  The dates are: February 3rd, 5th, and 10th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm.   There are no daytime registration hours.

 

A Message from Peg Schoettle (Benson’s Counselor for Students H-O)

Parents of Seniors – Portland Community College Cascade Campus is offering support if you are struggling to complete the FAFSA.  They are offering help on a drop-in basis every Friday from 9am to 1pm  in the  Orientation Center of the Student Services Building, Rm. 201.

 

 

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

Congratulations to the following Freshmen leaders chosen by their classmates to represent

them as CEO’s for the Tech Show PE Fun Fair 2015.

 

Thao Mi Anthony; Chyna Matthews; Essau Klopfenstien; Kai Nontravanit; Ahmbra Fetter; Alex Lyons;

Trueli Jackson; Paul Chu; Mong Tus, Anthony Nguyen, Mercer Hardy; Marlise Kent; Julian Scherer; Chantall Lewis; Rebecca Zich; Judah Kelly

 

Fit2Live&Learn

 

 

More from Linda McLellan (Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Instructor)

Congratulations to a very successful first semester for the freshmen in Fit2Live&Learn.

 

OLD SCHOOL PE: Roll out the ball; game oriented; teacher directed; winners/losers; eliminate less skilled; competitive; waiting for turns; traditional sports; recess.

NEW SCHOOL – FIT2LIVE&LEARN

P: Planned & purposeful

H: Health related

Y: Youth centered

S: Success oriented & solution based

I: Inclusive & integrated

C: Cooperative & collaborative

A: All active

L: Lifetime Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Latino Family Conference:

The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference – Juntos! Para una major educación – on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children’s academic success.

What: Juntos! Para una mejor educación, the 5th Annual Latino Family Conference, a series of workshops, networking, community-building and celebration. Workshops in Spanish include:

•             The Importance of Bilingualism

•             Academic Support for Students

•             Literacy for Academic Success

•             Advocacy for Students

•             Discipline – Rights and Responsibilities

 

When: Saturday, March 14, 8 am to 3 pm

 

Where: George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.

 

Details: Breakfast, lunch and child care provided.

 

Register: Registration is the day of the event, starting at 8 am. The conference is free.

 

Sponsors: Portland Public Schools and Hacienda CDC

 

More Information: Yolanda Morales, Office of Dual Language Immersion, 503-998-5617.

 

View and share posters: English ; Spanish

 

 

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

March 5th – Unveiling ceremony 6pm

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

 

Wednesday

4:00 WR @ Roosevelt

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Cleveland

5:45 MBX (FR) vs Cleveland

 

 

Friday

5:00 MBX (JV) @ Cleveland

8:00 MBX (V) @ Cleveland

3:45 WBX (JV) @ Cleveland

6:30 WBX (V) @ Cleveland

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Students will have the opportunity to hear from people who work in clinical care (doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, etc) AND those who work in support services (engineering, clinical technology, IT, etc).  Register by February 6th

 

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Students will visit the shelter for the morning and talk to a variety of professionals in the animal-welfare industry. They’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter and get a chance to ask about the different skills, training and education required to work in this field. Slots are limited and go fast!  Register by:  January 15th

 

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

Free Slam Poetry Workshop and Public Open Mic: Literary Arts is hosting yet another slam poetry workshop and open mic at their event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. Each workshop will be followed by an open mic sessions for both youth and adults. Ask your Librarian, Mrs. EFB, or your English Teacher. When: Saturday, February 28th Where: 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR Who: Students wanting to share their own or listen to original poetry What: Led by Turiya Autry, Author of Roots, Reality, and Ryhme. www.turiyaautry.com. Youth Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Open Mic: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

CAREER DAYS:

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Microsoft Career Day February 20th

See the Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan for more information.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

Trail Blazers Scholarship

The Trail Blazers and Wesley Matthews are introducing a brand new college scholarship program sponsored by Wells Fargo. High school seniors with a 3.00 GPA in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, are eligible to apply for a $5,000 college scholarship towards a 4-year, 2-year, or trade school education.  Six high school seniors will be awarded.

Applications are now being accepted at http://trailblazers.com/scholarship and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. Winners will be honored at a Blazers game this spring. For additional information, please contact Annie Klug, Sr. Social Responsibility Program Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, 503-797-9747.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Feb 012015
 

February 2nd 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

  • Monday February 2nd 2015 Benson will be on a B Day Schedule with periods 2-4-6-8 happening during the day.

 

  • The 2014-15 Students Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook will be coming home soon with your student.  Please be sure to read the announcement from PPS regarding the new handbook.  The District’s message is attached to this email.

 

 

 

 

This coming Thursday February 5th Benson will be on a regular Thursday schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day.

 

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    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Booster Club President Lisa White:

Parents/Guardians-We are in need of VOLUNTEERS!   If you have a couple of hours to give, we would love your support!

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1.  Basketball Ticket Sales
  2.  Wrestling Ticket Sales
  3.  Grad Night Party (Put on by the PTSA)
  4.  Game Clock
  5.  Announcing at Varsity Basketball Games
  6.  And other events here at Benson

 

If you are interested please reach out to Lisa White at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

Parents/Guardians if you know of any future Techsters interested in attending Benson in 2015-16 please be sure to pass along these important dates. 

 

8th Grade Enrollment Night: This event will take place at Benson Tech on Wednesday February 4th from 6pm-7:30pm.  Parents/Guardians interested in filling out the Benson and PPS Application can get help on this process from Benson Administration on this night.  We will be meeting in the Auditorium starting at 6pm.

 

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson Tech via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  You’ll be able to go the Benson’s Web page (www.bensonhs.net) and fill out the Benson application and the District’s web page (www.pps.k12.or.us) and fill out the District’s application beginning February 4th.

 

Benson Tech Show:

Come and see all that Benson Tech has to offer at the 95th annual Benson Tech Show.  Tech Show dates will run Thursday and Friday February 12th -13th from 6pm-9pm here at Benson Tech.  These two nights will give interested parties a chance to see all the CTE classes that Benson has to offer and visit with Academic teachers as well.

 

8th Grade Shadow Dates:  This is the time that 8th Grade students from across the district will have an opportunity to visit Benson Tech for a few hours (8am-11am) on Tuesday February 3rd and Friday February 6th to explore Benson’s CTE classes.  Middle schools students should check with their Counselors/Administrators to see if their school signed up to participate in this event.

 

Benson Administration

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

 

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Job Opening:

Tobacco Compliance Check.  Students must:

•             Be 16 or 17

•             Work 10-15 hours per week

See Miranda Ryan in the Career Center for more information.

 

Carpe Diem Education offers a 12 week long semester journey to various regions of the world.  Students can earn up to 18 college credits for participating.  Want more information?  A representative will be here at Benson on 1/22 at 1:15 in the Career Center.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

 

A Message from Amy Henry (Benson’s Counselor for Students A-G)

Second Semester Night School Pre-Registration started on Monday, Jan. 12th. This is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class.  The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.  Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered.  The dates are: February 3rd, 5th, and 10th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm.   There are no daytime registration hours.

 

 

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

Congratulations to the following Freshmen leaders chosen by their classmates to represent

them as CEO’s for the Tech Show PE Fun Fair 2015.

 

Thao Mi Anthony; Chyna Matthews; Essau Klopfenstien; Kai Nontravanit; Ahmbra Fetter; Alex Lyons;

Trueli Jackson; Paul Chu; Mong Tus, Anthony Nguyen, Mercer Hardy; Marlise Kent; Julian Scherer; Chantall Lewis; Rebecca Zich; Judah Kelly

 

Fit2Live&Learn

 

 

More from Linda McLellan (Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Instructor)

Congratulations to a very successful first semester for the freshmen in Fit2Live&Learn.

 

OLD SCHOOL PE: Roll out the ball; game oriented; teacher directed; winners/losers; eliminate less skilled; competitive; waiting for turns; traditional sports; recess.

NEW SCHOOL – FIT2LIVE&LEARN

P: Planned & purposeful

H: Health related

Y: Youth centered

S: Success oriented & solution based

I: Inclusive & integrated

C: Cooperative & collaborative

A: All active

L: Lifetime Activities

 

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

March 5th – Unveiling ceremony 6pm

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

A Message from Marena Lear (Benson’s Bilingual/English Spanish Sceretary)

Invitamos a todos los padres latinos a una junta en Benson el día 3 de febrero, de 5:30pm a 7:30pm en la sala 122. Vamos a platicar sobre como leer e interpretar un resumen de notas de su estudiante, y también como entender el sistema de créditos, para poder ayudar a su estudiante escoger los cursos adecuados.

También queremos recordarles que deberían llamar al siguiente número para cualquier consulta en español y hablar con Marena Lear, la secretaria bilingüe: (503) 916.5100, extensión 77103.

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

We would like to invite all our Latino parents to a meeting at Benson on February 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 in room 122.  We will discuss how to read and interpret your student’s transcript, and we will also discuss the forecasting process.

This is also a reminder that for any inquiries in Spanish, please direct your calls to Marena Lear, the bilingual secretary, at (503) 916.5100, extension 77103.

Thank You

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

This Week In Athletics:

 

Monday

4:30 WR PIL Frosh Novice @ Marshall

 

Tuesday

4:00 MBX (FR) vs Franklin @ BHS

5:45 MBX (JV) vs Franklin @ BHS

7:30 MBX (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

4:00 WBX (JV2) @ Franklin

5:45 WBX (JV) @ Franklin

7:30 WBX (V) @ Franklin

 

Wednesday

4:00 WR @ Lincoln 2:15/2:30

 

Thursday

4:00 MBX (JV) vs Grant

5:45 MBX (FR) vs Grant

7:30 MBX (V) @ Grant

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Grant

4:00 WBX (JV) @ Grant

5:45 WBX (V) @ Grant

 

Friday

5:45 MBX (FR) vs Lincoln @ BHS

5:00 MBX (JV) @ Lincoln

8:00 MBX (V) @ Lincoln @ BHS

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Lincoln @ BHS

3:45 WBX (JV) @ Lincoln

6:30 WBX (V) @ Lincoln

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Portland Parks & Recreation Career Day February 5th

Students will get a tour of PP&R’s popular Matt Dishman Community Center and meet some of the people who keep Portland’s parks & rec system one of the nation’s most admired and widely used. They will learn about the wide diversity of careers within parks and the education and skills required for those jobs. They will hear about summer hiring and job opportunities, and discover how volunteering for as few as 4-8 hours/week can create a pathway to a summer job (or even a career).  Register by January 30th.

 

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Students will have the opportunity to hear from people who work in clinical care (doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, etc) AND those who work in support services (engineering, clinical technology, IT, etc).  Register by February 6th

 

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Students will visit the shelter for the morning and talk to a variety of professionals in the animal-welfare industry. They’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter and get a chance to ask about the different skills, training and education required to work in this field. Slots are limited and go fast!  Register by:  January 15th

 

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors!!! Apply for the Student Leader internship. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

Free Slam Poetry Workshop and Public Open Mic: Literary Arts is hosting yet another slam poetry workshop and open mic at their event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. Each workshop will be followed by an open mic sessions for both youth and adults. Ask your Librarian, Mrs. EFB, or your English Teacher. When: Saturday, February 28th Where: 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR Who: Students wanting to share their own or listen to original poetry What: Led by Turiya Autry, Author of Roots, Reality, and Ryhme. www.turiyaautry.com. Youth Workshop: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Open Mic: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

CAREER DAYS:

Portland Parks & Rec February 5th

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Microsoft Career Day February 20th

See the Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan for more information.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

Important Dates to Know

2/5 Portland Parks & Rec Career Day

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Jan 252015
 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

 

January 26th 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please note that the end of the first semester is quickly approaching and will end on Thursday January 29th.  It’s important that students are focused this week on dong well on their upcoming finals as finals exams can officially being on Monday Jan. 26th and will end on Thursday January 29th.  The District will not have an official finals high school schedule this year so teachers are able to give their final anytime during regular scheduled classes between Monday and Thursday of this week.  If a student needs to make up a final because of an excused absenteeism then the student will need to communicate and set this timeframe up with their teacher.  The first semester grades will become a permanent fixture on a student’s official transcript so it’s imperative that students are focused on ending the first semester with as much positive momentum as possible.  Parents/Guardians please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers and counselors either via email or by phone if you have questions or concerns regarding your students grades or performances as we get set to close out the first half of the school year and also note that you can always check on Synergy to see how your child is progressing here at Benson Tech as we approach the end of the first semester.

Please note that there will be No School for Students on Friday January 30th as this is a Teacher Planning Day.

 

Important Information for Parents/Guardians of 9th grade students from PPS

Parents/Guardians of 9th grade students, with the end of first semester rapidly approaching, current 9th grade students who wish to have any pre-ninth grade credits/grades removed from their high school transcript, must do so PRIOR to the end of first semester which is Thursday January 29th.  Please be aware of this policy and timeline.  There can be no removal of any pre-ninth grades or credits after the start of 2nd semester of a student’s freshman year.

 

Thank You

 

Debbi Gazarine

High School Systems Analyst

Portland School District

501 N. Dixon

Portland, Oregon  97227

503-916-3992

 

 

This coming Thursday January 29th Benson will be on a regular Thursday schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day.

 

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    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

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.

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Booster Club President Lisa White:

Parents/Guardians-We are in need of VOLUNTEERS!   If you have a couple of hours to give, we would love your support!

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1.  Basketball Ticket Sales
  2.  Wrestling Ticket Sales
  3.  Grad Night Party (Put on by the PTSA)
  4.  Game Clock
  5.  Announcing at Varsity Basketball Games
  6.  And other events here at Benson

 

If you are interested please reach out to Lisa White at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

Parents/Guardians if you know of any future Techsters interested in attending Benson in 2015-16 please be sure to pass along these important dates. 

8th Grade Enrollment Night: This event will take place at Benson Tech on Wednesday February 4th from 6pm-7:30pm.  Parents/Guardians interested in filling out the Benson and PPS Application can get help on this process from Benson Administration on this night.  We will be meeting in the Auditorium starting at 6pm.

 

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson Tech via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  You’ll be able to go the Benson’s Web page (www.bensonhs.net) and fill out the Benson application and the District’s web page (www.pps.k12.or.us) and fill out the District’s application beginning February 4th.

 

Benson Tech Show:

Come and see all that Benson Tech has to offer at the 95th annual Benson Tech Show.  Tech Show dates will run Thursday and Friday February 12th -13th from 6pm-9pm here at Benson Tech.  These two nights will give interested parties a chance to see all the CTE classes that Benson has to offer and visit with Academic teachers as well.

 

8th Grade Shadow Dates:  This is the time that 8th Grade students from across the district will have an opportunity to visit Benson Tech for a few hours (8am-11am) on Tuesday February 3rd and Friday February 6th to explore Benson’s CTE classes.  Middle schools students should check with their Counselors/Administrators to see if their school signed up to participate in this event.

Benson Administration

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•  Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

• Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

• Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

• Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

 

Survey responses are anonymous.  Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.  That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

• The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

• The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali.

To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing.  Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

• Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

• Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors!!!

Apply for the Student Leader internship. Deadline: January 31, 2015.  Visit www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders

 

Job Opening:

Tobacco Compliance Check.  Students must:

•             Be 16 or 17

•             Work 10-15 hours per week

See Miranda Ryan in the Career Center for more information.

 

Carpe Diem Education offers a 12 week long semester journey to various regions of the world.  Students can earn up to 18 college credits for participating.  Want more information?  A representative will be here at Benson on 1/22 at 1:15 in the Career Center.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

 

A Message from Amy Henry (Benson’s Counselor for Students A-G)

Second Semester Night School Pre-Registration started on Monday, Jan. 12th. This is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class.  The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.  Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered.  The dates are: February 3rd, 5th, and 10th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm.   There are no daytime registration hours.

 

 

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

Congratulations to the following Freshmen leaders chosen by their classmates to represent

them as CEO’s for the Tech Show PE Fun Fair 2015.

Thao Mi Anthony; Chyna Matthews; Essau Klopfenstien; Kai Nontravanit; Ahmbra Fetter; Alex Lyons;

Trueli Jackson; Paul Chu; Mong Tus, Anthony Nguyen, Mercer Hardy; Marlise Kent; Julian Scherer; Chantall Lewis; Rebecca Zich; Judah Kelly

Fit2Live&Learn

 

 

More from Linda McLellan (Benson’s Fit2Live&Learn Instructor)

Congratulations to a very successful first semester for the freshmen in Fit2Live&Learn.

 

OLD SCHOOL PE: Roll out the ball; game oriented; teacher directed; winners/losers; eliminate less skilled; competitive; waiting for turns; traditional sports; recess.

NEW SCHOOL – FIT2LIVE&LEARN

P: Planned & purposeful

H: Health related

Y: Youth centered

S: Success oriented & solution based

I: Inclusive & integrated

C: Cooperative & collaborative

A: All active

L: Lifetime Activities

 

 

 

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.

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students.  The workshops started last Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria.  Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all!  Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

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 Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

Check out the Benson Tech Lámp:are Facebook page and “like” it to get more information about upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/latinos.adelante

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

LÁMP:ARA is hosting a series of weekly Art and Identity Workshops every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm between now and March 5th. All are welcome!

 

Funded by RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), The Art and Identity Workshops are a collaboration between Benson High School’s LÁMP:ARA and local Latino artists. LÁMP:ARA will work closely with Rodolfo Serna, the primary artist, to implement the workshops. Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna. The public component of workshops will include a student showcase at the Benson Tech Show on March 5th, a Portland State University (PSU) Multicultural Center campus visit on March 12th, a final student exhibition at Benson on April 16th, and an online display of student art on the Benson LÁMP:ARA website following the final exhibit.

 

Workshop Schedule:

January 20th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Printmaking 5 pm

January 27th -  Mural Painting 4 pm y Graphic Design 5 pm

February 3rd – Mural Painting 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 10th – Mural Painting 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

February 17th – Graphic Design 4 pm y Graffiti 5 pm

February 24th – Printmaking 4 pm y Aztec Dance 5 pm

March 5th – Unveiling ceremony 6pm

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

A Message from Marena Lear (Benson’s Bilingual/English Spanish Sceretary)

Invitamos a todos los padres latinos a una junta en Benson el día 3 de febrero, de 5:30pm a 7:30pm en la sala 122. Vamos a platicar sobre como leer e interpretar un resumen de notas de su estudiante, y también como entender el sistema de créditos, para poder ayudar a su estudiante escoger los cursos adecuados.

También queremos recordarles que deberían llamar al siguiente número para cualquier consulta en español y hablar con Marena Lear, la secretaria bilingüe: (503) 916.5100, extensión 77103.

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

We would like to invite all our Latino parents to a meeting at Benson on February 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 in room 122.  We will discuss how to read and interpret your student’s transcript, and we will also discuss the forecasting process.

This is also a reminder that for any inquiries in Spanish, please direct your calls to Marena Lear, the bilingual secretary, at (503) 916.5100, extension 77103.

Thank You

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

A Message from Linda McLellan: Benson’s Freshman Academy Team Teacher

Parents

The final week of the semester is here.  This semester grade will be a PERMANENT grade on their high school transcript.  Please refer to Synergy for your student’s progress and grade updates.  Together we can make a difference.

Freshmen Academy Team

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Friday

5:00 MBX (JV) vs Lincoln @ BHS

5:30 MBX (FR) @ Lincoln

4:00 WBX (JV2) @ Lincoln

3:45 WBX (JV) vs Lincoln @ BHS

6:30 WBX (V) vs Lincoln @ BHS

8:00 MBX (V) vs Lincoln @ BHS

 

Saturday

TBA WR @ Gresham Tourney

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Portland Parks & Recreation Career Day February 5th

Students will get a tour of PP&R’s popular Matt Dishman Community Center and meet some of the people who keep Portland’s parks & rec system one of the nation’s most admired and widely used. They will learn about the wide diversity of careers within parks and the education and skills required for those jobs. They will hear about summer hiring and job opportunities, and discover how volunteering for as few as 4-8 hours/week can create a pathway to a summer job (or even a career).  Register by January 30th.

 

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Students will have the opportunity to hear from people who work in clinical care (doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, etc) AND those who work in support services (engineering, clinical technology, IT, etc).  Register by February 6th

 

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Students will visit the shelter for the morning and talk to a variety of professionals in the animal-welfare industry. They’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter and get a chance to ask about the different skills, training and education required to work in this field. Slots are limited and go fast!  Register by:  January 15th

 

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition.  See your Career Coordinator for more information.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors!!! Apply for the Student Leader internship. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

CAREER DAYS:

Portland Parks & Rec February 5th

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Microsoft Career Day February 20th

See the Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan for more information.

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

 

Important Dates to Know

1/30 US Army Corps of Engineering Career Day

2/5 Portland Parks & Rec Career Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Jan 192015
 

 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter

 

January 20th 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please note that the end of the first semester is quickly approaching and will end on Thursday January 29th.  It’s important that students are focused on finishing out the last week and a half of this first semester in a positive fashion.  The first semester grades will become a permanent fixture on a student’s official transcript so it’s imperative that students are focused on ending the first semester with as much positive momentum as possible.  Parents/Guardians please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers either via email or by phone if you have questions or concerns regarding your students grades or performances as we get set to close out the first half of the school year and also note that you can always check on Synergy to see how your child is progressing here at Benson Tech as we approach the end of the first semester.

 

 

No Late Opening for Benson Students This Coming Wednesday January 21st

Parents/Guardians please note that Benson will be on a regular Wednesday B Schedule for this coming Wednesday

 

Period 2   8:15-9:48

 

Period 4   9:53-11:26

 

Lunch      11:26-11:59

 

Period 6   12:04-1:37

 

Period 8  1:42-3:15

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

A Message from Benson’s Booster Club President Lisa White:

Parents/Guardians-We are in need of VOLUNTEERS!   If you have a couple of hours to give, we would love your support!

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1.  Basketball Ticket Sales
  2.  Wrestling Ticket Sales
  3.  Grad Night Party (Put on by the PTSA)
  4.  Game Clock
  5.  Announcing at Varsity Basketball Games
  6.  And other events here at Benson

 

If you are interested please reach out to Lisa White at bensonboosterclub@hotmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

Parents/Guardians if you know of any future Techsters interested in attending Benson in 2015-16 please be sure to pass along these important dates. 

8th Grade Enrollment Night: This event will take place at Benson Tech on Wednesday February 4th from 6pm-7:30pm.  Parents/Guardians interested in filling out the Benson and PPS Application can get help on this process from Benson Staff and Administration on this night.  We will be meeting in the Auditorium starting at 6pm.

 

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson Tech via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  You’ll be able to go the Benson’s Web page (www.bensonhs.net) and fill out the Benson application and the District’s web page (www.pps.k12.or.us) and fill out the District’s application beginning February 4th.

 

Benson Tech Show

Come and see all that Benson Tech has to offer at the annual Benson Tech Show.  Tech Show dates will run Thursday and Friday February 12th -13th from 6pm-9pm here at Benson Tech.  These two nights will give interested parties a chance to see all the CTE classes that Benson has to offer and visit with Academic teachers as well.

 

8th Grade Shadow Dates:  This is the time that 8th Grade students from across the district will have an opportunity to visit Benson Tech for a few hours (8am-11am) on Tuesday February 3rd and Friday February 6th to explore Benson’s CTE classes.  Middle schools should check with their Counselors/Administrators to see if they’ve signed up to participate in this event.

 

Benson Administration

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for PPS)

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

We at PPS are launching the PPS Successful Schools Survey.  We invite all families to share their experiences in our schools through this survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.

Attached is a newsletter item about the PPS Successful Schools Survey. This Word document contains all supported languages.

 

There is also have a webpage for the survey which will contain the newsletter.  The web address http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm

 

 

What and Why

 

The Successful Schools Survey will focuses on four areas, according to the National School Climate Center;

•             Safety, Rules & Norms, which includes physical safety and social and emotional security.

•             Teaching & Learning, which includes support for social and civil learning.

•             Interpersonal Relationships, which includes respect for diversity, social support for students, social support for adults.

•             Institutional Environment, which includes physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.

Survey responses are anonymous. Survey results will be shared with the PPS community and staff  in the spring.

PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families. That’s why we need everyone’s participation.

 

Who

 

The survey will be available to all PPS parents/guardians online and in paper.

The survey also will be administered to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff at school.

How

•             The parents/guardians survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table and the PSU Policy Consensus Center.  It will be available Jan. 20- Feb. 28.

•             The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

•             The survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali will be available for downloading and printing. Paper copies also will be available in your school office.

 

More information

•             Email PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs at pubinfo@pps.net.

•             Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, at 503-916-3070.

PPS is excited to launch this survey.  We encourage all families to help strengthen our schools by sharing their experiences.

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Announcements

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors!!!

Apply for the Student Leader internship. Deadline: January 31, 2015.  Visit www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders

 

Job Opening:

Tobacco Compliance Check.  Students must:

•             Be 16 or 17

•             Work 10-15 hours per week

See Miranda Ryan in the Career Center for more information.

 

Carpe Diem Education offers a 12 week long semester journey to various regions of the world.  Students can earn up to 18 college credits for participating.  Want more information?  A representative will be here at Benson on 1/22 at 1:15 in the Career Center.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

Benson’s PTSA

Benson’s PTSA will be meeting on Tuesday January 20th in the Library Conference Room starting at 7pm.  Please come and support the Benson PTSA.

 

Benson’s Site Council

Benson’s Site Council will be meeting on Wednesday January 21st in the Library Conference Room starting at 4pm.  Please come and help support the Benson Site Council Team.

 

 

A Message from Amy Henry (Benson’s Counselor Students A-G)

Second Semester Night School Pre-Registration started on Monday, Jan. 12th. This is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class. The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.   Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered. The dates are: February 3rd, 5th, and 10th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm.   There are no daytime registration hours.

 

 

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

Congratulations to the following Freshmen leaders chosen by their classmates to represent

them as CEO’s for the Tech Show PE Fun Fair 2015.

Thao Mi Anthony; Chyna Matthews; Essau Klopfenstien; Kai Nontravanit; Ahmbra Fetter; Alex Lyons;

Trueli Jackson; Paul Chu; Mong Tus, Anthony Nguyen, Mercer Hardy; Marlise Kent; Julian Scherer; Chantall Lewis; Rebecca Zich; Judah Kelly

Fit2Live&Learn

 

A Message from Marena Lear (Benson’s Bilingual/English Spanish Sceretary)

Invitamos a todos los padres latinos a una junta en Benson el día 3 de febrero, de 5:30pm a 7:30pm en la sala 122. Vamos a platicar sobre como leer e interpretar un resumen de notas de su estudiante, y también como entender el sistema de créditos, para poder ayudar a su estudiante escoger los cursos adecuados.

También queremos recordarles que deberían llamar al siguiente número para cualquier consulta en español y hablar con Marena Lear, la secretaria bilingüe: (503) 916.5100, extensión 77103.

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

We would like to invite all our Latino parents to a meeting at Benson on February 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 in room 122.  We will discuss how to read and interpret your student’s transcript, and we will also discuss the forecasting process.

This is also a reminder that for any inquiries in Spanish, please direct your calls to Marena Lear, the bilingual secretary, at (503) 916.5100, extension 77103.

Thank You

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

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

Parents

The Final Week and a Half of the semester is here.  This semester grade will be a PERMANENT grade on their high school transcript.  Please refer to Synergy for your student’s progress and grade updates.  Together we can make a difference.

Freshmen Academy Team

 

 

This coming Thursday January 22nd Benson will be on a regular Thursday schedule with tutorial happening at the end of the day.

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     1:06-2:28

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Tuesday

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Jefferson @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) vs Jefferson @ BHS

7:30 WBX (V) vs Jefferson @ BHS

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Jefferson

5:45 MBX (JV) @ Jefferson

7:30 MBX (V) @ Jefferson

 

Wednesday

4:00 WR vs Roosevelt & Franklin @ BHS

 

Friday

3:30 MBX (JV) vs Wilson @ BHS

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Wilson

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Wilson @ Jackson MS

5:00 WBX (JV) vs Wilson @ BHS

6:30 WBX (V) vs Wilson @ BHS

8:00 MBX (V) vs Wilson @ BHS

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Upcoming Career Days:

Portland Parks & Recreation Career Day February 5th

Students will get a tour of PP&R’s popular Matt Dishman Community Center and meet some of the people who keep Portland’s parks & rec system one of the nation’s most admired and widely used. They will learn about the wide diversity of careers within parks and the education and skills required for those jobs. They will hear about summer hiring and job opportunities, and discover how volunteering for as few as 4-8 hours/week can create a pathway to a summer job (or even a career).  Register by January 30th.

 

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

Students will have the opportunity to hear from people who work in clinical care (doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, etc) AND those who work in support services (engineering, clinical technology, IT, etc).  Register by February 6th

 

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

Students will visit the shelter for the morning and talk to a variety of professionals in the animal-welfare industry. They’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter and get a chance to ask about the different skills, training and education required to work in this field. Slots are limited and go fast!  Register by:  January 15th

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors!!! Apply for the Student Leader internship. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Benson Library Battle of the Books Club Meetings – Every Thursday at Lunch in the Library Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and get ready to battle!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program) will be hosting a series of Art and Identity Workshops with students. The workshops start next Tuesday and will run through April in the cafeteria. Arte e identidad Art and Identity Workshops In the Benson Cafeteria Starting Tuesday, January 20th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Free and open to all! Included will be 2 dance workshops led by the Aztec Dancers (Mexica Tiahui), 2 printmaking workshops with Diana Angeles, 2 graffiti workshops facilitated by Griseldo Nuñez, 2 graphic design workshops by Edgar Ortega, and 5 mural painting sessions with Rodolfo Serna.  Have your students SIGN UP NOW in LÁMP:ARA (ROOM 122) with Teaghan to reserve a spot!

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

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.

 

Internships

ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters): A three year internship for teenagers 15-17.  See the Career Center for more information.

Applications are due by January 20th 2015

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

 

Important Dates to Know

1/20 Zap Team Applications Due

1/30 US Army Corps of Engineering Career Day

2/5 Portland Parks & Rec Career Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Jan 042015
 

Parents/Guardians

 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

 

January 5th 2015

 

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

I would like to welcome our students back to school starting today Monday January 5th.  I hope that our Benson students are excited about returning to school and have enjoyed their holiday break.  Please note that the end of the first semester is quickly approaching and will end on Thursday January 29th.  It’s important that students return to school focused on finishing out the last few weeks of this first semester in a positive fashion.  The first semester grades will become a permanent fixture on a student’s official transcript so it’s imperative that student’s return to Benson focused on ending the first semester with as much positive momentum as possible.  Parents/Guardians please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers either via email or by phone if you have questions or concerns regarding your students grades or performances as we get set to close out the first half of the school year and also note that you can always check on Synergy to see how your child is progressing here at Benson as we approach the end of the first semester.

 

 

District Principal Screening Interview Committee for Portland Public Schools

Parents/Guardians/Staff:

Portland Public schools is seeking interested and available volunteers to serve on the district-wide Principal screening interview committee.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the interview processes for Principals and influence the interview screening practices as well.  The purpose of the committee is to provide an opportunity for community representatives to participate in the 2015-16 Principal hiring process.  If parents/guardians/staff are interested in being a part of this committee please read the attached information concerning the Principal interview committee as the deadline to apply with the district is January 12th 2015.

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

Parents/Guardians if you know of any future Techsters interested in attending Benson in 2015-16 please be sure to pass along these important dates. 

8th Grade Enrollment Night: This event will take place at Benson Tech on Wednesday February 4th from 6pm-7:30pm.  Parents/Guardians interested in filling out the Benson and PPS Application can get help from Benson Staff and Administration on this night.  We will be meeting in the Auditorium starting at 6pm.

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  More information to follow as the application process draws near.

Benson Tech Show

Come and see all that Benson has to offer at the annual Benson Tech Show.  Tech Show dates will run Thursday and Friday February 12th -13th from 6pm-9pm here at Benson Tech.

Benson Administration

 

A Message from Marena Lear (Benson’s Bilingual/English Spanish Sceretary)

Invitamos a todos los padres latinos a una junta en Benson el día 3 de febrero, de 5:30pm a 7:30pm en la sala 122. Vamos a platicar sobre como leer e interpretar un resumen de notas de su estudiante, y también como entender el sistema de créditos, para poder ayudar a su estudiante escoger los cursos adecuados.

También queremos recordarles que deberían llamar al siguiente número para cualquier consulta en español y hablar con Marena Lear, la secretaria bilingüe: (503) 916.5100, extensión 77103.

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

We would like to invite all our Latino parents to a meeting at Benson on February 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 in room 122.  We will discuss how to read and interpret your student’s transcript, and we will also discuss the forecasting process.

This is also a reminder that for any inquiries in Spanish, please direct your calls to Marena Lear, the bilingual secretary, at (503) 916.5100, extension 77103.

Thank You

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

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

Parents

The Final four weeks of the semester is here.  This semester grade will be a PERMANENT grade on their high school transcript.  Please refer to Synergy for your student’s progress and grade updates.  Together we can make a difference.

Freshmen Academy Team

 

 

This coming Thursday January 8th Benson will be on a regular Thursday Schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day.

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

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Tuesday

4:00 WBX (FR) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

7:30 WBX (V) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Roosevelt

5:45 MBX (JV) @ Roosevelt

7:30 MBX (V) @ Roosevelt

 

Wednesday

4:00 WR @ Madison

 

Thursday

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Grant

4:00 WBX (FR/JV) vs Grant @ BHS

5:45 MBX (JV) @ Grant

5:45 WBX (V) vs Grant @ BHS

7:30 MBX (V) vs Grant @ BHS

 

Friday

4:00 WR @ Cleveland

 

Saturday

12:30 MBX (V) vs Clackamas @ Marshall

 

TBA WR @ Cleveland

 

 

More news from our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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 will be available in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

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

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.

 

Internships

ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters): A three year internship for teenagers 15-17.  See the Career Center for more information.

Applications are due by January 20th 2015

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the two Counselors (Mr. Wren or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Dec 142014
 

Parents you can also see and read about some of the good things happening here at Benson via my Benson Twitter Page.  You can follow me via the @BensonTechPride link via Twitter.

 

 

December 15th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please be sure to provide positive support as your kids finish out this last week of school before Christmas Vacation begins.  For some of our students Christmas Vacation comes with uncertainty, so please be mindful and talk to your kids if you notice any significant changes in their moods or behavior.

 

 

Progress Reports for the 2nd quarter will be mailed out after Tuesday December 16th

Benson Admin

 

 

A Message from Marena Lear (Benson’s Bilingual/English Spanish Sceretary)

Invitamos a todos los padres latinos a una junta en Benson el día 3 de febrero, de 5:30pm a 7:30pm en la sala 122. Vamos a platicar sobre como leer e interpretar un resumen de notas de su estudiante, y también como entender el sistema de créditos, para poder ayudar a su estudiante escoger los cursos adecuados.

También queremos recordarles que deberían llamar al siguiente número para cualquier consulta en español y hablar con Marena Lear, la secretaria bilingüe: (503) 916.5100, extensión 77103.

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

We would like to invite all our Latino parents to a meeting at Benson on February 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 in room 122.  We will discuss how to read and interpret your student’s transcript, and we will also discuss the forecasting process.

This is also a reminder that for any inquiries in Spanish, please direct your calls to Marena Lear, the bilingual secretary, at (503) 916.5100, extension 77103.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

 

 

A Message from the Fit2Live&Learn Teachers here at Benson

Parents, this is a reminder that the freshman Health Fair will be happening this coming Wednesday on December 17th during 2nd (10:15am-11:18am), 4th (11:23am-12:26pm), and 6th (1:04pm-2:07pm) periods in the main gym.  Come join us, view and participate in the student work, and have some fun.

Fit2Live&Learn

 

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

Parents

The Final four weeks of the semester is approaching.  This semester grade will be a PERMANENT grade on their high school transcript.  Please refer to Synergy for their progress and grade updates.  Together we can make a difference.

Freshmen Academy Team

 

This coming Wednesday December 17th will be Benson’s Late Opening.  Please note that school will be starting at 10:15am for Benson students.

Period 2  10:15am-11:18am

Period 4  11:23am-12:26pm

Lunch      12:26pm-12:59pm

Period 6  1:04pm-2:07pm

Period 8  2:12pm-3:15pm

 

 

This coming Thursday December 18th Benson will be on a regular Thursday Schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day.

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

 

 

PTSA Meeting

Parents please note the Benson’s PTSA will be meeting here at Benson on Tuesday Dec. 16th from 7pm-8pm in the Library Conference Room.

 

Site Council Meeting

Parents please note that Benson’s Site Council Team will be meeting here at Benson on Wednesday Dec. 17th from 4pm-5:30pm in the Library Conference Room.

 

 

A Message from Teaghan Phillips: LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

LÁMP:ARA Documentary Showing

DEC              Precious Knowledge Documentary Showing

18                 3:15pm – 5:30pm

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) is showing the TV-PG documentary Precious Knowledge on December 18th at Benson in the Old Band Room. The documentary will start after school at 3:15pm and end by 4:30pm.  Following the showing LÁMP:ARA will facilitate a student led discussion about the film until 5:30pm.

Precious Knowledge portrays one of the final years of the highly successful but controversial Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School, exploring the joint student/teacher fight to preserve their Mexican American Studies (MAS) program.

If you would prefer your child not to watch this movie, please have your student pick up a permission form from Benson’s LÁMP:ARA room 122, sign it, and return it to LÁMP:ARA by December 11th.  If you do not sign and return this form your child will be allowed to watch the movie with the rest of their classmates.

Please see the attached links to the film website and a PBS review of the documentary for more information about Precious Knowledge.

 

http://www.preciousknowledgefilm.com

 

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/precious-knowledge/film.html

 

Feel free to contact teaghanp@pps.net if you have any questions or concerns regarding Precious Knowledge or LÁMP:ARA.

 

Teaghan Phillips 

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

Kudos to Tim Hryciw and Kayla Stolte: Benson’s TechAlgebra Teachers

Tim and Kayla of the Benson TechAlgebra class will be printing and delivering 150 Holiday stocking to the KGW great toy drive on Tuesday Dec. 16th .  Each with a toothbrush, toothpaste and a small toy.  A great deed orchestrated by our Benson students and TechAlgebra teachers.  Thank you for your efforts Tim, Kayla and the Benson TechAlgebra class.

Benson Administration

 

 

A Message from Christin Chambless (Benson’s PTSA President)

Hello Benson families

We have a great opportunity for you to get fresh milk, dairy products, bread and coffee delivered right to your door.  The Milkman is Back was recently featured on the 11 o’clock news.  It was really neat to see how this program works.  Many other schools in the PPS district are also participating in this same program.

We are working with Local Farmers Delivery to raise money for Benson High School.  They are offering free home delivery of milk, bread, eggs, juice, coffee, and more.  There is no contract, no delivery charge, and the products are fresher than what you can buy in the grocery store.  It’s all about local products, local schools, and creating jobs in the local community.  If you decide to try the free service, Local Farmers Delivery will donate $25 in your name to help pay for teacher’s supplies, and other programs at BHS.  Just click the link below and fill out the simple form with your contact info.  Someone from Local Farmers Delivery will be in touch to answer any questions you might have, and help set up your first delivery.

If you order 3 items, shipping is free.  It might be cool to check it out and see if this is an option for your family and help to raise some funds for Benson High School PTSA.

 

Here is the link to the electronic referral form: https://localfarmersdelivery.wufoo.com/forms/local-farmers-delivery/

Thank you

Christin Chambless

BHS PTSA President

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Tuesday Dec. 16th

4:15 WBX (FR) vs Reynolds @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) vs Reynolds @ BHS

7:30 WBX (V) vs Reynolds @ BHS

5:30 MBX (FR) @ David Douglas

5:30 MBX (JV) @ David Douglas

7:00 MBX (V) @ David Douglas

Wednesday Dec. 17th

6:00 WR Frosh Novice @ Lincoln

Friday Dec. 19th

2:00 WR @ Milwaukie 1:15/1:30

 

 

 

Parents please remind you students about this important information.  Students can check in with the Counseling Center for more details. 

12/18 Get help filling out your FAFSA Application 1:00-3:30pm

12/18 Get help with your OSAC essays 1:00-3:30pm

12/30 Job Fair Montavilla Community Center 5-8pm

 

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

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

12/15 Southern Oregon University 11:30

12/17 Oregon Tech 9:00 am

12/18 PCC at 2:40

2/18 U of O Express Day 8:15-10:15

 

 

More news from our Counselors

Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, see your Counselor as soon as possible. Teachers and Counselors need to hear from you at least two weeks before your application deadline so we can complete a thorough recommendation.

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

A Word From Your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns: Oregon Battle of the Books

As your Benson HS Librarian I am excited to be able to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Association of School Libraries towards funding of the Benson Library Battle of the Books Club.  This will be the first year that Benson Tech has participated in this reading program and the opportunity to compete with other high schools throughout the state.  Students who have a passion for reading meet others and share their love of literature.  We form teams of 4-5 players, read from a list of 12 books and then participate in a fun competition with other teams of students.  Our club meets on Thursdays during Lunch or Tutorial.  Students are invited to join the club with a registration form from the Library.

For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

Creston, K-8 (Mon, Tu, Wed pm)

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

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

 

 

 

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 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.

 

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 will be available in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

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

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.

 

Internships

ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters): A three year internship for teenagers 15-17.  See the Career Center for more information.

Applications are due by January 20th 2015

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the two Counselors (Mr. Wren or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.

 

 

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Application Is Attached To This Newsletter

Established by Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback, the four-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

 

Attached is the 2015/16 school year application, also available for download on our website.  Please note the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

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