Nov 162014
 

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.

 

 

November 17th 2014

8th Grade Information Night

Parents of current Benson students please help in spreading the word that Benson’s 8th Grade Information Night will be happening here at Benson Tech on Tuesday November 18th from 6pm-7:30pm.  This is an opportunity for current 8th graders to come in and get a “snap shot” of what Benson has to offer and to also answer questions that parents/guardians may have concerning Benson’s programs.  Please spread the word to your friends and family members if they are interested in checking out Benson for the 2015-16 school year.

Benson Administration

 

 

A Message From Our Curriculum Vice Principal Jeandre Carbone: New English Teacher/Classes

We are pleased to announce that Benson, along with other Portland high schools, recently received new funding for the purpose of hiring additional teachers.  Benson has been able to hire a new English teacher, Celeste Karzon, which will allow us to reduce class sizes so that students are able to receive more individualized attention and increased service.  The new classes started on the first day of the second quarter, Wednesday, November 12th.

Unfortunately, offering additional course sections requires changes to some students’ schedules.  We have worked hard to minimize those schedule changes by keeping students with the same teachers as much as possible.  Nevertheless, some students will experience the discomfort that comes along with change.  We feel confident that in the long run, the benefit of smaller classes and more individualized service in the area of reading and writing will be well worth the initial discomfort.

Jeandre Carbone

Vice Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

 

Benson Will Be On A Regular Thursday Tutorial Schedule This Coming Thursday Nov. 20th  

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

The PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association) will be meeting on Tuesday Nov. 18th starting at 7pm in the Library Conference Room.  Parents/Guardians please come and support Benson Tech.

 

 

 

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

Parents/Guardians please see the attached item which will list the STUDENTS OF THE QUARTER in the Fit2Live&Learn class.  These students have the highest class percentage for the 1st quarter.  Congratulations to these fine students.

Linda McLellan

 

 

An Important Message from our Counselor Amy Henry Regarding Seniors

Important Senior Information: Financial Aid Night

 

Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm, Benson Band Room (translator available for Spanish)

 

Scholarship Workshops: Lots of help for applying for scholarships!

Literary Arts Scholarship Workshop: Saturday, November 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Literary Arts Office

925 SW Washington St. (Downtown)

 

PCC Future Connect Scholarship Workshop: Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 pm, Benson Counseling Center

(great opportunity for any student planning on attending PCC)

 

Winter Break Scholarship Workshop: Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 10:00 am, Benson Counseling Center

(this is open to any student who needs help with writing scholarships; great opportunity for students applying to the Gates Scholarship which is due right after winter break)

 

Recommendation Letters:

If you are applying to a Private College and need letters of recommendation, you need to see your counselor before Thanksgiving break.

Amy Henry

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

 

A Message From Our Counselor Steve Wren (The BLACKReach flyer is attached to this newsletter)

BLACKReach Opportunities

The University of Oregon in collaboration with Portland Public Schools, Self Enhancement Inc. and the Black United Fund of Oregon invite ALL African American students and their families to the Opportunities BLACKREACH program on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Self Enhancement Inc.  This is a great opportunity for students to get answers to their questions about the admissions process, learn about financial aid and scholarships opportunities to pay for college, important deadlines and all college related questions.  Parents also have the unique opportunity to learn how to support their students to pursue higher education.  Younger students will have an opportunity to learn what it takes to prepare for college and interact with college students from similar backgrounds.  Dinner and childcare is provided so the entire family can attend.  Please contact us if you have any questions, 541-346-1067, opportunities@uoregon.edu

 

 

 

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 Our Counselors

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

New Scoreboards for the Winter Season

A personal “Thank You” goes out PPS Athletic Director Marshall Haskins for working with the Benson Administration in getting us two new scoreboards for the new gym.  The old scoreboards were on their last leg and Mr. Haskins was able to get the new scoreboards into the building and installed before the beginning of the winter sports season.

Benson Administration

 

 

This Week In Athletics

No Athletics This Week

 

Winter Sports

Tryouts begin on Monday November 17th for Winter Sports (Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Wrestling & Swimming).  Please be sure your child has turned in their clearance papers before they turnout for tryouts.  Students may pick up the paperwork in the Athletic Office or the Main Office.

Mr. Bedi

Benson’s Athletic Director

 

 

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

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

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

 

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

 

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

Parents: An Important Message From Jostens

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Parents: Programs For Your Seniors

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

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

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan 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

 

Nov 092014
 

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.

 

 

November 10th 2014

 

There will be No School for students on Monday November 10th as this will be “Teacher Planning Day” for inputting grades by our teachers since the end of the 1st grading period falls on Friday Nov. 7th

Please also note that there will be No School on Tuesday November 11th for teachers and students as this is Veterans Day. 

 

8th Grade Information Night

Parents of current Benson students please help in spreading the word that Benson’s 8th Grade Information Night will be happening here at Benson Tech on Tuesday November 18th from 6pm-7:30pm.  This is an opportunity for current 8th graders to come in and get a “snap shot” of what Benson has to offer and to also answer questions from parents/guardians concerning Benson’s programs.  Please spread the word to your friends and family members if they are interested in checking out Benson for the 2015-16 school year.

 

 

A Message From Our Curriculum Vice Principal Jeandre Carbone: New English Teacher/Classes

We are pleased to announce that Benson, along with other Portland high schools, recently received new funding for the purpose of hiring additional teachers.  Benson has been able to hire a new English teacher, Celeste Karzon, which will allow us to reduce class sizes so that students are able to receive more individualized attention and increased service.  The new classes will start on the first day of the second quarter, Wednesday, November 12th.

Unfortunately, offering additional course sections requires changes to some students’ schedules.  We have worked hard to minimize those schedule changes by keeping students with the same teachers as much as possible.  Nevertheless, some students will experience the discomfort that comes along with change.  We feel confident that in the long run, the benefit of smaller classes and more individualized service in the area of reading and writing will be well worth the initial discomfort.

Jeandre Carbone

Vice Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

 

 

Benson Will Be On A Regular Thursday Tutorial Schedule This Coming Thursday Nov. 13th

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

 

 

 

A Message From Our Counselor Steve Wren (The BLACKReach flyer is attached to this newsletter)

BLACKReach Opportunities

The University of Oregon in collaboration with Portland Public Schools, Self Enhancement Inc. and the Black United Fund of Oregon invite ALL African American students and their families to the Opportunities BLACKREACH program on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Self Enhancement Inc.  This is a great opportunity for students to get answers to their questions about the admissions process, learn about financial aid and scholarships opportunities to pay for college, important deadlines and all college related questions.  Parents also have the unique opportunity to learn how to support their students to pursue higher education.  Younger students will have an opportunity to learn what it takes to prepare for college and interact with college students from similar backgrounds.  Dinner and childcare is provided so the entire family can attend.  Please contact us if you have any questions, 541-346-1067, opportunities@uoregon.edu

 

An Important Message from Nurse Laurel: Free Immunization Clinics For Flu Shots

In an effort to get more people immunized, Legacy Health will host free flu shot clinics on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The clinics will serve those six months and older and be available at all five Legacy locations in the Portland metro area:

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

2801 N. Gantenbein, Portland

7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center

1015 N.W. 22nd Ave., Portland

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center

19300 S.W. 65th Ave., Tualatin

7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center

24800 S.E. Stark St., Gresham

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

2211 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The clinics will also offer free tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis shots to patients at least 12 years old.  Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, can cause serious, even life-threatening illness, especially in children.  It’s also very contagious.  More than 80 percent of children younger than 3 who die from whooping cough catch it from an adult family member.

Free flu shots and TDAP.

Nurse Laurel

 

 

LÁMP:ARA Documentary:Precious Knowledge Documentary ShowingNov. 13th from 3:15pm-5:00pm                             

Benson’s LÁMP:ARA (Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos) is showing the documentary Precious Knowledge next Thursday, November 13th 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 5:00pm.

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 “La Raza” Ethnic Studies program.

In order to watch the documentary students will need to hand in a parent permission slip at the door. Please have your students stop by Benson’s room 122 this week to pick up a parent permission slip if they are interested in coming.

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)

 

 

 

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 Ro Prideaux: Benson’s Bilingual Community Agent

Benson’s Community Agent, Ro Prideaux will be available here at Benson to help navigate systems for our Latin@ students and families, coordinating events, outreach efforts, resources and information and relationships with community organizations, and providing interpretation for meetings between families and staff.  Ro’s new phone number is 503-926-5100 ext. 77266 and her new office space is in Room 122, alongside our Latin@ Mentor Program, LAMP:ARA.

Ro Prideaux, dedicar su tiempo a aumentar acceso y ayudar a nuestr@s estudiantes y familias Latin@s navegar el sistema, coordinando eventos, esfuerzos para alcanzar a la comunidad, recursos e información y relaciones con agencias en la comunidad, y proveer interpretación para reuniones entre familias y personal.  El nuevo número de teléfono de Ro es 503-926-5100 ext. 77266 y su nueva oficina está en la sala 122, junto con nuestro programa de mentoría para estudiantes Latin@s llamado LAMP:ARA.

Gracias,

Ro Prideaux

Bilingual Community Agent (Español)

Benson High School

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

 

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

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

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

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

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

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

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message From Benson’s Athletic Director Sanjay Bedi

Congratulations to Coach Bradley Gross, 2014 PIL Co-Coach of the Year for Boys Soccer.  Coach Brad was in his first year as Varsity Coach at Benson.  He coached the Techmen to a third place finish in the PIL, qualifying the team for the 1st round of the 6A Soccer State Tournament.

Sanjay Bedi

Benson Polytechnic High School

Athletic Director

 

 

New Scoreboards for the Winter Season

A personal “Thank You” goes out PPS Athletic Director Marshall Haskins for working with the Benson Administration in getting us two new scoreboards for the new gym.  The old scoreboards were on their last leg and Mr. Haskins was able to get the new scoreboards into the building and installed before the beginning of the winter sports season.

Benson Administration

 

 

This Week In Athletics

No Athletics This Week

 

Winter Sports

Tryouts begin on November 17th for Winter Sports (Men’s and Women’s Basketball & Wrestling).  Please be sure your child has turned in their clearance papers before the 17th.  Students may pick up the paperwork in the Athletic Office or the Main Office.

Mr. Bedi

Benson’s Athletic Director

 

 

 

A Message From Benson’s Earth Space Science Teacher Kerry Zambrano: Earth/Space Science Event

On Wednesday, 11/12/14, PSU meteorite expert (and Benson alum), Dick Pugh, will make a presentation to the Earth/Space Science students during 4th period.  Parents are welcome to come and join this presentation in the Band Room, room 125, from 9:45 to 10:45.  Mr. Pugh will bring a large meteorite collection for participants to see and handle.

Kerry Zambrano

Earth/Space Science Teacher

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

 

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

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

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

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

 

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

 

Parents: An Important Message From Jostens

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

 

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

 

 

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 is 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.

 

 

 

Parents: Programs For Your Seniors

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

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

 

 

Scholarships

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

Please see Ms. Ryan 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:

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.

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

Nov 022014
 

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

 

 

November 3rd 2014

 

 

Important Messages To Our Parents From Principal Wilson:

I would like to say “Thanks” to all the parents and volunteers that help make the Parent Teacher Conferences an eventful endeavor for our teachers.  Parents and members of the PTSA brought in dinner and snacks over the two days/evenings of conferences which allowed our teachers a chance to relax and keep up their strength during the conferences.

Thank you all for supporting our teachers.

 

There will be no school for students on Monday November 10th as this will be “Teacher Planning Day” for inputting grades by our teachers since the end of the 1st grading period falls on

Friday Nov. 7th

 

Please also note that there will be no school on Tuesday November 11th for teachers and students as this is Veterans Day. 

 

Benson will be on a regular Thursday Tutorial Schedule this coming Thursday Nov. 6th

Period 1   8:15-9:37

Period 3   9:42-11:04

Lunch       11:04-11:34

Period 5   11:39-1:01

Period 7   1:06-2:26

Tutorial    2:33-3:15

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

Site Council:

Meeting will be held on Wednesday Nov. 5th from 4pm-5:30pm in the Library Conference Room.  Parents please come and be a part of this important team if you’re able as your valuable input is needed to help keep Benson moving in the right direction.

 

 

A Message From Our Counselor Steve Wren (The flyer is attached to this newsletter)

BLACKReach Opportunities

The University of Oregon in collaboration with Portland Public Schools, Self Enhancement Inc. and the Black United Fund of Oregon invite ALL African American students and their families to the Opportunities BLACKREACH program on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Self Enhancement Inc.  This is a great opportunity for students to get answers to their questions about the admissions process, learn about financial aid and scholarships opportunities to pay for college, important deadlines and all college related questions.  Parents also have the unique opportunity to learn how to support their students to pursue higher education.  Younger students will have an opportunity to learn what it takes to prepare for college and interact with college students from similar backgrounds.  Dinner and childcare is provided so the entire family can attend.  Please contact us if you have any questions, 541-346-1067, opportunities@uoregon.edu

 

A Message From Our Counselors

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

Fall Blood Drive

Kudos to all that participated in the Fall Blood Drive last week.  Your efforts will help to save countless lives throughout the greater Portland area.

Principal Wilson

 

Athletics

Congratulations goes out to all of our Fall participants in sports.  A “Great Job” goes out to all the Benson athletes that participated in the fall sport season and I look forward to an exciting Winter season in athletics here at Benson in a few weeks.  A special shout out goes to the Men’s Varsity Soccer team for making it to the first round of the 6A state playoffs in soccer.  The Techmen played hard with pride and respect this past Saturday against the team from West Salem but were not able to advance to the second round of the playoffs.  The Techmen soccer players can hold their heads up high on a great season and to all of our athletes from the fall season you guys and gals made us all proud here at Benson.

Tech Pride   

 

 

A personal “Thank You” goes out PPS Athletic Director Marshall Haskins for working with the Benson Administration in getting us two new scoreboards for the new gym.  The old scoreboards were on their last leg and Mr. Haskins was able to get the new scoreboards into the building and installed before the beginning of the winter sports season.

Benson Administration

 

 

This Week In Athletics

No Athletics This Week

 

 

 

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

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

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

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

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

 

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

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

Ms. Jamison

Benson’s Rose Festival Coordinator

 

 

Parents: An Important Message From Jostens

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

 

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

 

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

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

A Message from the District:

ANNUAL REPORT TO MILITARY RECRUITERS

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

Military Recruitment Contact Lists

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

Step 1 – Registration/Verification Form Updates

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

Step 2 – Student Opt Out Forms

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

 

Kris Largé, Application Support Supervisor

x63135 klarge@pps.net

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

 

 

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

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Parents: Programs For Your Seniors

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

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

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

 

  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

 

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

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

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

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

Oct 262014
 

October 27th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

A Message from Benson’s PTSA

Dear Benson Parents

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

 

Here are some ideas:

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

 

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

 

Thank you

Christin Chambless

BHS PTSA President

 

 

 

 

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

Parents/Guardians,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Facility condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

No Tutorial This Coming Thursday Because of Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Benson’s Parent Teacher Conferences

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

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

 

The time-frame for the Conferences are listed below.

Wednesday October 29th

5pm-8pm in the New Gym

 

Thursday October 30th (No School for Students)

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

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

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

 

Friday October 31st

No School for Staff/Students

 

Parents/Guardians:

Here is some support information regarding Parent Teacher Conferences:

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

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

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

Fall Blood Drive:

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

 

Sara Callies

Anatomy/AP Biology Teacher

Instructional Specialist

Benson Polytechnic HS

503-916-5100 x 77197 / 77140

 

 

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

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

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

 

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

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday Oct. 27th

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

 

Tuesday Oct. 28th

4:15 WSOC (JV) @ Jefferson

 

Wednesday Oct. 29th

No Sports

 

Thursday Oct. 30th

4:00 FTBL (JV) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

 

Friday Oct. 31st

No Sports

 

 

 

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

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

Ms. Jamison

Benson’s Rose Festival Coordinator

 

 

Parents An Important Message From Jostens

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

 

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

A Message from the District:

ANNUAL REPORT TO MILITARY RECRUITERS

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

 

Military Recruitment Contact Lists

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

 

Step 1 – Registration/Verification Form Updates

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

 

Step 2 – Student Opt Out Forms

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

 

Kris Largé, Application Support Supervisor

x63135 klarge@pps.net

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

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

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

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

Parents of Seniors:

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

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

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

 

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

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

 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

 

 

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

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Parents: Programs For Your Seniors

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

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

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

10/28                Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Oct 192014
 

October 20th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

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

Parents/Guardians,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facility condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Period 1     8:15-9:37

Period 3     9:42-11:04

Lunch         11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:26

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

Benson’s Parent Teacher Conferences

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

The time-frame for the Conferences are listed below.

 

Wednesday October 29th

5pm-8pm in the New Gym

 

Thursday October 30th

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

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

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

 

Friday October 31st

No School for Staff/Students

 

 

Parents/Guardians:

Here is some support information regarding Parent Teacher Conferences:

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

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

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

A Message from Counselor Amy Henry

College for Juniors:

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

Come to an information session to learn about:

*Activities to do each month to prepare for college

*College Entrance Testing

*Research Colleges

*Resources in the Benson CCC

 

Benson Tech College and Career Center

Thursday, October 23

2:30 – 3:15 pm

 

Fall Blood Drive:

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

 

Sara Callies

Anatomy/AP Biology Teacher

Instructional Specialist

Benson Polytechnic HS

503-916-5100 x 77197 / 77140

 

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

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

the CEO of the upcoming HEALTH FAIR.  Go Leaders!

 

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

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

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

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

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

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

 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

Benson PTSA Meeting

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

 

 

A Message from the District:

ANNUAL REPORT TO MILITARY RECRUITERS

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

 

Military Recruitment Contact Lists

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

 

Step 1 – Registration/Verification Form Updates

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

 

Step 2 – Student Opt Out Forms

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

 

Kris Largé, Application Support Supervisor

x63135 klarge@pps.net

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

This Week In Athletics

Tuesday

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

6:30 VB (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

4:15 MSOC (JV) vs Lincoln @ Delta

4:15 MSOC (V) vs Lincoln @ Lincoln

6:00 WSOC (V) vs Lincoln @ BHS

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Jefferson

 

Wednesday

3:00 XC District Meet @ Clinton

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Madison

7:00 MSOC (V) @ Madison

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Madison @

4:30 FTB (JV) vs Lincoln @ BHS

 

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) @ Cleveland

6:00 WSOC (V) vs Madison @ BHS

 

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

Benson Administrative Team

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

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

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

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

Parents of Seniors:

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

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

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

 

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

 

 

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

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Oct 122014
 

October 13th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

 

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

Period 1     8:15-9:37

Period 3     9:42-11:04

Lunch         11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:26

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

 

Benson’s Parent Teacher Conferences

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

The time-frame for the Conferences are listed below.

 

Wednesday October 29th

5pm-8pm in the New Gym

 

Thursday October 30th

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

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

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

 

Friday October 31st

No School for Staff/Students

 

 

PSAT for Sophomores

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

 

 

PSAT for Juniors

Parents a message for your Junior Students:

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

A Message From Our Counselors

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Peggy Schoettle

Benson High School Counselor

(503)916-5100 x77135

pschoettle@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message from Sara Callies: Science Teacher and Instructional Specialist

Red Cross Club Sponsors Earthquake Preparedness Activity:

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

 

 

Fall Blood Drive:

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

 

Sara Callies

Anatomy/AP Biology Teacher

Instructional Specialist

Benson Polytechnic HS

503-916-5100 x 77197 / 77140

 

 

A Message From Kathleen Reid: Counseling Intern:

Parent Volunteers Needed During College Application Week:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

Picture Re-Take Day

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

 

 

Benson Alumni Meeting

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

 

Benson Site Council Meeting

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

 

Benson PTSA Meeting

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

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

This Week In Athletics

 

Tuesday

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

6:30 VB (V) vs Madison @ BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Franklin @ Delta

6:00 MSOC (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

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

 

Wednesday

4:00 XC @ Lents Park

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Cleveland @ Delta

4:15 WSOC (JV) vs Cleveland @ Woodstock

4:15 WSOC (V) @ Cleveland

4:30 FTB (JV) @ Roosevelt

5:00 VB (JV&JV2) @ Franklin

4:00 VB (V) @ Franklin

7:00 FTBL (V) @ Wilson

 

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) vs Roosevelt @ Marshall

5:00 MSOC (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

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

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Parents of Seniors:

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

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

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

 

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

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

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

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

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

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

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

 

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

 

 

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

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

10/9                  Act Six Info Session                 2:40

10/9                  Military Visit                           2:40

10/16               OSU                                          2:40

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                  Alfred State                            9:00

11/5                  Sweetbriar College                10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Oct 052014
 

October 6th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Spirit Week/Homecoming Week

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

 

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

 

 

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

Period 1     8:15-9:37

Period 3     9:42-11:04

Lunch         11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:26

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

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

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

 

 

PSAT for Juniors

Parents a message for your Junior Students:

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule:

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

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

A Visit from Mayor Charlie Hales

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

 

 

A Message from Barth Clooten: Benson’s Manufacturing Teacher

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

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

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

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

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

Jostens/Graduation

A Message to Parents of Seniors:

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Parents of Seniors:

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

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

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

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

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

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

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

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

 

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors

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

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

The date, time and place are:

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:15-8:20 p.m.

Lincoln High School

1600 S.W. Salmon St.

 

Breakout sessions will include:

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

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

 

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

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

___________________________________________________________

Thank you!!

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

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

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

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

 

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University                   10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College            10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 282014
 

 

September 29th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Back To School Night: Thank You

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

 

Spirit Week/Homecoming Week

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

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

 

Spirit Week @ Benson

Monday—Superhero Day

Tuesday—Twinzies Day

Wednesday—Pink Wednesday

Thursday—Class Colors Day

Friday—Class Theme Day   

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Please note that Tutorial will not be happening this Thursday.

8:15 – 9:37 – Per 1

9:42 – 11:04 – Per 3

11:09 – 11:51 – Pep Assembly

11:51 – 12:21 – Lunch

12: 26 – 1:48 – Per 5

1:53 – 3:15 – Period 7

 

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

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

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

Parents of Seniors:

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

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

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

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

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

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

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

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

No Sports

 

Tuesday

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

6:30 VB (V) vs Jefferson @ BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Roosevelt @ Delta

6:00 MSOC (V) vs Roosevelt @ BHS

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

4:15 WSOC (V) @ Roosevelt

 

Wednesday

4:00 XC @ Lents Park

 

Thursday

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

4:00 WSOC (JV) vs Wilson @ Gabriel

7:00 WSOC (V) @ Wilson

4:30 FTB (JV) @ Franklin

5:00 VB (JV) @ Benson

5:00 VB (JV2) @ Lincoln

6:30 VB (V) @ Wilson

 

Friday

4:30 FTB (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

 

Saturday

8:00 VB (V) @ Westview Tourney 

TBA XC @ Harrier Classis-Bryant Park

 

 

 

A Message from our Counselors

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

 

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

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

The date, time and place are:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:15-8:20 p.m.

Lincoln High School

1600 S.W. Salmon St.

 

Breakout sessions will include:

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

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

 

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

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

___________________________________________________________

Thank you!!

 

Kathleen Reid

Counseling Intern

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

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

Student clubs:

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

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

 

 

Programs

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

Applications are due by November 25th.

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

 

Portland Fire Explorer Program

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

Information session happened on September 27

Application deadline October 4th

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

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

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

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 212014
 

September 22nd 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

NOCHE DE REGRESO A CLASES

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

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

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

¡Esperamos verle allá!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

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

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

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

We hope to see you here!

 

Ro Prideaux

Bilingual Community Agent (Español)

Benson High School

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

 

Tutorial Will Be Happening This Week

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

 

 

New 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

Information Concerning TAG

Talented and Gifted Identification Process

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

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

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

 

Benson Parent TAG Meetings

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

Ms. Carbone

Vice Principal

 

 

 

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

Parents of Seniors:

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

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

 

Thanks,

Mr. Mylet

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

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

¡Noche de regreso a clases!

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

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

 

“Back to School Night” en Benson High School

Martes 23 de Septiembre 6-8pm

546 NE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

 

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Linda McLellan

Parents of Freshmen

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

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

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

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

assignments; and attendance.

Thank you for helping us, help them navigate

this important transition.

 

Sincerely,

FRESHMEN ACADEMY TEAM

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

4:00 WSOC vs Reynolds @ Delta

 

Tuesday

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

6:30 VB (V) vs Lincoln @BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) vs Dallas @ Delta

6:00 MSOC (V) vs Dallas @ BHS

 

Wednesday

4:00 XC Relay Meet @ Pier Park

 

Thursday

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

4:00 WSOC(V) @ The Dalles Wahtonka

4:30 FTB (JV) vs Jefferson @ BHS

 

 

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) vs Jefferson @ Roosevelt

 

 

Saturday

8:00 VB (V) @ Westview Tourney

 

 

A Message from the Counselors

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

 

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

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

Student clubs:

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

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

 

 

Jostens Information

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

Extra ring packets are available in the VP Office

 

 

Programs

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

Applications are due by November 25th.

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

 

Portland Fire Explorer Program

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

Information session on September 27

Application deadline October 4th

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

Quest Bridge:

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

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

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

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

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

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

9/23                       Act Six                                   10:40

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Sep 142014
 

September 14th 2014

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Parents/Guardians

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

 

No Tutorial This Week

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

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

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

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

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

PE/Health

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

 

Keep up the great work!  GO TECH!

 

Linda McLellan

 

 

Site Council Meeting

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

 

PTSA Meeting

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

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

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

6:30 VB (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

4:00 MSOC (JV) @ Barlow

6:00 MSOC (V) @ Barlow

 

Tuesday

No Sports Today

Wednesday

4:00 XC @ Gabriel Park

4:00 WSOC @ Redmond

 

Thursday

4:00 MSOC vs Hermiston @ Delta

5:00 VB (JV/JV2) @ Cleveland

6:30 VB (V) @ Cleveland

4:30 FTB (JV) @ Grant

Friday

7:00 FTB (V) vs Grant @ Marshall

 

Saturday 

8:00 VB (V) @ Century Tourney

TBA XC @ Northwest Classis Lane Com College

 

A Message from the Counselors

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

Quest Bridge:

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

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

 

National College Fair Location:

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

800/791-2250 or 503/235-7575

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Register Now at www.gotomyncf.com

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

Beat the Odds. Deadline: September 15th.

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

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship Deadline: September 30th

Shout It Out Scholarship begins September 30th.

Wendy’s High School Heisman begins October 2nd

Hotels Cheap Scholarship begins October 15th

Transportation YOU Scholarship begins October 23rd

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.  Deadline: October 24th

Horatio Alger Scholarship. Deadline: October 25th

Carrington Dental Center Scholarship Application.  Deadline: October 30th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: October 31sth

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014

Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014

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

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

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Deadline: January 9, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

9/23                       Act Six                                   10:40

9/30                       Warner Pacific                   10:40

10/8                       U of Oregon                       9:00

10/22               U of Portland                           10:00

10/28                 Pacific University  10:40

11/4                       Alfred State                        9:00

11/5                       Sweetbriar College          10:40

 

 

 

Have a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

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