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.
April 27th 2015
A Message From Principal Wilson:
- Parents of 11th grade students. Please read below regarding ACT Testing which will be scheduled for Tuesday April 28th.
- Parents please note that the first day of school for the 2015-16 school year will be on Thursday August 27th. Please be sure to plan your summer vacations accordingly.
I’ve attached a flyer from PPS in English and Spanish regarding this information.
- This coming Thursday April 30th Benson we will be on its regular Thursday Tutorial Schedule with tutorial happening at the end of the day.
- Parents please note that I’ve attached the Benson Counseling Team Newsletter to this email as there are some very important items that the Benson Counselors would like for you and your students to know as we wind down the last three (2) months of school.
Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule
Period 1 8:15-9:37
Period 3 9:42-11:04
Period 5 11:39-1:01
Period 7 1:06-2:28
Parents: A Message for you and your Junior students:
Please read below and read the attached letter from Administration regarding ACT Testing.
Juniors will all be taking the ACT test on Tuesday morning, April 28th. Unlike years past, the test will not be held at Benson. Instead, we have rented the Ambridge Event Center (1333 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232). This is being done to provide students with a quiet, uninterrupted environment in which to take the test.
Please remember, doing well on the ACT can help students get into the college of their choice and help students meet the essential skills requirement for graduation. For more information about preparing for the ACT visit the ACT web site: http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/
The District’s 60 Day Rule Regarding Seniors. Please be sure to read carefully.
For the remainder of the school year it is important for seniors to stay focused on doing the right thing in order to participate in graduation activities. According to Board Policy “…Seniors shall be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 consecutive calendar days of the last senior school day they are found to be in violation of District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action…”. This 60 day period begins Friday, April 3rd, 2015.
A Message for our Seniors
There will be a mandatory senior meeting in the auditorium during tutorial on Thursday, April 30th. Seniors will receive important information regarding end of the year activities such as the senior awards assembly, end-of-year check out, and of course – graduation. Please come to the auditorium and take a seat at 2:30 PM, on Thursday, April 30th.
A Message from Janae Jamison (Benson’s Dental Hygienist Instructor)
I am very excited to announce that this fall our Dental Assisting senior students can now enroll at OIT (Oregon Institute of Technology) and receive dual credit for the course I teach here at Benson towards a Dental Hygiene Degree. This is a bachelor’s degree program.
A Message from PPS
6-12 Language Arts & ELD Adoption Open House: (Please be sure to also read the attached flyer)
Teachers, Parents and Community members are invited to explore the materials being considered for adoption and to provide their input. There are two drop-in, Open House events scheduled in the month of May:
Thursday, 5/7, 4-7 pm: Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
Wednesday, 5/13, 3 – 6:30 pm: BESC/Central Office, 501 N. Dixon
For more information about the adoption process, visit the website at http://tinyurl.com/PPSadoption
Questions? Contact Susan Payne, Assistant Director, Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment, (503) 916-3115, email@example.com
Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment
Portland Public Schools
A Message from Nicole Kennedy (Benson’s Health Occupations/Nursing Instructor)
Congratulations goes out to our Benson students who did very well at the HOSA State Leadership Conference last week. We had almost 40 students at the conference and many of them qualified for Nationals, which will be in June in Anaheim, CA. Some took first place in their event. All of the top state competitors from around the US will be there to demonstrate their medical skills and knowledge.
K. Nicole Kennedy, LPN
Health Science Instructor
A Message from the Fit2Liv&Learn Instructors
Congratulations to the following STUDENTS OF THE QUARTER (3rd) in the Freshmen Fit2Live&Learn program.
Mercer Hardy Thao Anthony Lyla Rokoff
Brittni Gordon Paul Chu Kevin Ye
Delilah Vang Uddamveasna Reach
Truong Pham Roy Coppernoll
Mina Bonglamphone Anthony Nguyen
Abraham Esquivel Karla Diaz Zach Rogers
Anthony Nguyen Jennifer Rojas
A Couple of Messages from Jon Isaacs (PPS Chief of Communications)
Monday, April 27, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Roosevelt HS Cafeteria will be the last in a series of Town Halls on the 2015-16 budget. This Town Hall is led by the board and will be presented in English and Spanish. The Town Hall format affords an opportunity for PPS community members to dialogue with the board about the budget — which existing programs are most valued and what additional resources are needed in schools. View a summary of Superintendent Smith’s proposed budget in English and Spanish. The board is scheduled to vote on the 2015-16 budget in May.
I wish to invite you to take the Portland Public Schools 2025 survey through May 8. We anticipate about 5,000 new students in our schools in the next 10 years, and we need your input as we prepare for this growth.
The Portland Public Schools 2025 survey is the second major survey we have done this year with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, (part of the National Policy Consensus Center at PSU). The first was our Successful School Survey. It measured school climate. Results from this survey, which we will begin sharing in May, will serve as one roadmap for school improvement. Thanks for participating and helping to get the word out.
The Portland Public Schools 2025 survey asks for your views on big-picture topics that affect the entire district. The questions center around values, boundaries, programming in the middle grades, and other topics. It will help inform our districtwide boundary review process.
This survey is available not only to PPS staff, students and families but to all Portlanders.
The survey link is http://www.oregonskitchentable.org/
Thank you in advance for participating. Every voice matters, and we want to hear yours.
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs
Athletics for the Week
6:30 BB (V) vs Franklin @ Concordia
4:30 BB (JV) @ Franklin
3:45 SB vs Roosevelt @ Delta
4:00 WTN vs Grant @ Irving
4:00 MTN @ Grant
4:30 BB (V) @ Franklin
4:30 BB (JV) vs Franklin @ Sckavone
4:00 SB vs Cleveland @ Woodstock
4:00 MTN vs Madison @ Irving
4:00 WTN @ Madison
4:00 TR @ Jefferson
4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving
4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving
4:00 SB vs Grant @ BHS
4:30 BB (V) vs Franklin @ Sckavone
4:30 BB (JV) @ Franklin
3:30 TR JV/Frosh Classic @ Wilson
4:00 MTN @ Franklin
4:00 WTN vs Franklin @ Irving
2:30 TR @ Jesuit Relays
4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving
4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving
A Message from the Counselors regarding forecasting:
Beginning in April, the Benson Counseling team will begin forecasting for next year’s classes. The Counselors will be presenting information in classrooms and then follow up with individual meetings with students. This is a time for students to choose classes and review academic progress with their counselor. Students will be given forecasting materials to bring home and review with their guardian. The schedule is as follows:
April 30 – Sophomore Major Fair
May 4-8 – Sophomore Class
A Message from Christin Chambless (Benson’s PTSA President)
Dear Benson High School senior parents and students,
Benson High School PTSA is planning on hosting its Graduation Party on June 8, 2015. The PTSA is sponsoring a “Safe and Sober Grad Night Party” for the 183 students in the Graduating Class of 2015. This traditional all night event provides a safe and sober environment where the students can celebrate on graduation night. The prevention of alcohol and drug related tragedies on this special night benefit the entire community as a whole.
This event has not occurred in the past couple years but we are determined to bring this tradition back to Benson High School. Our plan is to pick up the graduates and bus them to the event at 10pm on June 8th and return them to Benson around 6am June 9th. The students will be provided with food, drinks and entertainment all evening.
Thank you for helping us bring Grad Night 2015 back to Benson High school students!
Benson High School
A Message from Steve Curley (Testing Coordinator) Regarding Smarter Balanced Testing
“Starting in May, Benson will be testing all 11th graders using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. We will give 11th graders an opportunity to practice prior to testing in order to get used to the new interface. The Smarter Balanced is replacing the OAKS tests that we have all become accustomed to.
The following link has a lot of information about the tests including practice tests.
Look for more updates on testing in the coming weeks.”
Learning Center Teacher/Special Education
Building Testing Coordinator
Free Math Tutoring
Available in the Career Center during Thursday’s Tutorial (2:33-3:15)
A Message from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)
• Office Assistant $ 9.25 must be 16 or older
• Apprentice Painting Positions open in May for student 18 years and older
• Youth Conservation Crew-Work outdoors from June-August making $9.25/hr.
Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?
We are offering placement test prep workshops.
See the College and Career Center to sign up.
FBI is now accepting applications for the Youth Leadership Academy
Explore the power of positive leadership, develop intercultural communication skills, and explore career options. With a mix of forensics, fitness, and fun, students wrap up the week with the investigation into a mock case- from the time of the crime through to the courts. Applications are in the Career Center Apply by May 1, 2015
Job Opportunities with Summer Works
Applicants must be low income, between the ages of 16-21, and eligible to work in the U.S.
Apply at: www.worksystems.org/SummerWorks
Upcoming Job Fair:
Tigard Public Library
13500 SW Hall Blvd.
May 6, 2015
Take Tri-Met line #76
Upcoming Career Days:
Sign up for Enterprise Academy:
Enterprise Academy offers students a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This weekend retreat allows each student to interact with successful business people, learn key business principles and bring their own ideas to life in a fast-paced team competition. See your Career Coordinator for more information.
• Interested in fire fighter, emergency responder, wildlife management, or media relations? Sign up for a career day to Port of Portland. April 29th, 2015
Parents please encourage your Seniors to apply for these scholarships if interested.
Please see Ms. Ryan or one of the three Counselors (Mr. Wren, Ms. Schoettle or Ms. Henry) in the College and Career Center for further details.
Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program:
This foundation will award at least two $ 500 scholarships to a graduating Oregon high school senior in the
Class of 2015. The amount of the scholarship is a one-time grant. The final selection of a recipient will
be based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, personal accomplishments and community service.
The scholarship application form is attached to this email.
The application deadline is April 30, 2015.
Oregon Jaycee Foundation
Benson Polytechnic High School
Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:
For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com
More Scholarship Opportunities:
1. Student View Scholarship program
- One $4,000 scholarship
- Two $1,000 scholarship
- Ten $500 scholarships
2. OSWILG/Harry s. Chandler Memorial Scholarship $1,000 April 24th
3. Paul R. Wineman Scholarship due April 28th
- One $1,000 scholarship
- Four $500 scholarships
4. Humanist of Greater Portland $2,000 due April 30th
5. Oregon Jaycee Foundation $1,500 due April 30th
6. Humanists of Greater Portland $2,000 due April 30th
1. Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship $2,000 due May 1st
2. Vacasa Scholarships: Travel writing, photography, graphic design, & coding .developing due May 15th
- $150 scholarships in each category
- $1,000 top award for each category overall
Make It a Great Week!
Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal
Benson Polytechnic High School