Jun 072015
 

June 8th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

 

  • Parents:  The last day of school will be Thursday June 11th.  Please note that the first day of school will be Thursday August 27th.  This will be my last Parent/Guardian newsletter until later this summer when we’ve had a chance to add the new list of incoming freshman parents to the email list and remove this year’s senior parents from the newsletter listing.    

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • A huge “Thanks” goes out to all of our supporters for the 2nd Annual Freshman Picnic.  There were hundreds of students, parents, family members, teachers and supporters of Benson Tech.  A special “Thank You” goes out to Brett Anderson, Ed Railey and Jessica Murchison for preparing all the food for all of our participants.   

 

  • Parents please alert your students that Holiday park will be accessible this coming summer if your students are interested in participating in summer park activities.

http://www.holladaypark.com/#special-events

 

  • Parents please remind your students that all lockers must be cleaned out and emptied by 3:30 PM Thursday, June 11th, 2015.  Any items left in the lockers will be given away to charity or thrown into the garbage.  REMEMBER: Return all library/school books to the library to avoid fees and fines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message Regarding Senior Graduation:

Hello parents and guardians.  As you may know, the long awaited senior graduation date is quickly approaching.  Commencement is on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at the Memorial Coliseum from 5:30pm-7:30pm and there will be a mandatory graduation practice for seniors which will be at the coliseum on that same day, from 12-2pm.

 

 

 

Tutorial will be happening on Thursday June 11th

Schedule will be as follows

1           8:15am to 9:37am

3           9:42am to 11:04am

Lunch   11:04am to 11:34am

5           11:39am to 1:01pm

7           1:06pm to 2:28pm

Tutorial 2:33pm to 3:15pm

 

 

A Message from PPS:

Parents,

We know we have amazing student poets in our schools. Now the City of Portland has created a Portland Youth Laureate project and the deadline is June 30th for our student poets to apply! Applications are being accepted from writers ages 13-18. Click link to learn more and submit an application.

 

The top 8-12 finalists will perform during a Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Performance in September. At the performance, a panel of judges will decide the winner.

 

The Portland Youth Poet Laureate will attend events, sharing their voice with the City of Portland. The ideal candidate not only has great leadership skills, but a strong love for Portland. Winning this title means representing the City of Portland and spreading support for arts programs for youth throughout the community.

 

Runners-up will also become Poet Ambassadors and be given opportunities to showcase youth leadership and voice.

 

Please encourage students to submit an application and please share information through your networks.

 

Thank you for your generous support of celebrating youth voice.

 

Kristen Brayson

PPS Arts TOSA

on behalf of project manager Renee S. Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

A Word From Your Librarian

Special thanks to the Benson HS community of parents, students, and alumni for a fantastic first year as your Teacher-Librarian.  Benson HS is a fantastic school filled with unique opportunities and I feel fortunate to have been part of the faculty in supporting our amazing students.  I will miss the enthusiasm, excitement and energy of teens in the Library as I move onto a different position in PPS.

Wishing you all the best,

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

 

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 the school Nurse Laurel Merz

If you have a medication in the nurses office, please remember to come by and pick it up before school is out!  Any medications that are left behind will be disposed of.  Thanks!

 

A Message from Benson’s Counselors Regarding Summer School

Summer Scholars is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class. The first session is June 29th – July 17th and the second session is July 27-August 14th.  Students take one class per session.  The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.   Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered.  The registration dates are: June 9, 10th, 11th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm and June 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

 

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 and we need more chaperones to help supervise the event.  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.

 

If you are interested in helping support this event please reach out to PTSA President Christin Chambless at cstanner@teleport.com

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

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

Announcements:

Jobs:

  • AMETEK Hiring Event Wednesday June 10th from 10 am -1pm

10565 SW Nimbus Ave, Tigard, Or 97233 ages 17 and up

 

  • Liberty Mutual hiring event Monday June 15th from 3 pm-7pm

650 NE Holladay Portland, Or 97232

 

•             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.

 

 

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 Career Days:

Join the 2015 Summer Crew ages 14-18. Food Works is a youth run organization in North Portland that runs a 2 acre organic farm on Sauvé Island, manages a business, works in the community, and builds personal leadership skills! This is a VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP Program. Participants can earn school credit for community service and work experience. The Summer Crew will also receive a $300 Stipend upon completion of each month of the program ($150 every two weeks). Applications are due June 23rd. Go to the Career Center for more information.

 

 

Beat the Odds Scholarship

The Beat the Odds scholarship is for students who will graduate in 2016, which means that eligible students are current juniors.  The winners will be seniors when the award is given in November of this year.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, September 14th – which may be just a few weeks into the upcoming school year.  This $10,000 scholarship is available for students who have made academic success despite hardships within their lifetime.  The attached flyer has more information regarding this scholarship.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

May 312015
 

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.

 

 

June 1st 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

 

  • Parents if you could help spread the word that Benson will be having is 2nd annual Freshmen Picnic here at Benson Tech out on the front lawn on June 2nd 2015 from 6pm-8pm to welcome in our incoming Freshman class to Benson Tech.  This will give an opportunity for our students, staff and supporters of Benson Tech a chance to meet and greet our incoming Freshman class and their family members.  There will be food, music, games, gifts and a positive atmosphere in store for our next class of Benson Techsters. 

Please join us if you can and come out and support the incoming class of 2019.

 

  • Parents please note that I’ve attached two photos of Benson’s float that was a part of Saturday’s Starlight Parade.  A huge “Thanks” goes out to all the Benson student participants and especially Harrison Brown, Kevin Flink, Steve Naganuma, Matt Pellico and Nathan Swoverland for all their hard work in making sure that Bensons’ “Tractor Float” was up and running for the parade.  Go Tech!! (And yes the second photo has a shot of Superintendent Carole Smith supporting Benson’s “Tractor Float.”

 

  • Parents please note that this coming Thursday June 4th Benson will be on its regular Tutorial schedule with Tutorial happening at the end of the day (2:33pm-3:15pm).

 

  • 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.

 

  • Parents please remind your Seniors to purchase their GRAD NIGHT tickets during lunch in the center hall on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  The cost is $30.  Your Seniors must have a signed release/registration form with them at the time of purchase.

 

 

 

 

A Message Regarding Senior Graduation:

Hello parents and guardians.  As you may know, the long awaited senior graduation date is quickly approaching.  Commencement is on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at the Memorial Coliseum from 5:30pm-7:30pm and there will be a mandatory graduation practice for seniors which will be at the coliseum on that same day, from 12- 2pm.

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Counselor Amy Henry

Congratulations to Beth Burczak who won the PEMCO Community Volunteer Award.  She was recognized last week at the PPS Volunteer Recognition Event.  Beth is a community volunteer who developed the Beyond Benson Program.  Beyond Benson is a program that matches rising seniors with community volunteers to help seniors with their post high school plans.  Well Done Beth.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Cathy Skach (Digital Media Instructor & SkillsUSA Advisor)

After winning the Oregon SkillsUSA State competition, three of Benson’s finest – Allison Plager, Andy Lai and Brian Moreno of Benson Polytechnic High School -  qualified to represent Oregon and compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, KY.

 

The SkillsUSA National Competition is huge. With 6,000 competitors nationwide. It’s a great learning experience, meeting people from all over the country and connecting with them. Unfortunately, the expense is high. Your funds will help pay for plane tickets, baggage fees, hotel, ground transportation and more. It’s estimated to cost each student plus their advisor nearly $1,000.

 

These future leaders are doing their part in fundraising selling Root Beer Floats, holding a bake sale and selling print items through our very own Tech Algebra program.  Let’s help these kids out! Like everyone says, every little bit helps.

 

As of this writing, we have raised nearly half of what we need. Your generosity will help greatly to help make this trip a reality. To donate: http://www.gofundme.com/BensonSkillsUSA

 

 

 

 

Tutorial will be happening on Thursday June 4th

Schedule will be as follows

1           8:15am to 9:37am

3           9:42am to 11:04am

Lunch   11:04am to 11:34am

5           11:39am to 1:01pm

7           1:06pm to 2:28pm

Tutorial 2:33pm to 3:15pm

 

 

 

 

A Message from the school Nurse Laurel Merz

If you have a medication in the nurses office, please remember to come by and pick it up before school is out!  Any medications that are left behind will be disposed of.  Thanks!

 

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Counselors Regarding Summer School

Summer School Pre-Registration starts on Monday, May. 18th.  Summer Scholars is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class. The first session is June 29th – July 17th and the second session is July 27-August 14th.  Students take one class per session.

The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.   Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered.  The registration dates are: June 9, 10th, 11th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm and June 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Jessica Murchison: Benson’s Leadership and Activities Director

Student body elections are starting.  Monday May 4th starts campaign week and students are very excited to be running for 2015-2016 Student Body Government.  Voting will happen the week of May 26th-29th.  We will announce 2015-2016 new Benson High Student Body (BHSB) on Monday June 1st.

Jessica Murchison

 

Spanish / Leadership / Director of Activities

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x77171

 

 

 

 

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 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 and we need more chaperones to help supervise the event.  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.

 

If you are interested in helping support this event please reach out to PTSA President Christin Chambless at cstanner@teleport.com

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

 

Job 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 Career Days:

Join the 2015 Summer Crew ages 14-18. Food Works is a youth run organization in North Portland that runs a 2 acre organic farm on Sauvé Island, manages a business, works in the community, and builds personal leadership skills! This is a VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP Program. Participants can earn school credit for community service and work experience. The Summer Crew will also receive a $300 Stipend upon completion of each month of the program ($150 every two weeks). Applications are due June 23rd. Go to the Career Center for more information.

 

 

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Beat the Odds Scholarship

The Beat the Odds scholarship is for students who will graduate in 2016, which means that eligible students are current juniors.  The winners will be seniors when the award is given in November of this year.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, September 14th – which may be just a few weeks into the upcoming school year.  This $10,000 scholarship is available for students who have made academic success despite hardships within their lifetime.  The attached flyer has more information regarding this scholarship.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

May 252015
 

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

 

 

May 26th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • Parents if you could help spread the word that Benson will be having is 2nd annual Freshmen Picnic here at Benson Tech out on the front lawn on June 2nd 2015 from 6pm-8pm to welcome in our incoming Freshman class to Benson Tech.  This will be an opportunity for our students, staff and supporters of Benson Tech a chance to meet and greet with our incoming Freshman class and their family members.  There will be food, music, games, gifts and a positive atmosphere in store for our next class of Benson Techsters. 

Please join us if you can and come out and support the incoming class of 2019.

 

  • Parents please note that this coming Thursday May 28th Benson will be on a regular A-Block schedule with no tutorial happening on Thursday. 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • Parents please remind your Seniors to purchase their GRAD NIGHT tickets during lunch in the center hall this week.  The cost is $30. Your Seniors must have a signed release/registration form with them at the time of purchase.

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Fit2Live&Learn Team here at Benson Tech

2014-15 Fit2Live&Learn results based on the Fitnessgram:

(180 days of PE – 261 9th graders)

 

Aerobic Capacity: Measured by the Mile Run

September: 49% of 9th graders were in the Healthy Fitness Zone for their age

May: 91% of our 9th graders are in the Healthy Fitness Zone for their age

 

Body Composition: Measured by BMI/BF%/Lean Body Mass

September: 56% of the 9th graders were in the Healthy Fitness Zone for their age

May: 71% of the 9th graders were in the Healthy Fitness Zone

 

Our kids are getting into great shape by utilizing the concepts of the Fit2Live&Learn classes here at Benson Tech.

Benson Fit2Live&LearnTeam

 

 

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Cathy Skach (Digital Media Instructor & SkillsUSA Advisor)

After winning the Oregon SkillsUSA State competition, three of Benson’s finest – Allison Plager, Andy Lai and Brian Moreno of Benson Polytechnic High School -  qualified to represent Oregon and compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, KY.

 

The SkillsUSA National Competition is huge. With 6,000 competitors nationwide. It’s a great learning experience, meeting people from all over the country and connecting with them. Unfortunately, the expense is high. Your funds will help pay for plane tickets, baggage fees, hotel, ground transportation and more. It’s estimated to cost each student plus their advisor nearly $1,000.

 

These future leaders are doing their part in fundraising selling Root Beer Floats, holding a bake sale and selling print items through our very own Tech Algebra program.  Let’s help these kids out! Like everyone says, every little bit helps.

 

As of this writing, we have raised nearly half of what we need. Your generosity will help greatly to help make this trip a reality. To donate: http://www.gofundme.com/BensonSkillsUSA

 

 

 

 

No Tutorial on Thursday, May 28th – A Day:

Schedule will be as follows

1           8:15 to 9:48

3           9:53 to 11:26

Lunch   11:26 to 11:59

5           12:04 to 1:37

7           1:42 to 3:15

 

 

 

 

A Message from the school Nurse Laurel Merz

If you have a medication in the nurses office, please remember to come by and pick it up before school is out!  Any medications that are left behind will be disposed of.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Health Occupations/Science Instructor Sally Niedermeyer

Mrs. Niedermeyer reports that the Medical Professions Health Science IV class won $5000.00 in a charitable grant for the Oregon Food Bank as part of the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge.  Lead2Feed was developed by the USA Today Charitable Foundation with support from Lift a Life Foundation and Yum! Brands Foundation.   These students planned and executed several food awareness and collection activities beginning in Sept. and submitted their project on April 15th.  Congratulations!

Ms. Niedermeyer

 

 

 

 

A Message Regarding Senior Graduation:

Hello parents and guardians.  As you may know, the long awaited senior graduation date is quickly approaching.  Commencement is on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at the Memorial Coliseum from 5:30pm-7:30pm and there will be a mandatory graduation practice for seniors which will be at the coliseum on that same day, from 12- 2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Teaghan Phillips (LÁMP:ARA Coordinator)

You are invited to LÁMP:ARA’s End of the Year Fiesta!

LÁMP:ARA’s End of the Year Fiesta is just around the corner! Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments as we recognize LÁMP:ARA students and mentors for all they have achieved this year.

When: Thursday, May 28th | 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: Benson Polytechnic High School (Old Band Room), 546 Northeast 12th Avenue | Portland, OR 97232

We hope to see you there!

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Counselors Regarding Summer School

Summer School Pre-Registration starts on Monday, May. 18th.  Summer Scholars is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class. The first session is June 29th – July 17th and the second session is July 27-August 14th.  Students take one class per session.

The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.   Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered. The registration dates are: June 9, 10th, 11th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm and June 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Jessica Murchison: Benson’s Leadership and Activities Director

Student body elections are starting.  Monday May 4th starts campaign week and students are very excited to be running for 2015-2016 Student Body Government.  Voting will happen the week of May 26th-29th.  We will announce 2015-2016 new Benson High Student Body (BHSB) on Monday June 1st.

Jessica Murchison

 

Spanish / Leadership / Director of Activities

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x77171

 

 

 

 

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 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 and we need more chaperones to help supervise the event.  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.

 

If you are interested in helping support this event please reach out to PTSA President Christin Chambless at cstanner@teleport.com

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

 

Job 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 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.

 

 

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Beat the Odds Scholarship

The Beat the Odds scholarship is for students who will graduate in 2016, which means that eligible students are current juniors.  The winners will be seniors when the award is given in November of this year.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, September 14th – which may be just a few weeks into the upcoming school year.  This $10,000 scholarship is available for students who have made academic success despite hardships within their lifetime.  The attached flyer has more information regarding this scholarship.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

May 172015
 

May 18th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • Parents please note that the Senior Awards Assembly is scheduled for this coming Thursday May 21st from 10:55am-11:55am.  If you have a Senior here at Benson please be sure to come and support the Senior class at their awards ceremony here in the Benson auditorium. 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • Benson PTSA Meeting Tuesday May 19th from 7pm-8:30pm in the Benson Library Conference Room

 

  • Benson Site Council Meeting Wednesday May 20th from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the Benson Library Conference Room

 

 

 

 

A Message Regarding Senior Graduation:

Hello parents and guardians.  As you may know, the long awaited senior graduation date is quickly approaching.  Commencement is on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at the Memorial Coliseum from 5:30pm-7:30pm and there will be a mandatory graduation practice for seniors will be at the coliseum on that same day, from 12- 2pm.

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Math teacher Lorene Espineli regarding The Asian American Youth Leadership Conference (Please also see attached pictures)

On May 15, 2015, 11 Benson students attended the 23rd annual Asian American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC).  AAYLC’s mission is to help Asian American youth rise above the obstacles before them and achieve their potential by promoting education, instilling self-confidence, and developing leadership skills. Students spent the rest of the day in workshops with a focus on leadership development, communication skills, and cultural identity. The following students that attended the conference were Angel Le, Benson’s Student Ambassador, Anthony Hoang, Kim Le, Anthony Nguyen, Baonhi Nguyen, Lisa Lau, Moses Tran, Benson Ton, Paul Chu, Yvette Louie, and Tony Le. Ms. Espineli and Mr. Trinh served as the group’s chaperones and they look forward to bringing more students from Benson to AAYLC in 2016.

 

A Message for our Manufacturing Teacher Barth Clooten

Benson students from Electric and Manufacturing apply for Youth Apprenticeship Positions. The industry partners work with the Electric and Manufacturing Programs of Study at Benson. The industry partners that were offering 3 apprenticeships are Precision Cast Parts and Tice Industries.  After the interviews were completed the following students were selected for apprentice positions:

 

Dominic Ferroggiaro at Tice Industries

Ben Gilmore at Precision Cast Parts

Parker Himelfarb at Precision Cast Parts

 

The Boeing 3 year Youth Apprenticeship program finished interviews from the tri-county area.

Logan Richter earned a position after 100+ applicants and 30 interview candidates.

 

Thomas Wallberg earned 1st place in the annual American Foundry Society Competition.

 

 

A Message from Teaghan Phillips (LÁMP:ARA Coordinator)

You are invited to LÁMP:ARA’s End of the Year Fiesta!

LÁMP:ARA’s End of the Year Fiesta is just around the corner! Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments as we recognize LÁMP:ARA students and mentors for all they have achieved this year.

When: Thursday, May 28th | 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: Benson Polytechnic High School (Old Band Room), 546 Northeast 12th Avenue | Portland, OR 97232

We hope to see you there!

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Sanjay Bedi (Benson’s Athletic Director)

Congratulation to the Coach Leon McKenzie and the following athletes who have qualified for the State Track & Field Meet with their outstanding performance at the District Track Meet this week:

Chaquinn Cook: 2nd in the 100m Hurdles & 1st in Triple Jump

Rachel Thompson: 2nd in Shot Put & 1st in Discus

Dakari Polk: 1st in Shot Put

Petro Dronov: 2nd in Pole Vault

Good luck as they compete next week at State.

Thanks,

Sanjay

 

A Message from Benson’s Counselors Regarding Summer School

Summer School Pre-Registration starts on Monday, May. 18th.  Summer Scholars is an opportunity for students to retrieve credit for a failed class. The first session is June 29th – July 17th and the second session is July 27-August 14th.  Students take one class per session.

The first step is meeting with your counselor for pre-registration.   Students will then need to come to one of the in-person registrations to complete the process and be fully registered. The registration dates are: June 9, 10th, 11th  from  4:30pm – 7:00pm and June 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Benson Counseling Team

 

A Message from Jessica Murchison: Benson’s Leadership and Activities Director

Student body elections are starting.  Monday May 4th starts campaign week and students are very excited to be running for 2015-2016 Student Body Government.  Voting will happen the week of May 26th-29th.  We will announce 2015-2016 new Benson High Student Body (BHSB) on Monday June 1st.

Jessica Murchison

 

Spanish / Leadership / Director of Activities

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x77171

 

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 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 and we need more chaperones to help supervise the event.  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.

 

If you are interested in helping support this event please reach out to PTSA President Christin Chambless at cstanner@teleport.com

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

Building Testing Coordinator

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

 

Job 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 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.

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Beat the Odds Scholarship

The Beat the Odds scholarship is for students who will graduate in 2016, which means that eligible students are current juniors.  The winners will be seniors when the award is given in November of this year.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, September 14th – which may be just a few weeks into the upcoming school year.  This $10,000 scholarship is available for students who have made academic success despite hardships within their lifetime.  The attached flyer has more information regarding this scholarship.

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

May 102015
 

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.

 

May 11th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • Benson’s Senior Prom is this coming Friday May 15th from 8pm-11pm at the Elysian Ball Room located on 918 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97205.  Parents please be sure to discuss with your students the responsibility of being a young adult during this special evening as the Benson Administration and staff would like everyone to have a great time during this joyous occasion. 

 

  • 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 May 14th 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 6-weeks of school.

 

 

 

Message regarding Senior Graduation:

Hello parents and guardians.  As you may know, the long awaited senior graduation date is quickly approaching.  Commencement is on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at the Memorial Coliseum at from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Mandatory graduation practice for seniors will be at the coliseum on that same day, from 12- 2 pm.

If your student has received any scholarships and/or awards and you would like that information presented in the commencement program handed to guests at the ceremony, please contact Jamila Baghshi, Vice Principal Secretary/Graduation Coordinator at 503-916-5100 extension 77105 or at jbaghshi@pps.net.  Please include the name of the scholarship and the amount your student is receiving; or the name of the award.  Information must be submitted by Friday, May 15th, 2015.  Let’s have our students’ achievements get the recognition they deserve!

Jamila Baghshi

Vice Principal’s Secretary

Benson High School

(503)916-5100 ext.77105

 

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

 

Period 1    8:15-9:37

 

Period 3    9:42-11:04

 

Lunch        11:04-11:34

 

Period 5    11:39-1:01

 

Period 7    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

Young, Gifted and Black Awards Ceremony

Congratulations goes out to Alexis Whitney and Dreyme Jackson who will be recognized as one of the 24 students being honored at the Sixth Annual Young, Black & Gifted ceremony on May 14th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the BESC.  Alexis and Dreyme were selected out of more than 180 student nominations from kindergarten through 12th grade within PPS.

Young, Gifted and Black is a program aimed at highlighting the success of Black students throughout PPS, and this year we will be recognizing some of our most distinguished students and their families. Students will be photographed by a professional photographer, Marquis Johnson, and will be interviewed by a retired Portland Public Schools Administrator, Dr. Carolyn Leonard.

 

As part of the recognition program, parents, friends and community members, are invited to attend a ceremony at the central office of Portland Public Schools, located at 501 N. Dixon Street on Thursday, May 14 from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The ceremony will include a full program including a keynote speaker, music, presentation of certificates, beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

 

Please come and show your support for our two fine students Alexis and Dreyme.

 

C. Wilson

Principal

BHS

 

A Message from Jessica Murchison: Benson’s Leadership and Activities Director

Student body elections are starting.  Monday May 4th starts campaign week and students are very excited to be running for 2015-2016 Student Body Government.  Voting will happen the week of May 26th-29th.  We will announce 2015-2016 new Benson High Student Body (BHSB) on Monday June 1st.

 

Jessica Murchison

Spanish / Leadership / Director of Activities

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x77171

 

 

 

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 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:

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, spayne@pps.net

 

Susan Payne

Assistant Director

Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment

Portland Public Schools

(503) 916-3115

 

Athletics for the Week

 

Monday

4:30 BB (V) vs Roosevelt @ Sckavone

4:30 BB (JV) vs Roosevelt @ Overlook

4:00 SB vs Wilson @ Custer Park

1:00 WTN District @ Gabriel

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

 

Tuesday

4:30 BB vs Roosevelt @ U of P

4:30 BB (JV) vs Roosevelt @ Sckavone

4:00 SB vs Roosevelt @ BHS

1:00 MTN Districts @ Gabriel Park

4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving Park

 

Wednesday

3:45 TR Districts @ Lincoln

1:00 WTN Districts @ Gabriel Park vans/cabs

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

4:30 BB vs Lincoln @ Gabriel Park

 

Thursday

3:45 TR District @ Lincoln

1:00 MTN Districts @ Gabriel Park

4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving

 

Friday

1:00 WTN Districts @ Gabriel

1:00 MTN Districts @ Gabriel

 

 

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 and we need more chaperones to help supervise the event.  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.

 

If you are interested in helping support this event please reach out to PTSA President Christin Chambless at cstanner@teleport.com

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Job 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 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.

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

May Scholarships:

1. 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

May 032015
 

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.

 

May 4th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • Parents please note that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I’d like to say “Thanks” to all the hard working teachers and staff members here at Benson Tech. 

 

•     Benson’s Diversity Assembly: The Diversity Assembly will be held on Thursday, May 7th in the Auditorium from 2:30-3:15.  Please be sure to come and check out some of our diverse acts performed by our very own BHS students. 

 

  • 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 May 7th 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 6-weeks of school.

 

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

 

Period 1    8:15-9:37

 

Period 3    9:42-11:04

 

Lunch        11:04-11:34

 

Period 5    11:39-1:01

 

Period 7    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

Young, Gifted and Black Awards Ceremony

Congratulations goes out to Alexis Whitney and Dreyme Jackson who will be recognized as one of the 24 students being honored at the Sixth Annual Young, Black & Gifted ceremony on May 14th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the BESC.  Alexis and Dreyme were selected out of more than 180 student nominations from kindergarten through 12th grade within PPS.

Young, Gifted and Black is a program aimed at highlighting the success of Black students throughout PPS, and this year we will be recognizing some of our most distinguished students and their families. Students will be photographed by a professional photographer, Marquis Johnson, and will be interviewed by a retired Portland Public Schools Administrator, Dr. Carolyn Leonard.

 

As part of the recognition program, parents, friends and community members, are invited to attend a ceremony at the central office of Portland Public Schools, located at 501 N. Dixon Street on Thursday, May 14 from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The ceremony will include a full program including a keynote speaker, music, presentation of certificates, beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

 

Please come and show your support for our two fine students Alexis and Dreyme.

C. Wilson

Principal

BHS

 

 

A Message from Jessica Murchison: Benson’s Leadership and Activities Director

Student body elections are starting.  Monday May 4th starts campaign week and students are very excited to be running for 2015-2016 Student Body Government.  Voting will happen the week of May 26th-29th.  We will announce 2015-2016 new Benson High Student Body (BHSB) on Monday June 1st.

 

Jessica Murchison

Spanish / Leadership / Director of Activities

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x77171

 

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 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, spayne@pps.net

 

Susan Payne

Assistant Director

Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment

Portland Public Schools

(503) 916-3115

 

 

A Message for PPS Chief Communications Director Jon Isaacs

Benson Parents/Guardians

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.

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Athletics for the Week

 

Monday

4:30 BB (V) @ Wilson

4:30 BB (JV) vs Wilson @ Gabriel

4:00 SB vs Franklin @ Clinton

4:00 WTN @ Madison

4:00 MTN vs Madison @ Irving

 

Tuesday

4:30 BB (JV) @ Wilson

4:00 SB vs Madison @ Rose City

4:00 MTN vs Wilson @ Irving

4:00 WTN @ Wilson

3:45 TR FR/So PIL Prelims @ Marshall

 

Wednesday

4:00 TR @ Marshall

4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

 

Thursday

4:30 BB (V) @ Wilson

4:30 BB (JV) vs Wilson @ Gabriel

3:45 TR JV/Frosh PIL Finals @ Marshall

4:00 MTN vs Lincoln @ Washington Park

4:00 WTN vs Lincoln @ Irving

 

Friday

4:30 BB (V) vs Wilson @ BHS

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:

 

                                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 and we need more chaperones to help supervise the event.  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.

 

If you are interested in helping support this event please reach out to PTSA President Christin Chambless at cstanner@teleport.com

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

 

Job 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

2:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

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.

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

 

May Scholarships:

1. 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

 

Apr 262015
 

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/Guardians,

 

  • 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

 

Lunch        11:04-11:34

 

Period 5    11:39-1:01

 

Period 7    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

Parents: A Message for you and your Junior students:

Please read below and read the attached letter from Administration regarding ACT Testing.

Attention Juniors:

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.

Ms. Jamison

 

 

 

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, spayne@pps.net

 

Susan Payne

Assistant Director

Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment

Portland Public Schools

(503) 916-3115

 

 

 

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)

Message #1

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.

 

Message #2 

Benson Parents/Guardians

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.

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Athletics for the Week

 

Monday

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

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

4:00 TR @ Jefferson

4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

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!

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

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

2:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

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.

 

Career Days:

•             Interested in fire fighter, emergency responder, wildlife management, or media relations? Sign up for a career day to Port of Portland.  April 29th, 2015

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

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

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

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

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

April Scholarships

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

 

May Scholarships:

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

Apr 192015
 

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

 

April 20th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • 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 23rd 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.

 

  • Benson’s PTSA will be meeting this coming Tuesday April 21st at 7:00pm in the Benson Library Conference Room.  Please come and support Benson’s PTSA as we wind down the end of the school year. 

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

 

Period 1    8:15-9:37

 

Period 3    9:42-11:04

 

Lunch        11:04-11:34

 

Period 5    11:39-1:01

 

Period 7    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

Parents: A Message for you and your Junior students:

Please read below and read the attached letter from Administration regarding ACT Testing.

Attention Juniors: 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 from Cathy Skach (Benson’s Digital Media Production Teacher)

Digital Media students took several medals at the SkillsUSA State Conference last weekend!

 

The following students competed and earned medals:

 

PHOTOGRAPHY:

•             Andy Lai – GOLD

•             Jhanifor Whitlow – BRONZE

WEB DESIGN (Team of two):

•             Brian Moreno – GOLD

•             Allison Plager – GOLD

DIGITAL VIDEO CINEMA (Team of two):

•             Vanessa Aldaz – SILVER

•             Hunter Cripps – SILVER

GOLD medalists, Andy Lai, Brian Moreno and Allison Plager will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky in June for the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) where more than 6000 outstanding Career and Technical education students -all state contest winners – will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

 

Athletics for the Week

 

Monday

4:30 BB (V) vs Cleveland @ Powell

4:30 BB (JV) vs Cleveland @ Sckavone

4:00 SB vs Madison @ BHS

4:00 WTN @ Franklin

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

 

Tuesday

4:30 BB (JV) vs Cleveland @ Powell

4:00 MTN @ Roosevelt

4:00 WTN vs Roosevelt @ Irving

 

Wednesday

4:00 SB vs Grant @ Wilshire

4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

 

Thursday

4:00 SB vs Wilson @ BHS

4:30 BB (V) vs Cleveland @ Sckavone

4:30 BB (JV) vs Cleveland @ Powell

3:30 TR JV/Frosh Classic @ Wilson

4:00 MTN @ Grant

4:00 WTN vs Grant @ Irving

 

Friday

4:00 BB (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

4:00 WTN Practice @ Irving

4:00 MTN Practice @ Irving

 

Saturday

TBA TR@ Centennial Invitational

 

 

 

Good News from Elaine Ferrell-Burns (Benson’s Media Specialist)

Benson HS 2nd Annual Poetry Slam.  Congratulations to the following students who will be representing our school at Verselandia on April 20th.  Questions?  Contact your Librarian, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

1st Place – Havana Maceo

2nd Place – Wyatt Gilderson

3rd Place – Kyle Patubo

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

Currently reading…

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

and

The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

and

Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

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

2:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

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.

 

Career Days:

Interested in fire fighter, emergency responder, wildlife management, or media relations? Sign up for a career day to Port of Portland.  April 29th, 2015

 

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

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

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

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

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Opportunity:

For more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

April Scholarships

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

 

May Scholarships:

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 overal

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Apr 122015
 

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 13th 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • This coming Thursday April 16th Benson we will be on its regular Thursday Tutorial Schedule with tutorial happening at the end of the day.

 

  • Parents Please note that Benson will be on a Late Opening Schedule this coming Wednesday April 15.  Students are to report to school by 10:00am

 

  • 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.

 

  • Benson’s Site Council will be meeting this coming Wednesday at 3:30pm in the Benson Library Conference Room.  Please come and support decisions made regarding Benson Tech.

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

 

Period 1    8:15-9:37

 

Period 3    9:42-11:04

 

Lunch        11:04-11:34

 

Period 5    11:39-1:01

 

Period 7    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

Late Opening Schedule for Wednesday April 15th

 

Period 2: 10:15-11:18

 

Period 4: 11:23-12:26

 

Lunch 12:26-12:59

 

Period 6: 1:04-2:07

 

Period 8: 2:12-3:15

 

Parents: A Message for you and your Junior students

Attention Juniors: 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.

Parents and students will be given more information within the coming days regarding transportation, lunch and exam logistics.

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 from Teaghan Phillips

After 6 weeks of printmaking, graffiti drawing, hip-hop dancing, aztec dancing, and mural painting workshops funded in part by RACC, Benson students unveiled their completed mural located on the south wall located next to the band room.  Please be sure to stop by and check out the great work done by our Benson students and LÁMP:ARA.

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

A Message from Benson Counselor Amy Henry

Asian American Youth Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, May 15th at Concordia University.  You will need to register by Friday, April 17.

Please see Ms. Henry in counseling for registration information.

 

Good News from Elaine Ferrell-Burns (Benson’s Media Specialist)

Benson HS 2nd Annual Poetry Slam.  Congratulations to the following students who will be representing our school at Verselandia on April 20th.  Questions?  Contact your Librarian, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

1st Place – Havana Maceo

2nd Place – Wyatt Gilderson

3rd Place – Kyle Patubo

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

Currently reading…

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

and

The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

and

Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors regarding forecasting:

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

April 13-17 – Junior Class

April 20-24 – Freshman Class

April 30 – Sophomore Major Fair

May 4-8 – Sophomore Class

 

 

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

Dear Benson High School senior parents and students,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Informational Flyer is attached to this newsletter!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

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)

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

 

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

2:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Take Tri-Met line #76

 

Career Days:

  • Interested in fire fighter, emergency responder, wildlife management, or media relations? Sign up for a career day to Port of Portland.  April 29th, 2015

 

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.

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

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

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

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

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Apr 052015
 

April 6th 2015

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

  • Thursday April 9th will be the end of the 3rd Grading Quarter

 

  • Friday April 10th there will be no school for students as this will be Teacher’s Planning Day

 

  • 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 9th 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 (3) months of school.

 

 

Thursday’s Tutorial Schedule

 

Period 1    8:15-9:37

 

Period 3    9:42-11:04

 

Lunch        11:04-11:34

 

Period 5    11:39-1:01

 

Period 7    1:06-2:28

 

Tutorial     2:33-3:15

 

 

 

A Message from The Counseling Department

Juniors and Seniors: Concordia U. is hosting a “financial reality fair” for Juniors and Seniors on Saturday April 11 from 10:00 am – 12:00pm.  After the fair, they are also hosting a free FAFSA “help” session for seniors.  Please read the attached flyer.

 

 

Congratulations to Benson’s Women’s Basketball Coach Eric Knox for being named April Coach of the Year presented by Legacy Health. 

 

A Message from Teaghan Phillips

Arte e identidad | Student Mural Exhibition

Tuesday, April 7 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Benson Polytechnic High School, Old Gym 546 NE 12th AVE | Portland, OR | 97232

After 6 weeks of printmaking, graffiti, hip-hop, aztec dance, and mural painting workshops funded in part by RACC, Benson students are showcasing their completed works. Come support student art and check out the student mural, Aztec dance, hip hop and more!

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

Benson Latino Parent Meeting

We’d like to invite the Benson Latino families to again attend a meeting on Tuesday, April 7th, from 5:30 to 7:00pm.  This meeting will center on a new program starting at Benson this year called ESCALERA: Taking Steps to Success.  ESCALERA is offered to Latino Junior students, and it helps them to obtain their diplomas, and develop their future goals.  Snacks will be offered.  Come and share your ideas!

 

Junta de padres Latinos en Benson

Queremos invitar a las familias latinas de Benson otra vez a asistir a una junta el martes, día 7 de abril, de 5:30 a 7:00pm. Esta junta se va a centrar en un nuevo programa en Benson que va a empezar este año llamado ESCALERA: Tomando pasos hacia el éxito. ESCALERA se ofrece para estudiantes Latinos que son Juniors, y les ayuda a obtener su diploma y a desarrollar metas para el futuro. Se ofrece comida gratis. ¡Vengan a compartir sus ideas!

 

 

 

A Message from The Benson Automotive Team of Ed Railey and Brett Anderson

Two of Benson’s Auto majors Fox Power and Bowen Rowe have tested and scored high enough to qualify Benson Tech as a competing team in the Ford/AAA Auto skills State hands on final.  These students will be competing against 9 other High Schools from the state of Oregon.  They will have to diagnose and properly repair a 2015 Focus SE in a 90 minute competition.  The outcome, win or lose usually results in long term employment opportunities for the competing students.  The hands-on competition will be held at MHCC in early May.

Go Benson Tech!!

Ed Railey

Automotive/Aviation Technology Instructor

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

A Message from Benson Counselor Amy Henry

Asian American Youth Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, May 15th at Concordia University.  You will need to register by Friday, April 17.

Please see Ms. Henry in counseling for registration information.

 

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

Financial Reality Fair-Sat, April 11 @ 10am Concordia university

Young Adult Leaders in Action:

To apply you should:

•             Be interested in learning about international issues and other cultures

•             Be passionate to take action and serve the local and global community.

•             Work cooperatively with other you and council staff

•             Bring a unique perspective and voice to the program

Applications are in the career center and are due by April 30, 2015

 

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

2:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Take Tri-Met line #76

 

Career Days:

  • Interested in fire fighter, emergency responder, wildlife management, or media relations? Sign up for a career day to Port of Portland.  April 29th, 2015

 

 

 

 

A Message from Benson’s Digital Media Teacher Cathy Skach

Seniors in Digital Media -Video Production submitted entries to the 2015 O[yes] “Speak up. Work Safe.” high school video contest. Three entries from Benson have been selected as finalists! The students’ videos will now enter a second phase of judging where they will select the first, second, and third place prize winners. The eleven finalist videos are posted at http://youngemployeesafety.org/speak-up-work-safe-video-contest-finalists-announced/.

 

Benson finalists are:

 

“Shop Safety of Horror” – by Senior Hunter Cripps

“Think Safely – It Couldn’t Hurt” – by Seniors Joey Oshea-Bianco and Simon Nguyen

“This is You”- by Allison Plager and Andy Lai with guest Vicary Biggs

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] hosts the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, also features the tagline “Work shouldn’t cost you your future.” Students were tasked with creating a 90-second video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, youth appeal, production quality, and message.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem on May 2nd.

 

 

Good News from Elaine Ferrell-Burns (Benson’s Media Specialist)

Benson HS 2nd Annual Poetry Slam.  Congratulation to the following students who will be representing our school at Verselandia on April 20th.  Questions?  Contact your Librarian, Mrs. Ferrell-Burns at efburns@pps.net.

1st Place – Havana Maceo

2nd Place – Wyatt Gilderson

3rd Place – Kyle Patubo

 

Way to go Team Epilogue!  Our Benson Library Battle of the Books Team placed 3rd in their Regional Competition and will be representing Portland Public Schools at the Oregon State Battle of the Books on April 11th.  We are proud of Elizabeth Wiegand, Dexter Kearney, Abigail Kindall, and Branwyn Donovan!

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

Currently reading…

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

and

The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

and

Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors regarding forecasting:

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

April 13-17 – Junior Class

April 20-24 – Freshman Class

April 30 – Sophomore Major Fair

May 4-8 – Sophomore Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Dear Benson High School senior parents and students,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Informational Flyer is attached to this newsletter!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

This Week in Athletics

Monday

4:30 BB (V) vs Grant @ Sckavone

4:30 BB (JV) @ Grant

4:00 WTN @ Hood River

4:00 MTN vs Hood River @ Irving

 

Tuesday

4:30 BB (V) @ Grant

4:30 BB (JV) vs Grant @ Irving

4:00 SB vs Wilson @ Custer

 

Wednesday

4:00 TR @ Lincoln

 

Thursday

4:00 SB vs Roosevelt @ BHS

4:30 BB vs Lincoln @ Gabriel Park

4:00 WTN @ Wilson

4:00 MTN vs Wilson @ Irving

 

Friday

4:30 BB (V) vs Lincoln @ BHS

 

Saturday

10:30 TR@ Aloha Invitational

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

 

 

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

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

Scholarships:

 

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

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

 

Programs:

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

 

Pre-College Programs:

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

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

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

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

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

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

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

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

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

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

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

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

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

Reed College:

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

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

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