Sep 292019
 

Parents/Guardians,

Please click on the links below to access this week’s Parent/Guardian Newsletter.

Principal Wilson

Parent Guardian Newsletter (September 30th 2019)

Weekly Athletics Calendar (Sept. 30th to Oct. 5th)

AP at Benson Credit for OSU UO PSU PCC

AP Registration Handout 2019-20

BHS ChinookBook Flyer

Career Coordinator Newsletter (September 23rd 2019)

 

Nov 222015
 

November 23rd 2015

A Message From Principal Wilson:

 

Parents/Guardians,

If you are interested in being on the Benson Master Planning Committee for the “New Benson Tech” please read the information below, open up the attached links and follow the application instructions.  This is a great way to get involved and stay on top of all the upcoming news and decisions related to the “New Benson Tech.”

The Benson master planning website is now available for people in the community who are interested in becoming involved.  The site provides an overview of the upcoming master planning process, an application for joining the master planning committee and the committee charter.    Here is the link:  http://BensonBond.pps.net    or   http://www.pps.k12.or.us/bond/10958.htm

 

Any interested staff or community members should fill out the application either on line or in hard copy.  Please know that the “hard Copy” application will be due back to my office (Mr. Wilson ) by Dec. 7th

The link to the online master planning committee application is here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DNcZX3wG6cqDFcwuUczKw7U0t_4z2J7cfMwaPsD4zLY/viewform?c=0&w=1

Principal Wilson

 

 

A Message from Jon Isaacs (PPS Chief Information Officer)

Parents/Guardians if you have any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming enrollment balancing scenarios for PPS please be sure to clink on the link below to receive all current and relevant updated information.

English documents are all here.

Spanish is here.

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/9522.htm

A Message from Julie Morris (Benson’s Librarian)

The Children’s Book Harvest is finished for the year and Benson collected 840 books! Our goal was 500 books and with the help of several dedicated parents, and especially Chelsea King, we surpassed it.  A BIG thank you to all who donated and to the students of the Benson Key Club who counted and packed the books before they were delivered to the Children’s Book Bank.

Now that the books are “harvested”, the Children’s Book Bank is looking for volunteers from the community to help clean and organize the books for distribution.  If you have a community group that is interested in volunteering, please contact: www.childrensbookbank.org/cbh-volunteer or call 503-954-6853.

 

Thank you,

Julie Morris, M.L.S.

Media Specialist/ Librarian

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503)916-5100 ext. 77124, 77125

jmorris1@pps.net

 

 

 

A Message from the Counseling Office Regarding Financial Aid Night

On December 3rd at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a financial aid night for all junior/senior parents and students.

If you have any questions contact Adam Kennybrew or myself.

Thanks,

Andrew Hull

School Counselor Intern

 

 

Flex Schedule For This Week:

There will be no “Flex Schedule” happening for this week.

 

This Week In Athletics:

There are No Athletics scheduled for this week 

 

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

Career Day Opportunities

Howard S. Wright Career Day December 9th 9:00-1:30

One of Portland’s leading construction companies specializing in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Students who attend this event will learn from professionals about the many different jobs within the construction field, as well as, the work involved in bidding, estimating, building-information modeling and project management.

Kaiser Permanente (Sunnyside Medical Center) Career Day December 10th 9:30-12:30

Students who attend this career day will tour and talk with professionals in the field.  They will hear about the skills and education needed for various jobs within health care (including IT and other high demand, well-paying jobs that don’t involve direct patient care.

ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentorship Applications are due November 24th

Students will get mentoring & career advice from professionals, design a building project from start to finish, and connect what you learn in school to real life careers.

PACE (Plumbing, Air, Carpentry, and Electrical) Mentorship Program:

PACE is a FREE after-school mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters and electricians to learn about well-paying jobs in the trades.

OSU Field Trip 12/5/2015

Students who attend this field trip will learn about the School of Business.  Transportation is provided, as well as, breakfast and lunch.

Miranda

 

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

SkillsUSA is having a winter clearance sale on Tech Gear in the Bookkeeper’s office!.  Assorted sizes available:

Sweat Pants – originally $30, now just $10  (up to 3X) Crew-neck Sweat Shirts – originally $30, now just $10  (XL – 3X) Select T-shirts – originally $20, now just $5  (limited sizes)

 

A Message from PPS:

PPS is shifting family, student and staff communication to a new tool that gives schools the ability to send texts about emergencies, closures, delays and other important news.  To receive text notifications, you must opt in to the service.  You opt in by texting YES to 68453.  Parents and students should confirm their cell numbers are listed in the student information system.  Staff should confirm their cell numbers are the “primary” number in the PeopleSoft system.  For more info about texting, go to www.pps.net and click on the “Mobile First” button

 

 

A Message for Our Seniors

Seniors, Yearbook is now accepting senior portraits. Get your fabulous picture taken and then e-mail it as a high resolution file (.jpeg or .psd) to bensonyearbook2016@gmail.com. We are also accepting senior quotes, which can be sent to the same address. The deadline to turn in portraits is Winter Break, so get on it.

The Benson Yearbook Department

 

A Couple of Message’s from Joe Rozewski (Benson’s Art Instructor)

On December 17th, 2015, from 4-7PM, the Art classes at Benson will be having our first art Gallery Show.  Featuring work from the Visual arts Department in Benson’s KBPS’s  radio station’s lobby. Most work is for sale at a great price. The Creative Arts Club will be there selling lots of Winter Break gifts at “recession proof” prices. Come out and see the great work made by our students and maybe pick up a gift for a friend for the holidays. All sales go to the Visual Arts Department account, checks and cash only please.

Hope to see you at the show!!!

Joe Rozewski

Benson Art Department

 

Another Message from Joe Rozewski

There will be a “Brunch For the Arts” at Dots Cafe Saturday November 21st.  Students, staff and parents can buy vouchers from Mr. Rozewski or just show up at the brunch and a portion of that day’s profits goes to Benson H.S. art classes.

Dots cafe is family friendly and located at: 2521 SE Clinton St. @ 26th Ave.  Brunch starts at 10 AM and includes bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, pancakes and much more, all for $10!  The manager has been very helpful in the past and helped us raise money for the Kiln two years ago.  So come on down and support Benson’s Arts!

Thanks,

Joe R

A Message from Tammy Hite/Benson Alumni Association

BENSON YEARBOOKS FOR SALE! Recently we had to clean out a few storage areas around the school and discovered A LOT of yearbooks. The majority of the books are from 1970 to 2014 with few books from the 50’s and 60’s. Most are brand new, but some of the older books have a bit of wear and some writing in them. If you are interested in purchasing one, please go to the Benson Alumni website to see what books are available and prices. Proceeds from the sale go towards the Benson Centennial Celebrations happening during the 2016-2017 school year. Please allow up to 4-weeks for delivery.

http://www.bensontechalumni.org/about/alumni-store/

Tammy Hite

Architecture and Drafting Teacher

Benson Polytechnic High School

546 NE 12th Avenue

Portland, OR 97232

thite@pps.net

503-916-5100 x77211

 

 

Employment Opportunities for Benson Students:

Information for all jobs can be found in the Career Center

  • · Text: @ccinfo to 81010 to get updates about job openings and other career events
  • · Multnomah Athletic club (two positions open-check out Job Board)
  • · Marshalls (applications in the CC)
  • · Bath & Body Works (applications in the CC)
  • · North West Youth Corps (check out the Job Board)
  • · Conservation Projects (Check out the Job Board)

 

A Message from Mr. Mylet (English Instructor/Yearbook Advisor)

SENIORS:

Seniors, Yearbook is now accepting senior portraits. Get your fabulous picture taken and then e-mail it as a high resolution file (.jpeg or .psd) to bensonyearbook2016@gmail.com. We are also accepting senior quotes, which can be sent to the same address. The deadline to turn in portraits is Winter Break, so get on it!

Dave Mylet

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

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

Text: @u2college to 81010 to get updates about college visits.

  • · 10/29 Florida Polytechnic 10:00am

Adam Kennybrew (Benson’s AVID/College Counselor)

 

 

A Message from Tony Peters (Benson’s Attendance Monitor)

When Your Student is Absent or Late

When a student is absent from a class period, an Auto-Dialer will call a designated phone number associated with the student to inform parents/guardians of the absence.

In previous years, after listening to the Auto-Dialer message, parent/guardians were able to push a button to leave a recorded message for the Attendance Monitor.  This is no longer possible.  However, voicemail messages MAY BE LEFT for the Attendance Monitor, at any time, by calling Benson High School at (503) 916-5100 and then pressing Option 3 for Attendance. This is what the new Auto-Dialer system directs parent/guardians to do, in order to excuse or comment on their student’s absence from class.

 

Make It a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Mar 152015
 

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

 

March 16th 2015

 

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

 

 

  • This coming Thursday March 19th Benson we will be on its regular Thursday morning Tutorial Schedule with tutorial happening at the end of the day.

 

  • Parents please be sure to remind your kids that on Wednesday March 18th Benson will be having its Late Opening Schedule (please see schedule below).

 

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

 

  • Benson’s Rose Festival Princess Tihanne Marshall has officially been announced and you can read about the Rose Festival announcement in the attached Oregonian newspaper article.  Congratulations Tihanne.

 

  • The Northwest Career Expo for students will be happening this coming Tuesday March 17th at the Oregon Convention Center.  Students will spend part of their morning being able to meet with and gather information from businesses and career leaders from throughout the city.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Benson’s PTSA meets this coming Tuesday March 17th at 7pm in the Benson Library Classroom.  Please come and get involved in the (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association).

 

  • Benson’s Site Council meets this coming Wednesday March 18th at 3:30pm in the Benson Library Classroom.  The Benson administration would love to have more participants involved in this important work which supports all aspects of making Benson the best high school in the city. 

 

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

 

 

 

This coming Wednesday March 18th will be Benson’s Late Opening.  Please note that school will be starting at 10:15am for Benson students.

Period 2  10:15am-11:18am

 

Period 4  11:23am-12:26pm

 

Lunch      12:26pm-12:59pm

 

Period 6  1:04pm-2:07pm

 

Period 8  2:12pm-3:15pm

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Counseling Department:

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

 

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

 

ACT scores can be extremely important in the college admission process, helping students to receive scholarships, etc.  Practice can help increase scores and relieve test anxiety.

 

More information can be found on the ACT website at: http://www.act.org.

 

Benson Counselors

 

 

 

 

 

A Message form Benson’s Bookkeeper Reanna Rice

It is time to order your CTE Stoles for Graduation.  The price is $20.00 and you must go through the bookkeeper to place your order.

The Deadline is March 20th.

 

 

 

 

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

Poetry Slam – Friday, March 20th @ Lunch in the Library.  Do you like to listen to poetry, song lyrics, or short stories?  Come hear Benson students’ as they share their original work at Benson’s 2nd Annual Poetry Slam.  Winning students will move on to represent our school at Verselandia. 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Counselors regarding forecasting:

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

April 13-17 – Junior Class

April 20-24 – Freshman Class

April 30 – Sophomore Major Fair

May 4-8 – Sophomore Class

 

 

 

 

A Message from Steve Naganuma (Benson Radio)

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

 

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

 

http://kbps.am/208.htm

 

St Mary’s, Madison, Lincoln, Central Catholic, Parkrose, David Douglas, Jefferson, Benson and Wilson interviews are currently on the KBPS web site.

 

Cleveland, Roosevelt, Metro East/West, Grant and Franklin will be added after their selection.”

 

Steve Naganuma

 

 

 

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

Dear Benson High School senior parents and students,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Informational Flyer is attached to this newsletter!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Christin Chambless

Benson High School

PTSA President

 

 

 

This Week in Athletics

 

Monday

4:30 BB (V) @ Glencoe

4:30 BB (JV) vs Glencoe

4:00 MTN @ David Douglas

 

Tuesday

4:30 BB (V/JV) @ St. Helens

 

Wednesday

4:00 TRK @ Franklin

 

Friday

4:30 BB (V) @ Barlow

4:30 BB (JV) vs Barlow @ BHS

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Steve Curley

 

Learning Center Teacher/Special Education

 

Building Testing Coordinator

 

 

Ever wanted to know how the district spends its money?

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

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

Erin Barnett

PPS

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

 

 

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

 

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

What and Why

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Who

 

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

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

How

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

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

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

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

 

More information

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

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

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

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

 

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

 

 

 

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

Announcements:

Jobs:

•             Office Assistant  $ 9.25 must be 16 or older

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

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

 

Scholarships:

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

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

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

 

Programs:

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

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

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

 

Pre-College Programs:

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

 

 

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

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

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

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

A Message from Teaghan Phillips LÁMP:ARA Coordinator:

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

 

COME PAINT A MURAL FOR BENSON TECH!

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

 

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

 

Workshop Schedule:

April 7th Mural Unveiling

 

Teaghan Phillips

LÁMP:ARA Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member

Benson High School

503-916-5100 (ext. 77266)

 

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

 

Upcoming Career Days:

 

Sign up for Enterprise Academy:

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

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

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

Thank You!

 

 

FAFSA Support at PCC:

Additional resources for parents and students with questions regarding FAFSA –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

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

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

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

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

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

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

 

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

 

 

Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship Program: 

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

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

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

 

The scholarship application form is attached to this email.

 

The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

George Abele

Oregon Jaycee Foundation

 

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Facility Condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

Jan 192015
 

 

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

 

January 20th 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please note that the end of the first semester is quickly approaching and will end on Thursday January 29th.  It’s important that students are focused on finishing out the last week and a half of this first semester in a positive fashion.  The first semester grades will become a permanent fixture on a student’s official transcript so it’s imperative that students are focused on ending the first semester with as much positive momentum as possible.  Parents/Guardians please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers either via email or by phone if you have questions or concerns regarding your students grades or performances as we get set to close out the first half of the school year and also note that you can always check on Synergy to see how your child is progressing here at Benson Tech as we approach the end of the first semester.

 

 

No Late Opening for Benson Students This Coming Wednesday January 21st

Parents/Guardians please note that Benson will be on a regular Wednesday B Schedule for this coming Wednesday

 

Period 2   8:15-9:48

 

Period 4   9:53-11:26

 

Lunch      11:26-11:59

 

Period 6   12:04-1:37

 

Period 8  1:42-3:15

 

 

Free Math Tutoring

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

 

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

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

Volunteer Opportunity:

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

 

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

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Lisa White

President of the Benson Booster Club

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

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

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

 

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

 

Benson Tech Show

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

 

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

 

Benson Administration

 

 

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

Dear Portland Public Schools Community:

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

What and Why

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Who

 

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

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

How

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

•             The survey will be available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. To take the survey online, you will create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school.

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

 

More information

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

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

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

Thank you!

Jon Isaacs

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

Richard Gilliam

Director, School-Family Partnerships

 

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

Announcements

Are you interested in MT. Hood Community College?

We are offering placement test prep workshops.

See the College and Career Center to sign up.

 

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors!!!

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

 

Job Opening:

Tobacco Compliance Check.  Students must:

•             Be 16 or 17

•             Work 10-15 hours per week

See Miranda Ryan in the Career Center for more information.

 

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

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

Benson’s PTSA

Benson’s PTSA will be meeting on Tuesday January 20th in the Library Conference Room starting at 7pm.  Please come and support the Benson PTSA.

 

Benson’s Site Council

Benson’s Site Council will be meeting on Wednesday January 21st in the Library Conference Room starting at 4pm.  Please come and help support the Benson Site Council Team.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Fit2Live&Learn

 

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

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

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

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

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

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

Thank You

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

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

Parents

The Final Week and a Half of the semester is here.  This semester grade will be a PERMANENT grade on their high school transcript.  Please refer to Synergy for your student’s progress and grade updates.  Together we can make a difference.

Freshmen Academy Team

 

 

This coming Thursday January 22nd Benson will be on a regular Thursday schedule with tutorial happening at the end of the day.

Period 1    8:15-9:37

Period 3    9:42-11:04

Lunch        11:04-11:34

Period 5     11:39-1:01

Period 7     1:06-2:28

Tutorial      2:33-3:15

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Tuesday

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Jefferson @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) vs Jefferson @ BHS

7:30 WBX (V) vs Jefferson @ BHS

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Jefferson

5:45 MBX (JV) @ Jefferson

7:30 MBX (V) @ Jefferson

 

Wednesday

4:00 WR vs Roosevelt & Franklin @ BHS

 

Friday

3:30 MBX (JV) vs Wilson @ BHS

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Wilson

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Wilson @ Jackson MS

5:00 WBX (JV) vs Wilson @ BHS

6:30 WBX (V) vs Wilson @ BHS

8:00 MBX (V) vs Wilson @ BHS

 

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Upcoming Career Days:

Portland Parks & Recreation Career Day February 5th

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

 

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

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

 

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

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

 

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

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

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

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

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

Internships

ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters): A three year internship for teenagers 15-17.  See the Career Center for more information.

Applications are due by January 20th 2015

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

  • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship begins October 2014
  • Scholarship America Dream Award begins October 2014
  • Buick Achievers : for more information, got to www.buickachievers.com

 

 

Important Dates to Know

1/20 Zap Team Applications Due

1/30 US Army Corps of Engineering Career Day

2/5 Portland Parks & Rec Career Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Facility Condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

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

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

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

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

 

Make It a Great Week!

 

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

Jan 112015
 

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

 

January 12th 2015

 

A Message From Principal Wilson:

Parents/Guardians,

Please note that the end of the first semester is quickly approaching and will end on Thursday January 29th.  It’s important that students are focused on finishing out the last few weeks of this first semester in a positive fashion.  The first semester grades will become a permanent fixture on a student’s official transcript so it’s imperative that students are focused on ending the first semester with as much positive momentum as possible.  Parents/Guardians please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers either via email or by phone if you have questions or concerns regarding your students grades or performances as we get set to close out the first half of the school year and also note that you can always check on Synergy to see how your child is progressing here at Benson Tech as we approach the end of the first semester.

 

Monday January 19th there will be no school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

 

 

District Principal Screening Interview Committee for Portland Public Schools

Parents/Guardians/Staff:

Portland Public schools is seeking interested and available volunteers to serve on the district-wide Principal screening interview committee.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the interview processes for Principals and influence the interview screening practices as well.  The purpose of the committee is to provide an opportunity for community representatives to participate in the 2015-16 Principal hiring process.  If parents/guardians/staff are interested in being a part of this committee please read the attached information concerning the Principal interview committee as the deadline to apply with the district is January 12th 2015.

 

 

Opportunities to Explore Benson Tech:

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

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

The District Transfer Application Process: This process will begin on Wednesday February 4th and end on Wednesday February 18th.  If interested in attending Benson this is the time to apply to Benson Tech via the Benson application process and the Districts application process.  Please help spread the word concerning these dates.  More information to follow as the application process draws near.

Benson Tech Show

Come and see all that Benson Tech has to offer at the annual Benson Tech Show.  Tech Show dates will run Thursday and Friday February 12th -13th from 6pm-9pm here at Benson Tech.

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

Benson Administration

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Fit2Live&Learn

 

 

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

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

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

¡Gracias y felices fiestas!

English:

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

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

Thank You

Marena Lear

Bilingual English/Spanish Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

(503) 916.5100 Ext. 77103

 

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

Parents

The Final four weeks of the semester is here.  This semester grade will be a PERMANENT grade on their high school transcript.  Please refer to Synergy for your student’s progress and grade updates.  Together we can make a difference.

Freshmen Academy Team

 

 

This coming Thursday January 15th Benson will be on a Assembly Thursday Schedule with no Tutorial happening on this day

Period 1   8:15-9:37

Period 3   9:42-11:04

Assembly  11:09-11:51

Lunch       11:51-12:21

Period 5   12:26-1:48

Period 7   1:53-3:15

 

 

This Week In Athletics:

Tuesday

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Franklin @ BHS

5:45 WBX (JV) vs Franklin @ BHS

7:30 WBX (V) vs Franklin @ BHS

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Franklin

5:45 MBX (JV) @ Franklin

7:30 MBX (V) @ Franklin

Wednesday

4:00 WR vs Grant, Jefferson & Wilson @ BHS

Thursday

4:00 MBX (FR) vs Madison @ BHS

4:00 WBX (JV) vs Madison @ BHS

4:00 MBX (JV) @ Madison

5:45 WBX (JV2) @ Madison

5:45 WBX (V) vs Madison @ BHS

7:30 MBX (V) vs Madison @ BHS

Friday

4:00 MBX (FR) @ Cleveland

4:00 WBX (JV2) vs Cleveland @ BHS

5:00 MBX (JV) vs Cleveland @ BHS

3:45 WBX (JV) vs Cleveland @ BHS

6:30 WBX (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

8:00 MBX (V) vs Cleveland @ BHS

Saturday

TBA WR @ Forest Grove

 

 

Information from Miranda Ryan (Benson’s Career Coordinator)

Upcoming Career Days:

Portland Parks & Recreation Career Day February 5th

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

Kaiser Permanente February 10th

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

Oregon Humane Society February 19th

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

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 x: 77201

 

 

 

Important Information From Our Counselors

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

Thank You!

Benson Counseling Team

 

The 2014-15 Bell Schedule

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

 

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

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

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

Oregon Battle of the Books List 2014-15

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Elaine Ferrell-Burns

Library Media Specialist

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

Benson HS  (Wed am, Th, Fri)

efburns@pps.net

 

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

Senior Baby Ads

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

Size                     Cost

Full page              $100

1/2 page              $50

1/4 page              $35

1/8 page              $20

 

Thanks,

Dave

 

 

 

Attendance/Tardy Policy

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

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

 

Dress Code Reminder

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

 

LÁMP:ARA

Latinos Adelante Mentor Program: Apoyo y Recursos Académicos

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Teaghan Phillips  |  AmeriCorps Member  

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

Benson High School

Tel: 503.916.5100 (ext. 77266)

 

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

 

Benson Robotics Club

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

 

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

Student Clubs:

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

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

 

Internships

ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters): A three year internship for teenagers 15-17.  See the Career Center for more information.

Applications are due by January 20th 2015

 

 

Scholarships

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

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

 

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

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

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

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director

http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/

 

More Scholarship Opportunities:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Facility Condition

Improving facilities for the highest number of historically underserved students

High enrollment/overcrowding

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

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

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

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

 

Make It a Great Week!

Curtis Wilson Jr., Principal

Benson Polytechnic High School

 

May 182014
 

A Message from Site Council and Principal Wilson

Community Athletic Meeting Regarding the Future of Athletics at Benson:

Benson Supporters, please join us for “Pizza and Dialogue” on May 21st at 7:00 P.M. as Benson’s Site Council is hosting a Community Athletic Forum in conjunction with PPS Representatives regarding the future of Athletics here at Benson Tech for the 2015-16 sports season and beyond.  Athletics here at Benson are secure for the 2014-15 school year but noting is a given for the 2015-16 school year and beyond.  The Benson Site Council needs your support as we invite Parents, Students, Teachers, Coaches, Benson Staff and anyone else that has an invested involvement in Benson Tech.

This will be a chance for you to get answers to questions that Site Council has prepared for District Representatives and you as a supporter of Benson Tech will be able to ask questions as well.  The Benson Site Council is in the process of updating its Five Year Plan for the school to hopefully include a section of planned growth of its sports programs here at Benson and wants/needs your input.   It is important that we have as many supporters of Benson Tech attend this important meeting.  This is the time to voice concerns for the 2015-16 school year and beyond regarding athletics.  As noted Pizza will be served and we will begin promptly at 7pm this coming Wednesday in the Auditorium.

Please pass this information on to anyone else you think would be interested.

Thank you,

Lisa Wilcke for the Benson Site Council & Curtis Wilson Jr. Principal of Benson Tech

 

 

2-Hour Late Opening Wednesday and Thursday

Parents/Guardians please note that on Wednesday May 21st Benson will be having its monthly 2-Hour Late Opening with classes starting at 10am on Wednesday.  On Thursday May 22nd students have the option of taking advantage of the Monthly Advisory Session with teachers from 8:15am-10:00am.  This Advisory Session is a very important time that students can make contact with their teachers regarding class issues, grades or be able to catch up on work from their classes.  Please be sure to have your students take advantage of this opportunity this coming Thursday.

 

Senior Awards Assembly

Parents on Friday May 23rd from 10:55am-11:55am Benson will be having its Senior Awards Assembly in the Auditorium.  This is the time to come and see Senior Students being recogonized by their teachers in the CTE Majors and Academic Courses for their outstanding work from this past school year.  We hope to see you this coming Friday.

Principal Wilson

 

 

Parents/Guardians Please Remind Your Seniors of This Upcoming Important Meeting    

A Mandatory Senior meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20th 9:15 in the Auditorium.  If you do not have a 2nd period class, please make arrangements to be here early that day.  Otherwise, students with a 2nd period class will be escorted to the Auditorium at that time for the Senior Meeting.

Ms. Carbone

 

A Message from Moses Davis: (Math/Computer Tech Teacher)

During the month of April and part of May the students of Introduction to Computer Engineering spent 20 hours (4 hours a week) breaking down, inspecting and building computers at the non-profit Free Geek.

The students built their own computer which they got to keep and also built 15 computers for the class to use.

They did a great job!!!!

Moses W. Davis

 

A Message from Brian Stauffer: (Community Bilingual Agent for Benson)

These students were recognized from Benson with an Honorable Mention Nomination in the Si Se Puede Latino Student Recognition Event.

Cynthia Aguilar-Arizmendi (10)

Valentin Sainz-Lopez (12)

Alfonso Perez-Cruz (12)

Yessica Martinez Mulet (10)

Lupe Urbano (10)

Bryan Hernandez (11)

Irving Gomez-Cruz (11)

Vanessa Aldaz (11)

Emily Pineda (10)

Hector Najera-Hernandez (11)

 

Daniel Soriano-Valencia was chosen to represent Benson in this Latino Student Recognition Event.

Congratulations to Daniel on this accomplishment.

 

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Portland Public Schools will celebrate the accomplishments of our Latino students with our third ¡Sí Se Puede! (“Yes, we can!”) Event to be held at the Blanchard Education Service Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

¡Sí Se Puede! is an opportunity for students to celebrate and inspire each other, build relationships outside their schools and share the rich diversity of their talents and experiences with the greater Portland community.

Each year, teams of teachers, counselors and administrators at all our PPS high schools embrace the chance to promote their Latino students who exemplify:

-Contribution to family, community and school

-Creative accomplishment

-Academic achievement

-Commitment to growth after high school

 

This year we are pleased to add 8th graders to our list of honored students.  All 18 honored students will receive special recognition, a professional photo portrait and will be highlighted in a special commercial to be aired on KUNP/Univision and PPS Channel 28.

The May 20 celebration for our students and their families will feature music, children’s activities and food.  Honorees will be asked to invite a teacher, administrator or member of the community who has made a difference in their lives to share in the festivities.

The true highlight of the evening will be when our honored students take center stage to display their creativity, speak their truth and/or share their vision of the future.

In the spirit of community, we welcome everyone at PPS to be an active part of the ¡Sí Se Puede! Event.  Please join us on the evening of the event to catch your first glance at Oregon’s future leaders in business, science, politics and culture.

To ask about opportunities to connect your school or department with any of our Latino students or families, or how you can support or participate in the ¡Sí Se Puede! Event, please contact:

Veronica Bañuelos vbanuelo@pps.net. (503-916-3047) or

Francisco Garcia fgarcia@pps.net (503-916-3097)

 

-Benson Admin Team

 

 

A Message from David Champion (Norse Hall/Benson Supporter)

As most of you know, we are having our annual Syttende Mai (May 17th) celebration at Norse Hall on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, highlighted by a parade, starting in front of Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, at 3:00 p.m.  It will first head north on NE 11th Avenue, right on NE Davis, then left on 12th Avenue to Lloyd Center, wrap around Holladay Park, and then return to Norse Hall, altogether around 1.5 miles.  Since 2006, Benson has participated in the May 17th parade, usually the groups we support.  Last year, the Benson Robotics Club, SkillsUSA, and cheerleaders walked in the parade, and, in the past, the Benson PTSA carried its banner in the parade.  Last year, the parade included a band, school groups, two Viking ships, a police escort and over 450 people.  It was also covered by KATU.

This year, we expect more people and more local media coverage, partly because this year, May 17th falls on a Saturday and partly because it will be a bicentennial celebration (May 17th is Norway’s Constitution Day-the constitution was ratified on May 17th, 1814).  We’re inviting all members of the Benson community to participate in this year’s parade, in short making the parade a sea of blue-and-orange.  So, the more people from Benson wearing Benson shirts along with more banners, the better.

 

Update:

Benson was well-represented at the May 17th parade, starting at Norse Hall on Saturday, May 17th, 2014.  The cheerleaders did a very good of providing school spirit and the Benson Robotics displays were very popular with the young kids.  Mr. Pellico fired up a tractor and trailer, which after decorated with orange and blue streamers made for the perfect Benson float.

The Benson Robotics Club did a very good job of entertaining the kids with their robots.  Two elementary school kids, one who goes to Irvington and the other to Buckman, said they wanted to go to Benson when they got older so they could join the robotics club!  Three of the cheerleaders, Crystal, Jacob and Arianna, also helped serve in the dining room.  Several people present commented that they were all very helpful, polite and friendly, so they represented very well, indeed.  Mr. Pellico’s idea of bringing a tractor and trailer, which the kids decorated, thereby making a Benson float, worked very well! 

Several people cheered when the Benson float passed. 

 

Thanks,

David

 

Extension of the School Year:

Parents/Guardians please note that the Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31 and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.  PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10.  To make up the missed class time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days.  School will let out for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17 for teachers.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Parents remind your students that as we move into warm weather that clothing with inappropriate symbols or signs relating to gangs, drugs, tobacco, alcohol or anything else is not acceptable as regard to PPS policy.  No sunglasses, du-rags, hats, bandanas, sagging pants, halter tops, exposed midriffs, low necklines, spaghetti straps.  No bare feet, spike jewelry, hanging belts and chains.

Thank You!!

-Benson Administration

 

Freshmen Daily Planner:

Parents/Guardians please remember that freshmen have a daily planner that will help parents monitor daily homework needs and due dates from teachers.  The daily planner also contains contact information and email addresses of their teachers.  Please also be aware of the automated phone calls from the school alerting you (parents) of absences/skipping by your child.  This will allow you the opportunity to follow up with your child before the absences become a chronic issue.

 

A Message from Debbie Corning (Benson’s Bookkeeper)

The Bookkeeper will no longer be accepting personal checks for the rest of the school year.

Thank You

 

Parents; The District’s Sixty (60) Day Rule

Commencement Disqualification- Seniors may be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 days of the last senior school day (June 3rd 2014) they are found to be in violation of the District’s Drug and Alcohol policy or any Level 3 or greater violation resulting in a disciplinary action of suspension.

 

THE 60 DAY RULE BEGAN ON Friday APRIL 4, 2014

Please make sure your Seniors are mindful of this as we move into PROM season and SENIOR celebrations!

-Benson Administration

 

A Message from Linda McLellan (PE Teacher; Fit 2 Live and Learn Class)

Freshmen Parents:  If you want to check on whether your child has completed daily homework, the list of homework (which they do have each night) assignments & expectations are listed in their daily planner.  Please ask to see that planner.  In that planner you will also find teacher’s email addresses and other resource information to help your child navigate their High School experience.

 

This Week In Athletics

Track & Field:

Thursday May 22nd thru Saturday May 24th

State Track and Field Finals in Eugene

Time: TBD    

 

 

A Message from the Benson Counseling Staff of Amy Henry and Steve Wren:

Parents here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t miss and communicate with your students.

Students:

Do you need to make up a credit?  Then PPS Summer Scholars is for you!  You must pre-register with your counselor between May 21st-June 17.  Counselors are available before school, during lunch and after school for pre-registration.  PPS Summer Scholars will be starting soon.

 

SENIORS–KEEP WORKING ON POST HS PLANS:

Going to an apprenticeship after Benson? – See your major teacher; update your resume.

 

Math Tutoring: The counseling center is now offering FREE math tutoring on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for students in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus.  Feel free to drop in any Thursday and get help with math in the counseling center.

 

COLLEGE VISITS:

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

 

 

Summer Opportunities For Your Kids:

Want to work this summer?  Sign up for the Summer Works Program.  See Miranda Ryan for more details

 

PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments):  By signing up for PLACE you will work on real projects that directly involves you in planning Portland’s future.  During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential summer program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s Future.  Sign up in the Career Center.

 

International Summer Science Institute: Applicants to the international Summer Science Institute must have excelled in their science studies and demonstrated their interceded in scientific research beyond the classroom—in extra research projects, science competitions, summer programs, etc.  Pick-up applications in the Career Center.

 

C. Wilson

Principal of Benson Polytechnic High School    

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