October is National Principals Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to recognize the essential roles that principals and assistant principals play in making a school great.  Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.  Thank you for all that you do and for your commitment to student success.

Benton High School
    Principal - Lita Gattis
     Assistant Principal - Karen Hilborn
     Assistant Principal - Chris Hinson

Benton Junior High School
    Principal - Curt Barger
     Assistant Principal - Charles Reynolds
     Assistant Principal - Lori Kellogg

Benton Middle School
     Principal - Steve Quinn
     Assistant Principal - Karl Walker
     Assistant Principal - Karen Crosby

Angie Grant Elementary School
    Principal - Lori Bacon
     Assistant Principal - Mark Rash

Caldwell Elementary School
    Principal - Diane Lovell
     Assistant Principal - Jennifer Almond

Howard Perrin Elementary School
     Principal - Stacye Shelnut
     Assistant Principal - Kelly Keene

Ringgold Elementary School
    Principal - Beverly Mayfield
     Assistant Principal - Rhonda Redmond

Alternative Learning Center
     Principal - David Clinton



The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 696 in 2013.  The law required the state to implement an A-F grading scale for schools.  The goal is to help parents and the public better understand how well a school is performing and to begin conversations to continually improve education.

An "A" school is excellent and means that students scored well on statewide tests, schools met their yearly student performance goals, and any achievement gap is offset by how well the school has performed in other areas.  Benton School District was recognized at the APSRC conference in October for having four "A" schools.  These schools are:

     Caldwell Elementary
     Howard Perrin Elementary
     Ringgold Elementary
     Benton High School

Caldwell Elementary


 Perrin Elementary




Ringgold Elementary


Benton High School

Benton Middle School and Ringgold Elementary School have been named "High Achieving Schools" based on performance on Benchmark and End-of-Course Science Exams. Each year, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report highlighting the highest performing schools in Arkansas.  Congratulations, Benton Middle School and Ringgold Elementary School!

Benton High School has three students named as semi-finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Semi-finalists represent less than one percent of United States High School seniors who had the highest scores in each state on the PSAT exam.  Finalists will be notified in February.

Congratulations to:
    Jeremiah Bowling
    Bryan Neal
    Caleb Webb

National Merit


National Board Certification is a voluntary program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing improvement in schools.  Congratulations to Benton Middle School Counselor, Ms. Pasley Butler, for receiving her certification. 

State teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, while National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.  Candidates are required to complete a four component assessment to achieve certification.  Congratulations, Ms. Butler!

Mrs. Butler


Ethan Midkiff, a student at Angie Grant Elementary, competed in the Cutter Morningstar AGATE/EAGLE Chess Tournament in May.  He entered the fourth grade tournament, even though he was in third grade.  He won the event.  It was his first intradistrict tournament to compete in, with competitors a year older!  Great job, Ethan!



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