BHS student, Jared Hastings, was named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a 2018 National Merit Semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition open to all US high school students who meet published entry requirements.  A semifinalist qualifies by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  There are 16,000 semifinalists, and Hastings represents one of the highest-scoring entrants in our state.  He will compete for National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded in the Spring of 2018.  Congratulations to Jared Hastings on his accomplishment!

October is National Principals Month and we want to take this opportunity to recognize all of the Benton School District’s outstanding principals and assistant principals. It is through their hard work, dedication, and commitment that our students and staff are able to excel in many ways. With their leadership and high expectations, our schools have achieved very high levels of success both academically and through extracurricular activities. We are so appreciative to these men and women for the roles that they play in helping our students, staff, and district to be among the best in the state.

Benton High School
    Principal - Curt Barger
    Assistant Principal - Karen Hilborn
    Assistant Principal - Chris Hinson

Benton Junior High School
    Principal - Lori Kellogg
    Assistant Principal - Charles Reynolds
    Assistant Principal - Chad Pitt

Benton Middle School
    Principal - Steve Quinn
    Assistant Principal - Karen Crosby
    Assistant Principal - Benji White

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



The Arkansas Department of Education recently announced schools that qualified for funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. Caldwell Elementary was one of the Benton campuses selected to receive these funds. The Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that achieve high student performance and public schools that achieve high student academic growth.

BHS student, Kolton McAllister, is the 2017 Arkansas State Chess Champion for the D-E class.  He won the award by competing in the all ages state tournament and performing better than all other D and E class players. Congratulations to Kolton and Coach Todd Bevill.

Benton High School math teacher, Corey Boby, was recently selected as a 2017 state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was one of seven Arkansas math and science teachers selected.

Corey Boby – Benton High School in Benton
Travis Fink – Har-Ber High School in Springdale
Kyla Gentry – Ahlf Junior High School in Searcy
Mary Parson – Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock
Carol Stubblefield – Charleston High School in Charleston
Tiffany Taylor – Rogers Heritage High School in Rogers
John Williams – Bryant High School in Bryant

The National Science Foundation, on behalf of The White House, oversees the program that recognizes outstanding teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development, innovative teaching techniques and technology use in their classrooms.

A total of 51 Arkansas teachers were nominated. The state review committee selected Gentry, Parson, Stubblefield and Taylor as science finalists and Boby, Fink and Williams as mathematics finalists. Arkansas’ finalists are now eligible to be considered for recognition in 2018 by the national committee.

Each year a national committee comprised of scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards in mathematics, science and computer science from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity. Teachers who are selected as national PAEMST awardees each receive a $10,000 award, a presidential citation and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, professional development activities and an awards ceremony.

The Arkansas Science Teachers Association and Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics will honor Arkansas’ seven teachers at luncheons during the Arkansas Curriculum Conference Nov. 2 and 3, 2017, at the Little Rock Marriott and Statehouse Convention Center at Little Rock.
To learn more about the awards program, go to

The swim team will have tryouts for the 2017-2018 swim season on September 5th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Benton River Center. Makeup tryouts will be September 7th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets will be available in the BHS and BJH school offices. Anyone interested should come by and sign up. Students must have a current physical by the day of tryouts.


Upcoming Events

3rd Quarter Ends
3pm - 3pm
4th Quarter Begins
7:45am - 7:45am
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