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Jon David Person auditioned and was selected as a member of Drum Corp International's, The Crossmen.  He is the first band student at BHS to do so.  He will travel with a professional marching band this summer and perform at venues across the U.S. ending in a national competition in Indianapolis in July.  Congratulations to Jon David Person.

What is mumps? Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems.

What are the symptoms of mumps? Mumps usually causes the following symptoms for about 7 to 10 days:
• Fever
• Headache
• Muscle aches
• Tiredness
• Loss of appetite (not wanting to eat)
• Swollen glands under the ears or jaw
Some people who get mumps do not have symptoms. Others may feel sick but will not have swollen glands.

Is it serious? In most children, mumps is pretty mild. But it can cause serious, lasting problems, including:
• Meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord)
• Deafness (temporary or permanent)
• Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
• Orchitis (swelling of the testicles) in males who have reached puberty
• Oophoritis (swelling of the ovaries) and/or mastitis (swelling of the breasts) in females who have reached puberty
In rare cases, mumps is deadly. Adults are more likely than children to become very sick with mumps.

How does mumps spread? Mumps spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Mumps can spread before swollen glands appear and for 5 days afterward.

What should you do if you get these symptoms? Do not go to work or school or to public places. If you or your child gets any of these symptoms, call your doctor’s office before going to the clinic. Tell them you or your child may have mumps. The doctor may not want you to sit in the clinic waiting area. Instead your doctor may ask you to come into the clinic another way. These steps will keep from spreading mumps to the other people.

The MMR Vaccine

The best way to protect against mumps is to get the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine also protects against measles and rubella. It is also called the MMR shot.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is asking that all children and adults get up-to-date with their MMR shots according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

The following groups are recommended by CDC to get the MMR vaccine:
• Children younger than 6 years of age need one dose of MMR vaccine at age 12 through 15 months, followed by a second dose of MMR vaccine at age 4 through 6 years.
• Children age 7 through 18 years not previously vaccinated need one dose of MMR vaccine, followed by a second dose of MMR vaccine at least 4 weeks after the first dose.
• Adults born in 1957 or later and not previously vaccinated need one dose of MMR vaccine. A second dose of MMR vaccine is needed for some adults, who are at high risk for exposure, such as students in college, people who work in a health care facility, or those who travel internationally. The second dose should be given a minimum of 28 days after the first dose.
• Adults born before 1957 are considered to be immune to mumps and do not need to get the MMR vaccine.

ADH also recommends these steps for young children and adults during this mumps outbreak:
• Children less than 4 to 6 years of age, who attend preschool at schools with mumps cases or live in large households, are considered to be at high risk for exposure to mumps.  Therefore, those children older than 12 months of age, who have received their first dose of MMR vaccine, should receive their second dose as soon as possible after the minimum waiting period of 28 days between doses is over.
• Adults, who live in large households or travel internationally, are at increased risk for exposure to mumps. Therefore, those adults born in 1957 or after, who have received their first dose of MMR vaccine, should receive their second dose as soon as possible after the minimum waiting period of 28 days between doses is over.

Congratulations to Benton Middle School 7th Grade Quiz Bowl team for winning first place in the Dawson Co-Op Large School Quiz Bowl Tournament held at Henderson State University on January 17th. Susan McClendon coached the team. Team members are Andrew Armstrong, Bobbie Barnes, Zac Bevill, Erin Brasher, Emma Cavaneau, Emma Dudley, Luke Ferguson, Jack Ginther, and Kinsey Garofalo.

The Benton School District received a threatening email on Tuesday morning at about 10:30 AM.  Administrators immediately contacted the Benton Police Department and placed all schools on lock-down.  As a precautionary measure, all buildings were evacuated. 

The Benton School District and the Benton Police Department are working jointly, but the issue has not been resolved.  The email was specific to yesterday.  The FBI has been contacted and the email is believed to have been from an encrypted email server.  This investigation is a priority, but may take some time to unravel due to the complexity of the technology that was used. 

As a precautionary measure, we have increased visual and physical police and school official presence on all campuses.  

Most important is to note that we as a community should always be vigilant, talk to our children, convey information to those at the schools and in our community that can solve these types of issues to make our schools and community a safer place.  The Benton Police Department and the Benton School District are committed to the safety of all students and staff.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact an employee of the Benton School District or the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS.  Individuals also may send us an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com to leave a tip.   A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on iTunes and Google Play. 

Benton School District and Benton Police Department

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library hosted "Captive Voices: Japanese American Students in WWII Arkansas" on Wednesday, December 7th, following the Pearl Harbor Commemoration moment-of-silence at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.

Over 100 7th graders from Benton Middle School gathered to research the Butler Center’s Vogel-Gould Collection of artwork, letters, photographs, and other primary documents from Japanese American families sent to the Rohwer Confinement Camp in Arkansas after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Benton students were researching autobiographies written by Japanese American students for an English Class assignment soon after their arrival at Rohwer. The Benton students’ teacher, Megan McGuire (Art), has given her own students the task of “becoming the best friend” of the Rohwer student who wrote the autobiography.

At the Butler Center, the Benton students shared what they have learned about the impact that Pearl Harbor, forced relocation, and internment had on the lives of these Japanese American citizens and their families.

Students used their smartphones to record passages from the autobiographies that they considered “especially important for other students to hear and know.” The Butler Center posted their recordings—with the Benton teachers and students named in Author Credits—on the website it hosts for Arkansas teachers, the Arkansas History Hub www.arhistoryhub.com.

The Benton students also met with Ali Welky, editor of the 2015 Butler Center Book A Captive Audience: Voices of Japanese American Youth in World War II Arkansas, and Kim Sanders, curator of the upcoming 2017-18 exhibits of Rohwer Confinement Camp art and artifacts from the Vogel-Gould Collection, which is funded in part by funding from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

McGuire recently was chosen to participate in Year Two of a national public-private curriculum initiative. The program, Arkansas Declaration of Learning, is being piloted in Arkansas by the Butler Center in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State. McGuire is one of 28 teachers around the state creating innovative lesson plans using historic objects and art to teach students the importance of civic engagement in the life and history of their community, Arkansas and the nation.

For more information about this student project and related lesson plans or about the Arkansas Declaration of Learning, contact: George West, K-12 Education Outreach Coordinator, Butler Center: gwest@cals.org. For information about school tours of the upcoming exhibits, contact Kim Sanders, Confinement Sites Interpreter, Butler Center: ksanders@cals.org .

On November 7, 2016, 23 students auditioned for All-Region Jazz band and 22 of the students received honors. Congratulations to these students and Band Director James Pianalto!

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