McCartney Asher received the Overall Winner for the Saline County Christmas Essay contest sponsored by Judge Jeff Arey and Justice of the Peace J.R. Walters. She won $100 and was asked to flip the switch to turn on the lights at the courthouse the night of the Christmas Parade. The contest is opened to all Saline County 5th graders, and the essay question this year was, "Describe your first day on the job as Santa's new elf." Congratulations, McCartney!

We are excited to share with you that the Benton School District is one of the first districts in Arkansas to be granted approval to offer “Alternate Methods of Instruction” (AMI) days during the 2017-2018 school year.  This plan will allow the opportunity for all Benton students to be engaged in meaningful learning on inclement weather days when conditions prevent school from being in session.  This will enable us to not have to make up the day at the end of the year.

What are alternate methods of instruction?  Alternate methods of instruction simply allows for the continuation of learning when students miss days of regular instruction.  Students will have the opportunity for skill reinforcement, remediation, and enrichment through electronic or conventional paper lessons.  The Arkansas Department of Education has granted Benton five (5) AMI days this school year, on which students will be expected to continue learning at home.  Your child’s teachers will provide all materials, and students will be allowed five (5) school days and one weekend to complete the assigned lesson.

How will AMI days work?  BMS, BJH, and BHS students with Internet access will be able to complete work electronically from home using technology.  Schools will make accommodations for students who do not have Internet access at home.  Elementary students will complete packets of work designed by their teacher to extend learning at home.  Each school’s AMI plan will be tailored to their particular students; in the coming days, you will receive information from your child’s school with more specific, detailed information.  

We are excited to have been selected as one of the first districts to offer AMI days.  As a model for the state, we anticipate that we will learn lessons along the way and make necessary adjustments to improve our AMI plan to best meet the needs of our students.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to share information with us about how it is working for your family.  If you have further questions, please talk with your child’s principal.  Thank you for joining us on this journey as we strive to provide your child with learning opportunities.

Alex Trudell (Girls singles) went to the finals at the 6A conference tournament and finished 2nd place.  She finished 3rd at the 6A state tournament and was awarded All-State honors. Congratulations to Alex and Coach Melanie Kiker.

The boys tennis team won the 6A west conference championship, coach by Melanie Kiker. Team members are:

Mason Hart- Doubles Conference Champion

Dawson Ramsey- Doubles Conference Champion

Micaiah Temple

Zac VanCleave        

Cameron Terrell

Max Joseph

Wes Guerra

Henry Bethel



The Benton Boys Cross Country team finished as the 6A State Runners-up. In addition, Jake Hanley, Brendan Redmond, Gracie Hyde, and Emma Selph were awarded all-state honors. The teams are coached by Matt Ginther.


Jake Henley- 8th place                            

Brendan Redmond- 9th place

Kyler O’brien- 12th place

Hunter Harrison

Zach Hardister

Seven Mcdorman

Jesse Bennett

Gage Epperson

Gavin Epperson

All-State Cross Country

Jake Hanley

Brendan Redmond

Gracie Hyde

Emma Selph


The following BJH students have been selected for All-Region Choir. Garry Kirk is their choir director.

 Kayleigh Allen
 Emily Ball
 Kylar Battle
 Eli Chennault
 Jackson Cobb
 Emma Crisco
 Christian Evans
 Tori Gardner
 Kinsey Garofalo
 Brin Griggs
 Luke Hall
 Carli Lankford
 Caitlin Little
 Hannah Cook
 Kylie Cunningham
 Annah Kayte Holcomb
 Kaitlyn Lackey
 Jillian Langley
 Cloey Richmond
 Emma Selph
 Lindsey Kate Storey
 Donovan Battle

 McKenzie Moore
 Megan Murray
 Isaiah Norwood
 Zaniyah Otey
 Lando Perez
 Ethan Perry
 Marissa Reed
 Gabe Richards
 Rylee Sisco
 Dagan Terry
 Melina West
 Deytron Wilson
 Kyrsta Fleeman
 Macy Handwork
 Taylor Hill
 Madison Lambert
 Raegan Swindle
 McKenzie Worsham
 Kourtney Brown
 Olivia Carson
 Emma Arellanes

 Jay Baker
 Mattie Barnett
 Sade Baxter
 Karsyn Buchanan
 Chloey Cawich
 Zach Cloud
 Lauren Ellis
 Jamie Gamble
 Zoe Grafe
 David Hassman
 Jackson Jessup
 Natalie Johnson
 Sam Krallman
 Ethan Mashburn
 Conner McNeil
 Tiara Moore
 Trace Morin
 Kendal Morrisey
 Karli Owens
 Kourtney Presepio


 Aria Carter
 Hannah Curry
 Ashley Dunn
 Abby Fritz
 Abby Hardister
 Macey Hogue
 Hailey McCallum
 Abby Grace Wilson
 Allie Bailey
 Kylie Carpenter
 Aislinn Christy
 Katharine Crowe
 Cally Easterling
 Kayla Howell
 Rhianna Lamb
 Daisy Medders
 Karis Rudell
 Caroline Southwell
 Ali Grace Villines
 Jacqueline Ginther



Upcoming Events

Special Board Meeting
11:30am - 12:30pm
7pm - 9pm
School Board Meeting
5:30pm - 7pm
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