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
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
All-State Cross Country
The following BJH students have been selected for All-Region Choir. Garry Kirk is their choir director.
| Kayleigh Allen
Annah Kayte Holcomb
Lindsey Kate Storey