Mark Rash, Assistant Principal of Angie Grant Elementary School in the Benton School District, was recently named the 2018 Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals (AAESP) Assistant Principal of the Year. Mike Mertens, AAEA Assistant Executive Director, presented Mr. Rash with the award at his school on December 11.
This award is given each year to an Arkansas elementary level assistant principal who has succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and has been acknowledged by peers for exemplary contribution to the profession.
Mr. Rash has five (5) years of experience as an assistant principal and 17 years of experience as a principal. He spent seven (7) years teaching prior to going into administration. Mark is involved in several professional organizations and community activities.
Mr. Rash is dedicated to the education of Arkansas students and very deserving of this award as is evident in the following statement from Angie Grant Elementary School Principal, Lori Bacon: "Mark is a hard-working person who devotes himself fully to any task he undertakes. He has a high level of honesty and integrity and always follows the 'do right' rule in his personal conduct. He sets a good example for everyone he comes in contact with."
Each year the Office of Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report highlighting the highest-performing schools and those that have made great progress in Arkansas. Two Benton schools have received awards based on 2015-16 assessments. They are as follows:
Congratulations to Benton School district for being recognized as a 20 Best School District in America by Niche.
Three Benton High School teachers recently applied for and received the Advanced Placement Materials and Equipment Grant. The grant is worth $1,000.00 each and is to be used for buying materials needed for their courses. The teachers are:
Susan Allison - AP Physics
Mandy McDougal - AP Environmental Science
Tracy Watson - AP Computer Science
Darci Stoll, a psychology and sociology teacher at Benton High School, was selected to be a member of the Teacher Leadership Advisory Group (TLAG). This group is made up of 30 outstanding education leaders across the state. Several units within the department will be utilizing the TLAG group throughout the rest of the school year and possibly into the summer. Some of the projects include recommending the criteria for the new tiered licensure rules, aiding in the development of equity labs, and helping to write the new family and community engagement frameworks.
Students auditioned on October 14, 2017, for the Region 3 Honor Choir. Forty-four of Benton's 55 students were selected to this choir. Of those selected, the following students were awarded first chair in their respective voice parts: Kevin Wright, Makenzie McAnally, and Anakin Bumgardner. BHS had the highest percentage rate of acceptance of any other school in our region with 80% of students selected. Choir is directed by Angela White. Congratulations!
Three BHS Panther football players were recognized by the coaches of the 6A West and Arkansas Activities Association as All State. Those players are Beau Belcher, DJ Stirgus, and Zach Wallace. DJ was also voted Best Defensive Back in 6A West. Congratulations!