Benton School District March 30, 2021 The Benton School District is committed to health and safety and has taken extensive steps to keep our staff and students healthy over the past year. Tuesday afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced he is lifting the statewide mask mandate. At this time, district leadership will take guidance from the AR Department of Education as this applies to schools. A more formal announcement regarding the position of the Benton School District will be coming soon.
**BENTON PANTHER WINDOW STICKERS** While they last! Come to the Benton Central Office for a window/car sticker to show your Panther Pride. 2 Options: 1. Sticks on outside of window 2. Sticks on inside (similar to oil change sticker)
The Benton Ringgold ABC Pre-K program is accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2021. All applications must be completed online at this link: https://forms.gle/gqLySVERvMy3KRe99 Please call the Dawson Education Cooperative at 870-246-1450 if you have any questions.
Thursday 2/18 and Friday 2/19 will be Virtual Days for all students. Campus will be closed. Please check Google Classroom for assignments. Padres de familia, el jueves 18 de febrero y el viernes 19 de febrero son días virtuales. Se les pide hagan que sus estudiantes entren a Google Classroom y completar asignaturas.
Tuesday February 16th will be a Virtual Day for all students. Please make sure to check Google Classroom for assignments.
REMINDER: Monday, February 15th is a Virtual Day for all students. Campus will be closed. Have your student check their google classroom for assignments.
In promoting a message of service, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission: A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education encouraged and challenged the youth of Arkansas to demonstrate what they can do to keep Dr. King's dream alive and relevant in its 2021 King Holiday: Day of Impact Essay Contest. This experience served to increase students' knowledge about Dr. King, and enhance their language and writing skills, creativity, self-esteem, and character. It is with great pleasure that we inform you that 10th grade student, Rebeka Russell, participated in the 2021 MLK Holiday Statewide Essay Contest and her essay scored in the top 10 of the high school category.
Benton Panthers LOVE to READ! Register for Benton School District’s book giveaway! Complete the registration form to enter. Drawing will be held February 16, 2021 There will be a winner in each of the following grade categories: A winner per grade level K-12 Winners will be notified at school and will receive their books at school. Entry form: https://forms.gle/AWqsZK5XnDVkkMjn9
**7th Annual Chili Cook-Off Silent Auction** We need your help! Due to COVID-19, the Benton School District’s Counseling Departments are holding a Silent Auction instead of the Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds are donated to Angie Grant, Caldwell, Howard Perrin, Ringgold, BMS, BJH, and BHS Counseling Departments for student services programs. https://bit.ly/39zXbQ6
Gifted and Talented Parent Referral Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlwSIJHLt7uIwxn7wBWSCF6lJ7L7OiF8dQp1k_3b8rqiPlUQ/viewform
The Gifted and Talented Program is now taking referrals for testing this spring. Please see the link below for more information. https://forms.gle/i3kcsPKRydyjoQRE6
Details The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award is faculty selected. Our selection is based on the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Sydney Tanner represents each of these qualities. She is truthful, loyal,and punctual. Sydney serves her community and school with the greatest of cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others. She displays strength in her personality and self-control. Congratulations Sydney Tanner.
Parents/Guardians: Home Access Center (HAC) will be down from Dec. 20th -Dec. 28th for an upgrade.
Benton/Bryant Saline County Shootout tonight at Benton Arena. Girls 6:00 Boys 7:30 Only selling 150 Benton tickets at the door due to Covid Capacity Guidelines.
Region 3 All Region Choir auditions were held virtually this year the week of November 9-14. Each student recorded their audition either at school or at home and submitted for judging. Judges met via Zoom to adjudicate the submissions on November 14. Benton had 52 students submit audition and 40 were selected to the Region 3 All Region Choir with 4 alternates. Mrs. Angela White is the BHS Choir Director and will accept this acknowledgement for her students. The students were: Riece Martin Katharine Crowe Jade Sparks Micah Hall Kaylen Hughes Elizabeth Armstrong Ali Grace Villines Kylie Cunningham Caitlin Little Riley Huskey Carli Lankford Emily Ball Lilly Gladden Ashley Dunn Victoria Gardner Daisy Medders Dagan Terry Jagger Suggs Samuel Krallman Eli Chennault Donvan Battie Deytron Wilson Keenan Smith Chris Bronson Calley Easterling Lindsey Kate Storey Aslan Ladd Kayla Howell Mackynzie Moore Amiya Johnson Maegan Hill Jenna Malone Marissa Reed Lola Smith Hannah Cook Aria Carter Aryona Griffin Chloe Hamilton Sade Baxter Jillian Langley Jackson Jessup Zeke Fletcher Luke Tolbert Joseph Boss
Benton Junior High School: Benton Junior High School will continue with Offsite Virtual Learning Instruction beginning tomorrow (November 17, 2020) due to COVID-19 Exposure. Students will return to in-classroom instruction on November 30th. This decision comes after consultation with the AR Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the AR Department of Health. Please visit the following link for the Virtual Learning Pivot Plan: https://bit.ly/BJHStudentVirtual
ICYMI: Students are urged to bring a clean mask every day to ensure there are enough emergency supplied school masks. Watch here: https://www.thv11.com/mobile/article/news/health/coronavirus/arkansas-schools-run-low-masks-kids-forget/91-5c3ca4fd-ee6f-425c-9934-6099371e698b
Join us for our Homecoming Ceremony on Facebook LIVE or Zoom at this link: https://zoom.us/j/7896433412?pwd=ZWxLV24vYWt1Q0RsV2ZEcGNESHIzQT09 Meeting ID: 789 643 3412
**Ringgold Elementary Meal Sign Up** During this Offsite Virtual Instruction time, you are still eligible for school meals. Please fill out this form if you would like meals during this time. Meal pick up will be @ Ringgold, Thursday, October 8, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Drive thru the PK/Kindergarten drop off line and we will meet you at the curbside. All we need is your name and your child's name. You will receive Thursday's and Friday's meal all at once. Just a reminder, these meals are at no cost to you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevpa3a45ZSvg7Ng3MiyIgKRu7jM-K4Dt7Ic6EE0VN59PRsgw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
Benton Public Schools: Parents/Guardians, Benton Public Schools will be having Virtual Fridays beginning on October 16th. Please select the link below to learn more and provide us with information by Friday, October 9th. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VirtualFriday
Thanks to a USDA waiver, Benton Schools is proud to announce FREE meals for all students. Starting Tuesday, September 7, all Benton students can receive a breakfast and a lunch every day, at no cost. Virtual students may also receive this same benefit by signing up for meal pick up. This waiver is effective thru December 31, 2020. It is still very important to complete a free/reduced application. LINK TO SIGN UP FOR MEALS FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS: https://bit.ly/32ThDYQ LINK TO APPLY FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCH: https://bit.ly/351Tthw
**HOT SPOT APPLICATIONS OPEN** See link below----> Parents, If you do not have reliable internet for your child to do their schoolwork, you can apply for an internet device through the application below. Please note that devices are extremely limited. Because of this, we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will receive a device. Per the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, priority is given to: • Students learning virtually due to a COVID-19 related health situation • Students who are economically disadvantaged (Free or Reduced School Lunches) • Students who are experiencing homelessness Padres de Familia Si no tiene Internet confiable para que su hijo haga sus tareas escolares, puede solicitar un modem de Internet a través de la aplicación a continuación. Tenga en cuenta que los modems de Internet son extremadamente limitados. Debido a esto, no podemos garantizar que todos los que soliciten recibirán un dispositivo. Según el Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria, se da prioridad a: · Estudiantes que aprenden virtualmente debido a una situación de salud relacionada con COVID-19 · Estudiantes que se encuentran en desventaja económica (almuerzos escolares gratuitos o reducidos) · Estudiantes que se encuentran sin hogar Student Internet Application https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPSStudentInternet2020
Hot Spot access points have been distributed to local churches and Big Red Stores. Students that need internet access can go to these locations with their school issued device, and automatically be connected to the hot spot. 620 Military Rd, 820 Edison Ave., 2908 Congo Rd., 1219 W. South St., 109 East Woodson Lateral Rd. (Hensley), 4720 US-67. First Baptist Church Benton, First Church of the Nazarene, Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, Holland Chapel, First Presbyterian, Trinity Baptist Church, Salem Methodist, Elect Temple, Gateway, Highland Heights.
MEAL PICKUP LINK: Don't forget - meal pick up Tuesday Night- order deadline is today (Monday August 24th) at 6pm. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoX7KsjCOERwdnXA3iItlzxx6lexVUiRUIBpjuJMNNkND66Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
**DRIVE-THRU MEAL INFORMATION FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS** Benton School District Virtual Learners school meal order form. Please fill out the following form at the link below—-> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoX7KsjCOERwdnXA3iItlzxx6lexVUiRUIBpjuJMNNkND66Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
2 days to Graduation Class of 2020! For those that cannot attend, here is the YouTube link to view from home. It is not LIVE now, the stream will begin 9am Saturday. https://youtu.be/BUXqDJlALkM
Don’t forget to get your child registered for Kindergarten! Use the link below. Registration for other grades coming soon! https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=23423&culture=en
ABC Preschool Registration is OPEN! Click here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fDY_MhzjsjLpSYO4FhE9KKTivra7-RiHlQoHLwYkjCQ/edit?usp=sharing
STUDENTS: Want to work on coding? Click here : https://sites.google.com/bentonschools.org/bentoncoding/home
ICYMI: The video that has gone viral on Facebook from Benton Middle School seen more than 20K views! Thank you THV11 and Michael Aaron for showcasing our #BPSPantherPride https://bit.ly/2K33vDh
ICYMI: Coronavirus cuts senior year short for Arkansas students; Governor Asa Hutchinson announced students would not return to the classroom this school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2JSt89R
REMINDER: The Athletic Complex is CLOSED while the schools remain closed. That includes the track, please DO NOT jump the fence to access any part of the facility.
Stay Healthy Panthers, take care of yourselves!
IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING ACT TESTING April 2020 National Exam COVID-19---> The safety of students & test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its 4/4/20 national test date to 6/13/20. For more info click here: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html
BENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT: REMINDER-GRAB-&-GO Breakfast served from 8-10a at Angie Grant and Ringgold Elementary Schools for all students in BPS thanks to sponsors in the Benton community.
ICYMI: Benton Elementary P.E. coach gets emotional as her kids prepare for marathon Benton Elementary P.E. coach gets emotional as her kids prepare for marathon A group of 40 Caldwell Elementary students have trained for hours to have their moment at the Little Rockers marathon Saturday morning. https://www.thv11.com/mobile/article/news/education/benton-elementary-pe-coach-gets-emotional-as-her-kids-prepare-for-marathon/91-af496a4c-e92a-4a5b-8fd0-7565f6d9f511
For the second year, the Arkansas School Boards Association held a personal essay/speaking contest where 11th and 12th grade students have an opportunity to present before an audience of more than 600 school board members and administrators during the ASBA Annual Conference. For the second year, a Benton High School Student has been awarded this opportunity. This year Benton High School Senior Ryan Taneja placed 3rd in the statewide competition. Not only did Ryan participate and speak in front of the conference attendees, he was also awarded a monetary award of $500.
Congratulations to the BHS Football team! The 2019 BHS Football team won the 6A West conference championship and the 6A State Runner-up. With a 0-3 record coming out of the nonconference schedule, this team rallied to finish undefeated in the 6A West conference before advancing to the 6A State Championship game. The BHS Football program is a great source of pride for our community.
Students taking AP Classes in Fall 2020 should look into this camp to prepare for the demands of the college classes. All questions can go to Kristi Chumley at email@example.com
ICYMI: THV11- Benton school nurse uses glow kit to show students how quickly germs spread. https://www.thv11.com/mobile/article/news/health/benton-school-nurse-uses-glow-kit-to-show-students-how-quickly-germs-spread/91-d0066cc0-0153-4f7f-8494-a8bb489e37d6
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