Benicia High School Panther Post

November 2021

BHS Vision Statement

Benicia High School will inspire learning with integrity in order to find personal success in an ever-changing world.

Expected Student Learning Results:

  • Communicator and Collaborator
  • Critical Thinker and Problem Solver
  • Creator and Innovator

Monthly Letter from Principal

Hello Panther Families,

Here are several important school-wide updates I want to share with you in an effort to provide information to everyone in our school community:

Intramural Volleyball at Lunch:

Student Leadership is holding an intramural volleyball tournament during lunch for students of all grades and ability to join for some fun! Students can sign-up at lunch on the stage from Monday, November 1st through Friday, November 5th. The games will be played during lunch in the gym starting Monday, November 15th through Friday, November 19th. This will be a single elimination tournament with a maximum of 16 teams of 7 players (including 1 sub). There must be at least one player of the opposite gender and only 2 players can be from the BHS volleyball team per team.

Veteran's Day Ceremony:

On Wednesday, November 10th, we ask that students and staff members join the Leadership Class in honoring our Benicia Unified School District Veterans with a ceremony held at lunch in the red brick quad. Additionally we ask that students and staff members wear red, white, and blue to celebrate our veterans.

Change in Schedule Nov. 8-10th:

There are only three school days the week of November 8th, with Thursday and Friday both closed for the Veterans Day Holiday. Please note the change in schedule that week. Monday, November 8th will be a regular schedule, with 3:35pm dismissal. Tuesday and Wednesday are block schedule days, with 3:05pm dismissal. We wish everyone an enjoyable long weekend.

Tardies & Truancy:

Research shows that being in school, on time, each day (unless students are sick) is the best way to meet learning goals, be academically successful, and receive needed support provided by our schools. Beginning in January, BUSD schools will be making a small change to be better aligned with board policy and California EdCode: Students who are 30 minutes or more late for three periods (same day or separate days) will be considered truant. This means the student and family will receive notifications, need to attend a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting with their Vice Principal, and potentially go before the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) if attendance doesn't improve. If you need support in improving your child's attendance, please contact your student's Vice Principal at (707) 747-8325.

As schools continue the the transition back from distance learning to in-person learning, we anticipate additional updates and changes. We will be sure to keep you updated here in our monthly newsletter and through ParentSquare messages. We appreciate your support as we navigate through these changes together.

Go Panthers!

Brianna Kleinschmidt, Principal

Upcoming Events at Benicia High School

  • Thursday, November 4th: Cal State East Bay presentation during Access
  • Saturday, November 6th: Fall Dance Show, 7:00pm in performing arts building (tix required)
  • Monday, November 8th: Regular Day Schedule with 3:35pm dismissal
  • Monday, November 8th: Talent Show Sign-ups Open
  • Tuesday, November 9th: Block Schedule (classes 1/3/5) with 3:05pm dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 9th: REACH Survey for all students during Access period
  • Tuesday, November 9th: Site Council Meeting at 3:50pm
  • Tuesday, November 9th: Virtual College Info Night at 6:30pm, hosted by the BHS Counseling Department (see info below)
  • Wednesday, November 10th: Block Schedule (classes 2/4/6) with 3:05pm dismissal
  • Wednesday, November 10th: Veterans Day Ceremony at lunch
  • Wednesday, November 10th: PTSA Meeting at 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 10th: Fall Concert with BHS Band at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, November 11th: Veterans Day Holiday - No School
  • Friday, November 12th: School Closed - No School
  • November 15-19th: Volleyball Tournament during lunch - student teams sign up
  • Thursday, November 18th: Improv Show at 7:00pm
  • Friday, November 19th: CPT Schedule with 2:30pm dismissal
  • Friday, November 19th: Progress Report - review student grades in Aeries
  • November 22-26th: No School - Closed for Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30: Deadline to submit college applications to all University of California schools and most California State Universities
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Proceeds from the Memory Brick fundraiser will help our PTSA as they work to fundraise for their signature project this year - adding more water bottle filling stations at BHS! Our PTSA has a goal of raising $10,000 for this project. Purchase your Memory Brick today to have a permanent legacy at Benicia High School and to help us meet our goal.

Announcing the PTSA's New School Improvement Project!!

Your annual membership and your support of our fundraisers is actively helping us to improve the BHS campus for your students and future students. We are excited to announce a new project as we are committed to fundraising $10,000 or more to purchase and install additional water bottle filling stations. BHS currently has 4 bottle filling stations, which together have saved more than half a million water bottles, and we plan to add more in much needed areas of campus.

Join us! Become a member today - every parent, guardian, student, and staff member can join PTSA for just $10 each. Support our fundraisers! Add us as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile, purchase a Memory Brick (see info above), purchase Krispy Kreme donuts, or make a direct donation! Every dollar makes a difference or our students!!

Last year was tough on everyone - yet in spite of not being able to fundraise, Benicia High's PTSA continued to fund important items for our students and school such as scholarships for the Class of 2021, teacher appreciation events, and Grad Night. With many more things to fund this year as school is fully up and running, we are relying on membership and doubling our fundraising efforts! In order to do this, we need your help! Please consider a PTSA membership for yourself and your student for the 2021-22 school year. The membership price is still just $10 per person and membership is crucial to our success.

Amazon Smile - An Easy Way to Donate to Your PTSA!

Shopping on Amazon? Be sure to use Amazon Smile and select "Benicia High PTSA" as the charitable organization of your choice. A small percentage of your purchase will benefit Benicia High School thanks to the PTSA's projects, scholarships, and grants. If you are already signed up with Amazon Smile, be sure to renew your selected charitable organization each year.

Amazon Smile is now available on the Amazon app also!

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Click here to purchase

Buy a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts at a discount and support BHS programs and facilities! A dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts sell at our local location for $14.50 but you can buy them for $12.50 and a portion of your purchase will be donated to BHS PTSA to raise money for BHS.

Simply click the link above and provide your name, phone number and email address and pay online for one, or multiple dozens, and you will receive an email with your electronic redemption code(s) which can be used at any Krispy Kreme location. Redemption codes do not expire. Simply take the code into the store and you will receive your dozen donuts. You will receive a separate code for each dozen so they can be used at different times.

Share this offer with friends, family and co-workers. Everyone is welcome to participate! The redemption codes may be given to anyone so consider giving the gift of donuts to your teacher, mail carrier or co-worker for the holidays.

Orders must be placed by November 15, 2021. Redemption codes will be emailed by November 22, 2021. Questions may be addressed to Lora French, BHS PTSA, Financial Secretary at

The BHS Variety Show Needs You!

Hey BHS Panthers! Do you have any unique or hidden talents that you would like to show off? Then we want YOU to sign-up for the Benicia High 2022 Variety Show. We are looking for students and staff who have special skills that they would like to showcase. Variety show sign-ups will open from November 8th through December 15th. There will be a form on the school website to sign-up to audition. Auditions and practices will take place during the month of January, and the Variety Show will be on Friday, January 28th, in the Performing Arts Building auditorium at 7 pm.

Below are some important dates to keep in mind:

Sign-ups: Monday, November 8th - Wednesday, December 15th

Auditions: Monday, January 10th - Tuesday, January 11th

Audition Results: Wednesday, January 12th

Mandatory Variety Show Meeting: Friday, January 14th

Variety Show Practices:

  • Act 1: 1/18, 1/20, 1/25

  • Act 2: 1/19, 1/24, 1/26

Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, January 27th

Variety Show: Friday, January 28th at 7 pm in the PAB auditorium

Stay tuned for information to purchase tickets to attend the variety show. There will be limited ticket sales to allow for spacing between groups and face masks will be required to be worn by all audience members.

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The Advanced Dance show is on November 6th at 7pm. Ticket prices are $8 for students and $12 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased on the BHS website or at the door.

Link to Purchase Tickets

Please note, we are following Covid-19 health precautions for the safety of our performers and audience: We will sell a reduced number of tickets for this event to allow for spacing between groups; all audience members are required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth while indoors, and we recommend all audience members be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test within 48 hours. If you are experiencing any symptoms, we ask that you do not attend the performance.

Support the BHS Band - Sees Candy Fundraiser

It is that time of year again for the annual BHS Panther Band winter See's Candy Fundraiser. This year, we are using the Yum-Raising fundraiser with See's. This fundraiser runs from November 1st and ends on December 3rd. It is a great way to shop for the holidays and support our amazing band program. This year, we have our very own online storefront where you can directly make your purchase. This creates a no hassle, contact-free experience to help you not only raise money for the band program, but to also shop for the holidays without leaving your house. You can share the link with your family and friends and the products will be directly mailed to them. Remember, it ends December 3rd...this gives See's enough time to get the products to your friends and family for the holidays!

All orders begin to ship out November 10th. Orders placed before this will ship out on the 10th. Any orders made after November 10th will ship within 48 hours.

Please see the link below to begin purchasing. Please direct all questions to Elaina Kelly, at

CLICK HERE to begin shopping!

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Panthers R.I.S.E

November News:

The November expectation of the month is Include. Welcoming new students, inviting someone new into a group, and willingly working with others are a few ways to demonstrate inclusion.

PBIS rewards drawings will be announced every WEDNESDAY during homeroom. Submit your Pawsitives in the raffle of our choice at the front office before homeroom to be entered to win!

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College & Career Center: Upcoming Events

Here is a list of our upcoming events for the College & Career Center. Students, be sure to add them to your calendar and join us to learn more!

  • College Application Labs - Every Wednesday during Access in room H-109
  • 11/4 - Cal State East Bay presentation in room N-2 during Access
  • 11/9 - College Information Night for students and families (virtual event) from 6:30-7:30pm

  • 11/18 - Whitman College presentation during Access in room N-2

  • 11/30 - Deadline to apply to All University of California and most California State University

Students - sign up to attend the events during Access period using the link in your counselor's Google Classroom!

BHS College Information Night (virtual event)

Please join us for our Annual College Information Night on Tuesday, November 9th via Zoom. Please review the information linked below and then join our counselors and College & Career Center tech from 6:30-7:30 pm on Zoom for a quick presentation and Q&A session.

Link to College Info Packet:

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 813 4634 0574
Passcode: 042347

Practice SAT & ACT Opportunities

Coming soon! We are partnering with Revolution Prep to offer a practice SAT or ACT as a fundraiser for the PTSA. Both tests will be offered January 22nd and February 26th from 9am-1pm and be fully online. The cost is $20 per test.

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Information About the California State Seal of Biliteracy & Requirements

The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school to high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

The Seal of Biliteracy was established per Assembly Bill No. 815 effective January 1, 2012 and it was amended in 2017 per Assembly Bill No. 1142 (AB-1142) effective January 1, 2018.

English Language Criteria (ALL are required)

  • Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above.
  • Passing the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for English language arts administered in grade 11 at or above the “standard met” achievement level.
  • For English learners not reclassified, demonstrate English proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).

Criteria for proficiency in a language other than English (only ONE is required)

  • Passage of a world language Advanced Placement (AP) examination with a score of 3 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a world language, attaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in that course of study, and demonstration of oral proficiency in the language comparable to that required to pass an AP examination.
  • Passage of a district test with a score of proficient or higher (if no AP examination or off the shelf language tests exists and the school district can certify that the test meets the level of an AP exam), demonstrating proficiency in all of the modes of communication (reading, writing, and speaking) that characterize communication in the language.
  • Passage of the SAT II world language examination with a score of 600 or higher.

For more information, please visit: or talk with your school counselor.

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Information About the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma & Requirements

To earn the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, students must be eligible to receive a high school diploma and have demonstrated the mastery of the curriculum in at least six subject matter areas, four of which are English-language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and U.S. history, with the remaining two subject matter areas selected by the student. Students may demonstrate meeting the GSSMD requirements as follows:

English language arts/literacy (ELA)
—students must have earned one of any of the following:
  • A grade of B+ or above (or numerical equivalent) in a single course (each semester) Grade 9-11.
  • An achievement level of “Standard Met” or above for the high school Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.

Mathematics—students must have earned one of any of the following:
  • A grade of B+ or above (or numeric equivalent) in a single course (each semester) completed in grade 9-11.

  • An achievement level of “Standard Met” or above for the high school Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.

Science—students must have earned one of any of the following:
  • An achievement level of "Standard Met" or above for the high school California Science Test taken in grade ten or eleven.

  • An grade of B+ or above (or numeric equivalent) in a single course (each semester) completed in grade 9-11.

U.S. History—students must have earned one of any of the following:
  • A grade of B or above (or numerical equivalent) upon completion of the required U.S. history course (each semester).

  • A qualifying score that demonstrates mastery of the subject as determined by the LEA for an examination produced by a private provider or the LEA (for example - AP U.S. History exam).

Two additional subject areas—students may choose from any of the following:
  • Any additional qualifying grade or score listed above, earned for the subject of ELA, mathematics, science, or U.S. history not already used to meet eligibility.

  • A grade of B or above (or numerical equivalent) upon the completion of high school courses in other subjects.

  • A qualifying score that demonstrates mastery of other subjects, as determined by the LEA, for an examination produced by a private provider or the LEA (for example, AP exam score).

For more information, please visit: or talk with your school counselor.

Paid Youth Environmental Leadership Fellowship Program

The nonprofit organization Sustainable Solano will be hosting a 10-week extracurricular program for high school students in Benicia during January 2022-March 2022. High school students interested in learning and leading in environmental justice efforts are invited to join this program.

  • Research environmental and health challenges that affect your community and others
  • Explore what can be done on an individual, community and policy level to create change
  • Discuss your findings with city leaders & learn what is being done on a city level
  • Participate in hands-on projects that help study and improve the environment
  • Create community presentations that inspire others to take action
  • Participants who complete the full program are eligible for a $500 stipend!

Interested? Join an introductory meeting session on one of these dates bellow over Zoom to learn more about the program:
5:30 pm, November 11
11 am, December 4

Questions? Contact Allison Nagel at

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Marquee Birthday Wishes!

Make your favorite student's birthday extra special with a Marquee Birthday Wish! For $20 you can put their name in lights on the BHS marquee and send a birthday wish they'll never forget.

1. Submit the information using this Google Form (linked here) - must be submitted at least 5 days prior to the requested posting date.

2. Purchase the Marquee Wish on the BHS Webstore (linked here)

This is a fundraiser for the BHS Associated Student Body and benefits students through school activities.

New: Purchase BHS Gear Online

Panther fans can now purchase spirit wear online with a range of items and accessories and proceeds benefitting our general athletics program. Items are delivered directly to you - including hats, blankets, jackets, shirts, backpacks, wall decals, and more. You can even design your own items!

We will still continue to offer spirit wear sales on campus that benefit our Associated Student Body (ASB) and various team wear. Thank you in advance for supporting your BHS Panthers!

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Counseling Department

Counselors are available to provide a full range of services to students virtually. This includes academic, college, career, personal, social, and emotional support. If your child could benefit from additional support, please contact your counselor by email.


9th grade - Ms. Wallace at

10th grade - Ms. Smith at

11th grade - Ms. Rainey at

12th grade - Mr. Keppel at

College & Career Center - Ms. Marwick at

Counselors and Ms. Marwick will be meeting with students and giving class presentations starting in September.

BHS Library Hours & Info

The BHS Library is open from 8:00am to 4:15pm for students, including during lunch. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the library, but may be brought to the two library outdoor courtyards. Students need to have their school ID card with them to check-in to the library.

We also offer a BHS Library Website with events and information at:

Questions? Please contact Ms. Segle at

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Youth Resiliency Summit hosted by Solano County Office of Education


The Youth Resiliency Summit is part of the Art is Power Series, and is sponsored by the Solano County Office of Education, Solano County Public Health, Fighting Back Partnership, Safe Quest Solano, Nature of Sound, and the Solano Youth Coalition.

Open to all middle and high school students, grades 6-12, residing and/or attending school in Solano County. The FREE virtual summit will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. will cover a wide range of workshops on topics affecting youth and their community as well as develop skills that strengthen resilience and create positive change. The summit will host fun activities, raffles, prizes and more!

The first 100 students to register will receive a box filled with fun conference supplies.

Registration deadline May 14, 2021 at 3:00 PM.

Summit Registration Form (English)

Summit Registration Form (Spanish)


Workshops will be hosted by adults and youth and will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Human Trafficking
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence
  • and more!

For more information, visit:

Student Parking Passes

Student drivers are expected to park on campus and to have a visible parking pass in/on their vehicle. We ask that students do not park on surrounding streets so that we can be considerate of our neighbors.

Student Parking Passes are FREE this year, but students must register using the link below. Once a student has submitted the registration information needed, the information will be reviewed and a parking pass will be issued to the student (delivered to them in class). If information is missing or needed, the student will receive an email in their student email account with further instructions.

Link to Student Parking Registration

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The Paw - Benicia High School's Student Newspaper

Stay in the know with our online newspaper; including student articles about school news, arts & entertainment, sports, opinion pieces, politics and more. You can also access Panther TV, with weekly episodes on all that's happening at Benicia High!

FREE School Meals for ALL Students 2021-22

Free meals will be provided for all students for the 2021-22 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture has extended pandemic flexibilities providing free school meals to all students at all schools throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

Families still need to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application on the BUSD web site for the following other benefits:

  • Student eligibility for P-EBT benefits (more information below)

  • Student eligibility for discounted services such as advanced placement testing and internet service provider discounts

  • School eligibility for significant additional State Funding

How to access the Free/Reduced Meal Application:

Coming soon, “Summer 2021 P-EBT”, additional family funds to purchase food!

P-EBT provides families of eligible children additional funds to purchase food during the summer while school is no longer in session. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 amends the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to extend the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program through the summer of 2021. P-EBT is administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE).
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BHS Communication Guide

Communication is a key component to a successful school community. Our team of administrators, counselors, teachers, case managers, and staff members work to provide the best communication possible throughout the year and ask that you partner with us in this effort.

An area of concern regarding communication are the online forums and apps such as the “Benicia Happenings” group on Facebook, Next Door app, and similar pages/social media sites. On several occasions, incorrect information has been posted and negative or bullying remarks have been directed towards the school, staff, parents, and other individuals. Spreading false information is extremely disruptive and may compromise the work of the school and school safety. Posting negative and disparaging comments damages the positive school culture we work to create every day.

In grades 9-12, we encourage students to grow to be self-advocates and to communicate for themselves. Most concerns can be addressed and solved when the student proactively and positively communicates directly with their teacher or their counselor. For further assistance, we provide a communication guide on our website with information on who to contact and the timeline to expect a response.

In an effort to provide high quality communication, we ask that questions be directed to school staff via email or phone so that correct information can be provided. When in doubt, contact the school. Our Main Office number is (707) 747-8325 and if you are not sure who to email you can send your question to and we will direct it to the correct person to assist you. We also recommend use of our website, school-operated social media accounts, and monthly newsletter to access accurate and timely information. We thank you in advance for your support in this effort.

Link to BHS Communication Guide

District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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Panthers R.I.S.E.

Welcome back students and staff. At BHS we are dedicated to meeting the Panthers R.I.S.E expectations on campus, at athletic events, and whenever representing BHS. Panthers R.I.S.E by demonstrating Respect, Inclusion, Support, and Engagement.