Benton Weekly Update

Week 30: March 20–24, 2023

Awards for Artastic, Band/Orchestra

It was a big week for Benton.

The Band and Orchestra competed in the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Festival last week; the Band earned an Excellent rating, and Orchestra earned unanimous Superior rating. Congratulations to Mr. Summers and the band and orchestra students!

Our spring musical, Newsies Jr., opened on Friday and will continue next weekend with evening performances at 6pm on Friday and Saturday, and a 2pm matinée on Saturday. Get your tickets now!

The City of Norwalk's Artastic event was Friday evening, and 16 Benton students swept the top awards for their works. See below for more details.

Course Request forms for 6th & 7th Graders were sent home last week in the Language Arts classes. Students must select their courses in PowerSchool and turn in the forms to their Language Arts teachers.

Are you an 8th Grade Parent? The deadline is fast approaching to submit your child's baby picture for the school yearbook. See the blurb below how to have your 8th grader's baby picture in the yearbook.

Are you a 6th Grade Parent? All 7th graders must have the TDAP vaccination. Start planning those doctor visits now!


The City of Norwalk's Artastic is open to all NLMUSD students. Lucia Churchill won 1st place along with a $100 scholarship. View more photos at this link.These Benton students received top awards:


Gianna Sarmiento

London Gomez

Alexis Salcedo

Nicole Ojeisekhoba


Lucia Churchill

Kaylee Son

Isabella Garay

Sarah Carpenter


Juliana Rivara

Isabella Burgueno

Maya Kim


Adriene Zuniga

Tatiana Garcia

Madison Kubasek


Victoria Samayoa

Seyla Heang

We have SBAC testing coming up at the end of April, and this year's SBAC Motto is: Go for GREEN, Wolverine! Make it BLUE, Yahoo! We are offering a Saturday Math Bootcamp on 3/25, 4/1, and 4/22 for selected students. Invitations were emailed out Sunday evening. See Ms. Alcala or Ms. Ridgeway for more information.
Absence Reporting

Click on this button to report your child's absence.

Spotlight on Learning: Math

Ms. Chen's math classes celebrated Pi Day (3.14) by competing in an Escape Room Challenge. The students worked together to solve puzzles and unlock six clues related to the concept of pi! We hope you had a Happy Pi Day!

Buy Dodger Tickets Here!

Are you a Dodger fan? You can buy your Dodger tickets through Benton's PTSA portal and a portion of your ticket price goes to Benton. Go Dodgers! Go Benton! It's a win-win!

Scan the QR code or click here to be taken to the Benton Dodger storefront.

Buy your Easter candy here through March 24th, have it shipped to your home, and support the Benton PTSA!

What's up this week:

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SSC Meeting 3/21 at 3:30

The next meeting of the Benton School Site Council will be Thursday, 3/21 at 3:30. We will be reviewing and updating the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). Agenda is here.

Wednesday is an A Day

Students will attend periods 1A-4A on Wednesday. This Wednesday, like all Wednesdays, is early release with dismissal at 1:45pm.

Buy Tickets Now for Newsies, Jr.!

Tickets are on sale now for Benton's spring musical, Newsies, Jr. Performances are Friday & Saturday evenings at 6pm on 3/17-18 & 3/24-25, and matinée performances on both Saturdays at 2pm.

Coming Soon:

Date Change: Soccer & Basketball Tourney 3/30

Garden Planting Workday 4/1

Bring your gloves and trowel and help us create our Restoration Garden! Saturday 4/1 9am-3pm

Softball Tourney 4/3 or 4/4

Date to be finalized soon!

Spring Pictures 4/5

Spring Pictures have been rescheduled due to the anticipated rain. Spring Pictures will be on Wednesday, April 5 for all students. Get ready for your close up!

Spring Break 4/7-4/14

Spring Break begins on Friday, 4/7 through Friday, 4/14. Students will return to school on Monday, 4/17. The last day of school before Spring Break, Thursday 4/6 is a minimum day with dismissal at 1:15pm.

For 8th Graders Only

8th Grade Baby Photos for Yearbook

To include your 8th Grader's baby picture in the yearbook:

  • Must be a digital copy
  • "8th Grade Baby Picture" in the subject line
  • Student's First and Last Name in the body of the email

Email photo to Ms. Degener at

8th Grade Disneyland Trip

Space is limited, reserve your spot now for the 8th Grade Disneyland trip on Tuesday, May 16th! Cost is $120, pay in the office.

As of 3/10, only 20 tickets still available!

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Yearbook on Sale!

The 22-23 Benton Yearbook is on sale now for $35 in the Benton Webstore. You can purchase your copy now, Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.
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Employment Opportunities in NLMUSD

Interested in joining the Norwalk-La Mirada team? Head over to our page on EdJoin for all open positions within NLMUSD.

Join the Benton PTSA!

There's a lot to do as we welcome back students fully on campus. The PTSA is a huge support to students and Benton's programs, and we hope all families choose to join, support, and get involved at Benton. Join the Benton PTSA online at this link or you can scan the QR code below.

PTSA Slate for Executive Board

The Nominating Committee met on 2/2/23 and presents the slate of officers for 23-24:

Erin Berry for President

Heidi Ojeisekhoba for Executive Vice President

Adrienne Montalvan for Secretary

Soo Shin for Treasurer

Sharon Shultz for 1st VP Programs

Crystal Garnica for 2nd VP Membership

Amanda Widosh for 3rd VP Ways & Means

Capone Sychereun for Auditor

Angie Torres for Historian

Elections will be held within 30 days.

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Benton's A/B Block Schedule

Periods 1A-4A meet on A Days, every Monday and Thursday, and periods 5B-8B meet on B Days, every Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesdays, we alternate between A Days and B Days.