Benicia High School Panther Post
Monthly Letter from Principal
Hello Panther Families,
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a month long event to prevent bullying and to promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. BHS will have events during the week of October 18-22nd to highlight this important message. Wednesday, October 20th is Unity Day - we want everyone to wear ORANGE to come together in one giant message for kindness, acceptance and inclusion, to visibly show that we believe no one should ever experience bullying. BHS will be giving away orange shirts with a message of kindness and inclusion for students and staff on Monday October 18th (limited quantities - first come, first serve). We want EVERY student at Benicia High School to feel that they belong and that this is a safe place, with no fear of bullying.
This month also includes our Homecoming festivities and Red Ribbon Week. All of these events focus on positive connections with peers, school spirit, community-building, and getting involved. We encourage every student to find a way to join in the fun - we will have several spirited dress up days, games during lunch, and class competitions for volunteers wanting to help their class win. Who will take the Homecoming Spirit Stick this year - 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade? Students can sign up for the activities they want to participate in and help earn points for the class. Then, at the Homecoming Game on Friday, October 15th, we will hold the final competition during half-time and announce the winning class! See below for more information.
October 15th is also the last day of Quarter 1 and an important time for students and their families to check in on their academic progress. Academic eligibility will be reviewed based on student grades on October 15th. A student who is not in good academic standing at that time, below a 2.0 grade point average, may become ineligible and therefore not allowed to participate in extracurricular activities (sports, performing arts, etc.). Parents, guardians, and students can check grades regularly using the Aeries app or Aeries website. We encourage all students to use Access Period for additional help from teachers, time to work on homework or make up missing assignments and tests. Also, we have free after school help with Math Lab, English Lab, and our Library hours (see information below).
School Pictures - Makeup/Retake Pictures & Senior Pictures
Makeup/Retake picture day was originally scheduled for October 6th but has been postponed to allow time for all picture packages to be mailed home to families that ordered pictures. We will send out the new date as soon as it is scheduled. We will also be adding dates for Seniors to have their Senior Portrait taken to be included in the yearbook. This will be available the first week of December and Seniors who have not yet had their pictures taken will be contacted directly.
Brianna Kleinschmidt, Principal
Upcoming Events at Benicia High School
- Wednesday, October 6th: Deadline to Submit Homecoming Guest Bids
- Wednesday, October 6th: Senior Class Photo during Access
- Wednesday, October 6th: First meeting of Willie B. Adkins program, 5:30pm in room L-116
- Friday, October 8th: Deadline to purchase Homecoming Dance tickets
- October 11-16: Homecoming Week - see events & dress up days below
- Wednesday, October 13th: PSAT/NMQST for registered students (see info below)
- Wednesday, October 13th: Outdoor Movie Event (part of Homecoming Week)
- Thursday, October 14th: BUSD Community Forum, 6:00-7:30pm (see info below)
- Friday, October 15th: End of Quarter 1 - Progress Report & Academic Eligibility
- Friday, October 15th: Homecoming Football Game
- Saturday, October 16th: Homecoming Dance from 8:00-11:00pm
- Tuesday, October 19th: Picture Makeup & Re-takes (grades 9-11), lunch in A-107
- Wednesday, October 20th: Unity Day - Wear Orange!
- Thursday, October 21st: California Great Shakeout - Earthquake Drill
- Friday, October 29th: Halloween Costume Contest at Lunch (staff & students)
- October 25-29: Red Ribbon Week
- Thursday, October 28th: Financial Aid Night (virtual), 6:30-8:30pm - see info below
Benicia High School's Homecoming Week October 11th - 16th
Thank you to our Student Leadership & Activities Director Mrs. Wheat for working hard to provide our 2021 Homecoming Week of events! Our theme this year is "Hoco in Cali"
Spirit Days - Dress Up & Show Your School Spirit:
Monday Oct. 11: In-N-Out (mix & match or dress wacky)
Tuesday Oct. 12: Bay to L.A. (wear your favorite CA team gear or NorCal/SoCal apparel)
Wednesday Oct. 13: Disney Day (wear anything Disney)
Thursday Oct. 14: National Parks (wear national park merchandise, dress like a park ranger or hiker)
Friday Oct. 15: Blue & Gold Rush (wear your BHS blue and gold)
We will have music and games at lunch every day!
Each lunch game will be worth points for students to compete for their grade to win the spirit stick at the end of the week.
Outdoor Movie Night:
Wednesday, October 13th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: O-Wing Quad
Clubs will be selling snacks & there will be a photo booth!
Friday, October 15th at the end of the school day
Location: Drolette Stadium/bleachers
Homecoming Football Game:
Friday, October 15th
JV plays at 4:30
Varsity plays at 7:30
Final class competition at Varsity half-time and winning class announced.
BHS Cheer & Band will perform!
Homecoming Dance: "California Sunset"
Saturday, October 16th from 8:00 - 11:00 pm
Location: BHS Red Brick Quad
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time to attend/enter the dance. No tickets sold at the event. Tickets must be purchased on the BHS Webstore.
Early Pricing from September 15 - October 3: w/ASB card: $10, No ASB card $15
Pricing from October 4 - October 8: w/ASB card: $15, No ASB card $20
Guest Request Forms due October 6th
Show Your Panther Spirit: Student Section at Football Games
Oct. 1st vs. Windsor High School: Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness (student tailgate before the game)
Oct. 15th vs. Miramonte High School: Homecoming Spirit in Blue and Gold
Nov. 5th vs. Las Lomas High School: Senior Night, wear your class colors
October's expectation of the month is Respect. Students and Staff are encouraged to demonstrate and reward each other for showing Respect around campus. Respect can be demonstrated in many ways; a few examples are: Picking up trash around campus, using appropriate language in the classroom and around campus, communicating with each other using professional/ respectful speech and body language, and providing others undivided attention.
How can YOU show Respect at BHS this month?
Halloween Costumes on Friday, October 29th
- No full face coverings/paint/masks - COVID mouth/nose masks required
- No weapons or fake weapons, no fake blood
- No costumes involving drugs, tobacco, vaping, or alcohol
- Costumes must be appropriate for school and respectful of others
Financial Aid Night for All Students & Families
Zoom Event Link, Meeting ID: 813 4634 0574, Passcode: 042347
For more information, please contact your Counselor or our Ms. Marwick in our College & Career Center at email@example.com.
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 in Oct/Nov during Access in room H-109
- 10/7 - 4:15 pm UC Berkeley Personal Insight Questions Zoom presentation (Seniors only) Zoom Meeting Link, Meeting ID: 97400338794, Passcode: 1Yi0Vh7C
- 10/13 - Linfield College info table in the main quad during lunch
10/14 - William Jessup University presentation in room N-2 during Access
10/14 - St. Mary's University info table in the main quad during lunch
10/15 - ASVAB Test (register with Ms. Marwick in the College & Career Center)
10/21 - Spellman College presentation during Access in room N-2
10/28 - Career Speaker Series during Access in room N-2
Students - sign up to attend the events during Access period using the link in your counselor's Google Classroom!
NEW! Virtual College Fairs:
The California State University (CSU), University of California (UC) and Association of Independent California College and Universities (AICCU) are partnering together to provide seven virtual college fairs this October. All UC and CSU campuses, and a majority of independent colleges and universities from the AICCU, will participate.
All events are free, and all California students are encouraged to attend! While fairs are scheduled in regions, students can attend any date that is best for them.
Students and counselors can register by visiting CACollegeFairs.org and creating an account on Visit Days. The fairs are scheduled for:
High School Fairs
Northern California: Saturday, October 2 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT
Southern California 1: Wednesday, October 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. PDT
Central California: Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT
Southern California 2: Saturday, October 16 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT
Attendees will be able to join live sessions, watch campus videos and visit campus booths to live chat and/or meet with campus representatives.
Presentation: Benefits of Attending Diablo Valley College
Diablo Valley College invites BHS students and their parents/guardians to learn about their college at an upcoming "Benefits of Attending DVC" presentation, offered in English and in Spanish. Attendees will be given a general overview of the college which will include information about transferring to 4-year universities, the FT3 (free tuition) program, support services and campus life among other things. Student Ambassadors will share their experiences with transitioning to DVC, utilizing campus resources as well as their plans after completing their educational goals. The presentations are open to students, family members or anyone who wishes to learn about why DVC is a great choice to take a concurrent enrollment class or continue their education after high school.
Tuesday, October 12th at 5:00pm
Be sure to register in advance using the links below:
- Registration link for presentation in English: DVCbenefits21
- Registration link for presentation in Spanish: DVCbenefitsSPAN
New! Benicia Chapter of the Willie B. Adkins Program
The focus of the program is to provide connections, mentorships, study skills, tutoring, college prep, college tours at History Black Colleges/Universities, increase the number of African American students enrolling in college, SAT/ACT prep, career/personal counseling, guest speakers, and community service opportunities.
The Application and Registration for Orientation is on their website under the Benicia- Willie B. Adkins Program tab.
For more information on the program, see their website above and attend the orientation.
Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program Orientation via Zoom.
When: Sep 29, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
This opportunity is supported through our District Strategic Plan-LCAP goals.
Goal 1: Social-Emotional Learning
All students in Benicia Unified School District, especially those who have been underrepresented, will feel a sense of belonging and connection to their school community so that they feel challenged and invested in a learning environment that values individuals and is accepting, respectful, safe, and supportive.
Goal 2: Academics-Literacy/Humanities
All students in Benicia Unified School District will demonstrate mastery on and be supported in grade-level literacy and humanities standards in all content areas so that there is comparable performance for all student groups, and achievement and performance gaps are virtually non-existent.
Goal 3: Academics-Math/STEAM
All students in Benicia Unified School District will demonstrate mastery on and be supported in math standards with the support of all STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) content areas so that there is comparable performance for all student groups, and achievement and performance gaps are virtually non-existent.
Goal 4: Equity & Opportunity
Historically underserved and underrepresented students will have access to and inclusion in all learning and activities in school.
BUSD will advance equity practices by ensuring that the voices of our students are represented, they feel seen and their cultures and stories are valued with a particular focus on students who are black, socio-economically disadvantaged, English learners, Latinx, LBGTQ, and students in special education.
Why Should Students Take the PSAT/NMSQT?
Benicia High School is offering the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 13th at BHS as part of the school day. It is important for students and their families to understand what this test is and why a student would want to take advantage of this opportunity.
The PSAT is a practice standardized test, like the SAT, intended to measure the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math that students learn in the classroom. NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and provides opportunities for major scholarships and recognition. Scores are available to students in December and are not sent to colleges.
Why Take the PSAT/NMSQT:
- It connects students to more than $235 million in scholarships, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program. If your child opts into the free Student Search Service®, scholarship providers will invite them to apply.
- It's excellent practice for the SAT. Both tests measure the same knowledge and skills and ask the same types of questions, so PSAT/NMSQT takers will know what to expect on the SAT.
- It's the first step to a free, personalized SAT study plan. Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® uses your child's PSAT/NMSQT score to create a customized SAT study plan with sample questions that focus on areas where they need help.
- It shows student progress on the road to college. The PSAT/NMSQT is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments, a series of tests beginning in eighth grade that shows your child and their teachers whether your child is on track for college.
- It shows which Advanced Placement Program® (AP) courses your child is ready for. The PSAT/NMSQT Score Report indicates which college-level AP courses your child has the potential to succeed in.
Registration is $20 and we have space reserved for 100 students to take the test, with priority given to 11th grade students. Registration will be open from September 7th to October 8th on the webstore (linked here).
NEW - 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!
Girls Basketball Open Gym
Interested in more information or the dates for open gym? Please contact Girls Basketball Varsity Head Coach Carlos Fernandez: (707) 853-4680 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent-Teacher-Student Association Needs Your Participation!
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 will be 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.
We also have four open board positions that need to be filled! Please take a look at the vacant positions below and and let us know which position you would be interested in taking. We have an awesome team and a lot of support for our new Board members.
2020-2021 Benicia High School PTSA Board
President: Kristin Kamm
Vice President: Jaime Sherry
Secretary: Jennifer Ward
Treasurer: Amy DeLago
Historian: Robyn Ballinger
Financial Secretary: Lora Vail French
Parliamentarian: Jennifer Largaespada
Hospitality: Shanna Hamernick
Membership: Lily Ploski
Open Board Positions - Please email BHSInfo@beniciaunified.org or email@example.com to submit interest in serving in a position and supporting your school:
- Volunteers - helps recruit and acts as point of contact for potential volunteers; coordinates volunteers for PTSA activities and events as needed.
- Fundraising - oversees and ensures each fundraiser has a chairperson and supports follow-through; assists with creation of new fundraising events.
- Auditor - audit BHS PTSA books and financial records semi-annually and provide information to CA State PTSA.
Amazon Smile - An Easy Way to Donate to Your PTSA!
Amazon Smile is now available on the Amazon app also!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
10th grade - Ms. Smith at email@example.com
11th grade - Ms. Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org
12th grade - Mr. Keppel at email@example.com
College & Career Center - Ms. Marwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselors and Ms. Marwick will be meeting with students and giving class presentations starting in September.
BHS Library Hours & Info
We also offer a BHS Library Website with events and information at: https://sites.google.com/beniciaunified.org/bhslibraryonlineresources
Questions? Please contact Ms. Segle at email@example.com
Youth Resiliency Summit hosted by Solano County Office of Education
"IT'S A MOOD"
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: https://www.solanocoe.net/youthsummit
Student Parking Passes
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.
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:
- Apply on line at: http://www.myschoolapps.com/
- You will be notified with the results
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).
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 BHSInfo@beniciaunified.org 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.
BENICIA HIGH SCHOOL
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.