Benton Weekly Update

Week 25: February 22-26, 2021

Parent Conference Week

Parent Conferences are this week and that means we are on a very different schedule with all classes over at 10:35am each day. (see below.) Spring Conferences are for students who have Ds or Fs in their classes. Parents can book a virtual conference with each teacher at this link. Conference appointments are limited, so if your child is doing well, but you still want to meet with their teachers, please email the teacher to set up a conference at another time.

Are you connected with your child on Schoology? Sign up here for a parent meeting to find out how you can keep track of your child's progress and work. More details below.

Burning the Midnight Oil? Teachers report that many students are submitting assignments after midnight - that's past their bedtime! Students in middle school should be getting 9+ hours of sleep each night. Good practice is to make sure the TV is off and iPads, phones, and other electronics are not in the room where children are sleeping.

For Black History Month, we touch on the Harlem Renaissance and the photographer who documented the major figures in the movement. Find out more below.

Conference Week Schedule

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Spotlight on Learning ~ Photography

Photography students watched a short film “A Day in the Life of ‘The Dogist’" and then applied skills previously taught in Photography class to take a picture of their pet or a friend's pet. Students were to use the tips 'The Dogist' gave and add what they have learned about angles, composition, and lighting. You can view their work here:

Spotlight on Learning ~ Drama

The Drama class warms up with dancing most days. Here's the class dancing to The Nicest Kid in Town from Hairspray from one of their Broadway 567 Tutorials.

PTSA Reflections

Benton PTSA is excited to celebrate our creative students who participated in this year's PTA Reflections Contest. Please enjoy this special slide show awards presentation featuring their entries.

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The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a large social and cultural movement of the early 1900s -1930s stemming from the “Great Migration" of African Americans from the rural South to cities of the urban North of the United States. In New York City, they found their voices in a politically, socially and culturally vibrant Harlem. Harlem spawned writers and poets like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as musicians and artists whose work encouraged African Americans to take on an independent, enlightened approach to education, culture and politics.

Photographer James VanDerZee was not only the de facto documentor of the Harlem Renaissance, but also a prominent member of the movement. As a result, his body of work is a veritable who’s-who of celebrities including the poet Countee Cullen, dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Bishop Charles M. “Daddy” Grace, boxer Joe Louis, entertainer Florence Mills, and the black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey.

His experimental artistic vision was well suited for the time. He excelled at retouching glamour shots that radiated an aura of perfection and would use double negatives to extend the meaning of his work. Van Der Zee is considered to have created one of the most comprehensive documentations of the Harlem Renaissance.

What's up this week?

Parent Conferences 2/22-2/26

Parent conferences recommended for students who are receiving Ds or Fs in their classes. Teachers have posted a Calendly link on the Benton Staff Directory so you can book your conference. Benton will be on a minimum day schedule all week, classes are 20 minutes long and will meet 9:00am-10:35am.

Wednesday is Period 8B 9am-10am.

Log into your period 8B Zoom 9-10, then work on homework, projects, reading from 10am-2pm.

Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser ~ Wed. 2/24

Order out from Chipotle from 4-8pm on Wednesday 2/24 and Chipotle will donate 33% of our total sales! Use the flyer below for directions on online ordering: Use code 97YD23Y before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser.

Schoology Parent Account Informational Meeting

Learn how a Schoology Parent Account can help you keep track of your child's progress and work by attending one of these meetings.

Thursday 2/25 6pm (sign up by Mon. 2/22 3pm)

Tuesday 3/2 10am & 6pm (sign up by Fri. 2/26 3pm)

Thursday 3/4 10am & 6pm (sign up by Tues. 3/2 3pm)

Sign up here:

After School Tutoring

Tutoring is available Monday-Thursday from 3-4:30. The updated Tutoring schedule is linked here. Students can also contact their teachers for questions, clarification, and additional support during office hours from 2-3pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri.

8th Grade Baby Photos for Year Book

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. Pflanzer at

Coming Up...


The National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) will be forming again this year. Interested students should attend the informational meeting via Zoom on March 1st, and the NJAHS Camp March 8-12 from 2-3pm. Eligible students will have a 3.0 GPA and be currently enrolled in Photography, Media Arts, Studio Art, or Cartooning.

Find out more about Benton!

We know that with the closure of Los Coyotes, many parents are considering which school is the best fit to meet their child's needs. For anyone who would like to learn more about Benton, we are offering Virtual Tours and are eager to share about our wonderful programs and staff! Check out our Choose Benton video here.

Want to learn more about Benton? Click here for a Bitmoji tour of Benton and its programs!

Need to speak with the School Counselor? The Doctor is In!

Dr. Sweney-Black is our School Counselor and she has created a virtual office. Click on the links below to see how she can help you.

Weekly Wellness with Ms. Allie

Hi guys,

I hope you are still off to a strong start with completing your work and getting everything in on time. Here are a few questions for this week! Click on this link here. Have a great week everyone (:

Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!

Chess Club ~ Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:15

For all the information on the Chess Club, join the Benton Chess Club GROUP in Schoology, Access Code WB3D-QF5R-ZS2Z9. Links for Zoom, as well as a parent permission form, are in the “Resources” folder. See you on Tuesday at 2:30.

Join the Bible Club ~ Wed. 11:30am

The Bible Club meets Wednesdays at 11:30am. The Schoology GROUP code (not a course) to join is 2CDP-XKHR-2HF8F

Dance Club! Mon-Thurs. 2:30-3:30

Dance Instructor Miss Toni will be offering dance instruction Monday-Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 via zoom. All students are welcome to join and it is completely free. If you are interested in joining the Benton Dance Club, please use this link.

Join The Diversity Club!

It's not too late to join! We welcome all and it's a fun way for students to connect and learn about diverse others. The Diversity Club meets on Tuesdays at 3pm.

The Schoology GROUP code (not a course) to join is 9R3C-297K-7Q89Q.

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Updated Learning/Zoom Expectations

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Distance Learning Support

Family Support Portal

These links might be helpful.

They can be found under the new tab on our website,

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