Principal's Newsletter

What's Going On In The World of Benson Tech Nov. 21st 2022

A Message to our Parents/Guardians: Information Platforms for Benson Tech

Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @BensonTechPride.

Please be sure to go to our PPS/BHS Website at for important school information, events and school activities that will be happening throughout the school year.

Parents/Guardians please be sure to download the Trivory App for up to date information regarding Benson Tech. This is a great communication tool for Benson Tech and we highly encourage all parents/guardians and students to stay connected with the school by downloading the app.

Principal Wilson

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents and Guardians,

Please check your email for confirmation of your scheduled teacher conferences from

  • Zoom links for the virtual meetings are included in that email if you chose that option when you signed up. If you are using a student chromebook to access the appointment, be sure to go to the Zoom link from the web browser, not the app, which has been disabled on student chromebooks.

  • If you are scheduled for in-person appointments, school maps and a list of teacher room numbers will be available as you arrive through the front doors off of 91st Ave.

  • Both virtual and in person conferences are 10 minutes long with 5 minutes in between, so please be mindful of keeping your time within the appointment slot to respect the times of other families scheduled before or after your appointment.

  • This launch page contains links on how to navigate conferences with access to a virtual help room for questions and concerns.

Benson Tech Administration

Benson Tech Leadership Students Attend the OASC Leadership Conference at Seaside

Congratulations to the Benson Tech Leadership Students on a fine showing at the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC) which was held at Seaside on November 6th and 7th. It was a fast paced and very engaging two days with student leaders from around the state of Oregon.

Go Tech!!

Principal Wilson

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Benson Tech College Newsletter

For information on college applications, Financial aid/FAFSA/ORSAA, and scholarships that Benson students may qualify for, check out Benson's COLLEGE NEWSLETTER

Kathleen Reid (she/her)

College Counselor/AVID Coordinator

Benson Tech High School

Benson College Info Webpage

Call/Text 971-238-8322

Set up an appointment with me HERE

Mental Health Crisis Resources

Rose Festival Court

Please see the attached document which has information (Rose Festival Eligibility Requirements and FAQ’s) pertaining to the Rose Festival Court for 2023.

Eva Martinez Mercado

A Message from Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan

Tech Internships:

Fall Tech Internships for Benson Polytechnic High School Students

PeerLinc recently launched an internship page:

It gives an internship overview, and students can also apply there.

ACE Mentor Program (deadline Nov. 22): The ACE program is open to juniors and seniors (and sophomores as space is available) interested in architecture, construction management, the trades, and engineering. The local program serves nearly 150 students annually and relies on 100 volunteer mentors, all professionals in their fields, to coach students in a hands-on, team-oriented project. Teams meet weekly between January and May. Students in the program can access great scholarships and work experiences. IN-PERSON.

Career Opportunities:

Applications Coming Soon-

· Hospitality CFE -December 7,- 12:30 pm-3:00

· MESO Business CFE- December 9,- 12:30 pm-3:00

Howard S. Wright Career Day (Dec. 8). Explore careers in construction management & the trades. Learn from industry pros about areas such as building information modeling, bidding & project management, and virtual reality, then do hands-on learning and tour a construction site (the nearby Ritz-Carlton hotel!) to see those plans come to life. IN-PERSON.

The Oregonian/OregonLive Career Day (Dec. 14). Get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest media company in Oregon and meet journalism professionals. Explore how the pros use tools such as video, photography, and social media to tell stories. Participate in hands-on learning, including a mock press conference. Learn about the skills and education needed for a career in journalism, communications, and media. IN-PERSON.

Miranda Ryan

Career Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

Cell: 503-312-2774

Office: 503-916-5100 X:77201

Schedule a Meeting:

Personal Learning Instructions:

Career Website:

Benson Tech Community Day November 10th 2022

On Thursday November 10th Benson Tech showcased it's first Community Day event of the school year where we allowed students and staff to partake in community building activities during a morning assembly schedule. Students and staff had the opportunity to partake in Yoga, Board Games, Pin Drop Watch Party, Play Musical Instruments, Celebrate Academy Success, Arts and Craft and so forth. We look forward to the other Community Days that will be happening throughout the school year.

Benson Tech Administration

A Message from Benson's Community Care Club

The Community Care Club is hosting a donation drive to help Portlanders in need this Winter.

From December 1st to December 16th we will be collecting the following items:

-New unwrapped toys and children's books.

-New unused socks, gloves, and hats.

-New unopened travel sized toiletries.

-Canned or packaged non-perishable food.

All donated items will go to Portland Toy and Joy Makers and the Portland Rescue Mission. Look for the donation bin in the front entrance! Donations may also be dropped off in the Makerspace.

Contact Mr. Musick with questions:

Jackie Musick


Makerspace Coordinator

Benson Polytechnic High School

A Message from Benson's Social Worker Caroline Bleckmann (Benson's Annual Gift Card Drive)

Greetings Benson Tech community:

Once again, we are collecting Fred Meyer or Winco (no other stores, please) gift cards to share with Benson families who need help over the holidays. As you may know, teens are often overlooked in holiday giving. So many of our students are doing the most: helping pay bills, taking care of younger siblings, and sometimes even going without necessities so youngers and elders will have enough. Some of our students are homeless/houseless and fending for themselves. Our students and families are so grateful for this help. Please help out if you are able!

What: Fred Meyer or Winco gift cards in any amount (no cash donations, please). Please write how much the cards are for.

· How: Please see below

· Mail: Caroline Bleckmann, LCSW, at Benson Polytechnic High School

3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266 Or You Can

· Drop off/send with your child: Leave with Norma Lawson, Eva Mercado, RoiSan Anderson or Shana Corah in the front office

· WHEN: Deadline is Friday, December

Tax Receipt: If you would like a tax receipt, please email Caroline Bleckmann at by the deadline of 12/9/22.


Caroline Bleckmann, LCSW, She/her

School Social worker, Benson Polytechnic High School

For all meeting requests click here or use google calendar for PPS employees

Benson Wellness Center

Cell/Non-urgent texting: 503-729-3486

Monday-Friday, 8-4:00

How can the School Social Worker help me?

Outside of office hours, if you or your loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888.

Check out the Youth Resource App!

A Message from Benson's Attendance Secretary Norma Lawson


If you have not completed the Yearly Verification process in ParentVUE yet, you will find that you have been locked out of access. This message will appear on your screen [see file attachment-Yearly Verification Message].

After selecting "Begin Yearly Verification" you will see this screen [See file attachment - Yearly Verification Screen]. Be sure to select 2022-2023 Yearly Verification only. Complete the Verification process. Your verification will be approved by the Attendance Office and your access will then be reinstated. If you have any questions, be sure to contact Norma at extension 86403.

Thank you.

Norma L. Lawson

School/Attendance Secretary

Benson Polytechnic High School

503-916-5100 Ext. 86403

A Message from the PPS TAG Office

The Talented and Gifted Program referral window is now open. The referral form can be found on Benson's school website, under the "Academics" tab, on the "Talented and Gifted" page. All parent referrals are due by November 29th.

PPS TAG Department

A Message from Benson’s Radio Broadcasting Instructor Jacob Patterson

The Portland Public School radio station AM 1450 KBPS located at Benson Tech is looking for student sportscasters to join our team! No experience necessary, any PPS high school student can join. Opportunities include live broadcasting, play-by-play and color commentary announcing, audio engineering and setting up gear at the games, control board operation at the station, and soon video streaming. We broadcast games weekly with fall football and winter basketball. Please visit the website for more information and reach out to KBPS Instructor Jacob Patterson

Jacob Patterson (he/him)

KBPS Radio CTE Instructor

BATS Coordinator

Benson Bowling Club Coach

Communications Design Academy

(503) 916-5100 ex.86320

A Message from Benson's Yearbook Advisor Ike Prahl

Hello Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families!

It is time to order your yearbook!

You can do this through SchoolPay or by bringing cash, check, or card to Hazel Knox, our bookkeeper in room B-5. The yearbook is being sold at $45.

For local businesses that would like to sponsor the yearbook to offset the cost for additional copies, advertisement and sponsorship placement is available. Contact Ike Prahl ( if you are interested.

Some people choose to remember their senior year by taking a custom portrait. If you have had a portrait taken by a professional or a friend and would like it in our yearbook, please submit the photo of your senior to our Google Form: . If you struggle to access the form, try accessing it with your senior from their student.pps account.

Ike Prahl

BHS Yearbook Advisor

A Message from Benson's Attendance Coach Montreal Granville

Parents/Guardians please click on the link below to view directions in ParentVUE on how to enter/report future excused absences for your child.

Montreal Granville

Student Attendance Coach

Benson Polytechnic High School


A Message from Benson Social Worker Caroline Bleckmann

Don’t forget that the Benson Wellness Center in Room A-30 (next to the gym and cafeteria) is here to help keep you healthy! You can find us by following the signs to the Wellness center

across the hall from the gym. The medical providers have appointments Monday to Thursday from 1-5pm and you can drop in to speak with the school nurse or social worker anytime. We offer general health check-ups, sports physicals, sick visits, sexual health counseling, mental health counseling, vaccines, and COVID-19 testing.

We are also here to answer any questions you may have about your
body, health, and mind. You schedule your own appointments and come during school hours. Services are confidential, and we see all students regardless of ability to pay: this means if you're uninsured, it's free; OHP and private insurance are billed just like at any other primary care clinic.

Tell your student to stop by the clinic and register as a patient and to
pick up some school swag!


Caroline Bleckmann, LCSW, She/her

School Social worker, Benson Polytechnic High School

For all meeting requests click here or use google calendar for PPS employees

Benson Wellness Center

Cell/Non-urgent texting: 503-729-3486

Monday-Friday, 8-4:00

How can the School Social Worker help me?

Outside of office hours, if you or your loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888.

Check out the Youth Resource App!