Benicia High School Panther Post

May 2019 - Monthly Newsletter for the BHS Community

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
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Annual Spring Survey - We Need Your Feedback

In an effort to collect and compare annual feedback from our students, parents, and guardians, please take a few minutes to complete the survey below. We appreciate your time and input as this helps us to make decisions about the programs, funding, and needs at BHS. This information is anonymous and will be reviewed by our School Site Council (students, teachers, parents), administration, and by our full staff. Previously, this information has been used to help make decisions about offering career/college field trips, becoming a 1:1 Technology school, and updating school rules/regulations.

If you would like to offer additional feedback and suggestions other than what is included in this survey, please reach out to an administrator or counselor. Also, we are looking for more parent/guardian representatives to join our 2019-2020 School Site Council. Please consider serving BHS in this way and contact Ms. Kleinschmidt if you are interested. The Site Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30pm and works to create and monitor our School Action Plan.

Thank you!

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College Planning for Parents with Darlene Bell-Carson

Wednesday, May 8th, 6-7:30pm

1101 Military West

Benicia, CA

"How to Prepare and Help Your Child with College Applications"

Back by popular demand, Darlene Bell-Carson will speak about:

  • College planning steps, application logistics, and financial aid details
  • Tools for having a family dialogue about planning, preparation, and paying for a college education

Click here to learn more about Darlene Bell-Carson

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Planning to Take a Community College Course this Summer?

If you are considering or planning to take a college course this summer, be sure to schedule an appointment with your counselor as soon as possible to review your academic plan and complete the needed forms. You can request a meeting with your counselor using the online Counseling Request Form.
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Summer School at Benicia High

Tuesday, June 11th through Friday, July 12

School will be 4 days a week Tuesday-Friday, with the exception of 4th of July week which will be Monday-Wednesday. Hours are from 8am- 2pm.

Summer school is for credit recovery. Submit an online application as early as possible. Once the application is received, your counselor will review your credits/transcript and follow up with you regarding courses and scheduling.

Senior Speech Night - Speech & Debate Senior Showcase

Tuesday, May 28th, 7pm

Benicia High School, Hayley Horn Auditorium

Join us to hear Senior Speeches from students in the Speech & Debate class as well as members of the Debate Team. This is a special event that features several students giving speeches on the occassion of the end of their high school careers.

The flavors make it easy to hit.

The devices make it easy to hide.

The nicotine makes it hard to quit.

Website - Video - Information

Flavors mask the harsh taste of tobacco which makes it easier for kids to smoke — and most kids don’t know that flavored e-cigarettes are high in nicotine.


The tobacco industry is hooking the next generation of addicts, and flavors are a big way in.

4 out of 5 kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.

Those numbers suggest that most underaged users might never have tried vaping if tobacco tasted like tobacco. From Juul’s popular mango to thousands of options available for Suorin and other open systems, flavors hook kids on a drug known to be as addictive as heroin.


The rise in teen vaping is finally news. But we need to know more about kids’ consumption of nicotine, such as how high the doses, and how great the risks. Modern devices can have up to 6x the nicotine concentration of first generation e-cigs, putting kids at risk of not only a nicotine addiction, but substance addiction of all kinds.


Nicotine is one of the most toxic of all poisons. It can rewire the brain, particularly vulnerable in the developing years, from adolescence to mid-twenties. In what ways? Nicotine changes the teen brain and affects attention, learning, and memory. It can worsen stressors already challenging in adolescence: impulsivity, learning difficulties, irritability, anxiety and mood swings. But unlike other adolescent phases, changes to the brain from nicotine can be permanent.

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Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Summer Camp

The Solano County Office of Education is excited to announce that it is hosting, in partnership with UC Davis C-STEM, four (4) GIRL Camps in June for middle and high school girls in Solano County. These camps are focused on introducing and motivating middle and high school girls to learn computing and STEM concepts through a fun and robotics-based curriculum. In these five-day camps, the girls learn teamwork, communicatio,n and leadership skills. They will also be introduced to robotics, engineering, and computer programming with a user-friendly RoboBlockly and Ch/C/C++ with a mock-up RoboPlay Challenge Competition. Participants will also learn film production and the creative process involved in making short videos with robotics.

Camps are open to any middle or high school girl in Solano County and run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The deadline to apply is May 13, 2019.

Middle School Offerings:

  • June 10-14 at the Center for Freedom & Flight in Vacaville
  • June 17-21 at the Solano Community College in Fairfield
  • June 24-28 at the Solano Community College in Vallejo

To apply, follow this link:

High School Offering:

  • June 24-28 at the Benicia makerspace

To apply, follow this link:

Upcoming Events at Benicia High School

  • Wednesday, May 1st: PTSA General Membership Meeting at 6pm in room A-108
  • Friday, May 3rd: Mamma Mia! Spring Musical at 7pm
  • Saturday, May 4th: Mamma Mia! Spring Musical & Gala at 7pm
  • Sunday, May 5th: Benicia Education Foundation's Run for Education
  • Sunday, May 5th: Mamma Mia! Spring Musical Matinee show at 2pm (rescheduled from April 28th)
  • Monday May 6th - Friday May 10th: BHS Staff Appreciation Week
  • Monay May 6th - Friday May 17th: Advanced Placement Exams
  • Wednesday, May 8th: Parent Education Series: Planning for College with Darlene Bell-Carson, 6:00-7:30pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 9th: ASVAB Test, after school (Sign up in room H-109)
  • Tuesday, May 14th: ELAC Meeting, 6pm in room G-6
  • Thursday, May 16th: Graduation Ticket Distribution, 4:00-6:00pm (See Senior Bulletin for more information)
  • Friday, May 17th: Improv Finale, 7:00pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Saturday, May 18th: Color Vibe Run 2019, 9:00am-1:30pm at BHS
  • Monday May 20th - Friday May 24th: Special Schedule for CAASPP Testing, Block days on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Traditional day on Friday
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: For Fun Band Concert, 7:00pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 23rd: Seniors Only Guest Speaker Event - 20 years later, Alumni return to share experience and advise with students, Access Period event
  • Thursday, May 23rd: Senior Awards Night, 6:30pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Monday, May 27th: No School, Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Senior Speech Night, 7:00pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 30th: Senior Banquet & Yearbook Distribution, 5:00-7:00pm in the Student Center, ticket required (see Senior Bulletin for more information)
  • Thursday, May 30th: Advanced Dance Show, 7:00pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Friday, May 31st: Yearbook Distribution for all students - Before school, during lunch, and after school in the multi-purpose room
  • Friday, May 31st: CPT Day, 2:00pm dismissal
  • Friday, May 31st: Step-Down Rally
  • Friday, May 31st: Advanced Dance Show, 7:00pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Friday, May 31st: Powder Puff Game, 7:00pm at Drolette Stadium
  • Saturday, June 1st: Advanced Dance Show, 7:00pm in the Hayley Horn Auditorium
  • Wednesday, June 5th: Finals Schedule - Period 1, Access, Period 2 with 1:20pm dismissal
  • Wednesday, June 5th: Senior Parade, 1:30pm meet time in the BHS Gym
  • Thursday, June 6th: Finals Schedule - Period 3, Access, Period 4 with 1:20pm dismissal
  • Friday, June 7th: Finals Schedule - Period 4, Period 5 with 12:20pm dismissal
  • Friday, June 7th: Senior BBQ & Graduation Practice, 12:30pm (see Senior Bulletin for more information)
  • Saturday, June 8th: Graduation, 11:00am at Drolette Stadium
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