Benton Weekly Update

Week 30: March 29-April 1, 2021

Spring Break!

This is a 4-day week as Spring Break begins Friday. (Am I allowed to say, "woo-hoo!"?) Monday and Tuesday are regular days, Wednesday is period 5B, and Thursday is a minimum day with 20-minute classes beginning at 9am and the school day is over at 10:35. School resumes on Monday, April 12th.


Yearbooks are now on Sale for $20, you can pay in the office or on the webstore.


Speaking of the yearbook, we're building a "FRIENDS" page and if your 8th grader has been friends with another Benton student since elementary school or before, send us a picture of the friends then and now. We are also still accepting photo submissions of how you're Learning at Home. Send all photos with full names, captions to Ms. Pflanzer vpflanzer@nlmusd.org.


Students complete their Digital Citizenship lessons on Wednesday this week. With so much of our lives being conducted online, it is important for students to understand how to navigate safely in a digital world. Ask your child about what they have learned and take this opportunity as a family to decide how you will help them safely interact online.


Be sure to scroll on down for our Spotlight on Learning and what's coming up this week.

Women's History Month: Martha Graham, Dancer, Choreographer, Innovator

TIME magazine named Martha Graham “Dancer of the Century,” and People magazine named her among the female “Icons of the Century.” As a choreographer, she was as prolific as she was complex. Graham created 181 ballets and a dance technique that has been compared to ballet in its scope and magnitude. Her approach to dance and theater revolutionized the art form and her innovative physical vocabulary has irrevocably influenced dance worldwide.


In 1926, Martha Graham founded her dance company and school, living and working out of a tiny Carnegie Hall studio in midtown Manhattan. In developing her technique, Martha Graham experimented endlessly with basic human movement, beginning with the most elemental movements of contraction and release. Using these principles as the foundation for her technique, she built a vocabulary of movement that would “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body.” Martha Graham’s dancing and choreography exposed the depths of human emotion through movements that were sharp, angular, jagged, and direct. The dance world was forever altered by Martha Graham’s vision, which has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for generations of dance and theatre artists.


Martha Graham’s uniquely American vision and creative genius earned her numerous honors and awards, such as The Laurel Leaf of the American Composers Alliance in 1959 for her service to music. Her colleagues in theater, the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One, voted her the recipient of the 1986 Local One Centennial Award for Dance, not to be awarded for another 100 years. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford bestowed upon Martha Graham the United States’ highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and declared her a “national treasure,” making her the first dancer and choreographer to receive this honor. Another Presidential honor was awarded Martha Graham in 1985 when President Ronald Reagan designated her among the first recipients of the United States National Medal of Arts.

Spotlight on Learning: 7th Grade Social Science

Students in Mr. Easton's Honors Social Science used the app Chatterpix to create a mini report on a cultural element from Medieval Japan. Watch the mouths in the images; in Chatterpix you can upload an image and have the mouth move as if the image is speaking. Here are Jane's and Rafael's reports.

Samurai by Jane Snell
Samurai Warrior by Rafael Romero.

Spotlight on Learning: 8th Grade Science

The assignment was to create a comic strip that shows the transfer of energy from the Sun to turning on a lamp in the home. Check out these two comics by Emily Tees and Rebekah Cabral.
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What's up this week?

After School Tutoring

Tutoring is available Monday-Wednesday this week 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.

Wednesday is Period 5B 9am-10am.

Log into your period 5B Zoom from 9-10, then work on homework, projects, reading, other asynchronous work.

Cesar Chavez Day 3/31

This Wednesday, March 31, the nation pays tribute to Cesar Chavez, a visionary leader who moved farmworkers to stand together for their rights. He was a great humanitarian who inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life to fight for social justice and civil rights.

Friday ~ Spring Break Begins

Friday is the first day of Spring Break, there is no school.

Students return to school on Monday, April 12.

Passover 3/27-4/4

The Jewish holiday of Passover (in Hebrew, Pesach) commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The holiday originated in the Torah, where the word pesach refers to the ancient Passover sacrifice (known as the Paschal Lamb); it is also said to refer to the idea that God “passed over” (pasach) the houses of the Jews during the 10th plague on the Egyptians, the slaying of the first born. The holiday is ultimately a celebration of freedom, and the story of the exodus from Egypt is a powerful metaphor that is appreciated not only by Jews, but by people of other faiths as well.

Easter Sunday 4/4

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, also known as “Maundy Thursday”), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed) and Easter Sunday. Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Yearbook Photos: Send in YOURS by Friday this week!

Students, the yearbook would like to see what learning at home looks like for you. Please submit your photograph and a caption telling us who you are and what you are working on to Mrs. Pflanzer at vpflanzer@nlmusd.k12.ca.us or send it in a Schoology message. Get your picture and caption in by April 2nd.


8th Graders: we're building a "FRIENDS" page and if you have been friends with another Benton student since elementary school or before, send us a picture of the friends then and now.


Space permitting, your photograph could appear in the 2020-2021 Yearbook. Yearbooks will go on sale in the Benton office and on the Webstore for $20.

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Opportunities for 8th Graders attending La Mirada High School

Register for La Mirada HS Cheer Try Outs

Are you an 8th grader and interested in trying out for Cheer at La Mirada HS? Complete the registration form at this link to find out more and try out for the 21-22 LMHS Cheer Team.

La Mirada HS Dance Team

La Mirada HS Color Guard

The LMHS Color Guard is one of the most award-winning teams on campus. They’ve received first place at every competition in over a year both in Marching Band and Winter Guard, and are the reigning WGASC High School “A” champions. 8th graders can join on Mondays and Wednesdays 2-4pm on zoom. To qualify for Color Guard, students must have minimum 2.5 GPA and good attendance for their classes. Register here to join.

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 2:30-3:15pm

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

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

Join the Benton Dance Club!

Dance Instructor Miss Toni will be offering dance instruction Monday-Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 via zoom. We know many students' regular activities have been cancelled in this time of COVID-19 and the school wanted to offer some additional recreation to students in the afternoon. All students are welcome to join and it is completely free for the students. 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.

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, bentonms.org

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