Benton Weekly Update

Week 17: December 14-17, 2020

Semester One Ends

As we close out the semester, we are pleased to announce Benton's Teacher of the Year, Ms. Annie Chen. Ms. Chen teaches 7th grade Math and 8th Grade Accelerated Math. Our Classified Employee of the Year is Ms. Rita Schroyer, our School Secretary. Well deserved congratulations to both Ms. Chen and Ms. Schroyer!


The final day of classes this semester is Thursday, 12/17, and we have a minimum day schedule with school over at 10:35. Classes are just 20 minutes long so it is imperative that students join their class Zoom sessions on time. The schedule is posted below.


Winter Break begins Friday, December 18th. Students will return from Winter Break on Tuesday, January 5th. There may be a few schedule changes as some students will be provided with Math and/or Language Arts Intervention Classes, and other students may be moved in or out of Honors Classes. Electives are year-long courses, and will not be changed at the semester.


Open Enrollment for NLMUSD schools has begun and will continue through the end of January. Benton will host a Virtual Orientation for parents on Tuesday, December 15th. (See flyer below) If you have friends or neighbors who have children starting middle school, be sure to let them know that in addition to a strong academic program with honors courses, Benton is the destination for the Arts!


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 below!


Finally, no matter what your family celebrates, we wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday and a happy (and better!) New Year.

Choose Benton Video

What's up this week?

Coffee with the Principal

Tuesday, 8:00am-8:30am.

Chat with the Principal, Mr. Webster, via zoom at this link.

Tuesday, December 15th 6:30 pm

Virtual Orientation

Click on this link.

7th Graders: Final Day for Discount!

Tuesday, Dec. 15th by 9pm

This is the last day for 7th graders to register for the 2022 8th Grade East Coast Trip and receive a $500 discount. Register at this link.

Wednesday is Period 8B 9am-10am.

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

PTSA Association Meeting

Are you interested in participating in our PTSA for next year? We will have a quick Zoom Association Meeting on December 16th at 6:30pm to elect our nominating committee for the 21-22 PTSA elections. Here is the Zoom Link for the Meeting.

Thursday, 12/17

Minimum Day, Final Day of Semester 1

Period 1A 9:00-9:20

Period 2A 9:25-9:45

Period 3A 9:50-10:10

Period 4A 10:15-10:35

Hanukkuh Dec. 10-18

The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

Winter Break 12/18/2020 ~ 1/4/2021

No School Friday 12/18 through Monday 1/4/2021

Students return to class on Tuesday, 1/5/2021

Kwanzaa Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Kwanzaa is a celebration of Family, Community, and Culture. It is an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community. During the holiday, families and communities organize activities around the Seven Principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and lmani (Faith). Participants also celebrate with feasts (karamu), music, dance, poetry, narratives and end the holiday with a day dedicated to reflection and recommitment to The Seven Principles and other central cultural values.

Spotlight on Learning: Photography

Students in Ms. Pflanzer's Beginning Photography classes are learning how to take photos in low-light conditions. Because the camera's shutter needs to stay open longer, students learn how to use a tripod, stationary surface, and the timer so that images come out sharp and clear and not blurry. Here is a sampling of the Winter Lights assignment.
Best of Winter Lights 2020

Spotlight on Learning: 6th Grade Social Science

Mr. Gallo's 6th Grade Social Science students have been learning about Ancient Mesopotamia. They were able to choose a project to show what they have learned about this ancient society. Here are a few of their projects.

Voting: Gingerbread House Contest

This week students vote on the Most Creative, Most Original, and Funniest Gingerbread Houses. Here are a few of the entries:

December Self-Care Calendar

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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.

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.

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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