Benton Weekly Update

Week 33: April 26-30, 2021

Welcome Back! Hybrid In-Person Instruction Starts this Week.

Cohort A starts Monday & Tuesday on campus from 8:30-11:11am. Cohorts B & C will have Distance Learning classes Monday & Tuesday from 12:04-2:45 pm.

Cohort B starts Thursday & Friday on campus from 8:30-11:11am. Cohorts A & C will have Distance Learning classes Monday & Tuesday from 12:04-2:45 pm.

All Cohorts have Distance Learning on Wednesday from 9am-9:50. Periods continue to rotate on Wednesdays and this week is Period 8B.

Gentle Reminders:

  • All 7th graders must have TDAP vaccination to return to in-person instruction.
  • All students will be required to wear a mask (properly) at all times.
  • Social Distancing of 6 feet enforced.
  • Campus is open 15 minutes before school opens, please do not drop them off early and plan to pick your child up promptly at 11:11am.
  • There are no drinking fountains, please bring a water bottle.
  • Breakfast/Snacks/Lunch are NOT available at Benton, grab & go meals available at each elementary school and LMHS.
  • Art/Cartooning students need to bring their sketchbooks with them and all art supplies in a ziplock bag.
  • Students complete the Qualtrics survey before entering campus, temperature checks at all entry points.
  • If your student stays home, please use our convenient Absence Reporting system.

See below for a copy of the schedule, which of the three gates your child will enter and exit school, and the pedestrian "traffic" flow patterns.

Many of your questions are answered in this video linked below, prepared by Principal Webster.

Welcome Back!

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Yearbooks on Sale!

Yearbooks are just $20 this year and can be purchased online or by paying in the school office.

What's up this week?

New Schedule for Hybrid In-Person Instruction

Beginning April 26, the daily schedule will change.

Art/Cartooning Students

Beginning Monday 4/26, all Art and Cartooning students participating in hybrid in-person instruction must bring their sketchbooks and art supplies with them to school in a ziplock bag.

Wednesday is Period 8B from 9:00-9:50 am

Log into your period 8B Zoom from 9:00-9:50 am, then work on homework, projects, reading, other asynchronous work.

After School Tutoring

Virtual 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 by appointment during office hours from 2-3pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri.

Coming Up

Surviving High School Tues. 5/4

Have an 8th grader? You'll want to mark your calendar for the "Surviving High School" webinar with Mr. Webster on Tuesday, May 4th at 6pm.

Registration for next year will begin on May 7th.

Keep a look out for an email with your snapcode as ALL students (yes, continuing and returning students, too) must be registered online for the upcoming school year

TDAP required for 7th Graders

If you have a 6th grader, it's not too early to get their TDAP vaccine and update your vaccination record with the office.

8th Grade Promotion Tues. 6/1 10am

Save the Date: Tuesday, June 1st 10am

More details coming soon!

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!

Meet our new Intervention Counselor!

Ms. Melissa Chavez is Benton's newest team member. Ms. Chavez has spent the past two years with NLMUSD working at both the high school and middle school levels. As the Intervention Counselor, she will meet with students who are struggling academically and need additional support. Please join me in welcoming her.

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.

Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!

Chess Club ~ Tuesdays 3:00-3:30 pm

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 3:00pm!

Join the Bible Club

The Bible Club meets Wednesdays at 11:40am 12 Noon. 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 2:40 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.

Opportunities for 8th Graders attending La Mirada High School

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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 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.

La Mirada HS Dance Team

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