Benton Weekly Update

Week 34: May 3-7, 2021

Accolades, Achievements, and Recognition

Congratulations to Ms. Annie Chen for being recognized as the Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District's Teacher of the Year. Ms. Chen is a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics; she demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism, instruction, and interpersonal relationships on a daily basis. She instills a growth mindset in her students and colleagues and is a model of the very best in teaching. Benton is lucky to have her!

In the area of Achievements, Benton has been recognized as a California Exemplary Arts Education Program school. This award is part of the California Distinguished Schools Program; to qualify, schools must meet the criteria for a Distinguished School as well as meeting criteria for an exemplary arts education program. After all, our mission is to inspire and empower all students to achieve academic excellence in a creative visual and performing arts environment.

It is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. Our wonderful PTSA has developed a Spirit Week for students to recognize their favorite teachers and staff by wearing their staff member's favorite colors, sports team gear, or college colors this week. See below for more details, and don't forget to give a special shout-out to your favorite teacher or staff member!

Finally, it's our students, our programs, and our wonderful staff, that make Benton great, and a Destination for the Arts!

Other News & Important Info

Spring Photos will be distributed in classes for Cohorts A & B. If your child is in Cohort C doing distance learning, photos are available for pick up in the school office between 8:30am-3:30pm.

The year, NLMUSD will NOT be administering the SBAC tests. The CA Department of Education has allowed our district to utilize the iReady tests in lieu of SBAC. On Wednesdays during the month of May, teachers will be assigning the Math and Reading iReady Diagnostics during asynchronous time. This test will measure students' growth for the year, identify learning needs, and help the high schools place 8th graders for next year. Please ensure that your child is doing their best work on this final iReady Diagnostic. Tips for parents to support your child can be found here.

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Performing Artist: Run River North

May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and each week we will be spotlighting a visual or performing artist of this heritage. To kick off our month, we highlight Run River North, a California folk band composed of Korean-American musicians. With a Mumford and Sons vibe, Run River North‘s members are all classically trained. The band writes songs that reference their heritage as Asian Americans, but they do not want their identity as a band to solely be a reflection of their ethnic and cultural heritage.

“Our Asian-ness is something that we can’t not be, but as a band, that shouldn’t be what we’re about,” says lead singer Alex Hwang in an interview with NPR. “We should have good music for you to listen to.”

What's up this week?

Coffee with the Administrator Tuesday at 9am!

Monthly Q&A with Principal Webster (and occasionally AP Ridgeway).

Join via Zoom at this link:

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.

Wednesday is Period 1A from 9:00-9:50 am

ALL COHORTS do Distance Learning on Wednesdays. Students log into their period 1A Zooms from 9:00-9:50 am.

Students will complete the final iReady Diagnostic during asynchronous learning time during the month of May, this is in place of SBAC testing this year.

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

Yearbooks on Sale!

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

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

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.

Virtual Awards Ceremony Thurs. 5/27

More information & link coming soon. Save the date!

8th Grade Promotion Tues. 6/1 10am

Save the Date: Tuesday, June 1st 10am

More details coming soon!

Due to Social Distancing protocols, seating will be extremely limited.

Leadership students social distancing and ready to help others navigate the campus after reopening.

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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.

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.

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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