Benton Weekly Update

Week 28: March 15-19, 2021

Spring Pictures! See's Candies! St. Patty's Day!

Did you move your clocks forward? It's Daylight Savings and classes start an hour earlier!

Yearbooks are now on Sale for $20, and we are soliciting pictures from YOU of learning at home. See below for more information.

Students continue to participate in Digital Citizenship lessons on Wednesdays. 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 are learning and take this opportunity as a family to decide how you will help them safely interact online.

Don't forget to dress up for Spring Pictures and 8th Grade Promotion Pictures on Wednesday, 3/17!

Scroll on down to view our Virtual Spring Concert, NJAHS, Flat Webster Contest Winners, Yearbook info, See's Candies, and so much more!

Women's History Month: Carole King Singer/Songwriter

Carole King is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. King's major success began in the 1960s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits, many of which have become standards, for numerous artists. She has continued writing for other artists since then. You probably know some of them, You've Got a Friend, You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman), I Feel the Earth Move.

King's success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she sang her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Her record sales were estimated at more than 75 million copies worldwide.

She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored. She is also a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree. In addition to music, King is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of wilderness preservation.

What's up this week?

Sees Candies Fundraiser: Order NOW, ends Friday!

Support Benton PTSA and enjoy some sweet treats from See's Candies! The online fundraiser is available through 3/19. Your purchase of See's Candies will benefit the Benton PTSA and will be shipped directly to your home. We have some fun school wide prizes too!!! Click on this link to purchase your See's Candies.

After School Tutoring

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

Wednesday is Period 3A 9am-10am.

Log into your period 3A Zoom from 9-10, then work on homework, projects, reading, other asynchronous work.

Spring Pictures ~ Wed. 3/17

Spring Pictures and 8th Grade Promotion Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 17.

1. Pictures will be taken from 10:15-3:00 (so students can attend synchronous classes)

2. Cars should enter the East driveway entrance on Olive Branch (as if you were using the circular driveway)

3. Cars will wait in line until it is time to let your student out at the door to the MPR. A staff member will be there to direct you.

4. After students have entered the MPR for their picture, parents will pull their cars forward to the main parking lot to wait for their student.

8th Grade students should come dressed to have a formal picture on March 17. Because of Covid Guidelines, we cannot provide a promotion gown for students to wear in the picture. These are the pictures we will use with the Promotion Certificates (and hopefully, the yearbook) and this is our only day for pictures. If you miss the picture day, you will need to contact LifeTouch about a personal sitting.

Black Bear Diner ~ All Day Wednesday 3/17

PTSA Dine-Out Fundraiser at the Black Bear Diner in La Habra. Present the attached flyer or this nine-digit code for Benton to receive credit: 761-106-972

Spotlight on Learning ~ Band & Orchestra

Mr. Summers is "beyond proud to present" to you the Benton Middle School Virtual Band & Orchestra Concert for the Spring of 2021!

Although a virtual concert is a poor substitute for the real thing my hope is that, as we celebrate the accomplishments of these incredible student musicians amidst the challenges and stresses of a global pandemic and distance learning, we will be reminded fondly of concerts past and look forward in earnest to concerts future.

Spotlight on Learning ~ NJAHS Creativity Camp

Each year Ms. Hodge invites students to apply to the National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS). The NJAHS looks a little different this year due to distance learning, but they met last week and this slide show can show a little bit of what NJAHS is, and what the students have created.

Flat Webster Winners

It looks like the students had fun thinking up things to do with their Flat Webster. Click here fo the Winning Entries for the Flat Webster Challenge,

Yearbook Photos: Send in YOURS!

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 or send it in a Schoology message. Get your picture and caption in by April 2nd. 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.

PTSA Honorary Service Award Nominations

The Benton PTSA is seeking nominations for their annual Honorary Service Awards (HSA). Please complete the attached form and submit it by 3/26 to
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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,

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