Principal's Weekly Newsletter
Benson Polytechnic High School February 13th 2023
A Message to our Parents/Guardians: Information Platforms for Benson Tech
Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @BensonTechPride. (Twitter)
Please be sure to go to our PPS/BHS Website at www.pps.net/benson for important school information, events and school activities that will be happening throughout the school year. (PPS/Benson Tech Website Calendar)
Parents/Guardians please be sure to download the Trivory App for up to date information regarding Benson Tech. This is a great communication tool for Benson Tech and we highly encourage all parents/guardians and students to stay connected with the school by downloading the app. https://trivory.com/
Pre-ACT Sign Up for 10th Grade Students
Benson Tech will offer an optional opportunity for 10th graders to prepare for the ACT by taking a 2.5 hour Pre-ACT test in the building on the morning of Tuesday April 4. Students must complete this form by February 15 to be able to take the test.
Curriculum Vice Principal
Benson Tech Testing Coordinator
A Message from our Climate Coach/Dean of Students Colleen Johnston
Benson is proud to announce that 128 students earned all A's for the first semester! They have the choice of either Benson Tech Pajama Pants or a Benson Scarf to honor their hard work.
Congratulations to our hard working students.
Climate Coach/Dean of Students
2022-23 PPS/Benson Tech Successful School Survey
Please take a moment and participate in our District wide Successful Schools Family Survey. Your responses will help PPS and the Benson Tech Administration team understand your experiences regarding the climate and culture of the school and we will use this information to set goals and plan for next year. The survey will cover topics on school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, and how well Benson Tech fits your student’s needs. Please be honest and thoughtful, and take your time to read and respond to the questions.
This survey is critical to PPS and Benson Tech as we continue to grow, learn and adapt to make sure Benson Tech is supporting the needs of all students and staff within the building. Please visit the link below on a computer, tablet, or smartphone and select Benson Tech as the school utilized by the survey. Choose the language that you are most comfortable with in taking the survey from the drop down menu and proceed. This survey will be available beginning January 23rd and will close February 28th. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please contact the school office so that we can provide a way for you to take the survey as well. Families will go to the link entitled All PPS Families
Families will see a drop down list of all PPS schools and will select Benson Tech and complete the survey. Families members will hit the blue “Submit” button to enter/submit their survey. Please note that if you do not hit the blue “Submit” button your responses will not be saved.
Thank you so much for your time, effort and feedback!
Senior Graduation Requirements
Dear Parents/Guardians of Senior Students
All seniors in Oregon are required to complete 4 components of the Personal Learning Requirements (PLRs) in order to receive a diploma, in addition to earning the required credits towards graduation. The four components are a Resume, two Career Related Learning Experience Reflections AKA CRLEs, and a My Plan Project. Portland Public Schools is sending letters to students and families this month that share the progress your student has made towards completion of the PLRs. Students were assigned the My Plan Project in their English classes last semester and they turned them into their English teacher. The other three items, CRLEs and the resume, are completed in various classes through the high school experience and are submitted directly to our Career Coordinator, Miranda Ryan.
Students can submit completed work to Ms. Ryan via this link. You can also reach out to her with any questions regarding completion of this important graduation requirement (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Curriculum Vice Principal
Does Your Student Need to Recover Credit?
If you have a student that needs to recover credit please note that registration for Evening Scholars has opened. Please have your student see their Counselor ASAP to register. Counselors are available for meetings before school, during lunch and after school to register.
Benson Tech Counselors
Forecasting for 2023-24 School Year Classes
Forecasting for 23-24 School Year Classes
Benson's annual course choice process for the following school year has begun. On January 12th, 10th grade students participated in an assembly about our Advanced Placement class offerings, and teachers hosted an AP Fair in which students could drop by and ask questions about AP classes. Here is a link to the 23-24 AP Courses, with a list of available classes and videos from students and teachers explaining the benefits of AP and the details about each class.
Beginning at the start of the second semester (January 30th), Counselors will be visiting classrooms for presentations on student options and then will follow up one-on-one with each student later that week to finalize their course choices. The schedule is as follows:
- Current 11th grade students - Jan 30th- Feb 3rd (completed)
- Current 10th grade students- Feb 7th- Feb 10th (completed)
- Current 9th grade students- Feb 13th-Feb 16th
Please check the school website (www.pps.net/Benson) for resources such as our Course Guide, grade level options, and more. Students will also have access to materials for their grade level in their advisory course Canvas shell. We will mail a verification letter that lists the courses students chose to you in the first week of March.
Sara Callies (she/her/hers)
Curriculum Vice Principal
Benson Polytechnic High School
A Message from the Benson Tech Team Robotics Instructor John DeLacy
Benson's FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team 187 competed in their league championship on January 28th and won a major award and an invitation to the FTC State Championship tournament on February 25th and 26th. The tournament will be at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
A Message from Benson's Yearbook Advisor Ike Prahl
Hello Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families!
Please Pre-Order your Yearbook before March 1st!
We ran out of copies last year, so to ensure you get one, bring cash, check, or credit card to the bookkeeper, Ms. Hazel Knox. You can also order/pay online with a credit card through Schoolpay.
You can do this through SchoolPay or by bringing cash, check, or card to Hazel Knox, our bookkeeper in room B-5. The yearbook is being sold at $45
BHS Yearbook Advisor
Benson Tech College Newsletter
See the latest information on college admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. Check out Benson's COLLEGE NEWSLETTER. Please note the updated list of scholarships at the bottom of the newsletter. Seniors should be working on their OSAC application, which contains hundreds of scholarships for 4-year colleges, community colleges, and trades! Don't forget to apply for Oregon Promise as well. Contact College Counselor Kathleen Reid with questions at email@example.com.
Kathleen Reid (she/her)
College Counselor/AVID Coordinator
Benson Tech High School
Set up an appointment with me HERE
Benson Tech Weekly Athletic Newsletter
Please click on the attachment below to access the Weekly Athletic Newsletter.
Registration For Spring Outdoor School Is Now Open
As soon as we receive approvals from schools and parent/guardians we will invite the student to our overnight workshop which will be Friday evening, March 17th through Saturday, March 18th, bus transportation will be provided from the larger area high schools to one of our five Outdoor School sites or they can attend one of our alternate workshops happening throughout the spring.
A workshop is required for each session and that is when they will be able to choose a week that works in their school schedule.
Here is the link to spring Outdoor School registration signup.4ods.org
We will be running overnight programming for both 6th grade students and our wonderful high school student leaders, at five beautiful Outdoor School sites, Angelos, Collins, Kuratli, Namanu, and Westwind.
We are running ten weeks this spring.
The main overnight workshop will be March 17-18th.
Week 1 March 19-24
Spring Break -March 26-31 (no sites running)
Week 2- April 2-7
Week 3- April 9-14
Week 4- April 16-21
Week 5- April 23-28
Week 6- April 30-May 5
Week 7- May 7-12
Week 8- May 14-19
Week 9- May 21-26
May 29-June 2
MESD Outdoor School
PO Box 301039
Portland OR 97294-9039
ODS office (503)257-1600
We love our Outdoor School Student Leaders!
If you or your student is in high school right now, you can still join our Student Leader Program (and potentially earn college credits):
A Message from Benson's Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan
Please see the Career Newsletter link for information on jobs, internships, and career opportunity events:
Attention!- All students need these four requirements to graduate:
Career-Related Learning Experiences 1
Career-Related Learning Experience 2
My Plan Project (Complete in 12th-grade English)
Please see the link for more information: https://bit.ly/3D9V6r8.
PACE Mentorship: PACE is a FREE mentorship program that gives you the opportunity to work with sheet metal workers, carpenters, plumbers, and electricians to learn introductory skills needed for good-paying careers in the trades.
Explore career fields within the industry
- Gain experience and learn new skills
Work side by side with instructors and current apprentices
Tour local construction sites
Application Deadline: February 24, 2023. See the career coordinator to apply.
March 2, 2023, Architecture Career Focus Event
During this event, you will meet several architects and learn about their individual career pathways. You will also participate in: Virtual Reality Building Tours - Spacial Awareness Exercise - Project Visioning Boards. There will be an opportunity to learn about a summer paid internship. See the link for more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aGyKVzj-a00276rqChHP5m36xO3q2luiRC5x6wn8Uw8/edit?usp=sharing
March 10, 2023, Veterinary Medicine Career Event
During this event, you will learn about the Oregon Humane Society and meet a veterinarian, a vet tech, and a veterinary social worker. You’ll receive information about volunteering and veterinary career pathways. There will be a tour and hands-on activities. See the link for more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10yOGvrytFxdssfZ8CdQWDzAXQj-YLgpcRJLJ5ZeSH3g/edit?usp=sharing.
For more Career Opportunities, see the Career Newsletter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nadDd7P7ri7um3mwRaGFoll2pNf6I6JoFtO6u9TTSwI/edit?usp=sharing
The 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution
What Should Our Next Amendment Be? Contest rules and resources are available on the Ninth Circuit’s website (link above and below). Essay and video entries can be submitted online on the civics contest website starting Jan. 4, 2023. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, March 13, 2023. The District of Oregon’s civics contest flyer includes more information about its local contest. 2023 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Link: https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMjEyMTYuNjgzODg0MzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5jYTkudXNjb3VydHMuZ292L2Npdmljc2NvbnRlc3QvIn0.yvylTiyYv1ut7tPpjaKGtCazE3Dvc4h8Oe0JyXfTu-E/s/2161063364/br/150726526908-l
ASE Internships for grades 9-12
Application due date-March 3rd, 2023. See the link for more information: https://www.saturdayacademy.org/ase-application-guide
Career News: Please see the Career Newsletter link for more events and opportunities:
Benson Polytechnic High School
Office: 503-916-5100 X:77201
Schedule a Meeting: http://bit.ly/BHS_careercalendar
Personal Learning Instructions: https://bit.ly/3D9V6r8
Career Website: http://bit.ly/bensoncareers
A Message from Benson's Social Worker Caroline Bleckmann
Please also don’t forget that the Benson Wellness Center in Room A-30 (next to the gym and cafeteria) is here to help keep you healthy! You can find us by following the signs to the Wellness center across the hall from the gym. The medical providers have appointments Monday to Thursday from 1-5pm and you can drop in to speak with the school nurse or social worker anytime. We offer general health check-ups, sports physicals, sick visits, sexual health counseling, mental health counseling, vaccines, and COVID-19 testing.
We are also here to answer any questions you may have about your body, health, and mind. You schedule your own appointments and come during school hours. Services are confidential, and we see all students regardless of ability to pay: this means if you're uninsured, it's free; OHP and private insurance are billed just like at any other primary care clinic.
Tell your student to stop by the clinic and register as a patient and to
pick up some school swag!
Caroline Bleckmann, LCSW, She/her
School Social worker, Benson Polytechnic High School
For all meeting requests click here or use google calendar for PPS employees
Cell/Non-urgent texting: 503-729-3486
How can the School Social Worker help me?
Outside of office hours, if you or your loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888.