Principal's Weekly Newsletter
Benson Polytechnic High School January 30th 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/
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!
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
- Current 10th grade students- Feb 7th- Feb 10th
- 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
Timeliness and Attendance Campaign
Benson's staff is kicking off the second half of the year this week with a campaign to improve student tardiness and attendance. As a Tech school, we strive to prepare students for the world outside of school. We are helping students to develop habits that will serve them well in work and post secondary education and being on time and in class is important to us and the world outside of school as well.
We have seen increasing numbers of students arriving late to class or missing portions of the day. Teachers will be talking to classrooms about the importance of timeliness and attendance and we are asking families to partner with us to talk with their students about the importance of timeliness and attendance as well. Help us reach our goal of in class and on time, each day, all day!
Thank you for your support.
Benson Tech Administration
Benson Tech College Newsletter
Benson's College Newsletter is full of information on upcoming events related to post-high school planning, as well as an updated scholarship list and news about college admissions and paying for college. Please view the latest College Newsletter HERE.
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.
A Message from the Benson Head Track Coach Jay Miles
Benson Track and Field is holding an informational meeting Wednesday, February 1st at 3:45 in the cafeteria. Come hear about the exciting season ahead. You will receive our team schedule, meet the coaching staff and learn about opportunities to get ready for the season that is approaching fast. No experience is needed and all are welcome. Returning athletes, bring a friend!
Benson Tech Head Track Coach
Benson Tech Girls Bowling Team Headed to the State Bowling Championships
Congratulations to the Benson Tech Girls Bowling team for some phenomenal bowling this season! Our girls made the final cut for the District tournament in Gresham at Mt. Hood Lanes, and made the cut for State! Big shout out to our girls Addie Stiles, Virginia Moran, Maria Maldonado, Regina So, Jasmine Batres, and Franjellica Dadulla!
The State Championships will take place on February 25th and 26th at Lava Lanes in Medford.
Benson Tech Bowling Coach
Benson Tech Girls Bowling Team
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
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
- NW Natural Discount has a new discount program. See the description in the attachment or go to the website.
- The Anxiety and Depression Group is starting soon! Families, feel free to let your student know!
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
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.
A Message from Benson's Yearbook Advisor Ike Prahl
Hello Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families!
It is time to order your yearbook!
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.
For local businesses that would like to sponsor the yearbook to offset the cost for additional copies, advertisement and sponsorship placement is available. Contact Ike Prahl (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Some people choose to remember their senior year by taking a custom portrait. If you have had a portrait taken by a professional or a friend and would like it in our yearbook, please submit the photo of your senior to our Google Form: tinyurl.com/3ue2fakp . If you struggle to access the form, try accessing it with your senior from their student.pps account.
BHS Yearbook Advisor