Benton Weekly Update

Week 18: January 5-8, 2021

New Year, New Semester, New Zoom Expectations!

Welcome Back!

We hope you and your families enjoyed a peaceful holiday, and that the new year brings a fresh and better start for all!

Students of the Month for December are showcased below. Congratulations to all of our Students of the Month!

Our teachers will be setting improved expectations for cameras during zoom sessions. We want students to have their cameras on during class time. This helps us check for understanding and monitor progress. It also helps us monitor your children better to ensure they are doing their school work and not spending their time with other pursuits. We understand that there are some legitimate circumstances where a camera needs to be off and we will individually work with families as the need arises. But, we feel our "cameras on" policy will ultimately lead to higher engagement. We greatly appreciate your support.

Some students have been struggling with Distance Learning, and need additional support. We have formed Math & Language Arts Enrichment classes to provide additional support to students in need. This has necessitated some schedule changes. Affected students have been messaged to refresh their Schoology Courses to see these changes.

Open Enrollment for NLMUSD schools has begun and will continue through the end of January. If you have friends or neighbors who have children starting middle school, be sure to let them know that in addition to a strong academic program with honors courses, Benton is the destination for the Arts!

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 below!

Choose Benton Video

More reason to choose Benton Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills
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What's up this week?

Coffee with the Principal

First Tuesday of each month, 8:00am-8:30am.

Chat with the Principal, Mr. Webster, via zoom at this link.

Wednesday is Period 1A 9am-10am.

Log into your period 1A Zoom 9-10, then complete the iReady Diagnostics for Math & Reading.

These diagnostic tests are critical for measuring growth, assessing student needs, and developing instruction. Please make sure your child completes these diagnostic tests by the end of January, and that they do their best work.

Updated Learning/Zoom Expectations

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Spotlight on Learning: Studio Art

Students in Ms. Hodge's Studio Art Class have been creating still life drawings. Click on the presentation below:

Need to speak with the School Counselor? The Doctor is In!

Dr. Sweney-Black is our School Guidance Counselor and she has created a virtual office. Click on the links below to see how she can help you.

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.

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.

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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