Principal's Weekly Newsletter
Benson Polytechnic High School May 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/
Yearbooks Have Arrived!!
Hello Students and Families!
The Yearbooks have arrived! If you pre-ordered a copy, pick it up during A FLEX or during lunch in B-40. Yearbooks will not be distributed during class time.
If you would like to purchase a copy, you can do so through SchoolPay or with cash. The Yearbook is $45. If you order through SchoolPay after 5/16/23, please bring a receipt.
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Benson Polytechnic High School
Portland Public Schools
Thursday June 1st Begins LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and the fight for equal rights.
The Stonewall Uprising began on June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The subsequent protests over the next six days are credited with a shift in LGBTQ+ activism in the U.S.
The following year saw some of the first Pride parades in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Despite the pivotal role transgender people and women of color played in the riots, including trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, they were largely excluded from early Pride celebrations.
Today Pride Month symbolizes an opportunity for visibility and community. In addition to celebrating LGBTQ+ love and joy, it’s also often a time to highlight important policy and resource issues the community faces. In 2021, NYC Pride banned law enforcement presence at Pride events through 2025 because of escalating violence "against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC and trans communities." And in 2023, LGBTQ+ organizations are combatting more than 650 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced this year.
Pride Month spans the month of June each year, this year beginning on Thursday, June 1st and ending on Friday, June 30th. Pride celebrations – including parades, festivals, parties and picnics – are held throughout the month in different cities across America.
Summer Scholars Information
Do you need to make up credit? Summer Scholars Registration is now open! Please see your Counselor to register. Just as a reminder: Counselors are available before school, during lunch and after school.
For general information about Summer Scholars, please visit the district website at: https://www.pps.net/pess or click on the attachment below regarding Summer Scholars.
Amy Henry (she/her)
Benson Polytechnic High School at Marshall Campus
Working with Students with the Last Names A-Gq
Important Information: Student Chromebooks/Chargers Returned or Checked Out for the Summer
All PPS student chromebooks and chargers must either be returned or checked out after submitting a permission slip (English Espanol) to keep it over the summer. Permission slips to keep chromebooks must be returned to the library or main office by no later than June 9th. Any device that is not returned or checked out will be disabled.
Chromebooks for ALL current seniors must be returned by June 1st. Chromebooks for grades 9-11 must be returned by June 14th. Any student leaving Benson to attend another school next year must return their chromebook to Benson and cannot be checked out for the summer. Chromebooks will be returned to the library on the following dates and times:
Grade 12: No later than Thursday, June 1st 9:00-11:30 am
Grades 9-12: Tuesday, June 13th 2:00-3:30, Wednesday June 14th 11:45-3:00 pm
Benson Tech Administration
Senior Finals and Last Day
Senior Finals will be held on Tuesday May 30th and Wednesday May 31st. Seniors' last day is Thursday June 1st and includes mandatory participation in a check out process and graduation practice assembly. Please see this document for details on the schedule for Thursday June 1st.
Benson Tech Administration
Latest Information for Senior Parents Regarding Benson's Graduation Ceremony
Benson Tech Senior Parents,
I am including the student expectations that we will be sharing with the graduates during our graduation practice on June 1st. We would appreciate your support in making this ceremony both respectful and enjoyable. Remember that Providence Park does not allow balloons, confetti or noisemakers. Everyone will need to pass through their metal detectors and have any bags searched. Anything you can do to make that process quick (such as using a clear bag if you bring one at all) will be appreciated as the gates do not open until 4:00pm and the ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30pm. Again all tickets must be ordered through this google form:
The ticket distribution process has begun and should be wrapped up by Wednesday of this week. Any questions, please let me know!
Graduation is an important rite of passage for our school community. It is a time to celebrate the graduating class but it is also a time to celebrate the many individuals and parents who have worked side by side with their students to get to this very important point in their lives. With that we want all students to know the following expectations of them during the graduation ceremony.
Bring just your cap/gown/medallion and cords to the ceremony. There is NO place to store backpacks, purses, etc during the ceremony. You will not return to the seat you started in once you cross the stage so plan accordingly. Be at gate E by 3:30pm to start the line up process.
Keep your gown zipped up and mortarboard (cap) on throughout the ceremony. Caps can come off after the changing of the tassel and please don’t toss them in the air as there will not be a chance to retrieve the cap due to the way we are exiting this year.
When you are approaching the stage, please no antics. This ceremony will be live streamed so we are telling you now to save anything you may think of doing until you are out of the arena.
You may decorate your cap but it must be tasteful and not derogatory in any way. If you have questions as to the appropriateness of your idea for your cap, please ask an administrator before you start the process.
A reminder that you will receive a diploma cover when you cross the stage and shake Mr. Wilson’s hand. There will be a formal picture taken of that moment and another picture of you after you exit the stage. Those pictures will be able to be purchased from GradImages after the ceremony. Diplomas will be available here at school on Tuesday June 6th. The rest of the diplomas will be mailed on the Wednesday 7th. Anyone who has an issue during the ceremony will need to meet with Mr. Wilson prior to getting your diploma.
Please be appropriately dressed underneath your gown. This could include clothes that you consider dressed up. Even if it is warm, please plan accordingly. If there are rain showers in the forecast, there will be clear ponchos available. With the amount of walking that you will do during the ceremony and with the number of stairs that need to be traversed, it would behoove you to wear shoes that are both comfortable and stable. Feet in heels may have a hard time by the time the ceremony is completed.
When the ceremony is over the graduates will be led on a path that will have them exit onto 18th St. You will not be able to reenter the park once you have exited. Please share with all who are coming that Providence Park will have 18th St. closed for the 30 minutes after the ceremony with the exception of the Max trains that will continue to run. This will facilitate the exiting of BPHS families and the entrance of the next school’s families. All BPHS families will be directed to the south end of 18th street. As you are figuring out where to meet after the ceremony please know that Lincoln High School may be a good meeting spot for you and your family as they are graciously opening their patio to us for this very purpose.
Benson Polytechnic HS at Marshall Campus
Reminder for Ordering Graduation Tickets (Reminder)
This a reminder that ALL families need to order graduation tickets using this google form:
For your planning, I have attached the most recent map of the graduation site at Providence Park. All graduates will start in the north bleachers and after receiving their diploma will sit in the bleachers on the south end of the park until the ceremony is over. After that time they will be escorted out of the stadium via the road that separates the Park and the MAC club ending up on 18th street. As you are planning where to meet up with your graduate, I suggest you meet over at Lincoln HS on their patio which will be open for our use. It will save you much of the mayhem of trying to find your graduate in the crowd.
Benson Polytechnic HS at Marshall Campus
Ordering Tickets for Senior Graduation (Reminder)
Here is the information to know about the ticketing process for the 2023 graduation ceremony.
Each family can order up to 12 tickets. If you need more than 12, please put in the total you are wanting and we will do our best to fill all orders. All tickets are general admission and are being distributed through Providence Park's Seat Geek account and all tickets are e-tickets in this system. You will need to set up a Seat Geek account in order to receive your tickets which will come to you from firstname.lastname@example.org address. Please make sure to use an email that can be accessed through your phone as you will need to show your e tickets at the door. As you plan please know that Providence Park does not allow balloons, confetti or noisemakers in the space at any time .
Here is the link to use to order your tickets:
Benson Polytechnic HS at Marshall Campus
A Message to our Senior Families (Reminder)
Beginning Monday April 3rd Seniors shall be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if they are found to be in violation of PPS District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action.
Benson Tech Admin Team
Important Updated Senior Information from Vice Principal Dan Malone (Reminder)
Here you go,
Here is the latest in the Graduation (6-5-23 @ 4:30) world this week:
Cap and Gown distribution took place on Wednesday of the past week. If your student did not pick up their Cap & Gown they can find it in the main office. If your student still needs to order a Cap/Gown, they can do so by going to Jostens.com, put in Benson Polytechnic HS and follow the steps from there. If students need further assistance they can find me in the Counseling office.
The sign up for graduation tickets will be online by May 8th. A reminder that each student can receive 12 tickets. If you need more please email me at email@example.com and I will add you to the list. Tickets will begin to be sent out the last week of May. All tickets will be sent electronically through SeatGeek, which is the app that Providence Park uses.
Please note that the doors to the park will open at 4:00pm on the 5th. Seating is first come, first serve. Anyone with mobility challenges can ask any Providence Park employee for assistance at the door. Providence Park does NOT allow balloons in the Park. Save yourself the hassle and leave your celebratory balloons at home.
Benson Polytechnic HS at Marshall Campus
Important Senior Information (Reminder)
Please click on the link below to access important and time sensitive information regarding our Senior students.
Senior Graduation Requirements (Reminder)
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.
Curriculum Vice Principal
Mental Health Awareness Corner
Hello Benson Tech Students, Staff, & Families,
Please find our latest information from our Mental Health Team in a new format in the Smore newsletter link below - this week we are focused on the adolescent experience surrounding grief. It helps offer a perspective on how the teenage brain might experience grief and the benefit of being in peer groups to process it. As always, it also includes Crisis Support links and information on mental health support through Benson.
Benson Tech Mental Health Awareness Team
A Message from Benson's Social Worker/Wellness Center Coordinator Caroline Bleckmann
Hello Benson Tech (Astro!) Community!
First, congratulations to ALL of our Seniors, no matter what. Everyone takes a different path, and this 2019-2023 has not been easy. We are proud of you and will miss all of you!
Good news! The Benson Wellness Center is here for you up until age 21!
And: there's still plenty of help and support for you after high school. Here is a list of some resources for post high school:
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.
State Track and Field Meet Results 2023
Please help me in congratulating our State Track and Field participants who competed in the State Track and Field meet this past weekend. Malaya LeSueur, Kavon Bradford and Dylan Douangphrachanh. Malaya qualified for the state meet in four events (100-200-Long Jump and Triple Jump) in her first year of doing Track and Field. Malaya took 8th place in the Triple Jump where she jumped 36 feet scoring a valuable point for Benson Tech in the team competition. Malaya also made it to the finals in the 200 meters where she took 7th place in state and scored even more valuable points for Benson Tech. Kavon Bradford qualified for the state meet in the 100 and won his prelim heat race in running a 10.88 seconds and making it to the finals. Dylan participated in the Long Jump where he jumped 21 feet and 7 inches to place 4th overall in the event as a junior.
A huge congratulations is instore for these three (3) athletes who did a fantastic job in representing Benson Tech at the State Meet for Track and Field.
Escalera Graduation Ceremony
Congratulations to the Benson Tech Graduating Escalera Class of 2023. A proud moment for our Latinx families and the Senior students who participated in the Escalera program this school year. The Benson Tech Community is proud of you.
Mount St. Helens Overnight Science Field Trip
Kudos to Benson Tech Science Teacher Jason Hieggelke and his AP Biology students on a successful overnight field trip to the Mount St. Helens Institute last week. Even though getting back to town took a little bit longer than expected the students had a great time up on the mountain.
Benson Tech Senior Class Defeats Staff In Hoops
Congratulations to the Benson Tech Senior Class for successfully defeating the Benson Tech Staff 95-93 in overtime in our annual Seniors vs Staff Basketball game which was held on Friday. The Benson Tech Staff was 8-0 vs the Seniors and this is our first loss as my tenure as Principal of Benson Tech. Enjoy the victory Seniors as the Benson Tech Staff will look to regroup next year and start a new winning streak. 😉
Free Student Access to Planet Fitness Over the Summer
Benson Tech Students,
Here is the link for any teen (14 yrs-19yrs) interested in working out at Planet Fitness this Summer - for FREE!
Nurse Patty Locke
Patty Locke, BSN RN
Multnomah Education Service District
BENSON High School
3905 SE 91st Ave.
Portland, OR 97266
503-916-5100 ext. 86191
Benson Tech College Newsletter
For the latest information on college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and related upcoming events, please check out Benson's COLLEGE NEWSLETTER. Always feel free to reach out to me (Kathleen Reid) or Katie Clark if you have any questions or for help completing financial aid (FAFSA/ORSAA) or scholarship applications.
College Counselor/AVID Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-238-8322
Sign up for an appointment with Kathleen here
email@example.com or 503-894-4660
Sign up for an appointment with Katie here
A Message from Benson's Career Coordinator Miranda Ryan
Please remember to finish your personal learning graduation requirements. These requirements are necessary for graduation.
Career-Related Learning Experiences 1
Career-Related Learning Experience 2
My Plan Project (Complete in 12th-grade English).
Please see the Career Newsletter for the latest career opportunities:
Please see the Career Newsletter link for information on jobs, internships, and career opportunity events:
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
NW Cyber Security Camp Happening This Summer
Announcing NW Cyber Camp 2023, the premier cybersecurity summer camp in Oregon! This year's camp (July 24-28) includes co-ed and girls-focused classes, scenario-based hands-on learning, and expert guest speakers from the cybersecurity industry. Join us at Portland Community College- Sylvania, Mt. Hood Community College, or OSU, for an exciting week of exploring cybersecurity concepts and building real-world skills that can propel your academic and career goals. Thanks to our cybersecurity industry sponsors, the camp is FREE for all students this year. Learn more and register today at www.nwcyber.camp.
The camp also just released a short video, with testimonials from several of the founding students, and a brief overview. The camp created this at the request of teachers/counselors at PPS.
You can watch it here. https://youtu.be/i8Jp7dVLzvA.