Benicia High School Panther Post

June 2020 - Monthly Newsletter

BHS Vision Statement

Benicia High School will inspire learning with integrity in order to find personal success in an ever-changing world.

Expected Student Learning Results:

  • Communicator and Collaborator
  • Critical Thinker and Problem Solver
  • Creator and Innovator

Hello Panthers & Families,

We end this year with many questions about what the future will look like, far different from how we end most school years. Despite this uncertainty we are continuing to plan and prepare for student return in August and will work with Benicia Unified School District to send information out to staff, students, and parents as that becomes available.

The Reopening of Schools Design Team, with teachers, parents, and administrators, is hard at work to create a plan for the return to school in the fall which will be presented to the School Board on June 4th. Recognizing that will be the best plan based on the information available to us at that time, we know to expect that changes will occur and we will need to be flexible in how we adapt to those changes over the summer. School will likely look different next year, and we will communicate with you so that you know what to expect as well as to gather information for our planning. Please continue to check your email for communications from BHS and BUSD over the summer. You can also keep updated with our websites and social media where we also post announcements and links to information.

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, we want to sincerely thank all of our staff, volunteers, students, parents, families, business partners, coaches, PTSA organization, and the entire school community in whole for your support this year. In difficult times, the Benicia High School community shows strength in the ability to come together and stay connected.

We miss seeing our students and families at our various school events and in the hallways. We wish you all a safe summer and look forward to seeing you soon. We are also excited to welcome our incoming freshmen Panthers!

Summer School will be entirely online this year and will be in session from June 15th through July 8th. If you would like more information about Summer School, please reach out to your Counselor this week.

While we do not yet know of the status of Fall Sports, we are working with the other schools in our league and with guidance from CIF and the North Coast Section. As we receive information, we will be sure to share that with our school community. We encourage our student-athletes to continue to train and condition within social distancing guidelines so that you are ready for the return to sports.

We anticipate changes and information to share throughout the summer. While our offices will continue to be closed to visitors until further notice, and our office staff will be out of the office during the month of July for their summer break, I want to assure you that I will continue to provide email updates and posts to our Benicia High School social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) to keep you informed. I will also send informational emails to student email accounts to keep students informed should they want to check their email over the summer. If you have questions or concerns over the summer, please reach out via email to so that we can best assist you.

Go Panthers!

Brianna Kleinschmidt, Principal & Proud BHS Alum

Class of 2020 Graduation Broadcast

Every student, family, and friend is invited to celebrate the Class of 2020 on Saturday, June 6th at 11:00am for their graduation ceremony as we broadcast the graduation for the first time ever!

Link to View Graduation:

Television Access to View Graduation: Benicia Government Access channel (Comcast channel 27 or AT&T U-Verse channel 99)

Following the broadcast of the ceremony, at 1:00pm, the graduates are invited to come to Benicia High School for a drive-thru distribution of diplomas. We encourage all Benicia residents to come outside at 1:00pm to wave, cheer, and celebrate our Benicia High School Class of 2020 graduates from a safe distance as they make their way to the school.

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Student Chromebooks:

Students returning to BHS next year will keep their Chromebooks over the summer. Seniors and students in grades 9-11 who are not planning to return to BHS next year must return their Chromebooks and charging cord along with their textbooks.

If you have any questions, please email

Returning Books & Supplies to Teachers:

If you have books or supplies from a teacher's classroom, please also return these items. For the teacher-owned items, please put them in a plastic bag and note the teacher's name on the bag. We will have an area to collect these items and then will make sure they are returned to the teacher's classroom.
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Resources to Support Students

We recognize what a difficult time this has been for students and families and want to continue to provide supports that students can utilize during the school year and throughout the summer. The Benicia Teen Center, at 1135 Church Street, will be providing services throughout the summer, including group and individual therapy sessions. There are also a range of resources available online and by telephone:

  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Line: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Teen Line: Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST or Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support.
  • The Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): Call 1-800-273-8255.
  • The Trevor Project (24/7) LGBTQ+ youth up to age 25: Call 1-866-488-7386
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • NAMI Solano County Resource Line: Call 707-422-7792
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Panther TV cast and crew who recently completed a year of weekly episodes, even during distance learning. Great job! Please check out the finale episode as we say goodbye to our current cast and welcome next year's cast. You can subscribe to their YouTube to get all future episodes and to find old episodes.

Locker Removal at BHS for Health & Safety of Students

Due to important safety and health factors, Benicia High School will be removing all exterior lockers over the summer. Lockers located in the gym locker rooms will remain for Physical Education and/or athletic use. At this time, we are reviewing all facility considerations for the anticipated transition back to school and want to be sure to prioritize student and staff safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we will be working towards reducing the textbooks and materials carried by students during the school day through continued implementation of individual Chromebooks, online books and resources, and use of classroom textbooks and at home textbooks when possible. We want to make you aware of this change as early as possible for best planning and consideration of student backpacks or bags for the future. Previously, lockers were assigned to students upon request, with three students sharing one locker due to availability. We recognize that this is not within the health and safety guidelines provided for COVID-19 containment and want to act to keep our students safe.

Update: Yearbook Now Expected Mid to Late July

Benicia High Panther Marching Band 2020 Year End Video

Video created by senior band member Kyle Awayan
Benicia Panther Band 2020

NEW DATE for 13th Annual Benicia Education Foundation Run for Education!

BEF announced that they have rescheduled their annual Run for Education for August 30, 2020. All registrations for the March 29th date will be honored for the new race date and the registration period remains open.

Visit for information on the race and to register for the 5K run/walk, children’s fun run, Shop & Stroll, or “Hit the Snooze” 5K. Proceeds from the race help support programs and events at all seven BUSD schools.


Please contact your school principal if you may be in need of financial assistance to participate.

Amazon Smile - An Easy Way to Donate to Your PTSA!

Shopping on Amazon? Be sure to use Amazon Smile and select "Benicia High PTSA" as the charitable organization of your choice. A small percentage of your purchase will benefit Benicia High School thanks to the PTSA's projects, scholarships, and grants.

Amazon Smile is now available on the Amazon app also!

BUSD Staff & Alumni Congratulate the Class of 2020

Video created by BHS teacher Mr. Matt O'Reilly
BUSD Staff and Alumni Congratulates the Class of 2020

Upcoming Events at Benicia High School

  • Thursday, June 4: Last day of school for Seniors
  • Thursday, June 4: Textbook & Chromebook Drop Off, Locker Clean Out for Seniors, 3-5pm
  • Friday, June 5: Last day of school, Seniors grades finalized
  • Friday, June 5: Textbook & Chromebook Drop Off, Locker Clean Out for Seniors, 1-3pm
  • Saturday, June 6th: Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony Broadcast, 11am
  • Saturday, June 6th: Class of 2020 Drive-Thru Diploma Distribution, 1-2pm
  • Tuesday, June 9th: Grades 9-11 & Last Names A-F to Drop Off Textbooks & Clean Out Lockers, 1-5pm
  • Wednesday, June 10th: Grades 9-11 & Last Names G-O to Drop Off Textbooks & Clean Out Lockers, 1-5pm
  • Thursday, June 11th: Grades 9-11 & Last Names P-Z to Drop Off Textbooks & Clean Out Lockers, 1-5pm
  • Wednesday, June 10th: Semester 2 Grades Posted on PowerSchool
  • Monday June 15th - Friday July 10th: Online Summer School in Session
  • Wednesday July 8th - Thursday July 30th: Class of 2021 Senior Portraits by appointment only, BHS multi-purpose room (info & link will be emailed to Class of 2021 students and parent/guardian)
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