Bennington High School Newsletter
The start of the Second Semester has been a little “choppy” to say the least. The staff and administration appreciate the flexibility of parents as we get back into the school routine. Teachers are entering grades and NEBSIS will be open for parents around February 7, 2024. If you are not able to see grades or access the parent NEBSIS portal please contact the counseling office for assistance.
One area of focus we need help with from parents (and students) is arriving at school on time. During the First Semester students were counted tardy 2,082 times – 1,128 (55%) of the tardies were to 1st hour. Especially during the winter months, please encourage your child to leave school five minutes earlier than normal to arrive at BHS ready to learn at 8:10am.
A major celebration from the First Semester is the student success rate with passing classes. The numbers listed below reflect the percentage of classes passed in the Fall:
Seniors – 96%
Juniors – 91%
Sophomores – 88%
Freshman – 95%
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner – Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 from 5:00 – 9:00pm. BHS teachers will be publishing a sign-up genius schedule for the two evenings for parents to sign-up for a specific 10-minute conference time during the two-night conference schedule. Parents who sign-up for a time will have priority over the parents who walk-in the night of conferences. Of course, all parents are welcome and time will be dedicated by teachers to accommodate parents who desire to meet with a staff member.
One question that comes up from parents is the Instructional Budget and how learning is funded at Bennington High School. Here are a few insights regarding the 2023-2024 Instructional Budget:
The overall Instructional Budget for BHS in 2023-24 is $178,000.
The BHS budget provides funding to 15 academic departments, counseling, state required testing, library services, and postage costs.
Allocation of the budget is done in a collaborative manner with each department using historical (previous year’s) budget totals, number of staff in each department, number of students enrolled in content area courses, existing inventory of materials, and anticipated growth in staff and courses.
Co-curricular activities such as Band, Choir, Speech, and Play Production are part of the Instructional Budget. Athletic teams and clubs maintain an activity account with the Activities Department that is separate from the Instructional Budget.
Lastly, I would like to take a minute to thank the BHS maintenance employees at BHS – Mr. John Schopen and Mr. Jack Christian. Both gentlemen have regularly exceeded the 40-hour work week clearing the parking lots, sidewalks, entries, steps, and ramps on school property. Additionally, the regular duties of repairs, lunch clean-up, event preparation, and temperature control of the building provide an exceptional and positive learning atmosphere for our students.
Dr. Greg Lamberty
Important Dates in February
February 1: BPS Foundation Scholarship Deadline for seniors.
February 7: Early Release – 12:00 pm DISMISSAL
February 12: Board of Education Meeting – 6:00 pm
February 13 & 14: Parent-Teacher Conferences – 5:00 to 9:00 pm
February 15 – 29: NO SCHOOL
February 26: Official start of Spring Sports
Seniors (and every BHS student) must attend a Public Meeting to satisfy the requirements of LB 399. The upcoming Bennington Board of Education meetings are: February 12, March 11, April 8, and May 13. Here is the link to LB 399 and the student resources: https://bhs.benningtonschools.org/students/graduation_requirements/civics_requirement
BHS Counselors will begin the process of student class registration for the 2024-25 school year. Please review the information in the counseling section of the newsletter. If you have questions you may contact your child’s counselor or administration.
** Senior Finals will occur the week of May 13. A full schedule for the week of May 13 will be published in the March Happenings.
** Graduation is Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 2:00 pm in the Stadium
Gates will open 1 hour prior to the ceremony (1:00 pm)
There is no plan at this time to limit seating for family members of the graduates
Reserved seats for handicapped or elderly will be coordinated by the administration and Mrs. Jennifer Roberts.
Seating would be limited if the ceremony is moved inside to the BHS main gym. Graduates would receive up to 7 tickets for family members.
The ceremony will be live streamed on the BPS YouTube channel.
**2nd Semester Finals: Will occur the week of May 20-24 depending on the number of snow days. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE APPROVED TO TAKE FINAL EXAMS PRIOR TO MAY 20.
Social & Emotional Learning website link: https://www.benningtonschools.org/departments/curriculum__instruction___assessment/social_emotional_learning/high_school
Safe2Help Hotline & Website: https://www.safe2helpne.org/
The Bennington Activities Department will be hosting an Activities Fair for all 2023-2024 8th graders (9th graders to-be in 2024-2025) on March 4th, 2024 in the Main Commons at BHS at 7:30pm. This event will be held in conjunction with the BHS Counseling Department and will include an orientation session in breakout locations prior to the Fair. Please come to learn about the orientation/class scheduling process at BHS and then stay to learn about our programs and introduce yourselves to our Activities Staff.
District Wrestling for Varsity Girls is being held at Battle Creek High School on February 9th, 2024. Wrestling begins at 12:30pm.
Cost of admission is $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.
No passes will be accepted for this event.
District Wrestling for Varsity Boys is being held at Grand Island Northwest High School on February 10th, 2024. Wrestling begins at 9am.
Cost of admission is $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.
No passes will be accepted for this event.
The NCA State Cheer & Dance Competition will be held on Thursday and Saturday – February 15th & 17th, 2024 – in Grand Island at the Heartland Events Center. Cheer competes on Thursday and Dance competes on Saturday. Please check with coaches for performance times.
The Class B State Wrestling Tournament will be held in Omaha at the CHI Center. This event begins Thursday, February 15th and continues through Saturday, February 17th, 2024. Specifics can be found below:
Spring Sports begin practice on Monday February 26th, 2024. PLEASE GET YOUR NSAA CONSENT FORM ON FILE BEFORE PRACTICE STARTS. UPDATED PHYSICALS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ATHLETES IN THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR.
Consent forms must be signed by both a parent / guardian AND the student athlete
Physicals need to indicate the athlete is “cleared without restrictions”
You cannot participate in practices without this information on file with the Activities Office.
Winter sports awards night will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00pm. The program will begin in the main gym. Sports and Activities that will be recognized include:
Unified Bowling, Girls and Boys Wrestling, Cheer, Dance, and Girls and Boys Basketball.
Other Upcoming Home Event Information
Saturday February 10 – JV/V Boys and Girls v. Lincoln Northwest @12:30/2:00/3:30pm
Senior/Parent Recognition Night
Held between the end of the boys varsity game at 2:00 and the girls varsity game at 3:30
Girls Sub-Districts: Monday February 19 & February 20 @ Highest Seed.
Girls District Final: Saturday February 24 @ Highest Seed.
Boys Sub-Districts: Wednesday February 21 & Thursday February 22 @ Highest Seed.
Boys District Final: Monday February 26 OR Tuesday February 27 @ Highest Seed.
Information can be found at https://nsaahome.org/basketball/
Spring Musical performance dates of Godspell:
Friday March 15th – 7pm
Saturday March 16th – 7pm
Sunday March 17th – 1pm and 5pm
Ticket information for the Spring Musical can be found at: https://benningtonchoirs.weebly.com/
-BHS SCHOOL COUNSELING ANNOUNCEMENTS-
BHS School Counseling Website: https://sites.google.com/bennps.org/bhscounselingteam/home
Jennifer Smith | A-G
Mandy Boesch| H-N
Lisa Bade | O-Z
Becky Nicks | School Counseling Administrative Assistant
UPCOMING EVENTS: ***Juniors & Seniors, stay up-to-date and sign up to attend College, University, and Military visits through Naviance at BHS.
ACT & SAT TESTING INFORMATION:
2023-2024 ACT TEST DATES:
Bennington High School code number for the ACT & SAT: 280240
Visit https://my.act.org/account/signin?location=https://my.act.org to sign-up for the ACT.
Class Registration for the 2024-2025 School Year:
Counselors will be presenting to students in social studies classes starting the week of February 12th. This presentation will include information about new class offerings, reminders of graduation requirements, and four year plans.
Counselors will be meeting with students starting February 20th through the 27th with students in study halls.
For students who do not have a study hall, Counselors will meet with them starting February 28th through March 1st.
ATTENTION CURRENT JUNIORS: The American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State:
Current Juniors, if you have an interest in learning more about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship, please look into taking part in the American Legion Cornhusker GIrls’ State and Boys’ States. For more information, please click the following links:
ATTENTION CURRENT JUNIORS: The American Legion Junior Law Cadet Program:
Current Juniors: The American Legion Junior Law Cadet Program gives students the opportunity to experience the various aspects of law enforcement, such as firearms training and emergency vehicle operations. You will also learn the latest in law environments technology, tactical medicine, and K-9 Handling. Students interested, please click on this link for more information.
TWO-YEAR SCHOOL/COMMUNITY COLLEGES:
Students entering a two-year school will take a placement test administered by the college. This test will place the students in the appropriate classes in their program. Any student with a high school diploma is eligible to attend a two-year school/community college.
Scholarships: (Find more information in Naviance)
(RHOP) Rural Health Opportunities Program allows students to receive automatic acceptance into the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students spend 3-4 years at either Peru, Wayne, or Chadron State College and then continue on with their education at UNMC. Students attend the state colleges on a tuition waiver.
(KHOP) at University of Nebraska-Kearney works the same way as RHOP.
NSCS Board of Trustees Full Tuition Scholarship is available to students attending Peru, Wayne, or Chadron State. The NSCS Governor’s Opportunity Award (Half Tuition) is available to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. ACT scores are optional, but may enhance a student’s application.
College Bound Nebraska is a tuition waiver for students attending the University of Nebraska who are eligible for Pell Grants.
First Responder Education Waiver (Dependent Requirements Only) This is available to eligible law enforcement officers, professional firefighters, and their dependents pursuant to the terms of the First Responder Recruitment and Retention Act. This is for Full tuition, but must reapply annually.
SENIORS…..THE MUST DO’s for this semester!
Create a Federal Student Aid account at studentaid.gov (both you and a parent will need an account). This is the site you will use to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage you to create a Federal Student Aid account now, as you will need the FSA ID to complete the FAFSA.
Complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov. The FAFSA is your application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. The opening date for the FAFSA has not yet been announced but is expected to open sometime in December.
GET FREE HELP FROM EDUCATION QUEST:
Attend an Education Quest Virtual Financial Aid Program to learn about financial aid and the FAFSA. During the presentation, you can register to win a $500 scholarship!
Call the location nearest you to set up an appointment for free help:
Omaha – 888-357-6300
Lincoln – 800-303-3745
Kearney – 800-666-3721
3 C’s REMINDER:
Students, don’t forget about working on and completing your 3 C’s! See Mrs. Guynan if you have any questions.
*ATTENTION TRAVEL LOVERS*
All travel lovers that are Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors, Mrs. Johnson is hosting a parent meeting for the Early SummerTrip to England, Wales and Ireland 2025 on Feb. 28th in her room (A-237) at 7:00pm. Bring your parents to the meeting and allow Mrs. Johnson to give them all of the information on cost, safety and an unforgettable journey with your friends! Travel changes lives- I hope you get to go!
Speech tournaments for February....
February 2nd: Fremont
February 3rd: Lincoln North Star
February 10: Millard North
February 17: Conference meet at Elkhorn
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Bennington Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Students: Mr. Dan Bombeck, Director of Student Services, 11620 North 156th Street, P.O. Box 309, Bennington, NE 68007 (402) 238-3044 (email@example.com). Employees and Others: Dr. Matt Blomenkamp, Assistant Superintendent 11620 North 156th Street, P.O. Box 309, Bennington, NE 68007 (402) 238-3044 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Complaints or concerns involving discrimination or needs for accommodation or access should be addressed to the appropriate Coordinator. For further information about anti-discrimination laws and regulations, or to file a complaint of discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (OCR), please contact the OCR at 601 East 12th Street, Room 353, Kansas City, MO 64106, (800) 368-1019 (voice), Fax (816) 426-3686, (800) 537-7697 (telecommunications device for the deaf), or email@example.com.
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