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Friday Notes

4/16/2021

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:
As we get ready to enter the week of April 19th, we continue to be in the midst of a very
busy spring. We have just over two weeks left to complete state testing for our students
in grades three through eight. Our spring calendars continue to be filled with several
extra-curricular activities. With that, we have enjoyed seeing our community members
take advantage of coming out and supporting our students with the ability to increase
our fan base due to updated activity recommendations.
The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the week of
April 19th. With only five weeks of school left, we continue to praise each and every one
of you for the efforts you have put in place to follow all of our district’s practices in
regards to minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You are the reason we have
made it this far and you are the reason we are able to be successful in keeping safety at
the forefront of our mission this school year. We continue to meet with local health
officials on a weekly basis and as any recommendations or protocols shift, we will keep
you informed. In the meantime, the importance of good hygiene, social distancing and
wearing face coverings are practices we encourage both in our school buildings and
while out in the community.
Bennington Middle School is continuing to seek parent feedback as part of our school
improvement process. If you have students currently enrolled in the Middle School,
please take a few moments to complete the following survey. We value your input and
seek to continually improve our school system. You are an important part of the system,
so please follow this link to complete the survey. Your participation is greatly
appreciated. Students and staff are also participating in surveys this spring to give
feedback from their perspectives. These responses are part of our continuous
improvement process leading up to our five-year accreditation visit in the spring of 2022.
We will close this survey on Monday, April 19th.
We would like to direct you to the main page of our district website for current news and
information regarding district happenings. The Board of Education has provided a
summary of the April Board of Education meeting that occurred this past Monday. This

summary provides timelines for approved construction projects, board policy reviews,
along with next steps in additional Board of Education matters.
Take care and remain Badger Strong!

4/9/21

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:

We have almost made it to the end of the 2020-2021 school year. With that being said, so long as we have no more inclement weather days, we will be ending our school year on Friday, May 21st. We know these last six weeks can be overwhelming for many, with end of the year activities, state testing, district-wide assessments, and final exams all coming one right after the other. Hopefully spring break brought some rejuvenation to all in order to push through the rest of this very unprecedented school year. Please remember, we are in this together.

 

This week the elementary students across the District hosted a PTO fundraiser powered by Boosterthon. While working to gather donations for supplemental equipment and 

programming, students focused on building character traits such as teamwork, care, courage, celebrate others, and grit. To culminate the event, students participated in a physical activity such as an obstacle course, fun run, or dance-a-thon. Students were encouraged to apply the character traits reinforced throughout the week and “earn” the donations they received. The elementary PTOs, staff, and students express their gratitude to the volunteers and donors that made this fun event possible. 

 

The NSCAS state testing window runs from March 22nd through April 30th. This week students in grades 3-5 will take their NSCAS-English Language Arts test, while 8th graders will pilot the new NSCAS-Science test. The new Science test for 5th and 8th graders is very different from other tests as the current standards really measure the analysis skills of students. You can check out sample tests through this link. Students should always be fueled up and ready for school.

11th grade students, who completed their test on March 23rd, should be receiving their state ACT results in their myACTaccounts. Students may check their scores through their account. The student reports, which the school will send home, will not be available until all students across Nebraska have completed the test and scores have been finalized at the Nebraska Department of Education. 

The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the week of April 12th. As always, with this pandemic, we have received updated guidance from the local health department and the CDC in regards to quarantine guidelines and cleaning protocols. The quarantine guidelines will continue to follow the 7-10 day timeframe; however, we may also now take into consideration if an individual has a positive antibody test. If an individual is set to be quarantined but can provide proof of a positive antibody test within the previous 90 days or immediately following the close contact, then they may forgo being quarantined. For updated cleaning protocols, please click on this link provided. 

Bennington Middle School is seeking parent feedback as part of our school improvement process. If you have students currently enrolled in the Middle School, please take a few moments to complete the following survey. We value your input and seek to continually improve our school system. You are an important part of the system, so please follow this link to complete the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Students and staff are also participating in surveys this spring to give feedback from their perspectives. These responses are part of our continuous improvement process leading up to our five-year accreditation visit in the spring of 2022.

Good luck to our Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer Teams as they head into the Eastern Midlands Conference (EMC) Tournament next week. You can check out the Badger athletic schedule at the Conference calendar site. 

Enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead. When we return on Monday, April 12th, we have just under six weeks to the end of this school year, we appreciate all of the efforts of our students, families, teachers, and staff to get us this close to a successful finish.

 


4/1/21

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:

Today begins the first day of Spring Break for Bennington students and staff. No school Thursday through Monday will give us the opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate. A sense of accomplishment resonates with all of us as we tackle the end of the year, as we know we have persevered through one of the most challenging of all school years. 

The NSCAS state testing window runs from March 22nd through April 30th. These assessments, as well as the spring MAP and Benchmark assessments, help the teachers, schools, and district to know if we have made the expected growth with students through the year. Local assessment results will be shared with families at the end of the school year. Statewide assessment results will not be available until later in the summer. We will keep families informed about results as we receive more information from the Department of Education.

The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the week of April 5th. We know that with spring break arriving in Bennington that travel and group activities may be on a rise. Douglas County is now offering vaccines for individuals 50 and older. Even after you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. The CDC has provided recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Bennington Middle School is seeking parent feedback as part of our school improvement process. If you have students currently enrolled in the Middle School, please take a few moments to complete the following survey. We value your input and seek to continually improve our school system. You are an important part of the system, so please follow this link to complete the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated. 

Children need healthy meals to learn. Bennington Public Schools is providing free meals to all students as an extension of the CARES Act of 2020 for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. However, families who qualify for free and reduced price meals may also receive other benefits such as discounted transportation fees and Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you think your family may qualify, please complete the free and reduced price meals application located here. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Watsabaugh, Nutrition Services Coordinator, at 402-238-3044 or twatsabaugh@bennps.org

Enjoy the long weekend with your family in the beautiful spring weather. When we return on Tuesday, April 6th, we have just over six weeks to the end of this school year, we appreciate all of the efforts of our students, families, teachers, and staff to get us this close to a successful finish.

Take care and remain Badger Strong!

 

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