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Friday Notes

12/3/21

Dear Bennington Families,

 

What a Fall activity season Bennington Public Schools has had! Congratulations to our Nebraska State Championship Football Team and Head Coach, Kam Lenhart, and all of the coaches and support personnel to the team. It was a great football game to attend, but the most impressive part was the Bennington Community coming out to be part of the event and to support the team! It was great to see multiple generations of Badgers in attendance at the game, from tiny “future” Badgers in their carriers to Great-Grandparents. We often hear that families move into the Bennington School District to become a part of the “small town community feel” and this event demonstrated what a community does to celebrate their students.

 

The school district will be hosting a Vaccination Site for the Douglas County Health Department at our High School on December 6, 2021 and December 27, 2021. The sites will be open from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on both of these dates. December 6th will be located in the Auditorium Commons and all individuals who wish to be vaccinated must enter the main entrance at the high school. December 27th will be held in the Auxiliary Gym and all individuals who wish to be vaccinated must enter the activity entrance at the high school. 

 

This site will be open to all individuals who are five years of age and older. You may attend this site if you need a booster, your first dose, or your second dose of the vaccine. To make an appointment please click here and scroll down until you find the Bennington High School location. You may also utilize the document that the health department has provided for an easy one click registration as well. If your child is under the age of 19, they must have a parent present in order to receive the vaccination. 

 

We have solicited some information from Dr. Kelly Cawcutt, MD, with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) regarding commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Please click this link to find a document that will provide the reader some answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Cawcutt is a mother of two elementary school children in Bennington and Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Medical Director of Infection Control and Epidemiology at UNMC.

 

Students in grades 3-5 are participating in the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) starting this week. The NSCAS is the state test in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The elementary students will take the state test rather than the MAP test this December. Students in grades 6-8 will take their MAP tests in December as a checkpoint of progress through the first semester and take the NSCAS mid-year test in January. We will use the scores as a comparison of the tests as we hope to reduce the number of tests a student must take through the year in the future. Elementary students in grades K-2 are working on their Winter Benchmark assessments which include MAP and other measures of progress during December. 

 

Congratulations to the One Act cast, crew, and directors as they finished as Runner-Up in the Conference Play Contest. Acting awards from the Conference were won by: Cooper Diamond, Jack Thompson, Tanner in den Bosch, Selah Ryan, Addison Thornburg, Kesin Chipperfield, and Max Elwood. There was a large crowd who attended the public performance on Thursday evening at the high school. The cast and crew send their thanks to everyone who was able to attend. The One Act Play will be competing at the District Contest, Saturday, December 4th at 11:30 AM at Elkhorn South High School. Best of luck!

 

The Winter Sports season is underway. Good Luck to all of the Badger basketball teams and the wrestling teams as they begin the season. Please check the District Website to see the upcoming contests you may be interested in attending.

 

Thank you to everyone who supported Together Bennington Gives! There was over $71,000 raised for 28 charitable organizations in our community. Several of these organizations are affiliated with the schools and support Bennington students including the PTOs, Booster Club, and Bennington Public Schools Foundation. Thank you all for your support.

 

Take care and remain Badger Strong!

11/19/21

Dear Bennington Families,
November is the month of “Thanks-Giving” and this coming week we celebrate the holiday.
There are many reasons to be thankful as part of the Bennington Schools’ community. This
community supports and values education for their children and a Badger’s education is
expected to go well beyond the learning from books. Bennington students receive an excellent
education that includes Physical Education and Health, Art and Music, and the 21st Century life
skills of being a communicator, collaborator, and citizen. We are thankful for the educators and
all of the support staff who make this educational experience possible for the students of
Bennington. We are thankful for the families who choose to entrust their children to our schools
and continue to support the District as it grows.
For those families that are interested in learning more about scheduling vaccination
appointments for their child(ren), you can find many vaccine sites and resources by visiting the
Douglas County Health Department website. We know that all school-age children will have the
opportunity to have been fully vaccinated by the time we return from winter break. Due to this,
we will continue to work with the health department to determine any adjustments to our Return
to Learn Plan as we get closer to that date. At this time, we do not foresee any changes to the
plan for the remainder of this semester. We continue to show our gratitude to our families and
staff for the patience and grace that has been shown during this continued unprecedented time.
The BPS Strategic Plan is a guiding mechanism for continuous school improvement. The plan
identifies four major District goals that were formulated through a collaborative planning
process. To read more about the Bennington Public Schools #39; Strategic Plan visit the District
website at the bottom of the page District Strategic Plan.
Parents of students in grades three-twelve will be able to view midterm progress reports at the
end of today through Parent Web access. Middle school Hexter Two report cards will also be
posted at the end of today. If you need assistance please contact your school front office.
The BHS Varsity Football team plays for the State Championship on Monday, November 22nd
at 7:15 PM when they will meet the Aurora Huskies. The Badgers will play at Memorial Stadium
in Lincoln. The gates will open at 6:15 PM. Please be prepared to follow the expectations of the
University and Lancaster County. There is a clear bag requirement and masks must be worn in
indoor spaces. This is a Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) event, so no passes
are accepted. Tickets must be purchased online at https://gofan.co/app/school/NSAA and
admission prices are set by the NSAA at $8 for Adults and $6 for Students. No cash will be

accepted and paper tickets are not being used. The game will stream on the NET website for all
with internet access. The link to our game can be found here:
https://nebraskapublicmedia.org/en/series-media/nsaa-state-footballchampionships-
video/standalone-video-15984/class-b-50016955/. The game will be broadcast live on TV on
local NET affiliates. Coverage will begin at 7:00 PM.

Congratulations to the Unified Bowling Team as they earned first place in the EMC tournament.
They continue to have competitions so check out upcoming events on the school activity
calendar at http://benningtonschools.org/.

Congratulations to the nine high school music students who qualified for Nebraska All-State
Music and are participating in the All-State Music Program this week.


Good Luck to the Bennington High School One-Act Play as they perform at the Eastern
Midlands Conference contest on Tuesday, November 23rd at 3:30 PM at Elkhorn High School.
You can see their public performance of Robin Hood on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM in
the BHS Auditorium.


Next week as we celebrate the tradition of Thanksgiving, school will be in session Monday and
Tuesday. The District Office will be open Wednesday but closed Thursday and Friday. There
will be no Friday Notes next week; we will be back with you on December 3rd. Enjoy time with
your family during the upcoming holiday break.
Take care and remain Badger Strong!

11/12/21

Dear Bennington Families,
This week we celebrated Veterans Day. The District enjoyed inviting Veterans into our schools
to celebrate and honor their services and the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our
freedom. The Pine Creek Elementary students were able to share their talents and gratitude
through music as they performed for the guests who attended the assembly this past Thursday.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our community members who have made up the
armed forces, past and present, as well as their family members. We are truly grateful for each
of you.
We continue to share with you the reminder that the FDA has authorized the COVID-19 vaccine
for emergency use in children aged five through eleven. At this time, we do not know if
vaccinations for this age range will have any immediate changes to our current protocols. We
continue to be in communication with the Douglas County Health Department, if or when they
adjust their guidance, we will communicate those details with our stakeholders. For those
families that are interested in learning more about scheduling vaccination appointments for their
child(ren), you can find many vaccine sites and resources by visiting the Douglas County Health
Department website.
As many of you know, the District will be bringing on two new schools in August of 2022. The
administration will be recommending new attendance center boundaries to accommodate these
two new facilities and our growing school district. We would like to clarify some confusion
regarding the Shadowbrook neighborhoods. The District has identified Shadowbrook I & II as
homes in this subdivision that are located west of Military Road. Shadowbrook III is identified as
homes in this subdivision that are located east of Military Road. Elementary students in
Shadowbrook I & II are, and will be, attending Pine Creek Elementary with elementary students
living in Shadowbrook III attending Heritage Elementary. A recording of the presentation is
available on our District YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/AzmDmcLIk6Q. A copy of the
presentation is also available on the District’s website.
The BPS Strategic Plan is a guiding mechanism for continuous school improvement. The plan
identifies four major District goals that were formulated through a collaborative planning
process. To read more about the Bennington Public Schools' Strategic Plan visit the District
website at the bottom of the page District Strategic Plan.
The BHS Varsity Football team continues on to the semifinal round of State Playoffs tonight at
7:00 PM when they host the Elkhorn Antlers. This is a Nebraska School Activities Association

(NSAA) event, so no passes are accepted. Admission prices are also set by the NSAA at $8 for
Adults and $6 for Students. Please have cash to pay for admission to the game. NSAA rules do
not allow for the streaming of semifinals and final games through the YouTube Channel. You
may view tonight’s game on the NFHS Network at
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nsaa/gamcca2e52e27 with a subscription fee.
Cheer on the Unified Bowling Team at Maplewood Lanes this Saturday, 12:00 PM as they
compete in the EMC tournament. There is no cost for admission. Good Luck Badgers!
Today provided our first dose of cold, blowing winter weather. A warm coat is a necessity in
weather like today. The Bennington Public Schools Foundation has created the Student Needs
Fund to address the unmet basic needs of our students. You can find out more information on
the attached link provided or contact your school counselor for assistance.
We want to close this week with a reminder that tomorrow, November 13th, is World Kindness
Day. It is a day to be kind to yourself and others around you. We encourage you to celebrate
this event tomorrow by pledging to do at least one intentional act of kindness to benefit
someone else. We hope you can enjoy some rest and share some kindness this weekend.
Take care and remain Badger Strong!

11/5/21

Dear Bennington Families,

As we have entered the month of November, we are being intentional around shifting our focus into a season of gratitude and thankfulness. The school district is thankful for each of the stakeholders that assist us in keeping Bennington one of the greatest places to live and educate our children. We are a short six and a half weeks away from the end of the first semester. We encourage all to continue to strive to end this semester with success and pride.

In order to continue with the focus of keeping as many staff and students in school as possible, we want to remind all to be conscious of the fact that we are ramping up into the Cold and Flu Season. Please continue to check your child for symptoms of illness and keep them home from school if they are not feeling well or if they have a fever. We will continue to provide communication surrounding COVID-19 positive cases and any potential of outbreaks within our buildings. While COVID is at the forefront of most of our minds, we also want to ensure all are being intentional in regards to not spreading all of the other illnesses that are common this time of year. We appreciate your continued efforts in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy this school year.

As many have heard by now, the FDA has authorized the COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children aged five through eleven. We have added clarification to our elementary classroom exposure documents stating that regardless of vaccination status, if an individual within your child’s elementary classroom tests positive for COVID-19 we will continue to require masks for the advised timeline that the health department provides. As these vaccines roll out and the health department adjusts guidance, we will continue to adjust our protocols and communicate with our stakeholders of any changes. For those families that are interested in learning more or scheduling vaccination appointments for their child(ren), you can find many vaccine sites by visiting the Douglas County Health Department website.

Today, parents of students in grades 4-9 will find the Individual Student Report of NSCAS 2021 on the Parent Web. This report shares student performance on the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) State Tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math that were administered in spring 2021. Please know that any assessment result is limited in its ability to tell the story of learning for an individual student. Bennington’s schools use these results along with many other types of data to monitor student progress. For more information an ISR Interpretive Guide for Parents is available online to aid in understanding test results. This guide provides a definition of each achievement level. There has been no District or State group data released at this time, but as this information is released we will share it with you.

As many of you know, the District will be bringing on two new schools in August of 2022. The administration will be recommending new attendance center boundaries to accommodate these two new facilities and our growing school district. We would like to clarify some confusion regarding the Shadowbrook neighborhoods. The District has identified Shadowbrook I & II as homes in this subdivision that are located west of Military Road. Shadowbrook III is identified as homes in this subdivision that are located east of Military Road. Elementary students in Shadowbrook I & II are, and will be, attending Pine Creek Elementary with elementary students living in Shadowbrook III attending Heritage Elementary. A recording of the presentation is available on our District YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/AzmDmcLIk6Q. A copy of the presentation is also available on the District’s website. 

The Varsity football team continues in the second round of State Playoffs tonight at 7:00 PMwhen they host the Waverly Vikings. This is a Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) event, so no passes are accepted. Admission prices are also set by the NSAA at $8 for Adults and $6 for Students. Please have cash to pay for admission to the game. Good Luck Badgers!

Take care and remain Badger Strong!

10/29/21

Dear Bennington Families,

We are ending the month of October and wish you all a safe Halloween weekend. As we are about to enter the month of November, we want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for assisting us in keeping our buildings thriving during this time. Continued guidance and updates regarding COVID within our school district can be found on the District’s website.

This week we wanted to send a reminder about a resource our District has been using for the past three years called Safe 2 Help Nebraska. This is a statewide tip line that any individual may utilize if they have concerns about safety and security at school. Reportable items may include: bullying, talk of violence, weapons, or threats, suicidal thoughts or self-harm, dangerous online trends, and dating-related violence or harassment. This list is not exhaustive. In order to make a report to our local tip line, you may call 1-833-980-7233 or visit their website at safe2helpne.org.

As many of you know, the District is in the process of constructing two new school facilities to accommodate the rapid growth of our community. The new schools are located on the southwest corner of 168th and Military Road. The District is currently drafting new attendance centers for Elementary #5 and Middle School #2. Administration has held two public meetings and a recording of the presentation is available on our District YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/AzmDmcLIk6Q. A copy of the presentation is also available on the website. You may give your input at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XMKQVX5. The survey takes about 1 minute to complete. Your input is appreciated and will be shared with the Board of Education during November.

We will be re-sending emails to those families whose responses about Technology Access in Student Verification were not saved and would appreciate your assistance by responding to these questions. The emails will come from esu3.org as they manage our student information system with us. We appreciate everyone’s assistance to help us gather the needed information.

As the District plans for the future, we must consider technology access, availability, and needs for our students, families, and both current and future curriculum and programs and this survey information helps us do this.

We want to celebrate our Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Teams performances at the State competition last Friday. The Girls were State Runner-Up and the Boys’ Team finished 5th. More congratulations go out to the Badger Marching Band for their Superior rating at the NSBA State Marching Band Competition last Saturday.

The Lady Badger Volleyball Team qualified for a District Final and will play at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Waverly High School vs. Waverly.

The Varsity football team begins the State Playoffs tonight at 6:00 PM when they host the McCook Bison. This is a Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) event, so no passes are accepted. Admission prices are also set by the NSAA at $8 for Adults and $6 for Students. Please have cash to pay for admission to the game. Good Luck Badgers!

Enjoy the fun of this weekend, but please, stay safe. Take care and remain Badger Strong!


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