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Principal's Message 2023

Dear Parents and Students,

I would like to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. My hope is that your summer was relaxing and you were able to create some wonderful memories.  It is my sincere wish that you have a successful and productive school year. Classes will begin on Thursday, July 20th, at 7:55 a.m. All students will report  to 1st hour class to receive important opening school day information. Please come prepared to work hard!

Each school year, all students have a clean slate and can decide how they choose to progress throughout the year. As I talk to students, it is impressive to me how many do not have goals they want to achieve either in the short or long term. I feel it is important that you take a few moments to discuss this year's goals with your child. It is difficult to achieve, when you are not working towards a goal. Take some time and establish realistic goals for your child. Write them down and post them where they can be seen daily. This strategy has been proven to work for many successful people.  

It is the desire of the high school administrative team, counselors, faculty, and staff, that this year be an excellent and fun year for you. If you need to meet with a guidance counselor or assistant principal please do not hesitate to contact us. We suggest that parents call the school first to schedule appointments before coming in so that you will not experience delays. 

We are proud to offer an academically comprehensive high school with many opportunities that support a personalized, student-centered approach to learning. It is wonderful being part of a community that values and supports the educational initiatives that enhance our students’ achievements. As we enter this new school year, I want to let you know that our staff will be engaging in conversations on having a growth mindset, both for themselves and all students. We believe that every person in this building should always be growing and learning. Despite obstacles that may arise, we must always believe in our ability to rise above challenges and come out stronger on the other end.

I want to personally invite you to attend our open house Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, July 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. This will be a great time to see our BHS community, meet teachers, other families, and learn about the upcoming school year. We’ll begin the evening with a short school-wide meeting in the auditorium, and from there you’ll have the opportunity to visit with teachers at each grade-level. Our school goal is to see 80% of our families at this event. I hope to see each of you Tuesday, July 18!   

Important Dates to Remember:

July 10 – Senior schedule pick up 9:00-12:00 pm and 1:00-3:00 pm

July 11 – Junior schedule pick up 9:00-12:00 pm and 1:00-3:00 pm  

July 12 – Sophomore schedule pick up 9:00-12:00 pm and 1:00-3:00 pm

July 13 – Freshman orientation and schedule pick up in the auditorium 9:30-10:30 am  

July 14 – Schedule pick up day for any student 8:30-11:30 am and 1:00-3:00 pm 

July 20 – All students report to school (school begins at 7:55 am) 

August 8 - Picture Day (Students and Staff)

A couple updates for this school year:

Students will not be issued an agenda book this school year. We will be using a new software tool using student cell phones/school chrome books called Smart Pass. This new procedure will be clarified during student class meetings.

Lastly, the student handbook will be electronically posted on our BHS website. Students and parents will still sign a form that acknowledges the 2023-24 school procedures have been read and understood. The acknowledgement form will be given to the student from their first period teacher and returned to their first period teacher.

I am looking forward to a very successful school year. Together we can make a difference for kids! See you on the first day of school if not sooner.

Go Bobcats! 

Jeff Thompson

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Benson High School


BENSON, AZ 85602

(520) 720-6710
Benson Unified School District does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, age, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or genetic information. The District also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boys Scouts and other designated youth groups, as required by the Boys Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Inquiries or complaints concerning Title VI, VII, IX, Section 504, and Americans with Disabilities Act may be referred to the BUSD Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Officer: Micah Mortensen, 360 S. Patagonia St., Benson, AZ 85602;; (520) 720-6731.
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