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Principal's Message

September 2, 2020


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year. Hopefully, students and parents alike are aware of what Benson High School’s expectations are for successful daily operation, and therefore, hopefully, we will have a healthy school year together. Each student body class met with Ms. Kurtz and me regarding the dress code, academics, student behavior, new lunch procedures, and other important points of emphasis.

In particular, I would like to share these three points: Lunch, Inclement Weather, and Face Coverings.  

The lunch period is designed to provide a balanced diet and proper nutrition, opportunities for socialization, and relaxation. BHS students can bring their own lunch or buy one from our cafeteria. 

It is required for all Freshmen and Sophomores to eat and remain in the cafeteria for the entire lunch period. The Bobcat Center and Cats Court are places for all other students to eat their lunch. Each student is responsible for cleaning their table and the area at which she/he eats. During lunch hours, students must stay on school property within full view of the BHS staff. No food deliveries will be allowed as Benson High School is a "Closed Campus" during lunch.

Students may be granted permission to leave the campus during the lunch period only if the student's parent/guardian checks the student out of the main office by doing so in person. No student will be granted permission to exit the campus with anyone other than their own parent/guardian.

BHS reserves the right to refuse vendor delivery at BHS of food purchases based on the health, safety, and welfare of students.

In case of inclement weather, BHS teachers will open their classrooms for students to safely eat their lunch.

Students overall have been complying with our expectations and new protocols! It has been great to see students on campus even if “half” of their face is covered!!

Remember, you do not, for the most part, wear a face covering to protect yourself. You do it to protect others. Finally, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, by following the face-covering policy and the other mitigation strategies, it gives all of us the best odds of opening our schools and staying open throughout the school year

We here at BHS challenge the students to find balance in their high school experience. Many times we tell students to get involved, which is an important part of finding balance. Getting involved in a variety of activities helps one to be more “well rounded”. Balance is the ability to juggle all of the responsibilities of school, work, sports, family, and other commitments while ENJOYING the journey. Taking rigorous course work will help prepare a student for college. Playing varsity sports at a high intensity is the best way to improve the chances of playing at the next level. Working many hours to earn money or gain experience is another great way to get ahead. Once that balance is found, students will enjoy the journey that much more, and will ultimately take that knowledge with them beyond the walls of Benson High School.

We want your students to be happy and successful, at BHS, and we believe you play a key role. Young adults, who know that his or her family is interested in and supports the school programs, will almost always have fewer problems in school and will enjoy greater success.

Success in school, at any level, depends on several things. One of the most important of these is the communication and collaboration that takes place between the students' parents and their child’s teacher. With this in mind, I would like to make you aware of… Parent/Teacher Conferences. They will be:

September 23rd from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in both gymnasium for social distancing 

September 24th by appointment from 1:00-3:30, please contact the teacher(s) via email 

September 25th phone appointment only, please contact the teacher(s) via email

Another great tool to help you keep on top of your child's’ progress is to check their grades; in PowerSchool, emailing, or calling their teacher.

Your continued support enables us to provide the best education possible for your child. Let us work together to strengthen the partnership between school and home. I look forward to the new school year, and I encourage you to work hard and to get involved. 

This year our school goal is to do “Whatever it Takes; Right Here, Right Now”! Together we can because we are Benson!! 

If I can be of assistance, please stop by my office or call the school. 

Go Bobcats!

Jeff Thompson

NOTE: There are NO schedule changes for personal preferences. Schedule changes will be initiated by the Counseling Department.

Here is the link regarding the Free/Reduced Lunch Program application: Please fill out!

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