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Friday Notes

5/14/21

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:
The final week of school is here and we are excited for all that brings to our students
and educators. We know all students and parents are becoming more curious about
what the start of the 2021-2022 school year will look like and bring us. We want to
provide accurate and timely information to the community about the protocols for the
2021-2022 school year. In these upcoming months of May and June, the administration
will present an initial outline for Year Two of the Return to Learn Plan to the Board of
Education. As a reminder the May Board Meeting will be Monday, May 17th at 6:00 PM.
The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the final
week of school. As you were informed earlier this week, we made one change in
regards to face coverings. The state’s latest Directed Health Measure was updated and
masking while outside will be optional for Bennington Public Schools’ students and staff.
In regards to COVID-19, we also wanted to inform those families who are interested in
vaccinations for their children that vaccinations are now available for individuals aged
12 and up. Students can be vaccinated at any of the Douglas County clinics, FQHCs, or
pharmacies. Children will need a parent or guardian to be present and a consent form to
be filled out, which is available by clicking on this Link.
Our Badger athletes are wrapping up their seasons over the next week. If you are
looking for a fun and exciting event to cheer the Badgers on, there are many
opportunities coming up. Thursday, the Girls’ and Boys’ Badger Track Teams competed
in the district meet in Blair, while the Boys’ Soccer Team made their appearance in the
State Soccer Tournament at Morrison Stadium. The Track Teams’ qualifiers for the
State Meet will compete at the Burke Stadium on Friday, May 21st. The Soccer Team
will continue in the State Tournament on Monday at Morrison Stadium.
The Bennington Baseball Team has qualified for the State Tournament and will play
their first game against Norris at Werner Park on Saturday, May 15th, and their second-
round game on Monday, May 17th. The Boys’ Golf Team will compete at the District
Tournament on Monday, May 17th in Wayne, with hopes to qualify for the State
Tournament to be held on May 25th-26th in Columbus. Finally, the Badger Girls’ Tennis
Team will compete in the State Tournament on May 20th-21st in Lincoln. Tickets to all

State events can be purchased online at NSAAhome.org. Best of luck to all of our
Badger athletes!
Parents often wonder what students can do through the summer to maintain all the
gains they made through the school year. First, it is important to rest and refresh. Then,
students currently enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade can access Summer
Bridge Learning opportunities. There is no enrollment required. Every K-8th grade
student is eligible and will have access through their school Clever account. Be on the
lookout next week, as students bring home paper copies detailing the program along
with their login information. Participation is not required but just a few minutes each
week can bridge the gap from one year to the next and impact your student’s
performance in years to come.
What a year it has been. It is time to start wrapping up one of the most unprecedented
school years we have ever experienced. Good Luck to all of our seniors who will be
crossing the stage this Sunday and earning their high school diploma. This is a great
accomplishment and the Bennington High School hallways will miss having you. This
coming week will be filled with culminating projects, final exams, clean up and lots of
celebrating. We made it, you made it, applaud yourselves! We are beyond proud of
every student, staff member, and family that has done their part to ensure we ended this
school year on a high note. Each of you continue to prove there is no place like
Bennington.
Take care and remain Badger Strong!

5/7/21

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:

The final two weeks of school are approaching and we are excited for all that this brings to our students and educators. We know all are becoming more curious about what the start of the 2021-2022 school year will look like and bring us. We want to provide accurate and timely information to the community about the protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. In these upcoming months of May and June, the administration will present an initial outline for Year Two of the Return to Learn Plan to the Board of Education. As we have learned throughout this year, circumstances of a pandemic are fluid and transitional. Our plan must reflect the most current information and will remain adaptable. We continue to appreciate the adaptability and grace you have allotted us during this unprecedented time.

The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the week of May 10th. With only two weeks of school left, we plan to continue all protocols that we currently have in place. Protocols such as, wearing face coverings, socially distancing, and good hygiene have allowed us to provide in-person learning thus far and we hope to end the school year with that continuing. Please visit our BPS COVID-19 Site for updated information in regards to Bennington’s COVID-19 plan, as well as resources such as vaccination links.

With the week for National Teacher Appreciation wrapping up, we want to take this opportunity to appreciate all of our teachers across the district and highlight three specific Bennington educators. We congratulate the recipients of the New Teacher of the Year Award to Ms. Emily Weitzenkamp (Special Education Teacher at Heritage Elementary) and the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award to Mrs. Kris Melvin (Fourth Grade Teacher at Bennington Elementary). The Bennington Schools Foundation received several nominations on behalf of both of these great educators and we are honored to have them as Bennington Badgers. We encourage you to visit the BPS Foundation website to view all student and adult award winners and honorees this past year.

We also want to celebrate one of our educators who has earned the honor of being titled as a Cox Education Hero. Mr. Dean Wood, our Life Skills Teacher at the High School, was nominated by several families that he has worked with over the past two years while being a Badger for the impact he has made on their students and family’s lives. We celebrate him, his students, and the emphasis he puts on inclusion within our school district.  Congratulations, Mr. Wood! 

Bennington High School continues to seek out parent feedback as part of our school improvement process. If you have students currently enrolled in the High School, please take a few moments to complete the following survey. If you have already filled out a survey for elementary or middle school, we encourage you to complete the high school specific survey. We value your input and seek to continually improve our school system and understand the unique aspects of each individual facility. 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 truly cannot believe there are only a few short days left for our Seniors and just two weeks left for the rest of the students. As a reminder, our K-8 remote students will not have to login for remote services on May 21stunless an individual teacher requests them to do so. High school students will be finishing up final exams and therefore remote learners will be expected to participate just as the in-person learners do. We encourage everyone to take care of themselves and their students during this very busy and exciting time. Staying healthy will support a strong finish to the school year for students.  

Take care and remain Badger Strong!

 

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