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Friday Notes

10/14/21

Dear Bennington Families,
This week’s edition of “Friday Notes” is being sent out on Thursday to give everyone a
long weekend break.
This week wraps up our Fall edition of Parent Teacher Conferences. Our goal for Parent
Teacher Conferences is to provide the opportunity for all of our families to attend and
learn about the great things happening for their child(ren) during their school days and
communicate strategies for growth.
As we have shared in the last two editions of our Friday Notes, we will be providing our
stakeholders with one last letter written by local healthcare providers from Children’s
Hospital. These letters are just one resource we are providing around better
understanding the COVID-19 Vaccination. We want to reiterate, we have additional
opportunities for learning linked into our district COVID-19 website that will take you to
many other resources that you may find helpful. This week’s letter comes from both, Dr.
Melissa St. Germain and Dr. Kari Simonsen. It is a joint letter on behalf of Children’s
Hospital, sharing continued medical recommendations regarding the COVID-19
vaccination. Thank you Dr. St. Germain and Dr. Simonsen for sharing your expertise
with us.
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 completed preliminary work on these new attendance centers and
would like to share our findings and recommendations with the community. We will host
two public meetings next week at Anchor Pointe Elementary and the Middle School.
Both public meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and will be recorded and posted for review
on the District website at a later date. The meeting at Anchor Pointe Elementary will be
Tuesday, October 19th and the meeting at the Middle School will be Thursday, October
21st. Please come review and listen to the administrative findings and
recommendations during these two public meetings. As always, we welcome your input.
The long conference weekend gives our students and families some time to
decompress, relax, and connect. The COVID Pandemic has caused prolonged
increased uncertainty and stress which has resulted in unprecedented levels of anxiety
and depression. We need to give each other permission to be human and take good
care of ourselves. A district contract with Arbor Family Counseling provides up to three

free sessions for students and families to formulate strategies and develop a plan to
appropriately resolve problems with effective, short-term counseling. If you would like
more information please contact your school counselor or Arbor Family Counseling at
402-330-0960.
State competition was in full swing this week. Our Badger softball team traveled to
Hastings to participate in the state tournament. The Lady Badger Golf Team finished 6th
in Class B at the state tournament this week! This is the highest finish for our Lady
Badgers since joining Class B competition and only once have they finished higher at
4th in 1999. Way to go golfers!
Varsity football travels to Roncalli Catholic Friday evening for a 7:00 PM kickoff. On
Saturday, the marching band will participate in the Lincoln Public Schools Invitation at
Seacrest Field.
We hope the long weekend that follows conferences treats you to beautiful fall weather
and provides a bit of reprieve. Recharge will be needed as next week will begin the
second quarter for Elementary and High School, and the last half of the second hexter
at the Middle School. This means we are halfway through our first semester!
Take care and remain Badger Strong!

Dear Bennington Families,
This week’s edition of “Friday Notes” is being sent out on Thursday to give everyone a
long weekend break.
This week wraps up our Fall edition of Parent Teacher Conferences. Our goal for Parent
Teacher Conferences is to provide the opportunity for all of our families to attend and
learn about the great things happening for their child(ren) during their school days and
communicate strategies for growth.
As we have shared in the last two editions of our Friday Notes, we will be providing our
stakeholders with one last letter written by local healthcare providers from Children’s
Hospital. These letters are just one resource we are providing around better
understanding the COVID-19 Vaccination. We want to reiterate, we have additional
opportunities for learning linked into our district COVID-19 website that will take you to
many other resources that you may find helpful. This week’s letter comes from both, Dr.
Melissa St. Germain and Dr. Kari Simonsen. It is a joint letter on behalf of Children’s
Hospital, sharing continued medical recommendations regarding the COVID-19
vaccination. Thank you Dr. St. Germain and Dr. Simonsen for sharing your expertise
with us.
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 completed preliminary work on these new attendance centers and
would like to share our findings and recommendations with the community. We will host
two public meetings next week at Anchor Pointe Elementary and the Middle School.
Both public meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and will be recorded and posted for review
on the District website at a later date. The meeting at Anchor Pointe Elementary will be
Tuesday, October 19th and the meeting at the Middle School will be Thursday, October
21st. Please come review and listen to the administrative findings and
recommendations during these two public meetings. As always, we welcome your input.
The long conference weekend gives our students and families some time to
decompress, relax, and connect. The COVID Pandemic has caused prolonged
increased uncertainty and stress which has resulted in unprecedented levels of anxiety
and depression. We need to give each other permission to be human and take good
care of ourselves. A district contract with Arbor Family Counseling provides up to three

free sessions for students and families to formulate strategies and develop a plan to
appropriately resolve problems with effective, short-term counseling. If you would like
more information please contact your school counselor or Arbor Family Counseling at
402-330-0960.
State competition was in full swing this week. Our Badger softball team traveled to
Hastings to participate in the state tournament. The Lady Badger Golf Team finished 6th
in Class B at the state tournament this week! This is the highest finish for our Lady
Badgers since joining Class B competition and only once have they finished higher at
4th in 1999. Way to go golfers!
Varsity football travels to Roncalli Catholic Friday evening for a 7:00 PM kickoff. On
Saturday, the marching band will participate in the Lincoln Public Schools Invitation at
Seacrest Field.
We hope the long weekend that follows conferences treats you to beautiful fall weather
and provides a bit of reprieve. Recharge will be needed as next week will begin the
second quarter for Elementary and High School, and the last half of the second hexter
at the Middle School. This means we are halfway through our first semester!
Take care and remain Badger Strong!

10/8/21

Dear Bennington Families,

 

This week wraps up the final week of the first quarter for the 2021-2022 school year. The Middle School students are mid-way through their second hexter. This point in the school year brings the excitement of our first round of Parent Teacher Conferences for this fall. As you plan ahead, we want to remind you that fall Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 13th. You should have received communication regarding the format and registering for conferences from your building Principal or classroom teachers over the past few weeks.

 

As we stated in last week’s Friday Notes, we will be sharing letters from local healthcare providers from Children’s Hospitalwith our stakeholders. These letters are just one resource we are providing around better understanding the COVID-19 Vaccination. We have additional resources linked into our district COVID-19 website. We hope these assist you in making the best decision for your family as we get closer to having vaccine availability for ages five (5) and up. This week’s letter comes from Dr. Kari Simonsen. Thank you Dr. Simonsen.

 

This is an exciting time of year for our Athletic and Activity programs. This afternoon, the Lady Badger Softball Team hosted the B-3 District Final beginning at 12 noon against Aurora. This is the best two out of three games to move to the state tournament on October 13-15th in Hastings and the Badgers won the first two games! CONGRATULATIONS! Tonight, the Badger Football Team plays at Elkhorn High School at 7:00 PM. Tomorrow, the Lady Badger Volleyball Team will compete in the Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament. Pool Play begins at 9:00 AM against Norris at Norris Middle School for the Lady Badgers. 

 

The Badger Marching Band is hosting the Bennington Marching Festival on Saturday, October 9th beginning at 11 AM in the BHS Stadium. If you are looking for some great music and marching, there are 15 bands this year and awards will be presented at 3:15 PM. The Badger Marching Band performs at 2:45 PM. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 13.

The Lady Badger Golf Team has qualified the entire team for the state tournament! 

 

Congratulations to these golfers and good luck as they compete on Monday, October 11th and Tuesday, October 12th at the Scotts Bluff Country Club beginning at 9 AM. The Bennington Boys’ and Girls’ Cross-Country Teams earned Runner-Up Honors in the Eastern Midlands Conference Meet on Thursday afternoon. Both teams head into the District Meet on Thursday, October 14th at Mount Michael Benedictine starting at 4 PM for the Girls and 4:40 PM for the Boys. 

 

Good Luck to all of the Badger Events!

 

Take care and remain Badger Strong!

 

9/24/21

Dear Bennington Families,

Wednesday of this week the Autumnal Equinox took place. During the autumnal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of sunshine. After this occurrence, the nights begin to become longer than the days until the Spring Equinox in March. Our high school science courses, such as Science and Technology and Astronomy discuss this natural phenomena. Elementary students understand this through the changes in weather or the rotational axes of our planet. For a school system, this signals we are approaching the completion of the first quarter of the school year and we have so much more to accomplish!

The District continues to follow directives that come from the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in regards to additional layers of protection being implemented around COVID-19 exposures. We understand that fluid guidelines can be confusing. Please keep in mind, these guidelines are put in place by DCHD in the hope to be able to continue to allow students to safely stay in school when exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. If protocols are not honored, students will not be allowed to be at school until the 14-day timeline expires. 

If cases occur within the Elementary setting, the following will be followed: 1st Case within a classroom, entire class Self Monitors and Wears a Mask for 14 days from the last date of exposure. 2nd Case within a classroom, entire class Self Monitors and Wears a Mask for 14 days from the last date of exposure. 3rd Case within a classroom (within 14 days of the first case), administration will consult with the Douglas County Health Department and determine if the case falls within a timeframe that would call for further mitigation measures.

For cases that occur at the Secondary level, we will continue to contact trace for all positive cases. Contact trace means we will determine all students who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes of an infected person and they will need to self-monitor for symptoms. If they are unvaccinated, they should wear a Mask for 14 days from the last date of exposure. We submit each case to the health department and if they deem there is an outbreak, further mitigation steps will be put in place and may include a building-wide mask mandate up to 28 days in length (two full incubation periods). Again, these guidelines can change based on the specific situations we face and we will do our best to add any updates from the Health Department to our Return to Learn Plan, pages 11-13.

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 13th. Families will receive communication on sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences in the upcoming weeks. Parents and guardians will have the option to attend conferences virtually or in-person. Principals will share the details through building level communication.   

High school First Quarter Progress Reports were posted this week. Middle school Hexter 1 will end on September 28th. Grades for Hexter 1 will be posted at the end of the day on Friday, October 1st. Families may view progress reports, report cards, attendance, and other information on the NebSIS Family Account. Each family received their login information to complete their Student Verification for registration to begin school. Middle and High School students have their own login to be able to review current grades down to the assignment level. Elementary families will be able to view reports for the first quarter at Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you can’t locate your login information, please contact the school secretary.

This weekend and through the upcoming week there are many opportunities to support Badger athletics and activities. Tonight, our Girl’s JV Softball team will be playing a home game versus Elkhorn South at 5:00 PM. The Varsity Football team will be competing in an away game against Blair High School at 7:00 PM. Girls’ Varsity Softball and Varsity Volleyball teams will be participating in Invitationals at Tuxedo Park and Aurora High School, while our Marching Band will be performing at Midland University as part of the Fremont Marching Band Invitational. Please visit the activities calendar to view additional events. Good Luck to all of the Badger Events!

Enjoy the beautiful autumnal weather and sunshine with your family before we have to transition to the colder season. 

Take care and remain Badger Strong!



9/17/21

Dear Bennington Families,
We are excited to utilize this week’s Friday Notes to make the announcement of who
the district has assigned to be Principal for the new Middle School and who has been
assigned to the fifth Elementary. Congratulations to Mr. Shawn Hoppes, who will be the
Principal of Bennington’s Second Middle School and Congratulations to Mrs. Molly
O’Connor, who will be the Principal of Bennington’s Fifth Elementary.


Mr. Hoppes is entering his 21st year in education. He entered the field of education at
West Point, NE where he taught for four years. From there he moved to Elkhorn Public
Schools and taught for four years, then became Dean of Students in Bellevue at
Mission Middle School for three years before moving to an Assistant Principal position
at Russell Middle School in Millard for four years. Shawn is in his 6th year of a
leadership position for Bennington Public Schools, where he serves as the current
Middle School Principal.


Mrs. O’Connor has been in education for twelve years. Prior to coming to Bennington,
she taught for Millard Public Schools for eight years. Her experience in 2nd grade, 4th
grade, and as a support for K-5 Math and high ability learners prepared her for an
administrative intern position with Millard. In 2018, Mrs. O’Connor transitioned to
Bennington Public Schools as the assistant principal at Bennington Elementary. The
following year, Mrs. O’Connor was appointed elementary principal at Bennington
Elementary where she has spent the past three years. Mrs. O’Connor will bring her
talents as well as an abundance of energy and enthusiasm to her new assignment as
leader of elementary #5.


Students, staff, and community will be well served by both Mr. Hoppes’ and Mrs.
O’Connor’s continued leadership. We plan to announce the new Principals for the
current Middle School and for Bennington Elementary later this Fall. All of these
positions will not start until the 2022-2023 school year. For those of you with current
students at either the Middle School or Bennington Elementary, please know that is
where both Mr. Hoppes’ and Mrs. O’Connor’s current focus will be and will stay through
the end of this school year.


The district also wants to provide reminders about the guidance on COVID-19 protocols.
First, the protocols we follow are under the direct guidance of the Douglas County Health

Department (DCHD). To find frequently asked questions or documents they have
shared, you can navigate through their website by clicking here. Once we receive
updated guidance, we work to update our Return to Learn Plan, along with emailing out
any changes that may impact our students, staff, or families. If you are ever unsure of
plans, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building Principal. Details on when
additional layers of protection for COVID-19 will be implemented as a mandate can be
found in our Return to Learn Plan, pages 11-12.


The Board of Education passed a resolution on Monday evening to approve the
2021/22 budget and property tax levy for the school district. The property tax levy for the
school district will be lowered by $.004453 for the 2021/22 fiscal school year. This will
result in a decrease of approximately $11.00 for the owner of a property valued at
$250,000.


Tonight's football game is at home against Skutt Catholic at 7:00 PM. Please stay away
from the areas still under construction in the stadium. During the game, elementary
students should be seated with parents and middle school students in the designated
area on the northwest side of the stadium. Girls’ reserve Volleyball will participate in
tournament play on Saturday at Conestoga High School. This weekend and through the
upcoming week, there are many opportunities to support Badger athletics and activities.
Visit the activities calendar to view additional events. Good Luck to all of the Badger
Teams!


Take care and remain Badger Strong!

 

 

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