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Friday Notes

2/5/21

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:

The week of March 8th, marks the last week of our third quarter of school for the 2020/21 school term. We want to remind you that March 12th, which was previously built in the calendar as an inservice day with the option of a snow make-up day, will be an in-person learning day.  

Please be watching for elementary building level communication on the posting of third quarter grades and remember you can monitor high school student progress anytime throughout the year. All student grading reports are found on your NebSIS Family Account. Middle school is currently in Hexter 5 which will end on April 9th.   

The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the week of March 8th. We are excited to announce that the Douglas County Health Department has started working with our school district on vaccinating our staff. By Monday, March 8th we should have over 250 of our employees vaccinated. This brings a bright light for all of our district staff. Not only in the realm of safety, but also allowing teachers to continue to plan to be in person with their students each and every day.

Bennington Public Schools is continuing to gather family, staff, and student input about our schools and how we meet our mission throughout the remainder of spring. This is important information for the schools, the District, and the Board of Education as we work toward continuous improvement. Please complete the survey for elementary families at this link: https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/155677/p2341.

A successful winter sports season at the high school has come to an end. The Girls’ Basketball Team played hard as they traveled to Lincoln Tuesday to compete in the Nebraska State Tournament and we celebrate the two State Champions that came out of the wrestling program. BHS is now starting in on their Spring activity seasons and we are excited to welcome the first season of girls’ tennis.

The spring season also brings exciting times for the arts department and academic competition teams. In the month of March, BHS will conduct their musical performance.  The Speech Team will have the opportunity to compete at State and the Quiz Bowl will test their knowledge in various competitions. We wish our student participants all the luck as they kick off this season.

2/26/21

To All Bennington Public Schools’ Students and Families:

We are officially entering the month of March next week and I think we can all say we are ready for some sunshine and warmer weather to get here. As we look towards ending the third quarter of school, we hope everyone takes a step back and really celebrates that in such an unprecedented time we have shown what the power of resilience and teamwork can accomplish. What a perfect time this is to celebrate, as this month is starting off with a lot of excitement for our district. We look forward to the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament to start the month off, leading us into the beginning of our fourth quarter of in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, followed by the kick-off to state testing happening within just a few short weeks.  

Bennington Public Schools is gathering family, staff, and student input about our schools and how we meet our mission throughout the spring. This is important information for the schools, the district, and the Board of Education as we work toward continuous improvement. Please complete the survey for elementary families at this link: https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/155677/p2341

The District plans to continue our level of education at Tier II, or Yellow, for the week of March 1st. When we compare back to mid November, the highest positive cases in Douglas County per a 100,000 population per day was at 112 individuals, this week that number is down to 16.2. It is very promising to know that not only are the numbers in Bennington declining but the numbers in the surrounding communities are as well. We are excited to announce that the Douglas County Health Department has started working with our school district on vaccinating our staff. This will be a slow roll out, so while it brings us hope and assists in easing some fears that come for many with contracting this virus, we have to continue with following the strict protocols and practices of Wearing Facemasks, Social Distancing, and Good Hygiene. We appreciate your continued support in implementing these safety measures.

The Girls’ Basketball Team will travel to Lincoln Tuesday to compete in the Nebraska State Tournament. The game is scheduled for 9:00 AM at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Please refer to building level communication on guidelines for student attendance. Visit the NSAA Ticket Policy Site, as no tickets will be sold on site or at school locations. The community is invited to a Saturday Send Off from 10:00-11:00 AM at Bennington HS main gym as we wish good luck to the Lady Badgers and Coach O’Connor. The Boys’ Basketball Team moves into District Finals on Saturday, February 27th at 3:00 PMat Skutt Catholic High School. Good luck to the Badgers and Coach Olson.

We are proud to announce that Bennington High School Dance and Varsity Cheer Squad performed well in last week’s Nebraska State Competition. Dance received second place in their pom pom routine and a third place finish in their jazz routine. Cheer finished fourth in the non-tumbling division. 

Last week, due to dangerously low temperatures, BPS implemented a remote learning day for all K-12 students. The remote learning model was utilized to supplant the need to modify the length of our scheduled Spring Break in April. Building level administration reported remote learning participation rates between 90%-98%. We commend our families for the dedication they commit to the education of our students. 

Please continue to remember that March 12th, which was previously built in the calendar as an inservice day with the option of a snow make-up day, will now be an in-person learning day.   

Take care and stay Badger Strong!

 

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