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Believe in the Beauty of Your Dreams




Have a great Bobcat and Graduation Weekend!

Congrats to the Class of 2017!



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Congratulations to the Class of 2017

The Benton Community staff, administration, and Board of Education extends congratulations to the Class of 2017.  This senior class has provided excellent leadership at Benton Community High School throughout their educational experience.  

We wish all members of the senior class the very best that life has to offer as they graduate on Sunday. 

Always remember: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Classes Dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17

This is a reminder that classes will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17th for professional development activities.  In addition, school will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26th the final day of the 2016-17 school year.

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Benton Board of Education to Meet on Wednesday

The Benton Community Board of Education will hold their regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, May 17th starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Central Office.  An exempt session of the Board will precede the regular meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.  Below is a tentative agenda for the regular board meeting.

TENTATIVE REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

                                                                                                                                                      TIME        ACTION 

1.            CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                         7:00 PM


2.            DELEGATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, CONSIDERATION OF                                 7:02 PM

               ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR THE AGENDA / OPEN FORUM


3.            APPROVAL OF AGENDA                                                                                            7:05 PM DECISION


4.            APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                                                           7:10 PM DECISION


5.            BUSINESS SERVICES                                                                                                7:15 PM DECISION

A.   WARRANTS 

B.   FINANCIAL REPORTS

               C.   SUMMER ACTIVITY WARRANTS

              

6.            SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT REPORTS                                                                       7:30 PM DISCUSSION

                                                           

7.            ADMINISTRATOR REPORT                                                                                       7:50 PM DISCUSSION

                             

8.            PERSONNEL                                                                                                               8:00 PM DECISION              

               A. RESIGNATIONS

               B. RECOMMENDATIONS

               C. SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRACTS FOR NON-TEACHERS

               D. EARLY LITERACY SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING                 

                

9.        EMPLOYEE CONTRACT APPROVAL FOR 2017-18                                                           8:10 PM DISC/DEC.


A.      EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES

B.      BUILDING SECRETARIES

C.     DISTRICT SECRETARIES

D.     TRANSPORTATION STAFF

E.      PROGRAM DIRECTORS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES

F.      MAINTENANCE AND FOOD SERVICE (IBEW)

G.     PRESCHOOL PROGRAM ASSOCIATES/ 3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL TEACHER

H.     ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF


10.          BOARD POLICY                                                                                                           8:25 PM DISC./DEC..              


11.          PPEL PROJECT LIST APPROVAL                                                                             8:40 PM DISC/DEC.


12.          SCHOOL CALENDAR MODIFICATION FOR 2017-18                                              8:55 PM DISC/DEC


13.          STUDENT TEACHING AGREEMENT APROVAL                                                     9:00 PM DISC./DEC.


14.          APPROVE 2017 GRADUATES                                                                                   9:05 PM DISC/DEC.


15.          UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                  9:10 PM DISCUSSION


16.          ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                          9:15 PM DECISION           



** An Exempt Session of the Board will be held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.

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Bobcat Activities Week of May 15-20, 2017

Below are the Bobcat varsity and other special events scheduled for the week of May 15-20, 2017. Congratulations to Benton Community Seniors on their final week of school and Commencement on May 21st!

Monday, May 15:
    Camp Wapsie Outdoor Education for 6th Grade
    Girls Golf Regionals 
    Spring JAVA   7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16:
    Camp Wapsie Outdoor Education for 6th Grade
    Girls Soccer at Maquoketa 
    Boys Soccer vs. Maquoketa (HOME)
    
Wednesday, May 17:
    PK-12 Professional Development   1:00 p.m. Dismiss
    
Thursday, May 18:
     State Track Meet at Drake Stadium
     Girls Soccer at Mid-Prairie

Friday, May 19:
    Graduation Rehearsal in Gym   8:30 a.m.
    Boys Golf District Meet
    State Track Meet at Drake Stadium

Saturday, May 20:
    State Track Meet at Drake Stadium

Sunday, May 21:
    Commencement Exercises for Class of 2017   2:00 p.m.


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Predetermine the Reach



Have a great Bobcat and Mother's Day Weekend!



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State Qualifying Track Meet in Pella

The Lady Bobcat and Bobcat track teams will be travelling to Pella  High School today to complete in the State Qualifying track meet. Field events will begin at 4:00 p.m. and running events at 4:30 p.m. It has been a very successful spring season for the track teams. Best wishes as you compete to participate in the State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium on May 18-20!

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Senior Awards Program - May 10, 2017

The Benton Community Senior Awards Program will be held on Wednesday, May 10th in the MS/HS Auditorium starting at 1:30 p.m.  This is a very significant day for seniors as they are recognized for their dedication, hard work and academic accomplishments.  We congratulate all of the award recipients from the Class of 2017 and wish you the very best as you complete your high school education as a Bobcat!


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Teacher Appreciation Day - May 9, 2017

Today we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day!  Please take a moment during the day to reach out and thank teachers that have impacted your life in the past and those currently making a difference in the lives of students at Benton Community! Thank you for all that you do in your service to students and the school district!




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Bobcat Activities Week of May 8-13, 2017

Below are the Bobcat varsity and other special events scheduled for the week of May 8-13, 2017.

Monday, May 8:
    Girls Golf WAMAC Meet at Williamsburg
    Boys Golf WAMAC Meet at Western Dubuque
    Girls and Boys JV WAMAC Track at Marion

Tuesday, May 9:
    Girls Soccer at Marion
    
Wednesday, May 10:
    Senior Awards Program   1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 11:
    Girls Varsity Track District Meet at Pella
    Boys Varsity Track District Meet at Pella

Friday, May 12:
    Boys Golf Sectional Tournament
    Boys Soccer at Central Dewitt
    Girls Soccer vs. Central Dewitt (HOME)
    
Saturday, May 13:
    Girls Golf Invite at South Tama


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Good on the Inside




Have a great Bobcat Weekend!

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SCHOOL BOARD LEADERS HONORED IN MAY

May is School Board Recognition Month and an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor Iowa’s nearly 1,900 locally elected school board members for their dedication to children and schools.


“Providing our community’s children with a sound education is the most important investment we can make,” said Gary Zittergruen, Superintendent. “We’re proud of our elected leaders in this community and want to thank them for their service. School Board Recognition Month is the time to say thank you and recognize their continuing commitment to our school.”


In the Benton Community School District, school board members develop policies and make decisions that impact the entire community. They are responsible for an annual budget of $13.66 million, 1500 students, 230 employees and four attendance centers.


“School board members make critical decisions and oversee billions in educational expenditures,” notes Zittergruen. “They donate countless hours of personal time in service to Iowa students”.



The men and women serving Benton Community and their years of service are listed below:


 Roy Becker – Director District 1 (Newhall area) – 6 years of Service


Theresa Thompson – Director District 2 (Van Horne area) – 2 years of Service


Matt Nolte – Director District 3 (Atkins area) – 2 years of Service


Patrick Stepanek – Director District 4 (Rural Atkins/Highway 30 area) – 8 Years of Service


Theresa Ludeking – Director District 5 (Norway area) – 3 year of Service


Wayne Reinhardt – Director District 6 (Blairstown area) – 8 years of Service


Shannon Feuerbach – Director District 7 (Keystone/Elberon area) – 2 years of Service


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Be Done With It



Have a great Bobcat Day!



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WAMAC Divisional Golf Set For Today

The WAMAC Conference Divisional Golf event will be held today (Tuesday, May 2nd) starting at 1:00 p.m.  The girls WAMAC West event will be held at Tara Hills Country Club while the boys will travel to Tama for their conference meet. Best wishes to the golf teams today!


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Bobcat Activities Week of May 1-6, 2017

Happy May Day! Below are the Bobcat varsity and other special events scheduled for the week of May 1-6, 2017.

Monday, May 1:
    Girls Golf WAMAC Divisional at Tara Hills (HOME)
    Boys Golf WAMAC Divisional at South Tama
    Boys Track Invite at Marion
    Girls Track Invite at Independence
    Boys Soccer vs. Marion  (HOME)
    Benton Community PTO at Norway Center   6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2:
    Vocal Music Senior Dedication Concert   7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3:
    PK-12 Professional Development   1:00 p.m. Dismiss
    
Thursday, May 4:
    Boys Soccer at South Tama
    Girls Soccer vs. South Tama (HOME)
    Girls Varsity WAMAC Track Invite at Western Dubuque
    Boys Varsity WAMAC Track Invite at Western Dubuque
    5-6th Grade Band Concert at the Norway Center  7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5:
    State Large Group Festival - Instrumental Music
    State Large Group Festival - Vocal Music
    Middle School Girls WAMAC Track at Bobcat Stadium (HOME)
    Middle School Boys WAMAC Track at Marion

Saturday, May 6:
    Boys Golf Invite at South Tama
    Girls Soccer vs. Waterloo East (HOME)
    Boys Soccer Tournament at Waverly Shell-Rock 


    

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Show the World You Are On a Mission




Have a great Bobcat Weekend!


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Benton Band Spring Concert and Awards Recognition

The Benton Community Jazz Band, Concert Band, and selected ensembles performed at the Spring Concert on Wednesday evening. In addition to a wonderful evening of music, several awards were presented to students for their involvement in the instrumental music program at Benton.  Letter winners at each grade level were recognized during the concert.  In addition the following awards were presented to deserving members of the senior class:

John Philip Sousa Award                 Brandon Thoennes

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award          Madison Knight

Woody Herman Jazz Award            Grant Gilbaugh

Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award      Kam Korsmo

Congratulations to all of our students participating in the band program and a special thank you to members of the senior class for your contributions these past four years of high school.

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There Are No Limits



Have a great Bobcat Day!

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Bobcat Track Events Qualify for Drake Relays



Congratulations to the Lady Bobcat and Bobcat track teams for qualifying in eight events at the Drake Relays to be held April 27-29 in Des Moines. The boys team qualified in two events and the girls team in six events. Below is a list of qualifiers for Benton Community and a link to the high school events and participants for this major track event.


Boys Track:
110 M Hurdles - Koal Marshall4x100 m RelayGirls Track:100 M - Ellie Masten and Elizabeth Masten100 M Hurdles - Grace Martensen4x100 m Relay4x200 m Relay4x100 Shuttle Hurdle RelaySprint Medley Relay

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Bobcat Activities Week of April 24-29, 2017

Below are the Bobcat varsity and other special events scheduled for the week of April 24-29, 2017.

Monday, April 24:
    Girls Golf vs. South Tama at Tara Hills
    Boys Golf at Williamsburg
    Girls Soccer vs. Vinton-Shellsburg   HOME
    Thespian Banquet at the VH Community Center   6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25:
    Boys Soccer at CPU
    Girls Track at Vinton-Shellsburg
    Boys Track at South Tama
    Girls Soccer vs. CPU    HOME
   
Wednesday, April 26:
    HS Concert Band and Jazz Band Concert   7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 27:
    Girls Golf vs. Williamsburg at Tara Hills CC
    Boys Track at Vinton-Shellsburg
    Girls Track at Marion
    Boys Soccer vs. Mid-Prairie  HOME
    
Friday, April 28:
    Girls Soccer vs Independence   HOME
    Boys Soccer at Independence
    
Saturday, April 29:
    Kennedy 5 Season Elem Honor Band 
    Drake/Adventureland HS Concert Band Competition


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