Monday, September 18, 2017

BC Homecoming 2017 information

Homecoming 2017

You can support the Bobcats 

by ordering a Homecoming t-shirt by Friday, September 22  

or a 

Painted Driveway Bobcat by Thursday, September 21st

Here's a link for the form for getting your driveway painted. 

Order your 2017 Homecoming Shirt!  Check out the web store ( by Friday, September 22nd to order. 

Next week is Homecoming!  Our theme this year is Bobcats of the Future.  Make sure to show your Bobcat Spirit all week with our dress-up days.
Monday - Silver/Metallic Day
-Find anything silver or metallic and dress head to toe!
Tuesday - Parents Day
-Locate your Dad shirt/ties, then find your Mom pants/floral dress.  You love your parents, but sometimes their clothes can be down right funny!
Wednesday - Grandparents Day
-Find your bald/gray hair, add a cane and orthopedic shoes, throw on the plaid pants or grandma's dress and you are set.
Thursday - Class Distinction Day
-Check your email for your class vote
Seniors - Rich & Fancy Day
Friday - Blue & Gold Day
-Pull out the Bobcat Spirit and let it Shine!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dot Day

If you are not familiar with Dot Day, here is a little background:

  • It is based on the story "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. In this story a young girl named Vashti begins to doubt her abilities, but her amazing art teacher helps her find her confidence.
  • The theme of Dot Day (besides dots) is finding a way to Make Your Mark on the world.
  • During Thursday's PBIS assembly, we will show a reading of "The Dot" and we will encouraging students to wear dots on Friday.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Parent Partnership Night - Sept. 13, 2017

September 13, 2017 from 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Atkins & Keystone Elementary 
will be hosting 
Parent Partnership Night in their buildings

Click here for more information

Our elementaries also piloted a new format with Open House to kick-off the school year.  
Our intent with this new format was to increase communication between home and school.  We value and appreciate your feedback on how this went for you and your students.  Please click this link to share your thoughts if you attended a K-6 Open House at Benton Community.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Seesaw at Keystone Elementary

Seesaw is great digital tool for connecting students, families and teachers to one another.  Seesaw helps students use 21st Century skills to document their work with an authentic audience.  Families are able to see a glimpse into their child's school day and teachers are able to share in real-time.

Below are a few snapshots of  Seesaw activities happening in the Keystone Elementary Building:

Mrs. Happel shares a note about happenings in 1st Grade

Mrs. Kimm shares the 21 Gun Salute with the Keystone Legion on opening day

Mrs. Fisher shares 3 ways to read a book

Mrs. Bridgewater shares a brain break activity

If you'd like connected to your child's classroom -- contact your child's teacher.

Friday, August 25, 2017

StoryCorp & Wisdom

As I drove to work this morning I had the pleasure of hearing the StoryCorp section on IPR.

The story today was from Dr. William Lynn Weaver.  His message on StoryCorp was "People help you whether you knew it or not."   He also shared his thoughts on the ignorance of youth and the wisdom of age.

Since I've been at Benton Community as a student/parent/staff member for 37 years -- I've had many moments of "ignorance of youth" and I hope I've shared some "wisdom" that has come with age.

One of the people who's given me help during my employment at Benton Community is Gary Zittergruen.  He has been our Superintendent for the past 19 years and this past year was selected as the Iowa Superintendent of the Year.  I learn from him everyday and appreciate the leadership example he lives and demonstrates to our staff, students and community on a daily basis.

Gary Zittergruen with part of his BC Admin Team

I also appreciate his sense of humor -- which is demonstrated in the above picture:)  We have the pleasure every day to work with outstanding individuals who help make this a phenomenal district.