Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sharing talents of our students

Check out the efforts and hard work done by our Keystone second graders.  Our Elementary Media Specialist, Bridget Speer (@sewfun82) blog post shares how she had students read and review some of the Student Choice Award Books, and how they used the Tellagami app to record and share their book talks.

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Opportunities in 2017-18 for Benton Community HS students

Benton Community Parents,

Please read below for an email shared with me regarding new "Web Live" courses that will be taught in Benton County Schools during the 2017-2018 school year.  The information as outlined below was shared with all students via email last week.  If you are interested in having your child take one of these courses, then make sure they have registered for the course via Power School. 

We do often receive questions about eligibility for college courses.  Students do have the option to take college credit while in high school.  It is up to the college that a student ultimately attends as to how that credit will transfer.  Students cannot be enrolled as full-time college students while they are in high school.  Full time attendance is designated as 24.0 credit hours per year.  Students will receive both high school and college grades for these courses, and high school and college credit.  As noted in our course book:

Students who qualify must be prepared to meet a different and higher expectation. For example, Kirkwood Community College policies apply to these courses, along with Benton Community building policies. The KCC policies for grading, attendance and late work are more demanding than for a typical high school course. 
Contact Aaron Cretin at acretin@benton.k12.ia.us with any questions.  Thanks!

Dear Students and Parents:

We have an exciting new opportunity to promote for college credit! We are offering four new classes via Weblive – an internet format using conferencing software with scheduled meeting times. Students will not have to leave their school for this opportunity. The classes offered are Career Decision Making and Introduction to Criminal Justice in the fall and How College Works and Elements of Writing in the spring (class descriptions listed below). Students do not have to take all four courses, but can pick and choose what works for them. These courses will be offered to the other Benton County schools as well and will give students a chance to interact with other students from other school districts. These classes are specifically designed to work with Benton Community’s bell schedule as well. The times and courses are listed below:

Career Decision Making
Intro to Crim Justice
First Period:8:00-8:55
Elements of Writing
How College Works

Please contact the counseling office or myself directly if you have any questions regarding these course offerings.

Thank you,

Kasey Keeling
Director, Benton County
Kirkwood Community College

SDV-170 Career Decision Making (3)
Provides an understanding of the career development process, and assists students in making satisfactory career choices. Includes self-assessment, career information research, decision making and job search strategies. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

CRJ-100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
Provides an overview of the American criminal justice system and examines the process of justice administration through the agencies of law enforcement, courts and corrections. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

SDV-105 How College Works (3)
Explores individual strengths, strategies for solidifying personal responsibility, college readiness/academic success strategies, career readiness/vocational goals for students as they identify a college program or major. Emphasizes differences between high school and college expectations. Identifies appropriate career areas. Offers aids in taking and using placement tests for college admission and personal financial management. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

ENG-101 Elements of Writing (3)
Develops students' fluency in communication and clarity in thinking through writers' notebooks, expository writing, analytical reading and listening. Students use structured assignments to explore personal goals and values, exercising skills needed for reasoning and writing across the curriculum. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: Qualifying placement score; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A *NOTE: Course is taken as a pre-req for Composition I and is for students who don’t test directly into Composition I.

BC Learning Update 1/30 - 2/20/17

BC Learning Update 1/30 - 2/20/17

Lots of opportunities for embracing the possibilities:)

Friday, January 27, 2017

So many choices...how do I create a plan for me?

As we have students plan for their courses and academic plans for the next school year here are a few resources that are meant to be helpful in this process for students and families:

Benton Connection - January 2017

Sharing news from Benton Community in our January 2017 Benton Connection.

Thanks to Peggy Nelson for coordinating this information.

Iowa College Access Winter 2017 Newsletter

"What are your plans after graduation?"  This is a questions that is being asked to many seniors across the State of Iowa right now.

This from the Iowa College Access Network (@icansucceed) resource may help with answering that question for families and students and those Iowa school counselors (@IowaSCAtweets) whom are working to help make sure each child achieves their potential in life.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Healthy Schools Newsletter from @IADeptofEd & @IAhealthyschool

Stay healthy this winter by doing the DAB and learn about staying Healthy!

Parent Involvement w/ Teen Drivers Program

Sharing this from Mick Mulhern, Program Administrator/Youth Coordinator from the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is committed to reducing the number of lives lost on Iowa roadways as well as minimizing the number of serious injury crashes. The number one cause of teen death in Iowa and the U.S. is car crashes. There are many causes for these deadly incidents as well as several preventable solutions to consider. Sadly, teen drivers, from those who are just beginning to drive to those who have driven for a few years are vulnerable to this troubling statistic.

One effective counter measure is aimed at bringing parents and guardians together with their teens to openly discuss traffic safety and good driving behavior.  The "Parent Involvement with Teen Drivers Program" brings to light the importance that parents and adult influencers have on teens and the examples they are setting. It encourages conversations about driving that might not otherwise have taken place. The program is informational in that it is intended to educate the adults on current trends and traffic laws. Ideally it will cause them to reflect on their own driving habits as well.

The attached brochure provides information for parents and adult influencers regarding current traffic crash trends, driver licensing laws and suggestions that they can use now to help reduce this problem. Please consider having this brochure visibly displayed and available for your visitors and staff.  There is no cost and the brochures will be delivered to your organization upon your approval. In addition to the brochures guest speakers representing traffic safety, a desk top driving simulator activity and traffic data may be available upon request.
Thank you for your consideration and concern for helping us reduce unnecessary teen deaths in Iowa. Our children are our most valuable asset!

Mick Mulhern, M.P.A.
Program Administrator/Youth Coordinator
Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau
Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E. 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Office: 515-725-0148
Cell: 515-443-5676
Fax: 515-725-6133