• We are continuing our summer reading program!  The 2016 Summer Reading Program in BHESA's Media Center will be held on Tuesdays, June 14th-July 5th, from 3:00-5:00 P.M.  BHESA students/families may check out books and earn cool prizes.  **This is not a drop-off situation; a parent or caregiver must remain with children.**

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  • BHESA's staff is committed to continuous learning and improvement, which is why we are asking for donations to aid in the implementation of FranklinCovey’s The Leader in Me (TLIM) whole-school transformation process for the 2016-2017 school year.

    The Leader in Me is aligned with state academic standards and concepts. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups. It also, provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design the culture that reflects their vision. Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts’s vision is: “Prepare learners; empower leaders.”

    We hope you consider donating to our cause so our staff and students may: "Learn, lead, love, and leave a legacy." Please feel free to share the link:

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  • Next week and there after year round schools in UCPS will administer the North Carolina Ready End-of Grade Tests to students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  All students will take a reading and math test.  We will also be giving a state science test for 5th grade.  Each test will be given on a different morning and they will last the majority of a school day.  Due to the incredible number of needed testing environments, BHESA’s entire campus will be in testing mode. Very strict guidelines are in place and will be followed. Lunch schedules will be impacted to accommodate the testing schedule; however the dismissal time of 2:00 P.M. has not changed. 

    Students themselves must take the tests seriously and give thought to every question they answer.  The questions are designed to determine how much students have achieved in reading and math this year. The questions on the tests will require students to think more about their answers and to apply what they have learned to “real life” situations.

    Please make sure your child: gets his or her normal rest the night before the test; eats his or her normal breakfast the day of the test; arrives at school on time on the day of the test; dresses in approved uniform layers in preparation of cold or warm testing environments; is free from home stresses during the testing period; and is present on each day of the tests as make-up time is limited.


    Testing schedule:

    5/19-6/3—Extend I Testing

    5/24—Ready Reading EOG

    5/25—Ready Math EOG

    5/26—5th grade Science EOG; Make-up Ready EOGs if applicable

    5/27—Make-up Ready EOGs if applicable

    5/30—Memorial Day holiday—no school

    5/31--Read to Achieve Retest—3rd grade only; Make-up Ready EOGs if applicable

    6/1—Make-up EOGs if applicable

    6/2—Reading Ready EOG Retest—3rd grade only

    6/3—Make-up EOGs if applicable


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  • Congratulations to all of the BHESA's Academic Excellence Award Winners:  3rd grade--Beyonce Atherly and Mikaela Evans; 4th grade--Jaquilynne Kirk and Jairo Gonzalez-Godinez; 5th grade--Norma Balderas and Nicole Bonilla-Cruz; "Yes I Can!" Award--Demiracle Allen; Most Improved Award--Vanessa Gonzalez-Capote; Principal's Award--Alexandria Schmitt; Superintendent's Leadership Award--Kevin Abarca De La Cruz

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  • The 2016-2017 Year-round Calendar with noted early release days may be found by clicking here.  The document is also posted on the website under the Calendar tab.  BHESA will dismiss at 11:00 A.M. on designated early release days. 

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    First graders at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts are learning about how humans interact with their environment during a Social Studies unit. After reading and discussing The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, students learned about how animals rely on rain forest trees in order to survive.

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  • Third Graders Celebrate Biography Unit

    Mrs. Skinner and Mrs. Burch's 3rd grade class celebrated their biography writing unit. To help students with researching and writing about a significant person, we used a "Hero Sandwich" as our graphic organizer.

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  • First Grade Puppetry

    Blumenthal artist Lona Bartlett visited our first graders on May 5th. Ms. Bartlett integrated arts standards with ELA standards to analyze character traits. She modeled how to describe book characters by having the children describe a variety of puppets.

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