BUSD programs and activities shall be free from discrimination and/or harassment.
BUSD Event Calendar
Parent Education Night on Digital Citizenship
“Please join us for a free parent education night on digital citizenship presented by the Benicia Police Department in partnership with Benicia Unified. This will give you a chance to “know your internet child” and learn local digital use trends and how students and families can navigate the digital world responsibly and safely. Elementary parents are invited to attend Wednesday, March 12th from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Robert Semple multi-purpose room (refreshments and childcare for potty-trained children three-and-above will be provided on this night only). Middle and high school parents are invited to attend Wednesday, March 19th from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Benicia High School PAB. For more information, contact Kelli Leiner at 747-8300 X1905. We hope to see you there!”
Healthy Kids Survey
During the last week of February, students in BUSD’s 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades along with students at Liberty High School will be taking a Healthy Kids Survey. The survey results, at age appropriate levels, will provide information regarding such topics as school violence, after school safety, physical activity, nutrition, and alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use. This is a statewide survey which is administered every other year. Besides the information gathered about children in our own Solano County schools, we also receive some funding for our participation. Survey answers are completely anonymous. Given enough responses to ensure anonymity, responses for students are sorted by school and grade.
Children in 5th grade must specifically have their parent's consent to take the survey. Forms will be sent home early in February. Children in all other participating grades can take the survey unless their parents specifically disapprove it. Also, children who do take the survey will have the choice to not answer any or all of the questions, or discontinue taking the survey at any time. If any parent has any doubt and does NOT want their child to participate in the survey, please contact your school’s attendance office. There is a specific form to sign if you wish to withdraw your child from taking the survey. You can come in and sign it or it can be mailed/e-mailed to you.
NEW THIS YEAR, students will be taking the survey on-line instead of using the handwritten scantrons. The on-line format will be easier for students and it is believed that they will be more receptive to the on-line format. Also, the middle school survey for 7th graders has been shortened. All surveys will take no more than one class period to take.
Examples of the surveys are available at each school and at the district office. More information about the Healthy Kids survey can be found at http://www.wested.org/chks/ . Also, copies of the survey can be downloaded from the site.
BEF Run Registration
BEF Run registration is NOW OPEN!!
Discounted rates good through Feb 15th.
Register or volunteer at www.BeniciaRunForEducation.org or go to Earthly Nutrition to apply in person.
Enrollment for New Students and Open Enrollment
Benicia Unified is announcing enrollment for all new Benicia students for the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten and new Elementary student enrollment begins the month of February. Your child must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll in Kindergarten. We also offer Transitional Kindergarten for all Benicia students who turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2, 2014. Enrollment is done at each elementary site by appointment only. Click here to check which site your student will attend and to get more information on enrollment requirements.
Open Enrollment for those Elementary students wishing to attend a school outside of their neighborhood boundaries will be during the month of March. Pick up a form and drop it off at any elementary school site. Click here for more information on Open Enrollment.
Enrollment for our Secondary students will begin in April. Please call our Middle School and High School for more information.
Benicia Unified Announces Teachers of the Year
Benicia Unified is happy to announce the following Teachers of the Year:
Carol Muscolino – Joe Henderson
Barbara Emminizer – Mary Farmar
Mary Wheat – BHS
Kristen Andrews – Matthew Turner
Lisa Golson – BMS
Carmella Della Pia – Alternative Ed. Programs
Karen Thompson – Robert Semple
Congratulations to all of these fantastic teachers.
BUSD convened a committee consisting of teachers and administrators to make a selection of one of these finalist for the district representative to the county, based upon criteria established by national, state and county teacher of the year programs.
Benicia Named One of the 50 Safest Cities in California
Benicia was named one of the “50 Safest Cities in California” in a report released by SafeWise this week. To compile the report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data and other ranking factors, like unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years. From the hundreds of cities in California, they narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned rankings according to how the city met their criteria.
Cited for its stellar safety record, important factors are Benicia’s unique history and picturesque San Francisco Bay waterfront location, its eclectic collection of things to do, from history to arts to events, along with Benicia’s warm summers and moderate winters for year-round outdoor activities that are important to residents and visitors alike.
Named number 40 out of 50, Benicia is in good company, sharing the list with the neighboring Bay Area cities of Danville, San Ramon, Cupertino, Foster City, Pacifica, Hercules, Windsor, Sunnyvale, Dublin, Lafayette, Petaluma, Pleasanton, and Belmont.
BEF Parade of Pigs 4 Kids
The 4th Annual BEF Parade of Pigs 4 Kids is off to an exciting start! We have 12 talented artists from BMS, BHS and the local art community selected to create our 2014 parade line-up. The winning student artists are Miranda Mendiola, Kt Schneider, Georgia Thomas, Rachel Lynch, Mara Guerin, Nicklaus Lucero from BMS and Nicole Peck from BHS.
In addition the BEF has teamed up with local publisher Get Out Books in celebration of their new children’s book A Pie for a Pig. Get Out Books will donate $5 to the Benicia Education Foundation for every book sold and you will enjoy these wonderful books for years to come.
Visit www.BeniciaEducationFoundation.org for information and www.GetOutBooks.com for a book sneak peek.