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Bennington JH/HS


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Bennington High School Principal's Page

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Welcome to Bennington!


After an interesting and exciting year working on revamping our school as a part of the State of Kansas’ KansansCan School ReDesign Process as a Mercury School, we are now in the process of implementing many of the initiatives we began piloting last year. The three attributes we are committed to developing in our graduates include possessing expert learning capacities, developing real-world employability skills, and creating competent and competitive members of society and the workplace in a post-secondary world. Of the many unknowns we will be tackling this year, there are a few things we know for sure:


  1. This will not be school as you and I grew up knowing it to be;
  2. Our focus will truly be student-centered:
    1. Self-Directed Learning;
    2. Developing the many attributes which make up the components of self-reliance, self-advocacy, and resilience; and
    3. Education plans focused on and directed by the student’s future aspirations.


As a staff, we are excited about this challenge and have spent many hours over the past year preparing for this year. While I cannot promise it will be perfect, I can promise you everything we do will be with the goal of attaining the aforementioned attributes.


We welcome you to join us on this journey in whatever capacity you are comfortable participating. There will be opportunities to participate on committees, focus groups, discussion panels, and student-led activities.


If you have thoughts on this, I’d love to hear from you. Please stop by the office or shoot me an email at cnightingale@usd240.org.