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Bennington JH/HS


Dear Parent / Guardian, 


Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!

We are committed to our students’ success.  This year, we’re building upon our work last year making some improvements in the classroom in line with our vision to develop Bennington future graduates who possess expert learning capacities and real-world employability skills developed through intentional exposure to trainings and interventions, allowing them to become competent and competitive members of society and the workplace in a post-secondary world. 


Specifically, we’re going to continue to focus on:

  • Spending more time working on projects. We know that projects drive student engagement and we also know that working on projects helps students understand how what they’re learning in school applies to the world around them.

  • Fostering lifelong learning habits like curiosity, self-awareness, and resilience by giving students more choice in how they learn. That means that in addition to what their teachers will teach them, they’ll have access to a range of learning resources online so that they can go ahead if they’re ready or spend more time studying if they need to.

  • Continue to build strong teacher-student relationships through our Advisory program.  Every student is assigned to an Advisor/Teacher at school. They’ll then meet with their Advisor 1:1 on a weekly basis to set goals, make plans to reach those goals and reflect on what they’ve learned. 


Our Commitment to You

We truly value each and every one of you as partners in this work and are committed to our Parent Tenents which are:

  • All Twin Valley parents will actively be involved in and support the programming of their child’s educational needs from the day they enter our system until the day they leave. 

  • All Twin Valley parents will be supported in their role as primary caregivers to their children to enable their children to reach their full potential. 

We also plan to make more frequent updates on our website and social media accounts at Facebook: @BenningtonDawgs, and on Twitter: @BenningtonDawgs. 


Next Steps - We Need You

We would love to see as many of you as possible visit the school. Know we had more than 15 school districts visit us last year to see what we are doing...Why not you? Not only do we want you to see the classrooms in action, but we want to understand the questions you have so we can address them early on in the year. Change is never easy and we think it’s critical that you’re with us on this journey. While you are always welcome to drop in at a time that is convenient for you, calling ahead to schedule a time would ensure an opportunity for me to be able to arrange for either myself or someone else to provide you with any information you might like. 

In the meantime, you’ll be able to see everything that your student is working on by checking teacher Lesson Plans on our district’s website or logging into both your student's PowerSchool and/or Summit programs to see grades, etc. Just contact the High School office for your login information if you do not have it. While your there, please ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you--specifically email--so we can push timely information out to you.  


Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and please let us know if you have any questions. We are excited the school year has begun.



Curtis Nightingale