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Summer Journaling Challenge

Mrs. Olenma Alvarez, Teacher at BHESA challenged her students to take the Summer Journaling Challenge. The challenge required students to complete daily entries in their journals using grade level vocabulary and prompts from a provided list.

The students who completed the challenge were Cindy, Hugo, and Sealtiel. They were the proud recipients of a weeklong dessert in the cafeteria and were awarded a certificate for their hard work.

The students demonstrated that they are eager and committed learners working during the summer break.

Way to go TIGERS!

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BHESA staff kicks off school year in artistic style! photo

BHESA staff kicks off school year in artistic style!

The staff of Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts kicked off their new year in artistic style with two full days of Staff development in Arts Integration on July 28th and 29th. The entire faculty met in Charlotte to participate with two other A+ schools from CMS on utilizing the arts for best practices in the classroom.

Many ideas for taking various arts forms and using them to teach lessons in all subject areas were presented. With the theme, “The Heart of A+, administrators and faculty met in whole group and concurrent breakout sessions to answer focus questions like, “How does arts-integrated instruction support standards-based 21st century skills focused instruction?” The staff sang, danced, used visual arts and many hands on experiences during this event. The training was facilitated by the A+ staff from Raleigh and a team of A+ Fellows from around the state. These Fellows were from schools like the NC School of the Arts in Winston Salem and many other flagship A+ schools across the state.

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