Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Congrats to the newest Bentonville Pride Members!!

Did you know we have some of the BEST students in the district??? I’m sure you did, but in case there is any doubt please congratulate the following 8th grade students that earned a highly competitive position in the 2014-2015 Bentonville PRIDE Marching Band!!!

Ethan Andrews
Erica Baldwin
Megan Berg (Color Guard)
Brooke Berger (Color Guard)
Abby Brookhart
Garrison Brooksby
Jack Burt
Ella Carson
Ivan Centeno
Jamie Chrisp (Color Guard)
Matt Croland
Noah Hess
Christina Lowe
Rithu Manoharan
Allison Martin
Victoria Martin
Hayden Marshall
Ashlyn Massey
Mackenzie McBride (Color Guard)
Parker McPherson
Mason Moore
Sam Nepomuceno
Walter Rodriguez
Steven Simmermon (1 of only 2 eighth grade students in the district to make the drum line)
Ally Sperry (Color Guard)
Bailey Tadda
Henry Timpe
Andrew Van Slooten
Jon Wheeler (1 of only 2 eighth grade students in the district to make the drum line)

Congratulations, Wildcats!!


Join us  in congratulating Blake Matthews who was awarded $4000 this morning from the BPS Foundation.  The money will be used to purchase a 3D Printer.  In addition his grant was selected as the grant of the year! We can't wait to see how this great tool helps us to engage students even more!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Paw Print Online Creative Magazine

The Paw Print Online Creative Magazine is now live. Go to to view submissions of photography, artwork, literature, opinions, reviews, and more. Check back often to view new content.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Battle Between Striving for More and Doing Too Much

This morning I read Stop Doing Too Much:  The "Minimum Effective Dose" for Teachers on Matt Miller's Ditch That Textbook blog.

In this post, Matt states, "I believe that I, as well as many other teachers, do too much."

Matt continues by describing all the ways that teachers expend effort/resources that don't push the needle in terms of the change that they want to make.

Matt also refers to the "minimum effective dose" principle as it relates to boiling water.

Matt states that, "Water boils at 212 degrees.  Higher temperatures will not make it 'more boiled.' Higher temperatures just consume more resources that could be used for something more productive."

This post reminded me of the message in the inspirational video below titled 212 Degrees- The Extra Degree.

In 212 Degrees, the message is that trying just a little harder, giving that extra degree of effort, makes all the difference.

So, I'm curious.  Are we constantly pushing for an extra degree?  Do we need to occasionally step back and evaluate our efforts based on the "minimum effective dose" principle?

What are we doing that is making the most impact?  What efforts or resources could be reallocated to increase our productivity?

Educators, what do you think?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don't miss the WJHS dance tryouts!

WHEN: April 14,16 and 18 (M,W,F)

TIME: 4:00 - 6:00


WHAT TO TURN IN: Application and physical MUST be turned in before tryouts!!!

WHAT TO WEAR: RED SHIRT with first and last name screen printed/written on front and back. Black bottoms. Jazz shoes, paws, or athletic shoes are required; bare feet or socks will not be allowed.

MORE INFO: WJHS website-->athletics tab-->spirit teams page or

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Job Shadowing is April 24th & 25th

Job Shadowing is April 24th, & 25th! If you have not turned your form in you need to do so ASAP! If you need another one see Mrs. McDowell room 317. You must turn in a form to be able to participate.