Benchmark Elementary School

Sage Talks About Benchmarks Odyssey Team

The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams …

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Lyndi Loves to Sing, Dance and Act

Lyndi is a very talented kid, but she is very humble too. Lyndi is a really kind person and always helps others first. Q. You are a member of the Showchoir at Benchmark, tell us more about that. A. In show choir we sing along with choreography. We practice each week with our wonderful teacher, Mrs. Nyland. This semester we …

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Gabriel Has Success Competing in Chess and Soccer

Gabriel is a kind person, a great student an avid chess player. Above all he is a hard worker. We heard you are a pretty good chess player, how long have you been playing? I’ve been playing for three years when I started chess club in kindergarten. That year I won 18th place at the Governor’s Cup in the kinder division. …

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Stroke Survivor, Hanna, Helps Others

Hanna is constantly willing to help others. She knows she is not capable of doing everything her friends can, but it has never stopped her from trying or finding her own talents and gifts. Can you tell us why the month of May is so important to you? It is my birth month and May is also Stroke Awareness month so …

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Animal Lover Lauren Starts Charity

Lauren is kind and always thinks of others first. She is a devoted animal lover and has a great sense of humor. Lauren works hard at school and is well liked by both teachers and peers. Q. Tell our readers about the charity you started. A. I started a lemonade stand four years ago to make extra money. It grew into …

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Sixth Grader, Aidan, Advances to Regional Spelling Bee

When it comes to spelling, Aidan has had an unnatural gift. He just won his third spelling bee at Benchmark Elementary and is going on to compete regionally! Congratulations on winning the school spelling bee, how do you feel? I feel happy, and thankful that the school bee is over until next year. This isn’t your first win, tell us about …

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Sisters Nikey and Kaitlin Talk Gymkhana

These sisters not only attend school together, but they also compete together. Nikey and Kaitlin are the youngest of 4 girls in their family, who all compete in barrel racing. Can you explain what Gymkhana is? Gymkhana is an event that involves speed pattern racing and timed games while riding a horse. Kaitlin and Nikey compete in barrel racing, pole …

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Carson Continues a Family Tradition with Beekeeping

Tell us about what you do to help your mom at work with beekeeping? I help her get her equipment ready and I sometimes help with honey bee swarm relocations and harvesting the yummy honey. Were you scared at first to do this? A little, but I have my own suit and gloves so I knew I would be okay. …

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Benchmark Student Council President, FAITH GRAHAM

Q. When you were elected President of Student Council how did you feel?  A. When I was elected president I felt so excited my heart was racing and my legs became numb.   Q. Being president of student council what goals do you have to make a change in your school?   A. Some goals I have for my school …

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Benchmark Brothers’ Summer Fun

Some brothers have to go all out in the summers with extravagant summer camps and trips overseas…but these two brothers enjoy the more simpler life with their family and friends, catching crawdads, and playing tag.  Here is what second grader and preschooler Connor and Grant had to say about their summer of fun: Connor: What is the best thing you …

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