Arrival & Dismissal
- No student should be arriving at school before 8:20 a.m. There are no staff members to provide supervision before 8:20 a.m. However, our LINC staff is available to supervise students who are in the LINC program. LINC students may arrive as early as 7:00 a.m.
- Dismissal is at 4:15 p.m. All students who are walking or being picked up by parents will be dismissed from the gym. Parents are asked to meet students at the gym and not in the main hallway. For safety and security purposes, the main hallway door will be locked at dismissal time.
- In order to support our teachers in closing out their day with students effectively, we are asking parents that need to pick up students early to arrive before 3:45 p.m. Our dismissal process begins at 4:10 and we will need all students who have not been retrieved early to remain with their teachers from 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. This helps us maintain order at dismissal time.
"D.A.R.E. was fun! At times it got hard to concentrate because of all the facts. I really liked D.A.R.E. because it taught me how drugs can affect our lives."
In 20 years I will be a veterinarian. The definition of a veterinarian is; a person specially trained or qualified to help animals. I will attend McHenry County College. I chose this college because it’ll help me pursue my dream as a veterinarian. As a veterinarian, I would get $91,575.99 annually.
This job will help me because I can be able to support and provide for my family. I can help my family because they’ll have clothes to wear, food to eat and a house to sleep and live in. I’ll help society because I will be able to make sure animals are healthy and happy, so their population can grow.
I’ve learned a lot from DARE like how to say NO to drugs. I know alcohol slows the brain and central nervous system. Marijuana users usually have an increased risk of cancer. One important thing I learned was; to resist drugs and to say NO to drugs. Over 300,000 people die from second-hand smoke. It can help me because I know to stay away from drugs and how to save my body from drugs.
I pledge to go to college and plan to stay tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free. I plan to stay drug-free by; being careful of who and what I’m around. It’s important because I need to keep my body healthy and finish my dream.
In 20 years my career choice will be teaching Pre-K. The definition of teaching is a person who teaches especially in school or college. I want to go to KU. I chose this occupation because I like working with children. A teacher makes 29,857 the first year.
This occupation would help me to be better in other’s lives. It would help me because if I had kids I would be able to provide for them so that they could have a good future. A lot of children in society, do not have good or positive role models in their lives so I plan on helping them.
I learned that tobacco has 200 known poisons. Marijuana is illegal in the U.S. and it cause lung cancer. Alcohol can give you liver disease and it is harmful to organs. I learned if I want to become successful I will not put harmful chemicals in my body. I will achieve my goal by studying and working hard.
I pledge to stay in school and stay focused. I plan to stay alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free. I plan to stay alcohol and drug-free for a lifetime by not associating with people who do those things. It is important because I want to live an everlasting life.
A trip to the Kansas City Chief’s Stadium
Ananda W. and Calvin S.
The Pumpkin Patch
The Bulldog Pack went to the Pumpkin Patch in Garner, Kansas. When we first got to the Pumpkin Patch a man showed us the pumpkin cannon shooter, where he shot the pumpkins into the lake, over the lake, or splattered on the ground. On the field trip we were able to stick our heads through a board and take pictures. We went through a haunted house where there were funny mirrors that made you tall and skinny and the other made you look short and fat. The scary part was when the vampire popped out and his eyes turned red. We spent time on the horse swings in the barn. We climbed the Humpty Dumpty wall. There were popcorn seeds in the sandbox. We had fun jumping on the trampoline and we rode the barrel train pulled by a tractor. On the zip line you had to run and hold up your feet to go across. Near the playground there was a bowling alley with pumpkins and two mazes. One group of classes went through the mazes. Near the end we went out to the pumpkin field and picked pumpkins. We put the pumpkins in wagons and pulled them to the bus. After we got on the bus we bagged the pumpkins to bring them home.
The Bulldog Pack went to the Deanna Rose Farmlands for a field trip. Teachers, a parent and LINC staff persons along with the Bulldog Pack were split into groups for a scavenger hunt for boxes at Ben’s Bank, the Dairy Barn, the General Store, and the Schoolhouse. We also observed Deanna Rose Farmland’s wildlife. We had to walk around the grounds in order to find the boxes. While we were doing the scavenger hunt, we saw different kinds of animals. We saw goats, rams, fish, pigs, turkeys, chickens, cows, prairie dogs, horses, a bald eagle, an owl, a horned-owl, peacocks, and bobcats. The places that we saw were a mining area, a teepee hut, a fairy garden, a dance studio, a pond, a pig pen, and a baby goat petting area. After we finished the scavenger hunt and exploring the Deonna Rose Farmlands, we went to Ben’s Bank to receive our prizes. When we got back from the Deonna Rose Farmlands we ate lunch and that ended our exciting field trip.
By: Devin S.
Food & Coat Giveaway!
In this season of giving LINC Coordinator Ms. N. Oliver and her LINC staff of elves, led secondly by Mrs. Cruise sponsored a food and coat drive for the Christmas holidays. The Christmas Food Baskets were fattened with turkeys, canned goods, stuffing mixes, and numerous non-perishable food items. Additionally, families were given new and slightly used coats, hats, gloves, and scarfs to bundle up for the cold weather. Families were identified and notified of the Christmas treat and required to come to Benjamin Banneker and pick up their Christmas treats.
Mom's were invited to come and visit their children in their classrooms and to spend some time with Dr. Baxter (principal). The day started with a social hour, where they enjoyed coffee and muffins. They then received a quick presentation from Dr. Baxter. Items presented were the role of our moms today and sometimes the grandmoms, and how they can help their child(ren) to be successful in school. READING is the single most important thing you can do with your children that will greatly effect his or her academic success. Mom's visited classrooms and were given a small gift......MOM'S RULE!
Dr. Baxter stated that she was very excited and thoroughly enjoyed the 45 plus grandparents that responded to the call for Grandparent’s Day. We would like for all of our grandparents to know how much you are appreciated. Thank you again for your support.
To see the complete Grandparent's Day photo album, go to the "Our School " tab - click on Banneker's Photo Gallery.
It all started when I got up around 1:00 a.m. It was early in the morning, but I had to get ready for the trip. I got my clothes ready, and then I went to wake my mother to tell her that we have to be there at 4:30 a.m. to catch the bus.
When we got there Mrs. Stringfield gave Bryant and I a bag that had our laptops, a bottle of water and our Banneker shirts. A few minutes went by and the bus arrived. We were off to the capital. We rode for about an hour and a half.
When the sun came up we stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast. After breakfast, we all got back on the bus kept going for another hour to get to Jefferson City. I started to take a lot of pictures of anything that looked good.
We started to show our projects to different people. Then two people came up to me and I asked them if they would like to see my project. They said that they would love to. They watched it, and then they asked me a lot of questions. I told them what I did to create my project. They liked my project then left. We showed our projects to senators, representatives and other schools. After our presentation, we went on a tour around the capital. Our tour included going all the way to the top and outside around the dome. We had to walk more than 200 steps. After the tour it was time to go. We got on the bus and started home. We stopped at Golden Corral for dinner. Dinner was great. We got back home at about 6:00 p.m.
It took us about 2 hours just to get to Sedalia, Mo. That’s when we stopped to get breakfast. We ate at McDonald’s, then back on the road we go. It took us about one hour to get to Jefferson City. It was a long drive, but it was worth it. We finally got there. I had my phone and a camera so I was taking lots of pictures. When we got to the state capital, we got off the bus and I took a picture of the outside. We entered, it was so amazing! I saw lots of magnificent things. When I first walked in I saw a huge glass right over me. I walked up about 45 steps. I set up my computer and pulled my project up so people or other students could come by to see what Benjamin Banneker 6th grade students are doing. I then start to walk over and shake hands with people and tell them my name and ask them if they would be willing to come see my project. I tell them, “My project is about Digital Security and it’s telling you how to have an awesome computer and no viruses. Would you like to take a look?” and they all responded, “Yes, I would”. Each and every one of them told me they were proud of me and they just learned something new. “I am proud of myself.” Around 11:00 a.m. I was feeling kind of hungry, because I hadn’t eaten since about around 6:00 a.m. I grabbed a bottled water and a snack, thinking “That should hold me off until lunch.” An assistant came up to me and asked “May I see your project?” and I stated, “Yes you may.” Later he took us on a tour of the capital. We walked around looking at things important to the state capital. We saw a statue of a clown. It was amazing when you looked at the clown it looked like it’s all dull and everything. But when you take a picture of it, in the picture around the face area you see white and that’s how his face was painted when you would see him as a clown. Then we walked up about 220 steps just to get to the top of the dome. When we got to the top, it’s was a beautiful site. I took about 12 pictures of the buildings. Ms. Stringfield took a lot of pictures of Autumn and I. When we finished taking pictures, we all went back downstairs. “Trust me I was tired”, but it was worth all of it. We were headed back to get on the bus. Ms. Stringfield took more pictures of Autumn and I. Everyone got back on the bus around 2:45. It takes us two hours to get back in Sedalia. We stopped in Sedalia and ate dinner at the Golden Corral. I enjoyed dinner. After dinner it took us about an hour and a half to get back to the technology center. We arrived at the technology center at about 6:00 p.m. where my grandmother picked me up and we went home. “Today was a good day. I loved it! I wish I could do it one more time. It was awesome."
Jayla says, "Science Is Fun!"Mrs. Graham's 6th grade class completed their science projects creating animal and plant cell models.
Congratulations Mrs. Wahome!
1st grade teacher here at Banneker Elementary has received her Master's Degree.
Grade A Food Excellence Award
Congratulations to Ms. Manning and her team upon receiving the "Grade A Food Excellence Award"
This is Banneker’s second Merit Award. It was recognized in November for outstanding use of its website calendar.
Congratulations to both schools! Go KCPS!