Bennett News & Announcements

Bennett Book Boogie

Bennett students are “boogieing” into summer with plenty of free reading material, courtesy of a legion of book lovers from the Onteora community and beyond.

During the Bennett Book Boogie, held on June 18 and 19, the school library rocked to the sounds of popular music, as children in Grades 4-6 excitedly perused hundreds of books that were theirs for the taking. 

“This is just like Christmas!” exclaimed one Grade 6 boy as he piled books into his “shopping” bag. “My mother is going to be so happy,” added a Grade 5 girl. “We’re going to sit on the coach and read together!”.....select the headline link above for more

Bennett Students Learn to be Global Citizens

Bennett Elementary School Grade 5 students received a valuable lesson in global affairs and in giving back. Thanks to this lesson—and the generosity of a local philanthropist— a community in Ethiopia will soon be enjoying cleaner water.

The philanthropist, who wishes to remain anonymous, asked Onteora parent Julia Rose to work with students to choose a worthy charitable endeavor that would assist children living in poverty. There would be no cost to the students or the school, as the mystery benefactor pledged to make the subsequent $25,000 charitable donation.

Rose brought the proposal to Bennett Elementary School, where Grade 5 teachers, along with Principal Gabriel Buono and Reading Specialist Julie Maille, embraced the opportunity to offer a project-based learning experience centered on humanitarian aid.....select the headline link above for more

Orchestra at NYSSMA

On Monday, June 10, the Bennett Orchestra participated in the NYSSMA Majors evaluation festival held at Onteora HS.   The orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Karen McKenna, earned a silver award for their level 2 performance. The orchestra performed “North Country Legend” by Mark Williams, “Sinfonia in A Minor” by Telemann arranged by Bob Mathews and “Funny Fiddlin’” by Carold Nunez.  Noted by the adjudicators was the orchestra’s outstanding discipline on stage and their enthusiasm for their performance.  Congratulations to Mrs. McKenna and all of the participating students for a job well done! 

Bennett Elementary Jazz Band Image

On June 6th, the Bennett Elementary Jazz Ensemble received Gold with Distinction honors for the third year in a row!!! This is the fifth time this ensemble has received this honor over the last 7 years under the direction of Harvey Boyer, and retired music teacher Mary Leonard.....select the headline link above for more.

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