Category: Families

Ms. Erikson earns award!

On May 16th, in recognition of National Teachers Day, the Columbia Mall awarded our very own Ms. Erikson with a $500 gift card to the mall!

Ms. Erikson was nominated by the Mall’s Facebook followers as one of the “top performing teachers in the community.”  After assembling a list of nominees, the Mall asked its followers to vote for the top teacher.  Ms. Erikson received the most votes and won the prize!

Here’s the official press announcement!


Here’s Ms. Erikson with her gift card!


Cardboard Boat Race 2014!

For the past few years, Mr. Gerhart’s third and fourth grade classes have participated in the Cardboard Boat Race, which benefits the Food Bank and is held at Bass Pro Shops north of town.  This year’s race occurred on Saturday, April 12th.

His class engineers the whole boat from just cardboard and duct tape.  This year they settled on a pontoon-style raft that could seat seven paddlers!

cardboard boat

In the week leading up to the race, some of his students were interviewed on the radio to talk about their engineering process.  Here’s a recording (you might need to view this in Chrome to get it to work):

Here’s a video that documents the process and the big day!  Way to go, engineers!

1st Annual Science Fair a Success!

Benton held its first annual Science Fair on Saturday, May 3rd.  Our cafeteria was filled with projects from all over the District!  It was very exciting to see the interest in science our District has cultivated in our schools!


Of all the experiments and projects, we had two Grand Prize winners — they earned perfect scores from our judges!  Our Grand Prize winners are shown below.



The two winners shown in our last picture also had the opportunity to be interviewed for the Tribune‘s “Ask a Scientist” column.  Read the small article about them here.

Stay tuned for information on our 2nd Annual Science Fair in 2015!


Sign up for QuEST Kids!

Mizzou’s College of Education is hosting an awesome summer science program for kids called QuEST (Quality Elementary Science Teaching).  This year’s theme is “Magnetic Forces & Interactions.”  Students will “explore magnetic interactions, design experiments with electromagnetism, and create their own magnetic invention!”  Sounds . . . attractive!

Who: grades 3-5 (ages 7-11)

When: 9:00AM-12:00PM, July 21-25th

Where: MU College of Education

How much: $75 ( includes t-shirt)

Here’s the official flyer.  Visit their website to find out more!

School Spirit Month!

To help celebrate all things wonderful about Benton STEM and another great school year, May is being designated as SCHOOL SPIRIT MONTH!

Here are our *Special* Dress-up Fridays for this month:


May 2nd – Wacky Sock Day (Wear your favorite mismatched socks!)

May 9th – Pajama Day (Wear your pajamas to school!)

May 16th – Sports Day (Wear your favorite uniform, team shirt, team hat, etc.!)

May 23rd – Rainbow Day (K- Red, 1st – Orange, 2nd – Yellow, 3rd – Green, 4th – Blue, 5th – Violet)

May 30th – Career Day (Dress up like the professional you want to be when you grow up!!)



Chanya and Mone’t show off their crazy socks!