Kelly Carlson serves as the Bentonville Schools' Board of Education President. Kelly's family moved to Bentonville in 1997 when he was a sophomore in high school. We'd like to say his time at Bentonville High proved to be the turning point of Kelly's life, and, in a way it was, but it wasn't a class or teacher that changed his path. It was a girl. It's always a girl, isn't it? Kelly met his wife, Cortney Pangle, at Bentonville High. Years later, Team Carlson is raising two daughters, Julianna Mae and Caroline Kelley. While his ladies have his heart, he still finds time for one other love. For the last two years, Kelly has been converting a 2019 Dodge Promaster to a camper van. In it, the family has traveled to 21 of Arkansas' 56 state parks. Not a bad ride, right? Kelly, thank you for your commitment to Bentonville Schools as we celebrate you and your colleagues during Arkansas School Board Appreciation Month. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Board of Education Member Kelly Carlson
Board of Education Member Kelly Carlson
Board of Education Member Kelly Carlson
Board of Education Member Kelly Carlson
Kindergarten pre-registration begins one week today! Mark your calendar and visit bentonvillek12.org for more information. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Kindergarten Pre-Registration Begins January 30
Tatum Aicklen is a new addition to the Bentonville Schools' Board of Education but is a familiar face to many. This hands-on mom of four has long committed her time to our parent-teacher organizations and served on our district reopening committee during the COVID pandemic. Her children, with her husband Michael, are Renshaw, Lily, Annabelle and Henry. She says they drive her desire to make Bentonville Schools the best it can be for all children. Motherhood, she told us, completely upended her as a person and her purpose. She credits them for making her more patient, level-headed and understanding when problem-solving in her home and on the board. (Her nine-year-old says she's especially decisive as well. When it comes to clutter, her go-to resolution is to throw it away. All of it. 😳) This valedictorian of her high school senior class went on to graduate from Louisiana State University with a degree in business before landing in Bentonville. Tatum and her colleagues on the board volunteer their time in service to our staff and students. Show them some love during Arkansas Board Appreciation Month. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Board of Education Member Tatum Aicklen
Board of Education Member Tatum Aicklen
Board of Education Member Tatum Aicklen
Board of Education Member Tatum Aicklen
Do you remember the icy cold temps and snow that pelted our area back in November? These five men absolutely do. That's because they were doing the unthinkable to make sure Tiger Stadium was ready for a playoff game. The Bentonville Schools' grounds crew, consisting of Jaime Duenas, Jaime Duenas, Sr., Candido Sanchez, Jose Vizcaino Bringas and Jon Cottrell dragged the field, blew off the bleachers and even wiped them down with dry towels in a matter of hours. “That game wouldn’t have taken place without their readiness and drive,” Athletic Director Scott Passmore said. Our facilities represent the excellence that is Bentonville Schools. It was an easy choice to select these gentlemen for the Extra Mile Award In January. Join us in congratulating Jon, Jaime, Jaime Sr., Jose and Candido. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Extra Mile Award Recipients Bentonville Schools' Ground Crew
Extra Mile Award Recipients Bentonville Schools' Ground Crew
Extra Mile Award Recipients Bentonville Schools' Ground Crew
Jennifer Faddis is the neighbor we all wish we had. She's the mother of five, a mental health professional and has perfected the homemade buttermilk biscuit. She was recently elected secretary of the Bentonville Schools' Board of Education but has served the district for more than a decade in numerous roles on the board, in parent-teacher organizations and in the schools of her kids. Jennifer grew up wanting to fly high with the Blue Angels in the U.S. Navy, but fate had different plans when a cute boy named Lance walked into the college bookstore where she worked. She knew immediately who he was. He couldn't remember her name. (True story.) But he asked around and asked her out the next day. Twenty-five years later, the couple is still going strong and parents to Hope, Luke, Sara, Welly and Emma. January is Arkansas Board Member Appreciation Month. Jennifer and her colleagues are volunteers who commit a lot of time with little fanfare. We hope you'll drop a thank you here as we recognize each of them this month. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Board of Education Member Jennifer Faddis
Board of Education Member Jennifer Faddis
Board of Education Member Jennifer Faddis
Board of Education Member Jennifer Faddis
It's School Board Recognition Month in Arkansas. Over the next couple of weeks, we want to introduce you to the folks who volunteer their time and talents to support Bentonville Schools, beginning with Becky Guthrie. Becky is new to the board of education but hardly a stranger. This Bentonville born and bred girl taught at Apple Glen Elementary for a decade before retiring to care for her three sons. If you have the chance to visit with Becky, she'll share a lot about her faith and family. Her husband, Clay, and children, Caleb, Charlie and Cason, are her world. Recently, her party of five took on surfing together. Whether on vacation with her family or at home settled around the dinner table with red velvet cake (her specialty), Becky is in her element when she's around kiddos, whether they be her own or the children who call Bentonville home. Thank you, Becky, for your commitment to Team Bentonville. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Board of Education Member Becky Guthrie
Board of Education Member Becky Guthrie
Board of Education Member Becky Guthrie
We're thrilled to share this with you! Camp Explore hosted by Bentonville Schools is coming THIS summer! More than 80 unique camps for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Join us January 18th for a lunch & learn to get all the details. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Camp Explore 2023
I'm singing! I'm at a school and I'm singing! You got it! That was Buddy and Jovi at Willowbrook Elementary this morning spreading holiday happiness! Superintendent Dr. Debbie Jones and her husband Coach D.J. Jones greeted students as they hopped off the bus and across the way along with Santa because, you know, they know him! Enjoy the break, Bentonville! You've earned it! #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Jovi & Buddy Welcome Students at Willowbrook Elementary
Jovi & Buddy Welcome Students at Willowbrook Elementary
Jovi & Buddy Welcome Students at Willowbrook Elementary
This is just what we needed to start off the week leading up to Christmas! Kindergarteners from Central Park Elementary made 150 treat bags for the men and women at the Benton County Sheriff's Office. We're especially mindful of our friends at the BCSO as they mourn the loss of Detective Paul Newell right now. Grateful for men and women everywhere that wear the uniform in service of others. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Central Park Elementary students gift treat bags to Benton County Sheriff's Office
Congratulations to the Bentonville High School Golden Tamer Dance Team for another Arkansas state championship! This makes three consecutive championships for these ladies and their coach Megan Walbe! To say their practices are intense is an understatement, but they make it look effortless when it's go time. Congratulations, Golden Tamers. #whereexcellencelives
about 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
BHS Golden Tamers Win State Championship
Write on, Bentonville! Just before the Thanksgiving break, third graders at Evening Star Elementary hosted a book signing! Students wrote and published their own work with the help of their teachers. The project, start to finish, was an opportunity to learn how to take a concept to a celebration! Way to go, Evening Star! #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Evening Star Elementary Book Signing
Evening Star Elementary Book Signing
Evening Star Elementary Book Signing
Evening Star Elementary Book Signing
Happy Thanksgiving, Bentonville Schools! We hope your day is filled with family! Just before the break, the team at Tennie Russell Primary School hosted its annual feast for students and parents. The meal is one of our favorite traditions in Bentonville! #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Families Enjoy the Annual Tennie Russell Feast
Families Enjoy the Annual Tennie Russell Feast
Families Enjoy the Annual Tennie Russell Feast
Families Enjoy the Annual Tennie Russell Feast
Running a marathon is a big deal. Running the New York City Marathon and finishing 21st out of 48,000 athletes is extraordinary. Jacob Shiohira, a graduate of Bentonville High School, did exactly that though earlier this month. Jacob competed in cross country at BHS and is still running the globe. His goal is to finish the six biggest marathons in the world and qualify for the Olympic trials. His proud mom is Deb Nelson-Shiohira, a long-time kindergarten teacher at Willowbrook Elementary. Keep making us proud, Jacob! #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Jacob Shiohira finishes 21st in NYC Marathon
Jacob Shiohira finishes 21st in NYC Marathon
Jacob Shiohira finishes 21st in NYC Marathon
You went big, Bentonville! Two thousand folks gathered together last week to Choose Love. Two thousand. Let's keep it going every day. #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Choose Love 2022
Choose Love 2022
Choose Love 2022
Choose Love 2022
Love seeing our students do big things in the classroom and the community! The Bentonville High School Spanish National Honor Society recently volunteered at the JDRF Walk in NWA. Well done, BHS! #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
BHS Students Volunteer in Our Community
BHS Students Volunteer in Our Community
BHS Students Volunteer in Our Community
BHS Students Volunteer in Our Community
A former student recently wrote us about some notes she found when going through her high school mementos. Lexi Carter said she found a couple of writings she had saved from Bentonville High School teacher Cayse Cunningham. Mrs. Cunningam shared the notes of encouragement when Lexi was a student in her AP Physics class. Mrs. Cunningham has been teaching AP Physics and IB Physics for 10 years in Bentonville Schools. Her love for physics is surpassed only by her love of her students. She hopes her kids remember the principles of gravity, electromagnetism and nuclear force, but, more importantly, she hopes they also remember teachers are a lifelong force for them. She told us a teacher’s support doesn’t end after graduation. These two ladies ran into each other this past summer at a local restaurant. Lexi told her mentor she is currently studying education. Her career goal is to become a teacher and care for others the way she was cared for in Bentonville Schools. Join us in congratulating Cayse Cunningham for going the Extra Mile in her service to students. #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
October Extra Mile Recipient Cayse Cunningham
October Extra Mile Recipient Cayse Cunningham
October Extra Mile Recipient Cayse Cunningham
Bentonville West High School graduate Madison Phillips was recently elected president of her class at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy! Madison graduated from BWHS in 2021 and was a star student while in high school. Her grit is almost beyond human! We’re proud of your perseverance, Cadet Phillips! #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
BWHS Grad Elected Class President at West Point
BWHS Grad Elected Class President at West Point
BWHS Grad Elected Class President at West Point
BWHS Grad Elected Class President at West Point
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will host its Parent's Night Out on November 7. This event is for adults only and you must register in advance at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084aaeaa2fa3f49-parents1 This meeting is incredibly powerful and a must-see if your child owns a cell phone. Register now and save the date. #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Parent's Night Out
Kelly & Cortney Carlson have championed the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement in Bentonville from day one and are co-chairs of Choose Love 2022. This husband and wife team rolled up their sleeves when we started planning in April, and they've been in the trenches ever since. Kelly is vice president of the Bentonville Schools Board of Education and Cortney is employed with Walmart. You want to know what really motivates them though? It's their girls. Julianna and Caroline are why they Choose Love. Earlier in the year, Caroline, who is seven and a half (the half is important, she says) brought her piggy bank money to Cortney. She said it was her contribution to our big event on November 9. You can bet this will be the biggest and best Choose Love celebration yet. Make plans now to be there. #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
Choose Love 2022
Choose Love 2022
Choose Love 2022
October is National Principals Month. The folks you see here keep our schools going, and they do it with grit and grace. If you have a moment this week, drop a note off with your principal or send an email to share the love! #whereexcellencelives
over 1 year ago, Bentonville Schools
National Principal Appreciation Month