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Around Benicia

Benicia is truly a diamond in the rough. Our city, our community, is filled with tremendous opportunities to explore, learn, and have fun. We hope you take some time to explore our great city. Visit the historic arsenal area. Walk through the former state capital building on First Street. Check out the depot or stop by the artists' studios. Become involved with music. Get involved with a recreational sports league or community activity. Be sure to visit our fabulous city library. Choose an exotic restaurant to patronize (or visit them all!). Subscribe to the Benicia Herald, read your Benicia Magazine, and surf the web at Benicia Patch. Certainly, come to the farmer's market on Thursday evenings. We are a California Main Street City. Benicia is filled with wonder and you are invited to partake in as little or as much as you would like. We encourage you to explore and support Benicia. We are so fortunate.


Looking for a way to show your Henderson Hound spirit? Check out our Spirit Wear Collection. From T-shirts and sweatshirts to water bottles, magnets, lanyards, and baseball hats…we have it all. Order forms can be picked up in the main office or downloaded from the online Spirit Store. Spirit wear is the perfect way to show school spirit…especially on Spirit Fridays.

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the Spirit Store.


Please come and check the Lost and Found Bin, located in the JH Library, if your child is missing any items. All items will be donated to charity on the last day of every month. We always appreciate when your child's belongings are clearly labeled on the inside so that we can easily return a misplaced item.


Are you receiving emails from “Joe Henderson Elementary”? If not, the PTG may not have your email. The PTG sends out a Weekly Newsflash with important information and dates, along with other emails regarding specific events. If you are not receiving these please send an email to  hendersonptg@gmail.com and we will get you on the list. Also, follow us on Facebook for occasional updates, pictures, and Houndtastic events!


Classes begin at 8:30am.
Please arrive on time. Detentions are issued after three tardies.
For more information about our tardy policy, please click here.


Your eyes make a difference. If you notice something about our Joe Henderson website that seems off, outdated, or inaccurate, please email the webmaster directly. In the hustle and bustle of teaching, sometimes portions of our website get overlooked. Thanks for helping to make our web-presence a powerful, attractive, and accurate one.

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Welcome to Joe Henderson Elementary  
A California Distinguished School  

Phone: 707 747-8370     Attendance: 707 748-2980   

Henderson Hound News


Remember to Vote on June 3, 2014

Faced with aging classrooms, the need to bring school facilities up to current standards, and to provide equity among District schools, the Board of Trustees of the Benicia Unified School District has decided to place a local school improvement measure on the June ballot.  The following information is provided to assist Benicia voters in understanding the facts behind Measure S and how its passage will affect the District and our community. Click and view the attached document below.

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Published: 4/7/14


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Benicia Unified School District will be administering the Field Test for the California Measure of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) at grades 3-8 and 11 in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Our window for administering the Field Test assessment is April 7, 2014- May 16, 2014.  This assessment aligns to the new Common Core State Standards. Please see the letter attached below for additional information.

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Published: 3/5/14


Henderson Receives Honors from the California Business for Education Excellence
Our Superintendent, Mrs. Adams, announced that Joe Henderson Elementary School was recently awarded honors by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) for 2013. Our students demonstrated superior academic proficiencies which caught the attention of the organization. CBEE informed Mrs. Adams that we are one of two schools in Benicia to receive the honor (our friends at Matthew Turner also earned the distinction). We are very proud of our students, the hard work of our dedicated staff, and the administrative leadership at Joe Henderson. Way to go, Hounds!

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Published: 3/4/14


The Joe Henderson Spirit Store is now available online! We hope that you will enjoy shopping for official Hound apparel and gear from anywhere in the world. Watch the video and then go shopping at: http://mkt.com/joe-henderson-elementary-school-student-council
Please remember to include your child's name and teacher name in the comments box with all orders. Happy shopping!

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Published: 2/13/14


Maximum Capacity for Homework ClubOur wildly popular after school homework club is too full for any new students to begin coming for help. The volunteers running the program are being stretched too thin, and they are attempting to maintain an effective and impactful adult to student ratio. This homework club cap could be temporary if we can find a few more parents willing to lend some after school time to helping fellow Hounds master concepts and practice for proficiency. If you are interested, please email Kari at karijt@comcast.net.

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Published: 10/30/13


As you know, Joe Henderson Elementary School is committed to providing a quality education to every child who enters a classroom.  This commitment is hindered when students are tardy or absent from school.  Important instructional minutes are lost when students are not in the room ready to learn.  There are many studies which show that attendance rates are directly related to student achievement.  Attendance is the first step in helping your child meet or exceed state standards and perform well on the STAR test this spring.  Getting to class on time and prepared to learn is equally important.  Students sometimes feel embarrassed when they are late, and the disruption to the remainder of the class is unnecessary.  We ask that you ensure your children arrive to school on time, and ready to learn, each day. 

When a tardy cannot be avoided, due to medical reasons, parents must submit a note from the doctor when signing them in at the office. This would be an excused tardy. 

All other reasons are considered unexcused and the following will occur:

  • Third tardy – recess detention assigned
  • Every third tardy will result in a detention
  • Continued Excessive Tardies – Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process will be initiated.

Should you have any questions, or if we can provide you with assistance in reducing tardies, please contact us at your convenience. 

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Published: 8/13/13

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Today: 4/19/14


April 7 - 25 in Comp. Lab
Smarter Balanced Testing
Fourth and Fifth Graders

April 12 - 21
Spring Break 2014
Enjoy and get outdoors!

May 2 @ 1:30 BHS Track
Elem. Track Championship
Fourth and Fifth Graders


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Something Extra from Raley's

eScript Program


freecycle [frē-sīkəl] noun 
network where people can 
freely give items to others.

Many Henderson families have unused items that our teachers could use in their classrooms. Please check our GoogleDoc and consider giving your unused items new life. Parents and teachers, connect here.


In an effort to raise additional funds for PE equipment, we are collecting aluminum cans and plastic bottles to recycle. Instead of tossing these money-makers into your recycling bin, set them aside and bring them to school on Wednesday mornings. We will have bins set up beneath the flagpole in the front of school for families to deposit their donated recyclables. Glass is not being accepted at this time. With hundreds of families recycling at Henderson, we can make a big difference. Alisa Keffer - Coordinator


The Joe Henderson Parent Teacher Group (PTG) provides two opportunities each week for our students to purchase delicious, cool, treats at the end of the school day. It is a fun and tasty way for the PTG to help support our students learning. Students may purchase their treats in front of school for immediate enjoyment. Remember to properly dispose of your trash. Thanks, and enjoy!

Ice Cream Thursdays ($1)
Jamba Juice Fridays ($2)