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School Announcements
Thank You!!
Happy Administrative Professionals Week to our wonderful administrative professionals!  We want to extend a HUGE Thank You for all of their hard work and dedication.  Their tireless efforts to assist administrators, staff, students and parents are greatly appreciated. :0)
What Day is it?
 Benton's Daily Schedule: 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4/21/14
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4/22/14
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4/23/14
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4/24/14
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4/25/14
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4/28/14
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4/29/14
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4/30/14
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5/1/14
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5/2/14
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5/5/14
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5/6/14
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5/7/14
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5/8/14
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5/9/14
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PTA needs YOUR help with Teacher Appreciation
The Benton PTA needs your help with Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please click on the following to access the link to the letter of information; the link to help with Goodie Bags; and the link to help with the Luncheon.

www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AACA62CA2F49-teacher
www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AACA62CA2F49-teacher1
Attendance Information
To Fax notes from parent/guardian that are signed and dated, along with reason for absence:
Fax: 703-791-0977
Phone calls are not accepted for absences.
Listed below is information explaining the procedures for students that are absent from school. Absences are classified as excused or unexcused. An explanation of the types of absences is listed in the Prince William County Public Schools Code of Behavior.
When a student is absent from school:
Notes from parents/guardians explaining reason for absences are required for every absence. Excuse notes must be submitted to the Attendance Secretary within two (2) days of the absence. The note must contain the full name of the student, the reason for the absence, date(s) of absence, parent/guardian’s signature, and phone number. Once the note is received the unverified absence will be changed accordingly. Parents/guardians do not need to call the attendance office for absence.
When a student arrives late to school:
Parents/guardians do not need to call the front/main office for a student arriving late to school. A note as listed above must accompany the student for any excused tardy. When a note is presented by the student, and signed by the parent, the parent does not need to accompany the student into the school. The parent must accompany the student if there is no written note received for the tardy to be excused.
When a student needs to leave school early:
A written note signed by the parent/guardian must be presented to the front office. The note must contain the following information: the full name of the student, the date and time of the dismissal, the reason for the dismissal, and a parent/guardian’s signature and phone number. Student will be called to the front office once parent has signed student out and presented photo ID. Reminder THERE WILL BE NO EARLY DISMISSALS AFTER 2:30 PM.
When a student needs to ride a different bus:
When a student needs to ride a different bus, a written note must be given to the attendance office before school. The note must include the student’s name, the bus number they will be riding, and the name of the student they are riding with, along with a parent/guardian signature.
Pre-arranged Absences:
Trips taken by an entire family will be excused if the trip is construed to be of educational value. Such trips must be approved by Mr. Smith, Principal, prior to the trip. Teachers’ discretion will determine the students’ make-up work for approved trips. Students will not be exempt from marking period tests or semester examinations. Please see Regulation 724-1 if you have any questions concerning approved absences.
 
New Bell Schedule Starting 3/31/14
Starting on Monday, March 31st, the bell schedule will be as follows for the rest of the year due to the added 10 minutes to the school day:

6th GRADE 7th GRADE 8th GRADE
Homeroom: 8:05-8:11 Homeroom: 8:05-8:11 Homeroom: 8:05-8:11
     
Period 1 Period 1 Period 1 -- encore
8:15-9:30 (75 mins) 8:15-9:30 (75 mins) 8:15-8:57 (42 mins)
     
    Period 2 -- encore
Period 2 (95 total) Period 2  9:01-9:43 (42 mins)
9:35-11:10 9:35-10:35 (60)  
     
  Period 3  Period 3
Lunch A 10:10-10:39 (29) 10:40-11:40 (60) 9:47-11:15 (88 mins)
Lunch B 10:41-11:10 (29)    
  Period 4 (93 mins total) Period 4
Period 3 -- encore 11:45-1:18 11:19-1:20 (121 total/88 class
11:14-11:58 (42)    
  Lunch D 11:45-12:14 (29) Lunch C 11:15-11:44 (29)
Period 4 -- encore Lunch E 12:19-12:48 (29) Lunch F 12:51-1:20 (29)
12:02-12:44 (42)    
    Period 5
    1:24-3:02 (98 mins)
Period 5 Period 5 -- encore
12:48-1:48 (60 mins) 1:22-2:04 (42 mins)
   
   
Period 6 Period 6 -- encore
1:52-3:02 (70 mins) 2:09-3:02 (52 mins)

Parent Orientation of Rising 6th Graders
We would like to welcome the parents of our rising 6th graders for an Open House.  Please come join us on Tuesday, April 29th from 6:00-7:15 PM We will have a short program followed by a guided tour of the building.  Athletic information will be shared at 7:15 PM in the Gym.
 

SOL Testing Information
SOL Testing Information:

      Please click here to see the Spring SOL Testing Schedule.


 There is a school policy that has been established by Prince William County Schools about the use of Electronic Communication Devices during SOL testing: 

"Any use of a non-approved electronic device by a student at any point during a Standards of Learning (SOL) test session is considered a disruption to the testing event. In the event a student uses a non-approved electronic device at any point during a test session, he or she will receive a score of "0" for the test and not be allowed to test again during the same test administration. If after completing an investigation of the incident, PWCS staff determines that a student communicated information about test content, the student’s test status will be updated to "cheated."

Please click on the picture below to access the link to the attached letter to parents about Standards of Learning (SOL) testing.




After School Pick-Up Procedures
For your child’s safety please utilize the pick up space in the car loop directly across from the school to pick up your child. Please remember there should not be any parking in the yellow marked areas as those are designated as fire lanes and it is a violation of Virginia State Law. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Marshall Elementary Fun Run
Marshall Elementary is having a Fun Run.  Please click on the link below to access their flyer for more information.

Summer Art Enrichment 2014
PWC Public Schools is offering a Summer Art Enrichment program @Marstellar MS and Benton MS.  Please click on the following links to access the information:
ART Make Connections.pdf
Art Makes Connections -final 2014 Application_1_1.pdf



Virtual High School Summer Sessions
Please click on the following to access the flyer for the Virtual High School Summer Sessions:
Summer14flyer.pdf
2014-15 High School Course Catalog Online
Please click on the following link to access the 2014-15 High School Course Catalog Online.
Yearbook Orders
Yearbook Ordering Information:

If you are interested in ordering a yearbook for the 2013-14 school year, please click on the following link to access the order form.  Yearbooks are on sale online and on paper order forms until May 24, 2014.   Yearbooks are $30.00 if ordered before January 21st, 2014.  Yearbooks ordered after January 21st are $35.00.  All information and deadlines are listed on the order form so please read carefully.

Cougar Bank
Cougar Bank
Cougar Bank is located in Benton’s “Mixing Bowl” (in front of the library).
Operated by Cardinal Bank adult employees and Benton’s Cougar Bank Club students, Cougar Bank provides a great opportunity for all Benton students to save money and to earn interest. Students can open new accounts or deposit money to existing accounts.  Cougar Bank is open every Tuesday between 7:50 and 8:11 AM (during homeroom) starting on September 24th.

Parent Portal Information
Parent  Portal Information
Parent Portal is your link as a parent to accessing your student information/grades/teacher pages in Fusion, etc.  If you registered in the past, your log in and password information stays the same, just your student information gets updated.  If you have never registered, please click on the side navigation button to go to the PWCS home page for the Portal to register or see FAQ's about the Portal.  Once you have registered, your registration goes into our que for review.  If the information you entered matches the information on file for that student, then you will receive an e-mail with your login/password and directions on bringing it to the school with a picture i.d. to be validated and then your account will be activated.  Once you are activated, your login and password are used to access Parent Portal and also School Fusion.
School of Excellence
Congratulations to all Benton students, staff, and parents for making Benton Middle a School of Excellence!

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