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School Announcements
Fall Orientation 2014-15
Post cards will be mailed home to all students the last week of August which will include your student’s homeroom number. Students will receive their complete class schedule the first day of school.

Attention Parents for Rising 6th Graders:
On Thursday, August 28th Benton Middle School will host three Open House sessions for rising 6th graders. During this time, parents/guardians and students can: complete first day paperwork in order to be assigned a locker, take a self-guided tour of the building, meet their homeroom teacher, and practice opening their locker.
Following are the times for the Rising 6th Grade Open House:
Last names beginning with A-G: 8:30-10:00
Last names beginning with H-N: 10:30-12:00
Last names beginning with 0-Z: 1:00-2:30
IMPORTANT: Only parents or legal guardians can complete paperwork so a locker can be issued… students will also need to be present to sign paperwork and receive a locker. Please bring a pen to write with and please adhere to the assigned times to ensure paperwork is ready and to minimize over-crowding.

Attention Parents of Rising 7th and Rising 8th Graders NEW to Benton Middle School:
There will be an orientation for these students on Wednesday, August 27th from 2:00-3:00 pm. Administration and staff members will meet with parents; students will be able to mix with other students who are also new to the school.

Attention Parents of Rising 7th and Rising 8th Graders who are NOT NEW to Benton Middle School:
Returning students do not need to attend any Open House events. They will receive their homeroom assignment postcard in the mail the last week of August, and their schedule and paperwork the first day of school.
TDAP Immunization
Attention Parents of Rising 6th Graders:

We have just received notification from the Virginia Department of Health that as of July 1, 2014, ALL children entering 6th grade MUST have the Tdap Immunization.  Previously, if your child did not turn 11 until after school started, it was permissible to get a doctor's note indicating the child would get the shot when they turned 11.  However, the state no longer accepts this.
**Make your appointment early...the doctors' offices get very busy at the end of the summer.
**When your child gets the shot, please bring the immunization documentation to school.
If a child does not have the immunization by September 2, 2014, the child will not be allowed to start school.  There will be no exceptions.
If you have any questions, please call Esther Krukar, School Nurse, at 703-791-0727.
First Annual Health Screening and Health Fair
Please accept our invitation to participate in our First Annual Health Screening and Health Fair on July 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at C.D. Hylton High School, 14051 Spriggs Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22193.

The goal of this event is to provide students and families with needed school-entry and sports physicals, and to educate families about the different services and resources available. This exciting event is free and open to all Prince William County Public School students with or without healthcare insurance.

Please click here for the Invite Letter

Please click here for the Provider Form

Please click here the Health Fair Flyer

Please click here for the Volunteer Flyer
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.
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.
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:
2014-15 High School Course Catalog Online
Please click on the following link to access the 2014-15 High School Course Catalog Online.
School of Excellence
Congratulations to all Benton students, staff, and parents for making Benton Middle a School of Excellence!

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