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    Frequently Asked Questions During Coronavirus:

     
    DateParent CommentResponse and By Whom
    4/22/2020
    Just wanted to know will School Max still be used to track work submitted and grade. I know ultimately its pass/fail, but would the kids still be graded for understanding in the event its something they are not understanding and may need to focus more time on if its incorrect.


    Ms. Harris: School max is in the process of being reconfigured for students to receive a "P" or an "I" at the end of the quarter. Teachers will be entering numeric grades into School Max under Classwork.
    4/16/2020I'm wondering if teachers can be reminded to mute all students mics during zoom calls? Maybe parents could check in on what their children are doing to eliminate random or playful talking during instruction.Ms.Brooks: Yes teachers will be reminded. I often forget to mute so thanks for my reminder.


     Frequently Asked Questions Prior to Coronavirus School Closures:

    Is Benjamin Tasker your boundary school? 

    Use the PGCPS Boundary Tool to find out! As of 2017 boundaries, Benjamin Tasker Middle School draws students from Kenilworth, Northview, Pointer Ridge, Tulip Grove and Woodmore Elementary Schools.

    Will my child be able to ride a bus to school?

    Bus service eligibility is determined by PGCPS.  Under Administrative Procedure 3541, regular middle school students are eligible for transportation if they reside two miles or more from their assigned school or for whom unsafe walking conditions exist.  For contact information or specific bus stop search, see the PGCPS Transportation webpage.  

    What is a day like at Benjamin Tasker?

    School hours are 8:30 am to 3:10 pm. Students may arrive as early as 8:00 am and will wait in the gym or cafeteria until 8:20 am.  Benjamin Tasker follows the PGCPS A/B Day schedule and students have 5 MODs per day.

    How does the school cafeteria operate?

    Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 8:30 am.  Lunch is served in the cafeteria from 11:05 am to 12:45 pm.  Parents can add money to meal accounts at anytime through the My School Bucks website.

    What is expected of Benjamin Tasker students?

    All students attend Code of Conduct assemblies in September to discuss the expected behaviors, rewards, and consequences of Benjamin Tasker MS, including the school dress code.  Benjamin Tasker MS is not a uniform school. View the full slideshow and review the PGCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

    Are there student clubs at Benjamin Tasker?

    Yes, there are many opportunities for students to participate in sports and school clubs

    How can parents get involved at Benjamin Tasker?

    Parents and family members are a vital part of our Benjamin Tasker community!  Families are encouraged to join the Benjamin Tasker PTSO and stay involved by attending monthly workshops and volunteering for school events.

    How do I find out my student's schedule and grades?

    Use the SchoolMax Family Portal to view schedule, teachers and grades. Students who wish to participate in year-long electives, such as languages and band, will have an opportunity to request those before schedules are prepared over the summer.

    Click here for tips on understanding your SchoolMax schedule.

    Download the new PGCPS Bb District App for your smartphone to have Transportation, PGCPS alerts and Schoolmax Family Portal information readily available.

    How can I stay informed about Benjamin Tasker events?

    1. Sign up for PGCPS E-Alerts

    2. Follow PTSO on Facebook

    3. Follow @BTMStigers and @TaskerPTSO on Twitter

    4. Receive tweets via text by sending "Follow @BTMStigers" and "Follow @TaskerPTSO" to 40404

    5. Ensure your email address(es) have been updated by completing the Emergency Contact List and/or emailing your Parent Engagement Assistant sonia.brooks@pgcps.org

    6. Check the BTMS Tiger Website daily which also displays the daily calendar of events.  https://www.pgcps.org/benjamintasker/