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Attendance and

Independent Study


The following are legal reasons why you may be absent from school:

*  Medical/dental appointments

*  Personal illness

*  Bereavement/death of a family member

For detailed information about our attendance and tardy policies, please click on the link below.

Attendance and Tardy Policy


Independent Study


Objective:  The major objective of  Independent Study is to enable the student to keep current with his/her grade studies during the period covered by the agreement.  If you know in advance that your son/daughter will miss five days or more, you can request this contract.  You MUST give the school at five working day notice in order to apply for Independent Study.

Independent Study Application

BMS Variety Show: Jan. 28th & 30th. Tickets are $2.

Welcome to Benicia Middle School!

Benicia Middle School provides a safe and respectful learning environment where students are encouraged to meet their full potential as life-long learners and productive citizens.

BUSD Teacher of the Year

We are so very pleased to announce that the BUSD Teacher of the Year is one of our own:  Mrs. Cathy Wright.  Mrs. Wright is one of our most beloved teachers and this honor is well deserved.


Panda Fundraiser

We have a new club on campus this year:  The Benicia Women's Club Junior Organization.  They will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, January 30th at Panda Express. You can eat anytime on January 30th and all proceeds will go to The Benicia Women's Club Junior Organization.  We hope to see you all there!


Math Grant

Hello Parents, Guardians & Friends of wonderful BMS students,

I'm working on getting a few more iPads for our Math Classes as well as some much needed art supplies. Can you help us out? This project was just approved and posted on

To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, BE SURE to enter the promo code SPARK on the payment screen (where it asks for a promo or gift code). This awesome match offer lasts only through Feb. 1st. Your gift will help me and my amazingly bright & talented students. I would be very grateful if you would pass on this message to anyone else who might be able to help as well.

Thank you so much for your support,

Lori With, Math Teacher

Valentine Grams

Valentine Grams will be on sale from January 26th – 30th during lunch for $1 each.  Students will need to know their friend’s first and last name and their “A” period class.  The Valentine Grams will be passed out on Friday, February 13th.  


Geography Bee

Our Geography Bee will be held on Friday, January 30th at 1pm in Talk Town.  If your student is interested in participating, he or she can sign up in the main office.  


BMS Variety Show

You won't want to miss our very first Variety Show!  Show times are Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm or Friday, January 30th at 1:15pm.  Tickets are $2.  We hope to see you there.

Jazz & Crab Feed

Come listen to live, big band jazz performed by the BMS and BHS Jazz Bands while you enjoy an all-you-can-eat crab dinner.  The annual Jazz & Crab Feed will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clocktower.  Tickets are $45 for regular admission and $40 for seniors aged 65+.  You can pick up a ticket flyer in the BMS main office or click on the link below to print it out.  

Jazz and Crab Ticket Flyer

Eyeglass Donations

In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person's life.  Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. And provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.  The Benicia Lions Club is collecting eyeglasses which are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.  They have generously given us a donation box for our front office for used eyeglasses you no longer need.  Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children's glasses are especially needed. 



Before and after school program.  Academic-homework assistance, robotics project focused program.

For more information, please click on the links below.


STEM October Flyer

STEM 2014-2015 Application

DMV Change of Address

Law states that you must notify DMV within 10 days of changing your address. There is no charge to change your address, and you may notify DMV by any of the following ways:

  1. Complete your change of address online.
  2. Call any DMV office at 1 (800) 777-0133 and request that a change of address form be mailed to you. It will take 5 days for you to receive it. Complete the information required on the form, then mail it to the address listed at the top of the form.
  3. Download the Change of Address form DMV 14, complete the information, and mail it to the address listed at the top of the form.
  4. Visit any DMV office, complete a change of address form, and give it to a technician. The technician will give you a Change of Address Certificate card (DL 43) to complete and carry with your license.

If you do 2 or 3 above, type or write in ink your new address on a small piece of paper, sign and date it. Carry this piece of paper with your license. Do not tape or staple the change of address information to your driver license.

Single Period Absences

On occasion we have a single period absence for a student and a dialer goes out.  Unfortunately,  you have no way of knowing that it was for a single period and it may alarm you because you knew your student was indeed in school.  The one quick way of checking where and when the student was marked absent is by looking in Power School. The protocol for this type of scenario is that we verify directly with the teacher that marked them absent. Once the teacher looks into it, they then let us know if it was teacher error or if the student may have been late etc. and we can then correct their attendance.  If you check back in Power School in a few days their attendance should be cleared. If not feel free to call us then so we can look into it further.


Regular Day

Period Start End
1 8:30 9:26
2 9:30 10:27
Snack 10:22 10:27
3 10:31 11:23
4 11:27 12:58
Early Lunch 11:27 12:02
Early Class 12:06 12:58
Late Class 11:27 12:19
Late Lunch 12:23 12:58
5 1:02 2:19
Directed Studies 1:54 2:19
6 2:23 3:15

Planning Day

Period Start End
1 8:30 9:04
2 9:08 9:42
3 9:46 10:20
4 10:24 10:58
Early Lunch/Class 11:02 11:36
Late Lunch/Class 11:40 12:14
6 12:18 12:52

We Tip Hotline

Please report illegal or suspicious activity at Benicia Middle School.

You may remain anonymous. Please help keep our school safe!


BMS Crisis Response Plan Letter

BMS Crisis Response Plan

Viking Times

Viking Times is a monthly family newsletter for students and parents. Please read Viking Times each month for important school information.


October 2014 Viking Times

November 2014 Viking Times

December 2014 Viking Times

January 2015 Viking Times

Required T-Dap Booster

Proof of a T-Dap booster shot after age 7 is required by law for all students entering 7th grade at BMS.  Without this proof, your child will have delays in receiving their class schedule.  If you are uncertain whether your student has received this immunization please contact your health care provider.

Nutrition Services

For meal applications and general information about the district food program, please click on the link below:

BUSD Nutrition Services


BMS has a Vegetarian Menu:

BMS Vegetarian Lunch Menu

Medication Forms

If your child requires medication during the school day,  we must have a medical form signed by a doctor on file.  You can print out the forms from the links below.

Medication Form #1

Medication Form #2


Below is information regarding general health policies of BUSD.

Heath Information Newsletter

Public Health Advisory

For information about Enterovirus:

Health Advisory: Enterovirus

Student Safety & Driver Awareness Pamphlet

The Benicia Police Dept. has published a pamphlet regarding driver awareness around our schools.  Please click on the links below to view and print the pamphlet.

Student Safety & Driver Awareness - Page 1

Student Safety & Driver Awareness - Page 2

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)