Frequently Asked Questions


If you have questions, please refer to the Family Handbook (update coming soon). However, please find below a quick guide to a list of frequent questions and answers. If you still have questions that are not answered, please feel free to contact a School Family Council Grade Band Rep. Grade Band Reps are available to answer your questions and/or point you in the right direction. Contact information for Grade Band Reps is located here.   


Do students wear a uniform?

Students in grades K-5 do not wear a school uniform. However, students in grades 6-8 are required to wear uniforms. For information on the uniform policy, click here.

Can my son and I see his classroom before school starts?

Yes, every year parents and students are invited to Sneak-a-Peek at their new classroom and locker. Sneak-a-Peek is an annual MWS tradition, providing families an informal opportunity to see their students’ classrooms and lockers and drop-off school supplies to help lighten the load on the first day of school. Check our home page calendar for the date for this year.

When will the teacher give me information about the curriculum and class procedures?

Parents will have a chance to meet the teacher and get information about the particular curricular program at Back-to-School night. Back-to-School night is not a individual conference but an opportunity to learn and understand the expectations of each program so that you can help your MWS student meet those expectations successfully. Check our home page calendar for the specific date for this school year.


What is the best way to stay up-to-date with school news and information?

The administration uses email to convey important information to our school community. Tiger Times is our weekly e-newsletter, which includes updates from our PTO and SFC. If you do not receive Tiger Times (usually starts in early September), please contact our school office to verify your correct email address. Class Dojo is a mobile app that connects administrators, teachers, students and parents/caregivers on a daily basis. Often times, teachers share photos via Class Dojo so you can see lots of smiling Tiger faces. Class Dojo also tracks your child's behavior. You can download the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play to your phone or access via the web. Contact your child's teacher for information about accessing the system. Campus Portal is the BCPS system that provides convenient, 24/7 way to access schedules, attendance, grades and more. It's particularly important for students in grades 4 and higher. If you're new to MWS, the school can provide information about log in. MWS also has a Facebook page where we share timely information about activities and events.

What is the Tiger Times?

The Tiger Times is a weekly e-newsletter which includes information about upcoming events, sports, clubs, announcements, reminders and much more. If you do not receive Tiger Times, please contact the school office to verify your correct email address.

Is there a student directory? I would like to invite my daughter's class to her birthday party?

Update to come.

Is there a handbook that outlines school policies?

The 2018-2019 Family Handbook will be available soon. In addition, the Middle School Handbooks are located here.


Is bus transportation available?

City Schools provides yellow bus transportation to elementary school students (K-5) who live more than 1 mile from their neighborhood school. Middle school students (6-8) who live more than 1.5 miles from their neighborhood school receive a One Card for use on the MTA. City Schools do not provide yellow bus transportation to middle school students (6-8).

Who do I contact if my child's bus is late?

If you have a concern regarding yellow bus service, please contact the school office at 443-642-2900. For further information or the school office is closed, please contact Durham Transportation at 410-686-1076. ​

Where can I find the bus schedule?

Click here to view the school bus schedules.

What are the procedures for the carpool line?

Lower Building - Cars should drop students off in the one-way loop. Cars enter the grounds from Smith Avenue and follow the "loop" on the parking lot. Adults will be stationed in front of the school building to assist students out of the car and direct them to Door B. No parking is permitted on the lot. Cars that disrupt the flow of traffic will be asked to move. Lower Building Map Upper Building - Cars should line up on the left curbside of Lochlea from South Road when dropping off or picking up students. The crossing guard will be on duty beginning at 8:05 am. Drivers may not leave their cars for any reason while in the carpool line. If a driver needs to come in the building then the car must be parked in the lot or on Sulgrave.

If school is dismissed early, will there be bus service?

Yes, the yellow buses will pick-up students if school is dismissed early. Early dismissals are normally related to the inclement weather; therefore, parents should make arrangements to be at their child's bus stop and expect delays.


How long is my child's lunch period?

Students in grades K-5 will have a 50 minute period divided for lunch and recess. For additional information, please visit the Breakfast & Lunch page by clicking here. Students in grades 6-8 have a 30 minute lunch period. For additional information, please visit the MS Breakfast & Lunch page by clicking here.

Is the school peanut free?

No, the entire school is not peanut-free. There is a table in the Lower Building cafeteria that is designated as peanut-free.

Is recess after lunch?

Students in grades K-5 will have a 50 minute period divided for lunch and recess. Teachers will send home the schedule the first week of school. For additional information, please visit the Breakfast & Lunch page by clicking here. Recess is not scheduled for students in grades 6-8. However, students are provided opportunities for free time throughout the week as part of the behavior incentive plan. For additional information, please visit the MS Breakfast & Lunch page by clicking here.

Who supervises students during lunch?

Adult supervision is available to assist with all lunch procedures and needs.

Where can I find the lunch menu?

School breakfast and lunch menus are available on the school district’s website.

How much does lunch cost?

As of Monday, June 1, 2015 all City Schools students will be able to eat both breakfast and lunch at school for free, regardless of family income. City Schools is participating in the Department of Agriculture's "Community Eligibility Provision," which allows the district to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without requiring households to complete a meal application each year.


What is the PTO?

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of dedicated volunteers from our school community. Its mission is to encourage community and volunteerism; fundraise to supplement the Baltimore City School System’s per pupil funding; and distribute funds to enrich the student experience and support faculty and staff in high-need areas in order to promote the growth, development and welfare of our students. The PTO is governed by elected officers. All parents/guardians are invited to join the PTO to support the school and attend public meetings. For more information about the PTO, click here.

What is the SFC?

Baltimore City Public Schools requires that each school maintain a School Family Council (SFC). The SFC, including parent volunteers and faculty, is charged with improving family and community engagement; advising the principal on issues such as the budget; and developing, implementing, and assessing the School Improvement Plan. The SFC reviews the results of the annual school Climate Survey, student achievement data, and demographic information to contribute to the development of goals related to the instructional programs, family and community engagement, and other issues identified as priorities for the school community. For additional information, click here.

What are dues?

Dues are an annual tax-deductible family fee of $20. By paying dues to join the PTO, you are pooling funds with many other families so that the PTO can provide signficiant financial underwriting of a wide variety of student-focused programs such as classroom/resource technology, sports teams, extracurricular clubs, field trips, playground equipment/supplies and much more. The PTO also funds Teacher Appreciation Week and other administrative projects. Dues can be paid online at the PTO page.

Are there parents I can talk with to ask additional questions?

There are Grade Band reps on the School Family Council who are available to answer questions and point you in the right direction. The reps are parents with students in those grades who serve as a liaison between parents and the School Family Council. To find your Grade Band reps, click here.


Does MWS have before or after care for my child?

United Educational Corporation (UEC) operates a before & after school care program for students in grades K to 7, Monday–Friday from 7–8:05 a.m. and after school from 3:05-6 p.m., in both the Upper and Lower Buildings.