The Freshman Focus

February 4, 2020

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

It has been a great few weeks at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center. We honored our Straight A students with a luncheon and will honor our Top 100 students on March 10th with a breakfast. We are currently rolling into the heart of semester two. After Spring Break, beginning on 4/14, we will have another opportunity for academic support with late buses running Tuesday and Thursday through 5/7. We will then have late buses Monday-Thursday from 5/11 through 5/27. We appreciate your support in maximizing this time for our students to master content and earn credits.

It will not be long and we will begin hosting our great Spring ceremonies such as our Honor Society Induction, Freshmen Farewell, and Evening of Excellence. Along with these events we look forward to our Spring Band, Choir, and Orchestra concerts. It is an exciting time of the year when our students have an opportunity to display the amazing and talented young adults that they are.

Finally, our 3rd nine weeks report cards will be distributed on Thursday, March 19. This is a very important checkpoint as we move past the half way point of semester two and into the final stretch of the school year. Our mission of ensuring students complete their freshmen year with a minimum of 12 credits will continue to be our focus during this time. Please take this opportunity to speak with your student about their grades and connect with teachers if you have questions. This is an exciting time for our students as they prepare to transition to BDHS or BDU next school year. As we pause to reflect on their growth we see a group that is ready to achieve at a high level during the 20-21 school year and beyond.

Steve Samuel, Principal, Ninth Grade Center

Upcoming Events:

In addition to the items listed below there are many athletic events. Be sure to check out the athletics calendar on the BDHS website:

Feb. 8 - Wayne Winter Games, 8am-12pm

Feb. 10 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Feb. 14 - Valentine Dance, 6:30pm

Feb. 17 - Presidents' Day, No School

Feb. 21 - Giant Club Treats, during lunches

March 6 - WTEF Spaghetti Supper, BDHS, 5pm

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Straight A's and Honor Roll - First Semester

The following students have distinguished themselves with academic excellence. We are so proud of their outstanding achievement!! High Honor Roll Students have earned a GPA of 3.75-3.99. Honor Roll Students have earned a GPA of 3.00-3.74.
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Giant Marketplace

In cooperation with Gleaners Food Bank the Ninth Grade Center is pleased to host a Food Pantry distribution once each month. The next distribution will be Tuesday, February 25th. This pantry is open to any family of the Ninth Grade Center and/or the High School. If you know of a family that might appreciate this opportunity please be sure to share this information with them.

Students of the Month - January

Each month the teams of the Ninth Grade Center honor and recognize students who are making good decisions and meeting expectations. Selected students receive a certificate. The following students were selected for the month of January :

Adrenaline: Jesus Medina-Diaz, Lincoln Murff, Mary Riley, Shanice Simmons

Imagination: Barbara Jimenez Castro, Nyla Pickens

Innovation: Mallory Clemens, Christiaan Germany, Samantha Martinez

Key: Beekolari Babatunde, Aleyda Euceda Useda, Nadia Rivera-Hernandez, Savanna Vermillion

University: Preksh Choudhary, Aleyce Green, Kevin Mack, Grace Mendez Quevedo

VCA: Dayanna Alvarez, Amya McClung, Sam Olowu, Yamir Palacia

WNGC: Joshua Casnave, Allison Dininger

Contact BD NGC

Office Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm

School Hours: 8:15am - 3:20pm

Main Phone Line: 317.988.7500

Attendance: 317.988.7600