The Freshman Focus

February 28, 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 soon with a breakfast. We are currently rolling into the heart of semester two. After Spring Break we will have another opportunity for academic support with late buses running Tuesday and Thursday from 4/14-5/7 and Monday-Thursday each week from 5/11-5/28. We appreciate your support in maximizing this time for our students to master content and earn credits.


We are also excited to finalize many of our wonderful Spring ceremonies such as our Honor Society Induction, Freshmen Farewell, and Evening of Excellence. Along with these events we also 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 continues 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 19-20 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: www.bdhs.wayne.k12.in.us


Mar. 5 - Dare to Dream Awards, 6pm

Mar. 6 - WTEF Spaghetti Supper/Silent Auction, 5pm

Mar. 9 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Mar. 17 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

Mar. 20 - Staff vs Students Basketball Game, 2pm

Mar. 21 - April 5 - Spring Break

April 6 - Classes Resume

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RosieCon - April 25, CHC

Join us for RosieCon Book Festival, Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Chapel Hill Center. Authors from the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award will be participating in a day filled with author panel discussion, fun activities, book giveaways, and autographing. Visit the event website for more infomation https://sites.google.com/wayne.k12.in.us/rosiecon/authors. Over 20 authors will be in attendance.

The RosieCon Book Festival will celebrate the titles on the Rosewater list and inspire teens to read. This is an annually changing recommended reading list of young adult titles sponsored by the Indiana Library Federation. The event will connect readers directly with authors, a well-known reading engagement tactic. Ticket prices for the event are $20. If you use the code Wayne, tickets will only be $10. Students at NGC will also have a visit from the author Wendelin Van Draanen on Friday, April 24, 2020. Students will participate in this visit through their English classes.

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, March 17th. 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 - February

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 February :

Adrenaline: Cameron Harris, Gabrielle Nunley-McEachin, Kyra Roquet, Lauren Vescovi

Imagination: Giselle Contreras-Chavez, Paige Petty

Innovation: Anna Helton, Jose Ochoa, Arlinn Ortega

Key: Anyolina Contreras, Nicholas King, Shelby Ledord, Elizabeth Santiago

University: Miguel Hernandez, Lyza Molina, Tanasia Rider, Amanda Smallwood

VCA: Tylynn Leonard, Dianah Modesto, Betuel Paz, Madyson Vivace

WNGC: Brooklyn Bowman, Alex Ramirez

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

Website: www.wayne.k12.in.us/bdfresh