The Freshman Focus

April 30, 2019

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

As we move into the final four weeks of school, I thought it would be helpful to provide some information on how you can support your child as they prepare for and take final exams. The first part of helping your child prepare for final exams is determining what environment best suits their study style and needs. This could be at home in their room, a quiet corner in the kitchen, or your local library. Helping your child lay out a schedule of when they will have their final exams is essential to preparing for them. Included in our newsletter is a general school-wide schedule of when our final exams are administered during the last four days of school. Once you know when their assessments will occur, the next part is helping to organize their review materials so you can make sure they have everything that they need to prepare for the exams. This will also provide an opportunity for you to help them with the next part, which is prioritizing their review materials so they have a schedule of when to complete them and study from them for each final. Doing this in advance of the scheduled final exam also allows time for your child to determine what information they still need and what questions they need answered prior to taking the final exam.

We will continue to have late buses through Thursday 5/23 and additional teachers after school to assist students in preparing for final exams. If your child has questions in completing their review materials or needs additional study help, I would strongly suggest that they make arrangements to stay with their teachers Monday - Thursday. Study tables run from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday. The last day for study tables and late buses is Thursday, May 23. The final step in helping to ensure your child is prepared for exams is making sure that they adhere to a study schedule and balance their extracurricular activities in order to be well-prepared and get enough sleep prior to taking their final exams. Supporting your child during this time is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure their academic success. Thank you for everything that you do!

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:

May 10 - Giant Mania, 2:00-3:20pm

May 10 - Freshman Farewell Dance, 6:30-8:00pm

May 13 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

May 20 - Giant Marketplace, 4:00-6:00pm

May 24 - Finals begin

May 27 - Memorial Day - No School

May 29 - Evening of Excellence, 6:00pm

May 30 - Last Day of School

Late Buses

Late buses will be available Monday - Thursday until May 23. Each day buses will depart the campus at 5pm. Students are encouraged to use this time to complete assignments and receive extra help where needed. Students that wish to stay for study tables should check with their team teachers to know who is staying each evening. Additionally, students that are planning to stay should NOT leave the building at the 3:20 bell. They must stay inside and report directly to a teacher, no later than 3:30.

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 Monday, May 20th. 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 - April

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 April :

Adrenaline: Sydney McCann, Amauri Phillips

Imagination: Norvy Alvarez, Paige Waggoner

Innovation: Jocelyn Lorenzo, Josue Portillo Vargas, Jose Santiago

Key: Omotolani Amao, Monica Figueroa, Kevin Gonzalez, Gracie Parker

University: Samuel Arevalo-Ascencio, John Baca Jimenez, Marco Bravo-Perez, Jada Gangazha

VCA: Corrina Porch-Maxey, Natayla Vanover, Timothy Vargas, Johnai Wimbleduff

WNGC: Ashton Garner, Lily Overman

Locker Clean Out

Lockers will be cleaned out prior to the final day of school. Students will not be permitted to bring a book bag to school on Thursday, May 30.

Finals Schedule 2019

Day 1 - May 24th (odd) - Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7

Day 2 - May 28th (even) - Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8

Day 3 - May 29th (odd) - Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7

Day 4 - May 30th (even) - Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8

The following criterion was considered in building the final exam schedule for each semester:

  • A normal bell schedule will be used for all four days that final exams are administered.
  • It is mandatory that Final Exams be administered by period on the last two days of each semester. On Day 1 and Day 2 of the last week of each semester, part 1 of your final exam will be given or at least a portion of your exam. (Example: Day 1 & Day 2 give a writing portion, Day 3 & Day 4 give a multiple choice, short answer, or performance assessment portion)
  • All teachers engage students in meaningful academic activities during times when their classes are not scheduled to take a final exam.

Giant Mania

Giant Mania is coming!! It will be held the afternoon of May 10th. Students that have not had ISS/OSS or tardies to class (since April 22) will be eligible to purchase tickets. Tickets are $2 and cover all activities and food. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Indiana Bulldog Rescue.

Freshman Farewell

The annual Freshman Farewell dance is Friday, May 10 from 6:30- 8:00pm in the NGC cafeteria. Tickets are $5 each and will be on sale until the morning of May 10th. The theme is "Walk Down Memory Lane." The ticket price includes a photo booth and refreshments. Any questions please contact Mr. Renaud or Ms. Brandon.

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