Ben Franklin Focus

December Edition

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Coming Events


20: 1/2 Day for Students-11:30 a.m. Dismissal

22: No School-Records Day for Teachers

24-January 4: Winter Break


7: School Resumes-3rd Grading Period Starts

9: Author Sharon Biggs Waller Visit

11: Report Cards Available in Skyward

Ben Franklin Middle School Receives an A Letter Grade from the State!

Congratulations to our Ben Franklin family of students, families, and staff! We were designated with an A letter grade from the Indiana Department of Education based on our ISTEP performance and growth scores. We know how important working together for the success of our students is, so thank you for entrusting us with your children each day and helping them thrive not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. We are so proud of our students and families!

Congratulations to Our Spell Bowl Team!

Our B.F. Spell Bowl Team attended the State Finals competition at Purdue University. Great job to our team! Thanks to our kids, families, and Coaches Gioia, Strauss, and Sattler for all of your hard work. We are so proud of you!
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Thank You, Ben Franklin Families!

Student Council held their annual "Jar Wars" competition. This competition between Viking Time classes helped to raise money to help our Valparaiso Community School families in need so they may have a happy holiday season. We raised over $2000 to help our families! Thanks so much to all of you who contributed for your generosity and helpfulness. We also appreciate those of you who donated items for our students. Thank you!

Veterans Day Assembly

Thank you to those who made our Veterans Day tribute such a wonderful experience for us all. Special thanks to Veteran Lenny Corso for his service and for inspiring us all. Mr. Corso was very complementary of our kids sharing, "It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your Veterans Program. Your students were very, very, respectful. " Thank you, Mr. Corso!

Canvas for Parents

Did you know you can be an observer on your child's Canvas courses? Are you interested in finding out about our Ben Franklin Announcements page? You should check out the link below to find out how easy it is to access this important school information. Please let us know if you need further help.

Canvas for Parents

Our Ben Franklin Family Serves Others

Thanks to our students, families, and staff for helping around our community! We appreciate all you do to help others.
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Our students donated over 1,300 items for Supplies for GIs!

Author Visit

Author Sharon Biggs Waller will visit BF on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 3 to 4 pm in the library. There is still plenty of time to read her book, A Mad, Wicked Folly and attend.

Team LEAD: Making a Difference

Did you know that our 6th and 7th graders get to work with VHS student mentors once a month all year long?

Research shows that simply having older teens with positive attitudes present among younger students has a positive impact! Research on mentoring shows that one of the biggest indicators of future success for youth is having someone older and caring (outside the family unit) take an interest in them. Our dedicated mentors, however, do even more than just "hang out" as caring positive forces. Each month, they do team building activities, lead pro-social discussions, and help your kids learn skills for building healthy relationships and happy, successful lives.

Focusing on the major protective factors for all kids, connection and service, LEAD encourages students to recognize and build on their Sources of Strength! Our theme in December was Tangible and Intangible gifts: what intangible gifts mean the most to you and how are they sources of strength in your life?

Lost & Found

Our lost & found is overflowing with items! Is your child missing a sweatshirt or jacket? It could be on the tables outside of the main office! Please encourage your child to check here if he or she is missing an item. We will donate all leftover items over Winter Break.


If your child will be leaving at anytime during the school day, please send a note and have him or her stop in the office before first hour for a pass. This will eliminate interrupting class time. Your child can then be picked up in the office at the designated time. Please enter our building through Door 2 on Campbell Street.

Bus Drivers Wanted

Are you looking for an amazing part-time job that has the same scheduled days off as your children? Would you like to join a wonderful community of drivers and aide assistants who would love to have you come on board? Then you should consider becoming a school bus driver for Valparaiso Community Schools! We have friendly and dedicated trainers who will work with you every step of the way. You will receive paid training from them, all while helping you obtain the necessary licensing (Commercial Driver’s License).

Great pay, great hours, great people.

Stop by the transportation office located at 55 Evans Avenue for an application Monday-Friday, between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; or you can call us at 219-531-3121. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

Middle School Schedule Input

Would you like to share your thoughts and ideas about our middle school schedule with us? If so, please complete the survey below. We hope to use this information, along with the input of our students and staff, to help our students enjoy and thrive in our middle school setting. Thanks!

Middle School Schedule

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