Ben Franklin Focus

Benjamin Franklin Middle School

July 2017

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Important Dates:

July 24 - Office Reopens for the 2017-2018 School Year

July 25 - August 4 - Registration for Existing Students (Online)

August 1 & 2 - Registration for New Students

August 11- 6th Grade & New Student Orientation

August 14 - First Day of School

August 17 - Back to School Night

Meet our Administration Team

Mrs. Jeanie Sienkowski, Principal


I am so excited to have an opportunity to get to know and work with each of you and your kids! Ben Franklin Middle School is a wonderful place where students are loved, supported, and challenged and I am thrilled to serve as your new principal. Together we will work hard, practice kindness, and have fun! As an educator in the Valparaiso Community School district for 19 years, I have worked at both the elementary and middle school levels throughout my career. A couple of years ago, prior to serving as Central Elementary's principal, I was a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Ben Franklin for 6 years. I look forward to working once again with the Ben Franklin family of students, families, and staff. I have always valued the relationships formed with kids and families and I look forward to developing lifelong relationships with you, our Ben Franklin families. My husband, Scott, is a P.E. teacher at Memorial and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools. Our daughter, Sydney, is a 9th grader at Valparaiso High School, and our son, Sam, is a 5th grader at Central. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors, running, and reading. I love being a part of the Valparaiso community and I look forward to seeing you throughout the year at both school and community events. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me about any questions, concerns, or ideas you might have. I can't wait to see you and your kids and welcome you back to what is sure to be an amazing school year!


Email: jsienkowski@valpo.k12.in.us
Phone: 219-531-3020 ext. 4202

Mr. Nick Slater, Assistant Principal


I started teaching in 2009 at Valparaiso High School. I taught social studies with a content in AP Economics. I also coached girls basketball and freshmen baseball at VHS. I was also the intramural coordinator at VHS. In 2016 I was fortunate enough to be the elementary dean for Valpo. I was housed at Flint Lake, but traveled throughout all eight elementary schools. My wife, Ashley, is a former English teacher at Hobart High School and now currently a real estate agent. We have two wonderful children (Isabella 10 and Jackson 5) who will be attending Memorial Elementary in the fall as well as a baby boy who is expected to arrive this December. We have a dog named Rudy (Goldendoodle). I love watching football in the fall - Go Irish and Bear Down! I also enjoy attending baseball games in the summer. Go White Sox!


Email: nslater@valpo.k12.in.us
Phone: 219-531-2020 ext. 4206

Registration Information

Online registration for returning students for the 2017-18 school year:

July 25 -August 1. Log in to your Skyward Family Access account to complete online registration. Computers will be available at school during normal working hours. After August 2nd, please call the school.


Onsite registration for new students for the 2017-18 school year: August 1 & 2 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.


Incoming 6th Graders:

School Immunization Requirements


Please visit our VCS Registration Information webpage for more information about items needed at registration. Thanks!

Office Hours

The school office will open on Monday, July 24th from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. You may drop off immunization records, physical forms, or walk with your child through the building if needed during this time (Monday-Friday until August 9th).

Schedule Information

Schedules will be available following the registration window on August 7th. Locker information will be available the week of July 24th through Skyward Family Access.

2017-2018 School Calendar

  • Please note that Late Start Wednesdays will no longer occur during the 2017-18 school year. Please see the district calendar below for other changes.
  • 2017-2018 School Calendar

Student Dress Code Changes

The BF and TJ administration teams reviewed the school dress code policies and proposed that the dress codes be the same at both schools. Please note the following changes in our BF Dress Code have been made:


  • Students may wear athletic pants and shorts
  • Students may wear tank tops (item 5)
  • Students may wear shorts with an inseam of 4" or greater (item 6)


While fashion changes, the reason for being in school does not. As students mature and become adults, they will be required to meet certain dress standards for many occupational obligations and social functions. Student/staff health and safety, common decency, student schoolwork, and school and classroom order are all affected. This basic dress code does not infringe on students’ rights of freedom of expression, but rather encourages students to “dress for success” and come to school properly prepared to participate in the professional, educational process. Students are expected to observe ordinary standards of good grooming, with attire appropriate to a comfortable, yet professional and working school atmosphere.

In keeping with the above philosophy, and in order to reduce misunderstanding, the guidelines listed below have been approved by the VCS School Board.


1. The maintenance of common decency and classroom order requires adequate coverage of the person. Any clothing which reveals undergarments or the lack of undergarments will be considered inappropriate.

2. Cleanliness of person and apparel is required.

3. Pungent sprays, patchouli oils, and strong perfumes and like substances are not to be used or worn to school. These odors are disruptive to the educational process and harmful to the health of others.

4. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing which contains profanity or other suggestive inscriptions, advertises or promotes the use of death, suicide, destruction, gangs, cults, alcohol, drugs, or other substances which, if used by a minor, would be illegal. Additionally, clothing will not be permitted which advertises, promotes, or vie innuendo or double meaning, suggests inappropriate ideas or behavior not conducive to a positive school climate or is disruptive to the educational functioning of the school.

5. Students will not be permitted to wear garments such as halter tops, those which reveal bare midriffs or backs, strapless tops, see-through tops, those which contain spaghetti straps, and garments with plunging or revealing necklines. Shirts and tops must be long enough to tuck in.

6. Pants must be worn on the waist without undergarments exposed. Skirts and shorts must have an inseam of four inches or greater. Any holes in pants must be below the knee.

7. The maintenance of health and safety includes the wearing of shoes, sandals, or boots, and such additional items that may be required in special classes such as industrial technology, laboratories and physical education.

8. Unauthorized costumes will not be permitted.

9. Slippers and pajamas or other nightwear will not be permitted.

10. Attire that may cause property damage or personal injury is not to be worn (i.e., chains, shoes that may leave black marks or scuffs on the floor, etc).

11. Upon entering the building during the school day all students are to remove sunglasses, caps, hats and other head coverings.

12. A jacket or coat, which is normally worn outdoors, is to be placed in a locker during the school day. In addition, backpacks are to be stored in a locker during the school day.


The administration reserves the right to use its discretion in determining the type of clothing appropriate for the school setting. Wearing inappropriate apparel will result in the student’s removal from class until the problem is corrected and/or may result in possible further disciplinary action.


Thanks in advance for dressing for success!

Orientation for New Students

When: Friday, August 11th

All 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students are expected to attend school from 7:50-10:15 a.m. on this day. Students will meet their teachers, follow their class schedule, and learn how to open their lockers. Our 7th and 8th graders day will include important technology training. Bus pick-up will be on the schedule Friday after 7:00 a.m. and returning students to their home after 10:30 a.m. Students are asked to bring their schedule. 7th and 8th grade students who have already attended BFMS should remain at home on this day.

Physical Education Uniforms

Sixth grade and new seventh and eighth grade students may purchase physical education uniforms from Blythe's Sport Shop (located at 2810 Calumet Avenue) for a cost of $27.00 plus tax. Students are welcome to wear uniforms purchased for older siblings. All students are expected to wear P.E. uniforms.

School Supply Lists

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6th Grade Supply List

6th Grade Supply List to Print


REQUIRED SUPPLIES

  • Two boxes of Kleenex (1 to 1st hour teacher & 1 to first Allied Arts rotation teacher)

  • One dry erase marker in any color (to 1st hour teacher)

  • 3 Hole Zippered pencil pouch large enough to hold regular pens and pencils, colored pencils, and earbuds

  • #2 Pencils

  • 12 pack of colored pencils

  • Handheld pencil sharpener

  • Earbuds or Headphones (for school use only)

  • TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator:


SUGGESTED/OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

1). Chromebook Carrying Case (not a hard shell case since that will be included with the Chromebook)- Students will be carrying their devices home

Example (you don’t have to purchase the given link; it is just to be used as an example):

Chromebook carrying case

2). Mouse-for use with Chromebook

3). Organizational System with three rings and pockets. The three rings are used to hold the pencil pouch and loose leaf paper. The pockets are used to hold papers/ assignments-

Examples(you don’t have to purchase the given links, they are just to be used as examples):

Trapper Keeper; Hard sided binder; Sturdy plastic folder with rings


In addition to the above supplies, please see the additional requests from each teacher:


Math

Georgiadis, Strauss, Price, Harmon, Hommes:

1” 3-RING WHITE BINDER(FOR MATH ONLY)

5-DIVIDERS FOR BINDER THAT HAVE POCKETS

GRAPH PAPER(¼ inch)

LOOSE LEAF PAPER

RED PENS


Social Studies

Roberts,Schmidgall:

1 NOTEBOOK

1 FOLDER

Yeager:

1” 3-RING BINDER

5-DIVIDERS FOR BINDER

Loose leaf paper or notebook


Science

Beachy:

1” 3-RING BINDER (FOR SCIENCE ONLY)

5-DIVIDERS FOR BINDER

Loose leaf paper

Barker:

1” 3-RING BINDER (FOR SCIENCE ONLY)

5-DIVIDERS FOR BINDER

Loose leaf paper (1 pkg)

Case: 1” 3-RING BINDER (FOR SCIENCE ONLY)

5-DIVIDERS FOR BINDER

1- 100 pk 3x5 INDEX CARDS ANY COLOR

1pkg LOOSE LEAF PAPER (wide rule)

RED PEN


Language Arts

Case:

1pk LOOSE LEAF PAPER

RED PEN

YELLOW FOLDER(2 pocket)

Hommes:

pk LOOSE LEAF PAPER

1 SPIRAL NOTEBOOK

3 HIGHLIGHTERS (YELLOW, ORANGE, BLUE)

RED PENS

Mecchia:

1 PACKAGE OF LOOSE LEAF PAPER

1 FOLDER (IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM)

RED PENS

Otto and Price:

1 spiral notebook

Red Pens

Folder(2 pocket)

Highlighters

Schmidgall:

2 NOTEBOOKS

LOOSE LEAF PAPER (to be left in classroom folder)


Orchestra

Nord:

1 SPIRAL NOTEBOOK


Choir
Calland:

1 Spiral Notebook & 1 black pocket folder (made of sturdy material)

7th Grade Supply List

7th Grade Supply List to Print


Advisory & First Allied Arts Rotation:

2 boxes of tissues to Advisory teachers

1 box of tissues to first Allied Arts rotation teacher


Math (Foster):

Pencils and spiral notebook

Math (West & Salomon):

Pencils

Loose leaf paper

Binder with at least 3 dividers


Science:

Notebook with pockets -----or----- Notebook and folder

pencils/pens

earbuds/headphones


Language Arts:

pocket folder

loose leaf paper

spiral notebook

pencils

pens- blue, black ink



World Language:

1 bound composition notebook

1 1” three ring binder with 5 dividers

Loose leaf paper

1 dry erase marker

Pencils/pens

Earbuds/headphones will be necessary for class on occasion



Social Studies

notebook (5-subject is fine but not required)

folder or binder

loose-leaf paper

pens and pencils

flair pens (esp.black flair pens)

colored pencils

earbuds


Computer Science:

composition notebook

8th Grade Supply List

8th Grade Supply List to Print


Language Arts

Cubberley

1 folder with pockets

1 spiral notebook

blue or black pen

#2 pencils, wide-ruled loose leaf paper,

lined 3x5 note cards

Kenworthy

blue/black pens

spiral notebook

(perforated pages)

folder with pockets

Saavedra

folder with pockets

loose leaf paper, 3 x 5 cards

spiral notebook

blue or black pens, red pen

pencils, colored pencils


Communication Arts

Cubberley & Saavedra

1 folder with pockets folder with pockets

loose leaf paper loose leaf paper 3 x 5 cards

blue or black pens, pencils spiral notebook

colored pencils blue or black pens, red pen

1 box of tissues pencils, colored pencils


World Languages

German

1 bound composition notebook

1 pkg college-ruled loose leaf,

1 box of tissues

2 Dry Erase Markers

2 #2 pencils

Spanish

Folder or 1" 3-ring binder

Spiral notebook or Loose lined paper

Dry erase marker


Math

Osburn

1 spiral notebook

pencils

Stoltzfus

1 spiral notebook (5-subject)

pencils

4-function calculator

Harmon

1 spiral notebook (3 or 5 Subject)

Loose leaf paper

Pencils, Dry Erase Marker

4-function calculator

Highlighters (optional)

earbuds


Science

Dahlgren

Notebook & folder OR binder with pockets

Loose leaf paper

Index cards

#2 pencils

Black or blue pen

Sattler

General Science:

Notebook & folder OR

binder with pockets, loose leaf, pencils, 2 dry erase markers

Biology:

½ or 1 in. binder with loose leaf paper, 2 dry erase markers, pencils


U.S. History

Cvelbar

2 two-pocket folders

spiral notebook, pencils,

blue, red & black pens,

colored pencils (12)

earbuds

Gioia

2 two-pocket folders

spiral notebook, pencils,

blue, red & black pens,

colored pencils (12)

earbuds

Fisher

2 two-pocket folders

spiral notebook, pencils,

blue, red & black pens,

colored pencils (12)

earbuds


Advisory & Allied Arts

1 box of tissues to be given to your Advisory teacher

1 box of tissues to be given to your first Allied Arts rotation teacher

Updates

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