The Freshman Focus

March 1, 2016

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 and Top 100 students with a luncheon and breakfast and we are currently rolling into the heart of semester two. After Spring Break we will have another opportunity for academic support with last buses running Monday-Thursday each week until the end of the school year. 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, 4th quarter Giant Club Ice Cream Social, 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 where our students have an opportunity to display the amazing and talented young adults that they are becoming.

Finally, our 3rd nine weeks report cards will be distributed on Thursday March 17. 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 16-17 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:

Mar. 7 - Wayne Township School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Mar. 10 - Dare to Dream Awards presentation, 6:30pm

Mar. 15 - Giant Marketplace, Food Pantry, 4-6pm

MLK Awards, Chapel Hill, 6pm

Mar. 17 - Giant Ice Cream Social

Mar. 18 - Staff vs Students Basketball Game, 2:15pm

Mar. 21 - Wayne Township School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Mar. 21 - April 1 - Spring Break

April 4 - Classes Resume

Late Buses

Late buses will be available Monday - Thursday beginning April 4th. 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. The last day for late buses will be Wednesday, June 1.

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 15th. 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: Alexcis Bennett, Mikaela Geoghagen, Tavon Smith, Roberto Torres

EDGE: N'Daye Bakhayokho, Victor Salinas Flores

Innovation: Nik Bowman, Alexis Gaddy, Victor Villagomez

Key: Haidi Cabanas-Hernandez, Nidian Limon, Ivy Robertson, Kevin Rodriguez

University: Bryonna Bell, Abagail Bufore, Isaac Dawson, Jada Hunt

VCA: Adewumi Adeleye, Kat Avila-Herrera, Fatimah Omotoso, Haylee Russell

WNGC: Marcos Estrada, Ilene Yanes

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