Ben Franklin Focus
Back to School Edition 2022-2023
Summer isn't over yet, but we wanted to send this newsletter out to welcome you to Benjamin Franklin Middle School and keep you informed about our upcoming school year. We are so thankful to have you here and we look forward to the opportunity to get to know and work with you and your child throughout the upcoming school year. At Ben Franklin we work hard and have fun! We know that with the start of school comes many questions, so we wanted to provide as much information to you as possible. Please know that if you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas, we welcome you to contact us. We are here for you. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Jeanie Sienkowski (Principal) and Nick Slater (Assistant Principal)
1 - Schedules and Locker Information Available in Skyward Family Access
3 - 6th Grade Locker Jamboree from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (6th Graders Only)
4 - Building Open from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for Students & Parents to Walk Schedules
9 - 6th Grade & New Student Orientation from 8:00-10:15 a.m.
10 - First Day of School
11 - Open House for Parents from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
19 - School Picture Day
5 - No School - Labor Day
23 - 1/2 Day for Students - 11:30 a.m. dismissal
Welcome to Our New Staff Members!
Mrs. Winland-ELA Interventionist
Mrs. Joiner-Special Education
Ms. Sherwood-7th Grade ELA
Mrs. Ayala- EL Substitute for Mrs. Erlandson
Mrs. Leverich-Special Education Aide
Mrs. Steiner-8th Grade ELA
I have experience as a Special Ed Teacher, a Special Ed Behavior Consultant, and most recently, Federal Law Enforcement experience down in Tampa, Florida. My husband & I were gifted with a young daughter from the Florida foster care system and I missed the classroom & my large extended family in Valpo, so we recently returned to the Hoosier State and I returned to teaching. We have four kids & a dog...one kiddo starting 1st grade at Memorial, one starting college at Purdue, two in college in Florida and one temperamental cockapoo happily going nowhere but the couch. I graduated from VHS decades ago. My family & I attend Calvary Church in Valpo and we like to spend time hiking, biking & camping at the Dunes & Turkey Run, as well as swimming, boating & eating too much at Bass Lake with family. I love teaching and I'm excited to be here at BF!
Physical Education Uniforms
6th Grade & New Student Orientation
Tuesday, August 9th, is our 6th grade and new student orientation day!
All 6th grade and NEW 7th and 8th grade students are expected to attend school from 8:00-10:15 a.m. on this day. Students will meet their teachers, follow their class schedule, and practice opening their lockers. All 6th grade students will start their morning in their 1st hour class. All new 7th and 8th graders will meet in the auditorium. From there, students will be dismissed to go through their daily class schedules. Don't worry! There will be numerous staff on hand to help students find their classroom locations.
If your child rides a bus, pickup information can be found soon on Skyward Family Access by clicking on the “Busing" tab. This will give the time and location of both pick up and drop off approximate times. Bus riders will be picked up Tuesday morning and dropped off after our 10:15 a.m. dismissal.
Students are asked to bring their schedule and locker information. 7th and 8th grade students who have already attended BFMS should remain at home on this day.
We can't wait to see your kids!
Pick up and drop off information can be found on Skyward Family Access by clicking on the “Busing” tab. Be sure your child is at the bus stop at least 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled pick up time and please understand that the afternoon drop off times are an estimate only and will most assuredly run a little later the first few weeks of school.
Parent Pick Up and Drop Off
Cross Country will begin on Wednesday, August 10th. Practices will be Monday-Friday 3-4:15. Cross Country is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and is for runners of all abilities. Make sure your child has a physical packet turned into the office so they can participate. If you have any questions you can contact Coach Otto or Coach West.
Tryouts for gymnastics will be held August 11th and 12th from 3:20-5:30 in the VHS fieldhouse gymnastics area. Gymnastics is open to any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade girl. Please make sure your physical packet is on file by August 11th. The season will run through mid-October, with competition at the Optional level. There will be a parent meeting on Monday, August 8th at 6 pm in the VHS fieldhouse. If you have any questions you can contact Coach Cook.
Football practice will begin on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8 pm. Football is open to 7th and 8th graders only. We will be practicing in shorts and t-shirts for the first couple of days. The first week of practice will be 8/3 6-8 pm, 8/4 6-8 pm, and 8/5 9-10:30 am. Further practice schedules will be given at practice. If you have any questions, you can email Coach Osburn or Coach Salomon.
7th and 8th grade girls volleyball tryouts will take place on Wednesday, August 10th, Thursday, August 11th, and Friday, August 12th from 3-4:30 pm. All girls must have a physical packet turned into the office in order to try out. It is very important to attend all of the try out dates. If you have any questions, you can email Coach Mersman (8th Grade) or Coach Mendoza (7th Grade).
Leaving During the School Day
Messages & Deliveries
We are unable to pass along messages or deliver items to students during the school day except in the case of emergencies. Parents may bring forgotten items to Door 2 off of Campbell St. Your child will then be able to retrieve these items from the office during one of their passing periods.
Parent Advisory Group
Ben Franklin Staff Appreciation Group
Our first event will be a welcome back chalk the walk on August 9th from 6-7pm. Please bring your own chalk if you are interested in helping. Thank you!
We Can't Wait to See You!
We look forward to working with you and your child this coming school year! We know that we are going to have a wonderful time together. Thanks for all you do and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if there is anything you need!