The Freshman Focus

September 3, 2019

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

We are off to a great start in the 2019-2020 school year. It is hard to believe 5 weeks have already passed since the school year began but, progress reports were distributed on Thursday, 8/29 during Impact period and students should have brought those home to you that evening. While we are on the topic of grades, we are fortunate to have great resources like Skyward Family Access in Wayne Township. Skyward allows parents/guardians to view an up to date grade book for each class their student has, attendance, and contact information. This is a wonderful and convenient way to ensure that you are able to follow up and help your student be successful. Please call the school (317-988-7500) if you have not been able to gain access to Skyward as a parent.

I trust by now that you have had a chance to begin utilizing our new parent communication tool, ParentSquare. This is a great way to get notifications from the district, school and individual teachers throughout the school year.

You should also be aware of our study table schedule for each Academy. This is an extremely valuable time for students to work with one of their teachers in a safe environment. We have many students who take advantage of this time to prepare for exams or get caught up on their studies. Please see the information about that schedule below.

We are excited about the great things our students are doing and we look forward to honoring the amazing work they do each and everyday at BDNGC. In a few weeks we will be announcing our first round of Giant Club members. Teachers from each academy will select 25 students who embody the 5 tenets of Giant Club. You can see more information on these characteristics in the newsletter. This is a great honor and one that comes with some occasional free food, free entry into events, and entry into gift card drawings throughout the year. We look forward to honoring our students for doing the right thing all year long!

Steve Samuel, Principal Ninth Grade Center

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 9 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Sept. 23 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Sept. 24 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

Sept. 25 - Picture Retake Day

Each week there are multiple athletic events at home and away. To see this schedule check the HS Athletics webpage:

Study Tables

Study Tables are held from 3:30-4:15 by each team according to the following schedule. Please talk with your IMPACT period teacher if you have questions about study tables.

Adrenaline: by appointment with teacher as needed

Imagination: Tuesday

Innovation: by appointment with teacher as needed

Key: Tuesday and Thursday

University: Thursday

VCA: Wednesday

WNGC: by appointment with teacher as needed

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Giant Club

Each quarter our academies choose students to be a part of the Giant Club. Each quarter members will get a special treat. Additionally, your Giant Club card will get you free admission to dances!!

Giant Club members are characterized by the following traits:

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Students of the Month - August

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 August:

Adrenaline: Anyae Hunt, Ramon Rendon

Imagination: Ashton Harris, Kailynn White

Innovation: Joel Diaz, Paige Rowland, Katelyn Sedam

Key: Darasimi Akinsimnide, Cristen Carter, Samantha Dizdarevic, Jade Fox

University: Freissa Martinez Alvarado, Abdisalaam Muse, Kayla Siggers, Andy Whobrey

VCA: Faizat Alashe, Eric Flores, Max McKean, Hilary Velazquez

WNGC: Kristen Archambeau, Fernando Chavez-Cardona

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Contact BD NGC

Office Hours: 7:15am - 4:15pm

School Hours: 8:15am - 3:20pm

Main Phone Line: 317.988.7500

Attendance: 317.988.7600