The Freshman Focus

May 4, 2016

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

As we move into the final four weeks of school, I thought it would be helpful to provide some information on how you can support your child as they prepare for and take final exams. The first part of helping your child prepare for final exams is determining what environment best suits their study style. This could be at home in their room, a quiet corner in the kitchen , or your local library. Helping your child lay out a schedule of when they will have their final exams is essential to preparing for them. Included in our newsletter is a general school-wide schedule of when our final exams are administered during the last four days of school. Once you have an idea as to when their assessments will occur, the next part is helping to organize their review materials so you can make sure they have everything that they need to prepare for the exams. This will also provide an opportunity for you to help them with the next part, which is prioritizing their review materials so they have a schedule of when to complete them and study from them for each final. Doing this in advance of the scheduled final exam also allows time for your child to determine what information they still need and what questions they need answered prior to taking the final exam. During the last 4 weeks of the semester we will continue to have late buses and additional teachers after school to assist students in preparing for final exams. If your child has questions in completing their review materials or needs additional study help, I would strongly suggest that they make arrangements to stay with their teachers Monday - Thursday during the last three weeks. We are fortunate to have buses available to take students home from study tables and maximize their effectiveness. Study tables will run from 3:30 - 5:00pm Monday - Thursday, through Wednesday, June 1, with buses departing each day at 5:00 pm. The final steps of your help in ensuring your child is prepared for exams is making sure that they adhere to a study schedule and balance their extracurricular activities in order to be well-prepared and get enough sleep prior to taking their final exams. Supporting your child during this time is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure their academic success. Thank you for everything that you do!

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:

May 5 - VCA Parent Meeting (current 8th graders)

May 9 - Wayne Township School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

May 13 - Giant Mania

May 13 - Freshman Farewell, 6:30pm

May 24 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

May 30 - Memorial Day, no school

June 1 - Evening of Excellence, 6pm

June 2 - Last Day of School for students

Late Buses

Late buses will be available Monday - Thursday until June 1. 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. Students that wish to stay for study tables should check with their team teachers to know who is staying each evening. Additionally, students that are planning to stay should NOT leave the building at the 3:20 bell. They must stay inside and report directly to a teacher, no later than 3:30.

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, May 24th. 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 - April

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 April :

Adrenaline: Celia Atherton, Lily Berry, Justin Borneo, Madelyn Kurt

EDGE: Avery Gilbert, Jenifer Perez

Innovation: Lucas Bordenkecher, Darrien Herbert, Keely Jones

Key: Jose Cortes, Alonso Covarrubias, Candice Moedano, Jordyne Pitts

University: Cameron Alexander, Jonathan Bethancourth, Makynzee Harris, Selina Tekle

VCA: Brianna Lucas, Camryn Moody, Sergio Palacio-Ornelas, Janai Stubblefield

WNGC: Marilyn Colindres-Vasquez, Ernesto Toribio

Finals Schedule 2016

Day 1 - May 27th (odd) - Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7

Day 2 - May 31st (even) - Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8

Day 3 - June 1st (odd) - Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7

Day 4 - June 2nd (even) - Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8

The following criterion was considered in building the final exam schedule for each semester:

  • A normal bell schedule will be used for all four days that final exams are administered.
  • It is mandatory that Final Exams be administered by period on the last two days of each semester. On Day 1 and Day 2 of the last week of each semester, part 1 of your final exam will be given or at least a portion of your exam. (Example: Day 1 & Day 2 give a writing portion, Day 3 & Day 4 give a multiple choice, short answer, or performance assessment portion)
  • All teachers engage students in meaningful academic activities during times when their classes are not scheduled to take a final exam.

Giant Mania

Giant Mania is coming!! It will be held the afternoon of May 13th. Students that have not had ISS/OSS or tardies to class (since May 2) will be eligible to purchase tickets. Tickets are $2 and cover all activities and food. Proceeds from this event will benefit the "Courage and Consideration" foundation.

Freshman Farewell

The 11th annual Freshman Farewell dance is Friday, May 13 from 6:30 - 9pm in the NGC cafeteria. Tickets are $5 each and will be on sale until the morning of May 13th. The theme is "A Night of Mystery." The ticket price includes a photo booth, refreshments and a mask to complement your outfit. Any questions please contact Ms. Kilway.

Get Ready for Summer Lunch!!

The Child Nutrition Department will be offering FREE lunches through the Summer Food Service Program at over 20 locations throughout the district.

Dates: Wednesday, June 8 - Friday, July 22 (no meals on July 4)

All children ages 18 and younger may participate at no charge!

For more information, please check the MSD of Wayne Township website for a link to the locations and serving times, or call the Child Nutrition Office at 988-7950.

Straight A's and Honor Rolls

Due to a computation error a number of students were omitted from the third quarter lists of Straight A's and Honor Rolls. We sincerely apologize for this error. These students below distinguished themselves during third quarter!
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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