Ben Franklin Focus

September Edition

Champions of the Week!

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is a program here at BF used to support students in a positive manner. This is an opportunity for our students to use correct behaviors throughout the school day. When any staff member or bus driver sees our students doing the right thing, they will receive a Viking Pride card.

Students will be able to turn in their Viking Pride cards as they enter the cafeteria each day. Every Friday morning we have "Championship Friday" when two winners are drawn from each grade level. The winners will come down to the office for fun rewards. First, they will take a principal selfie, which will go on display in the cafeteria on the Viking Ship in the cafeteria. Next, we will make a phone call home during this time letting you know how proud we are of your child. Finally, the winners choose a prize based on incentives from their grade level teachers.

We love seeing positive behaviors throughout the day and we look forward to celebrating with you and your child throughout the school year!

BF Reads a Book

BF READS A BOOK is a year long reading program created for the BF community. We will read, discuss, and enjoy books together. The 2017-2018 topic is Digital Citizenship. All BF students, staff, and parents are encouraged to read any or all of the six books featured this year and attend book discussions or activities. Activities will be listed on our website and in the BF READS A BOOK Module in the grade level Canvas page, and on the morning announcements!

Six Book Challenge

Students are challenged to read all six novels. Students who complete the Reading Counts or Canvas quiz with a grade of 7 or higher on all six novels will be awarded a BF READS A BOOK "Boss" certificate at the end of the year. Students should tell Ms. McCormack in the library when they are finished reading all six novels. She will verify on Reading Counts and in Canvas. There are quizzes for Need, Backlash, and Unfriended in Reading Counts. The quizzes for Worthy, The Silence of Six, and In Case You Missed It are listed in the Canvas Modules.

We look forward to reading these books throughout the school year!

Student Login Information

Below are examples of how your child can access online information from home.



Password: ABCDEVCS


Username: 8812345

Password: ABCDE


Username: 8812345

Password: abcde

VHL (World Language)


Password: v1abcde

Pearson Easybridge

Username: 8812345@vcs-in

Password: ABCDE

Reading Counts


Password: ABCDEVCS1

GIZMOS (science)


Password: ABCDE

Discovery Ed

Username: vcs8812345

Password: ABCDE



Password: ABCDE

Study Island


Clever is in the bookmarks

Google Login

Smart Music (Orchestra)

Username: parent email

Password: orchestra

(on orchestra computers only)


  • Please use Door 2 off of Campbell Street when coming into the building during the school day.
  • If you drop off items during the school day, we are unable to deliver items. Students can check in the office during their Advisory classes if needed.
  • Friday, September 29th will be a half day for students. All students will have lunch at school and dismissal will be at 11:28 a.m.

Backpack and Snack Program

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Valparaiso Community Schools Social Services Team is able to provide food for students in need on the weekends. Food will go home on the last school day of each week (usually Friday) with students. The student will receive food to sustain the student through the weekend. If you would like your student to participate please call (531-3020 ext. 4216) or email ( Carolyn Ostafinski, BFMS social worker.

A Note from Our School Nurse, Mrs. Ostojic

Our nurse is able to give OTC medication with parent written permission. Please complete this OTC medication form and return it to Mrs. Otojic. For more health and wellness information, visit our VCS Heath page!

Canvas for Parents

Did you know you can be an observer on your child's Canvas courses? Are you interested in finding out about our Ben Franklin Announcements page? You should check out the link below to find out how easy it is to access this important school information. Please let us know if you need further help.

Canvas for Parents

Study Table

Could your child use some quiet homework and study time? Then Study Table is just the right place! On Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00-3:45 p.m. in the Media Center a staff member will offer a supervised, quiet location for your child to complete homework and study. Please note that Study Table will not be held the day before a long weekend. A late bus is available if transportation home is needed. Please let us know if you have any questions about Study Table.

Save the Date!

All Ben Franklin students are invited to attend the BFMS Student Council sponsored Drive-in Movie Night event October 11th from 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. This fun evening includes a movie shown against the retaining wall of the north end zone of the football field. The concession stand and Kona Ice truck will be open for students to purchase food and beverages. Yum! The evening will conclude with a fabulous fireworks show. We can't wait to see you there!

News from Our Guidance Team

Be sure to check out The Viking View from our guidance department.
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