The Freshman Focus

September 28, 2018

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

There are lots of great things happening at the Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center!! Our Fall Sports are in full swing with athletes competing and representing our community in Girls Golf, Volleyball, Football, Cross Country and Soccer. In addition, our Marching Band has been busy performing each weekend, while our Orchestra and Choir students are ramping up for and hosting their first performances of the year. We have students engaged in a wide range of extra curricular activities and we know this is a powerful piece for the success of our students.

Another way for students to get involved is after school clubs. A full list of these clubs is available on our website and as you will see, we have a wide range of opportunities for students to connect. We want your students to be engaged and involved here at school and extra curricular activities are one of the most powerful avenues for students to connect with their school. Please encourage and support your students as they express interest in getting involved.

Finally, our after school study table program continues with each academy hosting at least one day where a staff member is available for support and assistance after the school day. This is a great way to get caught up or ensure your student does not get behind.

We are quickly approaching our first 9 week report card and with that our annual student led conferences. The conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 11th. It is our goal to have 100% of our parents come in to review their student's progress during the first 9 weeks of their freshmen year. This is a powerful tool for students to showcase what they have achieved and to continue conversations about what it takes to be successful. You should have received more detailed information from the individual academies over the last few days to complete the scheduling process. We look forward to meeting with you during this time.

Some of you will also be receiving information regarding our Fall Intersession. The intersession will take place during the first week of our two week Fall Break, October 15-19. During this time we will focus on accelerating the learning of students who are behind. More detailed information on intersession will be passed along in the next few weeks for each student directly impacted.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to ensure that each of our students is successful.

Steve Samuel, Principal Ninth Grade Center

Upcoming Events:

Oct 5. - End of First Quarter grading period

Oct. 10 & 11 - Student Led Conferences, 3:30 - 7:30pm

Oct. 12 - PSAT Testing

Oct. 12 - Student vs Staff Volleyball Game, 2pm

Oct. 15 - 19 - Fall Intersession

Oct. 22 - 26 - Fall Break, NGC Office closed

Oct. 29 - Classes resume

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

Intersession - Week of October 15

Each year during the first week of Fall Break the NGC hosts intersession to allow students the opportunity to get some extra help and to make up missing work. By now your student should have received an invitation if they are eligible to attend. We will make transportation information available to our students as soon as we are able.

Each day classes will begin at 8:30 and dismiss at noon. Students will be served a "grab and go" breakfast and will also be given a lunch sack.

We look forward to this opportunity to provide that extra lift to our students. Our goal is to keep every student on track to earn all possible credits this semester.

Giant Club

Each quarter our academies choose students to be a part of the Giant Club. Each quarter members will get a special treat. Please see the names below of our first quarter Giant Club Members.

Giant Club members are characterized by the following traits:

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Students of the Month - September

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 September:

Adrenaline: Emelia Avalos-Felix, Diego Castaneda

Imagination: Adbeel DeLeon-Santiago, Abygail Woodworth

Innovation: Olaoluwasubomi Adeosun, Lorraine Hernandez, Destiny Lawrence

Key: Jacquelyn Adams, Janette Perez, Karen Pineda, Bailey Wilhite

University: Andrea Alba-Duron, Edwin Guiza Roque, Kehinde Oyedeji, Emma Wilson

VCA: Leslie Hernandez, Lexi Ruiz, Owen Torres, Junior Yedemey

WNGC: Malachi Gibson, Abigail Miller

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