The Freshman Focus

September 30, 2016

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 their first performances of the year. We have kids engaged in a wide range of places and we know this is a powerful piece of success for our students. One other 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 with. 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 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 cards and with that our annual student led conferences. The conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th. It is our goal to have 100% of our parents come in to review their students 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 10-14. 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. 4 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

Oct. 5 & 6 - Student Led Conferences, 3:30 -7:30pm

Oct. 7 - PSAT

Oct. 10 - 14 - Intersession, 8:30 - 12, daily

Oct. 17 - 21 - NGC Office closed

Oct. 24 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Oct. 25 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

Oct. 27 - Straight A Luncheon

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

Intersession - Week of October 10

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.


The PTO exists to lend support to the activities of the school. We encourage parents to be involved in our activities whenever possible.

The Board meetings are open to all parents/guardians. You are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6pm. The meetings are held in the first floor office conference room.

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!! 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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Study Table Schedule

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: Tuesday

Imagination: Wednesday

Innovation: Tuesday/Thursday

Key: Tuesday/Thursday

University: Tuesday/Wednesday

VCA: Monday/Tuesday

WNGC: Monday

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: Callie Alexander, Diana Silvestre, Destinee Stearns, Andrew Zulu

Imagination: Ever Santiago, Savanna Underwood

Innovation: Brooke Blythe, Julian Burch, Zahryah Davis

Key: Roberto Gomez, Dyan Guerrero, Sierra Lee, Felicia McGinnis

University: Steve Akinterinwa, Genesis Mendez Reynoso, Aviana Rogers, Marco Trejo

VCA: Doniece Alexander, Logan Lawhorn-Frost, Miyatah Singleton, Trey Woodruff

WNGC: Helen Li, Vanessa Tosino

Giant Marketplace

The NGC is proud to partner with Gleaners to provide a monthly food pantry distribution for our school community.

Our next two distributions are October 4 and October 25. Both will be from 4-6 pm. Please enter door 7, the distribution is in the cafeteria.

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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