The Freshman Focus

March 22, 2016

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

Our students had a great time at our annual staff vs. student basketball game that occurred Friday, March 18 before spring break! Over $2500 was raised to support student activities and fund our PTO's senior scholarships. Thank you for supporting our activities and special events at the Ninth Grade Center by allowing your child to attend!

Our students are also finishing up meeting with their 10-12 counselors at the high school to plan their 10th Grade schedules. This is the culmination of a year long process our 9th Grade Counselors have led, that included career exploration and elective options at Ben Davis High School. This work is done in conjunction with our Planning for College and Career Success class and has given our students a great 4 year plan that maps out their high school career. One other tool that helped in this process is a program Wayne Township has invested in called Naviance. Naviance is a web based program that provides amazing resources for students and parents to plan for college and build the resources needed to successfully navigate the application and post secondary selection process. As your student moves through grades 10-12 this will become a very valuable resource! Please don't hesitate to call your student's counselor if you have questions.

We are excited to be able to offer late buses Monday-Thursday from April 4-June 1. The late buses allow students to stay after for study tables and prepare for final exams. We traditionally have a large number of students take advantage of this and we want to have a great turnout! Study tables will be held on all academies from 3:30 - 5:00pm. Students will receive dinner at 4:45, then load buses and depart from the high school parking lot at 5:00 pm. In order for students to ride the late bus, they must stay with a teacher, obtain a late bus pass, and be supervised from 3:30-5:00. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a great end to the school year here at BDNGC!

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:

April 4 - Classes Resume

April 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

April 7 - Straight A Luncheon

April 11 - Wayne Township School Board Meeting - 6:30pm

April 11-15 - 8th Grade Tours - during the school day

April 25 - Wayne Township School Board Meeting - 6:30pm

April 26 - Giant Marketplace, Food Pantry Distribution 4-6pm

April 27 - Honor Society Induction

May 3 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

Late Buses

Late buses will be available Monday - Thursday beginning April 4th. 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. The last day for late buses will be Wednesday, June 1.

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, April 26th. 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 - March

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 March :

Adrenaline: Kenya' Briscoe, Julian Mata, Teresa Olmos, Karla Romero-Martinez

EDGE: Colin Burke, Mariana Ruiz-Flores

Innovation: Joshua Brim, Joas Estrella, Johan Monge

Key: Irving De La Cruz, Jose Palacios, Melanie Reynoso, Paola Villegas

University: Alexis Coffey, Evelyn Hernandez, Naim Ravello, Brian Williams

VCA: Katlyn Fink, Francesca Fontus, Kiana Jackson, Cody Kehling

WNGC: John Owen, Levi Pierpont

Straight A's and Honor Rolls

The following students have distinguished themselves by their academic excellence. Congratulations!
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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