Ben Franklin Focus

December Edition

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Coming Events


19-Last Late Bus Run for the 1st Semester

20-No Study Table

21-End of the Second Grading Period; 1/2 Day for Students with an 11:28 a.m. Dismissal

22-Weather Make-Up Day if Needed

23-January 7- Winter Break


8-3rd Grading Period Begins

8-8th Graders Receive PSAT Results

10-PSAT Informational Meeting for 8th Grade Parents at 6:00 p.m. in the Ben Franklin Auditorium

11-PSAT Informational Meeting for 8th Grade Parents at 11:30 a.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Flex Room

12-Report Cards Available

24-8th Grade Parent Night at VHS at 6:00 p.m. (Details Below)

Congratulations Spellbowl Team!

Congratulations to the BFMS Spellbowl team on their 7th place finish in the State Finals at Purdue Univesity on Saturday, November 11! Led by perfect spellers Kareem Moustafa, Anthony Grisolano, and Ethan Preston the team equaled its regional winning score. Carrissa Yu and Clay Kain turned in outstanding performances in their near-perfect rounds of the competition. Hayden King, Julieanna Li, and Evyenia Lawley rounded out the team's scoring through a series of challenging rounds. Thanks to team members Evelyn Rosiar, Angelina Borowiak, and especially Hayden Pseja for their hard work and performance in competition throughout this season. Congratulations to our kids, families, and Coaches Strauss, Gioia, and Sattler! We are so proud of you!
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News From Our Guidance Team

January will be an exciting time for our 8th grade students as they begin the high school scheduling process. They will also receive their PSAT results and set up their College Board accounts.

January 8

8th grade students will receive their PSAT results during advisory. They will also be setting up their Khan Academy accounts and linking them to their College Board accounts.

January 10 and January 11

Informational meetings about the PSAT results will be held for parents at both middle schools. Two different dates and times will be offered, so parents can attend the meeting that works best for them. It does not matter which school their child attends. The first meeting will be offered Wednesday, January 10, at 6:00 p.m, in the Ben Franklin Auditorium. The second meeting will be offered Thursday, January 11, at 11:30 a.m., at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in the Flex Room.

January 17

Mrs. Zimmerman, the Director of Guidance at VHS, will meet with the 8th graders in the BF Auditorium and share general information about VHS.

January 22

Teachers will go over high school recommendations with the 8th graders during advisory. Students should bring home their high school recommendations and all of their scheduling materials.

January 24

8th Grade Parent Night will be held at VHS at 6 p.m. The first session will meet in the Auditorium -- where administration will present information to all the parents/guardians of next year's incoming 9th graders. The 2nd session is in the VHS cafeteria where parents can speak to department chairpersons, counselors, and program directors regarding your child's schedule or classes of interest.

February 7 and February 9

8th grade students will be completing their freshmen schedules in their math classes.

If parents or students have any questions throughout the high school scheduling process, they are encouraged to contact their child's counselor. Mrs. Cowan for last names A-K, or Mrs. Hofer for last names L-Z.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Mrs. Cowan and Mrs. Hofer

Digital Citizenship: Internet Safety

All Ben Franklin students have been completing Digital Citizenship Lessons during Advisory this year. This month's lesson focuses on Internet Safety.
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BF Reads a Book-Author Skype

As part of our BF READS A BOOK program, BF students who have read the book Need by Joelle Charbonneau are invited to stay after school on Wednesday, Feb. 21st to Skype with the author from 3 pm to 4 pm. See the BF Media Center webpage for more information.

This is Our Story

Thanks to all of our musicians and artists for a wonderful evening! Ben Franklin teachers and students did a wonderful job and we are so proud of all of you!
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Love and Logic Parenting Sessions

All VCS middle school and elementary families are invited to attend our Love and Logic Parenting Sessions. See the start dates below and attend at the elementary school of your choice. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
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Thank You from Mrs. Sienkowski & Mr. Slater

Mr. Slater and I would like to thank you so much for all you do to make our Ben Franklin Family so wonderful. We can't believe the first half of our school year is almost over! Time flies when you're having fun and we certainly have found that to be the case. We have truly enjoyed getting to know you and your children and we feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with your kids each day. We are having so much fun growing and learning together! Thank you for all you do to support your children. We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Winter Break together and we wish you all the best for the New Year!
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