The Freshman Focus

January 15, 2016

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

Wow, time flies, it is hard to believe we are already 2 weeks into semester two. We had a great first semester and are excited about the class of 2019 in so many ways. Not only are they getting the job done academically, they are helping our community through food drives and Christmas support for needy families. We are very proud of this group and the job they have done.

As high school students the end of the semester means earning credits. Credits are a critical component of high school courses that determine if students graduate from high school. As a high school student, any failing grade means no credit is earned and the class will have to be repeated. We had a great turn out for our after school study tables over the last few weeks of semester one with over 150 students staying most evenings to complete assignments and prepare for final exams. All of this work keeps us moving toward our goal of sending every student to BDHS or BDU on track to graduate by having earned 12 or more credits. Our teachers are working hard with students who received grades of "IN" or incomplete as they continue working through the next two weeks to demonstrate mastery of the content. Please touch base with your student and their teacher to monitor their progress on any grades of "IN" as this is a last ditch effort to ensure students earn those valuable credits.

Winter is also upon us, we have been fortunate to avoid bad weather at this point and certainly hope that this trend continues. As always the MSD of Wayne Township takes a number of factors into account as we consider student safety during inclement weather. A full outline of this process is available on the Wayne Township homepage.

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:

Jan. 15 - Giant Club Ice Cream Social

Jan. 18 - MLK Day, No School

Jan. 26 - Giant Marketplace - Food Pantry Distribution, 4-6pm

Jan. 28 - Straight A Luncheon

Jan. 30 - Wayne Winter Games and Health Fair, BDHS 8 - Noon

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, January 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.
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The Wayne Winter Games and Health Fair

On January 30, 2016, the Wayne Township Education Foundation will be hosting the Wayne Winter Games and Health Fair at Ben Davis High School. The Wayne Winter Games will be a power-packed day delivering exciting fitness activities, a health fair, workshops and classes relating to fun, movement, and health. There will be a competitive team event and a family fun event held along with a Health Fair that will involve more than 100 health-related vendors and activities.

Teams of 4 will compete in a twenty minute series of 8 team/partner fitness activities plus a relay. All team members will receive a T-shirt for participating. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

For our friends who just want to sweat a little less, we have plenty of fun lined up with our Fitness Fun Stations and Health Fair. Participants will receive an award for completing an activity/event “passport.” All you have to do is get your passport stamped at the designated activities and booths. Prizes, prizes, prizes will be awarded throughout the day. At the Health Fair, health and wellness organizations will be on hand with information, classes and demonstrations.

There's truly something for everyone in the community. Capitalizing on the spirit that New Year’s Resolutions create, it is our intention to give the local community a benchmark toward which they may work and encouragement to achieve other health and fitness goals all year long. Not only do physically active students do better in the classroom, likewise, active employees miss fewer days of work and experience fewer health care issues, leading to greater personal health and happiness. Information and to register for the Team Competition is available at:

Students of the Month - December

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 December :

Adrenaline: Megan Hernly, Jazlyn Kahn, Molly Schmidt, Mira Squire-Willey

EDGE: Savannah Reed, Jetli Summers

Innovation: Susan Freitas, Nate Goens, Donovan Snelbaker

Key: Breanna Camacho, Carlos Davalos, Alexis Esquivel, Andrea Medina

University: Ashley Hernandez, Jose Herrera, Petra Reyes, Olivia Wilson

VCA: Joe Belt, Tyrekis Cushingberry, Hunter Hardin, Jazmine Mays

WNGC: Olamide Awoola, Luis Hernandez-Quezada

Information on Weather Delays

Winter is upon us. As the season progresses we may face the prospect of having to delay or cancel school on a particular day because of snow, ice or other poor weather conditions. I’d like to remind you of some of the key procedures we follow to communicate with our families on these days to keep our students safe.

If school is delayed or cancelled, we will communicate this in the following ways: on local television and radio stations and their websites; on our district website,; through an automated phone call from our superintendent’s office; through Twitter; and on our district Facebook page, which you can access and “like” through our website.

If school is delayed, child care at our Wayne Township Preschool will open on time. If we close school for the day, regardless of whether we bring staff in or not, we will close child care at Wayne Township Preschool as well.

If we announce a delay, that will mean a two-hour delay. This means if your student takes the bus, you can expect his or her pick-up time to be approximately two hours later than normal. Since our pick-up times can vary somewhat during delays, it’s always a good idea to encourage your student to dress warmly in case his or her wait at the bus stop is a little longer than normal.

I appreciate your help in keeping our students safe and healthy during the upcoming winter months.

Straight A's and Honor Rolls

The following students demonstrated exceptional academic excellence during the second quarter! Congratulations.
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Office Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm

School Hours: 8:15am - 3:20pm

Main Phone Line: 317.988.7500

Attendance: 317.988.7600