The Freshman Focus

April 30, 2018

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

As we move into the final four weeks of school, I thought it would be helpful to provide some information on how you can support your child as they prepare for and take final exams. The first part of helping your child prepare for final exams is determining what environment best suits their study style and needs. This could be at home in their room, a quiet corner in the kitchen, or your local library. Helping your child lay out a schedule of when they will have their final exams is essential to preparing for them. Included in our newsletter is a general school-wide schedule of when our final exams are administered during the last four days of school. Once you know when their assessments will occur, the next part is helping to organize their review materials so you can make sure they have everything that they need to prepare for the exams. This will also provide an opportunity for you to help them with the next part, which is prioritizing their review materials so they have a schedule of when to complete them and study from them for each final. Doing this in advance of the scheduled final exam also allows time for your child to determine what information they still need and what questions they need answered prior to taking the final exam.

During these last weeks of the semester we will continue to have late buses and additional teachers after school to assist students in preparing for final exams. If your child has questions in completing their review materials or needs additional study help, I would strongly suggest that they make arrangements to stay with their teachers Monday - Thursday. Study tables run from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday. The last day for study tables and late buses is Wednesday, May 30. The final step in helping to ensure your child is prepared for exams is making sure that they adhere to a study schedule and balance their extracurricular activities in order to be well-prepared and get enough sleep prior to taking their final exams. Supporting your child during this time is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure their academic success. Thank you for everything that you do!

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:

May 1 - PTO Mtg, 6pm

May 7 - School Board Mtg., 6:30pm

May 11 - Giant Mania

May 11 - Freshman Farewell, 6:30pm

May 21 - School Board Mtg., 6:30pm

May 22 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

May 28 - Memorial Day, no school

May 30 - Evening of Excellence, 6pm

May 31 - Last day of school

Late Buses

Late buses will be available Monday - Thursday until May 30. 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. Students that wish to stay for study tables should check with their team teachers to know who is staying each evening. Additionally, students that are planning to stay should NOT leave the building at the 3:20 bell. They must stay inside and report directly to a teacher, no later than 3:30.

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, May 22nd. 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 - April

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 April :

Adrenaline: Layuana Edwards, Nick Weatherspoon

Imagination: Richard Hernandez-Acosta, Janaija Perry

Innovation: Ashley Aquino, Matt Rudolph, Tyler Smith

Key: Zobeida Alexander-Campos, Taniya Burgess, Mica Harris, Heydi Turcios Salmeron

University: Peyton Day, Samuel Kareem, Anahi Medina, Rayan Nansereko

VCA: Diana Barron, Gage Cooper, Heidy Lopez, Emily Smtih

WNGC: Jayda Collins, Courtney Fisher

Locker Clean Out

Lockers will be cleaned out prior to the final day of school. Students will not be permitted to bring a book bag to school on Thursday, May 31.

Finals Schedule 2018

Day 1 - May 25th (even) - Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8

Day 2 - May 29th (odd) - Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7

Day 3 - May 30th (even) - Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8

Day 4 - May 31st (odd) - Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7

The following criterion was considered in building the final exam schedule for each semester:

  • A normal bell schedule will be used for all four days that final exams are administered.
  • It is mandatory that Final Exams be administered by period on the last two days of each semester. On Day 1 and Day 2 of the last week of each semester, part 1 of your final exam will be given or at least a portion of your exam. (Example: Day 1 & Day 2 give a writing portion, Day 3 & Day 4 give a multiple choice, short answer, or performance assessment portion)
  • All teachers engage students in meaningful academic activities during times when their classes are not scheduled to take a final exam.

Giant Mania

Giant Mania is coming!! It will be held the afternoon of May 11th. Students that have not had ISS/OSS or tardies to class (since April 23) will be eligible to purchase tickets. Tickets are $2 and cover all activities and food. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Indiana Bulldog Rescue.

Freshman Farewell

The annual Freshman Farewell dance is Friday, May 11 from 6:30- 8:30pm in the NGC cafeteria. Tickets are $5 each and will be on sale until the morning of May 11th. The theme is "Taking a Giant Step Forward." The ticket price includes a photo booth and refreshments. Any questions please contact Ms. Kilway.
Big picture

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