The Freshman Focus

February 28, 2019

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

It has been a great few weeks at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center. We honored our Straight A students with a luncheon and will honor our Top 100 next week with a breakfast. We are currently rolling into the heart of semester two. After Spring Break we will have another opportunity for academic support with late buses running Monday-Thursday each week until the end of the school year. We appreciate your support in maximizing this time for our students to master content and earn credits.

We are also excited to finalize many of our wonderful Spring ceremonies such as our Honor Society Induction, Freshmen Farewell, and Evening of Excellence. Along with these events we also look forward to our Spring Band, Choir, and Orchestra concerts. It is an exciting time of the year when our students have an opportunity to display the amazing and talented young adults that they are.

Finally, our 3rd nine weeks report cards will be distributed on Thursday, March 14. This is a very important checkpoint as we move past the half way point of semester two and into the final stretch of the school year. Our mission of ensuring students complete their freshmen year with a minimum of 12 credits continues to be our focus during this time. Please take this opportunity to speak with your student about their grades and connect with teachers if you have questions. This is an exciting time for our students as they prepare to transition to BDHS or BDU next school year. As we pause to reflect on their growth we see a group that is ready to achieve at a high level during the 19-20 school year and beyond.

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:

Mar. 1 - WTEF Spaghetti Supper, BDHS

Mar. 5 - Top 100 Breakfast, 8:45am

Mar. 8 - End of Third Grading Period

Mar. 11 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Mar. 12 - MLK Awards, CHC

Mar. 16 - Rosie Con, BDHS, 10am - 6pm

Mar. 19 - Giant Marketplace, 4-6pm

Mar. 22 - Staff vs. Students Basketball, 2pm

Mar. 25 - Apr. 5 - Spring Break

April 8 - Classes Resume

RosieCon - March 16, BDHS

RosieCon is named for the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award. This is an annually changing recommended reading list of young adult titles sponsored by the Indiana Library Federation. The RosieCon Book Festival will celebrate the titles on the Rosewater list and inspire teens to read. The event will connect readers directly with authors, a well-known reading engagement tactic. Some of the authors attending RosieCon will include Meg Medina (Winner of the 2019 Newbery Award), Sonya Sones, Veronica Rossi, Jeff Zentner, and John Corey Whaley. Early bird ticket prices for the event are $20.

For more information, a full list of attending authors, or to purchase tickets, visit

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, March 19th. 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 - February

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 February :

Adrenaline: Angel Medina, Carmen Montes

Imagination: Travis Gilbert, Amy Urias

Innovation: Bryan Meneses Rodriguez, Nariah Vaden, Akyla Young

Key: Keylen Davis, Diana Desales, Shyenne Dixson, Ricardo Torres

University: Lizbeth Diaz Benitez, Annielis Geronimo, Andrew Hacker, Christopher Perez

VCA: Trila Diallo-Carson, Brandon Faith, Emily Hernandez, Drakkan Johnson

WNGC: Lilly Kelso, Kelby Turner

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