The Freshman Focus

October 30, 2015

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

Principal's Corner

Greetings, we are approaching one of the most important times of year academically. As a high school student your freshmen will be earning credits at the conclusion of the semester in December. These credits will count toward graduation and are a key indicator of the progress students have made. Because this is such a critical time of the school year, we have a few opportunities available to help students improve grades and ensure they earn credits in each of their classes. One of these is our after school buses for students staying at school to receive academic help. These buses will be available Monday-Thursday from 11/30-12/17. Students will be released to the buses at 5:00 and transported home between 5:10 and 6:15. This is a perfect chance to get caught up with assignments and prepare for final exams. While we are on the topic, final exams are another important factor at the end of each semester. Our students are familiar with final exams from their 7th and 8th grade experience, but these tests take on an increased importance as students earn credits. In each class your student will be receiving study guides that will outline the most important information, please encourage and work with your students to study and prepare for final exams.

As we enter flu season it is also a great time to touch base on attendance. Attendance is one of the most important factors in being a successful student. We have great teachers here at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center and we want your student to be here for their instruction. Our current attendance percentage is 96.1. We know that illness does happen and would like to review the procedures for notifying us when your student will miss school Should your child need to miss school due to an illness or other reason, please call our attendance line to notify us at 988-7600. The next step is submitting documentation for the absence when your student returns to fully excuse the absence. Tardiness, especially in the morning is also a factor that has a large impact your child's academic success. Please make sure your child is here on time. When your child does have to be late in the morning please notify the main office.

We have a great group of freshmen in the class of 2019 and look forward to helping them be successful at the conclusion of semester one!!

Steve Samuel, Principal Ninth Grade Center

Upcoming Events:

In addition to the items listed below there are lots of athletic events and music programs. Be sure to check out those calendars on the BDHS website:

Nov. 3 - Staff Professional Development Day, no student attendance

Nov. 9 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Nov. 10 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

Nov. 20 - End of Midterm Grading

Nov. 21 - Band Boosters' Craft Fair, Chapel Hill 7/8 Center

Nov. 23 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Nov. 24 - Staff vs Students Volleyball Game, 2:15pm

Nov. 24 - Giant Marketplace, Food Distribution, 4-6pm

Nov. 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

Dec. 1 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

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Students Staying for Study Tables

Students that elect to stay after school for study tables are required to be in a classroom, with an adult by 3:30. Students may not leave the building and re-enter to attend Study Tables.

Study Table Schedule

Study Tables are held from 3:30-4:15 by each team according to the following schedule. Please talk with your IMPACT period teacher if you have questions about study tables.

Adrenaline: Tuesday/Thursday

EDGE: Wednesday

Innovation: Tuesday/Thursday

Key: Tuesday/Thursday

University: Tuesday/Thursday

VCA: Tuesday

WNGC: Tuesday

Fall Choir News

The Ben Davis freshman choirs performed at the Fall Choir Concert on Tuesday, September 29th in the Ben Davis Auditorium. This concert featured students in the Debut, Encores, Keynotes, and Sotto Voce choirs performing music from a variety of genres including pop, multicultural, and gospel. The concert was well-attended and well-received. The choirs should be commended for their efforts on a great concert! The choirs will perform again at the Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm in the Ben Davis Auditorium. This concert will feature all ten Ben Davis choirs and will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets for this event will be $5 for adults, $3 for students, and no admission fee will be charged for students aged 6 and under.

Students of the Month - October

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 October:

Adrenaline: Josh Duncan, Ashley Hanley, Mariah Judy, Ty Nibbs

EDGE: Samson Ayele, Anaijah Dunn

Innovation: Marco Corona Garcia, Gernando Lazo-Giron, Hannah Olmsted

Key: Xavier Carpenter, Ashley Casteel, Anna Holder, Reigan Lewis

University: Sherifdeen Ajayi, Sebastian Arboleda, Angel Delp, Arielle Fitzpatrick

VCA: Austin Acker, Chloe Antonio, Alberto Cavassa, Ashley Smith

WNGC: Alexandra Koffi, Hailee Pringle

Straight A's and Honor Rolls

Below please find the lists of students that have achieved Straight A's and earned GPA's to qualify them for High Honor Roll and Honor Roll. These are significant achievements and highlight these students' commitment to Academic Excellency.
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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