Ferguson Hall Freshman School News

Jaimie Sweet Principal

Dear Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back! It is hard to believe that we have completed the first semester of school. I hope each of you enjoyed quality time with your family and friends during the winter break and that 2020 brings you health and happiness. Our return from winter break has been a smooth and positive one, and the classrooms have been buzzing with new learning. As we begin the New Year and the start of the second semester, we will continue to strive to support students to be successful through good, consistent attendance, perseverance, utilizing help from our faculty, and working diligently. These traits will build good habits that will benefit them throughout their high school career and beyond.

We appreciate your partnership in helping us teach and reinforce positive behaviors both at school and home. Your support with homework and academic progress is also essential to a successful educational experience.

Sincerely,

Jaimie Sweet

Jonathan Webb Assistant Principal

Dear Ferguson Hall Families,

I hope that you are feeling great about the start of the new year. I cannot believe that the school year is already half over! So many things have been going on around Ferguson it is easy to lose track of time. I am truly thankful for this community and the support it offers our students. This is an amazing 9th grade class and I know they will work hard and accomplish great things in their school career and beyond. It is a pleasure working with these bright young people every day.

I would encourage you to talk to your students about getting more involved with school activities. We post our daily announcements and have a list of extracurricular activities on Ferguson's webpage.

Research shows that 9th graders who are involved in extracurricular activities earn better grades, have better attendance, and report being happier overall. There is a club, sport, or activity for everyone at Beavercreek and if your child cannot find one - encourage them to start their own!

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of educating your children. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at jonathan.webb@gocreek.org.

Lindsay Danver School Counselor

I hope you and your family enjoyed winter break and are adjusting back to your normal school routine. During the first semester, our building focused on supporting students through their transition into high school and helping them navigate the personal and academic challenges common during this time. As we move into the second semester, our focus will shift toward helping students plan and prepare to meet their high school graduation requirements as well as providing them with opportunities to start exploring career or college pathways for after graduation. Additionally, we will continue to provide prevention and intervention supports to students in a variety of different ways. Please feel welcome to contact me with any academic, personal, or social concerns you may have about your child so we can determine the best way to support their individual needs. I have enjoyed working with your child this school year and am looking forward to more opportunities to interact with them as the year continues.

Important Dates

1/28/20 - Parent Scheduling Meeting - BHS Auditorium - 6:00 PM

1/20/20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

2/7/20 - 2/14/20 - Students register for 2020-2021 courses

2/17/20 - President's Day No School

2/25/20 - No School for 9th graders due to ACT testing for Juniors

3/13/20 - End of 3rd quarter - 1 Hr Early Release

3/20/20 - Freshman Talent Show

3/23/20 - 3/27/19 - Spring Break

4/1/20 - CCP Paperwork due for 2020-2021 school year

4/7/20 - 4/17/20 - 9th grade state testing

4/10/20 - No School

4/13/20 - No School

5/8/20 - Freshman Field Day

5/19/20 - 5/22/20 - Final Exams

5/22/20 - Last day of school - 1 Hr Early Release

Freshman Basketball

staff support night

The Ferguson Hall staff selected a boys and girls basketball game to attend and show our support of our Freshmen athletes. The boys each selected an influential teacher to recognize before the game. Our AFJROTC freshmen presented the colors and three of our freshmen sang the National Anthem before the games. We are very proud of our talented freshmen students!

Parent Social Media Tips

How to Conduct a Teen Tech Checkup

Initial Setup - Before your child gets a phone or ASAP after they have one.

  1. Have a conversation with your kids about the dangers of social media
  2. Develop a schedule for tech checkups
  3. Develop a family technology contract
  4. Check privacy settings
    • Location Services
    • Geotagging
    • Who can contact me/friend me/see me
    • Appropriate username
    • Private password - preferably unique to that account

Ongoing

  1. Check each app on their phone and make sure you know what it is and what it does.
    • There are hidden photo vault apps that look like “regular” apps. Check in the actual app store for app details.
  2. Check their camera roll - make sure to check their deleted and hidden folders as well.
  3. Check Snapchat and Instagram - especially look for “my eyes only.”
  4. Check for second accounts
  5. Check their messaging apps
  6. Remember - the goal is not to scrutinize the content - the goal is to make sure they are safe. You’re checking for bullying, inappropriate pictures, and inappropriate conversations.

Challenge Day 2019

On November 1, Ferguson Hall staff and students participated in Challenge Day. Students started their day with a motivational speech by Nick Jackson. Afterward, they broke into groups and spent the day building integrity, compassion, empathy, and acceptance by playing games, having group discussions, and listening to their peers and adult leaders.

Ferguson Hall remains committed to making good citizenship a priority.

Don't take our word for it - hear what Ferguson Hall students have to say about our awesome first semester!

November Shine Award

Max Albrecht

Max Albrecht is extremely smart, a good athlete, considerate of his peers, and humble. He is part of a military family that recently came to Wright-Patt, again, and Beavercreek. Max has many skills that benefit his ability to succeed in school. He is highly motivated to learn new concepts of academia. He wants to be helpful when his peers or teachers are in need of help. Also, Max is polite, respectful, willing to participate and take risks.

December Shine Award

Sierra Bain

I would like to nominate Sierra Bain for Shine award. She is always smiling and asking how she can help me in class/before class/after class. Sierra is prompt to class and always has her work completed. She is always willing to help out any student who needs assistance in class. She is a kind, wonderful person who is very deserving of this award.

2nd Quarter Reward

398 students qualified for our 2nd quarter reward. To qualify students needed to have 95% or better attendance, no unexcused absences, and no office discipline for the quarter.

Students were rewarded with a delicious treat from Bill's Donuts. Great job to all the students who made it. Students will have the opportunity to earn our reward for 3rd quarter - outdoor recess!

In addition, 164 students had PERFECT attendance 2nd quarter. AMAZING!

Character Club - Service Dogs

Thank you to 4 Paws 4 Abilities and the Character Club for bringing in their wonderful service dogs to ease nerves during our first day of semester exams. The students loved having them there to de-stress from their important tests.

Cookie walk

Huge thank you to the parents who sent in cookies for our holiday cookie walk! Also thank you to the Character Club for creating a lovely card for each staff member in our school. Your efforts brightened everyone's holiday!

Classroom Coping Kits

Our December Advisory lessons focused on helping students learn to manage stress in their daily lives. During this time, students were introduced to classroom coping kits as one support that they have available here at school. The purpose of a classroom coping kit is to provide students with coping techniques and strategies that they can use to regulate their emotions without leaving the classroom setting and missing valuable instruction. Each kit includes a variety of fidgets and calming activities to support the different ways that students cope with stress. When students are feeling stressed or anxious, they can choose a coping activity to use for 10 minutes while they continue participating in class to the best of their ability. If a student continues to experience high stress that prevents him/her from being able to learn and participate appropriately in classroom activities after using a coping activity, the student may choose to see a counselor for additional support.

What is included in the coping kit:

1) Fidgets

2) Coloring Materials

3) Breathing Exercises

4) Mindfulness Activities

Morning Tutoring

There is a change to morning tutoring for 2nd semester. Instead of having designated teachers in the IMC to help students, all teachers will be available by appointment from 7:45 - 8:05 each day. Students just need to let their teacher know they will be coming in and teachers will work to accommodate their needs.

Scheduling

The scheduling process will begin with an evening parent meeting on January 28th at 6 pm in the high school auditorium. Beavercreek High School counselors will then meet with students to provide assistance with course selection for next year. These meetings will take place in the Ferguson Hall IMC during science classes on February 6th. Students who are absent or unable to attend may make an appointment with their counselor to get this information. At these meetings, students will be provided with information to bring home and assist parents in helping their student(s) choose the appropriate courses. The student scheduling portal will open for course requests on February 7th and close on February 14th.

Lunch Games

A huge thank you to those families who donated board games for our lunch time game cart. Soon students will be able to sign out these games to play during lunch. Our hope is that these provide students with a productive brain break after they are finished eating.

Air Test Schedule

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Spring parent/teacher conferences will be held the week of March 2 - March 6. More information will be forthcoming, please contact your child's teacher if you would like to set up an appointment.

Veteran's Day Ceremony

Ferguson Hall held its second annual Veterans Day celebration at the Ferguson Hall Veterans Memorial Garden. Thank you to our AFJROTC cadets for putting on an excellent celebration of those who have served our country. Thank you to the veterans on our staff: Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Knight, Mr. Oldiges, Mr. Thornhill, Major Whitlow, and Master Sargent Mackey.

Library/IMC

Looking for a great new book to read this winter? Need reliable online resources for a project or research paper? Chromebook giving you problems? Then stop by your Ferguson Library for assistance! I can help! From online databases and e-books to hard cover books and the Chromebook hospital, the FH IMC has a solution. Hours are 7:35-12:15, 12:45-2:50. If you have any questions, please stop by or email me at angie.williams@beavercreek.k12.oh.us

School Fees

Please check with your child and see if they have received a school fees payment reminder from the front office. If you are unsure if you still have outstanding fees, please contact Ferguson Hall.

Lost and Found

If your child is missing a coat, hat, water bottle, or other item, please stop by the lost and found in the Ferguson front office. Our bin is overflowing!