BFHS and Free Your Voice Present at Roots
Free Your Voice had a great experience presenting at the Roots Conference this weekend. Charles, Josh, Shashawnda and Destiny led an hour long interactive presentation focused on the incinerator campaign and the leadership development process (other FYV students unable to attend helped shape the presentation). They did a great job and facilitated an excellent discussion with students and teachers from across the city. People shared stories and connected the issue to their lives - the students made a big breakthrough in helping foster the idea that we are all in this together.
BFHS Senior Rawshia Smith Signs with CCBC
Rawshia Smith signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at the Community College of Baltimore County last night. She is the first ever female athlete from our Ben Franklin to receive a full athletic scholarship to a college or university. The ceremony was outstanding and she had the most beautiful smile on her face.
BFHS Partners with Partners of Masonville Cove Education Center and the National Aquarium
Students from Ben Franklin attended an event to thank Partners of Masonville Cove Education Center and the National Aquarium for their support and to invite us to join their next venture in the community, a trash study. The program is called SWAP which stands for Small Watershed Action Plan. We will be surveying the neighborhood documenting with GPS, photographs and inventory sheets observable pollutants that may wash into the watershed; as well as, protectors of the watershed like the number of trees in the area.
The first picture is of Lt. Governor Brown and John C. Racanelli, the CEO of the National Aquarium with Gary Brown and Donyae Weaver in the front row. They worked with Michael Tauber, Kenyell Sommerville, Eswin Herrarte-Perez and John Thiess on a practice inventory for the SWAP program.
BFHS Students On Field Trips
FAFSA Forms Due February 14
At the financial literacy fair at Benjamin Franklin High School, students learned about banking, budgeting, and applying for financial aid for college.
“These are the life skills that aren’t taught in the classroom, so I think it’s very important for us to learn this,” says Trevon, a student.
Students were given hypothetical budgets to practice calculating monthly expenses and figure out how to spend their money.
“They’re learning about limited supplies of money, how they can apply that money and what happens when the money is gone,“ says Deborah Woolley, Learning to Work Coordinator at the school.
Volunteers from PNC Bank offered workshops about credit and debit options and the importance of saving. Seniors also participated in a FAFSA workshop where they learned about the materials and information needed to fill out and submit their financial aid applications online.
“It’s important to fill out your FAFSA because it takes a big burden off of our families, “ says DeMonte, a senior at the school.
Ben Franklin Students Hired to Work at Camden Yards
The following students were hired on the spot to work Concessions at Camden Yards.
Aaron Weaver and Simon Moreno Will Share How Art Has Transformed Their Lives.
Motivated by our own Brooklyn Park Middle School Bee, Chesapeake Arts Center is launching a new series, FREE to the community! Come and hear inspiring messages from other Maryland residents and "Bee Inspired" to turn over your own new leaf!
We kick off the series with "Bee Revitalized" on January 14th in Studio 194. Students from Ben Franklin High School will share how the arts have revitalized their own lives, specifically with their work on HarborTraces with Stephen Bradley, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore. HarborTraces is an ongoing artists exchange program with Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, Maryland and Heijplaat in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Stay tuned for Bee Revitalized, Bee A Man!, Bee A Friend, Bee Nice, Bee Strong. Each "Bee Inspired" event is free; doors open at 6pm, event at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
CAC Presents: Bee Inspired "Bee Revitalized"
CAC Presents: Bee Inspired Series
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In Studio 194 Theatre
6pm Doors | 6:30pm Start
FREE to the community!
BFHS Students March Against The Incinerator
On Decemeber 18, 2013 BFHS students marched about one mile from the school to the site of a planned incinerator. For more information please click here
BFHS also received press coverage from the following sources:
BFHS Students Visit Morgan State University
BFHS Students work with Free Your Voice and GAIA
Destiny Watford Class of 2013, Josh Acevedo, and Shashawnda Campbell attended a conference in Washington DC this past weekend on labor and climate issues.
BFHS and the Filbert Street Garden
BFHS Helps Restore Wetlands in Masonville Cove
Actors From 'Veep' & 'House Of Cards' Get Their Hands Dirty With Local Students
Upcoming: SFC Meeting
We will be discussing Budget Adjustment from 4PM to 5PM on Wednesday October 16th.
John Theiss Honored by Living Classrooms
Masonville Cove was the first Urban Park to receive recognition and funding in the United States from US Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
During the ceremony, they recognized John Thiess for his work in designing display Kiosks, instructing visitors on the Cove and researching wildlife.
Ben Franklin Students Partner with UMBC to Create a Mural
Read all about it here!
Ben Franklin Student Meets Arne Duncan
Ben Franklin's own Ali Rone meets Secretary of State Arne Duncan at the Center for School Turnaround Symposium sponsored by the USDE.
Back to School Night
Thursday September 19th is Back to School Night at Ben Franklin. We will begin at 4:30PM and end at 6:30 PM.
Welcome Ben Franklin Class of 2017!
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Class of 2013
Ben Franklin High School sends its congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013. The Commencement ceremony was held at the Chesapeake Arts Center. Deborah Weiner from WBAL-TV was our keynote speaker. More pictures to come on Tuesday afternoon!
MORE Scholarship Money for a Franklinite!
This year, Ben Franklin students have amassed nearly a half-million dollars in grants and scholarships. Takeyra Pitts is one of the latest Ben Franklin students to receive money for higher education. This one comes from the Masonic Charities of Maryland. She plans on attending the University of Maryland- Eastern Shore in the fall. She has the opportunity to attend a banquet for scholarship recipients in June, where she can potentially win an additional $5,000! Good luck and we wish you all the best.