BFHS Students Particpate in MANRRS Convention
Junior MANRRS (for Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences) is a pre-collegiate outreach program of the National Society of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) for high school-aged students to expose them to career pathways and educational possibilities in the food, agricultural, environmental and related sciences. Our Junior MANRRS members are affiliated with the National Society through membership with the UMES MANRRS chapter. Through Junior MANRRS college-level students connect pre-college aged students with networking opportunities and with other MANRRS student members, university faculty, and industry professionals.
Title 1 Parent Involvement Meeting
September 30, 2014
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
In the Community Schools Office
Torrey Smith Donates Books and Honors BFHS Students
Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, donated more than 700 books and ebooks to Benjamin Franklin High School today. At the dedication event, he also honored the following students for their achievements in reading and community service.
Reading Ring of Honor:
First we have Shashawnda Campbell
As a junior at Benjamin Franklin High School, Shashawnda demonstrated a unique love and passion for reading. As she made her way through page after page of books--required and self-selected--she came up with some of the more original ideas and analyses about the meaning of literature in her then junior class. Her reading level increased over two grade levels in that one year, rendering her more than adequately prepared for Advanced Placement English as a senior this year. She read literature ranging from interesting young adult books like Delirium and Monster to complex texts like The Color of Water, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and The Great Gatsby. She encouraged her classmates to read as well by sharing her favorite passages and holding them accountable for keeping up with her during group projects.
Next we have Jessica Wiest
As a junior, Jessica demonstrated outstanding growth in reading. Perhaps more than any other student, she showed a deep committed to extolling the worth of good literature. She inspired many students to read her favorite book, The Fault In Our Stars, setting an example that rippled through the junior class. When a local author visited the school to discuss his literature with her class, Jessica asked pointed questions about the thought process and meaning behind the author's work, and she was able to articulate how various books she'd read throughout the year affected her. She also showed some of the highest care and detail in her essay writing, writing lengthy analyses about the subtleties in the various works we analyzed as a class, especially Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
And now we have April Edwards
April showed persistence and dedication throughout her junior year to perhaps improve more dramatically than any student. She completed all of her outside reading assignments, reading a range of texts from The House On Mango Street, The Last Lecture, and Black Boy. She worked through difficult essays on complex classroom texts, writing more essays than she thought possible. Her reading score grew well over two years in her single year as a junior, and she became the only student to switch from a non-honors English class to Advanced Placement English. Her willingness to work extra hours after school, to complete all her homework, and to not give up when challenged led to her success.
Community Service Ring of Honor:
The first honoree is Kacy Dunkerly
Kacy is one the most hardworking and consistent students at Ben Franklin High School. She’s always pushing herself to achieve more, and this is evident by looking at her 422 service learning hours. Not only is she in the first group of students to take AP Government and AP English (like Shashawnda), but she has a job, tutors younger students, and is the student manager for the volleyball and baseball teams. It is a pleasure to honor her.
Next we have Sabila Williams
Sabila is a huge asset to any organization with which she works. She has spent dozens of hours working on environmental projects with Ms. Wilcox, is an alum of Teen Leadership with Kacy and Shashawnda, and she took the lead in establishing a partnership between the Leadership class and the Life Skills class here at Ben Franklin. Any free time Sabila has after volleyball practices she spends working in the Life Skills room to inspire her peers. Sabilia has the ability to work with anyone in any capacity with the most positive attitude. She will ask questions in class until she has gained a complete understanding of the lesson. Because of her hard work , as evidenced by her 350 service learning hours and always putting her best foot forward, we are pleased to recognize her.
Next we have Julian Grimes
Julian is an amazing young man. He is a multi-sport athlete who enjoys working with children and the elderly. Julian is currently being recruited by Shepherd University and Howard Community College to continue his athletic career next year. He is a member of the New Creation Christian Church and sings in the choir. Julian earned most of his 340 service learning hours while still a student in Middle School where he began playing basketball and soccer. This incredible young man is a wonderful example of a student athlete .
Welcome Back to School
The first day of school is August 25, 2014 remember classes start at 8:00 AM!
Open House 1PM-3PM Friday August 22nd.
Senior Launch September 3rd 5PM-7PM.
Ms. Chambers' Art Exhibit
BFHS Students Win Cherry Hill Theme Song Contest
Audrey and Shellia Rozier win a $250 gift certificate for their winning entry in the Cherry Hill Theme Song Contest
BFHS Track Team "Road to States" Video
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BFHS Students Present Business Plans
Students in Ms. Chambers' class present their business plans to business leaders. Jennifer Bodensiek, President of the Central Maryland chapter of Junior Achievement was in attendance because they donated the programs Ms. Chambers used in the class as lessons.
Family members and other business partners attended the event.
BFHS Students Visit AT&T for Job Shadow Day
Our students Kemeshon Kirton, Jaida Robey, Kenyelle Sommerville, Audrey Rozier, Shellia Rozie, Brandon Champagne and Destiny Battle participated in the National AT&T Aspire Job Shadow program through Junior Achievement.
They met with Rob Forsyth, Vice President and General Manager of this Region, along with other employees from various departments for round table discussions about careers, making plans for the future and the importance of good grades.
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.