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Upcoming Events

Blackford Community Day

This year Blackford has partnered with RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) to create "Makerspaces" at our school. Makerspaces allow students to gather with one another to explore ideas, create inventions, explore design thinking, to discover and create using a variety of tools and materials. We are going to be building these Makerspaces as a community alongside our partners from RAFT on Saturday March 25th from 10:00 - 4:00 at Blackford. This is a great chance for us to come together as a communty and help create opportunites for our students here at Blackford. Please come join us and stay for as long as your schedule allows. Lunch will be provided. Please register by using the following link https://tinyurl.com/jnp75p7 We hope to see you there!  

State Testing: Keep Calm and Study On

State testing will happen from mid-April through May, and we're doing our best to ensure our students do their best.

Each year, students in grades 3–8 will participate in the statewide testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests cover English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3–8, and science fore grades 5 and 8. They provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.

The principal will send information about specific testing dates and times at your child's school.

Meanwhile: Don't Fret. Stay Informed.

Engineering Classes at Blackford!

Calling all engineers! It’s not not too late to register for our Engineering classes.  Taking it to the Skies (for grades k- 2): The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spaceship design.  Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more.  

Up, Up & Away (for grades 3-5): During the Aerospace Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines.  They construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect two marshmallow astronauts in a lunar vehicle, create their own air-powered rockets, and assemble a hot air balloon model that actually takes flight!    

Come and join the creativity by registering with the following link. https://cusdextensions.asapconnected.com/cour... 

Hope to see you there!

Planning for Excellence

Strategic Plan Committee noted progress during its review of strategic goals and objectives, including STEAM, standards and student support.

The Strategic Planning Committee—35 students, employees, parents, community members, and Board members—met on March 7, 2017 to discuss progress, challenges, and next steps toward achieving the District’s strategic goals.

As part of the semi-annual review, the group created objectives to be completed by September 2018 and a list of current “Perceived Strengths and Accomplishments”.

More details about the Strategic Plan are on the Strategic Plan Web Page

New School Dashboard Reports School Performance

The State of California is field-testing a new school accountability tool that uses multiple measures to report school performance and growth.

 Watch the Video

The California School Dashboard is a new tool from the State of California that replaces the old Academic Performance Index (API).  It will provide parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.

The California School Dashboard is a critical piece of California’s new school accountability and continuous improvement system. A 5-minute video explains how the new tool works and what it looks like.