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Blackwood, New Jersey
Camden County
Gloucester Township Public Schools
Blackwood Elementary School is a public school located in Blackwood, New Jersey with 586 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Highlights
Blackwood is implementing new curriculum for ELA in grades K and 1st and 3-5. The curriculum adopted is Super Kids and Wit & Wisdom respectively. The new curricula raises students expectations.
Blackwood Elementary School is a Title 1 school that provides its students with opportunities to explore high student interest activities after school providing students with background knowledge.
Blackwood is rich in its diversity. Diversity is celebrated with an annual Multi-Cultural Day Celebration.
Awards

We recognize the accomplishments of all students be it academically or socially. We offer the Blackwood Beaver, the weekly Character Counts award, our monthly teacher recognition, our Academic Achievers, Student of the Month, Star Students, and we offer attendance awards for both students and teachers. We have been recognized for our student growth academically and continue to strive for excellence.

Location
260 Blenheim Erial Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Contact
Principal: Mr. Alexander Ferrante
856-227-9510
aferrante@gloucesterrtownshipschools.org
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Grades
Pre-K-5
White 38%
Black 36%
Asian 8%
Hispanic 14%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 5%
School size
586
students
Female 48.8%
Male 51.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 53%
Students with disabilities 19%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
84
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 8%
44
Kindergarten 14%
83
1st Grade 15%
90
2nd Grade 16%
94
3rd Grade 15%
90
4th Grade 15%
88
5th Grade 17%
97
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English & language arts proficiency
60%
of students

Math proficiency
37%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.8
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 1
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 5
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
74%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 36%
6 to 10 days 34%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 11%
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English 96.8%
Spanish 1.2%
Bengali 1.0%
Other 1.0%
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Learn more about Blackwood Elementary School.

Mission

Blackwood Elementary will uphold an oath to live up to the ideals of the school: Scholar, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Independence, Entrepreneurialism, and Diversity. Students will observe these ideals in action, and be provided opportunities to practice them as they develop as individuals. Students may find themselves conflicted when trying to live virtuously to their ideals and will be forced to make a difficult decision. Growth will result in each time a student makes a decision that challenges their beliefs, whether their beliefs are validated or not. Through self-discovery, students will live up to their potential and develop holistically. As a fully developed, free-thinking individuals, they will contribute to the greater good of the world.

Academics

Blackwood Elementary School delivers its instruction of the NJ State Curriculum Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) through its grades K-2 and 3-5 curriculum. Currently we are transitioning our implementation of the ELA curriculum. In grades K and 1 we have fully implemented the new Super Kids curriculum. In grade 2, we are preimplementing using the Super Kids curriculum in 1 of our 5 classes and phasing out the Wonders curriculum in the other 4 classes. Blackwood has fully implemented the Wit and Wisdom curriculum for grades 3-5. Our math curriculum is My Math. Students receive weekly instruction in Art, Computers, Library, Spanish, Health & Physical Education, and Music. Science and Social Studies is facilitated through TCI.

Clubs

After school offerings include our enrichment clubs in Memory (Yearbook), Sportsmanship, Social & Emotional Learning, Art, and Future Teachers. Extended Day programs offered to grade levels 3 to 5 were developed with students, teachers and parents of high interest include Drama, Newspaper, Advanced Math Topics, Student Government (Leadership), STEAM, Choir, and Homework Club. Students in grades 1 and 2 needing assistance are offered the Students Needing Assistance Pronto (SNAP) program. After-school program facilitation occur Tuesday through Thursday.

Programs

Students have access to a Latch-Key Program that provides before & after care during the school year and the summer months. Title I services may be accessed by the school and include a Summer Bridge Program for students entering K with no Pre-K experience.

Teachers

Teachers are provided with professional learning as organized by our SCIP Committee. Administration ensures that staff is provided with in school professional learning to support district initiatives. Data and Technology, Google Classroom, Whole Brain Learning, and Social & Emotional Learning are just a few titles of our in-school workshops.

Supports

Student support services include Response to Intervention (RTI) Intervention & Referral Services Committee (I&RS), Child Study Team, Resource Room & In-Class Support instruction, Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapies and Guidance Counseling.

Health

Our students are offered a breakfast and lunch program at a reduced/free rate. We have a Health and Safety Committee to promote the health and well being of our students. The Nurse offers a screening for sight and hearing. We have utilized a county program that supports families in purchasing glasses. Students are offered physical education and open recess where students take advantage of ropes, balls, soccer nets, and basketball nets. Games are painted on the surfaced areas of the play area.

Parents

Blackwood School is supported by an outstanding home & school organization called Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO has monthly meetings and is responsible for fund raising activities and develops projects that enhance the student''s school experience. Parents are also able to attend many school events such as Multi-Cultural Day, Field Day, Fun Day, Math Night, Literacy Night, Parents Night, and activities for American Education Week.

Facilities

Blackwood was built in 1958. An additional wing that was added has air conditioning. There is a library, two computer labs, a gymnasium, art and music rooms. Recent improvements to the facility includes repaving and expansion of the school's parking lot, new (front) sidewalk with safety ballards, upgrades to the security system (additional cameras), and outdoor classroom.

School safety

Blackwood has been upgraded with its school security camera system (17 cameras). Ballards line the front of the school protecting students from traffic. Blackwood''s School Safety Committee meets regularly to address building/safety concerns.

Technology

Blackwood has made significant investments into establishing a "Maker Space" within its Library. Blackwood has established a Steam Club were students have access and experience with a 3D printer, Robotics, Drones, and Postermaker. The STEAM Club designed and created a sensory walk for students.

Early childhood

The district was awarded a state funding opportunity. As a result, Blackwood Elementary is able to offer the Pre-school Expansion. This entitles students of age 3 to participated in our half day program. Students age 4 have been afforded to participate in the new full day preschool program. There are currently 2 classes of full day pre-school.

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Blackwood opens its doors at 8:20. Students have breakfast or organize for the day until 8:45 when instruction begins. Instruction ends at 2:42 and dismissal is at 2:45. The specials (Art, Music, Library, Spanish, PE, and Computers) are on a six day cycle. School safety drills are conducted twice a month this includes fire, bomb and intruder drills. A police officer is present at all drills for feedback purposes. We have smartboards in grades kindergarten through five. Chromebooks are 1:1 in grades two through five. Grades K-1 also have chromebooks in each room. Communication is strong. There is a calendar on the school website with all activities for the entire year, a monthly list of activities is emailed to all parents, a weekly phone call goes out every Sunday evening, teachers email by class daily or at the least weekly. There is a preschool program at Blackwood with two classrooms servicing students across the readiness spectrum to create an inclusive environment. The AM and PM sessions are both three hours. The AM session is reserved for 3 year old children and the PM session is reserved for 4 year old children.

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