Thinking of you today! ❤️
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Happy Mother's Day
It's a great day for a field trip to Ouabache State Park! According to BJSHS teacher Mrs. Linda Wallace, her class used the funds from their Christmas sales to enjoy the park and lunch out. Thank you to everyone who helped support the Bruins during the holiday season! #BetterAtBlackford Staffer photo: (from top) Joni Duren, Jennifer Osborne, Linda Wallace and Cindy Anderson.
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
BJSHS students at Ouabache
BJSHS staff accompany students on a field trip to Ouabache State Park
Linda Wallace's class visits Ouabache State Park on Friday
A message from Mrs. Blankenbaker and the BJSHS Greenhouse students: Don't forget we will be open TODAY Thursday May 9th- 3:15 pm-6 pm Friday May 10th- 3:15 pm-5 pm Saturday -TBD
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Greenhouse flowers
Blackford Preschool Academy has reached Paths to Quality Level 3 status and is an On My Way Pre-K Approved Program! Level 3 programs have met all of the health and safety standards set forth by the state of Indiana. These programs demonstrated the knowledge and skill necessary for planning appropriate activities and opportunities that lead children toward school readiness. Level 3 programs have made a significant investment in the professional development of the staff, and they incorporate family and staff input into the program. Check back soon for more updates on Blackford Preschool Academy!
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Level 3 Paths to Excellence sign
More scenes from the BPS Touch A Truck Career Day
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
BPS students learn about trucks during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students learn about trucks during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students learn about trucks during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students learn about trucks during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students learn about trucks during Touch a Truck Career Day
Congratulations to BJSHS students (from left) Kaleb Patrick, Kalyssa Lennon and Kaylee Fields, who aced their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) state exams with 100 percent pass rates! Way to go, Bruins! #BruinProud
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Newest CNAs Kalep Patric, Kalyssa Lennon and Kaylee Fields
Check this out! Earlier this week, students at BPS had the opportunity to learn about a variety of "big trucks" during Touch a Truck Career Day! We appreciate all the trucks taking the time to showcase their trade, show us lots of cool stuff, and make some great memories! Thank you to the following: Hartford City Public Works Blackford County Sheriff's Department Hartford City Fire Department Hartford City Police Department Chubby Burger Food Truck Zack Gillihan Hartford City Water Department Blackford County Schools Transportation Department Eastern Indiana Works AEP American Electric/Indiana Michigan Power A special shout-out goes to our own Tiffany Ickes Pauley, who worked so hard to put this together for the students. We appreciate her so much! ❤️ #BetterAtBlackford
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
BPS student in a truck
Students pose in front of an AEP truck
BPS students learn more about the trash truck during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students learn about school buses during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students view several different utility vehicles during Touch a Truck Career Day
BPS students learn about trucks during Touch a Truck Career Day
You may have heard cheers this morning and wondered what was happening. The cheers were coming from a third grade classroom at Blackford Intermediate School. Students had just learned their teacher, Elizabeth Kauerauf, had been selected as the Blackford County Schools 2024 Henderson Teacher of the Year! For BIS Principal Jim Fox, the reason for Kauerauf’s selection is simple, “This school year she has taken her class to new heights.” Fox notes that Kauerauf had obstacles to overcome at the beginning of the school year such as low student achievement, behavior issues, and concerns about students passing the important I-Read testing that takes place in 3rd grade, but she took the challenges head-on. Class behaviors improved and student achievement increased. Fox believes the success comes from Kauerauf utilizing a variety of approaches to teach her students. “She does this because she recognizes that there isn’t just one way to reach all students. Her students know that each one is special and important to her.” He adds, “Her classroom community is one that I praise constantly to other staff members as a model for success.” How do Kauerauf’s students feel about their teacher being selected as Teacher of the Year? One of her students comments, “She is kind. She is good at explaining stuff. She is really fun and I like her as a teacher.” The is the 24th year for the Henderson Teacher of the Year Award, named in honor of former Blackford County educators Ed and Ruth Henderson. Ed Henderson was a long-time journalism/publications teacher, while his wife, Ruth, served as an English teacher. Criteria for the award includes meeting student needs, a desire for professional growth, community involvement, dedication to the teaching profession and rapport with students, parents and staff. BCS Superintendent Chad Yencer surprised Kauerauf with flowers and a certificate in front of her class, who were more than excited to express their enthusiasm for their teacher. In fact, they told Yencer they are sure Kauerauf will be next year’s Henderson Teacher of the Year Award winner! Congratulations, Elizabeth Kauerauf!
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Henderson Award winner Elizabeth Kauerauf and her 3rd grade class
Chad Yencer, Elizabeth Kauerauf, Jim Fox, Chaz Gabriel, Dr. James Trinkle
Yencer surprises Elizabeth Kauerauf as Teacher of the Year
To kick off the celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, BCS would like to congratulate the 2024 Jennerjahn Most Influential Educators. These outstanding educators were selected by the Top Ten Seniors at BJSHS. The seniors selected educators who had a significant positive effect on their education. The students and their educators were honored during a banquet held last night in the former St. John’s School basement. During the banquet, students made a formal presentation explaining their selection and what made their educator so special. In addition, the students were asked to include a small gift of appreciation. Their creativity certainly was not lacking. Gifts ranged from personalized books that included music, poetry and memories to a cooler that would be absolutely perfect for an afternoon of fishing. The gifts, as well as the presentations, were both personal and thoughtful. Chloe Wicker presented the tennis ball from her winning match to her Most Influential Educator, her dad, Williams Wicker, a physical education teacher at BJSHS. There were a number of special milestones taking place during the event. This was the 20th year for the award’s ceremony created by local philanthropist Ruth Jennerjahn, and her late husband Brian. This year is the 10th time MSG. Rick Kauffman has been selected as a Most Influential Educator. Also, this year, two seniors selected a parent, who happens to teach at BCS, as their Most Influential Educator. Joining Chloe Wicker in honoring a parent was Charlie Crabtree, who selected his mother, elementary education teacher Amber Crabtree, as his Most Influential Educator. This year’s seniors and their educators include: Mr. Aaron Blackwood and Mrs. Sherri Barker, Spanish teacher at BJSHS; Miss Allison Clamme and Mrs. Bethany Bowman, English teacher at BJSHS; Miss Ammee Uggen and Mr. Gaven Schulz, Social Studies teacher at BJSHS; Mr. Charleston Slentz and Mrs. Shelbi Blankenbaker, Ag teacher at BJSHS; Mr. Charlie Crabtree and Mrs. Amber Crabtree; Miss Chloe Wicker and Mr. William Wicker; Mr. Keaton Walker and BJSHS Band Director Holden Berlin; Miss Lindze Quillen and Mrs. Sasha Hudson, Spanish teacher at BJSHS; Miss Patience Campbell and Mr. Joshua Brock, former English teacher at BJSHS; and lastly, Mr. Wyatt Smith and MSG Rick Kauffman, JROTC Commander at BJSHS.
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Shelbi Blankenbaker and Charleston Slentz
Gaven Schulz and Amma Uggen
William Wicker and Chloe Wicker
Allison Clamme and Bethany Bowman
Charlie and Amber Crabtree
Lindze Quillen and Sasha Hudson
Patience Campbell and Josh Brock
Wyatt Smith and MSG Rick Kauffman
Holden Berlin and Keaton Walker
Aaron Blackwood and Sherri Barker
Usually, we find our favorite local photographer behind the camera, but not today! Don Rogers stopped by Ms. April Bartlett's Media class at BJSHS this afternoon. Mr. Rogers was on hand to talk about a career in photography. We appreciate Mr. Rogers sharing his time and expertise with our students. #BetterAtBlackford
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Don Rogers visits the Media class at BJSHS
BCS has a number of items for sale in a silent auction. Please take a moment to click the link to view photos of the available items. To view the items in person, visit Blackford Primary School on Wednesday, May 15 or Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Enter at Door 9. Use east parking lot. Winning bidders will be notified Friday, May 17 with items ready for pick up on Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 10 a.m. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tl9W2RFf-kLCLILLTkDhl2ycezKomInhwBBKAvgTb9Q/edit?usp=sharing
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
student desks
blue student chairs
cafeteria table
walnut book case
These little cuties will be at tonight's puppy yoga class. They are American Corgi pups. Come get your fill of puppy snuggles, rest your mind, and get in some good yoga! With these little faces, you know you want to! See you at 5 p.m. in the BJSHS Aux. Gym.! Mats are available.
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Puppy - 1
Puppy - 2
puppy - 3
Puppy - 4
What's better than outside recess? Puppies at outside recess! We are so grateful to our friends at Ultimate Canine for coming to visit us! Thanks for making our day! #BetterAtBlackford
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Puppies at recess at BPS
Puppies at recess at BPS
Puppies at recess
Congratulations to our Jennerjahn Most Improved Students for 2024! During last night's celebration, students were honored for their academic achievements such as grades, test scores, attendance, conduct, and effort put forth. The highlight of the evening was when the student's teacher and/or principal shared what made these students so special. Attributes such as grit, determination, and a positive attitude were just some of the words used to describe the students accomplishments. For their efforts, the students were treated to a banquet and gift from the Jennerjahn family. Most Improved Students for 2024 include: Eli Lizaragga, 2nd grade at BPS; Damian Wilson, 3rd, Lane Ross, 4th, Jesse Johnson, 5th, and Ella Whetzel, 6th grade at BIS; Ariana Smith, 7th, and Lonnie Bonewit, 8th grade at BJSHS. Thank you to Ruth Jennerjahn and the Jennerjahn family for continuing to sponsor this banquet and celebrate BCS students!
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Ella Whetzel and Jim Fox
Jesse Johnson and Katie Barnes
Ariana Smith and Kevin Biddle
Lane Ross and Justine Barker
Eli Lizaragga, Craig Campbell and Aryn Enos
Damian Wilson and Carma Reidy
Lonnie Bonewit and Laura Lee
Congratulations to our Jennerjahn Most Improved Students for 2024! During last night's celebration, students were honored for their academic achievements such as grades, test scores, attendance, conduct, and effort put forth. The highlight of the evening was when the student's teacher and/or principal shared what made these students so special. Attributes such as grit, determination, and a positive attitude were just some of the words used to describe the students accomplishments. For their efforts, the students were treated to a banquet and gift from the Jennerjahn family. Most Improved Students for 2024 include: Eli Lizaragga, 2nd grade at BPS; Damian Wilson, 3rd, Lane Ross, 4th, Jesse Johnson, 5th, and Ella Whetzel, 6th grade at BIS; Ariana Smith, 7th, and Lonnie Bonewit, 8th grade at BJSHS. Thank you to Ruth Jennerjahn and the Jennerjahn family for continuing to sponsor this banquet and celebrate BCS students!
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
Ella Whetzel and Mr. Jim Fox
Jesse Johnson and his teacher Katie Barnes
Ariana Smith and Dr. Biddle
Eli Liaragga, Craig Campbell, Sarah Price and Aryn Enos
Lane Ross and Justine Barker
Lonnie Bonewit and Laura Lee
Damian wilson, Ella Whetzel, Lane Ross, Jesse Johnson, Carma Reidy, Jim Fox, Katie Barnes, Justine Barker, and Chaz Gabrial
Damian Wilson and Carma Reidy
Laura Lee, Ariana Smith, Dr. Keviin Biddle, Lonnie Bonewit, Kelli Ruble and Hollie Parker
Superintendent Chad Yencer
What do you get when you combine BJSHS students, sunshine and King's Island? A very well-spent day! Check out our Bruins during last weekend's King's Island field trip! #BetterAtBlackford
about 1 month ago, Beth Jones
King's Island kids
The BJSHS 8th grade Manufacturing Class has the perfect Mother's Day gift idea! Check out their No Hand Phone Stand! No hand phone stands are designed and manufactured by your very own Blackford Junior High 8th grade students. Help support the class by purchasing one. They are only $5.00 and are made from real maple hardwood. These are made in Blackford County USA. If you are interested in a No Hand Phone Stand, please contact any one of the 8th grade students in the photo, Mr. Rich Uggen at ruggen@blackfordschools.org, or stop by the BJSHS front office. Thank you for your support :)
about 2 months ago, Beth Jones
No Hand Phone Stand- 8th grade manufacturing project
Yes, you really are seeing double... Did you know?!!! BPS is the home of 6 sets of twins! Five of which are in the second grade. BPS wanted celebrate this before the majority of them move on to BIS. Front row from left: Annabelle and Isabelle Gray - 2nd, Minx and Riggs Cowgill - 2nd, Back Row: Zahra and Athena Sanderson - 2nd, Kaysin and Kylie Huckleby - 2nd, Emma and Ava Leas - 2nd, and McKenna and Mikayla Sherlund - 1st. #TwinTime #BetterAtBlackford
about 2 months ago, Beth Jones
BPS twins
The term "downward dog" took on a new meaning during last night's yoga class at BJSHS. The Blackford County Animal Shelter brought canine friends to encourage the class that included students, staff, and the public. Shelter staff also hoped to demonstrate what good boys they'd brought over in the event someone might want to adopt them. Conner is a brownish, mixed breed dog who has been at the shelter for about a year and a half. He's excellent with children and adults and is as friendly as can be. He was picked up around the Conner Trailer Park, leading to his name Conner. Jaxon is a white, mixed breed dog who isn't very old. Jaxon has watched both a sister and brother be adopted before him and is hoping for his turn. He's a gentle sweetheart who wants nothing more than to love you. Come on, Bruins, let's try to find forever homes for these two very good boys. BJSHS yoga classes are open to students, staff and the general public. Be sure to continue to check the BCS Facebook account for upcoming classes.
about 2 months ago, Beth Jones
BJSHS Yoga class with dogs
Kathleen Neal, Beth Jones and some good boys at yoga class
To do well in school, students need a strong foundation in reading. Thanks to the generosity of the Blackford County Community Foundation, students at Blackford Primary School have been able to take advantage of the Magnetic Reading Foundations (MRF) program to learn and/or improve their reading skills. "Last spring in 2023, BCS partnered with Curriculum Associates, Inc to provide high-quality tier 1 curricular resources to our K-2 classrooms," explains Assistant Superintendent David Parker. "Per board approval, we adopted a Curriculum Associates program entitled Magnetic Reading Foundations with the intent to transform the way our K-2 educators teach students to read. "Curriculum Associates has allowed us to spread the costs of these resources and materials out over the course of our 5 year purchase agreement. This school year (2023-24) was the first year of implementation. With the assistance of the Blackford County Community Foundation, we were able to cover our year-1 payment and purchase additional supplemental resources to all K-2 classroom teachers." Thanks to the strong partnership between Blackford County Schools and the Blackford County Community Foundation, a real investment and focus is being placed on improving the reading skills of our youngest students. This investment in early reading skills will reap benefits for these early learners and help them on their way to becoming successful Blackford County Schools' graduates. Thank you again to the Blackford County Community Foundation for its continued support.
about 2 months ago, Beth Jones
Students at BPS take part in the MRF Literacy program