3Q Highlights

Elevating remote learning in D163

Dear Blackhawk Families,

Greetings Blackhawk Families,

We have officially completed our 3rd quarter of remote learning. Thank you to all of our parents who supported our Black History Month oratory presentations to commemorate Black History Month. Our Blackhawk students did an amazing job. Thank you to our Blackhawk leaders who continue to remain relentless as they pursue excellence through each interaction with our students.


With Children in Mind,

Dr. Felix Anderson

Excellence Popping up

District 163 celebrates student achievement by spotlighting "Excellence Popping up" around the neighborhood. We are proud to recognize all of our Blackhawk scholars and Students of the month who have continued to work diligently during our remote learning experience. We appreciate all families for ensuring students are participating routinely during remote learning. As we begin the 4th quarter we encourage all students and families to continue to #SoarToNewHeights by doing their best each day. Who knows you could be the next Blackhawk student spotlighted soon!!!
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Blackhawk is having FUN remote learning while encouraging student engagement

5 Essential Survey

Thank you to all of our parents who have already taken the 5 Essentials Survey. The window is still open to participate in our survey where your opinion matters!! We look forward to celebrating all students who will receive the incentive for proof of completion. Once you have completed the survey send the completion screenshot to your teacher to be counted in the incentive.

What are the 5 Essentials?

The 5Essentials is a research-based school improvement system that defines, measures, and utilizes the most important organizational conditions, including aspects of a school’s culture and climate, to improve student outcomes.

Specifically, the 5Essentials is an improvement framework and diagnostic survey with research-tested scoring and interactive reporting that provides insights into schools’ organizational strengths and areas of opportunity across the five essential factors for school improvement: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction. The system also includes professional learning designed to help educators leverage 5Essentials data to inform improvement planning and drive improved school and student outcomes.


Parents we are asking that each of you please take the survey to give us effective feedback. Your voice is important and we need your assistance. For all families who complete the survey, there will be an incentive for each student. As proof of submission, we are asking that you please take a picture of your completion screen and submit the picture to your classroom teacher for your child to be counted for the incentive.

Attendance Matters

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. In this era of increased accountability for states, districts, and schools, the connection between student attendance and learning is being studied more than ever before. As a result, education agencies are asked with increasing frequency to report attendance data in a standard manner to allow comparisons across organizations and jurisdictions.

The primary rationale for high-quality attendance data is the relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success but chronic student absence reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first-grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.

At Blackhawk, we are here to support our families during any unforeseen circumstance. Together we can ensure students are in attendance to support student mastery and social-emotional development even in a remote learning environment. Please reach out to your teacher if you need support with attendance concerns. We are here to service our Blackhawk families.

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Blackhawk Primary Center

Dr. Felix Anderson, Principal

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” “We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.