Ballard Elementary School

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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  • Meet the Teacher Night at Ballard! Ballard's Meet the Teacher Night

     Wednesday, August 30th

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

     We hope to see you then!

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  • Ballard will be open for fall enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:30 pm beginning Monday, August 21st through Thursday, August 31st. You must bring a birth certificate, shot record, hearing and vision screening (for Kindergarten students), and verification of your address to enroll your child. If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at 269-683-5900 beginning August 21st.

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  •                                   school supplies


    We now have a suggested school supply list for each grade level on our website page. Go to the Quick Link on the left, or click on the Parent Tab at the top of Ballard's front page. Due to many requests by parents each grade level published their own list. The district supplies basic items, these lists include items that are very useful for every student in the classroom. Thank you for your support!

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  • Howard-Ellis & Ring Lardner Building Dedication Ceremonies

    Please join us as we celebrate the dedication of the additions and upgrades to Howard-Ellis and Ring Lardner. Ring Lardner's ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 12th beginning at 2:00pm and Howard-Ellis will hold their ceremony on Thursday, September 14th from 3:00-4:00pm. The community is invited to attend!

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  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated August 2017! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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    Welcome to Ballard Elementary School!

    1601 Chicago Road, Niles, MI 49120

    Phone Number: (269) 683-5900

    Fax:  (269) 684-9527


    Current Enrollment: 650 students

    Grade Levels:K-5th grades
    School Hours: 8:35 a.m. - 3:42 p.m.
    Principal: Mr. David Eichenberg

    Principal: Mrs. Robin Hadrick

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    Ballard Elementary School is located on the city's west side just a half mile east of US 12 or a short distance west from the downtown area.


    Our school's vision is to develop a culture where lifelong learning is valued and all students are positive contributors to society. The introduction of the Ballard B's behavior matrix (Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Safe. Be Scholarly.) helps promote positive social, emotional and physical growth in a safe, orderly environment. The behavior and actions of the Ballard School Community are guided by these principles.


    Teachers and principals continuously review data from DIBELS and NWEA tests, as well as from formal and informal classroom assessments, to adjust curriculum and instruction to meet student's needs. Our staff is well prepared to teach students of varying abilities and learning styles.


    We hope you will visit us and become an active member of our school community. Our Parent Teacher Organization works to provide students with materials, equipment, and programs that enrich learning including supplies, reading programs, extra assemblies, and our end-of-year picnic/party. They organize several fund raising opportunities for our school and evening events that help bring parents and staff together to promote a friendly environment at our school.

    We look forward to a great year at Ballard!