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!
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.”
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)
Welcome to Ballard Elementary School!
Phone Number: (269) 683-5900
Fax: (269) 684-9527
Current Enrollment: 605 students
Principal: Mrs. Robin Hadrick
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.