It is not your environment, it is you-the quality of your minds, the integrity of your souls and the determination of your will that will decide your future and shape your lives. Benjamin E Mays, Educator

School News 2012 - 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Dear Parents,

Robert A. Black Magnet is a Kindergarten through Eighth grade school with two separate locations. K- 3rd grade, 7133 South Coles Avenue and 4th - 8th grade, 9101 South Euclid Avenue.

We are a Math and Science Academy and integrate technology into our core curriculum and extension programs. We offer enrichment activities, a Gifted Science program, the Algebra Initiative and IMSA, as well as an afterschool program.

Currently we are a 2008, "No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School". Also we are a 2009/2010 Illinois Spotlight School.

We strive for excellence and embrace all students regardless of any challenges or special needs.

Citizens of the Month will be recognized at the monthy LSC meeting which takes place every third Thursday of the month. Join us in acknowledging your child's success.

Congratulations Robert A. Black Magnet!

Spotlight Schools Award - 2012 Illinois Honor Roll

Criteria for selecting Spotlight Schools are as follows:

School meets Adequate Yearly Progress for the last two years, 2011 and 2012

At least 60 percent of students must have met or exceeded standards in both reading and mathematics in 2012 and at least 50 percent of students met or exceeded those same standards in the two preceding years, 2011 and 2010

At least half the students enrolled have free or reduced lunch applications.

Silver Award of the Healthier US School Challenge

We are Healthy School Certified!

NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association)

Spring Assessment (April 29th - June 7th)

The NWEA Parent Toolkit was created as a resource and guide for parents. It includes Frequently Asked Questions, Tips for Parents, a list of web sites for parents and kids, and information on Lexile—a tool for measuring text difficulty. We hope you find this toolkit helpful and invite you to have conversations with your school personnel about NWEA's assessment tools.

8th Grade Explorer Assessment (May 13th - May 17th)



Mission Statement

We are committed to providing an academic environment in which all children, regardless of any disabilities, will succeed academically.  Students will be well mannered, respectful of themselves and others, enthusiastic in the pursuit of knowledge, and the fulfillment of their goals. 

School Vision

We envision a school where learning is a result of open communication among parents, teachers and students.  Ultimately, the guiding principle of our innovative educational programs will be the development of the total child through varied practices in literacy, mathematics, science, and the integration of technology across the curriculum.



Dates to remember:

April 2013

11th - End of 3rd Qtr.

12th - School Improvement Day - 1/2 Day for students

17th - Report Card Pick-Up

May 2013

2nd - KDG & 1st Gr. Orientation

8th - 1/2 Day for Students

14th Eighth Grade Explorer Assessment

23rd - 4th & 5th Grade Science Fair

27th - Memorial Day - Holiday

June 2013

11th - Pan American Assembly

14th - Kindergarten Graduation

17th - Eighth Grade Graduation

25th - Last Day of School