Blackburn Elementary School


Welcome to Blackburn Elementary! We are proud of the work we do with our students, families and community. We invite you to be a part of our Blackburn community by visiting our website regularly for updated information.

Sara Terrill

Blackburn's Mission and Vision

Blackburn is a "paws"itive place to learn!


Mission Statement: Parents, teachers and students take responsibility to ensure each learner will achieve the skills and self-confidence to be successful.

Vision Statement:


Support Blackburn's PTA by joining today!

$5 family membership forms are available in our school office.

As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful - in school and in life.  

Reading Connections

Reading Connection (Beginning Edition) is written for the parents of students who are learning to read and mastering reading skills. The research-based articles offer easy tips and activities that parents can immediately use to build their children’s reading proficiency.  Choose your month and version (English or Spanish).

Title I Information
Summer School Information

Please click on the link to register your student for summer school.

Blackburn Elementary School

Blackburn Elementary School

17302 R.D. Mize Road
Independence, MO 64057

Phone: 816.521.5395
Fax: 816.521.5635


School Times
Start: 9:04am
Dismissal: 3:45pm

About Blackburn Elementary

Blackburn Elementary is a preschool through fifth grade school that provides a high quality education for about 600 students each year. Our focus is to help students become confident learners, problem solvers and leaders. Our excellent staff and fantastic PTA work together to provide many opportunities for students to practice their reading and writing skills. Tutoring and family night activities are examples of student and family-centered activities that take place at Blackburn. 

Click here to view our Blackburn Handbook.

Student Council Corner

The Student Council is collecting homemade cards/letters as part of their VALENTINES FOR VETS service project in honor of “Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week”. Students can make valentines and include messages of appreciation and thanks for the sacrifices made by veterans.  Our efforts will be a part of a nationwide program that encourages Americans to deliver valentines to veterans through their local Departments of Veterans Affairs.

Please include our school name and only the students first names.

Please drop off the cards in the library by WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12. They will be delivered to our local VA Hospital by your student council sponsors, Kris McNeill, Julie Davis and Rebecca Mace

Family Reading Night

We will be offering Family Reading Night this year.  This is a time when you and your child can come to the Blackburn Library and enjoy the following activities: reading,taking  AR, tests, playing reading games

All students are expected to reach their AR goal at 85% or better accuracy each quarter.  This is an excellent time to engage in this learning experience with your child.  We also have staff available to assist with testing and your understanding of the TOPS report that is printed after each test is completed.

We will have these activities on the following Tuesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Library Book Fair

Stop by before or after your Parent Teacher Conference and check out the Book Fair in the Library.  Or if you are unable to stop in check out our online book fair at

Box Tops

5,612 Box Tops have been counted, bundled, and boxed. For our efforts, Blackburn will receive a check from General Mills this April in the amount of $561.20. While we are delighted, we will be even more pleased if we have to make a second trip to the post office. Any box tops sent in this month will be added to our April check, so send them in, please! Register online, and you can earn even more money for our school.

Character Trait of the Month

Blackburn is a proud participant in the district’s character education program, CHARACTERplus, a program which emphasizes positive character traits in all areas of a student’s life.

August:  AMBITION – to have strong determination to accomplish goals

September:  RESPONSIBILITY – to be accountable for your actions

October:  INTEGRITY – to do the right thing

November:  CITIZENSHIP – to be a productive and responsible resident

December:  COMPASSION – to understand the challenges of others and to want to do something about it

January:  RESPECT – to show consideration to self and others

February:  COOPERATION – to respectfully play and work with others

March:  INITIATIVE – to act and make decisions on your own

April:  PERSEVERANCE – to continue trying in spite of difficulties

May:  SELF-CONTROL – to express your feelings in an appropriate manner

June:  COURAGE – to remain strong when faced with difficulty

July:  LOYALTY – to be faithful to a person, a team or an idea


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201 North Forest Avenue
Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 521-5300
Last Update: Friday, February 28, 2014 15:25:42