• Black Traditional Magnet Elementary School - About Us

         Black Traditional Magnet School is a neighborhood magnet school that provides classes for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Students who live in the Black School attendance area may choose to attend. Other students may apply to attend a Traditional Magnet School through the magnet application process.

         Black Traditional Magnet has an adopted student uniform that supports the structure and discipline of our traditional magnet mission. School uniforms are required to be worn daily. A description of the uniform is available on the uniform link. Uniform pieces are available at many local stores. If there is difficulty with providing the uniform, the school office may be contacted for assistance. 
         Subjects and student academic outcomes in the traditional magnet program are those that are adopted for all students in the Wichita Public Schools. Black Traditional Magnet follows the district curriculum in all academic areas. We will be using a new reading series this year, Journeys!   We use Lexia, computer program helps to enhance our reading series and provide individualized phonics instruction for all students. BTM emphasizes the basic subjects of reading, writing, handwriting, mathematics, social studies, and science. We use DreamBox, a math program to help track students and give students practice whose math skills maybe below grade level or need to be maintained. At Black we also have Accelerated Reader. This is a software program that students can use to help encourage reading. Students read a bool on their reading level and can then take a test to see how well they understood what s/he has read. Teachers may reward students for their progress. 

    Discipline Philosophy
        Black Traditional Magnet School’s discipline philosophy is based on the expectation that quality learning takes place in a structured and disciplined atmosphere.   Our students are STARS and they follow these rules:
            Safety first
            Take care of supplies and equipment
            Allow others to learn
            Respect yourself and others
            Stay on task
        The school partners with the parents in order for the children to reach their full potential. The school environment must be safe, peaceful, and secure.
    Parent Involvement
         A high level of home-school interaction is important to the success of our students and the school. Parent involvement takes many forms…
       -Supporting children at home by showing interest and encouragement.
       -Stressing the importance of school work and behavior.
       -Providing children with time and space for homework.
       -Attending parent-teacher conferences.
       -Contacting the school when there are questions or concerns.
       -Working in our PTO and on school committees.
       -Volunteering to work at school or at home to help with school activities.
       -Supervising on field trips.
        Homework provides practice that builds skills, gives an opportunity for students to work independently, and allows parents an opportunity to be knowledgeable about the content that is being taught.   Parents assist with homework by providing time, a quiet place for study, materials, encouragement, and assistance as needed. Students are expected to do their homework. Parents should not do or have others do homework for students.