Black River Elementary is a K-4
elementary school located on Le Ray Street in the village of Black
River. It is one of the three elementary schools in the Carthage School
District and serves approximately 450 students from the villages of
Black River and Felts Mills, townships of Rutland, Le Ray, Champion,
portions of the hamlet of Great Bend and many of the military housing
units on Fort Drum. Students come to Black River from the local
communities as well as schools across the nation and overseas. Many of
the students at Black River are military dependents and give the school,
its students and staff, a global perspective, racial and ethnic
diversity and many unique advantages. In addition, Black River
Elementary serves a wide range of special needs students and provides a
continuum of special education services from consultant teachers,
support services such as speech, counseling, social work, occupational
therapy, and physical therapy, to full time special education classes.
original building was constructed in 1928 and served students in grades
K-12. Black River became an elementary school in 1958. A major
addition and complete renovation project was undertaken in 1987 and
completed in 1988. The building currently offers spacious, modern
classrooms, a well equipped library, a three station gymnasium,
cafeteria with stage, fully equipped computer lab, ample playing fields
and primary and intermediate playground equipment.
curriculum has been revised and aligned to reflect the Common Core
Learning Standards and it emphasizes the development of basic
foundational skills in Literacy, Math, Social Studies and Science. An
important emphasis is also placed upon providing students a well rounded
curriculum with exceptionally strong programs in music, physical
education and art.
Black River provides students a safe and
nurturing environment with a well designed program of classroom
management and student discipline. Values such as responsibility,
respect, citizenship, service to others and patriotism are emphasized
and reinforced regularly.
The Parent-Teacher Organization of
Black River Elementary is very active and supportive. One major
fund-raiser is held each year to support the school assemblies, field
trips, book author visits and extra programs.
of Black River is actively involved in the school operation and
programs, providing support in a variety of ways. The Sally Ploof
Hunter Memorial Library, the American Legion, the local churches, the
fire department, local ambulance squad and the village take pride in the
Black River school and do their best to support and value teachers,
staff and students.
The real strength of the school,
however, is in its teachers. A former fifth grade (when Black River was
a K-5 building) student summed up the feelings of many when he
described Black River teachers as "not just great teachers but great
people and role models."