Welcome to Ballard Elementary School!
"Where every day counts...1-180"
top top top
HeadLine HeadLine
Spring Breakation
School will be closed from Monday, 4/14 through Monday, 4/21.

School resumes Tuesday, 4/22.

Posted On : Friday, April 11, 2014

Ballard School Information
Enrollment: 106 students

Telephone: 805-688-4812
Fax: 805-688-7325

2425 School Street
Solvang, CA 93463

Superintendent/Principal: Allan Pelletier
(You may also click on the word 'email' to your right.)

Administrative Assistant: Gina Floyd

Board of Trustees
- Chris Kazali (President)
- David Watkins (Clerk)
- Sandra Knight
Posted On : Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thought for the Day
"Unless we remember we cannot understand."
~E.M. Foster
Posted On : Friday, April 11, 2014

April Character Trait: Fairness

Fri, 4/11
• Library: 2nd
• Music: 5th/6th (12:45), 4th (1:30), 2nd (2:15)
• Arts Outreach: 4th, 6th

Mon, 4/14 – Mon, 4/21
• Spring Breakation – Enjoy your family time!

Smarter Balanced Field Test (4/21 – 5/16)
• 3rd – 6th grades

Tues, 4/22
• Return to School!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• Library: 5th
• Music: 2nd (12:45), 3rd (1:30), 1st (2:15)
• Arts Outreach: 1st
• Garden??: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th
• Homework Club begins next week

New on the Website
Please click on the 'Best of Ballard' and 'PTA' tabs for more up to date information. Including...
- Technology & Our Kids Presentation (PTA)
- School Board Meeting Agenda: 4/10/14 (Best of Ballard)
- School Board Meeting Minutes: 2/12/14 (Best of Ballard)
- PTA Budget: Revised 1/10/14 (PTA)
- 2013/2014 School Calendar (Best of Ballard)
Posted On : Friday, April 11, 2014

From MyDailyWords.com
(Students need to learn between 2,000 – 3,000 new words each year. 5 words/day helps!)

Friday, 4/11/14
1 intolerance - n. Inability or unwillingness to bear or endure.
2 chameleon - adj. Changeable in appearance.
3 tenant - n. An occupant.
4 peaceful - adj. Tranquil.
5 light-hearted - adj. Free from care.

Thursday, 4/10/14
1 corporate - adj. Belonging to a corporation.
2 vacate - v. To leave.
3 compress - v. To press together or into smaller space.
4 control - v. To exercise a directing, restraining, or governing influence over.
5 deceive - v. To mislead by or as by falsehood.

Wednesday, 4/9/14
1 acute - adj. Having fine and penetrating discernment.
2 crevice - n. A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces.
3 revocation - n. Repeal.
4 preferable - adj. More desirable than others.
5 municipal - adj. Of or pertaining to a town or city, or to its corporate or local government.

Tuesday, 4/8/14
1 micrometer - n. An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions.
2 necessity - n. That which is indispensably requisite to an end desired.
3 version - n. A description or report of something as modified by one's character or opinion.
4 gauge - n. An instrument for measuring.
5 forte - n. A strong point.

Monday, 4/7/14
1 succeed - v. To accomplish what is attempted or intended.
2 selective - adj. Having the power of choice.
3 convenience - n. Fitness, as of time or place.
4 judiciary - n. That department of government which administers the law relating to civil and criminal justice.
5 nevertheless - conj. Notwithstanding.
Posted On : Friday, April 11, 2014

Next School Board Meeting
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the MP room.

The agenda for this meeting will be available on the school bulletin board and this website prior to the meeting (under the 'Best of Ballard' link).
Posted On : Friday, April 11, 2014

Ballard Shines on the API!
Ballard Students Shine on API (953)!!
Last spring, all students in grades 2 – 6 took the California STAR assessment. As usual, Ballard students impressed with their performance! The students' individual scores are combined to yield one school score called the Academic Performance Index (API). You may recall that the API is one measure of a school’s success on the California. The API range is 200 – 1000, with a ‘target’ of 800.

Ballard's score of 953 is…

- the highest API in Santa Barbara County!
- the highest API of all schools in the Santa Ynez Valley!
- one of the highest API scores in the state of California!

Congratulations to all of our students, families, and staff!
This continues to show that hard work...works!!
Posted On : Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's on the Website??
You can find a school district boundary map, monthly calendars, board meeting agendas and minutes, and more in the 'Best of Ballard' section of this website.

- 2013/2014 School Calendar ('Calendar' or 'Best of Ballard')
- Email & Class Website Information ('Faculty')

Please do not hesitate to call (688-4812) or email (apelletier@ballardschool.org) if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Posted On : Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Weekly Calendar of Events
Do you need to know when you have music or library? There are always a lot of great things going on at Ballard School! Click on the 'Upcoming Events' tab for the latest information!
Posted On : Friday, May 22, 2009

bottom bottom bottom
Ballard School is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley on the central coast of California in Santa Barbara County. This public school teaches students from kindergarten to 6th grade. In the early days, since the schoolhouse was the only public building in the valley, it was often used for church services, weddings, funerals and the meeting place of the Good Templar Lodge and the Farmer's Alliance. It also has served as the site for lectures, social entertainment, lively debates, singing and Saturday night dances.

If you have a great story to tell about Ballard School or old time photos you would like to share, please email us and we can include it on our website. We want to preserve the history of our fabulous school.

Phone: 805-688-4812    Fax: 805-688-7325

Ballard Elementary School
School Accountability Report Card

Education Links Education Links
Teacher Resources
General K-5
  • SBCEO Portal - Santa Barbara County Education Office site that provides academic resources for researching, language arts, math, science, history, and much more.
  • Kahn Academy - With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 150 practice exercises to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  • http://www.kerpoof.com/#/activity/draw - Drawing Program.
  • http://www.sbplibrary.org - Santa Barbara Public Library.
  • Starfall - Kindergarten games, letters, sounds, reading, and more.
  • Kinderweb - Letters, adding, subtracting, telling time, shapes, currency, and much more.
  • PBS Math Games (K) - Time, geometry, measuring, money.
First Grade
Second Grade
  • Synonyms - Game to practice words that are similar.
  • Tooth Tally (synonyms) - Practice words that have similar meanings.
  • Squanky the Tooth Taker (antonyms) - Help the tooth fairy find pairs of words with opposite meanings.
  • Frearless Frieda (spelling) - Help Frieda surf as you spell words.
  • Academic Skill Builders - Learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
  • Fun Brain - Arcade with math and reading games.
  • Contractions - Game to help learn contraction words.
  • PBS Math Games (2nd) - Time, geometry, measuring, money.
  • Wordshake - Make as many words in three minutes with 16 letters. How many points can you get?
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade