Bluffdale Elementary (Year-round)

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About Bluffdale Elementary

Bluffdale Elementary is located in the southwest area of Jordan School District. Situated in the center of what was once the farming community of Bluffdale, this modern school has strong ties to the past. Some Bluffdale students have community roots dating back to pioneer days, but a majority live in new, rapidly developing residential areas. Bluffdale enjoys healthy school/community cooperation. The school serves as the major public meeting place for area residents.

LogoBluffdale teachers are dedicated to meeting the needs of students. Basic skills are emphasized and many opportunities are provided for students to develop culturally, socially and emotionally.

  • Bluffdale Elementary serves 878 students in kindergarten to sixth grade.
  • The school was built in 1995 and features four-class learning centers for each grade. A central media center gives the school an open pleasant feeling.
  • Bluffdale operates on a year-round schedule. Students are divided into four attendance tracks. Each track is generally in school for 45 days followed by
    15 days of vacation. The school takes a common vacation during the month of July. In most cases, parents may select their child’s attendance track.
  • The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.30 in first grade, 1 to 22.30 in second grade, 1 to 23.30 in third grade, and 1 to 26.30 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
  • The curriculum is in keeping with state and District guidelines and meets all of the requirements for elementary students. The solid subjects of reading, English and
    math are taught during morning hours.
  • Bluffdale teachers are all state certificated and fully-qualified professional educators.
  • All staff members are formally evaluated on a regular basis to assure continuing professional development.
  • Resource education is available for students with special needs.
  • Bluffdale students are expected to maintain dress, attendance and discipline standards.
  • An excellent hot lunch program is available for students. Students are asked to purchase school lunches by the week or by the month.
  • Bus service is provided for students who live 1-1/2 miles or more from school. A majority of the Bluffdale students qualify for bus service.
  • Bluffdale Elementary relies heavily on an active PTA which organizes the parent volunteer program. Each week many hours of service are provided by interested,
    caring volunteers.
  • A School Community Council meets regularly to discuss important school issues and give the principal input from the community’s point of view.
  • Visitors are always welcome at Bluffdale Elementary and asked to check with the office before proceeding through the school.
  • Bluffdale teachers stay informed on the latest teaching methods and techniques by regularly participating in in-service training.
  • Our Centennial Grove recognizes a past community leader each year by planting a tree and erecting a plaque on their behalf.
  • Our students are involved in an “Accelerated Reader” program which encourages independent reading and tests reading comprehension.
Student Achievement

UCAS and SCHOOL GRADING Accountability Reports
The Utah Comprehensive Accountability System (UCAS) Report and the SCHOOL GRADING Report have been created to assist in evaluating the academic performance of Utah schools in language arts, math, and science. The UCAS and SCHOOL GRADING Accountability Reports are based solely on schools’ performance on end-of-year assessments in language arts, math, and science, and on graduation rate (high schools only). No other aspects of school performance are considered in either the UCAS or SCHOOL GRADING Report.

Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT)
The Core Criterion Referenced Tests (CRTs) are administered at the end of each school year to help assess how well students have mastered the standards and objectives set forth in the State of Utah Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science core curricula.   Student achievement is reported as the percent of students reaching “proficient” by earning a Level 3 or Level 4 performance on the Core CRT.

Year
3rd Lang. Arts
3rd Math
4th Lang. Arts
4th Math
2009-10
74%
70%
77%
72%
2010-11
77%
74%
62%
68%
2011-12
73%
72%
72%
75%
Year
4th Science
5th Lang. Arts
5th Math
5th Science
2009-10
65%
77%
78%
69%
2010-11
55%
72%
80%
74%
2011-12
66%
72%
76%
65%
Year
6th Lang. Arts
6th Math
6th Science
2009-10
74%
60%
54%
2010-11
73%
75%
69%
2011-12
76%
77%
74%

Direct Writing Assessment (DWA)
The Direct Writing Assessment (DWA) is designed to assess the writing skills of in February and March each year. Currently, 5th and 8th grade students are tested.  The following six components of writing are assessed: ideas & content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

 Grade 5 – Average Points Earned
Year
Ideas / Content
Organization
Voice
Word Choice
Sentence Fluency
Conventions
Composite
2009-10
3.3
3.7
3.5
3.7
3.1
3.6
20.9
2010-11
3.2
3.6
3.5
3.7
3.3
3.7
21.0
2011-12
3.5
4.0
3.7
3.7
3.5
3.8
22.2

* Each year the direct writing prompt changes, therefore caution should be used in making year to year conclusions.

Boundary Description

RivertonBegin at 4800 W. and 13400 S.; east along 13400 S. (south side) to Bangerter Hwy.; south and east along Bangerter Hwy (south side) to Bluffdale City Line (approx. 800 W.); south and east along Bluffdale City Line (west and south sides) to the Freeway I-15; south along the Freeway I-15 (west side) to the south district line; west along the south district line (north side) to 4800 W.; north along 4800 W. (east side) to 13400 S.

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