We are in our eighth year, and we are excited to continue building our school community. We would like to welcome you to our school and hope that you are comfortable and happy here.
Copper Canyon Elementary serves approximately 850 students in kindergarten through sixth grade on traditional school schedule. In addition, we serve approximately 75 students (ages 3-5) in an early intervention pre-school. This inclusion provides services to our community needing early intervention.
The pupil/teacher ratio is 1 to 22.3 in first grade, 1 to 22.6 in second grade, 1 to 24.6 in third grade, 1 to 26.7 in fourth grade, 1 to 29.7 in fifth grade, 1 to 32 in sixth grade. The actual class sizes vary.
Bus service is provided for students who live 1-½ miles or more from the school.
Copper Canyon offers a nutritious breakfast and hot lunch program each school day. Reduced rates or free breakfast and/or lunches are available to students in need.
- SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
- Copper Canyon has an excellent, well-trained staff. Thirteen teachers have their Masters Degree and seventeen are ESL endorsed. Two teachers have their Gifted and Talented endorsements. Copper Canyon has a literacy tier II program for K-4, resource teachers, preschool teachers, speech/language pathologists and a guidance specialist to support our students. All staff members are formally evaluated yearly for the purpose of improving performance. Teachers also continually improve their skills through inservices and seminars offered by the school and the district.
- Copper Canyon is currently implementing the “Leader in Me” program. Our faculty and students are being trained in the 7 habits of happy kids. We are very excited to work toward being a Lighthouse School with this program. Our hallways, classrooms, and lessons tie into the theme “Be a Leader of the Pack.”
- We are lucky to have many volunteers and visitors come to our school We ask that all people check in the office upon arrival.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds all Jordan School District and State standards. Copper Canyon Elementary is implementing the Utah Core Standards for Language Arts in grades K-5 and the Utah Core Standards for math in grade 6.
- Balanced literacy is implemented in all of our classrooms and we have a balanced literacy library, which includes teacher loaned materials, as well as, material purchased with School Trust Land monies. Each teacher has access to the library.
- We have implemented a school-wide assessment in reading using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy (DIBELS), Fountas and Pinnell, and SRI. We schedule three assessment windows throughout the year for our school team to evaluate each student to establish benchmarks for monitoring instruction in the area of reading. In addition, teachers monitor students daily in reading, as well as, math and review progress during their weekly grade level team meetings.
- Writing is a main focus and all teachers provide opportunities for students to write daily. The fifth grade participates in the DWA writing assessment each spring.
- We are working to improve technology access for students and teachers by providing laptops for each teacher, training for use in instruction, grading programs and Internet access. Students in each grade level have use of the 31 computers in our lab. We are adding a mobile lab with 32 netbooks that teachers can bring into the classroom. Most of the classrooms have interactive Smartboards and all of the classrooms are equipped with document cameras, projectors, and sound systems.
- We have implemented a school-wide positive behavior program to recognize students for the good behavior and achievements. Students make daily visits to the principal for Coyote Coins they can spend in our Treasure Tower. They all can earn a “Highlighting Leadership” certificate and get a highlighter from the principal as well. Coyote Pride Awards are given to those students who achieve their grade level goals set by the teachers.
- Copper Canyon Coyotes take great pride in being physically fit. Students in grade 3-6 will be given the opportunities to earn a Presidential Physical Fitness Award through participation in yearlong fitness activities.
- We have two school music programs before school involving a very large choir and an orchestra program for beginning and intermediate musicians.
- Students of our school have the opportunity to become members of our student council. The council helps students become involved in leadership positions that will help them and the school. We have also implemented an ambassador program where students welcome guests and new students to our school.
- Copper Canyon has a school-wide “buddy” program, which encourages older students to assist younger students and focuses on citizenship, literacy and fine arts.
- Enrichment Days are scheduled throughout the year for all students to emphasize creativity, fine arts, leadership and science.
- Our school has a great and active PTA Organization and School Community Council. Community involvement has been terrific at Copper Canyon. PTA and the School Community Council continue to support our staff in various ways. Our overall focus as a school community has been to work together to improve in order to meet the needs of our students.
The Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3. SAGE assessments provide questions that assess students’ ability to apply higher-order thinking skills and better emulate real tasks students may encounter in education and in life.
SAGE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Board of Education. SAGE assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready for college and careers upon completion of secondary school.
School Accountability Report Cards
School Accountability Report Cards are issued for each public school once a year by the State of Utah. The 2017-18 school year marks the first report card under this new accountability system. Elementary and middle school report cards have four main grade categories: achievement, growth, English learner progress, and growth of the lowest 25%. High schools have one additional grade category entitled postsecondary readiness. For the 2017-18 school year, achievement and growth scores are calculated from the statewide end-of-year SAGE assessment. In future years, achievement and growth will be calculated from the new Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment. (RISE) assessment for grades 3-8 and the Utah Aspire Plus assessment for grades 9-10. The English learner progress category score is calculated from the annual administration of the WIDA test, which assesses students’ language proficiency in English. For high schools, the postsecondary readiness score is calculated from 11th grade performance on the ACT, advanced coursework performance, and graduation rates. The state’s School Accountability Report Cards are intended to inform educators, parents, and community stakeholders about school performance as they work collaboratively to improve student outcomes.
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