Midas Creek Elementary (Year-round)

Midas Creek
About Midas Creek Elementary

Midas CreekMidas Creek Elementary is located in northwest Riverton City on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. The school’s mission is twofold, to maximize every child’s capacity as a learner, and to maintain a kind, happy, positive, and nurturing environment for children. To help assure each child’s success, Midas Creek Elementary has four areas of focus: Literacy & Numeracy, Differentiated Instruction, Gifted Education, and Arts Integration.

Faculty and staff at Midas Creek Elementary value childhood, compromise, effort, fairness, family, happiness, humor, kindness, learning, organization, parents, policy, professionalism, progress, quality, safety, and stewardship.

Midas Creek parents are encouraged to be involved in school. Teachers communicate regularly with parents through home contacts and parent/teacher conferences.

  • Midas Creek Elementary serves 950 students on a year-round schedule. Students are divided into four attendance tracks. Typically, each track is in school for 45 days followed by 15 days of vacation. The school takes a common vacation in July.
  • Midas Creek Elementary was completed in July 2007. The library/media center is located in the middle of each classroom cluster. Classrooms are arranged to encourage interaction among teachers and can be reassigned by grade as the student population fluctuates.
  • The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 23 in first and second grades, 1 to 25 in third grade, 1 to 26 in fourth grades, 1 to 30 in fifth grade, and 1 to 24 in sixth grade. The actual class sizes vary.
  • The Midas Creek staff is well qualified. Teachers hail from many different states with a variety of backgrounds and specialty training.
  • Teachers work in collaborative teams in order to give students access to the best talents of each teacher.
  • The curriculum follows state and District guidelines and meets or exceeds all elementary requirements.
  • Midas Creek students are expected to follow a Code of Conduct for Responsible Citizens which spells out expectations for behavior.
  • Resource teachers give special help to students who are behind in math or reading.
  • A guidance specialist is available to provide group or individual counseling. Speech therapy is also provided for students as necessary.
  • Midas Creek students have the opportunity to use computers as part of their regular curriculum.
  • The school benefits from a supportive, cooperative parent group. PTA officers and parent volunteers provide hours of service to the school each week.
  • Well-balanced meals are provided daily through the school’s hot lunch program. Reduced rate or free lunches are available to students in need.
  • Bus service is provided for students who live 1-1/2 miles or more from school. About 25 percent of Midas Creek students ride the bus each day.
  • Midas Creek Elementary is striving to meet the needs of accelerated students. Problem solving and higher level thinking skills are introduced in every classroom, and teachers modify instruction as needed to meet the needs of each student.
  • Midas Creek is using Utah State Trust Lands grant funds to improve reading skills.
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
79%
73%
82%
73%
2010-11
82%
83%
75%
80%
2011-12
74%
70%
78%
80%
Year
4th Science
5th Lang. Arts
5th Math
5th Science
2009-10
75%
83%
83%
87%
2010-11
75%
81%
78%
79%
2011-12
74%
74%
78%
78%
Year
6th Lang. Arts
6th Math
6th Science
2009-10
80%
77%
76%
2010-11
87%
79%
79%
2011-12
78%
67%
67%

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
3.4
3.7
3.5
3.6
3.1
3.5
20.8
2010-11
4.0
4.2
4.1
4.1
3.6
4.0
24.0
2011-12
4.0
4.1
4.0
3.9
3.5
3.6
23.1

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

Boundary Description

Begin at Mountain View Corridor and 11800 S.; east along 11800 S. (south side) to Bangerter Hwy.; south along Bangerter Hwy. (west side) to 13400 S.; west along 13400 S. (north side) to Mountain View Corridor; north along Mountain View Corridor (east side) to 11800 S.