Mountain Shadows Elementary (Year-round)

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About Mountain Shadows Elementary

Mountain Shadows opened its doors in 1988. It is located in the northwest corner of the Jordan School District’s boundaries and operates on a year-round schedule. The staff at Mountain Shadows is committed to providing a quality education for each of its students. Learning takes place in a nurturing climate where students are encouraged to master basic skills and develop a sense of self-worth as they work to become contributing members of our society. School spirit is high, as teachers and parents work in partnership to help students achieve academic excellence, develop social skills, and become responsible citizens.

  • LogoMountain Shadows Elementary serves 1,175 students in grades K-6.
  • The school continues to operate on a year-round schedule with students assigned to four attendance groups or tracks. Typically, each track attends school for 45 days followed by a 15-day vacation. The school is closed for several weeks in July to allow all students a common vacation time.
  • The faculty is comprised of experienced teachers, with many holding advanced degrees.
  • The school’s curriculum meets or exceeds all state and District standards. Instruction in each grade follows the State and District Core Curriculum Guidelines.
  • Mountain Shadows follows the District dress code.
  • Discipline is handled in a positive manner; students, teachers, parents, and the administration work as a team to find the best solution for the student. Students are recognized for appropriate behavior through such programs as Climbing Higher, Mighty Nice Manners, Good Principal Visits, and Distinguished Cub.
  • Mountain Shadows has an excellent Special Education program to provide services for students with special learning needs.
  • The Mountain Shadows Media Center offers students a variety of materials for academic study and personal enjoyment.
  • Nutritious, well-balanced lunches are served each day.
  • Visitors are welcome at Mountain Shadows and asked to drop by the office upon arrival. We love volunteers!
  • Technology training is an important aspect of the school curriculum. Our computer lab enables all students (grades K-6) to learn and practice keyboarding skills, word processing programs, and work with software in language arts and math. The school system is networked to provide school-wide computer experiences, including the Internet. Alphasmarts and mobile computer labs are also utilized in technology integration.
  • Mountain Shadows enjoys the services of a supportive PTA and School Community Council.
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%
75%
69%
67%
2010-11
67%
60%
61%
65%
2011-12
68%
67%
66%
20%
Year
4th Science
5th Lang. Arts
5th Math
5th Science
2009-10
54%
62%
53%
50%
2010-11
46%
59%
59%
54%
2011-12
45%
55%
67%
49%
Year
6th Lang. Arts
6th Math
6th Science
2009-10
64%
51%
51%
2010-11
63%
56%
53%
2011-12
71%
60%
61%

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
3.1
3.5
3.3
3.5
3.0
3.4
19.8
2010-11
3.4
3.8
3.7
3.7
3.4
3.7
21.7
2011-12
3.2
3.5
3.3
3.4
3.1
3.1
19.6

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

Boundary Description

Begin at 5600 W. and 6600 S.; east along 6600 S. (south side) to the D&RGW Railroad (approx. 4725 W.); south along the railroad (west side) to approx. 7400 S. (Bridle Creek Dr.); west along Bridle Creek Dr. to Grizzly Wy.; north along Grizzly Wy. (east side) to approx. 7400 S.; west along approx. 7400 S. (north side) to 5600 W.; north along 5600 W. (east side) to 6600 S.