Southland Elementary

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About Southland Elementary

LogoSouthland Elementary is located in Riverton City about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City extending from 12200 South to 13400 South and from the Utah Lake Distributing Canal near 2200 West to the Utah Salt Lake Canal near 3200 West. The Southland community strongly supports education and parents are highly involved with the school. Southland teachers are dedicated to see that their students develop academically, socially and emotionally.

  • Southland Elementary serves 790 students from K-6 grade in an established neighborhood.
  • The school operates on a traditional schedule with a short day on Friday.
  • The building, which opened in 1974, features self-contained classrooms. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology.
  • The Southland faculty is comprised of state certificated teachers with diversified backgrounds and experiences.
  • A resource team, speech clinician, and guidance specialist provide help for students with learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or emotional problems.  Southland has two high-functioning autistic cluster units on site.
  • The teachers and administrator are formally evaluated on a regular basis to assure the quality of classroom instruction.
  • The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.15 in kindergarten, 1 to 22.30 in first through third grade, and 1 to 26.30 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
  • Our teachers actively participate in job embedded professional development.  Professional Learning Communities are a core part of our school culture where student learning and growth is discussed weekly.
  • Southland offers a full curriculum with emphasis on reading, math and language arts with a liberal sprinkling of arts and science. Gifted and talented classes are also offered on a regular basis
  • All students at Southland enjoy small group instruction in their Guided Reading group with their teachers five days a week.  Extra help is available for students who need it.  Instructional assistants work with the classroom teacher using the Houghton Mifflin Soar to Success program along with learning other strategies to help them succeed.  An inclusion or push in model for reading is used where all students receive instruction in the classroom.
  • Southland’s computer lab has 32 iMac computers used for writing, production activities, keyboarding practice, and research. There is also at least one computer in every classroom. Portable Alpha Smart labs are used for teaching and practicing keyboarding skills.   Several portable laptop labs are available for student use in the classroom.  Each classroom has a document camera and a projection unit.
  • Southland offers band and choir for students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.  Students in third through sixth grade may also choose to participate in the school musical.  Students in first through sixth grade may sign up for Science Club, which meets monthly.
  • A nutritious hot lunch is offered daily. Free or reduced price lunches are provided for qualifying students.
  • Standards on dress, attendance, and discipline are maintained as outlined in the school handbook.
  • An active PTO and School Community Council assist with school activities and regularly give input on important school issues.  Volunteers are often found in the building assisting teachers and students.
  • Southland is a BYU Partnership school. Intern teachers and principals as well as student teachers and cohort students come to work and learn from our expert staff.
  • Southland supports the  Gold Medal School program and encourages students to be fit and eat right.
  • Our staff is working to make Southland a welcoming, positive, safe, respectful, caring place where learning is a focus. School visitors are welcome at any time. All visitors are asked to check in at the office before visiting our classrooms.
  • Southland’s blog can be found at southlandelementary.blogspot.com.
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
77%
81%
68%
71%
2010-11
83%
84%
79%
89%
2011-12
87%
91%
81%
86%
Year
4th Science
5th Lang. Arts
5th Math
5th Science
2009-10
70%
83%
80%
70%
2010-11
72%
79%
83%
88%
2011-12
79%
90%
88%
84%
Year
6th Lang. Arts
6th Math
6th Science
2009-10
85%
78%
77%
2010-11
83%
83%
74%
2011-12
85%
81%
82%

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
3.6
4.0
3.8
3.8
3.3
3.8
22.3
2010-11
3.6
3.9
3.7
3.8
3.4
3.8
22.2
2011-12
3.6
4.0
3.8
3.8
3.6
3.8
22.6

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

Boundary Description

RivertonBegin at the Utah Lake Distributing Canal and 12200 S.; east along 12200 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal; south along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (west side) to 13400 S.; west along 13400 S. (north side) to the Utah Lake Distributing Canal; north along Utah Lake Distributing Canal (east side) to 12200 S.

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