- Welby Elementary serves close to 1,000 students from kindergarten to sixth grade in the suburban community of South Jordan.. Built in 1979, the school has traditionally enjoyed strong support from both its parents and surrounding neighbors.
- The curriculum stresses skills in the academic areas with special emphasis given to higher level thinking skills, problem solving, technology, and the arts. We feel that it is important to teach to the whole child, and feel that the arts play an integral part.
- Welby is a team teaching school. The teachers assigned to each grade work together as a team to implement the curriculum. The students are released early on Friday to facilitate this teaming. Students typically have opportunities to study with more than one teacher during a week.
- Welby incorporates many district level programs into various grade levels, including the science and history fairs. Our school-wide “Paws for Reading” and “Paws for Success” award programs allow students to set and achieve goals each year. Second through sixth grade students may achieve Honor Roll status by maintaining a 90 percent average or above in academic subjects.
- Our computer lab is installed with productivity software including Inspiration, Pixie , Comic Life, Imagine Learning and many others. Teachers participate in regular technology in-service. Classroom sets of portable laptop Chromebook and MacBook computers, allow whole classes to learn keyboarding and create writing projects within classrooms.
- Through our website, all members of our staff can be contacted, and information accessed, such as the monthly lunch menu, PTA newsletter, and monthly calendar.
- We are pleased to have a full-time music teacher sponsored by the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Foundation. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) provides arts-integrated instruction to elementary students, effectively increasing student performance in music.
- Welby offers both a beginning and intermediate band and beginning and intermediate orchestra program before and after school.
- Approximately 100 students participate. In addition, choir is offered as an extracurricular activity available to all students.
- Welby is proud of its character education programs. We have used the nationally acclaimed “radKids” for two years. This program is committed to providing education that enhances the ability of children and parents to utilize knowledge, skills and power to protect themselves from violence and harm. In addition, we teach the Bully Blocker and Prevention Dimensions programs to our students throughout the school.
- Our Spirit Club is a service club consisting of sixth- grade students who give service within and beyond our school. Past projects have included food drives, money for Hurricane Katrina victims, and quilts for children at Primary Children’s Hospital. The sixth-grade students serve on our Safety Patrol to help provide safe passage each day for all students. In addition, we have many leadership teams designed to foster a learning atmosphere in which leadership skills are developed.
- Our elected School Community Council meets at least four times a year to discuss issues of concern. It conducts fundraisers and provides support for projects such as school emergency preparedness supplies, a school sign, and technology.
- Our PTA provides great support for teachers and students. The PTA sponsors a yearly Reflections contest, holiday treats, Red Ribbon Week activities, radKids, Fun Run, Science Night, as well as book fairs, parenting classes, field trips, and many other student services.
- PTA volunteers donate many hundreds of hours of service in classrooms at Welby throughout the year.
- A hot lunch is served each day. Our food services personnel go beyond the mark to provide appetizing and nutritious choices in each menu. A hot breakfast is also served every morning.
- Welby has many partnerships with local businesses, which provide additional funds and support. Each child receives a planner through their financial contributions, as well as funding such school events as Health and Safety Fairs and Family Activity Nights in cooperation with the PTA. We are also proud members of the South Jordan Valley Chamber of Commerce.
- School visitors are always welcome at Welby. Please check in at the office for directions and information. The principal is available to meet with patrons at any given time. Identification is always required to check a student out from school.
- Our students are given special opportunities to excel and receive recognition through our Leader of the Week Award, Honor Roll, Paws for Success, Visit to the Principal, Welby school choir, band, and orchestra, programs for gifted education, Welby clubs, science fairs, etc.
- Welby Elementary has teamed with the State Department of Cardiovascular Health, the State Board of Education, and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to become a Gold Medal School. We are very proud of becoming one of the first schools to receive all three medals: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and now, Gold Plus.
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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