Welby Elementary (Year-round)

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About Welby Elementary
  • LogoWelby 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.
  • Welby operates on a year-round schedule. Students are divided into four attendance groups or tracks. Each track is in school for approximately 45 days followed by 15 days of vacation. The entire school takes a common vacation during the month of July.
  • The curriculum stresses basic 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 are an integral part of that.
  • 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 has an integrated gifted and talented program, which assists students in developing higher level thinking skills, creativity, problem solving, and academic enrichment. All grades are served. Each grade uses the Junior Great Books program. The following District level programs are provided in various grades: Talented Young Authors, Creative Pursuits, Science Fair, History Fair, and Monster Math. 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, Kidpix , Hyperstudio, and many others. The lab and school are networked and connected to the Internet. Teachers participate in regular technology in-service. Classroom sets of portable laptop computers called AlphaSmarts, allow whole classes to learn keyboarding or create writing projects within classrooms.
  • Through our Web site, 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 P.E. teacher, and every student has an opportunity to have 90 minutes of structured fitness and aerobic activity during the week. Healthy lifestyles are encouraged and an integral part of our curriculum. Welby is one of very few schools in the state to achieve the status of a Platinum Medal School.
  • Welby offers both a beginning and intermediate band and beginning and intermediate orchestra program before and after school. Approximately 100 students participate.
  • Welby is proud of its character education programs. We have used the nationally acclaimed “Virtues Project” for several years. 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. The sixth-grade students run the school AV team that helps to provide a daily live broadcast to the student body. They acquire technology and live broadcasting skills, both in front and behind the camera. 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.
  • 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, technology, and artist-in-residents for various grades.
  • Our PTA provides great support for teachers and students. The PTA sponsors a yearly Reflections contest, holiday treats, Red Ribbon Week activities, 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.
  • Welby participates in the UBI (Utah Behavior Initiative), which reinforces positive social and behavior skills as well as teachesg essential life skills.
  • 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 Principal’s Pride Award, Principal’s 200 Club, Honor Roll, Paws for Success, Visit to the Principal, Welby school choir, band, and orchestra, artist-in-residence, programs for gifted education, Welby clubs, science fairs, etc.
  • Many of our teachers have received “Teacher of the Month” awards and other honors.
  • Welby Elementary has teamed with the State Department of Cardiovascular Health, the State Office 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.
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
82%
76%
89%
83%
2010-11
87%
84%
88%
86%
2011-12
87%
81%
83%
87%
Year
4th Science
5th Lang. Arts
5th Math
5th Science
2009-10
79%
86%
86%
80%
2010-11
83%
88%
89%
89%
2011-12
79%
88%
89%
86%
Year
6th Lang. Arts
6th Math
6th Science
2009-10
87%
84%
81%
2010-11
88%
84%
84%
2011-12
86%
84%
81%

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
3.5
3.8
3.7
3.7
3.2
3.7
21.6
2010-11
3.5
4.0
3.8
3.9
3.5
4.0
22.7
2011-12
4.0
4.4
4.1
4.0
3.8
4.1
24.4

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

Boundary Description

Begin at Old Bingham Hwy. and approx. 6000 W.; northeast along Old Bingham Hwy. (south side) to 4800 W.; south along 4800 W. (west side) to approx. 9400 S.; east along approx. 9400 S. (south side) to the Provo Reservoir Canal (approx. 4450 W.); northeast along the Provo Reservoir Canal (south side) to 4000 W.; south along 4000 W. (west side) to South Jordan Pkwy. (10400 S.); east along South Jordan Pkwy. (south side) to Bangerter Hwy.; south along Bangerter Hwy. (west side) to approx. 10800 S.; west along approx. 10800 S. (Rushton View Dr.,north side) to 4000 W.; south along 4000 W. (west side) to the dry creek bed (approx. 10945 S.); northwest along the dry creek bed (west of Pine Grove Wy, east side) to 10200 S.; west along 10200 S. (north side) to Old Bingham Hwy.