Joel P. Jensen Middle

OHMS
About Joel P. Jensen Middle

Joel P. Jensen Middle School is located in West Jordan. The goal of Joel P. Jensen is to provide a meaningful academic, social, and emotional environment.

  • LogoThe school serves about 850 students in grades seven, eight, and nine.
  • Joel P. Jensen, opened in 1984. The school is completely accessible to everyone.
  • The school operates on a standard nine-month calendar.
  • All staff members are certified to teach in their assignment area of expertise. All teachers and administrators are evaluated on a regular basis.
  • The curriculum follows guidelines set by Jordan District and the Utah State Board of Education. In addition to basic subjects, students are offered a variety of classes in music, art, vocational education, and foreign language.
  • A qualified staff provides resource education for students who require a more individualized program of study.
  • Honors and AP programs are provided for students who meet the criteria.
  • We have a high level of expectations for students to maintain attendance, discipline, and dress code standards.
  • Joel P. Jensen provides a breakfast and lunch program.
  • An active PTA and School Community Council support continuous input regarding community needs and concerns. Both groups meet regularly.
  • Community volunteers are always welcome. Volunteers provide a variety of support services to the school.
  • Parents are welcome to visit the school. All visitors are asked to check in at the office upon arrival.
  • Our school encourages student involvement and provides many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills.
  • Our students participate in MESA, science competitions, leadership conferences, and music festivals.
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
7th Lang. Arts
8th Lang. Arts
9th Lang. Arts
7th Math
8th Math
Geometry
2009-10
69%
69%
77%
60%
N/A 
72%
2010-11
64%
80%
80%
60%
N/A 
44%
2011-12
69%
69%
75%
78%
47%
N/A
Year
Algebra I
Algebra II
7th Int. Science
8th Int. Science
Earth Systems
Biology
2009-10
34%
73%
43%
50%
58%
83%
2010-11
42%
35%
47%
42%
37%
79%
2011-12
29%
31%
65%
50%
43%
78%

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 8 – Average Points Earned
Year
Ideas / Content
Organization
Voice
Word Choice
Sentence Fluency
Conventions
Composite
2009-10
3.2
3.7
3.4
3.5
3.4
3.2
20.4
2010-11
3.2
3.7
3.4
3.5
3.4
3.1
20.3
2011-12
3.5
3.9
3.8
3.8
3.7
3.5
22.2

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

Boundary Description

MiddleBegin at Bangerter Hwy. and 6600 S.; east along 6600 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approx. 2800 W.); south along the canal (west side) to 7485 S.; east along 7485 S. (south side) to 2700 W.; south along 2700 W. (west side) to 7800 S.; east along 7800 S. (south side) to 1700 W.; south along 1700 W. (west side) to 9400 S.; west along 9400 S. (north side) to 3200 W.; north along 3200 W. (east side) to 9000 S.; west along 9000 S. (north side) to Old Bingham Hwy.; northeast along Old Bingham Hwy. to 4000 W.; north along 4000 W. to 7800 S.; east along 7800 S. (south side) to Bangerter Hwy.; north along Bangerter Hwy. (east side) to 6600 W.

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