Oquirrh Hills Middle

OHMS
About Oquirhh Hills Middle

Oquirrh Hills Middle School is a public institution located in Riverton, Utah, approximately 15 miles south of Salt Lake City. The school serves over 1,000 students from the communities of Riverton and South Jordan. Oquirrh Hills bears the Native American name of the mountain range to the west. The traditionally rural area has undergone a rapid transition to suburbia with middle and upper income housing development. Oquirrh Hills currently meets accreditation standards and has enjoyed accreditation status since it’s inception in 1979. School patrons are highly supportive and work with the faculty to see that the special, individual needs of each student are met.

  • FACTS ABOUT OQUIRRH HILLS
  • LogoThe school opened its doors in 1979 to 950 students in grades six, seven, and eight and currently serves over 1,000 students in grades seven, eight, and nine.
  • The single-level building is located on a spacious campus and enjoys an unobstructed view of the valley and mountain landscape.
  • Oquirrh Hills operates on a traditional nine-month calendar which includes 180 school days on an 8-period schedule. Second period is designated as Teacher Advisory. During this time all students, faculty, and administration are engaged in silent, sustained reading for 20 minutes. The students operate a video announcement program each morning which is viewed throughout the building.
  • OHMS instituted a Peer Mediation program in 2000. Each year a group of students receive training as peer mediators. This program is designed to promote harmonious relationships between students. This program has had a positive effect on the atmosphere in our building and has reduced the number of fights and harassment incidents.
  • Our student population is comprised of approximately 96% caucasian, 2% hispanic, and 2% other.
  • At Oquirrh Hills we believe strongly in highlighting student achievement. We recognize outstanding students each day on our morning announcements. The Students of the Month are recognized with a breakfast to which parents are invited. We also recognize Eagles of the Quarter in a special assembly four times a year.
  • All teachers are certificated in the areas they teach and many have earned master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • Our building is well maintained by our custodial staff. We have five custodians that manage this huge task.
  • Our lunch program is popular with the students and staff. Over 85% of our students eat school lunch.
  • Our counseling program offers individual and group counseling in areas of student need. This department operates under the Comprehensive Guidance Model which emphasizes direct service to all students. Support groups are held regularly to help students deal with issues of friendship, grief, anger management and divorce.
  • We have a strong Special Education Department which serve the needs of over 100 resource students.
  • The school fully implements the State Core Curriculum with an emphasis in basic learning areas.
  • Oquirrh Hills is operated in an orderly manner where teachers are free to teach and students are free to learn in a safe, comfortable atmosphere. Students are expected to attend school regularly and to practice responsibility and self-discipline in their behavior. District policies are enforced.
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
89%
91%
91%
81%
N/A
80%
2010-11
87%
94%
95%
88%
N/A
88%
2011-12
88%
94%
95%
91%
84%
N/A
Year
Algebra I
Algebra II
7th Int. Science
8th Int. Science
Earth Systems
Biology
2009-10
81%
70%
78%
80%
74%
95%
2010-11
88%
90%
70%
83%
75%
97%
2011-12
72%
92%
78%
86%
76%
98%

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
3.6
4.1
3.8
3.9
3.8
3.6
22.8
2010-11
3.7
4.2
4.0
3.9
4.0
3.7
23.5
2011-12
4.1
4.3
4.2
4.2
4.2
3.9
24.9

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

Boundary Description

Begin at approx. 12200 S. and the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (approx. 3300 W.); east along approx. 12200 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approx. 2480 W.); north along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (east side) to 11800 S.; east along 11800 S. (south side) to 1700 W.; north along 1700 W. (east side) to the South Jordan/Riverton City line (approx. 11695 S.); northeast along the South Jordan/Riverton City line (south side) to 1300 W. and approx.11600 S.; south along 1300 W. (west side) to the South Jordan/Riverton City line (approx. 11745 S.); east along the South Jordan/Riverton City line (south side) to the Jordan River; south along the Jordan River (west side) to Bangerter Hwy.; west along Bangerter Hwy. (north side) to 2700 W.; north along 2700 W. (east side) to 13400 S.; west along 13400 S. (north side) to the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (approx. 3300 W.); north along the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (east side) to approx. 12200 S.