South Hills Middle

South Hills Middle
About South Hills Middle

South Hills Middle School serves students of varied economic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Located in the rapidly growing city of Riverton, the school’s spacious building and well groomed campus are assets to the community. South Hills Middle School is a traditional story design featuring self-contained classrooms, shop and home economics areas, choral and band rooms, media center, auditorium, gymnasium, and office suite. The commodious building dates from 1998 and offers many amenities not included in Jordan District’s older middle schools.

LogoThe South Hills faculty is highly respected for the standards of excellence which the school maintains and for the respect and courtesy which are extended to all.

  • The school serves some 1,300 students in grades seven, eight and nine.
  • Students attend school on a regular nine-month, 180-day calendar with the summers off.
  • The curriculum meets or exceeds District and state core curriculum standards and includes a wide range of required and elective courses.
  • The pupil/teacher ratio is 1 to 26.30 in grades 7 and 8 and 1 to 27.00 in grade 9, but actual class sizes vary.
  • The 56-member faculty includes a mix of veteran and new educators. All are
    state certificated and well prepared in their teaching fields. Both teachers and administrators undergo formal evaluations on a regular basis.
  • A full resource team, school psychologist, counselors, and teachers for students with behavioral handicaps and learning disorders are on staff to serve students with special needs.
  • Computer science classes and a specially equipped computer classroom provide students with opportunities for technology training.
  • Students have access to a beautiful media center.
  • Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to comply with the school’s dress code. A computer tracking system helps monitor attendance. Staff members work closely with any student who has problems.
  • An “Excellence Program” encourages students to do their best by rewarding academic achievement, good citizenship, exemplary attitudes, exceptional effort, etc.
  • Nutritious hot lunches are provided daily.
  • Although most South Hills Middle School students live within walking distance,
    bus service is provided for any who live two miles or more away from school.
  • School volunteers are an important asset to the school. Volunteerism is
    encouraged.
  • Visitors are always welcome and asked to stop by the office for a visitor’s
    pass before going to classes or moving through the building.
  • Our school-wide excellence program and computerized discipline program assure recognition for exemplary students and immediate help for students experiencing problems.
  • Our school visitors frequently comment on the high standards of courtesy and respect they encounter at South Hills Middle School.
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
88%
89%
81%
62%
N/A
80%
2010-11
83%
94%
92%
72%
N/A
97%
2011-12
83%
94%
92%
88%
74%
N/A
Year
Algebra I
Algebra II
7th Int. Science
8th Int. Science
Earth Systems
Biology
2009-10
63%
95%
83%
77%
75%
100%
2010-11
55%
87%
83%
79%
78%
100%
2011-12
57%
84%
92%
80%
81%
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
3.2
3.8
3.5
3.6
3.4
3.2
20.7
2010-11
3.2
3.8
3.5
3.6
3.5
3.2
20.8
2011-12
3.7
4.0
3.9
3.9
3.8
3.5
22.8

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

Boundary Description

Begin at 12600 S. and Mountain View Corridor; east along 12600 S. (south side) to the Herriman City line (approx. 4550 W.); north along the Herriman City line (east side) to 11800 S.; east along 11800 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approx. 2350 W.); south along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (west side) to approx. 12200 S.; west along approx. 12200 S. (north side) to the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (approx. 3300 W.); south along the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (west side) to 13400 S.; east along 13400 S. (south side) to 2700 W.; south along 2700 W. (west side) to Bangerter Hwy.; east along Bangerter Hwy. (south side) to the Bluffdale City line (approx. 800 W.); southeast along the Bluffdale City line (west side) to the I-15 Frwy.; south along the I-15 Frwy. (west side) to the south county line; west along the south county line (north side) to the D&RGW Railroad; northwest along the D&RGW Railroad (east side) to Mountain View Corridor; north along Mountain View Corridor (east side) to 12600 S.