Bluffdale Elementary is located in the southwest area of Jordan School District. Franklin Covey has named our school as a Leader In Me Lighthouse School. This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity.
- Developing Learners and Leaders
- Every child can learn
- Literacy and numeracy are gateway skills to success
- Parents and teachers are partners working to help each child succeed
- Success is maximized in an environment where students and staff feel safe and mutually respected
- General Information
- Bluffdale Elementary serves 950 students in kindergarten to sixth grade.
- Bluffdale operates on a modified traditional schedule.
- Portuguese Immersion is offered to students beginning in first grade. Dual language immersion provides a rich bilingual experience for young learners
- Leader in Me is a process used to teach and develop leadership skills in students. The 7 Habits are an important part of classroom instruction.
- Beverly Taylor Sorenson Music Program is offered to all students and taught by a certified music instructor.
- Meet the Masters introduces students to famed artists as they put their art techniques into practice.
- School Community Council is comprised of community representatives, teachers, and principal. This group gives input on vital school issues.
- PTA actively helps students succeed in school. PTA volunteers spend many extra hours to provide enrichment activities to make our school a great place to be.
- Students and Staff
- Bluffdale staff includes 40 certified teachers who have advanced degrees and educational endorsements beyond the standard teaching certificate.
- The resource program provides special help to students who are behind in math or reading. A guidance specialist is available to provide group or individual counseling. Speech therapy is also provided for students as needed.
- Teachers collaborate in professional learning communities in order to improve student learning and achievement.
- Bluffdale Leadership Team of Students (BLTS) in K- 6 helps our students gain valuable leadership skills as they meet to offer suggestions to improve our school, build school spirit and serve others.
- Students are recognized each year by receiving the Principal’s Pride Leadership award.
- Students receive Spirit Tags throughout the year for their accomplishments.
Visitors are welcome at Bluffdale Elementary. For safety purposes Utah State Law requires all visitors to sign in at the office prior to conducting business in the school.
In 2018-19, the name for the statewide grades 3-8 assessment was changed from SAGE to RISE (Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment). In all other aspects, the assessment remains the same. RISE is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3 (science in grade 4) in English language arts (ELA), math and science. RISE 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.
RISE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The RISE assessment, together with the state’s suite of assessments in grades K-12, provide information to assist in determining students’ progress towards being prepared for college and careers upon completion of secondary school. Due to the school soft closure in March 2020, scores are not available for the 2019-20 school year.
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. Due to the school soft closure in March 2020, scores are not available for the 2019-20 school year.
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