Centrally located and easily accessible, Heartland Elementary has been serving the students of West Jordan since it opened in 1987. The school boundaries run from 1700 West to the Jordan River, and between 6600 South and 7800 South. The original Heartland Elementary was built to relieve overcrowding at Riverside and Majestic Elementary schools. That building closed its doors for the last time on June 6, 2007 so it could be rebuilt to better meet the needs of the students and community. The brand new Heartland Elementary building began serving students at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year. Students have ample opportunity to experience instruction involving some of the finest technology available, including laptops, computer labs (stationary and mobile), document cameras, digital still and video cameras, audio enhancement systems, and smart boards.
Heartland Elementary School’s mascot is the American Husky and our school colors are red and black. Heartland Elementary is rich with history and tradition. The end of year dance festival has been one of the school’s most popular pastimes and students and staff have enjoyed the opportunity to incorporate new traditions into the school’s culture as well. Some of the special programs available to patrons which are not available at all schools, include the following:
- Title I
- Breakfast Program Before School
- Summer Breakfast & Lunch
- Family Learning Center offers classes, including English, GED, and Mommy and Me Preschool
- Special Education Cluster Classrooms
- Art, Music, PE, and Science Specialists
- Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
Heartland Elementary is home to approximately 700 students. Students attend school on a traditional nine-month calendar. All regular education students live within walking distance of the school. Visitors are welcome and are asked to check in with the front office prior to entering the school building. The School Community Council plays an active role at the school and elects new members to represent constituents on an annual basis. The PTA has always played a vital role in supporting the school mission, vision, values, and goals, and helps provide students with many valuable learning experiences.
The staff members at Heartland are all highly qualified professionals who believe all students can learn at high levels. Certified educators have an average of 9.1 years experience in the field. Many staff members also have advanced teaching degrees and special endorsements. 22 of our certified staff hold a Master’s degree or higher. Speech, Resource, and Guidance programs are provided at the school. Two instructional coaches help monitor student progress and enhance instruction. A School-wide Discipline Plan has been established to emphasize positive recognition for desired behaviors in all areas of the school, and for dealing with behavior problems. All students at Heartland abide by the Heartland Big 3: Respect, Responsibility, and Safety. We respect ourselves, others, school grounds and property. We are responsible for what we say and do. We work and play safely.
The mission of Heartland Elementary is to provide an engaging education for students of all ability level, in a safe environment.
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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