The mission of Jordan Ridge Elementary is: We are learners who lead. We commit to succeed. The school provides students with a learning climate that will enable them to grow academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. Our goal is to help each student master basic skills and develop a life-long appreciation for learning.
- General Information
- Jordan Ridge serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
- The school opened in 1987.
- The school features all self-contained classrooms with exterior windows and interior hall skylights. A media center, multipurpose center, cafeteria, office suite, and specialty areas complete the layout of the school. Portable classrooms have been erected to meet enrollment demands. The school recently underwent extensive upgrades to install all LED lighting in the building as other upgrades. The front entrance area was also remodeled to provide a more inviting and secure entrance into the school.
- Jordan Ridge is on a traditional schedule.
- The school colors are silver, red, and blue and the mascot is an eagle.
- The teacher/pupil ratio usually averages about 1 to 22 in Kindergarten, first grade and second grade and 1 to 26 in grades four, five, and six.
- A delicious hot lunch is prepared in our kitchen daily. Breakfast is available before school begins.
- All Jordan Ridge teachers hold current teaching certificates or are working in state approved programs to obtain licensure. Several teachers have earned advanced degrees and educational endorsements beyond the regular teaching certificate.
- All staff members are formally evaluated on a regular basis for the purpose of improving performance. Teachers continually participate in in-service classes to improve instructional skills.
- Building Learners
- Teachers work together in teams to meet individual student needs. Teachers collaborate four times a week to identify essential learning standards, set criteria for mastery of these standards, make decisions about the best ways to teach and assess standards, review student data, and plan responses to that data that moves every students’ learning forward. This includes interventions, reteaching, extensions, and enrichment activities.
- Jordan Ridge utilizes the district’s Walk to Read model of literacy intervention. Through this model, each student receives instruction tailored to their specific learning needs. All students are screened for literacy skill gaps multiple times a year. Using diagnostic tools, teachers identify which specific literacy skills a student needs support with. Students are placed in groups to address missing skills, strengthen their understanding of current topics, or extend their learning. In order to meet the needs of individuals, these groups may be as small as one or two students. Instruction is delivered by teachers and highly trained literacy interventionists. Students are reassessed at the end of every intervention cycle to monitor progress and determine placement in the next intervention cycle.
- A similar model is used for math intervention. Teachers check for student understanding, analyze data as a team, and work together to create meaningful interventions and extend learning opportunities for students. Dedicated math aides assist in delivering instruction.
- A Gifted and Talented Learning Coach works regularly with each teacher to accelerate the curriculum, infuse creativity and critical thinking into the curriculum, and provide appropriate learning experiences for academically talented students. An instructional coach works collaboratively with the GT coach to help support interventions for students and provide coaching cycles for teachers to improve instruction.
- Special programs have been designed for students with learning disabilities, speech and communication difficulties, and behavioral disorders. These students are served through a special education program. Resource teachers are available to help students who are struggling academically and have Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Full-time guidance and speech specialists are also on staff.
- The school has reached a 1:1 technology status. Students have access to Chromebooks and/or iPads in the classroom.
- Building Leaders
- Jordan Ridge provides opportunities for students to take on leadership roles at the school.
- Our Student Leadership Council is composed of a CORE 5 who direct assemblies and organize events at the school. Each grade also has student council members who work with the CORE 5 leadership.
- Additional opportunities for leadership include our flag committee, bike rack leaders, and recycling helpers, etc.
- Students are given classroom jobs in every grade level.
- Many extracurricular activities are also provided and include leadership opportunities.
- Community Involvement
- A School Community Council meets regularly to discuss local school problems, review District and state problems, and make recommendations for action to the principal.
- The Parent-Teacher Association is an active organization at Jordan Ridge. Volunteers spend hundreds of hours annually, assisting teachers and students in the classrooms.
- Parents and community volunteers are encouraged to participate at Jordan Ridge. Volunteers can help teachers with clerical tasks and small group instruction.
- Visitors are always welcome at Jordan Ridge. Our volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and pass a background check before working with students. Please coordinate with the office if you are interested in volunteering at Jordan Ridge.
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 was 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 and the 2020-21 school years.
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