Midas Creek Elementary is located in northwest Riverton City on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. The school’s mission is twofold, to maximize every child’s capacity as a learner, and to maintain a kind, happy, positive, and nurturing environment for children. To help assure each child’s success, Midas Creek Elementary has four areas of focus: Literacy & Numeracy, Differentiated Instruction, Gifted Education, and Arts Integration.
Faculty and staff at Midas Creek Elementary value childhood, compromise, effort, fairness, family, happiness, humor, kindness, learning, organization, parents, policy, professionalism, progress, quality, safety, and stewardship.
Midas Creek parents are encouraged to be involved in school. Teachers communicate regularly with parents through home contacts and parent/teacher conferences.
- Midas Creek Elementary serves 950 students.
- Midas Creek Elementary was completed in July 2007. The library/media center is located in the middle of each classroom cluster. Classrooms are arranged to encourage interaction among teachers and can be reassigned by grade as the student population fluctuates.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 23 in first and second grades, 1 to 25 in third grade, 1 to 26 in fourth grades, 1 to 30 in fifth grade, and 1 to 24 in sixth grade. The actual class sizes vary.
- The Midas Creek staff is well qualified. Teachers hail from many different states with a variety of backgrounds and specialty training.
- Teachers work in collaborative teams in order to give students access to the best talents of each teacher.
- The curriculum follows state and District guidelines and meets or exceeds all elementary requirements.
- Midas Creek students are expected to follow a Code of Conduct for Responsible Citizens which spells out expectations for behavior.
- Resource teachers give 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 necessary.
- Midas Creek students have the opportunity to use computers as part of their regular curriculum.
- The school benefits from a supportive, cooperative parent group. PTA officers and parent volunteers provide hours of service to the school each week.
- Well-balanced meals are provided daily through the school’s hot lunch program. Reduced rate or free lunches are available to students in need.
- Bus service is provided for students who live 1-1/2 miles or more from school. About 25 percent of Midas Creek students ride the bus each day.
- Midas Creek Elementary is striving to meet the needs of accelerated students. Problem solving and higher level thinking skills are introduced in every classroom, and teachers modify instruction as needed to meet the needs of each student.
- Midas Creek is using Utah State Trust Lands grant funds to improve reading skills.
The Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3. SAGE 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.
SAGE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Board of Education. SAGE assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready for college and careers upon completion of secondary school.
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.
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