Mountain Point Elementary opened in August 2019 in the rapidly growing city of Bluffdale. Mountain Point Elementary is focused on “Building a student-centered culture” with an emphasis on Language Arts and STEAM education.
For Language Arts, Mountain Point Elementary provides guided reading in small, skill-centered groups based on reading level. This leveled approach allows all readers to progress at their own pace and proficiency. We also provide a W.I.N. Club (Whatever I Need) literacy pull-out for small group, tier II instruction as well as one-on-one skill-based intervention. We use Lexia as our reading blended learning program where students can progress at their own rate and ability. Grades 5 and 6 are piloting Reading Plus for students who have completed Lexia. We also participate in the Battle of the Books program in grades 3-6.
The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Mountain Point is implementing STEAM in the following ways:
Science-We follow the Utah State Standards in science instruction including SEEd standards in grade 6. We involve our students in hands-on activities to learn the science standards.
Technology-Our campus is 1:1 in technology. We have iPads for kindergarten and first-grade and Chromebooks for grades 2-6. Our teachers have been trained in Blended Learning and we implement instruction with support from Canvas, Google Classroom, NearPod, and many other online resources to keep kids engaged in their learning with a focus on communicating with their teachers and peers through technology.
Engineering: Rather than have a computer lab, we have a STEM Lab and MakerSpace. Each week our students rotate into our STEM lab. Students are given an opportunity to use many different building materials to solve weekly engineering challenges. Teachers can also use the lab as a MakerSpace allowing their students to create using cardboard, tape, and other building materials to create.
Art-Mountain Point is proud to be a Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Grant school. Jessica Reynolds is our music specialist providing music instruction each week to all of our students. Also, students rotate to an art room weekly to learn about famous artists or learn art concepts and create artwork.
Math-Mountain Point is piloting Illustrative Math in grade 6. Kindergarten through fifth grade uses Math Expressions. We are also using Imagine Learning for our blended learning program along with Imagine Math Facts. We were able to apply for a grant from the Utah STEM Action Center to provide this online math support. Again, our students progress at their own level and pace to improve their understanding of mathematics concepts.
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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