Mountain Shadows opened its doors in 1988. It is located in the northwest corner of the Jordan School District’s boundaries and operates on a traditional schedule. The staff at Mountain Shadows is committed to providing a quality education for each of its students. Learning takes place in a nurturing climate where students are encouraged to master basic skills and develop a sense of self-worth as they work to become contributing members of our society. School spirit is high, as teachers and parents work in partnership to help students achieve academic excellence, develop social skills, and become responsible citizens.
- Mountain Shadows Elementary serves 700 students in grades K-6, and accommodates a Special Needs Pre-school.
- The faculty is comprised of experienced teachers, with many holding advanced degrees.
- The school’s curriculum meets or exceeds all state and District standards. Instruction in each grade follows the State and District Core Curriculum Guidelines. Teachers are encouraged to use STEM activities in all content areas to improve student understanding and achievement.
- Mountain Shadows follows the District dress code.
- Discipline is handled in a positive manner; students, teachers, parents, and the administration work as a team to find the best solution for the student. Students are recognized for appropriate behavior through such programs as Star Student, Positive Paws, Good Principal Visits, and Distinguished Cub Awards.
- Mountain Shadows has an excellent Special Education program to provide services for students with special learning needs.
- The Mountain Shadows Media Center offers students a variety of materials for academic study and personal enjoyment.
- A nutritious, well-balanced breakfast and lunch is served each day.
- Visitors are welcome at Mountain Shadows and asked to drop by the office upon arrival. We love volunteers!
- Technology training is an important aspect of the school curriculum. Our computer lab enables all students (grades K-6) to learn and practice keyboarding skills, word processing programs, and work with software in language arts and math. The school system is networked to provide school-wide computer experiences, including the Internet. Mobile computer labs and iPad labs are also utilized in technology integration.
- Mountain Shadows enjoys the services of a supportive PTA and School Community Council.
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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