Terra Linda Elementary School is located in the city of West Jordan. It serves students living in the general area of 8030 South to 8600 South and from 3075 West to 4000 West. Terra Linda consists of strong families, in an active community, who support school programs and activities.
The goal for Terra Linda is to provide a risk-free environment that builds leaders, one child at a time through academic excellence in Language Arts, math, science, social studies and the fine arts.
- General Information
- Terra Linda is on a traditional school schedule that serves approximately 578 students.
- The building opened in 1972, with some remodeling occurring in 2008.
- Terra Linda has classrooms equipped with audio enhancement and digital projection systems, a computer lab, a laptop mobile lab, kiva, cafeteria, gym and media center.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 23 in first, second and third grades and 1 to 27 in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The actual class sizes vary.
- A nutritious hot breakfast and lunch are prepared and served daily.
- School Highlights
- The faculty at Terra Linda includes 27 certified teachers. Several teachers have advanced degrees and educational endorsements beyond their regular teaching certificate.
- Resource teachers provide additional help to students with IEP’s in reading, writing and math.
- A School Psychologist is available 2 ½ days a week to provide groups or individual counseling for students who have issues that are preventing them from being successful in the classroom
- A Speech Pathologist is also available part time to provide speech therapy for those students who have been identified.
- Teachers collaborate in Professional Learning Communities to ensure that all students are learning and being challenged.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds all district and state requirements. Teachers use the Balanced Literacy framework to teach reading and writing. Math is taught using a combination of Investigations and the Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley curriculum.
- Terra Linda Elementary is the 26th school in the nation to be sponsored by Panda Express for the implementation of The Leader in Me process into the curriculum.
- Terra Linda is a recipient of the Beverley Taylor Sorensen Grant and has a full-time Drama Specialist who meets with every class for 45 minutes per week.
- Terra Linda has a school choir for students in grades K-6 that meets on Tuesdays and Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. in the GYM. There is also a band class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. for students in the 4th, 5th or 6th grades.
- Terra Linda follows the Jordan School District Code of Conduct, Dress Code, Attendance and Discipline standards and policies.
- The Terra Linda Student Leadership Council assists with school activities, daily announcements, running assemblies and service projects.
- Terra Linda has an active PTA and School Community Council that assist with school activities and valuable input on important school issues.
School visitors and volunteers are always welcomed and encouraged at Terra Linda. Volunteers are valuable in helping to support the educational process in the classroom. We also have volunteers who are unable to come during the day, but are willing to support the teacher and PTA with work that can be accomplished in the evenings. Every family that attends Terra Linda is encouraged to support their children by working closely with the classroom teachers.
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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