West Jordan Middle is a traditional two-story design built in 1958 and serves students of varied economic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Located in the city of West Jordan, the school’s spacious building and well-groomed campus are assets to the community.
West Jordan Middle provides a positive learning environment where students have every opportunity to achieve their academic potential without regard to race, sex, or religious preference. The West Jordan Middle School faculty is highly respected for the standard of excellence that the school maintains and for their school wide expectations of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and SAFETY.
West Jordan Middle has a School Improvement Plan that is currently being implemented. It is the goal of the West Jordan Middle School community to assist each student in becoming the following:
- A Literate Communicator
- A Resourceful Thinker
- A Responsible Citizen
- WJMS Highlights
- The curriculum meets or exceeds district and state core curriculum standards and includes a wide range of required and elective courses.
- The faculty includes a mix of veteran and new educators. All are state certificated and well prepared in their fields. Both teachers and administrators undergo formal evaluations on a regular basis.
- A full resource team, school psychologist, counselors, and teachers are on staff to serve students with special needs.
- Selected 9th grade honors classes are available to students who qualify through class performance and high scores on standardized achievement tests.
- Our building has been updated with audio enhancement systems and projectors connected to teacher computers in every classroom. Computer Science classes and a specially equipped technology classroom provide students with opportunities for technology education. Our Math classes utilize smart boards and all teachers have access to document cameras and other updated technology.
- West Jordan Middle has 3 computer-equipped labs and 3 mobile netbook labs to assist students learning keyboarding, computer technology, research, and writing skills. In addition, Intel has provided a mobile lab for the areas of math and science.
- Students have access to a lovely Media Center.
- Students are expected to comply with the Jordan School District Dress Code.
- Students are expected to attend classes regularly. A computer tracking system helps monitor attendance. Staff members work closely to ensure regular attendance patterns.
- Character and excellence programs encourage students to do their best, by rewarding academic achievement, good citizenship, exemplary attitudes, exceptional effort, and improvement.
- Nutritious breakfasts and hot lunches are served daily.
- Most West Jordan Middle students live within walking distance; bus service is provided for any student who lives two miles or more from the school.
- School volunteers are an important asset to the school. The Parent-Teacher-Student Association is a vital part of West Jordan Middle School. Volunteerism is encouraged. The school also has an active School Community Council.
- Visitors are always welcome and asked to stop by the office for a visitor’s pass before going to classes or moving through the building.
- Parents and students have 24-hour access to current grades and attendance with the school’s online student gradebook program. We have a West Jordan Middle web site that is continually updated with information on school events, newsletters, calendars, teachers’ individual web pages, and links to faculty e-mail addresses.
- School visitors often comment on the high standards of courtesy and respect they encounter at West Jordan Middle School.
Utah Aspire Plus
The Utah Aspire Plus Summative assessment is administered to students in grades 9-10 as an end-of-level assessment. Operating under a legislative mandate, the UA+ test provides a predictive ACT score range to individual students as well as a proficiency score at the school level and for individual students in English, Math, Reading and Science as they prepare to take the ACT college entrance exam in 11th grade. UA+ question items assess students’ capacity to think analytically, make inferences, and connect learning and concepts across subjects. Utah Aspire Plus assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready 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.
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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