Our school is located in Riverton, Utah and is part of the Jordan School District. We are dedicated to providing each student with the best education possible. Our teachers and administrators work hard to accomplish this goal every day. With the help of families and the community, we strive to help Rose Creek students achieve their full potentials.
January 21, 2014
We are soon entering a very busy season and there are several things I want you to be aware of as we move forward. First, though, thank you for working with your children at home on homework, home reading, and other projects that come up. I am so impressed with this community and the way you support your children.
Third through sixth grade students usually take criterion referenced tests (CRT's) in the spring. We are fortunate to finally have assessments ready this year that should provide a better measure of how well students understand the Utah State Core Curriculum Standards. This assessment is different from the CRT and is called SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence). This testing tool is aligned to both the content and pedagogy of the new core standards, which focus on knowing, showing, and doing reading, math, and writing.
Listed below are several key points that you will need to know.
- State and district staff has moved spring testing up about a month to accommodate the enhanced writing portion of testing embedded in the SAGE test. That means we will begin testing mid-March.
- All third through sixth grade students will need strong keyboarding skills, as they will be participating in a writing portion of the assessment. We recommend the following sites and use them frequently in school. Also, fifteen minutes of keyboarding per day at home paying particular attention to proper hand placement would be a great help. As you might agree, typing with one or two fingers will slow students down in the long run.
On another note, I would like to make you aware of some wonderful professional development opportunities that have been available for the teachers this year. When I arrived at Rose Creek, I found that much was being expected of the teachers without needed professional development. As a result, we worked hard to create opportunities for them to learn the 7 Habits, which are the foundation of the Leader in me program. Teachers also worked recently with a Covey representative who helped us understand the positive impact of Leader in Me in a school and how to move the work forward. We are currently working with district literacy coaches to improve our ability to provide reading and writing instruction that is aligned to the Utah Core Standards and focused on student learning. Additionally, we spent a half-day in the fall examining every aspect of testing data available to us in order to fully understand school and student trends in learning. All of this professional development has been spread out across the year to lessen the impact on students. Teachers haven’t been out of their classroom more than three hours at a time and the entirety of the training will be less than four days per teacher. As with any profession, it is important to stay abreast of best practices and then have a plan for implementing them. I have been impressed with the teachers and their willingness to learn and grow in their field. Great things are happening in many, many classrooms.
I thoroughly enjoy my work with your children. We have a kind and respectful group of students at Rose Creek and I consider myself very fortunate to work with them every day. I also appreciate my opportunity to work with the staff, PTA, and School Community Council. There are many dedicated people working together to increase our positive impact on students.
Life is Good!