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Mountain Shadows Elementary

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Welcome Back to School

Dear Mountain Shadows Families,

We are so exited for the 2022-2023 school year to begin! We can't wait to see our students back in class ready to learn!

Our dedicated teachers met throughout the summer with their grade level teams to select power standards for their students to learn and master this year. Power Standards, as you may recall, are some of the most important standards teachers believe our students should know and master by the time they leave their grade level. This is done in collaboration with the grade level below and the grade level above through vertical articulation to determine what was already taught and what is expected of students to master in the grade level above. It does not mean your child will only learn these standards it means these are the essential ones that teachers have determined most necessary for students to master. Teachers are still teaching other standards throughout the year.

Teachers have selected between five to ten power standards for the school year. They have worked hard creating learning scales for those standards as well as student friendly learning scales. They have created rigorous pre/post assessments as well as weekly common check for understandings. Teachers will use weekly data to help guide their instruction and determine the need for focused and intentional tier two interventions to meet the needs of all of their students.

Every student at Mountain Shadows will have a data binder that will include their learning scales, personal goals for assessments, data from their pre/post assessments, check for understandings data, and so much more. Your child will track where he/she is in his/her learning progression.

We are also excited to announce that we will be piloting a new standards-based report card this year. Standards-based grading is a system of assessing and reporting that describes student progress in relation to standards. It’s an effective way to give feedback and evaluate students’ performances using clearly defined criteria for specific learning standards. When you join us at Parent Teacher Conferences in October, you will gain insight to where your child is in his/her learning and progression toward mastery of each standard. The first and third term, when we have Parent Teacher Conferences you will not receive a report card but you will be informed of where your child is at in his/her learning progression of the power standard. There will be two reporting terms this year when you will receive a report card, which will be the second and fourth term. We understand this is very different from what has been done before in the past. We will be there to help guide parents through the process.

Lastly, we believe when expectations are clear and communicated effectively, students will make good choices and students will rise to the occasion. We are making every effort to help students understand how good learners and leaders behave, and make sure those expectations are consistent throughout our school. We are asking your help in reinforcing these positive behaviors and supporting our expectations at school. Please review our school's Code of Conduct with your child.

We are looking forward to an amazing school year!

Sincerely,

Tina Susuico, Principal

Back to School Night

Welcome Back to School! We're so excited to see all of our students' smiling faces once again. Teachers are eager to meet their new students and excited for school to begin. We will have a Back to School Night on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All parents and students will go to the gym first for teacher introductions and PTA presentation.  Afterwards, you'll be able to visit your child's class. We hope to see you there!

Current Job Openings at Mountain Shadows

We currently have the following job openings for the 22-23 school year.

Media Assistant (Job ID: 4993) - 17 hours

Classroom Assistant (Job ID: 4776) - 17 hours

BTS Dance Teacher (Job ID: 4464) - Certified position

You can apply at https://www.applitrack.com/jordandistrict/onlineapp/

 

Kindergarten Testing

Kindergarten students will be tested the week of August 1-5, 2022. More information to come with testing times.

First Day of School for Grades 1st - 6th 

First day of school for students in grades 1st - 6th will be Thursday, August 18, 2022. First bell will ring at 8:25 am. The tardy bell will ring at 8:30 am.

First Day of School for Kindergarten

First day of school for students in kindergarten will be Friday, August 19, 2022.

PTA will be providing a Boo Hoo breakfast for parents of kindergarten students on Friday, August 19. More information to come.

Meals for Students

Dear Parents/Guardians,
The Federal Government is ending FREE breakfast and lunch meals for ALL students  at the end of this school year 2021-2022.
You can still apply for Free/Reduced Meals. Apply after July 1st for the 2022-23 school year. Applications are available at the District Office, at all schools, or online using your Skyward login at skystu.jordan.k12.ut.us
You can add money to your student’s meal account anytime online using your Skyward login at skystu.jordan.k12.ut.us
JSD school meal prices are NOT increasing and will remain at pre-pandemic amounts.

Educator Licensing Information

The Utah State Board of Education may grant an educator one of the following education licenses:

  1. Professional Educator License – a license issued to an individual who has demonstrated all of the State established competencies to be an educator.
  2. Associate Educator License – a license issued to an individual who has met a minimum set of educator requirements and is completing all professional educator requirements to receive a Professional Educator License.
  3. Local Education Agency (LEA)-specific Educator License – a license issued to an individual, approved by the local Board of Education, who has met locally defined competencies to be an educator.

An LEA-specific license area or endorsement may include:

  • Out of State and Internationally licensed educators completing Utah licensing requirements.
  • Educators waiting for university license recommendations.
  • Educators with expired Utah licenses.
  • Educators working towards an Associate license area/endorsement.
  • Career and Technical Education educators completing skills testing.
  • Educators waiting to begin a university licensure program.

Schools may employ individuals holding LEA-specific Educator Licenses, as well as Professional and Associate Educator Licenses, as outlined below based on the employee’s FTE:

Location Type Associate LEA Specific Professional
Mountain Shadows Elementary Elementary 2.7% 5.4% 91.9%

Smith's Inspiring Donations Program

If you shop at Smith's and would like to help support Mountain Shadows all at the same time, you can enroll in the Smith's Inspiring Donations Program. You can designate Mountain Shadows Elementary as your recipient. Our school number is YL923.
You can even spread the word to your family members and friends. Thank you for supporting our school!

Did You Know...

School Office Hours-  8:00 - 3:30

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