SAGE Data Release Delayed

The Utah State Office of Education has delayed the public release of SAGE data due to technical issues. The new tentative date for the release of SAGE test results is October 27th. We will let you know if there are any other changes from the State Office of Education.

South Jordan Middle Teacher in KSL Spotlight

IMG_5796He is an extraordinary math teacher and his talent has touched the lives of many students over the years. In fact, Bryan Crowther made such an impact on a student who was in his class seven years ago, that she contacted KSL and nominated Mr. Crowther for the KSL Teacher Feature Award. During a surprise assembly. KSL presented Mr. Crowther with the award in front of family, friends and the entire school. He will receive a variety of prizes and the  opportunity to win a 2-year lease on a brand new car. Mr. Crowther’s former student was also there to talk about all the things she learned from this valuable teacher. Congratulations Mr. Crowther, we are proud to have such an amazing teacher and role-model in Jordan District. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Understanding SAGE Test Scores

Parents will soon be receiving SAGE test scores for their children. Students took one or more of the tests last year in grades 3-11 in English, language arts, mathematics and science. The bar measuring expectations on learning has been raised considerably. The new scores will show that fewer students are proficient. This is NOT because there has been a decrease in student achievement it is because there is an increase in expectations. Please know that students do not suddenly know less and teachers are not teaching less. Teachers and your children will need time to make the adjustments. The District will be providing information regarding the release of scores to parents with students in our elementary and secondary schools. We encourage you to take time to read the attached letter from the Utah State Office of Education and watch a video produced by the USOE, which is designed to answer  your questions about SAGE test scores.

Fun Fact Friday: Tax Notices Explained

IMG_5779Tax notices are either in the mail or in your hand. Jordan School District would like to explain what each of the District’s tax lines means and how those monies are used.

How much a taxpayer pays in property taxes is determined by the assessed value of the property and the certified tax rate. The County Assessor determines the assessed value, while the tax rate is based on State law.

Your property tax notice includes three lines for Jordan School District. Those lines are explained below:

  1. Jordan School District .004681 – This line on your tax notice helps pay for teacher compensation, busing services, utilities, school office and custodial staff, and building maintenance. It also includes all voter approved debt payments. A small portion of this tax is sent to local charter schools for their operating costs.
  2. Jordan School Basic .001419 – These funds are essentially sent to the State Office of Education where they are redistributed to every charter school and school district in the state based on enrollment. This tax line is set by the State Legislature, and every taxpayer in the state pays this same tax rate.
  3. Jordan Capital Outlay .000600 – This is the County-Wide Capital Equalization program in which Jordan School District taxpayers have benefited from and which is discussed in the County-wide Equalization links on the District’s website. State law requires each school district in Salt Lake County to have this levy. The proceeds from this levy are redistributed to each school district in Salt Lake County based on enrollment and enrollment growth.

Several of our past Fun Fact Friday’s including: Tax Rate Decrease, Debt Per Student, Admin Cost Per Student, Most Efficient in the Nation, Refinancing Bond = Taxpayer Savings, and Low Cost & High Graduation Rates help to paint a full picture of how efficient the District is with taxpayer dollars.

Student Art Recognized For Fire Safety Message

IMG_5775South Jordan firefighters are encouraging young people to think seriously about fire safety and they are doing it through a contest that inspires creativity. Firefighters at station 61 held a contest where elementary school students in Jordan School District were asked to design a poster with a fire safety message. All entries were judged on the artwork and message students came up with. The three winning posters were then recreated by a professional artist and will hang inside the firehouse for everyone to see. Congratulations to our winners: Natalie Ladle, Monte Vista Elementary, Ryker Spackman, Daybreak Elementary and Addison Smith, Welby Elementary. Thanks to South Jordan firefighters for working with our students and  inspiring everyone to think fire safety first. Enjoy a photo gallery of the winning artwork on our Facebook page.