SAGE Results Coming October 20th: What Families Can Expect
In spring 2014, the State Board of Education required all Utah Students, beginning in the third grade, to take new state tests. The tests, called SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence), were designed to measure more challenging state standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. They are completely different from the CRTs. Therefore, SAGE and CRT results cannot be compared.
Statewide SAGE results will be released Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. These will include results for every school district and every school in the state.
At this point, the Utah State Office of Education is reporting that fewer than half of the Utah students tested are expected to score as proficient in English language arts, mathematics and science. As always, we will prepare individual student reports to share with you in conferences later in the school year. In the meantime, parents are urged to keep a few things in mind when interpreting these scores:
- SAGE scores cannot be compared to the CRTs. The tests are different, and measure different standards, or expectations, for student achievement.
- SAGE tests measure whether students are meeting the state¹s higher expectations for college- and career-readiness.
- When tests that measure higher standards are first introduced, test scores typically appear lower than what parents might be used to, the state reports. However, in many cases, the state reports that test scores gradually improve in the years thereafter.
SAGE results will influence state school accountability reports. The State Office of Education has indicated that most Utah schools will receive D or F grades as a result of these more challenging standards. The State Board of Education will continue to discuss estimated results with members of the Utah Legislature. School grades are expected to be released to the public in December.
At this point, as is always the case with test scores, we recommend parents focus on a child¹s individual achievement, celebrate successes, and set individual goals as appropriate for your child¹s success.
More information and resources about the SAGE can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage
Draper Elementary School
Dear Draper Students and Parents, August 1, 2014
On behalf of the teachers and staff at Draper Elementary School, I would like to welcome you back to school. As we anticipate a wonderful 2014-15 school year, we want to share with you some upcoming dates and happenings here at Draper.
Student Registration – Online registration opened July 30; walk-in registration will be held August 8, 8:00-4:30. ALL Canyons School District families must complete the online registration every school year. Fall registration confirms to the school that you still plan to attend, and offers families the opportunity to update contact information, emergency contacts, etc. If you have questions abut registration, please call our front office at 801-826-8275.
Back to School Family Night – Monday, August 18, 5:00-7:00 pm
This is an evening for familiesto come and learn about what will be taking place this year in your child’s classroom, including grade level curriculum, general expectations, and events.
It is also a brief opportunity for your child to meet his/her teacher and visit the classroom prior to the first day of school. Our PTA will also be present to sign up members and volunteers.
Back to School Night Schedule:
5:00 Classroom visits; Rotation 1
5:20 Classroom visits; Rotation 2
5:40 Classroom visits; Rotation 3
6:00 Schoolwide meeting in Gym (no classrooms will be open at this time; all staff and families will meet in the gym)
6:20 Classroom visits; Rotation 4
6:40 Classroom visits; Rotation 5
Dual Immersion Meeting – Monday, August 18, 7:00-7:30 in the gym
This first meeting will provide an overview of our dual immersion program, including a panel comprised of a DLI parent, a DLI teacher, and the principal to share information about dual immersion learning.
First Days of School and School Start/End Times
Grades 1-5: Wednesday, August 20, 8:50 - 3:20
Kindergarten: Monday, August 25, 8:50 - 11:45 A.M. classes or 12:25 - 3:20 P.M.
New this year: School Breakfast
Breakfast will be served every school day from 8:20-8:50 in the school cafeteria. Regular breakfast prices are .90 for students and $2.00 for adults. Free and reduced breakfast (and lunch) is available for families that qualify. (Regular lunch prices are $1.75 for students and $3.00 for adults.)
Our school event calendar, breakfast/lunch calendar, and the district calendar can be viewed at http://www.draper.canyonsdistrict.org/. Click on the header “Calendars”.
Our PTA and school-wide theme this year is “Changing the World One Child at a Time”. At Draper we strive to make our world better by building strong relationships of respect, good will, and collaboration with our students, staff, parents, and community as we work together for academic excellence and citizenship.
School-Wide Behavior Plan
We will continue to develop and implement our Positive Behavior Supports for all students and adults at Draper. Our school-wide expectations are that all Draper Dragons are Safe, Kind, and Responsible in all that they say and do.
Draper Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
We are fortunate at Draper to have an active and supportive PTA. We encourage you to join the Draper PTA -- we our proud that 100% of our faculty belongs to our PTA, and we are hoping for 100% PTA membership from our parent population. Please watch for PTA membership information to join.
More about Draper
Draper Elementary School has a rich history, celebrating 38 years of academic excellence and student achievement. Draper Elementary teachers and staff help our students consistently score above the state average in Math, Science, and Language Arts. Draper is among the highest performing schools in Canyons School District. Draper Elementary also hosts many cultural programs, including a Mandarin Chinese dual language immersion program, school choir, orchestra, chess, film club, and Artyology (formerly known as Arts Through the Ages).
With warmest regards,
Piper Riddle, Principal
School phone 801-826-8275
School Website http://draper.canyonsdistrict.org/
PTA Blog http://draperelementary.blogspot.com/
Piper Riddle has been appointed as Draper Elementary’s new principal for the 2013-14 school year. Principal Kenna Sorensen has transferred to East Sandy Elementary School. Mrs. Riddle has been working as a curriculum and instruction specialist at the district and a specialist for literacy, mathematics and dual immersion. She has taught fourth and fifth grade, worked as a private tutor, education consultant, and instructional coach. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education and is a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction. She and her husband, Rod, are the parents of three children (ages 12, 14, 16) and reside in Heber City.
Starting the 2013-14 school year the makeup of our schools will change so we can better prepare students for college and careers. High schools will serve students in grades 9-12, middle schools will be home to sixth- through eighth-graders, and elementary schools will educate kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
The Canyons Board of Education on Feb. 16, 2010 unanimously approved Utah's first college- and career-ready diplomas program, and began efforts to reconfigure school grade levels (i.e., K-5, 6-8, 9-12), facilities, and programs to better address student academic needs, reach out to communities, and provide more educational choices to students and parents.