The NJHS induction meeting was last night in the cafeteria, we had a great turn out! It was amazing to see the number of students qualifying for honors as well as the many parents showing encouragement for their child's academic achievement!!
We also had a great turn out at ZUPAS last night for our spirit night. Thanks so much to our parents & PTSA for supporting our school!
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SAGE Results Coming Oct. 20: 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 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/58310430-219/results-standards-percent-students.html.csp.
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 state’s 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 http://schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda/docs/Tab7.aspx.
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 child’s individual achievement, celebrate successes, and set individual goals as appropriate for your child’s success.
More information and resources about the SAGE can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage
Picture by: Samantha Diamanti
This year, 5 years after her death, the school reflected on LuAnne's legacy of Caring, Service, Community, and the Arts. Besides continuing the annual Cleanup tradition, this year some special awards were given to students in her honor. The first annual "'Spirit of LuAnne' Service Awards" were awarded the last week of the school year to 8th graders Matt Larson and McKenna Rogers, who throughout their time at Eastmont exemplified those traits of Caring, Service, Community, and the Arts that LuAnne stood for.
Also in commemoration of LuAnne's passing, this year the PTSA made a special gift to the school, in the amount of $3500. Called the LuAnne Gustafson Arts in Education Memorial Fund, this fund was donated to the school, who will be taking leadership of the musical next year (whereas the PTSA had done so previously.) The donated money is enough to pay in full for the musical next year, plus to assist with other arts-related expenses. The money came from profits for this year's "Seussical Jr." and prior PTSA-sponsored musicals. It will be the first time in Eastmont's history that money to pay for the musical is available from the beginning of the school year.
The donation is to be used "in perpetuity, replenishing the fund at the end of each year from ticket sales and other arts-related income. To be used exclusively, year by year, to fund future Eastmont musicals, and other programs involving Eastmong students in the arts. To be used for materials directly related to student involvement in the arts, such as costumes, props, sets, musical instruments, technical equipment, art supplies, and other resources needed to carry on the tradition of great student achievement in the arts at Eastmont." (See pdf for more information on the Memorial Fund.)
One life can touch many lives for good. LuAnne's Legacy lives on - in service, in the arts, in caring, and in our school community. It is great Patriots like LuAnne that have made Eastmont such a welcoming and happy environment - hopefully for many years to come.
- President: Sara Anderson
- Secretary: Dina Hinrichson
- Treasurer: Jennifer Boyd
- Legislative VP: Joanne Andrus
- Community Involvement VP: Von Christensen