October 26, 2017
Final Report for 2016-2017 Land Trust Plan:
I would like to provide the community with a final report for our use of Land Trust funds each year. The Community Council works with me in developing a Land Trust plan each year. The plan consists of measurable goals the school creates and the financial elements needed to support completion of those goals. Last year, Churchill Jr. High School received $41,218 from Land Trust to accomplish our goals. We established three goals in our plan. The first goal was to improve the number of students testing in the Proficient and above range of the Reading Inventory by 5%. The second goal was to improve our math SAGE by 3%. Our final goal was to continue to bring new technologies into the school.
The money designated by Land Trust was used to pay for teachers (both through FTE and for extra periods) to offer Reading Lab classes and Math Lab classes. Once the four extra classes were paid for, most of the money had been used and we were unable to work on goal three during last school year. However, designating the money to allow us to offer lab classes did help us make improvements in reading and math.
When we look at the Reading Inventory (RI) scores, there are two ways to look at what the data is telling us. First, we look at the end of year scores and compare from year to year. We looked at the end of year data for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. The seventh grades scored 71% both years, the eighth grade had a 72 in 15-16 and an 80 in 16-17. The ninth graders went from an 84 in 15-16 to an 83 in 16-17. The flaw at looking at the data this way is that it is not tracking students as much as it is tracking a grade level. The seventh graders in 2015-2016 were not the same seventh graders as in 2016-2017. To track students we need to compare the 15-16 seventh graders who scored 71 to the 2016-2017 eighth graders who scored an 80. That shows that those specific students improved 9 percent from one year to the next. The 2015-2016 eighth graders who scored a 72 scored 83 as ninth graders for an 11 percent improvement. When tracking students, the school made its goal of a 5% increase. Additionally, Churchill ended last school year with an 81% Proficient and above score, which was the highest score for a junior high school in Granite School District.
We did not meet the math goal of a 3% increase in SAGE. We did make improvement, however. In 2015-2016, our school SAGE score in math was 48. We improved that to 50 for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a goal we will continue to work on because we want all of our students to be proficient in math.
At the end of last year, we had $3,990 left over in our Land Trust budget. That money has been added to the allotted money we received for this school year. The Community Council has approved a plan for this year for spending that money, and I will provide updates of its use as the year goes on. One thing that we are getting ready for right now is the purchase of three new Chrome Book mobile labs. With the addition of these labs, we will have almost a lab per teacher to use in their classes. The students and teachers both are getting very good at utilizing the Chrome Books to help in the learning process.
Next week is Spirit Week! This is a fun week for the students to be involved in, but there are some reminders I’d like to give. The most important one is that even though students will be dressing up each day, they still need to meet the standards of the dress code. Please make sure costumes are appropriate for school. Students cannot wear masks at school. Also, please make sure that their costume will allow them to comfortably sit in a student desk in their classes.
Monday: Halloween Costume Day; Dance after school (3-4pm)
Tuesday: Disney Day
Wednesday: Superhero Day; Performing Arts Assembly (9:20-10:20am); G/T Pioneer Theater Play (leave school at 1:10); Performing Arts Concert (7pm)
Thursday: 80s Day
Friday: PJ Day
Congratulations to the girls’ soccer team! They defeated Kearns Jr. 5-2 to win the District Championship. The boys finished their season with a well-played game against Hunter Jr. that they lost in overtime.
Basketball will be the next sport to get going. Intramurals will begin on November 7. We have coaches for both teams, but they have not had a chance to meet and work out a schedule yet, so we do not know when the boys and girls will have the gym for intramurals. As soon as we find that out, the information will be disseminated. I would also like to remind everyone that the district rules for athletics state that if a student wants to be considered for the competitive all start team after intramurals, they need to have attended at least 70% of the intramural days.
Thank you to the small army of parent volunteers who came and helped with Reality Town this year. Reality Town is a great opportunity for the eighth graders to get an idea of what life costs. Students were assigned jobs and received a commiserate salary. They then had to go to different stations to get housing, food, cars, insurance, and other living expenses. They had to track their expenses in a checkbook and live within their means. The most frequent question I got this year was students asking where the booth was where they could get a second job.
I’d also like to recognize and thank Aubri Moench for coordinating Reality Town and the volunteers this year.
End of Quarter:
Thursday, October 26, is the last day of first quarter when students will be at school. Students received a new schedule for second quarter during seventh period. When they come to school on Monday, they will follow their new schedules. The first week of second quarter is also spirit week, so students will need to make sure that while they are enjoying Spirit Week, they are also paying attention and working in their classes as second quarter is getting up and going.
We will be having our first school dance, so I want to clarify a few things. One of the things we couldn’t anticipate as part of reconfiguration is some of the questions we would get about things. In the past week we have had both boys and girls come to the main office and ask if they have to have a date for the dance. The boys that came and asked were very nervous and concerned that they would have to ask girls to the dance. The girls that came and asked were excited to have the opportunity to ask boys to go. I also overheard a group of sixth grade girls talking at lunch about having to buy dresses and gowns for the dance. To clarify, while we call it a school dance, it is really a stomp. Students don’t ask dates or buy dresses, they just come to the cafeteria after school with their friends and have fun. We always plan the Halloween Dance to take place during Spirit Week, so the kids will be dressed up based on whatever theme is scheduled for that Monday. The dance will go from 3pm-4pm. We will also get this information out to the kids to put their minds at ease.
I will continue to encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook. If you go to the school’s website, schools.graniteschools.org/churchilljr/, and click on the Facebook icon in the upper right corner, you will be directed to our official page. Once on our Facebook page, you can click “Like”. Facebook will be the number one source for getting immediate updates and information about what’s happening at school.
Please use the student drop-off area on the west side of the school. The bus zone on the north end of the building and the east parking lot are not good drop off zones. With the construction on I-215, the bus has been getting to school at irregular times and we need to have the zone clear so it can pull in and drop off students. Using the east parking lot as a drop off blocks the faculty parking stalls and puts students at risk because many of them walk through that lot as they come to campus from the neighborhoods.
Please check your accounts to make sure you have paid for class fees. First quarter is almost over and when students move into their second quarter classes, new class fees will be charged. We are planning on charging second quarter class fees on November 10.
With Mr. Murray’s help, we have been evaluating our school website to make sure that we have the most up to date information for you there. We are also trying to clean things up and make things easier to find. If it has been a while since you have visited the site, please take a few minutes to visit and see the information that is available for you there. We asked all the teachers this year to include some bio information so you and your student can get to know them better. We also had the staff all have new pictures taken this year so you can recognize them when you are here at school.
October 27 End of 1st Quarter
October 27 SNAD (no school for kids)
Oct. 30- Nov. 3 Spirit Week
October 30 Halloween Dance
November 1 Performing Arts Assembly (9:20am)
November 1 GT Pioneer Theater Play (leave @ 1:10)
November 1 Performing Arts Concert (7pm)
November 7 Basketball intramurals begins
November 7 PTSA meeting (11am)
November 10 High Honor Roll Ice Cream Party
November 14 Community Council (1:30pm)
November 16 Turkey Trot
November 17 GPA Increase Party
November 22-24 Thanksgiving Recess