February 7, 2020
Reading Inventory Mid-Year Update:
Our students have taken the first two Reading Inventory (RI) tests for this year. As we have talked about throughout the year, we are emphasizing the RI this year with teachers and students. We are working toward improving our growth. Our percent of students who are proficient or above has consistently been in the top three of the district, but our growth has not been great. Last year, for example, our growth in RI was last in the district.
As of the December testing, we are doing well this year. Our average test score is a 1,119, which is #1 in the district. Our students have already had an average of 55 points of growth for the year, which is 6th in the district. Finally, 56% of our students met their growth goal from the first test to the second test. That percentage is also #1 in the district.
It is great to see the work our teachers and students are putting in on reading and to have it pay off in the data we receive. We have one more RI test coming. The final test will be in March, and the March test is the one that matters the most as our annual data will be determined based on growth from the September test to the March test. We are excited to see how much our students have improved their reading comprehension this year.
Early Open Enrollment will be ending next week. It is important for everyone to be aware of the requirements of Open Enrollment. While students do not need to apply for Open Enrollment every year, you do need to apply each time you switch schools. So, anyone going from elementary school to junior high needs to apply and anyone going from junior high to high school will as well. For us, that means any of our current 8th and 9th graders on permit will need to apply at Olympus High School for next year. The other important thing to keep in mind is that the application needs to be turned in at the school you want to go to. We have blank forms in the main office you are welcome to use, but it will need to be turned in at Olympus High School next week.
We also need to get all permit applications turned in for our school for next year. We are getting to the point where we will be building our class schedule for next year, and we need to know how many students we will have for classes.
School Report Card:
School Report Cards were released to the public in early January. You can look at any school’s report card at https://utahschoolgrades.schools.utah.gov/. For those who haven’t looked at a school report card recently, the state changed the look of them and how they present the
information a couple of years ago. The intent was to make the information on the report card easier to read and understand. I encourage everyone to look at our report card and see how the school is doing.
When you bring the school up, you will see a one-page summary of our performance on last year’s RISE testing. One thing to keep in mind as you look at this data is that it is only reflective of last year’s 7th and 8th graders because the 9th graders took the Aspire test, and that doesn’t count on our report card. There are three main categories for our performance: Achievement (how many of our kids scored proficient or above on RISE), Growth (what is the MGP for the kids on RISE; as a note, an MGP of 40 typically means students gained one year’s worth of learning), and English Learner Progress (this data is derived from how our ESL students did on the WIDA test which tests their progress in learning English). For each of these categories, there is a blue box that says, “View Details.” By clicking this tab, you will get additional information about how our school performed compared to the district and the state, and you can see a three-year trend for how we’ve done.
Last year, we had a 9.6% increase in ELA (proficiency was 55.8%), a 6.8% increase in math (53.6% proficient), and a 2.7% increase in science (50.9% proficient). Our growth was up across the board as well. In ELA we were up 15% (40.4% growth), math was up 16% (41% growth), and science was up 11% (36.1% growth). Our lowest 25% of our students (lowest based on scoring from the RISE) had a growth increase of 22.8% to finish with a 63.7% growth.
At the bottom of the report card is the overall score. Each score category is worth a piece of our final score. Achievement and Growth are both worth 37%, the ELL kids count as 9%, and the Growth of the Lowest 25% makes up 17% of our final grade. For last year, Olympus Jr. earned a score of 72 points out of 150 possible. While the state has temporarily decided to not put the letter grade on report cards this year, I will tell you that Olympus Jr.’s score equates to a C.
We have been working and talking as a faculty this year about teaching and learning and how to make sure we are providing the best education to our students. Those conversations will be on-going. The school has improved its overall score on the state report card in each of the last three years, and we are working to continue that trend.
This district is hosting a Self-Care Fair at Olympus High School on February 24 from 6-8. The fair is open to all parents and secondary students. The focus of the fair is on the health and well-being of families and students. There will be presentations, activities, prizes, giveaways, and light refreshments.
Our Facebook page is a great source of information about the school and our events. I post pictures and videos of things happening at the school, as well as information that is important or interesting for you to have. I recommend everyone follow us on Facebook. To get to our official page, go to the school’s website and click on the Facebook icon. From there, you can click to follow us.
Feb. 11 PTSA Meeting
Feb. 12, 13 Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)
Feb. 14 No School
Feb. 17 No School
Feb. 19 Wrestling @ Oly Jr. (vs. Kennedy, Evergreen, Valley, Kearns)
Feb. 26 Wrestling @ Valley
Feb.29 Wrestling @ Kearns High
March 2 District Dance Concert
March 4 Wrestling @ Bonneville
March 7 Wrestling Divisional @ Olympus High
March 9 NetSmartz Assembly
March 10 Orchestra State Festival
March 11-14 Musical, Frozen (7pm)
March 12 Community Council (3:15pm)
March 14 Wrestling District Championship @ Skyline High