Students in Jodie’s class at Salt Lake County Youth Services recently explored the differences between shield and cone volcanoes. Ooey-gooey science!
“Learn Their Truth: Elevating Youth Voice in Utah’s Justice System” conference was held October 8, 2019, at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Bonnie, USBE YIC Writing Specialist, worked with students in creating their work and gathered it from SLVDT, Gemstone and other facilities to showcase. Through visual art and written work, the voices of those who have experience in the juvenile justice system were shared. Her displays beautifully illustrated the theme “What I Wish You Knew About Me.” Thank you, Bonnie, for gathering and displaying our student work.
Thank you to Cathleen, Art and ESL teacher, Salt Lake Valley Youth Center, for sharing this write-up.
Pictures by Steve Kaelin, YIC USBE
by Jason Rosvall, YESS Associate Director
2018-2019 School Year Literacy Program Report: SLVDT
YESS continues to focus on literacy as an ongoing school goal each year. With the recently completed 2018-19 school year, we have exciting results to share with you! YESS was able to hire a reading tutor with Land Trust monies that were approved by our Community Council. On behalf of YESS, I want to thank our council for their ongoing involvement and support of district and school endeavors.
So What Did We do?
Each Salt Lake Valley Detention student was assessed using an eighth-grade level passage of text. The student assessments were composed in a manner that student progress could be calculated using the same (or as close to the same) level of text, length of passages, complexity of words (lexile levels), similar classroom setting, etc. The goal with each assessment was to create an authentic measure of each student’s current progress at that time. The students practiced decoding, comprehension, and fluency skills within their own individual levels, during one-on-one tutoring sessions. Student progress levels were measured in fluency (Words Per Minute “WPM”), reading comprehension, and reading accuracy.
And What Were the Results?
A total of 457 reading assessments were conducted. 69 students (based on length of stay within the facility) continued to have two or more lessons. Of the sixty-nine students, 57 showed an increase in reading words per minute (WPM), 5 students witnessed a decrease and seven students remained even.
From the sample size of sixty nine students, an overall +14.8% increase was achieved!! The highest level of student achievement was registered at +85%, whereas the lowest decline was captured at -16%.
A special thanks goes out to Sean who worked so closely with the reading tutors and students, while amassing large amounts of data collection reflective of our literacy efforts.
The job of a Restorative Justice Advocate (mentor) is more encompassing than one may believe. Our mentors search for opportunities to address the needs of the students they serve, sometimes going above and beyond the normal scope of their job description.
One of the YESS Mentors has been working with a student who struggles with anxiety and depression and thus with school. This student has expressed an interest in studying animation in college. The mentor contacted a local university and arranged a “field trip” for the student to meet with the department chair, tour the facility, meet with those currently studying animation, and discuss potential opportunities.
This kind act of reaching out beyond the norm on the part of the mentor, has impacted this student in a remarkable way and has brought a “sparkle” back in their life and attitude.
Learning is so “sweet” in Cindy’s Health classes at the Salt Lake Valley Youth Center. This is a model of a long bone with the parts labeled compact bone, spongy bone, articular cartilage, and red marrow. Also represented is the haversian system with lamellae, blood vessels, and lymph vessels. Oh…and did we mention they were all created with a variety of pastries, candy bars, and marshmallows?! Yum!
Students from Mrs. Horgan’s class at Youth Services recently attended the Utah STEM Festival. The report is that ‘they had a great time!”
The Restorative Justice Advocates, mentors, serve YESS students attending their home school in Granite School District. The mentors fill numerous roles in the lives of these students and with that comes a multitude of paperwork – documents, forms, reports, etc. To streamline this aspect of their responsibilities and free up more time to be spent with students, Trina Cotterman, YESS Mentor at West Lake Jr High, spent the summer creating an online system within Google Drive to manage the overwhelming volume of documents. She developed a comprehensive online system where each of the mentors can place, search for, share, and retrieve data on students quickly and easily.
Kudos to Trina for seeing the vision of how to refine a complicated array of paperwork and consolidate it into a streamlined, organized, and manageable online system!
As a school within Granite School District, YESS holds Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers make themselves to parents, case workers, or student advocates to discuss the educational program offered and their student’s progress.
The teaching staff had several days of professional development training before the students started the school year. YESS has acquired an online resource that has database of lessons that are aligned to the Utah Core Standards, which include digital presentations, skill builders, warm-ups, virtual tours, assessments and more. Multiple trainings and a follow-up have occurred to train the teachers in the use of these tools.