Last spring, as always, our students participated in the statewide SAGE testing. While I am well aware of the fact that there is much more to a student’s experience and success than testing, I am happy to report that we are showing some outstanding results with our test scores. Our teachers are doing a superb job of teaching the standards set by the state of Utah. Statewide tests allow districts to compare themselves to other districts in Utah. We have taken a proactive approach in determining the gaps in our learning and have focused our instruction on those areas.
I like to look at our scores in comparison to other rural schools throughout the state that are similar in size (1A to 3A schools). I commend our teachers, students, staff, and parents for the success we are seeing. It truly does take the village to make good things happen in our schools. Here are some examples of our successes in comparison to over 20 other rural schools in the state. Some of these scores are possibly as good as or even better than any other school in the entire state. I just haven’t seen the entire state comparisons yet.
In the middle school our Language Arts level of proficiency (69%) ranked first across rural Utah with the next closest school at 54% proficiency. Our math ranked 2nd with a proficiency of 64%, which was one percentage point from the top school. Every year our science scores are off the chart. We typically are much higher than the state average and usually at the top. The results of 6th through 8th grade science have not come out yet, but we expect that our scores will be great again.
In the high school our Language Arts and Math proficiency ranked second among rural schools and science came in third. Our 10th grade math scores were 19 percentage points higher than the next closest school in that grade. We are extremely happy for our kids and adults for these outstanding results. Once again, we are focused on the whole child in our educational approach, and we recognize the greatness going on in our classrooms.
Up at the elementary school, teachers and paraprofessionals are doing some amazing things with reading and math. Our reading scores are reaching new heights. They are also doing a super job with all of our subject areas for a nice balance. I am so appreciative of our teachers, counselors, administrators, paraprofessionals, and support staff in all of our buildings and departments for the great work they are performing. I also appreciate our supportive parents who are actively involved in this wonderful process. Each adult plays a significant role in the success of our kids.
We at North Summit School District are committed to providing parents and students with accurate and prompt information in the event of school closures or other urgent matters impacting our schools and community. Depending on the type of emergency situation, the district utilizes the following methods of communication: direct telephoning, information placed on the district's website at www.nsummit.org, emailing, cell phones, emergency radios- between schools and the district office. Keeping parents informed helps to assure student safety and provides peace of mind. In an effort to improve communications with our families, we are requesting that all parents Like our Facebook page, North Summit School District, and friend North Summit. Facebook is a very great tool for getting information out quickly. We also suggest that you update your personal information including address, email, home and cell phone numbers for anyone you would want contacted in the event of a school closure or emergency. Sometimes this information is updated at one school for one child, but does not always get changed on all students in the same family. Please help us by contacting the schools or district office if you feel your information may be out of date.
North Summit offers Adult Education for High School Completion and English
Language classes. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-9:00 PM and Thursday from 6-9:00 PM in the Middle School Library.