Iron County School District

Congratulations 2015-16 Reflections Winners!

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April has been a month full of edifying lessons!  We began with a couple of talent shows, one for lower grades and one for upper grades.  This was great fun with talent demonstrations ranging from a capella to ukulele solos.   Earlier in the week we had school wide assemblies focusing on smart and safe use of the Internet.  Ask your students what they learned! Next week we will have a Marvin and Jessie play focusing on courtesy.  Looking ahead, May 9 is our Grand Battle of the Books between our third, fourth, and fifth grades with Enoch Elementary.  Friendly competition is a great learning motivator, thank you Enoch for sharing this event with us! Speaking of Grand, one of our grand, and oft requested teachers is Mrs. Sherratt. She is a teacher at heart that loves teaching all subjects, but is particularly inspired when she sees one of those “Aha!” moments transpire.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with each grade level's preparation for the Grand Battle of the Books with Enoch.  Here are the details.  If you can help, please contact your student's teacher or Mrs. Marriott in the Literacy Center.
3rd Grade      Tuesday, May 10th       12:45-3:15    Have 8 volunteers need 12 more
4th Grade       Monday, May 9th           9:00-11:40   Have 8 volunteers need 12 more
5th Grade       Thursday, May 12th       9:00-11:40   Have 8 volunteers need 12 more
Thank you!!

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            Mrs. Griffith                       Lower grade spelling bee winners          Upper grade spelling bee winners


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Click the link below for a video tutorial on how to set up your powerschool account

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How to access and electronically sign our computer Acceptable Use Policy, and Safe Schools Policy:

You can also access and electronically sign a generic field trips permission slip here, so your child may go on any field trips this year, even if you forget to sign their permission slip!


    Dear parents and guardians,

   As we’re sure some of you are aware, there are some changes being made at South Elementary for the coming year.  We wanted to address these, and alleviate any fears, and halt any rumors gone awry.  We have always considered ourselves a family at South Elementary, and we each make daily conscious efforts to maintain caring and compassionate relationships with each other.  As with any family dynamics, change is inevitable, but not always easy or welcome.  After deliberate reflection and pondering, we have decided to make a few grade level assignment changes.  Those who are moving will be helping us keep fresh perspectives and will be sharing their unique talents, strengths, and expertise with new collaborative teams. We are excited about the changes taking place.  It should in no way be construed that these moves are in response to anyone’s lack of effective teaming, or impeccable teaching skills.  As so many of our parents have confirmed, we have an incredible team at South, and we maintain full confidence in all of our teachers.  It is hoped that this mobility gives us the opportunity to examine our practices: helps us sharpen our saws.

    We know we have affected many by these changes at this time.  We are proud of our teachers who’ve risen to the challenge.  We know this affects three classes full of students as well.  It is our hope that these families recognize the strengths and assets of all of our teachers and can demonstrate flexibility in their acceptance of their new teacher assignment. Just as we have phenomenal teachers, we have phenomenal parents and students, who’ve always recognized the strengths of all of our teachers; Given past experiences, it is our expectation that families and students will continue to show respect and resilience in their upcoming teacher assignments, even though they may be different than what they were expecting.  However, we also recognize there may be unique circumstances that may require special consideration, and we are willing to take time to consider them.

    The changes we are referring to include Mrs. Olenslager moving to fourth grade, Mrs. Sherratt moving to third grade, and Mrs. Segler moving to second grade.  These teachers, as well as many others, have spent countless hours at the school already this summer preparing for their new responsibilities.  They have received the surprise of these new assignments with grace, and have sacrificed family and vacation time in order to make it a successful year for themselves and their students.  Thank you for sharing your children with us, and giving us the opportunity to make a difference!  

What’s up with my child’s SAGE scores?

One of the goals of public education is to have students graduate from high school ready for either college or a career.  Every person should have the freedom to choose from meaningful opportunities upon graduation.

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the reauthorization of this act, states have developed and implemented educational standards.  However, in many cases these standards have not reflected the knowledge and skills needed for success after high school.  According to The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

( every year in the United States, nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies and must take remedial courses in English or mathematics.  While states have developed assessments aligned with their standards, oftentimes these assessments did not necessarily measure the college and career ready knowledge that students have needed.

What do SAGE scores look like?

Given the feedback policy makers have received, Iron County Schools has opted to use the SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) assessment system to evaluate student growth and learning.

Based on new standards and new proficiency rates, it was expected that fewer students would be proficient than in previous summative assessments in Utah (CRTs), and they were. If scores had not dropped, this would be an indication that our tests were not adequately measuring college and career readiness.

Students do not suddenly know less. Teachers are not teaching less or “incorrectly.”

The bar measuring expectations on the learning continuum moved. Teachers and students will need time to make the adjustment.  Of course, this is NOT an indication of decrease in student achievement; rather it reflects an increase in rigor.

It was expected that test scores would increase slightly over the first administration, and will continue to do so as schools adjust instruction based on data.  At South Elementary, on average, our test scores have shown about a 5 point increase from the 2013-14 school year to the 2014-15 school year.  



If you've recieved an alert pertaining to a new parent notification system that will soon be in place, please refer to this link: 

Link to information about Parent Notification System:



Here's a helpful link for GoMath struggles.  There is a video example from every lesson for every grade available.  Suppose you have a fourth grader whose class just had a lesson in division using the distributive property.  First: Click on this link:

Second:  choose your child's grade (in this case fourth)

Third: choose a chapter/topic (you may do best to choose by topic, as this is aligned with California's core, so the chapters may not exactly line up with ours.  We're going to choose Chapter 4-Divide by one digit numbers because we see that our child's homework is on division)

Fourth: choose the lesson 4.6 Division using the Distributive Property because that aligns even more clearly with the lesson my child's homework is targeting.

Watch the video with your child and see if it is helpful in completing the homework assignment.

What is MTSS?

MTSS stands for Multi Tiered System of Supports.  MTSS is the systematic, multi-tiered, problem-solving team approach of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important education decisions. 

South Elementary in combined effort with the ICSD will implement MTSS in a continued effort to provide support for ALL students through ongoing collaboration involving teachers, administrators, families, specialists and community partners.

For more information on MTSS, check out our district's MTSS information web page:  or contact Mrs. Coonen at South Elementary.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

South Elementary understands that the safety of the students and staff on our campus is the first priority in any situation.  Due to the fact that an emergency can occur at any time, South Elementary believes it is of the utmost importance to be prepared for any and all hazards that may affect our schools.  An Emergency Operations Plan has been developed that will help to protect our most precious assets, our students and staff.

We ask that, in the event of an actual emergency, parents do all they can to help make the situation as safe as possible for their child by following the guidelines below:

  • Please refrain from contacting the school during an actual emergency, as school personnel will be busy dealing with that crisis.  We also recommend that you do not contact the Emergency Dispatch Center or other emergency services, as they will in all likelihood, be involved in the same crisis.  Parents will be notified, as soon as possible through text or email with updates about the situation. (see sign up information below)
  • Do not attempt to pick up your child during an emergency, as law enforcement will control parent and public access to the school during that emergency.   Whenever the school is allowed to release students, you will be notified.  Only authorized contacts listed on your child’s registration card will be allowed to pick up your child after an actual emergency.  Please note that a photo ID will also be required of anyone (including parents) attempting to pick up students after an emergency.  This is required as it is possible that school personnel assigned to release students may not recognize you as the parent or authorized adult to pick up the child. This procedure will be followed for your child’s own protection.
  • If students/staff need to evacuate the school, students will be transferred to a safe location. School personnel have been trained to keep your child safe during an evacuation.  When students have arrived at the designated location, you will be notified when and where they can be released to parents and/or whether buses will be able to transport students to their homes. 
  • If you are on the school premises during an emergency, or a drill, you will be asked to follow directions from staff without question.

While it is unsettling to think about emergencies happening to our children, frequent review and practice of emergency procedures at home and at school, will help everyone to be prepared.  Throughout the school year, students will be trained in emergency procedures and will be taught how to react, where to assemble and what to expect in an emergency situation.  We appreciate your help and understanding in this matter.