We already have so many things to be excited about at Spring Creek this year. We have been invited by the UT State Board of Education to apply for a National Title I Distinguished School award. Only 19 schools in UT were invited to apply. Only two schools will be selected by the Nation Title I Association to receive this prestigious award. The invitation to even apply is an honor. We received our school grade from the State Board of Education as determined by proficiency and progress scores on 2017 state testing. When compared to 20 schools with similar demographics, we are number #1 in mathematics, #2 in English Language Arts, #2 in Science, scoring well above State and District averages for progress in all three areas and well beyond the DIBELS progress score required by the State for third graders. These are amazing data points that contributed substantially to the invitation to apply for the National Title I Distinguished School.
Our mission at Spring Creek is to ensure continuous progress for all students in a positive and engaging learning environment. We take this mission seriously and are making a mark. The following statement is published on the State Data Gateway website. It describes Spring Creek as, “A Title I school located in southeast Provo. Achieved success in all academic areas and boasts the highest academic growth rate. Teachers care about students and provide a positive nurturing environment that individualizes, uses technology and capitalizes on diversity.” I feel that this is an accurate reflection of the work we do at Spring Creek.
The impressive progress scores are not attained only by our students that started out with considerable deficits in their learning. The majority of students from all ability levels are making significant gains in their learning. I have to give a huge shout out to the teachers and staff at Spring Creek that work tirelessly to provide students with high expectations and clear learning targets, including the success criteria needed to produce quality work and enough feedback to know how they are doing. The art of teaching and learning is practiced daily and in every subject.
We hope that you take the time to talk to your children about the exciting things that they are learning each day. We encourage you to spend a few minutes each day asking them some of the following questions.
- What mistakes did you make today? What did you learn from them?
- How did you contribute to the learning today?
- What challenges did you accept today?
- What questions did you ask?
- What feedback did you receive today? What did you do with it?
- How did you show that you weren’t going to give up?
- How were you kind today?
- How were you safe today?
- How were you responsible today?
Obviously you probably won’t want to ask all of these questions every day, but over the course of a week I would challenge you to try and ask most of these questions. These questions are the key to what successful learners do. And at Spring Creek, “We LEARN Together.” Thank you for the fabulous first term. We are pressing forward to the next three terms with determination that we can all make continuous progress. We can’t wait to share this progress with you during Parent Teacher Conferences. Be sure to get signed up – visit the Spring Creek Website or call the front office for assistance.