Falcon Ridge Elementary is located in West Jordan. The school sits on a beautiful site at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains and overlooks the Salt Lake Valley. The school opened July 2008. The dedicated faculty has a wide range of backgrounds and specialty training. The focus is on student learning and achievement in the areas of literacy, numeracy and arts integration.
- Falcon Ridge serves 725 students on a traditional schedule, late August through early June.
- The school has a clean-line design featuring flexible space classrooms, centrally located media center, spacious gym with stage area, and an up-to-date computer lab. Each classroom is equipped with audio enhancement and digital projection systems.
- The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m., except on Fridays when school is dismissed at 1:25 p.m. to allow teachers time for planning.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22 in first, second and third grades and 1 to 26 in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. The actual class sizes vary.
- A nutritious breakfast and hot lunch is prepared and served daily. The cost of school breakfast is .80 and lunch for students is $1.75. Students who wish to only purchase milk may do so for 25¢ a carton. Breakfast is served to students in the morning from 7:50 am to 8:20 am. Lunch is served from 11:20 am to 1:05 pm.
- Teachers collaborate in Professional Learning Communities to ensure that all students are learning and to give students access to the best talents of each teacher.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds all district and state requirements. Teachers use the Balanced Literacy framework to teach reading and writing. Math is taught using a combination of Investigations and the Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley curriculum.
- Students have access to the latest technology including 1:1 chromebooks. Students work with software in language arts, math, and other curriculum areas.
- Resource teachers give special help to students who are behind in math or reading. A Literacy Facilitator and reading assistants provide interventions to strengthen reading skills for students.
- A guidance specialist is available to provide group or individual counseling. Speech therapy is also provided for students as necessary.
- Falcon Ridge has a school choir that allows students in grades K-6 to experience the joy of vocal music and performing as a group.
- Falcon Ridge students are expected to follow a Code of Conduct for responsible citizens, which spells out expectations for behavior.
- The school adheres to Jordan District dress, attendance, and discipline standards.
- The Falcon Ridge Student Council gives students leadership opportunities as they meet to build school pride and serve others.
- An active PTA and School Community Council assist with school activities and regularly give input on important school issues.
School visitors and volunteers are welcomed and encouraged at Falcon Ridge. Volunteers support the educational process through their work within the classroom. Every family that attends Falcon Ridge is encouraged to support their children by working as a team with the classroom teachers as they strive to provide excellent educational opportunities for all children.
List of Opportunities for Students 2020-21 School Year
- STEM Activities for the whole school by STEM teacher
- Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Person – Music
- Monster Math
- Student Council
- Geography Bee
- 40 Book Challenge
- 6th Grade Olympics
- 6th Grade Shakespeare Plays
- 4th Mountain Man Assembly
- Science Fair
- Golden Gate Kids school-wide
- Recycling Program
- 3rd Grade Veteran’s Day Program
- Crescendo Choir – After School run by Parents
- 4th and 5th grade students attend Symphony
CODE OF CONDUCT
PRELIMINARY STRATEGIES AND POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES
Preliminary strategies and positive consequences are used at Falcon Ridge Elementary to develop and maintain good student discipline. These strategies include:
- Appropriate and motivating curriculum
- High rates of praise from teachers = 4.1 Praise/Criticism Ratio
- School-Wide Positive Action Program for good behavior
- Golden Gate Student of the Month
- Positive Referral to the Principal’s office
- Pizza with the Principal
- Good Notes from teachers
- Individual classroom awards and student recognition
- Clearly posted and easily understood school-wide rules
- Structured daily schedules
- Clearly understood teacher directions
- Individual recognition for improved student behavior
- Instruction and recognition of:
Golden Gate Kids Pledge
- I will smile at others.
- I will be a true friend.
- I will treat others and myself with kindness and respect.
- I will be in charge of my own happiness.
- I will make someone’s day.
- I will INCLUDE everyone.
- I will be a problem solver.
- I will be my best self.
I WILL BE THAT PERSON!!
- Regular attendance is the keystone to academic success.
- Students should arrive on campus at 8:15 a.m.
- The first bell rings at 8:23 a.m. The second bell rings at 8:25 a.m. School begins at 8:30 a.m.
- For safety reasons, please do not send children to school early. Teachers are planning for the day and are not available to supervise students.
- In bad weather, doors will be open at 8:00 a.m.
- Call the office if your child will be absent at (801) 282-2437
- Please send a note when your child returns to class after an absence.
- Attendance and tardy letters are sent when your child has been absent or tardy five times. Please help your child develop good arrival time habits.
- If your child will be out two or more days, contact the teacher for make-up work.
- Please help your child attend school regularly. Absences should be for sickness or emergencies.
- Minimize early checkouts.
- If you will be going on vacation, you can pick-up a vacation form from the office 2 weeks prior to your departure date.
- Clothing should be clean and neat.
- Shorts should be no shorter than the student’s four fingers above the knee.
- Socks should be worn with shoes.
- Footwear should be designed for active outdoor play. No open toes shoes.
- Hats are not to be worn in school.
- Gang-related clothing of any kind is not allowed.
- T-shirts depicting violence, use of drugs, alcohol, or other inappropriate slogans are not allowed.
Lunch Room Conduct
- Show respect for the supervisor at all times.
- Use soft speaking voices in the cafeteria.
- Clean up after yourself. Pick up any food you drop.
- Walk in the lunchroom. Sit where you are assigned.
- Do not take food, milk cartons, candy, etc. out of the cafeteria.
- Students are not allowed to trade food.
- Walk in the halls. NO RUNNING!
- Enter and leave through your own grade level doors.
- Gum is not allowed at Falcon Ridge.
- Students are required to follow all classroom rules
- Enter and exit quietly.
- No talking once students enter the multipurpose room.
- Show appreciation by applauding. No hooting or whistling.
- Unacceptable behavior will be cause for dismissal from the assembly.
- Each student is expected to show good judgment and proper behavior. Treat bathrooms as you would at home.
- Restrooms are not places to meet with friends.
- Be considerate of people using the restroom after you. Leave it clean.
- SAFETY FIRST –If it’s dangerous or could hurt someone, don’t do it.
- Use equipment in the way it was intended. Do not use broken equipment. Report broken equipment to the person supervising the playground.
- NO FIGHTING – Solve differences without hitting. If you have a problem, talk with a teacher or recess coach.
- Snowball throwing is not allowed.
- Be a Buddy – Not a Bully.
Safety Before and After School
- Enter and exit at grade level doors.
- Use sidewalks and crosswalks – no shortcuts.
- Stop, look, and listen with an adult before crossing or entering parking lots.
- Remember, it takes much longer for cars to stop than people.
- Follow parking lot procedures as a pedestrian and passenger.
- Going to and from school, students are required to stay on sidewalks and off of private property.
Bicycles/Skateboards/Rollerblades/Wheelie Shoes/Electronic Devices, etc…
- Bicycles may be ridden to school. Locks are required.
- Walk your bicycles until you leave school property.
- Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and wheelie shoes are not allowed.
- IPads, IPods, mp3 players, Kindles, tablets, gaming devices, other electronic devices are not allowed.
- Possession of a cellular telephone/watch by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student that uses their cell phone/watch inappropriately. A student who possesses a cell phone/watch shall assume responsibility for its care. At no time shall the district be responsible for preventing theft, loss or damage to cell phones brought onto school property.
Cell phone/watch use during classroom time, instructional activities, and field trips is prohibited. Cell phones/watch must remain off during school hours. Cell phone/watch used during school hours will be placed in the office. Parents can pick up the cell phone/watch from the office after school.
A problem-solving approach will be used with discipline problems. The following steps will be used with most problems.
- First Offense: Discuss the problem with the classroom teacher and use a problem-solving approach to solve the situation.
- Second Offense: Discuss the problem with the principal and use a problem-solving approach to solve the problem. The student will fill out a Think Sheet.
- Third Offense: Call the parents and discuss the situation so that a solution is found to correct the problem. A parent conference with the teacher and/or principal may occur.
With serious offenses, parents will be contacted on the first and second offense so as to keep communications open and reach a quick resolution. Students may be suspended until a recommended solution is reached.
Severe Behavior Policy
- District Policy states: Jordan School District students and employees are entitled to a learning/working environment, which is free from unlawful and violent acts. Students whose actions pose a threat to the health and/or safety of student or staff member may be suspended and/or suspended to a District Hearing (Board Policy AS67)
- The following conduct is defined as “dangerous or disruptive conduct” and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, and while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles.
- Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable materials, fireworks, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projective or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use..
Bullying and harassment are not tolerated at Falcon Ridge Elementary. Bullying is when a person or group of people repeatedly seeks to belittle, scare, hurt, put down, tease, threaten, harm, or intimidate another person.
Bullying and harassment can be:
- Verbal: The bully aggressively teases or calls names.
- Physical: The bully physically hits, shoves, punches, pokes, bumps, corners, or harms you.
- Visual: (leering, showing embarrassing material).
- Emotional: The bully uses gestures, notes, rumors, gossip, etc. against someone. The bully may also exclude you or use your relationships with friends as a weapon.
- Cyber: The bully uses emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, other social networking websites, or other electronic devices to hurt someone.
What should you do if you are getting bullied? Try the following:
- Tell the bully to “STOP”. Look the bully in the eye without emotion or fear and command him or her to stop.
- If the bully continues to bother you, WALK AWAY.
- If that doesn’t work, TELL AN ADULT (Teacher, Administrator, Counselor, Parent or an adult you trust). If you remain in silence, nobody will know and you will continue to suffer at the hands of the bully.
- Inform the parents/guardians
- Provide consequences as necessary
All reports of bullying are confidential and handled carefully. Remember: Everyone has a right to come to school and feel safe! If you are bullying others, stop. Parents will be notified when bullying is taking place.
For those students who choose this behavior, consequences may include:
- Mandatory parent/guardian conference
- Loss of recess or activity
- Lunch Detention
- In School Suspension (ISS)
- Suspension from school