I don’t think I have ever been more excited for a school year to get started. I am entering my 4th year as the principal at Hill Field Elementary. I’m proud of what we have accomplished. According to the State of Utah school report card for Hill Field Elementary, our students have shown above average growth in each of the last 3 years. Students who have scored in the bottom 25% in achievement, have received targeted instruction and have outpaced their like peers by leaps and bounds. We have been in the top 5 for growth in both language arts and math in each of the last 2 years. According to a national comparison of the DIBELS reading fluency assessment, we made above average growth.
This data is at the level that principals and staff could boast about. We have spent a great deal of time providing professional development for our teachers and appears to be paying off. However, we recognize the need to continue to improve. We will continue to provide professional development for teachers and staff in order to ensure that research based instructional practices are used in every classroom.
As a result of many conversations amongst faculty and staff, we feel we need to boost our efforts in providing instruction and support with the social, emotional, and behavioral needs. We recognize that many of our students need more support in these areas than some. Thanks to additional resources provided by the State of Utah and Davis School District we feel like we have plan in place to meet these needs and teach the necessary skills. We are excited to see this plan in action. I hope you will join with us in making Hill Field Elementary a kind and respectful school.
Our school district will be going through a accreditation process. Davis School District is unique in the state of Utah because we choose to do this process for every school. Typically, secondary schools and Title I schools are accredited. Through the accreditation process, we assure parents and the community we are committed to increasing student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and running an efficient operation.
Thank you for all you do! Please join our PTA and know that you are welcome and encouraged to be at our school to volunteer. Together we can tap into the potential inside each of our kids.