Jocelyn Kearl

Jocelyn Kearl

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:19

Core Subjects & Assessments

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Handwriting
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spelling

Specials (As applicable by grade)

  • Art
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Music
  • PE
  • Spanish

Grading Scale

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade & Specials Grading Scale:

  • CM = Commendable
  • S = Satisfactory (+/-)
  • N = Needs Improvement

4th - 5th Grading Scale:

  • A = Excellent (95-100%) A- (92-94%)
  • B+ = Very Good (89-91%) B (86-88%) B- (83-85%)
  • C+ = Good (79-82%) C (75-78%) C- (71-74%)
  • D+ = Below Average (69-70%) D (67-68%) D- (65-66%)

Saint John the Baptist Elementary follows the Diocesan curricula (link to Diocese website).


Accelerated Reader:

Accelerated Reader is a curriculum-based assessment tool that provides a summary and analysis of results to enable teachers to monitor both the quantity and quality of reading practice engaged in by their students. Students administer comprehension tests voluntarily themselves, and the system is intended specifically to have strong formative effects on subsequent learning.

Most books have an Accelerated Reader (AR) quiz. Each book is assigned a point value based on the number of words it contains and its reading difficulty, as derived from a formula based on the well-known Flesch-Kincaid readability index that considers the number of syllables in words and sentence complexity.

After reading, the student accesses his/her account on a school computer and takes a multiple-choice comprehension test on the book's content. Tests may have 5, 10, or 20 items, depending on the length and difficulty of the book. The computer scores the test, awards the student points based on the results, and keeps a complete record.

Parent Tips for Accelerated Reader

  • The book should be within the child's reading level.
  • The book should be interesting to the child.
  • While reading the book, the child should be constantly asking themselves questions to make sure they understand what is being read. If the student does not understand, go back and reread.
  • Children should not rush through a book.
  • After a child is finished with the book, they should be able to answer these questions without looking back at the book:
    • What is the title of the book?
    • Who were the main characters?
    • What was the setting? (When? Where?)
    • What was the problem in the book?
    • How did the characters solve the problem?
    • What happened at the beginning of the book?
    • What happened in the middle book?
    • What happened at the end of the book
  • If the child can't answer these questions without looking at the book, consider rereading the book, or rereading the first couple of pages in each chapter.
  • If the child is reading a picture book, take a picture walk through the book. On each page the student should be able to retell the story in their own words while looking at the pictures.

Parents can use Renaissance Home Connect to keep up with their child's reading progress. Simply go to Renaissance Home Connect. Use your child's username and password. Your child should know this information because he/she uses this same information when logging into AR at school.

AR Point Clubs

Accelerated Reader Point Clubs have been implemented to encourage students to continue reading once their AR goals are met. Point clubs encourage students to read, read, read!

2015-2016 Accelerated Reader Point Club Summary

Accelerated Reader Point Clubs have been implemented to encourage students to continue reading once their AR goals are met. Congratulations to the many students who joined one or more Point Clubs during the 2015-2016 School Year:

  • 500-Point Club: 3 Students
  • 250-Point Club: 32 Students
  • 100-Point Club: 100 Students
  • 50-Point Club: 215
  • 25-Point Club: 329


The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS NEXT) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying students experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide early support and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

DIBELS were developed based on measurement procedures for Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), which were created by Deno and colleagues through the Institute for Research and Learning Disabilities at the University of Minnesota in the 1970-80s. Like CBM, DIBELS were developed to be economical and efficient indicators of a student's progress toward achieving a general outcome.

Initial research on DIBELS was conducted at the University of Oregon in the late 1980s. Since then, an ongoing series of studies on DIBELS has documented the reliability and validity of the measures as well as their sensitivity to student change. The DIBELS authors were motivated then, as now, by the desire to improve educational outcomes for children, especially those from poor and diverse backgrounds. Research on DIBELS continues at DMC and at numerous universities and research institutions around the world.

Saint John the Baptist Elementary administers DIBELS to students, Grades K-5, three times per year - Beginning - Middle - End - and adheres to the DIBELS Next Benchmarks.


Saint John the Baptist Elementary administers the ACT Aspire to students, Grades 3-5. The ACT Aspire provides the following features and functions:

  • a standards-based system of assessments to monitor progress toward college and career readiness from grade 3 through early high school, connecting each grade level to the next
  • assessment, data management and reporting functions for all students, aggregated and disaggregated groups of learners, and the individual learner
  • alignment with the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
  • student outcomes aligned to the Domain and Cluster reporting categories of the Common Core State Standards
  • capability for predicting outcomes on the ACT
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:13


Saint John the Baptist Elementary’s students have access to several different forms of educational technology, as the school believes in utilizing multiple sources to meet the students’ educational endeavors.

Saint John the Baptist Elementary has one computer lab, which is used for weekly classes (Grades Kindergarten-5). Through cross-curricular planning, the students learn a variety of programs (Type 2 Learn, Microsoft Word, Power Point …) while studying grade level curricula.

The school’s classrooms either have a Smart Board or a large HD TV monitor. These devices are controlled by the teacher’s computer and the teacher controls the information accessed.

Every classroom has Chromebooks, which students use to take Accelerated Reader quizzes, check their grades, and work on educational programs and more. The students also have access to three I-Pad carts, which are used to supplement both the Math and English Language Arts curricula through the utilization of various educations apps.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:12

Philosophy & Expectations


Saint John the Baptist Elementary's philosophy is to provide a well-rounded program by addressing the spiritual, academic, social, psychological, aesthetic and physical development of each child.

  • We call our community – faculty, staff, parents and students – to model the ways and teaching of Jesus
  • We collaborate with parents, the primary educators of their children, to develop the potential of each
  • We educate students in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • We provide an education that includes high expectations, academic rigor and discipline to promote
  • life-long learning.
  • We believe that each student is unique, and provide a variety of strategies for learning.
  • We prepare and inspire our students to use their time, talent and treasure to serve others.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at Saint John the Baptist Elementary are:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of Catholic teachings.
  • Grow in their faith.
  • Serve others.


  • Demonstrate growth in academic skills.
  • Display critical thinking skills.
  • Use technology as a learning tool.


  • Listen actively.
  • Express written and verbal thoughts effectively.
  • Work cooperatively.


  • Show respect for self, others and the environment.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Use virtues in daily life.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:37

Tuition & Financial Aid

Saint John the Baptist Elementary is committed to offering a quality Catholic education to as many families as possible. In keeping with its mission, families who are not capable of paying the full tuition rates may apply for internally funded tuition assistance.

To qualify for tuition assistance, students must apply and be accepted to Saint John the Baptist Elementary. Once accepted, parents apply for tution assistance online through FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment (FGAA). The FGAA analysis determines the recommended parental contribution for education. For questions or more info about tuition, please contact Ruth Fitzpatrick at (801) 984-7665 or .

Payment Plans & Financial Assistance

To sign up for a tuition payment plan or apply for financial assistance, review the instructions below and then visit this link.

Facts Family Portal

pdfFacts Payment Plan Instructions

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:31

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Saint John the Baptist Elementary. To enroll your child(ren):

  1. Complete and submit the online application along with the following:
  • Birth Certificate (Required upload with application),
  • Immunization Record (Required upload with application)
  • Baptism Certificate (if applicable)
  • Most Recent Report Card, and
  • $75 nonrefundable application fee - paid online when submitting the application

2. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due February 15, 2019.  Required Kindergarten Readiness Screening/Educational Assessments will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  

Please note that incomplete application packets, including completion of the Kindergarten Readiness Screening/Educational Assessment, will not be considered.

Acceptance is based on a space available basis and the student meeting criteria established by Saint John the Baptist Elementary.

Admissions Timeline:

  • October: Application information available in the school office and on the website.
  • February: New Student Applications due and Kindergarten Readiness Screening/Educational Assessment.
  • March: Acceptance letters sent after review of total application, including Kindergarten Readiness Screening/Educational Assessment.
  • March – August: Student Applications Accepted; Rolling Admissions based on space available basis. 
Online Application    2019-2020 School Year Applications are now available online

Application questions may be emailed to Kim Anderson, Administrative Assistant at  or by phone at 801-984-7684.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:30

Online Tour

Saint John the Baptist Elementary welcomes prospective students and their families to visit the school. You may choose to visit individually, or come during one of the school’s Open Houses (see calendar for dates).

To arrange a tour and/or for additional information about Saint John the Baptist Elementary, please contact Nikki Ward, Principal at 801-984-7116 or .

For security purposes, all building access doors are locked during school hours, and all visitors are required to sign in at the front office. On the day of your tour, please enter through the west facing Bell Tower Circle doors. When you arrive, please push the intercom button to be buzzed in by a member of the school's office personnel. The elementary school occupies the easternmost building at the Skaggs Catholic Center.

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