Expectations for Learning

The administration, faculty and staff at South Jordan Middle School recognize that it is essential for each person to feel worthwhile, successful, and happy as an integral part of the school, community, and the world. At the same time, we also recognize the importance of preparing students for productive, responsible, and satisfying lives. We have set goals and objectives that will serve as a means to inculcate educational competencies, student self-esteem, and social responsibilities.



“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” (Colin Powell) The acquisition of a quality education begins with the student. Entering a classroom with a completed assignment, the necessary materials, and a willingness to learn provides the student with the basics for a successful experience. As said by Harriet Martineau, “You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.”


The ability to recognize in everyone an inherent worth and to treat them accordingly is a skill that educated people develop. This includes one´s self, other students, school staff, and community members. “If one doesn’t respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.” (Ayn Rand) Respect also goes beyond the way we treat people to how we treat things. The school, books, other´s belongings, etc. are to be treated with care.


Punctuality is a habit. Being on time also includes being present. In Utah, a student is required to attend school until the age of 18. As students prepare for the future, it should be remembered that their employers will trust and depend on employees that meet expectations. Additionally, the educational experience and environment are enhanced as students meet their time obligations.


“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives.” (William James) Much of what is accomplished in the realm of education is not the result of ability but of attitude. Vince Lombardi once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”


Listening is the beginning of learning. As said by Robert Frost, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” While education will certainly challenge us, “[t]he important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” (John Lubbock) Once given, the gift of a love of learning is one that will serve students the rest of their lives. Our society is progressing to one of information. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler) Knowing this, the greatest service provided in education is one of preparing lifelong learners.

Planner Use:

Student Responsiblity Parent Responsiblity Teacher Responsibility
  • Take your planner to every class, every day.
  • Write assignments from each class in the planner.
  • Check to see if you have the material needed for your homework BEFORE going home.
  • Check your homework to make sure it is completed.
  • Show any messages to parents or teachers.
  • Check the planner often.
  • Ask to see listed assignments.
  • Encourage your student to carry and utilize the planner daily.
  • List daily assignments and important upcoming due dates in a prominent place in the classroom.
  • Encourage students to write assignments in their planners.
  • Use the planner as a communication tool with parents.

Textbooks and Materials:

All texts at South Jordan Middle School have been approved by the Utah State Department of Education´s Textbook Adoption Committee. Supplementary literature has been evaluated and approved by Jordan School District´s Literature Selection Committee.

Student Involvement:

In academics, activities, the arts and athletics. Develop pride in yourself and in your school. The hard work and effort that you put forth in school will enable you to be better prepared for the future with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a happy and productive citizen in the community.