Herriman High Students Appear in Latest Lindsey Stirling Music Video

DSCN0696Some Herriman High students were given the opportunity of a lifetime appearing on stage in a music video that will be watched by millions. Lindsey Stirling, who is known to fans around the world as the “dancing violinist,” invited students to join her after she was given the green light to shoot her next music video in the Herriman High School auditorium. Stirling has several relatives who attend school at Herriman and she wanted to do something to give students a real-life lesson in how music videos are produced and filmed. About 10 students accompanied Stirling on strings, one played drums in a separate music scene and the school’s multi-media students helped with sound and lighting. Miss Stirling said she loves to help young people discover their passion for music early and give them advice about reaching goals for the future. Lindsey Stirling is a BYU graduate who has 5.8 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp. She was just named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in music for 2015. The music video shot at Herriman High is scheduled for release in mid-February. Enjoy a photo gallery of the music video taping on our Facebook page.

Fun Fact Friday: We’re Number 2!

Screenshot 2015-01-23 15.50.48Well, it’s a fact. Jordan School District is no longer last in the state in the amount of money we spend to educate a child.  That’s right; recent data released by the Utah State Office of Education shows Morgan School District spent $12 less than Jordan in per pupil expenditures for the 2013-14 school year.  Prior to that, Jordan was dead last in the state in this category.  However, the District was able to increase student funding by 1.9 percent to $5,752, just $12 more than Morgan School District at $5,740. This also means we are no longer last in the nation.  We are so proud of the amazing educators who make so little go so far, which is reflected in student achievement in the classroom.

WWII History Comes to Life at West Jordan High

DSCN0606Some history buffs brought World War II images back to life for a history lesson like no other. A local living history group of men and women in authentic WWII dress filled the auditorium at West Jordan High with a visual walk through time. There were a number of education stations where students could experience impressions of German soldiers, women in WWII, American GI’s and ask the experts questions. There was even an American combat jeep from 1942 on display for demonstrations on how it ran during the war. This was a unique educational experience for history students aimed at preserving the memories of men and women who so bravely fought for this country in WWII. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Watch Fox 13’s coverage of this event here: http://fox13now.com/2015/01/16/high-school-students-get-hands-on-with-the-history-of-wwii/

Fun Fact Friday: Every Minute in the Classroom Counts

_H4A9816(1)One of the best things you can do for your child’s future each and every day is get them off to school. One of the worst things you can do is to make excuses for a wasted day off or allow your child to be chronically late for class. That’s because there is substantial research that shows every missed school day and every tardy minute matters when it comes to student success and academic achievement.

Here are some national statistics to which parents should pay attention:

  • 5 million students miss 10% of school each year. That’s 135 million days!
  • Chronic absence in kindergarten leads to lower academic achievement through 5th
  • Missing just two days of school a month can put a child at risk for academic failure.
  • One in ten kindergarten and 1st grade students miss nearly a month of school per year.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a clear predictor that students may drop out.

If you recall from a past Fun Fact Friday, our own Joel P. Jensen Middle School Principal Bryan Leggat knew students were missing out on educational opportunities back in 2012. On average, 100 students had been showing up late for every single period of the day, which amounted to 48,000 tardies every year. To get kids back on track and headed for higher success, Mr. Leggat implemented random tardy sweeps and that ‘get tough on tardies’ attitude has paid off. One year later tardies dropped to 25,600, and this year the school will likely see fewer than 4,000 tardies. As a result, there is now a higher level of student achievement at Joel P. Jensen because kids are getting to class on time and spending more time learning.