A Letter of Thanksgiving

Dearest Colleagues,

ThanksgivingIt is with a heart full of gratitude that I write this letter of Thanksgiving to you today. As I have traveled throughout the District, met such wonderfully dedicated people and watched you as you do the work that brings to life “Every Child, Every Day,” I am increasingly awed by your professionalism, loyalty and commitment to the education and betterment of our young people. I have come to know that we are not all here at the same time by happenstance, but rather because we all seem to understand that there is great and imperative work for us to do in this part of the valley. I am so thankful to be engaged in this noble work with you.

Lately, I have had the pleasure of witnessing for myself the fruits of the efforts of so many employees who have been willing to sacrifice in order to ensure that the education of our students is the key focus in Jordan School District. Whether it is in the classroom or as a support to the classroom or school, each of us has the opportunity to positively impact the life of a student, no matter what our work may be. Jordan School District is an exemplary organization wherein the employees have made it their mission to work toward the greater good—ensuring that each child has the opportunity to learn at high levels. Thank you for keeping “Every Child, Every Day” at the forefront of the work we do together. I am truly grateful for you, my treasured colleagues, and for the incredible impact you have had on my life and the future lives of our young people.

With most sincere thanksgiving and admiration,

Patrice A. Johnson, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

Volunteers Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to 800 Jordan School District Families

ThanksgivingHundreds of Jordan School District volunteers lined up on Monday to share some holiday joy and make Thanksgiving happen for more than 800 families. Local resident, Rob Adams, came up with the idea to raise money and help those who might go without this holiday and Jordan School District quickly joined the effort. Each family received a complete Thanksgiving meal including a 20 lb. turkey, 10 lbs. of potatoes, stuffing, rolls, a relish tray, pie, milk, cider and more. Fire Science students unloaded trucks filled with food and along with other volunteers sorted and packed the food for delivery. This was an emotional and special day of thanks for everyone involved. Thank you to Rob Adams, Nancy Ward and Jordan School District staff, students and community volunteers for making this a Thanksgiving to remember. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page and local news media coverage of this special event.

KUTV’s Casey Scott Has Fun with Riverton High’s Mary Poppins Cast

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 3.44.11 PMIt was a fun filled morning with KUTV funny man Casey Scott joining the cast of Riverton High’s Mary Poppins. And, when Casey watched them perform a few musical numbers, he was blown away by the enormous talent of everyone involved. The show ends with one last performance Monday night, November 23, at 7 p.m. Here is a clip from 2News This Morning as the cast performs Supercalafragalistic on live TV.

W2 Opt Out is Back

By opting out of having the District print your annual W2 form, you are entered to win one of many prizes. Through midnight on Dec. 16, you can opt out by going to Employee Access (Skyward) under the Faculty & Staff menu. Employees must opt out each year. The Payroll Department will randomly draw names for the prizes on Dec. 17 and notify winning employees on the same day. All prizes must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Dec. 21. Why does the District give this option?

  • It saves the District time and money to not print and mail W2s.
  • Employees can print it out around mid January, earlier than the District can mail it.
  • Dozens of prizes available to win.

We encourage all to participate in printing their own W2 and join in the fun of the prize drawing. Can’t remember how to get into your Employee Access? Call the Information Systems Help Desk at 801-567-8737.

Wonderful Honor for Dedicated Employees

psych_compositeJordan School District has many amazing and dedicated employees who work tirelessly for children every day. Here is another example. The Utah Association of School Psychologists has recognized the following individuals: Jim Stewart from Copper Hills High received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Betsy Smith from Monte Vista Elementary and West Hills Middle received the Barbara Bennett Excellence in Diversity Award. Congratulations! Thank you for your work and daily contribution to students in the District.