West Jordan High School’s Kelly DeHaan is Huntsman Education Award Winner!

Karen Huntsman Honors West Jordan High's Kelly DeHaan Huntsman Teacher of Excellence AwardIt was a special day in Kelly DeHaan’s vocal music classroom at West Jordan High School. The extraordinary music and performing arts teacher was surprised by a visit from Karen Huntsman who stopped by to honor DeHaan as a 2017 recipient of the Huntsman Education Award.

Eleven winners throughout the state are selected for this prestigious award, which recognizes the contributions educators make to our public school system. Each recipient receives $10,000 donated by Jon M. Huntsman and family.

Were are so proud of Mr. DeHaan and recognize the amazing contributions he has made to music education and performing arts thus far in his 20-year career at West Jordan High School. Congratulations!

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

New Administrative Assignments

Congratulations to the following employees on their new administrative assignments.

  • Ben Jameson, principal at South Hills Middle School, appointed Director of the Evaluation, Research and Accountability Department replacing Clyde Mason who is retiring.
  • Luann Leavitt, consultant in the Planning and Student Services Department, appointed consultant at Southpointe High School.
  • Travis Hamblin, administrator in the Human Resource Department, appointed consultant of the Planning and Student Services Department replacing Luann Leavitt.
  • Nick Hansen, principal at Butterfield Canyon Elementary School, appointed administrator in the Human Resource Department replacing Travis Hamblin.
  • Michele Daly, principal at Southland Elementary School, appointed Dual Language Immersion consultant in the Curriculum Department replacing Robyn Bishop who retired.
  • Rochelle Waite, assistant principal at West Hills Middle School, appointed principal at South Hills Middle School replacing Ben Jameson.
  • Melissa Beck, assistant principal at Bluffdale and Rose Creek Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Jordan Ridge Elementary School replacing Catherine Anderson who is retiring.
  • Amanda Bollinger, assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon and Herriman Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Butterfield Canyon Elementary School replacing Nick Hansen.
  • Lauren Goodsell, assistant principal at Fox Hollow and Welby Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Westland Elementary School replacing Barbara Yost who is retiring.
  • Lisa Jackson, assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary School, appointed principal at Southland Elementary School replacing Michele Daly.
  • Cherie Wilson, assistant principal at Falcon Ridge and Riverside Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Foothills Elementary School replacing Howard Griffith.
  • Brian King, specialist in the Special Education Department, appointed consultant in the Special Education Department.
  • Teri Griffiths, teacher specialist in the Special Education Department, appointed assistant principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton School.
  • Howard Griffith, principal at Foothills Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at West Jordan High School replacing John Vincent.
  • Michael Hughes, assistant principal at Bingham High School, appointed assistant principal at West Hills Middle School replacing Rochelle Waite.
  • John Vincent, assistant principal at West Jordan High School, appointed assistant principal at Bingham High School replacing Michael Hughes.
  • Caleb Olson, assistant principal at West Hills Middle School, appointed assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle School.
  • Cynthia Vandermeiden, assistant principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, appointed assistant principal at West Hills Middle School.
  • Amber Zdunich, assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle School, appointed assistant principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle School.
  • Amy Adams, assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Oakcrest Elementary Schools, appointed assistant principal at Riverside Elementary School.
  • Tiffany Cooke, assistant principal at Jordan Ridge and South Jordan Elementary Schools, appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale Elementary School.
  • Jerri Mausbach, assistant principal at Foothills Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at Oquirrh Elementary School.
  • Shauna Worthington, assistant principal at Black Ridge and Daybreak Elementary Schools, appointed assistant principal at Black Ridge and Foothills Elementary Schools.
  • Buddy Alger, specialist in the Educational Support Services Department, appointed assistant principal at Herriman and Silver Crest Elementary Schools.
  • Stewart Hudnall, teacher at Riverton High School, appointed assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary School.
  • Candie Checketts, teacher specialist at Herriman Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon and Rose Creek Elementary Schools.
  • Ann Barnes, teacher specialist in the Curriculum Department, appointed assistant principal at Fox Hollow and South Jordan Elementary Schools.
  • Cathryn Ford, teacher specialist in Canyons School District, appointed assistant principal at Elk Meadows and Monte Vista Elementary Schools.
  • Theresa Christensen, teacher specialist at Westvale Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Oakcrest Elementary Schools.
  • Abram Yospe, currently on sabbatical leave, appointed assistant principal at Midas Creek and Welby Elementary Schools.

Student-Run Greenhouse Open for Business with Spring Seed Sale

Various flowers at JATC GreenhouseIf you’re looking to get your garden going or add some color in and around your yard, the student-run greenhouse at JATC South is open for business. Right now during the spring seed sale you will find veggie starts and seeds including beans, peas, corn, lettuce, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons and much more. They also have bedding plants, premium annuals and perennials on sale.

This is all part of the Greenhouse Production and Landscape Management programs for high school students throughout Jordan School District. By purchasing from the student greenhouse, you will be contributing to valuable hands-on learning and the future careers of young people in your community.

Greenhouse hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  *Tuesdays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Payment and pickup must be in person.

To make your selection on-line visit: www.jatcgreenhouse.org/shop

Dedicated District Counselor is Recipient of STEM Innovation Award

Innovation award picturesCongratulations are in order for a JSD counselor who is making a difference in the lives of students through his hard work and dedication. Mark Jones, counselor at West Jordan Middle School, was recently named the STEM Counselor of the Year by the Utah STEM Action Center. This is part of the prestigious STEM Innovation Awards. Mr. Jones was recognized for implementing and teaching the after-school STEM program at WJMS, which has grown to more than 70 students over the past three years. We are proud of this amazing counselor and educator for his work in going above and beyond for young people every day.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Pitching In to Protect the Earth

Conceptual Drawing of Water Wise GardenAs we look to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, we’d like to share some fun environmental facts that are making a difference in protecting planet Earth.

Two years ago, JSD joined school districts around the country in using Peachjar as a way of electronically sending flyers, eliminating paper flyers going home. As a result the following has occurred.

  • Schools that use Peachjar have saved a collective 2.5 billion sheets of paper
  • Over the past year, JSD has saved 2,837,333 sheets of paper and 340 trees

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Students in the landscape management program at JATC South are also doing their part to protect the Earth. They are helping to build a two-acre drought tolerant garden. This will be a water wise demonstration garden with an orchard, vegetable production, berry patch, rainwater harvesting and an amphitheater. As a result there will be significant water savings.

  • The drought tolerant garden will save approximately 1 million gallons of water a year compared to the same area if it were covered with grass.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!