Bluffdale Students Receive High Marks for Simulated Congressional Hearing

IMG_0479It was an opportunity for Bluffdale students to demonstrate their understanding of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights and they did just that. In the final activity for “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” students participated in a simulated congressional hearing, giving individual speeches about different aspects of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. There were different groups competing like Team Adams, Madison, Washington, Franklin and Jefferson. After the speeches, judges had six minutes to ask the team members questions. This is something students worked very hard on and we couldn’t be more proud of their performances and depth of knowledge. Thanks to the judges, Bluffdale Mayor Derk Timothy, Administrator of Schools Michael Anderson, and Principal Karen Egan who helped to make the simulated hearing a success. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Joel P. Jensen Student Gives Back By Building Buddy Benches

IMG_0808Josh Burge is in the eighth grade at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, but he hasn’t forgotten the time he spent at Westvale Elementary. That’s why Josh decided to give back by building Buddy Benches for his former elementary. As part of his Eagle Project, Josh collected donations for supplies and organized the building of the benches last summer. When three of the beautiful benches were finished, he brought them to Westvale and presented them to students and staff during an assembly. Thanks Josh, for helping to foster friendships and send an anti-bullying message with Buddy Benches at our schools. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Fun Fact Friday: New School Construction on Time & Budget

Wally WallsThe excitement is building as construction on two new elementary schools is progressing on time and on budget. You can see the progress at the Herriman elementary site, located at approximately 12420 S 5600 West, where the footings are in place and the foundation has been poured. At the South Jordan elementary site, located at approximately 10200 S. 5150 West, the foundation has been poured along with block walls rising quickly. The construction costs are about 17% less than previous elementary schools thanks to efficiencies that will not compromise instructional space for students. This is a cost savings to our stakeholders.

Remember, if you frequently travel through or around the construction sites, be aware that there will be an increase in activity as crews now begin work on sewer, water, power and gas at the new schools. Both the Herriman and South Jordan schools should be enclosed by the time winter rolls around. Stay tuned for routine updates! Check out more photos of both sites on our Facebook page.

South Jordan City Joins in Tree Donation for School on Arbor Day

TreeThe landscape at Jordan Ridge Elementary School is getting a new look thanks to the South Jordan City Parks Department, Zwich Construction and Dry Creek Charities. They all came together on Arbor Day to donate five beautiful new trees for the school grounds. And the best part is that students were allowed to participate in planting the trees along with a lesson in how to care for them from city parks and Zwich Construction employees. Thanks to everyone involved for the generous donation and giving students a hands-on lesson in landscaping. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.