Students don’t always have the opportunity to get all dressed up and attend the nationally acclaimed Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall in downtown Salt Lake City. However hundreds of Jordan School District students put on their Sunday best when they heard the Symphony was coming to them. As part of a professional outreach program funded by the state legislature, members of the Symphony hit the road and perform educational concerts at schools throughout the state, from Ogden to Nebo. Jordan District was honored to have them perform to hundreds of elementary and secondary students at Bingham High School. Orchestra students were even allowed to meet some of the musicians one-on-one and ask questions about instruments and a career in the Symphony. This is a great opportunity for children to consider and explore different musical opportunities. Thank you to conductor David Yavornitzky and the Utah Symphony for the amazing performances and allowing our young people to experience something so special. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.
Every year the Utah Education Association, (UEA) honors ten educators in the state for going above and beyond, making a substantial impact in the lives of young people. This year, two of the honorees are from Jordan School District. Congratulations to Kelly DeHaan, music teacher at West Jordan High and Bruce Gunn, elementary math specialist, who were both given 2014 UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given to educators who have significantly impacted the life of an individual child or group of children. All recipients receive a $1,500 cash prize. We are proud to have these outstanding employees in the District!
The Utah PTA along with the West Jordan, South Jordan and South Valley Chambers of Commerce are hosting a “Meet the Candidates Night” at Elk Ridge Middle School, Thursday, Oct. 23 6:30-8:30 p.m. Here is a link with additional information: http://ptameetthecandidates.blogspot.com/.
Employees considering retiring this year may attend a retirement class Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m. at the District office, 7387 S. Campus View Drive in West Jordan. The class is open for 30 individuals with spouses or partners. While the seminar is free, a $20 deposit is required to reserve seats, and will be refunded to those who attend. A representative from Utah Retirement Systems will be in attendance to answer questions about pensions. For those employees who have District post retirement benefits, copies of individual payout will be given and discussed. Contact Pauli Young, email@example.com or 801-567-8156 to make a reservation.★
The Utah State Office of Education has delayed the public release of SAGE data due to technical issues. The new tentative date for the release of SAGE test results is October 27th. We will let you know if there are any other changes from the State Office of Education. ★