Fun Fact Friday: District Recognized by UDOT for Commitment to Safety

SafetyThe Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is recognizing Jordan School District for its commitment to the safety of children walking and bicycling to school. Superintendent Patrice Johnson was notified this week that the District has won the UDOT SNAP (Student Neighborhood Access Program) Award.  This award is presented to just one school district in the state each year.  Jordan was chosen because of its efforts to foster safe walking and biking routes for children making their way to and from school.  We were also recognized because of the number of parents and community members involved in safety planning.  SNAP is a comprehensive program that engages educators, students, parents, administrators, crossing guards, police and other members of the community in determining safe walking and biking routes to school. The District is truly honored by this recognition as we continue to work hard with our parents, cities and community partners to keep kids safe. Here are some additional UDOT SNAP facts:

  • Southland Elementary won UDOT’s Spring Walk and Win contest for the largest participation in the Walking School Bus app program in the state.
  • Daybreak Elementary competed with 700 other schools in the state and was recognized as one of UDOT’s top three schools for safely walking and biking to school.
  • SNAP plans for the 2015-16 school year have been completed and are available for review alphabetically at the following site. http://auxiliaryservices.jordandistrict.org/school-safety-security/student-safety/

Special Needs Students Gather to Compete in Olympic-Style Games

DSCN2972They have been training for months, getting in shape and ready to compete in what is the equivalent of their own Olympic games. About 350 special needs students in Jordan School District gathered to give it their all in track and field events during the annual Special Needs Sports Day. This is a day of endurance and great pride for participants and their families who show up to cheer the athletes on. After the events, medals ceremonies were held. We are very proud of the many accomplishments of these special athletes. Congratulations to everyone who participated. A special thanks to Felix Falcon (Utah Falconz) and Willy Wolverine (UVU) for helping to make this day so fun. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Third Grade Students Sing Their Hearts Out in Early Memorial Day Tribute

DSCN2929They have been practicing for weeks and it showed as students took the stage in an emotional yet upbeat performance to honor servicemen and women who have given their lives fighting for our country. About 120 third grade students at Heartland Elementary School dressed in red, white and blue for a performance filled with patriotic songs and choreographed flag formations.  This was an early Memorial Day celebration that was also an educational opportunity for children to help them appreciate and understand the real meaning of the Memorial Day holiday. We join Heartland in saying thank you to our service men and women for the sacrifices they have made to ensure our freedom. Enjoy a photo gallery of this event on our Facebook page.

Eastlake Student Featured on KUTV For Fostering Kindness

Screenshot 2015-05-21 10.36.17When Garhett Bolton, a fourth grade student at Eastlake Elementary, was feeling left out and alone on the playground at school he decided to do something about it. Garhett decided Eastlake needed a ‘Buddy Bench,’ a place for kids to come together and foster friendships. Garhett’s bench is making a big difference at the school. Here is the story told by KUTV’s Dan Rascon.