Fun Fact Friday: JSD Gets Out of the Cemetery Business

For 45 years the Jordan School District has been in the cemetery business. The District was legally bound to take over maintenance and operations of the Bingham City Cemetery back in 1972 when Bingham Canyon City disincorporated. JSD inherited the cemetery because the District was the largest taxing entity in the area where the cemetery is located. Over the years, records show 1,850 people have been buried in the cemetery and JSD grounds crews were responsible for digging the graves, maintaining the plots and the cemetery in general. Several District employees also had the title of cemetery sexton or caretaker of the cemetery, selling plots and helping families with burials.

Effective June 1, 2017 the District will be out of the cemetery business. The Board of Education has approved a resolution that will transfer the Bingham Cemetery Title and Escrow to the Copperton Metro Township.

Falcon Ridge Patriotic Program Brings Pride and Emotion

Students on stage for patriotic programIt was an upbeat and sometimes emotional tribute to members of the military who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. More than 100 third grade students at Falcon Ridge Elementary School performed a moving patriotic program before fellow students, family and friends. The program, called ‘Let Freedom Sing,’ was a tribute to past and present members of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. Members of the military were asked to stand when their branch of the armed forces was singled out in a military medley.

On this Memorial Day weekend we thank and honor all the men and women who defend our country and sacrifice so much so that we can be free.

Enjoy a photo gallery of the patriotic program on our Facebook page.

Copper Hills Student Wins ‘Judge For A Day’ Essay Competition

Copper Hills Student Michael FrewinFor Copper Hills High student Michael Frewin, a career in law is something he has been seriously considering. So, when Michael had the opportunity to enter the Utah State Courts ‘Judge For A Day’ Law Day essay competition he jumped at it. And his excellent writing skills earned him one of the top honors in the contest.

As a part of the competition Michael submitted an essay based on the theme, The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, as well as a civic involvement resume and a teacher nomination letter.

In the essay that was recently published in the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune, Michael offered his thoughts on the citizenship, due process and equal protection rights provided for in the 14th Amendment. His winning entry gave him the chance to spend a full day shadowing a Third District Court judge, spending time with the judge in court and the judge’s chambers, in addition to sharing lunch with the judge and a district attorney.

Congratulations Michael!

District Administrators Win The Amazing Race (JPAS Edition)

Picture of JPAS Amazing Race winnersIt was a competition like no other for some District administrators as they vied to make it to the finish line first in The Amazing Race, JPAS Edition. It was a fun game fashioned after the popular reality show where contestants race around the world in a competition of intense physical and mental challenges. District administrators were divided into teams and presented with a variety of challenges connected to JPAS. Each time a team completed a challenge, they earned points and were sent to a new location in the world on a map displayed in the JES Department. The idea was to incentivize and encourage administrators to complete JPAS evaluations, show appreciation for their work and have some fun in the process. The winners were invited to an Amazing Race luncheon where they were recognized for their efforts and JPAS success. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.