The Harvard of Soccer and Education to Locate in Jordan School District

DSCN1462It will be like nothing anywhere else in the nation, the “Harvard of soccer and education.” That’s how REAL Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen described a new training facility and youth academy that is under construction on 57 acres in Herriman. The project, which calls for eight soccer fields to train and develop young, elite soccer talent
will include a charter high school with an emphasis on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Jordan School District is a
proud sponsor of the charter, which will have an enrollment of about
250 high schools students from the area. Mr. Hansen and REAL will
finance the project, which includes operation of the charter high
school. Jordan will provide support for programs at the school. In her
remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, Superintendent Johnson thanked
everyone involved for this innovative approach to inspire young people
in STEM. Here are some additional remarks made by Dr. Johnson.

Enjoy a photo gallery of the project and groundbreaking ceremony on
our Facebook page.


New Pilot Program Begins in Jordan School District to Help Manage Growth

DSCN1489With both traditional and year-round schools now open, about 52,300 students are back in classrooms throughout the Jordan School District. For students at Bluffdale and Riverside Elementary, the school day looks a little different this year. That’s because the two schools are part of a pilot program in the District to help manage growth. It’s called a Modified Traditional Schedule, where half of the students start early (known as early birds) and 75 minutes later, the other students arrive (known as later gators). This schedule allows us to expand the capacity of a school by 20%, keeps it off of a year-round calendar and teachers on this schedule get paid more. Superintendent Johnson, along with Board of Education members Kayleen Whitelock and Janice Voorhies, were at Riverside to wish the students a safe and successful school year. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

School Opens for JSD High School and 7th-Grade Students

Herman High first day of school 2016Today marked the start of the new school year for many students in the Jordan School District.

Students in the District’s six high schools were back to the books this morning, working through their schedules and meeting their new teachers. As of this morning at Herriman High, 2,822 students were enrolled for the first day of class, according to the school’s registrar office.

Herriman High School welcomed:

  • 829 Seniors
  • 980 Juniors
  • 1,013 Sophmores

School also started today for 380 seventh-graders at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan. Along with all other middle schools throughout the District, Elk Ridge hosted an orientation day, so the new 7th-graders could get settled in their new school. Students had the opportunity to meet some of their teachers, tour the building and learn how to open their new locker. Students finished the day with an assembly hosted by Mr. Wyatt Bentley, the principal at Elk Ridge. He reminded students about their role in the school to be respectful, responsible and safe.

Elk Ridge will look a little different for all students this fall. The main office was rebuilt over the summer and the school’s entrance was improved for greater security. Also, the lighting was replaced and many other enhancements will be seen at the school.

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Bond Fact Friday: Vote by Mail Election for Proposed Bond

For Salt Lake County residents, the upcoming general election on November 8 is vote by mail. Everyone will receive a mail-in ballot, without having to request one. The ballots will arrive approximately the second week in October. They must be signed, mailed and postmarked no later than midnight on November 7. You can also drop you ballots off in person at designated polling locations on Election Day

This means you need to plan ahead. We ask that you become educated about the proposed Jordan School District bond. The proposed bond is for $245 million and would cost the average homeowner, $16.80 a year. After a few years, taxes for bond payments would go down and even dip below what you are paying today.DSCN0775

For the most accurate information about the proposed bond, please visit This site will be updated on a regular basis with frequently asked questions, or you can call us with your questions at 801-567-8705.

Lights! Camera! Action! At West Jordan Elementary

Bingham Students Learn About TV ProductionDrama students from Bingham High recently got a “behind the scenes” peek as a TV crew from ABC 4 videotaped a newscast promotional segment at West Jordan Elementary School.

Michelle Robbins’ students were invited to observe and received a lesson on videography, cameras and television production techniques from ABC 4 Promotions Manager, Yvette Perez and her camera operators, Matt and Brian.

The students are most familiar with stage production techniques, so learning how it is done in television and film productions was a real eye-opener. They stood behind the cameras and were able to ask the crew questions between takes.

Special thanks to West Jordan Elementary principal, Jennifer Ludlow and 2nd-grade teacher, Stacy Selk for allowing the use of their classroom during this unique learning experience for high school drama students and ABC 4.

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