Governor Herbert Meets with OHM Students During Bill Signing Ceremony

Governor Herbert meets with students at Oquirrh Hills Middle SchoolIt’s not every day the Governor stops by your school to meet with students and sign some very important education legislation. But that’s what happened at Oquirrh Hills Middle School and students couldn’t have been more excited and proud to host the Governor.

His first stop at the school was to a classroom where students showed off their science and technology skills and where Governor Herbert tried his hand at operating a student-designed robot.

The Governor and Representative Dan McCay then spent time meeting with student body officers from Oquirrh Hills and South Hills Middle and Riverton High to get their feedback on some issues impacting education. The students were also given encouragement and challenged to always be leaders and exercise their right to vote once they turn 18 and be a part of the decision-making process.

Finally, the Governor headed to the auditorium where he signed the education spending bill into law and conducted a ceremonial signing of a teacher evaluation bill and a bullying and hazing bill.

We want to thank the Governor, Representative McCay and everyone involved for making this a fun and important educational experience for students. It is an experience they won’t soon forget.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Westland Elementary Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week 

Poster with words 'Our Teachers Lift Us Up'Students and parents at Westland Elementary love their teachers. So, this week educators are being honored during Teacher Appreciation Week with an ‘Up’ themed celebration.

The Pixar-animated movie ‘Up’ features an inspiring story about how life’s biggest adventures aren’t the ones you necessarily go after, which all students can take to heart. Thanks to the Westland PTA, a 3-D replica of the ‘Up’ house, as well as representations of some of the main characters from the movie, greet teachers as they walk into school by the main office. A large photo display poster of all the teachers at Westland is prominently displayed and covers an entire hall of the school.

Teachers are being treated each day of the week with different items to show appreciation for their dedication to the school and students. Snacks, drinks, complimentary breakfast and lunches are some of the items teachers receive to show how much the students and parents in the Westland community think of them and their hard work throughout the school year.

Enjoy a photo gallery on Facebook.

Terra Linda Students Having a Ball with Unique Mind and Body Fitness Program

Students Practicing Drums wth Plastic BallsStudents at Terra Linda Elementary School are having a ball – literally – in a unique program that is putting their mental and physical strength to the test. Terra Linda is a model school for a program taking off across the country called “Drums Alive.” Program founder, Carrie Ekins leads students through a rigorous workout using big rubber balls and drumsticks. The exercises use rhythm and movement to help foster a healthy balance physically, mentally and emotionally. Ekins is also exploring the concept of ‘Brain Breaks’ in classrooms at Terra Linda. That is where students are allowed short breaks after instruction periods to refocus the brain and increase learning. The brain breaks include things like engaging in music, movement and rhythm. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Lunch Ladies Rise and Shine Everyday with Recipes for Success

Nutrition Services employees at Heartland ElementaryEvery day lunch ladies and nutrition services staff rise and shine long before the sun comes up to cook tasty and nutritious meals for thousands of students and staff throughout Jordan School District. This is no small task and they do it all serving up smiles and farm fresh food along the way. Here are some fun facts you may not know about the enormous job of keeping our students fed:

  • More than 31,000 meals are served in JSD schools every day.
  • 500 Nutrition Services employees are involved in the food preparation.
  • Nutrition Services spends $9,000,000 on food every school year.
  • 570,000 pounds of poultry, beef and pork combined are used in meals each year.
  • Lunch ladies use more than 350,000 pounds of flour in baking each year.
  • Nutrition Services works with four local farmers to provide as much fresh produce as possible in schools in the ‘Farm to School’ program, which includes fresh milk. About $2,000,000 is spent on products from local farmers each year.

The most requested recipe every single year by parents in the District is for our lunch lady’s MACARONI AND CHEESE. Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Macaroni & Cheese
Jordan School District Nutrition Services

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 1/3 cups milk
  • 4 Tbsp margarine
  • 7/8 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 3/4 pounds processed American cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

Put milk, margarine, mustard, pepper and cheese in medium sauce pan. Cook until melted and watch closely to avoid scalding. Mix noodles and cheese mixture together and serve!! ENJOY!!

12 servings (1 cup)