A Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Collaborative Colleagues,

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close for many of JSD’s employees, it gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the accomplishments we have come to experience together. This year we all worked together to ensure success of the first bond passed since 2003! Each day we see and feel the impact of this herculean effort as buildings are being planned, designed and built. Additionally, we hear and see evidence of the many wonderful people within the Jordan School District that give their all to focus on the mission of our school district.

Diplomas IconThank you for the exceptional work you do as we unite as a team for our young people throughout our district. I consider myself extremely blessed to be engaged in this noble work with you. We should all be celebrating the successes and graduation of JSD’s Classes of 2017! Our seniors are the products of great teamwork! Moreover, much gratitude and appreciation is extended to:

Our inspiring teachers and counselors that go the extra mile to make certain they are well trained, thoughtfully prepared, and constantly engaging so their students are provided only the best learning experiences.

Our awesome army of conscientious classified employees who are dedicated to and focused on their work accomplishing a plethora of behind the scenes but essential tasks in support of school instruction and our young people.

Our visionary administrators who constantly collaborate to ensure that we are continually monitoring, adjusting and improving in order to elevate our organization.

Our Board of Education as they diligently deliberate, establish goals and provide direction for the education of all students within our district.

Thank you for working together with me toward a much nobler purpose than ourselves. Thank you for keeping “every child, every day” at the forefront of the work we do each day and for working for the greater good—our collective future.

With my warmest regards and deepest appreciation,

Patrice A. Johnson, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

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.

New Administrative Assignments

Congratulations to the following employees on their new administrative assignments.

  • Ben Jameson, principal at South Hills Middle School, appointed Director of the Evaluation, Research and Accountability Department replacing Clyde Mason who is retiring.
  • Luann Leavitt, consultant in the Planning and Student Services Department, appointed consultant at Southpointe High School.
  • Travis Hamblin, administrator in the Human Resource Department, appointed consultant of the Planning and Student Services Department replacing Luann Leavitt.
  • Nick Hansen, principal at Butterfield Canyon Elementary School, appointed administrator in the Human Resource Department replacing Travis Hamblin.
  • Michele Daly, principal at Southland Elementary School, appointed Dual Language Immersion consultant in the Curriculum Department replacing Robyn Bishop who retired.
  • Rochelle Waite, assistant principal at West Hills Middle School, appointed principal at South Hills Middle School replacing Ben Jameson.
  • Melissa Beck, assistant principal at Bluffdale and Rose Creek Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Jordan Ridge Elementary School replacing Catherine Anderson who is retiring.
  • Amanda Bollinger, assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon and Herriman Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Butterfield Canyon Elementary School replacing Nick Hansen.
  • Lauren Goodsell, assistant principal at Fox Hollow and Welby Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Westland Elementary School replacing Barbara Yost who is retiring.
  • Lisa Jackson, assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary School, appointed principal at Southland Elementary School replacing Michele Daly.
  • Cherie Wilson, assistant principal at Falcon Ridge and Riverside Elementary Schools, appointed principal at Foothills Elementary School replacing Howard Griffith.
  • Brian King, specialist in the Special Education Department, appointed consultant in the Special Education Department.
  • Teri Griffiths, teacher specialist in the Special Education Department, appointed assistant principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton School.
  • Howard Griffith, principal at Foothills Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at West Jordan High School replacing John Vincent.
  • Michael Hughes, assistant principal at Bingham High School, appointed assistant principal at West Hills Middle School replacing Rochelle Waite.
  • John Vincent, assistant principal at West Jordan High School, appointed assistant principal at Bingham High School replacing Michael Hughes.
  • Caleb Olson, assistant principal at West Hills Middle School, appointed assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle School.
  • Cynthia Vandermeiden, assistant principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, appointed assistant principal at West Hills Middle School.
  • Amber Zdunich, assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle School, appointed assistant principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle School.
  • Amy Adams, assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Oakcrest Elementary Schools, appointed assistant principal at Riverside Elementary School.
  • Tiffany Cooke, assistant principal at Jordan Ridge and South Jordan Elementary Schools, appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale Elementary School.
  • Jerri Mausbach, assistant principal at Foothills Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at Oquirrh Elementary School.
  • Shauna Worthington, assistant principal at Black Ridge and Daybreak Elementary Schools, appointed assistant principal at Black Ridge and Foothills Elementary Schools.
  • Buddy Alger, specialist in the Educational Support Services Department, appointed assistant principal at Herriman and Silver Crest Elementary Schools.
  • Stewart Hudnall, teacher at Riverton High School, appointed assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary School.
  • Candie Checketts, teacher specialist at Herriman Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at Butterfield Canyon and Rose Creek Elementary Schools.
  • Ann Barnes, teacher specialist in the Curriculum Department, appointed assistant principal at Fox Hollow and South Jordan Elementary Schools.
  • Cathryn Ford, teacher specialist in Canyons School District, appointed assistant principal at Elk Meadows and Monte Vista Elementary Schools.
  • Theresa Christensen, teacher specialist at Westvale Elementary School, appointed assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Oakcrest Elementary Schools.
  • Abram Yospe, currently on sabbatical leave, appointed assistant principal at Midas Creek and Welby Elementary Schools.