FUN FACT FRIDAY: JEF Prize Patrol Surprises Teachers with Educator of the Year Awards!

Superintendent Congratulating TeacherThey work tirelessly for students in classrooms throughout Jordan School District and now some amazing educators are being recognized for their hard work and dedication. The Jordan Education Foundation carried out phase one of its annual ‘Prize Patrol’ where members surprise deserving teachers with an unannounced visit, balloons and an honor that brings many to tears. The teachers are notified that they have been selected as a 2017 Jordan Education Foundation Educator of the Year. The humble teachers are also given $1,000 and treated to a special evening out with a dinner in their honor. Congratulations to these deserving teachers! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Joel P. Jensen Middle Cindy Horrocks Educator
Heartland Elementary Leslie Fiskell Educator
Oquirrh Elementary Lisa DuVernay Special Educator
Columbia Elementary Susan Locke Educator
Westvale Elementary Sandra Burton Educator
Monte Vista Elementary Alicia Rasmussen Educator
South Jordan Elementary Kaylee Todd Educator
Southland Elementary Allyson Pulsipher Educator
Riverton High School Katherine Borgmeier Educator
Riverton Elementary Ashley Calhoun Special Educator
Kauri Sue Hamilton Laurie Tovey Special Educator
Rose Creek Elementary Christina Stout Educator
Fort Herriman Middle Michael Farnsworth Educator
Herriman Elementary Sarah Burton Educator
Copper Mountain Middle John Schneggenburger Educator

2017 Legislative Session Impact on Education

Teacher and students in classroom.The 2017 legislative session is now over and thanks to hard work and dedication on behalf of Utah’s children, lawmakers passed many bills that will have a considerable impact on public education. For example:

  • A 4% increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) will amount to roughly $120 million in unrestricted funds distributed statewide on a per-student basis.
  • $68 million was approved to address enrollment growth.
  • A $15 million grant program will assist teachers and students with technology in the classroom.
  • Lawmakers voted to cover the cost of teacher license fees.
  • $5,000 bonuses will be awarded to high-performing educators in high-poverty schools.
  • School grading is suspended for a year while a new system to measure achievement is formulated.

Thank you to our local lawmakers for working so hard on behalf of our children and their education. We appreciate your accessibility and support throughout the 2017 legislative session and the school year.

Principals Get Sneak Peek Inside New Elementary Schools

Principals Touring New SchoolsWearing big smiles on their faces and hard hats on their heads, the recently appointed principals of the District’s two new elementary schools were treated to a sneak peek inside the buildings.

Kyle Hansen is principal of the new elementary school in South Jordan at 10252 S. Split Rock Drive, and Doree Strauss is principal of the new elementary school in Herriman at 5692 W. American Park Drive.

Mrs. Strauss says she loves the natural lighting throughout the school with skylights to illuminate interior classrooms as well, which she says will positively impact student learning. She believes students will also benefit from the bright colors throughout the new school designed to help guide everyone from one area to another in the building.

Kyle Hansen says he is very impressed with the collaboration areas set aside for students and teachers to work collectively as a group. Mr. Hansen says he also loves the bright color scheme in the building and the abundance of natural lighting.

Construction on both schools is on time and on budget. They will open their doors in August for the 2017-18 school year.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Students Break Record in Fundraisers for Souper Bowl of Caring

Herriman High StudentsAs people everywhere get excited for the big Super Bowl game, students in Jordan School District have been focused on something else, raising money for the Souper Bowl of Caring.

 The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Its vision is to transform Super Bowl weekend into America’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving.

This year, our students once again opened their hearts and managed to raise a record amount of money, all of which will go to 54 principal pantries at schools in the District. The money will help feed students who might otherwise go hungry during the school day or on weekends.

With money still coming in, the total raised so far is about $40,871!

Here are totals from several schools, which have finished their fundraising. The local Women in Business organization also contributed to the District’s effort.

  • Bingham High – $25,000
  • Copper Hills High – $5,000
  • Herriman High – $5,000
  • Riverton Elementary – $900
  • Eastlake Elementary – $700
  • Daybreak Elementary – Still Collecting
  • Fox Hollow – Still Collecting

Fun Fact Friday: District Receives Triple A Credit Rating

AAA Bond RatingJordan School District is one of six governmental agencies in the State of Utah to receive a Triple A Credit Rating from two rating agencies. Both Moody’s and Fitch recently affirmed the District’s AAA rating which is the highest credit rating available for a government entity.

Credit ratings represent the credit worthiness of an entity and are used by investment professionals to assess the likelihood a debt can be repaid. A Triple A rating means the District can borrow money at the lowest rates. When it comes to bond sales, this is important because it saves taxpayers money. The rating is also an indicator of an organization’s skill and experience with regard to financial operations including budgeting, forecasting and cash management.

  • The six entities in Utah with a Triple A rating from two rating agencies include:
  • Jordan School District
  • State of Utah
  • Salt Lake County
  • Salt Lake City
  • Canyons School District
  • Salt Lake City School District