Pitching In to Protect the Earth

Conceptual Drawing of Water Wise GardenAs we look to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, we’d like to share some fun environmental facts that are making a difference in protecting planet Earth.

Two years ago, JSD joined school districts around the country in using Peachjar as a way of electronically sending flyers, eliminating paper flyers going home. As a result the following has occurred.

  • Schools that use Peachjar have saved a collective 2.5 billion sheets of paper
  • Over the past year, JSD has saved 2,837,333 sheets of paper and 340 trees


Students in the landscape management program at JATC South are also doing their part to protect the Earth. They are helping to build a two-acre drought tolerant garden. This will be a water wise demonstration garden with an orchard, vegetable production, berry patch, rainwater harvesting and an amphitheater. As a result there will be significant water savings.

  • The drought tolerant garden will save approximately 1 million gallons of water a year compared to the same area if it were covered with grass.


Announcing The 2017 Region 6 PTA Award Winners:

  • Picture of Outstanding Educator WinnersOutstanding Educator of the Year
    • Kimberly Sanders – Jordan Ridge Elementary
    • Jill Firkins – Copper Canyon Elementary
    • Lucas Charon – Joel P. Jensen Middle
    • Bethany Alston – South Hills Middle
    • Jason Weimer – Riverton High
    • Alyssa Topham – Herriman High
  • Outstanding Administrator of the Year
    • Catherine Anderson – Jordan Ridge Elementary
    • Ben Jameson – South Hills Middle
    • Bryan Leggat – Joel P. Jensen Middle
    • David Tilby – Herriman High
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
    • Sonja Delaney – Jordan Ridge Elementary
    • Jana Bailey – Joel P. Jensen Middle
  • Spirit of PTA Award
    • Michelle Spens – Jordan Ridge Elementary

Names Selected for New Elementary Schools

If you have been waiting and wondering what two new elementary schools will be named, the wait is over.

After months of gathering input from parents, community members and elected officials, the Board approved Golden Fields Elementary as the name of the new school in South Jordan. Board member, Bryce Dunford, said the name seemed fitting because land where the new school sits was once a sprawling wheat field spanning as far as the eye could see. He said at harvest time, when the wheat was ripe, it shined like a beautiful golden field. Now, on that same land, Dunford said we will be educating and raising a crop of children who will be our future.

In Herriman, the name of the new school is Bastian Elementary. That name was selected due to the generosity of the Bastian family whose property donation to the District will benefit the education of children for years to come.

Stay tuned, next up for Golden Fields Elementary and Bastian Elementary will be the exciting process of choosing a school mascot! That will happen with the input of students when doors open for both schools this fall.

Thank you for your support as we work hard to provide for the educational needs of students throughout Jordan School District.

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.