FUN FACT FRIDAY: Schools Transition to Traditional Calendar

Picture of new elementary schoolDue to the opening of two new elementary schools, shifting populations and enrollment, seven District elementary schools will be transitioning to a traditional calendar for the 2017-18 school year. This change will affect about 6,830 students in these schools. The new school year will begin in August for all traditional calendar schools. The following are schools transitioning from year-round to traditional:

  • Daybreak Elementary
  • Eastlake Elementary
  • Elk Meadows Elementary
  • Midas Creek Elementary
  • Monte Vista Elementary
  • Silver Crest Elementary
  • Welby Elementary

The District’s two new elementary schools, Bastian and Golden Fields, will also open on a traditional calendar in August.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Changes On The Way for West Jordan High School

Construction site in front of West Jordan HighIf you have stopped or driven by West Jordan High lately you know something big has begun with construction crews already hard at work outside. It is a renovation project that will move the main office to the front of the school for safety and efficiency and convert the old office space to classrooms. All of the old ceiling tiles are being torn out and replaced and new LED lighting is being installed throughout the school. Crews will have 10 weeks over the summer break to complete the project.

In addition, outside the school you will see a football field upgrade with the installation of artificial turf. This is also happening to football fields at Bingham, Riverton and Copper Hills High Schools. All of the fields will have lacrosse lines installed to accommodate girls and boys lacrosse which is now a UHSAA sanctioned sport beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Breaking Ground for New West Jordan Middle School

Groundbreaking InvitationThere is a lot of work and precise planning to be done in order to construct a new West Jordan Middle School on site behind the old school and have the doors open for the 2019-20 school year. The site work has already begun with contractors digging trenches for electrical lines and safety fences going up around the field where the new school will be built.

On Monday, May 1st the entire community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction and paving the way for the brand new school. This is an historical groundbreaking because 58 years ago to the day, the school was dedicated and began a legacy of education and community pride that will grow with opening of the new school.


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