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)

West Jordan Middle Student Receives Native American Recognition Award

Isaiah Lapale holding awardHe maintains a 3.8 GPA while excelling in athletics, attendance, community projects, performing arts and service learning. Isaiah Lapale is a ninth grade student who is already on his way to achieving great things. That is one reason why he was recently recognized at the 18th annual Indian Student Recognition Ceremony for Northern Utah. Isaiah was among Native American students in grades 9 – 12, honored for their individual contributions in cultural recognition, heritage language, ROTC, scholarship, arts and crafts and academic excellence to name a few. At the ceremony Isaiah thanked his parents and grandparents for teaching him about his culture and instilling a sense of pride in his Tongan and Navajo heritage. We applaud this young man for being a role-model and sharing his culture and many talents with those around him. Congratulations!

JEF Prize Patrol Surprises Outstanding Principal of the Year

Principal Daly at Southland receives awardThe Jordan Education Foundation Prize Patrol hit the road again to recognize another exceptional educator. Southland Elementary Principal Michele Daly was selected as the Foundation’s 2017 Outstanding Principal of the Year!

Mrs. Daly had no idea the award was going to be given in front of the entire student body and staff at the school. Those who nominated Mrs. Daly called her a kind and compassionate leader who cares about every child and teacher in her building and inspires the best in learning.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Elk Ridge Middle Shines as Fox 13’s “Cool School of the Week”

Big Budah visits Elk Ridge MiddleAt Elk Ridge Middle it was rise and SHINE as students got up really early to demonstrate why they are a really cool school! They spent the morning with Fox 13’s Big Budah after being selected as “Cool School of the Week.”

Students and teachers proved why they are deserving of the title by showing Budah how to do Rubik’s cube art, ballroom dance, robotics, soldering and more. It was a look inside a fantastic school and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.


Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

JSD Middle School Orchestras Selected to Perform in Elite Festival

Oquirrh Hills Middle School orchestra on stage at UMEA State Orchestra FestivalSome middle school musicians are being recognized by music educators from across the state of Utah. Oquirrh Hills Middle School’s top orchestra directed by Eric Perkins, and Fort Herriman’s top orchestra directed by Amy Stutznegger, both earned a spot in the highly competitive Utah Music Educators Association State Orchestra Festival. After a blind audition, just 18 schools from across the state were selected to participate in the festival held at Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus. We are very proud of these dedicated young students and the music educators who help them turn music into something magical.