Fun Fact Friday: Students Step Up to Help Jordan Education Foundation

Santa Claus and elf-helper talks to childrenEvery year the Jordan Education Foundation (JEF) raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support teachers, education and children throughout the District thanks to generous foundation donors. What you might not know is that students are stepping up to help support the important work of the JEF as well.

This year students at six middle schools and the JATC South went above and beyond to help the foundation with its ‘Christmas for Kids’ program. The program provided Christmas for 250 young teens in Jordan School District who would have otherwise gone without gifts over the holiday season. The students raised $11,610 to help fund a holiday shopping spree for fellow students in need at Gordmans. Other donors contributed as well, bringing the grand total to $25,000 raised for the event.

It was a day that the volunteers and donors will never forget and it made the holidays much brighter for some deserving students.

Thanks to caring students and staff at the following schools who gave of their time to help others for the ‘Christmas for Kids’ program:

  • South Jordan Middle School
  • Oquirrh Hills Middle School
  • South Hills Middle School
  • Elk Ridge Middle School
  • Copper Mountain Middle School
  • West Jordan Middle School
  • JATC South Fire Science Students

Makerspace Room Makes for Fun Learning at Joel P. Jensen

Students at workstationHaving fun while honing their STEM skills, Joel P. Jensen Middle School students can explore their scientific and creative selves in the ‘Makerspace Room’ at the school’s media center.

During RTI times, students have the opportunity to practice their skills with Snap Circuits, origami, deconstruction and other fun artistic projects. The lab provides an opportunity for students to create, design, build, learn, think and play!

Enjoy a photo gallery on Facebook.

Thank you, Joel P. Jensen students!

Students and Joel P. Jensen jump for joy!A big shout-out and thank you to the talented, outstanding superstar students at Joel P. Jensen Middle School for helping out the Jordan School District Office of Communications with a recent photo shoot. Your help is truly appreciated…and your smiles too!!!

Students Receive Hands-On EMT Experience with Vehicle Accident Extrication Simulation

Group of students walking out to extrication simulation drillEMT students at JATC-South and members of the Unified Fire Authority (UFA) Heavy Rescue Team partnered recently for a unique opportunity to practice their skills cutting away a car from an actor-victim and then administering to the patient in an Extrication Simulation at the school.

The hands-on experience helps prepare the EMT students as they practice their skills during the simulation. Actors were freed from two different cars by breaking windows, removing car doors, cutting the cars apart and using the “jaws of life” during the practice drill. This is a part of a semester long EMT class at JATC-South. Students are able to finish all the course requirements to become a certified EMT following successfully completing the national test for EMT’s. Many of these students are offered internships or jobs with UFA.

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West Jordan High Teacher Gets Big Surprise From BYU Football Coach Kalani Sitake

Mr. Jaramillo with BYU coachesJim Jaramillo has been teaching history at West Jordan High School for 32 years and he has experienced a lot in that time. But the surprise of a lifetime recently came when Mr. Jaramillo received a call from his alma mater BYU, inviting him to tour the athletic facility on campus. You see Jim Jaramillo played basketball for BYU from 1978 to 1981 – but because of injuries, he was not able to play his senior year and didn’t attend his final home game.

When Mr. Jaramillo showed up at BYU for his athletic facility tour, he was met by several BYU coaches, including football coach, Kalani Sitake who presented Jim with the senior blanket he should have received 40 years ago when he was on the BYU basketball team. It was a touching moment that brought big smiles all around.

Mr. Jaramillo is currently the girls soccer coach at WJHS and has led the team to several state titles.