Copper Hills High Teacher to Appear on NBC Nightly News

Copper Hills teacher Rickee Stewart is interviewed by NBC News reporter Joe FryerIt was a real-life lesson in TV news journalism for some students at Copper Hills High School. An NBC News crew and reporter stopped by the school to interview teacher Rickee Stewart. Ms. Stewart is getting married soon, but rather than requesting wedding gifts for herself, she asked that her guests give items for homeless teens and students in need at Copper Hills. The response from the community has been overwhelming, attracting the attention of local and national news media.

NBC News reporter Joe Fryer’s story about Rickee and what started as her wedding registry service project at Copper Hills High is expected to air on NBC Nightly News in the coming days.

Big KSL-TV High 5 Surprise for District Bus Drivers!

Bus driver gets a HIgh 5 from studentsIt was just an ordinary day for several Jordan School District bus drivers until KSL-TV showed up at Copper Canyon Elementary School.

As the drivers were dropping students off to start the day, they were approached by KSL-TV’s Caitlin Burchill who surprised them with a High 5 award for all they do in keeping students safe transporting them to and from school each day.

Bus drivers Ricardo Escobar, Wendy Ellsworth and Mindy Stanford were each rewarded for their hard work and dedication to children with a Café Rio gift card from KSL-TV.

Congratulations to these valued employees and all District bus drivers for making a difference in the lives of children and young people throughout the District.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Making a Difference

Picture of administrators with hygeine kitsThe theme of this year’s summer Administrative Leadership Conference was “Making a Difference.” With that in mind, hundreds of District administrators and administrative assistants, pitched in to make a difference in the lives of students who need a little help with some of the basic necessities in life. The administrators rallied and in a matter of just two hours managed to put together 500 personal hygiene kits, which will be available for students who need them at every school in the District. The kits included things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner and hairbrushes. Thank you administrators for making a difference in the lives of students every day, in their education and beyond. In addition, we are grateful to our friends at CarMax for pitching in and helping with this project. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Dual Language Immersion Specialist Invited to Teach Workshop in China

Picture of Laticia ThomasLeticia Thomas has earned admiration and respect from teachers and parents for her hard work as a teacher specialist in the Chinese Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program. Now, this talented and compassionate JSD educator is headed to China to share her knowledge and expertise about the American education system and to help train teachers in China who are interested in becoming Chinese Dual Immersion program teachers in the United States. The invitation came in part, from the Chinese Ministry of Education, after word spread about Mrs. Thomas and her unrelenting personal and professional support of Chinese DLI teachers working in the Jordan School District. Mrs. Thomas has been known to help Chinese DLI teachers find safe homes, transportation and has aided in getting them to dentist and doctor appointments, explaining how medical insurance works. Westvale Elementary School Principal, Brenda Anderson will also be a part of the workshop, helping to educate the Chinese teachers about the U.S. education system works.

We are very proud of these distinguished educators for sharing their knowledge and expertise with teachers around the world.

Talented JSD Teacher Specialist Receives Prestigious Award

Picture of Karen NugentCo-workers describe her as a dedicated educator who has had a long career of nurturing high-ability students providing opportunities for them to grow and shine. Now, Gifted and Talented teacher specialist, Karen Nugent is being recognized as one of the best in her field. Mrs. Nugent was recently awarded the Calvin W. Taylor Educator Award from the Utah Association of Gifted Children (UAGC). The award is designed to recognize an exemplary Utah educator of gifted and talented youth who greatly impacts the lives of their students. Karen Nugent has devoted 46 years of her life to providing the best education possible for students and she will retire at the end of June. Thank you, Karen. Jordan District is proud of your accomplishments and your dedication to education!