Herriman High Coach Honored by the Utah High School Activities Association

The Utah High School Activities Association recently named Herriman High School Cross Country and Track and Field coach James Barnes the 2016 5A Coach of the Year during their Distinguished Service Awards luncheon.

Barnes has been coaching for 11 years and has won 10 state titles between the two sports during this time. Prior to coming to Herriman six years ago, he coached at Provo, Bear River and Riverton where he won titles at each school.

“He had been the Athletic Director for a couple years at Herriman, but gave it up so he could continue to teach and coach,” said Herriman High Assistant Principal Lynn Allred.

In addition to winning state and region titles, Coach Barnes has helped many athletes receive athletic scholarships in Cross Country and Track, coaching several All-Americans in the two sports.

Congratulations to Coach Barnes and thank you for your dedication to the student-athletes at Herriman High School.

New Administrative Assignments Announced

Congratulations to the following employees on their new administrative assignments.

  • Doree Strauss has been appointed principal at the new elementary school in Herriman.
  • Kyle Hansen has been appointed principal at the new elementary school in South Jordan.
  • Suzanne Williams has been appointed principal at Eastlake Elementary, replacing Kyle Hansen.
  • Kristy Whiteside has been appointed principal at Daybreak Elementary, replacing Doree Strauss.
  • Courtney Titus has been appointed as a consultant in Special Education, replacing Kristy Whiteside.
  • Sheldon Russell has been appointed assistant principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton, replacing Courtney Titus.
  • Lauren Peacock has been appointed assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle, replacing Sheldon Russell.
  • Lisa Jackson has been appointed assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary, replacing Suzanne Williams.
  • Cherie Wilson has been appointed assistant principal at Falcon Ridge and Riverside Elementary Schools.
  • Melissa Beck has been appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale and Rose Creek Elementary Schools.

Winter Weather Notice

Weather Safety Notice IconDear Students, Staff and Patrons,

Reports indicate rain and snow showers will likely continue throughout the evening on Monday and into Tuesday. The safety of students, teachers and staff, as well as members of the community, is very important to us.

Please use caution while driving in icy road conditions and give yourselves extra time for safe travel.  Buses may be running a bit late due to weather and traffic.  Also, be aware of icy conditions while walking on school grounds, in parking lots, sidewalks and other walkways.

In addition, please know that parents can keep children home when weather is extreme. Schools understand and respect this decision and will work with families. We encourage employees to come to work as soon as they safely can. Contact your supervisor with questions.

For more information about school closure guidelines and procedures, please visit jordandistrict.org/resources/emergency.

Herriman High Teacher Nominated for National “LifeChanger of the Year” Award

Picture of Lisa JensenEveryone at Herriman High knows her as “Co-J,” but social studies teacher Lisa Jensen is also being called a life changer for her work on behalf of students. Jensen has been nominated for the prestigious national LifeChanger of the Year award. It is an award that recognizes the very best teachers from across the United States who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Co-J is being recognized, in large part, for helping to create a positive school climate at Herriman High. She is the founder of a school-wide program called the CURE (Courage, Unity, Revolution and Empowerment), which exists to unify the student body and combat bullying. Jensen is being praised for always going above and beyond to assist students, even under the most difficult circumstances.

The national grand prize for the LifeChanger of the Year recipient is $10,000. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee, which will review comments from people who know and support the individual nominees.

To share your thoughts and support Herriman High’s Lisa Jensen for this amazing award, click on the following link. https://lifechangeroftheyear.com/tag/utah

Columbia Family Learning Center’s Josefina Swensen is Changing Lives

Josefina Teaching Parents English

While English and computer classes are still the main focus for parents, the Family Learning Center now teaches other life skills like sewing, balanced nutrition and health awareness. It has become a home away from home for some and a pathway for parents to receive their High School Equivalency Degree (GED). Josefina says when parents learn the English language and find success, they become more involved in school and that helps their children. Columbia students are achieving at higher levels than ever before.

In addition to the education that goes on at the Family Learning Center, Mrs. Swensen takes it upon herself to collect food and clothing for those in need. We applaud the tireless work of this amazing employee who is making such a big difference in the Columbia school community and beyond. Thank you, Josefina! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.