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.

Herriman High Teacher Saves Student’s Life, is Featured on KSL-TV

Just before the holidays, an 11th grade student in one of Ryan White’s social sciences class at Herriman High School lost consciousness, fell, struck her head and stopped breathing. White immediately sprang into action, using his CPR training to save Megan Brereton’s life. Mr. White will forever be Megan’s life-saving hero. Thank you, Ryan White. The District is proud of your work in the classroom and your compassion for students, their safety and well-being.

JSD Bus Driver Recognized by KSL-TV for Kindness and Compassion

For 10 years Clair Skoubye has been warming the hearts of children in the District as a kind and caring school bus driver. Recently, he went above and beyond for one of the students on his route. Clair found out Izzy Slater, an 11-year-old in a wheelchair attending the Kauri Sue Hamilton school, was having a difficult time getting in and out of cars and on and off the bus because her family didn’t have a ramp. So, out of the kindness of his heart, Clair got to work and built one. It’s something he had never done before and he relied on what his father taught him many years ago. Local businesses cut costs on the supplies when they found out what Clair was doing. Izzy’s family said the gift of a lift/ramp made their holiday season and they couldn’t have been more grateful. They call Clair the #bestbusdriver. KSL-TV found out and honored Clair Skoubye with their High 5 award for doing something good in the community. Congratulations, Clair! You really are deserving of the title #bestbusdriver.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Fun Fact Friday: Working Around the Clock for Safety in Winter Weather

In challenging winter weather conditions involving snow, sleet, ice and frigid temperatures, the District has crews working around the clock to keep our buildings open, students and employees safe and buses running.

For example in the past week alone:

  • 116 tons, (232,000 pounds) of ice melt was used on driveways and in parking lots at our schools and buildings.
  • 12 District employees were out nightly, throughout the night, driving from one end of the District to another to assess the condition of roadways and determine if they are safe for buses to travel and transport students.
  • District alarm response crews worked throughout the night checking schools to make sure there were no frozen pipes.
  • About 30 snowplows worked throughout the night to clear school parking lots and driveways.
  • Transportation crews and bus drivers arrived at 4 a.m. to make sure buses were running and ready to transport students.
  • Computerized engine heaters are being used on a number of buses. These heaters reduce idling time and the amount of diesel fuel needed which in turn reduces fuel costs and pollution.

Thanks to our dedicated employees for keeping the District, the size of a small city, safely operating in challenging winter weather. In addition, we appreciate the support of our patrons as we work to keep everyone safe.

SCHOOL IS OPEN: No school closures or late starts for Thursday, Jan. 5 in Jordan School District.

SCHOOL IS OPEN: No school closures or late starts for Thursday, Jan. 5 in Jordan School District.

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.  In addition, please be aware of icy conditions while walking on school grounds, in parking lots and on walkways.

Please know that parents can keep children home when weather is extreme. Schools understand and respect this decision and will work with families.

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