JSD School Psychologist Honored By Utah Association of School Psychologists

Buddy Alger (on right) receives Barbara Bennett AwardThe Utah Association of School Psychologists recently honored Buddy Alger, a school psychologist assigned to the Alternative Language Services Department, with the Barbara Bennett Excellence in Diversity Award. The association gave the award during its annual conference in November.

Buddy received the award in recognition for his outstanding work with English learners, refugees and homeless students. Also, he has been instrumental with the implementation of the Diploma Now program at West Jordan High. Diploma Now is a program that aims to increase the number of diverse students graduating from high school.

Congratulation Buddy!

Generous Donation Will Support STEM for Students

img_2056Students throughout the District will have more opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) thanks to a very generous donation from a community partner. Air Products presented the Jordan Education Foundation with a $15,000 check to enhance STEM education throughout the District. The money will be used for materials and supplies to support STEM along with STEM projects and community nights. Thank you. We are grateful to Air Products for understanding the importance of STEM in the lives of young people now and in the future.

Students Honor Veterans by Taking Part in “Operation Gratitude”

Sunset Ridge student holds a newly created paracordStudents at Sunset Ridge Middle School are hoping to make a difference in the lives of men and women serving overseas by partnering with “Operation Gratitude,” making 1,600 survival bracelets.

The bracelets are worn by virtually all branches of the U.S. military and can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation.

Teacher Linda Richmond along with all U.S. History teachers at Sunset Ridge are using the activity as a lesson, to instill in young people the importance of honoring and supporting those who serve our country. The City of West Jordan is also a part of “Operation Gratitude,” and is providing materials for students to make the survival bracelets.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Elementary Students Sing Their Hearts Out in Tribute to Military Heroes

Students at Hayden Peak Elementary perform for veteransIn a special program to honor and celebrate America’s military men and women for Veterans Day, students at Hayden Peak Elementary School took the stage to perform a heart-warming tribute.

Parents and grandparents who have served or are currently serving our country were on hand and students thanked them for their sacrifices. The program was called “Freedom is Not Free,” and it reminds us all what a special opportunity Veterans Day is to offer our gratitude to all those who serve.

Enjoy this video featuring a musical medley and a photo gallery on our Facebook page.