Congratulations JSD Teacher of the Year!

DSCN3242DSCN3246There was a lot of excitement at Oquirrh Hills Middle this morning as Todd Monson was recognized as the Jordan School District ‘Teacher of the Year.’ Mr. Monson teaches science and has been with the District since 1992. According to his students, he is an educator who engages young people in learning, makes it exciting and has a lasting impact on individual lives. Congratulations, Mr. Monson, and good luck competing at the state level!

Awesome Works Displayed on Sidewalks at Chalk Art Festivals

DSCN3153This is the time of year when sidewalks at many of our schools come to life with some pretty amazing art. Students with chalk in hand and creativity in mind produce wonderful works of art on display for a limited time. Take a look at some of the creations from Riverton High students. In addition, we have some pieces from Elk Ridge Middle where the Chalk Art Festival theme was “Make Your Own Masterpiece.” At Elk Ridge students had to chose a well-known art masterpiece and alter it by 70% to meet the festival theme. Enjoy this photo gallery.

South Hills Students Find Success at their Fingertips

IMG_0516Students at South Hills Middle School have been concentrating on success at keyboarding and it has paid off in a big way. Thanks to teacher Daniel Drew, there was a renewed emphasis on improving typing skills so that students will be proficient working on computers in high school, college and the workplace. The classes started the year typing an average of 4.1 words per minute (WPM) with 41% accuracy. They progressed quickly ending the first semester typing 35.52 WPM and at least 80% accuracy. That is an increase of 866% in speed. Congratulations to all the teachers and students who are working so hard to find success at their fingertips!

Special Needs Students Perform Spring Fling

DSCN3142It was all smiles as special needs students who attend Riverton High School put on a delightful and entertaining show of music and dance. It was the annual ‘Spring Fling’ and the performers were accompanied by Riverton High peer leaders, assigned to help the special needs students. Music therapy specialist Christine Burningham led the students in songs like the ‘Riverton Rap’ and in reciting a spring poem. Dance therapy specialist Kathleen Mason had the students doing a little fancy footwork using rhythm pipes, mirroring and performing a circle dance. Music and dance therapy are not only fun for the special needs students, they help with social skills in and outside the classroom. The music and dance therapy is made possible through an Art Access grant. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.