Community Donation Helps Fill Principal’s Pantry to Feed Hungry Children

Oquirrh Elementary Students Help Unload Needed DonationsStudents at Oquirrh Elementary School had a very special delivery that is making a big difference in the school’s Principal’s Pantry, which was nearly empty. The pantry provides food for children who come to school hungry. It also provides backpacks of food for students who need a little help to get through the weekend without going hungry.

Mountain America Credit Union recognized the need and decided to donate enough food to fill the Principal’s Pantry at Oquirrh.

Currently, there are 54 schools in the Jordan School District, which have Principal’s Pantries and it is a struggle to keep them stocked throughout the year. The donation at Oquirrh will go a long way to ensure children have enough food, along with school breakfast and lunch, so they can concentrate in the classroom without being hungry.

In addition to the food donation, Mountain America donated $5,000 in cash to help Principal’s Pantries throughout the District. Thank you, Mountain America Credit Union, for your generosity, supporting children and education.

Bond Fact Friday: What Happens if the Bond Does Not Pass?

Herriman High students pass through the halls between classesThe Jordan School District Board of Education is dedicated to making sure students have the best possible education in a safe and productive environment. We believe in every child, every day.

With extreme residential growth, and no new resources to manage that growth, there will be challenges. However, the Board and staff throughout the District will do all they can to meet those challenges.

The Board has a number of options available if the bond does not pass. Some of those options may be difficult on families, students and staff, but any extreme measures will be avoided if possible. The District is projected to grow by an additional 9,250 students over the next five years. We have limited space in terms of classrooms and buildings, but have a responsibility to accommodate the incoming students. So, something will have to be done to deal with growth. The options could include the following:

  • Additional portable classrooms
  • Boundary adjustments
  • Additional year-round schools
  • Additional modified traditional schedule schools
  • Elimination of programs or moving programs
  • Permit moratoriums
  • (More extreme measures) Pocket busing, Double sessions, Double sessions year-round

Even if we do all of the above, new schools will be needed and will have to be financed with more expensive options. In terms of building new schools without a bond, the District could look at alternative funding sources such as loans from banks or private entities or a tax increase.

We cannot and will not turn any child away from receiving a quality education in Jordan School District.

Keep in mind, it will be up to the future Board of Education to decide on specifics of how to deal with growth if the bond fails.

JATC-North Students Learn the Basics of Physical Therapy

Intro to Physical Therapy students at JATC-NorthWith the ever-rising prevalence of total knee and hip replacements in the U.S., the need for trained physical therapists, assistants, aides and technicians is on the rise as well. To give students a feel for what it would be like to work in the field of physical therapy, the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers, North Campus (JATC-North) has a one-semester course for high school juniors and seniors, Introduction to Physical Therapy.

In the course, students learn medical terminology, anatomy, musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, HIPAA regulations, as well as complete basic first aid and CPR.

Rebecca Stone, the teacher of the course at JATC-North, says there are 58 students enrolled in the course. Each student is receiving valuable experience shadowing and assisting at over 20 physical therapy clinics throughout the valley.

“Students in the course gain skills for entry level positions in the field. Some positions they could qualify to work after completing the course include working as an aide or a tech in a PT clinic,” said Stone.

Many students who have taken the course at JATC-North have continued their education, with the hope of becoming a physical therapist or PT assistant upon completing their education.

A recent study published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery showed that over 7 million people have had total hip or knee replacements. As the U.S. population ages, the expectation is that the job market for workers in the field of physical therapy will grow 30% in the coming years.

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Monthly Meetings Allow Student Leaders to Spend Time with Superintendent & Board

dscn2006It is a chance for Student Body Officers from our District high schools to talk one-on-one with Superintendent Johnson and members of the Board of Education. Once a month, they meet for lunch and these bright student leaders share their thoughts, concerns and ideas on how to make their individual schools the best they can be, as well as the District as a whole.

At their first meeting of the year, each school’s Student Body President or representative talked about their theme for the 2016-17 school year and goals for student achievement in a welcoming environment. We applaud the hard work and dedication of the student leaders and their willingness to embrace this opportunity to engage with Superintendent Johnson and Board members. Best of luck Student Body Officers! We hope this is a year filled with success and memories to last a lifetime.

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