USTAR Grant Equals Learning Opportunities

DSCN3068Jordan School District is in its seventh year of receiving a grant from the Utah State Office of Education funded through the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative or USTAR. This money provides learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the school year, reduces class sizes and gives students a big leap forward in education.

During the summer, USTAR also funds 24 math and science courses free of charge to District students. These classes are opportunities for students to accelerate and, in some cases, remediate their progress in mathematics and science coursework. Along with a full selection of math offerings, students can choose from physics, computer programing, robotics, chemistry, and even marine biology. This summer, more than 1,200 students are participating in USTAR summer classes earning 245 science credits, 222 math credits and another 748 taking non-credit courses in preparation for future classes.

Kauri Sue First in State

IMG_0248The Kauri Sue Hamilton School is the first special needs, center-based school in Utah to receive accreditation. This is an achievement that involved a multi-year process of intense scrutiny by an external review team. The school was asked by the Utah State Office of Education to pilot this program in accreditation for a center-based school for the state. Center-based means all of the children have the same disability. In the case of Kauri Sue, all of the students have significant, multiple disabilities.

The review team looked at everything from leadership and culture to student success and compared the school to national standards. They visited and observed classrooms, interviewed staff and scrutinized the entire school. In the end, Kauri Sue received a score of 337.61, while the national average for ANY school accredited is 282.79.

Some of the “powerful practices” the external review team found includes:

  • Qualified professional and support staff are sufficient in number to fulfill their roles and responsibilities necessary to support the school’s purpose, direction and the educational program.
  • The school has a formal structure whereby each student is well known by at least one adult advocate in the school who supports that student’s educational experience.
  • The school provides support services to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of the student population being served.
  • The school maintains facilities, services and equipment to provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for all students and staff.

Congratulations to the staff at Kauri Sue.

PCN Assistance for Low-Income Health Plan

Screenshot 2015-07-10 08.35.46Primary Care Network (PCN) for adults with dependent children will have an open enrollment beginning July 27. PCN is a health plan that covers basic primary services like visits to primary care providers, limited prescriptions per month (4), dental exams, etc. To be eligible you must be uninsured, age 19-64 and have a dependent child under age 19 living at home.

If you have any questions or need additional information on eligibility, please contact Jordan School District Health Services Department 801-567-8515 or visit our website at or the State website at

Find Your Favorite School Lunch Ladies on Facebook!

IMG_5798Jordan School District has some of the finest lunch ladies and cafeteria staff around and now you can find your favorites on Facebook. That’s because Nutrition Services is debuting its own fun and informational Facebook page. Stop by and see different school cafeterias that will be featured along with fabulous food, nutrition information and the latest Nutrition Services news. They also plan to post popular recipes students and their parents routinely request. So click on the following link to “like” our lunch ladies and join the food fun on Facebook!