Silver Rush Team Effort Takes Charitable Giving to New Heights

Silver Rush BannerStudent body leaders say every heart was changed as a result of this year’s “Silver Rush” holiday charitable giving drive to benefit Millie’s Princess Foundation. But hearts were changed at Oquirrh Hills Middle, South Hills Middle and Rose Creek Elementary as well.

That’s because the three schools joined the effort by donating their holiday fundraising money to “Silver Rush.” As a result a combined total of $223,835 was raised to benefit seven local families with children battling cancer. Candlelight Homes matched the middle and high school donations by 10%. What an incredible example of opening hearts and changing lives.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Copper Hills Student Honored with Youth Leadership Award

Jacqueline Gutierrez is truly a role model for her fellow students at Copper Hills High School. The talented and dedicated junior was recently honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award from the University of Utah.

As president of the Latinos in Action club at the school, Jacqueline exemplifies the true meaning of the award, which seeks to honor high school students who demonstrate exceptional success in building bridges among cultures and communities. In her submission essay she described how to enact change at the local level and how she espouses the virtues eschewed by Dr. King.

“It is inspiring to work with her,” said Joshua Brothers, Jacqueline’s AP Language and Composition teacher at Copper Hills.

Jacqueline was one of 16 students from across the state to be honored. Her award includes a plaque, along with consideration for future scholarships at the university.

Jennifer Williams Molock, assistant vice president for education and community partnerships with the University of Utah’s Office of Equity and Diversity says about the award, “It is encouraging to know that the future of our nation is in the hands of young people like the Youth Leadership awardees.”

Congratulation Jacqueline!

New Administrative Assignments Announced

Congratulations to the following employees on their new administrative assignments.

  • Doree Strauss has been appointed principal at the new elementary school in Herriman.
  • Kyle Hansen has been appointed principal at the new elementary school in South Jordan.
  • Suzanne Williams has been appointed principal at Eastlake Elementary, replacing Kyle Hansen.
  • Kristy Whiteside has been appointed principal at Daybreak Elementary, replacing Doree Strauss.
  • Courtney Titus has been appointed as a consultant in Special Education, replacing Kristy Whiteside.
  • Sheldon Russell has been appointed assistant principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton, replacing Courtney Titus.
  • Lauren Peacock has been appointed assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle, replacing Sheldon Russell.
  • Lisa Jackson has been appointed assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary, replacing Suzanne Williams.
  • Cherie Wilson has been appointed assistant principal at Falcon Ridge and Riverside Elementary Schools.
  • Melissa Beck has been appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale and Rose Creek Elementary Schools.

Board Approves Boundaries for Two New Elementary Schools

Option C ModifiedAfter months of extensive work and public input from parents, the Board of Education voted on boundaries for two new elementary schools in Herriman and South Jordan.

Based on parent and patron feedback, the Board chose a modified ‘Option C’ for the boundaries, which includes adjustments between Herriman and Butterfield Canyon Elementary Schools.

The Board voted to transition Eastlake, Daybreak, Midas Creek, Silver Crest and Welby Elementary Schools from a year-round to a traditional calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The Board previously approved moving Monte Vista and Elk Meadows from a year-round to a traditional calendar. Both new elementary schools in Herriman and South Jordan will open on a traditional calendar.

In addition, it was decided that there will be no boundary or calendar changes at Fox Hollow or Hayden Peak Elementary Schools for the 2017-18 school year.

No additional boundary or calendar changes will be considered for the 2017-18 school year.  For more info, please use the following links: