FUN FACT FRIDAY: JEF Prize Patrol Surprises Teachers with Educator of the Year Awards!

Superintendent Congratulating TeacherThey work tirelessly for students in classrooms throughout Jordan School District and now some amazing educators are being recognized for their hard work and dedication. The Jordan Education Foundation carried out phase one of its annual ‘Prize Patrol’ where members surprise deserving teachers with an unannounced visit, balloons and an honor that brings many to tears. The teachers are notified that they have been selected as a 2017 Jordan Education Foundation Educator of the Year. The humble teachers are also given $1,000 and treated to a special evening out with a dinner in their honor. Congratulations to these deserving teachers! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Joel P. Jensen Middle Cindy Horrocks Educator
Heartland Elementary Leslie Fiskell Educator
Oquirrh Elementary Lisa DuVernay Special Educator
Columbia Elementary Susan Locke Educator
Westvale Elementary Sandra Burton Educator
Monte Vista Elementary Alicia Rasmussen Educator
South Jordan Elementary Kaylee Todd Educator
Southland Elementary Allyson Pulsipher Educator
Riverton High School Katherine Borgmeier Educator
Riverton Elementary Ashley Calhoun Special Educator
Kauri Sue Hamilton Laurie Tovey Special Educator
Rose Creek Elementary Christina Stout Educator
Fort Herriman Middle Michael Farnsworth Educator
Herriman Elementary Sarah Burton Educator
Copper Mountain Middle John Schneggenburger Educator

JSD Middle School Orchestras Selected to Perform in Elite Festival

Oquirrh Hills Middle School orchestra on stage at UMEA State Orchestra FestivalSome middle school musicians are being recognized by music educators from across the state of Utah. Oquirrh Hills Middle School’s top orchestra directed by Eric Perkins, and Fort Herriman’s top orchestra directed by Amy Stutznegger, both earned a spot in the highly competitive Utah Music Educators Association State Orchestra Festival. After a blind audition, just 18 schools from across the state were selected to participate in the festival held at Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus. We are very proud of these dedicated young students and the music educators who help them turn music into something magical.

Blackridge Students Rock with Reading in ‘Battle of the Books’

Blackridge Elementary students cheer during 'Battle of the Books'It was a five month-long competition for students at Blackridge Elementary School that amounted to impressive results in reading. ‘Battle of the Books’ is a reading incentive program that rallies students to come together in groups to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of books they’ve read.

Students and staff at Blackridge took the reading competition seriously with 318 kids participating in a total of 73 teams. In all, about 70,000 pages were read and the sixth grade team called ‘Trump Society’ took top honors. Each member of the winning team and the runners-up received a $50.00 savings bond. Congratulations to everyone involved! We hope your winning, reading ways continue.

Enjoy a fun video produced by Blackridge teachers and staff to encourage student involvement and success in ‘Battle of the Books.’

Superintendent Honored as Business Woman of the Year

Superintendent Johnson posing with awardEvery year the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes individuals who are making a difference in the community by going above and beyond. This year, one of the honorees is Superintendent of Schools for Jordan School District, Dr. Patrice Johnson. During the Chamber’s Knight of Heroes ceremony, Dr. Johnson was given the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award. The Superintendent was selected, in part, because of her work fostering a positive community attitude toward Jordan School District. Thank you, Dr. Johnson for all you do on behalf of students, JSD and the communities we serve. Congratulations on this well deserved award!

Principal Doree Strauss Hard at Work Wearing a Hard Hat

Doree and Joni wearing hard hatsShe has to wear a hard hat, but that isn’t keeping Principal Doree Strauss from showing up and working hard to get ready for the opening of the district’s new elementary school in Herriman. Administrative Assistant, Joni Ostler and building inspector Ian Roberts are also on site doing all they can to get things done. Construction of the school, located at 5692 W. American Park Drive, is on time and on budget. Excitement is building in anticipation of the new school opening in August for the 2017-18 school year.