West Jordan High Teacher Gets Big Surprise From BYU Football Coach Kalani Sitake

Mr. Jaramillo with BYU coachesJim Jaramillo has been teaching history at West Jordan High School for 32 years and he has experienced a lot in that time. But the surprise of a lifetime recently came when Mr. Jaramillo received a call from his alma mater BYU, inviting him to tour the athletic facility on campus. You see Jim Jaramillo played basketball for BYU from 1978 to 1981 – but because of injuries, he was not able to play his senior year and didn’t attend his final home game.

When Mr. Jaramillo showed up at BYU for his athletic facility tour, he was met by several BYU coaches, including football coach, Kalani Sitake who presented Jim with the senior blanket he should have received 40 years ago when he was on the BYU basketball team. It was a touching moment that brought big smiles all around.

Mr. Jaramillo is currently the girls soccer coach at WJHS and has led the team to several state titles.

Fort Herriman Middle School Students Learn About CTE Opportunities  

Student firefighter at CTE presentationExploring occupational pathways and learning about Career and Technical Education options was a part of a recent assembly for students at Fort Herriman Middle School.

Presenters from the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers (JATC) North and South campuses showcased the exciting choices available to students who are looking for vocational skills and career preparation.

Students watched a video about CTE offerings and heard from current students in many of the programs at JATC-North and JATC-South. Currently there are 23 programs that students can enroll.

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding training from industry professionals, students entering a CTE program at a JATC campus can begin exploring occupations and take courses that can propel them into good paying jobs in the future. Some programs available include Computer Programming, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Science, Fire Science, Barbering, Teacher Education and Welding, among many others.

To learn more about the programs available visit this website.

Governor Visits South Hills Middle School for Q & A Session with AP Students

Governor Gary Herbert visits with students at South HillsIt is a day that some students at South Hills Middle School won’t soon forget. Governor Gary Herbert accepted an invitation to visit the school for a Q & A session with about 100 AP Geography students. The classes prepared questions on a variety of topics and they were excited for the unique opportunity to present them to the Governor.

Before taking questions, the Governor talked about the opportunities that exist in Utah for students to be anything they want to be. He said we have a tech savvy labor force that is always looking for more young people. Governor Herbert told the students that education is their door to opportunities. Geography teacher, Joseph Cochran said this was a lesson his students will likely never forget. Thank you to the Governor for taking time to share his knowledge with students and inspire young people.

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Student Proves Small Acts of Kindness Make a Big Difference

Student delivering homemade Christmas cardsBefore the rush of the holiday season set in, Whitley Kidd, a sixth grade student at Oakcrest Elementary, wanted to help bring joy to others in some small way. So, she enlisted the help for her entire class asking them to participate in a small act of kindness for senior citizens who might be alone or without loved ones for the holidays. She asked classmates to design homemade Christmas cards for residents at a local senior center. Then one night as the seniors gathered for dinner, Whitley surprised them by personally delivering the cards with messages of holiday happiness, joy and good will. It was a small act of kindness that brought big smiles to those who received the precious gift of a homemade Christmas card.