Warm Welcome For Brand New Chinese Dual Immersion Teachers

Group picture of Chinese teachers and host familiesIt is an exciting week at Fox Hollow and Foothill Elementary Schools. They were selected as model Dual Immersion schools to host about 35 brand new Chinese Dual Language Immersion teachers who just arrived from China. The teachers are observing in classrooms and participating in professional development, learning best teaching practices before beginning their official teaching jobs in a number of school districts around the state this fall, including Jordan. The new teachers will stay with host families for about a month. The host families help the Chinese teachers acclimate to a new culture, find homes, cars and get to know the community where they will live for up to three years while teaching the Chinese language to elementary school students across the State of Utah. Good luck to these valued educators!

West Jordan High Student Woodworking Project Receives National Award

Sarah with bureau and awardsWest Jordan High’s Sarah Provard loves woodworking and designing unique wood creations. One of her prized works is a handcrafted, music-themed bureau she designed at home last summer and made at school over the past year with the guidance of teacher Rick Minor. The bureau won the People’s Choice Award at the Wasatch Woodworking Consortium competition this spring and now it is being recognized nationally. The project was recently accepted into the prestigious Las Vegas Freshwood Show, which alone is a big accomplishment. When the judging was complete, Sarah, who graduated this year, won first place in the Case Work category and the People’s Choice award. She also received $1750 as a cash prize and is being courted by BYU and Pittsburgh State. Congratulations, Sarah! Best of luck in the future.