Utah STEM Fest Inspires Students to Explore Possibilities

Joel P. Jensen Middle School Students

Joel P. Jensen Middle School Students

Students throughout Jordan School District participated in the 2017 Utah STEM Fest with an eye on the future. The event was held at the South Towne Expo Center. Business and industry leaders in science and technology along with educators gathered to give students in 5th through 10th grade a hands-on experience in STEM. Participants were encouraged to look at future career opportunities. The event is held every year in an effort to spark innovation and imagination in young people and create excitement about the possibility of following a STEM career path.

 

High School Students Team Up to Help Fill Principal Food Pantries

Students and staff from Valley, Bingham, Copper Hills, Riverton and Herriman High Schools came together with a common goal, to help feed the hungry throughout Jordan School District. They started at Costco, where thanks to generous donations to the Jordan Education Foundation, they were able to purchase $23,000 worth of food. They sorted everything at the District warehouse and then the food was distributed to 59 elementary, middle and high schools where it will be used to stock Principal Pantries and feed hungry students.

Also, thanks to months of hard work on behalf of Copper Hills High teacher, Rickee Stewart, about 1,200 brand new coats are being delivered to schools for any student who needs one to stay warm in the upcoming winter months.

We are grateful to everyone involved in this important work supporting all students in Jordan School District.

New School Buildings Starting to Take Shape!

Construction of new high school in HerrimanIf you miss a day, you miss a lot at three new school construction sites in Jordan School District. The schools are now out of the ground and quickly taking shape. Here is an update:

  • New High School in Herriman (Approximately 14100 S. 4800 West)
    • The steel skeleton of the school is going up
    • Concrete is being poured for interior floors
    • Masonry walls are going up for the gymnasium
    • Road work is underway around the school
  • New Middle School in South Jordan (10200 S. 5200 West)
    • Masonry walls are up for a large portion of the school
    • Work is beginning on the second floor of the building
    • Concrete is being poured for the gymnasium floor
  • West Jordan Middle School Rebuild
    • The steel skeleton of the school is going up
    • Work is being done on underground utilities and water lines

All three schools are scheduled to open in the 2019-20 school year.
See the progress for yourself in a photo gallery on our Facebook page!

Southland Students Learn from Monthly ‘Student Leader Chats’

Board member Matthew Young posing with studentsStudents at Southland Elementary School who demonstrate leadership qualities in and outside the classroom are being rewarded in a unique way. They are invited to a monthly ‘Student Leader Chat,’ where the children get to meet a community leader, share a Chic-fil-A breakfast, and learn about leadership from the special guest. One student from each classroom is chosen for the monthly meetings. The first special guest for the ‘Student Leader Chat’ was Jordan School District Board of Education Vice President, Matthew Young. Mr. Young talked to the students about how he tries to follow ‘The 7 Habits’ of ‘The Leader in Me’ program in his daily life and career. He told them, as a Board member he wants to be proactive with issues like teacher pay, beginning with the end in mind. He said when issues arise, the Board likes to think win-win hoping everyone will be happy with final decisions that are made. Congratulations to the students for their leadership skills that allowed them to participate in this fun and educational chat.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Bluffdale Elementary Adopts Houston School Destroyed by Hurricane Harvey

Moore Elementary School in Houston, Texas was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and 950 students, teachers and staff lost everything including all library books, computers and classrooms when the school filled with 3 feet of sewage water and the walls collapsed.

But one thing they didn’t lose was their faith in the kindness of total strangers. That is thanks, in part, to students at Bluffdale Elementary School who wanted to help. They went to work with bake sales and doing extra chores at home and in a matter of weeks raised over $2,800 to help Moore Elementary replace library books and technology lost in the hurricane.

And thanks to the hard work and effort on the part of Assistant Principal Tiffany Cooke, the entire student body at Bluffdale Elementary was able to talk to a 5th grade class from Moore Elementary via FaceTime, ask questions about Hurricane Harvey, what the children went through and the Bluffdale students were able to offer their love and support. In the end, students at both schools agreed to be pen pals and stay in touch, they found friends for life.

Congratulations Bluffdale Elementary on a job well done and for proving that little acts of kindness go a long way.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.