JSD Students Qualify to Compete in State National Geographic Bee Competition

Utah State Bee EmblemThey have a love for geography and some smart and talented students are about to put their knowledge of geography to the test in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The competition is designed to inspire and reward student curiosity about the world around them. This year 10,000 schools across the nation are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee.

We are very proud of the following students who won at their school level and have now qualified to compete in the Utah State Bee, which will be held on Friday, March 31.

  • Chloee Uluave, Copper Mountain Middle, 8th grade
  • Sarah Hodnett, Elk Meadows Elementary, 6th grade
  • Brighton Bolinder, Elk Ridge Middle, 7th grade
  • Morgan Edman, Falcon Ridge Elementary, 5th grade
  • Cael Packard, Herriman Elementary, 5th grade
  • Kyle Anderson, Jordan Ridge Elementary, 6th grade
  • Carver Bryan, Oquirrh Hills Middel, 8th grade
  • Matthew Christensen, Riverton Elementary, 4th grade
  • Cael Wightman, South Jordan Middle, 8th grade
  • Olivia Boase, Sunset Ridge Middle, 8th grade
  • Bryson Hooper, West Jordan Middle, 8th grade
  • Christopher Lund, Westland Elementary, 6th grade

One champion from each state will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C. on May, 14-15.

2017 Legislative Session Impact on Education

Teacher and students in classroom.The 2017 legislative session is now over and thanks to hard work and dedication on behalf of Utah’s children, lawmakers passed many bills that will have a considerable impact on public education. For example:

  • A 4% increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) will amount to roughly $120 million in unrestricted funds distributed statewide on a per-student basis.
  • $68 million was approved to address enrollment growth.
  • A $15 million grant program will assist teachers and students with technology in the classroom.
  • Lawmakers voted to cover the cost of teacher license fees.
  • $5,000 bonuses will be awarded to high-performing educators in high-poverty schools.
  • School grading is suspended for a year while a new system to measure achievement is formulated.

Thank you to our local lawmakers for working so hard on behalf of our children and their education. We appreciate your accessibility and support throughout the 2017 legislative session and the school year.

JSD Students in Elite Class of Sterling Scholars

Congratulations are in order for a number of Jordan School District students who have been recognized as the best of the best in the Sterling Scholar program. It is a program that recognizes educational excellence, leadership and outstanding community service by seniors in high schools throughout the state.

2017 Sterling Scholar winners include Herriman High’s Marin Murdock for Business & Marketing and Andrew Meservy, also from Herriman High, who won the Philo T. Farnsworth Governor’s Award. Each of the 14 winners received a $2,500 scholarship.

District runners-up include Vanesa Barrett and Melissa Hansen from Copper Hills High and Quaid Green and Carolyn Scherbel from Herriman High School.

We are proud of all JSD seniors recognized as 2017 Sterling Scholars!

Copper Hills Principal’s Pantry Helps Students & Families Struggling with Hunger

Stacks of cans at Copper Hills HighThe Copper Hills High community is caring. That is evident by the Principal’s Pantry at the school, which helps feed students throughout the school year that are struggling with hunger.

Filled with stacks of cans and boxes of food, the Principal’s Pantry also helps students who have every day hygiene needs, supplying families with basic items such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste.

“The need is here in our community. We are providing students with a warm, quiet, clean and private area for them to get things they may not have at their home,” said Milonie Taylor from Jordan School District’s Educational Support Services, who helps oversee the pantry at Copper Hills.

The pantry is located in a currently unused office at the high school and offers students and families of students with a discreet, quiet place to pick out and receive items they need.

DECA students assist in stocking the Principal’s Pantry through their ‘Please Feed The Bears’ fundraiser, as well as during the school year through the operation of Grizzly Grub and Grizzly Den, the school’s student run stores. During a fundraiser held last fall, the students helped generate about 5,000 pounds of food and hygiene items from the Copper Hills community to stock the Principal’s Pantry.

“We’re like a big family here at Copper Hills. And when someone is in need we want to help,” said Copper Hills senior Taylor Tanton.

Being good neighbors and caring for the community is what Copper Hills High instills in its students and we should all be grateful for their kind contributions to fellow students in need.