Congratulations are in order for a JSD counselor who is making a difference in the lives of students through his hard work and dedication. Mark Jones, counselor at West Jordan Middle School, was recently named the STEM Counselor of the Year by the Utah STEM Action Center. This is part of the prestigious STEM Innovation Awards. Mr. Jones was recognized for implementing and teaching the after-school STEM program at WJMS, which has grown to more than 70 students over the past three years. We are proud of this amazing counselor and educator for his work in going above and beyond for young people every day.
Two years ago, JSD joined school districts around the country in using Peachjar as a way of electronically sending flyers, eliminating paper flyers going home. As a result the following has occurred.
- Schools that use Peachjar have saved a collective 2.5 billion sheets of paper
- Over the past year, JSD has saved 2,837,333 sheets of paper and 340 trees
Students in the landscape management program at JATC South are also doing their part to protect the Earth. They are helping to build a two-acre drought tolerant garden. This will be a water wise demonstration garden with an orchard, vegetable production, berry patch, rainwater harvesting and an amphitheater. As a result there will be significant water savings.
- The drought tolerant garden will save approximately 1 million gallons of water a year compared to the same area if it were covered with grass.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
The new single lane salary schedule has been ratified by the Jordan Education Association. The single lane proposal has always had increasing teacher pay and enhancing lifetime earnings as its primary goal. While the vast majority of teachers will be better off on the new salary schedule, because of current lane and step placement and/or based on personal circumstances, some teachers may prefer to remain on the old salary schedule.
Leadership from the Jordan Board of Education, Jordan District administration, and the Jordan Education Association have agreed on a plan to allow teachers to stay on the current salary schedule or elect to transition to the new single lane schedule depending on which choice best fits their needs. Details and deadlines for when employees need to make their decisions are still being determined.
Jordan School District Board of Education
Jordan Education Association
Recently, the Herriman Elementary PTA sponsored its annual ‘Parents, Pineapples and Pastries’ breakfast at the school. Parents and their students were lined up out the doors of the cafeteria and enjoyed a fresh morning breakfast with plenty of fruit, bakery items and other goodies to help get the day off to a great start.
It is an important drill that teaches young and old alike the importance of knowing how to stay safe in an earthquake. Hundreds of students, teachers and staff throughout the District dropped for cover participating in the 2017 Great Utah ShakeOut. For students at Columbia Elementary it was an opportunity to talk about earthquake safety and knowing if the ground begins to shake, they need to drop, cover and hold on. As soon as the simulated sounds of an earthquake were broadcast into classrooms, students did exactly what they were supposed to do, taking cover underneath desks, covering their heads and holding on. Then, when the rumbling stopped, everyone evacuated the school in an orderly manner. Thanks to everyone for making safety a top priority and participating in this important drill. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.