Jordan District Educators Recognized for Tracking Student Progress

IMG_9078When it comes to tracking a student’s knowledge and mastering of core subjects, Jordan School District ranks at the top not only in the nation, but the entire world. MasteryConnect, a formative assessment tool to identify a student’s level of understanding at school, recently recognized districts for going above and beyond to measure progress in the classroom. Out of 2600 districts using MasteryConnect worldwide, Jordan is ranked third in posting scores and usage. In addition, the District was given an award for creating more than 75 custom cores and demonstrating a true commitment to tracking student learning beyond traditional education classes. For example, some of the custom cores where student learning is tracked include Commercial Aircraft Pilot, Financial Literacy and Web Development. Congratulations. Pictured is Instructional Technology Consultant, Mark Sowa accepting the MasteryConnect award.

Sprucing Up Our Schools

JSD Summer Projects 2016Summertime is spruce-up time in the Jordan School District! Right now
seven schools throughout the District are receiving some much-needed
repairs.

In this second in a series of articles on summer projects, we are
focusing on two middle schools that are undergoing upgrades and
repairs.

At Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan, crews are working on
re-building the main office. Students, staff and visitors will notice
enhanced security and a fresh new look in the entrance of the school.
Additionally, lighting is being upgraded throughout the building and
the HVAC system is being overhauled. The work is expected to be
complete by August 10.

South Jordan Middle School is undergoing a much needed re-build to the
main office as well and is getting new energy efficient lighting. The
school’s HVAC system is also receiving an update. Work at South Jordan
Middle is expected to be complete by August 10.

Check out our entire gallery of pictures from these projects on Facebook.

Come back soon to see the progress being made at Riverton High School and West Jordan High School.

Bond Fact Friday: The Proposed Bond’s Impact on Debt Per Student

The District’s proposed bond is for $245 million to build six new schools in areas experiencing the most extreme growth and to bring relief to schools throughout JSD. The cost for an average homeowner would be $16.80 per year and after a few years, payments for bond debt would go down. That’s because Jordan is close to paying off old bond debt.

So what happens if there is new debt from a $245 million bond? Well, our debt per student would go up, however it would still be lower than all but two school districts along the Wasatch Front. As you can see in the chart below, when JSD’s old bond debt is paid off in 2019-20, we would still have less debt per student than Alpine, Davis, Murray and Canyons school districts. In fact, among the 33 districts with voter-authorized debt, we currently have the lowest bond debt per student in the entire state. With the proposed new bond we would still be the third lowest in Utah.

If you would like to see a list comparing debt per student for all districts in Utah, please see our District Dollars page.

Proposed Bond Impact on Debt Per Student

Sprucing Up Our Schools

JSD Summer Projects 2016Summertime is spruce-up time in the Jordan School District! This summer, seven schools throughout the District are receiving some much-needed repairs.

In this first in a series of stories about summer projects, we are focusing on three elementary schools that are undergoing replacements and repairs.

Our first stop is at Mountain Shadows Elementary in West Jordan. Crews at Mountain Shadows have been working to replace the entire roof, which is expected to be completed by August 1st.

Next, at West Jordan Elementary the entire roof is also being replaced. Additionally, the HVAC system is undergoing a major overhaul. The project at West Jordan Elementary is expected to be completed by August 1st as well.

Finally, at Monte Vista Elementary in South Jordan the fire sprinkler system is being upgraded. Workers are brightening up the school by replacing and upgrading the lighting throughout Monte Vista. As Monte Vista is a year-round school, students have been attending classes up the road at Southland Elementary. This project is expected to be fully completed by August 10th.

Check out our entire gallery of pictures from these projects on Facebook.

Come back soon to see the progress being made at Elk Ridge and South Jordan Middle Schools, and Riverton High School.

Ice Bucket Challenge Contributed to Breakthrough in ALS Research

Beloved, long-time Jordan School District teacher, coach and mentor, Rick Bojak and his family received some good news this week bringing hope in Rick’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). The family learned that millions of dollars raised in the popular ice bucket challenge a few years ago (which many JSD employees participated in), has led to a breakthrough in research that could help cure the disease. Here is KSL TV’s interview with Coach Bojak about the breakthrough.

KSL-TV Story