Happy Valentines Day from ‘Heart’land & Majestic Elementary Schools

Students Holding HeartsEverywhere you looked there were hearts at Heartland Elementary School today. The same was true at Majestic Elementary as students shared their love of learning and admiration for teachers and other school staff on this Valentines Day. It is a day to let all educators and classmates know how much you care, how much you love being at school and sharing some sweet treats along the way.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

JATC Students Win Best in State for Designing ‘Pocket Closet’ App

Phone With Pocket Closet AppThey wanted to help people organize clutter in their closets and make it available to the visually impaired as well. So, a JATC team of students from Bingham, Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and Murray High designed what is called the ‘Pocket Closet’ app with an accessibility feature so anyone can use it. The app lets you know exactly what you have in your closet at any given time, manages your clothing inventory, lets you know the last time you wore something and even has a donation feature if you want to get rid of some things you no longer wear.

The students entered the app in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge and they won! That means the JATC student entry was best among all middle and high school entries in the state. They received $5,000 prize and a tablet for every team member. Now this talented team is in the running for the App Challenge Fan Favorite award. The Fan Favorite award winner will receive $15,000.

You can help the JATC team win Fan Favorite by texting POCKET to 22333 by midnight on Feb. 14.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: STEM Going Strong in JSD!

Students Learning About ElectronicsThanks to the hard work and dedication of curriculum staff and teachers in our schools, the District is leading the way in science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM).

This year they were able to secure grants totaling 1,059,000! This money is providing for new initiatives getting more students excited about S.T.E.M. pathways leading to successful careers. Here are a few examples:

  • A District-wide STEM Challenge involving 1,800 students
  • STEM Academy programs at three middle schools
  • After school Robotics programs at four middle schools
  • Expansion of STEM Days and STEM Family Nights at schools
  • A District-wide STEM Community Night
  • Additional STEM professional development for teachers

Souper Bowl of Caring Money Already at Work in Jordan School District

Students on a Shopping SpreeJust days after raising more than $40,000 in the Souper Bowl of Caring, students headed to Costco on a grocery shopping spree. They used the money to purchase a variety of food which will be used to re-stock 55 Principal Pantries. Students in seven District schools participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring and all the money raised will help feed hungry children right here in JSD. Those same students wasted no time volunteering to shop for the food and then sort it, ready for shipment to the individual school pantries.

Thank you to everyone who participated and for caring about the health and well being of fellow students. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Welby’s First Lego League Robotics Team Qualifies for State Competition

Welby Robotics TeamThey came together to form Welby Elementary School’s first ever Lego League robotics teams and already they are making a name for themselves. The 4th – 6th grade students on Team Coders and Team Tech were invited to compete against 36 other teams, which consisted mostly of middle school aged kids, at the Entheos 4-H Qualifier. Just 10 teams advanced to the State Championships and the Coders and Team Tech were among them! In fact, Team Tech took 1st place in the presentation category and Coders took 2nd place in the presentation category.

Wow, way to go Welby students! We are very proud of your accomplishment and cannot wait to see how you do in the State competition this weekend. Good luck!