Cornell University Nutrition Expert Amazed by Hayden Peak Lunch Service

IMG_5434She travels the country looking at school cafeterias hoping to come up with the best ways to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Cornell University nutrition consultant, Kathryn Hoy stopped by Hayden Peak Elementary School to observe the food service program and make recommendations about the lunchroom layout and how it can impact the choices children make in their meals. Cornell University is part of a USDA funded program called “Smarter Lunchrooms.” At the end of her visit Ms. Hoy called the lunch service at Hayden Peak “amazing!” She did offer some advice on ways to make it even more appealing to students. Here are the stories that appeared in the local media.

Jordan Education Foundation Says Thanks!

It was a perfect day to hit the links and the Jordan Education Foundation did it in the company of golfers in the game to help education. The Foundation’s annual summer fundraiser called ‘Links To Schools’ was a huge success this year thanks to the generous support of sponsors and community partners. About $70,000 was raised to help children and teachers in Jordan School District. Thanks to everyone involved, including the event host, Thanksgiving Point. We also want to thank our dedicated educators who work so hard every year in all of our schools. Take a moment to look at this tribute video featuring the 2014 Outstanding Educators.

Big Savings in Nutrition Services Keep Lunch Prices Low

IMG_5427The implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requiring all students to take a fruit or vegetable for lunch, increased the amount of produce required by the District by more than 40 percent. The costs associated with that increase could have been tremendous. Jordan’s Director of Nutrition Services Jana Cruz immediately began working with our Purchasing Department on a solution. Instead of using a more costly distributor, Jordan now buys all of our “high use products,” like fruits and veggies, through a bid process and warehouses them in freezers, coolers and dry storage. This saves more than $300,000 per year and is why Jordan has been able to go more than five years without increasing lunch prices. With the support of Purchasing, the warehouse and our Nutrition Services staff, Jordan School District is offering fresher and healthier lunch options at 2009 prices!

Leadership Garden Helps Students Grow at Jordan Ridge

IMG_5401It may not be the largest garden ever planted, but it is getting some pretty big results for students at Jordan Ridge Elementary. Every year children in Stacey Marshall’s first-grade classroom head outside to plant a Leadership Garden in the spring that is part of a lesson plan. The 7 Habits are posted along paths throughout the garden, and as the garden grows, students grow to better understand those Habits. By late summer, sunflowers are blooming beautifully and pumpkins, cucumbers, corn and squash are almost ready for harvest. The new class of first-grade students then get to harvest the crop and plant a new one the following spring. Everything that is grown in the Leadership Garden is donated to the Utah Food Bank. We applaud Ms. Marshall for all the life lessons students learn throughout the care and cultivation of this garden. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Principals Board Bus for Surprise City Tour

IMG_5423Principals were the ones riding school buses on Wednesday in an effort to help them get to know the communities where their schools are located a little better and to forge even stronger relationships with those communities. The mayors of West Jordan, South Jordan, Herriman, Riverton and Bluffdale helped the Jordan School District pull off this big surprise. As part of the District’s annual Leadership Conference, all principals were asked to board a bus that took them to the city hall in the community where their school is located. There, city mayors got on board and took the principals on a surprise, personalized tour of the city, complete with stops at area businesses. Thank you to the mayors for their participation and being great tour guides. Thanks to our principals as well for all they do in the schools and communities served by Jordan School District. Here is the Deseret News story on this event.