Talented Columbia Elementary Students Perform ‘Willy Wonka Kids’

Group of Columbia students perform Willy Wonka KidsA ‘Golden Ticket’ to fun and laughter was not needed for admission at Columbia Elementary School as a cast of student actors recently debuted ‘Willy Wonka Kids’, a stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Featuring toe-tapping songs like ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’, ‘The Candy Man’ and ‘I Want It Now’, the musical follows Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe as they tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory along with other kids who were lucky enough to receive a golden ticket. While other kids misbehaved and were taken away by the Oompa-Loompas, Charlie and Grandpa Joe manage to (mostly) stay out of trouble, earning Willy Wonka’s trust and eventually the entire factory.

Congratulations of a great job by all the Columbia students and staff who helped put on this fun performance!

Enjoy a photo gallery on Facebook.

District Holds First Annual Family Resource Fair

It was a night with a focus on families and how to best meet their needs. Hundreds of people showed up at the first annual Family Resource Fair. There were 25 local organizations represented in booths offering health services, adult education, literacy support, workforce services, child development services, disability law services and more. Jordan School District school nurses were also on hand offering free bike helmets, eye exams and blood pressure checks. In addition, Copper Hills High student body officers ran games and gave out prizes. Thanks to everyone involved including West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding along with police and fire. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: District Receives State ‘Air Quality Ally’ Award

Staff Accepting Air Quality Ally AwardJordan School District has the largest fleet of CNG school buses in the State of Utah and that is having a big impact on air quality and the battle against bad air and pollution.

The District’s transition to CNG school buses is drawing statewide attention. The Salt Lake County Health Department has presented Jordan with the first-ever ‘Air Quality Ally’ award. It is an opportunity to recognize people and entities in the community making specific, tangible efforts to improve air quality in Salt Lake County. Mayor Ben McAdams was on hand to present the award to Transportation Director Herb Jensen and Board of Education President Janice Voorhies and Board member Marilyn Richards.

The District owns a total of 111 CNG buses, which emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air compared to old diesel buses. And the fuel savings are huge. After a .50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in our CNG buses, there are times we pay nothing to fuel a CNG bus. That’s because compressed natural gas is just .50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.

Words of Encouragement Fill The Halls at Herriman High

Sign at Herriman High saying 'You're Fantastic'Thanks to students, PTSA volunteers and members of the community, the halls at Herriman High are filled with words of support, kindness and encouragement. Everyone is joining together to make sure students know how much they are valued, loved and supported by the school, community at large and beyond. The big, bold messages were placed above lockers and in other prominent areas throughout the school building. Thank you to everyone for making a difference.

#MustangStrong #BeKind

Farm Animals Provide Unique Stress Relief for Students During SAGE Testing

Students with llamaThey are bringing the farm to West Jordan Middle School this week hoping animals can provide stress relief for students taking SAGE tests. The school has partnered with Gardner Village, which volunteered to bring a baby cow, baby llama, sheep, rabbits and other animals to West Jordan Middle. The principal and teachers at the school believe farm animals will help calm student nerves during testing breaks and help mentally prepare them for the next test session.