Boy Band Helps Spread Anti-Bullying Message

IMG_5891Students at Sunset Ridge Middle were called to the gym for an anti-bullying assembly, but what they found was a free concert by the rising star boy band ‘Beyond 5’ and the crowd-pumping playful antics of the Jazz Bear. Both were on hand to help the Utah Anti-bullying Coalition share a serious message about treating one another with respect. Members of ‘Beyond 5’ spoke about not judging one another and sharing love rather than hate. They danced and performed several of their hit songs to the delight of students who were somewhat star struck. Thanks to the Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition for their support in making our schools bully-free zones. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Jordan Has New Fast, Friendly Lunch and Fee Payment Options

IMG_5701Parents with more than one student in Jordan School District can now make lunch or fee payments for all of their children with one transaction thanks to the new shopping cart check out feature in Skyward.

Clicking on “Food Service” or “Fee Management” will begin the new shopping cart interface with current account balances for all students in a family. Simply click on the “Make a Payment” tab next to their student’s name and the shopping cart feature will open. Parents can then choose the “Update Payment Amount” in each student section. When complete, click on the “Pay with Vendor” button at the top of the page and all payments are condensed into one secure credit card transaction through e-Funds for Schools

We appreciate Nutrition Services, Information Systems, Skyward and e-Funds for Schools for being responsive to parent feedback and working over the past few months to make this feature a reality.

Pumpkin Patch Comes to Kauri Sue Students

IMG_5853Going to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin is an exciting experience for children everywhere and students at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School are no exception. The pumpkin patch came to them thanks to employees and inmates at the Utah State Prison. Every year, the inmates grow pumpkins from donated seeds, then paint some of the pumpkins and deliver them to children throughout the Valley with multiple disabilities or to children who are hospitalized. This year was a bumper crop of 2,000 and Kauri Sue students were grinning from ear to ear as they proudly picked out their very own pumpkins. Thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful program for bringing smiles to these beautiful children. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Students Inspired by Utah Symphony

IMG_5837Students don’t always have the opportunity to get all dressed up and attend the nationally acclaimed Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall in downtown Salt Lake City.  However hundreds of Jordan School District students put on their Sunday best when they heard the Symphony was coming to them. As part of a professional outreach program funded by the state legislature, members of the Symphony hit the road and perform educational concerts at schools throughout the entire state. Jordan District was honored to have them perform to hundreds of elementary and secondary students at Bingham High School. Orchestra students were even allowed to meet some of the musicians one-on-one and ask questions about instruments and a career in the Symphony. This is a great opportunity for children to consider and explore different musical opportunities. Thank you to conductor David Yavornitzky and the Utah Symphony for the amazing performances and allowing our young people to experience something so special. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

District Employees Receive UEA Top Teaching Awards

Kelly Dehaan

Kelly Dehaan

Bruce Gunn

Bruce Gunn

Every year the Utah Education Association, (UEA) honors ten educators in the state for going above and beyond, making a substantial impact in the lives of young people. This year, two of the honorees are from Jordan School District. Congratulations to Kelly DeHaan, music teacher at West Jordan High and Bruce Gunn, elementary math specialist, who were both given 2014 UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given to educators who have significantly impacted the life of an individual child or group of children. All recipients receive a $1,500 cash prize. We are proud to have these outstanding employees in the District!