South Valley Students Sell Lip Balm They Make Themselves

IMG_3775Have you ever used lip balm made out of soybean oil? That’s what it is made of in South Valley School’s “Grains of the World” program. “Grains of the World” is a unit taught within the greenhouse program, where students learn how to grow plants. With this particular project, they first grow soybeans and collect data. After the beans are grown, they are used for lab activities. The students make all natural lip balm containing the soybean oil, bees wax, and flavoring such as watermelon and peppermint. The product will be sold at the greenhouse. They will also be making candles from soybeans to power putt putt boats. South Valley provides special education students with vocational preparation in a specific trade. What a wonderful hands-on learning opportunity for these students. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

A Thanksgiving Message From Superintendent Johnson

Dear Exemplary Employees,

This time of year gives us all an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many things for which we have to be grateful. As I take the time to give thanks for the many things that have occurred to shape my life and make me a better person, I give gratitude for:

  • Screenshot 2014-11-25 09.27.30The many wonderful people that I have met within Jordan School District that give their all to focus on the mission of our school district—that of increasing student achievement.
  • The inspiring teachers that go the extra mile to make certain that they are well trained, thoughtfully prepared, and constantly engaging so their students are provided only the best learning experiences.
  • The awesome army of conscientious classified employees who are dedicated to and focused on their work as it is essential to the support of our young people in the future opportunities and ambitions.
  • The herculean effort that is put forth to ensure that our students are supported by a comfortable and rich learning environment through our Transportation, Nutrition Services, and Facilities Departments so that acquiring new knowledge can and does take place every day.
  • The tens of thousands of hours that are needed to make certain that all of the functions of Jordan School District (Accounting, Purchasing, Payroll, Insurance, Information Systems, Human Resources, and Student Support Services) are accomplished each and every day.
  • The visionary administrators who constantly collaborate to ensure that we are continually monitoring, tweaking and improving in order to elevate our organization.
  • Our Board of Education as they diligently deliberate, establish goals and provide direction for the education of all students within our District.

I am grateful for the exceptional work you do as a team for our young people throughout our District and am blessed to be able to be engaged in this noble cause with you. Thank you for working together with me toward a much greater purpose than ourselves. Thank you for keeping “every child, every day” at the forefront of the work we do each day and for working toward the greater good—our future. I am grateful for you and the tremendous impact you have had on my life and on the lives of our students.

With genuine appreciation and thanksgiving,

Patrice A. Johnson, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

Fun Fact Friday: It’s a Great Day to Be A Miner

Screenshot 2014-11-21 16.41.57Bingham has some important numbers as part of its football history: 60, 10, 4, 27, 8, and 5. * This history has created a great sense of community and school pride over the years. Let’s see what these numbers really mean:

  • The Miners broke a 60-year drought with a state title in 2006.
  • Coach Peck has won 10 region titles in his time at Bingham.
  • The Miners were ranked number 4 in the nation in 2010.
  • The Miners have won 27 consecutive games against teams in Utah since 2012.
  • Bingham is currently ranked No. 8 in the USA Today High School Sports rankings.
  • Bingham just won its 5th title since 2006.

Congratulations Bingham High! It really is a great day to be a Miner!

*Numbers Courtesy of the Deseret News.

Open Enrollment 2015-16 School Year

Per Utah State Law 53A-2-207:
Open enrollment begins on Dec. 1, 2014 and goes through Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Any individual interested in completing a permit for the 2015-16 school year may obtain a permit from the school they wish to attend and begin turning them in on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, to the desired school.

Permit approval is on a first-come/first served basis. The school shall notify any permit applicant within six weeks after receipt of the application by the district or by March 31, whichever is later, for applications submitted during the early enrollment period.

Boeing Provides Educational Opportunities Through Generous Grant

DSCN0154Knowing that healthy communities start with children, Boeing Manufacturing in West Jordan is making a significant investment in the future of students throughout Jordan School District. That investment comes in the form of a $25,000 donation to the Jordan Education Foundation. The grant money will be used to inspire young people in our schools to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, (STEM).  The District is proud to partner with Boeing in creating educational opportunities for students. Words cannot express our thanks to everyone at Boeing for recognizing what can be achieved in public education if we all work together. Enjoy a photo gallery of the check presentation on our Facebook page.