Copper Hills High Principal Todd Quarnberg says his parents taught him many valuable lessons growing up on a farm in Scipio, Utah. They demanded he work hard every day and assured him that work ethic would eventually pay off. Now Mr. Quarnberg tries to instill that same work ethic in education for his students and it is one of the many reasons why he was chosen by his peers as Utah Secondary Principal of the Year! The Utah Association of Secondary School Principals congratulated Mr. Quarnberg in front of family, friends and colleagues from Jordan School District, while Lt. Governor Spencer Cox thanked him for being a true public servant. Quarnberg said he is humbled by the recognition, and his love for kids and watching them grow academically and as individuals are what make his job so amazing. Congratulations, Mr. Quarnberg, and thanks for your many contributions to young people and the community. Good luck competing at the national level in Washington D.C. later this year. Enjoy a photo gallery of this event on our Facebook page.
Lucy Biles of Herriman High has been announced as the 2014-15 Gatorade Utah Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year…again. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course. It also distinguishes Lucy as Utah’s best high school girls cross country runner.
The 5-foot-6 senior raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a meet-record time of 17:41, capturing her third consecutive state crown. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Lucy has maintained a 3.48 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall. Congratulations to Lucy on this accomplishment.
Dirty, unhealthy air in the Salt Lake Valley is getting some help from Jordan School District. For the past 16 years, Jordan has pioneered the way in implementing new technologies that have cut millions of pounds of emissions and helped save taxpayers’ money.
The District installed boiler controls in nine schools over the past few years, which have dramatically reduced air pollutants.
The District is adding to its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it began using in 1999. Jordan was first in the State to implement CNG buses. By July 2015, we will have a total of 67 CNG school buses in Transportation.
Idle Reduction Savings
Another significant initiative is an idle reduction program implemented by the District. Our bus drivers have reduced idle times by 24 minutes per bus, per day. It takes approximately one gallon of fuel to idle a bus for 12 minutes. We have cut fuel consumption in each of our 230 buses by two gallons each day just by turning the key off. This reduction in idling cuts carbon dioxide emissions from Jordan School District buses by 1.4 million pounds per year.
These efforts have combined to eliminate more than 3.6 million pounds of emissions from the air in Salt Lake County every year. Broken down, the annual savings to Utah’s air includes:
- Carbon dioxide 3.6 million pounds
- Carbon monoxide 279.4 pounds
- Nitrogen oxide 8,083.1 pounds
- Sulfur dioxide 22,543.2 pounds
- Particulates 1,621.2 pounds
- Mercury 0.1407 pounds
Schools across the nation spend $6 billion annually to keep buildings warm and lights on. Because of these efficiencies, Jordan School District saves its taxpayers more than $540,000 annually. This includes more than $73,000 savings in added boiler efficiencies and $470,000 savings from fuel costs for buses.
The District also receives a financial break in the form of grant monies offered by local utilities and IRS fuel tax credits that add to the savings for District taxpayers.
Students are making the world a better place with one creative work of art at a time. After moving on from school and council level competition, 198 entries have made it to PTA Reflections, District level. In all, 45 different schools from Region 6 are being represented. Reflections, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, is open to grades K-12 with seven categories to enter: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, 3D Art, Dance, Music, and Film. A new category was created this year called Special Artist, made for special needs students. The theme was, ‘The World Would Be A Better Place If…” There was photography sending anti-bully messages and one young artist made flowers out of two-dollar bills. The entries were beautiful and creative. The PTA invited local artists to help judge. Winners will be announced Jan. 26 at Copper Hills High from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and those students will go on to compete at the state level. Congratulations to everyone who made it this far! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.
The Jordan School District Board of Education has two new members and three new Board officers. Congratulations to Matthew Young and Jen Atwood who officially became members of the Board after taking the Oath of Office administered by Salt Lake County Clerk Sherry Swensen. Susan Pulsipher was re-elected and also took the oath. Jen Atwood is married and the mother of two sons who go to school in the District. She said she is humbled by her new position and will work hard to gain equality for every child, every day in schools throughout the District. Matthew Young is married with one son who attends school in the District; both of his parents are educators. He said he is excited about the many opportunities in Jordan School District to work with great people in creating and maintaining quality schools.
Congratulations also go out to newly elected Board officers. Susan Pulsipher is the new Board President, Janice Voorhies, Vice President and Kayleen Whitelock, Board Secretary. Good luck to everyone as we strive to make this year the very best for children throughout the District. Enjoy a photo gallery of these events on our Facebook page.