Opportunities Abound at the JATC

The Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers (JATC) offers 29 Career and Technical Education programs at two facilities. Opening this school year, the JATC South in Riverton is providing new learning opportunities for students and compliments the 23 courses offered at the JATC North building in West Jordan.

Many of the classes provide concurrent enrollment offerings. This allows high school juniors and seniors to take college credit classes in high school, saving students and families thousands of dollars.

With 29 programs to choose from, there is just about something for everyone at the JATC. Take a look at the video below to see a sampling of opportunities for your student. If the video does not play, please view it HERE on our Facebook page.

Superintendent Has Great Appreciation for Student Artwork

DSCN3610DSCN3613Every year Superintendent Patrice Johnson supports student artists by attending the District art show at the South Towne Mall. And every year she carefully selects a piece to be displayed in or outside her office. Herriman High senior Shawn Thorkelson’s pencil drawing called ‘Clashing Thoughts’ caught the Superintendent’s eye this time around. Shawn spent some time visiting with the Superintendent when he delivered the graphite piece. The Sterling Scholar plans to attend UVU in the fall and pursue a degree in art or graphic design. Thanks to this young artist for sharing his incredible talent. Good luck in the future.

Daybreak Students Amaze Audience with Shakespeare

DSCN3589It’s not something you expect to see from sixth-grade students at an elementary school, but some young actors at Daybreak performed Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to perfection! Congratulations to teacher and show director, Mrs. Babcock and all of her cast members. They had the audience laughing and in awe as the story of Romeo and Juliet played out on a colorful stage cast with funny court jesters and plenty of amazing gymnastic moves. All of the beautiful costumes were designed and hand-made by Mrs. Babcock and her mother. This was a performance to remember, so take time to enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Summer Projects Go Full Steam Ahead

DSCN3526The jackhammers are jamming at Joel P. Jensen Middle and Welby Elementary. The concrete cutters are carving trenches at Oquirrh Hills Middle. Everything from hot tar spreading to dust flying is all part of the summer construction going on at these schools and others district-wide. Welby students have moved into a new, temporary home at Elk Ridge Middle while construction crews update their classrooms. Here is a quick look at some of the largest summer projects taking place.

  • West Jordan Middle – Air conditioning for the entire school, roof and boiler replacement, safety modifications.
  • Oquirrh Hills Middle – Relocate administrative offices for student safety and air conditioning for the entire school.
  • Joel P. Jensen – Relocate administrative offices for student safety and air conditioning for the entire school.
  • Southland Elementary – New safety systems, LED lighting upgrade and classroom remodels.
  • West Jordan High – Electrical and HVAC upgrades.
  • Welby Elementary – New fire system, energy efficient LED lighting, restrooms, classrooms and administrative office upgrades for safety.


Check out a photo gallery on our Facebook page for more “before” pictures. Stay tuned, “after” pictures to come in a few weeks.

Compassionate Teacher is KUTV’s ‘Pay it Forward’ Recipient

IMG_0523From the day she walked in the door at Monte Vista Elementary School, teacher Alicia Rasmussen encouraged students to support children who have medical challenges in their lives. The entire school embraced Mrs. Rasmussen’s compassion for children with terminal and other illnesses and over the years Monte Vista has raised about $85,000 for Make-A-Wish Utah. When KUTV and Mountain America Credit Union found out, they showed up and surprised Mrs. Rasmussen with a $500 ‘Pay it Forward’ check to continue supporting the wishes of sick children or to use in the classroom. Thank you Mrs. Rasmussen for teaching students a valuable lesson in compassion and caring. Watch for the KUTV ‘Pay it Forward’ segment scheduled to air on July 22, at 10 p.m.