PTA+ Moment: Teen Musicians Put on Quite a Show in “Battle of the Bands”

It was a night to shine on a pretty big stage for some high school students from across the Wasatch front thanks to the PTA sponsored Battle of the Bands. The competition gives young teens and their bands a platform to perform and perhaps follow their dreams of making it big in the music industry. Winners from the event go on to compete at the State Battle of the Bands where the prize includes the opportunity for professional recording time and professional music training. Congratulations to everyone who participated. Hunter High’s “Canadia” took first place and Riverton’s “Everyday Hero” and Copper Hills “Sol Sun” tied for second. All three bands advance to the state competition on April 9th. The People’s Choice winner is Stansbury High’s “Honor Me This.”

Enjoy this video of “Battle of the Bands!”

Partnership with Power Company Pays Off

DSCN5281Jordan School District has entered into a one-year partnership with Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) and the payoff will be big. Our goal is to save 1,575,924-kilowatt hours (kWh). This is enough energy to power more than 99 homes for an entire year. The cost savings alone will add up to $126,000 dollars for our taxpayers! On top of that, RMP has agreed to provide an additional incentive of $.025/kWh. Once that goal is reached, RMP will pay Jordan School District an additional $39,398 bringing our total savings plus incentive to more than $165,000. When we work together conserving energy, everyone wins!

Parents of Distracted Driving Victim Join Police with Powerful Message to Teens

DSCN9104They have lived through the pain and heartbreak of losing a loved one because of distracted driving. Now, Clark and Debbie Hill are teaming up with Unified Police and Zero Fatalities in Utah reaching out to teens hoping to keep a similar tragedy from happening again. The Hill’s lost their 24-year-old daughter Chelsie in a fatal accident due to a distracted driver. UPD’s Herriman Precinct is taking advantage of a safety grant to spread the message in a way that resonates with young drivers in our high schools. The theme of their campaign is “It’s Not Worth It.”  Police have towed a demolished car and placed it outside the school as a reminder of what kind of accident and damage can be done when teens text, talk on the phone or are otherwise distracted while driving. Thanks to everyone involved in this important campaign to keep our young people safe. Here are the stories reported by local media.

Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Students About his Time in Nazi Concentration Camps

DSCN9069Students at Oquirrh Hills and South Jordan Middle schools received a real life history lesson when 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser stopped by with his presentation called “Living a Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream.” This was a unique opportunity that may not be available to students in years to come.

As a young boy, Lesser was fortunate to survive several Ghetto’s and concentration camps including the notorious Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau. He was eventually liberated and made it to the United States where he became a very successful businessman. Lesser’s visit was also the extension of an 8th grade Language Arts class where students just completed reading the Diary of Anne Frank. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.