Bluffdale Students Showcased as Weather School of the Week

DSCN1208It was lights, camera and action as students in Mr. Patrick’s 5th grade class experienced what it was like to be on live TV. The class was chosen as ABC 4’s Weather School of the Week. Meteorologist Curtis Ray did his live weather broadcast from the classroom for ABC 4 with students participating. Between the live segments, Mr. Ray shared his wealth of knowledge about things like weather patterns, tsunamis and land formations. He even did some science experiments that were weather related. This was a great experience for Mr. Patrick’s class, thanks to a meteorologist who gave of his time and talents to help educate children. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Rosamond Students Perform Fun and Colorful ‘Seven Habits of Happy Kids’

DSCN1193Students at Rosamond Elementary took to the stage to show what happy kids are  made of these days. They start by following the 7 Habits in Stephen Covey’s The Leader in Me program. The program is in its second year at Rosamond thanks to a grant from the Jordan Education Foundation and Panda Express. To demonstrate the 7 Habits, students in the second-grade worked together with their teachers to produce a program filled with music and adorable characters. Everyone involved learned songs to go with each habit, then sang the fun lyrics to favorite melodies like ‘Skip to My Lou’ and ‘Michael Row Your Boat Ashore.’ Congratulations to these talented students who truly are leaders incorporating the 7 Habits into their young lives. Enjoy a photo gallery of this event on our Facebook page.

Former West Jordan High Student Embraces Life Despite Losing His Leg

Screenshot 2015-02-24 15.57.31If you are looking to find inspiration in life, you will find it in a former West Jordan High student. Alec McMorris was a star football player when suddenly his life took a turn he never could have imagined. Alec lost a leg in a serious accident, but he didn’t lose his love of life and football. Take a look at the KSL-TV story on this amazing young man who is now a coach at Riverton High.

Fox 13 Report Sheds Light on Utah’s Lowest Per Pupil Funding

Screenshot 2015-02-23 15.23.28It is no secret that Utah has the lowest per pupil funding in the nation. What most people don’t know is why our students get less, how we got to this point and what it would take to get Utah classrooms back on track with other states when it comes to funding. Fox 13’s recent two-part series sheds light on the problem and puts it into perspective. This is an enlightening report you should watch and if you’re so inclined, share with friends.

Proposed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Could Negatively Affect District

As mentioned in a previous post, what began as an “exercise” on Capitol Hill to see if budgets could be trimmed by 2 percent could become reality. The proposal shifts the burden of funding charter schools from State coffers to local school districts.

This means Jordan School District will be required to more than double the amount of money it contributes to charter schools so their funding can remain at 100 percent. The District will receive a net loss of more than $1.2 million due to the increased burden.

In the end, the District’s funding will not remain at 100 percent. Jordan stands to lose more than $1.2 million, while charter schools as a group could end up with $2 million extra. Legislators have promised the District will be made whole with one-time funding so Jordan would not lose out this year. However, it remains a significant cut in funding to Jordan School District which is concerning for our students. This raises questions about equity, accountability and transparency in funding.