It was a big day at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School as a dozen children arrived, all dressed up, for a nervous, but very exciting first day of school. This is the beginning of a wonderful educational journey for the Kauri Sue Kindergarten class of 2014-15. Many parents were in the classroom to watch as kind and compassionate special education teachers spoke words of encouragement to the children, even wiped away a few tears and offered endless hugs. We are proud of the extraordinary work teachers and staff do at Kauri Sue every day and we’re delighted to have the new kindergarten class off to a successful start. Enjoy a photo gallery of this special day on our Facebook page.
The wait is almost over to find out who will be named the 2015 Utah State Teacher of The Year. On Friday, the Utah State Office of Education will announce the winner at a banquet honoring Utah’s district and charter school teachers in downtown Salt Lake City. Jordan School District is extremely proud to have one of the five finalists in the competition, Rebecca Wells, a math teacher at Bingham High. The winner will receive a check for $10,000 and two runners up will each receive a check for $4,000. Good luck Mrs. Wells, you are already a winner in the minds of students and the District! ★
Please take a little time to say a big thank you to Jordan School District payroll employees as we join the nation in recognizing National Payroll Week which coincides with the Labor Day holiday celebrating the American worker. The District Payroll Department consists of six full-time and 2 part-time employees, responsible for accurately issuing more than 7,000 paychecks a month. They are also quick to offer PayDay peanut candy bars to anyone who stops by to say hi. Thanks payroll for all you do keeping District employees paid on time. ★
It’s September and Utah Governor Gary Herbert has officially designated this as ‘School Attendance Awareness Month.” The governor wants all schools to join in a statewide effort to achieve better attendance in classrooms, which he hopes will lead to higher graduation rates and lower poverty numbers. At Majestic Elementary students are already striving for perfect attendance because they know it will help them reach their goals. Here is the story reported by Fox 13 News. ★
Recent figures from the Utah State Office of Education indicate that Jordan School District spends less than any other district in the State to educate a child. With Jordan’s high graduation rates, 84 percent, and higher than average Advanced Placement testing scores, taxpayers are getting a great return on their investment (perhaps the best in the nation).
Jordan’s overall cost per student is $5,645, the lowest in the state. Utah spends less than any other state in the nation, so does this make Jordan the lowest in the nation? Either way, Jordan’s taxpayers are winning big. ★