Stacee Worthen Receives Statewide Recognition for Work on Behalf of Students and Counselors

Picture of Stacee with award and superintendentShe has been tireless in her work helping thousands of students and counselors in Jordan School District, especially during challenging times brought on by the pandemic. Now, Secondary Counseling Specialist Stacee Worthen is receiving Statewide recognition for her hard work.

Ms. Worthen was recently selected by the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as the Counseling Professional of the Year for our region and as the State Counseling Professional of the Year. Her nomination stated the following:

Stacee Worthen continues to lead a large team of counselors by example, always putting the needs of the students first. She strives to train each counseling team throughout the Jordan District so that students receive opportunities, information, and support with equity and fidelity–a difficult task when you are trying to guide 100 individual counselors located at 19 different schools. Her fellow counselors know that she has their back and trust her to give them wise direction.  In addition to her regular duties, Stacee also worked tirelessly during the 2020-2021 school year to organize Virtual Classes for close to 10,000 Jordan District Students. This was a monumental task, and she was definitely the right person for the job. Most people probably will never understand the level of complexity that this task involved. Stacee, once again, proved herself as someone reliable to turn to in a critical situation.”

Congratulations, Stacee Worthen on this well-deserved recognition. Keep up the great work!

Name Selected for New Elementary School in South Jordan

Aerial photo of Aspen Elementary

Courtesy: Aaron Baker

Thank you to everyone who helped in the naming process for the new elementary school in South Jordan by participating in an online survey suggesting names and narrowing the field.

The name selected for the new school is Aspen Elementary School. The Board of Education unanimously approved the name last night. Aspen Elementary will open for the 2021-22 school year.

Principal Suzanne Williams says she is thrilled with the name and has already hired many amazing teachers and staff dedicated to preparing students for success. Principal Williams is excited to move forward with opening the school and having students choose school colors and a mascot in the fall.

Jordan School District is excited about the educational opportunities and new traditions which will be established at Aspen Elementary School!

Students Send Hospitalized Veterans Special Valentine’s Day Surprise

Picture of Valentine's Day CardsSome Jordan School District online first grade students decided to do something different for Valentine’s Day this year and what they did truly came from the heart. The students and their families came together and designed, colored and created homemade Valentine’s Day cards with special messages of kindness to brighten the day of hospitalized veterans.

At Monte Vista Elementary the students made almost 200 Valentines which were delivered to the VA Hospital in time for Valentine’s Day and the cards were a big hit among the veterans who received them.

We are proud of these kind students and their families for creating kind messages from the heart this Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 23 Board Meeting Update

You are invited to a meeting of the Board of Education of Jordan School District on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the JATC South Campus, 12723 S. Park Avenue, Riverton, Utah. The study session begins at 4 p.m. The Regular Board Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Patrons may view the general session online at youtube.com/user/jordanschooldistrict/live.

The Feb. 23 Board meeting agenda is now available on our Board meetings page. You can also use the following links to the printed and detailed agendas.

Supercast Episode 75: A School Psychologist Talks About Video Game Addiction

A parent and child play a phone game togetherIs your child spending too much time playing video games? Is video game addiction a real problem among kids and teens today?

On this episode of the Supercast, we talk to school psychologist, Dustin Fullmer who actually teaches a video game addiction class at the Jordan Family Education Center. It is a class that is more popular than ever before as parents try to figure out if video gaming has become an unhealthy habit for their own children and what can be done to turn things around.