Students Learn About Kwanzaa and Other Traditions They Celebrate During December

Students learning about KwanzaaDecember is a month of many celebrations and one of them, which students at Aspen Elementary recently learned about, is Kwanzaa. It is a holiday celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1, and it’s a week of festivities honoring African American culture and heritage. Friends and family gather each day to give thanks, exchange gifts, and share feasts.

Jordan School District Language and Culture Services Director Michelle Love-Day spent time teaching Aspen Elementary students about Kwanzaa and how families who celebrate often wear traditional African clothing during that week. African artwork is often displayed in homes, and on the last day of Kwanzaa, families celebrating the holiday enjoy a big feast! There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, among them, unity and self-determination.

It was also an opportunity for students to share stories about their own cultural backgrounds and traditions.v

Herriman High Boys Cross Country Team Makes History at Nike Cross Nationals, Riverton High Places in Top Ten

Nike Crossnationals National Champions HerrimanThey raced to the finish line making history as the first Utah team ever to take home the first-place title at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to the Herriman High School Boys Cross Country team for edging out 22 other teams from across the United States, securing the first-place win.

The school and community gathered with great pride to give the team a warm welcome home following their amazing accomplishment.

Riverton placed in the top ten at the Nike Cross Nationals, doing an incredible job competing as well.

We are extremely proud of these talented Jordan School District athletes and their coaches, for the inspiration they bring to others.

Students and Staff Get a Lesson in Life and Art from Local Dance Group

The hip-hop dance crew “1520 ARTS” performed and educated students at Westvale Elementary during an assembly. “1520 ARTS” is a non-profit organization that showcases Hip Hop arts as a viable path to success in life and art through practice, performance, and education. Students and staff were allowed to show off their dancing skills during the assembly.

Thank you to “1520 ARTS” for stopping by Westvale to allow students to unite and learn through art.

Jordan School District Students Kick Off Holiday Season by Giving Back

Every year during the holiday season, students throughout Jordan School District give back to their communities by raising money for charitable causes and families in need. They not only give money, but spend countless hours finding unique ways to fundraise in hopes of making the lives of others a little better.

Thank you to all the students and staff who are dedicated to this charitable work.

Last year our high schools raised a combined $646,242.79 for their charities, simply incredible!

Here is a list of the 2023 charities for each high school this holiday season.

  • Mountain Ridge High School: For the Kids – Buying Meal Kits
  • West Jordan High School: Little Lambs Foundation for Kids
  • Bingham High School: Make-A-Wish and NixonStrong Foundation
  • Riverton High School: The Sharing Place
  • Copper Hills High School: Make-A-Wish and local families in need
  • Herriman High School: The Single Parent Project

Supercast Episode 221: Former JATC Student Living and Working in Hollywood Pursuing His Passions

Superintendent with JATC graduateHe is hoping to make it big in Hollywood working with the best of the best in animation and film.

On this episode of the Supercast, meet Ethan Jones, a former student who talks about his time at the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers (JATC) North Campus. It’s a place where Ethan found the confidence to pursue his dream of heading to Hollywood to work in animation and film.

We also meet a JATC North teacher, who Ethan credits with setting him on the path to career success.