Heartland Elementary Teachers Moved by Calvary Kindness

Picture of teachers with gift boxesIt was a special day that touched the hearts of 35 teachers at Heartland Elementary School. In a generous act of kindness, members of Calvary Salt Lake embarked on a mission to help Heartland teachers start off the new school year knowing just how much the community cares. On Friday, the teachers along with Principal, Shelly Davis, were invited to Calvary Salt Lake where they were all treated to free school supplies for their classrooms. Each teacher also received a personal gift box and gift bag with items for their own use, things like free meal certificates, mugs, lotions and much more.

The really big surprise came when teachers were told they could also shop for new clothes and shoes for themselves! Two rooms were filled with donated clothing that was brand new. Each teacher was allowed to choose six pieces from the beautiful collection.

Words cannot express our sincere thanks to the Calvary Salt Lake community for caring about teachers, students and education. Your kindness is contributing to a great start and successful new school year!

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Bruce At Smith’s Serves Up Smiles to Lunch Ladies

Bruce Butcher from Smith’s recently helped Jordan School District lunch ladies celebrate using the ‘Power of Positive’ to deliver great customer service. Bruce shared some of his thoughts on good customer service and then treated the lunch ladies to a musical number he selected just for them. Here is Bruce At Smith’s with his rendition of ‘Pennies from Heaven.’

Thanks, Bruce. You are the best!

Educators Participate In Full Day of Important Safety and Wellness Training

Picture of teachers in auditoriumEducators throughout the District came together for a full day of professional development focused on safety and wellness. Every teacher received the training thanks to $1 million dollars the Board of Education set aside to pay teachers for their participation. It was a day of listening and learning about important health, wellness and safety information that will not only benefit teachers but the overall health, wellness and safety of students as well.

A special thanks to Lieutenant Matt Pennington (South Jordan Police Department), Captain Chet Ellis (Unified Fire Authority), Professor of Criminal Justice, Justin W. Patchin and Professor of Psychology, Dr. Scott Poland for sharing their knowledge and support for Jordan School District.

National Recognition for Copper Hills High Physics Teacher

Picture of Cameron VongsawadThe Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the creation of a new award program called PhysTEC Teacher of the Year. The award is designed to highlight the impact of recent graduates from physics teacher preparation programs in the classroom. Each of the winners was nominated by the PhysTEC member college/institution from which they graduated.

Copper Hills High Physics teacher, Cameron Vongsawad is one of ten state winners selected from across the nation. Mr. Vongsawad was nominated by Brigham Young University. We congratulate this outstanding professional for his contributions to students at Copper Hills High and physics education.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Summer of Learning For Thousands of JSD Students

Summer School The summer break didn’t mean a break from learning for thousands of students in Jordan School District. That’s because they took advantage of educational opportunities offered throughout the summer including classes in math, science, biology, chemistry, physics and much more. The District also offered summer STEM camps at West Jordan Middle and Oquirrh Hills Middle. In addition, hundreds of students took advantage of the 1700 online courses offered over the summer, along with summer school classes at Valley High School.

Here are the summer numbers.

  • USTAR Course Participants – 1,442 Students
  • Online Course Participants – 700 Students
  • Valley High School Summer School Participants – 421 Students
  • Six Week Pre-Freshman Engineering Program Participants- 35 Students