Fun Fact Friday: 2018 Legislative Priorities

The Utah 2018 Legislative Session begins on Monday, January 22, with a number of bills that will be debated impacting education.

Utah State Capitol BuildingThe Jordan School District Board of Education has determined priorities they would like lawmakers to address. Here is a summary.

  • High Quality Teachers – Student learning is our highest priority. We recognize that our teachers are the primary influence in successful students. We are continuing to look at teacher compensation to further develop a system to reward quality teachers.
  • Technology – Help us improve our digital learning environment by increasing funding for technology including professional development and technical support.
  • Classroom Funding – We want to get funding into the classroom where it can best impact student learning.
  • Additional Psychologists and Counselors – Support mental health initiatives for students by funding additional psychologists and counselors in our elementary schools.
  • Equalization – Support equalization legislation that creates greater property tax equity throughout the state to help all children.

Please join Jordan School District on Thursday, February 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. for a Legislative Forum at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan. This is part of our Jordan Parent University. It is free and open to the public.

Copper Hills Counselor Nominated for LifeChanger Award

Picture of Stacee WorthenStacee Worthen is a counselor at Copper Hills High School who brings a tireless, positive attitude helping teens at the school who may be struggling. For her dedication to the students at Copper Hills High, Ms. Worthen was nominated for recognition as LifeChanger of the Year, an annual award sponsored by National Life Group Insurance and their foundation.

Through her efforts, the HOPE Squad was developed at Copper Hills for students who are struggling emotionally, assisting them in getting help. Ms. Worthen is the lead counselor at the school and has grown an outstanding, compassionate counseling team. She has created a nurturing atmosphere by running the counseling department with the philosophy that family comes first.

The national grand prize for the LifeChanger of the Year recipient is $10,000. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee, which will review comments from people who know and support the individual nominees. To support Stacee Worthen for this worthwhile recognition, visit her LifeChanger of the Year page and leave a comment of support about her!

Silver Crest First Grade Teacher Nominated for LifeChanger Award

Being a first grade teacher requires a high degree of organization, energy and patience. Silver Crest Elementary School teacher Chelsea Ottoson displays these positive characteristics and many others each and every day in her classroom. She has been nominated for recognition as LifeChanger of the Year, an annual award sponsored by National Life Group Insurance and their foundation.

Chelsea started at Silver Crest as a student teacher in 2011 and was hired the following year as a first grade teacher at the school in Herriman. In addition to her hard work in the classroom, Mrs. Ottoson spends countless hours before and after school, working with the children’s choir and helping with the school book club. She helps every student feel appreciated and brings a nurturing kindness to her classroom each and every day.

The national grand prize for the LifeChanger of the Year recipient is $10,000. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee, which will review comments from people who know and support the individual nominees. To support Chelsea Ottoson for this worthwhile recognition, visit her LifeChanger of the Year page and leave a comment of support about her!

 

West Jordan Middle Student Receives Youth Leadership Award

Victoria Nguyen holding her awardVictoria Nguyen is truly a role model for other students at West Jordan Middle School. She is caring, devoted and demonstrates the qualities her fellow West Jordan Lions strive for every day.

For these reasons, Victoria was recently honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award from the University of Utah. In being awarded with this prestigious honor, Victoria received recommendations about her devotion to the school and her community. She also wrote an essay highlighting her background and accomplishments, demonstrating her successes in building bridges among cultures and communities, while enacting positive change and social action.

Her involvement in numerous leadership groups at West Jordan Middle makes her a positive example for the West Jordan community. Victoria also volunteers at the local women’s shelter for domestic violence, serving an average of 20 hours a week. On top of her volunteering service she works part-time as a sweeper at the school!

Victoria was one of several students from across the state to be honored. Her award includes a plaque, along with consideration for future scholarships at the university.

Congratulation Victoria!