Fun Fact Friday: Cost Per Student VS. Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are in for the 2016-17 school year and they continue to rise in Jordan School District. The graduation rate is now 87.2% up from 86.7% last year.

When you compare the cost per student versus the graduation rate, you can see Jordan has the lowest expenditures per pupil and one of the highest graduation rates among districts along the Wasatch Front.

The chart below shows the numbers compiled by the Utah Taxpayers Association and the Utah State Board of Education.

Expenditures per Pupil vs. Graduation Rate

Fort Herriman Middle School Makes Holiday Magic Happen for Kauri Sue Students

Picture of Fort Herriman students with stuffed bearsStudents at Fort Herriman Middle School wanted to make a difference this holiday season for families in need, but they wanted to do even more. The entire student body decided to join forces to make some holiday magic happen for special needs students at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School. So, they started fundraising and managed to raise about $11,000 in just a matter of weeks. Part of that money was used to purchase big stuffed teddy bears. The students really did make magical moments happen when they personally delivered the brand new stuffed toys to each and every special needs student at Kauri Sue – that’s more than 200 stuffed animals. The middle school students, acting as Santa’s helpers, delivered the toys along with some holiday happiness as they went from classroom to classroom watching faces light up with huge smiles of delight. It was an outpouring of holiday love and support that warmed the hearts of everyone involved. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Dedicated Oakcrest Elementary Teacher Recognized for Changing Lives

Picture of Mrs. Munot with KSL NewsRadio and Zion's BankPrincipal Joel Pullan says she represents everything that you expect a teacher should be, an educator who truly focuses on every child, every day. That is why 4th grade teacher, Rupali Munot was surprised by KSL NewsRadio and Zions Bank as part of the Teacher Feature campaign to recognize outstanding teachers in Utah.

The nomination was submitted by a parent who described Mrs. Munot as an educator who literally changed her son’s life, turning obstacles into opportunities for him to thrive. The parent added that Mrs. Munot has reframed education from a one-way street from teacher to student to a synergistic partnership involving student, teacher and parents.

Mr. Pullan says Mrs. Munot is the 4th grade team leader and she works closely with parents and builds relationships in order to meet the needs of all students academically and behaviorally.

Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Mrs. Munot. You are a shining example to all. Keep up the good work!

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Pitching In to Fight Air Pollution

Idle Free sign and exhaust pipeThe thick, dirty fog hanging over the Wasatch Front is expected to stick around for a while and the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) says it can be unhealthy for sensitive groups. With that in mind, we want to remind all parents that when air quality reaches a certain level, all students remain inside for recess. In addition, schools respect a parents’ decision to have their child stay indoors for recess because of poor air quality at any time.

Some schools have ‘Idle Free Zones’ in the drop off and pick up areas and the DEQ says reducing idle time can improve air quality and reduce fuel costs. Did you know that ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off your engine and restarting it?

Jordan School District is doing its part to reduce air pollution by purchasing clean burning compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses. The District currently has the largest fleet of CNG school buses in the state and the Board of Education just approved an additional 35 new CNG buses. The new buses will be paid for in part, through grant money awarded to the District because of its efforts in helping to fight air pollution.