A Thanksgiving Message from the Board of Education

Greetings Jordan District Employees and Colleagues:

2017 Thanksgiving Letter Sample Printed VersionIn the last few days, the Jordan Board of Education dedicated our two newest elementary schools, Golden Fields and Bastian. Students were the highlight of each program. They spoke about the strengths and legacies which their new schools were already developing, and they sang with enthusiasm and appreciation about the opportunities which their schools, their homes, and their country opened to them. In each case, families, friends, and neighbors filled the audience and cheered our students on. These were moments to savor.

Both events gave members of our Board of Education occasion to reflect once again on the essential contributions each of you, our employees, make to see that our schools are welcoming, effective, safe, and thriving. From the maintenance teams to bus drivers, nutrition workers, classroom teachers and aides, office and business staffs, administrators, and every other employee who contributes on a daily basis to student success, we want to say “thank you.” You are critical members of our district team, and the truth is, our schools could not function without you.

As we approach the holiday season, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate and value what you do for students–more than 53,000 of them in 59 different school settings. Few jobs make such a positive difference to our society. Together, all of us open the doors of education to the children of our community. As we express to you our gratitude for the remarkable skills and talents you share with our students, you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for making a difference to every child, every day.

Happy Holidays to Each of You and to Those You Love,

The Jordan School District Board of Education
Janice L. Voorhies, President – Precinct 6
Matthew Young, Vice President – Precinct 2
Jen Atwood, Secretary – Precinct 7
Bryce Dunford, Member – Precinct 5
Tracy J. Miller, Member – Precinct 3
Marilyn Richards, Member – Precinct 4
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1
Patrice Johnson, Superintendent
John Larsen, Business Administrator

Fun Fact Friday: Read A Book With The Board of Education

"In Praise of American Educators" Book CoverYou might not know this fun fact, but members of the Jordan School District Board of Education read a book together on a regular basis and they would like to invite you to read along.

The ‘Board Book of the Quarter’ is an effort to further the Board’s goal of student achievement and professional development. As part of that effort, members of the  Board each select a ‘Board Book of the Quarter.’ All members are asked to read this book and during each study session, 15 minutes is set aside to discuss the merits of the book with the discussion led by the Board member who recommended the book.

Right now the Board is reading, ‘In Praise of American Educators’ by Dr. Richard DuFour. This book debunks many myths of ‘failure’ in U.S. schools while exploring positive improvements that will make public schools even better.

Again, you are invited to join the Board in reading ‘In Praise of American Educators.’

For the latest info on what the Board is reading, check out our Board Book of the Quarter page.

Jordan School District Board of Education Meets with Legislators

Members of the Jordan School District Board of Education recently met with legislators representing the municipalities that encompass the District.

West Jordan High School hosted the morning meeting, which kicked off with a delicious breakfast prepared and served by West Jordan High ProStart students. The West Jordan High Madrigals then treated legislators and Board members to a musical performance.

Following a video overview about the District, as well as a video presentation about teacher salaries in the District, members of the Board discussed with lawmakers the upcoming 2018 legislative session and their priorities for the session. Legislators were able to ask questions about the District and learn more about the students and staff of Jordan School District.

See a photo gallery on Facebook from this Board session.