Students Design and Launch Rockets as Part of Unique Summer STEM Program

It is not a typical summer of rest and relaxation for some middle school students in Jordan School District. That’s because they are immersed in abstract reasoning, problem-solving, computer science, statistics, engineering and mind-challenging math equations. It is part of something called the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), which is an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program.

The program runs for six weeks over the summer, with students dedicated to 4-hours of interactive, online lessons each day. It is aimed at introducing teens to careers and opportunities in STEM-related fields. As part of PREP, students have the opportunity to attend STEM classes at Salt Lake Community College half days in their junior and senior years in high school.

The summer program culminated with students launching home-made rockets they designed using engineering skills.

Congratulations to the PREP students and teachers on a summer filled with success!

West Jordan High Art Teacher Shares Incredible Talent Creating Colorful Mural

It was a labor of love for West Jordan High School Art and Photography teacher, Robyn Briggs. Robyn spent about a week of her summertime break creating a beautiful, inspirational mural with some help from her husband, Dylan. The mural is on display outside the Counseling Center at West Jordan High.

Enjoy this time-lapse video of their work and the finished product.

Summer Reading Resources from the Utah State Board of Education 

Students can lose up to two months of reading skills over the summer. This type of learning-loss is called the “Summer Slide.” Families can help by encouraging good reading practices.

  1. Pick up a library card. Access books at your local branch and digital copies online at no cost.
  2. Join a summer reading program. Local and national contests award participants with prizes, games, and even scholarship dollars.
  3. Use free Digital Learning Tools. Online games, articles, stories, and books.

Reading to your child can serve just as big an impact as independent reading. Children can read aloud to a grandparent, pet, friend, in person, or via video chat. Remember that magazines, graphic novels, comic books, and even blogs are still reading.

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Congratulations to An Incredible, Inspiring Teacher!

Heather Reich stands before the Jordan School Board Majestic Elementary School teacher Heather Reich is a regular at Jordan School District Board of Education meetings where she never misses the opportunity to tell everyone, “I love my job!” It is obvious how much passion Ms. Reich devotes to teaching her students and she is being recognized by the State of Utah for that passion and dedication.

Heather Reich is a proud recipient of the “Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools Award.”

The Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools Incentive Program was created by the Utah Legislature in 2017 to reward teachers who achieve a median student growth percentile of 70 or higher in their high-poverty classrooms.

Thank you, Ms. Reich, for your love of teaching, students and striving to offer the best in education every single day! You are an inspiration.