Prestigious State PTA Award for Board of Education Member Tracy Miller

She has dedicated countless hours to enhance education and learning opportunities for children throughout the State of Utah. Now, Jordan School District Board of Education Vice President Tracy Miller is being honored for her work on behalf of students and education. The Utah PTA presented Mrs. Miller with the Utah PTA Friend of Children Award, the highest honor awarded each year.

Congratulations, Tracy. Your work is making a difference in the lives of students every day.

Enjoy this video tribute to Tracy Miller.

Congratulations Class of 2020 JSD Retirees

Retirees in Thier Car Talk With Board MembersIt was a special night as the Jordan School District Board of Education recognized and honored members of the 2020 class of retirees. Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the Board sponsored a special drive-through recognition for the retirees complete with personal greetings and wishing those who attended the very best of luck in the next chapter of their lives. Bingham High School cheerleaders were even on hand to cheer the retirees on and thank them for their years of service.

Congratulations and thank you to our 112 retirees! Your hard work serving students throughout Jordan School District has made a lasting impression on young lives. Best of luck in your retirement.

Huge Community Food Donation to Help Feed Students in Need

Students pose with food donationIt was all hands on deck as high school students gathered to organize and package $30,000 of donated food to help feed fellow students in need. The food was sorted and then delivered to 63 Principal’s Pantries in Jordan School District schools. Every school has a Principal’s Pantry thanks to the generosity of local business, community and individual donations to the Jordan Education Foundation. The Principal’s Pantries are essential in our schools to help students and their families who may need just a little extra help, especially during the pandemic.

Thanks to our community partners for their generosity and student volunteers who helped organize the food for delivery!

Recognizing National Suicide Prevention Month – A Message from Our Health & Wellness Team

Image of Crisis LineThis month is National Suicide Prevention Month and to recognize this important cause, the Jordan School District Health and Wellness team is sharing valuable resources for suicide prevention.

The most important message during National Suicide Prevention Month is that there is hope, there is help available, and there is healing for all individuals who may struggle with thoughts of hurting themselves. In fact, over 93% of people who have considered or tried taking their own life live among us. You see these people living happy, healthy lives around you every day. The overwhelming majority of people who have experienced that lowest point get better.

It’s important to be aware, informed, and cautious regarding suicide. However, having open and caring conversations with those that we love and care about is a great place to start.

Information and resources can be found regarding suicide prevention on our Wellness website, as well as Utah’s new website Live On Utah.

To download a detailed spreadsheet of all mental health providers in our Jordan District Community, instructions are included in the document.

If you have questions about specific resources for suicide, please email wellness@jordandistrict.org.

We wish you the best and encourage each of you to connect with one another around the hopeful message that there is healing and help available for each of us.

Monte Vista Opens School Wellness Center for Students and Staff

Tents set up in the Wellness Center With all that is happening in the world, the Monte Vista Elementary School community thought there was no better time to open a school Wellness Center. The Center is open to students as a place where they can go for a 10-minute break to relieve stress or worries before going back to their classrooms. With partial funding from the School Community Council, Monte Vista’s administration hired Jodee Packer as a full-time “social and emotional learning teacher specialist” for the Center. Ms. Packer keeps data on all the students who come into the room to tailor how she connects with each student.

Mosta Vista’s Principal Nanette Ririe says with just a few weeks into the school year, she sees how the new Center is helping students. There are fewer teachers referring students to the office, and reported playground confrontations have almost disappeared. The hope is that the lessons students learn in the Wellness Center will translate to more self-confidence, resilience, and focus in the classroom.

Principal Ririe says the Wellness Center is not only for students but also for the school’s staff. The Center is open before and after school as a place for staff to relax and unwind. Gentle music and soft lighting help foster an area where people can get away from everyday life stress.

Great job to Monte Vista’s community, staff, and administration for building a peaceful place for self-care.