Portuguese Dual Language Immersion Students Come Together to Celebrate Festa Junina

There was lots of colorful clothing, dancing, games, and smiles all around as students in the Portuguese Dual Language Immersion program all came together to celebrate what is called Fest Junina or the June Festival. It is a vibrant celebration that lights up Brazil during the months of June and July.

At Riverton High School the celebration lit up the gymnasium and it was a big party for everyone to enjoy, honoring Brazil’s diverse heritage. Local Brazilian restaurants participated as well, giving everyone a true taste of Brazil. Square dancing, or quadrilha, was also a highlight of the fun and energetic festival.

Thanks to the Portuguese DLI teachers, DLI students, and members of the community for giving everyone the opportunity to experience such a fun, vibrant, and beautiful culture!

Riverton and Mountain Ridge High School Chinese DLI Students Keep Chinese Teaching Assistant Day Alive and Well With Fun in the Classroom

Last year’s Chinese Teaching Assistant Day was well received by teachers, students, and parents. This year, Chinese DLI students from RHS and MRHS returned to the elementary schools for another great experience.

Riverton High School’s Chinese DLI students visited Southland Elementary, while Mountain Ridge students went to Foothills Elementary to serve as Chinese teaching assistants. They were divided into six groups to teach different grade levels, focusing on Chinese medicine and health.

The high school students tailored their teaching plans to each grade level and incorporated fun activities to go along with each lesson. They also shared with the elementary students the challenging but rewarding projects they did in high school, such as Chinese short films, documentaries, Chinese Socratic Seminars, and Chinese Club campaigns.

This program provided elementary students with role models and gave them a glimpse of their future possibilities. Many high school students realized the challenges of teaching and gained a deeper respect for teachers through this experience.

Keep up the great work, Chinese DLI students and teachers!

Middle School Teachers Send Students Off to Summer Break with Unforgettable Talent Show

Unbeknownst to students, West Hills Middle School teachers spent hours putting the final touches on their choreographed routines and tuning their instruments in preparation for the end-of-year school talent show. The performances ranged from an 80s rock piece featuring the song “The Final Count Down,” to an original dance by teachers dressed up as Napoleon Dynomite.

The atmosphere was charged with excitement as students and staff enthusiastically cheered on performances. The joy and thrill of the performance were palpable, and the memories of their favorite performances will undoubtedly linger for a long time.

Great job, West Hills Middle School teachers and staff for finding an incredible way to end the school year.

Terra Linda Community Comes Together for Family Fun at Cultural Night

It was a night of family fun that took everyone on an adventure to different parts of the world. A Cultural Night was recently held at Terra Linda Elementary School. It took participants from Canada and Columbia to Japan, Greece, Norway, Ecuador, and beyond. Students and their families were able to enjoy some treats and engage in a number of activities getting to know different cultures, dress, traditions, and history.

Thanks, Terra Linda Elementary School, for giving students and their families a ticket to tour different parts of the world.

High Fives for West Jordan High School Seniors During Inspirational “Graduation Walk”

It was a fun and somewhat emotional walk down memory lane for West Jordan High School seniors the day before graduation. The students participated in a “Graduation Walk,” where they walked up and down the halls of their former elementary and middle schools greeting students and connecting with former teachers. It was a special reunion and it meant a lot to the graduates and teachers who played such a big part in their early education and lives.

The graduates also use the walk to inspire and encourage younger students to take advantage of their educational opportunities and dream big for a bright future.

Thanks for the inspiration, West Jordan High seniors!