Stacee Worthen Receives Statewide Recognition for Work on Behalf of Students and Counselors

Picture of Stacee with award and superintendentShe has been tireless in her work helping thousands of students and counselors in Jordan School District, especially during challenging times brought on by the pandemic. Now, Secondary Counseling Specialist Stacee Worthen is receiving Statewide recognition for her hard work.

Ms. Worthen was recently selected by the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as the Counseling Professional of the Year for our region and as the State Counseling Professional of the Year. Her nomination stated the following:

Stacee Worthen continues to lead a large team of counselors by example, always putting the needs of the students first. She strives to train each counseling team throughout the Jordan District so that students receive opportunities, information, and support with equity and fidelity–a difficult task when you are trying to guide 100 individual counselors located at 19 different schools. Her fellow counselors know that she has their back and trust her to give them wise direction.  In addition to her regular duties, Stacee also worked tirelessly during the 2020-2021 school year to organize Virtual Classes for close to 10,000 Jordan District Students. This was a monumental task, and she was definitely the right person for the job. Most people probably will never understand the level of complexity that this task involved. Stacee, once again, proved herself as someone reliable to turn to in a critical situation.”

Congratulations, Stacee Worthen on this well-deserved recognition. Keep up the great work!

Middle School Principals Receive State Recognition

Congratulations to two of our amazing middle school principals who were recently honored by the Utah Middle Level Association for their hard work and dedication to students.

Fort Herriman Middle School Principal Eric Price was selected as “Outstanding Administrator” for his leadership and actively promoting middle school reform along with effective middle level practices.

West Jordan Middle School Principal Dixie Garrison was named recipient of the “Peggy Lee Rowland Award” for her demonstrated level of service, integrity and leadership in middle level education. Ms. Garrison was also recognized for pursuing opportunities to bring success to middle school students.

The Ron McBride Foundation was recognized for making a significant contribution to middle level education.

Congratulations to the deserving recipients!

Herriman Elementary is Internationally Recognized Professional Learning Community

Picture of Herriman Elementary School TeachersJoin us in congratulating Herriman Elementary School which was recently awarded Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) status by Aaron Hansen, a nationally recognized author who empowers teachers to transform schools.

Herriman Elementary is the first school in Jordan District to be recognized as a Model PLC school and the 13th in the state. Herriman Elementary received this distinct honor in part by showing improved student learning with a positive growth in state and district assessments for three years in a row. Teachers and staff have put a lot of time and effort into successful PLC’s and it is an amazing accomplishment to be recognized internationally.

Congratulations to everyone involved!  Keep up this important work for students and education.

Recognizing Hard Work of School Counselors During “National School Counseling Week”

Picture of school counselorsIn honor of “National School Counseling Week” we want to send a sincere message of thanks to the hard-working school counselors throughout Jordan School District. They go above and beyond every single day and have worked incredibly hard in so many different ways during the pandemic.

We encourage you to drop by your counseling center and show your gratitude as well by offering a word of thanks to the counseling staff. School counselors are here to help in many ways, including preparing students for future careers, academic advising, help with social/emotional development, and ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

Thank you to all of our school counselors who are making a difference in the lives of Jordan School District students.

District Nurses Recognized for Hard Work and Dedication During Pandemic

Picture of school nurses getting standing ovationEvery day school nurses play an integral role in the health of students, regardless of whether they’re in school or not. During the pandemic, our District nurses have taken on even more responsibilities, often working late into the night and on weekends.

Superintendent Anthony Godfrey took some time to recognize our school nurses at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. He said we simply could not take care of our students, teachers and staff without their hard work and dedication, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Godfrey expressed his sincere gratitude for school nurses, calling them indispensable. People attending the Board meeting showed their appreciation by giving  school nurses a standing ovation.

Please join us in applauding and saying thank you to all of our school nurses!