State Board of Education Recognizes West Jordan High School as “Utah High School of Excellence”

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Photo courtesy Aaron Baker

West Jordan High School is getting some pretty high praise from the State Superintendent of Public Education for working hard to make sure all students succeed. The State Board of Education (USBE) has chosen WJHS as a “Utah High School of Excellence” for closing the opportunity gap for Utah’s multilingual learners.

Jordan School District was among seven school districts recognized for its efforts to provide equitable access and success to coursework that prepares multilingual learners for future success. The USBE is committed to honoring educators who support equitable access to the same educational opportunities offered to English speaking peers.

Congratulations to West Jordan High School! We are proud of your work contributing to the future wellbeing of Utah’s families and communities.

Jan. 2021 Administrative Assignments

The following are new administrative assignments:

  • New Assignments effective Jan. 15, 2021:
    • April Gaydosh, principal at Westvale Elementary appointed Elementary School Level Administrator of Schools replacing Doree Strauss who retired.
    • Odette Desmarais, assistant principal at Foothills appointed principal at Westvale Elementary and her replacement is to be determined.
  • New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:
    • Yajaira Martinez, assistant principal at Bluffdale and Terra Linda Elementary appointed principal at Terra Linda Elementary replacing Karen Gorringe who is retiring and her replacement is to be determined.

Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Information

We have been informed by the Salt Lake County Health Department that Jordan School District will receive 2,080 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, January 15. This represents our initial allotment of vaccinations, based on enrollment, which are being divided between Jordan, Granite, Canyons, Murray and Salt Lake City school districts.

All five districts have collaborated on a unified plan for vaccine distribution based on guidance from the health department. The recommendation is to distribute the vaccines based on age, with older employees receiving the vaccine first. This process and plan will ensure vaccine doses are equitably distributed to districts as they become available.

On Monday we began sending email invitations to eligible employees, 54 and older, to participate in the first round of vaccinations this Friday, January 15.

As soon as you are eligible, you will receive a direct email invitation to participate asking you to choose a time and location.

Vaccinations will be provided on an ongoing basis each Friday until all of our employees have had the opportunity to be vaccinated if they choose to do so. Vaccinations are not required.

Thank you for your support and patience in this process. If you have any questions please email or call Nadine Page at and 801-567-8182.

South Valley Students Receive Early Christmas Thanks to Caring Community

Student with giftIt was an exciting day for some South Valley students who were treated to a holiday shopping spree thanks to the support of a caring community and the Jordan Education Foundation. As part of the Foundation’s annual “Christmas for Kids” event, volunteers escorted the students through the aisles at Walmart in South Jordan where they were able to select their favorite toys clothing and other items, which may be the only gifts they receive.

The Foundation raised nearly $50,000 to help purchase gifts for 451 students throughout Jordan School District who may otherwise go without this holiday season. Due to COVID-19, the majority of students shopped online this year and volunteers did the in-store shopping for them at Walmart. The gifts selected online will be delivered in a drive-up, curbside event at the Walmart in South Jordan on Saturday.

Thank you to the amazing volunteers and community support which makes “Christmas for Kids” possible.

We Appreciate Our Education Support Professionals!

Photo collage of educational support professionals Please take a minute to thank all of the Education Support Professionals working beside you today. This is Education Support Professionals Day honoring a long list of professionals who keep schools running smoothly. They include secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers, custodians and others who support educators, school leadership, and the students in our schools. These professionals do their part in making public schools great for every child so they can be safe, learn, grow and achieve.

They perform a wide variety of jobs that promote quality education, foster positive learning environments, offer nutritious meals, provide reliable transportation and maintain safe and clean schools for everyone.

Thank you to our amazing Education Support Professionals!