Students Get to Give Principal Colorful Makeover after Winning Reading Challenge

Picture of principal and her makeoverDaybreak Elementary School Principal Leslie Ewell had a colorful new look, a least for a day, after students were allowed to give her a hair and makeup makeover.

A reading challenge was held during the month of March between K-3 and 4-6 grades to see which group could complete the highest percentage of reading goals.

Mrs. Ewell and the school’s PTA rewarded K-3 with pizza and ice cream. However, Principal Ewell went a step further.  She said the class with the highest participating percentage would also be allowed to give her a Seuss Style makeover!

The students did a great job and Principal Ewell rocked the Seuss Style hair and makeup.

Thanks, Mrs. Ewell, for helping students have fun with learning and for being such a good sport, sporting your new look!

Big Surprise for Foothills Elementary Lunch Clerk

Natalie Tyksen Shows off the big checkShe is the mother of eight kids and a beloved lunch clerk at Foothills Elementary School. And when Natalie Tycksen isn’t inside the cafeteria, she is often in classrooms doing all she can for students, teachers and staff volunteering wherever there is a need.

Mrs. Tycksen loves helping students so much and has been inspired by so many teachers at Foothills Elementary, she decided to pursue a new career. This mom is heading back to school to become a teacher.

When Western Governors University heard about Mrs. Tycksen’s determination to become a teacher, they wanted to support her. This week a representative from WGU stopped by Foothills and surprised Mrs. Tycksen with a $2,500 scholarship to help pay for her education. It was an emotional moment that brought tears to the hard-working lunch clerk.

Congratulations, Mrs. Tycksen! We can’t wait to see you achieve your goal of becoming an educator.

West Jordan Middle School Wellness Leader Receives National Recognition

Picture of Ms. WightmanShe strives to make West Jordan Middle School a happy and healthy place to be every single day and now Paige Wightman is being recognized for her wonderful work. Ms. Wightman was recently selected as the LG Happiness Super Hero for her leadership and service in and outside the classroom, sharing sustainable happiness skills.

The LG Experience Happiness program supports teachers and students who practice sustainable happiness skills for life-long social and emotional well-being.

Ms. Wightman was honored with a new LG monitor and a hero cape to celebrate all she does for students and staff at West Jordan Middle School!

Congratulations, Ms. Wightman! Keep up the great work.

2021 ChamberWest Student Job Fair

Jordan School District School Counseling has partnered with Granite School District, Salt Lake Community College, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services to hold the ChamberWest Job Fair.  The Job Fair will be held on Friday April 9, 2021 at Granger High School.  It will be student focused from 2 – 4 p.m. and open to the community from 4 – 6 p.m. District students can get more information by contacting their school’s Counseling Center.

Chamberwest 2021 Job Fair FlyerAre You Looking for a Job? Your New Career Could be Just Around the Corner

If you are looking for a new job or a first-time career, please join us for the free COVID friendly JOB FAIR.

The JOB FAIR will be held on Friday April 9, 2021 at Granger High School in West Valley City:

  • Student Focused from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Open to the Community from 4 – 6 p.m.

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Mountain Ridge High Counselor Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award

Picture of Counseling TeamJoin us in congratulating an amazing school counselor with a lifetime of success working with students. Renae Brady, counselor at Mountain Ridge High School, has been recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Counseling & Career Development Division of Utah’s Association for Career & Technical Education.

Renae has worked in education for the past 46 years, many of those as a counselor. She is credited with helping to develop many of the events school counselors are using today. She was instrumental in orchestrating a Job Shadow Program, developing Career Tours for the Jordan School District, and organized some of the first Career Fairs within the District. Renae also coordinated the first ever College Night back in 2004 at Bingham High School.

During the 2011-2012 school year, Renae was chosen as the School Counselor of the Year by UTAH ACTE. She went on to win at the state and regional levels, and was the runner-up for the National Award that same year.

Renae is known, loved, and respected by educators throughout many districts and levels in the state of Utah. She always does what is best for students, even when they do not know it is happening.

Congratulations Renae!