High Honor For South Jordan Elementary Cafeteria Manager

Lunch Lady With StudentsThe national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) calls it the highest honor bestowed on a school nutrition manager and South Jordan Elementary School’s Angela Allen is the recipient. Ms. Allen is the West Region Manager of the Year. The award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.

Angela was nominated because of all the things she does to make her cafeteria a fun, relaxed and welcoming place for students and staff. She encourages children to try new foods and takes note of what they like and don’t like. Ms. Allen and her staff are known for creating elaborate decorations, wearing colorful costumes and playing music themed lunch days. After organizing a morning visit from “Ace the Kitchen Elf,” breakfast participation nearly doubled. Bringing students healthy food and joy are her main objectives.

Congratulations, Angela! Keep up the great work.

Two JSD Teachers Receive UEA Excellence in Education Award

The Utah Education Association recently recognized two Jordan School District high school teachers at the ‘Superstars in Education’ annual awards banquet.

Riverton High Language Arts teacher Claudette Rush and Copper Hills High Business teacher Rickee Stewart were two of ten educators from around the state honored with the UEA Excellence in Education Award for their outstanding dedication and contributions to students and education.

Congratulations Claudette and Rickee!

Jana Cruz Recognized as Best Nutrition Services Director In State and Region!

Picture of Jana CruzAs we celebrate National School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week, Jordan School District is excited to share some great news. Nutrition Services Director, Jana Cruz is being honored as the Utah School Nutrition Association Director of the Year and National School Nutrition Association Western Region Director of the Year. Jana was selected because of her extraordinary commitment to excellence in the school meal programs.

We thank Jana for working hard every day to ensure everything on the frontline is running smoothly – by maintaining the quality of the school meal programs through student interaction, menu planning and a commitment to serving nutritious, tasty and well-balanced school meals.

Jana has definitely made her mark in Jordan School District – making it a better place for all students and staff.

Congratulations, Jana.

Agreement Approved Between JESPA and Board of Education

The Jordan School District Board of Education is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on the 2018-19 Classified Employee Compensation package. The Jordan Education Support Professionals Association (JESPA) approved the agreement last week and the Board unanimously approved the agreement Wednesday.

Thank you to JESPA for their collaboration and insight helping to reach this salary increase agreement.

Here are some highlights of the new compensation package:

  • Classified employees will receive a $0.87 per hour salary increase plus steps.
  • The budget for Classified Professional Development is being increased to help employees in their career development.

Celebrate National School Nurse Day by Thanking Your School Nurse

Group picture of school nursesThey help students when they get scrapes on the playground. They assess if a sniffle is more than just a sniffle. They prepare school staff to recognize and appropriately respond to potential emergencies. And they assist with the planning and implementation of care for students with chronic and medically complex conditions. They are our dedicated, professional school nurses.

Today is National School Nurse Day! Jordan School District applauds our devoted team of nurses and thanks them for all they do to keep the school environment safe and healthy. Their hard work is so vital, allowing all students to achieve academic success.

Thank you school nurses for improving the quality of our schools each and every day!