Lawmakers Recognize Educators Who Have Achieved National Board Certification

Teachers recognized in State House of RepresentativesIt was a special day at the State Capitol as lawmakers took time to recognize teachers who have obtained or renewed their National Board Certification.

In Jordan School District three teachers received renewal of their National Board Certification. Congratulations to JATC South’s Tami Clevenger, Herriman High School’s Janet Fotu and West Jordan High’s Shauna Robertson.

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification in K-12 education. It means that teachers have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice.

Jordan School District currently has 44 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification.

Help Stop the Flu From Spreading

Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick.Influenza season is in full swing and the Salt Lake County Health Department has recently seen a marked increase in influenza cases in area schools. The Health Department is asking schools and parents to be proactive in their approach to influenza prevention and their response to cases of illness.

They recommend the following:

  • Vaccination – Encourage your staff and students to receive a seasonal flu vaccine every year. Vaccinated people who still become ill will have less severe symptoms for a shorter duration than those who are unvaccinated and become ill.
  • Hand Washing – Remind staff and students to engage in frequent, thorough hand washing. Wash with soap and warm water, and physically scrub for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers are not an adequate replacement for proper hand washing.
  • Cleaning – Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.
  • Stay Home When Ill – Keep ill students and staff home from work and school for the duration of their illness. If they must leave home (such as to receive medical care), encourage them to wear a mask and practice good etiquette by coughing and sneezing into a tissue or the inside of their elbow—NOT into their hands.

Herriman High School Counseling Team Receives State Recognition for Dedication

Picture of counseling teamThey had a very demanding 2018 school year but the Herriman High School counseling team remained strong in their dedication to taking care of the needs of students. That is just one reason why the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education has given HHS counselors the 2019 Utah ACTE Guidance Division Counseling Team of the Year award.

In delivering the award the Utah ACTE said in part, “The team went above and beyond their call of duty to meet the needs of students and the community who were experiencing trauma they had never felt before. In the midst of turmoil, the daily job of a Herriman counselor did not go undone. They completed PCCR meetings with students, Sophomore Round Tables, Career Lessons, Sophomore Orientation, FAFSA Night and College Take Action Night just to name a few. They helped prepare students for college and careers while building strong relationships necessary to make an impact.”

Congratulations to these amazing counselors! Keep up the great work. You are making a difference every day.

KSL News Radio Surprises Hayden Peak Elementary School Teacher

Picture of 6th grade teacher Mrs. Smith with awardShe has a passion for teaching, inspiring students to succeed every day and Cindy Smith says she loves every minute of her time in the classroom. Now this dedicated 6th grade teacher at Hayden Peak Elementary School is being recognized along with other outstanding teachers around the state.

Mrs. Smith has been selected as a recipient of the KSL News Radio Zions Bank Teacher Feature, which awards the best and brightest educators in Utah. Hayden Peak Principal, David Butler, says Mrs. Smith was nominated because she has a gift for teaching and will stop at nothing to make sure her students succeed. Mrs. Smith is known for her hard work on behalf of students and staying after school tutoring whenever needed. This devoted educator, who is also the mother of nine children, says her classroom is like family and there is no place she’d rather be than helping students achieve.

Congratulations, Mrs. Smith! Keep up the great work in education.

South Hills Middle Educator Named Outstanding Teacher of American History

Join us in congratulating Rebecca Kirkman, Social Studies Department Chair at South Hills Middle School. Ms. Kirkman was recently named “Outstanding Teacher of American History 2018” by the Utah Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ms. Kirkman was chosen because of her enthusiastic style and focus on student learning. She took first place in the Salt Lake Valley Chapter in addition to the State award.

The Utah Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving history and securing America’s future through education.