Eastlake Students Prove It’s Always Nice to Have a Reading Buddy

Picture of students reading to one anotherWhether it is over the holiday season or anytime of year, students at Eastlake Elementary School know the importance of being a good buddy to others.

Recently, buddy students from Mrs. Cloward’s 6th grade class and Ms. Staley’s 2nd grade class came together for hot chocolate and donuts. The treats were nice, but the real reason for combining the classes was to allow students to spend time reading Christmas stories to one another. The annual holiday event is held to encourage peer tutoring and to make reading fun!

2019 Legislative Priorities

Picture of Board and elected officialsMembers of the Board of Education recently met with local elected officials to talk about the Board’s 2019 Legislative Priorities.

The legislative priorities are as follows:

High Quality Instruction
We will continue to encourage quality instruction, focusing on providing our teachers the coaching, professional development and resources to help our students learn at the highest levels. This includes:

  • Continue to implement innovative salary options that attract and retain high quality teachers.
  • Encourage professional development funds for competency based education at all schools.
  • Provide funding for instructional coaches for our teachers.
  • Expand the Digital Teaching and Learning Grant and increase tech support and technology coaches at our schools.

Mental Health
We need to continue to increase student access to mental health resources and services. Students with mental health challenges experience difficulty at school for many reasons, especially academic and social areas – both of which are critical to the success of students. This includes:

  • Increase mental health support and training in our schools.
  • Provide additional counselors in our secondary schools.

Safe Schools
We must continue to provide resources and training to school staff, parents, students and community members to ensure the physical safety of every student. The lead role should be taken by school boards working with state and local officials.

  • Allow for local solutions to meet the unique needs of each LEA.
  • Increase funding for safety initiatives, including additional School Resource Officers.

A WPU increase, funding for enrollment growth, and equalization will help us meet the needs of our District.

Students Share Technology Talents During ‘Hour of Code’

Picture of Hour of CodeHigh school students in Melinda Mansouri’s JATC Web & Game Development classes took their knowledge on the road to celebrate ‘Computer Science Education Week.’

They did it by getting younger students involved in the ‘Hour of Code,’ which is a global movement to reach children in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction into computer science and programming.

Children in the JATC South Head Start Preschool program were treated to the ‘Hour of Code’ lessons, along with students at Eastlake Elementary School. They learned how to code in many different teaching strategies – on Chromebooks using the SCRATCH program and they created fun games. Students acted out coding words through movement and did virtual reality with VR glasses.

Thanks to Mrs. Mansouri and her talented students for sharing their knowledge in a fun and engaging hour teaching others about computer science and programming.

2019-20 Calendar Options

CalendarThe Jordan School District Calendar Committee has developed calendar options for the 2019-20 school year which have been reviewed by the Board of Education.

The Board is asking for your input before the calendar is finalized. Please review the options and complete the survey by visiting boundary.jordandistrict.org/calendar

The survey will close on Monday, Dec. 10, at midnight.

In addition, for those interested in the ALPS program for the 2019-20 school year, applications are due on Friday, December 7, 2018. For more information about the ALPS program and to download an application, please visit the Gifted & Talented ALPS page.

West Jordan City Employees Generously Give The Gift of Warm Coats for Kids

Picture of giftsThe frigid winter weather won’t feel quite so bad for hundreds of elementary school students thanks to a group of kind and caring West Jordan City employees.

Members of the West Jordan Employee Association recently held a coat and boot drive hoping to help children in need at seven Title One elementary schools in West Jordan. Employees selected a “snowflake” with a child’s age and size and then shopped for boots, coats and shoes. They managed to collect more than 340 items, which were gift wrapped by Mayor Jim Riding and members of the Employee Association, then delivered to the schools.

Our sincere thanks to these kind-hearted people who put the needs of children first, helping to make their holidays a little brighter and certainly much warmer!