South Jordan Family Spreading Warmth in Cold Winter Months

The Jones family standing by the Columbia Elementary sign When Julia and Kevin Jones realized way too many kids were going to go without warm coats over the cold winter months, they rallied their six children to pitch in and do something to help. The family started a campaign called “Every Kid in a Coat,” and set out to provide as many new or used coats to students and families in need as possible, with donations and support from the local community.

The Jones family recently delivered 250 coats to Oquirrh Elementary School and about 250 winter coats to Columbia Elementary for students in need.

We appreciate the efforts of the Jones family and everyone involved in providing coats for kids in need.

Administrative Assignments for Jan. 2022

The following are new administrative assignments:

  • New Assignments effective January 3, 2022:
    • Carolyn Gough, principal at Riverton High, appointed Administrator of Teaching & Learning, replacing Shelley Nordick who is retiring.
    • Rochelle Waite, principal at South Hills Middle, appointed principal at Riverton High replacing Carolyn Gough.
    • James Groethe, assistant principal at Bingham High, appointed principal at South Hills Middle replacing Rochelle Waite.
    • Frederico Rowe, principal at Northport Elementary in Robbinsdale Area Schools, Minnesota, appointed staff assistant in Teaching & Learning.
    • Beverly Griffith, principal at South Jordan Elementary, transferred to Teaching & Learning.
    • Bryce Eardley, principal of Dugway Schools in Tooele School District, appointed principal at South Jordan Elementary replacing Beverly Griffith.
    • Staci Moore, assistant principal at Majestic Elementary, appointed principal at Bluffdale Elementary replacing Cynthia Tingey who is retiring.
    • Trudy Jack, administrative intern at Ridge View Elementary and Rosamond Elementary, appointed assistant principal at Majestic Elementary replacing Staci Moore.
    • Michelle Kilcrease, assistant principal at Blackridge Elementary and Foothills Elementary, transferred to ALPS at Riverton Elementary.
    • Baylee Lansford, assistant principal at Elk Meadows Elementary and Monte Vista Elementary, transferred to Blackridge Elementary and Foothills Elementary.
    • April Thompson, administrative intern at Aspen Elementary and Terra Linda Elementary, transferred to Elk Meadows Elementary and Monte Vista Elementary.
  • New Assignment effective July 1, 2022:
    • Brandon Larsen, band teacher at Herriman High, appointed assistant principal at a secondary school, location TBD.

Two Mountain Creek Middle School Students with Special Needs Selected to Represent Utah in the Rose Bowl Parade

Two students hold their musical instrumentsIt will be the experience of a lifetime for two Mountain Creek Middle School students with special needs. Jaymi Bonner, an 8th grade student who plays violin and Emma Figueroa, an 9th grade student who plays trumpet, will both be representing Utah in the Rose Bowl parade. The students were selected, along with others who have special needs, from all over the country. They all participate in a program called “United Sound.” The program focuses on relationship building and partners special needs students with peer tutors who assist and support them playing in their individual school bands.

Jaymi and Emma are busy preparing for the once in a lifetime event with their peer tutor, who will travel to the Rose Bowl and participate in the parade with the girls.

Thanks to everyone at Mountain Creek Middle School for supporting this program, especially Special Education teacher Karlee English and Music teacher Cameron Elliott.

Best of luck to Jaymi and Emma in the Rose Bowl parade.

Community Helps Fund Jordan Education Foundation Classroom Grants Totaling $352,987 for Teachers Throughout the District

Westvale Elementary staff holds up a check from the Jordan Education Foundation It was an unexpected surprise for teachers throughout Jordan School District right before the holiday season. Thanks to generous donors in our community, the Jordan Education Foundation was able to award a total of $352,987 to teachers and classrooms funding 637 projects. Grants will be used to purchase STEM supplies, language immersion libraries, guided reading books, Chromebooks, flexible seating options, applied science materials, math manipulatives, listening centers, sensory items, software, and other valuable classroom tools and equipment.

The Foundation is sending a special thanks to all those who donated, including Rocky Mountain Power, KSOP Tools for Schools, Wasatch Financial, and the JEF Annual Golf Classic sponsors for their support of the Classroom Grant program.

Our thanks to the Jordan Education Foundation for all of their hard work on behalf of teachers and students in the classroom every day!

Supercast Episode 116: “Christmas for Kids” Giving Hope and Help to Teens in Need Over the Holidays

Superintendent with Christmas for Kids volunteersEvery year the Jordan Education Foundation provides holiday gifts for teens who would otherwise go without in the Jordan School District community through an event called “Christmas for Kids.”

On this episode of the Supercast, we find out how the event helps teens in need who are struggling over the holidays. Also, find out why “Christmas for Kids” volunteers say shopping with the teens is an experience they will never forget, one that brings true meaning to the holiday season.