Fun Fact Friday: Getting Ready For Graduation

Diplomas IconIt is that time of year when thousands of students are anxiously preparing for high school graduation. In Jordan School District there are 3,789 seniors making plans to bid high school a fond farewell and graduate on to new adventures academically and in pursuit of future careers.

Here is a list of our high school graduation dates, times and locations.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019!

 School Date & Time Location
 Bingham High May 30, 10 a.m. UCCU Arena at Utah Valley University
 Copper Hills High May 30, 2 p.m. Maverik Center
 Herriman High May 30, 7 p.m. Maverik Center
 Riverton High May 30, 3 p.m. UCCU Arena at Utah Valley University
 Valley High May 29, 2 p.m. Lifetime Activities Center at SLCC
 West Jordan High May 30, 9 a.m. Maverik Center
 South Valley May 30, 3 p.m. West Jordan High Auditorium
 River’s Edge May 30, 4 p.m. River’s Edge School Auditorium

Elementary Students Perform Original Play Celebrating 150 Year Anniversary of Golden Spike at Promontory

Fourth-grade students at Rosamond Elementary School have been studying the history of the Golden Spike at Promontory as part of their classroom curriculum and they performed what they have learned in an original play through song and dance. More than 100 students took the stage bringing the audience along on a journey through time. Their educational performance conveyed the significant historical impact of the Golden Spike and the “meeting of the rails,” marking the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869 in Utah.

The story was told through original song and dance written by a Rosamond Elementary School student’s grandparent, Stephanie Skolmoski.

Thank you to Ms. Skolmoski and everyone involved in this amazing musical.

Congratulations to the student performers who were exceptional!

Enjoy this original song from the show.

Columbia Elementary School Teachers Receive Special Classroom “Room Service”

Staff hands out treats to teachers. It was just one more way to say thank you and show love for teachers at Columbia Elementary School. As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the front office staff packed a cart with treats and headed out to make some very special deliveries. They went from classroom to classroom providing individual room service for teachers. The sweet treats were delivered with a big helping of thanks and appreciation for the amazing work teachers do at Columbia every single day.

JSD School Nurse Receives Prestigious Mary Ito Award

Picture of AJ WalkowskiAJ Walkowski has a long resume reflecting a career dedicated to helping others. Now the Utah School Nursing Association (USNA) is recognizing his many contributions and caring service to others by honoring Mr. Walkowski with the “Mary Ito Award.” This award is given in Mary Ito’s honor, to a school nurse who has made unique contributions to school nursing by carrying on the inspirational spirit of Mary: to “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much.”

AJ Walkowski has been an essential part of the nursing team at Jordan School District for 16 years.

AJ started his medical career as a young medic in the Army. After this service, he returned to Utah and continued his work as a firefighter and paramedic for the Salt Lake County Fire Department. AJ somehow found the time to earn his nursing degree and after retiring from the fire department, AJ continued full time employment as a nurse. He has been a nurse for over 29 years, 16 of which he has been serving the students of Jordan School District.

AJ currently serves as the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Director, for the state of Utah.  AJ has loved the opportunity to collaborate with nurses from all over the country to promote the health and wellness of students in our great nation.

JSD nurses say AJ is a joy to work with. They say he has served our country, he has served our community, he has served our JSD students, and he continually finds ways to serve each one of us.

Congratulations to this truly amazing JSD school nurse!

It is National School Nurse Day – Thank You School Nurses!

Picture of JSD school nursesToday is National School Nurse Day. It’s a day to recognize and say thanks to our hard working school nurses.

Our nurses are responsible for the health and wellbeing of thousands of students throughout Jordan School District. They serve our schools by teaching staff about important health care matters, doing vision screenings, Individual Health Care Plans, treating our students with allergies, diabetes, asthma and many other conditions. They participate in 504 meetings, IEP meetings, State School Nursing meetings, and so much more. Our school nurses work hard, and usually do it with smiles on their faces!

Don’t forget to thank your school nurse this week!