‘Summer History Academy’ Helps Teachers Bring Social Studies to Life

Teacher pose for a picture at 'Summer History Day'Jordan School District fifth and sixth-grade teachers participated in a day of workshops and activities during the ‘Summer History Academy’ at South Jordan Middle School. The 24 educators spent a week digging into the core curriculum, hands-on social studies lessons and new techniques for teaching current events. The academy is a way for teachers to learn from each other and bring new ideas into their classrooms.

The week ended with teachers ready and eager to use their new resources with their students in the fall!

Falcon Ridge Elementary Student Featured in National Publication

Picture of SarahIf you ask Sarah Bullock if it’s OK for kids to stay up late during school breaks – like summer break – she definitely has an opinion. Sarah, a Falcon Ridge Elementary School student shared that opinion with the April edition of ‘Scholastic News,’ and her opinion writing was published.

The article asked “Is It OK to Stay Up Late During School Breaks? One 4th grade student from Michigan replied, yes! Jared She said, in part, “When we’re not in school we deserve a break from our normal routine. It also gives us more time to spend with family.”

Falcon Ridge Elementary’s Sarah Bullock replied, no! Sarah said “during breaks, kids should stick to their usual bedtime. If you go to bed late and sleep in over break, your body will get used to that routine. Then it will be hard to get up early once school starts again. Plus, researchers have found that kids who go to bed after 9 p.m. are less likely to get enough rest. That can make you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. It can also lead to health issues. I sometime get headaches if I stay up late.”

Keep up the great writing, Sarah and keep getting enough sleep!

Superintendent Johnson Thanks JSD for The “Incredible Journey”

Superintendent Johnson hugs Jordan School Board members. It was a night to say thank you as Superintendent Patrice Johnson participated in the last Board of Education meeting of her eight-year career in Jordan School District. Board President Bryce Dunford praised Dr. Johnson for her compassionate work helping to make the District strong. Mr. Dunford also thanked her for the kind of leadership which has blessed so many children.

Superintendent Johnson called her time in the District an “incredible journey,” and “phenomenal.” She thanked employees for their support and thanked Board members for staying the course to support teachers and students.

Monte Vista Elementary School ROCKS!

Picture of students performingIt was a step back in time as students at Monte Vista Elementary School took the stage in a musical called “Dateline Rock ‘n Roll.” The musical was written by the school’s music specialist, Kristen Helton along with Melissa Warren, and had students dancing and singing their way through hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

The crowd loved the show and the ‘cool’ costumes that came with it. Thanks to parents who helped with groovy headbands, shades, tie-dye shirts – a colorful array of outfits that represented a rocking time in history.

Congratulations to everyone involved in a crowd-pleasing performance!