Students Meet Members of Visiting Chinese Embassy Delegation

IMG_5254It was an exciting day for Chinese Dual Immersion students at Foothills Elementary as they greeted and performed for special guests from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Chinese Ambassador was in Utah at the invitation of state lawmakers, in part, to celebrate the 35-year relationship between Utah and China. They were also here to recognize the success of students in Jordan School District’s Chinese Immersion programs. At Foothills Elementary the delegation observed Chinese Dual Immersion students in the classroom and they were treated to several musical performances. The Chinese delegation was extremely impressed by how well students in the first through fourth grades understood and spoke Mandarin Chinese. It was a great honor for Foothills to host these very special guests. Enjoy a photo gallery of this on our Facebook page. You can also see the KUTV 2 news coverage of the visit by clicking here.

Eastlake Students Perform Colorful and Creative Peter Pan

IMG_5234They took to the stage full of energy, excitement and talent. Students in Mrs. Simi’s fifth-grade class worked long and hard preparing and conducting dress rehearsals to take the stage in their own adaptation of the musical “Peter Pan.” The cast delivered animated lines from characters like the princess Tiger Lily, The Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Wendy and, of course, Peter Pan. They also sang their hearts out in musical numbers like ‘I Don’t Want to Grow Up.’ Congratulations to everyone involved in this colorful and creative production, including the tech crew. You are all shining stars! Enjoy a photo gallery of the show on our Facebook page.

Student Fundraising Success Means Pie in the Face for Teachers

IMG_5210When students at Monte Vista Elementary set out to achieve a goal, they reach it and reach it in a big way. This year they wanted to raise money to fulfill the wishes of children who are battling serious illnesses. So the entire Monte Vista student body did a ‘Walking for Wishes’ fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Utah. The children then had sponsors who pledged to donate money for every lap they made it around the school field. The amount of money they raised is pretty impressive, $16,682! That will make the wishes of four sick children come true, thanks to the caring spirit of everyone at Monte Vista. Because the fundraiser was such a success, ten students got to throw pies in the faces of teachers to celebrate.  Way to go Monte Vista! In the four years students have been raising money for Make-A-Wish Utah, the total from this school alone is more than $71,000. Enjoy a photo gallery of this event on our Facebook page.

Fun Fact Friday: Year-Round Schools

IMG_0958While most of the schools in the State are out for the summer, Jordan School District still has 20 year-round schools in session with 20,183 children still attending classes. That means we also have 935 teachers still in classrooms, and 703 supporting staff helping to keep buildings operational. This includes hardworking secretaries, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers and many more.

People often ask, “Why do you continue to have year-round schools?” or “Why don’t you have a modified schedule like Alpine School District?” The answer lies in the rapid growth of many communities. Alpine’s modified schedule allows their district to increase the capacity of those schools by 15-18 percent, but they also have larger class sizes with their modified schedule. Jordan’s year-round schedule allows for increasing the capacity of a building by 25 percent, with the potential to increase capacity to 33 percent, and keep class sizes smaller. This means we do not have to build as many new buildings.

Helping Classmate Battling Cancer Get Her Wish

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Kate poses with her parents and 1,000 origami cranes

Geography students from the ninth-grade classes of John Watkins, Shaila Keck and Janet Sanders at West Hills Middle are trying to help one of their friends get a wish. As students learned about Japan in their geography class, the teachers shared with them an ancient Japanese legend that promises anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish. Those students folded 1,000 origami cranes, strung them together and presented them to classmate Kate Pierson who has cancer.

Kate has been home nearly the entire year battling neuroblastoma. Her wish is to win that battle. As Kate entered the building on June 5, the string of cranes stretched down one side of the hall and back the other as students cheered to see her. “Kate was very touched to know that others are thinking of her,” said Kate’s father David Pierson. A special note of thanks goes to our teachers for inspiring their students to greater things through service learning opportunities. To learn more about Kate, watch this video produced by the Tyler Robinson Foundation. You can also see more photos of this event on our Facebook page.