Fractured Fairy Tales Bring Fun

DSCN3634Students in Candie Checketts 2nd grade class at Midas Creek Elementary wait all year for their special unit on fairy tales. They learn about the stories then work together in groups to create their own version of a fairy tale. What is called the “fractured fairy tale” is then turned into a puppet show for the school. Some examples were Goldilocks and the Three Dragons, The Three Nerds Mashed Potatoes (The Billy Goat’s Gruff), and The Three Little Pigs and The Somewhat Bad Wolf.

The second grade groups wrote their own play, choose their characters and created their own puppets, even sewing costumes and styling hair. The final step was recording the play and performing the puppet show for friends and family. Check out a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Nutrition Services Featured on New Fox 13 Program

IMG_3393Jordan School District’s Nutrition Services recently launched a new campaign promoting the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and now they are being featured on a brand new local TV show. The campaign is called ‘Breakfast Brings Out The Best’ and our own Nutrition Services Dietitian, Katie Bastian, will appear on Fox 13’s new lifestyle show to talk about the campaign. She also talked about other healthy things happening in our school cafeterias every day. The new Fox 13 program is called ‘The Place’ and it airs at 1 p.m. weekdays starting July 6th, so tune in and support Katie and our fantastic nutrition services team!IMG_0507

Westvale Elementary Awarded Prestigious Grant to Promote Reading

DSCN3847It’s not every day you have a world famous author stepping up to promote reading at your school, but that’s exactly what is happening at Westvale Elementary. The school has been awarded a $5,000 grant, which is actually a personal donation from author James Patterson who is widely known for his fictional novels. Westvale was one of 28,000 schools nationwide applying for the grant money to purchase new books for the library. Mr. Patterson is contributing $1.75 million to school libraries around the country in an effort to keep reading a number one priority in the United States. And the news gets even better for Westvale because Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. We admire Mr. Patterson’s passion and helping children develop a life-long love for reading.

Students Turn Lesson in Economics into School Shopping Mall

IMG_0295What is normally a busy gym and cafeteria at South Jordan Elementary School was transformed into a rather crowded shopping mall on Monday. That’s because 4th grade students were turning a lesson in economics into real-life experiences as they created and opened their own businesses. The colorful storefronts advertised the sale of everything from ice cream cones, candy and fingernail art to superhero magazines and plush stuffed animals. They called it the ‘Ram Mall’ after the school’s mascot. Students were able to earn play money before the mall opened, and they spent it very carefully going from store to store calculating how much they had left and if a trip to the school bank was necessary. This was a great learning experience for some very creative young entrepreneurs. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Fun Fact Friday: Opportunities Abound at the JATC

The Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers (JATC) offers 29 Career and Technical Education programs at two facilities. Opening this school year, the JATC South in Riverton is providing new learning opportunities for students and compliments the 23 courses offered at the JATC North building in West Jordan.

Many of the classes provide concurrent enrollment offerings. This allows high school juniors and seniors to take college credit classes in high school, saving students and families thousands of dollars.

With 29 programs to choose from, there is just about something for everyone at the JATC. Take a look at the video below to see a sampling of opportunities for your student. If the video does not play, please view it HERE on our Facebook page.