FUN FACT FRIDAY: New Elementary Schools On Time & On Budget

The excitement is building for two new additions to the Jordan School District family, a new elementary school in South Jordan at 10252 S. Split Rock Drive, and a new elementary school in Herriman at 5692 W. American Park Drive.

Construction on the new school in South Jordan is two months ahead of schedule. Crews are already busy painting classrooms, the gym and cafeteria and installing lights. Cabinets will be installed soon.

Crews are putting up sheetrock in the new elementary in Herriman along with installing gas and water lines.

Both schools will open their doors in August for the 2017-18 school year.

After months of discussion and public input, we anticipate the Board of Education will vote on boundaries for the new schools at the upcoming Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The District will then notify all impacted families. An announcement naming principals for the new schools should come soon after boundaries are decided.

Stay tuned, more updates to come.

Herriman High Teacher Nominated for National “LifeChanger of the Year” Award

Picture of Lisa JensenEveryone at Herriman High knows her as “Co-J,” but social studies teacher Lisa Jensen is also being called a life changer for her work on behalf of students. Jensen has been nominated for the prestigious national LifeChanger of the Year award. It is an award that recognizes the very best teachers from across the United States who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Co-J is being recognized, in large part, for helping to create a positive school climate at Herriman High. She is the founder of a school-wide program called the CURE (Courage, Unity, Revolution and Empowerment), which exists to unify the student body and combat bullying. Jensen is being praised for always going above and beyond to assist students, even under the most difficult circumstances.

The national grand prize for the LifeChanger of the Year recipient is $10,000. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee, which will review comments from people who know and support the individual nominees.

To share your thoughts and support Herriman High’s Lisa Jensen for this amazing award, click on the following link.

Herriman High Among Best in Statewide Zero Fatalities Teen Video Contest

Some students at Herriman High School put their talents to work recently in an effort to cut down on deadly driving behaviors, especially among young teens. With the help of school resource officer, Cynthia Archuleta, they produced a safety video and entered it in the Zero Fatalities Teen Video Contest. It was open to all Utah teens age 15 to 19 years old and the students had to produce a 25 second video focused on Zero Fatalities and five deadly driving habits. The winning video will be shown on live TV during the Super Bowl. The Herriman entry was among the top five and while it won’t air during the big game, we think it is an amazing safety video with a message worth sharing. Congratulations to everyone involved in this important project.

Here is the video to share with your friends.


South Jordan Elementary Students Present ‘We the People’ Program

Learning about governmental process, citizenship and the Constitution was all a part of the recent ‘We the People’ program at South Jordan Elementary School.

Fifth-graders from Diane Witt-Roper’s class took part in simulated congressional hearings, working cooperatively with teammates and presenting speeches to a panel of judges. During the program, teams of students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles, our system of government, as well as historical and current events. Each team was then questioned by the panel of judges and graded on civic and government knowledge, as well as presentation skills and other standards.

Topics included the Purpose of Government, the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional Convention, the Three Branches of Government, Freedoms and Rights of Citizens and Responsibility of Citizens.

The panel of judges this year included Ken Westwood, Principal, South Jordan Elementary; Michelle Oldroyd, Director for the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education; Rebecca Smith, Gifted and Talented Specialist, Jordan School District; and Detective David Adams, School Resource Officer.

Mrs. Witt-Roper introduced the ‘We the People’ program four years ago to her students and the culminating assembly has grown every year since its inception.