Celebrating Thanksgiving Throughout Jordan School District

Students enjoy Thanksgiving feast at Elk MeadowsThe week of Thanksgiving is all about fun learning activities to celebrate the holiday at schools throughout Jordan School District.

At Elk Meadows Elementary, all the kindergarten classes were treated to a Thanksgiving “feast”. Students learned about politeness and good manners, while dining and had the chance to practice their best behavior, as they get ready for Thanksgiving dinner and their holiday break.

Over at Eastlake Elementary, the first-grade classes also enjoyed a holiday meal including turkey, veggies and fruit. Then, just before the final bell, the entire second-grade paraded around the school with holiday headdress and turkey sound-makers, kicking off the Thanksgiving Recess to the cheers of parents, teachers and fellow Eastlake students.

We are truly thankful to all our teachers, staff and parents for all you do to help educate children in Jordan School District.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

A Thanksgiving Message from the Board of Education

Greetings Jordan District Employees and Colleagues:

2017 Thanksgiving Letter Sample Printed VersionIn the last few days, the Jordan Board of Education dedicated our two newest elementary schools, Golden Fields and Bastian. Students were the highlight of each program. They spoke about the strengths and legacies which their new schools were already developing, and they sang with enthusiasm and appreciation about the opportunities which their schools, their homes, and their country opened to them. In each case, families, friends, and neighbors filled the audience and cheered our students on. These were moments to savor.

Both events gave members of our Board of Education occasion to reflect once again on the essential contributions each of you, our employees, make to see that our schools are welcoming, effective, safe, and thriving. From the maintenance teams to bus drivers, nutrition workers, classroom teachers and aides, office and business staffs, administrators, and every other employee who contributes on a daily basis to student success, we want to say “thank you.” You are critical members of our district team, and the truth is, our schools could not function without you.

As we approach the holiday season, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate and value what you do for students–more than 53,000 of them in 59 different school settings. Few jobs make such a positive difference to our society. Together, all of us open the doors of education to the children of our community. As we express to you our gratitude for the remarkable skills and talents you share with our students, you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for making a difference to every child, every day.

Happy Holidays to Each of You and to Those You Love,

The Jordan School District Board of Education
Janice L. Voorhies, President – Precinct 6
Matthew Young, Vice President – Precinct 2
Jen Atwood, Secretary – Precinct 7
Bryce Dunford, Member – Precinct 5
Tracy J. Miller, Member – Precinct 3
Marilyn Richards, Member – Precinct 4
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1
Patrice Johnson, Superintendent
John Larsen, Business Administrator

Copper Hills High Teacher Proves the ‘Gift of Giving’ Knows No Boundaries

Teachers and students pose with new coatsIt is a story of generosity that started out with Copper Hills High teacher and bride-to-be Rickee Stewart asking wedding guests to use her bridal registry as a way to donate to students in need rather than buying her wedding gifts. Her story has touched people around the world who have donated to the cause, mostly contributing in the form of coats for needy students.

So far 1,800 new coats have warmed the hearts and taken care of students throughout Jordan School District.

Realizing there was a need in neighboring Granite School District, Ms. Stewart decided to share the most recent Burlington Stores donation of 1,000 new coats with students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. With the help of 25 Copper Hills High students and Santa, the coats were delivered, sorted by size and every student at the school received a new coat.

It was an act of kindness that brought many teachers to tears and had students smiling in disbelief over the generosity fueled by an amazing educator in neighboring Jordan School District.

Because of Rickee Stewart’s work, the winter season will be much warmer for students in Jordan and Granite School Districts, because of the new coats and knowing someone cares.

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Teacher Turns Art Class into Study on the Quality of Air We Breathe

Herriman High students show off their artworkGraphics Arts teacher Megan Mettmann wanted to give her students a unique kind of meaningful art project that would translate into something lasting in their lives. She came up with the topic of “air we breathe.”

Then Ms. Mettmann asked her students to design, write and illustrate small books that could be used in local libraries to educate people about protecting the quality of air in Utah.

After an air quality presentation by ‘Breathe Utah,’ the students were armed with information they needed to write their books. The results are pretty amazing. Students say they learned a lot about protecting our precious air and are now anxious to share what they have learned.

The one-of-a-kind books will be placed in the Herriman High School media center and shared with elementary schools throughout Jordan School District. Breathe Utah will also receive some of the books to use in presentations around the state.

Congratulations to Ms. Mettmann and her students for turning art into action for the environment.

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