It was called ‘ROAR’ day (Respect Our Attendance Rules). That’s why the cafeteria at South Hills Middle School turned into a musical flash mob with dozens dancing and singing to drive home a point: they want students to respect attendance rules and cut down on unexcused absences and tardies. The flash mob sang and danced to the Katy Perry song “Roar”, with different lyrics that promote better school attendance. The goal with the campaign is to increase attendance by at least 10% at South Hills. The classroom that has the best attendance each month will be awarded a traveling trophy. ★
Cindy Epperson is a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Ridge Elementary who goes out of her way to make a difference for every child in her classroom every day. Her efforts were recognized when the Eagle 101.5 radio station showed up and surprised Ms. Epperson with Jon & Amanda’s Teacher of the Month award. The award goes to educators who go above and beyond to make sure children succeed. Principal Catherine Anderson nominated Mrs. Epperson and the radio station provided treats for the entire class and gave Cindy Epperson a plaque and other prizes. Congratulations to this deserving teacher, keep up the inspiring work. ★
It was the worst school bus accident in our nation’s history. Now, a permanent memorial stands in South Jordan’s Heritage Park to remember the 23 students and bus driver who died when a Jordan District school bus was hit by a train at a railroad crossing without safety arms. Click on the image to read what one young survivor wrote about his experience on the bus that fateful day. In addition, you can view news coverage of the historical event below.
When students at Welby Elementary decided to do something to benefit other children over the holidays, they put their creative hats on and came up with something very special. Thanks to donations by parents and the hard work of students who crafted home-made ornaments, Welby has a beautiful holiday tree at the annual Festival of Trees. The festival traditionally raises more than a million dollars for children at Primary Children’s Medical Center. The Welby tree is themed after the school’s holiday musical, ‘Yes Virginia.’ Congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful service project. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.★
The Nov. 26 Board meeting summary is now available and can be viewed at www.jordandistrict.org/board/meetings/summary/2013-11-26/. ★