PTA+ Moment: Elk Meadows Volunteer Receives National Recognition

IMG_1558(1)From the main office to the classroom and everywhere in between, PTA volunteer Stephanie Johnson is an important part of the day-to-day educational support at Elk Meadows Elementary School. That’s why this mom and ‘mover and shaker’ at the school is being recognized nationally. Mrs. Johnson is one of five finalists, chosen from schools across the country, in the running for a prestigious ‘Bammy Award.’ The award was created to acknowledge that teachers can’t do it alone and recognizes the collaborative nature of education— it really does take a village to educate a child. Stephanie Johnson is a finalist in the ‘Parent Group Leaders’ category and will be flown to Washington D.C. where the winners will be announced. However, we believe this dedicated volunteer is already a winner and Elk Meadows is lucky to have her as part of the school team! Congratulations on this well deserved recognition.

Fun Fact Friday: Energy Dream Team Scores Big

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Image courtesy Salt Lake Tribune

Talk about what a difference a year can make. One year ago, the Board of Education decided to fund three new positions solely responsible for increasing energy conservation. The numbers are in and these positions turned out to be a very wise investment for District taxpayers. In total, the “Energy Dream Team” has saved the District more than $680,000 in its first year alone! Future Fun Fact Friday’s will share specifics on money saved, steps taken and energy grants earned. Today we are sharing the results of our recent water conservation efforts.

In the 2012-13 school year, the District embarked on a water conservation project that included staff training and student involvement. At the end of that year, Jordan used a little more than 560 million gallons of water to maintain more than 953 acres inside the buildings and out. In 2013-14 that amount dropped to just over 532 million gallons of water. That’s 28 million gallons of water saved. With additional training throughout the 2014-15 school year, the District is on schedule for water usage to plummet by nearly 100 million gallons more, in just one year. We applaud everyone for being water-wise.

Sunset Ridge Students Light up with Summer Learning

IMG_5876It is a summer of learning some students at Sunset Ridge Middle won’t soon forget. That’s because they participated in what is called the ‘Falcon Summer Camp’ which literally takes learning to new heights. It’s a week long camp that started with students challenging their minds and bodies on a high ropes course at the University of Utah. Every year teachers who organize the camp choose a book for the students to read and over the course of a week they leave the classroom to experience different aspects of what they have read in the book. With that in mind, the kids headed up to Lake Solitude for a hike, they practiced calligraphy and made zen gardens, volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and went on a tour of Energy Solutions Arena. But a day did not go by without the young people taking time out to read because literacy is the cornerstone of the camp. This is a wonderful summer opportunity that began with several teachers who wanted to continue to make a difference in the lives of children over the summer months. This would not be possible without parents who help these dedicated teachers raise money to fund the camp along with the Jordan Education Foundation. Thank you for supporting summer learning! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Good Manners Matter in the Classroom

Screenshot 2015-07-29 15.12.00As children head back to the classroom for a new school year, many parents are hoping they mind their manners and show respect to the many hard working teachers and school staff. And educators will tell you good manners do matter in the classroom. It’s something Region 6 PTA President for Jordan School District, Dawn Ramsey, recently talked about on Fox 13’s lifestyle show ‘The Place.’ Take a look at the segment and some tips on how parents can teach their children the importance of good manners. Click here to see the video.