Describing it as a very difficult decision, members of the Board of Education voted to transition Butterfield Canyon and Herriman Elementary Schools from a year-round to a traditional calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The decision came after approximately 80% of parents responding to a survey at both schools supported the move, even though it may be temporary. Opening of the new Blackridge elementary reduced student populations at Butterfield Canyon and Herriman making it possible to transition to a traditional calendar. District estimates show the move could save approximately $100,000 a year in operating costs at each school.
Jarom Hickenlooper, a junior at Copper Hills High, is a young man committed to community service and civic leadership. Now, this bright and talented student is about to have one of the largest service learning experiences for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students in the United States. Hickenlooper was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Freedoms Foundation, Service Learning in Public Policy development program at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The week long curriculum educates and empowers students to become active participants in government and be catalysts for positive change in the world. Congratulations Jarom! Good luck with this amazing opportunity, we know you will make the District proud.
Some Herriman High students were given the opportunity of a lifetime appearing on stage in a music video that will be watched by millions. Lindsey Stirling, who is known to fans around the world as the “dancing violinist,” invited students to join her after she was given the green light to shoot her next music video in the Herriman High School auditorium. Stirling has several relatives who attend school at Herriman and she wanted to do something to give students a real-life lesson in how music videos are produced and filmed. About 10 students accompanied Stirling on strings, one played drums in a separate music scene and the school’s multi-media students helped with sound and lighting. Miss Stirling said she loves to help young people discover their passion for music early and give them advice about reaching goals for the future. Lindsey Stirling is a BYU graduate who has 5.8 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp. She was just named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in music for 2015. The music video shot at Herriman High is scheduled for release in mid-February. Enjoy a photo gallery of the music video taping on our Facebook page.
Well, it’s a fact. Jordan School District is no longer last in the state in the amount of money we spend to educate a child. That’s right; recent data released by the Utah State Office of Education shows Morgan School District spent $12 less than Jordan in per pupil expenditures for the 2013-14 school year. Prior to that, Jordan was dead last in the state in this category. However, the District was able to increase student funding by 1.9 percent to $5,752, just $12 more than Morgan School District at $5,740. This also means we are no longer last in the nation. We are so proud of the amazing educators who make so little go so far, which is reflected in student achievement in the classroom.