Westvale Elementary Awarded Prestigious Grant to Promote Reading

DSCN3847It’s not every day you have a world famous author stepping up to promote reading at your school, but that’s exactly what is happening at Westvale Elementary. The school has been awarded a $5,000 grant, which is actually a personal donation from author James Patterson who is widely known for his fictional novels. Westvale was one of 28,000 schools nationwide applying for the grant money to purchase new books for the library. Mr. Patterson is contributing $1.75 million to school libraries around the country in an effort to keep reading a number one priority in the United States. And the news gets even better for Westvale because Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. We admire Mr. Patterson’s passion and helping children develop a life-long love for reading.

Students Turn Lesson in Economics into School Shopping Mall

IMG_0295What is normally a busy gym and cafeteria at South Jordan Elementary School was transformed into a rather crowded shopping mall on Monday. That’s because 4th grade students were turning a lesson in economics into real-life experiences as they created and opened their own businesses. The colorful storefronts advertised the sale of everything from ice cream cones, candy and fingernail art to superhero magazines and plush stuffed animals. They called it the ‘Ram Mall’ after the school’s mascot. Students were able to earn play money before the mall opened, and they spent it very carefully going from store to store calculating how much they had left and if a trip to the school bank was necessary. This was a great learning experience for some very creative young entrepreneurs. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Fun Fact Friday: Opportunities Abound at the JATC

The Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers (JATC) offers 29 Career and Technical Education programs at two facilities. Opening this school year, the JATC South in Riverton is providing new learning opportunities for students and compliments the 23 courses offered at the JATC North building in West Jordan.

Many of the classes provide concurrent enrollment offerings. This allows high school juniors and seniors to take college credit classes in high school, saving students and families thousands of dollars.

With 29 programs to choose from, there is just about something for everyone at the JATC. Take a look at the video below to see a sampling of opportunities for your student. If the video does not play, please view it HERE on our Facebook page.

Superintendent Has Great Appreciation for Student Artwork

DSCN3610DSCN3613Every year Superintendent Patrice Johnson supports student artists by attending the District art show at the South Towne Mall. And every year she carefully selects a piece to be displayed in or outside her office. Herriman High senior Shawn Thorkelson’s pencil drawing called ‘Clashing Thoughts’ caught the Superintendent’s eye this time around. Shawn spent some time visiting with the Superintendent when he delivered the graphite piece. The Sterling Scholar plans to attend UVU in the fall and pursue a degree in art or graphic design. Thanks to this young artist for sharing his incredible talent. Good luck in the future.

Daybreak Students Amaze Audience with Shakespeare

DSCN3589It’s not something you expect to see from sixth-grade students at an elementary school, but some young actors at Daybreak performed Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to perfection! Congratulations to teacher and show director, Mrs. Babcock and all of her cast members. They had the audience laughing and in awe as the story of Romeo and Juliet played out on a colorful stage cast with funny court jesters and plenty of amazing gymnastic moves. All of the beautiful costumes were designed and hand-made by Mrs. Babcock and her mother. This was a performance to remember, so take time to enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.