Fun Fact Friday: New School Construction on Time & Budget

Wally WallsThe excitement is building as construction on two new elementary schools is progressing on time and on budget. You can see the progress at the Herriman elementary site, located at approximately 12420 S 5600 West, where the footings are in place and the foundation has been poured. At the South Jordan elementary site, located at approximately 10200 S. 5150 West, the foundation has been poured along with block walls rising quickly. The construction costs are about 17% less than previous elementary schools thanks to efficiencies that will not compromise instructional space for students. This is a cost savings to our stakeholders.

Remember, if you frequently travel through or around the construction sites, be aware that there will be an increase in activity as crews now begin work on sewer, water, power and gas at the new schools. Both the Herriman and South Jordan schools should be enclosed by the time winter rolls around. Stay tuned for routine updates! Check out more photos of both sites on our Facebook page.

South Jordan City Joins in Tree Donation for School on Arbor Day

TreeThe landscape at Jordan Ridge Elementary School is getting a new look thanks to the South Jordan City Parks Department, Zwich Construction and Dry Creek Charities. They all came together on Arbor Day to donate five beautiful new trees for the school grounds. And the best part is that students were allowed to participate in planting the trees along with a lesson in how to care for them from city parks and Zwich Construction employees. Thanks to everyone involved for the generous donation and giving students a hands-on lesson in landscaping. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Columbia Dad and Kid Science Night Filled with Fun!

IMG_3385It was a special night at Columbia Elementary School as dads joined their children for some fun with science. About 800 people packed the gym and big smiles were everywhere as students and their dads joined forces in several hands-on science experiments. Together they launched marshmallows from mousetrap catapults and made paper airplanes. We applaud Columbia for giving dads this important opportunity to get involved with their children in the school setting. Thanks to all the dads who took part in the science night, making it a huge success! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Video of Prize Patrol Surprising Winners with Outstanding Educator Awards

Every year the Jordan Education Foundation (JEF) selects 12 amazing teachers to receive the Outstanding Educator & Special Educator Awards. The recognition comes with a cash prize of $1,000 made possible by generous Foundation donors. Watch the video below as the recipients are surprised by the Foundation’s prize patrol. Here is a list of the winners.

  • Outstanding Educators
    • Kristie Clawson, West Jordan High
    • Melinda Mansouri, JATC North
    • Joleen Reddish, South Jordan Middle
    • Cathy Smith, Jordan Ridge Elementary
    • Marcia Newbold, Riverton Elementary
    • Lauren Nielsen, Fort Herriman Middle
    • Beng Lay Kou, Southland Elementary
    • Diane Edwards, Monte Vista Elementary
    • Marla Daniels, South Jordan Elementary
    • Ronald Squire, Jordan Hills Elementary
  • Special Educators
    • Jeff Barkdull, Kauri Sue Hamilton School
    • Carollee Tautkus, Mountain Shadows Elementary