A Sweet Reward for Students at Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary School for Their Success in Walk to Read

Students at Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary School were told their hard work in Walk to Read would pay off and it certainly did with a sweet surprise.

The students took their studying seriously during their Walk to Read groups. They then earned points based on participation and engagement. Students used the points to pie their teachers or to pie the school principal. It was a fun reward for amazing students always eager to learn.

Thanks to Rocky Peak for making learning so much fun.

Terra Linda Elementary School Educator Honored as KUTV “Teacher of the Month”

She is known for her work in the classroom always helping her sixth-grade students succeed. Now, a Terra Linda Elementary School teacher is being recognized and rewarded for her efforts. Kimberlee Gunderson is KUTV’s “Teacher of the Month” for April. She was interviewed by KUTV’s Kari Hawker Diaz and given a $750 Visa gift card provided by Volkswagen Southtowne. Ms. Gunderson will be featured in a story on channel 2 as well.

KUTV’s “Teacher of the Month” is a program to celebrate teachers who have influenced the lives of students or their families.

Congratulations, Ms. Gunderson! Keep up the great work.

Congratulation to Recipients of the 2024 JSD “Jordy Awards” for Outstanding School Counselors

They are dedicated, hard-working, kind, and always have the best interest of students at heart. Some school counselors are being recognized for all they do supporting students on a daily basis with the 2024 “Jordy Awards.” This is a districtwide, counselor nominated award and the nominees are voted on by school counselors as well.

Congratulations to the following 2024 “Jordy Award” winners:

Delanie Wu, a school counselor at Daybreak Elementary School, is someone who constantly goes above and beyond and always makes time to support other counselors. Colleagues say she looks for solutions, builds relationships, and is simply a great person with a passion for the work that she does every single day.

Josh Flores, a school counselor at Mountain Creek Middle School, is someone who goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcomed and included. Colleagues say Mr. Flores has a great work ethic, is determined to support students and other counselors, and has a sense of humor along the way. He is described as an all-around all-star who helps to make Jordan School District a better place.

Markie Harper, a school counselor at Copper Hills High School, is phenomenal in the work that she does with students. Colleagues say Ms. Harper is part of a team always looking for ways to improve and try something new if it will benefit students. She is described as energetic, optimistic, a problem solver, and someone who is always available to listen.

Congratulations to these incredible school counselors! Keep up the great work supporting students and our schools.

Supercast Episode 240: Student Curiosity Comes Alive with Unique STEAM Program at Daybreak Elementary School

Superintendent with students from Daybreak ElementaryThey are challenging young minds and making amazing “light bulb” moments a regular occurrence at Daybreak Elementary School.

On this episode of the Supercast, find out how teachers are blending Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with a mix of the Arts, turning it into a full day of fun and learning that is sparking student curiosity and developing stronger thinking skills.

Students and Staff Experience Eclipse with Excitement and Awe

“Get the glasses on! Don’t look at the sun without your glasses!” shouted Ms. Jackie Rubalcava to her first-grade students as they walked out of their classroom at Rose Creek Elementary.

Outside on the pavement, Ms. Rubalcava’s students pressed their glasses against their heads, their gazes fixed on the sky. She guided them in a straight line, making sure everyone had a clear view, and transformed the eclipse into an engaging, live-action lesson.

“Wow! Does that look like first contact or second contact?” Ms. Rubalcava asked her students, who shouted back, “Second!”

Her classroom was among the many at Rose Creek Elementary that went outside Monday afternoon to watch the moon pass between the earth and the sun. As the eclipse cast a shadow, dimming the daylight, the students lit up with questions.

“It’s awesome,” said one first-grade student. “I like it. You can see the moon taking over, and I can kind of see the black in it, like a fourth part.”

From eager first-graders to science buffs in middle school, students of all ages embraced the eclipse. At Sunset Ridge Middle School, the clouds parted just in time for a great view. Other schools in the Jordan School District gave out protective eyewear to children heading out to recess, allowing them to look up when they wanted.

Watching the eclipse, as long as it was done safely with glasses, provided a fantastic learning opportunity for kids. The next total solar eclipse like this won’t be visible in the US until 2045. By then, Ms. Rubalcava’s first-grade class will be in their late 20s!