Westland Elementary Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week 

Poster with words 'Our Teachers Lift Us Up'Students and parents at Westland Elementary love their teachers. So, this week educators are being honored during Teacher Appreciation Week with an ‘Up’ themed celebration.

The Pixar-animated movie ‘Up’ features an inspiring story about how life’s biggest adventures aren’t the ones you necessarily go after, which all students can take to heart. Thanks to the Westland PTA, a 3-D replica of the ‘Up’ house, as well as representations of some of the main characters from the movie, greet teachers as they walk into school by the main office. A large photo display poster of all the teachers at Westland is prominently displayed and covers an entire hall of the school.

Teachers are being treated each day of the week with different items to show appreciation for their dedication to the school and students. Snacks, drinks, complimentary breakfast and lunches are some of the items teachers receive to show how much the students and parents in the Westland community think of them and their hard work throughout the school year.

Enjoy a photo gallery on Facebook.

Terra Linda Students Having a Ball with Unique Mind and Body Fitness Program

Students Practicing Drums wth Plastic BallsStudents at Terra Linda Elementary School are having a ball – literally – in a unique program that is putting their mental and physical strength to the test. Terra Linda is a model school for a program taking off across the country called “Drums Alive.” Program founder, Carrie Ekins leads students through a rigorous workout using big rubber balls and drumsticks. The exercises use rhythm and movement to help foster a healthy balance physically, mentally and emotionally. Ekins is also exploring the concept of ‘Brain Breaks’ in classrooms at Terra Linda. That is where students are allowed short breaks after instruction periods to refocus the brain and increase learning. The brain breaks include things like engaging in music, movement and rhythm. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Lunch Ladies Rise and Shine Everyday with Recipes for Success

Nutrition Services employees at Heartland ElementaryEvery day lunch ladies and nutrition services staff rise and shine long before the sun comes up to cook tasty and nutritious meals for thousands of students and staff throughout Jordan School District. This is no small task and they do it all serving up smiles and farm fresh food along the way. Here are some fun facts you may not know about the enormous job of keeping our students fed:

  • More than 31,000 meals are served in JSD schools every day.
  • 500 Nutrition Services employees are involved in the food preparation.
  • Nutrition Services spends $9,000,000 on food every school year.
  • 570,000 pounds of poultry, beef and pork combined are used in meals each year.
  • Lunch ladies use more than 350,000 pounds of flour in baking each year.
  • Nutrition Services works with four local farmers to provide as much fresh produce as possible in schools in the ‘Farm to School’ program, which includes fresh milk. About $2,000,000 is spent on products from local farmers each year.

The most requested recipe every single year by parents in the District is for our lunch lady’s MACARONI AND CHEESE. Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Macaroni & Cheese
Jordan School District Nutrition Services

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 1/3 cups milk
  • 4 Tbsp margarine
  • 7/8 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 3/4 pounds processed American cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

Put milk, margarine, mustard, pepper and cheese in medium sauce pan. Cook until melted and watch closely to avoid scalding. Mix noodles and cheese mixture together and serve!! ENJOY!!

12 servings (1 cup)

West Jordan Middle Student Receives Native American Recognition Award

Isaiah Lapale holding awardHe maintains a 3.8 GPA while excelling in athletics, attendance, community projects, performing arts and service learning. Isaiah Lapale is a ninth grade student who is already on his way to achieving great things. That is one reason why he was recently recognized at the 18th annual Indian Student Recognition Ceremony for Northern Utah. Isaiah was among Native American students in grades 9 – 12, honored for their individual contributions in cultural recognition, heritage language, ROTC, scholarship, arts and crafts and academic excellence to name a few. At the ceremony Isaiah thanked his parents and grandparents for teaching him about his culture and instilling a sense of pride in his Tongan and Navajo heritage. We applaud this young man for being a role-model and sharing his culture and many talents with those around him. Congratulations!