August Principals Message for Parents/Guardians

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Dear Parents/Guardians and Group Homes                                                     August, 2016

I hope you have had an enjoyable summer.  I want to make sure you have the below information before school starts.  It is very important that you register ASAP.  Transportation cannot pick up your child for school until you have completed the registration process.

If your child has attended Jordan Valley before go to  http://skyward.canyonsdistrict.org to start the registration process.  If your student is new to Jordan Valley and you have not received a letter from Canyons district with your login information call Jordan Valley at 801-706-0459 to get your login information.

The below procedural information is important for the beginning of the year. 

1.  School begins August 24th.  We follow the elementary Calendar. The students will be in school from 9:25 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:25-2:20 on Fridays.  This is the same schedule as last year.  Kindergarten starts Monday August 29th

2.  The Canyons District Transportation phone number is 801-826-5252.  Please call them with transportation changes or student absences.  A day or two before the school year starts you will be contacted by a Canyons District bus driver regarding specific pickup and drop off times.

3.  Jordan Valley office hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Should you need to contact your child’s teacher we encourage you to call them between 8:15-9:15 am.  During school you are welcome to leave your teacher a message to call you.  During school times teachers will be busy attending to their student’s needs.

4.  There will be a link for school lunch information when you go online to register your student. Please keep your child’s/student’s lunch account current.  We recommend you pay for lunch with a check or electronically. 

An application form for free/reduced lunch is also available online.  If you feel you qualify, please return the completed form on the first day of school - August 24th.  There is no grace period for free/reduced lunch.  Applications are accepted throughout the school year should your financial situation change.

5.  Utah state laws require that all students be fully immunized and the school must have a copy of the form before they attend school.  If your child is new to our school (Kindergarten or transfer student) please see that their immunizations are current. If you’re getting an exemption for health/personal reasons, the forms must be signed at the State Board of Health.

6.  Please keep your child/student at home if they are ill.   Many of our students have health problems that are made worse by colds and flu.  Our school nurses will contact you with health concerns.

7.  You must bring your student’s medications to school with the appropriate signed physician’s orders.  Do not send medications on the school bus.

8.  Please send extra clothing for your student that is clearly marked with their name.  Also, if your student is going to use the swimming pool/therapy pool, please send a swimsuit clearly marked in permanent ink.  We will send the  swim authorization form home the first week of school. 

Enjoy what is left of your summer.  We look forward to a wonderful school year with your Jordan Valley student.

Mark Donnelly                                                          

Principal

Principal's message Summer 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying the summer as it enters into full swing.  We have finished rapping up the 2015-2016 school year and are looking forward to the beginning of the school year in August.

As a reminder Extended School Year for those students that qualified will be from August 2nd through August 15th from 8:30-11:30 am.  Transportation will contact families of students attending ESY on August 1st or before to give you pick up and drop off times.

Important dates:
      August 24th first day of school
      August 29th first day of school for Kindergartners
      September 8th 6:00-7:30 Jordan Valley Back to School Night
      September 28th and 29th Parent Teacher Conferences.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  We look forward to seeing you in August.

Mark Donnelly
Principal

JVS Teacher and ESP of the year

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Congratulations to Sue Somsen, our school’s Teacher of the Year and Bill Medlin our ESP/Para Educator of the year! Thanks to everyone who joined us to surprise Sue and Bill with the exciting news. 

Will Sue Somsen be named the District Teacher of the Year? Join us at the April 26 Board of Education Teacher of the Year Recognitions and Reception to find out. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.  at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East, Professional Development Center (southeast entrance). 


Also Bill Medlin will be honored on May 12th from 4-6 PM at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East.  Our District Special Education Department is putting on a Paraeducator Appreciation Night to honor Special Education Paraeducators in the district.  All are welcome.

Thank you, everyone, for all your work to celebrate outstanding educators.

Mark Donnelly

Principal, Jordan Valley School

Principal's Message April 2016

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Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you and your students had an enjoyable break.  Only 8 more weeks left of this school year.

Your classroom teacher should have contacted you already concerning eligibility for Extended School Year (ESY).  If you have not been contacted please contact your teacher or me at Jordan Valley.

Your teacher should also have discussed with you the dates of ESY this summer.  Traditionally we have had ESY spread out during three weeks of different parts of the summer.  About 1/2 the students would miss large portions of ESY due to summer conflicts.  Also because it was spread out through the summer we had a hard time staffing each week.  Also it was hard for students to start and stop three different times.  As you are well aware of transitions are hard for our students.

The main goal of ESY is the help students be at the same academic, language, social, and physical level when they start school mid August as they were at the start of June.  Therefore we are going to give our students a “boost” right before school starts mid August.  We will hopefully boost our students to the same level that they were at in June.  Since we will be going two straight weeks (including Fridays) there will be fewer transitions and hopefully a higher percentage of students will attend.  We also hope we will have better success staffing ESY.

Our dates for ESY will be August 2nd-5th and the 8th-12th from 8:30-11:30 in the morning.

Our regular school year will start August 24th.

Thank you for all you do for our students.

Principal
Mark Donnelly