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

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.

Mark Donnelly

Para Educator and Teacher of the Year

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Come celebrate our Para Educator and Teacher of the Year! We’re surprising them at an announcement party Friday, April 1 at 3:30 pm. We’ll present gifts and prizes donated by business partners and unfurl a banner to announce the news at our school.  Come help us support and celebrate these outstanding educators!