Jordan Education Foundation Recognizes 2024 “Outstanding Education Support Professionals”

Picture of ESP award winnersPlease join us in congratulating the 2024 Jordan Education Foundation “Outstanding Education Support Professionals.” They were honored at the Board of Education meeting for their hard work, kindness, and always going above and beyond supporting students, staff, parents, and patrons in Jordan School District.

We are extremely proud of our valued Education Support Professionals and this year’s JEF award winners. Congratulations to the following:

  • Gerard Doornbos, Facility Maintenance Senior Technician in Auxiliary Services
  • Melissa Eliason, Student Support Services at Kauri Sue Hamilton School
  • Kira Frischknecht, Wellness Room Assistant at Riverton Elementary School
  • Makenzie Fuller, Instructional Assistant at Herriman Elementary School
  • Matt Gates, Technology Support Technician at South Jordan Middle School
  • Deidre Griggs, Head Secretary at Westland Elementary School
  • Janie Hyde, Administrative Assistant Student Support Services
  • Andrew Minardi, Head Custodian in Transportation
  • Stacy Peterson, Administrative Assistant at Fort Herriman Middle School
  • Jodi Spencer, Opportunities Coordinator at South Valley School
  • Lauri Spitzenberger, Technology & Education Specialist in Custodial/Energy Services
  • Becca Janis, Special Educator, Early Intervention at Jordan Child Development Center

Jordan School District Offers FREE Hot, Home-Cooked Breakfast & Lunch for Children 18 Years Old and Younger in Summer Food Service Program

Students will have the opportunity to get free hot, home-made meals this summer as part of Jordan School District’s Summer Food Service Program. All students 18 years old and younger are welcome to enjoy the free breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday starting June 3, and continuing through August 2.

The free meals will be available at five locations:

  • Majestic Elementary School, 7430 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan
  • Heartland Elementary School, 1451 West 7000 South, West Jordan
  • Westvale Elementary School, 2300 West Gardner Lane, West Jordan
  • Columbia Elementary School, 3503 West 7800 South, West Jordan
  • Joel P. Jensen Middle School, 8105 South 3200 West

Breakfast service is from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Lunch service is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de recibir comidas caseras calientes gratis este verano como parte del Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano del Distrito Escolar de Jordan. Todos los estudiantes de 18 años o menos pueden disfrutar del desayuno y el almuerzo gratuitos, de lunes a viernes a partir del 3 de junio y hasta el 2 de agosto.

Las comidas gratuitas estarán disponibles en cinco ubicaciones:

Escuela primaria Majestic, 7430 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan
Escuela primaria Heartland, 1451 West 7000 South, West Jordan
Escuela primaria Westvale, 2300 West Gardner Lane, West Jordan
Escuela primaria Columbia, 3503 West 7800 South, West Jordan
Escuela secundaria Joel P. Jensen, 8105 Sur 3200 Oeste

El servicio de desayuno es de 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

El servicio de almuerzo es de 11:30 a 12:30 horas.

Eastlake Elementary School Teacher Honored by Local Radio Stations for Exceptional Work Connecting in and Outside the Classroom

She is known for her ability to connect with students in the classroom and build relationships with their parents as well. That is just one reason why Eastlake 5th grade teacher Meagan Downs was nominated as an exceptional teacher in a local radio station promotion and contest. Stations 97.1 ZHT and 94.1 KODJ, along with their partners, Cyprus Credit Union, and Crumbl Cookies asked listeners to nominate exceptional teachers across the state of Utah. Meagan Downs received numerous nominations!

Local 97.1 ZHT personalities E. White & Erica surprised Mrs. Downs in her classroom with a well-deserved reward for her dedication. She received $500 towards school supplies from Cyprus Credit Union, plus a Crumbl Cookie party for the entire classroom, courtesy of Crumbl Cookies.

Congratulations, Meagan Downs! Keep up the great work connecting with students and parents.

Friends Finish Copper Mountain Middle School Race Proving They Have Unbreakable Bond & That Human Kindness Wins Every Time

What happened during a race at Copper Mountain Middle School on Thursday is proof that human kindness can always carry us through the most challenging of situations.

Rykien Evans and Nate Wegwitz both decided to participate in the school’s annual one-mile run called the “Running of the Colts.” The seventh-graders are good friends. Nate was going to run the race, Rykien who has Arthrogryposis and has had more than 20 surgeries in his life, would race in his wheelchair. Both friends were ready to give it their all, determined to make it to the finish line. But suddenly there was an issue. Rykien’s wheelchair got stuck in a divot of dirt and wouldn’t budge, however, thanks to his friend Nate, the race wasn’t over.

Nate ran to the rescue, lifted his friend out of the wheelchair and kept right on running, carrying Rykien in his arms.

Some other students retrieved Rykien’s wheelchair and he finished the race with Nate pushing him across the finish line, where both received their medals. It was a heartwarming moment proving the two boys have an unbreakable bond and that human kindness wins every single time!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the “Running of the Colts,” and to Rykien and Nate for showing us all the power of friendship.