Ice Bucket Challenge Contributed to Breakthrough in ALS Research

Beloved, long-time Jordan School District teacher, coach and mentor, Rick Bojak and his family received some good news this week bringing hope in Rick’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). The family learned that millions of dollars raised in the popular ice bucket challenge a few years ago (which many JSD employees participated in), has led to a breakthrough in research that could help cure the disease. Here is KSL TV’s interview with Coach Bojak about the breakthrough.

KSL-TV Story

Coach, Teacher, Mentor and Friend, Rick Bojak is Honored by Board of Education

IMG_1570He lives his life as a role model and inspiration to young people throughout the state of Utah, teaching them to always fight hard to be their best. Now, Rick Bojak is in the fight of his life, battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

On Tuesday, the Jordan School District Board of Education honored Coach Bojak for his years of service dedicated to students, athletes and education. He has a long list of accomplishments as beloved teacher, a varsity receivers coach at the University of Utah and as head football coach at Brighton, Jordan and West Jordan High Schools. He is a motivational speaker and former president of the Jordan School District Board of Education.

In retirement, Coach Bojak has donated his time weekly teaching P.E. to elementary school students, not allowing the wheelchair he now uses to stop him.

In appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for children and educators, Rick Bojak, we use your own words and say “THANKS A MILLION”!

 

A Welcome Back Message from Superintendent Johnson

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year to all of you who have had bright, shiny, eager faces in front of you today! Here’s hoping that everyone enjoyed a relaxing summer break in the company of friends and family. I am so excited about the start of this school year! We have wonderful opportunities ahead to make a difference in the lives of “Every Child, Every Day.” Achieving our goals will take a commitment to continuous learning on the part of talented and motivated staff, informed parents and a community that is involved and values education. I am committed to making sure our students receive the best possible education based on our knowledge of their learning, where to take them next and how to get them there!

Student achievement remains our highest priority as we continue to increase our students’ growth in their learning through meaningful and honest collaboration with colleagues and our students. Together we can make this the best school year yet by making sure our children are in our classrooms, keeping focused on their learning and celebrating successes along the way! When our children succeed, we all succeed because of the contributions young minds can make to our society and the communities in which we live

I am looking forward to seeing you in your schools, and wishing you a year filled with happiness, learning and fulfillment.

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Welcome Back Year-Round Students and Staff!

DSCN0935It’s back to the books today for thousands of students and staff in year-round schools throughout the Jordan School District. This is a time of excitement and expectations for a successful school year. It is also a time to remind everyone to please be safe traveling in and around our schools. Use extra caution at school crosswalks and using drop-off and pick-up lanes at school. Reduce speed in school zones and remind children to pay close attention to crossing guards and use crosswalks when crossing the street.

If we all work together, we can accomplish our number one goal of keeping children safe and having a great and productive school year.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Combined High School Marching Band a Hit in Days of ’47 Parade

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 3.15.27 PMCongratulations to the Jordan School District combined high school marching band on a great performance in the Days of ’47 Parade and Youth Parade. Together you marched united and made us very proud! Thanks to everyone involved for their dedication and hard work, it certainly paid off in many ways.