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The Mountaineers have come home. With the snip of a red ribbon twisting in the summer afternoon wind, officials at Canyons District and Mount Jordan Middle officially opened the school for business.

The celebratory ribbon-cutting event, held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, attracted more than 500 students, parents, teachers, staff, former students and members of the community. The crowd cheered as dignitaries and school district officials took the large, red-handled scissors and sliced through the ribbon.  Then, students were able to use the scissors to cut a piece for a keepsake.

The new Mount Jordan, which officially opens on Tuesday, Aug. 18 with a sixth-grade orientation, was built with money from a $250 million, tax-rate-neutral bon approved by Canyons voters in 2010. In the past six years, Canyons has been able to build, rebuild or renovate six schools, add air-conditioning to schools that did not previously have it, and construct new wings at Brighton and Hillcrest high schools. 

Clareen Arnold, who represents the Sandy school, thanked Mount Jordan’s teachers for the professionalism while they worked in temporary quarters since the old Mount Jordan’s demolition two years ago.

“They’ve had to pack up and move their classrooms, and they did it two times,” she said.  “They sure did a great job of making the best of a difficult time — but they did it with good cheer and an eye toward the future.  Our teachers are truly instrumental for our success as a District.  We owe them so much.”

Dr. Molly Hart, Principal of Mount Jordan Middle, said the building is not only a fantastic place for students to learn but a great place for employees to work.

The Mount Jordan community will enjoy such amenities as an elevated running track, fitness rooms, a spacious commons area and cafeteria, a 180-seat lecture hall, and an abundance of natural light in the hallways and classrooms. The school also will be wired for the high-tech demands of a 21st century education.  

Hart also thanked the crews from Hogan Construction and MHTN Architects for their hard work on the design and construction of the building. “Thank you for all your work on our school,” she said. “From now on, you are all honorary Mount Jordan Mountaineers.”


The Mount Jordan community also will enjoy a performing arts suite and a state-of-the-art theater and auditorium made possible by an investment from Sandy City.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:23

Mount Jordan Middle School - Jana Mumford

When there is a task that needs to be done, Jana Mumford is the kind of teacher who always is willing to do it. That’s how she came to teach both seventh- and eighth-grade English Language Arts this year, all while serving on the District’s English Language Arts committee and Mount Jordan Middle’s Building Leadership Team. Mumford is a friendly and effective teacher. Her students regularly score above the state average on SAGE tests, and continue to demonstrate academic growth. Mumford also continually works to improve herself by observing other teachers. For her positive influence in the school, Mount Jordan Middle selected Mumford as the 2015 Teacher of the Year.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Midvale Crowned CSD Intramural Chess Champs

Midvale Middle School dominated the 2015 Canyons School District Middle School Intramurals Chess Tournament. The team won the District Championship and every board, finishing with a perfect score. Individual Midvale student winners are:
  • Table 1: Stephen Yu
  • Table 2: Alex Qi
  • Table 3: Bryan Guo
  • Table 4: Sraavya Pinjala
  • Table 5: Wensen Zhang
  • Table 6: Alan Zhao
The tournament was held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Mount Jordan Middle School. Mount Jordan students won second place, and Albion students won third place.

The chess tournament is the second event of the 2014-2015 school year's CSD Middle School Intramurals program, which was developed following input from parents in 2009 to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs.
Two other intramural tournaments remain. The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 24-26 at Jordan High. The Middle School Intramural Soccer Tournament will be held May 14 at Union Middle School.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

Headlines Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Around Canyons
ABC4's Weather School broadcasts live from Mount Jordan Middle School
http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/weather-school-at-mt-jordan-middle-school/22270/HDCBdT8msUyEbtcweBSp3Q


Utah
Utah Attorney General: Common Core doesn't cede school control to feds
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58498129-78/common-core-utah-standards.html.csp

Love, Owens divided over education funding; Owens gets UEA endorsement
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58494219-90/common-core-department-education.html.csp

$8,000 in kids' school lunch money placed in wrong accounts before fiasco, report says
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58496481-78/district-canham-lunch-8000.html.csp

Disgraced lunch lady Miss Shirley speaks out 
http://www.kutv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Disgraced-lunch-lady-39-Ms-Shirley-39-speaks-out-publicly-45897.shtml#.VDVAnPldWSo
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

Mount Jordan Takes AVID Schoolwide

Mount Jordan Middle will be moving into a new, state-of-the-art building in fall 2015, but Principal Molly Hart is making sure her students are getting ready now with education technology and innovative teaching strategies.

"We're preparing to go into a new building, and we needed to make sure we were prepared for a 21st century learning environment," Dr. Hart says as she talks about some exciting changes happening in her school.

Mount Jordan is the first middle school in Canyons District to take AVID, a college-readiness system designed to increase learning and performance, schoolwide. An acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, the program has been used at Mount Jordan for three years as an elective class, but this is the first year that AVID techniques are being applied schoolwide as part of a Board of Education initiative, with all of Mount Jordan’s teachers trained in the strategies.

Also new this year, Mount Jordan’s classrooms are equipped with technology at a 1:1 ratio. That means that every classroom now has a set of devices — ranging from iPads and iPod touches to laptops, Chromebooks and traditional computer labs — available to each student to be used as an appropriate classroom tool.

“We assessed our strengths and weaknesses, and we wanted to do better for the students who are at Mount Jordan,” Dr. Hart said. “We felt like putting the tools in their hands that they would use in a college and a career and giving them the strategies they would need for college and a career together would create a fantastic middle school experience.”

The school showed off its innovative learning strategies at the “Mountaineer Showcase” Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

AVID teaches students a set of strategies — such as how to stay organized, how to plan for upcoming assignments and tests, how to take notes and how to direct their focus — to help them prepare for college or the work force. It is especially geared toward helping students who come from lower-income families who don’t have a role model or relative who went to college to teach them these fundamental habits.

The system has promising results, according to the non-profit program’s Web site. Nationwide, 90 percent of 34,000 seniors who participated in the program in 2013 planned to attend a college or university after high school and 77 percent of the participants took at least one higher-level course such as an AP class. Nearly three-fourths of participants qualified for free- or reduced-price school lunch, according to AVID. At Mount Jordan, Dr. Hart says she has seen an increase in benchmark testing and more students have gone on to take AP courses.

Mount Jordan is located at 11150 S. 300 East in Sandy. The school will move back to its historic address, 9360 S. 300 East, when the newly rebuilt school opens in fall 2015. The building project is funded by a $250 million bond voters approved in 2010.

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