Beliefs for Schedule/Teacher Changes at South Jordan Middle School
Much time and consideration has gone into your student’s placement and schedule at South Jordan Middle School. At South Jordan Middle School, we believe that every voice counts and that every child is as equally entitled to a positive learning experience as another. The Class change request policy was designed in accordance with Utah SB 122 which states: “ An LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent’s or guardian’s initial selection of a teacher or request for a change. Reasonably accommodate means an LEA shall make it’s best effort to enable a parent or guardian to exercise a parental right specified in section 53A-15-1503 without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the efficient allocation of expenditures; and while balancing the rights of parents or guardians; the education needs of other students; the academic and behavioral impacts to a classroom; a teachers workload; and the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school.
- The learning environment is most productive when there is a balance of classroom size, diversity and academic ability.
- Teachers have the responsibility to give input on student placement
- All teachers provide equal opportunities for quality learning.
- Students, parents and teachers should have an opportunity to learn to work with and appreciate various personalities.
- Creating different mixes of students encourages new friendships and social community growth.
- It is in the best interest of all students to control student placement combinations that could lead to disciplinary problems. Some combinations require a significant amount of classroom teacher time to regulate and can reduce teaching time for the rest of the class.
Procedure and Policy:
- Schedules will be available on Skyward August 16, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
- Please wait to receive your schedule before any change requests are made.
- You must come to the SJMS Counseling Center to fill out a class transfer/change request form. A parent signature is required.
- You may only fill out one class transfer/change request form per student. You can request multiple changes on that form, but only one form will be accepted per student.
- Students must keep the same teacher both semesters in Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies.
- Counselors will fill requests on a first come first serve basis.
- Counselors will do their best to fill your request while acknowledging SJMS Beliefs and Policies.
FIELD DAY MAY 1, 2017
SOJO Spirit Award Winners
CHALK THE WALK
9TH GRADE DANCE
BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMP
All 7-9 Graders that are interested.
SOJO REFUGEE PROJECT
Our SBO’s did a great job encouraging students to donate items for refugee families. We were able to put together many hygiene kits and care packages for refugee families. Great job SOJO!
USTAR Summer Class Offerings
For more information, please click on the link below for the grade you will attending in the 2017-2018 School Year.
Orchestra Spring Concert
SoJo Robotics Team
Teacher Appreciation Week
Are Your Children Slaves to the Media?
By Nicholeen Peck
Parenting Lessons From A Ten Year Old
“Oh Mom, that is so sad!” said ten-year-old Porter when he got in the car after our fun family night activity.
“What is so sad Porter?” I inquired.
“That little boy, only about three years old, in the car next to us didn’t want to get in his car seat, so he started fighting his dad and yelling. Then the dad said, ‘Here, have the phone.’ As soon as the dad said that, the little boy got quiet. Dads shouldn’t reward their children for bad behaviors and shouldn’t give their children adult tools, like phones, to play with as toys Mom.”
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Kindness Week Assembly
In response to a growing need for positivity in our school, the Ambassadors, a student leadership group, created and performed an assembly for the entire school over the course of three days. The students put together what they felt they should say on their individual posters. We are hoping that our SoJo students will respond with kind words to one another and build an atmosphere of unity so that South Jordan Middle remains the best place to be.
USTAR Summer Science Course Registration
8th and 9th Grade Parents and Students,
Registration for summer USTAR Science Courses will open Tuesday, April 4th at 8:00 am. USTAR grant funding provides students with opportunities to expand their science learning in both summer and school-year activities. Please visit http://secondaryscience.jordandistrict.org/ustar/ to register and for more specific information. These courses are free and can be taken for original or recovery credit.
8th Grade Parents and Students,
We now have registration information for the 9th grade summer PE course (PST). Registration begins Monday, March 27th at 4:00 pm at http://pe.jordandistrict.org/secondarype/
This $120 course will be held at South Jordan Middle School and will begin Tuesday, June 6th and conclude Monday, June 26th. Two sessions are offered: Session #1 will be from 7:15-11:00 am, Session #2 from 12:00-3:45 pm. If students miss three days of class, there will be one make-up day offered on Tuesday, June 27th. Students who miss three days and do not attend the make-up session will not pass the class.
See http://sjmscounseling.weebly.com/ for more information.
Nine of our SoJo students qualified and participated in the regional competition of the National History Bee, which was held in Harrisville, Utah on Monday evening, March 13. The students took two written tests – one on American history and one on world history. They also participated in Jeopardy-type buzzer rounds. All of our students did a great job and Kaydie, Walker, and Jon did well enough to qualify for the National History Bee which is in Atlanta, Georgia in June. Congratulation students, and way to represent SoJo!
These students earned a PERFECT SCORE on the Microsoft Word Office Specialist Test! Awesome Job!
VOTE FOR BINGHAM HIGH AS THE MOST SPIRITED SCHOOL IN THE NATION!
Bingham High School is one of four finalists in the nation for the most spirited school award. The winning school will receive $25,000! Click on headline to access a link to the website. Log in, view the video, and vote daily for Bingham High School!
Please encourage friends and neighbors to vote daily as well.
SoJo’s National Geography Bee Champion!!!!
Cael Wightman, 8th grader, is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Utah National Geographic Bee to be held on March 31, at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens Visitor Center.
This is the second level of the Bee competition. Cael was our SOJO Champion. School champions then took a qualifying test to qualify for the State Competition which is by invitation, based on their qualifying test. Cael has qualified for the state competition.
GOOD LUCK CAEL AT THE STATE COMPETITION!!!!
Woodwind Choir Members
Katelyn, Hope, Brinnley, Julia, Robin, Payton, Fatima, and Hailee
9th Grade Science Students Creating Hot Air Balloons
Heart Wall from Kindness Week!
February Dream Team
MESA Activity, February 2017
SoJo Robotics Team with Mr. Southwick as their leader!
CLICK HERE to see first video
CLICK HERE to see second video
Awesome Job Mr. Voorhees and Mr. Freeman!
Click HERE to see the awesome work that these two are doing to change history.
MESA Activity January 11th, 2017
MESA Activity December 7th, 2016
Hour of Code
MESA Activity November 9th, 2016
Congratulations to Ms. Webb!
Ms. Webb was recognized by Jordan Credit Union as an awesome teacher and received a check for $100. Congrats to a well deserving teacher.
Congratulations to our December Dream Teamers!
Retirement Center Student Visits – Happy Holidays
Jordan Youth Symphony
JYS performing at the Festival of Trees.
Congratulations to our November Dream Teamers!
Tribute to Veterans Day 11/11/17
Special thanks to all of those who attended and participated in our morning salute on Veterans Day!
Reflections Winners “What is Your Story?”
- Jessica Wang
- Aubrey Jensen
- Zach Robinson
- Kimball Mueller
- Katelyn Swain
- Luke Dalanhese
- Rosario Garcia
- Brooklyn Turnbow
- Trisha Teeples
- Katelyn Swain
- Faye Wright
- Emma Hooper
- Nephi Christensen
- Katelyn Swain
- Aubrey Jensen
- Nephi Christensen
- Jocelyn Ordyna
- Julia Taylor
- Abby Schwarz
- Keilani Ngatuvai
- Mckinley Van Leeuwen
- Nephi Christensen
- Katelyn Swain
Halloween fun at SOJO!
Our “Plan for College and Career Readiness” (PCCR) conferences are coming up. Each eighth grade student and his/her parent or guardian are invited to attend. This 30 minute session is designed to explore your child’s interests and abilities, as well as develop a course of study directed towards high school and college. Conferences will be held from November 3 – December 16.
To schedule a PCCR appointment, log on to the Online Scheduler between October 10th and October 21st. You can access the Online Scheduler link here. Once you are in the Online Scheduler, select South Jordan Middle School (PCCR), log in, and then choose your appointment time. The password is: sojo.
Please make your appointment with your student’s counselor.
A-Ek Mr. Young
El-La Ms. Switzer
Le-Rh Ms. Po’uha
Ri-Z Ms. Graham
If you are unable to schedule an appointment, please call (801) 412-2910. If your student does not receive an appointment through the Online Scheduler or if a parent is unable to attend, the student will still have a PCCR conference with a counselor.
We look forward to meeting with you.
SJMS Counseling Staff
We want to thank you for all of your support for our first “Fun Run.” We had over 1200 water bottles donated and countless parent volunteers. Big events would be next to impossible to pull off without your help, so thank you again.
2016-17 Schedule Information
Please see the post in the school newsfeed for schedule information for the 2016-17 school year.
Permit Information for the 2016-17 School Year
Please click here to find out more information about permits for the 2016-17 school year.
SoJo Spotlight Newsletter
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