Break out the new backpacks and freshly sharpened pencils! It’s August and we’re talking Back-to-School! And whether that statement brings tears of sadness or tears of relief, school days are upon us!  

While kids have hitting the pool and enjoying some time off, our local hard-working educators have been busy preparing buildings and curriculum for the upcoming school year. Here’s a little peak of what’s new at your school district - 

Jordan School District  

  • There are TWO new elementary schools opening this fall in the Jordan School District. Golden Fields Elementary School, located at 10252 S. Split Rock Drive in South Jordan, is projected to have about 700 students in grades K-6.  The school’s focus is on best practices for Tier 1 instruction, including constant feedback, promoting learning with deep questions, and interventions for students on all levels. The principal of Golden Fields Elementary is Kyle Hansen. Bastian Elementary, located at 5692 W American Park Drive in Herriman, will also be opening this fall. Bastian Elementary will focus on “Children First” with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) focus. Bastian Elementary’s principal is Doree Strauss. 

Murray City School District 

  • Murray City School District says hello to a new superintendent! Mrs. Jennifer Covington has accepted the superintendent assignment and is the first woman to be hired as superintendent in the history of the Murray City School District. Mrs. Covington has been an educator for 23 years, all with the Murray City School District. Currently principal of Hillcrest Junior High School since 2009, she is also an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and an instructor for Brigham Young University Independent Study. She will be an asset to Murray City School District students. 

Canyons School District 

  • Canyons School District has added an additional site for preschool this fall at Oakdale Elementary. Other preschool programs also are at Altara, Butler, Jordan Valley, Quail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools. These programs are a great way to help students learn the skills that will help them be successful upon entering kindergarten.  

Granite School District 

  • Granite School District was one of only a handful of districts nationwide to receive the School Leadership Program Grant. This program provides intensive training, mentoring, and internships for educators interested in moving into administration, so that new administrators will be better prepared for their roles.
  • Two junior high schools (West Lake and Valley) and ten elementary schools (Diamond Ridge, Calvin Smith, Jackling, West Valley, Upland Terrace, Magna, Gearld Wright, Bennion, Lake Ridge, Hunter) will be one-to-one with Chromebooks this coming school year as part of the state Digital Teaching and Learning Grant.

BHURDinUtah loves supporting our local schools and we want to wish all students good luck this school year! Make it the best year yet!