Welcome to Jordan Public Schools for the 2016-2017 school year and beyond!

Dear Jordan Public Schools Community and Perspective Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! By the time the school year begins we will have wrapped up another busy summer of district improvement projects and we will have fantastic facilities both inside and out. In this welcome, you will read about a few of the great programs and attributes of our great district. I hope you will take time to fully explore our website, social media, and get to know our district. 

Jordan Public Schools is in its second year of its 1:1 technology initiative. All students, teachers, and paraprofessionals in grades 5-12 will once again receive ASUS Chromebook Flips, a touch screen Chromebook with keyboard. We will also be in year two of working with a Learning Management System called Schoology. All students in grades 5-12 will continue to have a Schoology account and will be able to submit assignments, interact with teachers, and collaborate with peers. Students will also work with apps such as Nearpod and Kahoot. In addition, JPS is starting its fourth year with Google Apps, allowing staff and students a variety of opportunities to interact. Additionally, students in grades K-4 have access to ACER Chromebooks and iPads. Staff members in grades K-4 also have a 1:1 device to use in order to enhance instruction.

Jordan Schools continues to implement STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) based Project Lead the Way (PLTW) programming in the elementary and middle schools. Students at our high school have access to PLTW programming through our partnership with SW Metro Intermediate District 288. Additionally, our compliment of College in the Schools, Concurrent Enrollment, and Advanced Placement offerings make our high school very attractive to students who wish to earn college credit without leaving our high school.

The new Jordan Middle School is entering its first full year of operation complete with "maker spaces" and collaborative areas throughout which make it conducive to project based teaching and learning. Our new Community Education and Recreation Center (CERC) boasts 3 full size gyms, a large four lane elevated track, multi-purpose rooms, and a fully outfitted fitness area.

During the summer of 2015, our athletic field complex was transformed into a state-of-the-art facility complete with track and field event improvements, a brand new ticket booth and concession stand, and a high quality synthetic turf field. We'd like to thank Ames Construction for their generosity in providing this facility to our students and community. During the summer of 2016 we completed another phase of field renovations complete with new irrigation at our middle school soccer and football field and a new baseball field with bonus green space for youth soccer and football on the southern portion of our athletic complex.

ISD #717 has a tradition of excellence and boasts strong state test scores. Our schools continue to score at the top of all Minnesota River Conference Schools. Our elementary school recently earned the top honor for any Title 1 school in the state by being named a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education. Our middle school was ranked #4 out of all middle schools in state based on its 2015 Multiple Measurement System rating from the Minnesota Department of Education.

During the 2015-2016 school year, a new strategic plan was developed replacing our previous strategic plan. The plan can be found on our district's school board page. This new strategic plan offers up the blueprints for success and continues to guide us into the future. Together we will build upon the strengths of the district and continually improve the ability of the district to educate all students and prepare them for the 21st Century work force.

On my webpage you will find information about district happenings, school district finance, important district initiatives and many more topics. I'd also invite you to "Like Us" on Facebook and "Follow Us" on Twitter. We work hard to tell our story and it provides current and perspective families with a nice snapshot of the happenings at JPS.
 
I welcome your comments, concerns and suggestions. You may contact me using the contact information provided below. Jordan is a special and progressive place to live, work, and learn. I'm proud to be a resident and to be the leader of Jordan Public Schools! Thank you for allowing me to serve the school community.

Sincerely,

Matthew M. Helgerson  |  Superintendent
Jordan Public Schools ISD #717
mhelgerson@isd717.org
952-492-6200