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If you are looking for an opportunity to support the Jordan Education Foundation’s annual “Christmas for Kids,” this is one option.

Jersey Mike's is having a fundraiser to benefit “Christmas for Kids” Monday evening, Dec. 9 from 4-6 p.m.  Patrons can receive a free sub with any donation of $5 or more. All proceeds go toward “Christmas for Kids.”

Foundation Fundraiser with Jersey Mike's

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Valued Licensed Employee:

The Human Resource Department is contacting you with important information regarding upcoming events and opportunities.


LICENSE RENEWAL
Teachers and other educators whose license will expire on June 30, 2020, are encouraged to begin the license renewal process IMMEDIATELY by going to the USBE website. Personal letters regarding license renewal information have already been sent out. Keep in mind that there is no background cost to the employee.


EARLY NOTIFICATION (Resignation/Retirement)
Employees resigning/retiring at the end of the current contract year that gives official early notification of resignation/retirement will be eligible for a tiered incentive. To qualify, the notification must be submitted online on or before the following dates:

  • Dec. 15, 2019 $500.00
  • Jan. 15, 2020 $300.00
  • Feb. 15, 2020 $200.00

The incentive will be paid on the last regular paycheck. Notifications of resignation/retirement received after the dates listed above will not qualify for an incentive. The official District resignation/retirement notification form is found in Skyward Employee Access under Task Processes. Please see District policy DP318 for more detailed information regarding resignations. If you do not know your Skyward username or password please contact the Help Desk at 801-567-8737.


TEACHER TRANSFER FAIRS
The dates of the Teacher Transfer Fairs below are for current Jordan School District teachers seeking a new teaching opportunity! The transfer fair will be combined for both elementary and secondary teachers. Please have copies of your resume available to distribute. Your District ID badge is required. Come explore your options!

Transfer Fair Elementary and Secondary
Feb. 19, 2020
Elk Ridge Middle School (gym)
3659 9800 S,
South Jordan, UT 84009
4:00-6:30 p.m.


TEACHER HIRING & TRANSFER TIMELINE
Schools who have “hard to fill” or “known vacancies” for 2020-21, may advertise those positions immediately by contacting HR. These positions will be posted for a minimum of five working days before hiring.

  • “Hard to fill openings” include math, special education, psychologists, SLP’s, DLI, physics, chemistry, biology, earth systems, integrated science, agriculture, computer programming, health science, auto & diesel technology, Title 1, engineering, and
  • Feb. 19 - Feb. 28 Teacher Transfer Fair & Early Transfer Window
  • March 2, 2020- General Hiring & Transfer Window

  • Payroll Due : Dec. 3
  • Last day to change direct deposit accounts: Dec. 8
    ** Please let Payroll know immediately if you close or make any changes to your account. If you close your account after this date, you may not receive your check on payday.
  • Paychecks available for viewing in Employee Access: Dec. 18
    ** Strongly recommended
  • Payday - Last day for adjustments on December paychecks (by noon): Dec. 20
  • Payroll Department closed for Winter Recess: Dec. 23 - Jan 1

True Time Deadlines for Pay Period    11/4/19 – 12/1/19

  • Employee Final Submittal: 12/4
  • First Approval: 12/6
  • Final Approval: 12/10

Winter Recess

  • YRE, 242, 245 contracts: Dec 23 - Jan 1
    *245-day employees are on contract Dec 27, 30, 31
  • Traditional, 206 contracts: Dec 23 – Jan 3
  • As per DP 335(B):  Employees who have not been approved by Human Resources for using a personal day before and after a holiday may be docked (certified $116 or classified 40% of their daily rate). Please refer to policy for further clarification.

Good news! The STEM Endorsement Incentive Program (STEM EIP) application is now open for ALL remaining applications for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes applications for teachers who plan to take STEM EIP courses during the Spring Semester as well as those who have completed courses between July 1, 2019 and December 30, 2019 who did not already submit an application. This application cycle is OPEN NOW and will close on DEC 4, 2019.


*Qualifications for educators:

  • Public educator on a current teaching contract.
  • Course(s) is required for one of the approved STEM Endorsements.
  • Course(s) must be at least 3 credit hours from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Submitted course(s) must have a grade of C or better.
  • Elementary Endorsement Course(s): Tuition and materials reimbursement of up to $500 per course. If you are pursuing an elementary endorsement, contact your district or charter curriculum director for more information.
  • Secondary Endorsement Course(s): Tuition and materials reimbursement of up to $1200 per course.
  • Transcript must be attached showing course(s), credit hours, and grade(s).
  • Course(s) highlighted on transcript.
  • Receipt(s) must be attached showing tuition and material costs.
  • Course must be taken during the Spring of 2020 and completed prior to June 30, 2020.*
    *For this application cycle only, you may also apply if you missed the Sept. 27 application deadline and have completed a course AFTER July 1, 2019 or are currently taking a course during the Fall of 2019.

* Please look over the Frequently Asked Questions Document for common questions and answers. If you have additional questions, please contact Jane Harward.

If you want to apply for this STEM Reimbursement, please complete the Google Form.

The income tax withheld from bonus income is often more than the income tax withheld from your regular pay. The IRS withholds tax on your bonus income by applying your regular tax rate to your combined salary and bonus income.  Although your regular rate is applied in this scenario, combining your salary and bonus on one check could put you in a higher withholding bracket, causing the tax allocated to your bonus to actually be higher than the regular rate.

IRS Withholding Calculator
Gather your most recent pay stub and use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website to estimate the number of allowances you should claim.  The calculator asks for an estimate of the federal income tax withheld from your pay to date, including bonuses.  Estimate that the amount withheld from your bonus will be 25 percent.  If the calculator results show you should adjust your W-4 allowances, you’ll see a message with the number of allowances to claim on line 5 of your W-4.

How to Complete Your W-4 Form
The Form W-4 can be downloaded from the IRS or Payroll Department’s website.  Complete sections 1 through 3 with your name, address, Social Security number and marital status, and calculated withholding adjustments.  This form must be turned in to the Payroll Department to take effect.  Please do not email this form.

CAUTION:  If you choose to change your W-4 form for a bonus payment, it is critical that you understand the possible tax implications.  Remember to submit a new W-4 form with your regular withholding allowances after you receive the bonus income.  If you fail to change your allowances back, you could have insufficient withholding for the rest of the year, which could result in a hefty tax bill when you file your next tax return.  Changing your tax withholding for a pay period is always an option, but you should make sure that you have the right information to ensure that your reporting goes as smoothly as possible.  The withholding on the W-4 affects your entire paycheck, not just the bonus.

Please take a moment to share your feedback and preferences regarding proposed Jordan School District calendars for the upcoming school year. The calendars include options for shorter or longer fall, winter, and spring recesses throughout the year as well as different school start dates.

The feedback submitted by you through this survey will be used by the Calendar Committee to help inform the creation of future calendars. The survey will close on Monday, November 18th, at 11:59 P.M.

Please use the link below to access the survey

Additional information about the calendar development process and current school calendars is available at planning.jordandistrict.org/calendars/.

Thank you again for sharing your feedback!

Need to Know - Who do you call when issues arise?You are invited to share the following information about the upcoming Jordan Parent University.

This event is free and open to the public and is focused on who do you call when issues arise.

  • A panel discussion with teachers, counselors, and administrators.
  • Receive guidance and resources to help parents with various issues facing students.
  • Possible topics include: academics, social emotional, school issues, class credits, nutrition, transportation, etc.

Jordan Parent University will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 from 7 – 8 p.m. at Mountain Creek Middle, 5325 W. Bingham Rim Road, South Jordan.

You have questions, we have answersTeachers, please enjoy short 30-minute modules on PD Bites from ALS! See the attached flyer for details. If you don't see a bite that you want, please let us know what you would like, and we'll cook one up, just for you!

Visit ALS PD Bites at jordanpd.instructure.com and sign up through JPLS.

  • Free and easy to use
  • Complete at you own pace
  • Receive relicensure credit
  • SIOP and ESL ideas you may have forgotten
  • Go-to strategies and instruction for English Learners and ALL students

Call Tammy Fulmer at 801-567-8306!

In partnership with USBE, the Utah Education Policy Center, and with support from the Governor’s Office of Education, the Utah Teacher Fellows are collecting data on teacher mentoring & retention in Utah classrooms to inform state policy.

To participate, please check your email for one titled, " Utah Educator Career and Pathway Survey Invitation."  The survey will take approximately 15 minutes or less to complete. Your responses are confidential. Your identity will not be disclosed in any oral or written reports.  Your participation in this survey is voluntary. By taking the survey, you will provide essential information that informs policy and practice in Utah.

If you don't see this email, please check the email address listed in CACTUS and make sure it's current: https://www.uen.org/cactus/logon.do. Whatever email address is listed in CACTUS is where the survey went. If you update your email address in CACTUS, a new link to the survey can be sent to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Andrea Rorrer or Dr. Yongmei Ni at the Utah Education Policy Center at 801-581-4207 or andrea.rorrer@utah.edu or yongmei.ni@utah.edu.

Pull Up a ChairUtah Retirement Systems will be available for one-on-one retirement planning sessions at the Auxiliary Services Bldg. Room #105 on Tuesday, Nov. 19 & Thursday, Dec. 5.

Advanced registration is required so please see the instructions below to register for an appointment on the URS website.  Appointments fill quickly so don’t delay.  However, counseling sessions are available at other locations that are also listed on the URS website.

  1. Go to www.urs.org.
  2. Log into your myurs account by clicking on LOGIN in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the Education Tab.
  4. Click on “Individual Retirement Planning Sessions”.
  5. Find the session that works best for you.  Select the session to reserve your appointment.
  6. Please be sure to bring your estimated annual salary (if close to retirement include your 3 or 5 highest years), any retirement plan balances outside of URS, and your Social Security statement (get yours at www.ssa.gov).

  • Payroll Due: Nov 4
  • Last day to change direct deposit accounts: Nov 8
    ** Please let Payroll know of any changes to your account after this date. Any bank account changes will affect your check on payday.
  • Paychecks available for viewing in Employee Access: Nov 21
    ** Strongly recommended
  • Payday: Nov 25
  • District Office will be closed for Thanksgiving Recess: Nov 28-29

True Time Deadlines for Pay Period 10/7/19 – 11/3/19

  • Employee Final Submittal: 11/6/19
  • First Approval: 11/8/19
  • Final Approval: 11/12/19

Please inform new True Time employees of these deadlines.


Thanksgiving Recess

  • *242, 245 contracts: Nov 28-29
    *These employees must record a leave day if not in attendance on Nov 27th
    (Traditional school principals may use a vacation day as this is a non-student day)
  • YRE, Trad, 206 contracts: Nov 27-29

As per DP 335(B):  Employees who have not been approved by Human Resources for using a personal day before and after a holiday may be docked (certified $116 or classified 40% of their daily rate).  Please refer to policy for further clarification.

Parent/Teacher Conference

  • Traditional Elem (Comp Day Nov 8): Nov 6-7
  • YRE Tracks A,B,C (Comp Day Nov 9): Nov 4-8
  • YRE Track D (Comp Day Nov 23): Nov 18-22

As per DP 335 & DP 370: Licensed employees may not use a personal or alternative leave day if absent from parent teacher conferences.  They may use a sick day or a no-pay day if applicable.  The absence should be entered on the comp day.

The following administrative assignments made by District administration:

  • Karl McKenzie, teacher specialist in the Special Education Department, appointed assistant principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton School, effective Nov. 4.
  • Scott Festin, senior planner/demographics at Wasatch Front Regional Council, appointed Planning & Enrollment consultant in the Student Services Department, effective as soon as possible.
  • Garrett York, intern assistant principal at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Granite School District, appointed elementary assistant principal - assignment to be determined,  effective as soon as possible.
  • Caleb Olson, assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle School, be appointed Planning & Enrollment consultant in the Student Services Department, effective as Jan. 17, 2020 or as soon as possible.

Come join Utah Retirement Systems for an informational webinar on your retirement benefits.  The following webinars are available in November, and December for URS members to attend:

Tier 2 Choice
If you’re within the first year on the job, you’ve got a big decision for your financial future. This webinar will help you understand your retirement choice between the Tier 2 Hybrid Retirement System and the Tier 2 401(k) Option.
November 12, 2:00 p.m. » Register Now

Tier 2 401(k) Option
This is an overview of your benefit if you have selected the Tier 2 401(k) Option and have more than one year of service.
December 5, 11:00 a.m. » Register Now

  • Payroll due:  Oct. 2
  • Last day to change direct deposit accounts: Oct. 9
    ** Please let Payroll know of any changes to your account after this date. Any bank account changes will affect your check on payday.
  • Paychecks available for viewing in Employee Access: Oct. 19
    ** Strongly recommended
  • Payday: Oct. 23

True Time Deadlines for Pay Period 9/2/19 – 10/6/19

  • Employee Final Submittal: 10/9/19
  • First Approval: 10/11/19
  • Final Approval:  10/15/19

Please inform new True Time employees of these deadlines.


Fall Recess

  • *All YRE, 242, 245 contracts:  October 24-25, 2019
    *These employees must record a leave day if not in attendance on Oct 21-23
    (Traditional school principals may use vacation days, as these are non-student days)
  • Traditional, 206-day contracts: October 21-25, 2019

As per District Policy DP335:  Employees who have not been approved by Human Resources for using a personal day before and after a holiday may be docked (certified $109 or classified 40% of their daily rate).

Please refer to policy for further clarification.

Do you have skills as a Jordan School District employee that you would like to improve or develop? The Classified Professional Improvement Committee (CPIC) can help.

Read more information about CPIC at the Teaching & Learning website.

You can also join us for classes from:

The Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) was created to draw qualified individuals into education for specific subject areas that have been identified with staffing shortages and/or for the assistance with the fees affiliated with obtaining and maintaining accreditations with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification (NBPTS).

Before submitting an application at the TSSP Service Site, please review the Utah State Board of Education website regarding the program details and legislation at the following link:

Applications must be submitted between October 1 and April 30 for each program year.

Youth Mental Health First Aid FlyerYouth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training for adults to teach how to help adolescents and young adults who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Date: Oct. 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Jordan School District Auxiliary Services Building,
Room 113, 7905 S Redwood Road, West Jordan
Cost:  FREE!

To register: contact Sharon Steadman
sharon.steadman@jordandistrict.org or 385-285-0322