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Take a look at the Aug. 2018 issue of the Be Well newsletter, provided by EMI Health. The theme for the month is "Embrace Variety."  Stories include:

  • Give your lunch a makeover
  • Why diversify exercise?
  • Exercise and personality
  • Checkup time
  • Vaccines for preteens and teens
  • Do you like change?
  • Q: Anxiety or panic?
  • Stretch your entertainment dollars
  • 6ways to save on flights
  • Mystery weight gain

Aug. 2018 Be Well Volume 38, Number 8 PDF

USB Drive found in the parking lotIf you find a USB stick on the floor or in a parking lot, don’t plug it in.  A new study has found that most people who pick up a USB stick they found will plug it into a computer.

Researchers from Google and the University of Illinois and University of Michigan stated, "The security community has long held the belief that users can be socially engineered into picking up and plugging in seemingly lost USB flash drives they find. Unfortunately, whether driven by altruistic motives or human curiosity, the user unknowingly opens their organization to an internal attack when they connect the drive – a physical Trojan horse."

The drives may contain files, applications or other items that may harm your computer, the network or other district devices. Researchers believe an attacker would have no problem spreading malware in an organization by simply dropping an infected USB drive in a public place.

For more info, please check out an article on The Register.

As we are preparing schools and classrooms in advance of students coming for the new school year, it is important keep safety in mind.

Use ladders safely. Don't stand on tables or chairs. Lift heavy objects by bending your knees and keeping your back straight to prevent back injuries. For very heavy objects, ask for assistance. Stage your classrooms so they are not only stimulating for students, but are also safe and functional.

Here are some common safety violations to avoid when setting up your classroom.Common Safety Violations in School Classrooms

Kim Lloyd, Special Education Director in Box Elder School District, has been appointed Special Education Director in Jordan School District effective July 1, 2018.

McKinley Withers, School Counselor at Valley High School, has been appointed Health and Wellness Specialist in Jordan School District effective July 1, 2018.

Congratulations!

The following administrative assignments will be effective July 1, 2018.

Cabinet supervision assignments will be forthcoming.

  • Lisa Robinson, Director of Special Education, appointed Administrator of Schools.
  • Jill Durrant, Administrator of Schools, appointed Consultant of the Child Development Center.
  • Laura Finlinson, Administrator of Curriculum & Staff Development, appointed Administrator of Schools.
  • Shelley Nordick, Staff Assistant in Curriculum, appointed Administrator of Curriculum & Staff Development.
  • Stacy Evans, Principal at West Hills Middle School, appointed Staff Assistant in Curriculum & Staff Development.
  • Cynthia Vandermeiden, Assistant Principal at West Hills Middle, appointed Principal at West Hills Middle.
  • Michelle Kilcrease, Assistant Principal at Elk Ridge Middle, appointed Assistant Principal at West Hills Middle.
  • Josh Ricks, Teacher at Riverton High, appointed Assistant Principal at Elk Ridge Middle.
  • Doree Strauss, Principal at Bastian Elementary, appointed Administrator of Schools.
  • Amanda Edwards, Principal at Silver Crest Elementary, appointed Principal at Bastian Elementary.
  • Ann Pessetto, Assistant Principal at Fox Hollow/South Jordan Elementaries, appointed Principal at Silver Crest Elementary.
  • Mike Kochevar, Principal at West Jordan High, appointed Principal at the New High School in Herriman.
  • Jim Birch, Principal at Herriman High, appointed Principal at West Jordan High.
  • Todd Quarnberg, Principal at Copper Hills High, appointed Principal at Herriman High.
  • Bryan Veazie, Assistant Principal at Bingham High, appointed Principal at Copper Hills High.
  • Michael Farnsworth, teacher at Fort Herriman Middle School, appointed Assistant Principal at Bingham High School.
  • Kim Searle, Assistant Principal at Herriman High, appointed Principal at Sunset Ridge Middle.
  • Julie Scherzinger, CTE Coordinator at JATC South, appointed Assistant Principal at Herriman High.
  • Brian Larson, Assistant Principal at West Jordan Middle, appointed Assistant Principal at Copper Mountain Middle.
  • Danielle Hanson, Intern Assistant Principal in Granite School District, appointed Assistant Principal at West Jordan Middle.
  • Timothy Heumann, Assistant Principal at South Jordan Middle, appointed Assistant Principal at Fort Herriman Middle.
  • Connie Bailey, Assistant Principal at Copper Mountain Middle, appointed Assistant Principal at South Jordan Middle.
  • Amy Lloyd, Teacher at Fort Herriman Middle, appointed Assistant Principal at Copper Mountain Middle.
  • Tiffany Cooke, Assistant Principal at Bluffdale Elementary, appointed Assistant Principal at Sunset Ridge Middle.
  • Buddy Alger, Assistant Principal at Herriman/Silver Crest Elementaries, appointed Assistant Principal at Bluffdale Elementary.
  • Kathe Riding, Principal at Columbia Elementary, appointed Principal at Majestic Elementary.
  • Abram Yospe, Assistant Principal at Midas Creek/Welby Elementaries, appointed Principal at Columbia Elementary.
  • April Gaydosh, Principal in Transylvania County School District, appointed Principal at Westvale Elementary.
  • Shauna Worthington, Assistant Principal at Blackridge/Foothills Elementaries, appointed Principal at Oquirrh Elementary.
  • Mandy Thurman, Principal at Oquirrh Elementary, appointed Assistant Principal at Midas Creek/Welby Elementaries.
  • Amy Adams, Assistant Principal at Riverside Elementary, appointed Assistant Principal at Herriman/Riverside Elementaries.
  • Tina Susuico, Assistant Principal at Majestic Elementary, appointed Assistant Principal at Elk Meadows/Monte Vista Elementaries.
  • Nanette Ririe, Teacher at Rose Creek Elementary, appointed Assistant Principal at Blackridge/Foothills.
  • Ross Menlove, Teacher in Wasatch School District, appointed Assistant Principal at Silver Crest Elementary.
  • Cathryn Ford, Assistant Principal at Elk Meadows/Monte Vista Elementaries appointed Assistant Principal at Fox Hollow/South Jordan Elementaries.

Why do we lock our computers when we walk away?  Because not locking them gives an unauthorized user physical access to computers and that user /attacker doesn't need any advanced technical know-how to steal sensitive information. A momentary lapse in vigilance at work can result in a data breach of epic proportions.

Let's say you're working at your desk and you get up to get something off the printer or to help someone at the front desk. During that brief moment, a low-key cyber villain could easily use a USB drive on your computer to copy sensitive files about you or your organization and get away undetected.

Furthermore, if you were logged in to Gmail, your medical records or your bank account, that cyber villain could wreak havoc on your personal and professional life in a matter of minutes.

Tips for Protecting You Computer and Yourself

The good news is that warding off attacks is really easy. Protecting yourself is simply a matter of using your operating system's screen locking function to lock your computer. You don’t have to logout just lock the screen by doing one of the following.

For each of the following options, be sure you are aware of the password connected to your user login before locking yourself out.

Screen Locking in Microsoft Windows

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select Lock this computer
  • Press Windows+L

Either option will lock your computer and require a password to unlock the screen.

Screen Locking in macOS

  • On an external keyboard or older laptops, press Ctrl+Shift+Eject
  • On a MacBook Air or Pro Retina, press Ctrl+Shift+Power
  • If you are on version 10.13 press Ctrl+Command+Q

If this does not work contact your tech for help setting this up.

So keep your data safe in one easy step: lock your computer whenever you're not in front of it.

UEN Super Blitz FlyerThe Jordan District Digital Learning Team is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual UEN Summer Super Blitz. UEN instructors will be bringing five great courses to Jordan School District.

Courses:
Immersive Learning with Breakout EDU
ISTE Standard 1
July 9-10,  8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
Designed for educators who want to step up student engagem ent while tackling the Four Cs of education (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration). Breakout EDU is
education's spin on the escape room. In this 2-day course, educators will participate in multiple Breakout EDU learning games, explore the tools and resources needed to develop their own game, and learn modifications for every age, ability level and budget. Breakout EDU can be used with all content areas and ages.

Create Online Educational Media
ISTE Standard 2
July 9-10, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
This course helps teachers find and create digital learning objects to support student learning using resources from UEN's Pioneer Online Library, eMedia, my.uen and more. Participants practice 21st Century skills such as creating mashups, virtual pop-up books, educational interactives and more while exploring strategies for integrating digital media in ways that can increase student engagement and positive learning outcomes. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of source material.

Creating Critical Thinkers Through Coding
ISTE Standard 1 
July 11-12, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
Designed for non-computer programming educators who are interested in making coding part of their curriculum, either in regular classroom instruction or as part of an after school program. This online workshop will focus on improving students' critical thinking and problem solving skills utilizing coding activities, both unplugged and online. This course covers the basic concepts of coding and will teach participants beginning elements of the coding language Blockly. Additionally, educators will program various robots and other educational manipulatives.

Canvas for Online Learning
UEN Essentials,
July 11, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
This course is for teachers who want to learn how to enhance student learning with educational technology and media. Participants explore eMedia, Utah ITV, Thinkfinity and other online resources; create virtual tours and presentations; and learn strategies for helping students develop visual literacy and critical thinking skills.
Flex Course Option:
Experience learning with the best of both worlds, online and in-person. Flex courses allow you to spend one day in the UEN lab and complete the remainder of the course online.

Canvas for K-5 Classroom s
UEN Essentials
July 12, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
In this course, participants will be introduced to the basics of Canvas and how it can work effectively in a K-5 classroom. Elements of organization, communication, assignments, and grades will be addressed in regards to how this tool can be productively used to blend your classroom and use technology to engage students and increase learning.
Flex Course Option:
Experience learning with the best of both worlds, online and in-person. Flex courses allow you to spend one day in the UEN lab and complete the remainder of the course online.

As the school year is coming to a close think safety first.  Slips, trips and falls are second only to motor-vehicle accidents as a cause of death in the United States.  Falls account for 15-20 percent of all workers’ compensation costs.  The good news is falls are easy to prevent.  Take the time to watch for and correct hazardous conditions, and you can lower your chance of injury. Use these suggestions to make your workplace safe:

  • If you need to reach for something, get help. Don’t use your desk, table, box, wastebasket, chair, bookcase or a ledge!  Use the correct ladder or stepstool for the given task.
  • Take your time. Many falls happen when people are walking fast or running.
  • Never stand on the top rung/step of a ladder. Secure and stabilize all ladders before climbing them.
  • Keep walkways free of clutter.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen.
  • Don’t carry more than you can handle. Loads that are too heavy or too big don’t allow you to see properly.
  • Make sure computer and telephone cords are not underfoot.

Always think safety first!

Now Hiring graphicFacility Services is currently looking for summer maintenance help. Duties include mowing, weeding, grounds care or other duties as assigned. Minimum age is 16. Apply by visiting http://workatjordan.org/application-process/

Click on “Classified Apply Here”, then "Click to view current job openings", then select one of the two positions listed below:

Misc-Summer Mtnce Adult (HS Graduate and 18 years old minimum)
Misc-Summer Mtnce Student (Not graduated and 16 – 18 years old)

Willing to work with your schedules.
If you have questions, contact Facility Services at 801-567-8861

Members of the rock band ‘OK Go’ are known for their unique approach to music videos often using science and math concepts to achieve special effects. Now they want to support teachers in the classroom and they are doing it in a fun and unique way.

They are launching something called OK Go Sandbox, providing educators with a collection of music videos they can use as part of classroom instruction. To learn more check out OK Go Sandbox.

Lock LogoOne of the most significant threats we face today in a digital world is keeping our information and accounts safe from intrusion. The single best action we can take to combat this individually is to have exceptionally strong passwords.

The challenge we all face is that cyber attackers have developed sophisticated and effective methods to guess passwords. This means bad guys can compromise your passwords if they are weak or easy to guess.

An important step to protecting yourself is to use strong passwords. This can be done by creating complex passwords. However, these can be hard to remember, confusing and difficult to type. Instead, we recommend you use 'passphrase'. A passphrase is a series of random words or a sentence. The more characters your passphrase has, the stronger it is. The advantage is these are much easier to remember and type, but still hard for cyber attackers to hack.

Here are two examples of passphrases:

Sustain-Easily-Practice
Time_for_tea_at_1:23

What makes these passphrases so strong is not only are they long, but they use capital letters and symbols. (Remember, spaces and punctuation are symbols.) At the same time, these passphrases are also easy to remember and type.

You can make your passphrase even stronger by replacing letters with numbers or symbols, such as replacing the letter ‘a’ with the ‘@’ symbol or the letter ‘o’ with the number zero. If a website or program limits the number of characters you can use in a password, use the maximum number of characters allowed.

Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 program. There will be 2 cohorts, one beginning in August and one beginning in January.

Applicants will be placed based on critical need for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) compliance regarding English learners and timely application.

Because of the SUU process, applicants will not be added to a cohort within 30 days of the first night of class.

Find information regarding the endorsement and the application process.