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Do you have concerns about your child’s social and emotional wellness?  Schedule an appointment for a FREE Social & Emotional Wellness Screening for Students (Ages 12-18) on Tuesday, April 30 at Foothills Elementary and Tuesday, May 7 at Heartland Elementary.

At each event, licensed professionals will:

  • Discuss possible mental and behavioral health needs for your child.
  • Connect students and families to community resources.

These screenings are by appointment only. Space is limited.

  • Individual appointments every 20 minutes between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Interpreters will be available upon request.
  • Childcare will be provided for children ages 2-10.
  • Food & drinks will be provided.

Visit wellness.jordandistrict.org to schedule an appointment or contact Holly Todd at 801-567-8194 or holly.todd@jordandistrict.org.

Applications are now open for the summer History Academy for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers.  The Academy will run June 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7th.  Teachers will receive instruction on using literacy skills to teach history and will receive a stipend for attending and completing the Academy.

Priority will be given to school teams of a 4th, 5th and 6th grade teacher or teams of grade level teachers.  There are only 15 slots available.  Applications need to be emailed to Pam Su'a at pamela.sua@jordandistrict.org by April 12.

To apply please submit the following information:

  1. Name and grade of teachers wishing to participate.
  2. A statement that all teachers on the team will attend every day of the Academy and participate fully.
  3. A statement detailing how much social studies you currently are able to teach.

Selected teachers will be notified by April 15 and given further details.

Please review the following important payroll dates for April 2019 and Spring Recess.

  • Payroll Due:  including all March absences and approvals: April 2
  • Last day to change direct deposit accounts: April 10
    ** 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: April 23
    ** Strongly recommended
  • Payday: April 25

Spring Recess

  • 242 & 245 contracts: April 19
  • Year-Round Elementary: April 17 - 19
  • Traditional, 204, 206 contracts: April 15 - 19 

As per DP 335:  Employees who have not been approved by Human Resources to use a personal day before or after a holiday may be docked (certified $105 or classified 40% of their daily rate)
Please refer to policy for further clarification.

Roth Rocks - full text in postThe advantage of a Roth IRA is the potential to withdraw tax-free in retirement.

You pay taxes upfront by contributing after tax dollars. In return, you enjoy tax-free withdrawals when you meet certain conditions — generally, that the account is at least five years old and you’re over age 59.

Contribute to your URS Roth IRA through payroll deductions. You may also roll funds from other Roth IRAs or other retirement plans to your URS account.

IRS limits apply to your combined contributions to all traditional and Roth IRAs.

Because most of your retirement income sources — pension, Social Security, 401(k) — will likely be taxed, the Roth IRA gives you tax diversity in retirement.

Here’s another great thing about the Roth IRA: You can withdraw your contributions (not counting any earnings) without taxes or penalties at any time. This makes it perfect for saving for both retirement and unexpected expenses.

Learn more about the URS Roth IRA on the URS Roth IRA page.

Digging in the Dirt Flyer - Full text in postDo you feel like you have been hibernating all winter? Wake up from your winter blues and rejuvenate your body and mind in the garden. It’s easy to participate:

  • Register using this link or at pehp.org
  • Track your activity
  • Report your step total at the end of the month
  • Enter drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card!

Any activity counts towards “steps” whether you walk, run, bike, swim, or play basketball! QUESTIONS? Call: 801-366-7300 Toll Free: 855-366-7300 or Email: healthyutah@pehp.org

Lock LogoIn order to increase security to Jordan School District computer systems, the following changes are being implemented:

  • The minimum password length will be 10 characters for employee passwords in Skyward, Google and Active Directory (the password you use to log in to your computer every morning.) At some point over the next few months, you may be prompted to create a new password that is at least 10 characters long. As a reminder, a strong password includes upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
  • For employee Google email accounts (@jordandistrict.org), emails will have an eight-year retention. All emails that are eight years or older will automatically be deleted from Google.

If you have any questions, please contact the Information Systems help desk at 801-567-8737.

All Licensed Educators,

Thank you for your past and present interest in the JSD Teacher Transfer Fair Events. This is an important event for licensed educators who are seeking new opportunities throughout the District.

The Teacher Transfer Fair schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Riverton High (gym) 12476 S. Silverwolf Way, Riverton, UT 84065
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • ***Both Elementary and Secondary Schools will be participating.

Here are a few reminders for licensed educators participating in this event:

  • Bring your JSD ID badge, which will allow you entrance into the fair
  • Bring copies of your resume to distribute

Additional information regarding the transfer process will be available at the fair.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Teacher Transfer Fair at Riverton High.

PEHP Wellness Workout Warrior | Express WorkoutsDo you often feel like you don’t have the time to be active? Just 10 minutes/3 times a day most days a week can have a huge impact on your health. Join us this month to ensure you get your activity in for the day with some quick, fun workouts.

Event: March Workout Warrior

To register, sign up using the following link: March Workout Warrior Signup

Workout Warrior is moderated by PEHP Wellness staff and is email-based and self-paced. You receive useful health information about physical activity. Enroll to be better informed, increase your motivation, and you might even win a prize for participating.

Participating is easy.

  1. Register
  2. Keep track of physical activity.
  3. Report step total at the end of the month.
  4. Be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! (URS/PEHP employees are not eligible to receive prizes).

Learn why eating well is key to healthy weight loss, effective workouts, managing disease and mental health.  Stories include:

  • Outer Aisle Fresh: When trying to lose a few pounds, learn to spot innocent-looking but high-calorie foods that can derail your progress.
  • Get Moving: Eating a well-balanced diet will supply the nutrients and energy needed to improve your workout results and how well you exercise.
  • The Whole You - Physical Health:  The right nutrition prescription can help your body heal and perform well when managing individual health conditions.
  • The Whole You - Emotional/Mental Health: We can relieve stress through regular exercise, relaxation techniques and sound sleep. Can we also reduce stress with diet?
  • Fiscal Fitness: Here's how to take advantage of farmers markets.
  • Plus Healthy Connections: According to a recent study, the number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has increased from 11 million to 124 million in the past 40 years. What does this mean for the next generation’s health? And, what can parents do to encourage their kids to be active?
  • Stock Your Tool Box: Don’t miss our downloadable and printable PDF, DASH to Better Health, plus other resources at mar.hopehealth.com.

March 2019 EMI Be Well Newsletter PDF

You are invited to attend a Depth of Knowledge Professional Development Course.

This course will dive into Depth of Knowledge and give participants time to apply DOK to their current curriculum.  Please bring your laptop, curriculum maps, and upcoming unit materials.  It is more beneficial if you attend with a PLC colleague and the course is open to all levels and subject areas.

  • Substitutes are covered by Jordan School District. Sign up on JPLS.
  • Depth of Knowledge Professional Development Course, February 28, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JATC North

Please take advantage of the following free webinars, which will help you to better understand your retirement.

The following webinars are available in February and March 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) Only Plan.
    February 19, 3 p.m. » Register Now | March 13, 10 a.m. » Register Now
  • Tier 1 Public Employees
    This is an overview of the Tier 1 pension benefits.
    March 21, 11 a.m. » Register Now

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, 2019, are encouraged to begin the license renewal process IMMEDIATELY by going to the USBE website https://secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html. Personal letters regarding license renewal information have already been sent out. Keep in mind that there is no cost to the employee associated with the background check.

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

  • December 15, 2018 $500.00
  • January 15, 2019 $300.00
  • February 15, 2019 $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! Please have copies of your resume available to distribute. Your JSD ID badge is required. Come explore your options!

  • Elementary Only
    February 20, 2019 | Fort Herriman Middle (gym) | 14058 S. Mirabella Drive, Herriman, UT 84096 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Secondary Only
    February 21, 2019 | Copper Hills High (Tech Atrium) | 5445 W. New Bingham Highway., West Jordan, UT 84081 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Elementary & Secondary
    March 28, 2019 | Riverton High (gym) | 12476 S. Silverwolf Way, Riverton, UT 84065 | 4:30-6:00 p.m.

TEACHER TRANSFER PROCESS
DP304NEG – Teacher Transfers outlines the process to formally express interest and apply for transfers.

Beginning January 7, 2019 licensed employees may complete the Teacher Transfer Request form within the Task Manager of Skyward Employee Access. Submitted forms serve as both a way to formally express interest in transferring as well as an application for positions for which you are qualified.

Principals will receive a weekly Skyward Transfer Request report that contains the names and information of all the educators who have expressed interest in transferring. On the form you will be asked to provide your most recent evaluation score and upload a copy of those evaluation results. You may also email your resume to the principal of the school(s) you are interested in transferring to.

Some hard to fill positions are currently being advertised at workatjordan.org. Other unfilled positions may be advertised at workatjordan.org beginning March 1st.

Show some love to the minerals in your life by participating in the #BeMinedUtah19 competition. The Utah Trust Lands Administration is giving $500 to the two schools with the most creative photos showing how minerals help power their students, classrooms or schools.

For more information, please visit trustlands.utah.gov/beminedutah19/.

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MasteryConnect has added a new feature for teachers that allows them to create and author items in their own personal item bank.

So what does this mean?
Currently, the majority of teachers in our district are using document based assessments in MasteryConnect. In other words, they are uploading a document into MasteryConnect and then creating an assessment to give to their students.

Some schools have purchased an item bank that gives teachers access to thousands of “items” or test questions that have been aligned to core standards. These items are very different from document based assessments because they allow for many of the technology enhanced features that our students have seen on their end of year SAGE tests. These features also require students to interact with the questions in a more authentic way, and allows teachers to assess at a deeper level.

Jordan School District teachers now have the ability to use these same technology enhanced features to create their own “items” in their personal teacher item bank!

How should teachers name the items that they create?
Many teachers have discovered this tool on their own, and have begun to create items in their banks. Because teachers will eventually be able to share these items with other teachers throughout the district, we are asking teachers to use a very specific naming convention for the items that they create.The naming convention we ask users to follow is: School location #, 3-digit User Initials, teacher-selected title.

Here is an example of a test item I might create:
156SANComprehensiveQuestion1

Where can teachers learn more about Teacher Item Banks?

*If a group of teachers in one location would like a training, have your administrator contact Todd Theobald, our JSD MasteryConnect Consultant.

Reminder from the IRS and American Payroll AssociationPlease take the time to understand how the new tax cut law will impact your 2018 tax return.

When filing your 2018 tax return this year, here are some important reminders from the IRS

  • There were major tax law changes in 2018 that will affect the tax return you file early in 2019. This could affect the amount of your tax bill or tax refund.
  • There were changes in the withholding tables in early 2018 that meant you received more take-home pay in your paycheck. These changes mean that you could see a change in the amount of your tax refund or tax bill when you file your tax return in 2019, especially if you didn’t adjust your withholding on a Form W-4 during 2018.
  • Remember, these changes come from the new tax law, not your payroll or human resource office.
  • To understand whether you might face an amount due with your 2018 tax return, do a “paycheck checkup” now. Grab your most recent pay stub and search IRS.gov for “Withholding Calculator.”

To prepare for 2019 taxes

  • If you want to adjust the amount you receive in a refund or a tax bill for 2019, you need to submit an updated Form W-4 with your employer as soon as possible.
  • It’s important to check your paycheck withholding every year, but it’s especially important in 2019 if you:
    • Had too much or too little withheld from your paycheck in 2018 and had an unexpected result when you filed your 2018 taxes in early 2019.
    • Performed a “Paycheck Checkup” and adjusted your withholding in 2018. Re-check your with- holding for 2019 to make sure you’re having the right amount withheld.

2018 Tax Cut Flyer PDF