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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.

The Jordan School District Payroll Department encourages everyone to use the IRS' Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.” This is even more important this year because of recent changes to the tax law for 2018.

The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work.

There are several reasons to check your withholding:

  • Checking your withholding can help protect against having too little tax withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year.
  • With the average refund topping $2,800, you may prefer to have less tax withheld up front and receive more in your paychecks.

If you are an employee, the Withholding Calculator helps you determine whether you need to give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. You can use your results from the Calculator to help fill out the form and adjust your income tax withholding.

To access the IRS Withholding Calculator or for more information on tax withholdings follow this link.

 

The Jordan School District Board of Education recently approved policy updates regarding Personal Leave and the Alternative Leave day.  This will make it easier for all employees to take personal time in association with a holiday. Here are the three ways this can be done.

Kauri Sue Hamilton-Utah Grizzlies Flyer

The Utah Grizzlies celebrate Ability Day with Jordan School District on Monday, February 19!

The puck drops at 1:30 p.m. as the Grizzlies battle the Idaho Steelheads in a key ECHL Mountain Division match-up.

All Jordan School District employees can receive a discount on tickets for this game. Best of all, the Kauri Sue Hamilton School will receive a donation from the Grizzlies from each ticket purchased in support of the school.

IMPORTANT - You must call (801) 988-8009 and mention the Kauri Sue Hamilton School to purchase your discount tickets and for the school to receive a donation from your tickets.

Teacher Transfer Fair 2018The Teacher Transfer Fair is open to all current Jordan School District teachers. It is a chance to explore all of your options in a no pressure, no obligation environment.

Bring resumes, references and ID badge.

  • ELEMENTARY
    • February 20, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. - Columbia Elementary School, 7800 S. 3505 West, West Jordan
  • SECONDARY
    • February 20, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. - Elk Ridge Middle School, 9800 S. 3659 West, South Jordan

Blomquist Hale EAP FlyerJordan School District provides employees with short-term, confidential counseling through Blomquist-Hale. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be used by you and anyone else in your household at no out-of-pocket expense to you.

Services provided include marital and family counseling, stress/anxiety/depression counseling, assistance with financial or legal problems, and coping with grief and loss.

The services are 100% confidential and are offered at convenient locations throughout the area.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (800) 926-9619 or visit the Blomquist-Hale website.

Welcome to JEM, the brand new Jordan Employee Memo!

JEM is an electronic newsletter for all District employees aimed at providing time sensitive information regarding Jordan School District employment. JEM is a resource for employees to better understand District policies and be informed about important deadlines. We hope to provide information that will help employees keep up on crucial issues that impact their employment.

JEM will be emailed to all employees monthly.