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Please be aware of the upcoming professional development opportunities in language and visual arts. Register on JPLS for any of the following:

  • ‘Depth of Knowledge’ – Sept. 11 or Nov. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • ‘Socratic Seminar’ – Sept. 12 or Nov. 15, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • ‘Using An AP Approach to Teach Writing’ – Sept. 19 or Nov. 28, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

  • Disaster Response – How do people respond to disasters and high stress events.
    • There are three stages
      1. Denial
        1. You must move past this stage very quickly.
      2. Deliberation
        1. Process information and decide what to do.
          • Having a prior plan will help.
            • Mental script and practice
        2. Try to stay calm.
          • Willpower
          • Combat breathing
          • Shift your emotion
          • Stay fit
      3. Decisive Moment
        1. You must act quickly!
  • Active Shooter Events
    • Active shooter as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is an individual actively engaged in killing, or the attempt to kill, people in a confined and populated area.
    • The “Shooter”
      • No set profile
      • Typically an avenger mindset
      • Some broadcast of event
      • Approximately a 50% chance they are connected to the place the event occurs.
    • Location
      • Occur at places of commerce over 50% of the time.
      • Schools represent about 25%, even though these events are often thought of as a school-based event.
    • Number of Deaths
      • Two driving factors
        1. How quickly do police respond and confront the attacker.
          • On average it will take law enforcement at least 3 minutes to respond.
        2. How quickly can the attacker locate and target potential victims.
          • Crowded room vs. empty room
  • Civilian Response
    • Move past Denial to Deliberation as quickly as possible.
      • Don’t deny that what you’re hearing may be gunshots.
      • Do not “Hide & Hope” or play dead, these are not effective strategies.
    • Deliberation
      • Avoid the situation ASAP
        • Be aware of your surroundings
        • Know your exit options
        • Call 911
      • Deny access to your location
        • Lock the door and barricade it.
          • The heavier the better, doorstops, etc.
        • Turn out the lights.
        • Get out of sight.
      • Defend yourself if necessary
        • You have a legal right to defend yourself when someone is trying to hurt or kill you.
        • Fight hard, your and other’s lives will depend on it.
        • If possible, position yourself where you can surprise the attacker.
        • If you have a weapon use it. If not, grab the attacker’s weapon or hands.
          • Hands are dangerous
          • You are not helpless!
          • What you do matters!
  • When the Police arrive
    • Follow commands.
    • Show your empty hands.
    • Do not move until told to do so.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Why is this training needed? During and immediately after every mass-trauma event the civilian population regularly brings up two items:

  1. Those that want to help don’t have the training to help.
  2. Those that have the training to help don’t have the equipment to help.

Class Agenda

Until Help Arrives:

  • You Make a Difference
    • Steps you can take when responding to a life-threatening situation
    • Different reactions you may have in a stressful situation
    • Importance of practice and rehearsal to improve your response to a life-threatening situation

Stop the bleeding:

  • Recognize life-threatening bleeding
    • Steps to control bleeding
    • Apply steady pressure
    • Tourniquets
    • Chest seals
    • Wound packing

Bleeding Control/Mass Trauma Kits

If you want to build better relationships with all of your students, take a minute to look at our Culturally Responsive Teaching series on PD Bites.

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will be holding focus groups in September in preparation for revising the rules governing educator preparation programs, both traditional and alternative, in instructional license areas (e.g. elementary, secondary, special education...).

Focus groups will be held in the evenings to help facilitate teacher participation.  Most of the meetings will be at the USBE office in downtown Salt Lake City. Funding for mileage and substitute teachers will be available to participants that are required to travel more than 50 miles for the meeting.  More details will be provided to participants. The makeup of each focus group will be primarily centered on one or two specific license areas. In order to be selected for a particular focus group, an individual must meet the specific criteria for that focus group.

In order to simplify the process for selecting participants, please complete the survey if you are interested in participating. The survey will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 27.

The dates and times of the focus groups are:

  • School Principals and Assistant Principals; 5 -7 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at USBE (note: the topic is teacher preparation)
  • Early Childhood Education and Elementary; 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at USBE
  • Special Education (early childhood and K-12) and Deaf Education; 5 -7 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 at USBE
  • First-year teachers only (any license area); 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2018 at USBE
  • Secondary and CTE; 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2018 at USBE
  • First-year teachers only (any license area); 4 -6 p.m. Friday September 28, 2018 at Nebo School District

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.


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.